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July 23, 2014

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„Fit für OER!“ – Workshop für Multiplikatorinnen und Multiplikatoren aus dem Bildungsbereich

Am 11. September, einen Tag vor Beginn der Konferenz „OERde14 – Die Zukunft Freier Bildungsmaterialien“ bietet die Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) in Kooperation mit Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. einen Workshop mit Impulsen und Praxisübungen zum Thema OER für Multiplikatorinnen und Multiplikatoren aus dem Bildungsbereich an. Der Workshop richtet sich an OER-Einsteigende. Dies ist Gastbeitrag von Sabine Kühnel, Referentin Medienkompetenz bei der mabb.

Open Educational Resources haben das Potential, unsere Bildungswelt entscheidend zu verändern. Bild:, CC-BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Das passende Unterrichtsmaterial steht meist nicht fertig im Regal. Um den Lernenden ein solches an die Hand geben zu können, stellen pädagogische Fachkräfte es oft selbst her oder setzen Vorhandenes in neuen, passenden Kombinationen zusammen. Nutzt man dabei auch digitale Bildungsmaterialien, entstehen schnell Unsicherheiten und Hürden, beispielsweise durch urheberrechtliche Aspekte und die Frage der Qualitätssicherung.

Open Educational Resources könnten eine Lösung für diese Herausforderungen sein. Der Workshop „Fit für OER!“ will den Teilnehmenden das Thema OER praxisnah, leicht verständlich und an ihren Bedürfnissen ausgerichtet näher bringen und für den pädagogischen Arbeitsalltag nutzbar machen. Neben einer Einführung, was OER überhaupt sind, lernen die Teilnehmenden konkrete Anlaufstellen für freie Bildungsmaterialien kennen und üben sich im eigenen Herstellen und Freigeben von OER.

Einbindung in die OERde14

Im Rahmen des achtstündigen Workshops sollen die Teilnehmenden eigene Bildungsmaterialien – zum Beispiel Arbeitsblätter, Fragebögen oder Hörstücke – erstellen, die unter Freien Lizenzen veröffentlicht werden sollen und im Rahmen einer Barcamp-Session auf der OERde14 präsentiert werden können. Die Teilnehmenden des Workshops können kostenlos an der Konferenz OERde14 am 12. und 13.September 14 in Berlin teilnehmen.


Datum: 11. September 2014

Uhrzeit: 09:00 – 17:00

Zielgruppe: Berliner und Brandenburger Multiplikatorinnen und Multiplikatoren aus dem Bildungsbereich. Lehrerende sind besonders willkommen.

Ort: Wikimedia Deutschland, Tempelhofer Ufer 23/24, 10963 Berlin

Anmeldung: Anmeldung bis zum 03.09.14 (Anmeldeformular)

Rückfragen bitte an Sabine Kühnel (030.2649670 │ ).

Eintritt: Frei

Mitbringen: Teilnehmende sollten ihre eigenen technischen Geräte (z.B. Laptop, Smartphone, Digitalkamera, Tablet) mitbringen!

by Sebastian Horndasch at July 23, 2014 03:30 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Germany

July 22, 2014

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A look back at Wikimania 2013

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This is a short documentary about Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong. You can also view it on here and here. A version without burned-in English language subtitles is available on Wikimedia Commons here.

Wikimania is the annual global gathering of Wikimedians. To me, it feels like the United Nations moved to Github. It feels like the future of civilization. You get to meet people who have become empowered by human-computer symbiosis. Like any convention or meetup, Wikimania is also an ode to serendipity – there’s no accurate way to predict or measure what the dynamics or the outcomes of it will be.

Interviewing at Wikimania in 2013

Last year, I went to Wikimania in Hong Kong to shoot a documentary about the annual convention (film above). A little background – in 2012, my team and I interviewed as many people on camera as we could at Wikimania in Washington D.C., because Wikimania is where you can find the highest diversity and concentration of Wikimedians in the same place at the same time, anywhere in the world. I’d say that maybe half of the people we talked to we hadn’t known before Wikimania. For that project, I decided to remove the convention from the story and focus exclusively on Wikimedians themselves and their personal testimonies. So, when I went to Wikimania in Hong Kong in 2013, I set out to do the opposite and shoot a short documentary that makes the convention itself the main character of the movie. I had a question in my head – if all these people can collaborate online, then why do they need to collaborate face-to-face? I wanted to make something that suggests an answer to that question that would also let you feel like you are an attendee at the conference.

The film above is just under thirty minutes long. I wanted to talk about topics like language and culture, copyright, Wikipedia in education, Wikipedia offline, the Visual Editor, Wikimedia Grants, Wikipedia Zero, demonstrate what a hackathon is, and basically show things that I thought were important to talk about; things you should know that you can learn from being at Wikimania. I couldn’t talk about everything of course, and I had to cut some stuff out. One interview that stands out to me that didn’t make the cut was a conversation with Christoph Zimmermann about the Public Domain Project in Switzerland. Their goal is to make an encyclopedia of music that exists in the public domain. They accept any turntable records that are old enough to be in the public domain in Switzerland and scan the records with a super expensive laser turntable and archive that recording on their wiki for public use.

My thanks to everyone who let me interview them for this film.

Wikimania 2014 in London is just around the corner. It will be the tenth Wikimania. If you’ve never attended Wikimania, and have the opportunity to, you should. It’s always exciting. I’ll be there this August looking for fresh faces to talk to. You can sign up for Wikimania here, and if you have ideas for things to do you can post them here. And if you can’t make it to Wikimania 2014, you can watch the movie above and get a sense of what Wikimania is all about.

Victor Grigas
Storyteller and Video Producer, Wikimedia Foundation

by Victor Grigas at July 22, 2014 10:57 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

Expanding local history with The Wikipedia Library

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If you are an editor on the English Wikipedia, you might have noticed the recent uptick in announcements for accounts offered by The Wikipedia Library! The Wikipedia Library gives active, experienced Wikipedia editors free access to a wide range of paywalled databases – reliable sources that are vital for their work (see also: “The Wikipedia Library Strives for Open Access“). We have been having a lot of success meeting the goals of our Individual Engagement Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. Established partnerships, like that with JSTOR, are expanding, getting Wikipedia editors more access to high quality research materials! Moreover, because of those successes, we are having many fruitful discussions with organizations large and small that are interested in helping Wikipedians create public knowledge and link Wikipedia in to the larger network of scholarly source materials.

We surveyed Wikipedia users interested in the Wikipedia Library about which sources would be best for us to get access to, and one from that list, British Newspaper Archive, has been a very active recent success. It started with 50 accounts and has since expanded to 100 because of the enthusiasm in the initial sign-up period. An archive of high-quality scans of newspapers from the collection of the British Library, it provides a great source of reference materials for Wikipedia articles about 18th, 19th, and early 20th century Britain and its global interests. Even though the accounts have only been available for a couple of weeks, Wikipedians have been successfully using them to create new and expand old articles about historical topics, both about local history and topics of national British interest. These range from articles about geographical features (Swithland Reservoir) to sports (1884 FA Cup Final and Jack Kid Berg), coal mines (Pendleton Colliery) to politicians (Sewallis Shirley).

User:Sitush’s experience

As part of our partnership with the British Newspaper Archive, they have offered us an opportunity to talk about improving Wikipedia on their blog, highlighting the success of the account donation. More importantly though, it enables us to communicate to their social media audience – researchers investigating historical topics through old newspapers – how Wikipedians motivated by similar interests are able to use that research to provide knowledge to our vast audience. Here is what one of our Wikipedia editors who got access through this partnership, User:Sitush, shared on their blog about his new account:

I have a degree from Cambridge in History, and Wikipedia has always been a way for me to explore my interest in Indian and local history. When I got BNA access through the Wikipedia Library, I saw it as an opportunity to explore a local history mystery raised by several people who had been apprentices with the engineering firm of Sir James Farmer Norton & Co Ltd at Adelphi Ironworks in Salford. They often speak with some pride and affection of their time there and of the products that the company manufactured. Those products were sold worldwide, many are still being used and resold now, and some were truly innovative, such as a fast printing press.
None of these people, however, could really tell me anything about Sir James Farmer (the Norton bit of the name came later, when another family became involved in the business). They only knew that he was once mayor of Salford. Although the company did produce a celebratory booklet for an anniversary, there really doesn’t seem to have been much effort made by way of tipping the hat to the man who started it all. Yet, because of the impact on my friends and our community, I suspected him to be one of the more notable of the many self-made – often world-changing – engineering men who inhabited Manchester, Salford and the surrounding areas in the 19th century. He needed a Wikipedia article!
Wikipedia’s model for article development supports the “from little acorns …” approach. So, if I could start an article about Farmer then perhaps at some time in the future someone might find more information and add to it. But Wikipedia also has limitations, meaning that I couldn’t use primary source material available at a couple of archives and, really, there wasn’t much else that I could find without some extensive trawling through microfilms. Inaccessible verifiable information usually means no article – it is meant to be an encyclopaedia, after all, and thus there needs to be some type of public and reliably documented conversation to show that it is of interest to the public (we on Wikipedia call this public interest “notability”).
Enter the BNA! Forget spending days, probably weeks, twiddling at a film reader. I could could get access to the most important information about Farmer with one simple search. In the space of a couple of hours, most of which was spent being pleasantly distracted by other news articles surrounding the ones about Farmer, I’d gathered enough material to justify an article, to plant that acorn. The man is now recognised on a major educational project that gets millions of viewers and, although it’s not the best thing I’ve ever written for Wikipedia, the hat has been tipped. Hopefully, given time, much more can be said about him and his company.

User:Sitush’s new article based on research done with the British Newspaper Archive is titled “James Farmer (knight)” and can be found on English Wikipedia.

Get Wikipedia Library access!

We would love to see more Wikipedians like Sitush get access to these resources that publishers are donating. If you are interested in getting access to the British Newspaper Archive for improving Wikipedia, sign up at . If you would like access to one of our other resources or want to suggest a publisher to reach out to, check out . We hope to continue harnessing the resources of libraries and publishers to strengthen the reference materials on Wikipedia!

Alex Stinson (User:Sadads), Project Manager, The Wikipedia Library

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by Alex Stinson at July 22, 2014 09:08 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikipedia en aragonés, Biquipedia, celebra su décimo aniversario

Biquipedia, la versión en aragonés de Wikipedia, celebró ayer, 21 de julio de 2014, su décimo aniversario. Dicho proyecto constituye la mayor obra del mundo en aragonés, una lengua romance en peligro de desaparecer, según la UNESCO.

Wikimedia España da la enhorabuena a los editores más activos del proyecto, y dos de sus administradores, Juanpabl y Willtron, conceden una entrevista, publicada a continuación, comentando sus experiencias e inquietudes, así como destacando algunos datos relevantes sobre esta lengua.

Abián: ¿Cuándo empezaste a colaborar en Biquipedia, y qué te movió a hacerlo?

Juanpabl: Empecé a colaborar en Biquipedia hace ya ¡casi diez años!, unos pocos días después de su creación. Mi primera edición con nombre de usuario es del 9 de agosto de 2004, aunque llevaba unos días participando anónimamente (desde el 3 de agosto, según acabo de comprobar). Ya conocía el proyecto Wikipedia como usuario (no como editor) y, no recuerdo cómo, me enteré de que se acababan de crear las Wikipedias en aragonés y asturiano. De pronto pensé en las grandes posibilidades que un proyecto así podría tener para el aragonés, una lengua muy minoritaria y sin apenas recursos para su aprendizaje. Así que me acerqué para intentar aprender el funcionamiento y ayudar, y ya me quedé enganchado. El día anterior, un usuario anónimo, que después tomó el nombre de "Estrolicador", había empezado el primer artículo, sobre Antares. Así que empecé a colaborar organizando la primera "Portalada" del proyecto, y con mis primeros artículos: Idioma Aragonés, Albert Einstein y Antrophila (las abejas). Afortunadamente, también se había acercado al proyecto un usuario con experiencia en la wiki en catalán "Llull", que fue de una gran ayuda durante los primeros años del proyecto para comprender la forma de trabajar de Wikipedia, y organizar la estructura de la misma.

Willtron: El 23 de abril de 2005, día de San Jorge. Descubrí el proyecto y al ver que existía una versión en aragonés me pareció interesante poder empezar a construir una enciclopedia desde cero en nuestra lengua.

Abián: ¿Que te sigue motivando hoy para editar en Biquipedia?

Juanpabl: En los últimos meses estoy editando poco, por falta de tiempo, pero siempre te queda el gusanillo. Lo principal es pensar que estás haciendo algo útil para la comunidad de hablantes de la lengua. También me motiva la interacción con la comunidad, sobre todo para la resolución o puesta en común de dudas lingüísticas o terminológicas, y el reto que continúa siendo escribir en aragonés sobre determinados temas. En definitiva, editando e interactuando en Wikipedia he aprendido muchísimo y me gusta seguir haciéndolo.

Willtron: Para mí, escribir en Biquipedia es aprender cada día nuevas cosas, me divierto aprendiendo nuevas cosas y escribiendo en aragonés sobre ellas. Pero sin duda el motivo principal es colaborar a construir un proyecto que sirva de referencia para la gente que quiere acercarse a nuestra lengua.

Abián: ¿Por qué es importante Biquipedia? ¿Cuál es el estado actual del proyecto?

Juanpabl: Antes de Wikipedia no era imaginable contar con una enciclopedia en una lengua con tan pocos hablantes. Me parece que es un proyecto importante, "de puertas para adentro" de la comunidad aragonesófona, como referencia para los hablantes y como recurso para su utilización en los colegios e institutos donde se imparta la lengua, tanto para su consulta como para realizar proyectos de creación de artículos (ya se han realizado actividades en algunos centros, en el marco de un programa de dinamización del aragonés). También es un recurso muy utilizado por las personas que aprenden aragonés, y creo que también es un escaparate de la lengua de "puertas para afuera", ya que permite que muchas personas conozcan la existencia del aragonés, y también ha hecho interesarse a diversos medios de comunicación por la lengua. Colateralmente, Wikipedia es actualmente el corpus digital y libre más importante que tiene el aragonés. Por eso, ha sido utilizado en el desarrollo de correctores ortográficos, traductores y reconocedores de idioma, es decir, ha contribuido al desarrollo de herramientas de lingüísica computacional para el aragonés.
El proyecto, 10 años después, continúa creciendo. Gracias a todas las personas que han colaborado en estos 10 años, hace un mes se alcanzó el artículo enciclopédico número 30.000 (cifra inimaginable cuando se inició el proyecto). Desde aquí me gustaría llamar a todos los usuarios que sepan aragonés, a que se animen a contribuir en Biquipedia. Como he dicho antes, la experiencia es muy satisfactoria y se aprende mucho.

Willtron: Biquipedia es importante porque constituye en la actualidad uno de los mayores corpus de referencia de la lengua aragonesa en internet y la mayor enciclopedia creada en este idioma desde tiempos medievales. Diez años después de su creación hemos conseguido que Biquipedia sea la primera Wikipedia por articulos/número de hablantes, habiendo con 30.000 artículos más de un artículo por hablante. Es un proyecto que está vivo y continúa creciendo día a día con mucho esfuerzo por parte de sus colaboradores.

Abián: ¿Qué es el aragonés? ¿Desde cuándo lo conoces?

