Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Research Showcase] Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC

2018-09-13 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The second abstract was cut short in the first email. Here is the full
version:

Deliberation and resolution on WikipediaA case study of requests for
commentsBy *Amy Zhang, Jane Im*Resolving disputes in a timely manner is
crucial for any online production group. We present an analysis of Requests
for Comments (RfCs), one of the main vehicles on Wikipedia for formally
resolving a policy or content dispute. We collected an exhaustive dataset
of 7,316 RfCs on English Wikipedia over the course of 7 years and conducted
a qualitative and quantitative analysis into what issues affect the RfC
process. Our analysis was informed by 10 interviews with frequent RfC
closers. We found that a major issue affecting the RfC process is the
prevalence of RfCs that could have benefited from formal closure but that
linger indefinitely without one, with factors including participants'
interest and expertise impacting the likelihood of resolution. From these
findings, we developed a model that predicts whether an RfC will go stale
with 75.3% accuracy, a level that is approached as early as one week after
dispute initiation.

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 1:43 PM Sarah R  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
> September 19 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY8vZ6wES9o
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>
> Hope to see you there!
>
> This month's presentations is:
>
> The impact of news exposure on collective attention in the United States
> during the 2016 Zika epidemicBy *Michele Tizzoni, André Panisson, Daniela
> Paolotti, Ciro Cattuto*In recent years, many studies have drawn attention
> to the important role of collective awareness and human behaviour during
> epidemic outbreaks. A number of modelling efforts have investigated the
> interaction between the disease transmission dynamics and human behaviour
> change mediated by news coverage and by information spreading in the
> population. Yet, given the scarcity of data on public awareness during an
> epidemic, few studies have relied on empirical data. Here, we use
> fine-grained, geo-referenced data from three online sources - Wikipedia,
> the GDELT Project and the Internet Archive - to quantify population-scale
> information seeking about the 2016 Zika virus epidemic in the U.S.,
> explicitly linking such behavioural signal to epidemiological data.
> Geo-localized Wikipedia pageview data reveal that visiting patterns of
> Zika-related pages in Wikipedia were highly synchronized across the United
> States and largely explained by exposure to national television broadcast.
> Contrary to the assumption of some theoretical models, news volume and
> Wikipedia visiting patterns were not significantly correlated with the
> magnitude or the extent of the epidemic. Attention to Zika, in terms of
> Zika-related Wikipedia pageviews, was high at the beginning of the
> outbreak, when public health agencies raised an international alert and
> triggered media coverage, but subsequently exhibited an activity profile
> that suggests nonlinear dependencies and memory effects in the relationship
> between information seeking, media pressure, and disease dynamics. This
> calls for a new and more general modelling framework to describe the
> interaction between media exposure, public awareness, and disease dynamics
> during epidemic outbreaks.
>
>
> Deliberation and resolution on WikipediaA case study of requests for
> commentsBy *Amy Zhang, Jane Im*Resolving disputes in a timely manner is
> crucial for any online production group. We present an analysis of Requests
> for Comments (RfCs), one of the main vehicles on Wikipedia for formally
> resolving a policy or content dispute. We collected an exhaustive dataset
> of 7,316 RfCs on English Wikipedia over the course of 7 years and conducted
> a qualitative and quantitative analysis into what issues affect the RfC
> process. Our analysis was informed by 10 interviews with frequent RfC
> closers. We found that a major issue affecting the RfC process is the
> prevalence of RfCs that could have benefited from formal closure but that
> linger indefinitely without one, with factors including participants'
> interest and expertise impacting the likelihood of resolution. From these
> findings, we developed a model that predicts whether
>
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Research Showcase] Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC

2018-09-13 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
September 19 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY8vZ6wES9o

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>

Hope to see you there!

This month's presentations is:

The impact of news exposure on collective attention in the United States
during the 2016 Zika epidemicBy *Michele Tizzoni, André Panisson, Daniela
Paolotti, Ciro Cattuto*In recent years, many studies have drawn attention
to the important role of collective awareness and human behaviour during
epidemic outbreaks. A number of modelling efforts have investigated the
interaction between the disease transmission dynamics and human behaviour
change mediated by news coverage and by information spreading in the
population. Yet, given the scarcity of data on public awareness during an
epidemic, few studies have relied on empirical data. Here, we use
fine-grained, geo-referenced data from three online sources - Wikipedia,
the GDELT Project and the Internet Archive - to quantify population-scale
information seeking about the 2016 Zika virus epidemic in the U.S.,
explicitly linking such behavioural signal to epidemiological data.
Geo-localized Wikipedia pageview data reveal that visiting patterns of
Zika-related pages in Wikipedia were highly synchronized across the United
States and largely explained by exposure to national television broadcast.
Contrary to the assumption of some theoretical models, news volume and
Wikipedia visiting patterns were not significantly correlated with the
magnitude or the extent of the epidemic. Attention to Zika, in terms of
Zika-related Wikipedia pageviews, was high at the beginning of the
outbreak, when public health agencies raised an international alert and
triggered media coverage, but subsequently exhibited an activity profile
that suggests nonlinear dependencies and memory effects in the relationship
between information seeking, media pressure, and disease dynamics. This
calls for a new and more general modelling framework to describe the
interaction between media exposure, public awareness, and disease dynamics
during epidemic outbreaks.


Deliberation and resolution on WikipediaA case study of requests for
commentsBy *Amy Zhang, Jane Im*Resolving disputes in a timely manner is
crucial for any online production group. We present an analysis of Requests
for Comments (RfCs), one of the main vehicles on Wikipedia for formally
resolving a policy or content dispute. We collected an exhaustive dataset
of 7,316 RfCs on English Wikipedia over the course of 7 years and conducted
a qualitative and quantitative analysis into what issues affect the RfC
process. Our analysis was informed by 10 interviews with frequent RfC
closers. We found that a major issue affecting the RfC process is the
prevalence of RfCs that could have benefited from formal closure but that
linger indefinitely without one, with factors including participants'
interest and expertise impacting the likelihood of resolution. From these
findings, we developed a model that predicts whether

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC

2018-08-13 Thread Sarah R
Hi All,

Just a reminder this is happening at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC *TODAY.*

Many kindnesses,

Sarah R.

On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 3:46 PM Sarah R  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
> August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPMS4YGDMk
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>
> Hope to see you there!
>
> This month's presentations is:
>
> *Quicksilver: Training an ML system to generate draft Wikipedia articles
> and Wikidata entries simultaneously*
>
> John Bohannon and Vedant Dharnidharka, Primer
>
> The automatic generation and updating of Wikipedia articles is usually
> approached as a multi-document summarization task: Given a set of source
> documents containing information about an entity, summarize the entity.
> Purely sequence-to-sequence neural models can pull that off, but getting
> enough data to train them is a challenge. Wikipedia articles and their
> reference documents can be used for training, as was recently done
> <https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.10198> by a team at Google AI. But how do you
> find new source documents for new entities? And besides having humans read
> all of the source documents, how do you fact-check the output? What is
> needed is a self-updating knowledge base that learns jointly with a
> summarization model, keeping track of data provenance. Lucky for us, the
> world’s most comprehensive public encyclopedia is tightly coupled with
> Wikidata, the world’s most comprehensive public knowledge base. We have
> built a system called Quicksilver uses them both.
>
>
>

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC

2018-08-10 Thread Sarah R
 Hi All,

In my haste, I put the wrong weekday on this email. The showcase will be on
Monday this month, not Wednesday.

Kindly,


On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 3:46 PM Sarah R  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
> August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPMS4YGDMk
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>
> Hope to see you there!
>
> This month's presentations is:
>
> *Quicksilver: Training an ML system to generate draft Wikipedia articles
> and Wikidata entries simultaneously*
>
> John Bohannon and Vedant Dharnidharka, Primer
>
> The automatic generation and updating of Wikipedia articles is usually
> approached as a multi-document summarization task: Given a set of source
> documents containing information about an entity, summarize the entity.
> Purely sequence-to-sequence neural models can pull that off, but getting
> enough data to train them is a challenge. Wikipedia articles and their
> reference documents can be used for training, as was recently done
> <https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.10198> by a team at Google AI. But how do you
> find new source documents for new entities? And besides having humans read
> all of the source documents, how do you fact-check the output? What is
> needed is a self-updating knowledge base that learns jointly with a
> summarization model, keeping track of data provenance. Lucky for us, the
> world’s most comprehensive public encyclopedia is tightly coupled with
> Wikidata, the world’s most comprehensive public knowledge base. We have
> built a system called Quicksilver uses them both.
>
>
>

-- 
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Technical Writer, Developer Advocacy
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Developer_Advocacy>
srodl...@wikimedia.org


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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC

2018-08-10 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
August 13 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPMS4YGDMk

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.


Hope to see you there!

This month's presentations is:

*Quicksilver: Training an ML system to generate draft Wikipedia articles
and Wikidata entries simultaneously*

John Bohannon and Vedant Dharnidharka, Primer

The automatic generation and updating of Wikipedia articles is usually
approached as a multi-document summarization task: Given a set of source
documents containing information about an entity, summarize the entity.
Purely sequence-to-sequence neural models can pull that off, but getting
enough data to train them is a challenge. Wikipedia articles and their
reference documents can be used for training, as was recently done
 by a team at Google AI. But how do you
find new source documents for new entities? And besides having humans read
all of the source documents, how do you fact-check the output? What is
needed is a self-updating knowledge base that learns jointly with a
summarization model, keeping track of data provenance. Lucky for us, the
world’s most comprehensive public encyclopedia is tightly coupled with
Wikidata, the world’s most comprehensive public knowledge base. We have
built a system called Quicksilver uses them both.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase July 11, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-07-11 Thread Sarah R
Hi Folks,

Just a reminder this is happening today!

Hope to see you there!

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM Sarah R  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday,
> July 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK7AvNKq0sg
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>
> Hope to see you there!
>
> This month's presentations:
>
> Mind the (Language) Gap: Neural Generation of Multilingual Wikipedia
> Summaries from Wikidata for ArticlePlaceholdersBy *Lucie-Aimée Kaffee*While
> Wikipedia exists in 287 languages, its content is unevenly distributed
> among them. It is therefore of the utmost social and cultural interests to
> address languages for which native speakers have only access to an
> impoverished Wikipedia. In this work, we investigate the generation of
> summaries for Wikipedia articles in underserved languages, given structured
> data as an input.
> In order to address the information bias towards widely spoken languages,
> we focus on an important support for such summaries: ArticlePlaceholders,
> which are dynamically generated content pages in underserved Wikipedia
> versions. They enable native speakers to access existing information in
> Wikidata, a structured Knowledge Base (KB). Our system provides a
> generative neural network architecture, which processes the triples of the
> KB as they are dynamically provided by the ArticlePlaceholder, and generate
> a comprehensible textual summary. This data-driven approach is tested with
> the goal of understanding how well it matches the communities' needs on two
> underserved languages on the Web: Arabic, a language with a big community
> with disproportionate access to knowledge online, and Esperanto.
> With the help of the Arabic and Esperanto Wikipedians, we conduct an
> extended evaluation which exhibits not only the quality of the generated
> text but also the applicability of our end-system to any underserved
> Wikipedia version. Token-level change tracking: data, tools and insights
> By *Fabian Flöck*This talk first gives an overview of the WikiWho
> infrastructure, which provides tracking of changes to single tokens
> (~words) in articles of different Wikipedia language versions. It exposes
> APIs for accessing this data in near-real time, and is complemented by a
> published static dataset. Several insights are presented regarding
> provenance, partial reverts, token-level conflict and other metrics that
> only become available with such data. Lastly, the talk will cover several
> tools and scripts that are already using the API and will discuss their
> application scenarios, such as investigation of authorship, conflicted
> content and editor productivity.
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase July 11, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-07-06 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday, July
11, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK7AvNKq0sg

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.


Hope to see you there!

This month's presentations:

Mind the (Language) Gap: Neural Generation of Multilingual Wikipedia
Summaries from Wikidata for ArticlePlaceholdersBy *Lucie-Aimée Kaffee*While
Wikipedia exists in 287 languages, its content is unevenly distributed
among them. It is therefore of the utmost social and cultural interests to
address languages for which native speakers have only access to an
impoverished Wikipedia. In this work, we investigate the generation of
summaries for Wikipedia articles in underserved languages, given structured
data as an input.
In order to address the information bias towards widely spoken languages,
we focus on an important support for such summaries: ArticlePlaceholders,
which are dynamically generated content pages in underserved Wikipedia
versions. They enable native speakers to access existing information in
Wikidata, a structured Knowledge Base (KB). Our system provides a
generative neural network architecture, which processes the triples of the
KB as they are dynamically provided by the ArticlePlaceholder, and generate
a comprehensible textual summary. This data-driven approach is tested with
the goal of understanding how well it matches the communities' needs on two
underserved languages on the Web: Arabic, a language with a big community
with disproportionate access to knowledge online, and Esperanto.
With the help of the Arabic and Esperanto Wikipedians, we conduct an
extended evaluation which exhibits not only the quality of the generated
text but also the applicability of our end-system to any underserved
Wikipedia version. Token-level change tracking: data, tools and
insightsBy *Fabian
Flöck*This talk first gives an overview of the WikiWho infrastructure,
which provides tracking of changes to single tokens (~words) in articles of
different Wikipedia language versions. It exposes APIs for accessing this
data in near-real time, and is complemented by a published static dataset.
Several insights are presented regarding provenance, partial reverts,
token-level conflict and other metrics that only become available with such
data. Lastly, the talk will cover several tools and scripts that are
already using the API and will discuss their application scenarios, such as
investigation of authorship, conflicted content and editor productivity.
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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase May 8, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-05-07 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Tuesday, May 8,
2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT), 18:30 (UTC). (Please note this meeting is on
Tuesday this month).

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7cHxlGgEt4

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>

Case studies in the appropriation of ORESBy *Aaron Halfaker*ORES is an
open, transparent, and auditable machine prediction platform for
Wikipedians to help them do their work. It's currently used in 33 different
Wikimedia projects to measure the quality of content, detect vandalism,
recommend changes to articles, and to identify good faith newcomers. The
primary way that Wikipedians use ORES' predictions is through the tools
developed by volunteers. These javascript gadgets, MediaWiki extensions,
and web-based tools make up a complex ecosystem of Wikipedian processes --
encoded into software. In this presentation, Aaron will walk through a
three key tools that Wikipedians have developed that make use of ORES, and
he'll discuss how these novel process support technologies and the
discussions around them have prompted Wikipedians to reflect on their work
processes.


