I guess that depends on whether you count WikiVoyage to be launched in 2003
or 2013 :)

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 10:55 AM Christophe Henner <
christophe.hen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> That is a great news!!! Congratulations :)
>
> Just so we are all on the same page, the last approved project was Wikidata
> right?
>
> And back then, one of initial core members of the project was someone
> called Denny Vrandečić too, right?
>
> Denny, I'm happy to say that is how patterns start...
>
> Stay safe and take care ^^
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Le jeu. 2 juil. 2020 à 7:28 PM, Daniel Mietchen via Wikimedia-l <
> wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> a écrit :
>
> > Good to see such an abstract proposal to reach this point on the way
> > towards becoming a very real Wikimedia project!
> > d.
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 1:05 PM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
> > galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Excited to see even how this mind-blowing idea comes to live!
> > >
> > > Congratulations
> > >
> > > Galder
> > > ________________________________
> > > From: Wikimedia-l <wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org> on behalf
> of
> > > Isaac Olatunde <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
> > > Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:01 PM
> > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new
> > > Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia
> > >
> > > Wow! This is a great news.
> > >
> > > Thanks for sharing Katherine.
> > >
> > > With best wishes
> > >
> > > Isaac.
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2 Jul 2020, 17:39 Denny Vrandečić, <vrande...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Katherine, thank you for the warm welcome and your kind words!
> > > >
> > > > I am very happy to be given the opportunity to start this new
> project,
> > > and
> > > > deeply honored by the trust and confidence of the Board and the
> > > Foundation.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks to the many who have listened to me talking about this project
> > in
> > > > the last few years, read my papers and plans, commented on them,
> > > > scrutinized them, and offered encouragement, criticism, and advice.
> > > Thanks
> > > > to everyone who expressed their support and raised their concerns on
> > the
> > > > proposal page on Meta [1]. It is thanks to you that the Board was
> > > confident
> > > > enough to make this decision.
> > > >
> > > > There is a lot of work in front of us, and I will continue to rely on
> > > your
> > > > guidance and collective wisdom. We will need to foster a new
> community.
> > > > Just as with Wikidata, I hope that some of you will become active in
> > the
> > > > new community, and I also want to make sure that we will be welcoming
> > to
> > > > new contributors. We want to extend and grow the Wikimedia movement
> not
> > > > only with new functionalities, but also with new people.
> > > >
> > > > Settling in this new position will take quite a bit of my attention
> in
> > > the
> > > > next few weeks, so please forgive me if I may be slow with answering
> > your
> > > > questions between now and then. One of the first things we’ll do is
> to
> > > set
> > > > up new communication channels. We will continue discussing the
> project
> > > and
> > > > planning on Meta [2] for now and also welcome you to the new,
> dedicated
> > > > mailing list [3].
> > > >
> > > > One of our first tasks together will be to find a name for the
> > project. A
> > > > first set of proposals have already been made [4], and I invite you
> all
> > > to
> > > > come up with more ideas. We will start that off in July or August.
> Did
> > I
> > > > mention that you can join us on Meta [2] to discuss proposals for
> > names,
> > > > the project itself, and much more?
> > > >
> > > > Again, thank you all! I am super excited about figuring this thing
> out
> > > with
> > > > you, and am looking forward to coming back to Wikimedia full-time.
> > > >
> > > > Stay safe,
> > > > Denny
> > > >
> > > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Abstract_Wikipedia
> > > > [2]
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
> > > > [3] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia
> > > > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia/Name
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:24 AM Brion Vibber <bvib...@wikimedia.org>
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > I'm extremely excited about this project!
> > > > >
> > > > > Not only will this be directly useful on its own (and a fascinating
> > > > project
> > > > > in its own right!), but it will help our volunteer editors to ramp
> up
> > > > good
> > > > > base material to work with on the "prose" Wikipedias we already
> know
> > > and
> > > > > love.
> > > > >
> > > > > The idea is really to make the structured data we've all been
> putting
> > > > into
> > > > > Wikidata available in a human-readable form at a big scale, that's
> > > still
> > > > > able to be shaped and made into something real and readable by
> human
> > > > > editors. By moving around where in the chain the data gets
> expressed
> > as
> > > > > human language, we hope to make something that's just as editable
> but
> > > > much
> > > > > more maintainable in the future and across multiple languages.
