Re: [Wikimedia-l] Our need of OA research – materials?

2020-11-24 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hi Jackie! Thank you for asking – I should have started with that.

My current vision for the end product is for a short report, aimed for
decision-makers in the Swedish university world. Too many of them simply
don't understand what the public would *do* with access to research, and
consider it an intra-academic ideological question with few practical
implications. Since Wikipedia depends on access to good sources and we're
an important interface between research and the general public, we could be
a good specific example of why open access matters. Part of this would
preferably be specific to Sweden and Swedish Wikipedia, for local impact,
but it'd be very helpful if we could have more existing material to build
on – basically do a rewrite instead of reinventing the wheel, and see if
there's research on Wikipedia and OA we should incorporate.

If they have Wikipedia-specific material about OA, it would be very
helpful, but the angle I'm looking for here is less to present arguments by
researchers who approve of OA – the target audience will have met those
before – unless those arguments come in the form of information about how
Wikipedia uses open access research. (:

//Johan Jönsson
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Den tis 24 nov. 2020 kl 18:10 skrev Jackie Koerner :

> Hi Johan!
>
> What does your end result look like?
>
> I know several researchers who study Wikipedia and are passionate about
> OA. Would items they have written be what you are seeking? Or an interview
> with them for something you are writing? If you let me know what you hope
> for your end result to look like, I can better provide you with context and
> contacts. :)
>
> I hope you are well.
>
> Best,
>
> Jackie K.
>
> > On Nov 24, 2020, at 10:31 AM, Johan Jönsson 
> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > What are our best resources to point to our need for open access
> research? I'm looking for explanations, testimonials, collections of
> research on how OA is used on Wikipedia (e.g. Teplitskiy, Lu, Duede:
> “Amplifying the impact of open access: Wikipedia and the diffusion of
> science”) and so on – anything to not have to reinvent the wheel. Have you
> put together anything explaining this from a Wikimedia perspective?
> >
> > (The Wikipedia Library has "why we need access to research", which is
> useful, but not exactly the same thing.)
> >
> > //Johan Jönsson
> > (in his volunteer capacity)
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[Wikimedia-l] Our need of OA research – materials?

2020-11-24 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hi folks,

What are our best resources to point to our need for open access research?
I'm looking for explanations, testimonials, collections of research on how
OA is used on Wikipedia (e.g. Teplitskiy, Lu, Duede: “Amplifying the impact
of open access: Wikipedia and the diffusion of science”) and so on –
anything to not have to reinvent the wheel. Have you put together anything
explaining this from a Wikimedia perspective?

(The Wikipedia Library has "why we need access to research", which is
useful, but not exactly the same thing.)

//Johan Jönsson
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Community Tech: New Format for 2020 Wishlist Survey

2019-10-05 Thread Johan Jönsson
Den lör 5 okt. 2019 kl 22:46 skrev Chris Keating :

> the wishlist only reflects
> the needs and perceptions of highly active contributors [at present I think
> it only accepts submissions in English ,which is another obstacle, but that
> could be addressed].

The wishlist has explicitly accepted wishes in any language.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimediaindia-l] Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time

2019-04-26 Thread Johan Jönsson
Den fre 26 apr. 2019 kl 15:36 skrev Peter Southwood <
peter.southw...@telkomsa.net>:

> You appear to have 66 sysops on sv:? (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Wikipedia), how well to you think
> this system would scale up for an order or two of magnitude more?


I think it would scale well for almost all our wikis, but that there is a
handful where I'd assume the size would become an issue. Partly because of
the number of reelections, partly because I think part of our success is
that if I'm a fairly active editor that cares about our candidates for
adminship on Swedish Wikipedia, I've probably encountered most of the
active admins up for reelection a couple of times over the last year and
have already had the chance to see them use the tools. Generally, most
admins are unanimously or almost unanimously reelected; we tend to support
unless we have reason not to.

That's not to say it couldn't work for the larger wikis with some adaptions
(I simply don't have an opinion either way), but I'm not confidently going
to tell English Wikipedia this is the solution to the RfA problem.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimediaindia-l] Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time

2019-04-25 Thread Johan Jönsson
Yes, we – Swedish Wikipedia – have had similar experiences with annual
reelections (since 2006) helping us both to keep the bar at a reasonable
level and to have a de-sysoping process that doesn't cause of strife and
rifts in the community. Works well for us.

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Den fre 26 apr. 2019 kl 00:41 skrev Asaf Bartov :

> This is not India-specific, and may be of interest to other communities
> struggling with such a question.
>
>A.
>
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> Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 3:05 PM
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time
> To: wikimediaindia-l 
>
>
> Hi,
>
> Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time after a gap of almost 5 years.
>
> After 2013, we hit a policy deadlock where we couldn't agree on how to
> elect a new sysop, what are the qualities of an ideal sysop, etc.,
>
> Even after repeated attempts, we could not solve this as the fear of being
> not able to easily desysop someone made us look for higher and higher bars
> for a perfect admin.
>
> So, how did we solve?
>
> Recently, MediaWiki allows someone to get sysop access for limited periods
> of time like 1 month, 3 months, etc., This is how Stewards grants adminship
> in many small wikis.
>
> We felt when there is the possibility of granting adminships for trial
> periods and renew them thereafter, we don't need to keep the bar for
> adminship very high.
>
> We also proposed to start a Wiki Admin School where others can mentor the
> new admins.
>
> So, after a month long discussion and community consensus, we conducted our
> sysop elections and elected 10 sysops at a time.
>
> Right now, we have 42 sysops  with one of the highest sysops per users
> ration among all global Wikis.
>
> We plan to elect 6 new sysops every quarter and are discussing a similar
> policy for bureaucrat election.
>
> We strongly believe having a diverse pool of sysops makes them feel
> empowered to serve the Wikimedia movement for a long period of time.
>
> If you are interested in knowing more, take a look at the policy here
> <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/7gmi> and the discussion in the related talk
> page.
>
> Thanks,
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The annual Community Wishlist Survey now open for proposals

2018-11-22 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM Johan Jönsson  wrote:
>
> Hey everyone,
>
> The Community Wishlist Survey is now open, and you can post proposals
> for projects that you would like the Wikimedia Foundation's Community
> Tech team to work on:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2019
>
> The Community Tech team builds features and makes changes that active
> Wikimedia contributors want, and the Wishlist Survey sets the team's
> agenda for the next year.
>
> The Wishlist Survey starts with a two-week proposal period, when
> contributors from all Wikimedia projects are invited to post, discuss
> and improve proposals. After that, there's a two-week voting period,
> when everyone can post support-votes on the proposals.
>
> You can post technical proposals until 11 November.
>
> You can vote on proposals from 16 November to 30 November.
>
> The Community Tech team is responsible for addressing the top ten
> wishes on the list. If they, after investigating it, find that
> something isn't feasible, they need to explain why to the community.
> The Wishlist can also be used by volunteer developers and other teams,
> who want to find projects to work on that the community really wants.