Juanpabl: Es una lengua románica hablada actualmente por 10.000-13.000 hablantes maternos en el norte de Aragón. Aunque hace siglos fue la lengua propia de buena parte de Aragón (donde se conserva abundante léxico aragonés), y fue utilizada para usos oficiales de la cancillería real, traducción de obras clásicas (incluso se tradujo una enciclopedia, el Libro del Trasoro, en el siglo XIII), documentos notariales, etc., ha sufrido un movimiento recesivo en los últimos siglos, quedando arrinconada en el Alto Aragón.
En mi caso, fui consciente de la existencia del aragonés hace unos 25 años, y me propuse aprenderlo cuando me di cuenta de que muchas de las palabras que utilizaban mis abuelos eran palabras del aragonés.

Willtron: El aragonés es una lengua romance que se habla actualmente en el norte de Aragón. Se originó en el siglo VIII y tuvo su mayor esplendor con el Reino de Aragón, donde era idioma oficial, hablándose en todo Aragón y zonas del Reino de Valencia. Desde el siglo XV hasta nuestros días ha ido retrocediendo hasta la situación actual, siendo una de las lenguas más amenazadas de Europa.
Empecé a aprender la lengua hará casi 15 años, y durante todo este tiempo he ido aprendiendo día a día, en gran parte gracias a Biquipedia.

Abián: ¿Qué importancia tiene el aragonés, y por qué conviene darlo a conocer?

Juanpabl: El aragonés, como toda lengua, constituye un patrimonio cultural e histórico que no debemos dejar perder. Pero para que una lengua no se pierda, debe usarse y transmitirse a las nuevas generaciones. En el caso de una lengua tan estigmatizada como el aragonés (muchos de sus hablantes durante el siglo XX tuvieron que escuchar en la escuela que era "hablar mal") para que los hablantes transmitan la lengua a sus hijos, es importante que se transmita, desde la escuela, los gobiernos y el resto de la sociedad un mensaje positivo sobre la riqueza que supone hablar aragonés. Y el resto de la sociedad debe conocer también el aragonés, para sentirlo también como parte de su patrimonio. Por eso, los que lo conocemos debemos hacer lo posible por difundirlo, dignificarlo, promocionarlo y abrir nuevas parcelas para su uso.

Willtron: El aragonés, como todas las lenguas, tiene una importancia vital. Es patrimonio cultural de nuestro país, por lo que es necesario protegerlo, estudiarlo y conocerlo. Aunque en la actualidad no es así, los hablantes de aragonés y de cualquier lengua minoritaria deberían tener los mismos derechos a utilizar su idioma que cualquier otra persona.

Abián: ¿Alguna anécdota que quieras comentar?

Juanpabl: Ha habido muchas, a lo largo de estos años. Quizá destacaría lo sorprendente que ha sido encontrarnos con un usuario húngaro-mexicano y otro usuario brasileño de origen japonés, que habían aprendido aragonés ¡y eran capaces de escribir en un aragonés bastante bueno!

Willtron: Durante estos años hemos hablado de Biquipedia en muchos foros, destacando las presentaciones que hicimos en Bilbao, Badalona o Perpiñán. Para mí fue especialmente emotivo el encuentro en esta última ciudad con nuestros compañeros occitanos. Recuerdo la sonrisa de felicidad de los wikipedistas bearneses al oírnos hablar en nuestro idioma, que tantas cosas en común tiene con el suyo.

Les deseamos un feliz aniversario, y esperamos que Biquipedia cumpla muchos años más en el ciberespacio.

by David Abián ( at July 22, 2014 07:58 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Spain

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Victory in Italy: Court rules Wikipedia “a service based on the freedom of the users”

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Last week, the Wikimedia community obtained a resounding victory in Italian court. For more than four years, the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Italia [1] had been involved in a lawsuit initiated by Italian politician Antonio Angelucci and his son, Giampaolo. The Angeluccis were seeking €20,000,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation over allegedly defamatory statements appearing on two Italian-language Wikipedia pages.

The Roman Civil Tribunal handed down its ruling [in Italian] on 9 July, 2014 with respect to the Wikimedia Foundation, dismissing the lawsuit and declaring that the Foundation is not legally responsible for content that users freely upload onto the Wikimedia projects. The victory, however, runs deeper than the case at hand. The judgment is the first full consideration of Wikimedia’s standing in Italy,[2] and the ruling itself paves the way for more robust free speech protections on the Internet under Italian law.

The Angeluccis argued that the Wikipedia pages for Antonio Angelucci and for the Italian-language newspaper Il Riformista contained false statements that supposedly harmed their reputations according to their claims. Generally, the European Union’s E-Commerce Directive limits the liability of hosting providers for content that users upload; however, the Angeluccis asserted that Wikimedia Foundation’s activities were more akin to a content provider and that no exemption of liability according to the Directive would apply or at least Wikipedia should be deemed as an “online journal” and thus the Foundation should be liable under the stricter standards that apply to the Italian press.

The Italian court rejected this argument, stating that while the Directive does not directly apply to the Wikimedia Foundation as a non-EU-based organization, the basic principles of the Directive apply. In compliance with such principles, Wikimedia must be recognized to be a hosting provider, as opposed to a content provider, and thus it can be liable for user generated content only if it gets explicit notice of illicit information by the competent authority and fails to remove it.

The court stated that Wikipedia “offers a service which is based on the freedom of the users to draft the various pages of the encyclopedia; it is such freedom that excludes any [obligation to guarantee the absence of offensive content on its sites] and which finds its balance in the possibility for anybody to modify contents and ask for their removal.” The court went on to state that the Foundation was very clear in its disclaimers about its neutral role in the creation and maintenance of content, further noting that anyone, even the Angeluccis themselves, could have modified the articles in question.

Lively discussions and even disagreements about content are a natural outgrowth of creating the world’s largest free encyclopedia. However, the vast majority of these editorial debates can be and are resolved every day through processes established and run by dedicated members of the Wikimedia community. We strongly encourage those who have concerns about content on the Wikimedia projects to explore these community procedures rather than resorting to litigation.

Attempts to impose liability upon neutral hosting platforms — our modern day public forums — threaten the very existence of those platforms, and stifle innovation and free speech along the way. When the need arises, the Wikimedia Foundation will not hesitate to defend the world’s largest repository of human knowledge against those who challenge the Wikimedia community’s right to speak, create, and share freely.[3]

Michelle Paulson, Legal Counsel

Geoff Brigham, General Counsel

The Wikimedia Foundation would like to express its immense appreciation towards the incredibly talented attorneys at Hogan Lovells, who represented the Foundation in this matter, particularly Marco Berliri, Marta Staccioli, and Massimiliano Masnada. Special thanks also goes to Joseph Jung (Legal Intern), who assisted with this blog post.

Note: While this decision represents important progress towards protecting hosting providers like the Wikimedia Foundation, it is equally important to remember that every individual is legally responsible for his or her actions both online and off. For your own protection, you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content to the Wikimedia projects that may result in criminal or civil liability under the laws of the United States or any country that may claim jurisdiction over you. For more information, please see our Terms of Use and Legal Policies.


  1. While the court has handed down the judgment with respect to the Wikimedia Foundation, it has not yet done so with respect to Wikimedia Italia. We expect a ruling to be handed down shortly.
  2. In a special proceeding, an Italian court previously declared that Wikimedia is a mere hosting provider that it is not liable for user-generated content. An account of the earlier victory can be found at:
  3. The Wikimedia Foundation has successfully defended against similar lawsuits in the past. You can read more about some of our previous victories here:,, and


Vittoria in Italia: il tribunale dichiara Wikipedia “un servizio basato sulla libertà degli utenti”

La scorsa settimana, la comunità di Wikimedia ha ottenuto dal tribunale italiano una vittoria fragorosa. Per oltre quattro anni, Wikimedia Foundation e Wikimedia Italia[1] sono state coinvolte in una causa avviata dal politico italiano Antonio Angelucci e suo figlio, Giampaolo. Gli Angelucci chiedevano a Wikimedia Foundation €20.000.000 per affermazioni presumibilmente diffamatorie, che comparivano su due pagine in lingua italiana di Wikipedia.

Il 9 luglio 2014 il Tribunale Civile di Roma ha emesso la sua sentenza in relazione a Wikimedia Foundation, archiviando il caso dichiarando che la Fondazione non è legalmente responsabile per i contenuti che gli utenti caricano liberamente sui progetti Wikimedia. Ad ogni modo, la vittoria, ha delle ripercussioni più profonde del caso in questione. La sentenza costituisce il primo e completo riconoscimento della posizione di Wikimedia in Italia [2]e la sentenza stessa ha spianato la strada a una maggiore tutela della libera comunicazione su Internet nell’ordinamento giuridico italiano. Gli Angelucci sostenevano che le pagine di Wikipedia su Antonio Angelucci e il giornale italiano Il Riformista, contenevano affermazioni false e che presumibilmente, in base alle loro pretese, danneggiavano la loro reputazione. In generale, la Direttiva sull’e-Commerce dell’Unione europea limita la responsabilità dei provider di hosting sui contenuti che gli utenti caricano; ma gli Angelucci asserivano che le attività di Wikimedia Foundation erano più affini a un provider di contenuti e che non erano esonerati da responsabilità come la Direttiva disponeva o perlomeno Wikipedia avrebbe dovuto ritenersi come un “giornale online” e quindi la Fondazione doveva essere soggetta ai rigidi standard applicati alla stampa italiana.

Il tribunale italiano ha respinto tale argomentazione, affermando che, sebbene la Direttiva non si applichi direttamente a Wikimedia Foundation, non essendo un’organizzazione con sede in Europa, si applicano i principi fondamentali della Direttiva. In conformità a tali principi, Wikimedia deve essere riconosciuta come un provider di hosting, in contrapposizione a un provider di contenuti, e può essere responsabile dei contenuti generati dagli utenti solo se riceve una nota esplicita di informazioni illecite da parte dell’autorità competente e quindi non li rimuove.

Il tribunale ha dichiarato che Wikipedia “offre un servizio basato sulla libertà degli utenti di redigere le varie pagine dell’enciclopedia; è questa libertà che esclude qualsiasi [obbligo di garantire l'assenza di contenuti offensivi dei suoi siti] e che trova il suo equilibrio nella possibilità che chiunque può modificarne i contenuti e

chiederne la rimozione”. Il tribunale ha continuato dichiarando che la Fondazione era molto chiara nelle sue dichiarazioni di non responsabilità sul proprio ruolo neutrale nella creazione e gestione dei contenuti, da notare inoltre che chiunque, anche gli Angelucci stessi, potevano modificare gli articoli in questione.

La creazione della più grande enciclopedia libera del mondo è il risultato naturale di discussioni animate e addirittura di disaccordi sui contenuti. Comunque, la maggioranza di tali discussioni editoriali può essere e viene risolta ogni giorno, tramite processi stabiliti e gestiti da membri dedicati della comunità di Wikimedia. Consigliamo vivamente coloro che sono in disaccordo con i contenuti dei progetti Wikimedia, di esaminare le procedure della comunità, anzichè ricorrere a una controversia legale.

I tentativi di imporre la responsabilità a piattaforme di hosting neutrali — i forum dei nostri giorni — minacciano l’esistenza stessa di queste piattaforme, e nel percorso soffocano l’innovazione e la libera comunicazione. In caso di necessità, Wikimedia Foundation non esita a difendere la raccolta più grande al mondo della conoscenza umana, contro coloro che sfidano il diritto della comunità di Wikimedia di comunicare, di creare e di condividere liberamente.[3]

Michelle Paulson, Consulente legale

Geoff Brigham, Responsabile area legale

Wikimedia Foundation esprime la sua immensa gratitudine verso i procuratori di incredibile talento presso Hogan Lovells, che hanno rappresentato la Fondazione in questa questione, in particolare Marco Berliri, Marta Staccioli e Massimiliano Masnada. Un ringraziamento speciale va anche a Joseph Jung (Interno legale), che ha fornito assistenza per questo post del blog.

Nota: Sebbene questa decisione rappresenti un progresso importante verso la protezione dei provider di hosting come Wikimedia Foundation, è parimenti importante ricordare che ogni singolo individuo è legalmente responsabile delle proprie azioni sia online che offline. L’utente, per la sua protezione, dovrebbe prestare attenzione ed evitare di contribuire con contenuti, nei progetti Wikimedia, che possano risultare in responsabilità penale o civile sotto la legge degli Stati Uniti o qualsiasi altro Paese che potrebbe reclamare la giurisdizione nei suoi confronti. Per ulteriori informazioni, consulta i nostri Termini di utilizzo e Politiche legali.


  1. Sebbene il tribunale abbia emesso il giudizio nei confronti di Wikimedia Foundation, non l’ha ancora fatto per Wikimedia Italia. Ci aspettiamo a breve che venga emessa una sentenza.
  2. Precedentemente, in un procedimento speciale, un tribunale italiano aveva dichiarato che Wikimedia è un semplice provider di hosting, non responsabile dei contenuti generati dagli utenti.Si può trovare un resoconto della precedente vittoria alla pagina:
  3. In passato Wikimedia Foundation si è difesa con successo contro cause simili. Alcune delle nostre precedenti vittorie si possono leggere qui:,, e rule-in-favor-of-free-knowledge-movement/.

by Michelle Paulson at July 22, 2014 06:19 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

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Deine Veranstaltung in Stadtmagazinen

Es gibt so viele tolle Veranstaltungen, die von Freiwilligen für Wikimedia-Projekte gedacht, geplant und umgesetzt werden. Für jemanden wie mich, der erst seit ein paar Wochen bei Wikimedia Deutschland ist, ist es großartig zu sehen, wie viel Engagement in so viele unterschiedliche Projekte fließt!

Einige Veranstaltungen richten sich sicherlich eher an Menschen, die sich schon im Wikiversum auskennen. Andere wünschen sich, dass ihre Veranstaltungen auch von neuen Interessierten besucht werden. Als eine Möglichkeit, diese Veranstaltungen publik zu machen, bietet Wikimedia Deutschland nun an, diese in den Veranstaltungsteilen von Stadtmagazinen anzukündigen.

Im ersten Schritt starten wir mit Stadtmagazinen in Berlin. Das heißt aber nicht, dass nur in Berliner Stadtmagazinen Veranstaltungen veröffentlicht werden können. Es gibt genauso die Möglichkeit, in anderen Städten/Regionen Gäste zu gewinnen, in denen es ebenfalls Stadtmagazine gibt. Wie das praktisch funktioniert, zeigt die Seite Werbung für Community-Veranstaltungen, als Teil des Förderportals, und ist ab sofort verfügbar.

Jan Apel, Foto: Tjane Hartenstein, CC-BY-SA 4.0

Mir Gedanken darüber zu machen, wie Veranstaltungen der Community breiter bekannt werden können, war eine meine ersten Aufgaben bei Wikimedia. Ich bin übrigens Jan und seit dem 15. Mai Teil des Kommunikationsteams von Wikimedia Deutschland. Zuständig für Medien- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. Ich beantworte, betreue und begleite da, wo WMDE und „die Medien“ zusammen kommen. Also z. B. Presseanfragen, -mitteilungen und -einladungen, aber auch die Social-Media-Kanäle von WMDE sowie die Video- und Audiokommunikation. Kurz: Ich trommele für die Themen der Wikimedia-Bewegung.

