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{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Signpost-article-start|{{{1|Your article's descriptive headline here}}}|By [[User:Jean-Frédéric|Jean-Frédéric]] and [[User:HaeB|HaeB]]|21 February 2011}}
 
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=== The Palace of Versailles: six-month residence for a Wikimedian===
 
=== The Palace of Versailles: six-month residence for a Wikimedian===
 
[[File:Versailles Garden.jpg|thumb|240px|The Palace of Versailles and its gardens]]
 
[[File:Versailles Garden.jpg|thumb|240px|The Palace of Versailles and its gardens]]
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==== Press coverage and community reactions ====
 
==== Press coverage and community reactions ====
 
[[File:A sculpture at the entrance to the palace of Versailles.jpg|thumb|240px|The chapter describes the partnership as the end of the [[Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns]] – Allegory of Peace at the entrance to the palace]]
 
[[File:A sculpture at the entrance to the palace of Versailles.jpg|thumb|240px|The chapter describes the partnership as the end of the [[Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns]] – Allegory of Peace at the entrance to the palace]]
<span class="plainlinks">The [http://www.wikimedia.fr/partenariat-avec-le-ch%C3%A2teau-de-versailles official announcement] was made on Tuesday, February 15, with a [http://www.wikimedia.fr/wikipedia-residence-ch%C3%A2teau-de-versailles press release] which was picked up in many media outlets (including [http://www.lemonde.fr/technologies/article/2011/02/15/wikipedia-au-chateau-de-versailles_1480648_651865.html ''[[Le Monde]]'']). Since then, Wikipedia and the partnership have been featured on the front page of the [http://www.chateauversailles.fr/ Palace of Versailles website]. See also the [http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/02/17/wikipedia-enters-the-sun-kings-court/ English-language] announcement on the Foundation's blog.
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The [http://www.wikimedia.fr/partenariat-avec-le-ch%C3%A2teau-de-versailles official announcement] was made on Tuesday, February 15, with a [http://www.wikimedia.fr/wikipedia-residence-ch%C3%A2teau-de-versailles press release] which was picked up in many media outlets (including [http://www.lemonde.fr/technologies/article/2011/02/15/wikipedia-au-chateau-de-versailles_1480648_651865.html ''[[Le Monde]]'']). Since then, Wikipedia and the partnership have been featured on the front page of the [http://www.chateauversailles.fr/ Palace of Versailles website]. See also the [http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/02/17/wikipedia-enters-the-sun-kings-court/ English-language] announcement on the Foundation's blog.
   
<span class="plainlinks">Early feedback from the French-speaking community was very positive. A mere few hours after the announcement on the Village Pump was kicked off a [[:fr:Projet:Château_de_Versailles|WikiProject dedicated to the Palace]], and a [[:fr:Portail:Château de Versailles|Portal]] quickly followed. The editor who created both pages stated that "if it is announced everywhere (and it is!) that a partnership between Wikipedia and the Palace of Versailles is going to happen, then we have to prove now our capacity to set up a discussion space for coordinating such a project". Benoît Evellin also outreaches to [[commons:Commons:Château de Versailles|Wikimedia Commons]], and the [[WP:GLAM/Château de Versailles|English-language Wikipedia]].
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Early feedback from the French-speaking community was very positive. A mere few hours after the announcement on the Village Pump was kicked off a [[:fr:Projet:Château_de_Versailles|WikiProject dedicated to the Palace]], and a [[:fr:Portail:Château de Versailles|Portal]] quickly followed. The editor who created both pages stated that "if it is announced everywhere (and it is!) that a partnership between Wikipedia and the Palace of Versailles is going to happen, then we have to prove now our capacity to set up a discussion space for coordinating such a project". Benoît Evellin also outreaches to [[commons:Commons:Château de Versailles|Wikimedia Commons]], and the [[WP:GLAM/Château de Versailles|English-language Wikipedia]].
   
