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Welcome to Meta!Edit

Hello, Daniel Mietchen. Welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- 20:13, 11 January 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for the copyedits, maybe you would like to add yourself as a team member? :) Spiritia 13:31, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

OK, done. -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 13:58, 19 March 2012 (UTC)


Hi Daniel! Just wanted to say hi and inform you that I've included your name at the MuseumNext meta page. Looking forward to meet you in Barcelona. If you need help in anything in order to prepare your trip, please let me know, OK? :)--Kippelboy (talk) 04:49, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 10:44, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Request for InteractionEdit

Would appreciate an opportunity for a skype. Am an academician in the sciences at a major US university, in the throes of deciding whether to leave wikipedia writing. If you are not the best person with whom to interact, perhaps an alternative can be suggested after we speak. See Meduban at English wikipedia ...

Prof D 16:24, 22 July 2012 (UTC)


Moin Daniel, schau da bitte mal drüber. Danke schön & beste Grüße :) --Jan eissfeldt (talk) 07:47, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Done. -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 08:13, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conference 2013Edit

Hi Daniel. Can I point you to m:Talk:WikiProject Med#Chapters Meeting 2013? Two places at this year's conference have been offered to WikiProject Med board members. Ocaasi has applied for a scholarship. Registration closes on 10 March, and I think the board should discuss attendance, and decide who should represent us before then. Could you please add your thoughts to the above-linked discussion. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 16:42, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, Anthony. I replied there. -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 19:03, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

The Stethoscope: A Wiki Project Med Foundation Review (Issue 1)Edit

Wiki Project Med Foundation

Wiki Project Med Foundation (WPMEDF) was formally incorporated in New York as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is bold like Wikipedia's: Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all medical knowledge." That's what we're doing.

In this newsletter:

  • Designing our logos and name: How and why we made them
  • Creating Our Board: Who's involved and what they're doing
  • Adding 70+ Interested members: Participants from all over the globe
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It's been a pleasure so far, and we have so much more to do. Wishing you happy Spring up North and pleasant Autumn down South.

--Jake and the rest of the Wiki Project Med Foundation Team, Ocaasi (talk) 20:01, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Please fill out our brief Participation Support Program surveyEdit

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Hadn't filled that in because I didn't have experience with the program back then. Next time, I will. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:52, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Reusing the project's materials in Germany and AustriaEdit

dear Daniel. we plan to have the documentation ready by April and it would be great to present it also within your project. I think it is possible to have everything ready on time, and I think I can speak on behalf of everybody involved by saying thank you for the great invitation. I include it into out plan to make sure it is properly acknowledged and please let me know if you need specific formats or if you have any particular requirements (the video is expected to be in French - actually we are planning a series of 3 short videos but the proper plan will be ready at the end of December; I think we can make subtitles in English or other languages - maybe we can ask also the support of the community; I think we can also have a text ready to contextualize it - same issue for the translation). thanks again! great to cross with your work. un abbraccio --iopensa (talk) 08:35, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

OK, thanks. We'll thus plan our exhibit without your video, but try to remain flexible enough to get it in at the last moment. Please keep me posted. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:54, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Grantmaking BarnstarEdit

  Individual Engagement Grant Barnstar
Thanks for contributing to discussions on so many IEG proposals this round, Daniel! We appreciated having your thoughts :) Hope you'll continue to participate in the future! Siko (WMF) (talk) 01:09, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, Siko. I like this scheme very much and keep pointing it out to scholarly funders as an example for how project funding could be organized in the open. I will thus continue to check in, and when I see something to comment on, it's just a matter of time whether and when I'll do it. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:58, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal ClinicsEdit

Hello, Daniel Mietchen! We've added Events to IdeaLab, and you're invited :)

Upcoming events focus on turning ideas into Individual Engagement Grant proposals before the March 31 deadline. Need help or have questions about IEG? Join us at a Hangout:

  • Thursday, 13 March 2014, 1600 UTC
  • Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 1700 UTC
  • Saturday, 29 March 2014, 1700 UTC