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn das neue Tool rege genutzt wird und neue Interessierte zu den Veranstaltungen kommen.



by Jan Apel at July 22, 2014 04:10 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Germany

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Recovering the shared history editing Wikipedia in Argentina, Mexico and Spain

This post is available in 3 languages:
English  •  Spanish Catalan


The Spanish Republican Exile forced thousands of Spanish citizens to leave their country after the Spanish Civil War and the aftermath of persecutions by the Francisco Franco dictatorship. Nearly 220,000 supporters of the Second Republic left Spain to other countries like Argentina and Mexico.

Attendants at the edit-a-thon

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Sinaia vessel to the Mexican port of Veracruz, the Wikimedia chapters in Argentina, Spain and Mexico ran ​​the First Spanish Republican Exile Edit-a-thon of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource on historical facts, biographies and testimonials related to these events.

The coordination of this event was conducted by the Iberocoop initiative. The event in Mexico City was held at the Space X of Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. This edit-a-thon was curated by Guiomar López Acevedo, historian of the Spanish Ateneo of Mexico, who contributed sources and reviews for the activity. At the opening, Macarena Pérez, staff of the Cultural Center of Spain, said that the Spanish exile is a prolific theme and many more working sessions will be needed to retrieve all available evidence.

At around 2 pm local time in Mexico, Santiago Navarro Sanz, member of the board of Wikimedia Spain, joined in a videoconference from Vila-real and saluted the participants and noted that he was happy that a hard episode in Spanish history is a positive reason to gather Wikipedians in three countries and contribute to the growth of information on Wikimedia projects.

Attendants at the edit-a-thon

The event in Mexico produced articles about the Administrative Committee of the Funds for the Relief of Spanish Republican as well as a letter for Wikisource from former President Lazaro Cardenas, who facilitated the coming of thousands to Mexico. Other articles created related to the House of Spain in Mexico, a harbor for Spanish researchers and intellectuals that helped them continue their work, and which eventually became one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country: El Colegio de Mexico. Other articles included the Ermita Building, a famous building in Mexico City that few know was initially created to accommodate Spanish exiles, including some very relevant individuals like the poet Rafael Alberti.

At the end of the event, Macarena Pérez introduced the Atlas of Exile project, a collaborative map that shows where the Spanish exiles located after leaving Spain.

In the case of Argentina, the event was held inside the Casal de Catalunya, where Wikipedians and members of Wikimedia Argentina met for the First Spanish Republican Edit-a-thon.

From the beginning, the attendees could see that the Edit-a-thon would be an event with particular characteristics: several founders of the Children of Spanish Civil War in Argentina Civil Association attended, people who keep alive the memory of the events that took place a long time ago. Their testimonies about how their experiences translated to key political movements in the twentieth century were deeply emotional.

The great amount of evidence, the building of a generational story that can only be told by their protagonists and the gathering of many pictures and historical documents demanded recorded audio and video material in addition to the digitization of documents, including interviews. This material will be the basis for an audiovisual documentary about the Spanish exile in Argentina and the experiences of children of war. The material is being collected in a special category for that purpose in Wikimedia Commons.

Iván Martínez, Wikimedia México president, Nicolás Miranda, Wikimedia Argentina head of communications, and Santiago Navarro Sanz, Wikimedia Spain vicepresident.


El exilio republicano español forzó a miles de españoles y españolas a abandonar su país luego de la Guerra Civil Española y el posterior periodo de persecución durante la posguerra por la dictadura de Francisco Franco. Cerca de 220 mil personas simpatizantes de la Segunda República abandonaron España hacia otros países como Argentina y México, quienes lo acogieron de distinta manera.

Attendants at the edit-a-thon

Con motivo del 75 aniversario del arribo del buque Sinaia al puerto mexicano de Veracruz, los capítulos Wikimedia de Argentina, España y México, realizaron el Primer Editatón del Exilio Republicano Español, en el que se editó Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons y Wikisource sobre hechos históricos, personajes y testimonios de este proceso.

La coordinación de este evento, realizado bajo la iniciativa Iberocoop, implicó que el trabajo se realizara en horarios distintos el pasado 16 de junio. Desde temprana hora, editores desde territorio español escribieron artículos en español y catalán, como el del escritor y militante socialista Marcial Badia Colomer o el del periodista Isaac Abeytúa.

El evento en la Ciudad de México se realizó en el Espacio X del Centro Cultural de España en México. El evento reunió a la comunidad de editores de Wikimedia México y motivó la presencia de familiares de exiliados españoles. Este editatón contó con el apoyo de la Lic. Guiomar Acevedo López, del Ateneo Español de México, quién aportó fuentes y opiniones para el mejor desarrollo de la actividad. Al inicio de la actividad Macarena Pérez, del Centro Cultural de España, destacó que el exilio español es un tema prolífico y del que se necesitarán muchas más sesiones de trabajo para recuperar todos los testimonios a su alrededor.

Attendants at the edit-a-thon

Cerca de las dos de la tarde, hora local de México, Santiago Navarro Sanz, miembro de la mesa directiva de Wikimedia España, en videconferencia desde Vila-real, saludó a los presentes y se dijo contento de que un hecho difícil para la historia española sea una razón positiva para reunir a wikipedistas en tres países y crecer la memoria sobre este hecho en los proyectos Wikimedia. En la actividad en México se editaron artículos como el de la Comisión Administradora de los Fondos para el Auxilio de los Republicanos Españoles o las cartas en Wikisource del entonces presidente Lázaro Cárdenas, quien gestionó el refugio de miles desde España en territorio mexicano. Otros artículos creados fueron la Casa de España en México, en donde fueron acogidos investigadores e intelectuales españoles para que continuaran su labor y que a la postre se convertiría en una de las instituciones académicas más prestigiadas del país: El Colegio de México; o bien, el Edificio Ermita, un afamado edificio de la capital mexicana del que pocos saben que su razón de ser inicialmente fue acoger exiliados españoles, algunos muy relevantes como Rafael Alberti.

Al final del evento Macarena Pérez presentó el proyecto Atlas de Exilio, un proyecto en el que de forma colaborativa se elabora un mapa en el que se sitúa dónde se establecieron los españoles exiliados tras la Guerra Civil; proceso que es posible hoy al no existir una persecución en su contra.

En el caso de Argentina, el evento se realizó dentro del edificio Casal de Catalunya, donde miembros de la comunidad de wikipedistas y de Wikimedia Argentina se reunieron en el Editatón del Exilio Español en Argentina junto a sobrevivientes de la experiencia del desarraigo en la posguerra.

Desde el comienzo, los asistentes pudieron comprobar que el Editatón del Exilio Español iba a ser un evento con características particulares: acudieron al Casal a varios miembros fundadores de la Asociación Civil Niños de la Guerra Civil Española de Argentina, personas que recuerdan y mantienen vivo el significado de los hechos de los que fueron víctimas hace tanto tiempo. Pausadamente y de a uno, sus testimonios acerca de la experiencia del exilio siendo muy pequeños y de cómo sus vivencias personales explican movimientos políticos clave en el siglo XX resultaron muy emotivas. Que el evento resultara tan impactante disparó en los presentes gran cantidad de preguntas que expandieron la temática y enriquecieron los relatos.

Por otro lado, el editatón tuvo una modalidad diferente a la usual, en la que se mejoran, expanden y crean artículos nuevos con el material que se esté tratando en ese momento. En este caso, se consideró que la riqueza de los testimonios, la construcción de un relato generacional que sólo puede ser contado por sus protagonistas y el recopilación de gran cantidad de imágenes y documentos históricos demandó un registro de audio y video -además de la digitalización de los documentos- que incluye entrevistas y que será la base para una recopilación documental audiovisual sobre el exilio español en Argentina y las experiencias de los niños de la guerra. Este material está siendo recopilado en una categoría especial a ese fin en Wikimedia Commons.

Iván Martínez, Wikimedia México president, Nicolás Miranda, Wikimedia Argentina head of communications, and Santiago Navarro Sanz, Wikimedia Spain vicepresident.


Attendants at the edit-a-thon

L’exili republicà espanyol va forçar a milers d’espanyols i espanyoles a abandonar el seu país després de la Guerra Civil Espanyola i el període de persecució a la postguerra, durant la dictadura de Francisco Franco. Vora 220 mil persones simpatitzants de la Segona República van abandonar Espanya cap a altres països com ara Argentina o Mèxic, que els van acollir de distinta manera. Amb motiu del 75 aniversari de l’arribada del buc Sinaia al port mexicà de Veracruz, els capítols Wikimedia Argentina, Espanya i Mèxic, van realitzar el primer editató de l’Exili Republicà Espanyol, en el qual es va editar la Viquipèdia, Wikimedia Commons i Viquitexts sobre fets històrics, personatges i testimonis d’aquest procés.

La coordinació d’aquesta activitat, realitzat sota la iniciativa Iberocoop, va implicar que el treball es realitzara en horaris diferents el passat 16 de juny. Des de bon prompte, editors des de territori espanyol van escriure articles en castellà i català, com el de l’escriptor i militant socialista Marcial Badia Colomer o el del periodista Isaac Abeytúa. L’activitat a la Ciutat de Mèxic es va dur a terme a l’Espai X del Centre Cultural d’Espanya a Mèxic. L’acte va reunir a la comunitat d’editors de Wikimedia Mèxic i va motivar la presència de familiars d’exiliats espanyols. Aquest editató va comptar amb el suport de la Llic. Guiomar Acevedo López, de l’Ateneu Espanyol de Mèxic, qui va aportar fonts i la seua opinió per a millorar el desenvolupament de l’activitat. A l’inici de l’activitat, Macarena Pérez, del Centre Cultural d’Espanya, va destacar que l’exili espanyol és un tema prolífic i del que faran falta moltes més sessions de treball per a recuperar tots els testimonis al seu voltant.

Attendants at the edit-a-thon

Al voltant de les dues de la vesprada, hora local de Mèxic, Santiago Navarro Sanz, membre de la junta directiva de Wikimedia Espanya, en videoconferència des de Vila-real, va saludar als presents i es va manifestar content de que un fet difícil per a la història espanyola siga una raó positiva per a reunir a viquipedistes en tres països i fer créixer la memòria sobre aquest fet en els projectes Wikimedia. En l’activitat a Mèxic es van editar articles con el de la Comissió Administradora dels Fons per a l’Auxili dels republicans espanyols o les cartes a Viquitexts del aleshores president Lázaro Cárdenas, qui va gestionar el refugi de milers des d’Espanya en territori mexicà. Altres articles creats varen ser la Casa d’Espanya a Mèxic, on varen ser acollits investigadors i intel·lectuals espanyols per a que continuaren la seua tasca i que a la fi es va convertir en una de les institucions acadèmiques més prestigioses del país: el Col·legi de Mèxic; o bé, l’edifici Ermita, un afamat edifici de la capital mexicana del qual pocs saben que el seu origen va ser inicialment acollir exiliats espanyols, alguns dels quals molt rellevants com Rafael Alberti.

Al final de l’acte, Macarena Pérez va presentar el projecte Atles de l’Exili, un mapa col·laboratiu on es mostra on es van establir els exiliats espanyols després de la Guerra Civil; procés que és possible avui en dia ja que no existeix una persecució contra ells.

En el cas de l’Argentina, l’acte es va dur a terme a l’edifici del Casal de Catalunya, on membres de la comunitat de viquipedistes i de Wikimedia Argentina es van reunir en l’Editató de l’Exili Espanyol a l’Argentina junt a supervivents de l’experiència del desarrelament durant la postguerra.

Des del començament, els assistents van poder comprovar que l’Editató de l’Exili espanyol anava a ser un esdeveniment amb característiques particulars: es va rebre al Casal a diversos membres fundadors de l’Associació Civil Niños de la Guerra Civil Española d’Argentina, persones que recorden i mantenen viu el significat dels fets dels que van ser víctimes fa tant de temps. De forma pausada i d’un en un, els seus testimonis a voltants de l’experiència de l’exili, quan eren molt menuts, i de com les seues vivències personals expliquen moviments polítics clau al segle XX van resultar molt emotives. Que l’esdeveniment resultara tant impactant va disparar entre els presents gran quantitat de preguntes que van expandir la temàtica i van enriquir els relats.

Per una altra banda, l’editató va tindre una modalitat diferent a la usual, en la que es milloren, amplien i creen articles nous amb el material que s’està tractant en eixe moment. En aquest cas, es va considerar que la riquesa dels testimonis, la construcció d’un relat generacional que tan sols pot ser contat pels seus protagonistes i l’eixida a la llum de gran quantitat d’imatges i documents històrics va demandar un registre d’àudio i vídeo -a més de la digitalització dels documents- que inclou entrevistes i que serà la base per a una recopilació documental audiovisual sobre l’exili espanyol en Argentina i les experiències dels xiquets de la guerra. Aquest material està sent recopilat en una categoria especial per a aquesta finalitat a Wikimedia Commons.

Iván Martínez, Wikimedia México president, Nicolás Miranda, Wikimedia Argentina head of communications, and Santiago Navarro Sanz, Wikimedia Spain vicepresident.

by Carlos Monterrey at July 22, 2014 02:41 AM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

July 21, 2014

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Сарадња Викимедије Србије и Завода за заштиту природе Србије

Београд, 21. јул 2014.  Остварена је још једна успешна сарадња Викимедије Србије и Завода за заштиту природе Србије у оквиру фото конкурса Вики воли Земљу! Викимедија Србије је у низу многобројних пројеката чији су циљеви ширење идеје слободног знања и умрежавање са институцијама сличних делатности, покренула фото конкурс Вики воли Земљу први пут у Србији. Такмичење има […]

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Quelques femmes du numérique…



“Il était une fois… …deux passionnés viscérablement optimistes : Olivier Ezratty, consultant renommé dans les médias numériques, et Marie-Anne Magnac, fondatrice de l’agence de photographes For Company qui décidèrent de mettre en lumière le féminin dans le numérique afin d’inciter les jeunes générations à se projeter dans des métiers qui créent de la crois­sance et de la passion !

Quelques femmes du numérique !” est un projet photographique qui s’inscrit dans la durée avec pour objectif de :

  • contribuer à la construction de rôles-modèles pour casser les stéréotypes, notamment celui de la dimension masculine des métiers techniques
  • constituer la base de connaissances la plus étoffée sur les femmes du numérique et la grande diversité des métiers qu’elles exercent
  • mettre cette base au service de tous les acteurs engagés dans la valorisation des femmes dans les métiers du numérique, notamment auprès des jeunes. »

C’est ainsi que le projet « Quelques femmes du numérique ! » (QFDN pour les intimes) est présenté.

Nathalie Martin, directrice de Wikimédia France, a été sollicitée pour y participer :

“C’est un beau projet qui valorise l’investissement des femmes dans le secteur du numérique et qui peut donner des idées d’orientation aux jeunes filles, en présentant des parcours singuliers.

J’ai accepté de participer à ce projet car Wikimédia France est un bon exemple de structure qui peut offrir des perspectives très intéressantes et variées et qui donne la possibilité d’œuvrer pour une mission ayant un fort impact sociétal.”

