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News: May 2024 edit

  • The Wiki Loves Africa team from Wiki in Africa is excited to announce that the Wiki Loves Africa 2024 Edition has collected over 14 000 images, 307 videos and 34 audios. A huge thank you to the organisers, participants, and everyone involved in making this contest a success. Your contributions have been invaluable! To view these amazing submissions click here.
  • Join the Wiki Loves Earth 2024 Photography Contest. Capture and share stunning photos of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes from May 1 to July 31. Organised by Wikimedia chapters, this international competition invites participants to upload their images to Wikimedia Commons. Showcase nature reserves, national parks, remarkable gardens, and more to help illustrate articles on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Join local teams for separate competitions with varying rules and prizes. Visit the Meta page for more information.
  • The Wiki Loves Women team is thrilled to announce the 5th edition of the #SheSaid campaign! Last year’s success saw 5555 new articles and 1766 improved articles across 18 languages. This year’s campaign runs from September 1st to December 31st 2024. Plan your local event and apply for a grant from Wikimedia Foundation by June 1st. Dont miss out on this opportunity to make a remarkable impact! Stay tuned for office hours to assist with the grant application process.
  • The upcoming Language Community meeting is on May 31st at 16:00 UTC. Sign up here. This meeting is participant-driven, focusing on language-specific project updates and technical issue discussions. Topics from the last meeting included MinT machine translation, Kiwix localisation efforts, and Bengali Wikisource sorting challenges. If you have ideas or issues to discuss, or need interpretation support, contact ssethi@wikimedia.org and add items to the agenda.
  • The Community Tech team will release a refreshed Community Wishlist Survey with “Focus Areas” on July 15, 2024. This approach allows developers to address multiple wishes by solving underlying problems. The wishlist will remain open year-round, allowing volunteers to submit, review, edit and discuss wishes in any language without needing to know Wikitext. Participants will vote on “Focus Areas” instead of individual wishes. For more details, visit the Preview of the New Wishlist on Meta-Wiki.
  • Want to change Wikipedia? Apply to be a candidate for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election by 23:59 UTC on May 29, 2024. Four Trustees will be elected this year. If over 15 apply, affiliates will shortlist 12 candidates. Voting starts late August/early September. Eligibility: over 300 edits before August. See details here
  • Learn about contributing to Wiktionary and integrating Lexemes on Wikidata. Understand the importance and connection between these projects, and discover how to integrate them for the benefit of language communities. This exciting session will take place May, 25th at 14:00-16:00 UTC. Register on this link NOW!
  • Join the inaugural AfroCreatives WikiProject+film initiative from May 18 to June 17, 2024. Partnered with FESPACO, Africa’s largest film festival, this edit-a-thon aims to enhance Wikipedia’s coverage of African cinema. Participate in online and in-person training sessions to hone your editing skills. Don't miss out on this opportunity to contribute to the rich tapestry of African film history on Wikipedia and its sister projects! Register now!
  • The Call for proposals for the 2024 Francophone WikiConvention is extended until May 31. Submit your communications from April 15 to May 31. The event will be held in Quebec City, Canada with public conferences on November 2-3 and pre-conferences for scholarship recipients on October 31-November 1. Proposals can include project presentations, case studies, workshops, panels and more on themes such as governance, education, GLAM, equity and environment. Visit the WikiConvention francophone Meta Page to submit your proposals!

News: March 2024 edit

  • We are thrilled to announce the kickoff of the Wiki Loves Africa 2024 Photographic Contest, with the theme for the 10th anniversary being Africa Creates! Launched on March 1st, this incredible contest runs until the end of April, providing a fantastic opportunity for photographers and enthusiasts to showcase the beauty and essence of Africa. Visit the Wiki Loves Africa Commons page to learn more and participate.

Upload your photos until April 30th!

  • Exciting News from the Ombuds Commission: The recently concluded application period for new commissioners for 2024-2026 has been announced. The Wikimedia Foundation expresses gratitude to the dedicated volunteers stepping forward to contribute. This committee will comprise thirteen members and one Steward-Oberver.

Please visit the OC Meta page for more information.

  • The Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee Charter has been officially ratified! A total of 1746 contributors participated in the vote, with 1249 expressing support for the Charter. The democratic process also allowed for valuable comments, offering insights and perspectives. Stay tuned for a detailed report on voting statistics and a summary of the insightful comments coming soon on Meta-Wiki.

Read the UCoC Charter here.

  • On more exciting contest news, the Wiki Loves Folklore international photographic contest has officially commenced! This annual event, hosted on Wikimedia Commons, invites participants to capture the rich tapestry of folk cultures around the globe. The contest ends March 31st.

Explore the Wiki Loves Folklore 2024 Commons Page.

  • Wiki Indaba 2024 is set for October 4–6 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Wiki Indaba 2024 team invites volunteers to join the Scholarship Committees. Applications are now open until March 15th. Notification of successful applicants is March 20th.

The application link is here.

  • Join Ukraine Cultural Diplomacy Month’s writing contest focused on enhancing articles about Ukraine's culture and people across multiple language editions of Wikipedia. Organised by Wikimedia Ukraine, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Institute and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the contest aims to enrich Wikipedia's cultural content.

Join the contest up to March 31st.

  • Discover the world of Wikidata in an immersive 6-day event! The Wikidata Leveling Up Days offer an introduction to essential tools and topics, making it the perfect starting point for newcomers.

Join the live presentations, editing sessions, and engaging discussions from April 5-7 and April 12-14.

  • Join the Wikimedia Community Wishathon, March 15-17, 2024. This collaborative event, expanding beyond the usual Community Tech team, welcomes contributors of all kinds—users, developers, designers, and product leads. Dive into wish development and innovative solutions, contributing autonomously to Wikimedia projects. Don't miss this chance to make your mark!

Find event details linked here.

  • Open Foundation West Africa Announces the 4th Edition of Africa Wiki Challenge: "Educate Africa - Nurturing Minds for the 21st Century" in Commemoration of African Union Day. The Africa Wiki Challenge runs in May.

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News aired in 2023

News aired in November 2023 edit

News aired in October 2023 edit

  • The Wiki Loves Africa 2024 international media contest theme has been announced. The 10th edition will hold under the theme, Africa Create. All intending local organisers have until 1st November 2023 to apply for a rapid grant.
  • The Wiki Science Competition 2023, an international photo contest for the sciences, launches on 1st November. Entries are welcome until 15th December 2023. Please participate.
  • The Wiki Loves Women 2023 SheSaid campaign has kicked off as of 1st October and will run on Wikiquote until 31st December. Make sure you participate in documenting quotable quotes from women across the world.
  • WikidataCon 2023, the conference dedicated to the #Wikidata community, is taking place on October 28-29, online all around the world and onsite in Taipei. You can now register for the conference!
  • Registration for the GLAM Wiki 2023 conference happening in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16th, 17th and 18th November, is now open. Please register for the conference.
  • You’re invited to review and comment on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees selection rules package until 29 October 2023. The selection rules package was based on older versions by the Elections Committee and will be used in the 2024 Board of Trustees selection. The rules package includes campaign rules, voter eligibility criteria, and the voting method, platform and timeline.
  • The CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Maryana Iskander has once again shared some very important updates with the Wikimedia community. Remember to read the update. She has also invited us to sign up for on- and off-wiki options between October and February, including individual conversations with herself, Trustees, and other Foundation leaders.
  • The Afrika Baraza working group is inviting, for the second time, all members of the African Wikimedia community to review the Africa Agenda draft and provide feedback. The draft is available in English, Swahili and French. Please review and provide feedback if you haven’t done that.

