Ellie Young | 27 Jan 01:53 2015

Calling all Chapters re Wikimania Scholarships!

I am attempting to do outreach to all the Wikimeida chapters  to assess which ones might be offering
scholarships to Wikimania 2015 being held in July in Mexico City.   The WMF Scholarship program's  call for
applications has been recently posted and the deadline for receiving applications is February 16.   The
Scholarship Committee will be doing its review and making its recommendations to WMF from mid-February
through mid-March.

If a chapter would like to be sent applications from  those submitted to the WMF Scholarships Program,
please get in touch with me prior to February 16.     It would also be helpful for planning purposes for me to
know if a chapter will be offering scholarships directly (not making use of the applications to the WMF program).

For more infomation about the WMF program see:


I look forward to hearing from chapter contacts in the next 3 weeks.

Thank you,


Ellie Young
Conference Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA  94105
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WereSpielChequers | 26 Jan 22:19 2015

Re: proportion of wiki size to what?

Hi Amir,

Some variables that you might also want to look at are:

Relative status of language - I have heard from more than one source that part of the Indic language problem
is that people who can write in English and an Indic language usually prefer to edit English.

Different types of Internet access. Despite the best efforts of our mobile team wikipedia is basically a
broadcast medium on smartphones. So the ratio of PCs to tablets to mobiles is going to be crucial, a
language where smartphones are the main way to access the Internet will all things being equal support far
less editing than a language where a substantial proportion of speakers have PC access.

My suspicion is that as with purchasing over the Internet, editing wikipedia is not a year one activity, so
the level of editing is more likely to be related to last year's level of Internet use than this year's.

Policies on article creation vary between different language versions of wikipedia and this is bound to
have an effect.


Jonathan Cardy

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John Cummings | 26 Jan 21:39 2015

Looking for feedback on my funding proposal to work with UNESCO as Wikimedian in Residence

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, the main objectives are :

*1. Train UNESCO and its partner organisations to contribute to Wikimedia
projects*: Provide UNESCO and its partners with the skills, tools,
resources and connections to contribute to Wikimedia projects in a
meaningful, measurable and sustainable way. To integrate into the Wikimedia
community both online and by matching them with local Wikimedia
organisations and volunteers for in person support and collaboration. The
project will*create and improve content receiving 100,000,000 views per
year* on Wikimedia projects, *educate 1000 people in over 200 organisations* to
learn more about Wikimedia projects. This will include *500 newly
registered users* trained to contribute to Wikimedia projects and *500
articles formally reviewed by experts*.

*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
<http://photobank.unesco.org/exec/index.htm?lang=en> (24,000
images), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
<http://www.uis.unesco.org/Pages/default.aspx> and other sources including *10
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Sebastiaan ter Burg | 26 Jan 13:49 2015

Visa invitation letter for GLAM WIKI 2015 conference


Are you planning on attending the GLAM WIKI 2015
<https://nl.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM-WIKI_2015> conference? Then please make
sure that you checked if you need a visa to visit the Netherlands.

Wikimedia Nederland can support your visa request by sending you a
invitation letter to the conference. Some people can have the costs related
to the their visa request reimbursed. Please read the information on the Visa
page <https://nl.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM-WIKI_2015/Visa>, the link to a
request form for an invitation letter can also be found on that page.


Sebastiaan ter Burg
*Projectleader Cultural Cooperation*
*Wikimedia Nederland*
tel.: +31 30 32 00 238
gsm: +31 6 480 88 615
e-mail: terburg <at> wikimedia.nl
wiki: Ter-burg <https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gebruiker:Ter-burg>
www: www.wikimedia.nl
wiki: nl.wikimedia.org
*Postal address*:                 Office*:*
Postbus 167                      Mariaplaats 3
3500 AD  Utrecht               Utrecht
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Amir E. Aharoni | 26 Jan 02:57 2015

proportion of wiki size to what?


It is well-known that the size of a Wikipedia in a given language is not
proportional to the number of people who speak that language. By "size" I
mean the article count and the active editor count.

