Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bridges across Cultures - 3rd edition!

2019-12-02 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Oops! I forgot to add the link to Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bridges_across_Cultures

El lun., 2 de dic. de 2019 a la(s) 20:43, Osmar Valdebenito (
b1mbo.wikipe...@gmail.com) escribió:

> Hi all!
>
> I'm glad to announce that the 3rd edition of the Bridges Across Cultures
> contest has started.
>
> "Bridges across Cultures" is an editing contest organized by different
> Wikimedia affiliates with the goal to promote cultural exchange between
> three regions of the world: Latin America, Russia and the Middle East &
> North Africa (MENA). This is the first time that Russia will join, thanks
> to the work of Wikimedia Russia, the Wikimedians of Bashkortostan and the
> Wikipedians of North Caucasus user groups, who join different affiliates
> part of Iberocoop and WikiArabia collaboration groups.
>
> The contest will run till December 31st, 2019, and nine Wikipedias will
> participate: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Russian,
> Bashkir, Lezgi and Chechen. Users of those projects will write articles
> from other regions with the intention to increase cultural exchange and
> break the bias towards Western European and North American contents.
>
> Hope you can all join!
>
> Osmar Valdebenito
> Wikimedia Chile
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Bridges across Cultures - 3rd edition!

2019-12-02 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Hi all!

I'm glad to announce that the 3rd edition of the Bridges Across Cultures
contest has started.

"Bridges across Cultures" is an editing contest organized by different
Wikimedia affiliates with the goal to promote cultural exchange between
three regions of the world: Latin America, Russia and the Middle East &
North Africa (MENA). This is the first time that Russia will join, thanks
to the work of Wikimedia Russia, the Wikimedians of Bashkortostan and the
Wikipedians of North Caucasus user groups, who join different affiliates
part of Iberocoop and WikiArabia collaboration groups.

The contest will run till December 31st, 2019, and nine Wikipedias will
participate: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Russian,
Bashkir, Lezgi and Chechen. Users of those projects will write articles
from other regions with the intention to increase cultural exchange and
break the bias towards Western European and North American contents.

Hope you can all join!

Osmar Valdebenito
Wikimedia Chile
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Greener travel and the ethics of carbon offset for Wikimedia community events

2019-10-14 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Maybe it's cheap... for European participants in a conference.
People coming from developing nations tend to live further and require
longer trips to participate in events and conference, mostly hosted in
Europe or the US.
So, not only you are asking us to spend larger hours on flights but also
pay (or make someone else pay more) for it.
I calculated how much carbon offset costed for my Wikimania travel, using
the websites offered at the WM wiki, and it wasn't 1 or 2 usd. It was 107
euros, around 10% or more of the cost of the trip.
I'm all for making a greener Wikimedia movement, but we should do it not
affecting those that, supposedly, we want to include more in our movement.

El sáb., 12 de oct. de 2019 a la(s) 11:27, Andrea Zanni (
zanni.andre...@gmail.com) escribió:

> I agree with Bence.
> Right now, offsetting is cheap, likely 1-2 percentage points of the cost of
> travel.
> Those money could be asked directly in the grant to the WMF, for example,
> because offsetting several tonnes in bulk is probably cheaper than doing it
> person by person.
>
> But carbon offsetting is just one strategy. Those money could be also
> invested in charities that conserve rainforest (and thus native people, and
> thus native culture > perfectly aligned with Wikimedia goals), or manage to
> plant new trees and forests.
>
> I know for sure that Wikimedia Deutschland has contacts with Ecosia¹, a
> search engine that plant trees with revenue from web ads. There are surely
> ways we could partner with them in reforestation projects, or other.  And
> they surely know a lot more than us about carbon offsetting, so we could
> just ask for suggestions.
>
> ¹ https://www.ecosia.org/
>
>
> On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM Henry Wood 
> wrote:
>
> > Mike
> >
> > > Paying for carbon offsets does not further Wikimedia’s goals.
> >
> > Not directly, any more than paying for petrol or aviation fuel does.
> > If you regard it as part of the cost of travel, and that travel does
> > indeed further the Foundation's goals, then it seems reasonable to pay
> > for it.
> >
> > Henry
> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Iberoconf 2019 - Declaration of Santiago regarding affiliates' rights and responsabilities

2019-02-21 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Hello friends,

I would like to share with you the declaration made by most of the
participants in the last Iberoconf meeting in Santiago, hosted by Wikimedia
Chile between February 8-10th. The meeting had representatives of 13
affiliates from Ibero America and Italy, plus Wikimedia Foundation staff
members, two members of the BoT of the WMF and other guests.

The "Declaration of Santiago" (in Spanish: Carta de Santiago) is a
statement made by Iberocoop members regarding to rights and
responsabilities between different affiliates (chapters and user groups)
and the current rules regarding their formation. The statement is the
result of the discussion after long formal and informal discussions between
us.

English:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Iberocoop:Iberoconf_2019/Carta_de_Santiago
Spanish:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Iberocoop:Iberoconf_2019/Carta_de_Santiago/es

Kind regards,

Osmar Valdebenito G.
Wikimedia Chile trustee
Iberoconf 2019 organizer
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Freedom of panorama today approved by Belgian parliament

2016-06-17 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations to all the people involved! Finally we will have the
Atomium!

El vie, jun 17, 2016 12:30, Alex Wang  escribió:

> Wonderful news!! Congrats!
>
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 7:15 AM, James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > Hopefully this is just a start and the rest of Europe will follow
> Belgium's
> > lead.
> >
> > J
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Tanweer Morshed <
> wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Great news indeed! Thanks to the people who worked to promote FoP.
> > >
> > > On Friday, June 17, 2016, Omar David Sandoval Sida <
> omarsa...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Good news, congratulations!
> > > > El 17/06/2016 9:54 a.m., "Shani"  >
> > > > escribió:
> > > >
> > > > > Wonderful news! Congrats!
> > > > > On 17 Jun 2016 02:38, "Romaine Wiki"  > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Hi all,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Great news!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Freedom of panorama has been voted today in the Belgian
> parliament.
> > > > > > A mayority voted in favour of freedom of panorama, including
> > > commercial
> > > > > > use.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Soon images of artworks and modern buildings in Belgium can be
> > > restored
> > > > > on
> > > > > > Commons.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > But first the law needs to be published in the Staatsblad, and
> ten
> > > days
> > > > > > later it will be official, but that is just a formality. (Will
> keep
> > > you
> > > > > > updated on that.)
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Article in the news in Dutch:
> > > > > > http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/politiek/1.2685852
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > In the past weeks, as well as since the campaign in Europe last
> > year,
> > > > we
> > > > > > from Wikimedia Belgium have worked hard on this subject and
> > > > communicated
> > > > > > with the members of the parliament informing what this subject
> > means
> > > > for
> > > > > > Wikipedia.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > With the founding of Wikimedia Belgium in 2014, this subject was
> a
> > > > > priority
> > > > > > for us.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Thanks all for the support!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Let's get this implemented elsewhere too!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Greetings from Belgium,
> > > > > > Romaine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-11 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations, Katherine! I hope this great announcement can help us to
move forward building trust again within our movement :)

2016-03-11 1:18 GMT-03:00 Amy Elder :

> You truly deserve this, Katherine, congratulations! I'm excited for and
> confident in the next chapter!
>
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 8:15 PM, Rosemary Rein 
> wrote:
>
> > Thank you Katherine for your service and leadership  at this critical
> > junction for the organization and our community.
> >
> > Rosemary
> > On Mar 10, 2016 6:56 PM, "Patricio Lorente" 
> > 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.
> >>
> >> In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate
> >> priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving
> >> communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we
> >> agree, that Katherine is the right person to lead the organization
> while it
> >> addresses these and other important issues. Additionally, this will
> allow
> >> the rest of the executive team to focus on critical organizational
> >> functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising,
> and
> >> strengthening our human resources function. You can read more about our
> >> process and thinking here:
> >>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning
> >>
> >>
> >> Katherine has been with the Foundation as Chief Communications Officer
> >> for about two years now. During that time, she has developed a versatile
> >> and effective team that serves the needs of the organization and
> movement,
> >> collaborating closely with other departments and the community. She has
> >> thoughtfully introduced new capacities and led her team through
> >> transitions, and played a critical role in shepherding the strategy
> process
> >> and the annual plan, in collaboration with other C-levels. She is known
> for
> >> listening to and empowering the people that she works with.
> >>
> >> For those who don’t know Katherine, she’s been a longtime advocate for
> >> global open communities, culture, and technology. She previously led
> >> advocacy for the international digital rights organization Access Now,
> >> where she worked on freedom of expression, access to information, and
> >> privacy. She has supported the efforts of citizens and governments
> around
> >> the world to deepen transparency and participation in her roles at the
> >> World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> >> UNICEF (where her team built wikis for youth participation in major
> global
> >> issues). She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology
> Fund.
> >>
> >> With interim leadership in place, our next step as the Board is to move
> >> quickly to plan and implement the search for a permanent Executive
> >> Director. We will be working together over the coming weeks to clarify
> >> roles and responsibilities in this search, and identify the best way for
> >> community and staff to participate.  We want this process to be
> inclusive
> >> and incorporate many voices. We look forward to sharing an update on our
> >> progress toward the end of next week.
> >>
> >> As interim Executive Director, Katherine will report to the Board. Geoff
> >> Brigham will continue serving as Board Secretary, and Jaime Villagomez
> as
> >> Board Treasurer, reporting to the Board in those capacities. As of March
> >> 14, Katherine's reports include the C-team: Geoff Brigham, Jaime
> >> Villagomez, Maggie Dennis, Lisa Gruwell, Joady Lohr, and Wes Moran. The
> >> Communications team will continue to report to Katherine for the time
> >> being, with support from the leadership of Juliet Barbara and Heather
> >> Walls.
> >>
> >> Thank you,
> >>
> >>  Patricio
> >>
> >> Translation notice - This message is available for translation on
> >> Meta-Wiki:
> >>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/10_March_2010_-_Wikimedia_Foundation_executive_transition_update
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[Wikimedia-l] [Affiliate-selected Board seats] Osmar Valdebenito candidacy

