Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright workflows - research (Was: Re: Foundation management of volunteers)

2019-06-18 Thread James Heilman
So Yann should we as a community just build something as a proof of
concept? If we are talking less than 250 USD per month, I am sure we can
scrounge up the money for a trial 6 month trial.

James

On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 2:59 AM Yann Forget  wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Yes, James' pricing doesn't match the actual cost.
> We do not need to check all images uploaded to Commons, only the suspicious
> ones (small images without EXIF data).
> If we check 2,000 images a day (more than enough IMO), that would cost $7 a
> day, so $210 a month.
>
> Regards,
> Yann
>
>
> Le mar. 18 juin 2019 à 01:11, James Salsman  a écrit :
>
> > Google has been offering reverse image search as part of their vision
> API:
> >
> > https://cloud.google.com/vision/docs/internet-detection
> >
> > The pricing is $3.50 per 1,000 queries for up to 5,000,000 queries per
> > month:
> >
> > https://cloud.google.com/vision/pricing
> >
> > Above that quantity "Contact Google for more information":
> >
> > https://cloud.google.com/contact/
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 8:23 AM James Forrester
> >  wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon, 17 Jun 2019 at 06:28, Yann Forget  wrote:
> > >
> > > > It has been suggested many times to ask Google for an access to their
> > API
> > > > for searching images,
> > > > so that we could have a bot tagging copyright violations (no free
> > access
> > > > for automated search).
> > > > That would the single best improvement in Wikimedia Commons workflow
> > for
> > > > years.
> > > > And it would benefit all Wikipedia projects, big or small.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Yann,
> > >
> > > As you should remember, we asked Google for API access to their reverse
> > > image search system, years ago (maybe 2013?). They said that there
> isn't
> > > such an API any more (they killed it off in ~2012, I think), and that
> > they
> > > wouldn't make a custom one for us. The only commercial alternative we
> > found
> > > at the time would have cost us approximately US$3m a month at upload
> > > frequency for Commons then, and when contacted said they wouldn't do
> any
> > > discounts for Wikimedia. Obviously, this is far too much for the
> > > Foundation's budget (it would be even more now), and an inappropriate
> way
> > > to spend donor funds. Providing the service in-house would involve
> > building
> > > a search index of the entire Internet's (generally non-free) images and
> > > media, which would cost a fortune and is totally incompatible with the
> > > mission of the movement. This was relayed out to Commons volunteers at
> > the
> > > time, I'm pretty sure.
> > >
> > > Obviously Google might have changed their mind, though it seems
> > unlikely. I
> > > imagine that Google engineers and product owners don't follow this
> list,
> > so
> > > it's unlikely that they will re-create the API without being asked
> > directly.
> > >
> > > J.
> > > --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright issues

2019-06-17 Thread James Heilman
Clarifying one small bit, the "copypatrol" tool was initially developed by
Eran (a Wikimedia volunteer from Israel). It was than further developed by
the Wikimedia Foundation. Agree that it is a great success, not only with
respect to the final result but with respect to it being a successful
collaborative project between the foundation and the community.

James

On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 10:36 AM Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:

> Actually, I am afraid, for CCI at some point we will have to remove all
> added text by bot. I do not see any other scalable solution.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM Stephen Philbrick <
> stephen.w.philbr...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I have seen a couple comments on copyright issues in the last couple days
> > so I thought I'd share some information that I think may be not
> well-known
> > by everyone.
> >
> > Very roughly, copyright issues (text) can be viewed in three categories:
> > 1. Addition of copyrighted material to articles in years past, not yet
> > removed (one-off)
> > 2. Same as above, except by a serial violator
> > 3. Close to real-time edits which may include copyrighted material
> >
> > The reason for distinguishing these three categories is that our approach
> > and success rates are very different.
> >
> > In case 1, an editor identifies what they believe to be a copyright issue
> > in an existing article. They can report it to
> Wikipedia:Copyright_problems.
> > In the case of a single issue or a very small handful of issues, those
> > items are identified and taken care of by volunteers. (I think this
> aspect
> > is handled adequately — I used to be active there but haven't been
> > recently)
> >
> > The second case arises when a potential violation is identified. An
> > examination of the editors contributions reveals many examples (typically
> > five or more). If this occurs, it is referred to Wikipedia:Contributor
> > copyright investigations. A CCI is opened, and the intent is to examine
> > every single edit by that editor. This aspect is extremely backlogged.
> I've
> > spent many hours working on CCI's, but it isn't easy, it isn't rewarding,
> > and it is discouraging because I think the backlog is increasing rather
> > than decreasing. (This isn't due to newly created copyright issues but
> > newly found ones.)
> >
> > The third case is handled by Copy Patrol, a  foundation created tool that
> > examines all new edits in close to real time and generates a report,
> which
> > is handled by volunteers.
> >
> > I want to emphasize this third aspect for multiple reasons. I think it is
> > one of the least known tools. Some of the prior emails on the subject
> leave
> > the impression that the authors are unaware of the existence of this
> tool.
> > On the one hand, it works very well, as almost all of the several hundred
> > reports each week are reviewed, most within 24 hours.
> >
> > Good news:
> > * Copy Patrol is working, so my guess is that the growth in true
> copyright
> > issues is close to nonexistent.
> >
> > Bad news:
> > * Copy Patrol is adequately staffed but just barely. One editor is
> > responsible for the handling of far more than half of all of these
> reports
> > (major kudos to Diannaa), but that much reliance on a single volunteer is
> > not good for the long-term health of the project.
> >
> > * The copy patrol tool is pretty good, and was being improved for a
> while,
> > but I've identified some desirable improvements and my sense is that
> it's a
> > very back burner project in terms of additional enhancements.
> >
> > * CCI clearance is going to take many years
> >
> > Phil (Sphilbrick)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-04 Thread James Heilman
When we publish CC BY SA on Wikipedia, we allow translation into other
languages without having any control over the translations (but we require
our name to be attached in some fashion). So right now we do all the time.
Most of my academic publications are CC BY which is even more permissive.

James

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 7:27 PM Thomas Townsend 
wrote:

> On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 18:46, James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > Wiki Journals use CC BY SA. We do not support or want to us ND as that
> > would prevent translation into other languages. That is why I disagree
> with
> > Plan S's move to allow ND.
> >
>
> So part of the offer is that an author's article may be translated into
> other languages without the original author having any say in the process?
>  Surely you would not permit your own articles to be republished in another
> language with your name still on them and your having no control over what
> the translation says in your name?
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-03 Thread James Heilman
But to clarify, the intent is to be Plan-S compliant from what I understand.

James

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 11:46 AM James Heilman  wrote:

> Wiki Journals use CC BY SA. We do not support or want to us ND as that
> would prevent translation into other languages. That is why I disagree with
> Plan S's move to allow ND.
>
> James
>
> On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:08 AM Vi to  wrote:
>
>> En.wikiversity user I'm dealing with was a custodian (in other words a
>> well
>> established user within the community).
>>
>> Keeping it short my main concern is: we are a naturally democratic
>> community, while the science cannot be. Also, we've been attracting low
>> quality "research" for years.
>>
>> Vito
>>
>> Il giorno lun 3 giu 2019 alle ore 16:36 James Heilman 
>> ha
>> scritto:
>>
>> > The peer review process and the editors of the journals in question.
>> This
>> > is the same mechanism that prevents gibberish from getting into all peer
>> > reviewed literature.
>> >
>> > J
>> >
>> > On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:30 AM Vi to  wrote:
>> >
>> > > In years I've seen countless attempts to put gibberish on our projects
>> > > which were eventually defeated by the "no original research"
>> principle.
>> > > Even en.wikiversity struggled with a now banned user (and his
>> > > friends/enablers) pushing lots of gibberish about cold fusion,
>> paranormal
>> > > and Wikimedia user themselves. So I ask, what will prevent this kind
>> of
>> > > gibberish from slowing infiltrating such project?
>> > >
>> > > Don't get me wrong but I think this is the first question in order to
>> > > define a "business model" for the project: why would a "serious"
>> research
>> > > group choose to publish there instead of already existing OA journals
>> or
>> > > classical PR journals?
>> > >
>> > > Vito
>> > >
>> > > Il giorno lun 3 giu 2019 alle ore 04:16 Thomas Shafee <
>> > > thomas.sha...@gmail.com> ha scritto:
>> > >
>> > > > Yes, we put together a little checklist back in round one (*link*
>> > > > <
>> > > >
>> > >
>> >
>> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:WikiJournal_User_Group#Notes_on_Plan_S_compliance_criteria
>> > > > >
>> > > > ).
>> > > >
>> > > > Initially there were a few items that are currently not achieved
>> (e.g.
>> > > > JATS-compliant XML formatting). The revised Plan_S has reduced
>> > stringency
>> > > > and all the items that weren't hit happen to be optional. That being
>> > > said,
>> > > > things like JATS-compliant XML and citation metadata would be
>> valuable
>> > to
>> > > > implement anyway for machine readability.
>> > > >
>> > > > Thomas
>> > > >
>> > > > On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 04:53, James Heilman 
>> wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > > > It already is Plan-S compliant :-)
>> > > > >
>> > > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_S#Licensing_and_rights
>> > > > >
>> > > > > Plan-S unfortunately is looking at allowing ND content.
>> > > > >
>> > > > > James
>> > > > >
>> > > > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 8:14 AM Mister Thrapostibongles <
>> > > > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > > >
>> > > > > > Thomas
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > Is it intended that the journals should be Plan-S compliant?
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > Thrapostibongles
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM Thomas Shafee <
>> > > thomas.sha...@gmail.com>
>> > > > > > wrote:
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > > Hello Wikipedians,
>> > > > > > >
>> > > > > > > Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group
>> > > > > > > <https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group> has
>> > been
>> > > > > > building
>> > > > > > > and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a
>> > mediawiki
>>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-03 Thread James Heilman
Wiki Journals use CC BY SA. We do not support or want to us ND as that
would prevent translation into other languages. That is why I disagree with
Plan S's move to allow ND.

James

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:08 AM Vi to  wrote:

> En.wikiversity user I'm dealing with was a custodian (in other words a well
> established user within the community).
>
> Keeping it short my main concern is: we are a naturally democratic
> community, while the science cannot be. Also, we've been attracting low
> quality "research" for years.
>
> Vito
>
> Il giorno lun 3 giu 2019 alle ore 16:36 James Heilman 
> ha
> scritto:
>
> > The peer review process and the editors of the journals in question. This
> > is the same mechanism that prevents gibberish from getting into all peer
> > reviewed literature.
> >
> > J
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:30 AM Vi to  wrote:
> >
> > > In years I've seen countless attempts to put gibberish on our projects
> > > which were eventually defeated by the "no original research"
> principle.
> > > Even en.wikiversity struggled with a now banned user (and his
> > > friends/enablers) pushing lots of gibberish about cold fusion,
> paranormal
> > > and Wikimedia user themselves. So I ask, what will prevent this kind of
> > > gibberish from slowing infiltrating such project?
> > >
> > > Don't get me wrong but I think this is the first question in order to
> > > define a "business model" for the project: why would a "serious"
> research
> > > group choose to publish there instead of already existing OA journals
> or
> > > classical PR journals?
> > >
> > > Vito
> > >
> > > Il giorno lun 3 giu 2019 alle ore 04:16 Thomas Shafee <
> > > thomas.sha...@gmail.com> ha scritto:
> > >
> > > > Yes, we put together a little checklist back in round one (*link*
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:WikiJournal_User_Group#Notes_on_Plan_S_compliance_criteria
> > > > >
> > > > ).
> > > >
> > > > Initially there were a few items that are currently not achieved
> (e.g.
> > > > JATS-compliant XML formatting). The revised Plan_S has reduced
> > stringency
> > > > and all the items that weren't hit happen to be optional. That being
> > > said,
> > > > things like JATS-compliant XML and citation metadata would be
> valuable
> > to
> > > > implement anyway for machine readability.
> > > >
> > > > Thomas
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 04:53, James Heilman  wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > It already is Plan-S compliant :-)
> > > > >
> > > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_S#Licensing_and_rights
> > > > >
> > > > > Plan-S unfortunately is looking at allowing ND content.
> > > > >
> > > > > James
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 8:14 AM Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > > > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Thomas
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Is it intended that the journals should be Plan-S compliant?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Thrapostibongles
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM Thomas Shafee <
> > > thomas.sha...@gmail.com>
> > > > > > wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > Hello Wikipedians,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group
> > > > > > > <https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group> has
> > been
> > > > > > building
> > > > > > > and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a
> > mediawiki
> > > > > > > platform. The main types of articles are:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >- Existing Wikipedia articles submitted for external review
> > and
> > > > > > feedback
> > > > > > >(example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjs/2018.006>)
> > > > > > >- From-scratch articles that, after review, are imported to
> > > > > Wikipedia
> > > > > > (
> > > > > > >example <https://doi.org/

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-03 Thread James Heilman
The peer review process and the editors of the journals in question. This
is the same mechanism that prevents gibberish from getting into all peer
reviewed literature.

J

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:30 AM Vi to  wrote:

> In years I've seen countless attempts to put gibberish on our projects
> which were eventually defeated by the "no original research"  principle.
> Even en.wikiversity struggled with a now banned user (and his
> friends/enablers) pushing lots of gibberish about cold fusion, paranormal
> and Wikimedia user themselves. So I ask, what will prevent this kind of
> gibberish from slowing infiltrating such project?
>
> Don't get me wrong but I think this is the first question in order to
> define a "business model" for the project: why would a "serious" research
> group choose to publish there instead of already existing OA journals or
> classical PR journals?
>
> Vito
>
> Il giorno lun 3 giu 2019 alle ore 04:16 Thomas Shafee <
> thomas.sha...@gmail.com> ha scritto:
>
> > Yes, we put together a little checklist back in round one (*link*
> > <
> >
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:WikiJournal_User_Group#Notes_on_Plan_S_compliance_criteria
> > >
> > ).
> >
> > Initially there were a few items that are currently not achieved (e.g.
> > JATS-compliant XML formatting). The revised Plan_S has reduced stringency
> > and all the items that weren't hit happen to be optional. That being
> said,
> > things like JATS-compliant XML and citation metadata would be valuable to
> > implement anyway for machine readability.
> >
> > Thomas
> >
> > On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 04:53, James Heilman  wrote:
> >
> > > It already is Plan-S compliant :-)
> > >
> > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_S#Licensing_and_rights
> > >
> > > Plan-S unfortunately is looking at allowing ND content.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 8:14 AM Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Thomas
> > > >
> > > > Is it intended that the journals should be Plan-S compliant?
> > > >
> > > > Thrapostibongles
> > > >
> > > > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM Thomas Shafee <
> thomas.sha...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello Wikipedians,
> > > > >
> > > > > Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group
> > > > > <https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group> has been
> > > > building
> > > > > and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a mediawiki
> > > > > platform. The main types of articles are:
> > > > >
> > > > >- Existing Wikipedia articles submitted for external review and
> > > > feedback
> > > > >(example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjs/2018.006>)
> > > > >- From-scratch articles that, after review, are imported to
> > > Wikipedia
> > > > (
> > > > >example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjm/2018.001>)
> > > > >- Original research articles that are not imported to Wikipedia
> > > > (example
> > > > ><
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_of_Medicine/Acute_gastrointestinal_bleeding_from_a_chronic_cause:_a_teaching_case_report
> > > > > >
> > > > >)
> > > > >
> > > > > *Proposal: WikiJournals as a new sister project
> > > > > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiJournal>*
> > > > >
> > > > > From a Wikipedian point of view, this is a complementary system to
> > > > Featured
> > > > > article review, but bridging the gap with external experts
> > > > > <
> > https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group/Peer_reviewers
> > > >,
> > > > > implementing established scholarly practices
> > > > > <
> > >
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group/Ethics_statement
> > > > >,
> > > > > and generating citable, doi-linked publications
> > > > > <https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group/Publishing
> >.
> > > > >
> > > > > Please take a look and support/oppose/comment!
> > > > > All the best,
> > > > &g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-02 Thread James Heilman
It already is Plan-S compliant :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_S#Licensing_and_rights

Plan-S unfortunately is looking at allowing ND content.

James

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 8:14 AM Mister Thrapostibongles <
thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thomas
>
> Is it intended that the journals should be Plan-S compliant?
>
> Thrapostibongles
>
> On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM Thomas Shafee 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello Wikipedians,
> >
> > Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group
> > <https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group> has been
> building
> > and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a mediawiki
> > platform. The main types of articles are:
> >
> >- Existing Wikipedia articles submitted for external review and
> feedback
> >(example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjs/2018.006>)
> >- From-scratch articles that, after review, are imported to Wikipedia
> (
> >example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjm/2018.001>)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interpretation of CC NC from SUISA

2019-05-21 Thread James Heilman
Either advocacy or partnerships. Would be nice to see that license
deprecated or at least no longer supported by Creative Commons.

James

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 10:36 PM Paulo Santos Perneta <
paulospern...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Where would it fit in Strategy 2030? Advocacy?
>
> Paulo
>
> James Heilman  escreveu no dia segunda, 20/05/2019 à(s)
> 05:41:
>
> > We all agree NC licenses are poor. The WMF position was a reflection of
> the
> > community's position at the time and this likely remains the community's
> > position today.
> >
> > If we as a movement however were to decide we want to allow NC video such
> > that we can use Khan academy and Ted talks I doubt the WMF would veto it.
> > We do count as non commercial. It would however decrease the incentive
> for
> > these groups to drop NC but they are unlikely to regardless.
> >
> > Not sure if the strategy process is considering this specific question.
> >
> > On Mon, May 20, 2019, 09:41 Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > James
> > >
> > > > Per "the Foundation has decided", it is not the foundation but our
> > > movement
> > > > that has decided that we will mostly only allow licenses that allow
> > > > commercial reuse.
> > > >
> > >
> > > That doesn't seem quite right.  The Foundation Board adopted a
> resolution
> > > on 23 March 2007,  which is published at
> > > https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Licensing_policy and
> > > cross-referred to on Wikipedia as still current, headed
> > >
> > > > This policy is approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > > > <https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees>.
> > > > It may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored by Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > > > officers or staff nor local policies of any Wikimedia project
> > > > <https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Our_projects>.
> > >
> > >
> > > and statng
> > >
> > >- All projects are expected to host only content which is under a
> Free
> > >Content License, or which is otherwise free as recognized by the
> > >'Definition of Free Cultural Works' as referenced above.
> > >
> > > So it seems to me that it is the Foundation not the movement that
> > controls
> > > the licensing.
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interpretation of CC NC from SUISA

2019-05-19 Thread James Heilman
We all agree NC licenses are poor. The WMF position was a reflection of the
community's position at the time and this likely remains the community's
position today.

If we as a movement however were to decide we want to allow NC video such
that we can use Khan academy and Ted talks I doubt the WMF would veto it.
We do count as non commercial. It would however decrease the incentive for
these groups to drop NC but they are unlikely to regardless.

Not sure if the strategy process is considering this specific question.

On Mon, May 20, 2019, 09:41 Mister Thrapostibongles <
thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:

> James
>
> > Per "the Foundation has decided", it is not the foundation but our
> movement
> > that has decided that we will mostly only allow licenses that allow
> > commercial reuse.
> >
>
> That doesn't seem quite right.  The Foundation Board adopted a resolution
> on 23 March 2007,  which is published at
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Licensing_policy and
> cross-referred to on Wikipedia as still current, headed
>
> > This policy is approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > .
> > It may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored by Wikimedia Foundation
> > officers or staff nor local policies of any Wikimedia project
> > .
>
>
> and statng
>
>- All projects are expected to host only content which is under a Free
>Content License, or which is otherwise free as recognized by the
>'Definition of Free Cultural Works' as referenced above.
>
> So it seems to me that it is the Foundation not the movement that controls
> the licensing.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interpretation of CC NC from SUISA

2019-05-19 Thread James Heilman
Per "the Foundation has decided", it is not the foundation but our movement
that has decided that we will mostly only allow licenses that allow
commercial reuse.