Retrouvez le portrait de Nathalie rubrique “Media” !

by Anne-Laure Prévost at July 21, 2014 08:00 AM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia France

July 20, 2014

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Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia

Logo for the proposed user group Wikimedia LGBT

Since Wikipedia’s gender gap first came to light in late 2010, Wikipedians have taken the issue to heart, developing projects with a focus on inclusivity in content, editorship and the learning environments relevant to new editors. 

Wiki Loves Pride started from conversations among Wikipedians editing LGBT topics in a variety of fields, including history, popular culture, politics and medicine, and supporters of Wikimedia LGBT - a proposed user group which promotes the development of LGBT-related content on Wikimedia projects in all languages and encourages LGBT organizations to adopt the values of free culture and open access. The group has slowly been building momentum for the past few years, but had not yet executed a major outreach initiative. Wiki Loves Pride helped kickstart the group’s efforts to gather international supporters and expand its language coverage.

Pride Edit-a-Thons and Photo Campaigns Held Internationally

We decided to run a campaign in June (LGBT Pride Month in the United States), culminating with a multi-city edit-a-thon on June 21. We first committed to hosting events in New York City and Portland, Oregon (our cities of residence), hoping others would follow. We also gave individuals the option to contribute remotely, either by improving articles online or by uploading images related to LGBT culture and history. This was of particular importance for users who live in regions of the world less tolerant of LGBT communities, or where it may be dangerous to organize LGBT meetups.

San Francisco Pride (2014)

In addition to New York City and Portland, offline events were held in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., with online activities in Houston, Seattle, Seoul, South Africa, Vancouver, Vienna and Warsaw. Events will be held in Bangalore and New Delhi later this month as part of the Centre for Internet and Society’s (CIS) Access to Knowledge (A2K) program. Other Wikimedia chapters have expressed interest in hosting LGBT edit-a-thons in the future.

Campaign Results

The campaign’s “Results” page lists 90 LGBT-related articles which were created on English Wikipedia and links to more than 750 images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Also listed are new categories, templates and article drafts, along with “Did you know” (DYK) hooks that appeared on the Main Page and policy proposals which may be of interest to the global LGBT community.

Pride parade in Portland, Oregon in 2014

The campaign also attracted participation from Wikimedia projects other than Wikipedia. Wikimedia Commons hosted an LGBT photo challenge, which received more than 50 entries and an LGBT task force was created at Wikidata. So far the group, which also seeks to improve LGBT-related content, has gathered 10 supporters and has adopted a rainbow-colored variation of the Wikidata logo as its symbol.

Continuing Efforts

Our hope is that the campaign will continue to grow and evolve, galvanizing participation in more locations and in different languages. Wiki Loves Pride organizers will continue to provide logistical support to those interested in hosting events and collaborating with cultural institutions.

Contiguous with the events of Wiki Loves Pride, Wikimedia LGBT has an open application to achieve user group status from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee and looks forward to expanding its members and efforts on all fronts.

Jason Moore, Wikipedian

Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian

by Dorothy Howard at July 18, 2014 06:00 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

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Wer hat den Sound erfunden? – Der 3. Wikimedia-Salon “CROWDROCK”

Künstler Christian von Borries, Danny Bruder (C3S), Olaf Möller (Clubcommission) und Moderatorin Andrea Götzke beim 3. Wikimedia-Salon. Foto: Agnieszka Krolik, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Am 10. Juli wurde in der bereits 3. Ausgabe von “Das ABC des Freien Wissens” der Grad freier Zugänglichkeit und Offenheit in der Musikbranche untersucht. Entsprechend vielschichtig waren die Ansätze der Podiumsgäste:

  • Johannes Kreidler zeigte seine Arbeit “product placements”, mit der er die unzeitgemäßen Regularien der GEMA aufzeigte. Er erzählte, wie es nach der Aktion weiterging, wie die Reaktionen innerhalb der Kunstszene waren und wie sich die Situation seitdem verändert hat.
  • Danny Bruder, Musiker, Free-Culture-Aktivist und Gründungsmitglied der C3S, berichtete über den Status Quo der Genossenschaft, die als faire Alternative zur GEMA angetreten ist. Als funktionierende Verwertungsgesellschaft wird C3S wohl im Herbst 2015 starten. Etwa ein Drittel der benötigten Mitglieder sind bisher zusammengekommen, die erste Generalversammlung steht nun im August an.
  • Olaf Möller, Vorsitzender der Clubcommission, verwies als Verwerter und damit vermeintlich “von der anderen Seite” darauf, dass letztlich alle im selben Boot sitzen. Er erläuterte, wie sich verschiedene Verbände gegen die exorbitanten Forderungen der GEMA zusammenschlossen und welche Aufgaben für ihn als Vertreter der Clublandschaft auch zukünftig anstehen.
  • Christian von Borries, Komponist, Filmemacher und Konzeptkünstler, betrachtete die Detailsdiskussionen um Lizenzen, Tarife und Verträge eher als Klein-Klein in einem grundfalschen System. Ob nun die eine oder andere Stellschraube zugunsten der Urheberinnen und Urheber gedreht wird, letztlich geschenkt. Alternative zur GEMA? Dauert zu lange. Danach suchen, wer eine Melodie, einen Sound erfunden hat und sich dem letztlich unterordnen? Absurd. Mit Wissenstransfer und freier Zugänglichkeit habe das alles nichts zu tun. Und die wirklichen, brutalen  Kämpfe würden sowieso längst an anderen Fronten gekämpft.

Fotos der Veranstaltung

Preview: Beim nächsten “ABC des Freien Wissens” im September sind wir bei D wie “DATENBERG”.

Wikimedia-Salon – Das ABC des Freien Wissens, C = Crowdrock from Wikimedia Deutschland on Vimeo.


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Neue Einsichten, neue Aussichten: Der Jahresplan der Wikimedia Foundation 2014/15

Neue Einsichten, neue Aussichten: die Wikimedia Foundation plant ihr nächstes Geschäftsjahr
(by Õväküvä, PD, via Wikimedia Commons)

Die Wikimedia Foundation hat ihren Jahresplan (PDF, 517 kb) für das kommende Geschäftsjahr 2014/15 veröffentlicht. Wie bereits im letzten Jahr möchten wir euch eine Zusammenfassung des Plans geben, denn er ist auch weiterhin eines der wichtigsten Dokumente, um die Arbeit und die Sicht der Stiftung zu verstehen. Da die Wikimedia Foundation die Betreiberin der Wikipedia und ihrer Schwesterprojekte ist, haben viele ihrer Ziele und Aktivitäten großen Einfluss auf die lokalen Wikimedia-Projekten. Ein Blick in die Vorhaben lohnt sich also durchaus, um die wichtigsten Veränderungen schon jetzt auf dem Radar zu haben und informiert an Diskussionen teilhaben zu können.

An der Ausarbeitung des neuen Jahresplans waren alle Teams und Abteilungen der Wikimedia Foundation beteiligt. Der Plan wurde von der scheidenden Geschäftsführerin Sue Gardner vorbereitet und von ihrer Nachfolgerin Lila Tretikov bestätigt.

Auffällig an dem neuen Plan sind bereits die Eingangsworte: Ist bisher von immer „free knowledge“ (Freies Wissen) die Rede gewesen, heißt es nun „free, uncensored knowledge“ (Freies, unzensiertes Wissen). Die Wikimedia Foundation ist sich offenbar der Gefahren für das freie Internet sehr bewusst. Sie positioniert sich gleichzeitig deutlich mit „our product is a set of websites“ (unser Produkt ist eine Reihe von Webseiten).

Starker Schwerpunkt auf Technik und Entwicklung

Diese Worte stehen auch sehr deutlich für den starken technologischen Schwerpunkt, der in den letzten Jahren immer weiter manifestiert wurde. Die Stiftung betreibt die fünftmeistbesuchte Webseite der Welt und möchte diese auch weiterhin schützen und modernisieren.

Dieser stetigen Modernisierung wird im Plan viel Raum eingeräumt. Gut 24,9 Millionen US-Dollar werden im neuen Geschäftsjahr im Bereich des „Product & Engineering“ ausgegeben; 3,9 Millionen US-Dollar mehr als im Vorjahr. Und die Foundation hat sich große Aufgaben vorgenommen, die diese Ausgaben rechtfertigen sollen.

Das bisherige Serverzentrum in Tampa (Florida) wird aufgegeben und ein neues wird neben dem bisherigen in Ashburn (Virginia) in Dallas (Texas) eröffnet. Wenn dies geschafft ist, stehen vor allem Verbesserung der Verschlüsselung, wie der vollständige Datenübertragung über HTTPS, und der Aufbau neuer Cache-Server an. Zusätzlich ist die Einführung der PHP-Softwareengine HHVM angedacht – Facebook nutzt diese beispielsweise schon.

Das „Product Team“ der Foundation, verantwortlich für zahlreiche Projekte, z.B. VisualEditor und Media Viewer
(by Fabrice Florin, CC-by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Neben diesen infrastrukturellen Maßnahmen, möchte die Foundation vor allem dem Trend der mobilen Nutzung nicht hinterherhinken. Neben der deutlichen Verbesserung der mobilen Webseiten sowie den mobilen Apps (für Android bereits veröffentlicht, für iOS demnächst), werden alle Technikteams angehalten, mobile Geräte bei der Entwicklung stets direkt mitzudenken („Responsive Webdesign“). Um gleichzeitig mehr Leserinnen und Leser zum Editieren zu bewegen, sollen die drei Projekte der Foundation fortgeführt werden: der Abschluss des VisualEditors, die Vollendung des UploadWizards für Wikimedia Commons und die Einführung des neuen Diskussionssystems Flow. Gerade beim VisualEditor wünschen sich die Entwicklerinnen und Entwickler, dass sie die vier großen Communities (englisch-, deutsch-, niederländisch- und spanischsprachige Wikipedias) noch überzeugen können, den neuen Editor wieder standardmäßig einzuschalten.

Dass diese Projekte nicht überall auf ungeteilte Gegenliebe stoßen, ist den Verantwortlichen in San Francisco bewusst. So merken sie zum Beispiel an, dass die Wikimedia-Projekte immer komplizierter und verschlossener werden, während der Rest des Internets offener und partizipativer wird. Eine angedachte Lösung: die Communities besser und früher einbeziehen! Dabei soll unter anderem das neue „Community Engagement Team“ unter Leitung von Rachel diCerbo helfen.

Abseits der Technik

Abseits der technischen Abteilungen – vor allem im Evaluationsteam sowie in der Förder- und Rechtsabteilung – soll sich zunächst wenig ändern. Denn gerade beim Fördern und Auswerten sind die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter aus San Francisco weiterhin auf der Suche nach dem Heiligen Gral des Wikiversums: Was bedeutet Wirkung (“Impact”) für das Wikimedia-Movement, wie erzielen wir diese Wirkung und wie kann sie durch Förderung optimal unterstützt werden?

Die absolute Summe des Förderbereichs (“Grants”) bleibt wie im Vorjahr bei 8,2 Millionen US-Dollar. Darüber hinaus möchte man Personen und Organisationen verstärkt dabei unterstützen, effizienter zu arbeiten, professioneller zu evaluieren und mit dem gleichen Mitteleinsatz bessere Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Das Team um Anasuya Sengupta will dabei verstärkt Einzelpersonen und Online-Projekte fördern, denn bisher gehen 89 Prozent aller Fördergelder an Organisationen des Wikimedia-Movements. Zu den Förderprogrammen gehören beispielsweise die „annual plan grants“ (Jahresplanförderungen), die vom „Funds Dissemination Committee“ (Spendenverteilungsausschuss) vergeben werden (für 2014/15 sind 6 Millionen US-Dollar dafür veranschlagt). Neben den Förderprogrammen rücken auch verstärkt die Erstellung von Handbüchern und Trainingseinheiten in den Fokus. Im Gegensatz dazu sind die Bemühungen, Wikimedia durch mehr Engagement im Globalen Süden und mehr weibliche Nutzerinnen vielfältiger zu machen zwar noch genannt, scheinen aber nicht mehr die höchste Priorität zu haben.

Die Rechtsabteilung (“Legal and Community Advocacy”) setzt ihren Fokus nach den abgeschlossenen Community-Diskussionen des letzten Jahres zum Markenrecht und zum Datenschutz verstärkt auf das Beobachten und Bewerten von Gesetzesänderungen (und vor allem -verschärfungen; zum Beispiel im Urheberrecht, zur Netzneutralität, und zur Freiheit des Internets insgesamt) weltweit.

Finanzen und Belegschaft

Kurz zu den wichtigsten Zahlen des Plans: Im Geschäftsjahr 2013/14 war mit Einnahmen von 50,1 Millionen US-Dollar kalkuliert worden. Aktuell werden 52,5 Millionen US-Dollar prognostiziert. Für 2014/15 wird mit einer Steigerung um sechs Millionen (elf Prozent) auf 58,5 Millionen US-Dollar gerechnet. Bei den Ausgaben waren es 2013/14 41,1 Mio US-Dollar, 2014/15 werden es 58,5. In beiden Geschäftsjahren schlägt der technische Bereich mit gut der Hälfte davon zu Buche, in der Planung sind für das kommende Jahr 24,85 Millionen US-Dollar veranschlagt.

Bis Ende des aktuellen Geschäftsjahres werden bei der Foundation 191 Personen arbeiten, für das nächste Jahr sollen es 240 werden; 157 davon im Product and Engineering, 20 im Grantmaking, und 63 in weiteren Positionen. Die Anmietung einer weiteren Etage im Bürogebäude in San Francisco wird damit unvermeidlich.

Bewusstsein für neue Probleme

Besonders interessant am Jahresplan ist vor allem der erste Anhang, der die Risiken beschreibt, die der erfolgreichen Ausführung des Plans entgegenstehen könnten. Hier wird deutlich, was die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der Wikimedia Foundation besorgt und beschäftigt.

Der starke technologische Wandel wird auch an den Wikimedia-Projekten nicht vorbeigehen. Immer mehr Menschen nutzen mobile Geräte – und das hat erheblichen Einfluss auf alle Tätigkeiten. Bisher sind die Menschen, die Wikimedia-Seiten über ihr mobiles Gerät aufrufen, weniger editierfreudig. Und drastischer: sie spenden seltener und weniger. Dem will die Foundation vor allem mit technischen Verbesserungen entgegen halten.

Der akute Mangel an technisch erfahrenem (und bezahlbarem) Personal in der San Francisco Bay Area ist nicht neu und dennoch weiterhin aktuell. Seit des Booms ab 2010 kämpfen alle Unternehmen, große wie kleine, in der Gegend um das Silicon Valley um die besten Entwicklerinnen und Entwickler. Die von der WMF favorisierte Lösung ist bisher vor allem die Anstellung von Personal außerhalb des Büros, bereits jetzt arbeiten 27 Prozent der Product & Engineering-Abteilung auf der Welt verteilt.

Die Stiftung ist Teil des großen Wikimedia-Netzwerkes, das direkt und indirekt immer Einfluss auf ihre Arbeit hat. Wie auch im letzten Jahr befürchtet die Stiftung, dass Probleme oder Skandale in einem großen Wikimedia-Chapter auch ihre Arbeit stark negativ beeinflussen könnten. Während im letzten Plan die Foundation als Lösung die Stärkung ihrer eigenen Rolle sah und die Institutionalisierung der Chapter kritisierte, wird dieses Jahr ein anderer Ton angeschlagen: Es fehle an einer Strategie, um Rollen- und Aufgabenbeschreibungen in der Wikimedia-Bewegung zu klären und die Entwicklung der Bewegung zu steuern. Auch soll das aktualisierte Boardhandbuch zur Verfügung gestellt werden.

