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Year: 2009 Week: 7-22 Number: 106
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[dumps] - Dumps are becoming more regular now and are actually
working, thanks to Foundation developer Tomasz Finc. Two new mailing
lists were created to discuss dumps.
discussion list for the dumps
admin list (Failures / Upgrades / Changes)
[Abuse Filter] ? After all the research done by the English Wikipedia,
many other wikis have reached consensus about activating the Abuse
Filter and are now carefully exploring the possibilities (including:
alswiki, arwp, elwp, fiwp, hewp, nlwb, nlwp, ruwp, svwp, zhwp).
[Books & PDF] - In April a new function was enabled to make "books" of
pages of the wiki. The added pages can be stored, exported as PDF or
OpenDocument. Also is there the option to order your "book" (=
collection of wiki-pages) in print. It is enabled on most projects and
wikis but not on all. Look for a book toolbox in the side menu.
On the English Wikipedia this function is removed again after
objections of the community. On most Wikis is there also an option to
download a PDF-version of the page.
=== Request for help ===
[wikizine] - Wikizine is planning on becoming more regular and to do
that, we need your help. Please post news tips or even help us with
writing by joining the editors mailing list.
http://report.wikizine.org -- tip line
editors mailing list
=== Foundation ===
[new board members] - The chapters have finally selected their choices
for the board, choosing Arne Klempert (akl) and Michael Snow.
announcement on foundation-l
[usability] - The usability project published a sneak preview of their
research results. The project is also still looking for a software
-- job opening
[strategic planning] - The board announced that they are starting a
long-term strategic planning process to lay out the next 3-5 years.
The foundation is currently hiring 3 people to work as a part of that
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Job_openings -- job openings
[auditcom] - The audit committee is currently looking for volunteers.
The only requirement is to be financially literate.
-- call for volunteers
[BLPs] - The Board released a statement about biographies of living people.
[Public outreach] - The public outreach hub on Meta-Wiki was recently
revamped. Among other things, the Foundation is seeking a volunteer
for the bookshelf project and tips from public
=== Legal ===
[licensing update] - The licensing update vote results are now
available. 75% has voted in favor of the license update (with 14%
remaining neutral). 43% of all votes came form the Enlgish language
This means that the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)
license will be be added in addition to the current GNU Free
Documentation License (GFDL) CC-BY-SA) for most of the Wikimedia
Foundation projects. Actual change of the license on the sites will be
arround the 15th of June.
-- press release
=== Agenda ===
[Maker Faire-SF] The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to have a booth
at the San Francisco Maker Faire again this year. If you're near SF,
stop by and say hi or volunteer to help out with the booth!
http://makerfaire.com/ -- Maker Faire home page
[Wiki Loves Art/NL] ? In collaboration with Creative Commons NL, the
Dutch Wikimedia chapter, Wikimedia Nederland, is organizing Wiki Loves
Art/NL this June. More than 30 museums and other inheritanc-agencies
are cooperating with volunteers to free their collections, amongst
them the well-known Van Gogh museum. More information:
=== Community ===
[embassies contest] - Norwegian & Estonian embassies sponsor
article-writing contests in three languages (Norwegian: nb/Bokmal &
[japanese conference] - a one-day Japanese conference is currently
being planned for November 22 in Tokyo, planning is on Meta.
[Wikimania 2009] - The scholarships and program committees are
currently reviewing all the submissions they received; more
information should be given by the end of May.
[Wikimania 2010] - It is official, Wikimania 2010 will be held in
Gdansk, Poland, Europe on July 9-11, 2010. The event site is
beautifully located on O?owianka Island.
http://www.epgd.net/grafika/wilga/images/37.jpeg -- air picture of
O?owianka (Bleihof) island
[Picture of the Year] ? Wikimedia Commons held their annual Picture of
the Year election. The votes have been cast, and now we?re waiting for
the final results to appear. The unofficial results can be found at
=== Awards ===
[webware] - Wikipedia was one of the Webmare 100 winners, which
recognizes the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications on the
[WMIT award 2009] - Wikimedia Italia, the Italian chapter of the
Wikimedia Foundation, issues an Award for people who gave significant
contributions to the open projects supported by Wikimedia Foundation
and/or Wikimedia Italia. The winners were announced on May 23 at the
Digital Freedoms Festival.
http://www.libertadigitali.org/ -- festival webpage
=== Media ===
[ta.wp] - Tamil Wikipedia got a nice article in "The Hindu". New
account creations on that wiki doubled on the day the article was
[Censors of Wikipedia?] - an article with comments from our General
Counsel, Mike Godwin, about the censorship of Wikipedia in the UK a
few months back.
=== Stats ===
[de.wp] -- The German Wikipedia has reached 900,000 articles.
=== Other news ===
[Marriage for CTO] - Brion Vibber, the Chief Technical Officer for the
Foundation, got married this weekend. Congratulations to Brion & Marti!
=== Did you know ... ===
... that there are also browser, operating system (and more)
statistics of the projects available?
=== Quote ===
"Man will not fly for fifty years" ? Orville Wright, 1901
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