Pine W | 30 Jul 00:54 2014

Petition: "Sign Your Name for Free Access to Wikipedia on Mobile Phones"

Petition announcement is available on the Wikimedia blog. [1]

Videos are available on Wikimedia Commons, Vimeo and YouTube, in lengths
from 11 to 21 minutes. The shortest version on Commons is at [2] and
longest is at [3].




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Chris Keating | 29 Jul 13:40 2014

Movement Board training workshop - last spaces available!

Hi all,

A handful of spaces are still left for the Wikimedia movement Boards
training workshop on 7 August.

This would be great for anyone on a Chapter or Thematic Organisation board
who wants to make best advantage of Wikimania to sharpen their governance

Further details

Registration link is here;

Do let me know if there are any questions!


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Stevie Benton | 29 Jul 13:15 2014

A Wikimedian approach to developing digital democracy

(With apologies for cross-posting)

Hello everyone,

tl:dr - Wikimedia UK and Demos are looking to community-source a submission
to the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy and we need your help! Get
involved here

Recently the Speaker of the House of Commons established a commission
investigate the opportunities digital technology can bring for
parliamentary democracy in the UK. This consultation is a public exercise
which attempts to explore various themes relating to digital democracy.

Wikimedia UK <> and Demos
<>, working with Wikimedians, have been exploring
whether the norms and values of the Wikimedia community can be applied to
this kind of consultation, especially the consensus-based approach to
writing and enacting Wikipedia policy.

The experiment has been going well and led to a community-sourced
submission to the first theme which was looking at how technology can
facilitate better scrutiny of the work of Parliament. You can view this
submission here
The talk page is also worth a look as the discussion offered some really
useful insights into how the content was reached.

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Carlos M. Colina | 28 Jul 21:25 2014

Egypt Wikimedians User Group

Dear all,

It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has resolved 
[1] recognizing the Egypt Wikimedians User Group as a Wikimedia User 
Group; their main focus areas are supporting the Wikimedia projects in 
Egypt as well as their fellow Egyptian Wikimedians, and becoming 
eventually the recognized chapter in the land of the Pharaohs and the 
Nile.  Let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates -and 
the second one from the Arab World!



"*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua 
junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Vicepresidente, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | <>
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
Phone: +972-52-4869915
Twitter:  <at> maor_x
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Jake Orlowitz | 28 Jul 17:53 2014

New free research accounts available through The Wikipedia Library

Hi All,

The Wikipedia Library has new free signups available:

*American newspaper database

*British genealogical database

*Religion and women writers collections at Past Masters

*Several large archival collections from Adam Matthew

Medical editors can sign up for BMJ and Cochrane.

Accounts are still available for JSTOR, British Newspaper Archives,
Questia, and HighBeam. Sign up!


Note that signups are happening on English Wikipedia until you have
journals set up on your local Wikipedia library branch.  Don't have a
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Wenke Storn | 28 Jul 14:42 2014

WMCON14 - Feedback evaluation & financial overview

Dear Wikimedians,

I am very happy to provide you with the two final information regarding the
Wikimedia Conference 2014.

Please find the results of the feedback survey here:

And the financial overview can be seen here:

It was a great pleasure to organize this year’s conference.

Thanks to all people who made it possible.

Kindest regards from Berlin!


Wenke Storn

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0

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Balázs Viczián | 27 Jul 07:45 2014

Re: Subject for Wikimedia Hackathon(s) 2014-2015: CoSyne


can someone sum up in a few sentences the discussion held on hangout
earlier this week?