2016-03-03 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Hi everyone,

I would like to inform you that I have published my candidacy to the
Affiliate-Selected Board Seats. You can see my declaration and résumé in
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations/Osmar_Valdebenito

You can ask me some questions here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations/Osmar_Valdebenito
I'll do my best to answer as soon as possible

Thanks to all,

Osmar V.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations María!
I'm sure that her experience and support from the community (given she had
the most favourable votes in the election a few months ago) will be
important to bring the Board back on track after so many unfortunate
decisions in the past weeks.

2016-01-29 13:15 GMT-03:00 Ad Huikeshoven :

> Say welcome to María on
>
> https://discourse.wmflabs.org/t/appointment-of-maria-sefidari-to-wikimedia-foundation-board/32
> or just like the post there.
>
> Ad Huikeshoven
> Op 29 jan. 2016 16:27 schreef "Patricio Lorente" <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com
> >:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> > I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community
> Trustee
> > seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
> > an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
> > community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
> > two year term, until Wikimania 2017.
> >
> >
> > Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
> > Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
> > elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
> > number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
> > been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a
> founding
> > member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
> > Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations
> and
> > Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the
> role
> > of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
> > and improving channels for community participation in Foundation
> governance
> > and policymaking.
> >
> >
> > We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
> before
> > deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
> > thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
> > for their considerations. (
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#2015_Foundation_Elections_Committee_thoughts_on_how_to_fill_the_vacancy_in_the_Board_after_the_removal_of_James_Heilman
> > >
> > )
> >
> >
> > We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
> > another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
> > outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
> > quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
> > have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to
> us
> > that the community perspective is fully represented in these
> conversations,
> > without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
> > selection process, which is coming up soon.
> >
> >
> > I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings
> to
> > the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
> > with wisdom and grace.
> >
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her
> service
> > to our movement.
> >
> >
> > Patricio
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC funds allocation recommendation is up

2014-11-26 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Ilario, nobody has said that chapters should become fundraiser entities. We
have been very emphatic that the main focus of APG proposals should be
delivering impact in the projects and we maintain that. What we have said
is that chapters that have the opportunities to fundraise and reduce their
dependence from the FDC, should take those opportunities. But we have never
said that fundraising should be the main purpose of a chapter.

Most APG grantees are already doing this. With some particular exceptions,
all chapters have some level of external funding. Some chapters have staff
particularly devoted to this, but there are some that have done it without
fundraising staff (for example, Estonia). Other chapters have explained in
the past that external funding is very difficult to find given their
national and organizational context. The FDC has evaluated these situations
and has accepted to give all funding for those entities (i.e., Argentina).
Everything will depend on the context of each chapter, each country and
each level of maturity.

2014-11-26 9:33 GMT-03:00 Ilario Valdelli valde...@gmail.com:

 I can also read that:

 Yet the growth of *non-English communities* and project material is
 critical for a vigorous and energetic long-term future for the projects,
 and indeed, it is one of the top priorities developed by the movement
 through our strategic planning process.

 In addition I can read in the question of external funds that: It should
 also mean that *movement entities with the ability to fundraise
 independently*, should seek to diversify their funding base in order to
 create a sustainable, scalable strategy for their own growth.

 In my opinion there is a misreading of the FDC in these guidelines because
 it seems that the FDC agrees that the chapters have organized themselves as
 community supporter and not as fundraiser.

 So the suggestion of looking for external funds should be valid for chapter
 with the ability to fundraise independently. It's a good principle, but
 this principle asks also to evaluate if a chapter is sufficiently mature to
 do it.

 Sorry, everytime I read this guidance I see no real support in your
 general principles.

 regards



 On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM, Cristian Consonni 
 kikkocrist...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  2014-11-24 14:04 GMT+01:00 Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com:
   Then why did the nl.wikimedia chapter not get the funding they asked
 for?
 
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2014-2015_round1#Wikimedia_Nederland
 
  If you want my personal take on it, I would highlight this passage:
  «The FDC also notes the very large reserves Wikimedia Nederland has at
  this moment, equal to nearly a full year of staff costs, which does
  not seem justified in their context. The FDC expects the chapter to
  reduce these large reserves in the near future, decreasing the amount
  requested to the FDC in future proposals.»
 
  (see also what I said in my previous email)
  (it may also worth to point out that the standard amount of reserves
  in the field are considered to be among 3 and 6 months of operational
  costs)
 
 
  C
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC funds allocation recommendation is up

2014-11-25 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
2014-11-25 18:09 GMT-03:00 Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com:

 These points imply to me that the the FDC believes it has a duty to oversee
 the manner in which funds are raised by the Chapters from external sources,
 not just how the money that is requested from the WMF is used. (of course
 these points are linked if the WMF-derived money is being used to pay staff
 who will focus on external fundraising...)

 This is not a critique of the FDC, but it leaves me a bit confused about
 the 'rules of the game' about external funding, for organisations applying
 for APG funds.


I personally do not think the FDC has a duty to oversee external funding
made by chapters in general, but obviously is something we should analyze
in the case of those chapters applying to APG. As it has been said in this
thread, APGs are unrestricted funds and, in all cases (with the exception
of WMDE), are the largest source of funds for the grantees, so it is
important for the FDC to see how the proposed budget will be funded besides
APG and see if this is a realistic and correct proposal. Given external
funds usually are not 100% secured, there is a possibility that the chapter
will have to rearrange their programs, cutting some of those to fund more
important ones in case an external source is missed, using for example the
unrestricted funds from the APG. That is one reason why we want to see in
general the way the chapter works and not only the programs expected to be
funded by APG funds.



In addition, not all chapters really described the way each program was
supposed to be funded and what could happen if external funding does not
work as it was supposed to. Some exceptions were WM-EE and WM-SE; they were
very clear regarding this and their budgets gave us a lot of detail,
helping us a lot to understand their proposal.[1]



Besides this, it is important for grantees to understand that the growth
they had experienced in the past years is not sustainable entirely by APGs,
especially in the case of the largest chapters. We expect that as a chapter
grows, it can build capacity to search for more funds, be more efficient on
their expenditure and in general reduce its reliance on movement funds.



Funding staff for fundraising is possible through APG if the grantee can
give a good reasoning for this (as with any other staff increase). I would
expect chapters to start working on this with their current staff and
propose a dedicated member once there are real possibilities for external
funding. In some countries, there will be very few opportunities for funds
and the investment on a fundraising staff member may not be positive. At
the end, it will all depend on the context.


I hope this explanation helps :)



[1] For example, see WM-EE budget:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Eesti/Annual_budgets/2015
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-13 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Thanks Jon for your work with Wikimedia UK and welcome to the ex-EDs group
:)

2014-11-13 9:04 GMT-03:00 Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk:

 Thanks Erik.

 On 12 November 2014 17:42, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Jon --
 
  Thank you all the hard work for the movement, and for building a great
 team
  and great foundations!  Hope to see you in different corners of the
  movement  globe.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Airtel Offers Nigerians Free Access to Wikipedia

2014-06-01 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Regarding the news from Chile, the QZ article is pretty misleading
regarding the decision taken by the Subtel. I've been talking with some
people that have been more involved in net neutrality discussions in Chile
and they say that the decision doesn't forbid zero-rated programs in
general. It just says that the current promotions were illegal, considering
certain social networks got preferential access (namely, Twitter, Facebook
and WhatsApp) over other services, breaking net neutrality and free market
rules. The decree says specifically that arbitrary discrimination between
services of similar nature is forbidden.

Technically, Wikipedia Zero can still be applied in Chile (if mobile
providers agree), but there shouldn't be a preferential treatment compared
to those platform of similar nature. Certainly, it would be interesting
to know what might be considered as the competition of Wikipedia and the
rest of the market (is there a competing website? can we consider all
educational resources as competition?). As far as I know, there were some
internet pre-paid plans in the past that had several educational websites
available for free, including Wikipedia, but I'm not sure if they are still
available.

