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Thanks for trying out the tool & the feedback. I'll be adding sliders to narrow the edits to be played out.--Jeph paul (talk) 11:25, 24 August 2013 (UTC)Reply

Grant input[edit]

Hello! I wanted to let you know that I've prepared a good portion of the grant over at Grants:IEG/Reimagining WP Mentorship, but I'd really appreciate your review and input as soon as it is convenient for you! Feel free to just make changes, especially in regards to budgeting (unsure of prospective values), additions, and changes in wording. Thanks! --Jackson Peebles (talk) 02:51, 18 September 2013 (UTC)Reply

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Jake, hope you have been well since we met in DC. I am glad to see you will be attending the Diversity Conference! --Another Believer (talk) 16:23, 9 October 2013 (UTC)Reply

Ah, sorry for the confusion, but I will not be attending the Diversity Conference as my proposal was not accepted. I had hoped to present Wikimedia LGBT as a means of facilitating and promoting LGBT-related activity on Wikimedia projects, and gauge interest among other attendees, but alas someone else will have that opportunity. Please enjoy your time in Berlin--hopefully our paths will cross again soon. Best, --Another Believer (talk) 15:44, 24 October 2013 (UTC)Reply
Great job, Jake, really. --Another Believer (talk) 03:04, 26 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

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Hello Ocaasi[edit]

Hi Ocaasi, my name is Alex Peek and I just proposed this IEG here:

Jonathan Morgan said you were a good person to ask for advice on the budget. How would you go about breaking down the budget in terms of hours and hourly rate of pay for me and for any other paid participants (people to build the bots, etc.)

Thanks, Mcnabber091 (talk) 21:32, 23 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hi Mcnabber091, congrats on your proposal--neat idea! 5,000 for your project management; 4,000 for bots; 1,000 for travel. That's my first instinct and what I would do if it were me. Some people like to justify this with an hourly rate, so for example you may value your time at $20/hour which would mean your project management expectation is to put in 250 hours, which over 6 months is about 40 hours per month or 10 hours per week. You can further break that down with a qualitative description of what kinds of tasks you will be doing as part of your project management: research, planning, recruiting contractors, drafting code specifications, usability testing, outreach and implementation, etc. Coders and design experts typically earn a higher amount, so perhaps you would say they are earning $40/hr over 100 hours--15 hours per month and 4 hours per week. That is just an approximation, of course, as coders typically are paid for completion of a project rather than time spent and will do the majority of their work during a more intense development sprint. The key with budgets is to be reasonable and flexible. Project management expenses in particular are appropriate because the project manager is responsible for all of the pieces coming together, and it's essential that you be able to devote a serious amount of effort, attention, and energy to making sure your project comes together. I like to ask myself--if I were to devote the kind of time necessary for this project to be a success, how much funding would I need to offset my focus and dedication so that I can sustainably commit to these kinds of projects? With contractors, like coders and designers, I find it key to provide an amount of funding that ensures they take the job seriously and are prepared to work on a dedicated timeline with a clear and complete product delivery ready to go when you need it finished. When you breakdown your timeline, it's nice to create a separate line-item for each piece, so that each chunk of funding is associated with specific people and tasks. Is this helpful? When in doubt, ask User:Sbouterse (WMF), goldmine of advice. Ocaasi (talk) 13:32, 24 November 2013 (UTC)Reply
Thank you that was helpful. I updated the budget section with your suggestions. I'm not sure about the line item expenses yet especially for the programming side of things. And how should I go about finding a programmer? Mailing list? Mcnabber091 (talk) 02:04, 25 November 2013 (UTC)Reply
Hey Mcnabber091. I'd post to Village Pump tech, wikimedia-l, wikitech-, and ask Sumanah and Sbouterse. It's going to take some poking around on that one. You also might pop into the mediawiki and wikimedia and wikitech irc channels and ask around. Good luck! Ocaasi (talk) 17:19, 25 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

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WP Med Newsletter proposal[edit]

Hello Ocaasi! Thanks for you newsletter here: [[1]]. I think that it's very important to have a newsletter but having seen your newsletter would like to make some proposals:

  1. Increase the frequency of the newsletter so that each newsletter can be shorter
  2. Decrease the threshold for comprehensiveness
  3. Add a monthly focus
  4. Increase the focus on WP.
  5. Rename to "WikiProject Medicine"
1. Increase the frequency

Reading the current newsletter, it seems that every single thing is trying to be squeezed and crammed in to every newsletter. There is clearly a feeling that there are so many things to talk about, it's hard to cover them all. I suggest that each issue is more frequent. This means less can be covered. Lists can be smaller. This should decrease the pressure on the editors and the ease with which letters can be created. Therefore I propose letters are released every month for the first 6 months, and then every quarter thereafter.

