In this article, Eugene Ormandy from Japan, Caner from Turkey and Taufik Rosman from Malaysia introduce their activities in October 2023.


Caner created a logo for this project. The triangle came from the location of three countries and colors has meanings too. Turquoise is the historical and cultural color of Turkey, red one came from Japan flag and golden one came from Malaysia flag. In addition, interlocking triangles represent diversity.

Kurmanbek, CC BY-SA 4.0

Q1. How did you contribute to Wikimedia projects in October 2023?

Eugene Ormandy: I did a lot of things in October 2023. I held four editathons, created four Wikipedia articles, contributed to other Wikimedia projects, and wrote eithteen Diff articles in Japanese and English! Of these, the four editathons were particularly impressive.

  1. Wiktionary Editathon 2023 with Malaysian and Indonesian friends was a good opportunity to learn about other languages and Wiktionary.
  2. A small editathon with Takenari Higuchi for Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship was a lot of fun. I love talking to Wikimedians while editing.
  3. An online editathon week for Wikimedia Japan-Malaysia Friendship was significant because some Wikimedia projects – not just Wikipedia – were improved in the online campaign. This is rare in the Japanese community.
  4. An editathon called WikipediaOYA at Oya Soichi Library in Tokyo, one of my favourite libraries, achieved great results. Many high-quality Wikipedia articles were created, and the participants analysed the uniqueness of the library by editing Wikipedia.
Oya Soichi Library (Eugene Ormandy, CC BY-SA 4.0)

I have already made the report of the events on Diff!

Caner: October was a very exciting month for me. I would like to talk about the Turkic Wikimedia Conference, which is our biggest work in October. More than 30 presentations were made in 3 languages at the conference, which hosted more than 90 participants from 10 countries. The excitement of hosting the participants in Istanbul and the motivation and pleasure of completing the conference positively is indescribable. We also celebrated Wikidata’s 11th anniversary with a cake!

Turkic Wikimedia Conference 2023 Istanbul group photo (Adem, CC BY-SA 4.0)

You can access the Diff article we wrote about the conference below:

Taufik Rosman: October was quite eventful for the user group. After months of preparation, we did an outreach in an aboriginal village in Kelantan, Malaysia where we attempted to preserve the indigenous Mendriq language which according to experts will gone extinct in the next 20 years. The 2-day outreach consisted of training local villagers to edit in Wiktionary, Incubator Wikimedia, Commons Wikimedia and Lingua Libre. A detailed post will be published soon.

Volunteers teaching Mendriq villagers on how to edit Wikimedia projects
Volunteers from IIUM teaching Mendriq villagers on how to edit Wikimedia projects.

Q2. What was the most impressive news of Wikimedia Movement in October 2023?

Eugene Ormandy: OtuNwachinemere‘s Diff article “Climax of Wiki Loves Africa ’23 – Celebrating Climate and Weather winning media” was really impressive. I think it is important to document the climate change through Wikimedia projects.

Stormy day in somalia (Negonasr, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Caner: Frankly, the Diff article that impressed (excited) me was the Wikimedia Japan-Turkey Friendship Editathon in Japan 13 October 2023. Because this event, which was the first physical outcome of the Japanese-Turkish friendship project we carried out jointly with Eugene, gave me information and motivation about the Japan Wikimarathon that we will hold in Türkiye.

Editathon in Nagoya University (Eugene Ormandy, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Taufik: There was this one diff that piqued my interest. It was a diff titled “The Internet Outages Guide” by Nada Hatem. I shared the article with my friend. Even though it is unlikely for this to happen in Malaysia, however, some of the tips are quite useful for those who does not have an Internet connection to begin with like in some remote places in Malaysia. Do give it a read!

Mendriq villages in a traditional house.
Some part of the village in Malaysia do not have Internet coverage.

Q3. What did you learn about your friends’ communities in October 2023?

Eugene Ormandy: I enjoyed reading Wikipedia articles about Malaysia in English, which refer to [[Category:Bilateral relations of Malaysia]]. Not only did I read them, I also translated one of them, [[Egypt-Malaysia relations]], into Japanese [[エジプトとマレーシアの関係]].

Egypt Malaysia Locator (Ranking Update, CC BY-SA 3.0)

I also enjoyed reading some books about Turkey.

  • 内藤正典『トルコ 建国一〇〇年の自画像』岩波書店、2023年。ISBN 9784004319863
  • 今井宏平『トルコ100年の歴史を步く : 首都アンカラでたどる近代国家への道』平凡社、2023年。ISBN 9784582860382
  • 小笠原弘幸『ケマル・アタテュルク オスマン帝国の英雄、トルコ建国の父』中央公論新社、2023年。ISBN 9784121027740

Caner: During the Turkic Wikimedia Conference 2023 Istanbul, I listened to the events for young people organized by our participants from Uzbekistan in their own countries. I realized that, in addition to all of them being brand projects, they were very motivating and productive for young people. I think we should hold similar events in Türkiye.

Uzbekistan=Uzbekistan, WikiCamp 3 (MiroJP, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Taufik: I learnt that Türkiye was celebrating its 100th anniversary as a republic. The country achieved a lot in that span of time. I watched the celebration and it was really festive. It made me wonder how would Malaysia celebrate its 100th birthday in the next few decades.

Republic Day decorations
Republic Day decorations


As Caner had suggested in the September report, we made a music playlist! We are happy if this playlist help readers to have interested in our culture!

Eugene Ormandy: I picked up three songs. The first is “TECHNOPOLIS” by Yellow Magic Orchestra, one of the pioneer of Techno Pop. The second is “管弦楽のためのラプソディ (Rhapsody for Orchestra)” by Yuzo Toyama. I think this is one of the successful examples of the fusion of traditional Japanese music and European “classical music.” The third is “アイドル (Idle)” by YOASOBI, the most popular song in Japan in 2023.

Caner: October is a slightly stagnant and sad month in which we feel autumn deeply. For this reason, I would like to leave here a few songs that are suitable for this month and that I love very much. I will share the songs with you in three different languages: Korean, Turkish and Kazakh. Even though the languages are different, the emotions they convey are always the same!

Taufik: There was this one song that I listened. It was a Japanese song titled “Habit” by SEKAI NO OWARI. Even though it was released last year, there was a singer that made a cover of the song recently named Kogeinu and the singer has not been active. It was quite catchy and I was interested on how the singer ends some of the words with a consonant which is not that common in Japanese.

Growth team newsletter #29

Monday, 4 December 2023 23:54 UTC

Welcome to the twenty-ninth newsletter from the Growth team

Community Conversations

The Growth team will host its first community conversation Monday, 4 December (19:00 – 20:30 UTC). The topic for this meeting will be Mentorship.

