WМ RepublikaSrpska | 13 Feb 23:09 2016
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Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska: Annual report 2015

Dear Wikimedians,

On behalf of the Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska User Group I am happy to
inform you that our Annual report 2015 is on Meta.

   - English version
   <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups/Reports/Wikimedians_of_Republic_of_Srpska/Annual_2015>
    (published)
   - Serbian version
   <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups/Reports/Wikimedians_of_Republic_of_Srpska/Annual_2015/sr>
    (published)

For those who do not know, Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Republic_of_Srpska> are
group of users and editors of Wikimedia projects inside Republic of Srpska
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republika_Srpska>. Community is officially
recognized on 6th October 2015 and this report is covers the period from
Jan. to Dec. 2015.

Please share this e-mail to the necessary mailing lists, I am not sure
where else we have to post it.

Regards,

Bojana Podgorica

*Замислите свет у коме свака особа на планети има
слободан приступ
целокупном људском знању. То је оно на чему ми радимо.*
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Pete Forsyth | 13 Feb 22:50 2016
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Siko's message, and the importance of shared values

All:

As a rule, I don't comment on staff arrivals and departures on this list,
even though I often (as in this case) greatly regret seeing talented people
leave the Wikimedia Foundation.

But Siko Bouterse's departure is different.

Siko, in her parting message, used words that are unmistakably candid. We
haven't yet discussed them, and I think we should. Her message is a strong
departure from the kind of announcement that is typically crafted to
present a clean image, giving both the organization and the individual
space a fresh start for whatever comes next. But Siko's words are clearly
her own, and allow us to peek behind the curtain of the WMF, and
increasingly opaque organization.

Most of all, these words stand out:

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM, Siko Bouterse <sbouterse <at> wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain
> deeply important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent
> those values in a volunteer capacity at this time.
>

These are words no organization would endorse in a carefully planned joint
message. I have no doubt that Siko speaks to us here with her own words,
without edits from WMF management. This is a rare step; I believe it speaks
to Siko's courage and dedication (qualities I have never doubted in her),
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Liam Wyatt | 12 Feb 17:31 2016
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Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

This Grant document for a “Knowledge Engine by Wikipedia” is
*specifically and overtly stating* that its purpose is to start work
on an search engine as a rival for Google/Yahoo. That is the end goal
of the project. Near near the bottom of page 10 it summarises the
whole project as:

"knowledge Engine by Wikipedia will be the internet's first
transparent search engine, and the first one originated by the
Wikimedia Foundation". It will, "democratize the discovery of media,
news and information – it will make the Internet's most relevant
information more accessible and openly curated, and it will create an
open data engine that's completely free of commercial interests.
Today, commercial search engines dominate search engine use of the
internet...". A separate summary on page 2 states, "The project will
pave the way for non-commercial information to be found and utilised
by internet users".

At the bottom of page 13, the primary risk identified is "interference
by Google, Yahoo or another big commercial search engine could
suddenly devote resources to a similar project". As SarahSV pointed
out above, If the "Knowledge Engine by Wikipedia" is only about
improving the inter-connectedness of the Wikimedia sister projects by
improving how internal systems work - which no one is disputing is a
very useful goal - then google/yahoo releasing a new search engine
product would not be counted as the project's "biggest challenge".

- "Non commercial" -

The document itself refers to "non commercial" several times, and
seems to be using the term loosely. Nevertheless, it seems clear to me
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Siko Bouterse | 12 Feb 02:24 2016
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Another goodbye

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’ve had the amazing privilege of serving this movement in a staff capacity
for the past 4 ½ years, but I’ve now decided to move on from my role at the
Wikimedia Foundation.

Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain deeply
important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent those
values in a volunteer capacity at this time. I am and will always remain a
Wikimedian, so you'll still see me around the projects (User:Seeeko),
hopefully with renewed energy and joy in volunteering.

This movement has become my home in so many unexpected ways, and I’m truly
honored to have learned from so many of you. It was an amazing experience
to have partnered with smart, bold, and dedicated community folks to
experiment with projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, Inspire, Individual
Engagement Grants, and Reimagining Grants. I’ve seen you create some really
incredible content, ideas, tools, programs, processes, committees and
organizations, all in the service of free knowledge.

I expect my last day to be Thursday, February 25th. I have full confidence
in Maggie Dennis's abilities to lead the Community Engagement Department,
and I trust that my team will remain available to support the community’s
needs for grants and other resources throughout this time of transition.

Much love,
Siko

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Florence Devouard | 11 Feb 19:27 2016
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Wiki Loves Africa 2015 community picture vote

Hello

Wiki Loves Africa 2015 will celebrate 4 winning pictures. 3 have already 
been selected by the jury. The 4th is to be selected by the community at 
large.

