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Description

Give a presentation about Wiki(m|p)edia, research, and possible pathways to engage with Wikimedia projects.

Date
2019-09-10.

Title
Research at the Service of Free Knowledge

Abstract
With 15 billion monthly pageviews, 10 million monthly edits, and
almost 50 million articles across 300+ languages, Wikipedia has become
a canonical part of the Free Knowledge ecosystem: not only by enabling
people to have access to knowledge, but also by empowering them to
participate in the discourse of writing the sum of all human
knowledge. In this presentation, I define the space Wikipedia operates
in today and position it not only in terms of what it directly brings
to the readers and editors on-site, but also in terms of the
technological advancements it has made possible to an array of
non-profit and for-profit companies. I will describe the role of
research for Wikipedia and present the research directions and key
global questions the Research team at Wikimedia Foundation works on
today.

Pointers to engage with the community

Event Timeline

leila triaged this task as Normal priority.Jul 29 2019, 8:28 PM
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@leila There might be some software development related volunteering opportunities/resources to point to from in here.

@leila : Let them know about Art&Feminism events, and how they can join one.

@srishakatux Thanks!

@Lrayshel23: can you point me to one place I can send them to to learn more? Shall I point them to http://www.artandfeminism.org/get-involved/ ?

Yes, I think that's the perfect place to send them.

LISA CONRAD

Digital Scholarship Librarian

lconrad@cca.edu | 510.594.3733

libraries.cca.edu | vault.cca.edu

Meyer Library, 5212 Broadway | Oakland | CA | 94618

Simpson Library, 1111 Eighth St. | San Francisco | CA | 94107

leila updated the task description. (Show Details)Jul 29 2019, 10:13 PM

@Lrayshel23 great. thanks. I updated the Description with this info.

Since Rotary a global organization, and two of their areas of focus around around clean water and eradicating polio, maybe point them to projects that would help them towards those goals. For example, finding local partners to help them with translation of articles and enrichment of key articles might be a terrific starting point. Also, translation of their own article (or at least having better representation of their work in key languages) might also assist them with their goals.

jcrben added a subscriber: jcrben.EditedAug 5 2019, 7:17 AM

Saw this at https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-sf/2019-July/thread.html

A good place to start looking for meetups anywhere is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup (WP:MEETUP) and the box at the bottom - from there you can get to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bay_Area_WikiSalon which is an event series that a few volunteers have been organizing.

Probably the best way to engage with the project is by registering an account and diving into the online world by making edits and joining the discussions - the offline world is no replacement and somewhat divorced in my experience - but if people show up to the WikiSalon, there are people like myself who are happy to provide whatever pointers I can in-person.

Also, we need speakers for these events, so maybe merging a talk into a WikiSalon meetup? We could send out an invite to our mailing list which has Wikimedia regulars to let them meet Rotary folks.

-Ben Creasy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ben_Creasy)

leila updated the task description. (Show Details)Mon, Aug 26, 9:00 PM
leila added a comment.Mon, Aug 26, 9:03 PM

Saw this at https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-sf/2019-July/thread.html
A good place to start looking for meetups anywhere is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup (WP:MEETUP) and the box at the bottom - from there you can get to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bay_Area_WikiSalon which is an event series that a few volunteers have been organizing.

Great. Thanks!

Probably the best way to engage with the project is by registering an account and diving into the online world by making edits and joining the discussions - the offline world is no replacement and somewhat divorced in my experience - but if people show up to the WikiSalon, there are people like myself who are happy to provide whatever pointers I can in-person.
Also, we need speakers for these events, so maybe merging a talk into a WikiSalon meetup? We could send out an invite to our mailing list which has Wikimedia regulars to let them meet Rotary folks.

I understand. It's late for this specific presentation as they have already advertised this to their folks and they have a very specific set-up (lunch times on day x of the month). I will keep this in mind for future presentations in SF and coordinate with you all when possible. Thanks for pointing it out. (One immediate issue is that I'm sure you all don't want to hear many times what Research at WMF does, but if the topic changes from each iteration to the next, I can imagine you all may be interested, too.)

-Ben Creasy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ben_Creasy)

leila updated the task description. (Show Details)Mon, Aug 26, 9:05 PM