The full decree (in Spanish) is available here:
http://www.subtel.gob.cl/transparencia/Perfiles/Transparencia20285/Normativas/Oficios/14oc_0040.pdf


2014-06-01 3:57 GMT-04:00 Yana Welinder ywelin...@wikimedia.org:

 As the Quartz article from Jens's email discusses, the decision in Chile is
 very unfortunate.[1] It's an example of when net neutrality — which is an
 important principle for the free and open internet — is poorly implemented
 to prevent free dissemination of knowledge. Although Wikipedia Zero is not
 yet available in Chile, it is a country of interest for the program, so we
 are thinking about what options are available in light of this decision.

 That said, I would like to clarify a couple of points about the
 implementation of Wikipedia Zero that were raised in this thread:

 1. The newer Wikipedia Zero partnerships have provided the full Wikipedia
 sites (m.wikipedia) free of data charges for some time now and we are
 phasing out the reduced version (zero.wikipedia) from the older
 partnerships.

 2. While earlier Wikipedia Zero partnerships only zero-rated Wikipedia, we
 are working on getting carriers to zero-rate all the Wikimedia projects.

 3. We are also working on getting editing functions zero-rated, though
 there are some technical hurdles for that right now. But, eventually,
 Wikipedia Zero will not only make knowledge more accessible, but also
 empower more people in the Global South to contribute to the projects.

 4. Finally, WMF does *not* pay carriers to zero-rate Wikipedia under
 Wikipedia Zero. Carriers zero-rate the sites because they want to make a
 commitment to access to knowledge as a corporate social responsibility.[2]
 I believe this question has already been answered in this thread since
 Scott raised it earlier, but I just wanted to confirm that Wikipedia Zero
 does not involve payments.

 Hope this is helpful!

 Best,
 Yana

 [1]

 http://qz.com/215064/when-net-neutrality-backfires-chile-just-killed-free-access-to-wikipedia-and-facebook/
 [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_social_responsibility

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 On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 5:52 AM, Jens Best jens.b...@wikimedia.de wrote:

  News from Chile
 
  Chile’s Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones just decided that zero-rating
  is a promotion tool which is against net neutrality. Therefore all
  zero-rated-related marketing deals have to stop at the 1st of June.
  According to a WMF-list in Chile no provider has been offering Wikipedia
  Zero. Also I'm not sure if this dismissal reflects only on zero-rated
  offers where payment of money is done by the content provider. So it
 still
  needs to be checked how/if this decision is influencing our intent to
  spread Wikipedia Zero.
 
  All in all it shows that we have to improve our arguments in a broader
  scale if we don't want to get caught by promoting Free Knowledge but in
  fact 'only' pushing the use of a reduced version of one (very well known
  and superb) website which stand exemplary for this idea. We are caught
 in a
  dilemma which imho only can be solved when reaching out to more partners
  which stand for Free Knowledge and Free Education. Not sure how this
 could
  work, but fortunately that never was a reason to stop.
 
  News from Chile:
 
 
 
 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania 2015

2014-04-21 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
¡Viva México! Felicitaciones a todo el equipo detrás de la candidatura.

Also, thanks to the Cape Town and Monastir team. I hope they will bid for
next year!

Osmar Valdebenito G.



2014-04-21 18:47 GMT-03:00 Patricia Pena pp...@wikimedia.org:

 ¡Felicitaciones Wikimedia México! :)


 On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Anna Torres a...@wikimedia.org.ar
 wrote:

  Congrats México!
 
  What a great job done! :) Hope to meet all your staff anf fellows asap!
 Any
  help needed from Argentina, just ask and will be handled fondly!
 
  Hugs!
 
 
  2014-04-21 17:03 GMT-03:00 Aya Mahfouz mahfouz.saif.elya...@gmail.com:
 
   Congratulations to Wikimedia Mexico and Mexico City!
  
   I add my voice to that of Cooper concerning the criteria of choosing
 the
   winner for 2015. In addition to the cities that Cooper has mentioned, I
   would like to know what happened with Bali's bid too.
  
   Kind Regards,
   Aya Saif El-yazal Mahfouz
  
  
   On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM, Christopher Cooper 
   ct-cooper.wikimedia...@hotmail.co.uk wrote:
  
Congratulations to Wikimedia Mexico and all those that helped put the
  bid
together. I believe Mexico City will turn out to be a great place to
  host
Wikimania and I look forward to attending.
   
Regardless, I hope when appropriate, the reasons Mexico City were
  chosen
and where other bids could have done better will be posted somewhere
  for
digestion as done in previous years. In particular, while the bid was
clearly lacking, it would be helpful to have an official answer to
 why
   the
Dar es Salaam was disqualified.
   
Kind regards,
Christopher
User: CT Cooper
   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:CT_Cooper
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:CT_Cooper
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Argentina report: February 2014

2014-03-13 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Dear Wikimedians,

Here is the monthly report of Wikimedia Argentina for February 2014.
You can read the full report (in Spanish and English) here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes/2014-02
Also, the full reports of past months are available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes

1. New Executive Director
2. New publication: Gender issues in Wikipedia
3. New scanner at our office
4. Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina on the URAA issue

== New Executive Director ==

After a selection process that was held during the first two weeks of
February, with several outstanding applicants, the board and staff of
Wikimedia Argentina hired Anna Torres Adell to be our new Executive
Director since March 1st, 2014.

Anna holds a BA in Political Sciences by the Pompeu Fabra University. She
has two postgraduate diplomas from FLACSO: one on International
Cooperation, Administration and Monitoring of Public Policy; and another
diploma in Local Development and Social Economics. She lived and worked in
Guatemala and Mexico, and she set residence in Argentina a couple years
ago. Before joining our organization, she worked as a coordinator of PROEM
Foundation, an institution that dedicates its efforts to work training and
enhancing new businesses.

At Wikimedia Argentina we are very happy with the applications received, as
well as hiring Anna, who was very welcomed within our community. We believe
her professional profile will allow us to take our organization up great
roads.

== New publication: Gender issues in Wikipedia ==

After a couple months of work, we have published the document «Gender
issues in the digital world. Wikipedia and other communities» (only
available in Spanish), that brings together a selection of presentations
held at WikiGénero. This congress was held on May 26, 2012, in Buenos Aires.

The meeting seek to debate the possible reasons of low women engagement in
the free encyclopedia, as well as reduced content of important women in the
history of Mankind. The presentations and discussions touched on these
topics, but also went further: subjects such as communication of science
and gender representation (in its wide spectrum) were also addressed.

With this publication, we hope to take back some of the valuable
discussions that took place back then, and put it at anyone's service, with
an aim to continue the discussion around these issues. Through these
actions we seek to improve Wikipedia's content ad expand its community with
new collaborators.

The document is available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_cuesti%C3%B3n_de_g%C3%A9nero_en_el_mundo_digital._Wikipedia_y_otras_comunidades..pdf

== New scanner at our office ==

We now have available, at Wikimedia Argentina's headquarters, a DIY scanner
to digitalize books. The equipment is similar to those taken on loan by
several Argentine cultural institutions during 2013 that have made possible
to upload more than 100 books to Wikimedia Commons.

Among the benefits of this scanner are the preservation and care of old
books: the manual functioning prevents any binding from being hurt. In the
weeks to come, we will enable a schedule for our community to book the
scanner and use it for free culture promotion purposes.

== Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina on the URAA issue ==

The board of directors of our organization wrote a letter to give an
official answer on behalf of the chapter, regarding the multiple conflicts
originated by the application of URAA by the Wikimedia Commons community.
The board decided to address the conflict in a more active way when several
Argentinean collaborators of Commons received massive notifications that
their images were soon to be erased, based on URAA regulations. Among the
different exchanges that stem from this conflict, the Wikimedia Foundation
also expressed its position in a statement suggesting to stop massive
deletions of images. We hope to see an end to this discussion soon, not
without finding a solution that mirrors the prevailing rights on every
jurisdiction.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter on open letters (Was: Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA)

2014-02-27 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Wikimedia Argentina is formed by a group of volunteers from the Wikimedia
movement. That includes several long-time contributors to Commons that have
discussed with us in the past months the situation about URAA. This open
letter is not something written by a group of strangers or people that
haven't participated in the discussions of the community; probably not all
of them have been able to participate before as much as we want in this
particular topic, but that doesn't mean their opinions are less valuable
than those that take a more active role within the discussions. Some of
them have seen in the past weeks their talk pages flooded with DR notices
against Argentine free pictures, uploaded even several years ago and they
have argued, trying to save them. Saying that they don't know how Wikimedia
Commons work to this group of volunteers is also really offensive.


I understand you could feel upset for the strong words of our letter
regarding the particular URAA situation, especially when most of the
contributors work hardly every day to maintain this project and a lot of
them have had a constructive approach to this discussion. If you feel our
letter has been disrespectful for the rest of the Commons community, our
sincere apologies for that.


However, we still believe in what we wrote on the letter. When you see
that, even after the BoT statement there are still new DR coming up [1] and
more files being deleted [2], then it is clear that something wrong is
happening. The BoT has called to stop the massive deletions unless there
are DMCA notices and this has been regarded as a mere opinion instead of
a statement from the authorities responsible of the project (it would be
great, anyway, to have a less ambiguous statement).