Exploring Wikimedia Donation PatternsBy *Gary Hsieh*Every year, Wikimedia
Foundation relies on fundraising campaigns to help maintain the services it
provides to millions of people worldwide. However, despite a large number
of individuals who donate through these campaigns, these donors represent
only a small percentage of Wikimedia users. In this work, we seek to
advance our understanding of donors and their donation behaviors. Our
findings offer insights to improve fundraising campaigns and to limit the
burden of these campaigns on Wikipedia visitors.

Kindly,

Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase April 18, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-04-18 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the Research Showcase will begin in a half hour!

Kindly,

Sarah R.



On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> A quick correction.* "*The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created
> Wikipedia Content to Large-Scale Online Communities" will be presented by 
> *Nicholas
> Vincent.*
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Sarah R.
>
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 6:47 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, April
>> 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>>
>> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1pa-pr6xis
>>
>> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
>> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>>
>> The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created Wikipedia Content to
>> Large-Scale Online CommunitiesBy *Nate TeBlunthuis*The extensive
>> Wikipedia literature has largely considered Wikipedia in isolation, outside
>> of the context of its broader Internet ecosystem. Very recent research has
>> demonstrated the significance of this limitation, identifying critical
>> relationships between Google and Wikipedia that are highly relevant to many
>> areas of Wikipedia-based research and practice. In this talk, I will
>> present a study which extends this recent research beyond search engines to
>> examine Wikipedia’s relationships with large-scale online communities,
>> Stack Overflow and Reddit in particular. I will discuss evidence of
>> consequential, albeit unidirectional relationships. Wikipedia provides
>> substantial value to both communities, with Wikipedia content increasing
>> visitation, engagement, and revenue, but we find little evidence that these
>> websites contribute to Wikipedia in return. Overall, these findings
>> highlight important connections between Wikipedia and its broader ecosystem
>> that should be considered by researchers studying Wikipedia. Overall, this
>> talk will emphasize the key role that volunteer-created Wikipedia content
>> plays in improving other websites, even contributing to revenue generation.
>>
>>
>> The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System, a Closer LookBy *Nate
>> TeBlunthuis*Do patterns of growth and stabilization found in large peer
>> production systems such as Wikipedia occur in other communities? This study
>> assesses the generalizability of Halfaker etal.’s influential 2013 paper on
>> “The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System.” We replicate its
>> tests of several theories related to newcomer retention and norm
>> entrenchment using a dataset of hundreds of active peer production wikis
>> from Wikia. We reproduce the subset of the findings from Halfaker and
>> colleagues that we are able to test, comparing both the estimated signs and
>> magnitudes of our models. Our results support the external validity of
>> Halfaker et al.’s claims that quality control systems may limit the growth
>> of peer production communities by deterring new contributors and that norms
>> tend to become entrenched over time.
>>
>> Kindest regards,
>>
>> Sarah R. Rodlund
>> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation |
>> Hic sunt leones
>> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>>
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase April 18, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-04-12 Thread Sarah R
Hi All,

A quick correction.* "*The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created
Wikipedia Content to Large-Scale Online Communities" will be presented
by *Nicholas
Vincent.*

Kind regards,

Sarah R.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 6:47 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, April
> 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1pa-pr6xis
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here.
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>
>
> The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created Wikipedia Content to
> Large-Scale Online CommunitiesBy *Nate TeBlunthuis*The extensive
> Wikipedia literature has largely considered Wikipedia in isolation, outside
> of the context of its broader Internet ecosystem. Very recent research has
> demonstrated the significance of this limitation, identifying critical
> relationships between Google and Wikipedia that are highly relevant to many
> areas of Wikipedia-based research and practice. In this talk, I will
> present a study which extends this recent research beyond search engines to
> examine Wikipedia’s relationships with large-scale online communities,
> Stack Overflow and Reddit in particular. I will discuss evidence of
> consequential, albeit unidirectional relationships. Wikipedia provides
> substantial value to both communities, with Wikipedia content increasing
> visitation, engagement, and revenue, but we find little evidence that these
> websites contribute to Wikipedia in return. Overall, these findings
> highlight important connections between Wikipedia and its broader ecosystem
> that should be considered by researchers studying Wikipedia. Overall, this
> talk will emphasize the key role that volunteer-created Wikipedia content
> plays in improving other websites, even contributing to revenue generation.
>
>
> The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System, a Closer LookBy *Nate
> TeBlunthuis*Do patterns of growth and stabilization found in large peer
> production systems such as Wikipedia occur in other communities? This study
> assesses the generalizability of Halfaker etal.’s influential 2013 paper on
> “The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System.” We replicate its
> tests of several theories related to newcomer retention and norm
> entrenchment using a dataset of hundreds of active peer production wikis
> from Wikia. We reproduce the subset of the findings from Halfaker and
> colleagues that we are able to test, comparing both the estimated signs and
> magnitudes of our models. Our results support the external validity of
> Halfaker et al.’s claims that quality control systems may limit the growth
> of peer production communities by deterring new contributors and that norms
> tend to become entrenched over time.
>
> Kindest regards,
>
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation |
> Hic sunt leones
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase April 18, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-04-12 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, April 18,
2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1pa-pr6xis

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Upcoming_Showcase>

The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created Wikipedia Content to
Large-Scale Online CommunitiesBy *Nate TeBlunthuis*The extensive Wikipedia
literature has largely considered Wikipedia in isolation, outside of the
context of its broader Internet ecosystem. Very recent research has
demonstrated the significance of this limitation, identifying critical
relationships between Google and Wikipedia that are highly relevant to many
areas of Wikipedia-based research and practice. In this talk, I will
present a study which extends this recent research beyond search engines to
examine Wikipedia’s relationships with large-scale online communities,
Stack Overflow and Reddit in particular. I will discuss evidence of
consequential, albeit unidirectional relationships. Wikipedia provides
substantial value to both communities, with Wikipedia content increasing
visitation, engagement, and revenue, but we find little evidence that these
websites contribute to Wikipedia in return. Overall, these findings
highlight important connections between Wikipedia and its broader ecosystem
that should be considered by researchers studying Wikipedia. Overall, this
talk will emphasize the key role that volunteer-created Wikipedia content
plays in improving other websites, even contributing to revenue generation.


The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System, a Closer LookBy *Nate
TeBlunthuis*Do patterns of growth and stabilization found in large peer
production systems such as Wikipedia occur in other communities? This study
assesses the generalizability of Halfaker etal.’s influential 2013 paper on
“The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System.” We replicate its
tests of several theories related to newcomer retention and norm
entrenchment using a dataset of hundreds of active peer production wikis
from Wikia. We reproduce the subset of the findings from Halfaker and
colleagues that we are able to test, comparing both the estimated signs and
magnitudes of our models. Our results support the external validity of
Halfaker et al.’s claims that quality control systems may limit the growth
of peer production communities by deterring new contributors and that norms
tend to become entrenched over time.

Kindest regards,

Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation | Hic
sunt leones
srodl...@wikimedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase March 21, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT | 18:30 UTC)

2018-03-21 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder -- this is beginning in a half hour. Hope to see you there!

On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 1:54 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, March 21,
> 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACevHs0sMMw
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#March_2018>.
>
>
> Over the past years, the Research team at Wikimedia Foundation and some of
> our formal collaborators have been focused on doing research and building
> technologies that can help editors across Wikimedia languages find tasks
> for contributions. While the early effort was heavily focused on article
> recommendation for creation (horizontal expansion), in 2016 we started a
> new direction of research with a focus on vertical expansion of Wikipedia
> articles. The two talks in the March 2018 Research Showcase will share some
> of what we have learned from this research. More specifically, we will talk
> about Wikipedia category network as a great signal for creating
> templates/structures for Wikipedia articles as well as ongoing research to
> learn what content (sections) are missing from Wikipedia across its many
> languages. The two corresponding abstracts with more details are below.
> Join us! :)
>
>
> Using Wikipedia categories for research: opportunities, challenges, and
> solutionsBy *Tiziano Piccardi, EPFL*The category network in Wikipedia is
> used by editors as a way to label articles and organize them in a
> hierarchical structure. This manually created and curated network of 1.6
> million nodes in English Wikipedia generated by arranging the categories in
> a child-parent relation (i.e., Scientists-People, Cities-Human Settlement)
> allows researchers to infer valuable relations between concepts. A clean
> structure in this format would be a valuable resource for a variety of
> tools and application including automatic reasoning tools. Unfortunately,
> Wikipedia category network contains some "noise" since in many cases the
> association as subcategory does not define an is-a relation (Scientists
> is-a People vs. Billionaires‎ is-a Wealth). Inspired to develop a model for
> recommending sections to be added to the already existing Wikipedia
> articles, we developed a method to clean this network and to keep only the
> categories that have a high chance to be associated with their children by
> an is-a relation. The strategy is based on the concept of "pure"
> categories, and the algorithm uses the types of the attached articles to
> determine how homogenous the category is. The approach does not rely on any
> linguistic feature and therefore is suitable for all Wikipedia languages.
> In this talk, we will discuss the high-level overview of the algorithm and
> some of the possible applications for the generated network beyond article
> section recommendations.
>
>
> Beyond Automatic Translation: Aligning Wikipedia sections across multiple
> languagesBy *Diego Saez-Trumper*Sections are the building blocks of
> Wikipedia articles. For editors, they can be used as an entry point for
> creating and expanding articles. For readers, they enhance readability of
> Wikipedia content. In this talk, we present an ongoing research to align
> article sections across Wikipedia languages. We show how the available
> technology for automatic translations are not good enough for translating
> section titles. We then show a complementary approach for section
> alignment, using Wikidata and cross-lingual word embeddings. We will
> present some of the use-cases of a methodology for aligning sections across
> languages, including improved section recommendation, especially in medium
> to smaller size languages where the language itself may not contain enough
> signal about the structure of the articles and signals can be inferred from
> other larger Wikipedia languages.
>
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>
>
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase March 21, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT | 18:30 UTC)

2018-03-19 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, March 21,
2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACevHs0sMMw

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#March_2018>.


Over the past years, the Research team at Wikimedia Foundation and some of
our formal collaborators have been focused on doing research and building
technologies that can help editors across Wikimedia languages find tasks
for contributions. While the early effort was heavily focused on article
recommendation for creation (horizontal expansion), in 2016 we started a
new direction of research with a focus on vertical expansion of Wikipedia
articles. The two talks in the March 2018 Research Showcase will share some
of what we have learned from this research. More specifically, we will talk
about Wikipedia category network as a great signal for creating
templates/structures for Wikipedia articles as well as ongoing research to
learn what content (sections) are missing from Wikipedia across its many
languages. The two corresponding abstracts with more details are below.
Join us! :)


Using Wikipedia categories for research: opportunities, challenges, and
solutionsBy *Tiziano Piccardi, EPFL*The category network in Wikipedia is
used by editors as a way to label articles and organize them in a
hierarchical structure. This manually created and curated network of 1.6
million nodes in English Wikipedia generated by arranging the categories in
a child-parent relation (i.e., Scientists-People, Cities-Human Settlement)
allows researchers to infer valuable relations between concepts. A clean
structure in this format would be a valuable resource for a variety of
tools and application including automatic reasoning tools. Unfortunately,
Wikipedia category network contains some "noise" since in many cases the
association as subcategory does not define an is-a relation (Scientists
is-a People vs. Billionaires‎ is-a Wealth). Inspired to develop a model for
recommending sections to be added to the already existing Wikipedia
articles, we developed a method to clean this network and to keep only the
categories that have a high chance to be associated with their children by
an is-a relation. The strategy is based on the concept of "pure"
categories, and the algorithm uses the types of the attached articles to
determine how homogenous the category is. The approach does not rely on any
linguistic feature and therefore is suitable for all Wikipedia languages.
In this talk, we will discuss the high-level overview of the algorithm and
some of the possible applications for the generated network beyond article
section recommendations.


Beyond Automatic Translation: Aligning Wikipedia sections across multiple
languagesBy *Diego Saez-Trumper*Sections are the building blocks of
Wikipedia articles. For editors, they can be used as an entry point for
creating and expanding articles. For readers, they enhance readability of
Wikipedia content. In this talk, we present an ongoing research to align
article sections across Wikipedia languages. We show how the available
technology for automatic translations are not good enough for translating
section titles. We then show a complementary approach for section
alignment, using Wikidata and cross-lingual word embeddings. We will
present some of the use-cases of a methodology for aligning sections across
languages, including improved section recommendation, especially in medium
to smaller size languages where the language itself may not contain enough
signal about the structure of the articles and signals can be inferred from
other larger Wikipedia languages.

Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
srodl...@wikimedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, February 21, 2018 [External]

2018-02-21 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder that this month's research showcase will happen today at
11:30 AM (PST) 19:30 (UTC)!

Hope to see you there!