By the way EN WP also allows fair use of certain images which may not
permit commercial reuse in certain jurisdictions.

James

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> Yury
>
> I'm not quite sure what you mean here.  Firstly, this isn't the right venue
> for a discussion of the general principle of non-commercial licensing,
> especially as the Foundation has decided on the use of licences that permit
> commercial reuse.  And secondly, there's nothing to prevent a rights owner
> from granting a full/libre licence if they want to for the works they own:
> so why would one need to advocate for it, here or anywhere else?
>
> Thrapostibongles
>
> On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 10:42 AM Yury Bulka <
> setthemf...@privacyrequired.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > Just stumbled upon an page where Swiss collecting society SUISA lists
> > things which they consider commercial use within CC NC licenses, as
> > applied to works they have copyright on (delegated from authors who are
> > their members). It's quite interesting and I think it is a very good
> > example for advocating for fully free/libre licensing of works.
> >
> > Here's the page:
> >
> >
> https://www.suisa.ch/en/members/authors/how-to-register-a-work/creative-commons.html
> >
> > The list of uses that they consider commercial use is quite
> > interesting. For instance, it includes things like:
> >
> > - involving a counterpart, of a financial or other nature, regardless of
> > the beneficiary, title or grounds;
> > - in exchange for other goods, whether or not the exchange generates
> >   direct or indirect revenues or gives rise to a payment of any nature
> >   whatsoever;
> > - at places of work;
> >
> > Best,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interpretation of CC NC from SUISA

2019-05-18 Thread James Heilman
Interesting. So nearly everything is covered by a place of work. So there
opinion appears to be that the NC license is simple a way to pretend one is
using an open license well changing nothing.

On Sat, May 18, 2019, 18:42 Yury Bulka 
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Just stumbled upon an page where Swiss collecting society SUISA lists
> things which they consider commercial use within CC NC licenses, as
> applied to works they have copyright on (delegated from authors who are
> their members). It's quite interesting and I think it is a very good
> example for advocating for fully free/libre licensing of works.
>
> Here's the page:
>
> https://www.suisa.ch/en/members/authors/how-to-register-a-work/creative-commons.html
>
> The list of uses that they consider commercial use is quite
> interesting. For instance, it includes things like:
>
> - involving a counterpart, of a financial or other nature, regardless of
> the beneficiary, title or grounds;
> - in exchange for other goods, whether or not the exchange generates
>   direct or indirect revenues or gives rise to a payment of any nature
>   whatsoever;
> - at places of work;
>
> Best,
> Yury.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Be the change you want to see (was: WMF commitment for a Wikimedia projects archive)

2019-05-15 Thread James Heilman
gt; > capacity, and out of my care for the well-being of this list).  While I
> > have never shied away from responding on this list, I have on occasion
> been
> > scolded (internally) for attempting to answer volunteer queries to the
> best
> > of my knowledge, for "outstepping my remit" or interfering in someone
> > else's remit.  I have taken this to heart, and accordingly no longer try
> to
> > respond to queries such as Fae's (which in this case I find a perfectly
> > reasonable question, meriting an answer).  Several past attempts by me to
> > ping appropriate senior staff on questions on this list (or on talk
> pages)
> > have also met with rebuke, so I have ceased those as well.
> >
> > For these reasons I do not accept this wholesale blaming of this list's
> > subscribers on the difficulty having meaningful conversations here:
> >
> > But if we want to see staff members more actively
> > > participating here then those long standing individuals need to really
> > > thing about the tone in which they engage here, particularly those who
> do
> > > so most often. If that does not change, this list will continue to
> > languish
> > > and those few staff members who continue to engage here will slowly
> > > disappear. This now increasingly perennial topic keeps coming up and my
> > > fear is that it will on go away through the increasing abandonment this
> > > list faces.
> > >
> >
> > It is WMF that is not behaving collaboratively here.  And it is within
> > WMF's power to change it.  C-levels, the ED, and other managers at WMF
> > could all decide to participate more actively in this list; to respond to
> > questions or delegate the answering to their subordinates, who are
> awaiting
> > their cue; and indeed, they could themselves make more use of this list
> as
> > a sounding board, a consultation room, and a reserve of experience and
> > diverse context.  They can be the change they (and you, and me) would
> like
> > to see.
> >
> > Perhaps this e-mail could convince some of them.  And if not my words,
> then
> > perhaps those of some of the other list subscribers.
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF commitment for a Wikimedia projects archive

2019-05-14 Thread James Heilman
Agree that a further collaboration with internet archives on this could be
an excellent solution as I imagine they already do much of it.

On Tue, May 14, 2019, 21:13 Samuel Klein  wrote:

> Dearests.
>
> The archival question is a good one. The wikiverse could use a more
> archival gloss, and currently regularly breaks links where a slight
> commitment to longer term reliably would preserve them intact. Nathan: long
> term preservation is not yet part of the projects' raison d'etre. Perhaps
> it should be.
>
> For instance sep11.wikipedia.org doesn't redirect where it should. We may
> not even still have an archival dump online. Deleted articles and their
> revs are no longer targetable by links, not even with redaction (like an
> oversighted rev in a rev list), making for ephemeralinks.
>
> A better phrasing might be: how are archives made and maintained, where are
> full copies of each project, is there any overview of how this is working?
> & How can interested parties add to the mirror count of a project?
>
> IA and IPFS each mirror some things. I don't know of any full-wikimedia
> mirror that includes all projects and files, and while there may be an
> internal mirror including all private userdata, I don't believe there is
> one offsite -- a delicate kind of mirroring that calls for some thought.
>
> SJ
>
> On Tue., May 14, 2019, 6:03 p.m. Nathan,  wrote:
>
> > The Internet Archive, incidentally, already seems to maintain copies of
> > Wikimedia projects. I don't know to what degree of fidelity.
> Additionally,
> > the WMF's core deliverable is already to provide and sustain access to
> its
> > projects. It has an endowment for that purpose already. Other websites
> and
> > media that might have ephemeral access due to their nature as short-term
> > tools need the IA to be preserved, but the WMF's projects seem to occupy
> a
> > different space. It's sort of like asking if the Library of Congress
> needs
> > to invest in some external project to preserve and organize its
> > collections. No, that is its actual raison d'etre.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dispute between Common and Outreach

2019-05-13 Thread James Heilman
I have a fairly good understanding of copyright. Deal with a fair bit of
copyright issues occurring via paid editing and flicker washing of images
and would be happy to do admin work around that if the Commons community
was interested.

James

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 4:00 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <
paulospern...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Wikimedia project communities in general seem to be quite stagnant, if not
> declining, apart from Wikidata, which is and always will be a whole
> different case. In the case of Commons it was already very much as it is
> now when I joined in 2009. I always found it a very pleasant place, but
> overtime I understood I was the exception there, and most people had bad
> experiences. And it is as Yann has shown there, it's a few sysops running
> the entire show almost alone, not because they want that, but because
> nobody else helps with that.
>
> IMO the problem is not with the existing sysops, but because people in
> general do not feel attracted to copyright and other similar minucious
> stuff which marks everyday life in Commons. And, without that knowledge it
> is pointless, if not counterproductive, to place a candidacy to sysop. No
> idea what the solution could be, but it certainly is not blaming Commons
> and the existing sysops. If more people was interested in copyright, less
> mistakes would be happening in Commons as well. Whatever the solution is,
> it probably passes by that.
>
> Best,
> Paulo
>
> Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga  escreveu no dia segunda,
> 13/05/2019 à(s) 07:09:
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> > A good question to ask would be why the admin group is not growing. And
> > maybe (maybe) we can find a common answer to both problems pointed here.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dispute between Common and Outreach

2019-05-12 Thread James Heilman
 maj 2019 o 10:48 Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > > > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> napisał(a):
> > > > >
> > > > >> Hello all,
> > > > >>
> > > > >> There seems to be a dispute between the Outreach and the Commons
> > > > components
> > > > >> of The Community, judging by the article "Wikimedia Commons: a
> highly
> > > > >> hostile place for multimedia students contributions" at the
> Education
> > > > >> Newsletter
> > > > >>
> > > > >>
> > > > >>
> > > >
> > >
> https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News/April_2019/Wikimedia_Commons:_a_highly_hostile_place_for_multimedia_students_contributions
> > > > >>
> > > > >> As far as I can understand it, some students on an Outreach
> project
> > > > >> uploaded some rather well-made video material, and comeone on
> Commons
> > > > >> deleted them because they appeared to well-made to be student
> projects
> > > > and
> > > > >> so concluded they were copyright violations.  But some rather odd
> > > > remarks
> > > > >> were made "Commons has to fight the endless stream of uploaded
> > > > copyrighted
> > > > >> content on behalf of a headquarters in San Francisco that doesn't
> > > care."
> > > > >> and
> > > > >> "you have regarded Commons as little more than free cloud storage
> for
> > > > >> images you intend to use on Wikipedia ".
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Perhaps the Foundation needs to resolve this dispute?
> > > > >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Who oversees the AffCom?

2019-05-06 Thread James Heilman
 > > > > Wikimedia
> > > > > > > >> > > Movement allowed for such a secretive, arbitrary,
> > apparently
> > > > > > > unchecked
> > > > > > > >> > and
> > > > > > > >> > > very much powerful institution to grow and thrive like
> > this
> > > in
> > > > > its
> > > > > > > >> > middle,
> > > > > > > >> > > overseeing and effectively controlling the relation of
> all
> > > of
> > > > us
> > > > > > > (both
> > > > > > > >> > > affiliates and individuals) and the WMF?
> > > > > > > >> > >
> > > > > > > >> > > More important than that, what can be done about this?
> > Where
> > > > one
> > > > > > can
> > > > > > > >> > appeal
> > > > > > > >> > > to, when presented with such fraudulent, baseless,
> > > secretive,
> > > > > > > >> > > unsubstantiated accusations by a body which was supposed
> > to
> > > be
> > > > > > above
> > > > > > > >> all
> > > > > > > >> > > suspicion?
> > > > > > > >> > >
> > > > > > > >> > > Can an internal inquiry be demanded somewhere at the
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > > > > >> Foundation
> > > > > > > >> > > over the activities and decisions of AffCom, in the same
> > way
> > > > we
> > > > > do
> > > > > > > >> with
> > > > > > > >> > > suspicious activity by checkusers and supervisors, with
> > the
> > > > > > > Ombudsman
> > > > > > > >> > > Commission?
> > > > > > > >> > >
> > > > > > > >> > > Looking forward for any help and insight on this,
> > > > > > > >> > >
> > > > > > > >> > > Paulo - DarwIn
> > > > > > > >> > > Wikimedia Portugal
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VideoWiki Tool

2019-05-04 Thread James Heilman
Yes I think we can activate it in Spanish. Will need to make a few
adjustments.

Will let you know in a couple of days.

James

On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 6:05 PM Florencia Claes 
wrote:

> Hi! It looks great! Thank you very much.
> Do you think it's possible to use it in projects in Spanish?
>
> Best,
> Florenciac
>
> El vie., 3 may. 2019 a las 3:14, James Heilman ()
> escribió:
>
> > Hey All
> >
> > The videowiki tool for making video summaries has moved to an "all on
> > Wikipedia" functionality.
> >
> > Step-by-step instructions on how to use it are here
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Tutorial
> >
> > An example video is here
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Polio
> >
> > And a place to play around with the tool is here
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Sandbox
> >
> > Well it works there is still a lot of stuff to improve within the tool.
> > Feedback appreciated. Best
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[Wikimedia-l] VideoWiki Tool

2019-05-02 Thread James Heilman
Hey All

The videowiki tool for making video summaries has moved to an "all on
Wikipedia" functionality.

Step-by-step instructions on how to use it are here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Tutorial

An example video is here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Polio

And a place to play around with the tool is here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Sandbox

Well it works there is still a lot of stuff to improve within the tool.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reviewing our brand system for our 2030 goals

2019-04-18 Thread James Heilman
With respect to popularity per Alexa:

Wikipedia is 5th
Wikimedia is 276 (includes both Commons and Wikispecies)
Wiktionary is 432
Wikibooks is 1,892
Wikisource is 2,790
Wikiquote is 3,953
Wikidata is 8,848
Wikiversity is 9,372 (includes Wiki Journals)
Wikivoyage is 14,850
Wikinews is 60,829

There are 644 million websites. That means all our sites are doing fairly
well relatively. Wiki Journals are hoping to split off to become their own
sister site. The Wiki Journals accept primary research and than subject it
to peer review. Might make sense to merge Wikinews into such a site. Of
course would require consensus.

James

On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM Jennifer Pryor-Summers <
jennifer.pryorsumm...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Gerard
>
> >
> > So it is ok to deny the minority that insists they are not?
> >
> > I didn't say that at all.  I merely suggest that the reality is that the
> majority of volunteers take a certain view of themselves (that they are
> Wikpedians first and foremost ), and that the ones who take a different
> view of themselves (that they are Wikmedians first and foremost) are in the
> minority. That is a proposition which is capable of being tested: I have
> not done that test.  If it were to turn out to be true, as I sugest it is,
> that would not be to "deny the minority", it would simply be to state that
> the minority turns out as a matter of fact to be a minority.
>
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[Wikimedia-l] A BIG congratulations to the WikiVoyage community.

2019-04-14 Thread James Heilman
Back in 2013 the WikiVoyage community joined the Wikimedia Movement after
leaving their prior hoster and site behind.

Per Alexa WikiVoyage this month passed in popularity the website they left.
WikiVoyage is now the 14,793 most popular website in the world as opposed
to WikiTravel at 15,821.

A BIG congratulations to the WikiVoyage community :-)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki

2019-03-01 Thread James Heilman
Yes excellent idea. For everyone who is interested in the concept of wiki
based collaboratively built video add your name on meta
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Video#Interest

Still a fair bit of technical work to do. We want to create a work flow
were the text script and instructions for when images appear within a video
all exists within Wikimedia markup on Wikipedia.

Hopefully that work flow will be ready in a few months (maybe by
Wikimania...) We also want to get built a tool for commons that can trim
and cut video similar to how we have a tool that can crop images.

James

On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 1:22 PM Jonathan Morgan 
wrote:

> Could these videos be posted to YouTube?
>
> In a recent talk <https://vimeo.com/album/5793528>, internet researcher
> danah boyd makes the observation (around minute 15) that one of the
> problems with conspiracy propagation in YouTube is that nobody generally
> bothers to produce response videos to counteract disinformation narratives.
> So people who use YouTube to get their "news" (<-- a HUGE number of younger
> internet users) are never exposed to the truth around these subjects.
>
> Many of us are aware that last year YouTube tried, somewhat
> problematically, to link to Wikipedia articles in an attempt to counter
> disinformation. But it would be even more useful to* insert factual
> information into the YouTube ecosystem itself*. It seems to me that
> VideoWiki tool gives our Movement a powerful new tool to counter
> disinformation in a more timely manner.
>
> Imagine a 4 minute video that pulls from multiple Wikipedia articles and
> other WM data sources and which is designed to counter, say, a new viral
> anti-vaxx video in a concise and engaging way. Before VideoWiki, this would
> have been pretty labor-intensive to create. With VideoWiki, it seems like
> we're close to being able to develop this kind of content in a much more
> timely manner.
>
> But to be effective, the video needs to reach the intended audience. The
> best way to do that is to post it to YouTube, where that audience is. Hence
> my opening question.
>
> What do people think?
>
> Jonathan
>
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 5:47 PM James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > Yes definitely possible for other languages. It currently works in Hindi,
> > Spanish, French, and English.
> >
> > Here is an example of one in Hindi
> >
> >
> https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/hi/videowiki/%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%A1%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%BE:%E0%A4%B5%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%A1%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AF%E0%A5%8B%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BF/%E0%A4%86%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A4%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%AF_%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%82%E0%A4%A7%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%B6%E0%A5%8B%E0%A4%A5?wikiSource=https://hi.wikipedia.org
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 8:47 AM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
> > galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Is it possible to add other languages if we have a free TTS system?
> > > 
> > > From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf
> of
> > > Samuel Klein 
> > > Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:10 PM
> > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki
> > >
> > > Brilliant.  Long in the making, much needed.
> > >
> > > And for branding, the website devoted to this should be called
> Wikipedia
> > > Media...
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM James Heilman 
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hey All
> > > >
> > > > We have a new project called Video Wiki
> > > > <https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/en> which
> > > > allows:
> > > >
> > > >1. The easy creation of videos from scripts from Wikipedia and
> > images
> > > /
> > > >short video segments from Commons
> > > >2. Scripts can have inline references and the text of the script
> > with
> > > >references end up in the captions of the video with references.
> > These
> > > >captions can be turned on and off
> > > >3. At the end of the video it automatically adds
> > > >   1.  the license for the text (CC BY SA license)
> > > >   2. attribution of those who have edited the scripts
> > > >   3. all the metadata for the references supporting the scripts
> > > >4. The final video version on Commons lists the files that the
> video
> > > is
> > > >derived from
> > > >5. Attribution for the images is automatically added at the bottom
> > of
> > &g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki

2019-02-27 Thread James Heilman
Yes definitely possible for other languages. It currently works in Hindi,
Spanish, French, and English.

Here is an example of one in Hindi
https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/hi/videowiki/%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%A1%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%BE:%E0%A4%B5%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%A1%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AF%E0%A5%8B%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BF/%E0%A4%86%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A4%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%AF_%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%82%E0%A4%A7%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%B6%E0%A5%8B%E0%A4%A5?wikiSource=https://hi.wikipedia.org

James

On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 8:47 AM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Is it possible to add other languages if we have a free TTS system?
> 
> From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of
> Samuel Klein 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:10 PM
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki
>
> Brilliant.  Long in the making, much needed.
>
> And for branding, the website devoted to this should be called Wikipedia
> Media...
>
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > Hey All
> >
> > We have a new project called Video Wiki
> > <https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/en> which
> > allows:
> >
> >1. The easy creation of videos from scripts from Wikipedia and images
> /
> >short video segments from Commons
> >2. Scripts can have inline references and the text of the script with
> >references end up in the captions of the video with references. These
> >captions can be turned on and off
> >3. At the end of the video it automatically adds
> >   1.  the license for the text (CC BY SA license)
> >   2. attribution of those who have edited the scripts
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> >4. The final video version on Commons lists the files that the video
> is
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> >each image
> >
> >
> > Have started a discussion here on Wikipedia and would appreciate peoples
> > thoughts. Will be drafting a formal RfC about the use of such videos
> > eventually.
> >
> >
> >
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Video_Wiki
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[Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki

2019-02-26 Thread James Heilman
Hey All

We have a new project called Video Wiki
<https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/en> which
allows:

   1. The easy creation of videos from scripts from Wikipedia and images /
   short video segments from Commons
   2. Scripts can have inline references and the text of the script with
   references end up in the captions of the video with references. These
   captions can be turned on and off
   3. At the end of the video it automatically adds
  1.  the license for the text (CC BY SA license)
  2. attribution of those who have edited the scripts
  3. all the metadata for the references supporting the scripts
   4. The final video version on Commons lists the files that the video is
   derived from
   5. Attribution for the images is automatically added at the bottom of
   each image


Have started a discussion here on Wikipedia and would appreciate peoples
thoughts. Will be drafting a formal RfC about the use of such videos
eventually.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Video_Wiki


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia has been accepted as a mentor organization in GSoC 2019!