Just a reminder that the voting process is open and that you can
support proposals here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2019

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[Wikimedia-l] The annual Community Wishlist Survey now open for proposals

2018-10-30 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hey everyone,

The Community Wishlist Survey is now open, and you can post proposals
for projects that you would like the Wikimedia Foundation's Community
Tech team to work on:

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

The Community Tech team builds features and makes changes that active
Wikimedia contributors want, and the Wishlist Survey sets the team's
agenda for the next year.

The Wishlist Survey starts with a two-week proposal period, when
contributors from all Wikimedia projects are invited to post, discuss
and improve proposals. After that, there's a two-week voting period,
when everyone can post support-votes on the proposals.

You can post technical proposals until 11 November.

You can vote on proposals from 16 November to 30 November.

The Community Tech team is responsible for addressing the top ten
wishes on the list. If they, after investigating it, find that
something isn't feasible, they need to explain why to the community.
The Wishlist can also be used by volunteer developers and other teams,
who want to find projects to work on that the community really wants.

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[Wikimedia-l] Server switch 2018: No editing for a short while on October 10

2018-10-04 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hi,

We are be testing our secondary data centre. This will make sure that the
wikis can stay online even after a disaster. On October 10, from a bit
after 14:00 UTC and for up to an hour (but probably not that long), you
won't be able to edit the wikis. This has been repeatedly mentioned in Tech
News, posted on Village Pumps etc, but please help spread this in your
communities, especially with regards to editathons etc.

You'll find more information here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/Server_switch_2018

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] fallout from 2018 Wikimedian of the Year announcement

2018-08-28 Thread Johan Jönsson
Farkhad,

It's fantastic to see what you're doing with this. Thank you.

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On Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 2:09 PM, Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin <
f...@yandex.com> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
>
> Since yesterday all subdomains hosted @ http://tatarstan.ru/ (including
> websites of the http://president.tatarstan.ru/, the Cabinet
> http://prav.tatarstan.ru/, ministries/departments, state-owned
> organizations, municipalities and Representative offices of the Republic
> around Russia and abroad) moved to Creative Commons Attribution. The only
> exceptions are those of the First (ex-) President & the Parliament, that
> already had their own unique type free licenses (in Russian, non-standard).
>
> Russian Wikinews requested me to draft an article & my counterparty at the
> Regional Ministry of InfoComm has gladly approved. I will probably need to
> find time for that today. That was the easy part. Some context: Russian
> President, Executive Branch of the Federal Government, both Chambers of the
> Federal Parliament, etc. are using Creative Commons Attribution for a while
> now, thanks to Senior Volunteers efforts of Wikimedia Russia members. I
> just communicated the benefits of this to the Regional (Republic of
> Tatarstan) Deputy Prime-Minister https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
> Roman_Shaykhutdinov, head of the regional infocomm department & he
> championed it far and wide within his area of responsibility.
>
> I started engaging high-school & university students into helping the
> Infocomm ministry people to learn what is Wikimedia like & how it works -
> Deputy Prime-Minister is interested in anything that can benefit Education,
> Heritage Outreach, etc. development in the region & help in making culture
> of the Republic better known globally & promote Tatar language use online
> (Wikidata, GLAM, etc.). Another minister I met is excited with examples of
> Greek school children https://outreach.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/Education/News/July_2017/A_class_of_26_8-year-old_
> Wikipedia_article_creators & youth in Italy http://www.rivistabricks.it/
> wp-content/uploads/2017/12/BRICKS_4_2017.pdf & other places develop
> critical thinking and develop immunity to mass & social media stories
> painting the world black & white as they please (stories from any outlets,
> including the BBC or New York Times, have to be taken with a pinch of salt
> - there's no unbiased human). In parallel, we are starting a cooperation
> with private Cambridge International school in Kazan
> http://school.balacity.ru/ (the founders & the director know me, invited
> me for cooperation, key contact person was part of the meeting, I provided
> necessary initial links). I know that our youth is now inspired to organize
> a User Group, report on their Spring & Summer efforts at Wikimedia
> Conference Russia this September & take their existing Selet WikiSchool
> project even higher. https://outreach.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/Education/News/May_2018/Selet_WikiSchool , more stories coming.
>
> Last night WMF Partnerships agreed to support me in organizing a
> videoconference type seminar with best practices in Education/GLAM/Heritage
> promotion/Wikidata/etc. to explain locals about how great is the Wikimedia
> movement (something mainly unheard of in Russia, even though Wikipedia is
> actually used). I would love to have you, my dear international colleagues,
> to find time to connect and give a video talk on some Use Case
> implementation during the upcoming public seminar, organized in conjunction
> with Tatarstan InfoComm ministry (whenever we get the dates they will be
> able to gather local crowd in the IT-Park in downtown Kazan). I will take
> care of the simultaneous interpretation — all the necessary equipment is
> there, so I'll try to find the funding & qualified people.
>
> In parallel I'll continue working on organizing a short in-person version
> at WMF Headquarters for the President of the Republic, if and when we can
> fit it into his schedule (Tatarstan Deputy Prime-Minister - Regional
> Minister for InfoComm wanted this to take place during one of the annual
> regional government delegation visits to California). President Minnikhanov
> is a co-chair of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, as well
> as Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, so I think we can use
> Jimmy's well-timed pass to score well: spreading Wikimedia movement
> popularity throughout Russia and the Islamic world even further, helping in
> unblocking Turkey in the process.
>
> "Imagine the world in which every human is a Wikimedian. That's my
> commitment!"
>
> regards,
> farhad
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing launch of Santali Language Wikipedia

2018-08-08 Thread Johan Jönsson
 On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 4:48 PM, Ali Haidar Khan 
wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> We are very pleased to announce the launch of Santali Language Wikipedia (
> https://sat.wikipedia.org).


Lovely to see.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Stewards elected

2018-02-28 Thread Johan Jönsson
2018-02-28 22:14 GMT+01:00 Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com>:

> Hey Wikimedia community
> after a long election we finally have couple new stewards elected
>
>
>1. علاء <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A1>
> (
>talk <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:%D8%B9%D9%84%
> D8%A7%D8%A1>
> · contribs
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/%
> D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A1>
>)
>2. Green Giant <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Green_Giant> (talk
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Green_Giant> · contribs
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Green_Giant>)
>3. Rxy <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rxy> (talk
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Rxy> · contribs
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Rxy>)
>4. -revi <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:-revi> (talk
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:-revi> · contribs
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/-revi>)
>5. There'sNoTime <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:There%27sNoTime>
> (
>talk <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:There%27sNoTime> ·
>contribs
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/There%27sNoTime
> >)
>
>
> please join me in welcoming them for the new position and congratulating
> them for gaining communities trust.


