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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello, Blervis. Welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum if you need help with something (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- Meta-Wiki Welcome (talk) 01:34, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: March 2017 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • Organizers throughout Ohio are now hosting at least four Art+Feminism events in the coming weeks! Find an event near you in Columbus, Cincinnati, Oxford, and Oberlin. You are welcome to attend, and if you are an experienced editor, you are encouraged to provide your Wikipedia expertise to new contributors. See the 'Upcoming Events' section below for dates and links.
  • We're aiming to schedule the Ohio Wikimedians' first online meeting next week - learn more here and provide your availability if interested!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
MAR
3
Columbus - Art+Feminism at Ohio State
MAR
11
Cincinnati - Art+Feminism in Cincinnati
MAR
14
Oxford - Art+Feminism at Miami University
MAR
16
Oberlin - Art+Feminism at Oberlin College
AUG
9-13
Montréal - Wikimania 2017, the annual Wikimedia conference!
Online events
  • The 50,000 Challenge is an English Wikipedia event organized by WikiProject United States. The aim is to improve or create 50,000 articles related to the United States. There is also a subgoal of 1,000 article improvements and creations for each of the 50 states - if you're interested, be sure to sign up to improve articles related to Ohio!

Recent Happenings: February

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 22:52, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: April 2017 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • Our first virtual meeting will be on April 20 at 8:30 PM EST! We'll have introductions and discuss preliminary plans for future events. Visit the meeting page for more information, a link to join the meeting, and our agenda. Feel free to contribute to the agenda, and add yourself to the participants list if you plan to attend.
  • Cleveland native Wizardman was recently featured in the Wikimedia blog post, "The big bear of a mission to chronicle the 1948 Cleveland Indians"! Give it a read here.
  • August 4th is the annual Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference in Berea, OH. While not finalized, Kevin Payravi will potentially be attending to present an introduction to Wikidata. If any other Ohio Wikimedians would like to attend the conference and/or help present, contact Kevin (Talk / Email). This will be an exciting event and a great networking opportunity with other librarians.
  • Ohio saw at least 4 Art+Feminism in March, with three of them occurring on university campuses; Art+Feminism initiatives are continuing and growing in Ohio!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
APR
9-16
Wikipedia Takes Columbus 2017 in Columbus
Week-long photography campaign.
APR
12
Wikipedia Takes Columbus Scavenger Hunt in Columbus
A photo scavenger hunt at Ohio State University.
JUL
?
Ohio Wiknic in TBD
AUG
4
OPAL Conference in Berea, OH
Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference. Contact SuperHamster if you'd like to attend and/or help present on Wikidata.
AUG
9-13
Wikimania 2017 in Montréal
The annual Wikimedia conference!
Online events
NOV
1-?
The 50,000 Challenge
Organized by WikiProject United States, aiming to improve/create 50,000 English Wikipedia articles related to the US. Help improve our coverage of Ohio!

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 07:45, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: May 2017 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • A Wiknic will be taking place in Columbus on July 9th; more details to come in the next newsletter.
  • Wikipedia Takes Columbus took place last month, resulting in over 180 photo contributions of Ohio State University and the greater Columbus area. Check out all the photos on the Commmons here.
  • WikiConference North America has been announced for April 9-10 in Montreal, taking place as a pre-conference to Wikimania 2017.
  • August 4th is the annual Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference in Berea, OH. While not finalized, Kevin Payravi will potentially be attending to present an introduction to Wikidata. If any other Ohio Wikimedians would like to attend the conference and/or help present, contact Kevin (Talk / Email). This will be an exciting event and a great networking opportunity with other librarians.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
JUL
9
Ohio Wiknic in Columbus
More details to come.
AUG
4
OPAL Conference in Berea, OH
Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference. Contact SuperHamster if you'd like to attend and/or help present on Wikidata.
AUG
9-13
Wikimania 2017 in Montréal
The annual Wikimedia conference! WikiConference North America takes place on the 9-10.
Online events
NOV
1-?
The 50,000 Challenge
Organized by WikiProject United States, aiming to improve/create 50,000 English Wikipedia articles related to the US. Help improve our coverage of Ohio!