2019-02-26 Thread James Heilman
We have a lot of amazing potential projects that just missed the selection
criteria for the community wish list in 2019

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2019/Results

Would some of these quality as projects?

James

On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM Srishti Sethi  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Wikimedia has been accepted as a mentor organization in the Google Summer
> of Code 2019 with 207 open source projects
> <https://opensource.googleblog.com/2019/02/gsoc-2019-organizations.html>
> :)
> And, application period for Outreachy Round 18 started last week.
>
> We have listed a few ideas for projects for both programs on MediaWiki and
> we are looking for more. Unlike Google Summer of Code, Outreachy is open to
> non-students and non-coders and projects could be around documentation,
> design, translation research, outreach, etc. View current list of ideas:
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/2019
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Outreachy/Round_18
>
> Both these programs have a similar timeline for the summer round. Accepted
> candidates will work with mentors from May to August 2019. If you are
> interested in mentoring a project, create a task on Phabricator and tag it
> with #outreach-programs-projects and #Google-Summer-of-Code (2019) or
> #Outreachy (Round 18). You can also choose to mentor for projects already
> on outreach-programs-projects
> <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/outreach-programs-projects/>
> workboard. Remember, every project must have two mentors.
>
> Some helpful resources for you:
> * Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a mentor:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/Mentors
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Outreachy/Mentors
>
> * View full program timeline:
> https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline
> https://www.outreachy.org/apply/project-selection/
>
> Looking forward to your participation! :)
>
> Cheers,
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Content showcases? Examples needed

2019-01-11 Thread James Heilman
The work of Dr. Subas Chandra Rout from India who has translated more than
1,000 medical articles into the language Odia. The language is spoken by
nearly 40 million people and is not supported by machine translation. For
many of the articles this is the first time content has existed on the
topic online.

Details on Odia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odia_language

A list of some of the translated articles
https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%B0%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%A3%E0%AD%80:%E0%AC%9A%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%95%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%B8%E0%AC%BE_%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%9C%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%9E%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%A8

An example of one of the translations
https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%86%E0%AC%98%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8B%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%A4%E0%AC%B0_%E0%AC%9A%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%AA_%E0%AC%AC%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%AE%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%B0%E0%AD%80

Best
James


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> Hi,
>
> Two quick suggestions:
>
>- Picture of the year
>- Integrated and successful GLAMs, where valuable content from GLAM
>partners is reused in various Wikimedia projects, preferentially in an
>integrated way, and already being successfully used in educational
>institutions for teaching.
>
> Cheers,
> Paulo
>
> Joseph Seddon  escreveu no dia sexta, 11/01/2019
> à(s) 13:08:
>
> > Hey Everyone!
> >
> > I have a question. Within the movement, what are the best online
> showcases
> > of our content, movement and volunteers?
> >
> > Context: We've been featuring the blog post about the Wiki Loves
> Monuments
> > winners in thank you email and banners to our readers and donors.
> >
> > We want to showcase our best content to our readers and donors and are
> > looking for ideas about how we can do that.
> >
> > Got examples? Ideas? More complex suggestions for next year or future
> > years?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks which appear to demonstrate prejudice against minorities

2019-01-07 Thread James Heilman
While we give individual languages / projects a great deal of autonomy,
they are not completely autonomous and remain accountable to our global
norms. We have a shared brand to uphold. Glad to see a strong position has
been taken by the community against discrimination based on sexual
orientation.

My 2 cents
James

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is the death of Wikipedia imminent?

2018-12-31 Thread James Heilman
 an article's
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Call for Proposals to Host Wikimania in 2020

2018-09-27 Thread James Heilman
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Inc. working with Go Fish Digital, a company that whitewashes Wikipedia

2018-08-08 Thread James Heilman
 >>> optimization
> > >>>>> and for what reason.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> How is it appropriate for Wikimedia Foundation Inc. to work with a
> > >>>> company
> > >>>>> that is, by its own admission, whitewashing Wikipedia? Doesn't this
> > >>> give
> > >>>>> Go Fish Digital a ton of legitimization by now being able to say it
> > >>> works
> > >>>>> directly with Wikimedia Foundation Inc. ("with Wikipedia")?
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Is it appropriate to give a company that sells whitewashing
> Wikipedia
> > >>>>> services access to private user data, as was done in
> > >>>>> <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T192893> and
> > >>>>> <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T193052>? The Wikimedia
> > Foundation
> > >>>> Inc.
> > >>>>> legal department apparently approved this access, but I'm curious
> to
> > >>> know
> > >>>>> why, given the company's role in selling an "Online Reputation
> > >>>> Management"
> > >>>>> product. This looks bad to me.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> MZMcBride
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

2018-07-25 Thread James Heilman
The intro page of the offline medical wiki says that the content is written
by volunteers and invites the reader to join us and make the next version
better.

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 14:03 Leinonen Teemu  wrote:

> Hi Anne,
>
> On 23 Jul 2018, at 19.24, Anne Gomez  ago...@wikimedia.org>> wrote:
> Personally, I see the New Readers efforts as a step in that direction, and
> not the end goal. We're working on bringing more people to understanding
> Wikipedia/Wikimedia with the hope that they'll contribute down the line...
> but, in my opinion, we can't expect people to contribute if they don't
> visit our sites or understand the values and structures we have built to
> support building knowledge.
>
> Fair enough. I am just afraid that people who are from the beginning
> invited to be a “reader”, called “readers”, not having “edit” -button, not
> getting the full Wikipedia -experience, will not get the “values and
> structure”, either. For them Wikipedia will be a free encyclopedia, not the
> free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
>
> I think the message for the people using the offline Wikipedia should be
> something like that we are really, really sorry that at this point of time
> we can only provide you access to read the content, but we are working hard
> to make it possible that your knowledge, in your own languages will be part
> of the "sum of all knowledge”. :-)
>
> Best regards,
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> - Teemu
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

2018-07-23 Thread James Heilman
e. While there has been a significant
> reduction
> > > in high mobile data costs and other barriers to participating in
> > Wikipedia,
> > > more than half the world’s population is not yet online. [3]
> > >
> > > Today, Kiwix sits at the heart of the offline ecosystem with more than
> 3
> > > million users from more than 200 countries. It can store millions of
> > > Wikipedia articles from any of Wikipedia’s nearly 300 languages along
> > with
> > > thousands of books and videos on a single flash drive or microSD card
> for
> > > access on smartphones and computers. Kiwix has also worked with
> > nonprofits
> > > such as the Orange Foundation, Human Rights Foundation, Internet in a
> > Box,
> > > WikiFundi, and Digisoft to scale distribution of offline education
> > > materials around the world to students, teachers, and the general
> public.
> > >
> > > More information about the Wikimedia Foundation’s work to expand access
> > > and participation to Wikipedia globally, including information about
> this
> > > partnership with Kiwix, can be found in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> > > 2018-2019 annual plan. [4]
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > About the Wikimedia Foundation
> > >
> > > The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports
> and
> > > operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is
> > the
> > > world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> > > across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> > > Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and
> improving
> > > knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> > > month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties
> in
> > > the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation
> > is
> > > a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and
> > grants.
> > >
> > > About Kiwix
> > >
> > > Kiwix is an open-source software that brings internet content to
> millions
> > > of people without internet access - be it because of cost, poor
> > > infrastructures or even censorship. Websites like Wikipedia, TED talks,
> > the
> > > Gutenberg library and many more can be stored and browsed as if users
> > were
> > > online. Kiwix is available in more than 100 languages, and runs on all
> > > major desktop and mobile platforms. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland,
> Kiwix
> > > Association is a registered Swiss Verein that is funded solely through
> > > donations and grants. For more information, see www.kiwix.org.
> > >
> > > Press contacts
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > > Kui Kinyanjui
> > > pr...@wikimedia.org
> > >
> > >
> > > Kiwix
> > > Stéphane Coillet-Matillon
> > > +41 79 215 8510 or steph...@kiwix.org
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > [1]
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Stephane/
> > Kiwix/Offline_medical
> > >
> > > [2]
> > >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/11/03/wikimedia-movement-new-direction/
> > >
> > > [3] https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx
> > >
> > > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers/Annual_Plan_1819
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

2018-07-20 Thread James Heilman
 public.
> >
> > More information about the Wikimedia Foundation’s work to expand access
> > and participation to Wikipedia globally, including information about this
> > partnership with Kiwix, can be found in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> > 2018-2019 annual plan. [4]
> >
> >
> >
> > About the Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports and
> > operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is
> the
> > world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> > across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> > Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
> > knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> > month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
> > the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation
> is
> > a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and
> grants.
> >
> > About Kiwix
> >
> > Kiwix is an open-source software that brings internet content to millions
> > of people without internet access - be it because of cost, poor
> > infrastructures or even censorship. Websites like Wikipedia, TED talks,
> the
> > Gutenberg library and many more can be stored and browsed as if users
> were
> > online. Kiwix is available in more than 100 languages, and runs on all
> > major desktop and mobile platforms. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Kiwix
> > Association is a registered Swiss Verein that is funded solely through
> > donations and grants. For more information, see www.kiwix.org.
> >
> > Press contacts
> >
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> > Kui Kinyanjui
> > pr...@wikimedia.org
> >
> >
> > Kiwix
> > Stéphane Coillet-Matillon
> > +41 79 215 8510 or steph...@kiwix.org
> >
> >
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Stephane/Kiwix/Offline_medical
> >
> > [2]
> > https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/11/03/wikimedia-movement-new-direction/
> >
> > [3] https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx
> >
> > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers/Annual_Plan_1819
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> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of Wikipedia Zero

2018-07-02 Thread James Heilman
Now Facebook Basics still exists and still includes Wikipedia as far as I
am aware.

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 04:50 GoEthe.wiki  wrote:

> Hi,
>
> We are also getting a couple of inquiries at the Facebook page of Wikimedia
> Portugal.
> There is no affiliate in Angola, and the Wikipedia facebook page that Lucas
> Teles mentioned is focused on language rather than region, and has a
> significant proportion of followers from Angola and Mozambique.
>
> It would be nice to have a (Portuguese) text that we can refer users to in
> case of further inquiries. I would be happy to provide translation (maybe
> Lucas can help there as well). Perhaps that blog post from Frebuary would
> be good enough.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Gonçalo Themudo
>
>
> *Wikimedia Portugal*
> *Email: *goethe.w...@gmail.com
> *Website: *http://pt.wikimedia.org 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Statement Opposing the EU Copyright Package

2018-06-29 Thread James Heilman
Thanks Maria

The EN community continues to discuss the possibility of posting a banner
targeted to those in Europe in an effort to raise awareness. Still a lot of
work to do and further community support required for this to move forwards.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)#Proposals_for_wording_of_a_neutral_banner

James

On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 3:03 PM María Sefidari 
wrote:

> The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates
> Wikipedia, the world’s largest online repository of free knowledge, believe
> that the European Union’s proposed copyright directive is a threat to
> essential human freedoms. If passed, it would limit free expression, and
> cause serious harm to collaboration and diversity online.
>
> Over the last few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has been watching
> developments around new proposed copyright laws in Europe very closely.
>
> On June 20, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to
> support proposed copyright laws that, if enacted, will significantly limit
> the openness of the internet, diminishing the ability of people around the
> globe to access knowledge, while stifling innovation and imposing what we
> believe will be unreasonable costs on new or smaller websites. We expressed
> our opposition to these proposals at the time, and the Wikimedia Foundation
> -- along with many in the Wikimedia movement—advocated against them. We now
> do so again as we approach July 5th, which will be another critical moment
> in the legislative process as the issue comes up for a vote once again.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects exist to harness the power of a
> free and open web to make knowledge more accessible for everyone. Our
> mission to create a world where everyone can share in the sum of human
> knowledge requires a web in which all people can freely collaborate to
> create and access knowledge.
>
> This flawed EU copyright proposal contradicts that vision.
>
> Instead of truly modernizing copyright for Europe and promoting everyone's
> participation in information society, the proposal threatens freedom online
> and creates new obstacles to access by imposing new barriers, filters, and
> restrictions.
>
> We are committed to remaining a strong advocate and partner for enabling
> society’s ability to share and curate knowledge in free and open spaces.
>
> Now is the time to stand up for the free and open internet.
>
> Today we, as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, *unanimously and
> strongly*, urge the European Parliament and Council *to oppose* the
> proposed directive in its current version and stand on the side of the
> people in Europe. Please read the Wikimedia Foundation's statement on EU
> copyright reform
> <
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/06/29/eu-copyright-proposal-will-hurt-web-wikipedia/
> >
> and take action at Changecopyright.org <https://changecopyright.org/>.
>
> On behalf of the Board,
>
> María Sefidari
> Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Portuguese Wikipedia has reached 1 Million articles created

2018-06-27 Thread James Heilman
Excellent news. Great to see Portuguese Wikipedia growing :-)

On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 8:03 PM Eileen Hershenov 
wrote:

> Wonderful!  Congratulations!
>
> Eileen
>
> Eileen B. Hershenov
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>
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 10:57 AM, Lucas Teles  wrote:
>
> > Hello, folks!
> >
> > I am pleased to report that Portuguese Wikipedia reached 1 Million
> articles
> > created yesterday. [1]
> >
> > Community voted for a commemorative logo and set a sitenotice banner
> with a
> > statement mentioning the milestone. [2]
> >
> > Thanks to the volunteers and supporters!
> >
> > Links:
> > [1] https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Especial:Estat%C3%ADsticas
> >
> > [2]
> > https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Um_milh%C3%A3o_de_artigos
> >
> > Teles
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Appropriation of the Wikimedia Blog by the WMF

2018-06-10 Thread James Heilman
rst.
> >
> > You say that "we indeed have a lot of people who shout loud, do very
> > little, and get all kinds of credits for the work others have done". But
> we
> > also have many people who speak quietly, do very much, and get no credit
> > for what they are doing, and I do not see harm in recognizing their work
> > with donations, specially if they commit to improve themselves and to
> > listen. You don't explain why you don't like people who listen and who
> get
> > donations. Tbh, I do not like to have slaves in our movement, and I think
> > we should free them from this kind of ungrateful slavery that many seem
> to
> > be very happy about. At least slaves got some food, and a place to sleep.
> >
> > And also listen to what Anders is saying, our model is not working any
> more
> > (it was not sustainable to start with), we have reached the limit, and
> now
> > it is time to reinvent ourselves. And as far as I know most of us here
> are
> > "bottom", so we are building "bottom-up".
> >
> > @Aubrey: Thanks for your long answer :) I'll address it later on, to
> write
> > this email took me at least 5h of coming to the keyboard and leaving to
> > manage the stress. I hope a reply to your email takes me a bit less...
> >
> > Regards,
> > Micru
> >
> > [1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-
> May/090365.html
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Micru/Draft_RFC
> > [3]
> > https://www.csh.umn.edu/education/focus-areas/whole-
> > systems-healing/leadership/deep-listening
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Appropriation of the Wikimedia Blog by the WMF

2018-06-10 Thread James Heilman
> that will not listen neither to myself as individual nor to myself as an
>>>>> organization. What is there for me left to do?
>>>>>
>>>>> The only thing it is left for me to do is to question the legitimacy of
>>>>>
>>>> the
>>>
>>>> WMF as the leadership organization of the Wikimedia movement,
>>>>>
>>>> understanding
>>>
>>>> leadership as the capacity to listen to many individual voices and act
>>>>>
>>>> in a
>>>
>>>> way that is beneficial to all of them. If the WMF is incapable of
>>>>>
>>>> listening
>>>
>>>> to my individual voice, then I want either a reform in the WMF to
>>>>>
>>>> include
>>>
>>>> people who are able to listen at the top of the hierarchy, or a new
>>>>> organization who can listen and create a common vision out of what it
>>>>> hears. Things like the Strategy process are supposed to help with this
>>>>> goal, however I feel it doesn't offer the space for day to day
>>>>>
>>>> activities
>>>
>>>> or to challenge participants with new ideas, then it has no use for me.
>>>>>
>>>>> So yes, I will follow your advice and I will pick my battles, putting
>>>>> myself first. In this case my battle from this moment on is to
>>>>> recognize
>>>>> the authority of the Wikimedia movement as a whole, and build
>>>>> leadership
>>>>> legitimacy for me and all those in the movement who are able to listen.
>>>>>
>>>> I
>>>
>>>> do believe that such people exist in our movement (I know a few), and
>>>>>
>>>> that
>>>
>>>> they have a very high capacity for listening, but they themselves are
>>>>>
>>>> not
>>>
>>>> being heard, and that is extremely unfair, and it is something I would
>>>>>
>>>> like
>>>
>>>> to correct because me and the movement would benefit greatly. And as you
>>>>> said money is necessary, so it has to be paid.
>>>>>
>>>>> @SJ: as you can see from my email, there are deeper issues than just
>>>>> the
>>>>> blog.
>>>>>
>>>>> @Pine: Thank you for our conversation this morning. I learnt a lot from
>>>>> hearing your perspective, and I felt heard by you because you gave me
>>>>>
>>>> the
>>>
>>>> opportunity to voice my concerns, and you asked me questions about them.
>>>>>
>>>>> @Frederick: Yes, money is an issue that has to be discussed with the
>>>>> community broadly. I think it might be too much to elaborate about it
>>>>>
>>>> now
>>>
>>>> on this conversation, but it can be the topic for another thread.
>>>>> About volunteer burnout, I feel many of us feel underappreciated
>>>>> because
>>>>> there is no space in our projects for appreciation. For now the only
>>>>> proposal I had in mind is about creating pages on Meta for volunteers,
>>>>>
>>>> so
>>>
>>>> the work of individuals can be seen completely. Perhaps it needs more
>>>>> discussion.
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Micru
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Most wanted articles across languages

2018-05-31 Thread James Heilman
Excellent. Google also provided a list of some of the most missing items in
13 languages of India as part of Project Tiger.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Supporting_Indian_Language_Wikipedias_Program/Contest/Topics

James

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 10:58 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:

> Hi!
>
> There's a little research project I've been working on in the last few
> weeks: What are the articles that people are most often looking for in
> their language, and *cannot* find?
>
> I was doing this by looking at the logs of searches in the language search
> box in the interlanguage links panel and counting the articles on which
> searching for a language didn't yield any result.
>
> This can be useful to the editors in different languages for understanding
> which articles are in demand and should be created. This may also be useful
> for considering how to reorganize existing articles. Of course, actually
> doing this is up to the editing communities in each language; I'm just
> trying to show where exactly does this happen.
>
> My first attempt at producing a report about it can be found here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Most_wanted_articles_across_languages
>
> This is my first attempt to make a public version of this report, so you
> may find some issues there, for example contradicting or missing data.
> Also, the tables could probably be more nicely designed. Bug reports,
> suggestions for improvement, and all other feedback is obviously welcome.
> However, I believe this is good enough for taking a first look and reaching
> some conclusions.
>
> The two immediate findings that I can see are that the most notable
> articles that people cannot find fall into the following categories:
> * Topics that are popular in the news: "Avengers: Infinity War", "General
> Data Protection Regulation", "Avicii". In particular, I should note that
> topics that are featured in Google Doodles [1] come up often: "Georges
> Méliès", "Mahadevi Varma", etc.
> * Topics that are covered in another language, but cannot be found because
> of different organization of information. This often happens with articles
> where there are cultural differences between languages, for example
> "Football" in the English Wikipedia refers to several different games (I'd
> guess that many people around the world are interested in "Association
> Football"). This also often happens with articles about Biology and
> species: "Homo Sapiens", "Blueberry", etc.; these are organized differently
> in different Wikipedias.
>
> [1] https://www.google.com/doodles/
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Airtasker adds for articles

2018-05-24 Thread James Heilman
We have Terms of Use that require disclosure when people are involved in
paid editing. Often paid editing occurs on obscure topics and we are unable
to closely vet the volume of paid editing that is occurring, this means a
lots of promotional content can and does slip through and make us look bad.