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:58 AM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> Quick correction.
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, February
> 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PST) *19:30 (UTC).*
>
> Kindly,
>
> Sarah R.
>
> On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:38 AM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, February
>> 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
>>
>> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmRWCE7F_I
>>
>> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
>> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase>.
>>
>> This month's presentation:
>>
>> *Visual enrichment of collaborative knowledge bases*
>>
>> By Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation
>>
>> Images allow us to explain, enrich and complement knowledge without
>> language barriers [1]. They can help illustrate the content of an item in a
>> language-agnostic way to external data consumers. Images can be extremely
>> helpful in multilingual collaborative knowledge bases such as Wikidata.
>>
>> However, a large proportion of Wikidata items lack images. More than 3.6M
>> Wikidata items are about humans (Q5), but only 17% of them have an image
>> associated with them. Only 2.2M of 40 Million Wikidata items have an image.
>> A wider presence of images in such a rich, cross-lingual repository could
>> enable a more complete representation of human knowledge.
>>
>> In this talk, we will discuss challenges and opportunities faced when
>> using machine learning and computer vision tools for the visual enrichment
>> of collaborative knowledge bases. We will share research to help Wikidata
>> contributors make Wikidata more “visual” by recommending high-quality
>> Commons images to Wikidata items. We will show the first results on
>> free-licence image quality scoring and recommendation and discuss future
>> work in this direction.
>>
>> [1] Van Hook, Steven R. "Modes and models for transcending cultural
>> differences in international classrooms." Journal of Research in
>> International Education 10.1 (2011): 5-27. http://journals.sagepub.com/do
>> i/abs/10.1177/1475240910395788
>>
>> *Backlogs—backlogs everywhere: Using machine classification to clean up
>> the new page backlog*
>>
>> By Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Foundation
>>
>> If there's one insight that I've had about the functioning of Wikipedia
>> and other wiki-based online communities, it's that eventually self-directed
>> work breaks down and some form of organization becomes important for task
>> routing.  In Wikipedia specifically, the notion of "backlogs" has become
>> dominant.  There's backlogs of articles to create, articles to clean up,
>> articles to assess, new editor contributions to review, manual of style
>> rules to apply, etc.  To a community of people working on a backlog, the
>> state of that backlog has deep effects on their emotional well being.  A
>> backlog that only grows is frustrating and exhausting.
>>
>> Backlogs aren't inevitable though and there are many shapes that backlogs
>> can take.  In my presentation, I'll tell a story about where English
>> Wikipedia editors defined a process and set of roles that formed a backlog
>> around new page creations.  I'll make the argument that this formalization
>> of quality control practices has created a choke point and that
>> alternatives exist. Finally I'll present a vision for such an alternative
>> using models that we have developed for ORES, the open machine prediction
>> service my team maintains.
>>
>> --
>> Sarah R. Rodlund
>> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
>> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation |
> Hic sunt leones
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>
> *“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
> matter.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr
> <https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_>*
>



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, February 21, 2018 [External]

2018-02-15 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

Quick correction.

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, February
21, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PST) *19:30 (UTC).*

Kindly,

Sarah R.

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:38 AM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, February
> 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmRWCE7F_I
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase>.
>
> This month's presentation:
>
> *Visual enrichment of collaborative knowledge bases*
>
> By Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation
>
> Images allow us to explain, enrich and complement knowledge without
> language barriers [1]. They can help illustrate the content of an item in a
> language-agnostic way to external data consumers. Images can be extremely
> helpful in multilingual collaborative knowledge bases such as Wikidata.
>
> However, a large proportion of Wikidata items lack images. More than 3.6M
> Wikidata items are about humans (Q5), but only 17% of them have an image
> associated with them. Only 2.2M of 40 Million Wikidata items have an image.
> A wider presence of images in such a rich, cross-lingual repository could
> enable a more complete representation of human knowledge.
>
> In this talk, we will discuss challenges and opportunities faced when
> using machine learning and computer vision tools for the visual enrichment
> of collaborative knowledge bases. We will share research to help Wikidata
> contributors make Wikidata more “visual” by recommending high-quality
> Commons images to Wikidata items. We will show the first results on
> free-licence image quality scoring and recommendation and discuss future
> work in this direction.
>
> [1] Van Hook, Steven R. "Modes and models for transcending cultural
> differences in international classrooms." Journal of Research in
> International Education 10.1 (2011): 5-27. http://journals.sagepub.com/
> doi/abs/10.1177/1475240910395788
>
> *Backlogs—backlogs everywhere: Using machine classification to clean up
> the new page backlog*
>
> By Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Foundation
>
> If there's one insight that I've had about the functioning of Wikipedia
> and other wiki-based online communities, it's that eventually self-directed
> work breaks down and some form of organization becomes important for task
> routing.  In Wikipedia specifically, the notion of "backlogs" has become
> dominant.  There's backlogs of articles to create, articles to clean up,
> articles to assess, new editor contributions to review, manual of style
> rules to apply, etc.  To a community of people working on a backlog, the
> state of that backlog has deep effects on their emotional well being.  A
> backlog that only grows is frustrating and exhausting.
>
> Backlogs aren't inevitable though and there are many shapes that backlogs
> can take.  In my presentation, I'll tell a story about where English
> Wikipedia editors defined a process and set of roles that formed a backlog
> around new page creations.  I'll make the argument that this formalization
> of quality control practices has created a choke point and that
> alternatives exist. Finally I'll present a vision for such an alternative
> using models that we have developed for ORES, the open machine prediction
> service my team maintains.
>
> --
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>


-- 
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Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation | Hic
sunt leones
srodl...@wikimedia.org


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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, February 21, 2018 [External]

2018-02-15 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, February
21, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmRWCE7F_I

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase>.

This month's presentation:

*Visual enrichment of collaborative knowledge bases*

By Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation

Images allow us to explain, enrich and complement knowledge without
language barriers [1]. They can help illustrate the content of an item in a
language-agnostic way to external data consumers. Images can be extremely
helpful in multilingual collaborative knowledge bases such as Wikidata.

However, a large proportion of Wikidata items lack images. More than 3.6M
Wikidata items are about humans (Q5), but only 17% of them have an image
associated with them. Only 2.2M of 40 Million Wikidata items have an image.
A wider presence of images in such a rich, cross-lingual repository could
enable a more complete representation of human knowledge.

In this talk, we will discuss challenges and opportunities faced when using
machine learning and computer vision tools for the visual enrichment of
collaborative knowledge bases. We will share research to help Wikidata
contributors make Wikidata more “visual” by recommending high-quality
Commons images to Wikidata items. We will show the first results on
free-licence image quality scoring and recommendation and discuss future
work in this direction.

[1] Van Hook, Steven R. "Modes and models for transcending cultural
differences in international classrooms." Journal of Research in
International Education 10.1 (2011): 5-27.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1475240910395788

*Backlogs—backlogs everywhere: Using machine classification to clean up the
new page backlog*

By Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Foundation

If there's one insight that I've had about the functioning of Wikipedia and
other wiki-based online communities, it's that eventually self-directed
work breaks down and some form of organization becomes important for task
routing.  In Wikipedia specifically, the notion of "backlogs" has become
dominant.  There's backlogs of articles to create, articles to clean up,
articles to assess, new editor contributions to review, manual of style
rules to apply, etc.  To a community of people working on a backlog, the
state of that backlog has deep effects on their emotional well being.  A
backlog that only grows is frustrating and exhausting.

Backlogs aren't inevitable though and there are many shapes that backlogs
can take.  In my presentation, I'll tell a story about where English
Wikipedia editors defined a process and set of roles that formed a backlog
around new page creations.  I'll make the argument that this formalization
of quality control practices has created a choke point and that
alternatives exist. Finally I'll present a vision for such an alternative
using models that we have developed for ORES, the open machine prediction
service my team maintains.

-- 
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Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
srodl...@wikimedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

2017-11-15 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that this will start at 11:30 AM (Pacific), 18:30 UTC.

Kindly,

Sarah R.

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 3:34 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, November
> 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMENRAkeHnQ
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#November_2017>
> .
>
> This month's presentation:
>
> Conversation Corpora, Emotional Robots, and Battles with BiasBy *Lucas
> Dixon (Google/Jigsaw)*I'll talk about interesting experimental setups for
> doing large-scale analysis of conversations in Wikipedia, and what it even
> means to grapple with the concept of conversation when one is talking about
> revisions on talk pages. I'll also describe challenges with having good
> conversations at scale, some of the dreams one might have for AI in the
> space, and I'll dig into measuring unintended bias in machine learning and
> what one can do to make ML more inclusive. This talk will cover work from
> the WikiDetox <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Detox> project as
> well as ongoing research on the nature and impact of harassment in
> Wikipedia discussion spaces
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Study_of_harassment_and_its_impact> 
> –
> part of a collaboration between Jigsaw, Cornell University, and the
> Wikimedia Foundation. The ML model training code, datasets, and the
> supporting tooling developed as part of this project are openly available.
>
>
> Many kind regards,
>
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>
>
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

2017-11-09 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, November
15, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMENRAkeHnQ

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#November_2017>.

This month's presentation:

Conversation Corpora, Emotional Robots, and Battles with BiasBy *Lucas
Dixon (Google/Jigsaw)*I'll talk about interesting experimental setups for
doing large-scale analysis of conversations in Wikipedia, and what it even
means to grapple with the concept of conversation when one is talking about
revisions on talk pages. I'll also describe challenges with having good
conversations at scale, some of the dreams one might have for AI in the
space, and I'll dig into measuring unintended bias in machine learning and
what one can do to make ML more inclusive. This talk will cover work from
the WikiDetox <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Detox> project as
well as ongoing research on the nature and impact of harassment in
Wikipedia discussion spaces
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Study_of_harassment_and_its_impact> –
part of a collaboration between Jigsaw, Cornell University, and the
Wikimedia Foundation. The ML model training code, datasets, and the
supporting tooling developed as part of this project are openly available.


Many kind regards,

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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

2017-08-21 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, August 23,
2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa0Ztv2iF4w

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#August_2017>.

This month's presentation:

Sneha Narayan (Northwestern University)

*The Wikipedia Adventure: Field Evaluation of an Interactive Tutorial for
New Users*

Integrating new users into a community with complex norms presents a
challenge for peer production projects like Wikipedia. We present The
Wikipedia Adventure (TWA): an interactive tutorial that offers a structured
and gamified introduction to Wikipedia. In addition to describing the
design of the system, we present two empirical evaluations. First, we
report on a survey of users, who responded very positively to the tutorial.
Second, we report results from a large-scale invitation-based field
experiment that tests whether using TWA increased newcomers' subsequent
contributions to Wikipedia. We find no effect of either using the tutorial
or of being invited to do so over a period of 180 days. We conclude that
TWA produces a positive socialization experience for those who choose to
use it, but that it does not alter patterns of newcomer activity. We
reflect on the implications of these mixed results for the evaluation of
similar social computing systems.

Andrew Su (Scripps Research Institute)

*The Gene Wiki: Using Wikipedia and Wikidata to organize biomedical
knowledge*

The Gene Wiki project began in 2007 with the goal of creating a
collaboratively-written, community-reviewed, and continuously-updated
review article for every human gene within Wikipedia.  In 2013, shortly
after the creation of the Wikidata project, the project expanded to include
the organization and integration of structured biomedical data.  This talk
will focus on our current and future work, including efforts to encourage
contributions from biomedical domain experts, to build custom applications
that use Wikidata as the back-end knowledge base, and to promote
CC0-licensing among biomedical knowledge resources.  Comments, feedback and
contributions are welcome at https://github.com/SuLab/genewikicentral and
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/WD:MB.

Kindly,

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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

2017-07-25 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, July 26,
2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1jgK8C8aQ

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#July_2017>.

This month's presentation:

Freedom versus Standardization: Structured Data Generation in a Peer
Production CommunityBy *Andrew Hall*In addition to encyclopedia articles
and software, peer production communities produce *structured data*, e.g.,
Wikidata and OpenStreetMap’s metadata. Structured data from peer production
communities has become increasingly important due to its use by
computational applications, such as CartoCSS, MapBox, and Wikipedia
infoboxes. However, this structured data is usable by applications only if
it follows *standards.* We did an interview study focused on
OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes to investigate how – and how
successfully – this community creates and applies its data standards. Our
study revealed a fundamental tension between the need to produce structured
data in a standardized way and OpenStreetMap’s tradition of contributor
freedom. We extracted six themes that manifested this tension and three
overarching concepts, *correctness, community,* and *code,* which help make
sense of and synthesize the themes. We also offer suggestions for improving
OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes, including new data models,
sociotechnical tools, and community practices.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday June 21, 2017

2017-06-21 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder, this will begin at 11:30 AM PST Today!

Kind regards,

Sarah R.

On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 3:47 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, June 21,
> 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2jpKRwPT-Q
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#June_2017>.
>
> This month's presentations:
>
> Title: Problematizing and Addressing the Article-as-Concept Assumption in
> Wikipedia
>
> By *Allen Yilun Lin*
>
> Abstract: Wikipedia-based studies and systems frequently assume that each
> article describes a separate concept. However, in this paper, we show that
> this article-as-concept assumption is problematic due to editors’ tendency
> to split articles into parent articles and sub-articles when articles get
> too long for readers (e.g. “United States” and “American literature” in the
> English Wikipedia). In this paper, we present evidence that this issue can
> have significant impacts on Wikipedia-based studies and systems and
> introduce the subarticle matching problem. The goal of the sub-article
> matching problem is to automatically connect sub-articles to parent
> articles to help Wikipedia-based studies and systems retrieve complete
> information about a concept. We then describe the first system to address
> the sub-article matching problem. We show that, using a diverse feature set
> and standard machine learning techniques, our system can achieve good
> performance on most of our ground truth datasets, significantly
> outperforming baseline approaches.
>
>
> Title: Understanding Wikidata Queries
>
>
> By *Markus Kroetzsch*
>
> Abstract: Wikimedia provides a public service that lets anyone answer
> complex questions over the sum of all knowledge stored in Wikidata. These
> questions are expressed in the query language SPARQL and range from the
> most simple fact retrievals ("What is the birthday of Douglas Adams?") to
> complex analytical queries ("Average lifespan of people by occupation").
> The talk presents ongoing efforts to analyse the server logs of the
> millions of queries that are answered each month. It is an important but
> difficult challenge to draw meaningful conclusions from this dataset. One
> might hope to learn relevant information about the usage of the service and
> Wikidata in general, but at the same time one has to be careful not to be
> misled by the data. Indeed, the dataset turned out to be highly
> heterogeneous and unpredictable, with strongly varying usage patterns that
> make it difficult to draw conclusions about "normal" usage. The talk will
> give a status report, present preliminary results, and discuss possible
> next steps.
>
> --
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>
>
>


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Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what
I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what
you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...This is the inter-related
structure of reality.”**― Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham
Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation
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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday June 21, 2017

2017-06-18 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, June 21,
2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2jpKRwPT-Q

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#June_2017>.

This month's presentations:

Title: Problematizing and Addressing the Article-as-Concept Assumption in
Wikipedia

By *Allen Yilun Lin*

Abstract: Wikipedia-based studies and systems frequently assume that each
article describes a separate concept. However, in this paper, we show that
this article-as-concept assumption is problematic due to editors’ tendency
to split articles into parent articles and sub-articles when articles get
too long for readers (e.g. “United States” and “American literature” in the
English Wikipedia). In this paper, we present evidence that this issue can
have significant impacts on Wikipedia-based studies and systems and
introduce the subarticle matching problem. The goal of the sub-article
matching problem is to automatically connect sub-articles to parent
articles to help Wikipedia-based studies and systems retrieve complete
information about a concept. We then describe the first system to address
the sub-article matching problem. We show that, using a diverse feature set
and standard machine learning techniques, our system can achieve good
performance on most of our ground truth datasets, significantly
outperforming baseline approaches.