<span class="plainlinks">Artinfo.com [http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37017/versailles-welcomes-wiki-geek-in-residence/ reported] that "the fact that experts at the institution will edit the articles generated by the project may raise some eyebrows, and French art site Artclair has already been wondering if contributors will still have the ability to modify the articles that are officially sanctioned by the château." Responding to community concerns about [[WP:original research|original research]], worrying that the Wikimedian in residence or Versailles experts might be tempted to add true but unverifiable facts, Evellin stated that "I do not plan to go evangelizing people around by shouting "Edit, edit!". I am here to teach people how to edit Wikipedia well, the same way I strive to teach newbies while patrolling. Among other things, I am working to explain that every piece of information must have one verifiable source. The Five Pillars were presented, and they will be again".
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Artinfo.com [http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37017/versailles-welcomes-wiki-geek-in-residence/ reported] that "the fact that experts at the institution will edit the articles generated by the project may raise some eyebrows, and French art site Artclair has already been wondering if contributors will still have the ability to modify the articles that are officially sanctioned by the château." Responding to community concerns about [[WP:original research|original research]], worrying that the Wikimedian in residence or Versailles experts might be tempted to add true but unverifiable facts, Evellin stated that "I do not plan to go evangelizing people around by shouting "Edit, edit!". I am here to teach people how to edit Wikipedia well, the same way I strive to teach newbies while patrolling. Among other things, I am working to explain that every piece of information must have one verifiable source. The Five Pillars were presented, and they will be again".
   
 
Asked about the first week, Benoît Evellin tells the ''Signpost'' it were busy days:
 
Asked about the first week, Benoît Evellin tells the ''Signpost'' it were busy days:
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===Foundation appoints "consultant for National Programs" in India, following search for National Program Director===
 
===Foundation appoints "consultant for National Programs" in India, following search for National Program Director===
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The Wikimedia Foundation has [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/225087 appointed] a "consultant for National Programs, India", whose role it will be "to design and implement specific pilot programs that encourage many more Indians to become contributors to our projects in Indic languages as well as English." The new position is being filled with Hisham Mundol, who was previously a consultant for the [[Public Health Foundation of India]], where he worked on "large-scale national programs on HIV/AIDS prevention". As Hisham Mundol said in [[m:IRC office hours/Office hours 2011-02-17|his first IRC office hours]], he speaks Hindi, Malayalam and English, and is currently based in Delhi.
 
The Wikimedia Foundation has [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/225087 appointed] a "consultant for National Programs, India", whose role it will be "to design and implement specific pilot programs that encourage many more Indians to become contributors to our projects in Indic languages as well as English." The new position is being filled with Hisham Mundol, who was previously a consultant for the [[Public Health Foundation of India]], where he worked on "large-scale national programs on HIV/AIDS prevention". As Hisham Mundol said in [[m:IRC office hours/Office hours 2011-02-17|his first IRC office hours]], he speaks Hindi, Malayalam and English, and is currently based in Delhi.
   
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=== Briefly ===
 
=== Briefly ===
*<span class="plainlinks">'''Upload of Nordic Museum image donation resumes:''' In November 2010, Wikimedia Sverige and the [[Nordic Museum]] (''{{lang|sv|Nordiska museet}}'') announced a long-term partnership which included a [[commons:Commons:Nordiska museet|multimedia donation of 1000 images]]. [[commons:Special:Contributions/Nordiskamuseet|Several hundreds]] were uploaded right away by the Museum. Per common practice, the upload was stalled and a [[commons:Commons:Batch uploading/Nordiska Museet|discussion]] ensued about the batch upload, focusing on the extensive metadata provided by the Museum. [[User:Prolineserver|Prolineserver]] who undertook this work is now done and provided a [[commons:Special:Contributions/NordiskaMuseetBot|test-upload of 50 images]], which is open for feedback and improvements.
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*'''Upload of Nordic Museum image donation resumes:''' In November 2010, Wikimedia Sverige and the [[Nordic Museum]] (''{{lang|sv|Nordiska museet}}'') announced a long-term partnership which included a [[commons:Commons:Nordiska museet|multimedia donation of 1000 images]]. [[commons:Special:Contributions/Nordiskamuseet|Several hundreds]] were uploaded right away by the Museum. Per common practice, the upload was stalled and a [[commons:Commons:Batch uploading/Nordiska Museet|discussion]] ensued about the batch upload, focusing on the extensive metadata provided by the Museum. [[User:Prolineserver|Prolineserver]] who undertook this work is now done and provided a [[commons:Special:Contributions/NordiskaMuseetBot|test-upload of 50 images]], which is open for feedback and improvements.
 
