Wikimedia UK is not currently cancelling all in person events and meetings
and hasn't instituted a work from home policy, however the senior
management team and board are monitoring the situation carefully,
communicating with staff and partners regularly, and following advice from
I would like to share to you a statement:
*Joint Statement of the * *ESEAP Wikimania Organizing Team * *and Wikimania
Steering Committee * *on COVID-19*
12 March 2020
The ESEAP Wikimania Organizing Team, Wikimania Steering Committee and the
Wikimedia Foundation acknowledge
Many thanks for sharing - I know you're a professional in the field. This
is pretty much what we're doing as the WMF, and the affiliates surely can
All universities I'm currently affiliated with (Harvard, MIT, Kozminski)
cancelled all classes and move to virtual
WHO have a great video on COVID-19 ("Coronavius"):
Now would be a good time for the WMF, local chapters, other
affiliates, and individual, to publicly call on them to open licence
such material, as I have done, here:
I have been asking WHO to release COVID19 content (specially videos) under
open licenses since since Feb 2020.
I have spoke with Aleksandra Kuzmanovic who has been involved in their
collaboration with Facebook and Twitter etc.
They say maybe. But despite a bunch of follow up emails have not
I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
 Myanmar Wikimedia Community User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group.
The group aims to promote Wikimedia projects to people living in,
interested in or connected to Myanmar and also its
Agree 100% with Risker. Now is not the time to be taking risk. I would be
much happier if a year from now we looked back and said we overreacted than
if we looked back to realize we did not react enough.
On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 8:27 AM Rebecca O'Neill
> The Irish government have
Well, we did our share. For both medical and social aspects, we were there.
I was hoping at least to get some guidelines for our affiliates' social media...
Il giovedì 12 marzo 2020, 19:35:56 CET, Damon Sicore ha
Not to mention a lost opportunity for the world.
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, March 18, at
9:30 AM PDT/16:30 UTC. We’ll have a presentation on topic modeling by
Jordan Boyd-Graber. A question-and-answer session will follow.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiD9QTHNVVM
As usual, you can
Wikimedia Commons is proposing that April becomes a Month of Kindness.
The pandemic is affecting everyone and is likely to be very stressful
for many. This proposal aims to remind everyone throughout April
What a great idea! Thakn you for sharing. We could also strongly
encourage shutting down most bitey aspects of tools and scripts.
This can be a nice sanity check to see if we discover, as wikihow did, that
talking to people by hand rather than via cold template increases
Some of us sent an email when it was (only apparently) less serious but we got
no reply, as far as I know. It was sent by the UG of Washington DC and I
contacted WMCH doing that, because they might reach their central office
quickly in Geneva if necessary.
Changing some licenses was one of the
The Irish government have closed all schools, childcare facilities,
colleges, universities and other public institutions until 29 March. The
current advice is not to have any gatherings of 100 people, but everyone I
had planned events with for the next month has decided to cancel/postpone
More generally, is it a good time to encourage more people to start editing the
projects? Presumably people have a lot more free time at the moment if they are
off work / not spending time on commutes / not socialising / etc.
> On 12 Mar 2020, at 14:51:53, Samuel Klein wrote:
Besides CC for content, I was guidelines to get some guideline for
communication. That is something agencies can do.
In general we are here posting or twitting or creating article or advocating
for media files to be uploaded, or sharing public data on social media when
they are under
There is a lot that is making me happy this week. I'm happy that I'm back
to contributing to "On The Bright Side" and the "What's Making You Happy
This Week?" threads again because it's something I look forward to. It's
nice to think and reflect upon the positivity across the Wikimedia
Jorge Vargas, WMF's Sr. Manager for Regional Partnerships here. Wanted to
quickly chime in to mention that as several folks on this list know, WMF
has been more proactive in the past year or so to build bridges with UN
agencies to see how they can better support our movement and have a
For what it’s worth, Wikimedia Germany is in full work-from-home mode
starting next Monday, and a lot of many employees have already gradually
started working from home over the past days (apart from those who work
remotely anyways, of course). Announcement (in German):
time to also look back through your photo collections maybe re-edit or add
those images you always meant to but never quite got around to it
On Fri, 13 Mar 2020 at 05:45, Mike Peel wrote:
> More generally, is it a good time to encourage more people to start
> editing the projects? Presumably
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