2. Decrease the threshold for comprehensiveness

With more frequent editions, the second change that should be made is a decrease in the threshold for what is a "complete" edition. I don't mean a formal decrease, but a decrease in expectations. I say this to decrease the pressure on editors that an edition must be "perfect". This leads to a lot of pressure and subsequent procrastination. In addition, combined with an increased frequency (for a short period), anything that is left out can be left in a subsequent edition or quickly appended within the first 1-2 days of publication.

3. Add a focus to each newsletter.

Following the example follow WP:MILHIST, a monthly focus is an excellent way to crystallize and communicate certain ideas which can be referred to in the future. We can have editions on the history of WPMED, use of MEDRS and perhaps some things related to dispute resolution and extra-wiki collaboration. These are excellent reference points to which editors can refer, and very useful things to communicate to all users. In addition, they are very relevant concepts for WPMED. We could also have editions on new advances in Medicine, such as an overview of the DSM5. These are just suggestions, but I certainly think a monthly focus is a useful tool for communicating.

If we have some frequent editions at the start, there won't be that pressure that there are so many topics and so little time. Some issues, which may change quite slowly, can be encapsulated in focuses rather than regularly referred to. A focus can also (I believe) increase the utility and interest-value to editors.

4. Increase the focus on WP

I think a newsletter really ought to mention new FAs and GAs, possibly in all the languages, and any goals or milestones that we have reached, and possibly some contentious discussions or relevant RfCs. Users have come here from WP and are likely to have an interest in on-Wiki activities, and a weekly newsletter is an effective way to communicate this and document milestones. The Article alerts history page makes this quite straightforward. You may even consider transferring the newsletter's second edition to the WP namespace to decrease its ambitious scope. Additionally, links in the nav bar should be provided to the newsletter.

5. Per our en Wikipedia name, we are called "WikiProject Medicine" not "Wiki Project Medicine"

The newsletter should use the terminology used by the Wikiproject.


I'd like to start a dialogue again about resuming this letter. Ping to Bluerasberry. --LT910001 (talk) 02:16, 16 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

If we had a newsletter then I can commit to coverage of the Wikipedia Education Program's projects in health and generally being around in other places. From my perspective, if we further had someone cover GAs and FAs, and then perhaps someone else highlight 1-2 interesting discussions about health on some project, and another person to commit to be editor, then with 3-4 people committing a minimum 20 minutes per month then that could make a newsletter. Jake, what are you doing with all your free time? Do you need another project? Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:06, 16 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
@LT91001:, @Bluerasberry:. Great ideas from both of you. I have Zero bandwidth to do the newsletter right now, but I would Love to help someone get set up to do it. If you can find someone, or if either of you want to be a part of it, I would pitch in to get it rolling. Let me know! Cheers, Ocaasi (talk) 13:59, 19 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
FloNight, you like reporting what you do! Would you want any part of this? Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:08, 19 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
I would help out, too. FloNight (talk) 23:32, 21 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Great. Should we do this as part of WP:MED, or continue with issue 2 here? (w:Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Newsletter/2 or WikiProject_Med/Newsletter/2) --LT910001 (talk) 23:13, 22 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

A very draft form of the first issue on the en WP is available here on the English-WP here: en:Wikipedia:The Revival. I invite comments, especially about the name (sorry, Bluerasberry! :D) --LT910001 (talk) 03:37, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

Jmh649 has also posted about the newsletter here. A skeleton for issue two is here: WikiProject_Med/Newsletter/2. If the second issue of the Stethoscope is to be released, I think it could be a fair bit shorter and limited to what's going on at a meta level, and released on a quarterly/bimonthly basis. --LT910001 (talk) 03:37, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Sure would definitely be involved. Ocaasi will you take care of mailing it out to all members of of WP:MEDF? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 07:00, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
User:LT91001, User:Jmh649, User:Bluerasberry, User:FloNight: Ok, this is our 5 person newsletter team. We will send out the newsletter every two months. In those two months, everyone is responsible for just dumping content and links into the draft page. Each month, one rotating editor will be responsible for turning that content into an organized and coherent whole. I will then send out the newsletter each month. This month we will all work together so that we can send out a draft by June 1 and I will send it out. In August, LT91001 will be 'editor', October it will be Jmh649...etc. I will post a schedule somewhere. So again: every two months we release, everyone dumps content and updates and links in the interim, a rotating editor will consolidate the content, I will send it out. Let's get to work :) Jake Ocaasi (talk) 14:17, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Lane, will you move the content from the revival page to WikiProject_Med/Newsletter/2 on meta? We have a global audience, so should draft here on meta with proper interwiki links and universal templates only. Can you do that?
  • Jmh649, will you update your recent work in Iran, Italy, and UCSF, and with the research you're planning to publish?
  • FloNight, will you give a Cochrane update?
  • Bluerasberry, will you cover education in NYC and Consumer reports?
  • LT91001, will you talk about English WikiProject Med activity and initiatives?
  • I will talk about Stanford, Cochrane Grants, and WikiTrauma.
Ocaasi (talk) 14:22, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Am in NYC. Do not get home until the 3rd of June. Further contribution from me will be delayed until I return. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 09:41, 28 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

