the new bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#75) is available. Summary:
- 1.2 Vote for the general
- 1.3 Wikitrips, have you already signed
- 1.5 Wikimedia goes to Europe to talk about
- 1.6 State of the Map Europe
- 1.7 News from
- 1.8 News from the
- 1.9 Dates for your
- 1.10 5 x
As usual, a link has been added to meta, at
more-or-less raw text of the bulletin follows below.
= Wikimedia News n. 75, April 30th, 2014 =
<tr><td>[[File:Trento-Italy.jpg|thumb|300px|center| Trento, by MAc9,
[CC-BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia
Commons]]</td><td>[[File:Matera.jpg|thumb|280px|center| Matera, by Bönisch,
[CC-BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]</td></tr>
<p align=center> ''Trento and Matera, the two cities which may host the
next General Meeting of Wikimedia Italia'' </p>
== Welcome ==
Recently, the number of subscribers to the Wikimedia Italia newsletter has
increased significantly: it's a pleasure for us to be your host and offer
you our sincere '''welcome!'''
Furthermore, in the next future we are planning to renew our news bulletin
to make it more interesting, also from a graphical point of view; we're
open to suggestions and comments from you. Meanwhile, have a nice read!
== Vote for the general meeting! ==
Having closed April's General Meeting, we are already looking ahead and,
for the first time, everyone's called to vote and choose the location of
the next one.
We have already two candidate cities for the traditional autumn meeting,
one in the North and one in the South, '''Trento, and Matera''',
respectively. The most voted one will be chosen!
You can express your preference directly in the [
dedicated to the poll.
== Wikitrips, have you already signed up? ==
Between May and the beginning of June, Wikimedia Italia will promote a
series of trips in the framework of the project
[http://www.archeowiki.it/Archeowiki]. The volunteer archaeologists
and wikipedians who, in the last
few months, have guided the students and the elderly people from the AUSER
groups, are now available to '''let you also visit some of the museums
participating to the project'''.
The participation and the admission are '''free''', the guides are
exceptional, so you shouldn't miss the occasion!
We ask all interested people to '''sign up for the event by completing the
online forms''' (one per trip). The first trip is scheduled for the coming
Sunday, May 4th, hurry up as places are limited. The trips will also be an
occasion to know each other, spend some time together and share a meal with
In the following you will find the dates suggested for the four meetings in
museums, with their respective link to sign up. The visits will take place
in the afternoon, but for all details we ask you to be patient and wait
until a few days before the trip:
* '''Sunday, May 4th, 2014''': [
Archaeological Museum] in Desenzano del Garda. Sign up [
* '''Sunday, May 11th, 2014''': [
Bellini” Civic Museum] in Asola. Sign up [
* '''Sunday, May 18th, 2014''': [
Archaeological Museum] in Castelleone. Sign up [
* '''Sunday, June 8th, 2014''': [
Archaeological Museum] in Varese. Sign up [
Please answer as soon as possible so that we can best organize the
Wikitrip! For any doubt do not hesitate to contact us at [mailto:
== Bustopedia ==
Wikimedia Italia has decided to sponsor [
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Bustopedia '''BustopediA'''], an
initiative to spread and promote the knowledge of the cultural heritage of
the '''city of Busto Arsizio''', situated between Varese and Milan.
Inspired by the experiences in [
Wales, and, more recently by our own [
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Sestopedia Sestopedia], in the city
of Sesto San Giovanni, the projects aims to involve the City of Busto
Arsizio and its citizens so that they collect information about its history
and local culture, thus enriching the related contents in Wikipedia,
Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource.
Bustopedia is promoted by
Bustocca'''], a local no-profit group, whose goal is to
promote and protect the city's traditions and dialect. Although the project
has just started, it is already structured in three well-defined sections:
* [http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Bustopedia/WLBA Wiki Loves Busto
Arsizio]: local branch of the national contest Wiki Loves Monuments Italia.