Welcome, new stewards. And thank you.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] You can now vote in the Community Wishlist Survey

2017-12-10 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 7:01 AM, Johan Jönsson <jjons...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
>
> The voting phase of the 2017 Community Wishlist Survey has now started. Read
> the proposals and support the ones you want to support to make the wikis
> better:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2017_Community_Wishlist_Survey

As a last reminder – if you wanted to check this out but haven't, you
can vote for another 12 hours.

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[Wikimedia-l] You can now vote in the Community Wishlist Survey

2017-11-27 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hey everyone,

The voting phase of the 2017 Community Wishlist Survey has now started.
Read the proposals and support the ones you want to support to make the
wikis better:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2017_Community_Wishlist_Survey

Click on the categories to find the proposals. The voting will close on
December 10.

That's the important part of this email. Feel free to follow the link above
and starting voting right now.

The longer version:

The Community Wishlist Survey decides what the Wikimedia Foundation
Community Tech team will work on over the next year. The team is responsible
for addressing the top 10 wishes on the list, as well as some wishes from
smaller groups and projects that are doing important work, but don't have
the numbers to get their proposal into the top 10. The Wishlist is also
used by volunteer developers and other teams, who want to find projects to
work on that the community really wants.

Come help set the agenda.

If you want to see what the team has done in 2017, see the status report
from last month:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Status_report_1

What you can do now:

*) Vote. This is the most important thing.

*) Spread the word. We really want people to find this, of course, and
we'll work on finding the best balance between spreading the news to
everyone and not being annoying, but please do help to spread the
information in your local community – Village Pump equivalents, IRC
channels, social media groups and so on.

*) Help translating the pages. We want the process to be as available as
possible for everyone. It's not every available if it's only in English.

*) If you want to get short updates through the notification system, you
can sign up for the Community Tech Newsletter:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Newsletter:The_Community_Tech_Newsletter

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] 2017 Community Wishlist Survey starts today!

2017-11-17 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hey everyone,

Just a quick reminder that if you want to post a proposal, you
probably want to do it over the weekend:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/2017_Community_Wishlist_Survey

Make sure the Community Tech team works on the most worthwhile thing
they could be working on. (:

Click on the individual categories to post a proposal.

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia: The Text Adventure

2017-06-30 Thread Johan Jönsson
http://kevan.org/wikitext/

Nice concept.

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimediapriset 2017

2017-05-09 Thread Johan Jönsson
A couple of weeks ago, Wikimedia Sweden organised the Wikipedia Day,
which will hopefully become an annual event. Some programme items,
some socialising, and the presentation of a new award,
Wikimediapriset, to be given to someone who's been furthering open
knowledge. I don't think anyone's mentioned it on this list, and in
the spirit of sharing good things, we should talk about Holger.

The receiver was Holger Ellgaard, User.Holger.Ellgaard, for his vast
amount of Wikipedia articles related to Stockholm. A retired architect
and nowadays – it seems – full-time Wikipedian, Holger mainly writes
about buildings, neighbourhoods and city planning. His articles (a
couple of thousand in total) are generally well sourced, easy to read
and understand, and well illustrated. Some Wikipedia articles have a
large number of illustrations because the photographer wanted
somewhere to put their pictures; Holger's articles are heavily
illustrated because it adds to the understanding of the subject at
hand. He wants to visit the places he's to write about, to get a
feeling for them as well as to get the images.

Some of my favourites:

City planning in Stockholm
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadsplanering_i_Stockholm

Public toilets in Stockholm:
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offentliga_toaletter_i_Stockholm

Street lighting in Stockholm:
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatubelysning_i_Stockholm

Public bomb shelters in Stockholm:
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allmänna_skyddsrum_i_Stockholm

The Swedish standard kitchen:
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svensk_köksstandard

Skokloster Castle:
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skoklosters_slott

In addition to creating good articles, Holger is polite and willing to
help other editors when they're writing within his field of expertise.
We, and everyone who can read Swedish, are lucky this is what he
decided to spend his time on.

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[Wikimedia-l] Danish Wikipedia turns 15

2017-02-01 Thread Johan Jönsson
It's Danish Wikipedia's turn to turn 15. (:

In those 15 years, the Danish community and passers-by have together
created a bit over 223000 articles. They had a small meet-up in Copenhagen
to celebrate a few hours ago, and some of the attention from the Danish
media is collected here:
https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Presse_2017

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Positions open for strategy coordinator contractors.

2017-01-31 Thread Johan Jönsson
(Note: Replying from my personal email, so User:Julle speaking rather than
User:Johan (WMF). I'm not working on this and not intimately familiar with
the plans for the strategy consultation; these are not comments from the
WMF, which as far as I know has no position on the subject of Scandinavian
languages.)

2017-01-31 15:38 GMT+01:00 John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com>:

> Swedes have trouble speaking with both Norwegians and Danes, Danes have
> lesser trouble with Swedish and even less with Norwegian, Norwegians have
> virtually no problems wiith Swedish and Danish. People from Island and the
> Faroe icelands usually speaks Danish, they learn it in school, and as
> Norwegian and Danish is pretty close they usually understands Norwegians
> without any problem. It is somewhat strange how much trouble Swedes have in
> understanding the other Scandinavian languages, given that they are so
> closely related.
>

As far as I know, there's no major difference between Swedish and Danish
understanding of the neighbouring languages. When looking at Denmark,
Sweden and Norway and how well adolescents understand their neighbours,
Delsing & Lundin (2005) found two things that really stand out: On average
Norwegians understand Danish and Swedish significantly better than Danes or
Swedes understand the other Scandinavian languages – especially the Danish
understanding of their neighbours had dropped since Øivind Maurud looked at
the same thing in the 1970s – and both Danes and Swedes found Norwegian the
easiest foreign Scandinavian language to understand.

(They mainly performed OKish when it came to understanding written text;
understanding of the spoken languages are more difficult – the Norwegians
struggled with spoken Danish, too. Here's Norwegian national TV making fun
of how difficult the other Scandinavians generally find Danish:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk)

(Reference: Delsing, Lars-Olof & Lundin, Katarina. "Håller språket ihop
Norden? : en forskningsrapport om ungdomars förståelse av danska, svenska
och norska" (2005):
https://lucris.lub.lu.se/ws/files/5905032/625654.pdf)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation receives $500, 000 from the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist Charitable Fund to support a healthy and inclusive

2017-01-27 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 3:47 AM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:
> These are all very nice sentiments. But they're phrased in very vague ways.
>
> Is there anywhere we can see the actual concrete plan for the use of these
> funds?
>
> Todd

Hi Todd,

You can take a look at the grant proposal (also linked to from
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative) here:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Wikimedia_Foundation_grant_proposal_-_Anti-Harassment_Tools_For_Wikimedia_Projects_-_2017.pdf

Pages 6–14 should be relevant.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Congratulation, Hebrew Wikipedia

2017-01-04 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 4:10 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I'm happy to share with you that this morning the 200,000th article has
> been written on the Hebrew Wikipedia - The Southern Pudu (there is not
> article about him in English!):
> https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%93%D7%95_%D7%
> 93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%99
>
> Yesterday we released to the press a list of the top 20 most viewed
> articles on HEWP during the last year. Most of the news outlets in Israel
> published the list, but alongside the list, we added also some statistics:
> An average of 45 articles are written on by 760 active editors and 150 very
> active editors. The number of very active editors increased by 20% compare
> to last year [1] - while number globally increased only by 0.11% [2] and 0%
> on ENWP [3] .
>

Nice work, everyone on Hebrew Wikipedia, both article-wise now and for the
future, getting more people active. (:

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voting's open on 2016 Community Wishlist Survey

2016-11-28 Thread Johan Jönsson
If you want to see what happened to the wishes from last year's
survey, the status column here could be helpful:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Results

We'll get the word out on the wikis on the coming days, but if you
want to post on your local Village Pump to spread the word, that's
much appreciated.