This first meeting language will be English, but we plan to host conversations in other languages, and about other topics. Please visit the conversation page on-wiki for the details on how to join. You can also watch the page, or suggest ideas for upcoming conversations there.

Impact Module

At the beginning of November 2023, the Growth team deployed the New Impact Module to all Wikipedias. We recently released a follow up improvement to how edit data was displayed based on editor feedback. [1]

Add a Link

We released “add a link” to 35 more Wikipedias. [2] [3]

We have a few Wikipedias remaining:

  • German and English Wikipedia will be contacted at the beginning of January 2024.
  • There are a few small wikis that will not receive the task until they have enough articles for the algorithm to work properly.

Community Configuration


When a mentor marked themselves as “Away”, they were not getting their name assigned to new accounts when they returned. This has been fixed. [5]

We improved the message received by newcomers when their mentor quits, to reduce confusion. [6]

We worked on ensuring that all mentees are assigned to an active mentor. This required reassigning mentees with no mentors to a new mentor. We paused this as the clean-up script confused some editors. We will resume it when the identified blockers are resolved. [7]

It is now possible to create an Abuse Filter to prevent one user from signing up as a mentor. [8]

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Recent changes

  • The spacing between paragraphs on Vector 2022 has been changed from 7px to 14px to match the size of the text. This will make it easier to distinguish paragraphs from sentences. [1]
  • The “Sort this page by default as” feature in VisualEditor is working again. You no longer need to switch to source editing to edit {{DEFAULTSORT:...}} keywords. [2]

Changes later this week

Future changes


  • Registration & Scholarship applications are now open for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2024 that will take place from 3–5 May in Tallinn, Estonia. Scholarship applications are open until 5 January 2024.

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Hello, everyone! I’m Amal Ramadan, a Senior Community Relations Specialist at the Wikimedia Foundation. I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend the Wiki Women Camp in Delhi, India, from 19-22 October, with the theme of “Map Up, Rise Up.”

I had the privilege of sharing the power of Wikipedia’s mobile applications to empower women globally.

The camp was a remarkable experience, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds and regions, all united by a common goal: to amplify their voices and make a meaningful impact on the world. These women, despite their numerous responsibilities, have chosen to dedicate their time to creating positive change.

The primary focus was to bridge the gender gap, and this was clear through the type of sessions and presentations that were presented during the camp, including:
A gender sensitivity workshop, Community Story, Collaborations and Partnerships Workshop, and Engagement Plan Commitment.
I had the honor of presenting Wikipedia’s mobile applications as a valuable tool for our female readers, editors, and community members; you can check my full presentation from this link on Commons. The Wikipedia apps provide a way for women to be a part of sharing human knowledge. They can edit articles, have patroller rights, and make suggested edits—all while on the move.

Specifically, the suggested edits feature on the Android version of the app offers a various set of opportunities for women editors and contributors:

  • Article Description: A way to provide concise and informative summaries for articles, helping readers get the subject at a glance. This ensures that information is presented in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Article Images: Contributors can enhance Wikipedia articles by suggesting relevant images that add visual context and more explanation to the content, enriching the overall user experience.
  • Image Captions: By contributing descriptive captions to images, editors play a crucial role in providing readers with a better understanding of the meaning and context behind visual elements within articles.
  • Image Tags: The suggested edits feature allows custom tags to be added to the images, making it easier for users to search and discover relevant visual content on Wikipedia.

It’s important to note that while these suggested edits are currently available for the Android version, they are expected to be made accessible to iOS users and released in the LATAM region in March 2024. The global release is anticipated to follow in June 2024. This expansion ensures that women contributors worldwide can actively participate in shaping and enriching Wikipedia’s content through these valuable editing features.

The Wikimedia apps are designed to seamlessly fit into users’ busy days, considering various responsibilities such as work and family duties. One of our app users even shared that she uses the article images on the Android version as a kind of game during her transportation time or while waiting at the doctor’s clinic.

The cultural exchange was equally enriching. India, with its rich history, served as an inspiring backdrop for the collective efforts of women, both young and old, to effect change in their communities. It was an overwhelming experience to witness this fusion of history and contemporary female empowerment.

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting Sumita Roy. She shared her passion for photography- check her YouTube channel here from this link – and her active involvement in Wikimedia projects like Bangla Wikipedia, English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons. She also participated in Wiki Loves Folklore when it started as Wiki Loves Love in India.

Sumita introduced herself as an amateur photographer, nature lover, and a Wikipedian; that’s why most of her contributions are around photographing nature and uploading them on Commons with this category: Birds near Jamnagar railway station and Category: Quality images as examples. Regardless of the years she has lived, she continues to hunger for knowledge and achievements, serving as an example of determination, and this can be shown in her participation during the workshops that we attended together at the camp.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of this experience, and I am excited about the positive impact that the collective efforts of these amazing women will have on our world. The future is bright, and Wikimedia volunteers remain an essential tool for achieving this transformation through their work, adding and curating content that anyone can access, for free, anywhere on the planet.

And you can be updated to the Wikimedia apps newsletter by subscribing to its link on Meta as well.

In November, the Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) members engaged in a series of meetings and discussions, continuing on their commitment to shaping the future of the Wikimedia movement. It has been quite an interesting time for the MCDC to experiment with the open monthly drop-in sessions to engage with community members more regularly. You can read more about their work in the text below. Looking ahead, the MCDC is gearing up for the December 7th open session and is set to share high-level responses to community feedback in January 2024. With the effort and engagement of the past few months, the MCDC is in full work mode to pave the way for their in-person meeting in late January dedicated to consolidating the Charter content and preparing for the next phase of community consultations. 

In November, the MCDC met eight times: 