You may not agree with the BoT statement or the large majority on the
proposal to restore the deleted images on Commons [3], but there should
have been more prudence within some administrators and freeze the deletions
until we find a consensus for this situation. And it hasn't been the case,
clearly. This is what we criticize; this is the kind of attitudes that
de-motivates many editors. When one of the strictest interpretations of law
is applied without consideration of anything else, is what we labeled
legal fetichism.


Maybe you don't agree with that opinion and that's ok, but it is a feeling
that a lot of people share, including even Commons contributors. Not only
those that wrote this open letter but also many of those that have voted
for the massive restoration proposal.



[1]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Carlos_Trillo.jpg
[2]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Le%C3%B3n_Gieco_1980.jpg

[3]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Massive_restoration_of_deleted_images_by_the_URAA

*Osmar Valdebenito G.*
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A. C. Wikimedia Argentina


2014-02-27 0:28 GMT-03:00 Avenue avenu...@gmail.com:

 Look, I have no problem with the open letters from WM Venezuela, España or
 Israel. I might not agree 100% with everything in them, but they are
 generally on top of the issues, and they focus on the problems they law
 poses for us and our need for better solutions - all worth bringing to a
 wider audience.

 But the letter from WM Argentina is very different. It condemns the actions
 of certain Wikimedia Commons administrators who have deleted
 URAA-affected files (without naming them or linking to any of the relevant
 deletions), and makes various claims about how Commons policy and practice
 has changed and is inconsistent with statements by the WMF Board and Legal
 team.

 If you want to make these sorts of claims in an open letter, you should be
 ready to back them up. But WM Argentina cannot do so IMO, because many of
 their claims are untrue. Our practice is consistent with the WMF Board and
 Legal team statements, and it isn't true that the burden of proof has been
 inverted - the burden of proof has always been on those who want us to
 keep hosting a file. These sorts of mistakes could easily have been avoided
 if they had talked directly to experienced Commons editors first.

 I'm a Commons admin, but I'm fairly inactive these days and I don't believe
 I have deleted any URAA-affected files, so I don't think I am one of the
 certain Commons admins they refer to. But I do find defamation of
 hard-working members of my community offensive. If WM Argentina wants to
 respectfully call the Wikimedia Commons community to reflect on
 something, that does not seem the best way to start.


 On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:03 AM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 wrote:

  Wait, aren't the chapters composed from people from the wikimedia
  community?
 
  Also, didn't  you guys stop by a second to think the chapter thoroughly
  discussed the contents of the letter with its members,  which may vote in
  favor or against publishing it?
 
  And if it is on Meta, is open to discussion,  no?
 
  Finally

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Argentina report: January 2014

2014-02-07 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Dear Wikimedians,

Here is the monthly report of Wikimedia Argentina for January 2014.
You can read the full report (in Spanish and English) here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes/2014-01
Also, the full reports of past months are available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes

1. Training at the Buenos Aires City Legislature
2. Wikipedia's 13th birthday
3. Publication of GLAM brochure
4. Resignation of our Executive Director

=== Training at the Buenos Aires City Legislature ===
On January, Wednesday 15, we carried out a training for the team of
Modernization of the Buenos Aires City Legislature. The aim of this meeting
was to transfer basic skills on wiki editing to the team coordinated by
Natalia Carfi, as well as transmitting to them the collaboration logics of
Wikipedia. Through the dialogue with this institution, that began in mid
2013 when we developed the First Legislative Editathon, we continue our
work to promote the wiki culture.

The Legislative Modernization Office is working on the development of a
''Legislative Wiki'', a project that aims at enhancing the dialogue among
the different Legislative Powers on a national level. Through this kind of
tutoring initiatives, we promote the engagement of new users in wiki
projects, bringing more editors to Wikipedia and its sister projects.

=== Wikipedia's 13th birthday ===
On Wednesday, January 15, we celebrated Wikipedia's birthday in a very
special way. In a joint action that included Wikimedia México and other
Spanish-speaking chapters, we launched a one-day communication campaign to
show the impact and reach of Wikipedia in different cities. We also
highlighted certain aspects of the free encyclopedia that speak of its
benefits as far as local culture and heritage promotion goes in each
country.

The action had a great impact on Twitter, where «#GraciasWikipedia» (Thanks
Wikipedia) became a trending topic in Mexico, on top of also being a hot
topic in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Spain. As a whole,
the sum of efforts of all chapters reached 7,860,000 potential users, only
on Twitter. On Facebook, Wikimedia Argentina reported a total reach of 836
users and a record of engagement on that network.

=== Publication of GLAM brochure ===
During December and January, we created a brochure to promote the
participation of GLAM institutions through wiki projects. This document
aims to describe the many ways GLAM organizations can collaborate with our
community, getting benefits for the spread of their heritage. Promotion og
Cultural Institutions includes several images of different GLAM
activities, illustrating the different actions that can be developed
together with the GLAM institutions and a gallery of successful cases.

With this document, we not only have more resources when the time comes to
meet a new cultural partner, but we are also providing the associates of
our organization with new tools to understand the way we face these
projects.

The document is available at
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Promoción_de_Instituciones_Culturales.pdf

=== Resignation of our Executive Director ===

Osmar Valdebenito, current Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina,
announced this month his ressignation and his return to his home country,
adducing personal and professional reasons. The position will be vacant as
of March 30, 2014.

This is why, we have an open call to fulfill his position. Read the
official call (in Spanish only) to know more about the requisites and
responsibilities of this position:
http://www.wikimedia.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DirectorEjecutivo.pdf.
People who are interested in this position should be bilingual in Spanish
and English. Applications are accepted through email before February 15th,
by submitting CV and letter of interest to cor...@wikimedia.org.ar. Help us
spread the news of this call by sharing it with anyone whose professional
profile matches our search.

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[Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:

In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.

For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These last
18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.

Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very fond
of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
projects we worked on and we are still working on.

I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the delayed
paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious organization,
continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great colleague
these months.

My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This will
allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects of
Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of our
Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.

I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
continue the great work we have done lately.

Kind regards,

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2014-01-10 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
 to
promote Argentina's written heritage.

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Argentina report: November 2013

2013-12-09 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Dear Wikimedians,

Here is the monthly report of Wikimedia Argentina for November 2013.
You can read the full report (in Spanish and English) here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes/2013-11
Also, the full reports of past months are available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina/Reportes

1. «Wiki Mundo» classroom in Aulas Creativas
2. Wiki Hackathon
3. Virtual training for teachers
4. Activity in Salta

=== «Wiki Mundo» classroom in Aulas Creativas ===

Within the framework of our educational outreach program, we started to
collaborate with the educational platform Aulas Creativas (Creative
Classrooms in Spanish). This platform, aimed at teachers, consists of a
space to share innovative resources in education. «Wiki Mundo» (Wiki World)
is the first classroom in Latin America and the only space to talk about
wiki culture and resources in education. This collaboration is, as well,
the first to be taken to an end within the new coordination model
established in the last Iberoconf meeting.

In this way, Carmen Alcázar, from Wikimedia Mexico, current coordinator of
Wikimedia Iberoconf; and María Cruz, communications coordinator at
Wikimedia Argentina, are both content editors of this blog. A schedule for
future posts has been created, that involves all the chapters in Latin
America, as far as their educational initiatives are involved. This will
enable us to generate a colourful patchwork of the experiences in the
region.

Aulas Creativas owns a very vast and active audience. The website has over
6,000 unique visitors per month, and the project has 21,000 followers on
Facebook, especially teachers from different places within Hispanic
America. With this action, we expect to widen the audience of our actions
beyond the movement's limits, and also bet on the local integration with a
very concrete project.

=== Wiki Hackathon ===

On Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, we held the first Wiki
Hackathon, a space where volunteers of the movement offered presentations
on technical aspects involved in the different wiki projects. The crowd
analyzed Wikipedia tools and also offered trainings on Git, Python, PHP,
Bugzilla and Mediawiki installment.

The event was held in the Government Lab, a space for developers that
belongs to the Ministry of Modernization of the Buenos Aires City
Government. 16 people took part of this activity. During the first day, the
participants discussed users and edit metrics, geolocalization of recent
changes and census data from Argentina. These projects were coordinated by
Jonas Augusto and Ignacio Iglesias. Two presentations focused on
introducing newcomers to Wikipedia, directed by Osmar Valdebenito, and
other about Pywikibot and Mediawiki's API, directed by Jonas.

The second day of the hackathon started with the creation of a map of edits
located within the City of Buenos Aires. This allows the location in a
visual timeline where are the most edited articles by neighbourhood, which
is a first step towards georeference for the data hosted in our projects
and its connection with the local reality. A series of improvements were
applied to the Linha do Tempo, a project for metrics implemented on the
Portuguese Wikipedia. The crowd also discussed the need of a bot that
allows to categorize based on another wiki, according to existing
categories. The presentations of the second day were two: an introduction
to Git, coordinated by Patricio Molina, and another one on error
management, coordinated by Dennis Tobar.

=== Virtual training for teachers ===

During the month of November, the Center for Innovation in Technology and
Pedagogy (CITEP), which belongs to the Secretariat for Innovation and
Academic Quality of the University of Buenos Aires, organized a massive
online course oriented for training of teachers in the area of new
technologies and learning teaching practices associated with them. The
course «Technology scenarios: between the real and the possible» had a
participation of about 2,500 Spanish-speaking teachers from around the
world (including territories as far away as Albania or China), of which
approximately 200 were directly involved in all the proposed practical
activities.

