Wikipedia Signpost | 1 Mar 01:22 2011
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The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 9 – 28 February 2011

News and notes: Newbies vs. patrollers; Indian statistics; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/News_and_notes

In the news: Egypt and Jordan likely candidates for Wikimedia office;
Sanger interview; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/In_the_news

Arbitration statistics: Arbitration Committee hearing fewer cases;
longer decision times
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/Arbitration_statistics

WikiProject report: In Tune with WikiProject Classical Music
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/WikiProject_report

Features and admins: The best of the week
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/Features_and_admins

Arbitration report: AUSC applications open; interim desysopping; two
pending cases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/Arbitration_report

Technology report: HTML5 adopted but soon reverted; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28/Technology_report

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-28

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Lodewijk | 5 Mar 17:10 2011

Chapter report Wikimedia Nederland, February 2011

Wiki Loves Monuments

After the success of last year, Wiki Loves Monuments will go Europe in 2011! Many countries have indicated that they want to participate this time, and coordination is being set up. Lodewijk has participated a brainstorm meeting in Cologne by German Wikimedians to organize their event and also in other countries much progress is being made. More information: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2011/Progress

Strategy Weekend

On 19/20 February Wikimedia Nederland had a strategy weekend in Zeist. The meeting is part of the Wikimedia Nederland strategy process, which is facilitated by Anna Royon-Weigelt. The strategy process was already planned, and has been fit into a pilot project for chapter strategy processes by Anna and Sebastian Moleski. A report of the outcomes and the process following this weekend will be sent to the members.

Board interest meeting

After the success of last year, also this time a board interest meeting was organized. Potential candidates for the board could familiarize themselves with the association, board work and/or other potential candidates.

Meetings & Conferences

A stamtafel has been organized again. The food was served cold - suggestions for a new location are welcome!

Lodewijk has presented Wiki Loves Monuments at the Bangalore Wikimeet via Skype on February 13.

Press attention summary

There was some more coverage on the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, mainly with some more in depth interviews in regional newspapers, but throughout the country. There was also a notice about the cooperation with the National Archive and on the National Architecture Institute choosing a more free licensing policy.

Upcoming:

  • 18-20 March: Lodewijk will attend the Wikimedia Conference in Wroclaw, Poland
  • 20 March: MaartenD will give a workshop around Wiki Loves Monuments at WMDE's General Meeting in Berlin, Germany
  • 25-27 March: Paul and Siebrand will represent Wikimedia Nederland at the Wikimedia Chapters Meeting in Berlin, Germany
  • 28-29 March: Lodewijk and Siebrand will attend Global Melt in Berlin, Germany
  • April 2: General Assembly
  • June: 10 years Dutch Wikipedia
  • September: Wiki Loves Monuments Europe
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Danese Cooper | 8 Mar 00:16 2011
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[Announce] Brion Vibber to rejoin Wikimedia Foundation

Hello,

Yes, the rumors are true!  Today I am pleased to announce that after more than a year away, Brion Vibber will be returning as a full-time employee of Wikimedia Foundation on March 31, 2011.  The public posting is available http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/03/06/brion-vibber-rejoins-wikimedia-foundation.  I'm really excited to be announcing this hire, especially at this time.  I've been looking for a Lead Architect for the next generation MediaWiki platform, and Brion is of course the ultimate expert in MediaWiki internals.  He's also deeply committed to the work we are doing to keep MediaWiki relevant for the next 10 years.

I completely enjoy working with Brion, and I'm totally looking forward to having him back on the team full time (he has always helped out on a volunteer basis).

Anyway, I wanted to give you all a heads up before the public announcement. Please join me in welcoming him back!

Danese Cooper
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Danese Cooper | 8 Mar 00:26 2011
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Re: [Announce] Brion Vibber to rejoin Wikimedia Foundation

Corrected link: http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/03/07/brion-vibber-rejoins-wikimedia-foundation/


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On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Danese Cooper <danese-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Hello,

Yes, the rumors are true!  Today I am pleased to announce that after more than a year away, Brion Vibber will be returning as a full-time employee of Wikimedia Foundation on March 31, 2011.  The public posting is available http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/03/06/brion-vibber-rejoins-wikimedia-foundation.  I'm really excited to be announcing this hire, especially at this time.  I've been looking for a Lead Architect for the next generation MediaWiki platform, and Brion is of course the ultimate expert in MediaWiki internals.  He's also deeply committed to the work we are doing to keep MediaWiki relevant for the next 10 years.