Title: Understanding Wikidata Queries


By *Markus Kroetzsch*

Abstract: Wikimedia provides a public service that lets anyone answer
complex questions over the sum of all knowledge stored in Wikidata. These
questions are expressed in the query language SPARQL and range from the
most simple fact retrievals ("What is the birthday of Douglas Adams?") to
complex analytical queries ("Average lifespan of people by occupation").
The talk presents ongoing efforts to analyse the server logs of the
millions of queries that are answered each month. It is an important but
difficult challenge to draw meaningful conclusions from this dataset. One
might hope to learn relevant information about the usage of the service and
Wikidata in general, but at the same time one has to be careful not to be
misled by the data. Indeed, the dataset turned out to be highly
heterogeneous and unpredictable, with strongly varying usage patterns that
make it difficult to draw conclusions about "normal" usage. The talk will
give a status report, present preliminary results, and discuss possible
next steps.

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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase April 19, 2017

2017-04-17 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, April 19,
2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Prf0Vb-k1I

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
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This month's presentations:

Using WikiBrain to visualize Wikipedia's neighborhoodsBy *Dr. Shilad Sen
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Shilad>*While Wikipedia serves as the
world's most widely reference for humans, it also represents the most
widely use body of knowledge for algorithms that must reason about the
world. I will provide an overview of WikiBrain, a software project that
serves as a platform for Wikipedia-based algorithms. I will also demo a
brand new system built on WikiBrain that visualizes any dataset as a
topographic map whose neighborhoods correspond to related Wikipedia
articles. I hope to get feedback about which directions for these tools are
most useful to the Wikipedia research community.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] February 15, 2017 Research Showcase

2017-02-15 Thread Sarah R
Just a reminder this will be taking place in one hour!


On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:49 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this February 15, 2017 at
> 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6smzMppb-I
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#February_2017>
> .
>
> This month's presentations:
>
> Wikipedia and the Urban-Rural DivideBy *Isaac Johnson*Wikipedia articles
> about places, OpenStreetMap features, and other forms of peer-produced
> content have become critical sources of geographic knowledge for humans and
> intelligent technologies. We explore the effectiveness of the peer
> production model across the rural/urban divide, a divide that has been
> shown to be an important factor in many online social systems. We find that
> in Wikipedia (as well as OpenStreetMap), peer-produced content about rural
> areas is of systematically lower quality, less likely to have been produced
> by contributors who focus on the local area, and more likely to have been
> generated by automated software agents (i.e. “bots”). We continue to
> explore and codify the systemic challenges inherent to characterizing rural
> phenomena through peer production as well as discuss potential solutions.
>
>
> Wikipedia Navigation VectorsBy *Ellery Wulczyn
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Ewulczyn_(WMF)>*In this project, we
> learned embeddings for Wikipedia articles and Wikidata
> <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Main_Page> items by applying
> Word2vec <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word2vec> models to a corpus of
> reading sessions. Although Word2vec models were developed to learn word
> embeddings from a corpus of sentences, they can be applied to any kind of
> sequential data. The learned embeddings have the property that items with
> similar neighbors in the training corpus have similar representations (as
> measured by the cosine similarity
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosine_similarity>, for example).
> Consequently, applying Wor2vec to reading sessions results in article
> embeddings, where articles that tend to be read in close succession have
> similar representations. Since people usually generate sequences of
> semantically related articles while reading, these embeddings also capture
> semantic similarity between articles.
>
> --
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation
> srodl...@wikimedia.org
>



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[Wikimedia-l] February 15, 2017 Research Showcase

2017-02-14 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this February 15, 2017 at
11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6smzMppb-I

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#February_2017>.

This month's presentations:

Wikipedia and the Urban-Rural DivideBy *Isaac Johnson*Wikipedia articles
about places, OpenStreetMap features, and other forms of peer-produced
content have become critical sources of geographic knowledge for humans and
intelligent technologies. We explore the effectiveness of the peer
production model across the rural/urban divide, a divide that has been
shown to be an important factor in many online social systems. We find that
in Wikipedia (as well as OpenStreetMap), peer-produced content about rural
areas is of systematically lower quality, less likely to have been produced
by contributors who focus on the local area, and more likely to have been
generated by automated software agents (i.e. “bots”). We continue to
explore and codify the systemic challenges inherent to characterizing rural
phenomena through peer production as well as discuss potential solutions.


Wikipedia Navigation VectorsBy *Ellery Wulczyn
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Ewulczyn_(WMF)>*In this project, we
learned embeddings for Wikipedia articles and Wikidata
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Main_Page> items by applying
Word2vec <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word2vec> models to a corpus of
reading sessions. Although Word2vec models were developed to learn word
embeddings from a corpus of sentences, they can be applied to any kind of
sequential data. The learned embeddings have the property that items with
similar neighbors in the training corpus have similar representations (as
measured by the cosine similarity
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosine_similarity>, for example).
Consequently, applying Wor2vec to reading sessions results in article
embeddings, where articles that tend to be read in close succession have
similar representations. Since people usually generate sequences of
semantically related articles while reading, these embeddings also capture
semantic similarity between articles.

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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase, December 21, 2016

2016-12-19 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday,
December 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 (UTC).

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmrlu5qTgyA

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#December_2016>.

The December 2016 Research Showcase includes:

English Wikipedia Quality Dynamics and the Case of WikiProject Women
ScientistsBy *Aaron Halfaker
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Halfak_(WMF)>*With every productive
edit, Wikipedia is steadily progressing towards higher and higher quality.
In order to track quality improvements, Wikipedians have developed an
article quality assessment rating scale that ranges from "Stub" at the
bottom to "Featured Articles" at the top. While this quality scale has the
promise of giving us insights into the dynamics of quality improvements in
Wikipedia, it is hard to use due to the sporadic nature of manual
re-assessments. By developing a highly accurate prediction model (based on
work by Warncke-Wang et al.), we've developed a method to assess an
articles quality at any point in history. Using this model, we explore
general trends in quality in Wikipedia and compare these trends to those of
an interesting cross-section: Articles tagged by WikiProject Women
Scientists. Results suggest that articles about women scientists were lower
quality than the rest of the wiki until mid-2013, after which a dramatic
shift occurred towards higher quality. This shift may correlate with (and
even be caused by) this WikiProjects initiatives.


Privacy, Anonymity, and Perceived Risk in Open Collaboration. A Study of
Tor Users and WikipediansBy *Andrea Forte*In a recent qualitative study to
be published at CSCW 2017, collaborators Rachel Greenstadt, Naz Andalibi,
and I examined privacy practices and concerns among contributors to open
collaboration projects. We collected interview data from people who use the
anonymity network Tor who also contribute to online projects and from
Wikipedia editors who are concerned about their privacy to better
understand how privacy concerns impact participation in open collaboration
projects. We found that risks perceived by contributors to open
collaboration projects include threats of surveillance, violence,
harassment, opportunity loss, reputation loss, and fear for loved ones. We
explain participants’ operational and technical strategies for mitigating
these risks and how these strategies affect their contributions. Finally,
we discuss chilling effects associated with privacy loss, the need for open
collaboration projects to go beyond attracting and educating participants
to consider their privacy, and some of the social and technical approaches
that could be explored to mitigate risk at a project or community level.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase, September 21, 2016

2016-09-21 Thread Sarah R
Just a reminder, the Research Showcase will begin in one hour.

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 5:02 PM, Sarah R <srodl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday,
> September 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 (UTC).
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTDkVeqjw80
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#September_2016>
> .
>
> This month's showcase includes.
>
>
> Finding News Citations for WikipediaBy *Besnik Fetahu
> <http://www.l3s.de/~fetahu/> (Leibniz University of Hannover)*An
> important editing policy in Wikipedia is to provide citations for added
> statements in Wikipedia pages, where statements can be arbitrary pieces of
> text, ranging from a sentence to a paragraph. In many cases citations are
> either outdated or missing altogether. In this work we address the problem
> of finding and updating news citations for statements in entity pages. We
> propose a two- stage supervised approach for this problem. In the first
> step, we construct a classifier to find out whether statements need a news
> citation or other kinds of citations (web, book, journal, etc.). In the
> second step, we develop a news citation algorithm for Wikipedia statements,
> which recommends appropriate citations from a given news collection. Apart
> from IR techniques that use the statement to query the news collection, we
> also formalize three properties of an appropriate citation, namely: (i) the
> citation should entail the Wikipedia statement, (ii) the statement should
> be central to the citation, and (iii) the citation should be from an
> authoritative source. We perform an extensive evaluation of both steps,
> using 20 million articles from a real-world news collection. Our results
> are quite promising, and show that we can perform this task with high
> precision and at scale.
>
>
> Designing and Building Online Discussion SystemsBy *Amy X. Zhang
> <http://people.csail.mit.edu/axz/> (MIT)*Today, conversations are
> everywhere on the Internet and come in many different forms. However, there
> are still many problems with discussion interfaces today. In my talk, I
> will first give an overview of some of the problems with discussion
> systems, including difficulty dealing with large scales, which exacerbates
> additional problems with navigating deep threads containing lots of
> back-and-forth and getting an overall summary of a discussion. Other
> problems include dealing with moderation and harassment in discussion
> systems and gaining control over filtering, customization, and means of
> access. Then I will focus on a few projects I am working on in this space
> now. The first is Wikum, a system I developed to allow users to
> collaboratively generate a wiki-like summary from threaded discussion. The
> second, which I have just begun, is exploring the design space of
> presentation and navigation of threaded discussion. I will next discuss
> Murmur, a mailing list hybrid system we have built to implement and test
> ideas around filtering, customization, and flexibility of access, as well
> as combating harassment. Finally, I'll wrap up with what I am working on at
> Google Research this summer: developing a taxonomy to describe online forum
> discussion and using this information to extract meaningful content useful
> for search, summarization of discussions, and characterization of
> communities.
>
> Hope to see you there!
>
> Sarah R. Rodlund
> Senior Project Coordinator-Engineering, Wikimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase, September 21, 2016

2016-09-19 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, September
21, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 (UTC).

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTDkVeqjw80

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#September_2016>.

This month's showcase includes.


Finding News Citations for WikipediaBy *Besnik Fetahu
<http://www.l3s.de/~fetahu/> (Leibniz University of Hannover)*An important
editing policy in Wikipedia is to provide citations for added statements in
Wikipedia pages, where statements can be arbitrary pieces of text, ranging
from a sentence to a paragraph. In many cases citations are either outdated
or missing altogether. In this work we address the problem of finding and
updating news citations for statements in entity pages. We propose a two-
stage supervised approach for this problem. In the first step, we construct
a classifier to find out whether statements need a news citation or other
kinds of citations (web, book, journal, etc.). In the second step, we
develop a news citation algorithm for Wikipedia statements, which
recommends appropriate citations from a given news collection. Apart from
IR techniques that use the statement to query the news collection, we also
formalize three properties of an appropriate citation, namely: (i) the
citation should entail the Wikipedia statement, (ii) the statement should
be central to the citation, and (iii) the citation should be from an
authoritative source. We perform an extensive evaluation of both steps,
using 20 million articles from a real-world news collection. Our results
are quite promising, and show that we can perform this task with high
precision and at scale.


Designing and Building Online Discussion SystemsBy *Amy X. Zhang
<http://people.csail.mit.edu/axz/> (MIT)*Today, conversations are
everywhere on the Internet and come in many different forms. However, there
are still many problems with discussion interfaces today. In my talk, I
will first give an overview of some of the problems with discussion
systems, including difficulty dealing with large scales, which exacerbates
additional problems with navigating deep threads containing lots of
back-and-forth and getting an overall summary of a discussion. Other
problems include dealing with moderation and harassment in discussion
systems and gaining control over filtering, customization, and means of
access. Then I will focus on a few projects I am working on in this space
now. The first is Wikum, a system I developed to allow users to
collaboratively generate a wiki-like summary from threaded discussion. The
second, which I have just begun, is exploring the design space of
presentation and navigation of threaded discussion. I will next discuss
Murmur, a mailing list hybrid system we have built to implement and test
ideas around filtering, customization, and flexibility of access, as well
as combating harassment. Finally, I'll wrap up with what I am working on at
Google Research this summer: developing a taxonomy to describe online forum
discussion and using this information to extract meaningful content useful
for search, summarization of discussions, and characterization of
communities.

Hope to see you there!

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[Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Research Showcase - August 17, 2016

2016-08-16 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, Aug 17,
2016 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 (UTC).

YouTube stream: http://youtu.be/rsFmqYxtt9w

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
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<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#Archive>.

This month's showcase includes.

Computational Fact Checking from Knowledge NetworksBy *Giovanni Luca
Ciampaglia <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Junkie.dolphin>*Traditional
fact checking by expert journalists cannot keep up with the enormous volume
of information that is now generated online. Fact checking is often a
tedious and repetitive task and even simple automation opportunities may
result in significant improvements to human fact checkers. In this talk I
will describe how we are trying to approximate the complexities of human
fact checking by exploring a knowledge graph under a properly defined
proximity measure. Framed as a network traversal problem, this approach is
feasible with efficient computational techniques. We evaluate this approach
by examining tens of thousands of claims related to history, entertainment,
geography, and biographical information using the public knowledge graph
extracted from Wikipedia by the DBPedia project, showing that the method
does indeed assign higher confidence to true statements than to false ones.
One advantage of this approach is that, together with a numerical
evaluation, it also provides a sequence of statements that can be easily
inspected by a human fact checker.


Deploying and maintaining AI in a socio-technical system. Lessons
learnedBy *Aaron
Halfaker <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Halfak_(WMF)>*We should
exercise great caution when deploying AI into our social spaces. The
algorithms that make counter-vandalism in Wikipedia orders of magnitude
more efficient also have the potential to perpetuate biases and silence
whole classes of contributors. This presentation will describe the system
efficiency characteristics that make AI so attractive for supporting
quality control activities in Wikipedia. Then, Aaron will tell two stories
of how the algorithms brought new, problematic biases to quality control
processes in Wikipedia and how the Revision Scoring team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/R:Revision_scoring_as_a_service> learned
about and addressed these issues in ORES
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ORES>, a production-level AI service for
Wikimedia Wikis. He'll also make an overdue call to action toward
leveraging human-review of AIs biases in the practice of AI development.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video: "Wikipedia, an introduction - Erasmus Prize 2015"

2015-11-26 Thread Sarah (SV)
On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 12:21 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Beautiful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p8wFdnPfVw
>
> Pine
>


This is a wonderful video. Thank you so much to everyone involved in making
it.