  • November 2 – Monthly drop-in session: This monthly session with the community continued discussions from last month on the structure of the Global Council. The supporting team has provided a recap of the conversation on the Movement Charter’s Talk page. For those who missed this session, recording is available on Youtube. Among the participants of the two drop-in sessions, there was a lack of representation from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and ESEAP regions. Next drop-in session is scheduled for December 7 at 15.00 UTC (check your local time). We invite you to sign-up on Meta.   
  • November 3 – Stakeholder meeting: The MCDC met with Selena Deckelmann, Chief Product and Technology Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, for the second time. The discussion centered around the work that needs to be done to truly pursue Movement Strategy pillars, with a specific focus on Knowledge Equity from a Product and Technology perspective. Some of the topics discussed included volunteer sustainability, particularly providing support to online editors; the importance of clearly defining the scope and expectations from the Tech Council; and exploring the implications for the Movement Charter by adding the lens of content generation.  
  • November 9 – MCDC weekly meeting: The Committee members were briefed on preparations for Wikimedia Summit 2024. The Committee has shifted its weekly meeting time to 15:00 UTC due to wintertime changes. Based on the diverse feedback received from July to September 2, 2023, along with insights from the monthly drop-in sessions, various aspects of the Global Council were discussed within the Committee, including financial implications. The Committee is exploring new proposals on the Global Council topic. 
  • November 16 – MCDC weekly meeting: Continuing the discussions on the new proposals for the Global Council draft. 
  • November 23 – MCDC weekly meeting: The review of the revised Hubs draft was skipped due to not having a quorum of committee members at the live meeting. MCDC members started  preparing for their in-person meeting in January 2023, which aims to produce a preliminary draft of the full Charter, to be consulted on ahead of the Wikimedia Summit.
  • November 28 – Stakeholder meeting: The MCDC met with the Senior Leadership of the WMF. 
  • November 29 – Stakeholder meeting: The MCDC met with an Affiliations Committee (AffCom) liaison to discuss feedback from the AffCom. 
  • November 30 – MCDC weekly meeting: The MCDC discussed proposals on the Global Council draft. 

In other news:

After the MCDC’s in-person feedback sessions at Wikimania in Singapore, the Committee members have been busy in various capacities. Like many other active individuals in our movement, MCDC members wear different hats. In addition to participating in weekly meetings, and drafting work, some members actively presented at regional Wiki conferences from September to November.

The Movement Charter Ambassadors are finalizing their conversations. You can find more information about some of their organizational efforts and feedback shared on Diff by project leads:

Implementing the 2nd Round of Movement Charter Conversation in the Igbo Wikimedians Community by Iwuala Lucy, an experienced Wikimedian and passionate advocate for free knowledge dissemination, preservation of indigenous languages, and digitization.

(Photo: Iwuala Lucy by Iwuala Lucy on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Movement Charter Conversations in the Kashmiri Community by 511KeV, contributor to English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Kashmiri Wikipedia, dedicated to preserving the Kashmiri language in the digital realm. They also founded the Kashmiri Wikimedians User Group and engage in outreach activities.

(Photo: Dal Lake Hazratbal Srinagar by Suhail Skindar Sofi on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

MCDC Workshop at Turkic Wikimedia Conference 2023 by Kurmanbek, Turkish Wikimedian, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Student, and Founder of Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club. 

(Photo: Wikimedia Summit 2022 Portraits Kurmanbek by Jason Krüger on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Upcoming Community Conversation Hour: 

  • The next open session with the communities will be on the purpose of the Global Council, and it is scheduled for December 7, 2023, at 15:00 UTC (local time). You can join the session via the Zoom link (sign your name here) or watch the livestream on YouTube

What’s next?

  • Closing the feedback loop: In December, the MCDC will share a high-level response to the community feedback collected from July-September 2, 2023. Response to the feedback received from September 2 to December 31 will be published in January 2024. The Committee thanks those who have shared feedback, including the Executive Director’s meeting statement published recently on Meta, and the Wikimedia Board of Trustees feedback the committee received via the MCDC liaisons. 
  • MCDC in-person meeting: The Committee will gather for three days of working sessions in January 2024. The main aim is to consolidate the content and prepare for the next community consultation of the full Charter ahead of the Wikimedia Summit. 

In 2023, Wiki Loves Earth International photo contest supported the initiative Wiki4HumanRights, in partnership 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.

Within the special nomination “Human Rights and Environment”, we accepted images that capture the impact of human activity on the environment. You can read more about the nomination and criteria for image selection here.

We’ve been organizing this nomination every year since 2021. In 2023 for the first time it accepted images from the whole world, not only from the countries taking part in the main contest.

And as a result, we received over 8,500+ images in the nomination, the highest-ever number.

This year, we had 6 people on the Jury team: biologists, ecologists, human rights and environment experts, and Wikimedians, who helped us to choose the best images.

  • Joao Pompeu (Brasil, biologist and ecological researcher, documentary photographer);
  • Nicky Deluggi (Italy, intern with the Human Rights Team at the Wikimedia Foundation, former climate activist);
  • Olivia Bonner (USA, Equitable Decarbonization Legal Fellow at Stanford Law School); 
  • Valentina Vera-Quiroz (Colombia, Human Rights, Tech & Policy Fellow at Wikimedia Foundation);
  • Juliana Almeida (Portugal, UNEP’s Law Division as an Environmental Law specialist);
  • Masana Mulaudzi (South Africa, Senior Manager, Campaign Organizing at the Wikimedia Foundation).

Check the post with full information about the jurors over on Instagram.

After a review by the organizing team and the round of jury evaluation, we have the top 10 best images for the special nomination.

And we are ready to present them!

1st place: For the first place, the jury chose the series of two images that represent the issue of pollution with plastic and waste gathered on Odaw river in Ghana.

One of the jurors, Joao Pompeu, commented on these images: “The bird´s eye view puts into perspective the plastic pollution, one of the greatest environmental challenges of our times. The intriguing composition and the dimension of the people in the scene against waste gathering compel us to think about the fundamental right to a clean environment. Human wellbeing is only achieved in balance with natural processes, and this requires overcoming socioenvironmental inequalities”.

Litter Stream turn Gutter
Litter Stream turn Gutter

2nd place: One more common environmental problem created by humans is shown in this photo — the consequences of burning dry grass in the “Seretsky” hydrological reserve located in Ukraine.

“Hotter and drier weathers, probably caused by climate change, are shifting the patterns of wildfires worldwide. In consequence, wetlands and hydrological reserves are affected, forcing the population to evacuate or cope with uncontrolled fire. The photo represents a global issue with consequences for human well-being. The contrast of the shape of the fire line with the river and the dry grass makes the photo dramatic and impressive. It seems that the river is also burned” – says Joao Pompeu.

Photo by Matviyiv.lubomir, CC BY-SA 4.0.

3rd place: Human effects on nature are various. Fishing is one of the ways to impact the ecosystem, often in damaging ways. This image from Serbia shows fishing at sunrise.

“A pleasant, low-key photo of the early morning fog. The mood conveys the enjoyment of being at that place and time” – commented juror Joao Pompeu.

Photo by Vanja Kovac, CC BY-SA 4.0.

4th place: The photo shows a windmill near the Sivash. Location — Azovo-Syvash National Nature Park, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine.

Nicky Deluggi, one of the jurors, commented on this image: “Breathtaking composition and colors, a surreal merger of natural and artificial landmarks”.

Photo by Ryzhkov Oleksandr, CC BY-SA 4.0.

5th place: This beautiful view, taken in Portugal, shows us a combination of human life and nature in Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela.

One of the jurors, Masana Mulaudzi, commented on this image: “This image beautifully balances light and dark to show the impact of people on our Earth”.