News aired in September 2023 edit

  • The winners of the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 international media contest-themed Climate + Weather have been announced. Please visit the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 contest page on Commons to see the winning entries.
  • The Wiki Loves Monuments 2023 contest has launched for this year’s edition. Please endeavor to participate in documenting monuments and heritage across Africa and beyond. Entries are welcome until 31st October 2023.
  • The WikiIndaba 2023 Core Organizing Team is inviting Wikimedia communities across Africa to apply for micro-grants of up to $300 for local community events happening in sync with the conference in Morocco. The application deadline is October 8, 2023.
  • WikidataCon 2023, the conference dedicated to the #Wikidata community, is taking place on October 28-29, online all around the world and onsite in Taipei. You can now register for the conference!
  • The WikiWomenCamp Core Organizing Team invites you to submit short (3-5 minute) videos highlighting your projects, initiatives, or efforts that have made a significant difference in addressing gender gaps. Please use WeTransfer or Google Drive while sharing your videos via admin@wikiwomencamp.org. Include a brief description of your project, affiliate name / your name or username, and contact information.
  • The Wikimania Steering Committee has just announced that the 2025 and 2026 Wikimania conferences will be held in East Africa and Paris respectively!
  • The Afrika Baraza, a town hall meeting for African Wikimedians, will hold the last 2023 meeting on 6th October from 5 pm to 7 pm UTC. Please be there.

News aired in August 2023 edit

  • The Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee (U4C) draft charter is now ready for your review. The U4C Building Committee is inviting feedback about the draft charter. The deadline is 22nd September 2023.
  • Do you want to help spread knowledge about OpenRefine, and support Wikimedians and their partners by using OpenRefine to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects? Then you should apply for the OpenRefine-Wikimedia train-the-trainer online course which will run from November 2023 until April 2024. You can apply until 15th September 2023 to join the course.
  • The Wikimania 2023 Core organising team would like you to take a survey if you participated in person or online. Respond to the survey to share what worked well and what could be improved.
  • The EduWiki Conference 2024 core team would like your input on this annual conference. Fill out the survey to shape the next EduWiki Conference.
  • Wikimedia is participating in Outreachy Round 27 internship program. Outreachy's goal is to support people from groups underrepresented in the technology industry. Interns will work remotely with mentors from our community. Mentors are invited to propose projects that Outreachy interns can work on during their internship. If you have some ideas for coding or non-coding projects, share them by September. 29, 2023, at 16:00 UTC here as a subtask of this linked parent Phabricator task.
  • The Campaign Programs Team at the Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce Version 2 of the Organizer Lab. To apply to join the cohort, please read the instructions on Meta, where you will find an application form. The application deadline is 17th September 2023.

News aired in July 2023 edit

  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee has released drafts on the Global Council and Hubs. You are invited to share your thoughts and suggestions in particular on funds dissemination, Global Council structure and membership, and other key open questions until August 31st, 2023.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Culture and Heritage team invites you to join the Wikisource Loves Manuscripts Learning Partners Network! The Wikisource Loves Manuscripts project aims to foster collaboration among communities interested in digitising and transcribing manuscripts on Wikimedia platforms (Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource) but also to support the creation of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) models using the newly introduced Transkribus engine in Wikimedia OCR. The official launch of the network is scheduled for September 2023. To ensure the program meets your needs, we kindly request your participation in our Needs Assessment survey on or before 2 August 2023.
  • The Mhz foundation invites you to fill out an anonymous survey in an effort to better understand primary opportunities and concerns in expanding global culture and perspective to audiences worldwide. Upon completing the survey, qualifying respondents can select a nonprofit to receive a donation through GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving makes donations to more than 5,000 charitable projects in 175+ countries.
  • The 4th Wikimania 2023 Update to the Global Community will be held on Sunday, July 30th between 12:00 UTC - 13:00 UTC. the call!
  • Wikisource Community User Group is planning to organise the Wikisource Conference in 2024. They are conducting an engagement survey to apply for a grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, and your responses will help to build the Wikisource conference and program. Please give them your feedback by filling the survey, whether you are a Wikisource community member or not.
  • The 2024 Wikimedia Summit will take place again in Berlin on April 19-21, 2024. This event will be the opportunity for Affiliates from across the globe and the Wikimedia Foundation to come together, connect, and engage around how our Movement is governed. Visit the meta page to read more about the summit and how to participate.
  • The Wiki Loves Women #SheSaid campaign is back for 4th edition! After three successful years of empowering women and amplifying their voices through the Wikiquote project, the Wiki Loves Women team is more inspired than ever to continue this remarkable journey together. The campaign will run from October 1st to December 31st, 2023. If you intend to organise a local event, you can apply for a grant to the Wikimedia Foundation before the 1st September 2023.

News aired in June 2023 edit

News aired in May 2023 edit

  • Episode 11 of the WIKIMOVE Podcast has just dropped, and it’s on Decentralization, with Claudia Garad and Guillaume Paumier as guest speakers. You can find this podcast on their website and share ideas for future topics and guests on their Meta Page.
  • The Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG) invites you to give feedback on the [Development Plan], a practical resource for emerging and existing leaders across the Wikimedia movement who want to develop themselves and others. You can give feedback through the survey, Movement Strategy Forum, LDWG talk page or email at leadershipworkinggroup@wikimedia.org. The review period closes on Sunday May 28, 2023.
  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) has concluded its first community review of the methodology draft, which will be used to ratify the Movement Charter in 2024. This community review included feedback collection on Meta and on the Strategy forum as well as two conversation hours with communities and one conversation with the committees of the Wikimedia projects. The timeline of the next steps of the methodology is provided too. The Movement Charter Drafting Committee will incorporate the feedback and share an updated version of the ratification methodology in August 2023.
  • The Wikimedia User Group Kenya has submitted a bid to host Wikimania 2025. You can endorse their bid [2].
  • Save the date for this year’s LD4 Conference on Linked Data: July 10th through July 14th, 2023. The conference will be held virtually this year and is open to anyone passionate about adopting linked data in libraries. Please see the 2022 LD4 conference website for past conference programming. Keep an eye out for a call for proposals and other announcements about the 2023 LD4 Conference!
  • Wiki Loves Earth 2023 international photo contest has started, and announced the special nomination “Human rights and environment”! In 2023, Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest again supports the initiative WikiForHumanRights, which partners with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Its goal is to raise awareness of nature protection and human impacts on nature. When we protect the environment, we also protect the fundamental human rights we all have rights to water, life, food, housing, and other fundamental rights that rely on a clean, healthy environment. And this year, the contest accepts photos not only from the countries where the main contest is going but also from the whole world! Check out the landing page for more detailed information such as criteria for images, examples of images, important notes, how to upload, etc.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for Financial Year 2021-2022 is now on-wiki. You’re welcome to read the report here.

News aired in April 2023 edit

  • The international photographic contest Wiki Loves Africa 2023 themed Climate and Weather is ending on April 30th. Late entries are welcome until then!
  • The Wiki Loves Earth 2023 photo contest will take place from 1st May to 31st July 2023. Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photographic competition during which participants take pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes in their countries and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. If you wish to organise an event or participate, see the link in the description for the guidelines for local teams. And to become regional ambassadors to help out the international organising team, contact the international team via wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua.
  • The Wiki Loves Monuments international team has announced the winners of the 2022 contests. An overview of all winning images in 2022 is on the Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 winners page in Commons.
  • Votingis now open in the 2022 annual Picture of the Year contest, an annual Wikimedia Commons image competition, which recognises exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favourite images featured on Commons. Any user with more than 75 edits before Jan. 1, 2023 is eligible to vote. Voting ends 1 May 2023.
  • The Wikimedia Youth Conference 2023 scheduled to be held in Spain in September 2023 has now been rescheduled to happen in 2024. More about the new date will be communicated by Wikivibrance in due time.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation is inviting you to engage in our Annual Plan process (APP) for the 2023-2024 financial year that runs from 01 July 2023 to 30 June 2024. The foundation has published the Draft Annual Plan on Meta and is inviting you to review and share your thoughts. There will be a call session on 30th April to discuss the Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan. Time is 6:00am UTC. Join via zoom.
  • You are warmly invited to the quarterly Community Resilience and Sustainability Conversation hour led by Maggie Dennis, Vice President of Community Resilience and Sustainability, on [May 2, 2023 at 18:00 UTC. Discussion is on Trust and Safety, the Universal Code of Conduct, Committee Support, and Human Rights.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Community Affairs Committee invites you to work as a Volunteer Advisory Member of the Board’s newest task force–the Sister Projects Task Force. The Sister Projects Task Force will be a group of community members and Foundation trustees working together on a strategy to support the life cycle of non-Wikipedia projects across the movement. Apply until May 15th.
  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) is collecting early input from the Wikimedia movement on the proposed methodology for the ratification of the Movement Charter from April 10 to 28, 2023. Ratification of the Movement Charter is planned to take place in early 2024, according to the timeline. There are six questions that the MCDC requests your input on. Please share your feedback by:Commenting on the Meta talk page or Commenting on the Movement Strategy forum.
  • The Affiliations Committee has recognised Wikimedia Community User Group Togo as a Wikimedia user groups. Please welcome them to the movement.

