Wikipediabibliotekets nyhetsbrev juni-juli 2017

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Nummer 23, Juni–juli 2017

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I detta nummer belyser vi den nya "Library Card" platformen, användargruppsuppdateringar, globala utvecklingar, och som alltid, en sammanfattning av vad som skett gällande bibliotek och digital kunskap. Nytt för Books & Bytes, "översättningar"! Varje språkversion av Books & Bytes är nu tillgängliga på Meta, tack vare våra koordinatörer. Du kan läsa och dela nyhetsbrevet med din lokala gemenskap! Vi skulle uppskatta om du ville hjälpa till med fler översättningar. Om du är intresserad, var vänlig kontakta avsanth@wikimedia.org.

Library Card

De registreringar som sker på engelska sker nu helt via Wikipedia Library Card plattformen! Library Card är ett centraliserat verktyg för att samla fri tillgång till forskning från Wikipediabibliotekets samarbetspartners. Du loggar in med samma användarnamn och lösenord som du använder på Wikipedia, och du behöver inte ange alla dina detaljer varje gång du ansöker om tillgång till en ny databas. Detta gör att processen blir betydligt smidigare för såväl de som ansöker om databastillgång som för koordinatörer. Senare i år kommer vi börja erbjuda autentikationsbaserad tillgång (att man använder sin Wikipediainloggning för att direkt komma till den databas du fått tillgång till). Detta kan göra det lättare för såväl skribenter som för koordinatörer.

Under de kommande månaderna försöker vi hitta förbättringar till systemet, såsom att förbättra användargränssnittet. Vi håller dessutom på att fixa med Translatewiki.net, så att vi kan stödja ej engelsktalande wikipedianer och Wikipediabibliotekspartners.

Ta en titt på alla resuser som finns tillgängliga, och ansök om någon som du tror kan vara till nytta i ditt skrivande!

User Group

The Wikipedia Library has always worked towards bringing together Wikipedia and library organisations. As a result, the Wikipedia Library User Group came into existence. Since our last update on the user group, a lot of events have taken place. Firstly, the user group application for recognition has been approved by the Foundation and the user group is now formal. Since then, the signups have grown to 147 and the founding members have met twice on Hangouts. The meetings were productive and various key issues including governance, purpose of the group, next steps and areas of focus of the user group were discussed. As a short-term outcome of the meetings, a new Twitter handle @WikilibraryUG and a YouTube channel Wikipedia Library User Group were created. It was also decided in these meetings that the User Group would use the existing Wikipedia + Libraries Facebook group and revive and use the Wikimedia & Libraries mailing list. With multiple tasks scheduled, the founding members are set to meet post-Wikimania 2017.

Global

Global branches are constantly evolving and bring potential in supporting editors who are in real need. New strategies and approaches are constantly being tried and results analysed to invigorate activities and ideally be of use to all editors on non-English branches.

  • The Korean TWL branch has been constructed, thanks to our coordinators -revi, Motoko C. K. and 책읽는달팽. Before promoting the branch, coordinators are gearing up to establish partnerships in their local context.
  • The Wikimedia Tunisia (TN) User Group, as part of their TWL work, have placed a Wikimedian in Residence in the Diocesan Library of Tunis and in the National Library of Tunisia, thanks to Csisc and team.
  • To improve collaboration and coordination, local coordinators have created groups in different Instant Messaging services of their preference, such as a Telegram group for Persian and Chinese Wikipedia Library coordinators. If you are interested in creating a group with all the local coordinators in your branch, please contact AVasanth (WMF).
  • We want to begin recognizing coordinators for their amazing work. Starting this quarter, we will highlight and possibly give out cool swag (stickers, water bottles) to our most active coordinators, through the new Star Coordinator Program. It's a sign of our appreciation to you for all the amazing work you do as coordinators.

Spotlight: Combating misinformation, fake news, and censorship

An excerpt from the Wikimedia Blog post published on July 17th, 2017 by Margarita Noriega, Wikimedia Foundation

Few people have faced the dangerous consequences of unresolved conflict as personally as Ingrid Betancourt did in 2002, when the then-presidential candidate was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for six years. She now encourages others to protect free knowledge and credible sources as an advocate for peace.

Betancourt recently told the Wikimedia Foundation that she believes that “values are important in the spreading of free knowledge. … Fake news is dangerous. Spinning the news is very dangerous. You can distort information to obtain a result.” One of the biggest threats to trustworthy information starts with how people evaluate sources... Some may focus on content created with a profit motive, others point to government-controlled propaganda, while others say the problem starts with fake news (the subject of a recent discussion at Yale University attended by members of the Wikimedia legal team). With so many different aspects to focus on (or neglect), misinformation threatens to delay all kinds of efforts to strengthen trustworthy knowledge across political and social divides.

"This spread of misinformation online is occurring despite recent growth in the number of organizations dedicated to fact-checking: world-wide, at least 114 “dedicated fact-checking teams” are working in 47 countries.
Looking into the future, what’s safe to expect? First, global freedom of expression will wax and wane depending on national and international political developments. Less clear is whether global trends toward autocracy will continue—or whether free societies will have a resurgence, grappling successfully with pressures on the press and academy, and the politicization of facts as merely individual biased perspectives.
Second, we can expect that politically motivated disinformation and misinformation campaigns will always be with us. Indeed, the phenomenon of “fake news,” misinformation, or “alternative facts” can be traced to some of the earliest recorded history, with examples dating back to ancient times.
The Wikimedia movement will need to remain nimble and editors become well-versed in the always-morphing means by which information can be misleading or falsified. It will be helpful to keep abreast of techniques developed and used by journalists and researchers when verifying information, such as those described in the Verification Handbook, available in several languages."

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