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  • [Strategic Proposals (Call)] – the Strategic Planning team has sent out a call for proposals. They’d like to encourage people to put their ideas into proposals for what the Wikimedia movement should be doing over the next five years. What’s more is that you can write it in the language of your choice.





  • [GLAM-WIKI] – GLAM-Wiki, Wikimedia Australia’s conference for galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and how they can collaborate with Wikimedia, is being held this week (August 6-7) and a live “play-by-play” can be found via twitter.
  • [Simple Wikipedia] – this little known Wikipedia works since 2004 on a encyclopedia that is using fewer words and easier grammar then the English Wikipedia. The small community has managed to get again at the 54,000 articles mark, after falling down 2000 articles due to a quality cleanup. For those who find other Wikipedias has become to large to be happy there a small project like Simple could be attractive.
  • [WMNL: Partnership] – just in time for GLAM-WIKI, Wikimedia Nederland officially announced a partnership with the Tropenmuseum (one of the largest museums in the Netherlands). This new partnership will bring over 2100 high quality images to the Wikimedia Commons!
  • [Wiki-Conference NY] – is hosting a few videos of the proceedings at Wiki-Conference New York, so far Jimmy Wales’s keynote and Cary Bass’s OTRS presentation have been published but more will come soon.
  • [IRC Meeting] – a general IRC meeting was hosted by the Group Contacts. There was a high number of participants (~80 people) and a wide array of topics, from contacting the GCs and new cloak options to public logging and alternate channel management techniques.
  • [WMDE: Report from the Office] – the new Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland, Pavel Richter, has published his first “Report from the Office” on the WMDE blog. He shares his new priorities and introduces himself.



  • [comScore: down to #5] – Facebook is now the 4th largest site in the world and has pushed the Wikimedia Foundation down to the 5th largest web property. Wikipedia is still far above an beyond the most popular non commercial website. By the way; the ranking of Wikizine is 50% up to become the 2,983,528th most popular site :)    (Source:Alexa)
  • [African Wikipedias] – Swahili Wikipedia “has raced ahead with great momentum” and surpassed Afrikaans as the largest African Wikipedia by number of articles. There’s also stats about the other African Wikipedias and sister projects.
  • [Wikipedias] – the Spanish Wikipedia has reached 500,000 articles, the Lithuanian Wikipedia has reached 90,000, and the Latin Wikipedia reached 30,000 articles with the addition of “Magninovilla”.
  • [EN Wikinews] – Not really a direct goal of Wikinews to have many “articles” but nevertheless the English language Wikinews has surpassed 15,000 news stories.

Other news

  • [wikiHow&MediaWiki] – wikiHow showcased an interesting article (on its twitter feed) about how to make a MediaWiki skin, worth a read if you’re ever in the need for a new skin. :-)
  • [Mobile Feedback] – the Mobile Wikipedia site requested feedback from its users and got a few interesting results, you might get a laugh out of them!
  • [Correction: WMUK&Schools] – we previously reported that the new WMUK schools project was about revisiting its “Wikipedia Version for Schools” project. This is actually a new initiative, one focused on going into schools and teaching the staff and students how to effectively use and contribute to Wikipedia.
  • [Wiktionary users] – Dvortygirl posted an interesting blog post about the type of users who are attracted to writing a dictionary. She found that most of the people in the #wiktionary IRC channel all shared similar characteristics to her (and a Dutch Wiktionary visitor), more information in the blog post.


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