Wrangling the probox[edit]

Hi Ocaasi, you posted on my talk page re: the last hangout. I have a quick question that might be overkill for the hangout. I'm finishing up the process of splitting the Art+Feminism grant into an IEG and a PEG grant, at your and User:Siko_(WMF)'s suggestion. I am having trouble adding three collaborators to the PEG probox. I was able to dig around and find the right variables for the IEG probox (grantee1, grantee2, etc), but I couldn't find the equivalent documentation for the PEG probox. Can you point me in the right direction, or tell me what the correct variable is to add additional group members? Thanks. --Theredproject (talk) 04:17, 27 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Theredproject. I'm pinging User:Siko (WMF) who designed the probox system, User:Jmorgan (WMF) who built it, and User:AWang (WMF) who is a PEG program officer. One of them will know! Ocaasi (talk) 17:28, 28 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
Hi Theredproject. For PEG, we only require 2 contacts if it is an organization or group. But, if you'd like to add additional contacts, you can edit the probox directly and create a new line under "|contact2=", using this language: "|contact3=", "|contact4=", etc. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 17:30, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
Thanks Alex Wang (WMF) for clarification. --Theredproject (talk) 22:42, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

A cup of coffee for you[edit]

Thanks for the comments today! --Pine 18:53, 28 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Draft / Proposed[edit]

Hi Ocaasi, I think you left a message intended to kbalavignesh on Grants talk:IEG/Expo 2015: Contributing to Wikipedia at Expo 2015. It seems to me that our project is already in the PROPOSED. please let me know if maybe I am misunderstanding and please do not hesitate to provide any advice. thanks, --iopensa (talk) 17:26, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply


I feel so pressured "as the deadline is September 30th." I would say, "if you miss the September 30th option, the next chance for Wikimedia Foundation review will be on..." Should I panic or just wait for next time? I do not even have my own proposal and I feel worried. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:53, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Lane, I'm sorry that I used language that made you feel pressured. You're right, I should emphasize that "the deadline for this round is October 1st. (Note, if you are not ready yet you can keep developing your draft for next round." Our priority at the moment is getting people into this round, but after the 'deadline' passes, I will go around and inform drafters who didn't finalize their proposals that they can keep working on them. Thanks for the feedback. Jake Ocaasi (talk) 18:56, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
When is the next deadline? Do not feel bad I am easily pressured. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:57, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
IEG happens twice a year so the next round will have proposals due in 6 months. The schedule is posted on Grants:IEG. Hope that helps. Jake Ocaasi (talk) 19:11, 29 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Ebola translation task force (draft)[edit]

Hi! I started an Ebola translation task force (draft) to hopefully quickly get some Ebola related translations in local African languages. I'd love to see your input (and edits) Guaka (talk) 12:11, 27 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

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I have removed my name from the Insight projects[edit]