Sarah
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The tragedy of Commons

2014-06-17 Thread Sarah
On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Austin Hair adh...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM, George William Herbert
 george.herb...@gmail.com wrote:
  Conflating and comingling our educational role with open content
 advocacy was always risky and is proving impossible.  Without devaluing
 open content, we need to separately support fair use for educational
 purposes, and stop letting cross-project advocacy games screw with our
 educational mission.

 This is the most intelligent thing I've seen said on this list in a while.


​I agree. The fair-use situation on the English Wikipedia is so absurd that
I've had to use only an external link for a close-up shot of Madeleine
McCann's distinctive right eye​, which must be one of the most-reproduced
photographs ever. I also had to go through very, very long discussions to
persuade people that it was okay to post Scotland Yard e-fits of men they
wanted to trace in connection with the disappearance.

And, as always, Holocaust images are still routinely challenged.

Sarah
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[Wikimedia-l] [New program evaluation released!] On-wiki writing contests

2014-01-04 Thread Sarah Stierch
[pardon the cross-posting]

Happy New Year everyone!

The Program Evaluation and Design team at the Wikimedia Foundation has a
new evaluation to share with you.

*We have released the latest program evaluation about on-wiki writing
contests.*

As we have asked previously, we would love your thoughts and comments on
this report. Preferably, on the talk page of the evaluation page. *On-wiki
writing contests have shown that they do meet their priority goals* *of
quality content improvement* and *editor retention*, but more research
needs to be done, and more data collected (like all of the evaluations we
have produced so far).

*We hope you'll find time to share and review this report, we are excited
about it: *

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Library/On-wiki_writing_contests

Also, I'll be contacting many of you about *survey collection*. If you have
produced surveys at anytime in the past, or have a survey you would like to
share with us, we want it! *We need to collect surveys so we can develop
high demand surveying tools* that so many of you have asked us about.[1]

Thanks everyone, and happy new year,

Sarah


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Parlor/Questions#Have_you_created_or_collected_surveys_for_your_program_implementations.3F


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Preparing a proofreading contest for Wikisource's 10th aniversary

2013-11-07 Thread Sarah Stierch
Super cool.

I know a lot of GLAM folks in the US who would be excited about this. And
I'm a fan of more love for WS that's for sure!

-Sar


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM, Vishnu T visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear Micru,

 Wonderful initiative! From India the Malayalam Wikisource community might
 be keen to take part in this. They have also recently released an offline
 CD (volume 2) of the Malayalam Wikisource.

 Taking the liberty to copy the Malayalam list on this for them to take lead
 on this.

 CIS (not from the A2K Grant) will be glad to sponsor two prizes (one e-book
 reader and one portable pen-scanner), if the ML community take lead on
 this.

 Cheers,
 Vishnu



 On 7 November 2013 05:28, David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com wrote:

  On the Wikisource mailing list we are discussing about a contest to
  celebrate Wikisource's 10th aniversary.
 
  The contest would be from Nov 24th till Dec 1st. During that time the
  participants would proofread a selection of books and they would get
 points
  per page. The one with the most points would win an ebook reader.
 
  So far WM-IT and Amical Wikimedia have comited each the prize for their
  respective contests on the Italian and Catalan Wikisource. WM-AU and
 WM-DC
  are considering to sponsor the English edition.
 
  If you would like to help us to organize more language editions or find
  more sponsors, get in touch.
 
  If you would like to participate, stay tuned! :)
 
  Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimania Committee Formed

2013-10-22 Thread Sarah Stierch
Orsolya was Deputy Program Chair for WM 2012.

And James was the lead for WLM 2012.

So it's correct no matter what :)

-Sarah


On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 Ellie Young wrote:
  • Orsolya Virág Gyenes (representing WM 2012)
  • James Hare

 I think your label may be switched here?

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[Wikimedia-l] When was the first edit-a-thon(s)?

2013-10-16 Thread Sarah Stierch
Hi everyone,

I've asked a question on the new Program Evaluation  Design portal about
when people think the first edit-a-thons took place. (Or the very first, if
we know!)

It would be great to have your input on meta:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Parlor/Questions

Thank you and please spread the word!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] When was the first edit-a-thon(s)?

2013-10-16 Thread Sarah Stierch
We've been discussing it on meta, where I'd prefer to maintain the
conversation, but, I should have stated:

The first edit-a-thon or event that involved people in a room together
editing Wikipedia in some type of organized fashion

-Sarah


On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM, Steven Walling steven.wall...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Sarah Stierch wrote:

  Hi everyone,
 
  I've asked a question on the new Program Evaluation  Design portal about
  when people think the first edit-a-thons took place. (Or the very first,
 if
  we know!)
 
  It would be great to have your input on meta:
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Parlor/Questions
 
  Thank you and please spread the word!
 
  Sarah


 Sarah,

 Do you mean the first Wikimedia editathon, or the first editathon period?

 Editathons predate Wikipedia by years, and are about as old as the wiki
 itself. The old school name for them is barn raisings.

  http://meatballwiki.org/wiki/BarnRaising


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Conference 2014 location decision

2013-10-12 Thread Sarah Stierch
Congratulations - Berlin is one amazing city. Some great bids were placed,
too.

Looking forward to it!

-Sarah


On Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM, Ivan Martínez gala...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks to all the team involved in the bidding and decision. We will have a
 very nice conference in Berlin.

 Regards.
 El oct 12, 2013 8:31 a.m., Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com escribió:

  Dear all,
 
  Following considerable deliberation it is with great pleasure that we
  announce that the Location Committee has selected Berlin as the location
  for the 2014 Wikimedia Conference.
 
  We received a total of four bids from Germany, India, Italy and Sweden.
 In
  selecting the Berlin location we have taken into consideration the
  experience and capacity of the team; the travel time and cost for
  attendees; the cost of hosting the conference; and the facilities and
 room
  configuration of the proposed venues.
 
  Throughout our deliberations we kept an open mind towards having the
  conference in a new location/country, and we have appreciated the compact
  solutions offered by having all participants close to each other or
 staying
  at the same lodging; however, we felt that the Berlin bid provides – by a
  small margin – the best combination of price, distance and experience
 this
  year.
 
  We thank all the organisations that have entered a bid for their time and
  effort and we hope that even if they were not selected this year, they
 can
  make use of the experience when they organise other meetings that will
  further the Wikimedia mission.
 
  In closing, we would like to thank all Wikimedia organisations for
 placing
  their trust in this process and committee, which was an interesting
  experience for all of us. In the hope that the Wikimedia organisations
 keep
  the hosting choice an open process, we would like to propose a number of
  potential process improvements[1], and we would invite all the bidders
 and
  other interested parties to provide their own feedback.
 
  Best regards,
 
  Asaf Bartov, Bence Damokos, Arnau Duran, Itzik Edri, Mike Peel, Osmar
  Valdebenito, Ilario Valdelli
  Wikimedia Conference 2014 Location Committee
 
  [1]
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2014/Bids/Learnings
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[Wikimedia-l] YouTube Videos about Wikimedia-L

2013-10-10 Thread Sarah Stierch
Someone send me a link to this, articles being generated about Wikipedia
articles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIafRDt88NQ

based on this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_outdoor_artworks_at_the_Indianapolis_Museum_of_Art

Quite funny.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal - Training for Wikimedia movement boards

2013-08-13 Thread Sarah Stierch
I agree! Great idea and thanks for sharing it.

I'm going to take a look at the meta page, and see if there is an
opportunity for some WMF support - I know Program and Evaluation could be a
great support for this potentially, and organizational structures from the
Learning and Evaluation side. (I'd look at it from my volunteer side, but,
I don't have a chapter role to call my own,) The timing is good and the
opportunity to help build capacity and professionalization is great!

Thanks Chris and all involved, (and Sophielet's see how there is
potential for cross-WMF-team-awesomeness!!)

Sarah


On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM, Sophie Österberg
sosterb...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Chris,

 Thank you for sharing this. I find this to be of great importance and a
 crucial step for our movement. I would be very happy to lead a session on
 programmes, and specifically Education Programmes, with its aims, current
 status and future.

 *Be Bold!
 Sophie Österberg
 sosterb...@wikimedia.org*


 *Every single contribution to Wikipedia is a
 gift of free knowledge to humanity. *




 2013/8/13 Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com

  At Wikimania there was (not for the first time) discussion that not much
  support and advice there is available to Chapter board members. On Sunday
  afternoon a small group of us (myself, Markus Glaser, Michał Buczyński,
  Claudia Garad) met to work out how we could actually provide some
 training
  to help improve this situation.
 
  I am pleased to say we have a definite proposal for a 2-day workshop to
 be
  organised in the early part of 2014:
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Boards_training_workshop_proposal
 
  This is open to all Chapter (or indeed Thematic Organisation) boards, but
  is particularly focused on board members in those organisations that
 have,
  or will soon have, staff. And while this is being organised by chapter
  people, we hope to engage with Foundation, FDC and Affcom wherever this
  will be relevant.
 
  If you are on a Wikimedia movement Board and are interested in attending,
  please sign up on the Meta page!
  Also, if you are reading the page and feel you could lead a session,
 please
  also sign up on Meta!
 
  If there is enough interest, we will define the programme more closely
 and
  work out exactly where and when.
 
  Regards,
 
  Chris
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[Wikimedia-l] Reminder: Program Evaluation Design Office Hours on Friday - 16:00

2013-07-25 Thread Sarah Stierch
Hi everyone, here is a reminder about tomorrow. I hope ya'll can join us!

We'll also be doing a Google Hangout next week, so don't fret if you can't
join us tomorrow. We'll also be at Wikimania and can't wait to meet
attendees to talk PED!

[pardon cross-posting]

The Program Evaluation  Design team[1] will be hosting our first office
hours on IRC on July 26 at 16:00 UTC.

Event Details:
==

Date: July 26, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 1600-1700 UTC, 9:00-10:00 AM PDT
IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Participants: Frank Schulenburg (Senior Director of Programs), Dr. Jaime
Anstee (Program Evaluation Specialist), Sarah Stierch (Community
Coordinator) and YOU!

Agenda:

1. A chance for community members to learn about *why* program evaluation 
design is an important and powerful tool.
2. An opportunity for community members to understand why WMF is engaging
in PED.
3. General QA about program evaluation  design
4. A chance to get virtually get to know the PED team (Sarah, Jaime and
Frank)[2]

If you're interested in how to evaluate the impact of programs such as
on-wiki contests, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Takes, WikiExpeditions,
Wikipedia Education Program, content donations, edit-a-thons, workshops,
and the like - you might have interest in what PED is hoping to do in
supporting the amazing work you do.

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Index
[2]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Sarah Stierch
Milos -

What an emotional and touching letter. I know it's a hard decision to not
only leave the movement, but to know who you want to let know and who you
want to not let know about leaving - and I am glad you made the decision to
share your honest and emotional declaration with us.

As someone supportive of Indigenous languages having their own wiki spaces
for their own survival and development, I really do hope that more work
will proceed regarding languages and the work you have done. There have
been groups forming, including the work Wikimedia Canada has done, about
Indigenous and rare languages. Heck, one of the projects I have been
working on has had numerous articles written in Nahuatl,[1] something that
blows my mind. So things are happening, and thank you for your passion and
work regarding that.

Also, I'm happy to know the gamification project is proceeding and WM DC is
helping to lead that. I agree that it's important to see this happen, and
it's shown successful in the Teahouse with badges. Thank you also for your
work on that and I do hope your Wikimedia legacy will be preserved in the
successful development of that project.

I understand about being able to write a book about how Wikimedia has
changed my life. I look forward to seeing where your life leads next, and I
hope you won't stop contributing to Wikipedia as an editor, at least :)

Thank you for everything you have, and continue to do,

Sarah

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahuatl

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

 If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
 Unfinished projects section.

 == On my motivation ==

 In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
 movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
 culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
 going down and down.

 I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
 was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
 wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
 responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
 responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
 last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
 the movement.

 But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
 struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
 important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
 steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
 it enough. That was about my motivation.

 I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
 movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
 some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
 motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
 Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

 I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
 important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
 for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
 first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
 Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
 enough motivation to do anything.

 I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
 the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
 spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
 elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

 For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
 appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
 that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

 == Wikimedia impact on me ==

 I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
 say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

 When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
 This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
 strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
 formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
 not comparable to anything else.

 And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

 == Unfinished projects ==

 This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
 projects are very important.

 * First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
 less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
 3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
 have Wikipedia edition in their language

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Recognition of Amical Wikimedia

2013-06-06 Thread Sarah Stierch
Yay!! I am so pleased to here this. The work happening in Catalonia is so
wonderful!!! Welcome and congratulations!

-Sarah


On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Samuel Klein s...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hello,

 The WMF Board has recognized Amical Wikimedia as the first Wikimedia
 Thematic Organization.  Please join me in celebrating their work and
 success!

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Resolutions/Recognition_of_Amical_Wikimedia

 This group was founded in 2008 as Associació Amical Viquipèdia,
 focused on Catalan language and culture. You may know them from the
 regular reports they have published to this list and to Meta for
 years.  They have organized dozens of successful cultural projects,
 including public events, research, GLAM initiatives, and content
 liberation.
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amical_Wikimedia#Activities

 After first applying to become a chapter four years ago, Amical
 members later helped the Movement Roles working group develop new
 models for affiliation, and were the first to apply to be a thematic
 organization. Gomà and Arnaugir, the founder and current chair of
 Amical, attended the Milan conference and shared their projects and
 their future plans.  An in-person meeting there helped to resolve the
 remaining bureaucratic steps in the process of becoming a thematic
 organization.

 Thank you to everyone from AffCom and Amical who have been involved
 throughout this process, particularly Bence and Bishakha for their
 guidance since the first movement roles discussions, and Gomà and
 María for their facilitation.

 Regards,
 Sam, on behalf of the Board


 == About Thematic Organizations ==
 Thematic Organizations are one of the new affiliation models created
 last year, to recognize organizations that have consistently done
 interesting work with partners and in outreach, both online and
 offline.  They are meant to be well-established and persistent
 organizations, focused on a common theme.