*'''Google Art Project upload:''' [[User:Dcoetzee|Dcoetzee]], who started two weeks ago to extract high-resolution reproductions of artworks from the [[Google Art Project]] (see [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/News_and_notes#Echoes_of_the_NPG_public_domain_controversy:_Reuse_of_Google.27s_gigapixel_art_reproductions_debated_on_Commons|''Signpost'' coverage]]), [[:commons:Commons:Village_pump#Google_Art_Project_uploads_done|announced on Commons Village Pump]] he was done with the upload. He added that files which are not yet in the public domain were identified and ignored. It represents [[commons:Category:Google Art Project|more than 850 files]], which he calls for help in categorising and diffusing on projects. In distantly related news, the German Wikimedia chapter's [http://blog.wikimedia.de/2011/02/09/projekte-aktivitaten-von-wikimedia-deutschland-im-januar-2011/ monthly report for January] mentions that [[Harriet Bridgeman]], whose surname is well known from the losing party in [[Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.]] (the US court case that Dcoetzee's uploads and the use of countless other artwork reproductions on Wikimedia projects rely on), has been visiting Wikimedia GLAM events. She is in contact with Wikimedia Deutschland's Mathias Schindler about possible collaborations - "despite differing views about some questions of copyright" - where the chapter is aiming for the release of digital reproductions of public domain works.
 
*'''Google Art Project upload:''' [[User:Dcoetzee|Dcoetzee]], who started two weeks ago to extract high-resolution reproductions of artworks from the [[Google Art Project]] (see [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/News_and_notes#Echoes_of_the_NPG_public_domain_controversy:_Reuse_of_Google.27s_gigapixel_art_reproductions_debated_on_Commons|''Signpost'' coverage]]), [[:commons:Commons:Village_pump#Google_Art_Project_uploads_done|announced on Commons Village Pump]] he was done with the upload. He added that files which are not yet in the public domain were identified and ignored. It represents [[commons:Category:Google Art Project|more than 850 files]], which he calls for help in categorising and diffusing on projects. In distantly related news, the German Wikimedia chapter's [http://blog.wikimedia.de/2011/02/09/projekte-aktivitaten-von-wikimedia-deutschland-im-januar-2011/ monthly report for January] mentions that [[Harriet Bridgeman]], whose surname is well known from the losing party in [[Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.]] (the US court case that Dcoetzee's uploads and the use of countless other artwork reproductions on Wikimedia projects rely on), has been visiting Wikimedia GLAM events. She is in contact with Wikimedia Deutschland's Mathias Schindler about possible collaborations - "despite differing views about some questions of copyright" - where the chapter is aiming for the release of digital reproductions of public domain works.
 
[[File:Visualization_of_the_article_%27Michael_Jackson%27_on_%27sv.wikipedia.org%27.png|thumb|Visualization of the revision history of [[:sv:Michael Jackson]] by the "mwhistory" tool]]
 
[[File:Visualization_of_the_article_%27Michael_Jackson%27_on_%27sv.wikipedia.org%27.png|thumb|Visualization of the revision history of [[:sv:Michael Jackson]] by the "mwhistory" tool]]
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*'''Rich-text editing and newbies as top priorities''': The draft of a "[[strategy:Product Whitepaper|Product Whitepaper]] for the Wikimedia Foundation on the Strategy wiki was completed by [[strategy:Product_Whitepaper#Product_priority_recommendations|priority recommendations]] last week, sorting possible "product-focused" development efforts by the WMF into four categories of differing priority ("Great Movement Projects", "Strategic Opportunities", "Frontier Projects" and "Red Links"). For the top category, it nominated the development of a rich-text editing interface, and improvement of "the -1 to 100 edit experience" (which might include "welcoming strategies, user account creation as a key vector mentoring programs, changes to policies, procedures and implementations"). In related news, the Outreach team's "Account Creation Improvement Project" [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/225775 announced] that it is starting to test different versions of the "landing page" that greets newbies after the create their account.
 
*'''Rich-text editing and newbies as top priorities''': The draft of a "[[strategy:Product Whitepaper|Product Whitepaper]] for the Wikimedia Foundation on the Strategy wiki was completed by [[strategy:Product_Whitepaper#Product_priority_recommendations|priority recommendations]] last week, sorting possible "product-focused" development efforts by the WMF into four categories of differing priority ("Great Movement Projects", "Strategic Opportunities", "Frontier Projects" and "Red Links"). For the top category, it nominated the development of a rich-text editing interface, and improvement of "the -1 to 100 edit experience" (which might include "welcoming strategies, user account creation as a key vector mentoring programs, changes to policies, procedures and implementations"). In related news, the Outreach team's "Account Creation Improvement Project" [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/225775 announced] that it is starting to test different versions of the "landing page" that greets newbies after the create their account.
 
*'''WMF mid-year financial report''': A [http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/File:Jul-Dec'10_Mid-year_financials.pdf PDF file] containing the Wikimedia Foundation's mid-year financial report for July to December 2010 has been uploaded.
 
*'''WMF mid-year financial report''': A [http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/File:Jul-Dec'10_Mid-year_financials.pdf PDF file] containing the Wikimedia Foundation's mid-year financial report for July to December 2010 has been uploaded.
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