//Johan Jönsson
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> Hi everyone,
>
> The voting has started on the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey, and all
> Wikimedia contributors are invited to come and vote on the projects that
> WMF's Community Tech team will work on next year:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Community_Wishlist_Survey
>
> There are 267 proposals this year, on a wide range of subjects that I'm
> pretty sure you have an opinion about.
>
> You've got two weeks to vote, from now through December 12th. You can vote
> for as many proposals as you like, by adding a {{support}} tag under the
> proposals that you think are worthwhile.
>
> Once the voting's over, we'll have a ranked list of projects for the
> Community Tech team to work on, as well as other developers and volunteers
> who want to build features and make changes that the core contributors
> really want.
>
> This is an opportunity for you to help set the agenda for a WMF product
> team, so I hope everybody comes and participates!
>
>
> Danny Horn
> WMF Product Manager
> Community Tech
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[Wikimedia-l] If your wiki wants numerical sorting in categories

2016-09-22 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hi everyone,

In the Community Wishlist survey[1] that the WMF Community Tech
team[2] did last year, the #5 wish was numerical sorting in
categories[3] (e.g. let 99 come before 101). This is now working and
has been rolled out to Swedish and English Wikipedia.

If your wiki wants it, the Community Tech team is happy to help, of
course. Re-sorting the categories is done using a script, which can
take a day or so to complete, depending on the size of the wiki.
During the time that the script is running, sorting in some categories
will be unreliable.This issue goes away when the script is done.

If you’d like numerical sorting on your wiki:

1) Please start a community discussion – RfC, vote, or however your
wiki normally decides these things – to make sure there’s support for
it.
2) Once you’re sure it has support, post on User:DannyH (WMF)’s talk
page on Meta to with a link to the discussion:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:DannyH_(WMF)

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech
[3] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Numerical_sorting_in_categories

Regards,

//Johan Jönsson, User:Johan (WMF)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to communicate compassionately with non-native English speakers

2016-07-07 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-07-07 11:05 GMT+02:00 Jane Darnell <jane...@gmail.com>:

> I agree! But what what does an icy stomach mean - to be strong?
>

In Swedish, to have ice in your stomach (ha is i magen) means to act slowly
and deliberately, not rushing ahead without thinking everything through.
And yes, keeping the idioms of your native language out of your English is
one of the more challenging communication aspects for non-native speakers,
something we always have to be aware of.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status update about editing software, June 2016

2016-06-25 Thread Johan Jönsson
iagrams and maps could highlight an area.
>
> Another thing we're keen to explore with content streams is improving how
> page meta-data is edited, centralising the data about a page's name,
> protection level, whether it should show a table of contents, what pages
> redirect to it, and so on. Each of these examples is currently edited in a
> different place and with a different tool. We think it could help a lot to
> provide these controls together, editing a new "part" of the page alongside
> the wikitext block. Note that we're not planning on removing the existing
> mechanisms, which each work well enough – this would be an additional tool,
> at least at first.
>
> A final item worth mentioning, because it comes up a lot as a
> technical/editor wishlist item from some editors and developers alike, is
> real-time collaborative editing. I wrote some details a couple of years ago
> about how this, especially the "full-throttle" collaboration system (like
> Etherpad or Google Docs, where there can be multiple users at the same time
> each with their own cursor) is a huge problem, not just a technical one but
> critically a social one.[7] Despite this, I do hear quite often from people
> about how this would be very helpful, for mentoring new users and those
> doing something with which they're unfamiliar, and for content editing
> collaborating, like for edit-a-thons, breaking news articles where lots of
> changes are wanted at the same time, and themed collaborations of the day
> or similar. I'm keeping an open mind as to whether we will ever do this,
> but it's not something we're worrying about right now.
>
> Summary
>
> As you can see if you have made it this far, there's a lot of different
> things we're working on in the department. I'm hopeful that the
> improvements we make have already made, and will continue to make, the
> editing lives of those reading this a bit easier.
>
> I'm thankful for all the support we get from across the communities, be it
> in the form of clear suggestions, complaints and proposals, technical
> advice and volunteering, or anything else. If you're technical, and a
> current or prospective volunteer developer interested in working on some of
> these areas, we would love to help you.
>
> I'll be at Wikimania this year. As always, I'll be happy to talk about
> anything in this update — or missing from it — in person there, online on
> Phabricator or IRC, on-wiki, or wherever else. Your thoughts and responses
> are what guide us, and what makes it worth doing. Hope this was interesting!
>
> Links
>
> [0] —
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/revised#Program_4:_Maintain_and_improve_content_creation_and_editing_tools
>
>
> [1] — https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Roadmap
>
> [2] —
> https://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Movement_Strategic_Plan_Summary
> which has been gradually developed into
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Feature_map for possible Product work.
>
> [3] — https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Rollouts
>
> [4] — https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T107595
>
> [5] — The plain wikitext editor (with the dark blue buttons toolbar),
> WikiEditor (with the light blue/grey toolbar), CodeEditor (with the syntax
> highlighting, based on WikiEditor), Flow's discussion editor, and
> LiquidThreads's editor (mostly not seen now).
>
> [6] — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgd2ZHOZGBE
>
> [7] —
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wiki-research-l/2014-September/003807.html

This is very long, but in case anyone feels they'd like the
information available in their language, there's a translatable
version here:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Roadmap/Update_2016-06-23

//Johan Jönsson
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-23 Thread Johan Jönsson
Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.

//Johan Jönsson
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Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:

Hello everyone,

I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia Tymkiv
have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and in
their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
about them in an announcement we made in May:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/


Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and María
Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.

More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
their terms ahead.


I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
Chair.

Patricio Lorente


About Christophe Henner

Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
deputy CEO of Webedia <http://www.webedia.com>'s gaming division, the
international digital media group headquartered in France.

He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.

Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
<http://www.wikimedia.fr/> and has remained an active Board member in
various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the Board,
Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
for the chapter.



About Maria Sefidari

Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship
Master's degree program <http://cccd.es/wp/> of Rey Juan Carlos University
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Juan_Carlos_University> at the
MediaLab-Prado <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:MediaLab-Prado>. María
graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complutense_University_of_Madrid>, and later
a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty of the
same university.