News aired in March 2023 edit

  • In support of the WikiGap/2023 gender gap initiative, the Wiki Loves Women Tell Us About her ISA tool campaign focused on adding metadata to images of Women on the Frontline Climate since 1st March. The deadline to participate is today, March 31st. There are prizes up for grabs.
  • The international photographic contest Wiki Loves Africa 2023 themed Climate and Weather is on. It will run till April 30th. There are amazing prizes to be won!
  • Africa Environment WikiFocus 2023 campaign is ongoing. The goal of this campaign is to document African climate change and environmental issues on Wikimedia projects. This is part of the larger Africa Knowledge Initiative project by Organisation of Africa Unity, Wikimedia Foundation and Africa No Filter geared towards closing the knowledge and content gap that exists on the digital space about Africa. Please join us to document climate change in Africa.
  • The WikiForHumanRights 2023 Campaign, a campaign that ensures everyone has access to neutral, fact-based, and current information around our Right to a Healthy Environment, is collaborating with the Human Rights Team at the Wikimedia Foundation to deliver an event safety session for community organizers and participants. Date is 5th April 2023 at 16:00 UTC. Register here.
  • Winners have been announced for the Africa Youth Day 2022 Campaign, a campaign that is part of the larger Africa Knowledge Initiative project by African Union, Wikimedia Foundation and Africa No Filter.Top three users with the most contribution across all Wikimedia Project are DaSupremo, Robertjamal12 and Shako-Dev. Please go to the Africa Youth Day 2022 meta page to know the other prize categories and their winners.
  • We are thrilled to inform you that the Wiki Loves Earth 2023 photo contest will take place from 1st May to 31st July 2023. Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photographic competition during which participants take pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes in their countries and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. If you wish to organise an event or participate, see detailed guidelines for the local teams.
  • A team of researchers working on a project that involves analysing the cultural diversity and gender representation of images on Wikimedia Commons, is seeking volunteers to annotate a large number of images based on gender and cultural representation (specifically food and dress). They are offering a gift card valued at $15 or a note of appreciation as a token for your time. If you’re interested, please fill this form here.
  • We are also happy to inform you of the launch of a brand new project related to… Fabric ! The African Fabric Project by the Wikimedians of Twi Language User Group is aiming to create individual articles for each design of native fabrics on English Wikipedia, Wikidata items for each design, entries of images of the designs on Commons, as well as the pronunciation of the Ghanaian given name and a translation for each article on Twi Wikipedia. They need help with any credible references you may have on the individual fabric designs and uploads of the pictures of the designs unto Wikimedia Commons or uploads of usage of the designs by notable personalities or in notable scenarios either in Africa or anywhere else in the world.
  • Just like your Netflix, we now have a sound logo for Wikimedia projects. This means you will soon be able to identify sources from Wiki projects when Alexa or Siri supplies you that answer! Click here to listen to the Wikimedia Sound logo as created by Thaddeus Osborne!
  • The Wiki Indaba/Steering Committee (WISCom) is pleased to announce that the 2023 Wiki Indaba conference, an annual conference for representatives of Wikimedia communities and projects across Africa, will take place in Agadir, Morocco on 3rd and 4th of November 2023.
  • After 76% voted in favour of the recommendations, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees have ratified the Universal Code of Conduct/Enforcement guidelines. This means that the recommendations have been approved by the board after the voting. This is the very last step of a very long process… More details on the practical implementation will be communicated accordingly.
  • The episode 9 of the WIKIMOVE podcast, a forum for open and frank conversations activated by Wikimedia Deutschland to discuss topics related to movement strategy, is now available. It discussed Abstract Wikipedia. Please listen to it here.

News aired in February 2023 edit

  • The dates for the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 contest have been finalised. The contest themed Climate and Weather will operate from March 1st till April 30th.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional Funding Committee invite you to apply to become a committee member in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The new deadline is March 6th, 2023.
  • WikiLearn -- the online learning system created by the Community Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation -- has come out of beta testing and is now ready for general use. It also has a major new feature: course content translation. Read all about it here
  • The Technical Engagement team is interested in talking with active contributors to Wikimedia Commons about finding more ways for the Commons community to use Toolhub. If you are interested in discussing our proposal, or if you have your own idea to propose improving Toolhub integration with Commons, please join the conversation at Commons tools discussion page.
  • The Wikimedia Stewards/Elections 2023 voting is on. Eligible voters are invited to review the list of the candidates and vote. Deadline is 26 February 2023, 21:00 (UTC).
  • The Afrosounds Project Edit Contest by Free Knowledge Africa is starting on 1st March. For more information on participation, visit our meta page.
  • The episode 8 of the WIKIMOVE podcast is now available. It’s about Movement Strategy. Please listen to it.
  • The Africa Knowledge Initiative call for local organisers interested in Africa Environment month 2023 campaign to submit proposals ends on 28th February. Apply here.
  • The Wiki Loves stats tool now includes Wiki Loves Folklore. Updated stats for all the 2023 participants can now be found here.
  • The Movement Strategy/Forum/Proposal needs your feedback. Kindly fill the feedback survey before 23:59 UTC on 26th February.
  • The new members of the 2023 Ombuds Commission have been announced. Visit the Meta page to find out who they are.
  • Intending Wikimedia Hackathon 2023 satellite event organisers who cannot attend the in-person Hackathon event in May in Athens, Greece, are welcome to apply for Rapid grants to host their events. Deadline is 20th March
  • Results of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines Vote, with 76% of participants voting in support of the Enforcement Guidelines. Statistics for the vote are available here.

News aired in January 2023 edit

  • The theme for the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 international photo contest is Climate and Weather. If you need a Rapid grant to organise Wiki Loves Africa 2023, application deadline is 31st January 2023 for late application.
  • The dates for the Wiki Loves Africa contest have been finalised. The contest will operate from March 1st till April 30th.
  • The Wiki In Africa team is delighted to announce that Wilson Oluoha has joined the team, as Wiki Loves Africa community facilitator. Please feel free to reach out to him for all Wiki Loves Africa related issues.
  • We are excited to inform you that the global conference Wikimania 2023 will be happening in Singapore from 16th-19th August 2023. The Wikimania 2023 scholarship application is still open. Deadline is 5th February.
  • EduWiki Conference 2023 scholarship application is still on. Try to apply by 29th January.
  • Nominations for the Stewards/Elections 2023 are on. Interested candidates can check their eligibility and the procedure to submit nomination on the guidelines page. Submissions can be made until January 30, 2023, 23:59 (UTC).
  • Wikimedia will soon be applying as a mentoring organisation to Google Summer of Code 2023 and Outreachy Round 26. If you have some ideas for coding or non-coding (design, documentation, translation, outreach, research) projects, share them here by February 7th.
  • The voting period for the revised Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines is now open. Voting closes at 23.59 UTC on January 31, 2023. Please visit the voter information page on Meta-wiki for voter eligibility information and details on how to vote.
  • The 9th edition and the first French edition of the monthly Wiki Mentor Africa event, a program designed to help new and inexperienced developers/programmers in the African communities will hold on 28th and 29th January. Time is 17:00 WAT(UTC+1). Please register here to participate.
  • The Community Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting its first community call of the year on Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 from 18:00-19:30 UTC on [3].
  • The Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional Funding Committee invite you to apply to become a committee member in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The deadline for applying is February 20th, 2023.
  • Applications for the 2023 Curationist Fellows Program and of Colour Residency are ongoing! Deadline is 1st February.
  • The Wiki Loves Africa 2022 ISA campaign ended on 15th January 2023, with 95, 413 contributions made on 15,912 images by 48 contributors.
  • The Wiki Loves Women #SheSaid campaign ended on 31st December 2022, with Italian Wikiquote raking in the highest contribution. We say a heartfelt thank you to Camelia Boban, lead of WikiDonne initiative who led the local campaign.
News aired in 2022

