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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.
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/xmldatadumps-l --  
discussion list for the dumps
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/xmldatadumps-admin-l --  
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
http://mail.wikizine.org/mailman/listinfo/editors_wikizine.org --  
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  
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/04/24/usability-study-results-sneak-preview/ --  
blog post
-- 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://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2009-April/051565.html --  
board resolution
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.
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution: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  
outreach/Wikimedia-related presentations.

=== 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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco/Maker_Faire --  
volunteer signup

[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 &  
nn/Nynorsk, et/Estonian).

[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  
Web today.

[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.wikimedia.it/index.php/Premio_Wikimedia_Italia_2009/en --  
description page
http://www.libertadigitali.org/ -- festival webpage
http://wikimedia.it/index.php/Vincitori_del_Premio_Wikimedia_Italia_2009 --  
winners list

=== 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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