Trying to vet this volume of content also distracts good faith editors from
work on more notable topics. Additionally this counts as covert advertising
which in certain subject areas such as health is not permitted by
organizations such as the FDA in the USA. Additional issues include that
the accounts involved are often socks and the content in question is often
"copy and pasted".

The same argument could be applied to banned editors, if they are producing
good content why do we not allow banned editors to edit using socks?

James

On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:50 PM, Michel Vuijlsteke <wikipe...@zog.org>
wrote:

> Shouldn't articles be judged independently of who exactly wrote them and
> for what reason?
>
> If an article reads well, has good content, is sourced, neutral etc, what's
> the issue exactly?
>
> On 24 May 2018 at 12:28, Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I find this rather disturbing that Airtasker accepts adds for people
> > wanting to have articles written, on wikipedia.
> >
> > The person writing the add is asking someone to violate WMF terms &
> > Conditions as you can some of the respondents are indicating that they do
> > this regularly
> >
> > https://www.airtasker.com/tasks/copywriter-for-a-
> > wikipedia-article-10031171/
> >
> > Would it  be prudent for the WMF legal to contact Airtasker, highlight
> our
> > T and have them block such requests from being posted.  Airtasker
> > themselves also gets paid when people write Wikipedia articles
> >
> > --
> > GN.
> > Noongarpedia: https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/nys/Main_Page
> > WMAU: http://www.wikimedia.org.au/wiki/User:Gnangarra
> > Photo Gallery: http://gnangarra.redbubble.com
> > Out now: A.Gaynor, P. Newman and P. Jennings (eds.), *Never Again:
> > Reflections on Environmental Responsibility after Roe 8*, UWAP, 2017.
> > Order
> > here
> > <https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/never-again-
> > reflections-on-environmental-responsibility-after-roe-8>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Does anyone know what wikimedia france are up to with the Request Network ?

2018-04-27 Thread James Heilman
This also needs correcting
https://blog.request.network/request-network-project-update-april-27th-2018-partnership-with-wikimedia-woocommerce-plugin-c598372e9b58

Also I am not sure use of the Wikipedia logo is appropriate as it is not an
partnership with Wikipedia.

James

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 8:35 AM, Pierre-Yves Beaudouin <
pierre.beaudo...@wikimedia.fr> wrote:

> Sorry it's a mistake, the partnership is with WMFr. We will correct that
> tweet.
>
> Pyb
>
> Le ven. 27 avr. 2018 à 15:49, geni <geni...@gmail.com> a écrit :
>
> > According to their twitter feed they have announced a partnership with
> > something called the "Request Network‏" for cryptocurrency donations.
> > Also this article here
> >
> >
> > https://www.wikimedia.fr/2018/04/27/wikimedia-france-
> annonce-partenariat-fondation-request-network-accepter-
> donations-crypto-monnaies/
> >
> > Ok. I don't approve but I'm not french so not its not an area where I
> > can reasonably expect anyone to pay any attention to my opinions.
> >
> > What concerns me is that they have retweeted something claiming the
> > partnership is with the wikimedia foundation rather than just
> > wikimedia france:
> >
> > https://twitter.com/wikimedia_fr?lang=en
> >
> > Is some form of clarification possible?
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Does anyone know what wikimedia france are up to with the Request Network ?

2018-04-27 Thread James Heilman
While the WMF accepts bitcoin this claim is definitely concerning

"the Wikimedia Foundation reinforces its leading status by widely
integrating blockchain technology on its platform"

Have cc'ed Chuck from legal regarding potential trademark issues.

James

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 8:23 AM, Devouard (gmail) <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Definitly confusing.
>
> See also this : https://blog.request.network/r
> equest-network-project-update-april-27th-2018-partnership-
> with-wikimedia-woocommerce-plugin-c598372e9b58
>
>
> Florence
>
> Le 27/04/2018 à 15:49, geni a écrit :
>
>> According to their twitter feed they have announced a partnership with
>> something called the "Request Network‏" for cryptocurrency donations.
>> Also this article here
>>
>> https://www.wikimedia.fr/2018/04/27/wikimedia-france-annonce
>> -partenariat-fondation-request-network-accepter-donations-
>> crypto-monnaies/
>>
>> Ok. I don't approve but I'm not french so not its not an area where I
>> can reasonably expect anyone to pay any attention to my opinions.
>>
>> What concerns me is that they have retweeted something claiming the
>> partnership is with the wikimedia foundation rather than just
>> wikimedia france:
>>
>> https://twitter.com/wikimedia_fr?lang=en
>>
>> Is some form of clarification possible?
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2018-04-18 Thread James Heilman
ttles down and stabilises it becomes a community.
> > The
> > >> community is broadly stable, but we need a steady flow of new
> > wikimedians,
> > >> and our only really effective way of recruiting new Wikimedians is for
> > >> them
> > >> to see the edit button on our sites. An increasing shift to our
> content
> > >> being used without attribution is an existential threat to the project
> > and
> > >> hence to the WMF.
> > >>
> > >> Our communities are made up of volunteers with diverse motivations.
> For
> > >> some of us the BY-SA part of the licensing is important, personally I
> > feel
> > >> good when i see one of my photos used by someone else but attributed
> to
> > >> me.
> > >> If the de facto policy of the WMF was to treat volunteer contributions
> > as
> > >> effectively CC0 this would be demotivating for some members of our
> > >> community. I'm also active on another site where every member
> regularly
> > >> gets stats on their readership, something I very much doubt would
> happen
> > >> if
> > >> it wasn't an effective mechanism to encourage continued participation.
> > >>
> > >> Every organisation needs money, the WMF gets most of its money by
> asking
> > >> for it on wikipedia and other sites. Again, encouraging attribution
> back
> > >> to
> > >> Wikipedia etc tackles the existential threat of other sites treating
> > >> wikipedia et al as CC0.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> WSC
> > >>
> > >> On 5 April 2018 at 08:04, <wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> > Hi,
> > >> >
> > >> > On 04/04/2018 08:36 PM, Anthony Cole wrote:
> > >> > > I'm curious also. I release my articles under "attribution, share
> > >> alike"
> > >> > > and rely on WMF to preserve those rights.
> > >> >
> > >> > Why are you relying on the WMF? Wikipedia contributors (like
> yourself)
> > >> > are the ones who own copyright to the articles - the WMF doesn't.
> > Unless
> > >> > you've granted/transferred copyright to the WMF (or some other
> license
> > >> > enforcement agreement), I don't think they can pursue legal action
> for
> > >> > you or other Wikipedians. (IANAL, etc.)
> > >> >
> > >> > -- Legoktm
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Future of video summaries of diseases on EN WP

2018-04-01 Thread James Heilman
Thanks Isaac

Yes the nearly 400 video summaries of diseases have been removed from
English Wikipedia. They will remain on commons being under a CC BY SA 4.0
license.

Updates and new video up loads will likely stop. Whether or not they will
continue to use an open license for further content they produce is unclear.

I have requested they not mention collaborating with Wikipedia or Wiki
Project Med Foundation going forwards and they have agreed not to mention
collaborating with Wikipedia or Wiki Project Med Foundation going forwards.

Best
James

On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 7:34 AM, Isaac Olatunde <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> I mean collaboration with Wiki Project Med Foundation and *not "Wiki
> Project Mexico Foundation "*
>
> Regards,
>
> Isaac
>
> On Apr 1, 2018 2:33 PM, wrote:
>
> > I mean collaboration with Wiki Project Med Foundation and "Wiki Project
> > Mexico Foundation "
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Isaac
> >
> > Note: I'm currently on a mobile device
> >
> > On Apr 1, 2018 2:29 PM, "Isaac Olatunde" <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Dear all,
> >>
> >> Doc James has announced the termination of the partnership with Osmosis
> >> on Jimbo's talk page.[1]
> >> According to him, they would will be removing any mention of
> >> collaborating with Wikipedia or Wiki Project Mexico Foundation from
> current
> >> documents and going forward.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Isaac
> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales#Update
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mar 28, 2018 9:54 PM, "Tito Dutta" <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Hi
> >>> Really interesting discussion. Thanks for informing. Will watch and add
> >>> comment after a little study of the videos for accessibility etc.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Thanks
> >>> Tito Dutta
> >>> Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to
> >>> remind
> >>> me over email or phone call.
> >>>
> >>> On 29 March 2018 at 02:15, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> > Hey All
> >>> >
> >>> > We are having a discussion about the future of video summaries of
> >>> diseases.
> >>> > This pertains to a collaboration with the Khan Academy / Osmosis and
> >>> as the
> >>> > videos are used across multiple languages and video has been one of
> >>> the top
> >>> > requested items am posting a link to this RfC here
> >>> >
> >>> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_
> >>> > Medicine#RfC:_Should_Wikipedia_contain_video_summaries_of_di
> >>> seases?_And_
> >>> > how_should_they_be_presented
> >>> > ?
> >>> >
> >>> > Best
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[Wikimedia-l] Future of video summaries of diseases on EN WP

2018-03-28 Thread James Heilman
Hey All

We are having a discussion about the future of video summaries of diseases.
This pertains to a collaboration with the Khan Academy / Osmosis and as the
videos are used across multiple languages and video has been one of the top
requested items am posting a link to this RfC here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#RfC:_Should_Wikipedia_contain_video_summaries_of_diseases?_And_how_should_they_be_presented
?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] About Facebook Linked in some of Wikimedia projects

2018-02-28 Thread James Heilman
I am not seeing any link to Facebook here?

https://az.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeniyetm%C9%99_(roman)

James

On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 2:14 PM, mathieu stumpf guntz <
psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:

> Ok, thank you. To my mind the main problem with that kind of practice
> pertain to the lake of Free-Libre-Archivable-Infrastructure-Rack (FLAIR)
> alternative along the proprietary platform. One problem with this platform,
> is that – as far as I know – we don't have comprehensive archives, let
> alone an archive policy. If tomorrow a proprietary platform decide to erase
> all data related to a group, as far as I know they can do so¹.
>
> Also, as I usually don't employ this services, so I don't know to which
> extend this groups can enforce a free license policy for everything
> published there. This plus terms of service, I have no idea how legal a
> problem it would be to dump this group discussions into a public archive.
>
> Anyway, would a FLAIR alternative be proposed, I would see no point in
> promoting the closed garden within Wikimedia projects, although bridges
> which automatically synchronize data flow on popular closed platforms would
> be still obviously important to maintain.
>
> Actually, even here I think that we should make a policy that submitting
> to our mailling list is conditioned by agreement that the posted material
> will be published under a free license.
>
> Cheers
>
> ¹ Let alone duty to keep a record of everything enforced by this or that
> law, the thing is that it can become offline instantly.
>
>
>
> Le 28/02/2018 à 21:32, Yaroslav Blanter a écrit :
>
>> At your service
>>
>> https://az.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeniyetmə_(roman)
>>
>> Cheers
>> Yaroslav
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 9:26 PM, mathieu stumpf guntz <
>> psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:
>>
>> Saluton,
>>>
>>> Can we actually have a link to a page with a concrete example so we can
>>> judge this factually?
>>>
>>> Vikiame
>>>
>>> Le 28/02/2018 à 20:43, Asaf Bartov a écrit :
>>>
>>> Facebook is a de-facto major venue of communication for a great majority
>>>> of
>>>> Internet users.  Many communities, user groups, and chapters have some
>>>> kind
>>>> of formal presence on Facebook -- "groups" or "pages".  Directing
>>>> visitors
>>>> to your wiki to *your own wiki's* presence on this other major platform,
>>>> i.e. a direct link to your group/page on Facebook, is absolutely fine.
>>>> It
>>>> is *quite* different from, say, just linking to www.facebook.com or
>>>> explicitly endorsing it as a platform ("Join Facebook! It's great!") in
>>>> general.
>>>>
>>>> As you note, a number of communities have done or are doing this.
>>>> Especially for smaller communities, the impact of such link placement
>>>> can
>>>> be a significant driver of traffic (i.e. readers!) to your community
>>>> group/page on Facebook, which itself is important for outreach,
>>>> awareness,
>>>> and volunteer recruitment, and therefore is mission-aligned.
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>>  Asaf
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM Jimmy Wales <jimmywa...@wikia-inc.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Speaking only for myself, not as a member of the board, I don't know of
>>>>
>>>>> any legal or other reason why this should not be done.  I think we
>>>>> should be very careful about links or appearance of endorsement
>>>>> especially on article pages, but outreach to people in the world should
>>>>> take place wherever we find a willing and useful audience.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On 2/28/18 6:29 AM, Minata Hatsune wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I know it based on local consensus, but what I mean here is: those
>>>>>> consensus valid for WMF Term of Use and others policies or not?
>>>>>> Because
>>>>>>
>>>>>> it
>>>>>
>>>>> same with Wikipedia have linked with 3rd party, which is a commerical
>>>>>> website.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy
>>>>>> Vietnamese Wikimedian
>>>>>>
>>>>>> 2018-02-28 18:52 GMT+09:00 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>:
>>>>>&g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] About Facebook Linked in some of Wikimedia projects

2018-02-28 Thread James Heilman
IMO this is based on local community consensus. It is not a global policy.

James

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 9:14 AM, Minata Hatsune <minatahats...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello, I have a question: is it legal and valid for Wikipedia communities
> put promotion links to their Facebook pages on public space as Main Page or
> Sitenotice?
>
> I see many of Wikimedia projects doing this, as Indonesia Wikipedia, Arabic
> Wikipedia, etc... Their Facebooks page also have blue checkmark of Facebook
> as verified.
>
> All what I concern is: Facebook is a commerical website, we put a link as
> "official" to them, will it same with Wikipedia biased for Facebook and
> violated the NPOV policy? And in finally: is it OK if other projects can do
> that? Vietnamese Wikipedia also have a discussion about sitenotice
> promotion to Facebook at <
> https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Th%E1%BA%A3o_lu%E1%
> BA%ADn/Qu%E1%BA%A3ng_b%C3%A1_trang_Facebook_%22Wikipedia_
> ti%E1%BA%BFng_Vi%E1%BB%87t%22
> >. If this is OK, I think we have no reason to reject it.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-02-24 Thread James Heilman
I agree with John that it is very difficult to turn a translator into a new
editor. I also agree with Jean-Philippe that it is key to have involvement
of the local projects and preferable if they lead the efforts. Of the
languages we worked in only one explicitly requested not to be involved /
have translations from TWB.

James

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 7:59 AM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> You can turn it around; give added credits for translations from small
> language projects and into the larger ones, that is a lot more interesting
> than strictly translating from the larger language projects.
>
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 3:55 PM, Jean-Philippe Béland <
> jpbel...@wikimedia.ca
> > wrote:
>
> > I think the request for such projects should come from the concerned
> > language projects, same for the list of articles. If not, in my simple
> > opinion, it is a form of coloniasm again.
> >
> > Jean-Philippe Béland
> > Vice President, Wikimedia Canada
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 9:40 AM John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Should have added that the remaining points are somewhat less
> interesting
> > > in this context. Preloading a set of articles is a bad idea, the
> > > translators should be able to chose for themselves. Articles should
> also
> > be
> > > pretty broad, not very narrow technical or medical, ie vertical
> articles,
> > > as the number of editors that can handle those will be pretty small.
> > >
> > > In particular: Do not believe you can turn a teanslator into a new
> > editor!
> > > You can although turn an existing editor into a translator.
> > >
> > > On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 3:34 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > 1) You must start with high quality content and thus all articles are
> > > >> extensively improved before being proposed for translation.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Note that to much pressure on "quality" can easily kill the project.
> > > >
> > > > 3) The "Content Translation" tool developed by the WMF made efforts
> > more
> > > >> efficient than handing around word documents. Would love to see that
> > > tool
> > > >> improved further such as having it support specific lists of
> articles
> > > that
> > > >> are deemed ready for translation by certain groups. Would also love
> > the
> > > >> tool to have tracking metrics for these types of projects.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Didn't mention ContentTranslation, but it should be pretty obvious.
> > > >
> > > > 4) We used volunteer translators mostly associated with our partner
> > > >> Translators Without Borders. One issue we found was that languages
> in
> > > >> which
> > > >> their are lots of translators such as French, Spanish, and Italian
> > there
> > > >> is
> > > >> often already at least some content on many of the topics in
> question.
> > > The
> > > >> issue than becomes integration which needs an expert Wikipedia. And
> > for
> > > >> languages in which we have little content there are often few
> > avaliable
> > > >> volunteers.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I used projects below 65k articles as an example, as the chance of
> > > > competing articles are pretty low.
> > > >
> > > > 5) With respect to "paying per word" the problem is this would
> require
> > > >> significant checks and balances to make sure people are taking the
> > work
> > > >> seriously and not simple using Google translate for the 70 or so
> > > languages
> > > >> in which it claims to work. We often had translations undergo a
> second
> > > >> review and the volunteers at TWB have to pass certain tests to be
> > > >> accepted.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I'n my original email I wrote "verified good translators". It is as
> > > > simple as "Has the editor contributed other articles at the project?"
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 2:26 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> We learned a few things during the medical translation project which
> > > >> started back in 2011:
> > &

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-02-24 Thread James Heilman
One further case, some of the translations we did into Swahili had funding
associated with them. Few people in the country have easy access to a
computer and cellphones are not as suitable for translation work. Basically
TWB has a brick and mortar translation center in Nairobi with computers.
They have staff that keep an eye on the center. People were recruited,
provided instruction, provided access to the computers, and provided cell
phone credits for their involvement. What they worked on helped them
develop a CV.