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Video Wikipedia - what is about produced in DoualaEdit

dear Daniel, the idea of presenting the video produced in Douala in the ship exhibition is great and we would be really delighted to provide you the video. On the other hand, I'm worried that the video will probably not be ready on time. The production seems to be moving to be finalized by the end of April because there is still some discussion on which is the best proposal to select and produce. i don't think it is a good idea to put too much pressure on the team right now; i think it is really valuable that the concept is selected and discussed properly and with enough time. I am really sorry to be unable to guarantee the delivery on time. please consider that we really liked your invitation and we really think it is a great project. please let me know if in the future there might be other chances to contribute to presentations and we certainly inform you about the production as soon it is ready. my very warm regards, --iopensa (talk) 10:06, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, and good luck with finalizing the video! -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 02:19, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Barnstar and a request for feedbackEdit

  Individual Engagement Grant Barnstar
Thank you for commenting on Individual Engagement Grant proposals during this recent round! We really appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts.

To help us improve the IEG program for future participants, would you mind taking this quick 3-question survey?

Thanks again for your help,

--Siko and Haitham, Wikimedia Foundation Grantmaking

Videos für Wikipedia-Artikel: Workshops und WettbewerbEdit

Lieber Daniel,

über deinen tollen "Open Access Media Importer" bin ich auf dich gestoßen. Ich möchte dich auf das Projekt „Videos für Wikipedia-Artikel“ aufmerksam machen. Wir veranstalten einen Video-Wettbewerb, anlässlich des Wissenschaftsjahres 2014 zum Thema „Digitale Gesellschaft“. Für diejenigen, die Interesse haben, aber sich mit Videoproduktion noch nicht auskennen bzw. wenn sie Video-Kenntnisse haben, diese teilen möchten, veranstalten wir Workshops. Nicht zuletzt wollen wir mit dem Projekt auch eine Diskussion darüber anstoßen, wie Videos für Wikipedia-Artikel aussehen sollen, welche Bildsprache der Wikipedia angemessen ist. Vielleicht hast du ja Lust, auch einmal ein Video zu produzieren oder dich an der Diskussion zu beteiligen?! Wir freuen uns über rege Beteiligung und Input an Ideen.
Viele Grüße, ----ALi (VWA) (talk) 08:28, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Danke fuer die Erinnerung an dieses schoene Projekt. Interessiert bin ich auf jeden Fall, mehr lernen ueber Video-Produktionen wuerd ich auch gern, und Ideen dazu hab ich. Eine Teilnahme an den Workshops ist aber zeitlich schwierig. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 13:00, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
Hallo Daniel, entschuldige die lange Reaktionszeit! Schön, dass Dir unser Projekt gefällt! Was sind denn das für Ideen? Es würde uns jedenfalls freuen, wenn Du Zeit findest - beim Wettbewerb kann man aber natürlich auch mitmachen, ohne zu den Workshops zu kommen. Schöne Grüße, --ALi (VWA) (talk) 17:26, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Die Ideen drehen sich darum, Videos rund um WikiProject Open Access zu machen, seien es Animationen (Beispiel) oder Videoaufnahmen (siehe auch hier). -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:41, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Ebola translation task force (draft)Edit

Hi! I started an Ebola translation task force (draft) to hopefully quickly get some Ebola related translations in local African languages. I'd love to see your input (and edits) Guaka (talk) 12:10, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I do not see how I can help at the moment, but I will keep it in mind. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 01:30, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Sunday 17 May 2015 User groups meet up at WMCONEdit

Hi! Today Sunday 17 May 2015 there will be a User Groups meet-up at 14h at room E. If you are interested, please join, the main topics to be discussed is the relationship between WMF and user groups, and diaspora user groups as described on Wikimedia diaspora organisations. If you are interested, please join! Thanks. --Micru (talk) 08:31, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Freedom of Panorama 2015 EVA GESAC#The alleged loss of revenueEdit

I think it should be noted that any revenue from photographs of 3D works is negligible compared to the fee the artist receive for the work itself. I think the mentioned 3-6 million Euro loss mentioned for all of France seems like a minute amount compared to how much money revolves around the industry.