I completely enjoy working with Brion, and I'm totally looking forward to having him back on the team full time (he has always helped out on a volunteer basis).

Anyway, I wanted to give you all a heads up before the public announcement. Please join me in welcoming him back!

Danese Cooper
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Wikipedia Signpost | 8 Mar 15:02 2011
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The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 10 – 7 March 2011

News and notes: Foundation looking for "storyteller" and research
fellows; new GLAM newsletter; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/News_and_notes

In the news: "Truth in Numbers?" interview; 94% women; Google
algorithm update; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/In_the_news

Deletion controversy: Deletion of article about website angers gaming community
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/Deletion_controversy

WikiProject report: Talking with WikiProject Feminism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/WikiProject_report

Features and admins: The best of the week
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/Features_and_admins

Arbitration report: New case opened after interim desysop last week;
two pending cases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/Arbitration_report

Technology report: Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/Technology_report

Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

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J. G. Góngora | 8 Mar 23:15 2011
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Amical: December-February Report

Dear fellows,

The following message is just to keep you informed about the activities developed during the last three months by Amical.

Kind regards,

J. Gustavo Góngora
(As a member of Amical)

Courses and conferences

*2nd December. Conference about Wikipedia at Òmnium cultural. User:Gomà & User:Pallares

*21st December. Workshop on how to edit Wikipedia at the Carlos III University of Madrid. [[User:Gomà]]

*11th February. Talk on Wikipedia at the Civic Centre of Porqueres. [[User:Gomà]]

*18th February Workshop on how to edit Wikipedia at the Golferichs House of Barcelona. [[User:Gomà]]

* Wikiproject:Viquifabricació. The test corresponding to the first semester of the course has successfully come to an end. The following people have taken part in Catalan: 3 teachers, 23 students that have worked on 41 articles. In Spanish: 3 teachers, 21 students and have edited 23 articles. This test has been useful to find the list of more common mistakes, in order to prepare the content of the first courses  and to develop the wikiprojects and bots of support for the appropriate management of the project. Many articles still need significative improvements.

* Wikiproject Viquibalear. The registration period and that concerning the creation of articles have been completed. The best ones are being moved to Wikipedia.  9 teachers and 44 students have completed the test. Up to now, 138 articles have been moved to Wikipedia. [[User:Paucabot]]

* Wikiproject  Viquiescoles. It is based on the Viquibalear Project but its aim is to work with the richness of the many educational systems and the diversity of languages in which many students attend their lessons across the Catalan-speaking territories. The aim of this year is to test and create the infrastructure which will enable its expansion. Mediawiki has been installed and some teachers have already joined the initiative. In total, 16 teachers from all the Catalan-speaking territories are currently involved.  [[User:Barcelona]]

* Mediawiki course at the School ow webcraft [[User:Esenabre|Esenabre]]

* Course of introduction to the wiki edition corresponding to the subject Bioinformatics of the UPF [[User:Toniher]]

 

Release of contents

*
It has already been processed by OTRS a permission to publish the book Les Plantes Cultivades. Cereals de Pujol Palol, Miquel and we have started dumping it on Wikisource: Les Plantes Cultivades. This book contains many high-quality images on cereals that can be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. We are currently uploading them to Commons with the collaboration of Joancreus. (Example).

 

Media

There has been much activity in the media during the last three months, mainly around four themes:

  * 300,000 articles from Wikipedia in Catalan. On 21 December the press reported that the Catalan Wikipedia had reached 300,000 articles. They were echoed by several means:
racó català, Bits catalans, Directe.cat, La tafanera. On 24 December Ssola is interviewed by Com radio.

. * 10th anniversary of Wikipedia. Following this, there have been several videos and interviews on the radio: Video done at the Citylab of Cornellà KRLS & Gomà, TV3 KRLS & Gomà, L'internauta Gomà, L'entrevista a Vilaweb Gomà, Ona Mallorca Paucabot.

* Grant of 20,000 from puntCAT Foundation to develop the strategic plan of Wikipedia: Rado 4, Endirecte.cat, Technology911, Diari de Girona, Somdigitals.cat, Tecnonews, Comunicació21.

* In Alghero, it has had a strong media impact the organization of a digital photography competition to illustrate the Wikipedia articles: at Alguer.cat in Catalan and in Italian and on Alghero’s television.

 

Relation with entities.

 

* The IEC (Institute of Catalan Studies) has spread among the subsidiaries a request of collaboration with Wikipedia. Up to now, the Literary Section and the Society for Hebrew Studies have responded positively. Barcelona

* We have kept in touch with entities of the Federation of Senior Citizens of Catalonia. We are also finding ways to make some members participate on Wikipedia. Username: Pallares.