 The review and approval process for Thematic Organizations is similar
 to that for chapters.  A list of groups considering becoming thematic
 orgs can be found on Meta.
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Thematic_organizations

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_affiliation_models/Thematic_Organizations

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Simple English hits 100k this week

2013-05-30 Thread Sarah Stierch
No clue. I generally translate my articles in English to it and go about my 
business. We'd have to ask around. 

Sarah

Sent from my iPhone

On May 30, 2013, at 2:49 AM, Daniel Mietchen daniel.mietc...@googlemail.com 
wrote:

 Hi Sarah,
 
 that sounds like an important milestone!
 Do we have any feedback as to how Simple is actually used by children
 and adults learning how to speak English?
 
 Daniel
 
 
 
 On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 4:36 AM, Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.com 
 wrote:
 And...urm...I wrote the article that hit 100k. That's not the point, but,
 just felt the need to preface...
 
 http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Announcements#May_29.2C_2013
 
 Simple English is a Wikipedia that is for children and adults learning how
 to speak English.
 
 :)
 
 #justsayin
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Approval of Wikimedians of Nepal user group

2013-05-30 Thread Sarah Stierch
Huzzah!

So happy to have Nepal on board! (Does base camp have wifi? I'm thinking 
editathon ;-) ) 

Sarah 

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On May 30, 2013, at 12:31 PM, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu 
wrote:

 Congrats from WMHU too!
 
 Balázs
 2013.05.30. 20:58, Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com ezt írta:
 
 Congratulations! Welcome to Wikimedia affilliates family. Count with
 Wikimedia Mexico as colaborator and with me as friend.
 
 Well done!
 El may 30, 2013 1:54 p.m., Dennis Tobar dennis.to...@gmail.com
 escribió:
 
 Yay!, Congrats to Wikimedians from Nepal!
 
 
 On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Arnau Duran arnaudu...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
 Congratulations guys! wish you all the success!
 
 
 *Arnau Duran Ferrero
 *arnaudu...@gmail.com | www.arnauduran.net
 Telèfon personal: (+34) 696475418
 [image: Facebook] http://www.facebook.com/arnauduran [image:
 Twitter]http://www.twitter.com/arnauduran [image:
 LinkedIn] http://www.linkedin.com/in/arnauduran [image: Google
 Plus]https://plus.google.com/111957640098898266818
 
 
 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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[Wikimedia-l] Simple English hits 100k this week

2013-05-29 Thread Sarah Stierch
And...urm...I wrote the article that hit 100k. That's not the point, 
but, just felt the need to preface...


http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Announcements#May_29.2C_2013

Simple English is a Wikipedia that is for children and adults learning 
how to speak English.


:)

#justsayin

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[Wikimedia-l] Two days left to apply: Program Evaluation Design Workshop in Budapest, June 22-23

2013-05-15 Thread Sarah Stierch
[pardon the cross-post]

Hello everyone,

*This is a reminder that there are 2 days left to apply to attend the first
Program Evaluation  Design Workshop, which will take place in Budapest,
June 22-23. Applications close at 12 AM PST May 17.*

Please review this recent blog announcing the event:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/05/09/program-evaluation-workshop-budapest/

*Wikimedia community members, chapter staff/volunteers, solitary volunteers
- anyone who is a program leader is encouraged to apply. Please note, we
have only 20 slots available and limited funding to support attendees. If
you do apply, you must email me at sa...@wikimedia.org if you are
requesting funding before/after you apply. *

We will be filming our workshop, so don't fret if you cannot attend this
first one, or aren't accepted to attend this time.

*You can get a better taste for the event through our evolving Meta Event
page: *

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Program_Evaluation_and_Design/June_2013_Workshop

Thank you Wikimedia Magyarország for your support and assistance.

-Sarah

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Please send this to the list, thanks: Subject: Program Evaluation and Design Workshop - Apply to attend! - June 22-23, Budapest

2013-05-08 Thread Sarah Stierch
And that should be 2013 :P  (Because I *know* someone here will point that
out 3 )

Sorry about that :)

-Sarah


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM, J Alexandr Ledbury-Romanov 
alexandrdmitriroma...@gmail.com wrote:

 Forwarding per request.
 Alex


 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Sarah Stierch sstie...@wikimedia.org
 Date: 2013/5/8
 Subject: Please send this to the list, thanks: Subject: Program Evaluation
 and Design Workshop - Apply to attend! - June 22-23, Budapest
 To: wikimedia-l-ow...@lists.wikimedia.org


 [please pardon this crossposting]

 Hello everyone!

 I am pleased to announce the first Program Evaluation and Design Workshop!

- *When*: 22–23 June 2012
- *Where*: Budapest, Hungary

 The application process is now open. We have only 20 slots available for
 this workshop and the application deadline ends on May 17th. This two-day
 event will be followed by a pre-conference workshop at Wikimania 2013.
 Ideally, applicants would commit to attending both events.

 *Why are we offering this workshop?* Over the next couple of years, the
 Wikimedia Foundation will be building capacity among program leaders around
 evaluation and program design. A better understanding of how to increase
 impact through better planning, execution and evaluation of programs 
 activities will help us to move a step closer to achieving our mission of
 offering a free, high quality encyclopedia to our readers around the world.

 *What will take place at this and the following workshops?* Our long-term
 goals are:

1. Participants gain a basic shared understanding of program evaluation
2. Participants will work collaboratively to map and prioritize
measurable outcomes, beginning with a focus on the most common program 
activities
3. Participants will gain increased fluency in common language of
evaluation (i.e. goals versus objectives, inputs  outputs versus
 outcomes
 impact)
4. Participants will learn and practice how to extract and report data
using the UserMetrics API
5. Participants will commit to working as a community of evaluation
leaders who will implement evaluation strategies in their programmatic
activities and report back at the pre-conference workshop at Wikimania
 2013
6. …and participants will have a lot of fun and enjoy networking with
other program leaders!

 We will publish a detailed agenda for the event in Budapest soon on meta.

 *Which programs  activities are we going to focus on?* During the workshop
 in Budapest, we will only have a limited amount of time. Therefore, we will
 be focusing on the some of the more common programs  activities:

- *Wikipedia editing workshops* where participants learn how to or
actively edit (i.e. edit-a-thon, wikiparty, hands-on Wikipedia workshop)
- *Content donations* through partnerships with GLAMs  related
organizations
- *Wiki Takes/Expeditions* where volunteers participate in day/weekend
events to photograph site specific content
- *Wiki Loves Monuments* which takes place in September
- *Education program/classroom editing* where volunteers support
educators who have students editing Wikipedia in the classroom
- *Writing competitions* which generally take place online in the form
of contests, WikiCup, and challenges – often engaging experienced
 editors
to improve content.

  *Who should apply?* Community members who play an *active role* in
 planning and executing programs  activities as described above in the
 Wikimedia community. Your experience and knowledge will make this workshop
 a success!

 *What about the costs for travel and accommodation?* Hotels, flights and
 other transportation costs will be on your chapter; the Wikimedia
 Foundation will provide the venue, handouts, breakfasts and light lunches,
 and a dinner for all participants on Saturday. If you're not affiliated
 with a chapter and cannot afford to attend the event, please send me a
 private email – we have a small amount of money set aside for those cases.

 Applications are open until May 17. You can apply via this Google
 Form
 https://docs.google.com/a/wikimedia.org/forms/d/11yCoOls5ae8FqAXIdp9Tua76ilVQGUNKWMVSktCQBRU/viewform
 
 .

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Selection of winning bid for Wikimania 2014: London

2013-05-01 Thread Sarah Stierch
Congratulations to the London team, and great work on all parties for
proposals. It's quite a task, and one that is at times just as emotional
and intensive in actually planning Wikimania.

I look forward to lending a hand with London, and I really look forward to
partying at the Tate Modern ;) (Can we get Kraftwerk to play the
party...?[1])


Sarah
[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaLVvju6WZ8


On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM, James Forrester jdforres...@gmail.comwrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 On behalf of the Wikimania 2014 selection Jury, after review and
 evaluation of the two final bids, we have awarded the conference to
 London. Congratulations to the London team, and to the Arusha team who
 also put forward a solid effort.

 We were concerned this year to see that both bidding teams put forward
 proposals which were costly and complicated, in contrast to the
 Wikimania tradition. The Jury briefly considered re-opening the bid
 for other teams, and asked both bids to present a simpler core budget
 and lower-cost options for attendees.

 The London team took our comments to heart and decreased their core
 budget to 20% of their initial proposal, and have committed to finding
 ways to reduce the cost for community attendees.

 We encourage future bidding teams to not give up their dreams, to keep
 aiming for the stars, but at the same time, to not forget the spirit
 of Wikimedia: a volunteer movement that makes creative use of limited
 resources. We look forward to the proposed Wikimania Committee setting
 out clearer guidelines on these principles.

 The process to bid for hosting Wikimania requires a substantial time
 investment, and we thank both candidate teams for their submissions
 and hard work.

 Yours,

 James Forrester
 Moderator, Wikimania 2014 Jury
 For the Wikimania 2014 Jury
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resignation announcement, and a parting remark to everyone

2013-04-29 Thread Sarah Stierch

On 4/29/13 12:59 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede wrote:

P. S. again, internal-l discussions that should be public. Damn.


Agreed, I am not on Internal either...

Jan-Bart


Yes, there is a good number of people (including me) who are not on that 
list anymore. I'm really unclear, at this point in the movement, as to 
why it needs to remain closed. Critical conversations take place here, 
there, and else where - so it's kind of null anymore...(IMHO!)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] movement partners

2013-04-29 Thread Sarah Stierch

On 4/29/13 1:03 PM, phoebe ayers wrote:

Hi all,

Here is a question that came up during today's US GLAM consortium meeting:
what's the current status of the 'movement partners' affiliation?
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_affiliation_models/Movement_Partners

Is recognition of movement partners something that AffComm will be taking
on in future, or will it rest with WMF/Chapters for now? Not sure what the
latest discussions have been.

thanks!
Phoebe



That's a great question, and one the Open Knowledge Foundation was 
scratching its head about a few months back! I'd love to see this open 
up again, especially for OpenGLAM and GLAM-Wiki programs and initiatives.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why not everyone have the right to vote in the Board FDC elections?

2013-04-28 Thread Sarah Stierch
I think it's a good idea Sue. Wikipedians are different than Wikimedians,
etc.. There are many people on boards of chapters and involved in the
community that might not edit on wiki spaces, making them perhaps unable
to vote. And there are a lot of people involved in the community that
aren't editors or active on wiki, but, are strong voices involved in
helping to shape the movement into what it is.

I also think, culturally, it's critical that we consider moving away from
assuming people with high edit counts are more important than those
without. (bytes versus edit counts)

Regarding staff members who vote - I have a feeling most staff members who
do not contribute to the projects outside of their work obligations
probably won't vote. Just a guess (based on what I gather around the office
- just because you work for Wikimedia doesn't mean you contribute to our
projects outside of work hours).


-Sarah


On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Interesting thread, Itzik --- to be honest, I had forgotten that staff had
 been granted the right to vote regardless of edit count. I wouldn't be
 surprised if the only staff members who do vote are those who would qualify
 under the edit count requirement anyway.

 Seems to me that rather than creating new exemptions from the edit count
 requirement, we might be better off to lower the number of edits required
 so that anybody who's demonstrated interest in the projects would qualify.
 If edits on meta, mediawiki, outreach, etc., qualify, and we were to lower
 the edit count requirement, then I think that would be inclusive of
 most/all contributors. Would something like that make sense?

 Thanks,
 Sue
 On Apr 28, 2013 1:26 PM, Andrew Gray andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk wrote:

  On 28 April 2013 06:15, rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com wrote:
   also agree to simplify the rules. what i'd really love would be to
   better standardize and with it simplify volunteer community, for all
   elections and votes. and at least my wish would be that people who
   donate their time by sending code patches to software considered
   essential to run the site are included.
 
  The first elections (in 2004) had a simple three months in the
  community rule. After that, we added edit count restrictions. The
  first election with any complicated rules - allowing people in
  without passing the edit count limits - was 2008, when WMF staff,
  ex-Board members, *and* Wikimedia server administrators with shell
  access were added. In 2011, this got extended to people who have
  commit access and have made at least one commit between 15 May 2010
  and 15 May 2011.
 
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2008/en
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2011/en
 
  So we've already got those in :-)
 
  I'm ambivalent about whether it's appropriate to have staff members
  (those who don't independently qualify as community members) voting
  or not, but I think in principle Itzik has a very good point - either
  *both* WMF and Chapter staff should be able to vote, or *neither*
  should. I can't see any reason that it's right for a staffer in San
  Francisco to participate in the election, but it isn't right for one
  in Berlin!
 
  (It may be too late to change anything for this time around, of
  course, but it would be great if we could ensure consistency in future
  elections)
 
  - Andrew.
 
 
   On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
   Also agree with Nathan.  Those chapter board members who are not
 active
  on
   the projects already have a far greater relative weight in selecting
 the
   chapter-selected board seats.
  
  A.
  
  
   On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) 
  nemow...@gmail.comwrote:
  
   Nathan, 27/04/2013 21:34:
  
I would go the other way, and limit the participants in the election
   for the community seat to people who are members of the volunteer
   community. Presumably that would include most members of most
   organizational boards, but only include those staff and other paid
   workers who also participate as volunteers.
  
  
   I agree with Nathan, simplifying the rules is useful while
 complicating
   them for a few dozens voters is not.
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Tweet this page from some or all sites???

2013-04-17 Thread Sarah Stierch
On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM, James Alexander
jalexan...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 I tend to think that they can be incredibly useful and reader friendly.
 I've always found it a bit disappointing we don't have it as they are
 probably the bigger reader request I've ever seen. That said I know that
 enWiki has had multiple discussions about it ending in failure. The issues
 mostly seem to stem from the we're not MySpace crowd which I think misses
 the point that we both are a social network and that we're an educational
 site (and should encourage sharing that information) but sigh.


I agree. Readers ask a lot about it, and so do new editors. I think it's so
lame. Then again, people said the same about the Teahouse (NOTFACEBOOK). I
wonder if we did a test for it what people would think.

Talk abou reach - we'd be getting more people to read articles and content,
which means potentially more people editing.

