Sabine Cretella | 6 Sep 11:32 2007
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Buttons for fundraiser

Hi, some of you probably already noted that we are starting to work on 
the fundraiser. Over time you will see some requests for help here and I 
hope you will do so :-)

At this stage there are two active tasks and one of it is the creation 
of the Buttons for the fundraiser.

Description:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/Buttons_and_banners_to_be_translated

First examples and translations:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/web_buttons

So if you have ideas to create buttons, banners etc: just do it :-)

Wishing you a creative and wonderful day!

Sabine

*****
Sabine Cretella
PM Fundraiser 2007
scretella@...
skype:sabinecretella
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SabineCretella
Sabine Cretella | 7 Sep 10:38 2007
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Translations for Wiki love campaign

Hi, again we need your help :-)

Now we have a group on Flickr where people can express why they love the 
wikimedia projects - more about this here:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/WikiLove_campaign

We need the translation of a short text (see link above) in the 
following languages:

     * English (well that is of course already done - it is just for 
completion)
     * French
     * German
     * Italian
     * Korean
     * Portuguese
     * Spanish
     * Traditional Chinese

It would be great if some of you could help :-) and maybe pass the 
information on to the relevant Village Pumps and discussion lists.

Thank you!!!

Sabine

*****
Sabine Cretella
PM Fundraiser 2007
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Sabine Cretella | 8 Sep 15:29 2007
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[FR07] Communication with projects

For those who don't read my blog - just forwarding to various lists in
English and if needed, please forward it to the various project lists.

Thank you!!!

Sabine

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Well, dealing with the Fundraiser 2007 I am trying to involve the whole
of the communities. But that seems easier that it really is ... one
things: oh well, there are the village pumps and you just go around them
... or you go through the mailing lists (but not all projects have one)
... or in the worst case you use the various chat rooms ... well no, it
does not really work ... a really well structured communication in this
specific moment is not possible - and in some way we should think about
a solution.

Village pumps:

I am getting step by step to them - there is no all comprehensive page -
but even if there was there is one huge problem: they are structured
very different from one project to the other. Often I posted "somewhere"
without even understanding if it was the right place ... some have extra
pages for messages written in a different language from theirs (but then
again: there you don't reach a maximum number of people who maybe would
help). Some have different sectors for different themes ... but again:
there you don't reach all potential people, just the part of them that
goes to the "general" village pump page. Uhmmmmmm ...... not sure how to
sort this out ... and no: I would be agains a page for special
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Brianna Laugher | 13 Sep 04:21 2007
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PanImages: cross-lingual image search created using 'Wiktionaries'

PanImages Image Search Tool Speaks Hundreds Of Languages
http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/news/2007/09/12/panimages-image-search-tool-speaks-hundreds-of-languages/

quote:
PanImages' powerful brains were created by scanning more than 350
machine-readable online dictionaries. Some of these were
"wiktionaries," online multilingual dictionaries written by
volunteers. The PanImages software scans these dictionaries and uses
an algorithm to check the accuracy of the results. It then assembles
the results in a matrix that allows translation in combinations that
may never have been attempted — for instance, from Gujarati to
Lithuanian.

The actual search engine is here:
http://www.panimages.org/index.jsp?displang=eng

And the research paper detailing the algorithm and method is here:
http://turing.cs.washington.edu/papers/EtzioniMTSummit07.pdf

An idea to use Wiktionary or interwiki links to improve image search
for Commons has long  been kicked around. Maybe we could collaborate
with them to improve the Mayflower search engine for Commons? (Or else
ask them to index upload.wikimedia.org and pay attention to license
metadata :)) After all, we supplied them with all this useful data for
free.

cheers,
Brianna

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Aphaia | 13 Sep 17:38 2007
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Re: PanImages: cross-lingual image search created using 'Wiktionaries'

Hi,
Thank you Brianna for letting us know that. It's quite interesting.
I'm fully supportive for your proposal.

At Wikimania2007 I heard some of our volunteers use exactly interwiki
links and *then* dictionaries either online or in paper to look
translation of words up. Also I heard several outside people use
Wikipedia just in this purpose - to looking up the meaning of foreign
words. So I think it would make a sense this looking up is down into
an automatic search and benefit search engines :)   And if we know the
people who are working on that ... why not contact them? Thought?