I have removed my name from all the Insight projects. I think a lot of them have potential, are good ideas and offer a good opportunity to make things better for the projects. Unfortunately, there is a clear bias to finding sexism whether it exists or not so I have no desire to participate in them. If they are going to be treated as though oppose votes and negative comments don't matter, which are important to project success BTW, I have no desire to be a part of them. You will find plenty of yes men and women out there who will be glad to slap their name on them and add them to their Wiki resume's but I am not one of them. Reguyla (talk) 23:57, 5 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi Reguyla, I respect your decision but ultimately think then you are another casualty of a shitty discourse. It sounds like your perspective and thoughtfulness would actually be quite helpful and I encourage you to do what makes you happy by digging in to the projects you actually care about. Anyways, that's what makes me happy. Best, Jake Ocaasi (talk) 23:59, 5 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Thanks but I have spent the last 2 years being raked over the coals for trying to change the abusive atmosphere on Wikipedia and my criticism of abusive admins ended up getting me indef blocked from that project. I can see these already getting an extremely negative reaction and result and I have no desire to get involved in another series of one sided projects that are clearly biased from the start and have no possibility of providing anything positive for the projects. Good luck. Reguyla (talk) 00:07, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
For context, Ocaasi, Reguyla is quite clearly Kumioko. Ironholds (talk) 00:14, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
As though that should matter. It does not! Reguyla (talk) 01:16, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
I feel like when someone is making the argument "don't fix those problems, fix my problems!" the fact that they're an indefinitely banned user is worth factoring in. For example: you clearly have something to gain as a banned user who feels they were banned due to a cabal of corrupt and conspiring admins from an effort to make admins behave differently. You clearly don't have anything to gain, as a male, from a campaign to improve the gender balance on Wikipedia. And so when you come into a discussion and argue that fixing women-specific problems isn't necessary but what is necessary is fixing problems that you just-so-happen to impact to get a benefit from changes to, it is absolutely a relevant thing to surface. Ironholds (talk) 01:46, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
No Ironholds it is completely irrelevant who I was. I'm not sure how advocating that Wikipedia needs to do better about its toxic and uninviting atmosphere that has proven time and time again to cause people to leave is "my" problem. But since I have actively advocated for that, as well as fair and equal treatment to editors and an end to the us and them mentality and double standards between admins and editors on Wikipedia, I guess you have a point that those are "my" problems I would like to see fixed. Your also right that I am effectively indefinitely banned from ENWP which is actually a 6 month block they continually push out to keep me from editing effectively making it indefinite. They manipulated policy to get the ban in the first place and eventhough the community made it a 6 month block in August some will actively do whatever they can/have to to keep it going. So no, I also do not expect to gain anything other than the satisfaction that y participation helped that project in some way inspite of those who are NOT there to build an encyclopedia keeping me from editing in what has become a petty, vindictive and clearly punitive block. I am not expecting to be unblocked on EN regardless of what I do or do not do here so there is nothing for me to gain other than a project I feel passionately about improving, Frankly Ironholds, I don't think you care. I really don't and its fine with me that you don't like me, the feeling is mutual. I think you are a yes man who is just riding the tide to your next paycheck so I couldn't care less how you feel about me. I tried to actively change the project and I got banned for the trouble. I also find it offensive for you to tell me I don't care about woman specific issues, I do care. But I also care about issues that are bigger that need to be fixed if there is a meaningful result from recruiting more women. If the editing environment is toxic, they aren't going to stay and ignoring that because you don't like me is petty, stupid and misses an opportunity to improve the project. I would gladly participate in some of those projects but I am not going to do that when its clear that the outcome is going to be a project that has been manipulated to meet some imagined goal. Data is data, but it can be twisted and interpreted to say whatever we want. I see a lot of statistics and surveys where I work and I know they are easily manipulated. Anyway, I am walking away from those projects now so it doesn't matter. You guy's can just ok them or whatever, its fine with me. There is no reason to keep discussing this now pointless issue. Reguyla (talk) 02:22, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I'm replying to this thread at 9:56pm EST because I'm riding the tide to my next paycheck. A lovely theory. And yes, there is an us versus them mentality, and you're absolutely trying to destroy it with your talk about how "they manipulated policy to get the ban in the first place". And sure, you're staying away - just like all the other times you've stayed away. In fact, I'll make a deal on that point; if you say "whatever, I'm leaving" and actually don't contribute to Wikimedia projects for six solid months, I'll be so startled I'll agree right now to support any request for unblock you have. Ironholds (talk) 02:58, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
First, there is no reason for me not to contribute to Wikimedia projects or 6 months and to do so would not be a benefit to them or the edits I would do during that time. Secondly, I haven't done anything in months that could be argued as negative. Show me an edit I have done since July that wasn't a positive contribution! I have no intention to leave and in fact there is nothing preventing me from doing a positive edit to ENWP block or no block. Anyone who knows me and my history will know that getting around a block to edit is a trivial thing and they would also know that I always identified myself. I never hid or misled anyone about who I was even when people tried to prevent me from using my username. So your arguments about staying away are really pointless and don't even reflect a point, which is common from you unfortunately. Reguyla (talk) 03:04, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
May I suggest that you either take this to another venue (not Ocaasi's talk page) or drop this matter altogether? I don't think this discussion is relevant to Ocaasi at this point (but I may be wrong). PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:10, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
I concur with dropping the matter entirely. Reguyla (talk) 03:18, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

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Hi Ocassi. I have submitted two proposals namely Wikipedia Takes Rinconada and Run for Free Knowledge. For your comments and endorsement. Thank you very much. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:24, 27 July 2015 (UTC)Reply

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Inspire Campaign on content curation & review[edit]

I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:39, 29 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

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Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants[edit]

Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.

