Bojan from Serbia: Knowledge Equity Calendar

Pride Parade in Belgrade, Serbia, 2019
Bojan Cvetanović, Pride Serbia 2019 – Start at Pioneers Park, Belgrade, CC BY-SA 4.0

December 1

My name is Bojan Cvetanović and I am a queer fetishist. I am aware that I have “traditional” male appearance and related privileges because of that. Nevertheless, I consider myself an agender person. In 2015, I started working as Office Manager at Wikimedia Serbia, but was not further involved. Over time, I learned to edit Wikipedia by myself. I wrote my first article in 2017 (“Demisexuality” on Serbian Wikipedia) and that was a game-changing moment for me

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Events for December

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!

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Coming up: A knowledge equity calendar

Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. CC BY-SA 4.0

I’m delighted to pre-announce a small communication initiative called “Knowledge Equity Calendar” for the upcoming weeks:

Back in 2017, the Wikimedia Movement agreed on its Strategic Direction with its core goal to be the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge until 2030. One priority to achieve this goal is called “Knowledge Equity” (As a social movement, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege. We will welcome people from every background to build strong and diverse communities. We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge.). But what does that mean in your context? What are others already doing to translate “Knowledge Equity” from the strategic to the programmatic level?

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Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe Meeting held in Belgrade

Belgrade, October 15, 2019 – Belgrade was the host of this year’s gathering of Wikipedia editors and volunteers from Central and Eastern Europe, organized by Wikimedia Serbia and the Wikimedia Foundation. The conference was opened by Filip Maljković, President of Wikimedia Serbia, Valerie Da Costa, Head of the Community Engagement Team of the Wikimedia Foundation, Irina Reljin, Assistant Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, and Ivana Madžarević, Program and Community Manager of Wikimedia Serbia and the organizer of the event.

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The Wikipedia Library Books & Bytes for September-October 2019

Issue 36, September–October 2019

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In this issue we highlight #1Lib1Ref, global developments and, as always, a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.


Join us again in 2020 for #1Lib1Ref from January 15th to February 5th and don’t forget to bring your friends! #1Lib1Ref is a time that we work together around the world to make Wikipedia more reliable. You can participate in #1Lib1Ref by simply adding a citation to Wikipedia’s content! All we ask and imagine: a world in which every librarian (or archivist, reference professional, and scholar) adds 1 more reference to Wikipedia. This is the fifth year of the #1Lib1Ref campaign and we couldn’t be more excited to support another year of activities.

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Introducing ISA – a cool tool for adding structured data on Commons

The ISA tool being announced at WikiData Conference 2019 as the coolest multimedia tool of the year by Liam Wyatt (User:Wittylama). Photo: User:Sandra Fauconnier

ISA is a new tool that makes it very easy for anyone, including absolute beginners, to add structured data descriptions in the form of captions and so-called ‘Depicts’ statements to images on Wikimedia Commons. ISA is called a ‘micro-contributions’ tool: when you use ISA, you make many very small edits to Wikimedia Commons in a playful way. We intentionally designed ISA to be multilingual and mobile-first; it has been such a hit that it received a WikidataCon 2019 Award in the Multimedia category last October. And why this name? ‘Isa’ is the chiShona language word for ‘put’ or ‘place’, but it was also chosen because it is an acronym for Information Structured Acceleration or Information Structured Additions.

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Tacawit Wiktionary – the first language community to found itself on a project other than Wikipedia

Tacawit Wiktionary, founded in 2015, has been growing steadily as a reference point for the local language.

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Tech News (2019, week 48)

Other languages: Bahasa Indonesia • ‎English • ‎español • ‎français • ‎magyar • ‎polski • ‎português do Brasil • ‎suomi • ‎svenska • ‎čeština • ‎русский • ‎српски / srpski • ‎українська • ‎עברית • ‎اردو • ‎العربية • ‎فارسی • ‎中文 • ‎日本語

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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Building a shared vision for Wikimedia 2030: Open Foundation West Africa Strategy Salon

Witten by volunteer Joy Agyepong and Strategy Liaison Rupika Sharma

English: Open Foundation West Africa Strategy Salon held at Goethe Institute on 3RD August, 2019
File:OFWA 10-11-2019 DSC4061.jpg () by Amuzujoe, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

On the 3rd of August, 2019 a strategy salon was organized at held at the Goethe Institute in Accra, Ghanna. This was the first  Movement Strategy salon organized by Open Foundation West Africa in Ghana. The Salon sought to address two thematic areas, Capacity Building and Community Health, to exchange ideas and identify strategies to achieve the Strategic direction  of Wikimedia by 2030. 

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