Simplifying your research needs: The Wikipedia Library launches new technical improvements and partnerships

Encountering a paywall when looking for reliable sources can be a frustrating, limiting roadblock during the editing process. Especially during the ongoing pandemic, finding a local library or institution with the right subscriptions can be a real challenge. The Wikipedia Library, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, provides solutions for editors by offering free access to content from many of the world’s leading publishers and aggregators, including more than 100,000 unique periodicals, books, archives, and other collections.

Today, we are excited to announce new technical improvements to the Library Card platform that will make most content accessible using just your Wikipedia login. Additionally, editors can now qualify for instant access to some collections with no application needed through the Library Bundle. We are also making six new publisher partners available, including Springer Nature (on a one-year pilot) and ProQuest. Log in now to see if you qualify for access, and read on for more information!

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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.


Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia illustrates 550 articles

Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia was a four-day wiki-photographer event in Lower Silesia, Poland to illustrate Wikipedia with photographs and advocate it as a good resource of information. Five photographers from the Czech Republic traveled in July 2019 to the site to support the hard work of local Wikimedians. The event was organized thanks to the financial support of Wikimedia Polska.

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Macedonian Wikipedia community commemorates International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2020, the Macedonian Wikipedia community celebrated the International Women’s Day with an editing day on “Macedonian women”. The writing initiative was purposely tailored to match gender and content gaps, and encourage the writing of truly new content with no Wikipedia articles on any other language.

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Top Topics for Strategy Discussions in the Portuguese-Speaking Community

Internet Word Cloud, by Dave Braunschweig – CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Since March 2019, the online and in-person Portuguese community for Wikimedia has been participating in the discussions around the movement strategy for Wikimedia 2030 on various channels. In this post, you will read a summary with the most relevant topics across all thematic areas.

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Human rights celebrated on Macedonian Wikipedia

WikiForHumanRights hashtagged on a purple ribbon (Credit: Kiril Simeonovski, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

The period between 15 November 2019 and 31 January 2020 was assigned to WikiForHumanRights, a global initiative in the Wikimedia movement with the goal of filling content gaps on topics related to human rights. The call to action of the initiative consisted of two parts covering broad thematic areas – the first and core part focussed on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its creation whilst the second part had a special focus on the theme “Youth standing for human rights.” About a dozen of the Wikipedia communities joined the initiative with activities aimed at writing content in their languages and additional efforts were put to enrich Wikidata. There were also two lists of proposed topics as a guidance for participants, where the first covered the thematic area of the core part with topics on declarations, institutions and important historical personalities heralding the future human rights activism, and the second covered topics related to the youth theme.

What did the Macedonian Wikipedia community do?

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Capacity Building: Top 5 Themes from Community Conversations

Capacity building is the process by which a community or an individual acquires skills, knowledge or resources, allowing them to grow and thrive. As Wikimedia communities develop around the globe, our movement needs to ensure they are given the necessary tools and resources to be able to strengthen their capacities. Capacity building has hence been one of the 9 topics discussed in 2019 community conversations within the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process… and it turned out to be the most popular theme!

From Nigeria to Venezuela, from France to India and from Morocco to Macedonia, hundreds of comments and suggestions were shared across languages and cultures. This Top 5 gathers the main ideas discussed by communities, which insisted on the need for both efficient and contextualized tools and support, with a special hint at peer-learning.

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What did the Spanish community discuss during Strategy Conversations 2019?

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During 2019, Wikimedia volunteer communities have been discussing the future of our movement in the second stage of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. In the case of the Spanish speaking community, about 80 volunteers joined a Telegram group, one of the many channels available.

Over more than three months, from late-March to June, the community focused on sharing feedback in online conversations about what structural changes they would like to see to support the future of our movement. 

But, what does our community actually want? In this post, I offer a short summary of the most central ideas shared over this period. These ideas are relevant for actors across the movement, including affiliates, online editing communities, the Wikimedia Foundation, and other groups. To be successful in this change, we will all have to work together to bring these ideas to fruition, both within and beyond the strategy process. 

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Alice from Uganda: Knowledge Equity Calendar

Alice (2nd from the right) with other members of the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda. Bukulu Steven, CC BY-SA 4.0

December 24

There are several kinds of knowledge gaps, for example the generational gap in knowledge between the old and the young, the technological gap between the Global North and the Global South. The most important one for me though is the “Know-Do” gap.

If we are to carefully consider knowledge as “all the facts that someone knows about a particular subject” and equity as “a fair and reasonable way of behaving towards people, so that everyone is treated in the same way” (cf. Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners) – it only makes sense that if we as a Movement, we deal with free knowledge, we should then work towards it collectively. While some factors are the same across the board, to state a fact we already know, there is “no one size fits all” approach on how this can be achieved.

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