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State of wikimedia israel august 2010


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State of wikimedia israel august 2010

  1. 2. Quick facts <ul><li>WM IL founded in 2007 by 7 members. </li></ul><ul><li>Status: Formal NGO registered in the State of Israel Approved upon establishment as WMF chapter in IL. </li></ul><ul><li>Current no. of members: 26 </li></ul><ul><li>2010 budget: ~US$ 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Wikipedia: 105,500 entries </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Wikisource: 31,300 docs </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Wiktionary: 10,250 entries </li></ul>
  2. 3. Academic Outreach <ul><li>Two Wiki Academies : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Event for academics and professionals interested in Wikipedia and Wikis in general </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May 2009 and June 2010 at Tel Aviv University (~250 attendees). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki Academy 2011 will be part of Wikimania 2011 in Haifa! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PhysiWiki – writing contest for HEWP articles on science, co-organized by the Weizmann Institute of Science and Wikimedia Israel (May-Nov 2009) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review, sub-contest for images, and cash prizes </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. More Academic Outreach <ul><li>Collaboration with &quot;Africa Center&quot; in Ben Gurion University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach to enlist editors for African subject in WP projects from among BGU staff and students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned about student groups sent from BGU to African states on 3-month study and humanitarian expeditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipped and trained students with offline WP in French and Portuguese (relevant languages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with &quot;Hamakor&quot; (Israeli FOSS NGO) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Community Outreach <ul><li>“ Elef Millim” (“a thousand words/miles”) – Monthly photo hunts, which include guided tours. Entrance fees paid by WM-IL (when needed) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Result – more then 5100 pictures on commons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31 meetings so far. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sub-Project: “Wikipedia Loves Art” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobile Posters Exhibition – 20 large posters telling the story of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects </li></ul>
  5. 6. More Community Outreach <ul><li>Lectures – in educational conferences, companies, army units, schools, teaching colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Large reader survey in HEWP – 75% think HEWP is reliable ; 69% prefer it to any other encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3394 respondents; analyzed by WMIL member Prof. Uzi Vishne (Mathematics, Bar Ilan University) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Technological Outreach <ul><li>PikiWiki - Cooperation between the Israel Internet Association and Wikimedia Israel, in an effort to promote the concept of free content on the Web and documenting events relating to the history of Israel. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special website with Hebrew commons interface. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offline Hebrew Wikipedia on One Computer Per Child boxes (a collaboration with Wikimedia Switzerland and the WMF) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach to OCPC in Israeli Prime Minister's Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software development, QA, Localization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected delivery to children: December 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Quick information
  8. 10. Hebrew Wikipedia 100,000 articles celebration
  9. 11. <ul><li>Strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Small Budget, small events -> more press work </li></ul><ul><li>100,000 articles is a huge achievement for the Hebrew Wikipedia and to the Hebrew culture – it is your duty as a journalist to write about it! </li></ul><ul><li>Local stories for the press. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Press: </li></ul><ul><li>Weekend interview before the event; Wide Variety of magazine stories </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate press release (less then one hour after the 100k th article was written). </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: More than 30 news items on the “celebration day”, including Channel 2 midnight breaking news report and Channel 10 all day morning news ticker. </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>Marketing: </li></ul><ul><li>Cards with featured images from Commons with marketing and informative texts on their backs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short quote from the relevant article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;This picture is one of 5M media items on commons, 14.5M articles, 100,000 on them are in Hebrew that available free of charge and for free usage on Wikipedia”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Vision statement (“Imagine a world…”) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>T-shirts – With 100k celebration logo for every active editor on HE-WP (about 120). </li></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>Editors’ meet-up - Hosted by the Tel Aviv University. </li></ul>
  13. 20. “ Crown Copyright” legislation reform a.k.a. “Wikipedia Law”
  14. 21. <ul><li>WM-IL followed the legislation of the new (2007) copyright law, and managed to prevent lengthening copyright on photos by decades . </li></ul><ul><li>The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee held special session on the occasion of HEWP reaching 100,000 entries. </li></ul><ul><li>Result – The Chair of the Science Committee, MK Meir Shetrit responded to WM-IL’s request to propose an amendment to the “Crown Copyright” legislation, in order to allow free use of state-copyrighted photographs. </li></ul>How it all started…
  15. 22. <ul><li>Strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Slogan – “Our money, Our rights” </li></ul><ul><li>Releasing state-copyrighted images to promote Israel’s public diplomacy and advocacy (“ hasbara” ), especially since “the other side” waives their copyrights in order to disseminate their point of view. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you know? Al-Jazeera and pro-Palestinian groups release some of their images and films, which are used on WP, Blogs etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Statistics of US-produced photos used on Commons and Wikipedia articles (thanks, Toolserver! :-)) </li></ul>
  16. 23. <ul><li>Social networks: </li></ul><ul><li>Blog – weekly updates about the process, stories and news. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Page – Daily updates from the Blog, informational status and “We want to show this picture – but we can’t”. </li></ul>
  17. 24. <ul><li>Phase #1 – First proposal at the Government Committee for Legislation was rejected. </li></ul><ul><li>Massive press work - “the Government refuses to allow use of state-owned pictures, including historical pictures”. </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining public support of the Israeli Internet Association (ISOC-IL, Israeli chapter of the Internet Society) and the Israeli Press Council </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining the support of Minister Michael Eitan, who requested a rehearing on the Committee for Legislation. </li></ul>
  18. 25. <ul><li>Phase #2 - This legislation was re-discussed at the Committee for Legislation owing to WM-IL’s efforts and was approved! </li></ul><ul><li>The Knesset (Israeli Parliament) voted unanimously 21-0 to approve the preliminary reading of the bill. </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary hearing at the Science and Technology Committee , where it will be formalized, amended, and then passed back to the Knesset for final approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with Ministry of Justice’s officials (upon their request) to discuss the possibility of issuing governmental regulations in lieu of legislation. </li></ul>
  19. 26. Wikimania 2011 will take place in Haifa , Israel
  20. 27. <ul><li>How did we win the Wikimania bid? </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to the municipality of Haifa, and Haifa University – letters of support etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic budget, based on research and preliminary price quotes from suppliers and vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, ready answers to predictable concerns and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Loads of factual details for the bid page </li></ul><ul><li>Clear signs of commitment from more than a handful of people; clear communication on the int'l channels. </li></ul><ul><li>Proven track record with WM events and activities. </li></ul>
  21. 28. What’s next at WMIL? <ul><li>Following “Crown Copyright” legislation reform </li></ul><ul><li>Working on the off-line WP </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach – meet-ups, press, lectures. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding ways to manage and improve volunteer work within the chapter, increasing participation from editing community. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikimania 2011! </li></ul>
  22. 29. Thanks!