Please help us decide and vote here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015/Community_Prize_Selection

Thanks

Anthere

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About Wiki Loves Africa

Wiki Loves Africa (http://www.wikilovesafrica.org) is a public annual 
contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, 
video and audio) about their environment to Wikimedia Commons for use on 
Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute 
media that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the 
theme changes and could include any universal, visually rich and 
culturally specific topic (for example, markets, rites of passage, 
festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, 
notable persons, etc).

The 2015 theme is: Cultural Fashion and Adornment
The competition scope is: media that shows representations of cultural 
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Lila Tretikov | 11 Feb 15:45 2016
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Fwd: [Wmfall] CTO Search | Status

Hi all,

Earlier this week Amy Elder -- our head of recruiting -- has shared a
preview of the CTO role with the staff and I would like to share it with
you early as well, before the job description is posted and the process
starts. I am very grateful to our technical staff and leaders here at the
WMF for collaborating on both the description and the process.

If you have any nominations or recommendations, which I hope you will
please email Amy directly.

Thank you all for engaging.
Lila

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Amy Elder <aelder <at> wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 3:53 PM
Subject: [Wmfall] CTO Search | Status
To: Staff All <wmfall <at> lists.wikimedia.org>

Hi Everyone,

We are excited to announce the launch of our search for a Chief Technology
Officer, and proud to confirm this search is being handled internally by
our very own WMF Recruiting Department.

As we greatly value and respect your opinion, we are contacting you for
your candidate nominations/referrals. We are also open to hearing any
related suggestions or comments in general on the job description as minor
changes can still happen (this is not a call for mass edits).
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Karen Brown | 10 Feb 19:22 2016
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Community Engagement office hour

Hi everyone,

The Community Engagement department will be hosting an IRC office hour this
Friday, the 12th of February, at 1900 UTC. The topic of this office hour
will be the department's recent reorganization and personnel changes,
including discussion of what characteristics we should be seeking out in a
new department head. As usual, the office hour will be taking place in the
#wikimedia-office channel on the Freenode IRC network.

For more information on office hours, as well as a listing of upcoming
office hours and links to convert from UTC time to your local time, please
see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours).

Best,
Karen
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Samuel Klein | 10 Feb 06:06 2016
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Reducing the net cost of Wikimania

I found this the most interesting part of the recent IdeaLab discussion
about changing the Wikimania framework.
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Towards_a_New_Wikimania

  "*The total spend by WMF for Wikimania 2014 in London and 2015 in Mexico,
including all travel, accommodations, scholarships, staff support and
direct conference expenses, was ~$1 million USD*"

This is a pity. Small grants to support a con is one thing, but this is too
much.

Please let's stop encouraging conferences that do not cover their own
costs. A good conference series pays for itself, including its scholarship
pool. There are plenty of communities our size or larger with wonderful,
regular conferences of hundreds or thousands of people, which break even or
turn a small profit.

FUDCons are an interesting case in point.  As I understand it, there was a
time when RedHat basically sponsored the events, with scholarships for all
active contributors and extensive grants. This was ok, but skewed
participation.  Then the lavish sponsorship stopped. Attendance dropped;
community members felt unloved. Then after a time, this passed, and
everyone attended again. (Perhaps a core Fedora contributor can describe
this more accurately!)

SJ
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reachout2isaac | 9 Feb 22:52 2016
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Re: Recognition of Maithili Wikimedians User Group

Congratulations to Maithili Wikimedians User Group.


Best, 

Olatunde Isaac,
Manager, Wikipedia Education Program Nigeria
Phone: +2348166620737 
Email: reachout2isaac <at> gmail.com 
User page: Wikicology 
Facebook: Olatunde Olalekan Isaac.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

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Carlos M. Colina | 9 Feb 22:00 2016
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Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 
the recognition of a new member of the family of affiliates, this time 
in the Middle East: Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey [1]. Among 
their many interests, is the development of projects with educational 
institutions, museums and libraries within Turkey, in order to develop 
free content related to Turkey and of course, in Turkish.

Hoş geldiniz!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Turkey

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junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | 
www.wikimedia.org.ve <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
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Phone: +972-52-4869915
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Carlos M. Colina | 9 Feb 21:59 2016
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Recognition of Maithili Wikimedians User Group

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in South Asia: Maithili 
Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their main focus is the development of free 
content in Maithili, a language spoken by over 30 million people in 
Nepal and India.

Welcome to the family!!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Maithili_Wikimedians_User_Group
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junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | 
www.wikimedia.org.ve <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
Member, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
Phone: +972-52-4869915
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