It should perhaps also be noted that these artist societies tend to charge the general public indirectly through w:Private copying levy etc as well as registration etc. fees to the artists/architects. After everyone gets their cut, the actual people who do the work do not receive much of it probably.

-- とある白い猫 chi? 11:26, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

I basically share your view here but don't know what you want me to do about it. FOP is not an area I know very well — I read that page to learn a bit more and just made a few edits to it in the process. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 02:01, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

IEG ProposalsEdit

Hi Daniel. I have submitted two proposals namely Wikipedia Takes Rinconada and Run for Free Knowledge. For your comments and endorsement. Thank you very much. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:31, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?Edit

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GLAM GhanaEdit

Hello User:Daniel Mietchen we appreciate your endorsement for our project.I however want to know what your thoughts are with respect to our budget.We will appreciate your input very much since we want to get community engagement .RegardsRberchie (talk) 08:56, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi Rberchie, I just don't know enough about the circumstances in Ghana in general and around the proposed project in particular to judge the appropriateness of the budget. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 23:11, 16 September 2015 (UTC)


FYI, the AUTH Library on the occasion of Open Access Week 2015 organized a mini conference with the title "Open Access in practice". I was invited to talk about Open Access and Wikipedia, where I mentioned Open Access Media Importer and the plans and possibilities for Wikisource and Wikidata. One of the professors expressed his enthusiasm, while he couldn't believe that it was technically possible. :-) --Geraki TL 15:10, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Nice to hear, Geraki — can you put me in touch with them? Thanks! -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:22, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?Edit

Hi there,

I’m Jethro, and I’m seeking your help in deciding topics for new IdeaLab campaigns that could be run starting next year. These campaigns aim to bring in proposals and solutions from communities that address a need or problem in Wikimedia projects. I'm interested in hearing your preferences and ideas for campaign topics!

Here’s how to participate:

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Future IdeaLab Campaigns resultsEdit

Last December, I invited you to help determine future ideaLab campaigns by submitting and voting on different possible topics. I'm happy to announce the results of your participation, and encourage you to review them and our next steps for implementing those campaigns this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered time to participate and submit ideas.

With great thanks,

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Inspire Campaign on content curation & reviewEdit

I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:39, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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Open Call for Individual Engagement GrantsEdit

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With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 15:56, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for commenting on my IEG proposalEdit

Hey Daniel, thanks for commenting on my IEG proposal. It was all very helpful. I've addressed some of your initial comments as best I can right now, and I will continue to work on them. I realize I'm not the first person to think about article revision histories as trees; I've still got a lot to learn about what people have discovered so far. Thank you for drawing my attention to some of the more glaring issues with my proposal. -- Evoapps (talk) 18:56, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

WikiCite 2016Edit

Hi Daniel, Just wanted to say I'm happy to see there will be someone from Wiki Project Med at this event. It has huge potential to improve article quality and facilitate their translation. I wish I could have made it there myself, but likely would not have been all that useful anyhow. If I might suggest a line of discussion, it would seem to be valuable to be able to somehow link to or harvest PubMed's <article type> and <vernacular title> fields. The former would support better identification of secondary sources, while the latter is very helpful when searching for the fulltext original in other catalogues. LeadSongDog (talk) 20:21, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! I think both would fit into Wikidata, from where they could be used the way you indicated. Yes, having the original title (as well as journal title, author names etc.) would be useful. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 17:17, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia OAbot at WikiCiteEdit

Hi Daniel! We have a proposition for WikiCite: the Wikipedia OAbot :-) We'd love to have you on board! Best, Pintoch (talk) 21:01, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. I've put in a proposal myself, so don't know yet how things will play out. But certainly happy to discuss what we could do together. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:30, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Participate in the Inspire Campaign and help address harassment!Edit

Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

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Visual editor tool to add open license text to WikipediaEdit

Hi Daniel

Would you mind having a look at something I'm working on and letting me know what you think?