News aired in December 2022 edit

  • The theme for the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 international photo contest is Climate and Weather. If you will need a Rapid grant to organise Wiki Loves Africa 2023, you can still apply all through December 2022.
  • The 2022 Wiki Loves Women #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote is ongoing. Go to Wiki Loves Women meta page to learn more and participate. Deadline is 31st December 2022.
  • The Ombuds commission (OC) and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for members. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to do so. Please write in English to the Trust and Safety team at ca@wikimedia.org (to apply to the OC) or to the Legal Team at legal@wikimedia.org (to apply to the CRC). Deadline for applications is 31 December 2022 in any time zone.
  • Wiki Loves Sport 2022 by WikiDonne is currently ongoing. You’re welcome to participate. Deadline is 20th December 2022.
  • We are excited to inform you that Wikimania 2023 will be happening in Singapore from 16th-19th August 2023.
  • The Wikimania Steering Committee is welcoming expressions of interest from community groups to host Wikimania in 2024 and beyond. Send your application to wikimania@wikimedia.org. Submissions are accepted until December 16, 2022.
  • The AfroCine Project is happy to inform you about the ongoing Months of African CinemaContest in the months of November and December 2022. Participants and communities are invited to improve content on Wikipedia, specifically infoboxes related to African Cinema. To indicate your interest in participating, please go to The AfroCine Project page to list your name or your communities’ names.
  • Movement Charter Drafting Committee is inviting community members to fill an anonymous survey to give feedback and thoughts on the content of the Movement Charter the survey will close on January 2, 2023, at 23:59 UTC

News aired in November 2022 edit

  • The theme for the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 international photo contest is Climate and Weather. If you will need a Rapid grant to organise Wiki Loves Africa 2023, application deadline is 1st December 2022.
  • Wiki In Africa is looking to hire a part-time Wiki Loves Africa facilitator. It’s a paid position. Application deadline is December 5th 2022. Go to https://w.wiki/622W to apply.
  • The 2022 Wiki Loves Women #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote is ongoing. Go to Wiki Loves Women meta page to learn more and participate. Deadline is 31st December 2022
  • All the 16 episodes for the season 1 of Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open are available for your listening pleasure. Visit the Inspiring Open website or your favourite podcast platforms to listen to them.
  • The Ombuds commission (OC) and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for members. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to do so. Please write in English to the Trust and Safety team at ca@wikimedia.org (to apply to the OC) or to the Legal Team at legal@wikimedia.org (to apply to the CRC). Deadline for applications is 31 December 2022 in any timezone.
  • Wiki World Heritage User Group is running a new video contest related to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.Please visit the WHintangible_2022 page on Commons to learn more and participate. Deadline is 30th November 2022.
  • Wiki Loves Sport 2022 by WikiDonne is currently ongoing. You’re welcome to participate. Deadline is 20th December 2022.
  • We are excited to inform you that Wikimania 2023 will be happening in Singapore from 16th-19th August 2023.
  • The Wikimania Steering Committee is welcoming expressions of interest from community groups to host Wikimania in 2024 and beyond. Send your application to wikimania@wikimedia.org. Submissions are accepted until December 16, 2022.
  • The AfroCine Project is happy to inform you about the ongoing Months of African CinemaContest in the months of November and December 2022. Participants and communities are invited to improve content on Wikipedia, specifically infoboxes related to African Cinema. To indicate your interest in participating, please go to The AfroCine Project page to list your name or your communities’ names.

News aired in October 2022 edit

  • The 2022 Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid campaign on WikiQuote is open. Click here to learn more and participate. Deadline is 31st December 2022.
  • The WMF Inuka team is exploring having the Wikistories tool on Commons, so they want to get your feedback. Join the office hours on 29th and 31st October to give your feedback.
  • The Ombuds commission (OC) and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for members. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to do so. Please write in English to the Trust and Safety team at ca@wikimedia.org (to apply to the OC) or to the Legal Team at legal@wikimedia.org (to apply to the CRC) with information about:
  1. Your primary projects
  2. Languages you speak/write
  3. Any experience you have serving on committees, whether movement or non-movement
  4. Your thoughts on what you could bring to the OC or CRC if appointed
  5. Any experience you have with the Checkuser or Oversight tools (OC only)
  6. Any other information you think is relevant. Deadline is 31 December 2022 in any timezone.
  • Wiki World Heritage User Group is running a new video contest related to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Please visit to learn more and participate. Deadline is 30th November 2022.
  • Wiki Rescues Manuscripts, a call-to-action and project to support the digitization of manuscripts on Wikimedia platforms (Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource), is having the next Wikisource Triage meeting on 26th October 2022 at 2 PM UTC. Try to be there.
  • WIKIMOVE podcast has release a new episode on peer support in our movement. Check it out here on the website and feel free to react to it on meta page to continue the conversation.
  • Volunteer Supporters Network would like to invite you to a skillshare meeting around one of the topics of retention. The event will happen on October 27th at 2 PM UTC on Zoom (The link to the meeting will be sent to the registered participants on the day of the skillshare).
  • Wiki Loves Sport 2022 by WikiDonne is currently ongoing. You’re welcome to participate. Deadline is 20th December 2022.
  • The Africa Knowledge Initiative and WikiVibrance are hosting the Africa Youth Day 2022 campaign launch webinar on 29th October, 2022. Time is 11:00 AM UTC. Register here
  • The Wikimedia Sound logo contest submission deadline is now closed. You can view the batches of entries under the submissions section of the Sound logo meta page. Catch us on the details of the Sound logo on our last WikiAfrica Hour episode here.
  • Wiki Indaba 2022 conference is happening from the 4th to 6th November in Kigali. Wiki in Africa is one of the media partners for the conference, and will be streaming very interesting sessions of the conference Live on Wiki In Africa YouTube among others, for your viewing pleasure.
  • Our Wiki In Africa team member Florence Devouard attended the Wikimedia Summit 2022 in Germany. Documentation about the Summit had been published and can be viewed here.

News aired in September 2022 edit

  • The Call for proposals and scholarships for 2022 Wiki Indaba Conference is ongoing. The theme for this year’s conference is Advancing Africa’s Agenda in the Implementation of the 2030 Movement Strategy. Scholarship application closes on 23rd September, while session proposals are welcome till 1st October.
  • The Wikimedia Sound logo contest is still on until 10th October. Please participate.
  • The Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines Revisions committee is requesting comments regarding the Revised Enforcement Draft Guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC). This review period ends on October 8, 2022.
  • The second Eduwiki Sub-saharan regional meeting comes up on 27th September 2022, at 3pm UTC/GMT. Register/submit a session using this link. You can join the meeting on Zoom.
  • Wikimedia is participating in the winter edition of this year's Outreachy (December 2022–March 2023). If you have some ideas for coding or non-coding (design, documentation, translation, outreach, research) projects, the deadline to submit projects on the Outreachy website Outreachy website is September 30th, 2022.
  • Wikimedia Sweden has launched Helpdesk for Content Partnerships, a service to support Wikimedians that want to work with partners to share content on the Wikimedia platforms. The idea is that anyone that wants support with a project sends an email to helpdesk@wikimedia.se. You can also send an email if you wish to support others.
  • The WikiCredibility Grants Initiative (WikiCred) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from individuals, groups, or organisations seeking funding support for the development of tools, projects or initiatives that strengthen credibility and reliability of information within Wikimedia projects. More info and how to apply can be found here. Deadline is October 21st.
  • You are invited to the monthly conversation hour of the Global Advocacy/Public Policy team, happening on September 24 @ 8:00 UTC (check your local time) and September 29 @ 17:00 UTC (check your local time). The topic this month is anti-surveillance. For meeting link, click here.
  • The draft leadership definition prepared by the Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback! Please share your feedback on Meta, the feedback form or the Movement Strategy Forum. You can also directly email your feedback to leadershipworkinggroup@wikimedia.org. The feedback will be collected till October 6, 2022.