Doch die Foundation sieht auch noch ganz andere Probleme: Zum 1. Juni trat Lila Tretikov als Nachfolgerin Sue Gardner die Position der Geschäftsführerin an. Bestenfalls ginge die Arbeit einfach kontinuierlich weiter. Doch jeder Wechsel in der Geschäftsführung bringe von Natur aus Störungen und Komplikationen mit sich. Die Stiftung gibt offen zu, dass dadurch die Ausführung des Plans gefährdet sein kann.

Geleitet wurde die Ausarbeitung des neuen Plans noch von Sue Gardner (rechts). Ihre Nachfolgerin Lila Tretikov bestätigte den Plan schlussendlich.
(by Fabrice Florin, CC-by-sa-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Und Risiken gefährden die Arbeit nicht nur intern und im Movement, auch die gesamte Grundlage der Wikimedia-Projekte – das freie Internet – ist Bedrohungen ausgesetzt. Bisher war dies der Stiftung keine Erwähnung wert, doch hierbei hat offensichtlich ein Umdenken eingesetzt: übliche Zensur (wie in Russland, China, Iran) und unübliche Zensur über Gerichtsverfahren (wie in Frankreich und Griechenland) schüchtern die Communities ein und behindern diese in ihrer Arbeit. Änderungen im Urheberrecht – ob über Freihandelsabkommen (wie TPP) oder im Rahmen neuer Richtlinien (wie in der EU) – könnten erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Projekte haben. Und das Prinzip der Netzneutralität könnte, je nach Ausgestaltung, das Ende des Vorzeigeprojekts Wikipedia Zero bedeuten. Die Stiftung betont ihre Position für die Stärkung des freien Internets, doch abseits von der juristischen Verteidigung von Community-Mitgliedern könne sie nur bedingt aktiv werden und unterstützte daher Projekte wie das von Wikimedia Deutschland initiierte Netzwerk Free Knowledge Advisory Group.

Was heißt das alles?

Mit mehr als 20.000 Wörtern auf 49 Seiten erklärt die Wikimedia Foundation, wie sie das nächste Geschäftsjahr angehen wird. Was ist die Quintessenz dessen?

Die Stiftung sieht sich auf dem richtigen Weg. Mittels starkem technologischen Ausbau und kontinuierlicher finanzieller Förderung glaubt sie, ihre Communites schützen, stärken und ausbauen zu können. Dass sie – obwohl Eigentümerin und Betreiberin der Projekte – das nicht alleine schaffen kann, ist vielleicht die größte Einsicht des Plans. Die Communities werden stärker in Entwicklungsprozesse eingebunden, und die anderen Wikimedia-Organisationen werden nicht mehr allein als Gefahr wahrgenommen sondern als wertvolle Teile des Wikiversums. Wie jedoch dieses Netzwerk aus Einzelpersonen, informellen Gruppen und Organisationen am besten auf die gemeinsame Mission hinarbeiten kann, das ist das große Fragezeichen dieses Plans, auf die es die Antwort zu finden gilt.

 Den Jahresplan 2014/15 gibt es als pdf-Datei auf Wikimedia Commons zum Download, die häufigsten Fragen und Antworten sind im Wiki der Wikimedia Foundation veröffentlicht. Bisher gibt es keine deutsche Übersetzung des Jahresplans. Und um Verwirrung vorzubeugen noch ein kleiner Hinweis: Anders als z. B. bei Wikimedia Deutschland (Jan-Dez) beginnt das Geschäftsjahr bei der WMF im Juli und endet im Juni des nächsten Jahres.

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WikiProject Report: Indigenous Peoples of North America

A Zuni girl with a pottery jar on her head, photographed in 1909. Most Zuni live in Zuni Pueblo in southern New Mexico.

Wikipedia’s community-written newsletter, The Signpost, recently talked to a number of participants in WikiProject Indigenous Peoples of North America. Encompassing more than 7,000 articles, the project currently boasts sixteen featured articles—articles that have gone through a thorough vetting process and are considered some of the best on the encyclopedia—as well as 63 WikiProject good articles, which have been through a similar, though less rigorous, process. The WikiProject aims to improve and maintain overall coverage of the indigenous peoples of North America on Wikipedia.

Members CJLippert, Djembayz, RadioKAOS, Maunus and Montanabw were asked for their thoughts on various aspects of the project. All five have a strong interest in the topic, though not all have direct ties to the indigenous peoples of North America. CJLippert, who works for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, a federally recognized American Indian tribe in Minnesota, comes pretty close. “Minnesota is a cross-road of where the Indian Removal Policy ended and Reservation Policy began and where the old and small Reserve system and the new and large Reservation system intersect,” he explains.

He adds, “As I work for a Native American tribal government, though not Native but also not ‘White’, I have the privilege of participating as the third party between the two. This also means I get to see both the strengths and weaknesses of both in regards to the relations between the Native Americans and the majority population. As that third party, trying to help to close some gaps in understanding is what led me to participate in Wikipedia and then to join the WikiProject.”

Maunus, a linguist and anthropologist, focuses on Mexican indigenous groups, which he feels is an underrepresented topic area on Wikipedia. “I am one of the only people doing dedicated work on these groups, but I have been focusing on languages and I agree that Mexican indigenous people require improved coverage compared to their Northern neighbors,” he says. “There are some articles on the Spanish Wikipedia of very high quality, mainly because of the work of one editor, but likewise other articles that are of very poor quality, with either romanticizing or discriminatory undertones. They also tend to use very low quality sources.”

An Iñupiat man, photographed in 1906. There are an estimated 13,500 Iñupiat in north and northwest Alaska.

He is not the only contributor keeping his focus precise. RadioKAOS lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, an “intersecting point for a variety of distinct groups of Alaskan Natives” thanks to its position as the second-largest city in the northernmost state. Finding information on these rural communities, however, can be a challenge given the areas lack of online coverage. “Because a large part of what constitutes sourcing on Wikipedia is web-based and/or corporate media-based, coverage is hamstrung by the lack of any media outlets in scores of small, rural communities throughout Alaska,” he says. “Look at the ‘coverage’ of many of these communities and you’ll see that the articles are little more than a dumping ground for the Census Bureau and other public domain data that provide little or no insight as to what life there is like. Most attempts to provide factual insights of rural Alaska wind up deleted due to lack of [online] reliable sources.”

Montanabw, an editor of over eight years with a catalog of featured and good articles, says systemic bias is a big issue throughout Wikipedia’s coverage of indigenous peoples. “My first concern is use of language and phrasing that treats Native People like they are merely interesting historic figures instead of a living, modern people with current issues and current leaders,” he adds. “My second concern is uninformed, and at times inadvertently insulting, use of terminology in articles. For example, not all Native leaders are called ‘chief,’ yet many biographies labeled certain people this way even though it was not an appropriate title for that person.”

He adds, “Respect for a living culture and living people is not ‘political correctness,’ and it is frustrating to run across that attitude.”

For more info on WikiProject Indigenous Peoples of North America, read the full feature on the Signpost, or go to the WikiProject’s overview page.

Joe Sutherland, communications volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikimedia:Woche 20/2014

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur 20. Ausgabe der Wikimedia:Woche im Jahr 2014. Dieser weltmeisterliche Newsletter wird gemeinschaftlich von Projektaktiven und Wikimedia Deutschland erstellt, serviert in kleinen Häppchen Aktuelles und Brisantes aus der internationalen Wikimedia-Welt und möchte zum Weiterlesen anregen.

Die Woche entsteht in einem offenen Redaktionsprozess: Wenn du über die internationalen Kanäle auf Links oder Storys stößt, die für die lokale Arbeit der deutschsprachigen Community von Relevanz sein können, hinterlasse einen Hinweis in der nächsten Woche! Du kannst entweder selber einen Teaser-Text vorbereiten, oder einfach nur einen Link setzen, den wir dann vor Versand mit einer Zusammenfassung dekorieren.

Wenn du Wünsche zur Woche im Allgemeinen oder Anregungen zur Abdeckung spezieller Themen hast, melde dich gerne in den Kommentaren. Allen Mitwirkenden gilt hier wie gewohnt besonderer Dank.

Viel Vergnügen beim Lesen!

Wikimedia:Woche 20/2014

Frühere Ausgaben sind archiviert unter:

Die Liste der Beitragenden kann der Versionsgeschichte der jeweiligen Ausgabe im Archiv in der Wikipedia entnommen werden.

Foundation und Organisationen

Keine Deaktivierung des Media Viewers

Etwa 60 Mitglieder der Community der englischsprachigen Wikipedia haben sich in einem RfC für die Deaktivierung des Media Viewers ausgesprochen. Erik Möller von der WMF hat die Umsetzung dieses Votums overruled und dem betreffenden Administrator im Fall einer Wiederholung mit der Deadministrierung gedroht. Später hat er sich für diese Drohung entschuldigt. Derweil hatten etwa 16.000 Wikipedianer den Media Viewer bereits über die BetaFeatures noch vor dessen offizieller Veröffentlichung aktiviert.

Neue Mitglieder des FDC

Da vier Mitglieder des Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) regulär ausscheiden, hat das Board of Trustees der Wikimedia Foundation hat vier neue Mitglieder für den Spendenverteilungausschuss bestimmt. Es sind Anne Clin (Kanada), Dumisani Ndubane (Südafrika), Matanya Moses (Israel) und Osmar Valdebenito (Chile).

Projekte und Initiativen


Helen Albert, Praktikantin bei der Wikimedia Foundation für Wikidata, hat zwei Einführungstouren (Tutorials) für Wikidata erstellt, jeweils eine für Objekte und eine für Aussagen. Bisher sind diese jedoch nur auf Englisch verfügbar.

Wikimedia Foundation verteidigt Nutzer

Im letzten Monat wurden vier Autoren der englischsprachigen Wikipedia vom kanadischen Geschäftsmann und Philantropen Yank Barry verklagt, weil sich er diffamiert fühlte. Drei der vier Autoren haben das Angebot der Foundation angenommen und werden nun bei der Verteidigung unterstützt.

Twitter-Accounts berichten von staatlichen Edits

Auf Initiative eines amerikanischen Nutzers wurde inzwischen mehrere Twitter-Account erstellt, die (halb-)automatisch jüngste Änderungen in der Wikipedia auflisten, die mit IP-Adressen staatlicher Institutionen getätigt wurde. Der erste eingerichtete Account listet Edtis aus dem US-Kongress, inzwischen sind zahlreiche weitere Accounts für die viele Länder gegründet worden. Dazu gehören unter anderem auch Accounts zu den Edits aus Bundes- und Landesinstitution der Bundesrepublik sowie aus den EU-Institutionen.


PediaPress stellt Buchdruck ein

Erik Möller kündigt an, dass die bisherige Option, Wikipedia-Artikel als gedruckte Bücher bei der Firm PediaPress bestellen zu können, in einigen Wochen eingestellt wird. Seit 2008 wurden 15.000 Bücher bestellt, der Aufwand lohnt sich dafür nicht. Die Wikimedia Foundation ist bereit, die Druckmöglichkeit weiterhin zu unterstützen, wenn a) die Community ein deutliches Interesse daran zeigt und sich b) ein neuer Dienstleister findet.

„Winter“-Designprototyp für die Wikipedia

Brandon Harris hat aufgerufen die neueste Pre-Alpha-Version (0.6) des „Winter“-Designs zu testen (“give me your love, give me your hate“). Das Design fällt vor allem durch die in Ansätzen erkennbare Verfügbarkeit für alle Geräte auf („Responsive Design“), die im neuen Jahresplan der Wikimedia Foundation als Ziel ausgegeben wird.

ogv-Javascript in MediaWiki

Chefentwickler Brion Vibber schreibt in seinem Blog über den neuen Javascript-Videoplayer für ogg-Vorbis-Videodateien, an dessen Entwicklung er maßgeblich beteiligt ist. Ein Testbeispiel ist auf WMFLabs zur Benutzung freigegeben.

Wiki ShootMe!

Wiki ShootMe! ist kein Aufruf zur Gewalt sondern ein Tool, welches nahe gelegene Wikipedia-Artikel anzeigt, die noch kein Foto haben. Ursprünglich war diese Funktion in der Android-App enthalten, bis zur erneuten Implementierung in die mobile App können interessierte Fotografierende nun dieses Tool sowohl mobil als auch am Desktop-Browser benutzen.

Das Problem von Wikipedia-Redesigns

Luis Villa, stellvertretender Justiziar bei der Wikimedia Foundation, schreibt in seinem privaten Blog über die Problematiken der inzwischen sehr populären „Wikipedia-Redesigns“. Es geht ihm vor allem darum, dass die Namensnennung, die von den Creative Commons-Lizenzen verlangt wird, weiterhin schlecht dargestellt werde. Keines der Redesign ginge dieses Problem ernsthaft an.

Ein erster Blick auf das neue Übersetzungswerkzeug

Runa Bhattacharjee schreibt im Foundation-Blog über das neue Übersetzungswerkzeug, das dabei helfen mehr Artikel aus anderen Sprachen zu übersetzen. Vorerst ist nur das Sprachpaar Katalanisch/Spanisch verfügbar, da die Übersetzungscommunity für Katalanisch sehr groß und damit eine gute Grundlage darstellt. Das Tool kann auf WMFLabs getestet werde.

Presse und Websites

10.000 Artikel pro Tag

Der schwedische Wikipedianer Sverker Johansson hat mehr als 2,7 Millionen Artikel mithilfe seines Bots geschrieben. Der deutsche Wikipedianer Achim Raschka kritisiert diese Art Artikel zu schreiben. Nachdem die Diskussion in der Wikipedia bereits lange geführt wurde, hat sie es nun auch in die traditionellen Medien (unter anderem Wall Street Journal, FAZ) geschafft.

by Nicole Ebber at July 17, 2014 03:51 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Germany

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Již pět let fotíme české obce a jsme za polovinou!