John Cummings (talk) 21:14, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Done. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 22:31, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks @Daniel Mietchen:, one more thing, are you any good with templates? I'm trying to create a proof of concept version using a normal template, the description is here

2016 Community Wishlist SurveyEdit


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Wikipedia Library User Group is being renamed!Edit

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Questions about job posting, "Wikimedian in Residence position at University of Virginia"Edit

On the Wikidata mailing list you posted a notice for a Wikimedian in Residence job at the University of Virginia. You said that anyone with questions should post on your talk page.

I have forwarded the notice around and someone asked me when you expect to close the listing. Do you expect to stop accepting additional applications before the end of November? Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:04, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

The listing will be closed once the position is filled. This is not the case yet, but review of applications has started. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 04:14, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee ElectionEdit

Hi Daniel Mietchen! As promised by the Wikipedia Library team at the inception of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, we are conducting an open-election for the steering committee with 5 to 8 positions. Nominations will be accepted from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, you can nominate yourself starting January 2nd next year. This position should attract Wikipedians and librarians with dedication and time to lead the user group in its first year. The elections will happen following the nominations phase starting from 10 January 2018 to 23 January 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WikiLibraryUG [at] googlegroups [dot] com. A message will be sent shortly before the dates linking to the venue for nominations and election. Thank you! On behalf of the user group founding members--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:40, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Nomination PhaseEdit

Hello again Daniel Mietchen! As stated in our previous message, nominations for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee elections are now open and will remain open until the 9th. If you are interested and have read the instructions, please nominate yourself on the election page. Please forward your queries to libraries, and for private correspondence, please get in touch with one of the founding members. And finally, wishing you a prosperous and happy new year on behalf of the user group founding members! On behalf of the user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Updates on the user group election and #1Lib1RefEdit

Hi everyone, two quick but important updates:

Timeline for nominations and votingEdit

  • Nominations are extended until 12 January 2018.
  • Candidates will be lightly vetted by the Founding Members (excluding those who are candidates) to help form a well-functioning committee.
  • Vetting will happen from the 13th up to 21 January 2018.
  • Voting will begin on the 22nd of January and end on the 4th of February.
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How you can support #1lib1refEdit

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello once again! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2018 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group by 21 January 2018, you are eligible to vote. As mentioned under the instructions for voters, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

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Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election ResultsEdit

Hello everyone! The steering committee election for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group is finally over and the results you were patiently awaiting for is here! We had many great candidates with awesome skillsets and experience, unfortunately not everyone could make it to the final eight. We are grateful to all the candidates for stepping up and boldly throwing their hat in the ring. It was a difficult choice and they made it. Now, the results. The candidates who made it to the final eight are,

On behalf of the founding members, the TWL team and the user group members, we congratulate the candidates on their successful run and welcome them to the committee. The steering committee and the founding members will soon meet to discuss the handover and next steps of the user group. Thank you--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:56, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

What's new from the Wikimedia and Libraries User GroupEdit

Hi Daniel Mietchen! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Yes, you heard that right! We are now officially known as the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (previously, Wikipedia Library User Group). New group contacts are User:Merrilee and User:Sodapopinski7. The elected steering committee has been meeting twice a month ever since their election, working on the organisation and details of user group functioning. Progress is being made and we'd like to keep the members updated.
  • The committee decided to use the libraries and has started making announcements on the list. Please join the list for future announcements and for internal discussions and communications.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (May 14-15, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:47, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group updates and WikimaniaEdit

Hi Daniel Mietchen! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Thank you for participating in the poll to help the steering committee plan activities for the year 2018. We received 84 responses, and the results can be found on the resources page. In addition to that, there are a few more things we'd like to share with you.

If you are attending Wikimania,

Bon voyage and have a wonderful Wikimania!

If you are not attending Wikimania, we have you covered too!

  • Please help us plan activities for this year by sharing your suggestions on how to implement the top two ideas from the poll results. The discussion is open on the user group talk page.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (June 28-29, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Join us on The AfroCine ProjectEdit


This is to introduce you to a new Wikimedia project called The AfroCine Project. This new project is dedicated to improving the coverage of the history, works, people, places, events, etc, that are associated with the cinema, theatre and arts of Africa, African countries, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. If you would love to be part of this (or you're already active in this area), by coordinating local programmes around African cinema (independently or otherwise) in your community or local Wikipedia, kindly list your username or organization as a participant on the meta project page here.

