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Internet-in-a-Box store[edit]

Beginning to build an Internet-in-a-Box store. Am beginning to track expenses here. My hope is to have WPMEDF be the seller. Can board members please provide their thoughts here. Hope is that after an initial investment from me the store will be self sufficient financially. The plan is for the devices to be sold at cost. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:02, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

I like the idea, a lot. However we would need to:
  1. Define at-cost. It needs to take into account labor (you can assemble 1 for free, but not 1000), and some will inevitably break if we start producing more than just prototypes. We can of course adjust such numbers when we are more aware of what our real costs are, but we'd need to count them in from the start.
  2. We also have to think about how we can publicize this. Is it okay to use the WT:MED-banner? What will Wikipedia-users think of that? Will they be fine with us mentioning it in news-letters if we inform them that there is no profit involved? I know some editors were less than happy about the offline project in its entirety.
  3. Could we set up regional distribution? If we get the assembly easy enough to do I think a number of us would be willing to pitch in, saving transport costs.
  4. Also there is the question that if we can do it, why can't we just provide the documentation on how to build your own internet-in-a-box with Offline Wikipedia?
Thanks, CFCF 💌 📧 17:13, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
Sure so yes "at cost" will change over time as costs change. We track costs per batch and than generate the cost per unit. The first batch will be build by volunteers.
We while worry about regional distribution if sales increase and that becomes necessary.
We already provide documentation regarding how to build your own. You can build your own right now. But as a physician running a health clinic in the developing world or a librarian lets say I DO NOT WANT TO BUILD my own. We are creating the option to buy one pre assembled :-)
Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 17:39, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
  • There is some context for this in an upcoming article in The Signpost at en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/OFF NETWORK. It is challenging to concisely describe all the issues associated with documenting, providing, supporting, and selling this device. I think that 100 people are major stakeholders in the development of this project, and any of those people could talk for hours giving a unique perspective. There are details to sort but I do think that Wiki Project Med could sell the device. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:49, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
  • I support a test run that would allow us to explore feasibility and to get a better handle on costs, performance and user expectations. 100 seems to be a useful number to aim at given the timeline. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 15:13, 6 September 2017 (UTC)


We have distributed nearly all 100 initial devices. These were 16 Gb machines. Have ordered the next 50 machines. We have upgraded to a 32 Gb image, video now works, and we have added French to the collection.

About half of those who got a machine gave at least a 40 USD donation to WPMEDF.

We are currently working to build collections for specific regions of the world including South Asia, Southern Africa, and Nigeria. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:05, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedians for Disaster Response[edit]

At Wikimania last month, there was a dedicated session on The role of Wikimedia in emergency response, during which the group Wikimedians for Disaster Response was formed, which will probably interact quite a bit with Wiki Project Med. I have started a subpage there to keep track of events focused on disaster response. Contributions most welcome. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:46, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

User:Daniel Mietchen you are more than welcome to do this work through WPMEDF. If you want another user group that is fine aswell. I see IIAB as being of key importance to disaster response. We are working on a CDC module for the box by the way. Help with that would be appreciated. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:14, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Sciece Competition has started[edit]

Hi. WSC (#WSC2017, #Wikiscience) is on. Apparently, there is no even coverage between countries with banners, so many countries have zero upload after nine days because their users and visitors are not informed.

I am doing my best to compensate. I wrote many emails also to institutions in the areas with closer deadline and I have asked many local embassies at wikipedia for a local banner, but in the meantime I would be glad at least if you can tweet something around. Or post on the social media of your group the information.

I did my best to produce an international jury with people with scientific background from many places, in my country I have prepared a solid campaign but what's the point of making an international competition if it is hardly anything more than a brutal sum of singular countries? The academia is not like that, and so is not the essence of the wiki, IMHO. I hope that a transnational group you can feel this, and I hope that people from your countries that are not informed will have a real chance to participate, if you can find a way to inform them, it would be great.

Also here I have pushed to create a "international" category for all left-over countries. I am not totally comfortable with the global selection of who get a specific upload category and who don't, but at least we have it so many images of medicine in the "third world" can be uploaded.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:52, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Fund raising[edit]

"Wiki Med Foundation Inc." is now an approved charity at If you chose use and shop via that url 0.5% of the purchase will go to WPMEDF to help buy hardware for Internet-in-a-Boxes for places with poor access to Wikipedia. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:00, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Translation tags[edit]

I have no idea how these work. I need to be able to update and rearrange this page. So I think for now will turn them off. Can than turn them back on in the future. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:06, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Share your feedback in this global Wikimedia survey[edit]

Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:42, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

RfC about the future of video summaries of diseases on Wikipedia[edit]

Started here Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:40, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Draft application for recognition[edit]

I've made a start on our draft application for recognition at Wiki Project Med/Application. If members agree that we ought to go forward, then we should complete the draft by adding information about us and our activities to sections 3 and 4. There is no deadline and applications may take four to six months to be considered, so we can take our time to make a good case. If you are able, please help by adding information, stories, links, etc. that help build the case. Thanks in advance --RexxS (talk) 15:42, 26 April 2018 (UTC)