James

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 6:30 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Meant to write "more than 5 million words translated". Apologies.
>
> James
>
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 6:26 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> We learned a few things during the medical translation project which
>> started back in 2011:
>>
>> 1) You must start with high quality content and thus all articles are
>> extensively improved before being proposed for translation.
>>
>> 2) A lot of languages want "less" content than is present on EN WP. Thus
>> we moved to just improving and suggesting for translation the leads of the
>> English articles.
>>
>> 3) The "Content Translation" tool developed by the WMF made efforts more
>> efficient than handing around word documents. Would love to see that tool
>> improved further such as having it support specific lists of articles that
>> are deemed ready for translation by certain groups. Would also love the
>> tool to have tracking metrics for these types of projects.
>>
>> 4) We used volunteer translators mostly associated with our partner
>> Translators Without Borders. One issue we found was that languages in which
>> their are lots of translators such as French, Spanish, and Italian there is
>> often already at least some content on many of the topics in question. The
>> issue than becomes integration which needs an expert Wikipedia. And for
>> languages in which we have little content there are often few avaliable
>> volunteers.
>>
>> 5) With respect to "paying per word" the problem is this would require
>> significant checks and balances to make sure people are taking the work
>> seriously and not simple using Google translate for the 70 or so languages
>> in which it claims to work. We often had translations undergo a second
>> review and the volunteers at TWB have to pass certain tests to be accepted.
>>
>> 6) I hired a coordinator for the translation project for a couple of
>> years. The translators at TWB did not want to become Wikipedians or learn
>> how to use our systems. The coordinator created account like TransSW001
>> (one for each volunteer) and preloaded the article to be translated into
>> Content Translation. They than gave the volunteer translator the user name
>> and password to the account.
>>
>> 7) Were are we at now? There are currently just over 1,000 leads of
>> articles that have been improved and are ready for translation. This
>> includes articles on the 440 medications that are on the WHO Essential
>> List. We have worked a bit in some 100 languages. The efforts have resulted
>> in more than 5 million works translated and integrated into different
>> Wikipedias. The coordinator has unfortunately moved on to his real job of
>> teaching high school students.
>>
>> 8) The project continues but at a slower pace than before. The Wikipedian
>> and retired orthopedic surgeon Subas Chandra Rout has basically single
>> handedly translated nearly all 1,000 leads into Odia a language spoken by
>> 40 million people in Eastern India. The amazing thing is that for many of
>> these topics this is the first and only information online about it. Google
>> translate does not even claim to work in this language. Our partnerships
>> with WMTW and medical school in Taipai continue to translate into Chinese.
>> There the students translate and than their translations are reviewed by
>> their profs before being posted. They translate in groups using hackpad to
>> make it more social.
>>
>> I am currently working to re invigorate the project :-)
>> James
>>
>> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 5:51 AM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> This discussion is going to be fun! =D
>>>
>>> A little more than seventy Wikipedia-projects has more than 65k articles,
>>> the remaining two hundred or so are pretty small.
>>>
>>> What if a base set of articles were opened for paid translators? There
>>> are
>>> several lists of such base s

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-02-24 Thread James Heilman
Meant to write "more than 5 million words translated". Apologies.

James

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 6:26 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> We learned a few things during the medical translation project which
> started back in 2011:
>
> 1) You must start with high quality content and thus all articles are
> extensively improved before being proposed for translation.
>
> 2) A lot of languages want "less" content than is present on EN WP. Thus
> we moved to just improving and suggesting for translation the leads of the
> English articles.
>
> 3) The "Content Translation" tool developed by the WMF made efforts more
> efficient than handing around word documents. Would love to see that tool
> improved further such as having it support specific lists of articles that
> are deemed ready for translation by certain groups. Would also love the
> tool to have tracking metrics for these types of projects.
>
> 4) We used volunteer translators mostly associated with our partner
> Translators Without Borders. One issue we found was that languages in which
> their are lots of translators such as French, Spanish, and Italian there is
> often already at least some content on many of the topics in question. The
> issue than becomes integration which needs an expert Wikipedia. And for
> languages in which we have little content there are often few avaliable
> volunteers.
>
> 5) With respect to "paying per word" the problem is this would require
> significant checks and balances to make sure people are taking the work
> seriously and not simple using Google translate for the 70 or so languages
> in which it claims to work. We often had translations undergo a second
> review and the volunteers at TWB have to pass certain tests to be accepted.
>
> 6) I hired a coordinator for the translation project for a couple of
> years. The translators at TWB did not want to become Wikipedians or learn
> how to use our systems. The coordinator created account like TransSW001
> (one for each volunteer) and preloaded the article to be translated into
> Content Translation. They than gave the volunteer translator the user name
> and password to the account.
>
> 7) Were are we at now? There are currently just over 1,000 leads of
> articles that have been improved and are ready for translation. This
> includes articles on the 440 medications that are on the WHO Essential
> List. We have worked a bit in some 100 languages. The efforts have resulted
> in more than 5 million works translated and integrated into different
> Wikipedias. The coordinator has unfortunately moved on to his real job of
> teaching high school students.
>
> 8) The project continues but at a slower pace than before. The Wikipedian
> and retired orthopedic surgeon Subas Chandra Rout has basically single
> handedly translated nearly all 1,000 leads into Odia a language spoken by
> 40 million people in Eastern India. The amazing thing is that for many of
> these topics this is the first and only information online about it. Google
> translate does not even claim to work in this language. Our partnerships
> with WMTW and medical school in Taipai continue to translate into Chinese.
> There the students translate and than their translations are reviewed by
> their profs before being posted. They translate in groups using hackpad to
> make it more social.
>
> I am currently working to re invigorate the project :-)
> James
>
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 5:51 AM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> This discussion is going to be fun! =D
>>
>> A little more than seventy Wikipedia-projects has more than 65k articles,
>> the remaining two hundred or so are pretty small.
>>
>> What if a base set of articles were opened for paid translators? There are
>> several lists of such base sets. We have both the thousand articles from
>> "List of articles every Wikipedia should have"[1] and and the ten thousand
>> articles from the expanded list[2].
>>
>> Lets say verified good translators was paid about $0.01 per word (about $1
>> for a 1k-article) for translating one of those articles into another
>> language, with perhaps a higher pay for contributors in high-cost
>> countries. The pay would also have to be higher for languages that lacks
>> good translation tools.
>>
>> I believe this would be an _enabling_ activity for the communities, as
>> without a base set of articles it won't be possible to build a community
>> at
>> all. By not paying for new articles, and only translating well-referenced
>> articles, some of the disputes in the communities could be avoided.
>> Perhaps
>> w

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-02-24 Thread James Heilman
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Windows 10 lockscreen images

2018-02-12 Thread James Heilman
Anyone within the community can reach out to them and ask. Agree this is a
good idea.

J

On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 7:09 PM, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
wrote:

> Following this up, from last August. Did anyone at WMF see it? I don't
> think we had a response from anyone there.
>
> On 20 August 2017 at 00:08, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
> wrote:
> > Those of you running Windows 10 will be familiar with the
> > regularly-changing "lockscreen" images showing things like beautiful
> > scenery and scenes from nature:
> >
> > https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-
> screen-images-windows-10/
> >
> > The last one I just saw was labelled "copyright [photographer name]
> > and Shutterstock"
> >
> > Is there someone at WMF, with contacts at Microsoft, who could
> > persuade them to use some featured images from Commons, with a small
> > piece of text explaining that people may upload their own images?
> >
> > That would seem to be a simple way to do a massive piece of outreach,
> > to a new audience.
> >
> > --
> > Andy Mabbett
> > @pigsonthewing
> > http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
>
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] January Wikimedia Foundation Metrics & Activities meeting

2018-01-23 Thread James Heilman
Excellent idea. Super cool to see.

J

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 6:09 PM, Gregory Varnum <gvar...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> The currently-scheduled January metrics and activities meeting is scheduled
> to occur during the Wikimedia Foundation's annual meeting for staff and
> contractors (known as All Hands). Given this, we have a need to reschedule,
> and decided to use that change to experiment.
>
> So, I am very excited to share that the January metrics and activities
> meeting will be hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland on February 1 from 16:00 to
> 17:00 UTC (8:00-9:00 PT).
>
> Please stay tuned for more details from Wikimedia Deutschland in the days
> to come! I hope that you will turn out and support our friends in Germany
> in this experiment as part of our ongoing efforts to make the monthly
> metrics and activities meetings representative of our global movement.
>
> Best,
> Greg and Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-23 Thread James Heilman
Our data is only comparable between May 2015 and Dec 2017 so:

Nov/Dec/Jan 15/16 total 15.7, 14.6, 16.2

Nov/Dec/Jan 16/17 total 16.4, 15.5, 17.0

Nov/Dec/Jan 17/18 total 15.3, 14.3, 16.4 (last number an estimate)

So went up from 15/16 to 16/17 and now come down in 17/18 to about were it
was in 15/16. We are definitely not seeing growth in pageviews though which
is concerning.

James



On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 5:10 AM, Wojciech Pędzich <wpedz...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> In order to have at least a partial answer we would need to know how the
> pageviews relate to actual database traffic I assume? That would explain
> Google and I do not know whether there are any other services worldwide
> that use the datastram without actually displaying pages.
>
> Wojciech
>
> 2018-01-23 11:55 GMT+01:00 Anders Wennersten <m...@anderswennersten.se>:
>
> > We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects
> (Wikipedia).
> > Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10% (year-year), and for big
> > languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%, or some months even more
> > [1]
> >
> > Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take
> over
> > accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but then
> > also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) . Or that our interface
> > on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now being 54% of
> > total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on all new sites
> with
> > fake news instead of Wikipedia?
> >
> > Anders
> >
> > [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Heat Maps

2017-12-31 Thread James Heilman
We have our first heat map of the world based on CC BY SA 4.0 data live
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Update

Attribution is provided in the caption. Still a few political hurdles that
need to solved. We have an ongoing RfC about whether we should allow CC BY
SA 4.0 data on commons.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Proposals#Proposal_to_include_non-CC0_licenses_for_the_Data_namespace

The interactive map could also use a few formating tweaks but IMO really
cool :-)

James

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 6:28 PM, Yuri Astrakhan <yuriastrak...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Just FYI - We can already do most of the interactive graphing on Wikipedia
> with Vega. Examples are vega v3, but WP is still on v2, but most
> capabilities are there already.
> * See examples https://vega.github.io/vega/examples/ of what's possible
> * Some WP examples at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Graph/Demo
>
> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 12:44 PM, Renée Bagslint <reneebagsl...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Why not simply raise this directly with the WMF strategic lead for
> > innovation?
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 5:34 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > That'd be pretty cool.
> > >
> > > On Dec 29, 2017 17:44, "James Heilman" <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Also all the underlying software is also under an open license,
> > > > specifically the MIT license and can be found on Github per
> > > >
> > > > https://ourworldindata.org/about/
> > > >
> > > > James
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 9:37 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > It is all under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.
> > > > >
> > > > > You can also download all the data as a csv file.
> > > > >
> > > > > James
> > > > >
> > > > > On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM, Yuri Astrakhan <
> > > yuriastrak...@gmail.com
> > > > >
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > >> James, which open license? There is a request pending to allow non
> > cc0
> > > > >> licensed data in commons, but still waiting for legal.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T178210
> > > > >>
> > > > >> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017, 11:22 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > > > >>
> > > > >> > Our World in Data has created 100s of heat maps with scroll bars
> > for
> > > > >> > adjusting the year. The maps as well as the underlying data is
> > under
> > > > an
> > > > >> > open license.
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > Example include these https://ourworldindata.org/obesity/
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > When one puts their cursor over the country in question they get
> > the
> > > > >> > underlying data and the country is highlighted. What would be
> > > required
> > > > >> for
> > > > >> > use to support this sort of technology within Wikipedia?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Heat Maps

2017-12-29 Thread James Heilman
Also all the underlying software is also under an open license,
specifically the MIT license and can be found on Github per

https://ourworldindata.org/about/

James

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 9:37 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It is all under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.
>
> You can also download all the data as a csv file.
>
> James
>
> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM, Yuri Astrakhan <yuriastrak...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> James, which open license? There is a request pending to allow non cc0
>> licensed data in commons, but still waiting for legal.
>>
>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T178210
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017, 11:22 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> > Our World in Data has created 100s of heat maps with scroll bars for
>> > adjusting the year. The maps as well as the underlying data is under an
>> > open license.
>> >
>> > Example include these https://ourworldindata.org/obesity/
>> >
>> > When one puts their cursor over the country in question they get the
>> > underlying data and the country is highlighted. What would be required
>> for
>> > use to support this sort of technology within Wikipedia?
>> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Heat Maps

2017-12-29 Thread James Heilman
It is all under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.

You can also download all the data as a csv file.

James

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wrote:

> James, which open license? There is a request pending to allow non cc0
> licensed data in commons, but still waiting for legal.
>
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T178210
>
> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017, 11:22 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Our World in Data has created 100s of heat maps with scroll bars for
> > adjusting the year. The maps as well as the underlying data is under an
> > open license.
> >
> > Example include these https://ourworldindata.org/obesity/
> >
> > When one puts their cursor over the country in question they get the
> > underlying data and the country is highlighted. What would be required
> for
> > use to support this sort of technology within Wikipedia?
> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Heat Maps

2017-12-29 Thread James Heilman
Our World in Data has created 100s of heat maps with scroll bars for
adjusting the year. The maps as well as the underlying data is under an
open license.

Example include these https://ourworldindata.org/obesity/

When one puts their cursor over the country in question they get the
underlying data and the country is highlighted. What would be required for
use to support this sort of technology within Wikipedia?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Hard spaces being added by the hundreds

2017-12-23 Thread James Heilman
Thanks Strainu

I will fiddle around with those suggestions. It appears to be possible to
adapt the colors within syntax highlighting. So maybe I can get a version
of that which uses the WikEd colors.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Tech/Wikitext_editor_syntax_highlighting#the_current_color_scheme_is_hard_to_read_(which_renders_highlighting_useless)

James

On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 6:04 PM, Strainu <strain...@gmail.com> wrote:

> James, I've reported a similar issue back in 2012:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Cacycle/wikEd/
> Archive_013#wikiEd_replaces_the_non_breaking_space_(U+
> 00A0)_character_with_space_(U+0020)
>  Apparently the way to "solve" this non-issue has changed (for the
> better IMHO, but I can see why you consider it as worse).
>
> I would suggest dropping wikiEd at once for one of the more modern
> editors, such as the syntax highlighting feature or the 2017 source
> editor. It will probably break your workflow for a while, but in the
> long term the benefits will outweigh the issues.
>
> Strainu
>
> 2017-12-24 2:26 GMT+02:00 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>:
> > Per recommendations I have started a phabricator ticket here
> > https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183647
> >
> > Help if I filled it out wrong appreciated :-) Happy holidays / Merry
> X-mas.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 4:37 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hey All
> >>
> >> I have no idea what to do. I have been asking around. Hard spaces are
> >> being adding to English Wikipedia by the 100s to 1000s. I have no idea
> why
> >> and I have no idea how to fix it.
> >>
> >> I have brought this up here https://en.wikipedia.org/
> >> wiki/User_talk:WhatamIdoing#Hard_spaces
> >>
> >> and
> >>
> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Cacycle/wikEd#Stop_adding_
> ;
> >>
> >> Folks appear to be saying that the problem is someone elses problem. It
> >> appears to be mainly coming from education initiatives / those who use
> >> visual editor and thus I imaging copying and pasting content between
> >> different parts of Wikipedia.
> >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Hard spaces being added by the hundreds

2017-12-23 Thread James Heilman
Per recommendations I have started a phabricator ticket here
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183647

Help if I filled it out wrong appreciated :-) Happy holidays / Merry X-mas.

James

On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 4:37 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey All
>
> I have no idea what to do. I have been asking around. Hard spaces are
> being adding to English Wikipedia by the 100s to 1000s. I have no idea why
> and I have no idea how to fix it.
>
> I have brought this up here https://en.wikipedia.org/
> wiki/User_talk:WhatamIdoing#Hard_spaces
>
> and
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Cacycle/wikEd#Stop_adding_;
>
> Folks appear to be saying that the problem is someone elses problem. It
> appears to be mainly coming from education initiatives / those who use
> visual editor and thus I imaging copying and pasting content between
> different parts of Wikipedia.
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[Wikimedia-l] Hard spaces being added by the hundreds

2017-12-23 Thread James Heilman
Hey All

I have no idea what to do. I have been asking around. Hard spaces are being
adding to English Wikipedia by the 100s to 1000s. I have no idea why and I
have no idea how to fix it.

I have brought this up here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:WhatamIdoing#Hard_spaces

and

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Cacycle/wikEd#Stop_adding_;

Folks appear to be saying that the problem is someone elses problem. It
appears to be mainly coming from education initiatives / those who use
visual editor and thus I imaging copying and pasting content between
different parts of Wikipedia.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Tool to help reaching community consensus

2017-12-07 Thread James Heilman
Am with Denny on this. We are currently discussing what "consensus" means
and how to achieve it on EN WP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(policy)#What_percentage_support_should_be_needed_for_a_policy_proposal_on_Wikipedia_to_pass
?

James

On Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Denny Vrandečić <vrande...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Mathieu,
>
> you wrote
>
> > Despite the fact that reaching community consensus is an easy task,
>
> I just wanted to check whether that was a typo, irony, or actually meant
> that way. In the latter case, I would like to ask for {{cn}}.
>
> Reaching and establishing community consensus seems to me one of the
> hardest tasks we are facing, which is why this sentence astonished me, and
> made me think whether I missed something fundamental.
>
> Cheers,
> Denny
>
> On Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 8:56 AM Kunal Mehta <lego...@member.fsf.org> wrote:
>
> > -BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-
> > Hash: SHA512
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > On 12/07/2017 04:51 AM, mathieu stumpf guntz wrote:
> > > Loomio offers free use for community cases. But it's non-free
> > > software, as far as I can see, but I didn't made deep inquiry. So I
> > > wondered if anyone was aware of a free software equivalent.
> >
> > Loomio is free software, it's licensed under the GNU Affero General
> > Public License[1][2].
> >
> > [1] https://github.com/loomio/loomio/blob/master/LICENSE.txt
> > [2] https://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-affero-gpl.html
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia is an Excellent Information Source for Medical Students, Study Finds.

2017-11-02 Thread James Heilman
Okay so followed up with Samir. While the database of questions was
selected by he and I, neither one of us did any specific selection
beyond randomly selecting 25.

With respect to students going and changing Wikipedia / Uptodate, I
very much doubt they would have. There is other students that have
found that even when medical students find errors in WP they do not
bother fixing them. Both WP and Uptodate change slowly over time.

James

On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:52 PM, Jean-Philippe Béland
<jpbel...@wikimedia.ca> wrote:
> This could have been alleviated by using a dump of Wikipedia at a specific
> time throughout the study. I don't know if it was done or not, I doubt it
> since the article do not mention it, I assume they had direct online access
> to the current Wikipedia at the time of the iterations during the study.
> Also that would lift one of the concerns in the discussion section about
> the replicability of the study because Wikipedia evolves, a new study could
> be completed with the same dump at the time of that study in order to
> replicate the same results (however I wouldn't see the interest, but just
> for the sake of having scientifically replicable findings).
>
> JP
>
> On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 11:45 AM, Jean-Philippe Béland <jpbel...@wikimedia.ca
>> wrote:
>
>> Hi James,
>>
>> I finally found time to read the whole article carefully. It is a very
>> well done article and study, in my opinion.
>>
>> I have one remark/question. Since the study was conducted over a length of
>> time (April 2014 to December 2016), was the data analyzed to see if the
>> increase in the results of good answers in the posttest was higher later
>> during the study (or not) since Wikipedia (and maybe UpToDate, I am not
>> familiar with that resource) evolves with time? Maybe even students who
>> participated in the first iteration of this study went after to improve the
>> related Wikipedia articles, thus obviously having an impact on the results
>> since the information about the specific questions that you retained for
>> the MCQ were "directly" answered on Wikipedia. Is this something that was
>> considered? I do not see that consideration in the discussion section of
>> the article.
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> JP
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:37 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> That bit of the paper could have been a bit clearer. I simple
>>> downloaded 100 questions at random from a website that hosts lists of
>>> exam question. Am checking with Samir regarding if he did any further
>>> selection beyond that.
>>>
>>> James
>>>
>>> On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 2:30 AM, pajz <pajzm...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > On 31 October 2017 at 17:09, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> Full study available under an open license at
>>> >> https://mededu.jmir.org/2017/2/e20/
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > If one gets to chose the questions and assemble the questionnaire then
>>> > shown to all study participants, I would submit that more or less
>>> arbitrary
>>> > study results can be generated by, consciously or subconsciously,
>>> picking
>>> > the "right" questions. Curiously, the two people that "reviewed" the
>>> > questions here were "a Wikipedia editor and administrator," and a
>>> > "long-term volunteer editor and administrator of Wikipedia" and
>>> "founder of
>>> > [...] the Wiki Project Med Foundation."
>>> >
>>> > Not being negative or anything, but if you're trying to scientifically
>>> > evaluate whether a given exam prep book improves students' grades, would
>>> > you let the editors of the book prepare the test exam?
>>> >
>>> > Best,
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia is an Excellent Information Source for Medical Students, Study Finds.