Furthermore, In the months of October and November, we are organizing a global contest and edit-a-thon tagged: The Months of African Cinema. If you would love to join this exciting event, also list your username as a participant on the English Wikipedia page. If you would love to lead this contest (or any other relevant program) for a non-English Wikipedia community, please feel free to translate the English Wikiproject page to your local language Wikipedia, or you can create one from scratch!

If you have any questions, complaints, suggestions, etc., please reach out to me personally on my talkpage or the project talkpage! Cheers!--Jamie Tubers (talk) 20:50, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Welcome to the Months of African Cinema!Edit


The AfroCine Project welcomes you to October, the first out of the two months which has been dedicated to improving contents that centre around the cinema of Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

This is a global online edit-a-thon, which is happening in at least 5 language editions of Wikipedia (en, he, es, it, bn) and Wikidata. Join us in this exciting venture, by helping to create or expand articles which are connected to this scope.

On English Wikipedia, we would be recognizing Users who are able to achieve the following:

  • Overall winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd places)
  • Country Winners
  • Diversity winner
  • High quality contributors
  • Gender-gap fillers
  • Page improvers
  • Wikidata Translators

For further information about the contest, the recognition categories and how to participate, please visit the contest page here.

If you'd love to organize this contest for your local wiki or organize in-person events centred around this project, or you need further information about the AfroCine Project, please leave a message on the project talkpage. See you around :).--Jamie Tubers (talk) 22:50, 03 October 2018 (UTC)

[Wikipedia & Education User Group] Updates: November 2018Edit


Integrating Wikimedia with education is a powerful strategy for the outreach of Wikimedia projects. Realising this concept, a group of leaders promoted this and formed the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. After some time, this evolved to become a user group, officially recognised by the Affiliations Committee in June 2018. The user group had its first board elections earlier in September. In the process to formalise activities and give a shape the user group for long-term sustainability, we are now revamping our processes. Thanks for supporting us during incubation stages, we are now inviting you to formally join the user group by following the instructions on the members' page. Being a member will allow you to be a part of this wonderful collaboration and also do interesting stuff.

Kind regards
On behalf of Wikipedia and Education UG, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:44, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Project Medicine Foundation MembershipEdit

Membership renewal

Dear Wiki Project Med Supporter, you are receiving this message as you have shown interest in supporting Wiki Project Med in the past. As our organization grows and evolves, we want to be able to verify peoples ongoing desire of to be involved. To that end, the board has decided to require renew of membership every two years. So -- whether you are a current member or not, please fill out our updated membership form, to ensure your membership till the end of 2020. Please note -- We ask that you fill out the form by Feb 3rd, as we are close to elections and only members can nominate themselves for the board and vote!

Best, Shani & Doc James. 01:50, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello Daniel Mietchen! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2019 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group before 28 February 2019, you are eligible to vote. Not unlike last year, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:43, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Notes on A HubEdit

A quck draft: Annotated Hub of ScienceSJ talk  14:01, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

AfroCine: Join the Months of African Cinema this October!Edit


After a successful first iteration of the Months of African Cinema last year, we are happy to announce that it will be happening again this year, starting from October 1! In the 2018 edition of the contest, about 600 Wikipedia articles were created in at least 8 languages. There were also contributions to Wikidata and Wikimedia commons, which brought the total number of wikimedia pages created during the contest to over 1,000. About 9 in-person events were also organised for the edit-a-thon in different parts of the world.

The contest is organized by a Wikimedia project called The AfroCine Project, which is dedicated to improving the coverage of the history, works, people, places, and events, that are associated with the cinema, theatre and arts of Africa, African countries, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

If you would love to join this exciting event, please list your username as a participant on the English Wikipedia contest page. If you would love to lead this contest for your country or community, please list your name in the coordinators' page here. The rapid grants team would be accepting proposals throughout October and November, in case you'd need funds to run local edit-a-thons or some other activities related to this event. Upon listing your name on the coordinators' page, you'd be contacted to talk about the resources you'd need to run the event in your community. You can also contact me directly for any clarifications.

