Please find below the chapter report of Wikimédia France for July, August, September, October, November and December 2010.
It is also available on Meta <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/Wikimedia_France/2010-07-12>
== Partnerships ==
=== French National Library − BnF ===
several years of talks, a partnership was concluded between Wikimédia
France and the French National Library (Bibliothèque nationale de
France). Signed in April 2010, it consisted of two parts. First, an
experiment in collaborative proofreading taking place on Wikisource,
with the donation of 1400 books in the public domain, including scans
and OCR text (automatically generated during the digitization process
and prone to many errors, especially with old texts). Second, the
exploitation of the authority files of the Library on Wikimedia
A team of three chapter members undertook the technical work. Three
board members oversaw their work, acting as a steering committee, and
interfaced with the Library staff; one acted as a Library Science and
Wikisource advisor. Their work consisted in an extensive study of the
formats used by the BnF and on Wikisource, and in the design and
creation of a production line for the material. This line had to be able
to sustain the sheer load of 1400 books, and handled the analysis and
processing of metadata, format conversions, smart trimming and cropping
of the scans, and preparation of a deliverable for the final upload to
Wikimedia Commons. Because of the number and size of books, the actual
upload was requested to WMF system administrator Tim Starling and was
done in July.
After that, the team produced various documents, help pages, project
reports for the chapter, and a progress report. This last document
contains fairly advanced statistical analysis of the characteristics of
the proofreaders body, and the work done, making use of mathematical
tools to measure the amount of work accomplished during the proofreading
See the the hub-page on Meta <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/BnF_%E2%88%92_Wikim%C3%A9dia_France_cooperation_project
=== City of Toulouse ===
As part of the partnership with the
City of Toulouse, signed in October 2010, two projects were undertaken
with local cultural institutions.
The first one, named Phœbus
project, was with the Muséum of Toulouse. It involved mobilizing
Wikimedians to take high-quality photographs of objects in the
non-permanent collections of paleontology and prehistory. The
photographs taken in June by volunteers Rama and Ludovic were uploaded
in November, and join the ones uploaded by Didier Descouens in April.
More than 450 documents are available on Wikimedia Commons, many of
which were assessed Featured Pictures, Quality Images or Valued Images.
second project involved the Archives of the City of Toulouse, who
contributed digitised photographs by its former curator, French
naturalist, mountaineer, geologist and photographer Eugène Trutat. A
Wikimédia France volunteer processed the extensive metadata provided by
the Archives, in order to fit it into Wikimedia Commons auto-translated
templates and provide accurate categorisation.
The 200 resulting files hit Commons in December.
== Rencontres Wikimédia 2010 ==
On 3–4 December,
Wikimédia France organised the « Rencontres Wikimédia 2010 » in Paris,
in an annex of the Palais Bourbon, the building of the French National
Assembly. The event aimed to gather "as many cultural actors as possible
to discuss new online collaborative practices and opportunities to take
free access to culture a step further". The conference was part of the
Glam-Wiki series, and included a series of talks and panels given by
wikimedians, professionals from the cultural sector, local
representatives, and representatives of government cultural agencies.
== Activities ==
=== Participation to international Wikimedia events ===
==== GlamWiki UK ====
Five members of the chapter and staff
Bastien Guerry attended the GlamWiki conference in London. They gave two
talks, about the partnership with the French National Library and about
the partnership with the City of Toulouse.
==== Wikimania 2010 ====
Twelve chapter members (including four board members and one staff) attended the conference in Gdańsk in July.
=== Presentations, conferences, workshops ===
==== Novela Festival ====
On October 2nd, the partnership between Wikimédia France and the
City of Toulouse was made public and signed during the inauguration of
the “digital” side of the Novela, the festival of shared knowledge.
During the whole afternoon, we showed the public the genesis and the
contents of the partnership which ties us to the City of Toulouse, and
took that opportunity to raise awareness about free dissemination of
The afternoon began with the signature of the partnership, between
Pierre Cohen, Mayor of Toulouse, and Wikimédia France. It continued with
joint presentations of institutional actors of this partnership and
Didier Descouens, president of the Institut Picot de Lapeyrouse,
paleontology enthusiast, Wikimedian and a driving force behind this
partnership since 2009, presented the terms and the value of the
partnership. Pierre Gastou and Catherine Bernard, from the Archives of
the City of Toulouse, presented their vision of the partnership
involving uploading on Wikimedia Commons a collection of photographs
from Eugène Trutat, taken in the early twentieth century. Pierre Gastou
presented Eugène Trutat and the collection (ethnography and daily life,
collections of the Museum of Toulouse and monuments) and their
historical significance. Catherine Bernard explained how this
partnership is part of a wider project of digitisation and connection
between archives and the Internet.
Wikimedian Rama presented Wikimedia Commons, explaining the
organisation of the project, what it contains and how to contribute, and
demonstrated the importance of free and open licenses for the
dissemination of culture. He relied particularly on the report that
Wikimédia France provided two years ago to the Ministry of Culture on
the subject. Ludovic Péron ended the afternoon by showing the work done
on the Wikimedia projects about the historical monuments, and the rise
of this project bringing together more and more Wikimedians. It aims to
identify, photograph, geotag and describe as many historical monuments
as possible, in France and abroad, to provide a coherent and reusable
body of knowledge.
==== Other events ====
RMLL − July 2010, Bordeaux
year since 2005, Wikimedia France was at the ''Rencontres mondiales du
logiciel libre'' in Bordeaux, from July 6 to 10. Nojhan gave a 20 minute
talk titled "What's really in Wikipedia?" (''« Qu’y a-t-il vraiment
dans Wikipédia ? »''), and several members held the booth during five
JMLL − September 2010, Rouen
During the ''Journée Mondiales du
Logiciel Libre'', David gave a talk about the MediaWiki software and how
it can be used, with the example of the Wikimedia projects.