2017-10-31 Thread James Heilman
A study, published on Oct 31st, 2017 in the Journal of Medical
Internet Research Medical Education, has found that Wikipedia helps
Canadian medical students improve their knowledge of medical content.
Wikipedia was compared to UpToDate, a subscription based online
medical resource, and a standard medical textbook.

The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial of 116 medical
students from four Canadian medical schools. Students initially wrote
a multiple choice exam similar to that used for licensing Canadian
physicians. They were then randomized to one of three electronic
resources, Wikipedia, UpToDate, or Harrison’s textbook of Internal
Medicine and had 30 minutes to use their assigned resource. During
this time, they were observed for compliance and had the opportunity
to take notes. The students then rewrote their original exam, armed
with the notes taken while using their resource.

The primary outcome was improvement in tests scores before and after
accessing the assigned resource. The authors found that medical
students assigned to Wikipedia had a statistically significant greater
improvement in test scores, compared to the medical textbook and a
trend towards improved performance as compared to UpToDate.

Full study available under an open license at
https://mededu.jmir.org/2017/2/e20/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Women in red

2017-10-15 Thread James Heilman
Correction:

There is a tool that automatically checks for copyright infringement.
It is called CopyPatrol

https://tools.wmflabs.org/copypatrol/en

James

On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 8:02 AM, Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I cant believe this
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/The_World_Contest
> has
> got WMF funding, the idea of trying to create 100,000 stub articles on
> english wikipedia without any thought to how it'll impact on the
> community.
>
> I find it ironic that a competition is being funded to encourage current
> contributors to do what we wont accept from new editors.  If a new editor
> was to create an article it wouldnt pass through the Articles for Creation
> process because its half the size of the minimum set there. Many of the
> competition articles will just get tagged CSD - A1, A7, A9 even G2
>
> While there is a nice bot that will count the size of the prose, there is
> no automated process for checking copyright violations, checking for
> notability and most importantly checking for BLP with the aim of 100,000
> the community will years to clean up the mess that is about to be created.
>
> we are 15 days from this disaster commencing
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] what made me happy this week: the offline app

2017-10-06 Thread James Heilman
The alpha version of the Wikipedia apps now supports offline ZIMs.
With this ability these apps join the efforts to provide Wikipedia to
the more than 4 billion people who do not have reliable Internet.
Figuring out the impact of offline is much harder than that of online.
A good app is important as offline builds off this base.

James

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:06 PM, Nuria Ruiz <nu...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> I note that
>>it's currently impossible to find online mobile app usage statistics
>>on the analytics we pages, dashboard or reportcard, where they last
>>measured 0.0006% of pageviews in 2015:
>
> You have data about app pageviews in several places, the most popular tool
> to see that kind of data has numbers, for example app pageviews
> for en.wikipedia.
>
> The notion of what is an app pageview fluctuates more than what is a web
> pageview, but numbers are quite far away from being less than 1%
>
> https://tools.wmflabs.org/siteviews/?platform=mobile-app=pageviews=user=latest-20=en.wikipedia.org
>
>
>
> On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 6:44 AM, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I'm skeptical that the online mobile apps are a good use of resources,
>> with their very meager usage, especially relative to the several
>> engineers tasked to support them, their questionable accessibility
>> aspects, declining app store ratings, and other issues involving
>> content substitution which have recently come up on this list, not to
>> mention breaking the cross-platform nature of the web. I note that
>> it's currently impossible to find online mobile app usage statistics
>> on the analytics we pages, dashboard or reportcard, where they last
>> measured 0.0006% of pageviews in 2015:
>>
>> https://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportUserAgents.htm
>>
>> However, I wholeheartedly support this new offline app project, and
>> hope that it will be the primary focus of the Foundation's app-not-web
>> efforts going forward:
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iESP20HGPiE
>>
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Apps/Offline_support
>>
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Apps/Offline_
>> support/V1_User_research
>>
>> Huge thanks to whomever directed this pivot!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Facebook test features Wikipedia

2017-10-05 Thread James Heilman
Thanks for the heads up. Cool initiative. This will likely mean we
will see conflicted editors in greater numbers trying to adjust the
articles in question. So something to keep an eye on.

James

On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 1:54 PM, Toby Negrin <tneg...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
>
> You might have seen that Facebook announced a test of a new feature today
> that uses English Wikipedia content.[1] The new feature provides more
> context about the source of news articles users see in their News Feed on
> Facebook by pulling information about publishers from Wikipedia.
>
> We got a heads up about this feature late last week and have been talking
> to Facebook since then to better understand how it works.
>
> Here is what we know so far: The feature is an “i” link which Facebook
> users can click on to get more context about a news article's source. The
> information provided includes Wikipedia content in addition to other
> resources. The feature will pull the first three sentences (approximately
> 300 characters) of an English Wikipedia article about a given news
> publication with a link to “continue reading” on Wikipedia, with
> attribution to Wikipedia and Creative Commons licensing information. If no
> article exists for that news publication, it will note that instead.
>
> The feature will be made available to a limited number of users based in
> the United States starting today as a part of their product testing. We
> don’t have information on the roll-out plan, which will depend on the
> results from the testing.
>
> On a technical basis, this test is utilizing (and regularly updating) XML
> dumps to get the Wikipedia content. This does not put as much load on our
> servers, but also leaves the content slightly outdated. This is an issue we
> are discussing with their technical folks alongside other issues like
> content in other languages.
>
> While this new feature did not come from any partnership with a Wikimedia
> organization and our open access model means this is something they are
> able to do without engaging with us, we appreciate them contacting us
> before it went live. We are also always happy to see Wikipedia content
> being used to inform more people. We hope to continue to have conversations
> with Facebook about the impact of this feature on Wikipedia and will
> continue to share relevant updates with Foundation staff and community.
>
> If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is some press:
>
> http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/facebook-wikipedia-context-articles-news-feed/#fvjzBwrtpqqS
>
> https://www.fastcompany.com/40477586/facebook-thinks-the-answer-to-its-fake-news-problems-is-wikipedia
>
> https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/05/facebook-article-information-button/?ncid=rss_source=feedburner_medium=feed_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Strategy] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Defamation of Wikipedia in a Telugu (te) Motion Picture

2017-10-05 Thread James Heilman
To add to my prior comments, while bywiki.com is very well put
together there are trademark issues that need to be addressed. Plus
the log-in setup could confuse Wikipedians into giving away their user
name and password. I will pass this along to legal and hopefully we
can get the site to address these issues.

James

On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:28 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> It is a beautifully done copy of Wikipedia. The history tab, talk
> pages, and user pages all work and thus appropriate attribution is
> present. The content is up to date. My IP is blocked so not sure how
> well editing works.
>
> This mirror gives me greater concern https://everipedia.org/ in that
> they do not provide attribution to the authors of the content.
>
> James
>
> On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 7:05 AM, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk> 
> wrote:
>> On 5 October 2017 at 12:34, Swapnil Karambelkar <swapnil@gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> copy of Hindi
>>> wikipedia also using WMF logos,etc.it seems to be violating the
>>> norms,please comment and look into the matter .
>>>
>>> https://hi.bywiki.com
>>
>> Not just hi.Wikipedia - see, for example, 
>> https://en.bywiki.com/wiki/Main_Page
>>
>> bywiki.com is registered to Chengdu West Dimension Digital Technology
>> Co., Ltd. with a contact address in China:
>>
>>https://www.whois.com/whois/bywiki.com
>>
>> This may be a mirror site intended to bypass censorship, but in any
>> case is a matter for the Wikimedia foundation.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Defamation of Wikipedia in a Telugu (te) Motion Picture

2017-10-05 Thread James Heilman
It is a beautifully done copy of Wikipedia. The history tab, talk
pages, and user pages all work and thus appropriate attribution is
present. The content is up to date. My IP is blocked so not sure how
well editing works.

This mirror gives me greater concern https://everipedia.org/ in that
they do not provide attribution to the authors of the content.

James

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> On 5 October 2017 at 12:34, Swapnil Karambelkar <swapnil@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> copy of Hindi
>> wikipedia also using WMF logos,etc.it seems to be violating the
>> norms,please comment and look into the matter .
>>
>> https://hi.bywiki.com
>
> Not just hi.Wikipedia - see, for example, https://en.bywiki.com/wiki/Main_Page
>
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>
>https://www.whois.com/whois/bywiki.com
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Women through the glass ceiling: gender asymmetries in Wikipedia

2017-09-22 Thread James Heilman
How do we know? Those who work extensively in this topic area and are
good at picking up paid editing make an educated guess. There are well
known patterns that represent paid editing. We could likely build a
tool that could look at all BLPs and give a numerical value to the
percentage that are most likely written for pay. If you look at a
random group of new BLPs at WP:NPP you will also get a decent idea.

James

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>> We know that a sizable proportion of articles
>> about people are paid for by the individual themselves or their
>> representative.
>
> We do? How? And what size is that "sizable proportion"?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Women through the glass ceiling: gender asymmetries in Wikipedia

2017-09-22 Thread James Heilman
An interesting paper. We know that a sizable proportion of articles
about people are paid for by the individual themselves or their
representative.

I just looked at the gender of all articles created by this sock
involved in undisclosed paid editing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Bri/COIbox61#Jeremy112233

Of the 104 BLPs they wrote 87 (84%) were for males and 17 (16%) were
for females. The current proportions may partly reflect that males are
more interested / willing to buying articles about themselves than
females.

James


On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM, Eduardo Testart <etest...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
>
>
> One of the members from Wikimedia Chile, independently from the chapter and
> before he became a member, was directly involved in the development of the
> following article, that adress the gender inequality (or gender bias), and
> which gives the title to the email:
>
> *https://epjdatascience.springeropen.com/articles/10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0066-4
> <https://epjdatascience.springeropen.com/articles/10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0066-4>*
>
>
> It was published almost a year and half ago (March 1, 2016), and from an
> internal and informal conversation that occurred yesterday in the Chapter,
> he shared the link to the complete study
> <https://epjdatascience.springeropen.com/articles/10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0066-4>
> (in English). Worth to mention is that he presented preliminary results
> <https://www.slideshare.net/carnby/wmcl2015-investigando-usando-wikipedia>
> (in Spanish) about it in the Wikimedia Chile Conference
> <https://wikimedia.cl/Conferencia_Wikimedia_Chile_2015> from 2015.
>
>
> I read the complete article yesterday, and found it extremely interesting,
> so I took the liberty to share it here, in case you haven’t had the chance
> to read it yet.
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Odisha Government's Social media accounts are now under CC-BY 4.0

2017-09-19 Thread James Heilman
Amazing and exciting changes. Congrats :-)

J

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> Hello Everyone,
>
> I am glad to share a recent collaboration of Odia Wikipedia community with
> the Government of Odisha.
>
> After releasing the content of 2017 Asian Athletics Championships (
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/28/digest-asia-athletics-championships/
> ) another initiative by the Government of Odisha to bridge the dearth of
> Information about Odisha on Wikipedia by releasing its social media
> accounts under CC-BY 4.0.
>
> Earlier this week, the community members met the Government officials
> regarding this, and after understanding the value of Open Content, it took
> only 24hrs to release the social media channels under CC-BY 4.0 license.
>
> As a pilot project, 8 social media accounts from Government of Odisha are
> under CC-BY 4.0,Now, the content is free for everyone to use, share, and
> build upon their work.
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/09/18/odisha-social-media-free-license/
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> The community is also planning to take the collaboration further and
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Requiring the interlinking of accounts involved with paid editing

2017-09-13 Thread James Heilman
No one is proposing going to anyone's employer. The proposal requires no
sharing of private account deals with Upworks or anyone else. These
comments do not appear to have any relation to what is being proposed.

James

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 7:43 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> If I go to somebody's employer and make wild claims about a person, like he
> does something irregular or illegal, then it is pretty much identical to
> this.
>
> I seriously doubt WMF will be willing to share user account details with
> Upwork or any other, and I seriously doubt Upwork (or any other) will start
> blocking accounts on this terms.
>
> Feel free to believe otherwise.
>
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 3:21 AM, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
>
> >
> > > On 13 Sep 2017, at 22:19, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Sorry, but this is a horribly bad idea, and anyone that try to do what
> > you
> > > propose runs a serious legal risk.
> >
> > {{citation needed}}
> >
> > > I guess you will have a few support, but I really hope this will newer
> be
> > > implemented.
> >
> > Why?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Requiring the interlinking of accounts involved with paid editing

2017-09-13 Thread James Heilman
I am wanting to protect Wikipedians from being impersonated. I am also
wanting to protect those on Upworks and other sites from hiring people who
are community banned or editing in breach of policy but pretending they are
legit. This proposal will help with both of those.

That people sometimes struggle to get help on Wikipedia, while unfortunate,
is not the problem this proposal is working to address.

If you are using Upworks etc for offering services other than the editing
of Wikipedia for pay this proposal does not affect you in anyway. If you
are a disclosed paid editor, you already per the terms of use are required
to state the intermediaries you are working through and thus you should
already be doing this.

This proposal will actually help people find "white hat" paid editors who
properly disclose.

James



On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:48 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Okey, I may have (or perhaps not) edited a page. Perhaps I have an account
> on Upwork (or perhaps not). That page may have been edited because I had a
> discussion with someone at Upwork (or perhaps not). I could also been
> discussing editing the page at OTRS, but again, perhaps not.
>
> How can you know that? Because I am "jeblad"? What if I am "honky donky" on
> Wikipedia? Do you really believe that because someone said people doing
> paid editing should say so actually do so?
>
> From point b on your RfC "but yet there is no account on Wikipedia that
> discloses that account", how do you plan on figuring out which account on
> those two systems are the same? To identify the culprit you must connect
> two dots, and you don't have enough information about neither of them.
>
> I am on Upwork because a big and rather well-known organization asked me to
> create an account. I have even edited pages! Yay! Go figure which one, and
> why! ;p (To make it easy, their initials reads W-M-F, and no it was not
> about Wikipedia-editing.)
>
> I see all the postings from people that ask for help about their wikipedia
> pages. People ask for help because the failure of the wikipedia-communities
> to provide sufficient help. Going after the people that help them is not a
> good solution, it is (sorry) a stupid solution. If someone ask for help,
> then help them!
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 2:22 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Why? IMO it will protect users from being impersonated.
> >
> > It will allow us to more easily have taken down Fivver and Upworks
> accounts
> > that are pretending to be established Wikipedians.
> >
> > How would this leak anything? People involve with paid editor are already
> > required to disclose the intermediaries through which they work and this
> > does not change that.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Sorry, bad idea. Can't be done and will only lead to stalking and
> > > alienating users. (Or rather it can be done, but would imply leakage of
> > > identifiable information to such a degree that it would put the
> involved
> > > organizations on the front pages for weeks.)
> > >
> > > John Erling Blad
> > > /jeblad
> > >
> > > On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 5:40 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Have started a meta RfC regarding the above* here
> > > > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/
> > > > interlinking_of_accounts_involved_with_paid_editing_to_
> > > > decrease_impersonation>.*
> > > >
> > > > This is to help address issues of impersonation of established
> > > Wikipedians
> > > > by paid editors.
> > > >
> > > > Further thoughts appreciated. Best
> > > > --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Requiring the interlinking of accounts involved with paid editing

2017-09-13 Thread James Heilman
Why? IMO it will protect users from being impersonated.

It will allow us to more easily have taken down Fivver and Upworks accounts
that are pretending to be established Wikipedians.

How would this leak anything? People involve with paid editor are already
required to disclose the intermediaries through which they work and this
does not change that.

James

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry, bad idea. Can't be done and will only lead to stalking and
> alienating users. (Or rather it can be done, but would imply leakage of
> identifiable information to such a degree that it would put the involved
> organizations on the front pages for weeks.)
>
> John Erling Blad
> /jeblad
>
> On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 5:40 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Have started a meta RfC regarding the above* here
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/
> > interlinking_of_accounts_involved_with_paid_editing_to_
> > decrease_impersonation>.*
> >
> > This is to help address issues of impersonation of established
> Wikipedians
> > by paid editors.
> >
> > Further thoughts appreciated. Best
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[Wikimedia-l] Requiring the interlinking of accounts involved with paid editing

2017-09-13 Thread James Heilman
Have started a meta RfC regarding the above* here
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/interlinking_of_accounts_involved_with_paid_editing_to_decrease_impersonation>.*

This is to help address issues of impersonation of established Wikipedians
by paid editors.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How can we fix the two-stage page loading problem?

2017-09-03 Thread James Heilman
These issues can be fixed. Have the banners load below the buttons we
typically click on. Move the gadgets to the left of "read" rather than to
the right of "view history". I have proposed this for TW as I mentioned here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Twinkle#Button_load_issues

J

On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM, David Gerard <dger...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2 September 2017 at 02:09, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
>
> > This is possibly the most annoying feature of the Wikimedia projects at
> the moment. You access a page. Then you start reading or editing it. And
> then suddenly the page jumps when a fundraising banner / central notice /
> gadget / beta feature loads. So you have to start reading the page again,
> or you have to find where you were editing again, or you have to undo the
> change you just made since you made it in the wrong part of the page.
>
>
> Or you click "edit" and it hits the banner that suddenly popped up
> under your click. 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How can we fix the two-stage page loading problem?

2017-09-01 Thread James Heilman
I just put forwards a proposal to fix part of this issue Mike :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Twinkle#Button_load_issues

The TW button is easy to fix at least I am told, once I get consensus. Amir
fixed one of the buttons earlier today.

James

On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 7:09 PM, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:

> This is possibly the most annoying feature of the Wikimedia projects at
> the moment. You access a page. Then you start reading or editing it. And
> then suddenly the page jumps when a fundraising banner / central notice /
> gadget / beta feature loads. So you have to start reading the page again,
> or you have to find where you were editing again, or you have to undo the
> change you just made since you made it in the wrong part of the page.
>
> I understand that this isn't intentional. Presumably there is a
> phabricator ticket about this. But how can we fix this - does this need
> more developer time, is this an external problem that we need someone else
> to fix, or is this a WONTFIX?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Funding the endowment

2017-08-22 Thread James Heilman
Andrea I agree completely that movement monies should be invested inline
with our values. We should not be invested in stuff that promotes war or
surveillance for example. I would image this is currently the case but
would have to verify.

