My experience as a Strategy Liaison for the Spanish speaking community in 2019

Francesc Fort and Adora Svitak at CEE Meeting 2019

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Everything started on a rainy day in the airport. Rain poured us and the propeller of the plane started moving while Ingrid Bergman… well. It wasn’t that way.

It was a sunny day in sunny Valencia. It was April and we were celebrating the Internet Freedom Festival, an event held yearly in my city. It wasn’t Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart, but Liang, Board member of Wikimedia Taiwan and Strategy Liaison for the Mandarin-speaking community, who I found there. He was the first person from my team that I met. He was coming to Valencia with more members of Wikimedia Taiwan to talk about Chinese Wikipedia and also about censorship. It was a good experience to train myself in my new role as Strategy Liaison for the Spanish-speaking community and also arranging the first Strategy Salon I was going to see: some festival attendants and some local Wikimedians had arranged a meeting to talk about the future of our movement.

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Wikimedians aim to make a difference in the lives of students in Ghana with support from the Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse

Heritage Academy students who will participate in the project
Photo by: Andrews Lartey CC BY-SA 4.0

Earlier this year, the Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation issued a call–tell us how you want to use Wikimedia projects to promote education in your local community, and we’ll help you do it. 15 teams bravely stepped forward with ideas ranging from improving students digital skills in Bangladesh to engaging students to help close language gaps in Uganda. We selected one successful project to fully support both with mentorship, on-site help, and some seed funding1: The Technology and Green Mentorship program in Ghana, now known as Growing Open and Eco-friendly Skills for Youth in Ghana (GOES).  We call this initiative the Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse, where the Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation helps innovative ideas grow into high impact projects.

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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!

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

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.

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What we learned from 1Lib1Ref 2019

Giselle Bordoy (WMAR) CC BY-SA 4.0

Each year people from around the world join the #1Lib1Ref initiative to make small but meaningful contributions to Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia community has developed a core strategy to ensure the quality of information in its articles: including footnotes to reliable sources to allow readers to “verify” the information. The 1Lib1Ref campaign calls on contributors to add just one footnote to help improve the verifiability of Wikipedia. In addition, this campaign introduces new editors to the projects via a simple entry point.

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Testing the path from mailing lists to Wikimedia Space

Mail Coaches on the Road: the Louth-London Royal Mail progressing at Speed by Charles Cooper Henderson Public Domain

In the Wikimedia Space vision, the mailing lists still active today have evolved into forum categories fully operational via email. In that future, everyone benefits from the integration of these mailing lists to Space, and users still preferring email-based interaction lose nothing. Today, this vision is just an idea for discussion. A technically solid idea that emerged from the discussions about the future of Mailman in Wikimedia and more than two years piloting Discourse.

The path to fully discuss, agree upon, and eventually implement this vision is expected to be long, and perhaps alternative visions arise as we go. However, the distance is nothing; it is only the first step that costs (thanks Wikiquote!). Here is a proposal for a first step.

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Wikimedia 2030: South Asian Reflection of the Movement Strategy 2018-20

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English: From What is the future we want to build together? In early 2017, a movement-wide discussion will begin to define Wikimedia’s future role in the world and develop a collaborative strategy to fulfill that role. Visit video
File:Knowledge belongs to all of us. 2030 Wikimedia.jpg () by NASA + VGrigas (WMF), CC-BY-SA-4.0.

For many of us across the Wikimedia movement, we are well familiar with the conferences, online discussions, and in-person meetups over the last few years where we have come together to talk about our future. For others of us, getting involved with the strategy process remains a new and exciting prospect. To both groups – hello!

My name is Rupika Sharma and I work as Community Strategy Liaison for the Hindi community. My role is to serve as a connector between the ongoing recommendations work by our nine working groups, and the Hindi and Indic language communities that are invested in the outcomes of the process. A lot of information about this process is already on the Meta page of Movement Strategy, but for the inner story of how I and the Strategy team have been working to support this process, stay tuned and keep reading!

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Diversity, leadership and safety for a thriving movement — a short-term plan

Movement diversity, Community leadership development, Diverse content, and Safe and secure spaces: these are the current top priorities of the Community Engagement department (CE) at the Wikimedia Foundation. Dozens of programs and activities are being developed around these priorities in collaboration with other Foundation teams, affiliates and groups of volunteers. 

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Tech News (2019, week 44)

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 • ‎français • ‎lietuvių • ‎polski • ‎português do Brasil • ‎suomi • ‎svenska • ‎čeština • ‎Ελληνικά • ‎русский • ‎українська • ‎עברית • ‎العربية • ‎ไทย • ‎中文 • ‎日本語 • ‎ꯃꯤꯇꯩ ꯂꯣꯟ

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An interview with Muhammad Ameen Akbar from Urdu Wikipedia

From railroads to religion, Pakistani Wikipedia editor Muhammad Ameen Akbar works tirelessly to expand the capacity and content on Urdu Wikipedia.

Earlier this year Muhammad Ameen Akbar agreed to answer a series of question about his work in the Wikimedia movement. In the interview Muhammad talks about his motivations, accomplishments, and goals as a volunteer contributor.

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