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:14, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: June 2017 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • The second annual Great Buckeye Wiknic will be taking place in Columbus on the afternoon on Sunday, July 9th! The event will be at the Women's Field House in Lincoln Tower Park at Ohio State University; please see the event details for more information. Travel reimbursements are in the works. If you're interested in attending / want details leading up to the event, please sign up on the event page.
  • Addis Wang has been featured in the Wikimedia Foundation blog: Building communities to support free knowledge: Addis Wang. Read about how Addis, an Ohio Wikimedian, has engaged and helped bring new editors to Wikipedia through is work in China, Ohio, and Ohio State University.
  • WikiConference North America is taking place April 9-10 in Montreal as a pre-conference to Wikimania 2017. Submissions are now being accepted if you would like to attend; registration is also open.
  • August 4th is the annual Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference in Berea, OH. While not finalized, Kevin Payravi will potentially be attending to present an introduction to Wikidata. If any other Ohio Wikimedians would like to attend the conference and/or help present, contact Kevin (Talk / Email). This will be an exciting event and a great networking opportunity with other librarians.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
JUL
9
Great Buckeye Wiknic in Columbus
Taking place at the Women's Field House at Ohio State University; if interested, sign up here.
AUG
4
OPAL Conference in Berea, OH
Ohio Private Academic Libraries Conference. Contact SuperHamster if you'd like to attend and/or help present on Wikidata.
AUG
9-13
Wikimania 2017 in Montréal
The annual Wikimedia conference! WikiConference North America takes place on the 9-10.
Online events
NOV
1-?
The 50,000 Challenge
Organized by WikiProject United States, aiming to improve/create 50,000 English Wikipedia articles related to the US. Help improve our coverage of Ohio!

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 08:00, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: January 2018 newsletter[edit]

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A happy new year to you! It's been a while since an update has been sent out to the Ohio Wikimedians User Group. Below you'll find a recap of what's been going on over the last few months, including annual reports and offline events.

General Updates

Information:

  • Phase 1 of the Wikimedia Movement strategy has concluded, and so far over 80 organized group have given their endorsement. If interested, please take a look at our User Group's talk page for more information, and to lend your support or opposition to the Ohio Wikimedians User Group endorsing the strategic direction by January 20th.
  • The Ohio Wikimedians User Group's Annual Report for July 2016 - July 2017 has been released, viewable here. The report provides a summary and list of events, with event pages providing more details respectively.
  • Wikipedia Connection's annual report for the 2016-17 academic year has also been released, viewable here. The report provides an overall summary, stats, acknowledgements, list and details of events, and more.
  • The #1Lib1Ref campaign is taking place from January 15 - February 3 this year! The goal of the campaign is to get librarians to add just one reference to Wikipedia. This is a great opportunity to outreach to local librarians you may know. See the event page for more information.

Recap:

  • Back in July, Ohio hosted its 2017 Wiknic at the Ohio State University. Four Wikipedians from Columbus were in attendance.
  • Back in October, Wikipedia Connection members Emery and Jon joined an edit-a-thon at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health labs in Cincinnati. It was a great success, with Wikipedians working with NIOSH scientists to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics such as 3D Printing, Dustiness, and Nanotechnology. A shout-out to Emery and Jon from Wikipedia Connection for attending the event, and a special thanks to John Sadowski and everyone else at NIOSH who made this event possible.
  • Wikimania 2017 took place August 9 to 13 in Montreal, Canada, with WikiConference North America 2017 taking place as a pre-conference to Wikimania. Kevin Payravi and Emery were in attendence, both representing the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, with Emery also representing Wikipedia Connection. During WikiConference North America, Kevin and Emery presented Wikipedia Organizations on Campus: Case Study and Guide.
  • Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in the United States has come to a close. Over 1,400 individuals uploaded more than 8,000 photos of historic sites to the Wikimedia Commons. Of these photos, over 150 of them were of historic sites in Ohio. You can browse the Ohio photos here. A thank you to all who participated and helped improve coverage of Ohio!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
None currently planned.
Online events
JAN
15
FEB
3
#1Lib1Ref
The goal of the campaign is to get librarians to add just one reference to Wikipedia. This is a great opportunity to outreach to local librarians you may know.

