Steinsplitter Wiki | 19 Jun 18:32 2015

Freedom of Panorama in danger!

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 15 Jun 07:03 2015
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Google Picasa Web CC images being trashed

See 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Picasa_Web_Albums_files#Creative_Commons_licensing_unavailable_in_Google.2B

And I thought Yahoo was bad. ;)

Nemo

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Ivo David | 10 Jun 17:27 2015
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Ivo David sketches divine comedy


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Esteban Zarate | 9 Jun 18:23 2015
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nice error

The main page for today is showing a nice graphics done a few days ago and it isn't a featured picture, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Potd/2015-06-09. It was scheduled by the uploader of this picture. All very funny
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Federico Leva (Nemo | 1 Jun 11:56 2015
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Commons vs. Europeana metadata quality

In reading the recent

http://pro.europeana.eu/files/Europeana_Professional/Publications/Metadata%20Quality%20Report.pdf 
summary I think that some of the principles apply to Commons as well, 
tohugh of course we're talking of very different beasts.

For instance:
* "Data should be enriched where possible (e.g. through multilinguality 
or  vocabularies)" is something we do better than most, even though 
further integration with the Translate extension is needed;
* "using a preview portal as a means of data validation" is basically 
covered by the CommonsMetadata tracking categories, also visible on 
preview (though I don't know about GWT);
* "A thumbnail should be made available for all digital cultural 
heritage objects" is easier for us but still a strength we tend to overlook.

Other ideas?

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Gregory Varnum | 17 May 19:01 2015
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Voting open for Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015

Greetings,

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Board will continue during the voting.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

If you would like a translated ballot, you can change your language for Meta-Wiki on the Universal Language Selector or in your Preferences before clicking the 'jump to next wiki' button on SecurePoll. You may also click the vote banner from your home wiki or select your preferred language from the language box above the ballot.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 17 to 23:59 UTC May 31.


More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki:  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
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Ilario Valdelli | 14 May 18:14 2015
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Help with a disappeared user account

May someone help me to solve a mistery?

For instance with this image:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pont_sur_le_Rhone.jpg

The account of the uploader doesn't exist.

It's strange because I checked it immediately after the uploading.

It's not one image that has this problem, other images of WLM CH 2014 has some uploaders with no account.

Regards

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Ilario Valdelli
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Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Association pour l’avancement des connaissances libre
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Wikipedia: Ilario
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Gregory Varnum | 4 May 05:23 2015
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Voting has begun in 2015 FDC elections

Greetings,

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson will continue during the voting. Nominations for the Board of Trustees will be accepted until 23:59 UTC May 5.

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities. There are five positions on the committee being filled.

The FDC Ombudsperson 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.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 3 to 23:59 UTC May 10. Click here to vote. Questions and discussion with the candidates will continue during that time. Click here to ask the FDC candidates a questionClick here to ask the FDC Ombudsperson candidates a question. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 FDC election page, the 2015 FDC Ombudsperson election page, and the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

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Steinsplitter Wiki | 3 May 19:06 2015

Imker - batch download tool

Hi,

The question whether a tool exists which allows to download all images of a category was asked often. As far as i know there does not exist such a tool since toolserver has been switched off.

Imker is a tool developed by User:McZusatz which allows to batch download files from Wikimedia Commons.


See https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Imker_%28batch_download%29


Thanks <at> McZusatz for building this tool!



Regards,
Steinsplitter


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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 

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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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