The Odia Wikimedians User Group tool brings open content from Twitter into the commons

Great egret Odisha India.jpg
File:Great_egret_Odisha_India.jpg () by Soumyadeep Chatterjee . from Kolkata, India, CC-BY-SA-2.0. At Mangalajodi, Odisha, India on 29-12-2012
Nature, fauna, birds of Odisha (previously Orissa), India

In 2017 the Odia Wikimedians User Group worked with the local government of Odisha to release its social media under a free license.

This allowed for contributors to reuse and adapt this content within (and beyond) Wikimedia projects. After this accomplishment the community expressed a desire to automate the process instead of having to manually download and upload media from the various Odisha government accounts.

Earlier this year User:Jnanaranjan sahu applied for a rapid grant to build a tool to make the process easier. The tool, Twitter to Commons allows you to select from a pre-determined list of Odisha government Twitter accounts. From there you can select tweets with media you wish to transfer to Commons.

The feature is not only useful for those wanting to make contributions from the local government of of Odisha. Recently Jnanaranjan updated the tool to allow uploads from any Twitter account.

The tool is documented on Wikitech and statistics on its use are being shared. Please try out the tool and if you have any questions please contact Jnanaranjan.

Written in collaboration with Gyan (User:Jnanaranjan sahu) from the Odia Wikimedians User Group.


Upcoming Wikimedia events for September 2019

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File:Four_seasons_at_Kew_Gardens.jpg () by James Morley, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
English: Panorama of Kew Gardens and the TEMPERATE HOUSE , taken from the PAGODA . This is a composite image showing the passage of a year, from spring blossom, through Summer greens and autumnal reds, through to winter snow.
This is a photo of listed building number
1262590.

September brings the end of seasons (Winter/Summer) and yet the movement carries on. We’ve collected some upcoming events from across the movement to share. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

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Month-long Events

Recurring Events


Tech News (2019, week 34)

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you.

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Tech News

  • There will be no Tech News issue next week. The next issue of Tech News will be sent out on 2 September 2019.

Problems

  • Some abuse filters stopped working because of a code change. Only variables for the current action will work. Variables defined inside a branch may not work outside of that branch. You can read more to see how to fix the filters.
  • Only six accounts can be created from one IP address per day. Between 12 August and August 15 this was two accounts per day. This was because of a security issue. It is now six accounts per day again. [1]

Changes later this week

  • Only a limited number of accounts can be created from one IP address. An IP address can be whitelisted so that it can create as many accounts as needed. This is useful at events where many new persons learn to edit. IP addresses that are whitelisted for this reason will also not show CAPTCHAs when you create accounts. This will happen on Wednesday. [2]
  • The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 20 August. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 21 August. It will be on all wikis from 22 August (calendar).

Meetings

  • You can join the technical advice meeting on IRC. During the meeting, volunteer developers can ask for advice. The meeting will be on 21 August at 15:00 (UTC). See how to join.

Future changes

  • There is an RFC about creating a new global user group with the right to edit abuse filters. This will be used to fix broken filters and make sure all filters will still work when software changes happen. You can read more and comment.
  • Special:Contributions/newbies will no longer be working. This is because of performance reasons. It showed edits by new accounts. You can see this in the recent changes feed instead. [3]

Tech news prepared by Tech News writers. More information on how to contribute is available at Tech/News#contribute

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Tech News (2019, week 33)

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. 

Translations are available: Bahasa Indonesia • ‎Deutsch • ‎English • ‎Tiếng Việt • ‎español • ‎français • ‎polski • ‎português do Brasil • ‎suomi • ‎svenska • ‎čeština • ‎русский • ‎українська • ‎עברית • ‎العربية • ‎中文 • ‎日本語

Recent changes

  • Editors using the mobile website on Wikipedia can opt-in to new advanced features via your settings page. This will give access to more interface links, special pages, and tools. Feedback on the discussion page is appreciated. [1]
  • Due to the absence of volunteer maintenance of Cologne Blue skin, the link to activate it will be hidden. The skin will still work, but editors using it are encouraged to switch to another skin. [2]

Changes later this week

  • Due to Wikimania, there is no deployment this week. [3]

Meetings

  •   You can join the technical advice meeting on IRC. During the meeting, volunteer developers can ask for advice. The meeting will be on 13 August at 15:00 (UTC). See how to join.

