Grants talk:TPS/Noopur28/Libreplanet 2014/Report

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Hi Noopur, Thanks for your participation at LibrePlanet, and for submitting this report using our new reporting template! I realize that there may still be a few bugs to be worked out in the template, because it seems that in Option 1 it was not clear enough what we are asking :) That option is intended to ask you to tell what/how you shared back with the community after you got home from the conference. So, for example, a Romanian contributor might write a blog post in Romanian and share it with other Wikimedians in the way that makes most sense for his community. From what you've written I think maybe you thought we were asking what you shared at the conference itself instead though - is that right? Now that we've clarified, do you want to give it another try? The intention of any of the 3 options is to create something that may be useful to other Wikimedians who did not attend this event, and who don't read grant reports - blog posts, meetups, newsletters, learning patterns, etc are more likely to be of value and interest to the community.

I'm pasting all 3 options below in case you decide to choose another one instead - I think your reflection about Sue's talk could also serve as an interesting learning pattern (option 2), if you're not planning anything in your home community that would be suitable for option 1.

Option 1: Shared Experience: What is one way you shared something from your experience with your community after the event (either locally or globally)?
Add a link here to a blog post or newsletter you wrote about your participation, or to a meet-up you organized to share your experience with your local community.
Option 2: Learning Pattern: What is one useful learning pattern you can share with the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to a learning pattern - either a new pattern you created with insights from your participation, or an existing pattern to which you added your endorsement and some significant new "considerations" or “examples” from your experience.
Option 3: New Creation: What was one useful outcome of the event for the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to something new that was created as a result of your participation in this event (for example, you might link to new articles, tools, or collaborations).

We'd also love to see you link to slides/video once you've got anything uploaded. And Janice will follow up with you regarding the finances. Thanks! Siko (WMF) (talk) 16:51, 10 April 2014 (UTC)


Dear Siko, Thank you for clarifying! I was also wondering why I had to fill in the same details that I gave while applying for the grant. Regarding learning, my lessons/insights don't fit only one option. Also, throughout the conference I was tweeting/taking notes on etherpad for the sessions I liked. Also, all the talks were live streamed. So I made sure most people connected with me on different platforms knew of that. That is why I don't have a blog post or specific documentation on this. There was a survey form I filled suggesting how to improve LP. Let me try and summarize some points (including Sue and Jacob's keynotes) that constituted learning patterns for me:

Jacob Appelbaum, one of the keynote speakers on day 2 gave a remote talk using open and free video streaming software. He explained the importance of using not just open source software/hardware but also the importance of non-proprietary free software, especially given the NSA revelations. He also elaborated on specific technologies such as those used in laptops, mobile phones, raspberry Pi and so on to make a distinction between Open and Free.
  • Sue Gardner's keynote and presentation charted the history of WMF and Wikipedia's growth as a project. My main learning from her presentation was how fundraising is very important aspect of FLOSS projects. While we as community volunteers take pride in that fact that FLOSS products/projects reach a wider audience and give you greater control, making them more usable helps convey their impact to a larger audience in the world (like Wikipedia did).
  • A more intimate experience that I had was during a panel discussion on the first day. There was a great panel on talking technology beyond women that included trans perspectives as well as adaptive/assistive technologies using open+free s/w. I feel uncomfortable sharing my experience in public domain on this but to say the least, the panel and a forty minute discussion anchored around it brought out some astounding assumptions on privilege, diversity and discrimination in the U.S primarily but also globally.
  • Regarding projects: I knew about MediaGoblin but only briefly. There was a talk devoted to MediaGoblin (a free video hosting software) and conference videos will also be released on it!

Best, Noopur28 (talk)

Thank you for the reply and for providing the additional information requested. We'll be able to accept your report, when we receive the receipts. Thank you for mailing them, and we'll notify you as soon as they have arrived. And we look forward to seeing the video when it is uploaded. -- Jtud (WMF) (talk) 15:53, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Noopur28. Although we're not asking for changes now, on behalf of the committee I'm also going to share some further ideas for any future TPS reports you may write. For your reports, I can image you could instead do something for option 1 like share a link to your tweets & to the etherpad notes, etc. Or, you could write up just 1 thing that you learned as a learning pattern using option 2. We understand your insights are probably always going to be broader than any 1 option, but focusing on sharing just one key slice of your experience with a larger number of people is really what we're looking for. The reason we're moving away from the reporting format that you're more used to is generally to stop having so much information hidden away in reports on meta-wiki. For example, I'd guess that about 4 people will read the learnings you've posted above on this talk page, which means that this exercise probably doesn't have a lot of impact compared to the time it took you to do it. Instead, we'd like to encourage ways to share your insights in places where lots of people WILL read them :) For this reason, we're encouraging learning patterns being added to the learning pattern library, or blog posts, speaking at meetups, etc as ways of connecting to people who don't read reports - aiming to spread the benefits of your participation to others in the movement as well. Thanks again for giving this some thought, and we'll be looking forward to what you may come up with in any future requests! Best wishes, Siko (WMF) (talk) 23:30, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Report accepted[edit]

Thank you for sending in your receipt. This report is accepted. Cheers! -- Jtud (WMF) (talk) 15:39, 15 May 2014 (UTC)