6th place: Flooding often disrupts nature and human activity. The image from Italy, taken in Bacini di Conselice shows us the street, which became a river after a huge rain.

Photo by Cesare Barillà, CC BY-SA 4.0.

7th place: Unfortunately, animals are almost the first who are suffering from human actions. This image perfectly represents how we damage the forest dwellers. Location — Ireland, Phoenix Park.

Joao Pompeu describes the problem in this way: “The photo portrays how environmental pollution threatens biodiversity worldwide. Synthetic fibers from oil and coal are found from European parks to tropical landscapes and polar waters, posing real challenges for biological conservation”.

Photo by MetAddyOliver, CC BY-SA 4.0.

8th place: The ecosystem of oceans is hugely important for the environment. And catching shellfish also has its effect, which is represented in this photo in the Atlantic ocean. It was taken in Nigeria, Opobo town, Port Harcourt.

9th place: Electricity underpins human activity but also disrupts nature. The photo shows us the fog and the electrical lights covering the city Butwal in Nepal.

“Brilliant – the contrast between the soft clouds and the harsh city lights creates a dreamy yet eery atmosphere” – commented Nicky Deluggi.

Photo by Mithunkunwar9, CC BY-SA 4.0.

10th place: Here is an up-close view of the portion of Taal Volcano’s ash-covered rugged terrain. Since its closure to tourists in 2020, the view from Agoncillo, Batangas offers the closest experience to witnessing the volcano island without physically visiting it.

Photo by Michael Angelo Luna, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to everyone who has shown a commitment to spreading awareness about such an important and crucial topic!

This year, a special nomination “Human Rights and Environment” was held for the third time. Last year, it attracted approximately 1,100 images from 2 countries. You can find the previous year’s results here.

Follow the project on social media to keep up with all updates (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

And stay tuned for the final top 20 best images of the main contest Wiki Loves Earth 2023!

Celebrating Alberto Leoncio!

Monday, 4 December 2023 12:30 UTC

Readers around the world are familiar with the mainspace side of Wikimedia projects: the verified article pages, the proofread books, the treasure trove of open source media, and countless dictionary definitions, to name a few. There is also a lot happening in the background. Without the work of people resolving conflicts in talk pages, creating bots and giving creative solutions to conflicts the work around content would be much more difficult. Today we are celebrating usuário:Albertoleoncio, a Wikimedian who likes to  work on the backstage of the Portuguese Wikimedia projects: watching and performing  oversight content, working as an interface administrator and being a volunteer for VRT.  

For Alberto, the Wikimedia adventure started twice, and both times in relation to the same place – Itamari, a Brazilian municipality, 913 kilometers from the capital city, Brasília. In 2006 Alberto added some information and a photo to the article about Itamari, where he comes from. And for the next 13 years he was an occasional editor, making small changes from time to time. This changed in 2019 when he came back to editing about Itamari, and specifically, about the highway crossing the municipality. His edit was not perfectly sourced, which was pointed out by another Wikimedian. The discussion this sparked, made Alberto realize that Wikipedia is so much more than an encyclopedia – it is a community. And that made him engage more. 

The community is what Alberto finds the most important in the wikiworld. His favorite picture on Wikimedia Commons shows a group photo from WikiConBrasil 2022: Wikimedia contra a desinformação (Wikimedia against disinformation), this was the first conference held by and for the Brazilian community. The picture shows a vibrant and energetic community, filled with that special energy, which is always created when Wikimedians gather together. Alberto is also in that picture, in one of the back rows. 

The backstage is also where he can be found in the Wikimedia projects. He is less about creating content nowadays, more about creating a supportive infrastructure for others to do so. Alberto manages bots, scripts, filters, templates and modules. He helps beginners to understand Wikipedia rules and policies, and engages in administrative work: protecting pages, and blocking vandals. 

This kind of work is  meaningful in many different ways. It can even help in making Wikipedia a kinder place. Alberto is proud of his work in the Main page “Eventos atuais”, similar to the’ In the news’ on English Wikipedia. Such events would be directly inserted in the page – often without previous discussion – which would generate numerous conflicts among users, account blocks and page protection. Therefore, he proposed a new system in which discussions would be more organized, civilized and with an automated proposal publishing and archiving system. Since then, the conflicts have drastically decreased.

When asked about his work, Alberto says: “I like to think of my work as a ‘bridge builder,’ helping the community and the wiki movement in general reach their objectives. I didn’t join Wikipedia with a specific agenda, such as contributing to articles on a specific topic. I joined it because I identified with the proposal of promoting free knowledge, in a curated and disinformation-free fashion, reaching any interested person, no matter the context.”

If there is anything that Alberto regrets when it comes to Wikimedia, it is the lack of time. Nowadays he tries to focus on the areas where he can make a difference, be it on technical parts, on internal community discussions, or in other movement activities.

Albertoleoncio would like the world to discover the same that he had discovered at the second beginning of his Wikipedia journey – that this encyclopedia is much more than it may seem on the surface. “I wish whoever reads Wikipedia understands that it is not just a website to look for information, That Wikipedia is just one aspect of something much bigger, that there are several editors behind a single article, that there is a community behind each Wikipedia and that it goes much beyond that, with many projects in the wiki movement created by volunteers for free knowledge.” – he says. 

Thank you for being part of this amazing community of volunteers, Alberto. Today we celebrate your commitment to the Wikimedia movement. 

International Volunteer Day

Monday, 4 December 2023 12:00 UTC
Celebrating the contributions of Kerry Raymond
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Australian Wikipedian, Kerry Raymond.

The 5th of December is International Volunteers Day and Wikimedia Australia would like to acknowledge the hard work of Kerry Raymond. Kerry is a passionate Wikipedian and has spent many years contributing to Wiki platforms. Her generosity in sharing her knowledge, skills and time is immeasurable.

Her unwavering commitment, passion, and dedication to Wikipedia, and particularly content about Queensland, has played a pivotal role in fostering the growth and success of our community and organisation. Her contributions, whether through content creation, her technical expertise, outreach, or leadership initiatives, have left an indelible mark on Wikipedia and have significantly enriched the collective knowledge of users worldwide.

Over the years Kerry has also partnered with the Australian National University, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Queensland, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology to help them achieve remarkable outcomes.

Kerry has added an astounding amount of content about Queensland places, with a focus on history and geography, and has made over 250,000 edits and created 1000s of new pages to Wikipedia; she has also added over 100,000 images to Wikimedia Commons and helped geolocate many more. Kerry is not done writing about Queensland yet!

She contributes and stays on Wikipedia because she believes in its vision statement, a quote from its creator Jimmy Wales, that: "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing".