On 9/13/07, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laugher@...> wrote:
> PanImages Image Search Tool Speaks Hundreds Of Languages
> http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/news/2007/09/12/panimages-image-search-tool-speaks-hundreds-of-languages/
>
> quote:
> PanImages' powerful brains were created by scanning more than 350
> machine-readable online dictionaries. Some of these were
> "wiktionaries," online multilingual dictionaries written by
> volunteers. The PanImages software scans these dictionaries and uses
> an algorithm to check the accuracy of the results. It then assembles
> the results in a matrix that allows translation in combinations that
> may never have been attempted — for instance, from Gujarati to
> Lithuanian.
>
> The actual search engine is here:
> http://www.panimages.org/index.jsp?displang=eng
>
> And the research paper detailing the algorithm and method is here:
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Sabine Cretella | 13 Sep 23:12 2007
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WikiLove campaign - pictures

Hi, again a crosspost :-)

Today I am here to ask you for your help with photos. We prepared two
example messages you can forward to friends and family below. Of course
we would like to see photos from all of you and you can see examples
here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/wikilove

What I myself experienced is that it is much easier to take the camera,
take some white paper and something to write when you meet people and
ask them if they love Wikipedia, Wikinews or whichever project - then
ask them to write it down and take a picture.

When it comes to uploading them to flickr and you don't want to do it
yourself, I suppose we will be able to organise it asking the community
for help.

Please use the various wiki-meetings around to take pictures and to ask
others to do the same. If you are at university or school things should
be quite easy, if you have a mobile phone that can take pictures or you
simply take your camera with you for one day and "do".

I hope we will be able to see your photo online soon then :-)

Cheers, Sabine

p.s. don't forget to ask others to do the same.

*****

Proposed texts (please adapt them according to your community and the
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Erik Moeller | 17 Sep 22:58 2007
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quality.wikimedia.org and wikiquality-l launched

[Please translate this announcement into other languages.]

Wikipedia's roots in the more conservative Nupedia project are reflected by
many in-depth discussions we've had over the years about quality assurance,
filtering, and labeling.

In her "4 wishes for the year 2007" [1], Wikimedia Foundation Chair
Florence Devouard also identified "reliability" as a key goal for the
Wikimedia Foundation. Today we're taking two small steps towards that
goal:

* the launch of http://quality.wikimedia.org/ as a portal targeting
readers and volunteers to summarize key information about current
quality initiatives, combined with
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiquality as a more in-depth
description of our plans,

* the opening of wikiquality-l as a mailing list for related discussions:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikiquality-l

Notably, these pages describe our current plans with regard to the
"FlaggedRevs" extension, a MediaWiki extension developed by Aaron
Schulz and Jörg Baach (with financial support from Wikimedia
Deutschland e.V.) which makes it possible to identify revisions of
articles that are known to be of a certain quality, and to change the
default view based on that information.

The public beta of this feature (initially on dummy websites, i.e. not
production environments) will begin as soon as a security review of
the current code has been completed (expected later this month). In
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Walter Vermeir | 19 Sep 19:19 2007
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Wikizine - Special edition

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                                     .org

Year: 2007  Week: 38 Special edition

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An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community

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=== Request for help ===

Dear readers,

Almost two years ago I started with Wikizine. The very first message  
send out about it was also a "special edition". That was to present  
Wikizine, what it was all about.

http://en.wikizine.org/2005/10/year-2005-week41-special-edition.html

This one now is not to explain what Wikizine is.

Wikizine is not totally unsuccessful. The number of readers has only  
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Sabine Cretella | 6 Sep 11:32 2007
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Buttons for fundraiser

Hi, some of you probably already noted that we are starting to work on 
the fundraiser. Over time you will see some requests for help here and I 
hope you will do so :-)

At this stage there are two active tasks and one of it is the creation 
of the Buttons for the fundraiser.

Description:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/Buttons_and_banners_to_be_translated

First examples and translations:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/web_buttons

So if you have ideas to create buttons, banners etc: just do it :-)

Wishing you a creative and wonderful day!

Sabine

*****
Sabine Cretella
PM Fundraiser 2007
scretella@...
skype:sabinecretella
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SabineCretella

Sabine Cretella | 7 Sep 10:38 2007
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Translations for Wiki love campaign

Hi, again we need your help :-)

Now we have a group on Flickr where people can express why they love the 
wikimedia projects - more about this here:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2007/WikiLove_campaign

We need the translation of a short text (see link above) in the 
following languages:

     * English (well that is of course already done - it is just for 
completion)
     * French
     * German
     * Italian
     * Korean
     * Portuguese
     * Spanish
     * Traditional Chinese

It would be great if some of you could help :-) and maybe pass the 
information on to the relevant Village Pumps and discussion lists.

Thank you!!!

Sabine

*****
Sabine Cretella
PM Fundraiser 2007
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