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Invitation to participate in Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos

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Dear Wikimedia Affiliate Community,

We are inviting you to participate in Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP), a new global contest scheduled to run from July through August 2020:

Participants will choose among Wikipedia pages without photo images, then add a suitable file from among the many thousands of photos in the Wikimedia Commons, especially those uploaded from thematic contests (Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Folklore, etc.) over the years.

WPWP offers a focused task for guiding new editors through the steps of adding content to existing pages. It can be used to organize editing workshops and edit-a-thons.

The organizing team is looking for a contact person at the Chapter, Thematic group & Wikimedia User Group level (geographically or thematically), or for a language WP, to coordinate the project locally. We’d be glad for you to sign up directly at WPWP Participating Communities

Thank you,

Deborah Schwartz Jacobs

On behalf of Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos Organizing Team - 9 maj 2020 kl. 23.19 (CEST)

Tommy Kronkvist (diskussionbidrag)

Vänligen notera att Wikimania 2020 i Bangkok är framflyttat till att istället hållas någon gång under 2021. Mer information finns på Wikimanias egen wiki.

Movement Learning and Leadership Development Project

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The Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Development team is seeking to learn more about the way volunteers learn and develop into the many different roles that exist in the movement. Our goal is to build a movement informed framework that provides shared clarity and outlines accessible pathways on how to grow and develop skills within the movement. To this end, we are looking to speak with you, our community to learn about your journey as a Wikimedia volunteer. Whether you joined yesterday or have been here from the very start, we want to hear about the many ways volunteers join and contribute to our movement.

To learn more about the project, please visit the Meta page. If you are interested in participating in the project, please complete this simple Google form. Although we may not be able to speak to everyone who expresses interest, we encourage you to complete this short form if you are interested in participating!

-- LMiranda (WMF) (talk) 22 januari 2020 kl. 20.00 (CET)

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The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of fourteen members, selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2021.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process that was initiated in 2016. While the affiliation models continue to be discussed as part of the broader strategy discussion, as no decisions have been made to change the current affiliation models yet, AffCom will continue to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. Specifically, AffCom will continue to process applications for user group and chapter/thematic organization creation, while we await the strategy next steps and begin to prepare for a smooth transition of the committee and affiliates ecosystem to any changing movement structures and systems in 2021.

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

Across all committee members there are additional relevant skills as well as requirements which help to support the committee and its sustainability which include both required and relevant general skills

Required Skills

  • Fluency in English
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.
  • Strong track record of effective collaboration
  • International orientation

Relevant Skills

  • Skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Public Communications (English writing and speaking skills)
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Documentation practices
  • Interviewing experience
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus
  • Experience with, or in, an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Teamwork
    • Focusing on shared goals instead of disagreements
    • Focusing on the conflict at hand and not past ones
    • Ensuring each member of the team has a clearly defined role, which can help reduce disagreements over areas of responsibility
    • Project and people management to coordinate different parties on a shared plan and seeing it through to completion.
  • Problem-Solving
    • Ability to evaluate various solutions
    • Ability to consider multiple interests and points of view
    • Willingness to revisit unresolved issues
    • The capacity to recognize and respond to important matters
    • The ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.

Given the expectations for maintaining course in 2020 and preparing for potential 2021 transitions, it is important that we are also clear about two different skill sets critical to committee support at this time. The first skillset is oriented to understanding affiliate dynamics and organizational development patterns to successfully process affiliate applications for recognition; the other is oriented to conflict prevention and intervention support for affiliates in conflict.

Affiliate Recognitions Relevant Skills

  • Administration
    • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
    • Attention to detail
  • Monitoring & Strategic Development
    • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
  • Organizational Awareness
    • Understanding of and community building and organizational development
    • Understanding of group dynamics
    • Awareness of the affiliates ecosystem and models

Conflict Prevention & Intervention Relevant Skills

  • Communication
    • Active listening
    • Reading nonverbal cues
    • Knowing when to interrupt and when to stay quiet
    • Being culturally sensitive at the same time remaining clear and concise when explaining a concept or opinion
  • Stress Management
    • Patience
    • Positivity
    • Ability to inject a dose of humor to dilute anger and frustration when needed
    • Taking well-timed breaks that can bring calm in the midst of flared tempers
    • Ability to manage stress while remaining alert and calm
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • Being emotionally aware,
    • Ability to control emotions and behaviors,
    • Ability to practice empathy,
    • Impartiality,
    • Don’t take anything personally,
    • Being aware of and respectful of differences.
  • Facilitation skills
    • Meeting facilitation experience
    • Peer or community mediation training
    • Peer or community mediation experience

Do you have any of these skill sets and an interest to support movement affiliates?