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 08:38, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: March 2018 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

It would be fantastic to have Ohio Wikimedians User Group members help out with the conference as it nears. The conference is in the early planning stages as the conference works to secure grant funds and partnerships. Ohio Wikimedians User Group organizer SuperHamster (Kevin Payravi) is one of the organizers of the event; if you would like to help out with the conference, or have any ideas for the conference (partnerships, sponsorship opportunities, etc.), please feel free to reach out to him! As the event nears, the conference will need more hands as well as volunteers to help out at the event itself - stay tuned for more information on that.
Stay up to date on the conference by joining the mailing list, liking the Facebook page, and following the Twitter handle.
  • March is the month for Art+Feminism! There is currently one Art+Feminism event scheduled in Cincinnati, hosted by LOOK on Saturday, March 17. See more details and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Offline events
None currently planned.
Online events
MAR
17
Art+Feminism 2018 in Cincinnati
Hosted by LOOK
OCT
18-21

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:15, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: May 2018 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • Based on our recent discussion, the Ohio Wikimedians User Group has its first resolution in support of Net Neutrality.
    • On a related note, a proposal on the Village Pump has been created about having a banner in support of Net Neutrality displayed for Wikipedia users in the United States. If you have thoughts on this proposal, you may add your comments here.
  • The Art+Feminism campaign took place in March and April, and Ohio saw two Art+Feminism edit-a-thons take place! A Cincinatti edit-a-thon was hosted by LOOK, and a Columbus edit-a-thon was hosted by Wikipedia Connection at the Ohio State University. Great job to all attendees and organizers!
  • Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities for WikiConference North America 2018, which is coming up in October in Columbus, Ohio! Stay up to date on the conference by joining the mailing list, liking the Facebook page, and following the Twitter handle.
  • The 50,000 Challenge is currently 5.74% complete, with the goal of writing 50,000 articles on U.S. topics. If you're interested in writing Ohio-related articles, consider contributing as part of this event and recording your articles under Ohio!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

OCT
18-21

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 22:48, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: April 2019 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • To facilitate casual conversations between members, we now have a Facebook logo (square).png Facebook group! If you're on Facebook, feel free to request to join.
  • Kevin has prepared a 2019 Activities Rapid Grant to support our user group's activities through the end of the year. This includes funding for edit-a-thons, Wikipedia Connection activities at Ohio State, and other potential events. Please give it a review, and provide endorsements at the bottom and/or comments on the talk page. If you would like to plan an activity or can think of something that could be funded that isn't already included, please bring it up! The goal is to have the grant submitted for review early in the week.
  • Our membership list has been revamped and supports the addition of new details (such as name, picture, location, and titles). Members are welcome to update their entry if they wish (all details are optional).

Movement Strategy

  • Sam (PonyToast) and Maria (Rimmel.Edits) have signed up to serve as our Organized Groups Strategy Liaisons; through December, Strategy Liaisons will act as a conduit for ideas, questions, and updates between the Movement Strategy and organized groups such as our own. Thank you to both members for taking this on!
  • The Wikimedia Summit 2019 just came to a conclusion. Maria Rimmel (Rimmel.Edits) served as our representative this year, following her work at the Ohio State University and WikiConference North America. This year's event had a heavy focus on the Movement Strategy Process and its Working Groups. Maria will be providing updates and outcomes of the conference on the user group talkpage soon - keep an eye out!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

  • This May is the election for two Affiliate-Selected Board Seats for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The Ohio Wikimedians User Group will be eligible to cast one vote. Be on the lookout for updates on how we will decide our vote.
  • Two edit-a-thons are being hosted for Ohio State Department of Spanish and Portuguese students this month. One edit-a-thon is focusing on improving Wikipedia's coverage of female and under-representated language scientists, and the other on Latinx studies.