* The relations with the Picasso Museum have concluded with the organization of the 1st Conference between Catalan Museums and Wikipedia. Kippelboy. We thank User: Witty lama for his collaboration.

* On January 24 we had a meeting with Escola Massana. We proposed that students draw portraits of people whose images are not copyleft and make them run under free license to illustrate Wikipedia articles. The first impression was good but then it was concluded that this may not take place in the present academic course. Pallares.

* On February 14 we met the Torrens-Ibern Foundation Board of Trustees. We showed them 30 free-licensed college textbooks in English. The Foundation will contact university lecturers to assess the quality and, if adequate, finance will be promoted in collaboration with the university to translate them and publish them on Wikisource. Goma.

 

Miscellaneous

 

* kippelboy attended Glamwiki 2010 at the British Museum.

* On 16 December the puntCat Foundation provided us with a grant of 20.000€ to develop the strategic plan of Wikipedia.  

* There are two entities that have agreed to provide public information on Wikipedia and make us a point of contact: Centre d'estudis comarcals del Baix Llobregat in Sant Feliu de Llobregat and the Societat Coral el Micalet of Valencia. These entities will have brochures and books on Wikipedia and a person who knows how to edit it. They will provide information to the public and will contact Wikipedia or the association just in case any interested person appears. Hopefully, these are the first steps of a network that will cover the entire territory.

* Improvements have been made to the Amical-bot. We have implemented a module which offers categories and added more templates and pages of ERS.

* We have developed a bot that works with the statistics of some French towns and villages. From here you can complement the content of the articles asking for it with a template or they can otherwise be created automatically. This process is currently under discussion. See examples of articles (in Catalan): Improved article or created article.

* In December, the third survey of Wikipedia users took place. The results were published in January. We thank Marc Miquel for his hard work.

* The association supports the Wiki Loves Monuments project. We bought the domain http://wikilovesmonuments.cat and are making efforts to get sponsors and prizes to the contest. (Vriullop and others, see project pages).

* The association is deeply involved in organizing events for the 10th anniversary of the Catalan Wikipedia. More information will be available next month.

*Free Culture Forum and access to knowledge (http://www.fcforum.net). Participation with the launch of a handbook on sustainability in the digital era. Gomà & User:Lilaroja.

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Bence Damokos | 11 Mar 15:18 2011
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Wikimedia Hungary Report February 2011

Hi,


A short update about Wikimedia Hungary's activities in February 2011 is now available on Meta at: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/Wikim%C3%A9dia_Magyarorsz%C3%A1g/February_2011. For your convenience it is reproduced below.
You can read a slightly longer report and see a photo of the server mentioned in the report on our blog: http://huwiki.blogspot.com/2011/03/februar-szerver-es-eloadasok.html (in Hungarian).


Wikimedia Hungary Report
Vol 4 Issue 2
February 2011
Prepared by: Bence Damokos

This is an update on Wikimédia Magyarország's activities covering February 2011.

Toolserver

Wikimedia Hungary's first self-owned server was delivered in February. After our hosting contract commences, the server will serve a number of projects: running WikiTrust and other analytical software, bots and so on. Our hope is to be able to use the server to gather useful statistics.

Presentations

We have held two presentations at Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, one for a class on corpus linguistics and the other one for copy-editing students.

Grants

We have applied for a state operating expenses grant in February. For some strange reason, the grant that previously covered 12-month periods this year only covers the July-September 2011 period, significantly detracting from its usefulness. If successful, the grant could cover the development costs of making CiviCRM compatible with our bank's online banking system.




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Wikimedia Hungary
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Wikipedia Signpost | 15 Mar 01:22 2011
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The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 11 – 14 March 2011

News and notes: Foundation reports editor trends, technology plans and
communication changes; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-14/News_and_notes

In the news: Paying US$1,000 to correct a Wikipedia error; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-14/In_the_news

Features and admins: The best of the week
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-14/Features_and_admins

Arbitration report: New case on AE sanction handling; AUSC candidates;
proposed decision in Kehrli 2 and Monty Hall problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-14/Arbitration_report

Technology report: Left-aligned edit links and bugfixes abound; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-14/Technology_report

Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

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Anirudh Bhati | 16 Mar 21:08 2011
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Wikimedia India Chapter Report, 03 January 2011 - 16 March 2011