As part of this course, one of the weeks was specifically oriented to the
subject of collaborative learning environments, with a strong emphasis on
Wikipedia. For this, it was created a video called Wikipedia: open and
collaborative construction of content featuring Patricio Lorente
explaining the main features of Wikipedia to teachers. A video conference
was held on November 27th, with the participation of Juan Sebastian
Quintero (Colombia), Fernando Da Rosa (Uruguay) and Osmar Valdebenito
(Argentina) to discuss the specific activities on Wikipedia conducted in
educational settings; various teachers joined the Hangout and made their
own questions.

Finally, a virtual learning space was opened for editing in Wikipedia.
Through a forum, teachers

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Argentina report: September 2013

2013-10-08 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
 teaching
environments.

The event was co-organized by Wikimedia Argentina and the National
University of North-West Buenos Aires (UNNOBA), and was held twice: on
Thursday, September 26, it took place in the city of Junín; and on Friday,
September 27, it was held in Pergamino. The presentation went over topics
described in the manual created by Wikimedia Argentina, trying to show to
teachers how they can use Wikipedia as a teaching tool.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Thanks Asaf,
I've updated WMAR website with the new presentation.

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2013/8/29 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org

 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 
  The first section was removed? I got excited to see the term Global
  South with a line through it (in the agenda index), but I think I
  initially misunderstood its meaning.


 No, the strikethrough was a visual cue that the _term_ Global South is
 emphatically not on the agenda.


  The term Global South is pretty
  awful and deserves a quick death.


 Agreed...


  But based on the title of the
  presentation and this e-mail thread... I'm not hopeful that it's dead
 yet.
 

 ...but what do we replace it with?  This has been rehashed quite a bit, but
 no one has come up with a compelling alternative that's reasonably concise
 and is politically acceptable.  (Personally I am happy with developing
 world and developing nations, but of course those terms are euphemistic
 as well, and apparently no longer acceptable in some circles.)

 I have stated before that the term, for us, is just shorthand for a list of
 countries, and we make no essentialist assumptions about some uniformity
 throughout all these countries.  It is my understanding that most of the
 consternation (kittens dying etc.) the term causes is due to the assumption
 that we _are_ making an essentialist assumption and treating all GS
 countries the same.  I hope it is by now evident we are not.

 Once again, I find no point to debating this.  All who _are_ interested are
 welcome to hash it out somewhere, and submit a consensual term (or a
 shortlist) to WMF for consideration.  If a superior term arises, I promise
 to make an effort to adopt it across WMF.  Until then, let's focus on the
 actual work rather than the nomenclature.


  I'm a little confused about whether the ongoing programs in Brazil and
  India will continue. There's a note that reads No WMF contractors on the
  ground any more, but it's unclear whether this means a discontinuation
 of
  the current folks. And the final slides focus on future engagements. Does
  the no contractors on the ground line mean only full-time staff will be
  working with (engaging with, if you prefer) areas in the future?
 Full-time
  staff and local chapter folks, I guess? And simply no Wikimedia
 Foundation
  contractors?
 

 There are no WMF employees outside the US, so no contractors on the
 ground (in the GS context -- we still have engineers around the world!)
 means that (once the Brazil transition is complete -- this is in progress),
 no program work in the GS will be done by WMF contractors, but only by
 local partners (movement affiliates -- chapters, thematic organizations,
 and user groups -- and unaffiliated partners), some of whom would be WMF
 grantees.

 Cheers,

A.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: The most controversial topics in Wikipedia: A multilingual and geographical analysis

2013-07-22 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
I was interviewed a few days ago from a Chilean newspaper because of this
paper. For those interested that can read Spanish here is the full article:
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2013/07/659-533645-9-estudio-dice-que-chile-es-el-articulo-de-wikipedia-mas-editado-en-espanol.shtml

I read the paper in full and I have to admit it has very interesting
approaches to remove the vandalism effect. Probably it won't be perfect,
especially for a platform where it is impossible to have an exact,
quantitative measure of quality or neutrality. Is there a measure of
controversiality? I will consider controversial those articles where I
usually edit and probably I will ignore several others that are more
controversial and so on...

But besides the particular issue of which is the most controversial
article, I'm more interested in the trends that each Wikipedia has. They
seem consistent and I think there is a lot of things that we can learn from
it.

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2013/7/22 Taha Yasseri taha.yass...@oii.ox.ac.uk

 Thanks Tilman.

 Especially for your effort to resolve the misunderstandings, which most of
 them I suppose are due to a shallow reading: I had a bit of free time last
 night waiting for trains and I skimmed  through the study and its
 findings.

 We had two strategies to get rid of vandalisms, as you mentioned,
 considering only mutual reverts and waiting editors by their maturity, I
 suppose a vandal could not have a large maturity score by definition.

 As for the data, this study has been carried out in 2011, and we worked on
 the latest available dump at the time. Someone experienced in academic
 research, especially at this scale well knows that it really takes time to
 get the analysis done, write the reports, get them reviewed, etc.
 Especially that we have published 7-8 other papers during the same period.
 I see no problem in this as long as the metadata and such information about
 the methods and the data under study are mentioned in the manuscript, which
 is clearly the case here. I have seen many Wikipedia studies without any
 mention of the dump they have used!

  Back to your concern for the general impression that the news media give
 on wikipedia being a battlefield, I'd like to mention that I have
 emphasised the small number of controversial articles compare to the total
 number of articles in every single media response I had. Again as you
 mentioned, we had given the percentages explicitly in our previous work.
 But of course for obvious reasons journalists are not happy to highlight
 this. They like to report on controversies and wars! This is not our fault
 that what they report could be misleading, as long as we had tried our best
 to avoid it. An interview of mine with  BBC Radio Scotland: at 04:00 I
 clearly say that there are millions and thousands of articles in WIkipedia
 which are not controversial, is available here:
 https://www.dropbox.com/s/8whovkmipbqdzlv/bbc_radio_Scotland.mp3 . I have
 done the same in all the others.

 Finally, I wish that the public media coverage of our research which is
 clearly far from perfect, could also provide the members of the public a
 better understanding of how Wikipedia works and how fascinating it is!

 Thanks again,

 Taha


 On 22 Jul 2013 05:58, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:
   Anders Wennersten wrote:
  A most interesting study looking at findings from 10 different language
  versions.
  
  Jesus and Middle east are the most controversial articles seen over the
  world, but George Bush on en:wp and Chile on es:wp
  
  http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1305/1305.5566.pdf
  
  FWIW, here is the review by Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia in last month's
  Wikimedia Research Newsletter:
 
 
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/06/28/wikimedia-research-newsletter-june-2013/#.22The_most_controversial_topics_in_Wikipedia:_a_multilingual_and_geographical_analysis.22
  (also published in the Signpost, the weekly newsletter on the English
  Wikipedia)
 
   Thanks for sharing this.
  
   I had a bit of free time last night waiting for trains and I skimmed
   through the study and its findings. Two points stuck out at me: a
   seemingly fatally flawed methodology and the age of data used.
  
   The methodology used in this study seems to be pretty inherently
 flawed.
   According to the paper, controversiality was measured by full page
   reverts, which are fairly trivial to identify and study in a database
  dump
   (using cryptographic hashes, as the study did), but I don't think full
   reverts give an accurate impression _at all_ of which articles are the
   most controversial.
  
   Pages with many full reverts are indicative of pages that are heavily
   vandalized. For example, the George W. Bush article is/was heavily
   vandalized for years on the English Wikipedia. Does blanking the
 article

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Erik Zachte on bot-generated articles

2013-06-27 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
I've always been surprised how all the time this discussion re-appears,
most of the arguments are based about in-Wikipedia discussion and not about
the impact of our goal: spread free knowledge. What about the number of
articles? And the ranking? And the 'Random articles'? and so on... when
most of our users don't care about that. They care about Wikipedia having
an answer when they are looking for some info, probably via Google or
through a blue link. Do you really think they will notice or care if it was
made by human or a bot?

I don't think bots are the solution and they will always have some
particular issues, but please, focus the discussion if the content created
by bots are useful or not, just like any other kind of article, and not
about topics that only are important for those who love (like me)
statistics and are reeeally involved on Wikipedia.


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2013/6/27 Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk

 I learnt yesterday that the Welsh Wicipedia does not have 'stubs'. It has
 'Little Acorns' - so much nicer and more descriptive.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Approval of Wikimedians of Nepal user group

2013-05-30 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations!!!

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2013/5/30 Arnau Duran arnaudu...@gmail.com

 Congratulations guys! wish you all the success!


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 2013/5/30 Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com

  Congratulations Nepal team!
 
 
  On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM, Ivan Martínez gala...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
   Welcome to board, friends.
   I know it has not been easy for Ganesh and to the Nepal team.
   Congrats!
  
  
   2013/5/30 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com
  
Congratulations to Nepali Wikimedians!!
   