Recent Events

  • WikiConference North America 2018 (Oct 18-21) at the Ohio State University was a great success! Over 200 attendees (including those representing over 15 Wikimedia affiliates and 25 academic institutions) attended the 70+ sessions we had. A big thanks goes to all the event's organizers, volunteers (including those from Ohio Wikimedians), sponsors, and session hosts. View the full report (work in progress) for more details and outcomes. You can also check out the photos on the Commons.
Photos by Sixflashphoto, Geraldshields11, and Benjoneswhite.
"By doing an event like this, we can show people that you can edit; your contributions are valid; your contributions are valued. Beyond valued: necessary," Dalesio said.
  • Alden Library at Ohio University also independently hosted an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon on March 22. Check out the event page for more details. Outcomes included editing 27 articles, including the creation of a new one.
"We will be encouraging participants to use our collections to create and strengthen articles, and Library volunteers will be available help them do this effectively. In doing so, we hope to encourage participants to move beyond the role of information consumer, and to consider how they can enrich the information landscape—and maybe leave the internet a better place than they found it," Jennings stated.


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Have something for the next newsletter? Add it to our May 2019 draft.

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 18:57, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: September 2019 newsletter[edit]

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General Updates

  • WikiProject Cleveland Museum of ArtKevin (SuperHamster) and Maria (Rimmel.Edits) have been collaborating with Neal Stimler and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) to launch WikiProject Cleveland Museum of Art on the English Wikipedia! Back in January, the CMA announced its conversion into an Open Access institution—and part of this initiative included the upload of thousands of photos and Wikidata items on CMA artworks. This WikiProject has been created to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the CMA, such as artworks and artists featured in the Museum's collections, while being able to leverage the great resources that have been released into the public domain. If you'd like to join in, please sign up to be a member here. We have an expanding list of articles to create here.
  • Mailing list live! — We now have admin access to the previously-deprecated Wikimedia-US-OH mailing list. All members are encouraged to subscribe here. Anyone who would like to communicate to subscribed members can email wikimedia-us-oh@lists.wikimedia.org.
  • Membership List — Reminder that our membership list has been revamped and supports the addition of new details (such as name, picture, location, and titles). Members are welcome to update their entry if they wish (all details are optional).

Movement Strategy

  • The Movement Strategy Working Groups have created their recommendations, located here. Community input will be accepted until September 15, so if you would like to provide feedback, be sure to do so in the next couple weeks.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

  • Wiki Loves Monuments is back in the United States for 2019. Through the end of September, upload your photos of registered historical sites to the Commons to help document our history and illustrate Wikipedia - and have a shot at winning the national contest. If you're interested in participating, a guide to finding historic sites in Ohio is available here.
  • WikiConference North America 2019 is headed to Boston from November 8th through 11th! If you are interested in attending, both session proposals and scholarship applications are open through September 20th.

Recent Events

  • In April, two edit-a-thons were hosted at the Ohio State University:
    • The Female and Under-represented Language Scientists edit-a-thon, hosted by the Hispanic Linguistic Colloquium in collaboration with the Buckeye Language Network (BLN) Student Association. The goal of the event was to improve articles on under-represented language scientists. 11 editors contributed 50+ edits that consisted of 1.54k words across 24 articles, including one new article.
    • The Spanish & Portuguese Edit-A-Thon, hosted by students from the Spanish and Portuguese department (Dona pipoca and Caesarologia, with support from SuperHamster). The edit-a-thon focused on expanding coverage of Spanish and Portuguese topics on the English Wikipedia, primarily by translating articles from Spanish/Portuguese to English. In doing so, attendees sharpened their Spanish/Portuguese skills, gained experience editing Wikipedia, and learned about new topics. 23 editors contributed 180+ edits that consisted of 15.8k words across 70 articles, including four new articles.
  • Wikimania 2019 took place in Stockholm this year, with several Ohio Wikimedians attending. If you're interested in some of the sessions, many of them were recorded and are available on the Commons here.
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Have something for the next newsletter? Add it to our October 2019 draft.

On behalf of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 04:53, 3 September 2019 (UTC)