News aired in August 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has released Episode 12 and Episode 13, with Emna Mizouni and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah as special guests respectively. Please listen to the episodes.
  • The voting window for the Wikimedia Foundation 2022 Board of Trustees election is still on till 6th September 2022. Please cast your vote if you’re eligible.
  • The Call for applications for Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI) Implementing partners is on, and ends on 4th September 2022. Please apply
  • The Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 Int'l photo contest has started. You can participate by taking and uploading quality images of monuments
  • The Wiki Loves Earth 2022 international team would love to share exciting stories from local organisers on international blogs & social media. It could be about your local winners and their journey, approach or features of organising the contest, Interview with a jury member, participant, or organiser, or anything else you consider interesting. Contact us at wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua if you have a story to tell.
  • Wikimedia is participating in the winter edition of this year's Outreachy (December 2022–March 2023). If you have some ideas for coding or non-coding (design, documentation, translation, outreach, research) projects, the deadline to submit projects on the Outreachy website is September 30th, 2022. Visit Outreachy website to apply
  • Creative Commons is offering 41 additional scholarships for their upcoming Creative Commons Certificate for GLAM courses! You can get up to 60% scholarship! Check out courses starting in September 2022 here ,and the 2023 courses here
  • Community members are invited to join the Movement Strategy Forum. Interesting discussions on 2030 Movement Strategy happen on the platform. To join, visit the Movement Strategy Forum website
  • The Wikimedia Sound logo contest will run from 13th September to 10th October. Please participate.
  • The Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 Int’l team has selected Lucy Iwuala and Ruben Ojeda to join the Int’l team. Lucy is a member of Igbo Wikimedia UG from Nigeria and Ruben is a member of Wikimedia Espana from Spain.
  • Applications to Become a Certified Trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program are still open. Deadline is September 4th 2022.

News aired in July 2022 edit

  • African Wikimedia Developers Project has adopted African Wikimedia Technical Community as their new name. New members are encouraged to signup here
  • The West Africa Hub Research team is conducting research on Initiative 25: Regional and thematic hubs in West Africa and your responses will be of utmost importance to us in conducting this research. Kindly fill the related survey here
  • The winners for Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 have been announced! You can view the via c:Wiki Loves Folklore 2022/Winners
  • The Affiliations Committee has officially recognized Women in Religion Wikimedia User Group as a Wikimedia User Group. We welcome them onboard.
  • African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) is looking for French-speaking facilitator for Wikidata course. Click here to apply on/before 23:00 GMT, 29th August 2022.
  • Wikimania 2022 Hackathon holds from August 12-14. If you have any accessibility or translation requests, please contact hlepp@wikimedia.org
  • Wikimedia Ukraine has hired a new Project Manager for Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest. Olesia Lukaniuk and you can contact her at olesia.lukaniuk@wikimedia.org.ua
  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has released the Episode 9, 10 and episode 11, with Helen Turvey, Lola Shoneyin and Nana Ama Asante respectively. Click here to listen to episode 9, here to listen to episode 10, and click here to listen to episode 11.
  • Wiki Loves Monuments International Team is looking for a Communications volunteer. If you are interested, please reach out to wlm-global-org@lists.wmnederland.nl
  • Wiki Indaba Steering Committee (WISCom) has two volunteer positions open to Wikimedians in Africa and the diaspora. Apply via here
  • Registration is now open for Wikimania 2022. Click here to register
  • Wikimedia Foundation is looking to hire 4-11 At-Large Directors for the Wikimedia Endowment Board. Click here to apply.
  • The Inuka team and the Wikistories pilot project team are delighted to announce the launch of the first version of the Wikistories tool. Wikistories is a new tool used to create visual format content that combines images and short text from Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Please check out the too and provide feedback here.
  • Volunteers are invited to vote for statements to use in the Election Compass. You can vote for the statements you would like to see included in the Election Compass on Meta-wiki.
  • Call for community events for Wikidata’s 10years anniversary in October 2022 is open. Contact the organizers if you're interested in organizing a local event.
  • The Carnegie Hall Rose Archives, a department within the nonprofit organization Carnegie Hall Corporation, is seeking proposals from qualified Cultural Heritage Data management consultants to review and evaluate their current methods and approach to managing information, and to assess the technology and improve the processes that support their mission of preserving and making our information accessible. Click here to apply. Deadline is 5:00PM EST on September 1, 2022.
  • Code for Africa (CfA) is offering stipend-based fellowships to four African Wikipedians-in-Residence to tackle climate change issues such as climate denialism or delayism and related mis/disinformation. Click here to apply if you're based in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal or South Africa. Deadline: 5th August 2022.
  • Toolhub project team wants your feedback on the Toolhub taxonomy. Toolhub is a catalog of 1500+ tools used by a wide range of Wikimedia contributors: editors, developers, patrollers, researchers, admins and more. Click here to give your feedback. Deadline: August 21, 2022.
  • Conversation hour with Maggie Dennis, Vice President, Community Resilience and Sustainability is on August 18 at 13:00 UTC (Check your local time). Click here for more details.

News aired in June 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has released the Episode 7 and episode 8, with Esra'a El Shafei and Elizabeth Oyange respectively. Click here & here to listen to the episodes.
  • Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda is inviting us all to take this survey to enable them prepare better for the 2022 WikiIndaba Conference
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Global Advocacy team is launching monthly conversation hours. There are two calls to accommodate timezones, one on June 29 and another on July 1. Find your local time and details on how to join the Zoom call here
  • The Wikimania 2022 Core Organizing Team is looking for volunteers. Click here to apply.
  • Organisers of the African Wikimedia Developers Project would like to change the official name and subscription email list of the "African Wikimedia Developers Project" to "African Wikimedia Technical Community, and would like you to fill this survey
  • The Wikimedia Developer Portal - a centralized entry point for finding technical documentation and community resources across Wikimedia’s key technical areas, has been launched. All key information is also available on the project page of the Developer Portal. Please check out out and leave feedback here
  • The call for submissions for the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2022, which will take place in Ohrid, Macedonia from 14-16 October, is now open. Click here to submit your proposal. Deadline is 31st July 23:59 (CEST)
  • Movement Strategy participants and Wikimedians in general are invited to join the Movement Strategy Forum here.
  • There will be Global Conversations on Regional and Thematic Hubs on June 24, 25 and 26 2022. Please find the details of the events here
  • The fifth workshop on the topic "Hosting bots and scripts on Toolforge" is coming up on Thursday, June 30th at 16:00 UTC. Details on how to join are here
  • Selena Deckelmann has been announced as the Chief Product & Technology Officer of the Foundation's Product and Technology team. She can be reached via sdeckelmann@wikimedia.org.
  • The 3rd Edition of the Wiki Mentor Africa program will take place from 24th to 26th June 2022. Time is 5pm-6pm UTC+1 everyday. Be there
  • Wikimedia Deutschland looking for a partner affiliate to organize the WikidataCon 2023. Contact Lea Lacroix via lea.lacroix@wikimedia.de to submit your proposal, Deadline is 31st July 2022
  • The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) is recruiting for the post of WikiData course manager/facilitator. Click here to apply
  • Call for proposals and scholarship application for WikiConvention francophone 2022 is on. Deadline is 10th July.