Wikimedia India Chapter Report

03 January 2011 - 16 March 2011

Chapter Operations

Registration

The Wikimedia Chapter (or “Wikimedia India”) received formal recognition from the Government of Karnataka on 3 January 2011 under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. The links to the official registration documents including the Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations and Registration Certificate are available as under:

Office

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has approved our request to continue using their office premises as the official address of the chapter till 31 March 2012. They have also agreed to offer space for hosting chapter meetings. We would like to thank the Centre for their kind gesture of support. The office address of the chapter is : No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071

Administration

Secretaryship

It is with deep regret that we announce the departure of Hari Prasad HS from the Executive Committee of the Chapter. Hari has tendered his resignation from the Executive Committee citing personal reasons. This was discussed in a meeting held on 12 March 2011. We would like to thank Hari for his contributions towards the establishment of the chapter and have accepted his resignation. We have also requested Hari to extend all support for the transfer of resources including the ownership of the Wikimedia domains and the wikis to the Chapter in a reasonable time frame. Consequently, Gautam John agreed to take up the role of Secretary till the first Annual General Meeting and received unanimous support from the team. The vacancy in the Executive Committee will be filled up during the first AGM.

Permanent Account Number

A Permanent Account Number (PAN) identifies all legal entities for tax purposes and is required for opening a bank account in the name of the Chapter. The application for PAN was submitted on 22 February 2011. Subsequent to the application, a PAN card was issued by the Department of Income Tax on 12 March 2011.

Banking

The Chapter has made an application with the State Bank of India, Jayanagar for opening a savings bank account.

Auditor

Messrs Nath Associates have been appointed as the statutory auditor for the Financial Year 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Organizational collaboration

Wikimedia Foundation

The Executive Committee met Barry Newstead (CGDO) and Hisham Mundol, WMF consultant for National Programs (India) on 25 February 2011. We had preliminary discussions on draft projects, funding and communications for effective collaboration. We look forward to working with Hisham Mundol as the India programs evolve.

Community news

January 2011

  • The Kannada Wikipedia crossed 10,000 articles milestone and the Kannada Wiktionary project crossed 85,000 entries. — [1]
  • The Malayalam Wikipedia crossed the 1 million edits milestone. — [2]
  • Erik Zachte released the first statistical report card for Indian Wikimedia projects. — [3]
  • Ashwin Baindur and some other volunteers from Pune initiate the WikiPuneri group for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons. — [4]

February 2011

  • Gerard Meijssen blogged about using mobile phones for accessing content in Indian languages. — [5]
  • Subhash Panigrahi and Shiju Alex initiated a mailing list for Odia Wikipedia. — [6]
  • Pradeep Mohandas discovered a "Wikipedia lesson" in a 7th Standard text book from Maharashtra. — [7]
  • A discussion on maps of India and Indian laws pertaining to maps and speech. — [8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]
  • Nikhil Sheth created a manual on Wikipedia for Schools Offline Project. — [18]
  • Shirish Agarwal blogged about GNUnify 2011. — [19][20]

March 2011

  • Hisham Mundol invited comments on the draft India Programs page on Meta-wiki. — [21]
  • Ashwin Baindur invited volunteers to support him with the Indianized version of Wikipedia for Schools Offline edition. He is currently curating a list of articles appropriate for school children. —[22]
  • A discussion on the attempt by the Government of India to regulate bloggers and intermediaries on the internet. — [23][24][25][26][27][28][29]
  • A Tale of Two Workshops by Bala Jeyaraman. — [30]
  • Gerard Meijssen reported a request for localization in Saurashtra language which is written in three scripts. — [31][32]
  • Shiju Alex discussed a list of articles every Indic Wikipedia should have. — [33]

Outreach

Outreach forms the central part of the Chapter’s strategy. We aim to augment volunteer activities around the country by providing organisational support. In the month of January 2011, the Wikimedia community along with other Wikipedia enthusiasts around the country celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Wikipedia project by planning and organising events in over 90 cities across the country. A large number of cities received an excellent response from the general public.

The Indian community of Wikimedians organised and executed many of these events with participation and support from the EC members. We have all been the subject of numerous stories in the media. A list of published news stories is available here.

