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Year: 2009  Week: 23  Number: 107


An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community


=== Technical news ===

[Chrome Support for Ogg] - Google's Chrome browser is going to support  
Theora video (the type of audio files that Wikimedia uses) natively  
with the HTML5 video tag. Earlier announced Mozilla also this support  
in there upcoming version Firefox 3.5

[Usability] - The Usability Team has been working on a number of new  
projects that hope to make editing easier.  Among others, there is a  
new skin (vector) and an action-grouped toolbar.  The toolbar which  
hides the overwhelming number of tool icons which are not being used  
by novice users and the new skin has a streamlined tab layout. Lots of  
clutters will be removed from the interface.
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/06/02/ -- blog post
http://usability.wikimedia.org/wiki/Designs -- design descriptions on  
usability wiki
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vectorskin.png -- image of skin

[New search] - After some initial hardware issues, the new search  
backend/servers has been enabled on all wikis.  This new feature has  
many cool parts, including "did you mean", wild cards, prefix, etc.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2008-October/040022.html --  
full feature list

[Google Wave] - Google has recently announced a new communication and  
collaboration tool called Google Wave.  There was a long thread on  
foundation-l about how this "wiki-like" tool could fit in with  
Wikimedia projects.
-- mailing list thread
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Wave -- Wikipedia article

=== Request for help ===

[Licensing update] - GFDL wikis must migrate their licenses by August  
1 to remain compatible with Wikimedia projects.  Help is needed to  
identify and contact the wikis affected.

[Signpost] - The Wikipedia Signpost is looking for writers.  A few  
have signed up so far.

=== Proposals ===

[Social bookmarking] - EN Wikinews has voted in favor of the  
introduction of links to add articles to social bookmarking sites such  
as Facebook and Delicious. On news stories, there is now a template  
available to share it.
-- mailing list proposal
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Water_cooler/proposals#Social_bookmarking_of_Wikinews_articles -- onwiki  

=== Foundation ===

[Trustee elections] - Three community representatives will be elected  
to the Wikimedia Foundation board this summer. The election is  
scheduled to run from July 28-August 10, the vote time was extended to  
two weeks after input from the community.

=== Community ===

[TS: New servers] - The Toolserver received a new shipment of servers  
that will be used as a new place for user home directories, a  
replacement for zedler (s2 database), a second login server, and an  
extra toolserver for OpenStreetMap stuff.  All the new servers should  
be up and running before the next maintenance period, July 6.

[POTY 2008] - The Third Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year  
Competition has concluded and the results are now available.  The  
winner was "Horses on Bianditz mountain" by Mikel Ortega.
-- Winning image
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2008/Results --  

[First logo creator] - The creator of Wikipedia's first logo has  
finally realized that we used his logo when he googled himself! ;-)  
Bjørn Smestad, had submitted his idea to a Nupedia logo competition  
and, while it didn't win that competition, it became the official  
Wikipedia logo for around 8 months (and served as a basis for the  
current logo).
http://bjornsmestad.blogspot.com/2009/05/on-wikipedia-logo.html --  
creator's blog post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_logos -- Wikipedia  
logos through the years
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/sj/2009/05/28/another-reason-not-to-copyright-logos/ -- blog post by sj on the  

[SF+MakerFaire] - The San Francisco Wikimedians and the Wikimedia  
Foundation office made an appearance at the San Mateo MakerFaire.  The  
event went very well and was mostly community run.  Visitors to the  
booth found Wikimedia trading cards and a guess the language game!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_Faire -- Wikipedia article
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_-_Trading_Card_Game.pdf -- trading  
http://austinhair.org/guess/ -- guess the Wikipedia language

=== Media ===

[ArbCom + Scientology] - The English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee  
(final level of dispute resolution) closed a 6-month long case  
involving the Church of Scientology articles.  This news was quickly  
picked up by the tech press and is making its way through the  
mainstream papers, with articles in many languages (including English,  
German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Danish).
http://tinyurl.com/ScientologyWiki -- Google News results
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_arbitration/Scientology --  
arbitration case

[nowiki comparison] - A Norwegian newspaper (VG, Verdens Gang)  
compared Wikipedia in Norsk (Bokmål) and Store Norske Leksikon. The  
latter encyclopedia is a large traditional paper lexicon transferred  
to a web portal, together with to other lexicons; one medical and  
health lexicon
and one biographical lexicon.  The roundup focused on five different  
areas; history, culture, entertainment, society and politics, and  
sport. Wikipedia either won or tied in all categories.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2009-June/052282.html --  
mailing list post description
http://bayimg.com/image/laannaacf.jpg -- scan of the article

[WMUK denied charity] - Wikimedia UK, the British chapter of the  
Wikimedia Foundation, was recently denied charity status by HMRC (the  
organization that controls charity status in the UK).  The HMRC  
stating that production of an encyclopaedia is not a charitable  
purpose; the story was listed on the front page of Charity Finance, a  
charity-related news site.
http://www.charityfinance.co.uk/home/content.php?id=2876&pg=15&cat=30 -- story
http://uk.wikimedia.org -- Wikimedia UK

=== Stats ===

[wp] - The Ukrainian Wikipedia has reached 150,000 articles, the  
Arabic Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles, and the Malayalam  
Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles.
http://tinyurl.com/ukwp150k -- 150,000th article (uk.wp)
http://tinyurl.com/arwp100x -- 100,000th article (ar.wp)
http://tinyurl.com/mlwp10k -- 10,000th article (ml.wp)

[wikt] - The Italian Wiktionary has reached 100,000 entries and the  
Ukrainian Wiktionary has reached 20,000 entries.
http://tinyurl.com/ukwikt20k -- 20,000th entry (uk.wikt)

[more] - More stats: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_News

=== Other news ===

[Open Source City] - The Vancouver (in British Columbia, Canada) city  
council has stated it will try to make its data open and accessible to  
everyone (when possible), opting for open standards and considering  
open source software when replacing existing applications.

[OSM Italy] - The first conference of the Italian Open Street Map  
(OSM) will be held in Trento, Italy between June 5 and 6.  The OSM  
software will be integrated into Wikimedia sites and Wikimedia Italia  
is also sponsoring this conference.
http://osmit.fbk.eu -- conference website
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/OSM -- Meta page on the integration

[WMDE: Job] - Wikimedia Deutschland, the German chapter of the  
Wikimedia Foundation, is currently hiring a new Executive  
Director/Geschäftsführer.  Applications are being accepted until June  
http://neu.wikimedia.de/index.php?id=95 -- more information (German)

=== Quote ===

"I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would  
not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights.  
This demonstration of my impotence as a prophet gave me such a shock  
that ever since I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions."

-- Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer, speech to the Aero Club  
of France, 1908

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