María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has since
served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
founding member of Wikimedia España
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Espa%C3%B1a> and Wikimujeres
Grupo de Usuarias <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimujeres>, and also
created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:Wikiproyecto:LGBT>. She has served on
several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee> and Individual
Engagement Grants <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> committees.
In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as the first
Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on the
Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.



About Nataliia Tymkiv

Nataliia currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for Democracy
and Rule of Law, a Ukrainian media policy and human rights nonprofit.
Nataliia has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Specialist
degree in Records Management and Information Activities.

She has in-depth experience in executive leadership and financial
management. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia
worked at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction
company. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia worked
at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction company. On
the Wikimedia projects, she’s been an active contributor since 2011, and
shortly after became an administrator of Ukrainian Wikipedia
<https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Головна_сторінка>. She has also been a
member of the Wikimedia Ukraine <https://ua.wikimedia.org/wiki/> community
for nearly four years, and has served as the chapter’s Board Treasurer,
Vice Chair, and volunteer Executive Director.
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[Wikimedia-l] Community Wishlist Survey: Status report #2

2016-05-31 Thread Johan Jönsson
Hi everyone,

The important part of this email is this link:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Status_report_2

This is the second Community Wishlist Survey status report. In November and
December, active contributors to Wikimedia projects proposed, discussed and
voted on the features and fixes that they most want to see. The Wikimedia
Foundation Community Tech team has been tasked with working on
these. Additionally, Wikimedia Deutschland's Technical Wishes team has been
working on wishes from the German-speaking community. There's overlap
between the two wishlists, and the teams are collaborating on various
wishes, so this report includes progress made by both teams as well as
great work being done by volunteer developers and other WMF staff.

So far, we (in the broad sense) have added support for:

*) Migrating dead external links to archives (but there's more work to be
done!)
*) Pageview stats
*) Global notifications
*) A category watchlist

We're currently working on:

*) Improving the plagiarism detection bot
*) Improving the diff compare screen
*) Numerical sorting in categories
*) The possibility to add an expiry date to watchlist items
*) A revision slider to help editors navigate through diff pages

For more information on these projects as well as upcoming tasks, see the
full status report on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Status_report_2

We're looking forward to talking and working with you as we go along.

Thanks,

//Johan Jönsson
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community Tech survey on watchlist use

2016-05-23 Thread Johan Jönsson
Base:

> How could one participate in the survey? I've just scrolled through past 
> issues of Tech News and did not find any mention of the survey, nor I 
> remember it mentioned in any other place. Was there some way to find about it 
> besides from this list? Which readers are clearly not the most Wikimedia 
> movement representative selection.

Agreed – though it was mentioned in a few other places, it was never
meant to be a huge survey, and we're careful not to base too much of
the development on it. The point was to get some first feedback to
start working, and then gather more once we had something substantial
to show. Rather than gather a lot of information and then build
something, we hope to work with the community all the way through the
process, so to speak.

Fæ:

> It is reasonable to presume watchlists are important for all active
> Wikimedians on all projects, having a self-selected 'user sample
> space' of 87, seems small. I know the survey was mentioned on this
> email list and posted on some noticeboards, but it would have made
> sense to hold open the survey, and send around a couple more notices,
> until a few hundred people took part.[1]

A clarification: the cross-wiki watchlist is not supposed to replace
the existing watchlist. We're building it so that users who like it
and are active on several wikis can use it instead, but only if they
choose to.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community Tech survey on watchlist use

2016-05-20 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 1:06 AM, Danny Horn <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> WMF's Community Tech team is starting to work on a Cross-wiki watchlist,
> one of the top 10 wishes in the Community Wishlist Survey that we conducted
> at the end of last year. [1]
>
> We're running a survey on how people use their watchlists, to help inform
> our work.

Hi everyone,

A couple of months ago, the Community Tech team ran a survey to gather
information on how Wikimedians use their watchlists. You can see the
results here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Survey_results

If you're interested, there are also some very early and rough
wireframes available on the project page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Current_work.2C_for_discussion

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What New Thing is WMF Doing w. Cookies, & Why is Legal Involved?

2016-05-02 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:09 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Adam,
>
> Thank you for providing an informative and accessible answer to Trillium's
> relevant questions. It's truly heartening to see the organization
improving
> in its ability to communicate its intentions, etc. I hope that when broad
> consensus among staff is reached (as you express in footnote [1]), it will
> become an increasingly high priority to clearly communicate that in public
> fora. It really helps when we can understand what others are trying to do,
> and how it aligns with our own ambitions.
>
> Good stuff. I think this discussion got off to a rough start, but you have
> gotten it back on track, and maybe to resolution.

One of the problems here is that much of the information about how the
Wikimedia sites collect information is so spread out, because different
parts of the WMF have different solutions for different problems (e.g.
Analytics or Fundraising). The mentioned
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Cookie_statement is a good way to
collect all information about cookies, but I've found myself looking for
good ways to make small updates (e.g. "we were thinking about doing this
thing and were going to ask the communities before we started working on
it, but then we started working on something else instead, but here's the
thing that didn't happen"), so there's less risk things don't get
communicated just because there's no big announcement of new changes to
make. I hope <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T132405> to find a better
solution whenever I get a couple of days when I have nothing that needs my
immediate attention, so that there's a good, natural way to make them.

For anyone who wants to keep track of what's happening with how the WMF
looks at traffic over the last few months, a few links:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ComScore/Announcement
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:ComScore/Announcement
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wiki-research-l/2016-March/005094.html
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/03/30/unique-devices-dataset/

(I also try to include changes in how we measure traffic in Tech News
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/News>, from which most of the stuff
above have been linked.)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sweden loses copyright suit

2016-04-06 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-04-06 18:05 GMT+02:00 Castelo Branco <michelcastelobra...@gmail.com>:
>> The decision specifically and repeatedly states that the commercial
>> aspect is irrelevant, as such a database "typically has a not
>> insignificant commercial value" – whether the images in this
>> particular case are or can be used commercially or not. See paragraphs
>> 21 and 23.
>>
>> //Johan Jönsson
>> --
>>
>
> Note that "not insignificant" = significant. The decision points exactly
> that the commercial aspect is relevant, and the artists should have
> participation on it.
> "The court finds that the artists are entitled to that value"[1], this is
> what the decision says, at least according to The Guardian. I couldn't
> understand the original decision, even if i have had access to it.
> What is found in these paragraphs you've mentioned?

In these paragraphs (and I think I meant 20 and 23, though 21 is also
relevant – sorry) you find the courts argument that the commercial or
lack of commercial aspect is irrelevant and that the scale is what
matters. The decision is rather explicit on this point (e.g. "Huruvida
förfogandet sker i kommersiellt syfte saknar betydelse"). The quote
you refer to is regarding the fact that we're talking about a
commercial scale: It's not about the specific ability to reuse content
from this database, but the court argues that at a certain size,
there's an inherent potential commercial value that the artists are
entitled to. This argument is not made in the context of free licenses
or others being able to reuse the content, but refers to the scope of
offentligkonst.se.