This begs the question: Is it proportional to anything else?

I can think of a bunch of possible things (to most items you can add "...
in the countries where this language is spoken"):

* Penetration of Internet access
* Quality of education
* Number of people who know other major languages, such as English, French,
Russian, Spanish, etc.
* Number of people who *don't* know other major languages
* Gross domestic product
* Human Development Index
* The level of usage of this language in the education system (in some
countries schools function in foreign languages)
* Amount of published literature in that language
* Level of censorship and press freedom
* [[Language planning]] policies (think Catalonia, Ukraine, Quebec, Israel)

It is quite possible that the size of a Wikipedia is proportional not to
one of these things, but to a combination of them. It is also possible that
it is not proportional to any of the above, or to anything at all.

Did anybody ever try to research this?

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Andrew Lih | 25 Jan 23:22 2015

Re: A "Listen" Button

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:32 AM, Cristian Consonni <kikkocristian <at> gmail.com>

> Il 25/Gen/2015 12:18 "Martin Kraft" <martin.kraft <at> gmx.de> ha scritto:
> > Did I miss some aspect? Is there a point in converting something visual
> into something visual?
> I have been told that people born deaf find more easy to read things in
> sign language. I imagine it like the difference between reading something
> written in your mother tongue and reading something in another language you
> know.

Yes, I had a deaf student who opened my eyes to this -- he wanted to create
a video site for the deaf that would have signed videos and movies. He had
staffers and volunteers take viral YouTube videos and "sign" them for the

My first question was, wouldn't reading subtitles simply solve the problem?
Why do you need to do ASL versions?

He gave me an annoyed look. It's something the deaf community finds
frustrating to explain to outsiders.

There's a reason its called American SIGN LANGUAGE and not "signed English
language." It's a primary language in itself, and reading off the screen is
as inferior an experience as if we read the subtitles with the sound off.

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James Heilman | 24 Jan 23:21 2015

A "Listen" Button

While human read articles are great they quickly become out of date and are
available for only a fraction of our articles.

Why don't we have a "Listen" button beside our read button that when
clicked will read the article for the person in question?

There are 37 open source text-to-speech listed here
http://www.findbestopensource.com/tagged/text-to-speech. Some of them
support up to 50 languages. This of course would require the support of the
Wikimedia Foundation.

I guess we could also do it with a gadget initially. Thoughts?


James Heilman
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian

The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
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Federico Leva (Nemo | 23 Jan 15:01 2015

Re: Is there some Wikimedia project to host contents based on original research? [Davenport]

Erkan Yilmaz, 06/01/2015 19:02:
> Wikiversity allows original research:
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Original_research

English Wikiversity, that is. (And French, perhaps others.) Italian 
Wikiversity does not. 
(How many times in a thread do I need to repeat that guidelines must be 
verified locally?)


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Wikipedia Signpost | 22 Jan 11:13 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 11, Issue 3 -- 21 January 2015

From the editor: Introducing your new editors-in-chief

Anniversary: A decade of the ''Signpost''

Interview: WWII veteran honors shipmates through Wikipedia editing

Op-ed: Let's make WikiProjects better

News and notes: Annual report released; Wikimania; steward elections

In the media: Johann Hari; bandishes and delicate flowers

Featured content: Yachts, marmots, boat races, and a rocket engineer who attempted to birth a goddess

Arbitration report: As one door closes, a (Gamer)Gate opens

Technology report: The future of MediaWiki

Single page view

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Itzik - Wikimedia Israel | 22 Jan 16:18 2015

WMF 2014 Annual report

I didn't saw email about it yet, but just want to say that the web version
of the report is nothing then amazing. Great interactive way rather than
the old pdf versions. Well done!


*Regards,Itzik Edri*
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
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sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
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Tim Davenport | 22 Jan 03:08 2015

Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania 2016

A charming Northern Italian village of 775 people for a conference of 1,000.

Congratulations indeed on such a bold choice!!!

So where are people gonna sleep? And what's the nearest international

Tim Davenport
"Carrite" on WP
Corvallis, OR
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