* [http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Bustopedia/Biblioteca Biblioteca
Bustocca]: collection of texts (poems, songs, short stories) in Busto's
dialecto on Wikisource (written version) and Wikimedia Commons (spoken
* QRpedia Busto Arsizio: placing QRcodes near places of interest with an
entry on Wikipedia, which will be written or expanded with the
collaboration of the students of local schools.
The official website is under construction, but information is available
from the project manager, [http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Utente:Yiyi Dario
Crespi], member of Wikimedia Italia .
== Wikimedia goes to Europe to talk about copyright ==
[[File:Brussels_Meeting_April_2014.jpg|thumb|300px|right| By Hubertl (Own
work), [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]
On April 24th and 25th, [[Utente:Laurentius|Laurentius]] from Wikimedia
Italia travelled to Brussels to participate to the [
meeting] of the [
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy EU Policy Advocacy Group], a
group of wikimedians from all over Europe, with the common goal of
'''spreading free culture and free knowledge inside EU agencies'''. The
idea of getting involved and contribute, which started about one year ago,
has assumed from its beginning a concrete shape: from the coming summer on,
the wikimedian [
Dimitrov] is working full-time in Brussels to talk about these
themes with EU institutions (the monthly reports are available [
Specifically, these meetings aim to start a collaboration which can help
drafting the text of the '''European reform of copyright law''', which will
probably be approved by the soon-to-be-elected Parliament. For this goal,
the work group has decided to initially focus on only three themes, shared
by the whole community, and about which the Wikimedia movement can
demonstrate '''experience and competence''':
#freedom of panorama;
#public domain for government works;
At the moment the situation is partially on stand-by, because of the
close-by general elections (May 25th, 2014) which will renew the European
Parliament. However, the work group has already scheduled concrete actions
to be activated as soon as the new MEP's will be elected: to cite but a
few, directly addressing MEP's belonging to any party to lobby about the
theme and circulation of information leaflets.
Basing on the strength of its '''collaborative and international soul''',
the Wikimedia movement will work to spread free knowledge even within the
== State of the Map Europe 2014 ==
[http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:CristianCantoro Cristian Consonni],
treasurer of Wikimedia Italia and one of the promotors of the constitution
of the Italian chapter of OpenStreetMap, will take part to the conference [
http://sotm-eu.org/en/pages/idea State of the Map Europe 2014], which will
take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from June 13th to June 15th, 2014.
The International Committee, called to examine in detail the event
programme is composed by nine members from different countries: Italy is
well represented in that committee too, thanks to the presence and work of
the new Vice-president of Wikimedia Italia, [
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Simone Simone Cortesi], one of the
most active participants of the OpenStreetMap movement in our country.
The event, fully dedicated to the European OpenStreetMap community, will
stage, among others, a talk by Cristian titled "Creating a bridge between
OpenSteetMap and Wikipedia: Wikipedia-tags-in-OSM" (scheduled for saturday
14th at 4:00 pm in Building B) besides others two talks from Italian
participants: the full [http://www.sotm-eu.org/en/program programme] is
available on the SotM-EU 2014
[http://www.sotm-eu.org/en/pages/homewebsite], where it is also
possible to [
http://www.sotm-eu.org/en/pages/attendees register] in advance and, until
today April 30th, at a significant discount rate!
== News from OpenStreetMap ==
align=center>The Giro d'Italia will start on May, 9th. Maps are based on
* All the videos from SotM US 2014 are available [
has announced that it will provide updated and important
images to OpenStreetMap, implemented in the editors iD e JOSM.
* Ilya Zverev has created a new editor based on a browser named [
* [http://labs.strava.com/slide/ Slide] is an addon for iD to optimize the
tracing of the lines basing on GPS tracks.
* The visualization of the addresses of OSM Inspector (which checks for
mistyped or without corresponding way addresses) is now [
http://blog.geofabrik.de/?p=309 globally available].
* BBBike.org is now also offering the
[http://extract.bbbike.org/?lang=endownload] of SRTM data in the OSM
OSM Stack: A mind map visualization] by Christophe Rodier.
