Aug
29
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 34-35 Number: 116

Technical news

  • [SmartWikiSearch] – Smart Wiki Search, a “concept similarity” search, tries to make your Wikipedia search experience better by finding other Wikipedia pages that discuss the same or similar concepts to the one you searched for.

Request for help

  • [GLAM-WIKI Recommendations] – now that the GLAM-WIKI conference is over, Liam Wyatt (the conference coordinator) has compiled a list of recommendations to “GLAM”, to Wikimedia, and to the government.  This list is based on the discussions and findings at the conference.
  • [Chapcom membership update] – the Chapters committee (those charged with coordinating the chapters, especially with getting new chapters started) welcomes two new members.  Milos Rancic and Lodewijk Gelauff replace the seats of Carlos Barcenilla and Michael Bimmler, who recently resigned.

Awards

Media

  • [Inkblot Poster] – remember the controversy on the English Wikipedia because there were copies of the Rorschach inkblot tests in the article?  Well, according to the New York Times, te doctor who helped publish the 10 inkblots is being investigated by his local doctors? organization after it received complaints that his actions were unprofessional.

Stats

Other news

  • [Wikipedia Diver] - a new Firefox add-on gives you a visual history of everywhere you’ve been on Wikipedia, and organizes it down to the day, order, and session in which you visited the sites, making it easy to revisit old entries.

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Aug
14
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 33 Number: 115

Technical news 

  • [clone $brion;] - Brion Vibber, the current Foundation CTO, announced that they want to split his position into two.  There will be a new Chief Technical Officer and Brion will become the “Senior Software Architect”; more information about the responsibilities of each can be found on the blog post.
  • [“Try Beta”] – Have you noticed the new “Try Beta” link at the top of Wikimedia project sites?  The usability team is proud to introduce the new skin, Vector, and the newly enhanced edit toolbar. Check it out and give them your feedback!

Request for help

  • [BBC & Wikimania] – this is a weird request for help, because it doesn’t come from the community.  The BBC’s “Digital Revolution”, an open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our lives, wants to come to Wikimania 2009 but can’t make it!  They’re looking for people to film some content for them, are you going to Wikimania and interested?  Visit the blog post for more information and contact them ASAP.

Proposals

Foundation

Agenda

Community

Media

Stats

  • [sr.wn 10k] – the Serbian Wikinews has reached 10,000 articles and is now the second largest Wikinews.
  • [pt.wp 500k] – following closely behind the Spanish Wikipedia (es), the Portuguese Wikipedia has also reached 500,000 articles!

Quote

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

Editor(s): Alex, Casey, Corrector(s): Ryan, MarkW, Thanks to: Techman224, Wpedzich, Naoko, Erik, Brion, Milos, Pharos, @wikipedian, private musings, Sage, Siebrand, Julien, NuclearWarfare, Liam, Lijealso, Gerard, Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org
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Aug
06
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 32 Number: 114

Technical news

Request for help

Proposals

  • [Strategic Proposals (Call)] - the Strategic Planning team has sent out a call for proposals. They’d like to encourage people to put their ideas into proposals for what the Wikimedia movement should be doing over the next five years. What’s more is that you can write it in the language of your choice.

Foundation

Legal

Agenda

Community

  • [GLAM-WIKI] – GLAM-Wiki, Wikimedia Australia’s conference for galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and how they can collaborate with Wikimedia, is being held this week (August 6-7) and a live “play-by-play” can be found via twitter.
  • [Simple Wikipedia] – this little known Wikipedia works since 2004 on a encyclopedia that is using fewer words and easier grammar then the English Wikipedia. The small community has managed to get again at the 54,000 articles mark, after falling down 2000 articles due to a quality cleanup. For those who find other Wikipedias has become to large to be happy there a small project like Simple could be attractive.
  • [WMNL: Partnership] - just in time for GLAM-WIKI, Wikimedia Nederland officially announced a partnership with the Tropenmuseum (one of the largest museums in the Netherlands). This new partnership will bring over 2100 high quality images to the Wikimedia Commons!
  • [Wiki-Conference NY] - Archive.org is hosting a few videos of the proceedings at Wiki-Conference New York, so far Jimmy Wales’s keynote and Cary Bass’s OTRS presentation have been published but more will come soon.
  • [IRC Meeting] – a general IRC meeting was hosted by the Group Contacts. There was a high number of participants (~80 people) and a wide array of topics, from contacting the GCs and new cloak options to public logging and alternate channel management techniques.
  • [WMDE: Report from the Office] – the new Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland, Pavel Richter, has published his first “Report from the Office” on the WMDE blog. He shares his new priorities and introduces himself.

Media

Stats

  • [comScore: down to #5] – Facebook is now the 4th largest site in the world and has pushed the Wikimedia Foundation down to the 5th largest web property. Wikipedia is still far above an beyond the most popular non commercial website. By the way; the ranking of Wikizine is 50% up to become the 2,983,528th most popular site :)    (Source:Alexa)
  • [African Wikipedias] - Swahili Wikipedia “has raced ahead with great momentum” and surpassed Afrikaans as the largest African Wikipedia by number of articles. There’s also stats about the other African Wikipedias and sister projects.
  • [Wikipedias] – the Spanish Wikipedia has reached 500,000 articles, the Lithuanian Wikipedia has reached 90,000, and the Latin Wikipedia reached 30,000 articles with the addition of “Magninovilla”.
  • [EN Wikinews] – Not really a direct goal of Wikinews to have many “articles” but nevertheless the English language Wikinews has surpassed 15,000 news stories.

Other news

  • [wikiHow&MediaWiki] – wikiHow showcased an interesting article (on its twitter feed) about how to make a MediaWiki skin, worth a read if you’re ever in the need for a new skin. :-)
  • [Mobile Feedback] – the Mobile Wikipedia site requested feedback from its users and got a few interesting results, you might get a laugh out of them!
  • [Correction: WMUK&Schools] – we previously reported that the new WMUK schools project was about revisiting its “Wikipedia Version for Schools” project. This is actually a new initiative, one focused on going into schools and teaching the staff and students how to effectively use and contribute to Wikipedia.
  • [Wiktionary users] - Dvortygirl posted an interesting blog post about the type of users who are attracted to writing a dictionary. She found that most of the people in the #wiktionary IRC channel all shared similar characteristics to her (and a Dutch Wiktionary visitor), more information in the blog post.

Quote

“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” – Rita Mae Brown


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