Ali Haidar Khan (Tonmoy)
Wikimedia Bangladesh
On May 30, 2013 11:12 PM, Deryck Chan deryckc...@wikimedia.hk
  wrote:
   
 Congratulations Ganesh and the Nepal team! Are there plans to move
 on
   and
 transition to an incorporated Wikimedia chapter?
 Deryck

 On 30 May 2013 17:32, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

  Dear all,
 
  I am happy to inform you that the Affiliations Committee has
  approved
the
  recognition of a Wikimedia User Group today:  Wikimedians of
 Nepal.
 
  Please join me in welcoming this new group into the fold of
  Wikimedia
  entities, and let's celebrate their success and hard work as
   Wikipedia
  turns eleven in Nepal!
 
  == Wikimedians of Nepal ==
 
  Wikimedians of Nepal 
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nepal
   
 is a
  group of enthusiastic Nepali Wikimedians working towards
 developing
   and
  promoting Wikimedia projects in Nepal. They've been actively
  working
   to
  help expand the community, launch projects in more languages of
  Nepal
and
  promote and support the existing ones.
 
  The group is working towards chapterhood, and have a good chance
 of
  attaining that status this year. Granting them user group
  recognition
  allows the movement to express its appreciation for their hard
 work
even
  while they are working on the bureaucratic aspects of meeting the
  requirements of chapterhood. The timing is fortuitous  in that
 the
group
 is
  going to mark the 11th anniversary of Wikipedia in a Nepali
  language
on 3
  June, next Monday.
 
  Ganesh, the group's interim president has been invited to this
  year's
 Milan
  conference, where he gave a comprehensive overview of the group's
 history,
  its projects (including a successful 'wikiwomen programme) and
 its
  ambitions. The slides are at:
 
   
  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/WMNepal_WMC_2013.pdf
 
  The Affiliations Committee's
  recognition
 

   
  
 
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedians_of_Nepal_-_May_2013
  is
  valid until 28 May 2014, or until they are recognized as a
 chapter.
 
 
  == Wikimedia User Groups ==
 
  Wikimedia User Groups are one of the three new types of
  affiliations
  created last year to empower volunteers wanting to conduct
 offline
   work
 and
  provide them recognition from the Wikimedia movement.
 
  User group status is meant to be an easy form of affiliation,
 where
   the
  main requirements are an agreed goal, plans for offline work, at
   least
  three people participating and a public wiki page with all the
   relevant
  information).
 
  Under the movement roles
  recommendations
 
   
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_affiliation_models/User_Groups
  , user groups are to be recognized in a quick and easy process
   directly
 by
  the Affiliations Committee, for a fixed, renewable time-period
 and
   they
 are
  to enjoy limited trademark use and simplified access to grants.
 
 
 
  Best regards,
  Bence Damokos
  Chair, Affiliatons Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-27 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Thanks for the announcement, Salvador.
It was a really hard work to coordinate the recordings in Buenos Aires,
Puebla, Jerusalem and La Paz, but I think we did a good job :)

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2013/5/26 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com

 Also, it's in Commons:


 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Un_mill%C3%B3n_de_gracias,_de_Wikipedia_en_espa%C3%B1ol.webm


 2013/5/26 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com

  To celebrate this milestone, Iberocoop chapters have made this video that
  we share with you:
 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SLw_Z8w604
 
  Enjoy it!
 
  Regards!
 
 
  2013/5/17 ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com
 
 Felicitaciones a la española Wikipedia!
  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fogos_artificiais.jpg
 
  Pine
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-17 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations to all of us who have worked all these years to make this
possible :D
The change in the count is very innapropiate (someone said on our Village
Pump it was like preparing for New Year's Eve and falling sleep in the
counting and waking up the other day), but it doesn't take the credit of
all the work that has been done.

By the way, can someone update our logo for the celebrations?
According to this poll [1], the logo should be
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia-logo-es-millon-vector.svgbetween
May 16th and June 16th.Also, the link should go to
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Anuncio_del_art%C3%ADculo_1_000_000

Thanks,

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**
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[1]
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Votaciones/2013/Conmemoraci%C3%B3n_del_mill%C3%B3n_de_art%C3%ADculos_de_Wikipedia

2013/5/17 Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org

 Hi all,

 On Thu, 16 May 2013 19:19:45 -0500
 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com wrote:

  Hi folks!
 
  Maybe many of you have it already noticed. Nevertheless, spanish speakers
  wikimedians want to share with you our joy of that the spanish version of
  Wikipedia has surpassed the million of articles.
 
  https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Especial:Estad%C3%ADsticas
 
  Thanks and congratulations to all volunteers that make it possible.

 That's great! Thanks to all volunteers/admins/etc. .

 Regards,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comments on compliance and the FDC Round 2 decisions

2013-04-30 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
I think it is important to remember what is the main premise behind the
FDC: give resources to established chapter in some sort of long term
capacity. We are dealing with proposals of over 100k to more than 4m. I've
heard several times about how hard is to apply for the FDC, how terrible it
is... I know it is not an easy task applying nor reporting (we are doing
this right now) but it is not the hell that has been pictured. It is a much
easier, simple and transparent process than most of the ways any other
organization (for profit or not) does to get the level of money we are
requesting, or at least that has been my experience. Not because the
chapters have nice goals about disseminating free knowledge on local level,
we should be treated especially and not being requested to be as serious
and professional as possible. I think even the FDC is already taken in
consideration the level of professionality of each institution and probably
evaluates differently WMAR than WMDE,  but both should be able to at least
comply with the basics (like clearity in the proposals and goals of the
organization, a set of programs, etc.)

But, seriously, if we are not able to write a estructured long report or
reply answers about usage of funds, is it possible that we are able to hire
effectively and efficiently an Executive Director or run an office? The
problem of growth is not much about were to get funds but how this growth
is sustainable and makes sense. Although there is no clear path towards
professionalization (it would be great to have at least some sort of
recommendations and it is something that should be improved), most of the
successful cases happened through a smooth transition with some sort of
temporary hiring via GAC and then consolidation via FDC. And that makes
sense, because moving from a volunteer-driven association to a professional
NGO is not easy: it is not easy to find the right employee (probably all
the cases hired someone and to fire him/her a few months after), to
establish the balance between what should the Board do and what the staff,
to solve all the belated paperwork that nobody was able to do before, etc,
etc. After going through all of that, then you can think of a more
structured way to request funds like the FDC.

I think this is an interesting topic that would have been great to work
with in the past Wikimedia Conference, too bad the idea came too late.
Maybe a panel for Wikimania?

Osmar Valdebenito G.


2013/4/30 Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net

 I wonder if it will be accepted to apply to GAC for temporary position
  for the person responsible for preparation of FDC application :-)


 That's probably not as silly an idea as it sounds - having a local person
 on the ground with relevant expertise who can assist the chapter not just
 in preparing their application, but also help them set realistic goals on
 what could be achieved would no doubt increase the quality of FDC
 applications and also focus chapters on delivering useful programme work,
 without causing any bitterness about the Foundation at the same time.

 Cheers,
 Craig Franklin


 On 30 April 2013 20:42, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:

  2013/4/30 Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl:
 
   Many members of the community (as it was confirmed in the discussions
 on
   Milan conference) are e.g. uncertain about part-time employment
   possibilities through GAC, as well as about professionalization efforts
   being funded through GAC scheme (both possible to some extent). I
 believe
   that it is imperative that a clear guideline is prepared.
  
 
  Actually it is here:
 
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index/Eligibility_requirements
 
  Grants through this program do not fund full-time permanent staff
  salaries and other recurring operating expenses, such as the rent of
  an office. In some cases, WMF Grants Program grants may fund part-time
  positions or full-time temporary positions with a limited focus and
  scope of work related specifically to the activities of the funded
  project. Requests for part-time staff will be accompanied by an
  assessment of the applicant's ability to effectively manage staff, and
  may require necessary infrastructure to support staff (such as
  policies around travel reimbursements, and hiring). Full-time staff
  and recurring operating expenses will only be funded via the Funds
  Dissemination Committee (FDC) process. Note that entities receiving
  funds through the FDC process may not receive funds through the WMF
  Grants Program during the same fiscal year.
 
 
  although it is a bit misleading, as in several cases (WM AR, WM SR, WM
  IN, WM DC) it was accepted to pay for renting an office.
 
  I wonder if it will be accepted to apply to GAC for temporary position
  for the person responsible for preparation of FDC application :-)
 
 
  --
  Tomek Polimerek Ganicz
  http://pl.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Polimerek
  http://www.ganicz.pl/poli/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resignation announcement, and a parting remark to everyone

2013-04-30 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Probably a smoother transition would be much more appropiate. A part-time
or temporary employee that can take care of the belated reports and
paperwork that you, as volunteers, can't do and probably establish some
basis for a future growth.
WM-AR, WM-RS and WM-IL have professionalized in the latest years (correct
me if there is any other chapter too), which are medium-sized chapters,
probably similar to HK.You should take a look at their/our experience and
that can be helpful to imagine what you can do.

*Osmar Valdebenito G.*
Director Ejecutivo
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina


2013/4/30 Jeromy-Yu Maximilian Chan jerry.tschan...@gmail.com

 I think Jan-Bart did point out an interesting point
 As I heard in Milan
 Long time staffing, must go trough FDC
 And we exactly know our weakness on transparency and management
 (I already tried hard to push my rest of team when I was on the chapter
 board
 But what do you expect if they have day time or/ studies?)