J

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM, Andrea Zanni <zanni.andre...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Personally I think the endowment is a great idea,
> stability and growth for our movement are paramount, IF, we use our money
> in the best way we can.
>
> I also don't really care about how big the banner is: it's a minor
> inconvenience to click the "Hide" button (provided that we are able to hide
> automatically the button for those who actually donated: they deserve a
> bannerless page. I remember some complaints during the years about this).
>
> What it's more important to me is where are we putting donors' money, both
> in terms of endowment and actual spending.
> The WMF is spending money to serve the movement, and how effective and
> efficient they are
> should be our only focus.
>
> Regarding the endowment, the only little complaint I have is *where* we are
> investing those money.
> Reading the documentation page [1], I don't see mentioned anything
> regarding
> ethical or socially responsible investing (SRI).
>
> There are many funds (of stocks or ETFs) that manage selected "ethical"
> financial products:
> these are also our values, and I think we should put donors' money where
> our mouth is.
> (I get that sometimes non-ethical investments yield more money, but at
> least we should have this discussion)
>
> Aubrey
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment
>
> On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 11:10 PM, Strainu <strain...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Both stability and growth come at a cost - is that cost acceptable?
> > The way I understand it from the mid-year fundrasing report in
> > January, the $5M were on top of the fundraising target, basically
> > gathered by exposing our readers to more banners than needed. My
> > opinion is that's a very high price to pay and that there should be
> > more stringent rules regarding continuing fundraisers after their
> > target has been reached (which in turn will probably require even
> > better planning, including for the Endowment).
> >
> > As to whether some donor influenced the Board's decision, that
> > statement looks really far-fetched based on available information. It
> > sounds more like an opportunity that either appeared or was created
> > after the $5M target had been set.
> >
> > Strainu
> >
> >
> > 2017-08-21 23:49 GMT+03:00 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>:
> > > My personal position is it is critical to have a stable organization
> > before
> > > growing. The WMF has achieved greater stability over the last 1.5 years
> > so
> > > I think further growth is becoming again a good idea.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 7:48 PM, Rogol Domedonfors <
> > domedonf...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> I'm know that the WMF has determined that it should have some form of
> > >> endowment,  The question is -- as is usual in question of this sort --
> > one
> > >> of balance: in this case, balance between current spending for the
> > benefit
> > >> of the projects today, and accumulating capital for the benefit of the
> > >> projects tomorrow.  I am asking the Board to say why they decided to
> > strike
> > >> that balance where they did -- given the obvious need for that support
> > >> right now -- and whether it is appropriate for large donors to
> > apparently
> > >> influence that decision.
> > >>
> > >> Reinhard
> > >>
> > >> On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > I am often critical of WMF, but I can only support this decision.
> The
> > >> idea
> > >> > of creating of an environment was widely discussed in the community,
> > >> > including this mailing list, and had a widespread support. WMF
> merely
> > >> > follows the community wish in this case, and it is great to know
> that
> > a
> > >> > donor agreed to match this amount.
> > >> >
> > >> > Cheers
> > >> > Yaroslav
> > >> >
> > >> > On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 12:58 PM, Vi to <vituzzu.w...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New feature: LoginNotify

2017-08-22 Thread James Heilman
Once again great stuff from the community tech team. Many thanks :-)

James

On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 2:46 AM, Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com> wrote:

> thats a great outcome, thanks to those that have made this happen
>
> On 19 August 2017 at 07:19, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Great to see this, thanks!
> >
> > Todd
> >
> > On Aug 18, 2017 5:15 PM, "Danny Horn" <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > The Community Tech team has released a new security feature this week:
> > > LoginNotify, which gives you a notification when someone tries and
> fails
> > to
> > > log in to your account. This project was wish #7 on the 2016 Community
> > > Wishlist Survey [1].
> > >
> > > Here’s how it works:
> > >
> > > If someone tries and fails to log in to your account from a device or
> an
> > IP
> > > address that hasn’t logged into your account recently, then you’ll get
> an
> > > on-wiki notification at the first attempt. For a familiar device or IP
> > > address, you’ll get an on-wiki notification after 5 failed logins. This
> > is
> > > on by default, but you can turn it off in your preferences; you can
> also
> > > turn on email notifications.
> > >
> > > It’s also possible to turn on email notifications when there’s a
> > successful
> > > login from a new device or IP address. This is turned off by default,
> but
> > > it might be useful for admins or other functionaries who are concerned
> > that
> > > their user rights could be misused. This means that you’ll get a
> > > notification every time you log in from a new device or IP address.
> > >
> > > We want to take this opportunity to thank Brian Wolff for all his work
> in
> > > writing the underlying extension for this feature.
> > >
> > > There’s more information on the feature on the Community Tech project
> > page
> > > on Meta, and please feel free to post questions on the talk page:
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/LoginNotify
> > >
> > > PS: If you’re wondering what happened to the Syntax Highlighting beta
> > > feature that we deployed a couple weeks ago and then had to roll back:
> > > it’ll be back soon!
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Funding the endowment

2017-08-21 Thread James Heilman
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[Wikimedia-l] Changing roles

2017-08-16 Thread James Heilman
Hey All

I am excited to have rejoined the board of the WMF during Wikimania. As per
the requirements of the position I have stepped down from the board of
WPMEDF. Shani Evenstein has taken over the role of chair. I will remain
associated with the organization as a special advisory and funder. I have
also not re-run for the board of WMCA but am leaving that organization in
the excellent hands of Benoit and the rest of the board.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Strategy] August 1: Strategy update - Preparing for Wikimania, the strategic direction, and New voices insights (#22)

2017-08-08 Thread James Heilman
IMO we need to work on the issue of undisclosed paid editing from a number
of different sides:

1) We need to get the word out to the wider world that paying someone to
write your Wikipedia article is inappropriate. We also need to publicly
state which companies have been banned / blocked from editing Wikipedia for
breach of our policies. This will hopefully direct people away from these
companies if they search for a company to hire.

2) We need to improve detection. Part of this may include running more CUs
when concerns are present, AI to pick up the pattern of paid editing /
spamming, and creating a group of functionaries to address private details
pertaining to UPE. Improving CU tools would also be useful.

James

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Rogol,
>
> Here are a few thoughts:
>
> 1. I tend to think that WMF would need to worry about its legal protections
> if WMF provided grants for content work. I am wondering if there is a way
> to work around that difficulty by having a separate organization do the
> fundraising.
>
> 2. A separate organization that raises funds could not only address COIN
> but could provide financial support for other areas of community work that
> WMF won't fund, such as other kinds of administrative work, and potentially
> content development and translation.
>
> 3. However, I'm not sure that a new organization's funding and governance
> could be made solid, reliable, and trustworthy. That's a difficult design
> challenge.
>
> I'd be interested in thoughts from Doc James and others about how to scale
> up English Wikipedia's capacity to address COI issues.
>
> A lot of problems would be solved if we could significantly increase our
> numbers of highly skilled, good-faith Wikimedians. I believe that WMF is
> starting to work on this problem again; I'd like to be optimistic but I
> think that we should also plan for the possibility that these efforts will
> be unsuccessful.
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 11:05 PM, Rogol Domedonfors <domedonf...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Pine
> >
> > If the objects of the affiliate are compatible with those of the
> > Foundation, then you could ask for a grant.  If they are not, why would
> the
> > Foundation even consider letting you raise funds on their sites.
> >
> > "Rogol"
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:12 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I wonder if WMF would be willing to let a non-WMF affiliate put up
> > > fundraising (which I consider to be another form of advertising, and
> > > perhaps some survey respondents did too) banners to get funds for COIN
> > and
> > > related backlogs. Perhaps if the fundraising was done by a separate
> > > organization, then these efforts could be funded while minimizing the
> > risks
> > > to WMF's legal protections.
> > >
> > > Pine
> > >
> > >
> > > On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 2:20 AM, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > > what proportion of articles at NPP appear paid for?
> > > > > And what percentage of socks / sock cases relate to paid editing?
> > > >
> > > > I would sure like to know this.
> > > >
> > > > I would also like to whether the Foundation could, hypothetically,
> > > > hire editors to address the COIN and related backlogs (AFC, etc.)
> > > > without endangering the safe harbor provisions; and if not, could a
> > > > Chapter or User Group, if they were or were not using Foundation
> > > > funds. Could the Foundation spin off an organization to address the
> > > > issue separately as in WikiEd?
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:51 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > > > I find the slide
> > > > > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:July_
> > > > 2017_Monthly_Metrics_Meeting.pdf=22>
> > > > > about whether or not people feel we are "free of advertising"
> > > interesting
> > > > > as we only got a 7.3 (with lower scores among younger readers).
> > > > >
> > > > > We unfortunately are not free of advertising. There is a large and
> > > > appears
> > > > > to be growing industry that sells Wikipedia articles / ads, which
> are
> > > > > mostly created through large groups of sock accounts. They also are
> > > > > involved with adding SEO links.
> > > > >
> 

[Wikimedia-l] RfC regarding the Meta CU Policy

2017-08-04 Thread James Heilman
Have started a RfC on clarifying the CU policy on meta

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Requests_for_comment/Clarification_to_CU_policy#Discuss

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New beta feature: Syntax Highlighting!

2017-08-03 Thread James Heilman
Great to see this work going forwards. Can we make the colors more like
those used in WikEd? We have build instructions based on the coloring of
text created by WikEd to help guide our translation folks.

James

On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM, Danny Horn <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Oh, a PS: We're going to post an announcement on some village pumps, but
> please feel free to share this with your community. Thanks!
>
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 3:21 PM, Danny Horn <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > WMF's Community Tech team team is happy to announce that Wikitext Editor
> > Syntax Highlighting has been released as a beta feature today on all LTR
> > Wikimedia projects!
> >
> > Syntax Highlighting was the #6 request in this year's Community Wishlist
> > Survey [1]  -- a way to help editors parse the wikitext in the edit
> window
> > by using color, bolding, italics and size to make it easier to see which
> > parts are article text, and which are links, templates, tags and
> headings.
> >
> > It's easy to separate the link target from the actual link text, section
> > headings are bigger, and adding bold and italics actually changes the way
> > it looks in the edit window. Plus -- thanks to the amazing performance
> > optimization done by volunteer developer Pastakhov -- it loads a lot
> faster
> > than previous versions of syntax highlighting.
> >
> > Unfortunately, the feature isn't available in RTL languages yet; we're
> > working on some bugs, and we'll release it as soon as we can. We're also
> > hoping to improve the Syntax Highlighting performance for people who also
> > use the "New wikitext mode" Beta feature.
> >
> > You can find Syntax Highlighting under the Beta features tab in
> > Preferences. I hope you all love it and find it useful! If you've got
> > feedback, you can click on the Discussion link in Beta features, or leave
> > comments and questions on the Community Tech project talk page. [2]
> Thanks!
> >
> >
> > Danny Horn
> > Senior Product Manager
> > WMF Community Tech
> >
> > [1] Community Wishlist Survey: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
> > wiki/2016_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Results
> >
> > [2] Project talk page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
> > wiki/Talk:Community_Tech/Wikitext_editor_syntax_highlighting
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-31 Thread James Heilman
There appears to already be an open-source AI voice assistant effort.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthunckler/2017/05/15/this-open-source-ai-voice-assistant-is-challenging-siri-and-alexa-for-market-superiority/#4a73f53b3ec0

Like with the open search movement, IMO we should collaborate with the
ongoing efforts being lead by others rather than lead the efforts ourselves
or lead the efforts internally.

Agree we need to make sure that Wikipedia content is appropriately
attributed by the wider world who re-use us. Our main goal IMO needs to be
to make Wikipedia high quality / maintain its high quality.

James

On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 9:43 AM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Some further thoughts on this thread while we wait for Adele to come back
> to us.
>
> According to Statista,[1] the worldwide market for virtual digital
> assistants is expected to grow from $1.64 billion in 2015 to $15.79 billion
> by 2021. That's a tenfold increase over six years. Digital assistants will
> reportedly outnumber people by 2021.[2]
>
> The Foundation has long been worried about the shift to mobile, the related
> decline in desktop page views, and its effect on donations. But doesn't the
> growing popularity of digital assistants – all of them, ironically, drawing
> to varying degrees on Wikimedia projects – represent a much greater threat
> to Wikipedia page views in the medium to long term than mobile?
>
> At some point, I fear, opening a browser window on your computer or phone,
> typing in a search term, and opening up a Wikipedia page will to many
> people and in many contexts seem quaint and old-fashioned. Or to be more
> precise, it won't even seem quaint and old-fashioned: people will gradually
> stop doing it, and forget they ever did it, just like it's become rare for
> most of us to get up, walk to a bookcase, and look up a term in a book,
> because Googling is faster and more convenient. What will happen to
> Wikipedia page views then?
>
> In my view, the decision taken many years ago to make Wikimedia content
> freely available to all re-users, even those earning billions of dollars
> from it, was a gigantic mistake. It sold contributors, who work for
> nothing, out. There should have been a (high) profit threshold above which
> re-users should have been required to pay a percentage of their profits
> back into the Wikimedia movement's pot.
>
> But given that that bridge was burnt long ago – irretrievably so, it seems
> – shouldn't the Foundation now, at the very least, do its utmost to make
> sure that the minimal rights volunteers retain over the content they
> contribute to their projects are respected? (Wikidata's CC-0 licence was
> another huge mis-step in my view, as it reduces Wikimedia's visibility to
> nothing, just as it is reduced to nothing in the Amazon Echo examples
> described in this thread.) Otherwise, aren't we running the risk that
> Wikipedia may well be as healthy in a couple of decades' time as DMOZ is
> today?
>
> And, bearing in mind the projected growth of the virtual digital assistant
> market, shouldn't the Wikimedia Foundation look at developing and marketing
> its own Wikipedia-based virtual digital assistant, to at least earn a share
> of the income its volunteers' work will generate in the years to come?
> Won't volunteers otherwise just continue to be fodder to make Apple,
> Microsoft, Google, Amazon etc. even richer than they already are?
>
> Andreas
>
> [1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/589079/worldwide-
> virtual-digital-assistants-consumer-market/
> [2] http://www.netimperative.com/2017/05/digital-
> assistants-outnumber-people-2021/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia content for in-flight entertainment?

2017-07-30 Thread James Heilman
Amazing idea. I guess one could email them and offer this. Would not add
weight on their end as it is simple digital. The entertainment system would
be completely separate from the flight systems so would not have
significant certification issues.

James

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM, Lodewijk <lodew...@effeietsanders.org>
wrote:

> I know that KLM included some cuts from Wikipedia articles in their
> onflight system to explain sights from at least San Francisco. Not sure
> whether they made it scale, probably not.
>
> Lodewijk
>
> On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:13 AM, Pierre-Selim <pierre-se...@huard.info>
> wrote:
>
> > Certification process for the hardware of kiwix might be a tremendous
> pain
> > in the ass.
> >
> > And second point the airline will need a business case to cary more
> weight
> > (count about 3.5% of the weight as extra fuel burn per hour).
> >
> > That said I'd love to use Wikipedia on an IFE.
> >
> > Le 31 juil. 2017 00:02, "Daniel Mietchen" <daniel.mietchen@googlemail.
> com>
> > a écrit :
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > during long flights, I have often been wondering why there is no
> > > Wikimedia option in in-flight entertainment systems. As I am normally
> > > offline during flights and I normally don't think about in-flight
> > > stuff while on the ground, I never actually asked around, so after a
> > > long flight yesterday, here we go:
> > > Do any of you know of attempts to explore the option(s) to get
> > > Wikimedia content onto in-flight entertainment and similar systems?
> > >
> > > Many of them already have educational content, but I am not aware of
> > > anything openly licensed amidst those offerings. Have any of the Kiwix
> > > team looked into this?
> > >
> > > Also, many airlines/ ships/ trains and others offer WiFi for a fee -
> > > has the Wikipedia Zero team ever looked into engaging with such
> > > "providers"?
> > >
> > > Thanks and cheers,
> > >
> > > Daniel
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-27 Thread James Heilman
We want these devices to read from Wikipedia. We just want attribution as
appropriate. If they are already attributing when they go beyond fair use
than all is good.

J

On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 8:14 AM, Cristian Consonni <crist...@balist.es>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On 27/07/2017 14:36, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
> > If you look at the comments under Barbara's piece, Greg linked to this
> > YouTube video:
> >
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZurOYgQLT44
>
> since I don't own an Amazon Echo, I will have to rely on the video.
>
> > I had a look at that video before posting here. (I think it's kind of a
> > daft video, but it does a perfectly good job of demonstrating how the
> Echo
> > works.)
> >
> > In this video, the lady asks at the beginning, "Alexa, who is Edward
> > Snowden?"
> >
> > The response reflects the lead sentence of the Wikipedia article, such as
> > it was at the time.
> >
> > At 0:30 in the video, she asks "Alexa, who is the FBI?" Again, Alexa
> > responds with the lead sentence of Wikipedia's FBI article as it was at
> the
> > time.
>
> The video was posted on March 9th, 2017.
>
> This is the article about Edward Snowden as of March 6th, 2017:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edward_Snowden=768899605
>
> and this is the article about FBI as of March 7th,2017:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Federal_
> Bureau_of_Investigation=769027291
>
> The response about Edward Snowden is not verbatim (I had a look also at
> some of the previous revisions, and the incipit did not change). It is
> very similar for sure and I can see some way to automatically get from
> the Wikipedia article incipt to the sentence spoken by Alexa. But at
> this point if you rephrase a sentence and use facts I don't think you
> are infringing copyright. It could be akin to close paraphrasing[1], but
> the quantity of text is limited.
>
> The response about FBI instead is verbatim.
>
> In both cases, they may be within the realm of the "right to quote"[2]
> (I am not sure this concept exists in US law per se) or "fair use".
>
> > You say that Alexa reportedly gets some of this from Bing. But even if
> > that's the case, how does it make a difference? To me it seems rather
> like
> > Flickrwashing (Bingwashing?).
>
> It may totally make a difference. I am not a lawyer, but I think the
> question about the copyright status of search snippets and indexes for
> search engines has already been addressed by jurisprudence.
>
> Simply put, the amount of text used changes the situation from "right to
> quote"/"fair use" to "derivative work".
>
> Furthermore, to correctly cite Wikipedia, if snippets would not be
> considered under fair use/right to quote, they would need to also cite
> the license.
>
> In this regard, compare the difference - http://imgur.com/gallery/3FQZS
> - between the snippets (both from Google and Bing), which do not have a
> license indication and the extensive portion of text which is displayed
> in the box in Bing which correctly indicates both the link to the
> original work and the license. Interestingly, in the case of the FBI,
> the box in Bing has less text and no indication of the license. It may
> be that they automatically decide that if they are going to show more
> than N words/characters then they do not treat the text as a quotation
> but as a derivative work and so they show the license.
>
> I tried with another couple  searches and this behavior seems
> consistent. If they shw a short chunk of text (~ 1 sentence), they do
> not provide the source and link to the license. If they show a big chunk
> of text (with a "+" sign) they do.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation could ask for a clarification to Amazon, but I
> suspect that the answer would not differ very much from above.
>
> Cristian
>
> [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Close_paraphrasing
> [2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_quote
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-26 Thread James Heilman
This is an excellent point. Yes Amazon should definitely state that what
they are reading is from Wikipedia.