2014.07.17. 13:57, "Balázs Viczián" <balazs.viczian <at>> ezt írta:

> Hi,
> thanks for the offer :)
> It would be highly useful.
> Cheers,
> Balazs
> 2014-07-14 19:38 GMT+01:00, Frans Grijzenhout <frans <at>>:
> > Hi Balázs, WMNL hosted the international hackaton in 2013. Documentation
> is
> > archived and thus still available and we are more than willing to help
> you
> > in preparing the international hackaton in 2015.
> > Regards, Frans
> >
> >
> >
> > *Frans Grijzenhout*, voorzitter / chair
> > frans <at>
> > +31 6 5333 9499
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Wikipedia Signpost | 26 Jul 04:29 2014

[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10, Issue 28 -- 23 July 2014

Forum: Did you know?—good idea, needs reform

Wikimedia in education: Education program gaining momentum in Israel

News and notes: Institutional media uploads to Commons get a bit easier

Traffic report: The World Cup hangs on, though tragedies seek to replace it

Featured content: Why, they're plum identical!

Single page view

PDF version /
Wikipedia Signpost Staff

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Arthur Richards | 25 Jul 20:10 2014

[Wikimedia Announcements] Fwd: Please welcome Kristen Lans, ScrumMaster

Hi everyone,

I'm very pleased to welcome Kirsten Lans to the Wikimedia Foundation, as
the first ScrumMaster [1][2] hire into the newly formed Team Practices
Group [3]. Kristen will be taking over ScrumMaster duties for the Mobile
Web and Mobile Apps Engineering teams.

Prior to joining WMF, Kristen worked for six years with the TED
prize-winning Encyclopedia of Life project [4], a free, open resource that
aims to provide access to knowledge about all life on Earth. Kristen helped
to pilot and facilitate the Encyclopedia of Life organization's agile
development and planning processes, and enjoyed working with the project's
global community of contributors. Kristen is thrilled to be continuing to
work towards open knowledge sharing for all at an even larger scale.

Kristen currently lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband and
dog, and is planning to relocate to the Bay Area by the end of the year,
and is looking forward to eating her way through the San Francisco's tasty
restaurants and taking advantage of the amazing outdoor activities in the



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Erik Moeller | 24 Jul 23:54 2014

[Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing Arthur Richards as Team Practices Manager

Hi folks,

It’s my great pleasure to announce Arthur Richards as Team Practices
Manager for WMF. Arthur will lead a group of ScrumMasters and coaches
to scale up our ability to support teams in developing robust
processes for software delivery. In this new role, Arthur will report
to the VP of Engineering (currently, me).

Arthur’s first engagement in this role will be with the MediaWiki core
team in October. He’s also still transitioning responsibilities for
the mobile web team to Kristen Lans, who just joined WMF as
ScrumMaster. I am very excited about the work ahead. Please join me in
congratulating Arthur and wishing him success in this new role. :-)

What follows is some more background about this new group and about
Arthur’s leadership in case you’re interested (long):

Arthur joined WMF in June 2010 [1] to support fundraising tech. In the
context of team process pains, this team was the first one to adopt an
agile development process (specifically, Scrum), and Arthur was in the
middle of it all. He took this experience with him when he joined the
mobile development team under Tomasz Finc in 2012. The mobile team,
too, would soon adopt Scrum, and Arthur took on the role of
ScrumMaster later that year to be the "process owner" for the team.

What does that actually mean? It means facilitating the "rituals" that
are part of an agile team’s work (e.g. the daily stand-ups, the sprint
planning meetings, retrospectives, etc.) and continually facilitating
the team’s discovery of improving the way they work. Say it turns out
week after week that the team is introducing preventable regressions
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Praveena Maharaj | 24 Jul 22:07 2014

** DATE CHANGE ** Invitation to WMF July 2014 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, July 31, 18:00 UTC

Dear all,
Due to an overlap with Wikimania 2014
<> events, the next WMF
metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at
6 PM UTC (11 AM PDT) instead of the first Thursday in August. The IRC
channel is #wikimedia-office on and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.

The current structure of the meeting is:

* Welcoming recent hires
* Update and Q&A with the Executive Director, if available
* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytic
* Review of financials
* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority

Please review for further
information about how to participate.

We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

Thank you,


Praveena Maharaj
Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering & Product Development
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