Thank you Kerry for all your work. Wikimedia Australia and Wikipedia wouldn’t be what they are without you.

If you want to know more about how you might want to contribute contact us and we can organise a free group or one-on-one session to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia or give a general talk about Wikipedia.

From November 18th to 19th, 2023 Wikimedia Indonesia and the Wikimedia Foundation took part in the regional and national level dialogue on “Youth Actions Against Child Marriage and Harmful Practices” hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN sexual and reproductive health agency. The event aims to raise awareness among Indonesian youths about sexual and reproductive health and its crucial role in preventing harmful practices such as child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Additionally, it seeks to establish a national platform for knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning, while also providing capacity building for Indonesian youths to take action, utilizing digital platforms for effective campaigning on these issues. 

On the first day of the conference, Masana Mulaudzi, Senior Manager of Campaigns Organizing at the Wikimedia Foundation, discusses the Wikimedia Movement’s commitment to closing the gender gap in the digital space to nearly 100 people who joined the event in person and virtually. Masana touches on the replication of global gender inequality patterns in the Wikimedia ecosystem as well as the challenges and needs faced by content creators, editors, functionaries, and organizers within the movement. The talk also delves into the systemic issues faced by women, non-binary individuals, and marginalized communities, outlining the strategies and efforts employed to bridge these gaps. Masana’s presentation concludes by highlighting the collective efforts of the Wikimedia community and encouraging ongoing collaboration to promote gender equality and knowledge equity in the digital realm.

“Young people in Indonesia and across the world need safe access to accurate, accessible content on trusted sexual and reproductive health on the internet. To create this information, we rely on the efforts of a diverse group of contributors, including editors. The Wikimedia Movement demonstrates the powerful impact of collective efforts at closing the gender gap – in roughly 10 years, editors who identify as women have increased from under 10% to 22% in 2023 – representing a roughly 100% increase. While organizers who invite new editors into our movement need more support to sustain this growth, partnerships like this one with the UNFPA, can help our movement develop content that responds to the needs of our time.”

Masana Mulaudzi

Hassan Mohtashami, UNFPA Indonesia Representative, emphasized the centrality of sexual and reproductive health and rights to the gender equality and human rights agenda. He stated, “Without sexual and reproductive health and rights, we will not achieve full gender equality and human rights, hindering our progress in development, peace, and security.”

In Indonesia, where one in nine children are married before the age of 18, and 55% of women aged 14 to 59 report their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), the need for action is urgent. Hassan highlighted the pivotal role of digital platforms, with approximately 150 million people accessing digital media at any given time. He stressed the importance of crafting messages that resonate with audiences through these platforms, delivering comprehensive and accurate information to combat child marriage and FGM/C.

On the second day of the conference, Rachmat Wahidi (Wikimedia Indonesia Chair), had the opportunity to interact with 30 Indonesian youths from UNFPA’s youth networks, namely the Community of Practice for SRH Youth Content Creators, BESTARI scholarship recipients (scholarship targeted to Indonesian girls to prevent child marriage), and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) National Youth Facilitator network through his in-person workshop.

“In this digital era, social media gently ushers in various transformations in people’s lives. Its utility shines as a valuable tool for advocating positive changes in societal norms, changes that may still be unfamiliar to many. Nurturing media and information literacy becomes vital for individuals to eloquently express their thoughts and access accurate information. We warmly extend an invitation to you to join the Wikimedia movement to collaborate harmoniously in creating and enhancing articles centered around women’s topics, for a more informed and inclusive digital world.”

Rachmat Wahidi, to the youths who present at his session

Rachmat shared his insights on utilizing media and information literacy for the digital movement. In his workshop, Rachmat mentions the importance of media and information literacy to filter information, combat misinformation and disinformation, as well as to protect personal information on the internet. He also correlates those aspects with the role of Wikipedia in media and information literacy by introducing Bahasa Indonesia Wikipedia as an example, highlighting the importance of the “talk” page to discuss the accuracy of recent edits on Wikipedia as well as “revision history”. At the end of his presentation, Rachmat highlights the effort of Wikimedia Indonesia to bridge the gender gap by participating in the planned Wiki Women’s Health campaign while sharing the example of the women’s health Wikipedia articles that required improvement as a call to action.

The event has opened up the understanding of how the Wikimedia movement could align with the global effort to bridge the gender gap, particularly on women’s health topics spearheaded by UNFPA. This collaboration shall serve as a milestone for further partnerships with UNFPA in the Asia Pacific region.

Tech News issue #49, 2023 (December 4, 2023)

Monday, 4 December 2023 00:00 UTC
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weeklyOSM 697

Sunday, 3 December 2023 10:40 UTC


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OSM training course and Mapathon in support of the victims of the 8 September earthquake in the High Atlas, Morocco [1] | © SIGE – Société d’Ingénierie Géomatique et Environnementale


  • The proposal highway=cyclist_waiting_aid, to map street furniture and devices for cyclists that are intended to make waiting more comfortable, was approved with 26 votes for, 0 votes against, and 0 abstentions.


  • Karlos argued the importance of separating OpenStreetMap for end-users (map users) from power-users (map developers). Mweper added that this separation has been quite successful in the Android (end-user) and Linux (power-user) ecosystems.
  • MapAmore tooted that custom emojis for OpenStreetMap are available on the Mastodon instance The list is impressive.
  • Miguel Sevilla-Callejo, from the Spanish OpenStreetMap community, is collecting data to assess the importance of OpenStreetMap as a source of spatial data in quantitative terms.
  • Raquel Dezidério Souto, from Brazil, was selected as the UN Mapper of the month for November 2023.


  • Martijn van Exel has devised a MapRoulette challenge to improve the historic mine data imported from the GNIS database.

Local chapter news

  • Frederik Ramm has proposed closing the talk-de mailing list.


  • The OpenStreetMap community of Colombia and TomTom recently organised a face-to-face event in Medellin with the purpose of improving the city map by adding missing buildings through a number of MapRoulette challenges.
  • Ivy Perez, a Viscan YouthMapper, visited Pista ng Mapa 2023 in Tacloban City and blogged her impressions of the event.

Humanitarian OSM

  • [1] Sige published a photo-summary of the OSM training course and Mapathon, held to support the victims of the 8 September earthquake in the High Atlas, attended by 230 Moroccan students in geomatics. This action is part of the cartographic support for Morocco in response to the earthquake for which Sige is actively looking for sponsors.


OSM in action

  • The Find My District feature on the New York City Council website displays a CARTO basemap of New York, which is based on data from OpenStreetMap. Guillaume Rischard has reminded the website’s development team of the need to follow OpenStreetMap’s attribution rules properly.