But, I'm also a regular Twitter user and I see boosts in viewership for
anything I post on my Twitter and Facebook. So sick of anti-social media
Wikipedia. People love to deny we are a social network, when most of us
involved in the community know that isn't true. A lot of my friends and so
forth come from the Wikipedia world. If that isn't social media, then I
don't know what is.




 The only thing to keep in mind is that we occasionally need creativity.
 The default way that most sites tell you to share is often


CREATIVITY? NOOO We're writing an encyclopediawe're not being
creative!!! (sarcasm)  (Again...see the Teahouse :) )
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Sarah Stierch
Awesome!

Ellie is great and will serve as a great coordinator. I look forward to working 
with her on the planning Commitee!

Sarah

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 27, 2013, at 11:24 AM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
 of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!
 
 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
 Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
 To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
 
 Hi all,
 
 Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
 Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]
 
 As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
 spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
 responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
 contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
 ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
 help from WMF is needed.
 
 Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
 culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
 Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
 international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
 currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
 activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.
 
 Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
 build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
 doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
 and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
 East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.
 
 As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
 work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
 and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
 She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
 from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
 hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
 anytime!
 
 Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
 interview candidates.
 
 Welcome, Ellie!
 
 [1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
 [2] https://www.usenix.org
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Sarah Stierch

Congratulations! :)

-Sarah

On 3/27/13 1:56 PM, John Vandenberg wrote:

Excellent news.  Congrats to WMAM!

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

Dear all,

I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

Best regards,
Bence
(Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-12 Thread Sarah Stierch

Congratulations!

Viva le revolution!!

-Sarah

On 3/12/13 6:28 PM, Kul Wadhwa wrote:

Hey all,

Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!

A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] fiction: WMF policy of paying less than market

2013-03-07 Thread Sarah Stierch
The funny thing about all of this is that it seems to be non-employees who are 
very concerned about these things and no employees are actually whistle 
blowing or commenting.

I think that says something about how truly non-problematic this is. And I'm 
sure if employees did have some problems, this mailing list and the 
participants would probably be the last place they'd take it.

Sarah

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 7, 2013, at 8:11 AM, Katie Chan k...@ktchan.info wrote:

 No one is force to, or have a right to work for the WMF. Like any other 
 organisation, for-profit or otherwise, an organisation determines what it can 
 affords and wants to pay for a position. Similarly, a potential employee gets 
 to decides whether the proposed compensation is acceptable to them based on 
 their experience, what the job would be, and their personal circumstance. So, 
 what's the problem?
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's non-disclosure agreement

2013-03-06 Thread Sarah Stierch
Just a quick note - while I was a fellow, I don't remember signing a 
NDA. I think people who did surveys had to (researchers, staff members, 
whatever) depending on the type of information they'd be gathering from 
people. Or, of course, the type of database you'd be given access too 
(i.e. it makes sense that maybe someone from analytics or grantmaking 
depending on the role would have to sign an NDA versus someone from 
the education program).


Most organizations don't walk around releasing their NDA's. In fact, I 
don't know a single organization that would engage people to do so. And 
even though WMF is WMF, I don't think it's bad for it to hold onto some 
professional practices like that. It's common practice, in the States, 
for non and for profits to do. I always thought it was funny that NDA's 
existed at WMF just because of the openness, but, at the same time, it's 
industry standard and doesn't phase me. People should be glad WMF has one.


-Sarah

On 3/5/13 11:34 PM, K. Peachey wrote:

On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

...

As far as I know the relevant issue is that anyone who has access to
private personal information of users needs to sign an agreement that
they will not share that information.

This definition doesn't seem to include CheckUsers, oversighters, OTRS
volunteers and OTRS administrators, wiki administrators, and many others,
so I'm not sure it's accurate.

(OTRS Wise) That may be a historical thing and queue dependant, I know
the gentlemen from OTRS (Martin?) had to sign one before he could
start work on updating the foundation's install

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Earth hour in English Wikipedia

2013-03-05 Thread Sarah Stierch
This is very cool. It might be a good idea, if you haven't already, to 
ping folks on the talk pages of the following English WikiProject:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Environment

Hope that helps a bit, that's often what I do when digging up support or 
help for a project - and even pinging the most active members directly 
on their talk pages. Might also be worth to leave a comment on the WWF 
Wikipedia talk page.


-Sarah



On 3/5/13 10:59 AM, Ivan Martínez wrote:

In Wikimedia Mexico we are working with the World Wildlife Fund to
improvemexican
biodiversity contents. They asked me to seek contact with a chapter /
editor who
wants to work their contents on the upcoming Earth Hour in the English
Wikipedia.

If someone wants to work on this theme, I can contact with WWF staff.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation

2013-03-04 Thread Sarah Stierch

On 3/4/13 2:54 AM, Mathieu Stumpf wrote:

Le 2013-03-01 14:42, Sarah Stierch a écrit :

Just an FYI. virtually no one at OKF but...like...me, and a couple of
our 30 some staff members actually use the wiki (and it's really only
for some HR documents). So, it'll most likely be left untouched or
unmaintained, by anyone. I just mention this because at our recent
staff summit we did a survey and everyone agreed that the wiki isn't
the primary spot where we work.

We're actually even considering making the wiki internal because it's
not fruitful for anyone outside of the internal community. So..don't
expect much to happen with that wiki space.

-Sarah


How do you know it will never be fruitful? Do you have any security 
concern on letting information public? If no, why wasting ressources 
making your workflow closed?




Hi there. I can't speak on behalf of the OKF staff as a whole. There 
isn't a security concern, just not many people use it, and if we have 
something that isn't being used, it might not make much sense to hold 
onto it as an asset per se. (IMHO) Sure, we could let it sit there and 
rot, but, that's not really of interest to the organization, perhaps. 
The only people who are generally using it is a small group of staff and 
volunteers. Most of our staff members and community members are not 
wiki-users, therefore it also might not be the most comfortable space 
for them to be productive and work.


If no one is really using the space for workflow, then there really 
isn't much loss associated with it. Don't get me wrong - I'm a 
Wikipedian and I use the wiki.


But, this isn't really the conversation to be having this. If people are 
concerned I suppose they can stop by the OKF mailing list and voice some 
concern about it. Or...the wiki! Heh!


-Sarah


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation

2013-03-01 Thread Sarah Stierch

On 3/1/13 8:37 AM, Fae wrote:

On 1 March 2013 12:08, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
everton.alvare...@okfn.org wrote:

http://wiki.okfn.org/Open_Knowledge_Foundation_and_Wikimedia_Foundation
Tom

Good idea Tom. As it's a wiki, I have taken the initiative to move the
page to http://wiki.okfn.org/Open_Knowledge_Foundation_and_Wikimedia,
as based on the page introduction it appears to be intended to cover
projects wider than partnerships directly with the Wikimedia
Foundation. There are many other groups like the Wikimedia Chapters
and the evolving Wikimedia thematic organizations, that act
independently but are part of the Wikimedia community, and run all
sorts of interesting open knowledge content projects, as well as
lobbying for legal and government policy change to enable access to
open knowledge.

Cheers,
Fae


Just an FYI. virtually no one at OKF but...like...me, and a couple of 
our 30 some staff members actually use the wiki (and it's really only 
for some HR documents). So, it'll most likely be left untouched or 
unmaintained, by anyone. I just mention this because at our recent staff 
summit we did a survey and everyone agreed that the wiki isn't the 
primary spot where we work.


We're actually even considering making the wiki internal because it's 
not fruitful for anyone outside of the internal community. So..don't 
expect much to happen with that wiki space.


-Sarah

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New proposal for a wiki Project!

2013-02-18 Thread Sarah Stierch
I think the talk page for the proposal would be a brilliant place to
discuss concerns and suggestions.

Just sayin' :)

-Sarah


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Gerard Meijssen
gerard.meijs...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hoi,
 The one thing I am really interested in learning is how information about
 and content in a specific languages will be handled.

 Information about is likely to be in another language, consequently WHAT
 language. Content could be in something like Wikisource / Wikibooks.
 Thanks,
   Gerard


 On 18 February 2013 22:57, geni geni...@gmail.com wrote:

  On 18 February 2013 16:33, Kevin Behrens kevin_behr...@hotmail.de
 wrote:
   Hello!
  
   I have started a proposal for a new wiki project: WikiLang (
  meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiLang). It is about endangered languages and
  language documentation/decipherment. It is a very important step in
 order
  to save our linguistic diversity which is ongoing faster than the
  extinction of animals.
 
  Why? Most of the languages in question have so little information
  stored in them that even if we assume a total loss of that information
  (which is unlikely) that downside will be massively outweighed by the
  upside of easier communication between people.
 
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[Wikimedia-l] WikiWomen's History Month

2013-02-15 Thread Sarah Stierch
[Pardon the cross-posts - and the English message]  - Please forward as 
well!


Hi everyone,

March is Women's History Month, and this will be the second year for 
WikiWomen's History Month, an *international* collaborative event that 
takes place offline at edit-a-thons and online through project focuses. 
Events and projects focus on improving women's history coverage on any 
language project. We have a page on English Wikipedia, like last year, 
to gather all of the events:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiWomen%27s_History_Month

So far we have events in South America, Europe and the United States.

I hope you'll consider throwing an event in your town, village, or city 
- or do a women's history focus for your WikiProject - large or small!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] IEGrants Committee

2013-02-13 Thread Sarah Stierch
Congrats everyone - I'm happy to see a nice diverse group of people from 
around the world participating in this!


-Sarah

On 2/13/13 12:14 PM, Siko Bouterse wrote:

Hi all,
I'm happy to announce selection of the first members of the Individual
Engagement Grants Committee, who will be serving through February
2014.  This committee will review proposals for IEGrants and make
recommendations for funding to WMF.

Committee members:

Ansumang
Bobrayner
Doc James
Gryllida
Harold Hidalgo
Ilario
Isaac Kosgei
MikyM
Netha Hussain
Ocaasi
Pine
Raystorm
Steven Zhang
Thehelpfulone
Tomo suzuki
Wittylama
WWB
Whym

More information about the committee:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee

Introductions from committee members:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab#idealab-introducing

Congratulations to the new members, and many thanks to everyone who
participated!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voice Intro Project

2013-02-08 Thread Sarah Stierch
Andy - have you thought about putting a project page on Wikipedia and not
just hosting it on your blog ?

It might bring more traffic.

I saw your Tweet about doing this, I just..well..haven't sat down and done
it yet. And I hate my recorded voice. O_o

-Sarah


On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 5:57 AM, Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.ukwrote:

 I'd like to ask your support the project I started:


 http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/open-licensed-format-recordings-voices-wikipedia-wikimedia-commons/
 

 asking the subjects of Wikipedia articles to record a 10-second sample
 of their speaking voice, for use on those articles.

 An example script is Hello, my name is [name]. I was born in [place]
 and I have been [job or position] since [year].

 So far, the participants:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Voice_intro_project

 include Sue Black, Cory Doctorow, Bill Thompson and Dave Winer; and
 we've just had our first recording in French - but we need many more.

 Do you know anyone who has an article about them? Do you know of tools
 that would simplify the process of making ogg files, open licensing
 them, and uploading them to Commons? How can we include more speakers
 of other languages?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voice Intro Project

2013-02-08 Thread Sarah Stierch
Yeah, it'd be cool to have a tool that allows the subject to record and
then make their file an ogg, or record it to ogg in a super fast way.

it's a small, but time consuming thing to record yourself, upload it (or
whatever) to your computer, and then figure out how to make it into an open
license.

-Sarah




On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 7:03 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.comwrote:

 Andy Mabbett, 08/02/2013 14:57:

 I'd like to ask your support the project I started:

 http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/**open-licensed-format-**
 recordings-voices-wikipedia-**wikimedia-commons/http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/open-licensed-format-recordings-voices-wikipedia-wikimedia-commons/
 

 asking the subjects of Wikipedia articles to record a 10-second sample
 of their speaking voice, for use on those articles.

 An example script is Hello, my name is [name]. I was born in [place]
 and I have been [job or position] since [year].

 So far, the participants:

 
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/**wiki/Category:Voice_intro_**projecthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Voice_intro_project
 

 include Sue Black, Cory Doctorow, Bill Thompson and Dave Winer; and
 we've just had our first recording in French - but we need many more.

 Do you know anyone who has an article about them? Do you know of tools
 that would simplify the process of making ogg files, open licensing
 them, and uploading them to Commons? How can we include more speakers
 of other languages?


 I think we really need such a tool, for instance it's a shame that
 Wiktionary doesn't have pronounciation recordings on most of its entries.
 Of course it's better if the speaker is authoritative (like the subject in
 person for a biography or a professional for Wiktionary), but tools would
 help everyone.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Sarah Stierch

Official statement from the family:

http://soupsoup.tumblr.com/post/40373383323/official-statement-from-the-family-and-partner-of

I hope someone will perhaps write a blog post for the Wikimedia blog 
about his impact on the Wikimedia and free knowledge movement. This 
could be a community project.


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

-Sarah


On 1/12/13 2:58 PM, James Salsman wrote:

Aaron explained how he originally measured Wikipedia contributions:
http://www.aaronsw.com/2002/whowriteswikipedia/swartz2006 -- which is
only linked through the bibliography he kept up on the topic
http://www.aaronsw.com/2002/whowriteswikipedia/ which is linked at the
end of the main essay. Less than a month ago we tweeted back and forth
about weighting those statistics by pageviews.

His best work might be his summary of Galbraith's _Predator State_:
http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/predatorstate

when we were fellows together at the Harvard Center for Ethics, I
think we annoyed everyone else with our repeated insistence that
reducing economic inequality was somehow always the appropriate
solution to each of the many social ills the group identified --
http://crookedtimber.org/2012/06/18/guest-review-by-aaron-swartz-chris-hayes-the-twilight-of-the-elites/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Chapter reports WMNL

2013-01-06 Thread Sarah Stierch
I agree with Thomas, I have to admit :)

Having a brief in summary of what links comprise of is common practice and 
would be fabulous!

Every second counts in this world of mass stimulation and information. :) 

Sarah

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On Jan 6, 2013, at 3:08 PM, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Jan 6, 2013 11:06 PM, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl wrote:
 
 I don't see a reason for this tone, and I think that everyone who is
 interested in the reports will easily find them.
 