With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 15:57, 31 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Learning Quarterly: April 2016[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 3 / Issue 8 / April 2016
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Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,

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Learning Quarterly: July 2016[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 3 / Issue 9 / July 2016
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Books on demographics[edit]

Hi. Please help me to buy demographic books for rural settlements of the Irkutsk region. They are sold, for example, book of 2016 for about $12. Sale 8 books for the 2009-2016 years. Please give me a grant to purchase them (about $100). I already addressed with such a request, but due to lack of online store is your man is not able to buy books. If possible, move me money, I'll buy myself and give you documents. I write a lot about the population of Russia. I was awarded in 2014 and 2016 wiki-awards (see Игорь Темиров). I am currently working on porting all the data about population on wikidata. Sincerely, Игорь Темиров (talk) 07:26, 24 September 2016 (UTC)Reply

Whose Knowledge? user group update[edit]

Hi Ocaasi! Thanks for joining the Whose Knowledge user group - we’re so glad to have you involved!

Here are some updates about recent activities:

  • User group approved: Our user group was officially approved in October - hooray! Big thanks to Raystorm and FloNight for the idea to create a user group for the Whose Knowledge? campaign :)
  • Mapping feminist knowledge at AWID's 2016 Forum: Interested in learning more about what we’ve been doing lately? Read our blog post on what we learned from mapping feminist knowledge at Association for Women's Rights in Development's 2016 Forum.
  • New grant proposal:
    • We’ve proposed a WMF project grant. It would be great to have your feedback and/or endorsement by November 1 if this project interests you!
    • It would also be great to have your help notifying communities already working on systemic bias about this proposal. Here is a draft message - please translate, change as you see fit for your own context, and share in any communities you’re active in on and off-wiki.

Looking forward to doing more together very soon! Siko (talk) 01:23, 18 October 2016 (UTC)Reply

Learning Quarterly: October 2016[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 3 / Issue 10 / October 2016
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Learning Quarterly: February 2017[edit]

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Whose Knowledge? News - February 2017[edit]

Thanks for all of your support for Whose Knowledge? so far! Get ready, we're going to need lots of your help in 2017 :)

What's new in 2017:

1. Volunteers needed

As Whose Knowledge? grows, there are lots of things to do! Can you help?

  • Are you good with data entry, categories, mailing lists or social media? We especially need people to help with organizing knowledge for Dalit History Month, and building out our communications (including this monthly newsletter!) right now!
  • If you're interested in volunteering for these or any other projects, please signup here

2. Pilot projects

Building partnerships and testing our approach with marginalized communities.

  • Dalit History Month: We're working with Equality Labs to support Dalit communities in South Asia and the United States to map knowledge and create Wikipedia content. Dalit History Month edit-a-thons are coming in April!
  • Women's Human Rights Defenders: In partnership with Urgent Action Fund, we'll be supporting a group of women's human rights defenders around the world with more mapping and wiki content creation. Themes and geographies coming soon!
  • Kumeyaay Wikipedia Initiative: Following the 2016 Indigenous People's Day edit-a-thon, we're continuing to work with members of the Kumeyaay tribe in Southern California and Baja to map and contribute indigenous knowledge to Wikimedia projects. A discussion day with Kumeyaay community in San Diego is being planned for May.

3. Funding

We've got financial support for 2017!

  • WMF grant: 6-month funding (February-July 2017) was approved to pilot our approach to mapping knowledge and creating Wikipedia content with the Dalit community and global women's human rights defenders. Thanks for all your endorsements!
  • Shuttleworth Fellowship: Anasuya is a Shuttleworth Fellow! This means we'll be able to spend more time organizing, and have support for convenings, campaign infrastructure, etc.

4. Wikimedia Strategy

Find us at Wikimedia Conference.

  • Anasuya and Siko will be carrying the Whose Knowledge? vision of diversity, pluralism and representation of marginalized communities into movement strategy conversations in Berlin March 2017.
  • What's your vision for the Wikimedia movement? If you have a perspective that you'd like us to help represent in Berlin, please reach out and let us know!