  • Kathleen Lu, from the OpenStreetMap Foundation Legal/License Working Group, suggested that the EU member governments release their open data under a CC-0 licence rather than CC-BY-4.0, so that it can be used by OpenStreetMap. If this is not possible, they have proposed a slight modification to the CC-BY-4.0 licence to make it compatible with OpenStreetMap’s licence.


  • The next version of SMASH (formerly known as Geopaparazzi), yet unreleased, will support GeoJSON layers, and fix the long-standing bug that caused OSM tiles to not be visible at very high zoom levels.


  • rtnf showed how to search for active OSM contributors around an area, including their edit count, and frequently used tags.


  • GDAL 3.8.0 has introduced significant speed-ups in the creation of GeoPackage files (can be 3 to 4 times faster). Instead of delegating the spatial RTree creation to SQLite, as was done before, the GDAL codebase now embeds a specialised algorithm. The developer has proposed the improvements in the algorithm to the SQLite project.
  • Christoph Hormann announced the release of OpenStreetMap Carto version 5.8.0.
  • The November update of Organic Maps (an OSM-based mobile application) has been released, with an outdoor style preview, fixes in map styles and routing, and updated map data. Organic Maps now also has a referral link to a travel metasearch engine, which some users think conflicts with the privacy-focus mantra of the app. F-Droid has discussed adding an Anti-Features warning for users.

Did you know …

  • … that you can create a StreetComplete quest icon ball animation screensaver using fallingQuestsScreensaver?
  • … TomTom will be a financial backer of MapRoulette? See the OSM US’s website for details.
  • … the amazingly comprehensive OSM Apps Catalog? It is a web app for filtering and searching OSM apps that are described in the OpenStreetMap wiki.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
Mbankomo State of the Map Africa 2023 2023-11-30 – 2023-12-02 flag
Oakland A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and Santomieri-Farhadian Duo 2023-12-02 flag
Comuna 13 – San Javier Resolución de dudas del evento Levantando Construcciones 2023-12-02 flag
Budapest Walk around Etele Plaza, indoor mapping demo and brainstorming 2023-12-04 flag
Missing Maps London Mapathon 2023-12-05
Berlin OSM-Verkehrswende #53 2023-12-05 flag
Mapping Pedestrian Infrastructure Mapathon: Rome 2023-12-06
Stuttgart Stuttgarter OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-06 flag
San Francisco A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and John Ingle; Loan Agreement by John Davis; Change of Uniform by Dave Defilippo 2023-12-07 flag
OSM Indoor Meeting 2023-12-08
Berlin 186. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2023-12-08 flag
Comuna 13 – San Javier Resolución de dudas del evento Levantando Construcciones 2023-12-09 flag
Saint-Martin-d’Hères Cartopartie à vélo des zones commerciales de Saint-Martin d’Hères 2023-12-09 flag
København OSMmapperCPH 2023-12-10 flag
Chambéry Mapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-12-11 flag
Zürich OSM-Stammtisch 2023-12-11 flag
Grenoble Debriefing Cartopartie à vélo du samedi 9 déc à Saint-Martin-d’Hères 2023-12-11 flag
臺北市 OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #59 2023-12-11 flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-12-13
Hannover OSM-Stammtisch Hannover 2023-12-13 flag
Stainach-Pürgg 11. Österreichischer OSM-Stammtisch (online) 2023-12-13 flag
Bochum Bochumer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-14 flag
München Münchner OSM-Treffen 2023-12-14 flag
Lorain County OpenStreetMap Midwest Meetup 2023-12-15 flag
Amsterdam Maptime Amsterdam – A very Mappy Christmas! 2023-12-15 flag

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Greetings EduWikimedians! We are excited to introduce the EduWiki Nigeria Community – an eclectic team of certified trainers, volunteers, educators, students, and professionals. Our drive? To effectively integrate Wikipedia into Nigeria’s Primary and Secondary educational system, while encouraging a community focused on knowledge exchange, skill development, and lifelong learning.

The traditional Nigerian education, historically based on textbooks, chalkboards, and designated areas for learning, is about to undergo a digital transformation. While national policies prioritize Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and ICT skills, there’s a gap in the recognition of Open Educational Resources (OER). The introduction of Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom, in accordance with Nigeria National Policy on Education and UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy Framework, aims to bridge this gap.

Our Mission Includes:

  • Empowering teachers with Wikipedia’s vast potential, guiding them to weave it into their curricula.
  • Paving avenues for students to enrich Wikipedia, bringing academic perspectives to global readers.
  • Building collaborative bridges with community organizations, education authorities, and digital literacy non-profits.
  • Fostering an active community of Wikipedia enthusiasts through regular meetups and engagements.

🚀 Journey So Far

Here’s a glimpse of our strides in integrating Wikipedia into classrooms:

  • Skill Development: Over 280 Secondary school teachers trained across states like Kwara, Lagos, Abuja, and Anambra states Nigeria.
  • Implementation:Introduced Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom to over 45 students, shaping young editors of the future.
  • Community Building: Marked presence in campaigns like the Africa Day Campaign, highlighting African environmentalists and entrepreneurs.

Spotlight On Our Engagements

🌐 Looking Ahead

Our vision for EduWiki Nigeria Community doesn’t end here. We are on a mission to continually expand, inviting more educators and students to this innovative journey, turning classrooms into knowledge hubs. Join us, collaborate, and let’s redefine the future of education in Nigeria using Wikipedia!

Delayed thoughts from Wikimania 2023

Friday, 1 December 2023 17:21 UTC

I had this bit saved in my drafts for a while now. Getting it out there even if unfinished.

I’m currently sitting in a gigantic convention center. It’s part of a larger multi-block series of interconnected hotels and shopping malls. It’s in Singapore, which is 9,545 miles from my home. The furthest distance I’ve ever been from home, my family.

It isn’t the first time I’ve traveled since Covid. But it is the first time being around this many people and having to be “on” for long periods of time.

Im surrounded by happy people who are excited to be with one another.

It’s overwhelming, in what is quickly becoming “in a good way”.

Racy git magic

Friday, 1 December 2023 04:37 UTC

Exploting a long-standing git bug for my own amusement.

And I think there is one known race: the index mtime itself is not race-free.

– Linus Torvalds, Re:git bugs, 2008

A well-known race condition skulks through git’s plumbing.

