Gregory Varnum | 21 Apr 01:40 2015
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Nominations being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections

Greetings,

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections. This year the Board and the FDC Staff are looking for a diverse set of candidates from regions and projects that are traditionally under-represented on the board and in the movement as well as candidates with experience in technology, product or finance. To this end they have 
published letters describing what they think is needed and, recognizing that those who know the community the best are the community themselves, the election committee is accepting nominations for community members you think should run and will reach out to those nominated to provide them with information about the job and the election process.

This year, elections are being held for the following roles:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long term sustainability of the Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection.  There are three positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Board_elections/2015.    

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities.  There are five positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/FDC_elections/2015.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Ombud
The FDC Ombud receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees,  and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.  One position is being filled.  More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015

The candidacy submission phase lasts from 00:00 UTC April 20 to 23:59 UTC May 5 for the Board and from 00:00 UTCApril 20 to 23:59 UTC April 30 for the FDC and FDC Ombudsperson. This year, we are accepting both self-nominations and nominations of others. More information on this election and the nomination process can be found at  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015.

Please feel free to post a note about the election on your project's village pump. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections-AeOJrEpdGNeGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org 

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
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Srikant Kedia | 20 Mar 18:57 2015
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Picture of the Year 2014 Results

Dear Wikimedians,

The 2014 Picture of the Year competition has ended and we are pleased to announce the results:

We shattered participation records this year — more people voted in Picture of the Year 2014 than ever before. In both rounds, 6698 different people voted for their favorite media files.

  • In the first round, 4504 people voted for all 983 candidates.
  • In the second round, 3824 people voted for the 54 finalists (the R1 top 30 overall and top 2 in each category).


In the second round – the “three votes” system was enabled for the first time this year – eligible users could vote for up to 3 finalists - each of these 3 votes counted equal.

We congratulate the winners of the contest and thank them for creating these beautiful media files and sharing them as freely licensed content:

  1. 547 people voted for the winner, Two Julia Butterflies (Dryas iulia) drinking the tears of turtles in Ecuador.
  2. In second place, 416 people voted for An Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) in Antarctica jumping out of the water.
  3. In third place, 410 people voted for High above Tocopilla, Chile, one of SQMs Boxcabs coasts downhill to the Reverso switchback.

Click here to view the top images »

We also sincerely thank to all 6,698 voters for participating. We invite you to continue to participate in the Commons community by sharing your work.

Thanks,
the Picture of the Year committee

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Steinsplitter Wiki | 12 Mar 13:58 2015

Commons related bugs: Own phabricator project

Hi Community,

This is just to let you know that Wikimedia Commons has now a own tracking tag/project on phabricator (bugtracker): https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/commons/

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Tomasz W. Kozłowski | 9 Mar 23:15 2015
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SVG- and Commons-related travel grant (please help and comment!)

Hi list,
it has come to my attention that there is quite an interesting
Commons-related grant that's just been submitted as part of the Travel
& Participation Grants programme on Meta (jointly organised by the
WMF, WMDE and WMCH).

In short, Kelvin Song ([[User:Kelvinsong]]) -- whom some of you might
recognize as a top-class creator of educational (and in, my opinion as
a basic SVG creator, absolutely mind-blowing) SVG images -- is asking
for a grant to represent the Wikimedia community, and Commons in
particular, at the Libre Graphic Meeting, due to take place in
Toronto, Canada, this spring.

I wouldn't normally contact this list about issues like that, but as a
huge fan of Kelvin's outstanding work, and a SVG creator myself, I
think this is an excellent way of at least attempting to bring new
skills and people to an under-discovered area of Commons.

The grant page can be found on Meta at
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Kelvinsong/LGM:_Creating_textbook-grade_SVG_illustrations_for_Wikipedia>;
help with copy-editing as well as endorsements will be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks for your time, all.

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marco antonio hurtado | 22 Feb 21:06 2015
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soy yo marco antonio hurtado

gracias por confirmarme que ya estoy suscrito
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Tomasz W. Kozłowski | 22 Feb 13:26 2015
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Help fund a macro lens for a Commons contributor

Hi list,
this is just to let you know that a group of Commons volunteers have
just launched a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to fund a macro
lens for Jeevan Jose a.k.a. Jkadavoor so as to allow him to take even
better pictures of the amazing biodiversity in his home state of
Kerala, India.

The pictures, of course, are released by Jee under a free licence and
uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and then used in Wikipedia articles in
multiple languages.

As an uninvolved person who has just been made aware of this, all I
can say is: have a look at the campaign page at
<http://igg.me/at/jkadavoor> and decide for yourselves whether this is
a project you want to help with.

[CC-ing this to the Commons mailing list as well.]

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Keegan Peterzell | 19 Feb 21:11 2015
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Structured data on Commons update

Greetings,

After a delay in updates to the Structured data on Commons[1] project, I wanted to catch you up with what has been going on over the past three months. In short: The project is on hold, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening.