In solidarity,

Siko (talk) 22:04, 7 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

Whose Knowledge?: [April 2017][edit]

Whose Knowledge News
April 2017 • Volume 1 • Issue 2
Activities and Events:
Dalit History Month Events; Wikimania 2017 submissions
Resources lists
Wikimedia Movement:
Wikimedia Strategy: Knowledge is Global
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Learning Quarterly: May 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 12 / May 2017
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We're on Twitter![edit]

WikiLGBT is on Twitter!
Hello Ocaasi!
Follow the Wikimedia LGBT user group on Twitter at @wikilgbt for news, photos, and other topics of interest to LGBT Wikipedans and allies. Use #wikiLGBT to share any Wiki Loves Pride stuff that you would like to share (whether this month or any day of the year) or to alert folks to things that the LGBT Wikipedan community should know. RachelWex (talk)

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Whose Knowledge?: [July 2017][edit]

Whose Knowledge News
July 2017 • Volume 1 • Issue 3
Activities and Events:
Okvir pilot in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Wikimania 2017
Emancipatory Design Research
Wikimedia Movement:
Letter from Buenos Aires
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Learning Quarterly: August 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 13 / August 2017
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Wikipedia Library User Group is being renamed![edit]

Hello! In the past few months, the Wikipedia Library User Group has been undergoing some major planning and developments. We just finished our very first open call with the user group members, which was a great success (see the meeting minutes). If you joined us during the meeting, we’d like to thank you for your interest. If not, not to worry, we have lots of things planned for the user group in which you can participate.

This message is to inform you that based on the input received from the user group members and the founding members, it was agreed that the Wikipedia Library User Group’s name be reconsidered by a voting process. As a valued member of the user group, we’d like to invite you to vote on the list of potential names. You can vote by following this link. The poll will run for a timeframe of two weeks. Sent by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:59, 17 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

Learning Quarterly: October 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 13 / August 2017
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Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election[edit]

Hi Ocaasi! As promised by the Wikipedia Library team at the inception of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, we are conducting an open-election for the steering committee with 5 to 8 positions. Nominations will be accepted from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, you can nominate yourself starting January 2nd next year. This position should attract Wikipedians and librarians with dedication and time to lead the user group in its first year. The elections will happen following the nominations phase starting from 10 January 2018 to 23 January 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WikiLibraryUG [at] googlegroups [dot] com. A message will be sent shortly before the dates linking to the venue for nominations and election. Thank you! On behalf of the user group founding members--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:40, 13 December 2017 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Nomination Phase[edit]

Hello again Ocaasi! As stated in our previous message, nominations for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee elections are now open and will remain open until the 9th. If you are interested and have read the instructions, please nominate yourself on the election page. Please forward your queries to libraries(_AT_), and for private correspondence, please get in touch with one of the founding members. And finally, wishing you a prosperous and happy new year on behalf of the user group founding members! On behalf of the user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 3 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Updates on the user group election and #1Lib1Ref[edit]

Hi everyone, two quick but important updates:

Timeline for nominations and voting[edit]

  • Nominations are extended until 12 January 2018.
  • Candidates will be lightly vetted by the Founding Members (excluding those who are candidates) to help form a well-functioning committee.
  • Vetting will happen from the 13th up to 21 January 2018.
  • Voting will begin on the 22nd of January and end on the 4th of February.
  • To be able to vote, editors must have joined the usergroup before the 21st of January.
  • Results will be announced on or before the 10th of February.

How you can support #1lib1ref[edit]

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 10 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting Phase[edit]

Hello once again! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2018 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group by 21 January 2018, you are eligible to vote. As mentioned under the instructions for voters, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Learning Quarterly: January 2018[edit]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Results[edit]

Hello everyone! The steering committee election for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group is finally over and the results you were patiently awaiting for is here! We had many great candidates with awesome skillsets and experience, unfortunately not everyone could make it to the final eight. We are grateful to all the candidates for stepping up and boldly throwing their hat in the ring. It was a difficult choice and they made it. Now, the results. The candidates who made it to the final eight are,

On behalf of the founding members, the TWL team and the user group members, we congratulate the candidates on their successful run and welcome them to the committee. The steering committee and the founding members will soon meet to discuss the handover and next steps of the user group. Thank you--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:56, 16 February 2018 (UTC)Reply


Hi, I saw that you are at Wikimedia and Libraries User Group/Members. I am in contact with a Brazilian university library and would like ideas of partnerships. May you help me? Thanks,--Felipe da Fonseca (talk) 21:39, 24 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

What's new from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group[edit]

Hi Ocaasi! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Yes, you heard that right! We are now officially known as the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (previously, Wikipedia Library User Group). New group contacts are User:Merrilee and User:Sodapopinski7. The elected steering committee has been meeting twice a month ever since their election, working on the organisation and details of user group functioning. Progress is being made and we'd like to keep the members updated.
  • The committee decided to use the libraries(_AT_) and has started making announcements on the list. Please join the list for future announcements and for internal discussions and communications.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (May 14-15, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


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Learning Quarterly: June 2018[edit]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group updates and Wikimania[edit]

Hi Ocaasi! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Thank you for participating in the poll to help the steering committee plan activities for the year 2018. We received 84 responses, and the results can be found on the resources page. In addition to that, there are a few more things we'd like to share with you.