Grande Braderie − September 2010, Lille
several members held a display and answered queries at the world's biggest open air market
9e forum E-culture − September 2010, Lausanne
Devouard presented Wikipedia at the ''9e forum E-culture'' in Lausanne,
on September 8, 2010. The meeting was about "''Netizenship -
citoyenneté numérique et cyberintimidation''"
Bibliothèque du Chesnay − September 2010, Chesnay
Thierry gave a
conference on Wikipedia on September 21, 2010 followed on Saturday and
Wednesdsay by two workshops by Benjamin et Thierry.
On September 29 2010, asked by local association "Carrefour culturel
Arnaud Bernard" (by the name of a city district), Adrienne Alix gave an
open-air talk, right in the district square; many passers-by stopped to
listen to the conference.
Festival des sciences − October 2010, Acigné
Nicolas gave a talk
in October at the multimedia library of Acigné (Ille-et-Vilaine), as
part of ''Festival des sciences'' ("Science festival"). The conference
was followed by a workshop, with four other chapter members helping the
Ubuntu Party − November 2010
In Paris, several members held a
booth and answered queries during the Ubuntu Party. Thierry gave a
presentation about Wikipedia, and Aude held a workshop for middle-school
students as part of a project to help young people understand the
In Toulouse, four members held a booth on Saturday 20, and Adrienne gave
a talk titled 'Beyond software: free licenses as a mean to disseminate
Talk at the CEMAF − November 2010, Paris
As part of
an ongoing project with the ''Centre d'études des mondes africains'', a
CNRS laboratory, Kropotkine_113 gave a talk to researchers and PhD
students. The CEMAF members are looking into contributing to Wikipedia,
and the chapter will help by holding workshops in 2011.
Contact with the IT department of the multimedia libraries of Paris − November 2010, Paris
several contacts with the multimedia libraries of Paris, Julien
presented the Wikimedia projects and the chapter works to the IT
Congrès RESTART − November 2010, Lisboa (Portugal)
Florence gave a keynote during the APDC<http://congresso10.apdc.pt/
>, as part of the session "Digital Natives & Crowd Sourcing".
== Media interventions ==
*October 23 : Thierry was invited on
national radio network RTL for a radio debate. It was moderated by
journalist and author Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, and the other invitee was
the director of Who's Who. The talk lasted for about ten minutes, and
was focused on the issues with Biographies of living persons on
*December 5 : Florence Devouard was invited on TV show ''Vivement dimanche'' on France 2 <http://youtu.be/-66RWWVGfqI
>, presented by Michel Drucker and with politician François Bayrou.
*December 20 : Adrienne Alix talked about the fundraiser on national radio network Europe 1
== Workgroups ==
=== Strengthening of communication with members ===
the end of the year, a taskforce was set up to focus on writing the
monthly newsletter to the chapter members. It also contributes to the
chapter annual report, due to be published early 2011.
=== Promotional documents ===
A complete revamp of the
promotional documents was undertaken this year. It gained great momentum
when Benoît Evellin worked for the chapter as part of an internship
during the month of August. Most of the work was wrapped-up for the
The documents created include:
*leaflets for Wikimédia France and for each Wikimedia project ;
*a booklet aiming to introduce the chapter, the Wikimedia projects and previous partnerships to institutions ;
*a small reference guide summing up in 10 key-points how to edit Wikipedia ;
*chapter business cards.
=== Photographs & accreditations ===
==== Photo workshop in Paris ====
September 4 and 5, 2010, a photo workshop organised by Rama, and
financially supported by the chapter, was held in the Cité des Sciences
et de l'Industrie in Paris. The workshop was primarily intended for
Wikipedia and Commons contributors to share their experiences, but was
also open to the general public. The event gathered around thirty
people, mainly Wikimedians, and was livetweeted with the hashtag
On the first afternoon, several Commons contributors gave
presentations on specific aspects of photography. Inisheer taught the
basics of photographic composition; Ceridwen talked about licenses and
personality rights; esby explained the techniques used to create
panoramas. As part of a "Museum" track, Jastrow made a general
presentation about museum photography, and Zil focused on techniques
used to take pictures of paintings. The last track was about
photojournalism, with Rama and Ceridwen talking about concert
photography and Ludo29 and Inisheer about sport events.
On the second day, after Ludo29 explained how to begin with a
digital reflex camera, several workshops were held, about various
subjects such as image editing, panoramas or macrophotography. In the
afternoon, the contributors strode the streets of Paris, trying out
their new-found knowledge, particularly on listed historical monuments.
Some of the pictures taken can be found on Wikimedia Commons. As many
more contributors were interested and as early feedback is very
positive, a new edition is already being planned.
==== North Cape raid ====
In July, members Ludovic and
Fanny took part in the "Raid Paris – Cap Nord", a photographic
challenge where competitors are ranked by a jury on the basis of the
pictures they take during the trip. The journey starts in Paris, goes
through Finland, Sweden and Norway, up to North Cape in Norway, the
northernmost point of Europe, and ends back in Paris. Over the four
weeks, the raiders drove 12,000 km in a car branded with the logos of
Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikimédia France. The French chapter
provided financial support.
==== Other events ====
The chapter helped with getting accreditations for members for many events.
*Festival de Cornouaille − July 2010, Quimper
*Bibliothèque Sainte-Barbe − June, Paris
*O Tour de la Bulle − September 2010, Montpellier
*Mondial de l'automobile − October 2010, Paris