Finally, We also need volunteers to handle some aspects of the AfroCine project. These aspects include:

  1. Community Liaison: This role essentially involves closely engaging with local communities to support their activities within the scope of Afrocine.
  2. Communications: This involves the communications aspects of the project. Sharing relevant information on mailing lists and social media would be the responsibility of this person.
  3. MAC Jury: This role involves joining the jury of Months of African Cinema contest. We need as many people as we can get 🙂.
  4. Tools: Going forward, we would need relevant tools to better track the metrics and also analyse the general impact of these events. We are calling for Wikimedia volunteers who can navigate wikimedia tools that can be useful for the project.

If you would love to help with any of these roles, or some other roles that have not been mentioned, please contact me directly or on: samoye_

If you have further questions, complaints, suggestions, etc., please reach out to me personally or right here or the project talkpages.

Thank you!--Jamie Tubers (talk) 17:10, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Asking for a letter of support to create a research unit in TunisiaEdit

Dear Sir,

I thank you for your efforts. We are managing to create a research unit called "Data Engineering and Semantics" in the University of Sfax, Tunisia. The purpose of this research unit is to gather Wikiresearchers from University of Sfax into a recognized research structure and have funding from Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education. In order to do that, we need to have a letter of support from institutions all over the world. I ask if you or the director of your research department can write a letter of support for us so that we can have our application approved. This will be acknowledged. --Csisc (talk) 12:57, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

AI legislationEdit

Dear Daniel Mietchen,

I contact you since you are marked among the "People who are interested" in Advanced technology page. As you might already know, the EU is working about a regulation of the AI environment, in order to promote its potential and at the same time to protect the citizens from unwanted uses. It is going to be an important moment for achieving the most empowering, safe and clear definition of the rights and duties related to the AI, affecting also Wikimedia's opportunities, not only inside EU. I kindly invite you to participate to the discussion, firstly by commenting the page that is dedicated to it, in order to draft Wikimedia's answers to this legislative initiative of the EU.

The linked page contains the questions from the public consultation by the European Commission on its Artificial Intelligence White Paper.

The EU's survey will remain open until 14 June 2020, but we will take input into account until 31 May 2020.

Thanks, --sNappy(talk) 21:17, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

@Mattia Luigi Nappi: Sorry, saw this only now. Thanks for working on this. Yes, I remain interested in the matter and recently gave a talk about it. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 22:41, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

You are welcome, I will keep you posted for further developments that will soon come :) . sNappyML 17:15, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to affiliate members to complete a survey about WMF wide Universal Code of ConductEdit

Hello; My name is Mervat, and I am helping the Trust and Safety team to reach out to affiliates in order to discuss the Universal Code of Conduct. I am contacting you as you are a member of the Wikimedians for Sustainable Development User Group. If you have received this from other user groups/chapters, you can ignore.

There has been talks about the need for a global set of conduct rules in different communities over time, and finally, Wikimedia Foundation Board announced a Community Culture Statement, enacting new standards to address harassment and promote inclusivity across projects.Since the universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects, will apply to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, all around the globe, and will impact our work as groups, individuals and projects, it’s of great importance that we all participate in expressing our opinions and thoughts about UCoC, its nature, what we think it should cover or include and what it shouldn’t include; how it may develop, drawback or help our groups.   This is the time to talk about it. As you are a valuable contributor to the Wikimedia movement, your voice counts. Before starting to draft the code of conduct, we would like to hear from you; We invite you to devote some minutes to take this survey; your answers will help us create a safer environment for all on Wikimedia:


It’s possible that you are a member of more than one affiliate; hence you may receive this survey more than once, and you may have participated previously in the discussions or filled out a previous survey during the first round of consultations about UCoC which targeted wikipedia/wikimedia communities. We apologize for this; it is really difficult to identify if a wikimedian belongs to multiple groups that work to spread free knowledge. Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions and hoping that you can respond within the next 2 weeks.  If you have any questions about the surveys or difficulties accessing the link, please contact me by email ( will be considered during the drafting process for the UCoCThank you for your participation

Mervat Salman - Trust & Safety (Policy) Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation. --Mervat (WMF) (talk) 21:35, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

About our research paperEdit

Dear Sir,

I have just sent you an email to propose you to work on "SPARQL-driven visualization of COVID-19 information" part as this part will deal with Scholia, SPEED and SARS-CoV-2-Queries. You can add the SPARQL queries of the projects as an appendix to the paper. If you agree to do this part, I will move you as the second co-author of the paper and I will work on "Wikidata as a collaborative knowledge graph" part based on what you drafted. Please reply me soon as we need to finish these parts by Saturday.