News aired in May 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has released the Episode 5, with Angela Lungati. Click here to listen to it.
  • We congratulate the Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda on winning the bid to host the 2022 WikiIndaba Conference, which is slated to hold from 4th to 6th November. It's going to be a hybrid event, where participants will attend online and in-person in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Wiki Loves Earth 2022 photo contest is on. You can submit your entries till July 31st.
  • The 2nd episode of WIKIMOVE has been released. The guests, Erica Azzelini and Lucas Pianta from Wikimovimento Brazil, talked about what they are doing to bring movement strategy to life within the Brazilian and Portuguese speaking communities. You might learn a thing or two from them.
  • The Wikipedia Library has new collections now available to experienced Wikimedia contributors at https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/
  • Call for candidates for 2022 Wikimedia Board of Trustees election has ended. Click here to see the list of candidates.
  • The Community Development team will be leading its second community call on May 25th, 2022 @ 15:00 UTC - 16:30 UTC on zoom. Discussion is on Trainings & Projects within Capacity Building. Endeavor to attend.
  • The Wikimedia Hackathon 2022 comes up on May 20-22. If you already know what you are going to be working on or need help on a project, please add your project to the hackathon Phabricator board. If you are new to the technical community or this is your first Wikimedia Hackathon, please check out the list of tips for newcomers. If you would like to attend a meetup, please visit the local meetups page to learn if there is one nearby and how to join.
  • The members of the Leadership Development Working Group have been announced. Please get to know who they are.
  • The next Wikimedia Research Showcase, Gaps and Biases in Wikipedia, will be live-streamed Wednesday, May 18, at 9:30 AM PST/16:30 UTC. View your local time here. You can stream on YouTube here.
  • Building Partnerships and Identifying and Addressing Harassment Online self-guided courses now available on WikiLearn platform. You can access these courses with your Wikimedia account.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Sound logo contest organising team has shared a proposal for the Wikimedia Sound logo contest. Click here to know more.
  • The May round of the 2022 1Lib1Ref is on and will run until 5th June 2022. Please join to improve the reliability of Wikipedia's content for the billions of readers who rely on Wikipedia as a source of information.
  • The 3rd funding round for Conference funds for events taking place in September - December 2022 is open. This condensed round will be for events already in planning. Proposal deadline is June 13, but you are encouraged to submit your proposal earlier if possible.

News aired in April 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Africa 2022, themed Home and Habitat ends on 30th April 2022. Upload your entries now to stand a chance at winning!
  • Offline community is glad to announce that new versions of Kiwix Desktop are out. Access them here
  • Community Affairs Committee to invite you to their next Conversation with the Trustees, which will take place on 21 April at 10:00 UTC. Request the Zoom link by emailing askcac@wikimedia.org, or stream live on YouTube instead.
  • The virtual Wiki-M3LWiki-M3L:Wikipedia and Multi-Modal & Multi-Lingual Research workshop holds on the 29th April 2022 at 14:15 CET
  • The Community Resources team and the Let’s Connect Working Group are excited to announce the launch of the Peer Learning Program – Let’s Connect. To be part of the “Let’s Connect”, register via this form
  • Wikimedia Deutschland is hosting Wikimedia Summit 2022 on September 9-11, 2022. It will be a hybrid event in Berlin and online.
  • Call for application for UNLOCK free knowledge projects is on until May 29th, 2022!. Click here to apply
  • Wikimedia Foundation's Technical Engagement team has developed a swag program for technical contributors in collaboration with the Fundraising Operations team. This program will reward technical contributors for their active participation in outreach programs, events, and software projects by giving swag. Click here to learn more about the program.
  • Wikimedia Deutschland's Movement Strategy and Global Relations team is excited to announce the launch of WIKIMOVE, their new podcast on all things Movement Strategy. Click here to learn more about the podcast schedule.
  • We are happy to share that Mehman Ibragimov, Joy Agyepong, and Benoît Prieur have been appointed to be part of the Affiliations Committee. Joy Agyepong is from the Ghana community.
  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has released up to 3 episodes now, one of which features The Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander. Click here to access them.
  • The third workshop on the topic of "Writing Pywikibot scripts" is coming up on Friday, April 29th at 16:00 UTC. You can find more details on the workshop and a link to join here.
  • Wikimedia Deutschland has announce the extension of the application deadline for the Wikimedia Summit 2022 to 24th April 2022.
  • Annual Planning Conversations with Maryana Iskander will hold on Saturday 23rd April at 14:00 UTC, Sunday 24th April at 07:00 UTC and Wednesday 27 April at 17.30 UTC respectively.

News aired in March 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Africa 2022, themed Home and Habitat launched on 15th February 2022. Click here to see participating communities and events happening near you.
  • Wiki Loves Women 2022 ISA Tool campaign Tell Us About Her is on. Click here to participate and win amazing prizes.
  • Wiki Loves Women Inspiring Open podcast has launched! Listen to the Episode 1 here as Anie Akpe shares tools that made her successful.
  • Hackathon committee is thrilled to announce the 2022 Global Wikimedia Hackathon, holding online from May 20-May 22 2022. There will be grants available to support local in-person meetups around the world. You can find more information about this here and add yourself to the participants list here
  • The 2022 Wikimania Core Organizing Team has announced that Wikimania will take place this year from August 11-14. The conference will be primarily virtual, with support for local gatherings and events where possible. Take this survey to make your suggestions towards the 2022 Wikimania conference.
  • Ratification voting process for the revised enforcement guidelines of the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) is ongoing till 21 March 2022. Click here to vote.
  • Wikimedia Sverige and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs are pleased to welcome you to participate in WikiGap Challenge to mark women's month. Click here to participate. Deadline is 8th May 2022.
  • The Education team at the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to share a survey aiming to investigate academic faculty’s perceptions of Wikipedia in Higher Education. Kindly click here to take the survey.
  • The virtual launch for #WikiForHumanRights2022 takes place on April 14th 2022. Please save the date.
  • The Campaigns Team at the Wikimedia Foundation is seeking feedback on Event registration system, that can easily register participants on-wiki event page. Click here to check out the system, then give your feedback on the Talk Page
  • Application to join the Leadership Development Working Group is now open and will close on April 10, 2022. Apply here
  • Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 office hour holds on Sunday March 27th by 15:00 UTC. Focus is on the possibilities of using Wikidata for Wiki Loves Monuments. Click here on this page on Commons to register.

News aired in February 2022 edit

  • Wiki Loves Africa 2022, themed Home and Habitat launched on 15th February 2022. Click here to see participating communities and events happening near you.
  • Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 contest is on. Submission deadline is 15th March 2022. Click here to participate.
  • New Global Conversations Event on Regional & Thematic Hubs is planned for 12th March 2022. Click here to get more details.
  • We at Wiki In Africa were able to launch and run the Wikifrica Hour in 2021 with the help of Andrew Lih and Wikipedia Weekly StreamYard platform, and we are very much grateful for this kind gesture. In 2022, we decided to move to our own premium StreamYard platform. And good news… we encourage any community that needs to use such platform to reach out to us.
  • The Community Development team is looking for feedback about the responsibilities of the Leadership Development Task Force. You can give your feedback here. Today is the deadline
  • March is Women Rights’ month. Kindly participate in all the many initiatives proposed by the wikimedia communities. There is a global portal where all the activities you will organise can be listed. Please join in here
  • Open Education Week 2022 is happening from 7th to 11th March 2022. You can Collaborate with open educators, host an activity with your local community or share an OER or resource. Click here to know more.
  • We congratulate the Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda on their official recognition by Wikimedia Foundation. This means the works we do as Wikimedians don’t go unnoticed.
  • CC Open Culture Remix Art Contest 2022 is on. Submission deadline is April 30th 2022. There are cash prizes to be won. Click here to know more.
  • For the Wiki Loves Africa 2022 video - WLA Int’l team wants an audio recording from you saying "Home and Habitat". Send your audio recording to social@wikilinafrica.org before the end of today preferably.
  • The int’l month of francophone contribution runs from 1st to 30th March 2022. Join this telegram group here if you plan to organize any event towards that.
  • Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation for their monthly Office hours this Tuesday, 1st March 2022, at 12:00-13:00 UTC. Click here to know more.
  • The Wikimania 2022 Core Organising Team has been unveiled. This year’s Core Organizing Team members are: Anton Protsiuk from Ukraine, Antoni Mtavangu from Tanzania, Evelin Heidel from Uruguay, Houcemeddine Turki from Tunisia, Kayode Yussuf from Nigeria, NANöR from Syria, Omar David Sandoval Sida from Mexico, Richard Knipel from USA, Sandra Aceng from Uganda, and Venus Lui from Hong Kong. Click here to see their bios.
  • The Africa Bio Genome project is open to all collaborations on the African continent. https://africanbiogenome.org. A coordinated pan-African effort is key to building capacity (and infrastructure) to generate, analyze and deploy genomics data for the improvement and sustainable use of biodiversity and agriculture across Africa. They refer to this coordinated pan-African effort as the African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP), and the community of networks to deliver on this agenda as Digital Innovations in Africa for a Sustainable Agri-Environment and Conservation (DAISEA).
  • Calling all African botanists wanting to improve their taxonomy skills to apply - especially women! The Plant Taxonomy Skills for Ecology and Conservation course is organised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in collaboration with the University of Ghana. The course runs in a hybrid online/in person format, with three weeks of online content and two weeks of practical learning, including the development of a taxonomy project in the herbarium of Accra, and a one-day field trip to Shai Hills (Ghana). In order to apply, please visit
  • The first State of the Internet Language Report has been released. https://internetlanguages.org/en/