 The problem is, it's hard to know if you are interested in the report
 without having any idea what it contains. A short summary, or at least a
 list of contents, helps you decide whether to click on the link or not. (If
 the report is already a fairly short summary, just include the whole thing.)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] compromise?

2013-01-04 Thread Sarah Stierch

Sorry to top post - but, I'm just replying to the thread in general.

One of my biggest frustrations with this thread is that it seems to 
focus on technical staff.


The Wikimedia Foundation is a non profit. There is an entire department 
of people who do programming in grants/education/and dare I say 
outreach (or whatever). Then there are the HR people, etc.


While I am wrapping up the last month of my fellowship, and I am not a 
Wikimedia staff member, I do have my master's in museum studies, with a 
focus on the management of said organizations. The reason I state that? 
Is because WMF is competitive in regards to what it offers employees in 
my realm - as a non-profit person (I will most likely work in non 
profits for the rest of my life unless I own my own business, and that 
could even be nonprofit). So don't forget - I'm not the only person with 
a degree that would take me into a world of nonprofitness - Google isn't 
even on my radar as someone who is bidding for me, nor am I looking at 
them for work.


Let's just say, when I went to school, I knew I'd be working for a 
mission, and which in the US, many folks go into computer science with 
the understanding they'll be making a nice amount of money out of 
school. From my understanding, most technical folks don't go into the 
field to start using their talents for non profits, it's often a second 
life, after working in the for profit world.


Hell, what I made as a fellow is as competitive to what first year's 
make working at museums. And I feel I've gotten more dare I say..perks 
or benefits, working as a fellow at WMF then I would working at pretty 
much any museum in my area of work (curatorial). (minus benefits like 
health insurance which contractors/fellows don't get)


So for me, and a number of us who work in the nonprofit arena (not the 
tech person who could be stolen by big tech company arena) - WMF *is* 
competitive.


-Sarah




On 1/4/13 10:17 AM, Quim Gil wrote:

On 01/03/2013 09:12 AM, Michael Snow wrote:

the Wikimedia Foundation
provides benefits that meet or exceed those of just about any employer
it might be competing with.


fwiw until recently I was working in the so-called Silicon Valley for 
a Scandinavian big tech corp with Scandinavian standards for HR 
practices and health care coverage. The coverage I get at the WMF for 
my family and myself is no different (including my fully covered 
domestic partner aka not-married mother of my children).


My salary has been significantly reduced with the change, indeed. But 
it is definitely more than enough to have a regular middle class life 
in the Bay Area. And then again we would be comparing the salary I had 
in such company after 5 years of (hopefully good) work, not the one I 
had at the beginning. I'm hoping to get some salary increase if/when I 
can proof good results of my work but I'm not even aiming to reach the 
same level I got in a for-profit tech corp in Silicon Valley. That 
would feel wrong, being most of the WMF based on individual donations 
and being the WMF active in so many countries where so much can be 
done with the difference between such corporate salary and the one 
I've got now.


PS: speaking entirely for myself although I wouldn't be surprised if 
this sentiment is shared among other WMF employees.





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board vote on narrowing focus

2012-11-02 Thread Sarah Stierch
 
regarding OpenGLAM in the US. It just takes time, and we've wasted a lot 
of it already.


And no, I'm not starting a chapter anytime soon. Someone else can do 
that. :)


-Sarah


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/US/Consortium

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board vote on narrowing focus

2012-11-02 Thread Sarah Stierch

On 11/2/12 8:15 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote:

Samuel Klein, 02/11/2012 16:01:
* Institutional support for the GLAM related activities in the US 
(until

the US Federation is fully functional, if ever)



I agree there is room for a global GLAM support for regions that 
don't have

local [chapter] organization.  Why do you feel this is a special problem
for the US, compared to other archive-rich parts of the world - given 
the

two regional chapters and numerous present and past Wikipedians in
residence?


The problem is always the same, i.e. that the WMF acts as WM-USA while 
a chapter is missing, rather than being truly global.
Random (unfair?) recent example: WLM-USA uses the allegedly global 
Wikimedia blog 
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/10/31/wiki-loves-monuments-us-top-ten-photos-announced/ 
unlike all the other national editions.


There is a US blog: http://www.wikilovesmonuments.us/

I'm not sure why it was posted on the WMF blog. I'm sure if other 
countries submitted their top ten's they'd be posted to the WMF blog.


Remember: anyone in the movement - around the world - can write a blog 
for the WMF blog, in any language they want. So do it!



-Sarah

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jamaican editathon

2012-10-29 Thread Sarah Stierch

I forwarded this to the cultural partners list.

I'm sure there are cultural institutions with Jamaican heritage content 
- including British Library and Museum.


-Sarah

On 10/29/12 9:21 AM, Asaf Bartov wrote:

On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:46 AM, Richard Symonds 
richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:


We've had an email from a gentleman at an educational institution in
Jamaica, who'd like to run an editathon. He's contacted Wikimedia UK as a
starting point, presumably because of the shared history: but we can't do a
great deal more than send him some booklets, etc, by post. He's simply too
far away! Are there any individuals or chapters (or the WMF) based nearby
who could help?


We have nothing going on in Jamaica, but I'm happy to be put in touch with
him and see what we can do.

Asaf



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation and Saudi Telecom (STC) partner to provide access to Wikipedia free of mobile data charges in the Middle East

2012-10-15 Thread Sarah
Apologies if this is a stupid question, but I don't understand the
need for a partnership between the Wikipedia Foundation and the Saudi
Telecom Company (STC).

If STC wants not to charge its customers for accessing Wikipedia, in
what way does it need the help of the Foundation to achieve that?

Sarah

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Policy and Political Affiliations Guideline

2012-08-03 Thread Sarah Stierch
How come these concerns weren't brought up months ago when the reflection 
about the blackout was posted to meta?

It seems that right now Andreas, you are the main opponent of something that 
already happened and no one can change.

I'd just post your concerns to meta and stop this talking in circles and finger 
pointing. It's tiring, reads like some conspiracy theory and seems to be losing 
any traction of game changing that it could.

I appreciate hearing your thoughts, as many of us do, I just think they are 
best preserved on wiki where the majority of participants in the blackout 
hangout (most aren't active on mailing lists) and can participate in this 
analysis with you. 

Sarah



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On Aug 3, 2012, at 12:52 PM, Andreas Kolbe jayen...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM, Todd Allen toddmal...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 We do everything in our power to prevent
 the problem, but it would be absolutely cost prohibitive to do it 100%
 with the difference being that fine grained, and this law gives you
 the right to shut us down if we can't hit 100%. We think on balance
 what we do is good even if something bad occasionally slips through,
 so we can't support that law. And indeed, since this strikes at the
 core of what we do and could shut us down entirely, we must do
 everything in our power to fight the law, including energizing those
 who use our services to speak up against it.
 
 
 
 That wasn't the situation though, was it? Just quoting Tim here:
 
 ---o0o---
 
 http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2012-July/121092.html
 
 * Geoff Brigham opined otherwise, IIRC.*
 Yes, on the basis that Wikipedia arguably falls under the definition
 of an 'Internet search engine'.
 
 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/12/13/how-sopa-will-hurt-the-free-web-and-wikipedia/
 
 The definition was:
 
 The term ‘Internet search engine’ means a service made available via
 the Internet that searches, crawls, categorizes, or indexes
 information or Web sites available elsewhere on the Internet and on
 the basis of a user query or selection that consists of terms,
 concepts, categories, questions, or other data returns to the user a
 means, such as a hyperlinked list of Uniform Resource Locators, of
 locating, viewing, or downloading such information or data available
 on the Internet relating to such query or selection.
 
 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr3261/text
 
 It's hard to see how Wikipedia could fall under this definition, but
 even if it did, what would be the consequences?
 
 A provider of an Internet search engine shall take technically
 feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, but in
 any case within 5 days after being served with a copy of the order, or
 within such time as the court may order, designed to prevent the
 foreign infringing site that is subject to the order, or a portion of
 such site specified in the order, from being served as a direct
 hypertext link.
 
 Geoff argued that we would have to manually review millions of links
 in order to comply with such a court order. But the definition of an
 internet site that would be specified under such a court order is:
 
 [T]he collection of digital assets, including links, indexes, or
 pointers to digital assets, accessible through the Internet that are
 addressed relative to a common domain name or, if there is no domain
 name, a common Internet Protocol address.
 
 We already index external links by domain name or IP address for easy
 searching, and we have the ability to prevent further such links from
 being submitted, for the purposes of spam control. The compliance cost
 would be no worse than a typical [[WP:RSPAM]] report.
 
 Maybe SOPA was a serious threat to freedom of expression on the
 Internet, and worth fighting against, but it wasn't a threat to
 Wikipedia's existence.
 
 ---o0o---
 
 So we were talking about Wikipedia – if indeed Wikipedia could legally
 be considered a search engine, which seems a stretch – being given
 five (5) days to convert any direct hyperlinks they were specifically
 advised of by court order into just alphanumeric, non-clickable links.
 No?
 
 So all the talk about If Wikipedia had had just one infringing link
 on it, they could have shut us down entirely looks like a bunch of
 scaremongering nonsense you bought.
 
 Now, who *does* operate a search engine, and would have incurred some
 extra costs here?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Policy and Political Affiliations Guideline

2012-08-03 Thread Sarah Stierch

Hi -

Actually, it looks like there are a few places where people can share 
their thoughts, etc. about SOPA/Blackoutness:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout

and other things related but not:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Project-wide_protests
https://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Advocacy_agendas
https://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Task_force/Advocacy_Agenda (which it 
looks like you can get involved in!)


I'm sure there are other things too. Risker said it best - let's stick 
on topic instead of going off on tangents. Perhaps even having a place 
to discuss WMF Policy and Political Affiliations Guidelines is ideal. Oh 
wait, there is ;)


http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal_and_Community_Advocacy/Foundation_Policy_and_Political_Affiliations_Guideline

As you just shared! Again, this is more inclusive and it can bring your 
concerns to a broader audience who might not be on this mailing list. Ciao!


-Sarah


On 8/3/12 1:17 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote:

Sarah,

Well, for one I was not aware that there was a reflection about the
blackout posted on Meta. A link would be appreciated. Thanks.

Secondly, four or five months ago I would not have been aware of various
events on the timeline that preceded the blackout.

Third, this is an ongoing situation, as the subject of this very thread is
the proposed policy defining when and how further action like that could be
taken.

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal_and_Community_Advocacy/Foundation_Policy_and_Political_Affiliations_Guideline

Regards,


On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM, Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.comwrote:


How come these concerns weren't brought up months ago when the
reflection about the blackout was posted to meta?

It seems that right now Andreas, you are the main opponent of something
that already happened and no one can change.

I'd just post your concerns to meta and stop this talking in circles and
finger pointing. It's tiring, reads like some conspiracy theory and seems
to be losing any traction of game changing that it could.

I appreciate hearing your thoughts, as many of us do, I just think they
are best preserved on wiki where the majority of participants in the
blackout hangout (most aren't active on mailing lists) and can participate
in this analysis with you.

Sarah



Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 3, 2012, at 12:52 PM, Andreas Kolbe jayen...@gmail.com wrote:


On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM, Todd Allen toddmal...@gmail.com wrote:


We do everything in our power to prevent
the problem, but it would be absolutely cost prohibitive to do it 100%
with the difference being that fine grained, and this law gives you
the right to shut us down if we can't hit 100%. We think on balance
what we do is good even if something bad occasionally slips through,
so we can't support that law. And indeed, since this strikes at the
core of what we do and could shut us down entirely, we must do
everything in our power to fight the law, including energizing those
who use our services to speak up against it.



That wasn't the situation though, was it? Just quoting Tim here:

---o0o---

http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2012-July/121092.html


* Geoff Brigham opined otherwise, IIRC.*

Yes, on the basis that Wikipedia arguably falls under the definition
of an 'Internet search engine'.



http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/12/13/how-sopa-will-hurt-the-free-web-and-wikipedia/


The definition was:

The term ‘Internet search engine’ means a service made available via
the Internet that searches, crawls, categorizes, or indexes
information or Web sites available elsewhere on the Internet and on
the basis of a user query or selection that consists of terms,
concepts, categories, questions, or other data returns to the user a
means, such as a hyperlinked list of Uniform Resource Locators, of
locating, viewing, or downloading such information or data available
on the Internet relating to such query or selection.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr3261/text

It's hard to see how Wikipedia could fall under this definition, but
even if it did, what would be the consequences?

A provider of an Internet search engine shall take technically
feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, but in
any case within 5 days after being served with a copy of the order, or
within such time as the court may order, designed to prevent the
foreign infringing site that is subject to the order, or a portion of
such site specified in the order, from being served as a direct
hypertext link.

Geoff argued that we would have to manually review millions of links
in order to comply with such a court order. But the definition of an
internet site that would be specified under such a court order is:

[T]he collection of digital assets, including links, indexes, or
pointers to digital assets, accessible through the Internet that are
addressed relative to a common

[Wikimedia-l] Join in from afar for the Smithsonian Institution Edit-a-Thon!

2012-05-25 Thread Sarah Stierch

(Pardon the crosspost)

Hi everyone!

Our second Smithsonian edit-a-thon is going to start in about an hour (1 
PM EST) and we'll be utilizing an Etherpad compliments of Wikimedia DC


http://notes.wikimediadc.org/p/SIEdit2

Feel free to join in! We'll also be utilizing the #glamwiki hashtag.

Our goal is to improve content about Smithsonian people and places and 
we've love your help - translations, lending a hand, writing something 
yourself, whatever!


See you there :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Only IP editing allowed on Wikipedia

2012-04-30 Thread Sarah
On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:33 AM, WereSpielChequers
werespielchequ...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi can anyone point me to a write up of the the test plan for this
 morning's experiment on Wikipedia? Having been logged off about ten times
 I've worked out that you get logged out the first two times you change page.

 It will be interesting to see how many editors revert to IP editing.

 WSC

I haven't been logged out, but very few of my edits are saving first
time -- I keep getting the session expired message, even when I've
only been on the page for a minute or so.  And editing has been
painfully slow.

Lots of discussion about it at the PUMP --
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28technical%29oldid=489919998#Loss_of_session_data_and_slowness_issues

It seems to have started for some people on April 10th. I've been
noticing the slow speed for a couple of days, and since yesterday the
difficulty saving.

Sarah

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