Yours Sincerely,

--Csisc (talk) 15:39, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Dear Sir,
I thank you for your answer. Check email for details.
Yours Sincerely,
--Csisc (talk) 17:35, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to complete a survey regarding WPWP CampaignEdit

Hello Daniel Mietchen,

Many thanks for participating in the WPWP campaign.

We are excited about the level of participation, this year and we are happy to inform you that over 90,000 articles were improved with photos in 272 languages Wikipedia.

We'd love to get your feedback. Your feedback will allow us to better meet your expectations for the campaign in the next editions.

Please complete a brief survey so that we may learn about your participation in the campaign, strengths, challenges and your expectations. This information will enable us to improve the next editions of the Campaign.

Follow this link to the Survey:

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Thank you in advance for taking this survey. Stay safe! 

Kind regards,
Tulsi Bhagat contribs | talk ]
Communication Manager, WPWP Campaign
-- Message sent using MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 05:17, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Wiki World Heritage User GroupEdit

Dear World Heritage enthusiast,
We are thrilled to announce that Wiki World Heritage User Group has been finally recognized ! This wouldn't have been possible without your support !
Please join us on:

Wishing you an excellent week ahead !

Nassima Chahboun (talk) 15:46, 3 November 2020 (UTC)
On behalf of the founding members.

Global Conversations registration reminderEdit

Hi Daniel Mietchen,

This is a reminder that if you have not yet registered for the Global Conversations on Nov. 21 and 22, please do so! Register here. Registration closes by Nov. 20. We will email you the login information for Zoom prior to the call. Thank you. Looking forward to welcoming you this weekend.

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 16:25, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Sunday November 29 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

Take flight with us.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, and October SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including the recent proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws, this month we are meeting on Sunday November 29, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(Note that the UTC times of 03:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC are the same as before, although a number of places have had daylight savings time changes since our last meeting).--Pharos (talk) 01:27, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki World Heritage UG preparatory meetingEdit

Hello Daniel Mietchen,
The first preparatory meeting of Wiki World Heritage User Group will be held on 26 December 2020 at 16:00 UTC, and are looking forward to having you with us!

  • Meeting link : Here
  • Meeting ID : 763 8364 4697
  • Password: WWH

You are also invited to join us on WWH mailing list and WWH Telegram group.
Thank you !

Yamen (talk) 19:31, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
On behalf of the founding members.

Wiki World Heritage UG board electionEdit

Hello Daniel Mietchen,

Following the meeting of 26.12.2020, Wiki World Heritage User Group is choosing its first board !
You can find the elections page here.

Nassima Chahboun (talk) 20:59, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
On behalf of the founding members.

Sunday January 10 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

Into the blue.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, and November SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including SWAN input on Interim Global Council and Movement Charter, this month we are meeting on Sunday January 10, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To start the exchange of ideas on the IGC early, and to help prepare before the SWAN calls, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this etherpad. If you like a more interactive way of discussing, we have also made a jamboard. Check here for more details.

--Pharos (talk) 14:51, 4 January 2021 (UTC)

Signature syntaxEdit

Hello Daniel,

You signature contains a font tag which is outdated. Could you edit your signature in your preferences to remove this tag please? You can easily replace it with a span tag without any visual change:

<span style="font-family:Monotype Corsiva; font-size:15px;">[[User:Daniel Mietchen|Daniel Mietchen]] ([[User talk:Daniel Mietchen|talk]])</span>

Regards, --Pols12 (talk) 10:29, 9 January 2021 (UTC)