Desktop improvements – A request for feedback

The Readers Web team at the WMF will work on some improvements to the desktop interface over the next couple of years. The goal is to increase usability without removing any functionality. We have been inspired by changes made by volunteers, but that currently only exist as local gadgets and user scripts, prototypes, and volunteer-led skins. We would like to begin the process of bringing some of these changes into the default experience on all Wikimedia projects.

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Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse – Highlights from the first unit of the online course

Earlier this year, the Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation launched the first edition of the Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse. This pilot project uses a startup incubator model alongside a rigorous online course in Wikimedia & Education project management to equip Wikimedians with the skills, knowledge and support they need to bring their ideas to life and scale them into high-impact education initiatives in their communities. It supports project leaders to structure their activities on the idea of knowledge equity, considering the challenges and opportunities of their Wikimedia community and their local education contexts.

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Tech News (2019, week 42)

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

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Wikimedians in Residence – navigating the impact of working with open knowledge

Daria Cybulska, Director of Programmes and Evaluation, Wikimedia UK

The Wikimedian in Residence (WIR) projects in the UK have been run with varying degrees of involvement from Wikimedia UK since the first ever WIR position at the British Museum in 2010. The placements often last about a year, and we now have plenty of case studies of past partnerships, sometimes with organisations we haven’t spoken to much since! So in 2017 we decided to look back and reflect on whether the Wikimedians in Residence projects have achieved what we were expecting.

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Tech News (2019, week 41)

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

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Community Wishlist Survey 2020: New Format

Schedule

All phases of the survey begin and end at 18:00 UTC.

  • Submit, discuss and revise proposals: October 21 to November 11, 2019
  • Community Tech reviews and organizes proposals (includes time set aside for the Wikimedia Technical Conference): November 5 to November 19, 2019
  • Vote on proposals: November 20 to December 2, 2019
  • Results posted: December 6, 2019

There is a new format for 2020 Survey!

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Who are the organizers that grow Wikimedia’s communities? New research on actors that bring energy to the Wikimedia movement

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English: Wikimedia Summit 2019
Wikimedia Summit 2019 – 294.jpg () by Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

The face of Wikipedia’s volunteer community is often an editor—someone who maintains, edits, and writes facts in the vast online encyclopedia. But editors aren’t the only contributors to Wikipedia, WikiCommons, and the other Wikimedia projects: there are many other volunteers who contribute by organizing events and inspiring others to join our volunteer community. Their work, though not as overtly visible, is also incredibly important and vital to the growth of our movement.

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Wikidata & Wikibase for national libraries: the inaugural meeting

At the forefront of innovation

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Svenska: Kungliga Biblioteket,, lässalen, kapitel
Kungl Biblioteket dec 2012e.jpg () by Holger.Ellgaard, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

As Wikidata becomes an increasingly large, densely connected, web of linked data, the cultural heritage sector is leveraging the platform more and more. None more so than national libraries, who have been at the forefront of innovations. Thirty institutional representatives participated in this meeting from three continents.

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