James

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Barbara Page, a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar and Wikipedian in Residence at
> the University of Pittsburgh, has written a blog post[1] for Wikipediocracy
> about how the Amazon Echo's Alexa assistant reads out Wikipedia articles in
> response to queries. This includes queries that do not specifically ask for
> Wikipedia information.
>
> What's the deal with the CC licence here?
>
> To quote from the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
> Licence identified at the bottom of each English Wikipedia page,
>
>
> If You Distribute, or Publicly Perform the Work or any Adaptations or
> Collections, *You must,* unless a request has been made pursuant to Section
> 4(a), *keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide,
> reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing: (i) the name of the
> Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied, and/or if the
> Original Author and/or Licensor designate another party or parties (e.g., a
> sponsor institute, publishing entity, journal) for attribution
> ("Attribution Parties") in Licensor's copyright notice, terms of service or
> by other reasonable means, the name of such party or parties; (ii) the
> title of the Work if supplied; (iii) to the extent reasonably practicable,
> the URI, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work,
> unless such URI does not refer to the copyright notice or licensing
> information for the Work*; and (iv) , consistent with Section 3(b), in the
> case of an Adaptation, a credit identifying the use of the Work in the
> Adaptation (e.g., "French translation of the Work by Original Author," or
> "Screenplay based on original Work by Original Author").
>
>
> Some similar services preface their Wikipedia readings with "According to
> Wikipedia, ..." This is at least a minimum amount of attribution. While I
> am not a legal expert, I guess it could be construed as an attempt to
> comply with the "reasonable to the medium or means" passage above. It also
> tells the user where the information comes from, which is useful from the
> standpoint of transparency.
>
> But the Amazon Echo appears to include no attribution whatsoever when
> providing Wikipedia-based answers. On the face of it, this would seem to
> violate the terms of the Creative Commons licence (as well as obscuring the
> origin of the information provided). Am I missing something?
>
> Has this ever been the subject of discussions, agreements or understandings
> between Amazon and WMF?
>
> Best,
> Andreas
>
> [1] http://wikipediocracy.com/2017/07/24/alexa/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looks familiar?

2017-07-21 Thread James Heilman
Yes I have looked into creating such an object and I still think it is a
cool idea. I have the plain world one sitting on my desk. I think I bought
it via amazon.

James

On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:45 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <
viswapra...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On the other hand, we should think of creating a mercantile toy / SWAG of
> the same style. :)
>
> On 21 July 2017 at 14:33, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <it...@wikimedia.org.il
> >
> wrote:
>
> > Ammm.. Anyone know where I can buy such a globe? ;)
> >
> >
> > - Sent from mobile
> >
> > On Jul 18, 2017 16:28, "Trey Jones" <tjo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >
> > Searching google images for *jigsaw globe* or *jigsaw sphere *gives many
> > similar images. I don't think Wikipedia owns the rights to the idea of a
> > sphere made of jigsaw pieces.
> >
> > The particular image on the cover of that book is derived from a stock
> > photo:
> >
> > https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/jigsaw-globe-
> > puzzle-on-white-47983681
> >
> > So, familiar? Yes. Concern? I don't think so.
> >
> > —Trey
> >
> > Trey Jones
> > Software Engineer, Discovery
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 3:37 AM, Gordon Joly <gordon.j...@pobox.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 13, Issue 6 – 15 July 2017

2017-07-18 Thread James Heilman
Definitely agree. Very happy to see the signpost up and running again.

J

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 1:33 AM, Àlex Hinojo <alexhin...@gmail.com> wrote:

> +1 it is a basic source of contextual and critical information on both
> projects and movement.
>
> Keep on with the good work
> El dt, 18 jul 2017 a les 9:21 Devouard (gmail) <fdevou...@gmail.com> va
> escriure:
>
> > I second that.
> >
> > Thank you !
> >
> > Florence
> >
> > Le 18/07/2017 à 08:32, Pine W a écrit :
> > > I'd like to say "thank you" to the folks who contribute to the
> > *Signpost*,
> > > especially those who are trying to revive it with a very small number
> of
> > > people filling multiple roles. I know that many hours of volunteer time
> > go
> > > into each issue, and I feel that the *Signpost *is a valuable community
> > > institution.
> > >
> > > Pine
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 6:52 PM, Wikipedia Signpost <
> > > wikipediasignp...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> News and notes: French chapter woes, new affiliates and more WMF team
> > >> changes
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/News_and_notes
> > >>
> > >> Featured content: Spectacular animals, Pine Trees screens, and more
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Featured_content
> > >>
> > >> In the media: Concern about access and fairness, Foundation
> > expenditures,
> > >> and relationship to real-world politics and commerce
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/In_the_media
> > >>
> > >> Recent research: The chilling effect of surveillance on Wikipedia
> > readers
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Recent_research
> > >>
> > >> Op-ed: Why Task Forces are Dying in 2017
> > >>
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> 2017-07-15/Op-ed
> > >>
> > >> Gallery: A mix of patterns
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Gallery
> > >>
> > >> Humour: The Infobox Game
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Humour
> > >>
> > >> Traffic report: Film, television and Internet phenomena reign with
> some
> > >> room left over for America's birthday
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Traffic_report
> > >>
> > >> Technology report: New features in development; more breaking changes
> > for
> > >> scripts
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Technology_report
> > >>
> > >> Wikicup: 2017 WikiCup round 3 wrap-up
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/
> > >> 2017-07-15/Wikicup
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Single-page view
> > >>
> > >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> https://facebook.com/wikisignpost
> > >>
> > >> https://twitter.com/wikisignpost
> > >>
> > >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looks familiar?

2017-07-18 Thread James Heilman
These have been around a long time. You can buy them places such as here

https://www.baudville.com/awards/trophies/magnetic-puzzle-globe-trophy-world-of-difference/details/7/1/79295

J

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>
>
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0119PZ7F2/
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> This image looks very much like the Wikimedia graphic?
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimédia France - informations sur la situation actuelle

2017-07-11 Thread James Heilman
>
> En outre, nous tenons à dire que Caroline Becker n’est pas une «
> lanceuse d’alerte ». Elle n’a révélé aucun péril pour l’association et
> n’a pas essayé de régler le problème dont elle avait connaissance
> durant le week-end stratégie. Au contraire, elle a tenu des propos
> diffamants contre Nathalie, au lieu de respecter un processus normal,
> transparent et encadré. Elle n’a pas non plus averti le reste du CA
> des risques encourus du fait de cette enquête.
>
> Pierre-Selim a confirmé par écrit qu’il n’avait pas connaissance du
> témoignage de sa compagne ni de l’enquête, et a reconnu que Caroline
> ne pouvait rester au CA, eu égard à ses agissements.
>
> Il a finalement démissionné, sa position en tant que conjoint de
> Caroline étant trop difficile à gérer, ce que nous respectons.
>
> Ce que nous n’acceptons pas, ce sont ses propos publics et ceux
> d’autres personnes qui déforment la réalité pour faire de Caroline une
> victime du CA.
>
> De plus, Pierre-Sélim a utilisé, après sa démission, son accès
> “exécutif” aux données de l’association, alors qu’il n’en avait plus
> le droit. Il s’est servi de ces données pour signaler à des membres
> que plusieurs personnes avaient été désabonnées de la liste
> discussions, ce qui n’a pas manqué de provoquer une nouvelle vague
> d’accusations de censure et d’autoritarisme.
>
> Or, si le CA l’a fait, c’est en responsabilité. Constatant les
> débordements sur la liste malgré la modération a priori, il a décidé
> en premier lieu d’en retirer les membres non à jour de leur
> cotisation, comme il aurait été en droit de le faire depuis longtemps.
> Sans doute aurions-nous dû communiquer simplement et directement sur
> ce fait, mais ce n’est pas chose facile quand nous sommes pris de
> court par des tentatives de nuire venant de membres avec lesquels nous
> travaillions encore de bonne foi très récemment au sein du CA !
>
> Instrumentalisation par d’autres acteurs
>
> Enfin, nous vous faisons part de notre indignation concernant le fait
> que certaines attaques très virulentes au sujet du CA et de la
> direction émanent de personnes qui, loin de poursuivre les idéaux
> qu’elles affichent, tentent de masquer leurs motivations réelles et
> leurs conflits d’intérêts (paid editing, formation rémunérée déguisée
> en bénévolat; tentative de récupérer les demandes de formations
> arrivant à l’association via OTRS pour les facturer pour son activité
> personnelle, etc). Il est clair que ces personnes cherchent à
> désavouer le CA et la direction dans l’espoir de pouvoir continuer ou
> de reprendre ces pratiques douteuses.
>
> 5. La possible création d’un fonds de dotation
>
>
>
> La réflexion en cours au CA sur la part conséquente que représente le
> lobbying dans l'activité de l’association (et ce pour des champs plus
> larges que l'objet même de Wikimédia France) a abouti à étudier la
> pertinence d’un fonds de dotation qui concernerait l’ensemble des
> parties prenantes œuvrant pour la connaissance libre.
>
> En effet, bien que le fait de mener des actions de lobbying bénéficie
> d’un large consensus chez nos adhérents et dans la communauté, il
> implique beaucoup de ressources qui bénéficient plus largement qu’à la
> communauté des contributeurs.
>
> Des bénévoles et des salariés ont donc mené, au sujet d’un éventuel
> fonds de dotation, différentes consultations d’experts mais aussi de
> potentiels financeurs, qui n’ont par ailleurs rien de confidentiel.
>
> Il n'en demeure pas moins que si le choix de créer un fonds de
> dotation avec des partenaires était fait, le CA devrait statuer sur la
> création d'une telle structure, en informer l'AG, et en fonction de la
> structuration, faire voter l'AG. Dans le contexte de diversification
> des fonds et alors que l'association est en passe d’être reconnue
> d’utilité publique (RUP), ce fonds pourrait être une idée à creuser
> pour le financement de WMFr puisqu’il pourrait faire appel aux
> fondations d'entreprise.
>
>
>
> Pourtant, cette étude non confidentielle menée par les salariés a été
> présentée de façon très ambiguë par Florence Devouard sur la liste
> discussions, ce qui a éveillé des suspicions chez les autres
> adhérents. Un deuxième mail de Florence, rejeté par les modérateurs
> mais publié sur une liste de discussion parallèle, évoque même « une
> suspicion d'usage des biens de l'association, de la (bonne) réputation
> de l'association, à des fins personnelles indirectes ».
>
> Nous condamnons fermement ce qui là encore est une tentative de mettre
> le CA en difficulté par des allégations infondées. Nous réaffirmons
> également que si des adhérents possèdent des preuves de malversations,
> ils sont tout à fait à même de les transmettre aux autorités
> compétentes ; le reste n’est que on-dit et intimidation.
>
> 
>
> Wikimédia France
> 40 rue de Cléry
> 75002 Paris
> France
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>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 25 June 2017)

2017-07-01 Thread James Heilman
If it is from UNESCO does that mean it is under a Wikimedia compatible
license? One could put it on Wikisource :-)

James

On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 3:14 PM, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
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> Hoi,
> I found a complete history of Africa that is available in PDF format from
> UNESCO.. It is in eight parts and I am happy that it exists.. I added the
> data in Wikidata but this is the link for the English version.. There are
> versions in other languages as well :)
> Thanks,
>  GerardM
>
> http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/
> themes/general-history-of-africa/volumes/
>
> On 27 June 2017 at 05:18, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I like a tool for Wikidata that Hay created which is called VizQuery.
> More
> > information about it is below.
> >
> > What's making you happy this week?
> >
> > Pine
> >
> > -- Forwarded message --
> > From: Hay (Husky) <hus...@gmail.com>
> > Date: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM
> > Subject: [Wikidata] A visual way to query Wikidata
> > To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
> > wikid...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> >
> >
> > Hey everyone,
> > i've made a tool that allows you to query Wikidata in a visual way
> > without using SPARQL. It's called VizQuery:
> >
> > http://tools.wmflabs.org/hay/vizquery/
> >
> > The possibilities of using Wikidata to do interesting queries are
> > endless, and the current query service allows for very powerful
> > queries indeed. However, i feel that for the general public,
> > especially those who are not that technical, it might be a bit
> > overwhelming and difficult for them to learn a complex language such
> > as SPARQL. To make people familiar with the concept of queries i
> > believe a somewhat less intimidating approach might be useful, hence
> > this tool.
> >
> > VizQuery is only capable of doing a subset of possible queries. It's
> > basically simple triples, variables (prefixed with '?') and literals
> > (between "quotes"). You can do pretty powerful queries with only those
> > things though. For example, here's a query with vegetarians who are
> > married to a vegetarian:
> >
> > http://bit.ly/2sydpmW
> >
> > Under the hood VizQuery uses Ruben Verborgh's SPARQL.js library to
> > convert between JSON and SPARQL, so theoretically every SPARQL query
> > you could do in the regular query service can be done in VizQuery.
> > However, many queries won't work because the visual interface only
> > supports a subset of options: it's pretty hard to create user-friendly
> > GUI representations of many of the complex SPARQL features. :)
> >
> > Anyway, i'd like to hear what you think. Bugs, feature request and
> > pull requests are also welcome on my Github page:
> > https://github.com/hay/wiki-tools
> >
> > Kind regards,
> > -- Hay
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising pilot on Facebook

2017-06-29 Thread James Heilman
nsumers?*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource type of site for sheet music at kickstarter

2017-06-22 Thread James Heilman
Could go on Wikisource no? If it takes off than it could potentially be its
own Wikimedia site.

James

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wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I came across the following Kickstarter project about sheet music. The
> project aims for making public domain sheet musuc available and keeping
> them open. The project is a sort of Wikisource, but then for sheet music,
> and I think as Wikimedia movement we should support this somehow.
>
> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openscore/openscore-
> join-the-sheet-music-revolution
>
> Seeing this project I realise that with Wikimedia platforms we provide all
> kinds of knowledge, but sheet music is too limited possible in Wikimedia
> yet.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] James Heilman joins the Board Governance Committee as a volunteer and advisory member

2017-06-15 Thread James Heilman
Thanks :-) Looking forwards to working with everyone.

J

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 5:29 AM, Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:

> That's great. All the best James.
>
> On 15 June 2017 at 17:55, Nataliia Tymkiv <ntym...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> >
> > I wanted to inform you that starting today James Heilman joins the Board
> > Governance Committee (BGC) as a volunteer and advisory member [1]. That
> > means that he will be working with the BGC as a non-voting member,
> together
> > with Ira B. Matetsky, Gayle Karen Young, Tim Moritz Hector, Ido Ivry and
> > Kat Walsh [2].
> >
> >
> >
> > The BGC believes that in case James is approved by the Board as a Board
> > member [3] it would also be a good onboarding opportunity for him.
> >
> >
> >
> > === James Heilman ===
> > James Heilman is “an active contributor to WikiProject Medicine, is a
> > volunteer Wikipedia administrator, was the president of Wikimedia Canada
> > between 2010 and 2013, and founded and was formerly the president of Wiki
> > Project Med Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiProject Medicine's
> > Medicine Translation Task Force. In June 2015, he was elected to the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, a position which he held until he
> > was removed on December 28, 2015” [4]. He is among top three candidates
> for
> > the community selected seats selected by the community to be recommended
> to
> > the Board for approval, according to the results from the 2017 Wikimedia
> > Foundation Board of Trustees selection process [5].
> >
> >
> >
> > If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask me.
> >
> >
> >
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> >
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> >
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> >
> > [5] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/20/board-of-trustees-
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> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Changes to Product and Technology departments at the Foundation

2017-06-12 Thread James Heilman
Looks like a reasonable change. Glad to see the degree of internal input
that went into it.

Does maps also include other rich content like graphs, charts, heat maps
and other forms of data visualization?

Best
James

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Toby Negrin <tneg...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Jan --
>
> Thanks for the question. We'll be making a more specific announcement this
> week about the future of the discovery projects. Sadly we don't have a lot
> of new information for maps in particular and will need to do a bit more
> scenario planning before we talk to the community.
>
> As far as focus, most of our "reading" features are actually content
> created by editors that is consumed by readers and maps is no different.
> While we don't have specifics as far as the roadmap, both authoring and
> consumption features are totally in scope.
>
> Hope this helps to provide some information (if not clarity :) about how we
> are approaching this.
>
> -Toby
>
> On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 2:21 PM, Jan Ainali <ainali@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > 2017-06-07 23:12 GMT+02:00 Toby Negrin <tneg...@wikimedia.org>:
> >
> > >
> > > The team working on maps, the search experience, and the project entry
> > > portals (such as Wikipedia.org) will join the Readers team. This
> > > realignment will allow us to build more integrated experiences and
> > > knowledge-sharing for the end user.
> > >
> > Does maps going to readers mean that there will be less focus on editors
> > tools for adding maps to articles and more focus on the readers
> possibility
> > to interact with the maps? If so, what is actually in the pipeline for
> > maps?
> >
> > /Jan
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Deutschland: Annual Report 2016

2017-06-06 Thread James Heilman
+1 agree amazing

On Jun 6, 2017 03:32, "Natacha Rault" <n.ra...@me.com> wrote:

> This is an incredibble result. Congratulation!
> Natacha
> Le 6 juin 2017 à 11:21, Cornelius Kibelka <cornelius.kibe...@wikimedia.de>
> a écrit :
>
> No, it means 15,000 new (paying) members of the association Wikimedia
> Deutschland.
>
> However, we also try to recruit new authors/editors via banner campaigns
> and are running several of them throughout the year. If you are interested
> in this, consider joining Verena's session at Wikimania about "On-Wiki
> Campaigning to Engage New Editors"[1]
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
>
> [1] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/On-Wiki_
> Campaigning_to_Engage_New_Editors
>
> On 6 June 2017 at 07:36, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Does "15,000 new members to the organization" mean that everyone who
> edits
> > DE WP is a member? If so that is amazing :-)
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 4:29 PM, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Thank you. Well done. 15,000 new members to the organization?
> >> I'd love to talk with you about this, Nicole.
> >>
> >> On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 6:41 AM, Samuel Patton <spat...@wikimedia.org>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> I agree, the report is great and the videos are inspiring. Thanks for
> >>> sharing!
> >>>
> >>> sam
> >>>
> >>> On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 7:15 AM, NC Hasive <n...@nhasive.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Really very impressive report. Like the way to present the annual
> >> report.
> >>>>
> >>>> Hasive
> >>>>
> >>>> On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 3:29 PM, Erik Zachte <ezac...@wikimedia.org>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> Wow, very impressive report overall!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I particularly love the videos.
> >>>>> They are quite informative, the ones with real people are a great
> >>>>> introduction to what editing entails,
> >>>>> the animated ones are entertaining and inspiring.
> >>>>> These videos imo deserve to be used on many of our projects,
> >> localized
> >>> or
> >>>>> subtitled in many languages.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Erik
> >>>>>
> >>>>> -Original Message-
> >>>>> From: WikimediaAnnounce-l [mailto:wikimediaannounce-l-
> >>>>> boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Nicole Ebber
> >>>>> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:23
> >>>>> To: wikimediaannounce-l
> >>>>> Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Deutschland: Annual
> >> Report
> >>>>> 2016
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Hi all,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> We have recently published our Annual Report 2016. If you would
> > like
> >> to
> >>>>> learn more about examples of Wikimedia Deutschland's projects and
> >>>>> programmes from last year, you might want to read about one or more
> >> of
> >>>> the
> >>>>> following:
> >>>>>
> >>>>> * our new editors campaign,
> >>>>> * our successes with Wikidata,
> >>>>> * our Technical Wishes project,
> >>>>> * our achievements in the political and legal field,
> >>>>> * our work for Open Education & Open Science
> >>>>> * our growth in membership numbers
> >>>>> * our regionalisation efforts
> >>>>> * our work for the international movement
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Inspired by the WMF's recent Annual Reports, we have – for the
> > first
> >>> time
> >>>>> – created a visually appealing, responsive online version that also
> >>> works
> >>>>> pretty well on mobile. https://2016.wikimedia.de/en
> >>>>>
> >>>>> If you rather prefer to print it, please be patient: We will
> > publish
> >>> the
> >>>>> oldschool PDF version and link it on the meta [[Reports]] page next
> >>> week.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Happy reading,
> >>>>> Nicole
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Deutschland: Annual Report 2016

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