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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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:
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> On Meta:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Love_on_the_wikis
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> 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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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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John Cummings | 27 Jan 23:50 2015
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Looking for feedback for my WMF proposal to woork with UNESCO including large image release

Hi all

I’m looking for feedback and endorsement for my Wikimedia Foundation PEG grant to be Wikimedian in Residence at UNESCO. I’d very much appreciate if you would have a look, I want to include as many different projects and languages as possible and connect editors in each country with local UNESCO partners which could benefit activities like Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth. The most relevant goal to Wikimedia Commons is:

2. Make content from the archives of UNESCO and its partners available on Wikimedia projects: This project will facilitate the upload of 30,000 images, audio files, videos, data and other content to Wikimedia projects from UNESCO archives(24,000 images), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and other sources including 10 organisations changing their content license to be Wikimedia compatible, a completed pilot project is outlined in the Goal section.

I ran a pilot project that resulted in the images found in the Wikimedia Commons category Images from the archive of UNESCO, here are a few examples:

  • The Soda volcano, Oromia, Ethiopia.

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  • Rubble of the cathedral after the earthquake that hit the Capital Port au Prince just before 5 pm on 12 January 2010.

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  • Young monk, wearing a special costume, July-August 1991, Sikkim, India.

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  • Sabha, 6, getting ready to walk to school from her house on the borders eastern Gaza strip, where she and her family are still living in tents.

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  • Not far from Mohenjo-Daro (or Mohenjodaro) - These Mohana fishermen/hunters use lures from real birds to catch more birds. They will either eat them or sell them. Mohenjodaro, Pakistan.

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  • Priest of rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.

If you think this is a worthwhile project please click this link and then click the endorse button.

Many thanks

John



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Romaine Wiki | 22 Jan 19:01 2015
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Project Wiki Loves Art in Belgium

Hello all,

Hereby I like to announce the project Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.

In November we had a meeting with a museum and we noticed that they were very enthusiastic about Wikipedia/Wikimedia, but they experienced it as difficult and maybe dangerous to open up their collection. This relatively closed attitude appears to be not unique, but often occurring among Belgian cultural institutions, compared with other countries, as we understood from various organisations in the open knowledge sector.

Therefore we have thought about how to work together with cultural institutions and we came up with Wiki Loves Art. This project has been organised earlier in various countries, and in 2009 also in the Netherlands. A Dutch team is currently working on organising Wiki Loves Art in 2016 again, and that gave us the inspiration to start with the organisation in Belgium as well.

Wiki Loves Art is a photo contest in what participants visit the museums, galleries, archives and libraries which have determined a part of their collection to be photographed and published under a free license. Wiki Loves Art gives participating photographers often a unique possibility to take photos in a cultural institution and/or to visit an organisation behind the scenes. This has resulted in other Wiki Loves Art projects in many photos that are widely used on various Wikipedias. For cultural institutions this project gives the opportunity to collaborate with Wikipedia/Wikimedia in a save way, without having opening the doors of their entire collections, and show a part of their collection with relatively little costs.

In an organisational point of view the project is intended to make the Belgiumgap less wide and the availability will increase the coverage of Belgian art on Wikipedia. In comparison with other countries, relatively less articles have been written about subjects in Belgium in the various language versions of Wikipedia. This project tries to stimulate to fill this gap and that Belgian art and more is better visible and described on Wikipedia.

Wiki Loves Art is a project under the flag of Wikimedia Belgium, but is a joint project in what we work together with several organisations with a long-term expertise in working with cultural institutions and/or open knowledge projects. Together with them we had last week a meeting and agreed on how we want to organise Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.

We need to start in time as the project is very labour intensive with much time spend on communication with the various cultural institutions. The Dutch team has therefore highly recommended to hire someone for one or two days a week during the project to be able to manage all the communication and organisational needs. We are also going to set up a website, print flyers and leaflets, and after the contest we organise a jury to judge the photos and organise a prize giving ceremony.

If there are any suggestions or feedback, please let us know.

The project will be brought in at the General Assembly coming Saturday.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of the organisational team, let us know!

The project page can be found at https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Art_2016


Kind regards,

Romaine





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Fabrice Florin | 7 Jan 20:00 2015
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Joining WMF Communications team

Hi folks,

I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications team as Movement Communications Manager for a period of six months. 

I have really enjoyed my work as product manager at WMF in the past 3 years, leading the development of new tools like Notifications, Thanks, Beta Features, Media Viewer and other multimedia products [1]. 

One of the lessons I learned during that time is that 'better communications' are really important to make our movement more effective. I also think that growing a 'culture of kindness' is key if we want to engage a broader community [2]. I hope to support both of these goals in my new role. 

Starting this week, I will be working with the communications team on the Wikimedia blog and general WMF/movement communications. My focus for the blog will include improving contributor workflow for community members and WMF staff, and providing editorial guidance for contributors. I will also act as the main contact point for authors submitting new blog posts, and shepherd the publication process. Within movement communications, I will work to improve the availability, distribution, and timeliness of communications from the WMF to the broader community. I will also manage a range of movement communications tasks previously handled by Tilman Bayer, who is transitioning to the WMF Product team as Senior Analyst. 

Going forward, senior engineer Gilles Dubuc will lead the multimedia team and take on some of my responsibilities as product owner, until a new product manager is assigned to that team. Please contact him directly with any questions related to our multimedia work.

I’d like to thank all my colleagues on the multimedia and product teams -- as well as our many community champions -- for being such wonderful collaborators over the past few years. I am proud of what we accomplished together, and I hope that the features we created can help many more people share knowledge productively in years to come. Special thanks to Erik Moeller for his thoughtful guidance throughout the past three years -- and for making this transition possible.

I'm delighted to take on this new assignment, and look forward to more collaborations with you all in the coming year.

Onward!


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[2] 'A Culture of Kindness' blog post:
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IAC Media | 7 Jan 10:40 2015

[OTRS:ticket:2015010110001298)] Correction of category

To: Wikipedia Commons
Attn: Network Administrator

Kindly refer the OTRS ticket:2015010110001298

You are requested to delete the "category" name "India Against Corruption" for images of Shri Arvind Kejriwal.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Arvind_Kejriwal

All images in this category are of his "Aam Aadmi Party" activity and Shri Arvind Kejriwal is not directly
associated with "India Against Corruption" w.e.f 26 November 2012 as has been amply clarified in his
office's email to Wikipedia stored under this service ticket number.

Thanks for your cooperation

IAC Media Team
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