18. července 2014 uběhlo přesně pět let od spuštění projektu fotografování českých obcí (FČO), v rámci kterého začali Wikipedisté koordinovat své cesty do českých měst, městysů, obcí a vesnic, aby jepomocí svých fotografií přiblížili všem čtenářům Wikipedie (a nejen jim). Projekt postupně prošel řadou úprav a různými zdroji financování, ale základní myšlenka zůstává stejná: nafotit fotky obcí prospěšné Wikipedii a získat zpět náklady investované do cesty.
Na počátku se jednalo o ojedinělý projekt, který neměl v Česku obdobu a razil cestu dalším fotografickým grantům. Dnes se v těchto grantech nemusíme omezovat pouze na obce, ale můžete fotografovat také chráněná území, lidovou architekturu, aktuální události a mnoho dalšího.
mapa_kraje_mA jak jsou na tom vlastně české obce na Wikipedii? Již před pěti lety existovaly články o všech obcích a v průběhu prvních dvou let projektu byly doplněny také články o všech částech obcífotografující tedy nemusí článek zakládat, ale stačí přidat fotografie, případně text rozšířit. Co se týká profocenosti českých obcí, bohužel neexistuje přesná statistika, která by nám pomohla změřit úspěch snažení desítek wikipedistů v průběhu jednotlivých let, avšak díky tzv. špendlíkům, tedy seznamu nenafocených obcí, je možné přesně analyzovat stav nafocení obcí v současné době. Pokud se tedy podrobněji podíváme na data z května roku 2014, vidíme, že jsme již za polovinou našeho úsilí. Konkrétně je totiž v současnosti nafoceno přesně 57,8 procenta českých obcí! Což oproti únoru 2014 představuje za období tří měsíců jednoprocentní nárůst.
Pokud se zaměříme na profocenost jednotlivých krajů, jednoznačně nejlépe je na tom hlavní město Praha, která je již několik let, jako jediný kraj,  kompletně nafocena! V závěsu za ní následuje Zlínský a Jihomoravský kraj, kde je nafoceno okolo 85 % vesnic; dalším nejvíce nafoceným krajem je Středočeský s přibližně 77 % procenty. Naopak nejhůře jsou na tom kraje Pardubický a Hradecký, kde se profocenost pohybuje okolo poloviny.
A jaký je tedy nejlepší dárek, který můžete darovat k pátým narozeninám projektu Foto českých obcí? No samozřejmě je to fotocesta do dosud nenafocených lokalit!


Více informací najdete na stránce Foto českých obcí na Wikipedii.

by Honza Groh at July 17, 2014 05:00 AM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Czech Republic

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First Look at the Content Translation tool

The projects in the Wikimedia universe can be accessed and used in a large number of languages from around the world. The Wikimedia websites, their MediaWiki software (bot core and extensions) and their growing content benefit from standards-driven internationalization and localization engineering that makes the sites easy to use in every language across diverse platforms, both desktop and and mobile.

However, a wide disparity exists in the numbers of articles across language wikis. The article count across Wikipedias in different languages is an often cited example. As the Wikimedia Foundation focuses on the larger mission of enabling editor engagement around the globe, the Wikimedia Language Engineering team has been working on a content translation tool that can greatly facilitate the process of article creation by new editors.

About the Tool

The Content Translation editor displaying a translation of the article for Aeroplane from Spanish to Catalan.

Particularly aimed at users fluent in two or more languages, the Content Translation tool has been in development since the beginning of 2014. It will provide a combination of editing and translation tools that can be used by multilingual users to bootstrap articles in a new language by translating an existing article from another language. The Content Translation tool has been designed to address basic templates, references and links found in Wikipedia articles.

Development of this tool has involved significant research and evaluation by the engineering team to handle elements like sentence segmentation, machine translation, rich-text editing, user interface design and scalable backend architecture. The first milestone for the tool’s rollout this month includes a comprehensive editor, limited capabilities in areas of machine translation, link and reference adaptation and dictionary support.

Why Spanish and Catalan as the first language pair?

Presently deployed at, the tool is open for wider testing and user feedback. Users will have to create an account on this wiki and log in to use the tool. For the current release, machine translation can only be used to translate articles between Spanish and Catalan. This language pair was chosen for their linguistic similarity as well as availability of well-supported language aids like dictionaries and machine translation. Driven by a passionate community of contributors, the Catalan Wikipedia is an ideal medium sized project for testing and feedback. We also hope to enhance the aided translation capabilities of the tool by generating parallel corpora of text from within the tool.

To view Content Translation in action, please follow the link to this instance and make the following selections:

  • article name – the article you would like to translate
  • source language – the language in which the article you wish to translate exists (restricted to Spanish at this moment)
  • target language – the language in which you would like to translate the article (restricted to Catalan at this moment)

This will lead you to the editing interface where you can provide a title for the page, translate the different sections of the article and then publish the page in your user namespace in the same wiki. This newly created page will have to be copied over to the Wikipedia in the target language that you had earlier selected.

Users in languages other than Spanish and Catalan can also view the functionality of the tool by making a few tweaks.

We care about your feedback

Please provide us your feedback on this page on the Catalan Wikipedia or at this topic on the project’s talk page. We will attempt to respond as soon as possible based on criticality of issues surfaced.

Runa Bhattacharjee, Outreach and QA coordinator, Language Engineering, Wikimedia Foundation

by Runa Bhattacharjee at July 17, 2014 12:29 AM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

July 16, 2014

Wikimedia Ukraine

Найкращі фото української частини конкурсу «Вікі любить Землю»

Ці десять світлин представлятимуть Україну на міжнародному етапі конкурсу. Всі фото опубліковані на умовах ліцензії CC BY-SA, тобто вони вільні для поширення і використання з будь-якою метою, в тому числі комерційною за умови вказання авторства.

1. «Скелі Демерджі». Ландшафтний заказник «Демерджі-яйла», АР Крим, © Віталій Башкатов

2. «Вид з Говерли на Карпатський національний парк». Карпатський національний природний парк, Івано-Франківська область, © Дмитро Балховітін

3. «Актовський каньйон». Регіональний ландшафтний парк «Гранітно-степове Побужжя», Миколаївська область, © Анастасія Сак

4. «Зимовий Кукуль». Карпатський національний природний парк, Івано-Франківська область; Карпатський біосферний заповідник, Закарпатська область © Володимир Хіраш

5. «Шаан-Кая у хмарах». Ялтинський гірсько-лісовий природний заповідник, АР Крим, © Олександр Черних

6. «Озеро Світязь на світанку». Шацький національний природний парк, Волинська область, © Павло Мокрицький

7. «Полонина Григорівка, вид на Говерлу і Петрос». Карпатський національний природний парк, Івано-Франківська область; Карпатський біосферний заповідник, Закарпатська область, © Максим Присяжнюк

8. «Ранкова палітра». Регіональний ландшафтний парк «Зуївський», Донецька область, © Віталій Башкатов

9. «На Говерлі». Карпатський національний природний парк, Івано-Франківська область; Карпатський біосферний заповідник, Закарпатська область, © Роберт Лабчук

10. «Півострів». Ботанічний заказник «Новий Світ», гідрологічна пам’ятка природи «Прибережний аквальний комплекс між Новим Світом і Судаком», АР Крим, © Віталій Башкатов


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Coding da Vinci: Results of the first German Culture Hackathon

Mnemosyne, goddess of memory

From the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, © public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The weather was almost as hot as it was in Hong Kong one year ago. But whereas on that occasion a time machine had to catapult the audience ten years into the future, at the event held on Sunday, July 6 at the Jewish Museum Berlin, the future had already arrived.

It was not only virtual results that were presented at the award ceremony for the culture hackathon Coding da Vinci in Berlin. Image from Marius Förster © cc-by-sa 3.0

At the final event of the programming competition Coding da Vinci, seventeen projects were presented to both a critical jury and the public audience in a packed room. Five winners emerged, three of whom used datasets from Wikimedia projects. This result signals that the predictions put forward by Dirk Franke in Hong Kong have already become a reality: that in the future more and more apps will use the content of Wikimedia projects and that the undiscerning online user will barely notice where the data actually comes from. There is a clear trend towards providing information in a multimedia-based and entertaining way. That’s the meta level, but the source of the knowledge is still clear: Wikipedia.

The aims of Coding da Vinci

The new project format used by Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE) for the first time this year ended successfully. Coding da Vinci is a culture hackathon organized by WMDE in strategic partnership with the German Digital Library, the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and the Service Center Digitization Berlin. Unlike a standard hackathon, the programmers, designers and developers were given ten weeks to turn their ideas into finished apps. Most of the 16 participating cultural institutions had made their digital cultural assets publicly available and reusable under a free license especially for the programming competition. With the public award ceremony on July 6 at the Jewish Museum, we wanted to show not just these cultural institutions but also what “hackers” can do with their cultural data. We hope that this will persuade more cultural institutions to freely license their digitized collections. Already this year, 20 cultural data sets have been made available for use in Wikimedia projects.

Exciting til the very end

It was an exciting event for us four organizers, as we waited with baited breath to see what the community of programmers and developers would produce at the end. Of course, not all the projects were winners. One of the projects that did not emerge as a winner, but that I would nevertheless like to give a special mention, was Mnemosyne – an ambitious website that took the goddess of memory as its patron. We are surely all familiar with those wonderful moments of clarity as we link-hop our way through various Wikipedia pages, so who would say no to being guided through the expanse of associative thought by a polymath as they stroll through a museum?

The polymath as a way of life died out in the end of the 19th century, according to Wikipedia – a fact that the Mnemosyne project seeks to address by using a combination of random algorithms to make finding and leafing through complex archive collections a simpler and more pleasurable activity. In spite of some minor blips during the on-stage presentation, the potential of the cast concrete Mnemosyne was plain to see. Hopefully work will continue on this project and the developers will find a museum association that wants to use Mnemosyne to make their complex collections available for visitors to browse.

The five winners

After two hours of presentations and a one-hour lunch break, the winners were selected in the five categories and were awarded their prizes by the jury.

Out of Competition: The zzZwitscherwecker (chirping alarm clock) really impressed both the audience and the jury. It’s a great solution for anyone who finds it difficult to be an early bird in the morning. That’s because you can only stop the alarm if you’re able to correctly match a bird to its birdsong. You’re sure to be wide awake after such a lively brain game.

Funniest Hack: The Atlas beetle is a real Casanova. It inspired IT enthusiast Kati Hyppä and her brother to build not only a dancing Cyberbeetle, but also an accompanying hi-tech insect box. We’ll see if the Museum für Naturkunde (museum for natural sciences) incorporates the project into its entomology exhibition. The jury was enchanted by the dancing beetle and awarded its creators the prize for Funniest Hack.

Best Design: The prize for most impressive design went to Ethnoband. The organ was the inspiration behind this project. The inventors of the organ packed a full orchestra in the pipes of just one instrument. With Ethnoband, Thomas Fett has made it possible to conduct an orchestra with instruments from all over the world using a computer. You can also invite friends from around the world to a jam session.

Screen shot of the Alt Berlin app by Claus Höfele. Winner of the Most Technical category. © cc-by-sa 3.0

Most Useful: In this category, it was important to come up with an idea and strategy that would make the jury wonder why nobody had ever come up with this idea before. Insight – 19xx excelled at this almost impossible task. It is based on a list of names of authors ostracized by the Nazis and linked with additional information, from Wikipedia and other sources. This turns the list of mere names into intriguing biographies that are an engaging introduction to the author’s work. During the project it emerged, among other things, that a total of almost 20,000 books had been put on the prohibition list by the Nazis – a number much greater than previously estimated.

Most Technical: The app Alt-Berlin (old Berlin) impressed the jury on account of its great level of technical sophistication. In the app, the digitized collection of paintings from the Stadtmuseum Berlin, which hosted a Wikipedian in Residence in 2012, illustrates modern OpenStreetMap maps. Anyone wanting to experience time travel can discover historical maps along the streets of today. Even current images from Wikimedia Commons can be laid over old photographs of the streets of Berlin. You will soon be able to easily access the app from your cell phone while out and about.

All applications have a free license and can be further developed and reclassified accordingly.


Thank you to everyone who took part in Coding da Vinci! Photo: Volker Agueras Gäng, CC-BY 3.0

Looking to 2015 Next year, we would once again like to invite the programming community to participate in our culture hackathon Coding da Vinci. We hope to attract more cultural institutions, programmers and designers, to receive more data and to produce more creative projects; but more than anything we hope to help increase accessibility to the digitized cultural heritage that has already been made available. Our aim is to fully integrate this data into Wikimedia projects so that they can be used directly by all volunteers working on these projects.

Photographs from the event can be accessed from the Wikimedia Commons page. Photos of the award ceremony will be posted soon.


Barbara Fischer, curator for cultural cooperations at Wikimedia Deutschland.

German blogpost

by Katja Ullrich at July 16, 2014 08:13 AM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

July 15, 2014

Wikimedia DC

We are led by volunteers—here is how you can help

Wikimedia DC volunteers at the National Archives, October 2013Wikimedia DC works on the ground in Washington, DC, and in the surrounding area to teach others about Wikipedia. We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished in our three years, from our large gatherings like Wikimania 2012 and WikiConference USA, to our regularly held edit-a-thons with cultural and educational organizations throughout DC. We are also excited about the future; we are in the midst of our expanding our program offerings so that we can do more to serve DC and to improve the Wikimedia projects.

What you may not know is that Wikimedia DC is led almost entirely by volunteers. With very few exceptions, volunteers do everything: we plan the events, we follow up with organizations we work with, even our board members and officers are volunteers. And we always need more volunteers. Whether you know how Wikipedia works or not, there are many ways you can help us. Here are some ways you can help:

  • If you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Wikipedia editing, we always need Wikipedia trainers for our edit-a-thons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge of Wikipedia with someone eager to learn. If you are interested in this opportunity, email or just show up to an upcoming event.
  • Have something interesting to share about the Wikimedia projects, free knowledge, open source software, open data, or open government? We are looking for guest bloggers to make occasional contributions to our blog. Your writing will be shared with the broader Wikimedia community here in DC and around the world. Feel free to email recommendations to
  • Our organization is aided by the advise of our committees. We have three committees focused on programs: Content Programs Committee, Technology Programs Committee, and Community Programs. We also have committees dedicated to fundraising, governance, public policy, and technical infrastructure. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, send an email to

Thank you very much for your interest. We hope to see you help out at Wikimedia DC!

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Wikimedia Foundation offers assistance to Wikipedia editors named in U.S. defamation suit

Since posting, we have learned that Mr. Barry’s attorney has requested to withdraw their complaint without prejudice and their request has been granted by the court. Mr. Barry’s attorney has further indicated that Mr. Barry intends to file an amended complaint some unspecified time in the future.

Wikipedia’s content is not the work of one, ten, or even a thousand people. The information on Wikipedia is the combined product of contributions made by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. By volunteering their time and knowledge, these people have helped build Wikipedia into a project that provides information to millions every day.

With many different voices come many different perspectives. Resolving them requires open editorial debate and collaboration with and among the volunteer community of editors and writers. Disagreements about content are settled through this approach on a daily basis. On extremely rare occasions, editorial disputes escalate to litigation.

This past month, four users of English Wikipedia were targeted in a defamation lawsuit brought by Canadian-born musician, businessman, and philanthropist Yank Barry. In the complaint, Mr. Barry claims that the editors, along with 50 unnamed users, have acted in conspiracy to harm his reputation by posting false and damaging statements onto Wikipedia concerning many facets of his life, including his business, philanthropy, music career, and legal history.

However, the specific statements Mr. Barry apparently finds objectionable are on the article’s talk page, rather than in the article itself. The editors included in the lawsuit were named because of their involvement in discussions focused on maintaining the quality of the article, specifically addressing whether certain contentious material was well-sourced enough to be included, and whether inclusion of the material would conform with Wikipedia’s policies on biographies of living persons.

A talk page is not an article. It is not immediately available to the readers of the encyclopedia. Its purpose is not to provide information, but a forum for discussion and editorial review. If users are unable to discuss improvements to an article without fear of legal action, they will be discouraged from partaking in discussion at all. While some individuals may find questions about their past disagreeable and even uncomfortable, discussions about these topics are necessary for establishing accurate and up-to-date information. Without discussion, articles will not improve.