 And going trough these year of struggle for survival
 We are already very clear to improve the situation we need permanent staff
 to stabilize the structure, to free up volunteer to work out something more
 meaningful.

 As we aware of problem, we are run out of way to improve, it is bottleneck
 we need to tackle. So the FDC decision  suggests chapter like us should
 never professionalize? Or never hire staff? Or never apply grant? As
 without staffing we dun think we can really have a change, as everyone had
 to spent at least 60 hours a week for work and studies.

 But the immediate effect of this (I-would-call-in-a-community-aspect)
 irresponsible decision is not just kill off the chance of development, the
 worse is liquidating the faith of volunteers.

 Also we understand the local environment can be how harsh to charity run by
 young people like us
 WMF is rather easy way to get funding, so I can understand why they have
 such strong feeling
 It is frankly a huge slam on the local communities faith on that WMF can be
 helpful all the time.

 we have plans and right connections, just need people to deal with the
 stuff in working hours
 and of course improve the area they accuse us
 That's it

 (also one note about the accusation of mismanagement previous fund

 we did have apply grant via projects, we finished the report, and we told
 them we have money left, nobody had tell us what to do clearly
 AND WMF STAFF CONTACTS JUST CHANGE ALL THE TIME


 Actually I do find this new grant system really disgusting
 I know there are always some good  helpful staff and people around
 Frankly I dun think the FdC related person are  will

 And now they force me to think of other harder local alternative (which
 again a hell lot volunteer time)
 Sorry frankly I dun have confidence on appeal or ombudsman after go through
 all these frankly

 On the other hands we need more (fxxxing) paperworks for appeal or
 ombudsman, which the team is super tired with, I just ponder why the things
 go so inhumane.

 Sent from my iPhone

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 jerry.tschan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all

 I am ACTUALLY PANIC when reading this.

 Normally I would say please don't go,
 but realizing myself I am not on the Local Chapter board already
 and even myself start to feel don't know what to do next

 And I am sorry to say, the decision had totally stir up the emotion of the
 whole Wikimania Local Team
 I frankly don't know whether if it will lead to a melt down of our
 volunteer power
 after frustrations of all these years as Deryck said, as I was on the Board
 and knew most of the stories.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New members for the Affiliations Committee

2013-02-13 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Congratulations to all of you, to the former members and the new ones!
Felicidades a Salvador y Carlos y también a Damián! Que lo hagan chévere,
wey :)

Osmar Valdebenito G.


2013/2/13 phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com

 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
 wrote:
  Dear all,
 
  As you may have noticed, in December there was a call for new members for
  the affiliations committee. The affiliations committee is entrusted to
  advise the Board of Trustees on matters of recognition of new movement
  affiliates, such as Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User Groups.
 
  I am happy to be able to say that this call resulted in 18 applications!
  After a thorough discussion, the Committee members that were not part of
  this selection procedure have passed a resolution, appointing 7 of these
  applicants as member of the committee.[1]
 
  Therefore, I'm proud to announce that the following people have been
  appointed as member of the Affiliations Committee until 31 December 2014:
 
 - Jeromy-Yu Chan (re-appointment)
 - Carlos Colina
 - Bence Damokos (re-appointment)
 - Josh Lim
 - Salvador Alcántar Morán
 - Tanvir Rahman
 - Greg Varnum
 
 
  Congratulations to the new appointees! You can find a full overview of
 the
  members on [2].
 
  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing members who
  spent valuable time in the past years on the affiliations committee:
  Sebastian Moleski, Ray Saintonge and Damian Finol. Sebastian and Ray have
  served the committee since 2010, and Damian was the longest serving
 member,
  being appointed in 2007! Thanks a lot for your time and effort in the
 past
  years.

 Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Sebastian, Ray and Damian!!
 And thanks to Lodewijk and all for running a smooth selection process.
 Affiliate!

 -- Phoebe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage project launch/migration update

2013-01-03 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Great!

Osmar Valdebenito G.


2013/1/3 Patricio Lorente patricio.lore...@gmail.com

 2013/1/3 Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com:
  Hoi,
  The Portuguese Wikivoyage has been created. :)
  Thanks,
   GerardM

 And also the Spanish Wikivoyage!
 http://es.wikivoyage.org/wiki/P%C3%A1gina_principal

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in the classroom in Guarani language

2012-12-17 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Hi Everton!
It will be amazing if you can use it in Brazil. We need all the possible
feedback to improve the booklet for following editions.
El 17/12/2012 11:58, Everton Zanella Alvarenga ezalvare...@wikimedia.org
escribió:

 Caro Osmar,

 I would like to congratulate you and Wikimedia Argentina for this
 work. I've seen also Wikimedia Argentina booklet in Spanish about one
 month ago, and I liked your initiave

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_en_el_aula.pdf

 And as pointed out in the following discussion, this can be used in
 Brazil. Even in São Paulo, for instance, we have some indigeous who
 speak Guarani. Let's hope some volunteers from Wikimedia Brasil can
 use them in the classroom!

 Saludos!

 Tom

 On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM, Osmar Valdebenito
 os...@wikimediachile.cl wrote:
  This week, Wikimedia Argentina published the first edition of Vikipetã
  mbo'eha kotýpe [1], Wikipedia in the classroom in Guarani, an
 indigenous
  language spoken in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. It is the
  first Wikipedia related publication made in an American indigenous
 language.
 
  The goal of “Wikipedia in the classroom”, made originally in Spanish, is
 to
  help teachers to understand what is Wikipedia, how it works and how they
  can use it in an useful way. Most students already use Wikipedia so it is
  really important that teachers know what to do.
 
  “Wikipedia in the classroom” is an initiative launched in 2010 by
 Wikimedia
  Argentina with the support of different institutions, including the
  Education portal of the Argentine government, educ.ar. They released an
  special website about the project.[2] Wikimedia Argentina will print 500
  booklets of the Guarani edition to be distributed in schools and other
  educational institutions, and we expect to publish new editions in other
  indigenous languages in 2013.
 
  Kind regards,
 
  Osmar Valdebenito G.
  Director Ejecutivo
  A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
 
  [1]
 
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vikipet%C3%A3_mbo%27eha_kot%C3%BDpe.jpg
  [2] http://wikipediaenelaula.educ.ar/
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in the classroom in Guarani language

2012-12-16 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
This week, Wikimedia Argentina published the first edition of Vikipetã
mbo'eha kotýpe [1], Wikipedia in the classroom in Guarani, an indigenous
language spoken in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. It is the
first Wikipedia related publication made in an American indigenous language.

The goal of “Wikipedia in the classroom”, made originally in Spanish, is to
help teachers to understand what is Wikipedia, how it works and how they
can use it in an useful way. Most students already use Wikipedia so it is
really important that teachers know what to do.

“Wikipedia in the classroom” is an initiative launched in 2010 by Wikimedia
Argentina with the support of different institutions, including the
Education portal of the Argentine government, educ.ar. They released an
special website about the project.[2] Wikimedia Argentina will print 500
booklets of the Guarani edition to be distributed in schools and other
educational institutions, and we expect to publish new editions in other
indigenous languages in 2013.

Kind regards,

Osmar Valdebenito G.
Director Ejecutivo
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

[1]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vikipet%C3%A3_mbo%27eha_kot%C3%BDpe.jpg
[2] http://wikipediaenelaula.educ.ar/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC recommendations on funds allocation, Round 1, 2012-13

2012-11-16 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
I agree that better and much more detailed reports would be great. I would
love to read what projects the FDC agrees with, which should change and so
on. But guys, the FDC is a group of volunteers with not enough time and
where few are native English speakers able to write long pages. I even
consider that the report is long enough, probably not about each chapter,
but about the process as a whole.

Yes, it would be great to have a lot of details and I haven't seen any
problems by the FDC to provide them as long as you ask them but you can't
expect them to do all that extra work 'for free'.

Osmar Valdebenito G.


2012/11/16 Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com

 I was also expecting a much more detailed report. I remember having a
 discussion with Anasuya about the timetable and I pointed out that she
 hadn't scheduled enough time for writing up the report. If she was
 thinking of a report like this one, then I can see why we disagreed. I
 thought a lot more time was needed because I was expecting a much more
 detailed report (about one side of A4 per application, perhaps).

 Report writing is something we are, as a movement, very bad at. A well
 written report can be read in isolation (with references to other
 documents for more detail if it is desired, but essential details
 should be in the report itself). It takes longer to write, certainly,
 but it takes a lot less time to read and digest, so overall a lot of
 time is saved by writing good reports.

 It's something that comes up annually with regards to Wikimania - we
 never get a decent report from the organisers. I also see it on a
 regular basis with Wikimedia UK - someone brings a subject to a board
 meeting for discussion without having produced a proper report on it,
 so the discussion is uninformed, unstructured and nobody knows what it
 is actually meant to achieve.