Now, I'm not a lawyer, so there's always a chance I could be mistaken,
but I have read both the article you refer to and the decision and
while there's nothing wrong with the former, as a newspaper article,
it's still a shorter article about ten pages of legal text regarding a
fairly intricate piece of copyright law. I would strongly advise
against doing legal interpretation without having access to the
decision in question, or a good translation thereof, because there are
definitely aspects the newspaper article doesn't touch.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sweden loses copyright suit

2016-04-06 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-04-06 0:57 GMT+02:00 Lilburne <lilbu...@tygers-of-wrath.net>:
> You still haven't got it right. What you can't do is publish a database of
> images for commercial use.
>
> If I were to go to Sweden take photos of every publicly placed work of art
> and put them on a website
> there wouldn't be an issue. If I were to put them on a website and announce
> that they could be used
> by commercial enterprises for any purpose then I would have a problem.
>
> Its the creation of a database of images for commercial reuse that is the
> problem.
>

The decision specifically and repeatedly states that the commercial
aspect is irrelevant, as such a database "typically has a not
insignificant commercial value" – whether the images in this
particular case are or can be used commercially or not. See paragraphs
21 and 23.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-10 Thread Johan Jönsson
On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 AM, Patricio Lorente
<patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has
> proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full
> support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer
> Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF)) will
> step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the C-levels for
> their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine for stepping up
> during this period of transition.

Excellent choice. And thank you for accepting, Katherine.

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[Wikimedia-l] Dead links/Wayback Machine bots?

2016-02-09 Thread Johan Jönsson
HI everyone,

I've asked the same question in other places last week, but this might have
a better/different reach: Do you know of bots that handle dead links,
especially if they in some way move them to the Internet Archive's Wayback
Machine?  I'm aware of bots on the English, German, French, Spanish and
Italian Wikipedias. If you know of any others, I'd be grateful if you'd let
me know.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal for New Project - Wikilore

2016-01-18 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-01-18 16:37 GMT+01:00 Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>:
> Yeah, I do think the same as well. Wikisource is a good option for that.

It could be that the Wikisources I'm familiar with are the exceptions,
but they tend to be very vary of material that has never been
published, and this seems to very much be about writing down what's
passed down orally.

I also imagine the need to do this would be greater the smaller the
language, or at least the less likely it is someone else would write
them down, which probably would correlate with fewer persons who are
potential Wikimedians. Wouldn't that require the creation of a fair
number of Wikisources that would probably never have a decent chance
of getting a community?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monetizing Wikimedia APIs

2016-01-16 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-01-16 20:40 GMT+01:00 Pierre-Selim <pierre-se...@huard.info>:

> Isn't that the point of using free licence (not NC, nor ND) ? I guess we do
> so
> to allow people/company/the world to reuse our content  the way they want.
>
> If we have problem attracting people to our plateform, then the problem is
> not
> about our API, it's about attractiveness and maybe we should focus on our
> products.
>
> I might be wrong, but what I understand when I read this discussion or the
> board
> minutes, is that we want to increase traffic because it's our best known way
> to raise money (correlation with the endowement ?). This looks like a wrong
> reason to not respect our values.

One of my main worries is that our content being reused somewhere else
means that we're losing our ability to engage new contributors, which
in the long runt could threaten the projects, at the same time as no
one else is stepping up to do our job because the traffic is still
going to our content – just not to us. There's a tradeoff between
readability and editability, especially on the small screen. Anyone
not concerned with editing will have a head start when it comes to
presenting the information in a less cluttered way, which makes it
easier to read and the experience more enjoyable.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisonnets!

2016-01-16 Thread Johan Jönsson
2016-01-16 23:36 GMT+01:00 Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org>:
> So, in one of the last 15th birthday celebrations around the world, we just
> watched a lightning talk from New York City, where a young hacker[1] was
> demonstrating her Wiki-sonnets engine:
>
> http://wikison.net/
>

I was very active in my student nation
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nations_in_Swedish_universities) when I
was at university, so I found the last lines of the sonnet served when
I chose the article of my alma mater, Uppsala University, slightly
worrying – but very Wikipedian.

The residential campus in Nyack,
and implementing a strategic plan
in these apartments and the general lack
of research institutes in Pakistan.

The motto of the school is "The pursuit
of scientific work and was therefore
an independent "royal institute"
in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

A copy of the interview can still
declare her abdication in the great
connection with civilian life, a skill
became a part of Chattanooga State.

The status as a student union will
be nominated for deletion still.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's cool?

2015-06-10 Thread Johan Jönsson
As of writing, Danish Wikipedia is now 32 articles from reaching 200,000.
It's midnight in Denmark now, so it will at some point tomorrow, CET.

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2015-06-04 14:41 GMT-07:00 phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com:

 I need a break from thinking about things going wrong. And so per Milos'
 observation that discussion here is falling off, I thought I'd start an
 open discussion thread about things going right.

 What's a cool thing you just discovered or are involved in that is
 happening in the Wikimedia world?

 My contribution: the SF Wikimedia list just had an announcement about an
 edit-a-thon (organized by Jake Orlowitz at the wmf office) that is
 happening during the American Libraries Conference, which is in SF this
 year. 30,000 librarians attend ALA! I'm super pleased we are infiltrating
 library conferences :)

 What's happening over in your part of the project?

 Phoebe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Results of 2015 WMF Board elections

2015-06-05 Thread Johan Jönsson
Congratulations, Dariusz, James and Denny!

And thanks, of course, to María, Phoebe and SJ for the time they've served
on behalf of the community, as well as to all the other candidates, who
were prepared to serve, and to the elections committee.

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2015-06-06 1:14 GMT+02:00 Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com:

 Greetings,

 The certified results of the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
 election are now available on Meta-Wiki:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Results

 Congratulations to Dariusz Jemielniak (User:pundit), James Heilman
 (User:Doc James), and Denny Vrandečić (User:Denny), for receiving the most
 community support. They will join the Wikimedia Foundation as Trustees,
 after they are appointed by the Board at their July meeting at Wikimania.

 These results have been certified by the committee, the Wikimedia
 Foundation's legal department, and the Board of Trustees.

 There were 5512 votes cast, with 5167 of those being valid. The 345-vote
 difference comes from recast ballots, where eligible voters recast ballots
 to change their votes, and struck votes, of which there were 4.

 Additional information is available on the Wikimedia Blog:
 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/06/05/board-election-results

 More statistics on the elections, a post mortem from the committee, and a
 blog post on the process behind the elections will be published  in the
 coming days. In the meantime, we would appreciate your input—what went well
 for you in this election?  What could we do better next time?  These
 reports are crucial to helping future elections be even more successful,
 and we hope that you will offer your feedback and ideas:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Post_mortem

 The committee thanks everyone that participated in this year’s election for
 helping make it one of the most diverse and representative in the
 movement’s history.