If you are attending Wikimania,

Bon voyage and have a wonderful Wikimania!

If you are not attending Wikimania, we have you covered too!

  • Please help us plan activities for this year by sharing your suggestions on how to implement the top two ideas from the poll results. The discussion is open on the user group talk page.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (June 28-29, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


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Sign-up for Whose Knowledge? on-line newsletter[edit]

Hi everybody,

We are leaving the wiki newsletter format behind and venturing into the email newsletter format. We'd love to keep sharing our projects and adventures with you all! You can sign up here to make that happen.

See you all there!

With love & solidarity,

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The Community Wishlist Survey[edit]


You get this message because you’ve previously participated in the Community Wishlist Survey. I just wanted to let you know that this year’s survey is now open for proposals. You can suggest technical changes until 11 November: Community Wishlist Survey 2019.

You can vote from November 16 to November 30. To keep the number of messages at a reasonable level, I won’t send out a separate reminder to you about that. /Johan (WMF) 11:25, 30 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
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Wiki Project Medicine Foundation Membership[edit]

Membership renewal

Dear Wiki Project Med Supporter, you are receiving this message as you have shown interest in supporting Wiki Project Med in the past. As our organization grows and evolves, we want to be able to verify peoples ongoing interest in being involved. To that end, the board has decided to require renew of membership every two years. So -- whether you are a current member or not, please fill out our updated membership form, to ensure your membership till the end of 2020. Please note -- We ask that you fill out the form by Feb 3rd, as we are close to elections and only members can nominate themselves for the board and vote!

Best, Shani & Doc James. 01:57, 28 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting Phase[edit]

Hello Ocaasi! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2019 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group before 28 February 2019, you are eligible to vote. Not unlike last year, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the steering committee,


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Hello Ocaasi. This is to confirm I got your email and that I'll try to have it replied today. I would like to apologize for the delay in replying to it in advance. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 17:43, 30 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Library request[edit]

Hi Jake! I hope you have been well. Could you please make sure that [2] is available on the Scots Wikipedia as per its free release? Thanks again! James Salsman (talk) 17:44, 2 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

It's not free. As per its Copyright & Terms of Use page: Our websites and apps make available parts of that data to you solely for non-commercial research purposes (such as private reference, personal research, background research for authors, and the provision of teaching materials). It is, however, not an open dataset; beyond limited extracts of up to a few hundred words which are necessary for your research or teaching, you may not reproduce, copy or transmit any part of the data on this site without an explicit licence from Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Researchers must ensure that their use of the SLD data does not breach these conditions of use, especially with regards to quantity of data accessed and reproduction or transmission of such data. We must protect and safeguard the copyright of this data under the conditions of our funders, and also because all royalties and other income from the SLD data are used for postgraduate studentships to support the ongoing work of our editions and projects.
The second link specifically mentions that it's free for schools, not that it's free for anyone to use.
Regards, 19:04, 2 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

Invitation to participate in Universal Code of Conduct survey - WikiWomen's User Group[edit]

(You are receiving this message as you signed your interest to participate as part of the WikiWomen's User Group)

Hello, my name is Mervat Salman, a UCoC Facilitator, Trust and Safety team.

As you know, the WMF Board of Trustees ratified the Universal Code of Conduct early in February. That's the beginning; the policy itself cannot be used if the enforcement pathways are not defined. The implementation and enforcement of the UCoC requires the continuous cooperation to define clear definitions of enforcement pathways and processes. This needs to be done in a way that does not contradict with the internal bylaws and codes of conduct currently in place, but rather to support them and complement their deficiencies, if any.

In this phase of the process, we would like to invite you to share your ideas, thoughts and concerns about the UCoC implementation, reporting and enforcement pathways using this survey:

Notice: This survey will be conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement <>.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

Best regards,

Mervat (WMF) 17:01, 9 April 2021 (UTC)Reply

The Wikimedia LGBTQ+ User Group is holding online working days in May. If you’re an active Wikimedian, editing on LGBTQ+ issues or if you identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, come help us set goals, develop our organisation and structures, consider how to respond to issues faced by Queer editors, and plan for the next 12 months.

We will be meeting online for 3 half-days, 14–16 May at 1400–1730 UTC. While our working language is English, we are looking to accommodate users who would prefer to participate in other languages, including translation facilities.