* Jue Yang, Kate Chapman and Chris Henrik have worked on a newer version of
OSM Export Tool], during SotM US.
* A second update of the reply by HOT to the [
outbreak in West Africa]. A summary is available [
* SK53 has posted about Nick Whitlepp and his [
years mapping trails on OpenStreetMap].
* Map of Budapest (Hungary) with [
in real time].
* Article titled
carving using OSM waterway data] by Andrew Buck.
* The new tool [http://www.osmhydrant.org/en/ OsmHydrant], by Robert Koch,
makes it easy to add and edit hydrants on OSM.
* Chrill Hill has posted about [
http://chris-osm.blogspot.de/2014/04/images-to-map-overlays.html how to
overlap historical maps] on OSM.
* Harry Wood has created a video titled [
https://twitter.com/harry_wood/status/458265579229814784 Update of the
Olympic Park on OpenStreetMap].
* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/ybon/diary/21700 ybon] has added the
support for GeoRSS on uMap. He's also working on a way to create [
http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/ybon/diary/21701 Heatmaps]. What's [
* Quattroshapes offers downloads of [http://quattroshapes.com/osm/ OSM
boundaries] for different administrative levels.
Translation from the [
https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2014/04/27/weekly-osm-summary-93/ OSM blog].
== News from the Wikiworld ==
* The Wikimedia Foundation has published [
to regulate third party diffusion of personal data of Wikimedia
website users. As a basic rule, Wikimedia Foundation [
the privacy] (and when possible, the anonimity) of its users,
however when this principles clashes with higher needs, like for example
maintaining public security, exceptions are made. The rules are
estabilished to avoid misunderstandings and to be as transparent as
possible, towards the rest of the world and towards the users.
* Between May 1st and 31st the competition [
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Umepedia_Challenge Umepedia Challenge],
organized by John Andersson from Wikimedia Sweden, will take place. It
consists of an edit challenge meant to improve and translate the articles
related to the main
[https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Umepedia_Challenge/list40 places] of
the city of Umeå, on which the promoters intend, in the near
futire, to put QRpedia signs. The prize list is available [
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TWL/WVS Wikipedia Visiting
Scholars], the pilot project which allow the most prolific and expert users
of Wikipedia to get free access to the online catalogue of the most
prestigious university libraries, is growing. The goal is allowing authors
to improve the articles of the encyclopaedia basing on authoritative
* On April 8th, the sudden death of [
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Awadewit Adrianne Wadewitz] deprived
Wikipedia of one of the most active female editors, and the whole Wikimedia
movement of one of the most passionate women in the challenge to fill the
gender gap present in the most famous free encyclopedia of the world. [
article] on the Italian main newspaper Corriere della Sera remembers
talking about her history.
== Dates for your diary ==
* Wednesday May 14th, 2014, [[Utente:Laurentius|Laurentius]] will
participate to the meeting [http://nexa.polito.it/mercoledi-64 Mercoledì di
Nexa], at the centro Nexa su Internet & Società of Politecnico di Torino,
to talk about Wikidata. These meetings are part of a cycle of monthly
events dedicated to talk with experts, fans, and people, about the the
themes related to the Net universe and can also be viewed in [
* The series of meeting within the
[http://www.sestopedia.it/?page_id=86Sestopedia] project continue:
'''Sunday, May 4th''', starting at 4:00 pm,
the [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sestopedia/540811326005326 Gardens of
Villa Mylius] will host a didactic trip about the botanic species by means
of the QR codes placed in the previous events. On '''Saturday, May 17th''',
instead, the association Sesto San Giovanni per l'UNESCO promotes a [
http://www.sestopedia.it/?page_id=86 bicycle trip], from the archaeological
park Ex Breda to the former Falck plants; during the trip the participants
will be invited to take pictures to illustrates the articles on Sestopedia.
== 5 x 1000 ==
If you have not yet decided whom to give your 5 x 1000, we remind you that
you can donate it to Wikimedia Italia; you just need to write '''codice
fiscale 94039910156''' in your tax declaration. '''Your signature helps
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