Wikimedia CH/Newsletter/042016

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Please find Wikimedia CH's April newsletter.
If you wish to share an event or activity through this newsletter, please feel free to send us a message at Happy reading!


  • Meet Jenny Ebermann: WMCH's Executive Director

Grown up in Brussels, of German nationality and since more than 9 years living in Switzerland, Jenny Ebermann joins Wikimedia CH as the organisation’s new Executive Director. With over 18 years of successful multicultural, cross-functional and virtual team management, she possesses hands-on experience in the Public Sector, International Organizations, NGOs and Multinational Corporations (B2B/ B2C) in various countries and continents.
At Wikimedia CH, one of her first undertakings will be to lead the Board and staff into a vision finding workshop, setting the frame for the future of the organisation. As a next step, main contributors and members from the community will be asked to get together for a creative brainstorming, where the programme and strategic priorities for the future will be decided out of a collaborative effort. In Jenny’s view, the keys for leading the path into the future, lies in engaging and enabling the community as well as making the organisation more visible as a key partner and actor in Switzerland. Ensuring at the same time that Wikimedia CH’s vision is aligned with Foundation guidelines and frameworks will allow us subsequently, to position us adequately in the ever changing environment of the Wikiverse.

  • General Assembly: April, 2nd 2016

On Saturday April 2nd, Wikimedia CH held its 10th General Assembly in the city of Lausanne, which was the opportunity to welcome our new Executive Director and renew our Board. We herewith present the elected Board members for the 2016/17 term (in alphabetical order):

  • Mauro Cassina
  • Dorian Credé (new)
  • Diego Hättenschwiler (new)
  • Ram Maheswaran, treasurer
  • Micha L. Rieser
  • Frédéric Schütz, vice president
  • Martin E. Walder (new)

We are delighted to welcome the new board members who will take up their functions on 8th of June 2016. At the same time we would like to wholeheartedly thank our outgoing board members Patrick Kenel, Stéphane Coillet-Matillon and Gabriel Thullen for all their efforts and commitment for Wikimedia CH.
Last but not least, you may find the minutes of this year's General Assembly here.


  • Wiki Loves Earth

The preparations for the Wiki Loves Earth Photo Contest in Switzerland, which will take place from May 1st until the 7th of June, have started. Please get in touch if you would like to participate in the selection of photos, communication or organization of local events! We're very glad to hear from you via

  • 2015 Picture of the Year competition

The 2015 Picture of the Year competition is now open. Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community. Images have been sorted into topic categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become the Picture of the Year. Users must vote with an account meeting following requirements: To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2015 page on Wikimedia Commons:

  • Le mois de la contribution francophone

For the french speaking community this month of March was a participatory month for contributions on Wikimedia projects all across the world. You may consult the page relating to all the global events that took place: here On top of the monthly "Let's fill the gender gap project" at the University of Geneva, two additional workshops took place in Romandie last month:

  • During a couple hours, 11 people met and created 9 articles with 4 people having created new accounts during the day.
  • Edit-a-thon with students from the HEG in Geneva on March 9th.
  • Let's fill the gender gap workshop

Join us for the last session of the second batch of 6 workshops on April, 12th at the University of Geneva. During this meet up, new contributors will present their articles and share their stories and experiences as contributors. It would be wonderful to welcome active members of our community to this event. You may find all the relevant information on the project page: here. The project is meeting a wonderful success with 42 women biographies created so far. Also, please note there are still registration possibilities for the last course of 6 workshops starting on April 19th, you may register to the event here. As a reminder, the workshop aims at providing additional visibility to women who meet the eligibility criteria for the online encyclopedia. You may join for free and learn in a friendly environment how to contribute to create an article on Wikipedia. You may check out all the next events on our website here.

Wikimania Esino Lario[edit]

Deadline extended 29 April 2016: get your scholarship to attend Wikimania

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Wikimedia CH is extending the deadline to grant scholarships to active contributors living in Switzerland in order to attend Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario. You can submit your application via email to Please note that the eligibility criteria to receive a grant is to be an active contributor to a Wikimedia project. Each person who will receive a grant is asked to commit to share your learnings & take aways from the event to your respective communities after the conference. Therefore we would appreciate if you could detail, in your application, how you intend to carry this in 1-2 sentences. The deadline for the application is pushed back to April 29th.


On MAy 11t Wikimedia CH will introduce Wikimedia projects and Wikidata to the librarians of Ticino. The presentation will be held at the Cantonal Library of Lugano and will explain also how Wikimedia projects are introducing semantic web in their own projects. The access to the training session is limited to actual librarians, but in June there will be a similar session open to the public managed together with the group of the Frontenders.


Date Event Location
12.04.2016 Let's fill the wiki gender gap Session 2 - workshop 2 University of Geneva
19.04.2016 Let's fill the wiki gender gap Session 3 - workshop 1 University of Geneva
23.04.2016 Wikipedia Stammtisch Solothurn Solothurn
03.05.2016 Let's fill the wiki gender gap Session 3 - workshop 2 University of Geneva
11.05.2016 Introduction of Wikimedia projects and Wikidata to the librarians Cantonal Library of Lugano
21.05.2016 Wikipedia Atelier Swiss National Library in Bern

Borrowing photographic equipment[edit]

If you are a member of the association or an active contributor, you are welcome to borrow photographic equipment, you may consult the list here. For any interests or questions, please get in touch with your community liaison.