> > > > >
> > > > > -- brion
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:04 AM Katherine Maher <
> kma...@wikimedia.org
> > >
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > (A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta
> > > [1])
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Hi all,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project
> > > that
> > > > > has
> > > > > > been unanimously approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> > > > Trustees.
> > > > > > Abstract Wikipedia proposes a new way to generate baseline
> > > encyclopedic
> > > > > > content in a multilingual fashion, allowing more contributors and
> > > more
> > > > > > readers to share more knowledge in more languages. It is an
> > approach
> > > > that
> > > > > > aims to make cross-lingual cooperation easier on our projects,
> > > increase
> > > > > the
> > > > > > sustainability of our movement through expanding access to
> > > > participation,
> > > > > > improve the user experience for readers of all languages, and
> > > innovate
> > > > in
> > > > > > free knowledge by connecting some of the strengths of our
> movement
> > to
> > > > > > create something new.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This is our first new project in over seven years. Abstract
> > Wikipedia
> > > > was
> > > > > > submitted as a project proposal by Denny Vrandečić in May of 2020
> > [2]
> > > > > after
> > > > > > years of preparation and research, leading to a detailed plan and
> > > > lively
> > > > > > discussions in the Wikimedia communities. We know that the energy
> > and
> > > > the
> > > > > > creativity of the community often runs up against language
> > barriers,
> > > > and
> > > > > > information that is available in one language may not make it to
> > > other
> > > > > > language Wikipedias. Abstract Wikipedia intends to look and feel
> > > like a
> > > > > > Wikipedia, but build on the powerful, language-independent
> > conceptual
> > > > > > models of Wikidata, with the goal of letting volunteers create
> and
> > > > > maintain
> > > > > > Wikipedia articles across our polyglot Wikimedia world.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The project will allow volunteers to assemble the fundamentals of
> > an
> > > > > > article using words and entities from Wikidata. Because Wikidata
> > uses
> > > > > > conceptual models that are meant to be universal across
> languages,
> > it
> > > > > > should be possible to use and extend these building blocks of
> > > knowledge
> > > > > to
> > > > > > create models for articles that also have universal value. Using
> > > code,
> > > > > > volunteers will be able to translate these abstract “articles”
> into
> > > > their
> > > > > > own languages. If successful, this could eventually allow
> everyone
> > to
> > > > > read
> > > > > > about any topic in Wikidata in their own language.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > As you can imagine, this work will require a lot of software
> > > > development,
> > > > > > and a lot of cooperation among Wikimedians. In order to make this
> > > > effort
> > > > > > possible, Denny will join the Foundation as a staff member in
> July
> > > and
> > > > > lead
> > > > > > this initiative. You may know Denny as the creator of Wikidata, a
> > > > > long-time
> > > > > > community member, a former staff member at Wikimedia Deutschland,
> > > and a
> > > > > > former Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation[3]. We are very
> excited
> > > that
> > > > > > Denny will bring his skills and expertise to work on this project
> > > > > alongside
> > > > > > the Foundation’s product, technology, and community liaison
> teams.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > It is important to acknowledge that this is an experimental
> project
> > > and
> > > > > > that every Wikipedia community has different needs. This project
> > may
> > > > > offer
> > > > > > some communities great advantages. Other communities may engage
> > less.
> > > > > Every
> > > > > > language Wikipedia community will be free to choose and moderate
> > > > whether
> > > > > or
> > > > > > how they would use content from this project.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > We are excited that this new wiki-project has the possibility to
> > > > advance
> > > > > > knowledge equity through increased access to knowledge. It also
> > > invites
> > > > > us
> > > > > > to consider and engage with critical questions about how and by
> > whom
> > > > > > knowledge is constructed. We look forward to working in
> cooperation
> > > > with
> > > > > > the communities to think through these important questions.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > There is much to do as we begin designing a plan for Abstract
> > > Wikipedia
> > > > > in
> > > > > > close collaboration with our communities. I encourage you to get
> > > > involved
> > > > > > by going to the project page and joining the new mailing list[4].
> > We
> > > > > > recognize that Abstract Wikipedia is ambitious, but we also
> > recognize
> > > > its
> > > > > > potential. We invite you all to join us on a new, unexplored
> path.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Yours,
> > > > > > Katherine Maher
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Executive Director,
> > > > > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > > > > >
> > > > > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract
> > > > > > Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement
> > > > > > [2]
> > > > >
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
> > > > > > [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Denny
> > > > > > [4]
> > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia
> > > > > > --
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Katherine Maher (she/her)
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Executive Director
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
> > > > > >
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