Wikipedia 10

Wikipedia meetups

BangaloreMeetup 25 - 9 January 2011 
Meetup 27 - 13 February 2011 
Meetup 28 - 17 February 2011 
Meetup 29 - 19 February 2011 
Meetup 30 - 25 February 2011 
Meetup 31 - 13 March 2011 
GLAM Bangalore February 2011 
Bangalore loves Wikipedia - February 2011 KolkataMeetup 3 - 12 February 2011 MangaloreMeetup 1 - 29 January 2011 MumbaiMeetup 7 - 13 February 2011 
Meetup 8 - 23 February 2011 
GLAM Mumbai February 2011 
Wikipedia Takes Mumbai January 2011 New DelhiHindi Wikipedia Workshop - 12 February 2011 
GLAM New Delhi February 2011 PuneMeetup 11 - 12 March 2011

Others

Other matters

Chapter communication

The Chapter team will endeavor to provide regular updates to the community about its activities. We intend to send future updates using the following channels:

Periodical reports will feature information of interest to the Wikimedia community in India, both in terms of updates on key outcomes from chapter meetings and also to encourage dialogue with community towards membership development, design and execution of outreach programs and special projects.

Plan for next two months

Chapter operations

  • Opening up the bank account
  • Membership application process
  • Community engagement through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) based on geographic location and language.

Upcoming events

  • Wikimedia Conference 2011, 25-28 March 2011, Berlin, Germany : Arjuna Rao Chavala and Anirudh Bhati are representing the Chapter at this conference.
  • OSSCamp Lucknow 11.03, 26-27 March 2011, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh : Inviting expression of interest from Wikimedian volunteers, preferably with but not limited to Mediawiki development experience, travel funding available for two individuals.
  • SRISHTI 2011, 01-04 April 2011, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh : Anirudh Bhati, Arun Ramarathnam and Nikhil Sheth are attending this event.

Feedback

Thank you for all the feedback received so far. Our priority is to engage the community in the most productive way to further the goals of the Wikimedia movement. This report is a first of its kind and will be published periodically once every two months. Please share your ideas and suggestions by sending us an email.

office [at] wikimedia [dot] in

In case you may wish to contact us individually, feel free to write to us at the email addresses listed below:

Arjuna Rao Chavala, President: arjunaraoc [at] wikimedia [dot] in
Gautam John, Secretary: gkjohn [at] wikimedia [dot] in
Anirudh Bhati, Treasurer: anirudh [at] wikimedia [dot] in
Arun Ramarathnam, Member: arunram [at] wikimedia [dot] in
BalaSundaraRaman Lakshmanan, Member: sundar [at] wikimedia [dot] in
Srinivas Gunta, Member: srinivas [at] wikimedia [dot] in

On behalf of the Wikimedia India Chapter,

Sincerely,

Anirudh Bhati
Treasurer, Wikimedia India Chapter

+91 9328712208
Skype: anirudhsbh

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Jessie Wild | 16 Mar 23:59 2011
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Offline blog post

Just wanted to draw your attention to the blog post that went out today regarding offline:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/

Feel free to leave comments either there or on this list!

Best,
Jessie

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Update on Offline Wikipedia Projects

The last week was a big week for expanding offline Wikipedia work.

Right now, offline refers to supporting read access to Wikimedia content without an Internet connection.  This increases the reach of the Wikipedia movement by providing more opportunities for people all over the world to access the materials.  Some of the recent initiatives surrounding this project were documented in Wikimedia’s tech blog about a month ago (for more detail regarding the purpose for offline work, see the offline strategy page).

In support of our offline readership work, we're thrilled to announce the launch of a new feature on Wikipedia developed with our partners from PediaPress.  Last week we enabled openZim (the main file format in which offline materials are stored) export for the existing PediaPress collections extension on English Wikipedia and numerous other wikis.  This means that individuals can now use the existing PediaPress Create a book tool and download it in a format which can be read offline (via an offline reader, such as Kiwix).  This is important because it opens new avenues for the creation of offline materials, for example, an openZim library hosting different offline “book” options.

Also, the English offline collection Wikipedia 0.8 was made officially available, after much hard work by the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial Team.  This collection is an iteration in the process of developing a vetted collection of offline articles selected based on their quality and topical importance.  The main constraint with an offline product is the data size restrictions: the entirety of Wikipedia must somehow be condensed so that it fits on a CD, DVD, or USB stick.  Wikipedia 1.0 aims at creating the highest quality and most valuable subset of Wikipedia to meet those size requirements, and v0.8 is a precursor.  Wikipedia 0.8 is a general collection of just under 50K articles, It is available for Mac, PC, or Linux with a Linux or Okawix reader; some mobile phone versions will be available later this month as well.

More updates are sure to come on this offline front: Wikimedians around the world are actively assisting in the development of offline collections as well as distribution.  We are excited to support and document the momentum going forward.

Jessie Wild, Global Development


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