News aired in January 2022 edit

  • EduWiki Week 2022 will be happening from 21st to 25th February 2022. Submit your proposals before 30th January 2022. Registration to attend opens of 5th February. 2022.
  • Wiki Loves Africa 2022, themed Home and Habitat launches on 15th February 2022. Click here to see participating communities and events near you.
  • Wiki In Africa is looking to hire a Communications Coordinator and a Community Facilitator. Application deadline is 31st January 2022.at 5pm anywhere on earth. Apply here
  • Wikimedia Nigeria is having an Office Hour on 29th January 2022, titled “Working together with UNESCO-Preserving African heritage.” Time is 12noon GMT+1.
  • Civictech Fund Africa opened call for expression of interest. You can access up to 32000 euros in funding. Deadline is 30th January 2022.
  • Call for Feedback about the Board of Trustees elections is now open and closes on 7th February 2022.
  • WikiForHumanRights Regional Support & Conversation Hour for Middle East and North Africa region holds on 5th February 2021 at 16:00 UTC+1(Paris time) via Zoom
  • You are invited to join the next Conversation with the WMF Board of Trustees on 17 February at 18:30 UTC. You can stream it Live on YouTube here,or request the Zoom link by emailing askcac@wikimedia.org
  • We at Wiki In Africa were able to launch and run the Wikifrica Hour in 2021 with the help of Andrew Lih and Wikipedia Weekly StreamYard platform, and we are very much grateful for this kind gesture. In 2022, we decided to move to our own premium StreamYard platform. And good new… we encourage any community that needs to use such platform to reach out to us.
  • January round of #1Lib1Ref is on till 5th February 202. If you are an organizer or are planning to organize a 1lib1ref event, make sure that your local events have been added to the outreach dashboard
  • Candidate submissions for the Wikimedia Steward elections are open! If you are eligible, you can submit a nomination.
  • Universal Code of Conduct: UCoC enforcement guidelines published for consideration
News aired in 2021

News aired on December 2021 edit

  • The Wiki Loves Africa 2021 ISA tool campaign ends o n 31st December 2021. Do well to participate. Remember there are exciting prizes to be won. Click here to participate.
  • Wiki Loves Africa 2022 theme Home+Habitat has been announced. Organisers who need Rapid Grants must apply by 15th December 2021. Office Hours will hold on 13th December 2021 at 15:00 UTC+1 for English speakers, and on 15th December at 17:00 UTC for French speakers. Click here for more details.
  • The Wiki Loves Women SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote ends on 30th December 2021. Submissions can still be made here
  • 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 #𝗢pen 𝗘ducation For a 𝗕etter 𝗪orld 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 is on! Go to https://oe4bw.org/application/ and apply to join and contribute to the #OER movement as developer, mentor or hub coordinator! 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟯, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.
  • The Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant to contribute 30 hours a week for 6 months to supporting the Education Team’s core work. Click here to apply.
  • Wiki Loves Monuments is specifically looking for jurors from Latin America, Africa, and Asia to join their team of Int’l jury. Contact the jury coordinator Ndahira Derrick ndahiroderric@gmail.com if you’re interested.

News aired on November 2021 edit

  • The Wiki Loves Africa 2021 ISA tool campaign is on. Do well to participate, as there are exciting prizes to be won. Click here to participate.
  • Wiki Loves Women SheSaid campaign is still ongoing. Please participate by creating an entry about a woman on Wikiquote. Click here to participate. All languages are welcome!
  • 1Lib1Ref 2022 campaign needs local campaign organizers and promoters. Please apply by clicking here if you have what it takes.
  • Wiki Loves Africa 2021 general survey is still open to be filled. Please do so to enable organizers know how best to implement the campaign next year. You can access the survey here
  • The Months of African cinema contest is still on. Please do well to participate as it closes by the end of November 2021, To participate, click here
  • The new Movement Charter Drafting Committee members have been announced. Get to know who they are by clicking here
  • The Wikimedia Foundation legal team has posted a draft of an updated conflict of interest policy on Meta-Wiki. You can learn more on the update and give your feedback till November 22nd 2021 by clicking here
  • The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation is preparing its annual plan for the year 2022 to advance the Wikimedia Foundation mission in Nigeria and to better support and strengthen the capacity of our volunteers. If you are a Wikimedia Nigeria Club leader, hub leader or member of Wikimedia Nigeria and you have a strategic project with SMART goals that you want to be funded by Wikimedia Nigeria, please complete this form. Application closes on 7th of November 2021.
  • Call for proposals for Mozilla Fest 2022 is still on. Language activists, creators, historians, GLAM institutions and AI builders are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. New deadline is November 14th 2021. Click here to submit your proposal.
  • Movement Strategy Grants have been reopened. Please do well to apply if you have ideas to advance any of the movement strategy initiatives. Click here for more details.

News aired on October 2021 edit

  • Wiki Loves Women is looking for a podcast host (tab). Link to proposition
  • The Afrocine project core team is happy to inform you that the "Months of African Cinema" Contest is happening again this year in October and November. You’re encouraged to join to win amazing prizes. Click here for more info
  • Movement Charter Drafting Committee - Community Elections to take place October 11 - 24. Please visit the link here to learn more about the process.
  • Wikimedia Foundation Trust & Safety Team is creating a new project that aims to maintain and expand peer-support networks within the Wikimedia communities, improve the working atmosphere on our projects, and aid in the fight against harassment. Visit the link here to learn about the focus group meeting for this project.
  • Some of the WPWPCampaign 2021 prize winners have been announced. Click here to see who they are.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation fiscal year fundraising report covering July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021has been published. Click here to read the report.
  • The 2021 Wiki Loves Folklore contest has ended, winners have also been announced. Click here Wiki Loves Folklore 2021 to know who they are and the number of contributions made.
  • The #30DayMapChallenge data visualization project starts on November 1st 2021. Info on how to participate can be found here
  • There is a Call for smaller language wikis to participate in the technical capacity-building program. Click here for more details.
  • The Wiki Loves Women SheSaid campaign launched on 1st October 2021. Please participate by creating an entry about a woman on Wikiquote. All languages welcome !
  • Call for submissions for the online meeting of the Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe will hold from 5th to 7th November in case you’re interested in submitting a proposal.
  • The call for proposal for WikiConvention francophone ends on 11th October 2021. Please learn more about making a submission here
  • Creative Commons has announced call for case studies (with $1000 compensation) about working with low-resourced cultural institutions in non-western countries: Click here to learn more.