In our opinion, this lawsuit is an effort to try and chill free speech on the Wikimedia projects. Since Wikipedia editors do not carve out facts based on bias or promotion this lawsuit is rooted in a deep misinterpretation of the free-form truth-seeking conversations and analysis that is part of the editorial review process that establishes validity and accuracy of historical and biographical information. As such, we have offered the four named users assistance through our Defense of Contributors policy. Three of the users have accepted our offer and obtained representation through the Cooley law firm. We thank Cooley for its assistance in the vigorous representation of our users. The fourth user is being represented by the California Anti-SLAPP Project and is working closely with the Wikimedia Foundation and Cooley.

Lawsuits against Wikipedia editors are extremely rare — we do not know of of any prior cases where a user has been sued for commenting on a talk page. The Wikipedia community has established a number of dispute resolution procedures and venues to discuss content issues that are available for anyone to use. Most content disputes are resolved through these processes. We are unaware of Mr. Barry taking advantage of these processes to work directly with the editors involved in this lawsuit or the greater Wikipedia community to address these issues.

Wikipedia’s mission is to provide the world with the sum of all human information for free and we will always strongly defend its volunteer editors and their right to free speech.

Michelle Paulson, Legal Counsel

by Michelle Paulson at July 15, 2014 04:00 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia engineering report, June 2014

Major news in June include:

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.

Engineering metrics in June:

  • 151 unique committers contributed patchsets of code to MediaWiki.
  • The total number of unresolved commits went from around 1440 to about 1575.
  • About 14 shell requests were processed.


Work with us

Are you looking to work for Wikimedia? We have a lot of hiring coming up, and we really love talking to active community members about these roles.


  • Elliot Eggleston joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a Features Engineer in the Fundraising-Tech team (announcement).

Technical Operations

New Dallas data center

On-site work has started in our new Dallas (Carrollton) data-center (codfw). Racks have been installed, the equipment we moved from Tampa has been racked and cabling work has been mostly completed over the course of the month. We are now awaiting the installation of connectivity to the rest of our network as well as the arrival of the first newly-ordered server equipment, so server & network configuration can commence.

Puppet 3 migration

In July we migrated from Puppet 2 to Puppet 3 on all production servers. Thanks to the hard work of both volunteers and Operations staff on our Puppet repository in the months leading up to this, this migration went very smoothly.

Labs metrics in June:

  • Number of projects: 173
  • Number of instances: 424
  • Amount of RAM in use (in MBs): 1,741,312
  • Amount of allocated storage (in GBs): 19,045
  • Number of virtual CPUs in use: 855
  • Number of users: 3,356

Wikimedia Labs

Last month we switched the Labs puppetmaster to Puppet 3; this month all instances switched over as well. Some cleanup work was needed in our puppet manifests to handle Trusty and Puppet 3 properly; everything is fairly stable now but a bit of mopping up remains.

Features Engineering

Editor retention: Editing tools


In June, the VisualEditor team provided a new way to see the context of links and other items when you edit to make this easier, worked on the performance and stability of the editor so that users could more swiftly and reliably make changes to articles, and made some improvements to features focussed on increasing their simplicity and understandability, fixing 94 bugs and tickets. The editor now shows with a highlight where dragging-and-dropping content will put it, and works for any content, not just for images. The citation and reference tools had some minor adjustments to guide the user on how they operate, based on feedback and user testing. A lot of fixes to issues with windows opening and closing, and especially the link editing tool, were made, alongside the save dialog, categories, the language editing tool, table styling, template display and highlights on selected items. The mobile version of VisualEditor, currently available for alpha testers, moved towards release, fixing a number of bugs and improving performance. Work to support languages made some significant gains, and work to support Internet Explorer continued. The new visual interface for writing TemplateData was enabled on the Catalan and Hebrew Wikipedias. The deployed version of the code was updated five times in the regular release cycle (1.24-wmf8, 1.24-wmf9, 1.24-wmf10 and 1.24-wmf11).


In June, the Parsoid team continued with ongoing bug fixes and bi-weekly deployments; the selective serializer, improving our parsing support for some table-handling edge case, nowiki handling, and parsing performance are some of the areas that saw ongoing work. We began work on supporting language converter markup.

We added CSS styling to the HTML to ensure that Parsoid HTML renders like PHP parser output. We continued to tweak the CSS based on rendering differences we found. We also started work on computing visual diffs based on taking screenshots of rendered output of Parsoid and PHP HTML. This initial proof-of-concept will serve as the basis of more larger scale automated testing and identification of rendering diffs.

The GSoC 2014 LintTrap project saw good progress and a demo LintBridge application was made available on wmflabs with the wikitext issues detected by LintTrap.

We also had our quarterly review this month and contributed to the annual engineering planning process.

Core Features


Presentation slides on Flow from the metrics meeting for June

In June, the Flow team finished an architectural re-write for the front-end, so Flow will be easier to keep updating in the future. This will be released to the first week of July, and Wikipedia the following week.

The new feature in this release is the ability to sort topics on a Flow board. There are now two options for the order that topics appear on the board: you can see the most recently created threads at the top (the default), or the most recently updated threads. This new sorting option makes it easier to find the active conversations on the board.

We’ve also made a few changes to make Flow discussions easier to read, including: a font size now consistent with other pages; dropdown menus now easier to read; the use of the new button style, and the WikiGlyphs webfont.



In June, the Growth team completed analysis of its first round of A/B testing of signup invitations for anonymous editors on English, French, German, and Italian Wikipedias. Based on these results, the team prepared a second version to be A/B tested. Additionally, the team released a major refactor of the GuidedTour extension‘s API, as well as design enhancements like animations, a new CSS-based way of drawing guider elements, updated button styles, and more. The team also launched GuidedTours on three new Wikipedias: Arabic, Norwegian, and Bengali.


Wikipedia Education Program

This month, the Education Program extension again received incremental improvements and bugfixes. Sage Ross of the Wiki Education Foundation submitted two patches: one that adds information to the API for listing students, and another that lets anonymous users compare course versions. Also, a student from Facebook Open Academy fixed a usability issue in the article assignment feature.


Wikimedia Apps

The Mobile Apps team released the new Android Wikipedia app and it is now available to be downloaded through the Google Play store on Android devices.

Core features of the app include the ability to save pages for offline reading, a record of your browsing history, and the ability to edit either as a logged in user or anonymously. Therefore the app is the first mobile platform that allows anonymous editing! The app also supports Wikipedia Zero for participating mobile carriers.

Additional work done this month includes the start of implementing night mode for the Android app (by popular demand), creating an onboarding experience which is to be refined and deployed in July, and numerous improvements to the edit workflow.

Mobile web projects

This month, the mobile web team finished work on styling the mobile site to provide a better experience for tablet users. We began redirecting users on tablets, who had previously been sent to the desktop version of all Wikimedia projects, to the new tablet-optimized mobile site on June 17. Our early data suggests that this change had a positive impact on new user signup and new editor activation numbers. We also continued work on VisualEditor features (the linking and citation dialogs) in preparation for releasing the option to edit via VisualEditor to tablet users in the next three months.

Wikipedia Zero

During the last month, the team deployed the refactored Wikipedia Zero codebase that replaces one monolithic extension with multiple extensions. The JsonConfig extension, which allows a wiki-driven JSON configuration system with data validation and a tiered configuration management architecture, had significant enhancements to make it more general for other use cases.

Additionally, the team enabled downsampled thumbnails for a live in-house Wikipedia Zero operator configuration, and finished Wikipedia Zero minimum viable product design and logging polish for the Android and iOS Wikipedia apps. The team also supported the Wikipedia apps development with network connection management enhancements in Android and iOS, with Find in page functionality for Android, and response to Wikipedia for Android Google Play reviews.

The team facilitated discussions on proxy and small screen device optimization, and examined the HTML5 app landscape for the upcoming fiscal year’s development roadmap. The team also created documentation for operators for enabling zero-rating with different connection scenarios. Bugfixes were issued for the mobile web Wikipedia Zero and the Wikipedia for Firefox OS app user experience.

Routine pre- and post-launch configuration changes were made to support operator zero-rating, with routine technical assistance provided to operators and the partner management team to help add zero-rating and address anomalies. Finally, the team participated in recruitment for a third Partners engineering teammate.

Wikipedia Zero (partnerships)

We launched Wikipedia Zero with Airtel in Bangladesh, our third partner in Bangladesh, and our 34th launched partner overall. We participated in the Wiki Indaba conference, the first event of its kind to be held in Africa. The event, organized by Wikimedia South Africa, brought together community members from Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. The attendees shared experiences and challenges to work in the region and formulated strategies to support and strengthen the movement’s efforts across the continent. While in South Africa, Adele Vrana also met with local operators. Meanwhile, Carolynne Schloeder met with numerous operators and handset manufacturers in India. Carolynne joined Wikimedian RadhaKrishna Arvapally for a presentation at C-DOT, and both participated a blogger event hosted by our partner Aircel, along with other members of Wikimedia India in Bangalore. Smriti Gupta joined the group as Mobile Partnerships Manager, Asia.

Language Engineering

Language tools

The Translate extension received numerous bug fixes, including fixing workflow states transitions for fundraising banners.

Content translation

The team added support for link adaptation, worked on the infrastructure for machine translation support using Apertium and on hiding templates, images and references that cannot be easily translated. They also prepared for deployment on beta wikis and made multiple bug fixes and design tweaks.

Platform Engineering

MediaWiki Core


The team has been running HHVM on a single test machine (“osmium”) for the purpose of testing the job queue in production. The machine is only put into production on a very limited basis, while enough bugs are found to keep the team busy for a while, and then it’s disabled again as the team fixes those bugs. We’re planning on having HHVM running on a few job runner machines (continually) in July, then turning our focus toward running HHVM on the main application servers, taking a similar strategy.

Release & QA

The Release and QA Team had their mid-quarter check-in on June 27. Phabricator work is progressing nicely. The latest MediaWiki tarball release (1.23) was made and the second RFP started and is close to completion. We are moving to only WMF-hosted Jenkins for all jobs, and we are working with the MediaWiki Core and the Operations teams on HHVM-related integration (both for deployment and for the Beta Cluster).

Admin tools development

Work on this project is currently being completed along with the SUL finalisation project, including the global rename tool (bug 14862) and cleaning up the CentralAuth database (bug 66535).


CirrusSearch is running as the default search engine on all but the highest traffic wikis at this point. Nik Everett and Chad Horohoe plan to migrate most of the remaining wikis in July, leaving only the German and English Wikipedia to migrate in August.

Auth systems

Continued work on the SOA Authentication RFC and Phabricator OAuth integration. We made OAuth compatible with HHVM and made other minor bug fixes.

SUL finalisation

The MediaWiki Core team has committed to having the following work completed by the end of September 2014:

  • Completing the necessary engineering work to carry out the finalisation.
  • Setting a date on which the finalisation will occur (Note: this date may not be later than September).
  • Have a communications strategy in place, and community liaisons to carry that out, for the time period between the announcement of the date of the finalisation and the finalisation proper.

Security auditing and response

We released MediaWiki 1.23.1 to prevent multiple issues caused by loading external SVG resources. We also performed security reviews of the Wikidata property suggester, Extension:Mantle for mobile/Flow, and Flow’s templating rewrite.

Quality assurance

Quality Assurance

This month saw significant improvements to the MediaWiki-Vagrant development environments from new WMF staff member Dan Duvall. We have completed support for running the full suite of browser tests on a Vagrant instance under the VisualEditor role. In the near future, we will extend that support to the MobileFrontend and Flow Vagrant roles, as well as making general improvements to Vagrant overall. Another great QA project is from Google Summer of Code intern Vikas Yaligar, who is using the browser test framework to automate taking screen captures of aspects of VisualEditor (or any other feature) in many different languages, for the purpose of documentation and translation.

Browser testing

After two years of using a third-party host to run browser test builds in Jenkins, this month we have completed the migration of those builds to Jenkins hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. Hosting our browser test builds ourselves gives us more control over every aspect of running the browser tests, as well as the potential to run them faster than previously possible. Particular thanks to Antoine Musso, whose work made it possible. Simultaneously, we have also ported all of the remaining tests from the /qa/browsertest repository either to /mediawiki/core or to their relevant extension. This gives us the ability to package browser-based acceptance tests with the release of MediaWiki itself. After more than two years evolving the browser testing framework across WMF, the /qa/browsertests repository is retired, and all if its functions now reside in the repositories of the features being tested.



In June, the multimedia team released Media Viewer v0.2 on all Wikimedia wikis, with over 20 million image views per day on sites we track. Global feedback was generally positive and helped surface a range of issues, many of which were addressed quickly. Based on this feedback, Gilles Dubuc, Mark Holmquist, and Gergő Tisza developed a number of new features, with designs by Pau Giner: view images in full resolution, view images in different sizes, show more image information, edit image file pages, as well as easy disable tools for anonymous users and editors.

This month, we started working on the Structured Data project with the Wikidata team, to implement machine-readable data on Wikimedia Commons. We are now in a planning phase and aim to start development in Fall. We ramped up our work on UploadWizard, reviewed user feedback, collected metrics, fixed bugs and started code refactoring, with the help of contract engineer Neil Kandalgaonkar. We also kept working on technical debt and bug fixes for other multimedia tools, such as image scalers, GWToolset and TimedMediaHandler, with the help of Summer contractor Brian Wolff.

As product manager, Fabrice Florin helped plan our next steps, hosting a planning meeting and other discussions of our development goals, and led an extensive review of user feedback for Media Viewer and UploadWizard with new researcher Abbey Ripstra. Community liaison Keegan Peterzell introduced Media Viewer and responded to user comments throughout the product’s worldwide release. To learn more about our work, we invite you to join our discussions on the multimedia mailing list.

Engineering Community Team

Bug management

Apart from gruntwork (handling new tickets; prioritizing tickets; pinging on older tickets) and Andre’s main focus on Phabricator, Parent5446, Krinkle and Andre created several requested Bugzilla components, plus moved ‘MediaWiki skins’ to a Bugzilla product of their own. In Bugzilla’s codebase, Tony and TTO styled Bugzilla’s Alias field differently, Tony removed the padlock icons for https links in Bugzilla and cleaned up the codebase, and Odder fixed a small glitch in Bugzilla’s Weekly Summary and rendering of custom queries on the Bugzilla frontpage. Numerous older tickets with high priority were triaged on a bugday.

Phabricator migration

Apart from discussions on how to implement certain functionality and settings in Phabricator among team members and stakeholders, Mukunda implemented a MediaWiki OAuth provider in Phabricator (Gerrit changes: 1, 2; related ticket) and Chase created a Puppet module for Phabricator.

Mentorship programs

Google Summer of Code and FOSS Outreach Program for Women interns and mentors evaluated each other as part of the mid-term evaluations. Reports are available for all projects:

Technical communications

In addition to ongoing communications support for the engineering staff, Guillaume Paumier focused on information architecture of Wikimedia engineering activities. This notably involved reorganizing the Wikimedia Engineering portal (now linked from’s sidebar) and creating a status dashboard that lists the status of all current activities hosted on The portal is now also cross-linked with the other main tech spaces (like Tech and Tech News) and team hubs.