 Sincerely,
 – 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
 Adrian, Anders Wennersten, Daniel, Gregory Varnum, Katie Chan, Mardetanha,
 Ruslan, Savh, and Trijnstel
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] While Election committee counts the votes...

2015-05-31 Thread Johan Jönsson
2015-05-31 22:57 GMT+02:00 Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com:

 ... it would be good to talk a bit about the state of our community
 and movement.

 Initially, I was quite positively surprised by the fact that this will
 be the best WMF Board elections ever in the terms of turnout of
 voters. It will beat 2007 elections and it will be likely 2.5 times
 better than previous one.

 I would really like to know what's so different than in 2013. Also, if
 this is the sign of the community health, how come that we are now
 better than we were at the peak of our movement?


There's a fair chance the difference says far more about the amount of
effort spent getting the word out about the election, than about how much
the movement cares about it compared to previous elections.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Johan Jönsson
Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).

Best of luck in your future endeavours.

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2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi all --

 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
 movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
 for me to do something different and new.

 It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
 have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
 were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
 lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
 scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
 generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
 the gift of free knowledge.

 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
 mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
 Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
 :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
 lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
 community health and diversity.

 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
 services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
 always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
 key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
 thrive in years to come.

 But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
 want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
 -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
 challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.

 Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
 how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
 the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
 a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

 What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
 will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
 to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

 I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
 myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
 institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
 success and joy :-)

 Love,

 Erik
 --
 Erik Möller
 VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: WMF to file suit against the NSA

2015-03-10 Thread Johan Jönsson
2015-03-10 13:26 GMT+01:00 Comet styles cometsty...@gmail.com:

 for an organization taking on the NSA  for spying..why are we using
 https? doesn't that show that we are already scared of them and
 running with our tail between our legs?


(For non-technical readers: the HTTP protocol is the normal way to send
around information on the web. HTTPS is the secure way of sending said
information, adding encryption among other things, to avoid eavesdropping.)

HTTP traffic can easily be tracked by people sharing the same network, by
your Internet service provider and so on. If one cares about privacy, HTTPS
is always important. It's worth noting that the NSA is not the only
government agency in the world. I'd be even more worried about a number of
countries where there would be little chance to fight the intruding party
in the courtroom.

Side note: you could probably track most HTTPS traffic to Wikipedia as
well, even if you're not the NSA. Normally you would see that the user has
accessed Wikipedia, but not which article. A way around that would be to
let a spider (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_crawler) track the byte
size of Wikipedia articles, which should be individual enough as soon as
images are involved and compare it to the size of the page the user just
accessed. If two articles happen to be of exactly the same size, compare
with incoming and outgoing wiki links and see if the user accessed any page
linking to or linked from one the articles to determine which one. But it
would at least take some sort of effort, and wouldn't be perfect.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: WMF to file suit against the NSA

2015-03-10 Thread Johan Jönsson
2015-03-10 8:53 GMT+01:00 Michelle Paulson mpaul...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi All,

 I’m writing to let you know that today the Wikimedia Foundation[1] is
 filing suit against the National Security Agency
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency, the Department
 of
 Justice https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice
 ,
 and the U.S. Attorney General
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney_General[2] in order
 to challenge certain mass surveillance practices carried out by the U.S.
 government. We believe these practices are impinging the freedom to learn,
 inquire, and explore on Wikimedia sites.

 Since the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, we’ve heard concerns from the
 community about privacy on Wikipedia. This lawsuit is a step towards
 addressing the community's justified concerns. We believe that the
 surveillance methods being employed by the NSA under the authority of the
 FISA
 Amendments Act
 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Act_of_1978_Amendments_Act_of_2008
 
 negatively impact our users' ability and willingness to participate in our
 projects. Today, we fight back.

 An op-ed
 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/opinion/stop-spying-on-wikipedia-users.html?_r=0
 
 by Lila and Jimmy about the lawsuit, and Wikimedia's stance on government
 surveillance, appeared in The New York Times this morning. Additionally, we
 just published a blog post
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/ with more
 information about the suit. (The post will also up on Meta for
 translation).


Curious question, by the way: how controversial would you expect this move
to be domestically? From e.g. a Swedish perspective, the NSA is an
intelligence agency of a foreign power and the other mentioned
organizations are either largely uncontroversial and seen in a positive
light (Amnesty, PEN, HRW) or unknown, but will it affect how the WMF is
seen in the US?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Damon Sicore joins WMF as Vice President of Engineering

2014-09-29 Thread Johan Jönsson
Welcome Damon. Nice to have you with us.

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måndag 29 september 2014 skrev Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org:

 Dear all,

 We are excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation now has a Vice
 President of Engineering. Damon Sicore will be filling this vital role.
 Please join us in welcoming him to the team.

 The VPE role will be crucial to further developing and maintaining the
 technology that supports the very core of the Wikimedia movement, and
 ensuring the development, scale, and stability of the MediaWiki
 architecture.


 Damon joins us as part of planned growth of our product and engineering
 teams, first announced in November 2012. As we have grown, we need
 dedicated focus on product and engineering as separate departments, to
 ensure development of best practices like performance engineering,
 continuous delivery, A/B testing, software re-architecture, UI/UX work, and
 user research. Erik Moeller, who filled the role of VP for both product and
 engineering since 2011, led in the creation of this new role and was
 essential to the search process.  From today onward, Erik will focus on his
 role as VP of Product and Strategy and Deputy Director of the WMF, while
 Damon will take over leadership of the Engineering team; both will report
 to me as part of the c-level team.

 Damon has a unique track record of managing large platform rollouts using
 distributed teams like ours, while understanding the essential role of
 community contributions and working in a transparent, open source
 environment. These skills and experiences will be invaluable in his work
 here at the Foundation. It’s unusual to find someone who understands us so
 well, and so I want to thank the many people from across the organization,
 especially in the engineering, product, and human resources teams, who have
 been involved in making this search successful.

 We are very happy to have Damon on board. His proven track record of
 managing large platform rollouts using distributed teams like ours, while
 understanding the essential role of community contributions and working in
 a transparent, open source environment, is unique and invaluable as part of
 our movement.

 We’ll be sending around a copy of the press release shortly. You’ll also be
 be able to meet Damon, and ask him questions, this Thursday at our monthly
 Metrics Meeting
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Metrics_and_activities_meetings.
 Please join us there!

 Please join me in welcoming Damon.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How many volunteers (not editors) does the movement have????

2014-06-22 Thread Johan Jönsson
2014-06-22 13:59 GMT+02:00 Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com:

 Wikimedia volunteers are self-organised, why would there be a list?


Because we love making lists.

That being said, Richard list wiki-specific positions like ArbCom, which
I suppose would mean that volunteers for the Wikimedia Foundation should
be understood in a broad sense, and if so, the answer is definitely no.