And I can demo it via a git magic trick 🪄1

$ tree -L 1 -a .
├── file
└── .git

$ cat file
$ git status
On branch main
Changes to be committed:
        new file:   file

$ git ls-files --modified  # No output. A clean working directory.
$ git commit --message="The file sez $(cat file)"
$ git log --oneline HEAD -1
600fcac (HEAD -> main) The file sez okbye
$ git status
On branch main
nothing to commit, working tree clean

Nothing up my sleeves:

  • The git repo had one staged file, file, containing okbye—nothing else
  • I committed it
  • And the commit message is The file sez okbye

Now, the big reveal:

$ cat file
$ git show HEAD:file
$ git status
nothing to commit, working tree clean

Boom. ✨Magic✨

Git is clueless that the wrong file is in your work tree.

Even git restore has no effect:

$ git restore file
$ cat file

Git maintainers know this sleight-of-hand well—dubbing it the “Racy Git Problem” circa 2006.

But it can still generate heisenbugs in unexpected places.

What is the racy git problem?

The two biggest problems in computer science are:

  1. cache invalidation,
  2. naming things, and
  3. off-by-one

Racy git is a cache invalidation problem.

Git speeds operations by stowing two bits of data about each file in your work tree:

  1. The file size
  2. The last time the file was modified—its mtime

So, if you tweak a file, without changing the mtime or the size—how would git know?

Before 2006, git was oblivious.

Now, it’s wised up—if the file looks unchanged (via size and mtime), then git performs another check. If file mtime >= the mtime of the index file (.git/index), then git rebuilds the index.

Thus, the core of my lame magic trick:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
echo hello > file

# Stage the file for commit
git update-index --add file

# Send .git/index's mtime INTO THE FUTURE!!!1!
touch --date='1 second' .git/index

# Now modify "file" behind git's back. So. Sneaky.
echo okbye > file

# CAVEAT OF DOOoooM: this has to happen within a single second to work---yeah. git's good. :D

How this happens in the real world

This problem can still happen in the real world.

I stumbled onto this while working with git fat (a forerunner of GitHub’s “Git Large File Storage”—git-lfs) in 2017.

At that time, we had a tool that pulled git code onto hundreds of servers. And every so often, a server would fail to fetch large files.

The basic steps were:

  • ssh into 100s of servers in parallel
  • git clone <repo>
  • git fat pull

git fat pull rsync’d large binary files, mostly jars, into the working directory.

Frustratingly, when this failed, I could jump on the server and rerun git fat pull, which worked every time.

This was the racy git problem in disguise.

See, git fat uses git filters (just like git-lfs). Filters are scripts that git runs automagically at checkout or commit time.

But git is smart—it only triggers filters when it has to—when your working directory differs from its index.

So, when we ran git clone within the same second as git fat pull, the files on disk were the same as in the index—so, git never triggered the filter.

Why did it work when I ran it manually? Because git fat was smart, too—it touch’d files on disk, which invalidated the index which caused git to run the filter command.

And so the racy git problem persists. It plagues every system that relies on the git filters2 to. this. day.

  1. This will only seem like magic if you can distiguish normal git operations from magic. For nerds only.↩︎

  2. This means almost all large file storage mechanisms in git. git annex’s “indirect mode” eschewed git’s smudge and clean filters. But I see both “direct” and “indirect” mode are now deprecated. I’m unclear how this works today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.↩︎

Outreachy report #50: November 2023

Thursday, 30 November 2023 00:00 UTC

This month, most of our time and efforts went to reviewing intern selections, solving selection conflicts, developing new strategies to manage difficult decisions in a short timeframe, submitting proposals to FOSDEM 2024, and planning activities for the next 4 months. As the majority of my tasks this month were confidential in nature, I’d like to talk about two interconnected aspects of our program: connections and promotion of the program. We had a particularly challenging time defining the amount of interns we could select this cohort due to the expiration of grants.

Wikimedia Australia November 2023 Update

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 12:00 UTC
Our latest newsletter
, Ali Smith.

News[edit | edit source]

The Wikimedia Research Fund[edit | edit source]

The Wikimedia Research Fund provides support to individuals, groups, and organisations with an interest in conducting research on or about Wikimedia projects. Submissions are encouraged from research disciplines including (but not limited to) the humanities, social sciences, computer science, education, and law. Information on eligibility criteria, application forms and guides can be viewed on the Grants Page on Metawiki. Applications are open until December 15, 2023.

Wikisource is 20[edit | edit source]

Wikisource celebrates 20 years

One of the free knowledge projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikisource is an online free library containing texts and translations that can be used as sources on Wikipedia and more. Read some highlights from the project over the last two decades.

Amendments to Basic Online Safety Expectations Determination[edit | edit source]

The Basic Online Safety Expectations (BOSE) sets out the Australian Government's minimum safety expectations of online service providers for protecting their Australian users. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts are currently consulting on proposed amendments to the BOSE Determination. The Wikimedia Australia board are meeting to prepare a response on behalf of Wikimedia Australia members and Australian Wikimedia users.

GLAM Wiki Conference[edit | edit source]

GLAM Wiki Conference banner 2023

The GLAM Wiki Conference, was held in mid November in Montevideo, Uruguay, an international gathering that brings together cultural heritage professionals (from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, etc.) with the vibrant Wikimedia communities. You can view the playlists of presentations and sessions on YouTube.

The Bhutanese nuns editing Wikipedia to share their culture[edit | edit source]

The rigours of editing Wikipedia brought rewards for both the teacher and her class of Bhutanese nuns, as they work to bring the country’s culture and traditions to local as well as global readers. Written by Bunty Avieson, Vice President of Wikimedia Australia. Read online.

Events[edit | edit source]

2024 events will be announced soon. Keep up to date on our website.

#Wikimedia[edit | edit source]

Other things from around the web:

Connectivity trouble

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 16:00 UTC

Nov 28, 16:00 UTC
Resolved - This incident has been resolved.

Nov 28, 15:29 UTC
Identified - We are receiving large floods of traffic that degrade performance for many users, and are working on fixes.

Nov 28, 14:58 UTC
Investigating - We are aware that many users are having trouble accessing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites, and we are investigating.

Wikisource turns 20

Monday, 27 November 2023 12:00 UTC
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Wikisource
, Ali Smith. Keywords: Wikisource

One of the free knowledge projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikisource is an online free library containing texts and translations – including classic literature, historical documents, and other works that are in the public domain or freely licensed - that can be used as sources on Wikipedia and more.

Wikisource has had its 20th Birthday in November 2023 and is now available in 74 languages, has over 5,800,000 articles and over 2,000 active editors.

Head over to the Diff blog to read some highlights from the project over the last two decades.

For all you readers out there, we just added some shortcuts to do a web search (🔍) and news search (🗞️) for each article. Hope this saves you a click or two!