More information, and registration details, at QW2021.--Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group 15:46, 24 April 2021 (UTC)

Whose Knowledge? Drop-in July 2022 invitation[edit]

Whose Knowledge? logo

Over the next 2 weeks, we want to invite Whose Knowledge? User Group members to a community conversation about the upcoming Board of Trustees election. We’re also testing these drop-ins as a great way to be in touch, and establish periodic check-ins with our community.

There will be 2 informal drop-in sessions on different days and times. Please come to the session that works best for you:

  • Drop-in 1: Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 12pm UTC
  • Drop-in 2: Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6pm UTC

To learn more, visit the event page. If you can't join us, but you are interested in the conversation, we’d be more than happy to hear from you on our Talk page!

Just a gentle disclaimer: You are getting this message because you have signed up as a member of Whose Knowledge? User Group. We will send invitations like this from time to time, but we promise not to burden your Talk page. Feel free to unsubscribe from the distribution list.

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Queering Wikipedia 2023 conference[edit]

Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group and the organizing team of Queering Wikipedia is delivering the Queering Wikipedia 2023 Conference for LGBT+ Wikimedians and allies, as a hybrid, bilingual and trans-local event. It is online on 12, 14 and 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia #IDAHOBIT, with offline events at around 10 locations on 5 continents in the 5-day span as QW2023 Nodes.

The online program is delivered as a series of keynotes, panels, presentations, workshops, lightning talks and creative interventions, starting on Friday noon (UTC) with the first keynote of Dr Nishant Shah entitled: I spy, with my little AI — Wikiway as a means to disrupt the ‘dirty queer’ impulses of emergent AI platforms. Second keynote is at Sunday’s closure by Esra’a Al Shafei, Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees vice chair, entitled: Digital Public Spaces for Queer Communities.

If you have been an active Wikimedian or enthusiast, supporting LGBT+ activities or if you identify as part of the larger LGBT+ community and allies in Wikimedia, please join us in advancing this thematic work. We encourage you to join online or in person with fellow Wikimedians if it is easy and safe to do so. Our working languages are English and Spanish, with possible local language support at sites of Nodes.

Registration for the online event is free and is open until Wednesday May 10th at 18:00 UTC, for safety protocol. Late event registration approval and event access denial is at the discretion of organizers.

More information, and registration details, may be found on Meta at QW2023

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Invitation to participate in the photo contest Unpacking Body Plurality in Sports 2023[edit]

English Dear Ocaasi,

We’re excited to share with you our first-ever art and photo contest for this year’s #VisibleWikiWomen, on Unpacking Body Plurality in Sports!

We’re inviting submissions of photos, illustrations, and other forms of art depicting womxn and non-binary people in sports — as athletes, fans, cheerleaders, referees, journalists, and much more. Our #VisibleWikiWomxn contest celebrates the bodies of womxn in sports by centering their voices, images, stories, and experiences in all their diversity, plurality, and glory.

You can find all the information on our landing page: Unpacking Body Plurality in Sports

Spanish Hola Ocaasi,

Queremos invitarte a participar de nuestro primer concurso de arte y fotografía "Cuerpos plurales en el deporte" en el marco de la campaña #VisibleWikiWomen de este año.

Estamos convocando a presentar fotos, ilustraciones y otras formas de arte que representen a mujeres y personas no binarias en el deporte - atletas, personas aficionadas, animadoras, árbitras, periodistas y personas ligadas al deporte en todos los aspectos. Nuestro concurso #VisibleWikiWomxn celebra los cuerpos de las mujeres en el deporte centrándose en sus voces, imágenes, historias y experiencias en toda su diversidad, pluralidad y gloria.

Puedes encontrar toda la información en la página del concurso.

Portuguese Olá Ocaasi,

Ficamos felizes em convidar você a participar de nossa primeira Wiki-competição de arte e fotografia, como parte da campanha #VisibleWikiWomen deste ano, sobre "Corpos plurais no esporte"!

Estamos recebendo fotos, ilustrações, e outras formas de arte que retratem mulheres e pessoas não-binárias nos esportes — como atletas, torcedoras, juízas, jornalistas, e muito mais. Nossa competição #VisibleWikiWomxn celebra os corpors de mulheres e pessoas não-binárias e coloca ao centro suas vozes, imagens, histórias, e experiências em toda sua pluralidade e glória.

Você pode encontrar todas as informações necessárias em nossa página: Unpacking Body Plurality in Sports.

Mariana Fossatti (talk) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:49, 20 October 2023 (UTC)Reply