Even when some lists exists, like the e.g. the press room list Benjamin
linked, they're in no way complete. For example, the press contact for
Wikimedia Sweden (which, of course, is technically not a volunteer position
for Wikimedia Foundation, since the chapters are independent and sometimes
do stuff that's not related to the Wikimedia movement) is listed, but
Swedish-language Wikipedia has a volunteer press contact of its own, who
isn't.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!

2014-05-03 Thread Johan Jönsson
fredagen den 2:e maj 2014 skrev Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi everyone,


 I want to thank you all for the best wishes you've expressed since the
 announcement. I am very excited to be joining you as the new Executive
 Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.


 Let me tell you why I'm joining.


 Like everyone, I've been a Wikipedia reader for years. I use it to get
 background on events in the news, to look up quick facts and satisfy my
 curiosity, and to better understand the world around me, every day.  My
 nine year old son, like many children around him, has grown up with
 Wikipedia as his native resource for knowledge. It is incredible.


 But I also realize that as an educated person living in a rich part of the
 world, I have access to a wide range of information resources. That's not
 true for everyone. For people who are less economically fortunate, or who
 live in parts of the world where access to information is heavily
 constrained, Wikipedia is even more critical. It is an utterly unique
 resource that opens possibilities for more equitable and open world.


 That's why I want to work for the Wikimedia Foundation: to help grow the
 availability of free, unbiased information for everyone around the world,
 in their own language, unimpeded by censorship or other forms of
 interference. It's a colossal mission and I am glad and humbled to be
 playing a leadership role in helping to achieve it.


 I’m excited to bring my passion for building products that people love and
 growing innovative, high-performing organizations to the Foundation. In
 getting oriented I’ve done lots and lots of reading, and had some wonderful
 conversations with Board members, Sue, and the C-level team. I met a lot of
 staff today at the Metrics Meeting, and I'm hoping to meet them all before
 the end of this month. I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
 is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
 now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit
 daunted.


 Thank you again for personally welcoming me to your incredible world. I
 have been lucky to have had great opportunities to join with amazing people
 on big quests. This is the largest quest and I am thrilled to be on it with
 all of you. I want to extend my gratitude to Sue for the incredible work
 she has done and all the time she has committed to help bring me on-board.
 To all of you for your warm welcome. And my deepest thanks to the Wikimedia
 Foundation Board of Trustees for giving me this extraordinary opportunity.



Welcome! Hope you'll enjoy the ride.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fuck the community, who cares

2014-04-07 Thread Johan Jönsson
2014-04-07 11:46 GMT+02:00 Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl:

 Hello,
 I think that a single quote by a unnamed female Wikimedian, said in
 public or in private, is a very small basis for any substantiate
 criticism...


Hear, hear.

The senitment would be extremely problematic if widespread, of course. But
we don't need a great debate based on one (out-of-context) quote from one
anonymous person.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Rules of engagement for companies in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish?

2013-10-22 Thread Johan Jönsson
2013/10/22 David Richfield davidrichfi...@gmail.com

 Thanks all!

 Surprising as it might seem for a company our size, we don't have any
 consultants polishing our Wikipedia pages.

 I'm not in communications at all: I'm in RD, but our Corporate
 Communications team really does want to act in good faith, which is
 why they started talking to me: they're trying to understand the rules
 before doing anything, and I want to help them connect with the right
 people in the projects, and help them figure out how they're allowed
 to contribute responsibly and openly.


Which is appreciated.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Rules of engagement for companies in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish?

2013-10-21 Thread Johan Jönsson
2013/10/21 David Richfield davidrichfi...@gmail.com

 Hi all,


For Swedish Wikipedia, as I understand our consensus and relevant texts
(WP:IK, WP:Användarkonto, WP:Att skriva om näringsliv, företag och
varumärken):

When I'm not editing Wikimedia projects, I work for Mondelez
 International, and our Social Media team has contacted me for advice
 on responsible engagement with Wikipedia.  I know that different
 language projects have different rules on whether company
 representatives should:

 * Edit pages directly or only ever edit talk pages


Talk pages only, please.

* Edit under their own names or under company names


Their own names (or pseudonyms). We discourage company names as user names.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Swedish Wikipedia reach 1 million (with support of bots)

2013-06-16 Thread Johan Jönsson
2013/6/16 Ilario Valdelli valde...@gmail.com

 I think that Anders is saying that the result of Wikimedia Swedish is due
 to a work of bots and to a work of people.

 It means that this result is contrary to the WMF strategy which would have
 more people and more contributors.

 The next millions of articles will be reached by Polish Wikipedia but also
 by cebuan Wikipedia and by Warai-Warai Wikipedia.

 May be it's the time to have only bots to write in Wikipedia? I hope that
 in future the number of articles will be counted considering at least a
 small content ad not only a template in a page, because the use like this
 will discourage the communities of editors.


I would say our experience is that it doesn't affect the number of human
editors at all in any way. A couple of people run bots that create very
short articles about taxons or other stuff that, to be honest, probably
wouldn't have been created otherwise. These articles have very few readers.
Why on Earth would this discourage us?

Our main problem is that browsing Swedish Wikipedia using the random
article button isn't as fun as it used to be. That's probably fixable.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is there an agreement between GoldenMap and the Wikipedia for the use of Wikipedia content?

2012-08-03 Thread Johan Jönsson
2012/8/3 Rui Correia correia@gmail.com:
 Dear All

 I came across a site called Golden Map, which has an encyclopaedic
 collection of articles that are the same as in the Wikipedia, but I don't
 see anywhere any information expalining what the association/ permission
 is. Is there an agreement in place for this?

It could also be pointed out that neither WMF nor consensus on any
particular Wikipedia version can grant anyone permission to use
content from Wikipedia without proper attribution. We who write agree
to make our texts available under certain terms, but we still retain
copyright. And some text, if it has been made available under CC-BY-SA
somewhere else and later incorporated into Wikipedia, might not even
be written by Wikipedians.

If it's not properly licensed and attributed, you'd have had to ask
every single (major) contributor to agree privately.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Study: Nobody cares about your copyright

2012-05-21 Thread Johan Jönsson
2012/5/21 David Gerard dger...@gmail.com:
 From Rick Falkvinge, an English-language writeup of a Swedish study:

 http://falkvinge.net/2012/05/21/study-despite-tougher-copyright-monopoly-laws-sharing-remains-pervasive/
 http://svt.se/nyheter/fortsatt-fildelning-trots-skarpt-lag (Swedish news 
 report)

 61% of 15-25-year-olds in Sweden fileshare personally, and heavy
 sharers have gone up. Furthermore - industry copyright education
 campaigns create resentment, defiance and disrespect for the law in
 general.

 So, is the time ripe yet for us to start pushing for a 14-year term,
 or do we wait a bit? I suggest we start contemplating it, however.

I find it unlikely you would find broad support for a 14-year term
even among the users of Swedish-language Wikipedia.

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