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Giving a Digital Voice to Scientists[edit]

Hi, I'm Robert, and I am a research scientists specialised in Sustainable Development. I have particular passion for showing how scientists can make a contribution to society - worldwide. For a couple of years, I have been trying to show excellent young scientists, their research and their institutions into the wonderful world of wiki. I am collaborating with a large number of (young) scientists' organizations, none of which have had any wiki experience until recently. My goal is to change this and to bring the wiki community into a dialogue with scientists from Bangladesh to Panama, from Germany to Australia, from Malaysia to Niger. I am planning to organize several activities around young scientists and sustainability issues.

I am active on Wikidata and Wikicommons, and need lots of help with some basic design issues, so I am grateful for your help!

Digital (Young) Academies[edit]

My main partners are (national) young academies. As I am a member of the Global Young Academy, I am fortunate to be in touch with scientists from around the world [here]. As the GYA writes so nicely: "A (National) Young Academy (NYA/YA) is an academic organisation typically formed by young scientists and scholars at the beginning of their independent careers who have been selected for the excellence of their research impact and commitment to service. Membership in a NYA/YA is for a limited term, normally 4-5 years, after which members become academy alumni.Young Academies typically work as the voice of young scientists for the advancement of issues important to young scientists. This includes, for example, science education or the dialog between science and society. Most Young Academies are affiliated with a senior Academy of Sciences (or – as in the case of the GYA – with a network of senior academies, the InterAcademy Partnership)." Basically, members of NYAs are really, really good professors across different discipliples - mostly the future of science in different countries. So definitely the kind of people you would like to know more about and to have involved in wiki fun!

I have been working on a project that tries to map all of these excellent scientists for wikidata.


Happy to answer them anytime.

Invitation to affiliate members to complete a survey about WMF wide Universal Code of Conduct[edit]

Hello; My name is Mervat, and I am helping the Trust and Safety team to reach out to affiliates in order to discuss the Universal Code of Conduct. I am contacting you as you are a member of the Wikimedians for Sustainable Development User Group. If you have received this from other user groups/chapters, you can ignore.

There has been talks about the need for a global set of conduct rules in different communities over time, and finally, Wikimedia Foundation Board announced a Community Culture Statement, enacting new standards to address harassment and promote inclusivity across projects.Since the universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects, will apply to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, all around the globe, and will impact our work as groups, individuals and projects, it’s of great importance that we all participate in expressing our opinions and thoughts about UCoC, its nature, what we think it should cover or include and what it shouldn’t include; how it may develop, drawback or help our groups.   This is the time to talk about it. As you are a valuable contributor to the Wikimedia movement, your voice counts. Before starting to draft the code of conduct, we would like to hear from you; We invite you to devote some minutes to take this survey; your answers will help us create a safer environment for all on Wikimedia:


It’s possible that you are a member of more than one affiliate; hence you may receive this survey more than once, and you may have participated previously in the discussions or filled out a previous survey during the first round of consultations about UCoC which targeted wikipedia/wikimedia communities. We apologize for this; it is really difficult to identify if a wikimedian belongs to multiple groups that work to spread free knowledge. Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions and hoping that you can respond within the next 2 weeks.  If you have any questions about the surveys or difficulties accessing the link, please contact me by email ( will be considered during the drafting process for the UCoC. Thank you for your participation.

Mervat Salman - Trust & Safety (Policy) Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation. --Mervat (WMF) (talk) 12:15, 4 August 2020 (UTC)