 Perhaps we could organise some reporting writing training for people,
 although I think the real problem is convincing people that it is
 worth doing properly.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC recommendations on funds allocation, Round 1, 2012-13

2012-11-16 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
I spent the last twenty minutes writing that mail in English and now you
say it is irrelevant? Boo...
(by the way, in my last mail I was talking more general about the movement,
not only about the FDC)

2012/11/16 Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl


 Also, the fact that we're not native speakers is irrelevant - all of us
 have experience in writing longer pieces, most of us have experience with
 NGO evaluation, finance, or management, and handling documents related to
 it. What takes much more time that actual writing down is agreeing on the
 message to the letter.

 One thing that I'm really proud of is that we have been able to work
 relying on the consensus principle, and many varied perspectives and
 different angles of analysis (including e.g. areas where we sought
 alternatives to  the analyses provided by FDC staff and created our own
 models and simulations) came down to a recommendation we all agreed that we
 are fine with.

 I don't think it is realistic now to expect that we will be able to provide
 detailed feedback for each of the entities, also because of the fact that
 we treat reaching a consensus very seriously. We have been writing and
 rewriting the recommendation you have seen for quite a while, to make sure
 that it reflects our consensus fully, and it takes time.

 However, I hear your feedback and all of us at the FDC will think how to
 make sure that the whole process, and the amount of work and discussions,
 is more reflected in the final outcome of a recommendation. We definitely
 do not want to be a professional blackbox, and we've been really making
 efforts to make the application and project discussion transparent and
 collaborative (and we do hope it will be even more so, also from the
 chapters' side).

 best,

 Dariusz




 On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Osmar Valdebenito
 os...@wikimediachile.clwrote:

  I agree that better and much more detailed reports would be great. I
 would
  love to read what projects the FDC agrees with, which should change and
 so
  on. But guys, the FDC is a group of volunteers with not enough time and
  where few are native English speakers able to write long pages. I even
  consider that the report is long enough, probably not about each chapter,
  but about the process as a whole.
 
  Yes, it would be great to have a lot of details and I haven't seen any
  problems by the FDC to provide them as long as you ask them but you can't
  expect them to do all that extra work 'for free'.
 
  Osmar Valdebenito G.
 
 
  2012/11/16 Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com
 
   I was also expecting a much more detailed report. I remember having a
   discussion with Anasuya about the timetable and I pointed out that she
   hadn't scheduled enough time for writing up the report. If she was
   thinking of a report like this one, then I can see why we disagreed. I
   thought a lot more time was needed because I was expecting a much more
   detailed report (about one side of A4 per application, perhaps).
  
   Report writing is something we are, as a movement, very bad at. A well
   written report can be read in isolation (with references to other
   documents for more detail if it is desired, but essential details
   should be in the report itself). It takes longer to write, certainly,
   but it takes a lot less time to read and digest, so overall a lot of
   time is saved by writing good reports.
  
   It's something that comes up annually with regards to Wikimania - we
   never get a decent report from the organisers. I also see it on a
   regular basis with Wikimedia UK - someone brings a subject to a board
   meeting for discussion without having produced a proper report on it,
   so the discussion is uninformed, unstructured and nobody knows what it
   is actually meant to achieve.
  
   Perhaps we could organise some reporting writing training for people,
   although I think the real problem is convincing people that it is
   worth doing properly.
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC recommendations on funds allocation, Round 1, 2012-13

2012-11-16 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Yes, I know ;)
But it certainly has a effect, larger or smaller.
Probably, you would be faster if you can write a report in Polish and you
discussed with others in Polish.


2012/11/16 Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl

 lol, I didn't want it to sound this way. I only wanted to say that none of
 the non-native speakers of English within the FDC wants to use this as an
 excuse for the lack of long detailed recommendations for each of the
 entities.

 dariusz


 On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Osmar Valdebenito 
 os...@wikimediachile.cl wrote:

 I spent the last twenty minutes writing that mail in English and now you
 say it is irrelevant? Boo...
 (by the way, in my last mail I was talking more general about the
 movement, not only about the FDC)


 2012/11/16 Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl


 Also, the fact that we're not native speakers is irrelevant - all of us
 have experience in writing longer pieces, most of us have experience with
 NGO evaluation, finance, or management, and handling documents related to
 it. What takes much more time that actual writing down is agreeing on the
 message to the letter.

 One thing that I'm really proud of is that we have been able to work
 relying on the consensus principle, and many varied perspectives and
 different angles of analysis (including e.g. areas where we sought
 alternatives to  the analyses provided by FDC staff and created our own
 models and simulations) came down to a recommendation we all agreed that
 we
 are fine with.

 I don't think it is realistic now to expect that we will be able to
 provide
 detailed feedback for each of the entities, also because of the fact that
 we treat reaching a consensus very seriously. We have been writing and
 rewriting the recommendation you have seen for quite a while, to make
 sure
 that it reflects our consensus fully, and it takes time.

 However, I hear your feedback and all of us at the FDC will think how to
 make sure that the whole process, and the amount of work and discussions,
 is more reflected in the final outcome of a recommendation. We definitely
 do not want to be a professional blackbox, and we've been really making
 efforts to make the application and project discussion transparent and
 collaborative (and we do hope it will be even more so, also from the
 chapters' side).

 best,

 Dariusz




 On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Osmar Valdebenito
 os...@wikimediachile.clwrote:

  I agree that better and much more detailed reports would be great. I
 would
  love to read what projects the FDC agrees with, which should change
 and so
  on. But guys, the FDC is a group of volunteers with not enough time and
  where few are native English speakers able to write long pages. I even
  consider that the report is long enough, probably not about each
 chapter,
  but about the process as a whole.
 
  Yes, it would be great to have a lot of details and I haven't seen any
  problems by the FDC to provide them as long as you ask them but you
 can't
  expect them to do all that extra work 'for free'.
 
  Osmar Valdebenito G.
 
 
  2012/11/16 Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com
 
   I was also expecting a much more detailed report. I remember having a
   discussion with Anasuya about the timetable and I pointed out that
 she
   hadn't scheduled enough time for writing up the report. If she was
   thinking of a report like this one, then I can see why we disagreed.
 I
   thought a lot more time was needed because I was expecting a much
 more
   detailed report (about one side of A4 per application, perhaps).
  
   Report writing is something we are, as a movement, very bad at. A
 well
   written report can be read in isolation (with references to other
   documents for more detail if it is desired, but essential details
   should be in the report itself). It takes longer to write, certainly,
   but it takes a lot less time to read and digest, so overall a lot of
   time is saved by writing good reports.
  
   It's something that comes up annually with regards to Wikimania - we
   never get a decent report from the organisers. I also see it on a
   regular basis with Wikimedia UK - someone brings a subject to a board
   meeting for discussion without having produced a proper report on it,
   so the discussion is uninformed, unstructured and nobody knows what
 it
   is actually meant to achieve.
  
   Perhaps we could organise some reporting writing training for people,
   although I think the real problem is convincing people that it is
   worth doing properly.
  
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[Wikimedia-l] Iberoconf 2012

2012-06-04 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
(sorry for cross-posting)


Hi,



In the past few days, representatives of different Wikimedia chapters and
working groups met in Santiago de Chile for the Second Ibero-American
Wikimedia Summit (also known as Iberoconf). This event took place between
June 1st and 3rd at the DUOC UC Institute – Campus Alonso Ovalle, with two
representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Italy,
Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela, and for the first time,
guests from Panama and Peru.



The event was an incredible opportunity for the different groups to share
their experiences from a local and regional perspective and articulate a
common framework for future projects in Ibero America. The use of the
native language of all the participants instead of a foreign language as it
happens in most of Wikimedia events was a



Here is a summary of the main topics of the summit:


   - Recommendations for the creation and development of Wikimedia chapters.
   - Experience of Brazilian and Mexican wikipedians at universities.
   - Discussion on development of projects in indigenous languages.
   - Best practices for grant making , accountability and GLAM projects.
   - Workshop of external communication and social media.
   - Workshop of “Wiki Loves Monument”

In the following days, we expect to release an extended summary of the
event in Meta, and records of the sessions and photos.  Also, every chapter
and working group will upload the slides of their “State of the Chapter”;
some of them are already available at
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Presentaciones_en_el_Encuentro_Wikimedia_Iberoamericano_2012



I would like to thank to the Wikimedia Foundation for funding this project
and their representative at the meeting (Samuel Klein as part of the Board
and Matthew Roth as part of the Staff) because their valuable and really
helpful participation at the sessions.  The same to Délphine Menard, who
came as a guest in representation of Wikimedia Deutschland. Thanks also for
all the participants, -some of them even flew for more than 24 hours, and
for those that voted our bid past March.



But, more important, I want to thank to all the members of Wikimedia Chile
that helped to organize this event. We bid in February mainly as a joke and
now we are finally resting after organizing such a big event. It was a
great opportunity to bring closer our members and learn about event
organization. To Juan David, Lily, Daniel, Dennis, Eduardo, Sarah, Rocío
and Marco, thank you!



I’m really happy with this Ibero-American Wikimedia Summit, which is
becoming one of our traditions as a movement and as an example for regional
cooperation activities. We expect anxiously next summit in 2013 and, as a
general recommendation, I public encourage our fellow chapters to start
ambitious projects like this one.



Kind regards,

Osmar Valdebenito Gaete

Presidente de Wikimedia Chile

http://www.wikimediachile.cl
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