Recognizing new Wikimedia Affiliates for March 2020

I’d like to take a moment and mention that since the start of the new year a few groups have been recognized by the Affiliations Committee. Congratulations to all involved!

Les sans PagEs User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Les_sans_pagEs_User_Group

The group aims to be a community effort and an association for users who work on issues related to women and gender issues and more generally to diversity (territorial, cultural, linguistic, generational, gender, attitudinal and ability, etc.) within the French speaking Wikimedia movement.

Myanmar Wikimedia Community User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Myanmar_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote Wikimedia projects to people living in, interested in or connected to Myanmar and also its relations/connections to the neighboring countries and around the world.”; and

Wikigrannies User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikigrannies_User_Group

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote the Social adaptation of the elderly, their involvement in Wikimedia projects. to popularize Wikiprojects among rural residents with a limited circle of contacts, and their involvement in Wikiprojects.”

Wikimedians of Turkic Languages User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_of_Turkic_Languages_User_Group

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote and participate in the projects offered by the Wikimedia Foundation and to organize the Turkic community. One of its core missions is to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and disseminate knowledge and other educational, cultural and historic content in the public domain or other licenses that allows everyone to freely use the knowledge, and to distribute and modify said content for free. Also, our main goal is to develop Wikimedia projects in Turkic languages, as well as to help and encourage Turkic-speaking users and communities.”

Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_of_United_Arab_Emirates_User_Group

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to support people interested in various topics related with United Arab Emirates, across all Wikimedia projects in all languages. And also — group for all wikimedians who a lives in the region.”

Wikimedia Community User Group CEE Spring

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_CEE_Spring

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “an annual event organised by Wikimedians and Wikipedians who joined the Central and Eastern Europe collaboration with an aim to support article creation about every country in the region on every Wikipedia. Wikimedia CEE Spring aims to join local forces of free knowledge to accumulate and distribute information about history, culture, traditions and people in every corner of the region to support mutual acknowledgement and understanding and to increase the quantity and quality of free knowledge available about the CEE region globally.”

Wikimedians for Sustainable Development

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to work on all topics related to sustainable development, including in particular the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They aim to partner with organizations that are actively working towards a world with sustainable development whether they are NGO’s, academic institutions, public bodies of different levels or even perhaps companies in order to create, collect and curate knowledge.”

Recognition of Wikimedia Community of Kazakh language User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Community_of_Kazakh_language_User_Group

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to increase the collaboration between the members and other organizations outside of Wikimedia who are interested in sharing the knowledge, to create meetups, contests and other activities related to the Kazakh language.”

Thanks to Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight and Dumisani Ndubane for sharing these announcements on wikimedia-l.


Events for January 2020

Fireworks in Thailand beginning 2020. PEAK99, CC BY 4.0

For some it’s a New Year, for others, just another rotation around the sun. Either way, we’re happy you’re with us.

Here is a compilation of events happening around the world and across the movement in January. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

Continue reading “Events for January 2020”

Events for December

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The lake is getting a little more frozen everyday will soon be good to walk round. — File:Upper Kananaskis lake Alberta Canada December 2014 (15845647869).jpg () by Thank you for visiting my page from Canada, CC-BY-2.0.

As the solstice approaches we look toward a new year. Before 2019 fades into our memories let us enjoy a few more events together. Until next year!

Here is a compilation of events happening around the world and across the movement in December. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

Continue reading “Events for December”

Events for November

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan by Martin Falbisoner CC BY-SA 4.0

Whether if November brings you falling stars or falling leaves, you’ll be surrounded by numerous Wikimedia events from around the world – or maybe even in your own back yard. Here’s a collection of events from the Wikimedia Space calendar. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

Continue reading “Events for November”

An Interview with Marco Gualazzini, the winner of the Wiki Loves Africa 2019 photo contest

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Some children playing on the wreck of an Antonov Transport plane. — Playing in the Nuba mountains.jpg () by Marco Gualazzini, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Earlier this year Wikimedia Commons hosted the annual Wiki Loves Africa photo contest. This contest, hosted yearly since 2014, seeks to “visually celebrate the richness, diversity, and beauty of Africa”. Each year the contest asks photographers to focus around a theme. This year it was “Play!”. The contest resulted in 8,879 image uploads to Commons. A panel of photographic experts from around the world reviewed the submissions and picked their top five.

Wikimedia Space reached out to the first place winner, Marco Gualazzini to ask him a few questions on his experiences as a photographer, his thoughts about the contest, and sharing his work freely with the world.

Continue reading “An Interview with Marco Gualazzini, the winner of the Wiki Loves Africa 2019 photo contest”


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

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At Mangalajodi, Odisha, India on 29-12-2012

Nature, fauna, birds of Odisha (previously Orissa), India — Great egret Odisha India.jpg () by Soumyadeep Chatterjee . from Kolkata, India, CC-BY-SA-2.0.

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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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.
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Four seasons at Kew Gardens.jpg () by James Morley, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

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!

September 1

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September 29

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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