News aired on September 2021 edit

  • The WPWPCampaign 2021 closed on the 31st of August 2021. The final result would be announced on the 1st of October 2021. The International team needs your help with cleanup in any language you speak. If you are interested in joining the International jury for the WPWP 2021, please email Isaac at reachout2isaac@gmail.com
  • Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 has launched and is running for the entire month of September and October 2021! Do well to participate though here
  • The Wiki Indaba 2021 Core organizing team has announced the Call for session submissions for this year’s conference themed “Rethink + Reset : Visions of the Future”. Submit before 24th September 2021 here.
  • There are openings for Community Facilitators, for Movement Strategy and Governance, fluent in Hindi & Bengali, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. Click here and here to know more about the openings and apply if you fit.
  • The Universal Code of Conduct Phase 2 drafting committee would like comments about the enforcement draft guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC). Conversation hours are to hold on 7th September at 03:00 AM UTC & 02:00 PM UTC. Roundtable calls will hold on 18th September at 03:00 AM UTC & 03:00 PM UTC. Roundtable calls - 18 September @ 03:00 UTC & 15:00 UTC. Click here for more details.
  • We are happy to announce that Houcemedine Turki from Wikimedia Tunisia has been appointed a member of WMF Affiliations Committee. Also appointed were Wojciech Pędzich from Poland, Linar Khalitov from Russia, and Mardetanha from Iran.
  • Wikimedia Foundation Language team would like volunteers to test this device dynamic translation tool by clicking here, and give them feedback about the tool using this form. Please the sooner the better so that Wikimedia Language team can enable the tool.
  • TIB, an Open Science Lab in Germany, is looking to fill a devOps position. They need someone with experience in OSS / Mediawiki / Wikibase software (ideally). Remote work is possible. To apply or learn more about the role, click here. Also feel free to reach out to feel free to reach out to lozana.rossenova@tib.eu.
  • The Wikimania Steering Committee and the Wikimania 2021 Core Organizing Team are inviting those who attended the virtual conference to fill Wikimania 2021 post-event survey. Click here to access the survey, till 5th September 2021.
  • The Wikimedia Algeria User Group will be hosting this year’s Wiki Arabia conference from 15th to 17th October 2021. It’s a virtual event. You can submit your sessions here till September 15, 2021 at 23:59 UTC.
  • Wiki Indaba 2021 Core Organizing Team is calling for volunteers to work with. Application is through this form and ends on 7th September 2021.
  • Wikimedia Foundation is participating in the winter edition of this year's Outreachy, a three-month paid remote internship in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), coding and non-coding projects with experienced mentors. It run twice a year–from May to August and December to March. If you would like to share an idea for a project that you would like to mentor or you are not familiar with the program and want to learn anything more about it, feel free to leave a note here or contact ssethi@wikimedia.org.
  • The Call for proposals for Conference and Events Funds has opened on 1st September 2021, and will close on 27th September 2021. You can apply here
  • Finally… The Wiki in Africa team announces that they will run again the #sheSaid campaign to add quotes from notable women on WikiQuote starting october. If you want to join, contact Wiki Loves Women team members, Florence or Candy.

News aired on July 2021 edit

Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos
Wikimania
  • The registration for Wikimania 2021 is still open and FREE! Please register click here to register if you have not done so.
  • The Wikimania 2021 scholarship registration ends on 31st July 2021, Please remember to apply if you need to and haven’t done so, as there is no news about extension.
  • Wikimania 2021 team has given updates regarding language support. With the new changes, speakers will not need to provide an English transcription for their pre-recorded sessions.
  • The New Grants Strategy for the Wikimedia Foundation is now in effect. To see the three new funding programs, click here
  • Call for Sessions and Projects submission for Wikimania 2021 Hackathon is now open .This year's hackathon will take place in a 24 hrs format covering all time zones. You can start proposing a session or a project by following the guidelines here
Board elections
  • Few more Q&A meetings planned for the Board of Trustees campaign are still scheduled. One is holding on 1st August 2021. More details on how to add your questions can be found here
WMF Annual plan
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan for this fiscal year - which runs from July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022 - is now published. You can read an overview of the Annual Plan on DIff
Wikipedian-in-Residence opportunities
  • Code for Africa has paid Wikipedian-in-Residence opportunities for Cameroonian and Senegalese female Wiki editors. English and French. The call for application is live, and we'd like to invite you to apply. The closing date is today July 30 by midnight. Click here to see the Ad

News aired on June 2021 edit

  • The Wikimania scholarship program is now open until 30th July 2021. This year, scholarships will only be issued to Affiliate Organisations, who will then distribute to their respective community members. Read more here
  • The WikiIndaba Steering Committee in conjunction with Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda have announced that WikiIndaba 2021 will be hosted virtually from 5th-7th November 2021. The team would like to understand people’s preferences for this virtual edition, so you can fill this survey by clicking here before 30th June 2021.
  • The Art and Feminism Call for artists to create an original, open-license work which helps to visualize #ArtAndFeminism is open. Up to two selected applicants will receive a 2000$ (USD) artist fee each for their work. This is to celebrate the Global South. The call is limited to artists located in regions where the curators of the call reside: African countries, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Deadline is August 16 2021. Learn more here
  • Community Resources is about to start implementing the new grant funding strategy of Wikimedia Foundation, The Community Resources team is inviting the Middle East And Africa wikimedians to come learn more about implementing the new funding programs through Office hours in English scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 30th June from 5.30 p.m -6.30 p.m (UTC), which you can join through here, and another on Thursday, 1st July from 3 p.m -4 p.m (UTC), which you can join through here. The Office hour in French will be held on Thursday, 1st July 5.30 p.m -6.30 p.m (UTC) which you can join by clicking here
  • Wikimedia Movement Strategy Global Conversations on Movement Charter will hold on Sunday, June 27th 2021. If you wish to attend, please register through here. Registration closes Saturday, June 26 2021.
  • This year, a total of 45 communities will be organizing the 2021 WPWP campaign from about 40 countries. The campaign starts on the 1st of July and closes on the 31st of August 2021.
  • The Wikimania 2021 Pre-conference is going to be held in Tanzania. It’s scheduled for a Saturday and Sunday, either the third week of July or first week of August 2021. The meta page will be up in a few days where you can find more info. Keep checking Wikimania 2021 meta page for info or contact Antoni Mtavangu via antonicmtavangu@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

News aired on May 2021 edit

  May 28: Nigeria Wikimedia Usergroup, documentation of the Oral History of 55 Languages in Nigeria still on going.
  May 28: Universal Code of Conduct enforcement roundtable discussions is happening on 29th May,2021
  May 28: Wikimania 2021 session submission opened on 28th May,2021..
  May 28: Nos Jardins next training webinar for French speaking will be hosted on June 1st..
  May 28: Wikimania 2021 themed ‘’20 years of Wikipedia’’ has been scheduled to hold from August 13th to 17th 2021. Scholarships Open..
  May 28: Call to join the new Middle East and Africa regional grant committee is ongoing till 4th June 2021..
  May 28: Wiki Loves Africa 2021 needs volunteers for the first review which will take place from 1st to 7th June 2021.
  May 28: Call for the first round of 2030 Movement Strategy Implementation grants is ongoing. Apply on or before June 15th 2021.
  May 28: Hausa Wikipedia Annual Contest 2021,scheduled to hold from 1st, June to 15th 2021.

New aired on April 2021 edit

  April 23: Wiki Loves Africa 2021 deadline.
  April 23: Call for ideas on entertainment and swag for Wikimania 2021.
  April 23: WPWP 2021 Call for participation opens 1st May 2021.
  April 23: Call for candidates for Community Board Seats opens 8th June 2021.
  April 23: Call for participants for 3rd edition of African Month in French Wikipedia starts in May 2021, but Call for Jury is ongoing now.
  April 23: #WikiForHumanRights 2021 Article writing drive is on now.