The meeting in Berlin[2] in October provided the engineering teams with a lot to start on. Unfortunately the Structured Data on Commons project was put on hold not too long after this meeting. Development of the actual Structured data system for Commons will not begin until more resources can be allocated to it.

The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Germany have been working to improve the Wikidata query process on the back-end. This is designed to be a production-grade replacement of WikidataQuery integrated with search. The full project is described at Mediawiki.org[3].This will benefit the structured data project greatly since developing a high-level search for Commons is a desired goal of this project.

The Wikidata development team is working on the arbitrary access feature. Currently it's only possible to access items that are connected to the current page. So for example on Vincent van Gogh you can access the statements on Q5582, but you can't access these statements on Commons at Category:Vincent van Gogh or Creator:Vincent van Gogh. With arbitrary access enabled on Commons we no longer have this limitation. This opens up the possibility to use Wikidata data on Creator, Institution, Authority control and other templates instead of duplicating the data (what we do now). This will greatly enhance the usefulness of Wikidata for Commons. 

To use the full potential of arbitrary access the Commons community needs to reimplement several templates in LUA. In LUA it's possible to use the local fields and fallback to Wikidata if it's not locally available. Help with this conversion is greatly appreciated. The different tasks are tracked in Phabricator[4]. 

Volunteers are continuing to add data about artworks to Wikidata. Sometimes an institution website is used and sometimes data is being transfered from Commons to Wikidata. Wikidata now has almost 35.000 items about paintings. This is done as part of the Wikidata WikiProject "Sum of All Paintings"[5]. This helps us to learn how to refine metadata structure about artworks. Experience that will of course be very useful for Commons too.

Additionally, the metadata cleanup drive continues to produce results[6]. The drive, which is intended to identify files missing {{information}} or the like structured data fields and to add such fields when absent, has reduced the number of files missing information by almost 100,000 on Commons. You can help by looking for files[7] with similarly-formatted description pages, and listing them at Commons:Bots/Work requests[8] so that a bot can add the {{information}} template on them.

At the Amsterdam Hackathon in November 2014, a couple of different models were developed about how artwork can be viewed on the web using structured data from Wikidata. You can browse two examples[9][10]. These examples can give you an idea of the kind of data that file pages have the potential to display on-wiki in the future.

The Structured Data project is a long-term one, and the volunteers and staff will continue working together to provide the structure and support in the back-end toward front-end development. There are still many things to do to help advance the project, and I hope to have more news for you in the near future. Contact me any time with questions, comments, concerns. 


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Fabrice Florin | 18 Feb 09:32 2015
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Media Viewer 2014 Reports

Hi folks,

The multimedia team completed a review of Media Viewer in recent weeks, and we'd like to share a few highlights of what we learned from this project in 2014.

1. Research
Here are some key findings from our research about this product:
• Media Viewer serves a lot more images than before (17M intentional views/day)
• Most users keep Media Viewer enabled (99.5% enabled)
• Media Viewer key features were found easy to use
• Media Viewer is more useful for readers than active editors 

More information can be found in this Media Viewer Research 2014 report: 

See also these companion slides for a visual presentation of more findings: 

2. Retrospective
The multimedia team also discussed lessons learned from this project in 2014, identifying what worked and what didn’t work, in order to inform future product development. 

Here are some highlights of that team review.

The Media Viewer project ran from July 2013 to November 2014 and was more challenging than expected. While the product received favorable or neutral feedback on most Wikimedia sites, it was met with negative reactions from many contributors on the English and German Wikipedias, as well as on Wikimedia Commons. This caused the team to work longer than planned, to improve features based on user feedback. 

What worked well:
• Detailed activity and performance metrics.
• Design research -- before and after implementing a feature. 
• Working with community champions in different projects.
• Agile development process and tools.
• Unit tests to improve the code.

What didn't work well:
• Many community discussions did not effectively inform product development.
• Surveys were not representative, because they were optional.
• We lacked the tools to get productive feedback from different user groups.
• Juggling feature and platform development at the same time was hard.
• Scope creep; the workload kept growing beyond available resources.
• No clear success metric; we couldn't tell if we had met our goal.

More findings can be found in this Media Viewer Retrospective summary:

Please let us know if you have any questions about this research or retrospective. You’re also welcome to add your feedback on the Media Viewer talk page:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension_talk:Media_Viewer/About#Media_Viewer_2014_Reports 

I'm grateful to all the team members who worked on these documents, especially Gergő and Gilles. These findings can help us better understand how Media Viewer serves our users — and how we can improve not only this product but also our development and release process.  

This will be my last post on behalf of the multimedia team, as I have now transitioned into a new role at the Wikimedia Foundation, working as Movement Communications Manager. Senior engineer Gilles Dubuc is now leading the multimedia team and can answer questions related to upcoming projects.

I’d like to thank all the community members who worked closely with us on this project, as well as my colleagues on the multimedia and product teams. We learned a lot together, and I really enjoyed creating a better product with you all. I look forward to more collaborations in coming years.  