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2019 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. We invite you to share with us you applications, specifying your focus area you’re interested in. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2020, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to by 10 January 2020. Your application must include the following information:

  • Your full name and Wikimedia username
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
  • Answers to the following questions:
  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you uniquely qualified?
  4. Which subcommittee are you most interested in serving on: Recognitions OR Conflict Prevention & Intervention?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

On behalf of the committee,

Camelia Boban, AffCom member

Introducing Wikimedia Diary: A memory book (notebook) for all

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Wikimedia Diary
Hello Vb4ulhc6o9s9ch7q, I wanna share you about Wikimedia Diary, a public memory book (notebook) in which Wikimedians from all over the world are free to write any worth noting event/activities/experiences by them or community in this Wiki world. It is a more casual place to write about what one is up to.

As we all know, a diary is a book in which diarist keeps a daily record of events and experiences. Likewise, the basic idea of Wikimedia Diary is that we do many activities here in wiki world which we are proud of, but unfortunately it became only the history anytime. So, It is meant to record those activities on the happened date with a signature (~~~~) which is worth noting, and letting fellow Wikimedians know about what inspirational you've did. It would motivate users from all around the world to keep on cool activities and publish a note. I hope you share your activities with all of us on the page, and please let your friends know about Wikimedia Diary. Also, your feedback is welcome on the discussion page. Thank you!
Kind regards,
Tulsi Bhagat, Initiator of Wikimedia Diary, Wikimedia movement communications group.
MediaWiki message delivery (diskussion) 15 november 2019 kl. 09.09 (CET)

So9q (diskussionbidrag)
John Andersson (WMSE) (diskussionbidrag)


Jag hade flera möten med chefer på SCB för något år sedan och vi satte ihop följande informationsblad till dem.[1]

Efter våra möten antog de CC BY istället för deras hemmasnickrade licens, men jag lyckades inte få dem att förstå att CC0 var det enda vettiga valet för data. De trodde att CC BY skulle skydda tillförlitligheten vid vidareanvändning och minska mängden felaktiga uppgifter som spreds. Deras ändring till en standardiserad licens var förstås ett steg i rätt riktning, men det var verkligen trist att de inte såg att värdet med att enkelt kunna återanvända korrekt data skulle få större effekt än kravet på CC BY.

Jag har tyvärr svårt att tro att ytterligare möten med nuvarande chefsgrupp kommer att ge något.

[1] Fil:Argument runt CC0-licensiering för data (till SCB).pdf

So9q (diskussionbidrag)

Tusen tack för svaret. Du kan lägga till Naturvårdsverket på listan där och säkert andra myndigheter enligt

Tror du de skulle kunna hjälpa att prata med en relevant minister? Vilken minister i så fall?

Det verkar jo inte klokt att myndigheterna inte samspelar och ser till att vi som konsumerar datan (där Wikidata och OSM är dem största frivilligbaserade organisationerna) kan använda den. Datan är ju vår i grunden när den är framtagen av professionella myndighetspersoner för våra skattemedel. Det ger ju ingen mening att själv samma myndighetspersoner nu i praksis vägrar lämna ut den (genom att ställa orimliga krav för attribuering) fast att regeringen så vill. Om jag förstått rätt har ju ingen motsatt sig CC0 licens på tex Naturvårdsverkets ganska omfattande geodata. Detta tolkar jag som att det ligger i linje med regeringens och folkets önskan att datan ska vara fri och kunna användas. Så är inte fallet med SCBs så kallade öppna data.

Tommy Kronkvist (diskussionbidrag)

På sidan Medlemsmöte 2019-11-23 finns information om ett kommande medlemsmöte lördag 23 november 2019, komplett med hålltider för program samt länk till deltagarlista. På webbsidorna och kan man emellertid läsa om ett medlemsmöte tänkt att varda redan 9 november, alltså om bara några dagar. Samma datum är dessutom markerat i den visuella kalendern en bit ner på förstasidan

Hur ligger det till med dessa möten egentligen..?

Evelina Bång (WMSE) (diskussionbidrag)

Hej! Vi planerade tidigare att ha medlemsmötet den 9 november, och glömde bort att uppdaterade informationen i kalendern på webbplatsen när vi ändrade datumet. Tack för att du sa till! Det är uppdaterat nu.

Tommy Kronkvist (diskussionbidrag)

Tack själv. Vi ses på mötet!

Try Reference Previews, a new beta feature!

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (diskussionbidrag)

Hello! A new beta feature has be deployed to your wiki last week: Reference Previews. As you might guess from the name, this feature gives you a preview of references in the article text. That means you can look up a reference without jumping down to the bottom of the page.

Reference Previews have already been a beta feature on German and Arabic Wikipedia since April. Now it's available on more wikis. More information can be found on the project page.

Feedback on this feature is highly appreciated. If you want to test Reference Previews, please activate the beta feature in your user preferences and let us know what you think. The best place for feedback is the central talk page. We hope the feature will serve you well in your work. Thank you from Wikimedia Deutschland's Technical Wishes project.

Feedback wanted on Desktop Improvements project

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16 oktober 2019 kl. 08.53 (CEST)

The consultation on partial and temporary Foundation bans just started

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-- Kbrown (WMF) 30 september 2019 kl. 19.13 (CEST)