Future changes

  • The “Wikidata item” link will be moved from “Tools” to “In other projects” section on all Wikimedia projects, starting on August 21st. Full announcementPhabricator task.

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Upcoming Wikimedia events for August 2019

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File:Bali_Odalan_celebration_in_Pura_Kehen_Bangli_temple,_dancing_girls.jpg () by BMR & MAM, CC-BY-SA-2.0. Balinese Hindu celebrate the birthday of their village temples once every 210 days (= Balinese year of 6 months each of 35 days). This festival is called Odalan. It is major performance arts and community event for the village.

August is an active month for the Wikimedia movement. From local meetups to Wikimania in Stockholm. We’ve collected some upcoming events from across the movement to share. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

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Recurring Events


How to write a blog post

Matson Collection – PD

So, you’ve got something you want to share with the Wikimedia movement. Great! Where do you go? Wikimedia Space.

How does this all work?

Anyone can submit a blog post to Wikimedia Space. While we are still a prototype, the process is a few steps more than we’d like. You’ll want to join Wikimedia Space. Then login to the blog and create a new article. All new authors start with the “Contributor” role. This allows you to create and edit your own posts, upload media, and review the posts of others.

We’re using WordPress, an open-source publishing platform. It has a text editor that uses the concept of blocks for organizing content as you write. Revisions are kept automatically, and you can see all past revisions of an article. You can add photos, videos, quote blocks and more. Log in and try it out.

Once you have your draft in a reviewable state, you can submit it for review. An editor will review the content and leave notes with any questions or suggestions. If everything meets the editorial guidelines, an editor will reach out to coordinate the scheduling of your post.

Once published, all posts will have a corresponding comment section in the Discuss space.

Why write here?

The scope for the Space blog is news about the Wikimedia movement, for the Wikimedia movement. News and updates from committees and affiliates, links to interesting Wikimedia stories and discussions, interviews with movement organizers and other key players in the free knowledge movement, and announcements and requests for feedback from the Wikimedia Foundation are a few examples.

A post doesn’t have to be a 10,000 word tome. 500–700 words is a good goal. In the spirit of the movement, the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect either. Blog posts do have to have a clear impact on the Wikimedia movement and opinion articles are out of scope.

The primary objective of the Wikimedia Space Blog is to give movement writers a platform to share what is important to them. We want the Blog to reflect the richness and diversity of our movement, with stories and reports from all corners of the globe. If you have heard of something interesting happening within the movement, submit a pitch or draft article. Too much commitment? Then let us know with a new topic in Discuss and tag it with wikimedia-space-blog.

Volunteers covering news about projects that don’t yet have a larger public presence are especially encouraged to write.

Who reviews submissions?

Wikimedia Space has an editorial board that reviews submissions for publication. The editorial board is also responsible for maintaining the blog, its content, design, processes and structure. The board is open to volunteers, meaning contributors like yourself can join and help guide others through the editorial process. This process will be determined with your interest and participation. To start we’re going to try and host a meeting every two weeks on Friday to discuss upcoming posts and the editorial process. Join us.

For a more in-depth explanation of the editorial guidelines, take a look at the project page on Meta.

I have thoughts!

Great, we want to hear what you’re thinking about. Can we improve the process? Can we make something clearer or simpler? We need your voice and participation to adapt and grow this space. Leave a comment below and tell us what’s on your mind.


How do blog comments work?

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File:India_-_Kolkata_chat_group_-_4231.jpg () by Jorge Royan, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
English: Friends in conversation after Holi Calcutta Kolkata India

At the end of every post, like this one, you may see comments. Every time a blog post is published, a corresponding topic thread is created in the Discuss section of Wikimedia Space. From there you can discuss the topic in a thread, show your appreciation for other comments with a like, flag comments for attention, and see the other discussions around the movement.

Check out the About Wikimedia Space category for more How To’s and feature requests. Ask any questions you have pertaining to posting and interacting with comments there.


How to follow the blog

WOCinTech Chat – CC BY 2.0

Here are few quick ways to keep up with Wikimedia Space news as it’s shared.

If you have any questions or thoughts on how to make it easier to follow topics here, please leave a comment and let’s discuss.