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Wikimédia France Report
October 2012

Association’s actions for the past few weeks

A Wikipedia Framakey flash drive was launched recently in partnership with Framasoft (fr.wp), a network dedicated to free software, and Kiwix, which works on offline uses of Wikipedia. It is an offline distribution of Wikipedia on the Framakey, which is a Framasoft project consisting in installing a selection of free softwares on a flash drive: office automation, education, graphics, web, etc. The Wikipedia Framakey flash drive contains all common free softwares and a complete version of Wikipedia in French. It is mainly designed for poorly connected areas and for educational uses.

Read the blog post and the press release on the association website.

On Saturday 13, Rémi Mathis took part in the program Le Grand Bain of Sonia Devillers on the French national radio France Inter from 4 to 5 PM to talk about Wikipedia.

Listen to the program « Le cas Wikipedia » (The Wikipedia Case) on France Inter website.

Board of Trustees

On October 24, two members of the Board successively hand in their resignation: Florence Devouard, Deputy Chair, then Caroline Becker, Deputy Treasurer. They both stay members of Wikimédia France.

After the resignation in last September of Willie Robert, three seats of the Board are currently vacant. They should be filled during the next General Assembly on December 1st, 2012.

Working groups’ actions


In October, two blogposts were published on the assocation’s blog. One was about Wiki Loves Monuments' admission in the Guiness World Records Book and the other about the new video player on Wikipedia.


This month, the working group met remotely to prepare the "Rencontres Wikimédia 2012" (Wikimedia Meetings). The program is on its finalisation phase, inscriptions are open.

See the program on the dedicated website.

On October 2, Carol Ann run introductory workshops about Wikipedia for six classes of high school students in Limay (Yvelines, near Paris).


The project of improvement of the Damville article (fr.wp) on Wikipédia by ten-year-old pupils from this city (Normandy, Western France) went on with an online workshop on October 16, focusing on Wikipedia functionning and the creation of a user account for each pupil.


On October 17, the "Wikiconcours des lycéens" project(Wikicontest for secondary-school-students) with five Toulousean schools began by meeting the teachers to prepare the project. The next step is training the teaching staff to browsing and wiki mark-up on November 14.


The association, represented by its Chair Rémi Mathis and its Programs Director Adrienne Alix, was heard on Friday, October 19, as part of the consultation of the Mission Culture - acte 2 ("Culture Mission - act 2") a commission directed by Pierre Lescure (fr.wp) for the Ministry of Culture about cultural contents and digital practices.

Listen the recording of this hearing on the Ministry’s website.

Research and university

This month Rémi Bachelet, supported by the Wikimédia France Research Award judges, worked on the abstracts of the five shortlisted scientific papers. The announce and beginning of the votes by the community to choose the winner is delayed to January 2013, after the fundraising.

See the competing articles on Meta and the website dedicated to the price.



  • Contributors to the 51th monthly newsletter in French (from which this report is derived) : Bapti, CarolAnnO and Wikinade with Benjism89 and Zetud.
  • Contributors to this newsletter: Seb35.