Volunteer coordination and outreach

Volunteers and staff are beginning to add or express interest in topics for the 2014 Wikimania Hackathon in London. The WMUK team is working hard to finalize venue logistics so that we can schedule talks and sessions in specific rooms. Everything is on track for a successful (and very large!) Hackathon. Tech Talks held in June: How, What, Why of WikiFont on June 12 and A Few Python Tips on June 19. A new process has been set up for volunteers needing to sign an NDA in order to be granted special permissions in Wikimedia servers. On a similar note, we have started a project to implement a Trusted User Tool in Phabricator, in order to register editors of Wikimedia projects that have been granted special permissions after signing a community agreement.

Architecture and Requests for comment process

Developers had several meetings on IRC about architectural issues or Requests for comment:



To support Editor Engagement Vital Signs, the team has implemented a new metric: Newly Registered User. There is also a new backup system to preserve user’s reports on cohorts as well as the ability to tag cohorts. A number of bugs have been fixed, including fixing the first run of a recurrent report and preventing the creation of reports with invalid cohorts.

Data Processing

The team has now integrated Data Processing as part of its Development Process. New Stories/Features have been identified and tasked. Also, experimentation with Cloudera Hadoop 5 is complete and we are ready to upgrade the cluster in July.

Editor Engagement Vital Signs

The ability to run a metric over an entire project (wiki) in Wikimetrics drives us closer to producing data daily for our first Vital Sign. The team has also iterated on the design of the dashboard and navigation. We added a requirement from executives to have a default view when EEVS is loaded. This view would display metrics for the 7 largest Wikipedias.


We fixed a serious bug where cookie data was getting captured in the country column. Saved data was scrubbed of the unwanted information and some old and unused tables were dropped. The team also implemented Throughput Monitoring to help catch potential issues in EventLogging.

Research and Data

This month we refined the Editor Model – a proposal to model the main drivers of monthly active editors – and expanded the documentation of the corresponding metric definitions. We applied this model to teams designing editor engagement features (Growth, Mobile) and supported them in setting targets for the next fiscal year.

We analyzed the early impact of the tablet desktop-to-mobile switchover on traffic, edit volume, unique editors, and new editor activation.

We hosted the June 2014 edition of the research showcase with two presentations on the effect of early socialization strategies and on predictive modeling of editor retention.

We released wikiclass, a library for performing automated quality assessment of Wikipedia articles.

We released longitudinal data on the daily edit volume for all wikis with VisualEditor enabled, since the original rollout.

We continued work on an updated definition for PageViews.

Finally, we held our quarterly review (Q4-2014) and presented our goals for the next quarter (Q1-2015).


The Wikidata project is funded and executed by Wikimedia Deutschland.

The team worked on fixing bugs as well as a number of features. These include data access for Wikiquote, support for redirects, the monolingual text datatype as well as further work on queries. Interface messages where reworked to make them easier to understand. First mockups of the new interface design have been published for comments. The entity suggester a team of students worked on over the last months has been deployed. This makes it easier to add new statements by suggesting what kind of statements are missing on an item. Wikidata the Game has been extended by Magnus by 2 games to add date of birth and date of death to people as well as to add missing images.


The engineering management team continues to update the Deployments page weekly, providing up-to-date information on the upcoming deployments to Wikimedia sites, as well as the annual goals, listing ongoing and future Wikimedia engineering efforts.

This article was written collaboratively by Wikimedia engineers and managers. See revision history and associated status pages. A wiki version is also available.

by Guillaume Paumier at July 15, 2014 03:37 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

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Forfatter Agnes Ravatn skriver om Judith Butler på Wikipedia

Forfatter Agnes Ravatn har fått opplæring i Wikipedia-redigering.

Forfatter Agnes Ravatn har fått opplæring i Wikipedia-redigering.

Da Agnes Ravatn deltok i vår grunnlovsstafett oppdaget hun hvor lett man kan bli hekta på å forvandle Wikipedias rødlenker til artikler.

- Agnes Ravatn er velformulert og har et friskt blikk på vedtatte sannheter, sa Anine Kierulf da hun utfordret forfatter og skribent Agnes Ravatn til å delta i skrivestafetten på Wikipedia, og dette er egenskaper som trengs både på Wikipedia og i offentligheten generelt.

Ravatn takket umiddelbart ja, og valgte å skrive på den nynorske Wikipedia-varianten om den amerikanske kjønnsforskeren og litteraturviteren Judith Butler.

- En så relevant akademiker burde ha selvfølgelig ha en egen artikkel på nynorsk, og når jeg oppdaget at den ikke fantes var valget av tema lett, sier Ravatn.

Kjønnsubalansen blant bidragsyterne legger Ravatn spesielt merke til når hun søker etter kvinner, og hun påpeker hvordan samtida er full av glemte historiske kvinner. Underveis i arbeidet med artikkelen oppdaget hun fort at bokmålsversjonen av artikkelen om Judith Butler var tynn, og håper at andre vil la seg inspirere til å bruke hennes artikkel som utgangspunkt for å lage en mer utfyllende artikkel også på de andre norske språkversjonene.

Selv om Ravatn undret litt over hva som motiverer folk til å bruke så mye tid på nettleksikonet, ser hun lett hvordan man kan bli hekta, og etter å ha lært om Wikipedia-redigering er hun overrasket over hvor lett det er å bidra.

- Mår man har først har gjort litt, så skjønner man systemet, og det å skulle gjøre de irriterende røde lenkene om til artikler kan nok lett bli avhengighetsskapende.

Som hos så mange andre er Wikipedia en selvfølgelig del av hverdagen hennes.

- Jeg er jo innom flere ganger om dagen, og kan fortsatt ikke tro at Wikipedia faktisk finnes og at kvaliteten er såpass høy. Jeg vet jo at det på betente områder blir mer komplisert, men stort sett virker artiklene veldig etterrettelige.

Som neste kvinne ut i stafetten utfordrer hun kvinnen hun kaller landets største gitarhelt, musiker Hedvig Mollestad. Vi ser frem til Mollestads bidrag, som kommer i august!

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July 14, 2014

Wikimedia Ukraine

Місяць Закерзоння у Вікіпедії. Прес-конференція у Львівській обласній раді

Домівка > Некатегоризовано > Місяць Закерзоння у Вікіпедії. Прес-конференція у Львівській обласній раді
2014-07-14 21:15

Афіша Закерзоння

15 липня 2014 об 11:00 у 307 кабінеті Львівської обласної ради відбудеться прес-конференція щодо презентації проекту «Місяць Закерзоння у Вікіпедії». Проект приурочений 70-тій річниці від початку депортації українців із Закерзоння, яка розпочалась 9 вересня 1944 р. Захід відбудеться у рамках проекту «Історичні діалоги».

У прес-конференції візьмуть участь:

Модератор заходу:

  • Михайло Галущак – координатор проекту «Історичні діалоги»

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Creating Safe Spaces

This morning I read an article entitled Ride like a girl. In it, the author describes how being a cyclist in a city is like being a woman: Welcome to being vulnerable to the people around you. Welcome to being the exception, not the rule. Welcome to not being in charge. The analogy may not be a perfect fit, but reading these words made me think of a tweet I favorited several weeks ago when #YesAllWomen was trending. A user who goes by the handle @Saradujour wrote: “If you don’t understand why safe spaces are important, the world is probably one big safe space to you.” As I continue interviewing women who edit Wikipedia and as I read through the latest threads on the Gendergap mailing list, I keep asking myself, “How can a community that values transparency create safe spaces? How can we talk about Wikipedia’s gender gap without alienating dissenting voices and potential allies?”

Ride like a girl?

Wikipedia’s gender gap has been widely publicized and documented both on and off Wiki (and on this blog since 1 February 2011). One of the reasons I was drawn to working on the gender gap as a research project was that, despite the generation of a great deal of conversation, there seem to be very few solutions. It is, what Rittel and Webber would call, a “wicked problem.” Even in the midst of the ongoing work of volunteers who spearhead and contribute to endeavors like WikiProject Women scientists, WikiWomen’s History Month, WikiProject Women’s sport and Meetup/ArtandFeminism (to name only a few), the gender gap is a wicked problem a lot of community members–even those dedicated to the topic–seem tired of discussing.

The Women and Wikipedia IEG project is designed to collect and then provide the Wikimedia community with aggregate qualitative and quantitative data that can be used to assess existing efforts to address the gender gap. This data may also be used to guide the design of future interventions or technology enhancements that seek to address the gap. The data may include but not be limited to:

  • Stories of active editors who self-identify as women;
  • Interviews with Wikipedians (including those who represent non-English communities) who have been planning and hosting editing events to address the gender gap;
  • Small focus groups with different genders who participate in events such as meet-ups, edit-a-thons, Wikimania, etc.;
  • Observations of co-located editing and mentoring events designed to address the gender gap–both those sponsored by Wikipedia and those not–such as meet-ups, workshops and edit-a-thons;
  • Participation in and observations of non co-located (e.g., online, virtual) editing and mentoring events designed to address the gender gap;
  • An online survey designed specifically with the gender gap in mind;
  • Longitudinal measures of the success (e.g., the ability to attract and retain new editors who self-identify as women; lasting content created by new editors who self-identify as women; user contribution tracking) of co-located and non co-located events);
  • Content analysis of internal documents (e.g., project pages, talk pages, gender gap mailing list archives, etc.) regarding the gender gap and efforts to address it.
  • How can a community that values transparency create safe spaces?

    This past month I’ve been watching, reading and thinking. I’ve also been revisiting my goals. Now, the first goal I’d like to accomplish is to help reinvigorate the gender gap discussion by creating a central place where the international Wikipedia community can document all of the terrific ideas that have been shared, conversations that have taken place and work that has been done to address the gap. Currently, the conversations are, at times, disparate and dispersed. And, sometimes, they aren’t safe. Often the stakeholders–like cyclists and motorists–have such different goals and values that conflict is inevitable. However, as studies[1] have shown, conflict can be productive and collaborative when differing voices are respected, when policies are thoughtfully constructed and when power is shared.

    In the next few weeks, I’ll be updating the Wikimedia Gender gap page with sources I’ve gathered during my literature review and with links to existing projects and conversations. I’ll also continue to recruit participants for interviews and focus groups. If you’d like to participate in any of this work, please let me know. Creating safe spaces is a truly collaborative effort.

    Amanda Menking, 2014 Individual Engagement Grantee

    1. Travis Kriplean, Ivan Beschastnikh, David W. McDonald, and Scott A. Golder. 2007. Community, consensus, coercion, control: cs*w or how policy mediates mass participation. In Proceedings of the 2007 international ACM conference on Supporting group work (GROUP ’07). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 167-176. DOI=10.1145/1316624.1316648

    by Amanda Menking at July 14, 2014 06:19 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Foundation

    Wikimedia Germany

    OpenGLAM-Workshop – Enthusiasten der freien Kultur bei WMDE

    OpenGLAM – Für freien Zugang zu digitalisiertem Kulturerbe

    Morgen findet bei Wikimedia Deutschland der OpenGLAM-Workshop statt – alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen, dabei zu sein! Ziel des Workshops ist es, ein OpenGLAM-Netzwerk im deutschsprachigen Raum zu gründen. Die etwa 50 erwarteten Gäste setzen sich in vielfältigen Bereichen für ein gemeinsames Anliegen ein: die Förderung des freien und offenen Zugangs zu digitalisiertem Kulturgut. Darunter verstehen wir Daten etwa aus Bibliotheken, Museen und Archiven, die frei verwendet, genutzt und verbreitet werden können (siehe auch Dieses Ziel wird neben Wikimedia Deutschland international von einem Netzwerk von vielen engagierten Freiwilligen und Organisationen getragen.

    Bei der von der OpenGLAM-Initiative, dem Projekt DM2E, der Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland und Wikimedia Deutschland organisierten Veranstaltung lernen sich die verschiedenen Akteure persönlich kennen und tauschen sich über Themen rund um digitale Kultur aus. Einen Vormittag lang wird über Open Data in Kulturinstitutionen und den diesbezüglichen Stand der Dinge im deutschsprachigen Raum gesprochen. Auch ein Community-GLAM-Projekt wird vorgestellt, da die Erfahrungen Ehrenamtlicher mit der Arbeit im Kulturbereich von essentieller Bedeutung sind. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen vorbeizukommen, mitzudiskutieren und Teil des Netzwerks zu werden. Das detaillierte Programm ist hier zu finden.

    Offene Daten sind Daten, die von jedermann frei verwendet, nachgenutzt und verbreitet werden können – See more at:
    Offene Daten sind Daten, die von jedermann frei verwendet, nachgenutzt und verbreitet werden können – maximal eingeschränkt durch Pflichten zur Quellennennung und Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen – See more at:
    Offene Daten sind Daten, die von jedermann frei verwendet, nachgenutzt und verbreitet werden können – maximal eingeschränkt durch Pflichten zur Quellennennung und Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen – See more at:
    “Offene Daten sind Daten, die von jedermann frei verwendet, nachgenutzt und verbreitet werden können – maximal eingeschränkt durch Pflichten zur Quellennennung und Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen.” – See more at:
    “Offene Daten sind Daten, die von jedermann frei verwendet, nachgenutzt und verbreitet werden können – maximal eingeschränkt durch Pflichten zur Quellennennung und Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen.” – See more at:

    Der Workshop findet zu Beginn des Open Knowledge Festivals 2014 statt, das diese Woche zahlreiche Open-Culture-Enthusiasten in die Berliner Kulturbrauerei zieht. Auf der internationalen Konferenz werden Themen rund um offene Gesellschaft, freie Daten und Freies Wissen besprochen. Bis zu 1.000 Menschen aus 60 Ländern werden erwartet, die sich für offene Kulturdaten einsetzen.

    • 9.30: Begrüßung und Einführung (Lieke Ploeger, Open Knowledge)
    • 9.40: Lightning talks über das Potenzial von offenen Kulturdaten

      Joris Pekel – Europeana

      Stephan Bartholmei – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

      Lydia Pintscher – Wikidata/Wikimedia DE

      Helene Hahn – Coding da Vinci/OKF DE

      Vorstellung eines OpenGLAM Community Projekts

    • 10.30: Kaffeepause
    • 10.45: Diskussionsrunde zu offenen Kulturdaten in Deutschland
    • 11.30: Gründung einer OpenGLAM-Arbeitsgruppe in Deutschland,
      Erfahrungsaustausch mit den OpenGLAM-Arbeitsgruppen aus der Schweiz und Finnland
    • 13:00: Ende des Workshops

    - See more at:

    • 9.30: Begrüßung und Einführung (Lieke Ploeger, Open Knowledge)
    • 9.40: Lightning talks über das Potenzial von offenen Kulturdaten

      Joris Pekel – Europeana

      Stephan Bartholmei – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

      Lydia Pintscher – Wikidata/Wikimedia DE

      Helene Hahn – Coding da Vinci/OKF DE

      Vorstellung eines OpenGLAM Community Projekts

    • 10.30: Kaffeepause
    • 10.45: Diskussionsrunde zu offenen Kulturdaten in Deutschland
    • 11.30: Gründung einer OpenGLAM-Arbeitsgruppe in Deutschland,
      Erfahrungsaustausch mit den OpenGLAM-Arbeitsgruppen aus der Schweiz und Finnland
    • 13:00: Ende des Workshops

    - See more at:

    Wo? Wikimedia Deutschland, Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24, 10963 Berlin

    Wann? 15. Juli 2014, 9:30 – 13:00 Uhr


    by Lilli Iliev at July 14, 2014 02:37 PM (feed) Subscribe to Wikimedia Germany