Regards as ever,


Fabrice


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Tuszynski, Jarek W. | 10 Feb 15:08 2015

Database transclusion table inconsistent with the file metadata

Hello all,

 

Lately I was searching the Commons files for files without Information template or other maintained infobox templates mentioned in Commons:Infoboxes [1] and adding them to Category:Media_missing_infobox_template [2] so me and others can add the information templates.  One of the reasons why file might be missing infobox template, is that there is a problem with parsing of existing infotmation template, usually through some sort of {{}} [[]] bracket imbalance, such files go into Category:Pages_using_Information_template_with_parsing_errors . Files with such problem are found through CatScan3 queries for files not transcluding {{Information}}, but which contain string “{{Information”. Lately I had a large number of “false positive” files that according to the CatScan do not transclude {{Information}}, but which clearly have the template. That seems to happen occasionally but usually edit required to add the category is enough for the database to refresh it’s links and a second CatScan query like [5] can find them. However this time it does not work.

 

Any idea how to purge such files? See also [6]

 

Jarek T.

(user:Jarekt)

 

[1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Infoboxes

[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_missing_infobox_template

[3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Bots/Work_requests#Adding_the_Information_template_to_files_that_don.27t_have_it

[4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pages_using_Information_template_with_parsing_errors

[5] https://tools.wmflabs.org/catscan3/catscan2.php?language=commons&project=wikimedia&categories=Pages_using_Information_template_with_parsing_errors&ns%5B6%5D=1&templates_any=Information%0D%0AInfobox+template+tag&ext_image_data=1&file_usage_data=1&doit=1

[6] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jarekt#file:Amsterdam_P1080037.JPG.2C_file:GLAMcamp_Amsterdam_P1080092.JPG.2C_file:Museo_de_la_Naturaleza_de_Cantabria_.281.29.jpg.2C_file:Wr.C3.B3blik_Szlachecki.2C_006.jpg.2C_file:2011_Dakar_Rally_Alessandro_Zanotti_Tucuman.JPG

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| 8 Feb 12:07 2015
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Help find great images about love

There are an interesting selection about love in the LGBT categories
on Commons. Not surprising as most LGBT campaigning is about "love
rights". :-)

Here are a handful that I would like to see used more widely:

1. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fucking_IKEA.jpeg
- This photo of two men kissing has an interesting background, as it
was created during a protest against Russian censorship of an IKEA
catalog that included a lesbian couple. Apparently the Russian
authorities feel that even acknowledging lesbians live together might
be promoting homosexuality, which is of course, sadly against the law
in that country.
2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wasteland_company.jpg
- The photographer (Kargaltsev) is well known for his photographs of
gay life and love in New York, this tense shot is one in a series with
the same couple.
3. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Um_beijo_gay_no_parque.jpg ~
"A gay kiss in the park"
- This is a classic kiss during a gay pride event in Brazil, and is in
use in several language Wikipedias to illustrate kissing and
homosexuality.
4.File:Kimbo Kissing Carolyn rszd.jpg
- Another image used to illustrate homosexuality on different
Wikipedias, a lesbian couple in the USA.

Cheers,
Fae

On 7 February 2015 at 00:19, Fabrice Florin <fflorin <at> wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> What is your favorite image or media file about love?
>
> As millions prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world, we’d like to know how the topic of
love is covered on Wikipedia and its sister projects, for a special blog post at the end of next week.
>
> We’re looking for great wiki articles, images, sounds or videos on this topic -- from platonic to
fraternal or romantic love.
>
> Please add your suggestions on this email thread -- or on one of these pages:
>
> On Meta:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Love_on_the_wikis
>
> On the Blog:
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/02/06/wiki-articles-about-love/
>
> Be sure to include a link, with a sentence or two about why you picked it!
>
> We welcome your suggestions until Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at midnight PST.
>
> We'll post some of your top picks next Friday on the Wikimedia Blog and social media --  just in time for
Valentine’s Day.
>
> Thanks for sharing the love :)
>
>
> Fabrice
> on behalf of the WMF Comms team
>
>
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Fabrice Florin | 7 Feb 01:19 2015
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Help find great images about love

Hello everyone,

What is your favorite image or media file about love?

As millions prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world, we’d like to know how the topic of
love is covered on Wikipedia and its sister projects, for a special blog post at the end of next week.

We’re looking for great wiki articles, images, sounds or videos on this topic -- from platonic to
fraternal or romantic love. 

Please add your suggestions on this email thread -- or on one of these pages:

On Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Love_on_the_wikis

On the Blog:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/02/06/wiki-articles-about-love/

Be sure to include a link, with a sentence or two about why you picked it! 

We welcome your suggestions until Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at midnight PST. 

We'll post some of your top picks next Friday on the Wikimedia Blog and social media --  just in time for
Valentine’s Day. 

Thanks for sharing the love :)

Fabrice 
on behalf of the WMF Comms team

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