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Year: 2009  Week: 26  Number: 109


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


=== Technical news ===

[New "Green" Data Centers] - The Foundation announced a new "in-kind"  
sponsorship (valued at over ?300,000) by "green" (environmentally  
friendly) Data Center EvoSwitch.  EvoSwitch will be Wikimedia's new  
Internet HUB for Europe.  Not only does this provide us with a  
long-term solution for delivering faster and better traffic in Europe  
and beyond, it also means that Wikimedia servers are taking advantage  
of cutting edge green power technology provided by Evoswitch.

[Public repositories for dumps] - A new public repository has been  
created to host WikiXRay database dumps, containing info extracted  
from public Wikipedia dbdumps.  The image is hosted by RedIRIS (in  
short, the Spanish equivalent of Kennisnet in Netherlands).  These new  
dumps are aimed to save time and effort to other researchers, since  
they won't need to parse the complete XML dumps to extract all  
relevant activity metadata.  As of press time, only some of the  
biggest Wikipedias are available.  However, in the following days the  
full set of available languages will be ready for downloading.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wiki-research-l/2009-June/000825.html --  
mailing list post
http://sunsite.rediris.es/mirror/WKP_research/ -- respository

[Chinese search improved] - the search function for the Chinese and  
Japanese wiki's are improved due to to a better support of the  
language structure.

=== Request for help ===

[Spread the word!] - We are very happy with your readership, but the  
subscriber numbers are not really growing anymore.  Wikizine could use  
some more readers. Maybe are there users on your wiki who do not know  
about Wikizine? Talk about Wikizine, put a Wikizine banner on your  
user page or on a community page if approved. Thanks.

=== Foundation ===

[Wikimania] - last year the were missing but now the are back; the  
hacking days. Those who love to work on MediaWiki & extensions, bot  
scripts, toolserver stuff, etc.can amuse themselves at Wikimania.

=== Legal ===

[Plagiarism?] - There's a report that some parts of Chris Anderson's  
book "Free" were copied from various Wikipedia articles without  
attribution.  This news has been picked up by a few gossip blogs, but  
has not been confirmed as accurate.

=== Agenda ===

[SF: Mozilla] - Mozilla Labs is holding their monthly meetup at  
Mozilla's new HQ in Mountain View Thursday (6/25) night.  The topic  
should be of interest to local SF Wikimedians (some members from the  
WMF office are going too).  Joseph Smarr, Chief Platform Architect at  
Plaxo, will talk about the ?Open Social Web? initiative to put users  
back in control of who they know when using socially-enabled sites by  
using open data-sharing standards. He will be discussing the social  
web, the underlying protocols that make it possible, and the potential  
role for the browser to play in this world.

[WMAT] - Wikimedia Österreich (the Austrian chapter of the Foundation)  
will be holding its second Annual General Assembly on 26 June 2009 at  
19:00 at the AKH-Hörsaal Medical Center in Vienna.  If you live in  
Austria, please attend!
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/vereinat-l/2009-June/000049.html (German)

=== Community ===

[Wikimedium #2] - Wikimedia Deutschland released its second  
"newspaper" aimed at (potential) sponsors, partners, friends and fans  
of Wikimedia, The new edition includes issues 'around the world' (from  
other Chapters), information about the recent conferences in Berlin  
(developers, board, and chapter meets), explanation of the Wikipedia  
structure, and a lot more.  The next edition is planned for September.  
  It's definitely worth reading if you know German!

[New DVD (for Linux)] - Wikimedia CH (in collaboration with openZIM)  
has released a new edition of the German Wikipedia DVD on LinuxTag  
2009. The DVD contains more than 900,000 German Wikipedia articles and  
a full text search index for phrasal search. The openZIM project  
develops a file format called "ZIM" to store hypertexts like  
Wikipedia, or other websites, with search indexes and images in the  
most efficient way. The data is highly compressed; the Wikipedia  
articles only take up 1.4 GB on the DVD.  A new edition of the  
Wikipedia DVD, in Spanish, is also planned for the Wikimania  
conference from August 26th to 28th of 2009 in Buenos Aires.
http://openzim.org/2009-06-23_Wikipedia_DVD -- press release (multiple  

[Weather bot] - There's a new bot for the Serbian Wikinews that posts  
and updates weather information for Serbia.  It is planned to increase  
this to the whole world and all Wikinewses, but help from bot  
operators is needed.  This has brought up questions on how best to  
incorporate it into the sites (with OpenStreetMaps? a new  
http://tinyurl.com/wn-weather -- example of weather on sr.wikinews
-- mailing list post

[PLWP New Main Page] - The Polish Wikipedia is trying to design a new  
main page ("Strona g?ówna") and is trying to solicit opinions and  
ideas on what the new one should look like.

[Vandalism survival] - A new study on Wikipedia attempts to determine  
the distribution of the length of time that vandalism remains on the  
English-language Wikipedia. This distribution is also known as the  
survival function for vandalism. The two primary results from this  
study are: (a) the median time to correction is down to four minutes,  
and (b) some subtle forms of vandalism still persist for months and  
even years.
-- study was published in the Signpost

=== Media ===

[Interview] - Lichtenstein's "Vaterland" did an interview with German  
Wikipedia user "Dodo von de Bergen" where "dvdb" talked about his  
activities within Wikipedia.
http://www.vaterland.li/page/epaper/pdf_download.cfm?seite=09_mapc_01_2009-06-05 -- article  

[Video Upgrade] - Technology Review (a publication by MIT) gave an  
update about some future changes to how Wikipedia will handle  
searching, editing, and embedding video clips (and other media).  This  
article combined a large number of "mini-updates" that Michael Dale  
has been giving the community about his work on MediaWiki's video  
handling (per a grant with Kaltura).
http://beta.technologyreview.com/web/22900/page1/ -- article
http://tinyurl.com/kaltura-pr -- press release
http://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2009/06/dotsub.html -- multi  
language subtitles for video

[Wikisource] - An info/law blog published an interesting post about  
using Wikisource as an alternative open access repository for legal  
studies.  It turns out the author is actually an admin on Wikisource  
who works on expanding the texts too!

=== Stats ===

[Wikt OC] - The Occitan Wiktionary has reached 10,000 entries.

[WP Ru] - The Russian Wikipedia has reached 400,000 articles

[Wp an] - The Aragonese Wikipedia has reached 15,000 articles

[Wp csb] - The Kashubian Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles

=== Other news ===

[Give us your passwords] - Not exactly related to Wikimedia projects,  
but a US city tried to request that government job applicants turn  
over their user names and passwords to Internet social networking and  
Web groups.  A flood of criticism has prompted a Montana city to drop  
this request, but it still started an interesting (albeit offtopic!)  
discussion on the Wikimedia mailing lists.

[Berkman files now in Ogg] - The Berkman Center for Internet & Society  
(a research center at Harvard University) has released its audio and  
video files in Ogg (and licensed under CC-BY).

=== Did you know ... ===

.... that some articles can make you feel stupid?

One of the articles on Wikipedia is about 1 car and 2 goats. And the  
probability of these goats and car to be behind a particular door.

If you have no problem to be disillusioned ....

=== Quote ===

There is a theory which states that if anybody ever discovers exactly  
what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly  
disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and  
inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has  
already happened. - (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, almost all  

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