Tech News issue #48, 2023 (November 27, 2023)

Monday, 27 November 2023 00:00 UTC
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Tech News: 2023-48

weeklyOSM 696

Sunday, 26 November 2023 11:17 UTC


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SotM Europe 2023 – Where did they come from? [1] | Photo © mstock, nakaner, hafi; CC-BY 4.0


  • Thelone1986 has released several videos about OpenStreetMap mapping in the city of Seraing, Belgium.
  • The amenity=bicycle_wash (bicycle washing service) tag proposal is currently under discussion.


  • Andy Allan gave an update on the development of the OpenStreetMap website: the addition of a map edit rate limit feature and a presentation at SOTM Europe 2023 entitled ‘Maintaining‘.
  • In a rare in-person summit, the Trufi volunteers in Cochabamba, Bolivia, mappers, developers, and community leaders met to celebrate their achievements.
  • lhirlimann shared his experiences working at the OpenStreetMap community booth during the Capitole du Libre 2023 event. The booth was well visited by participants and they asked various questions about OpenStreetMap.
  • Martijn van Exel reported on the monthly OpenStreetMap Salt Lake City meeting that he organised.
  • Ponciano da Costa de Jesus reported on the launch of Timor-Leste’s OpenStreetMap community on 18 November 2023.
  • Simon Poole expressed his opinion on the potential disruption the Linux Foundation could have on the geo-business ecosystem that has been relying on OpenStreetMap data.
  • unsungNovelty shared some of his most memorable OpenStreetMap edits.
  • Ilya Zverev wrote about his thoughts on Overture Maps after he attended the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The next public OSMF Board meeting will be held on Thursday 30 November at 20:00 UTC.
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation board member election committee has released the candidates’ manifestos and Q&A session results.

Local chapter news

  • Jochen Topf has been appointed as an OpenStreetMap staff consultant at the FOSSGIS Coordination Centre.


  • [1] FOSSGIS recounted their participation in the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.
  • Bart Louwers shared his impressions of the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.
  • Courtney Cook bloged her story of SotM Europe 2023 and why a good story is important for OpenStreetMap.
  • The IVIDES Institute organised GIS DAY 2023 , which included mapathons in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Humanitarian OSM

  • Rabi Shrestha reported on the humanitarian mapping activities carried out by the OpenStreetMap Nepal Community following the earthquake in Jajarkot district, Nepal, 3 November 2023.



  • Sarah Hoffmann announced the release of Nominatim versions 4.3.2 and 4.2.4. These versions contain fixes for SQL injection security holes in the Nominatim CLI.
  • Sarah Hoffmann reported on an experiment to improve the performance of the Nominatim Python frontend by tuning SQLAlchemy. This optimisation successfully improved the performance of the Python frontend, although it is still not as good as the previous PHP implementation.
  • In response to the inaccessibility of Bing satellite imagery in some OSM editors, Microsoft’s Milos Brzakovic explained the new rules for using the Bing Maps imagery API for OSM editors. This is due to the new policy of separating the free version of the API for OSM editors from the paid version of the Bing Maps imagery API.

Did you know …

  • … the map with all hackerspaces, fablabs, and makerspaces?
  • … that the Mastodon MapComplete bot account reports MapComplete user statistics regularly?
  • … that you can see the historical Java Great Post Road on OpenStreetMap?

Other “geo” things

  • Nate Berg, from FastCompany, has reviewed Felt, an online service for creating custom maps.
  • OpenStreetMap isn’t the only place where people are prepared to fight over seemingly minor issues. In Hampshire, England, locals have been campaigning for the correct use of apostrophes on street signs. OpenStreetMap has always had the apostrophe.
  • Robert Thorson explained how stone walls became a signature landform of New England.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
London London pub meet-up 2023-11-23 flag
Lübeck 137. OSM-Stammtisch für Lübeck und Umgebung 2023-11-23 flag
Essen FOSSGIS-OSM-Communitytreffen 2023 Nummer 20 2023-11-24 – 2023-11-26 flag
Biarritz Rencontre festive Groupe local OSM Pays Basque Sud Landes 2023-11-24 flag
Chambéry Mapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-11-27 flag
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2023-11-27 flag
Saint-Étienne Rencontre Saint-Étienne et sud Loire 2023-11-28 flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-11-29
Düsseldorf Düsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-11-29 flag
소공동 OSM Mapping Party @ FOSS4G Asia 2023, Seoul 2023-11-30 flag
Mbankomo State of the Map Africa 2023 2023-11-30 – 2023-12-02 flag
Oakland A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and Santomieri-Farhadian Duo 2023-12-02 flag
Budapest Walk around Etele Plaza, indoor mapping demo and brainstorming 2023-12-04 flag
Stuttgart Stuttgarter OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-06 flag
OSM Indoor Meeting 2023-12-08
Berlin 186. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2023-12-08 flag
Saint-Martin-d’Hères Cartopartie à vélo des zones commerciales de Saint-Martin d’Hères 2023-12-09 flag

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On October 2, 2018, I reached out to the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. My letter highlighted the urgent need for parental guidance and content ratings on TV programs for children. Many shows broadcasted lack age-appropriate warnings, exposing children to inappropriate content like vulgar language, violence, and negative portrayals of family and gender roles. This issue, I argued, required intervention in line with practices in any civilized society.

Wikimedia Hackathon 2024 is Here: Mark Your Calendar 🎉

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 17:38 UTC

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that the 2024 Wikimedia Hackathon is scheduled to unfold in the captivating city of Tallinn, Estonia, from May 3rd – 5th 2024!

A Celebration of Innovation and Collaboration

The Wikimedia Hackathon is not just an annual hacking event, it’s a celebration of innovation and collaboration, uniting the global Wikimedia technical community in a dynamic gathering focused on connection, innovation, and exploration. At this event, technical contributors hailing from all corners of the globe converge with a shared mission: to enhance the technological infrastructure and software that underpins and empowers Wikimedia projects.

The theme for this edition aligns with last year’s, emphasizing the gathering of individuals who have a track record of contributing to the technical aspects of Wikimedia projects. We’re looking for those who are well-versed in navigating the technical ecosystem and are adept at working autonomously or collaborating effectively on projects.

How to Get Involved

Participating in the Hackathon is easy! Simply mark your calendar for May 3rd – 5th, 2024, and register to attend. Stay tuned for registration and scholarship details, which will be announced on Monday November 27th 2023 on our MediaWiki page and social media channels.

Spread the Word!

Help us make the Hackathon a massive success by spreading the word. Share this announcement with community members,, and anyone who shares your passion for Wikimedia Technical Projects. Let’s make this gathering of brilliant minds an unforgettable experience!

SMWCon Fall 2023 announced

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 17:34 UTC

July 31, 2023

SMWCon Fall 2023 will be held in Germany

Save the date! SMWCon Fall 2023 will take place December 11 - 13, 2023 in Paderborn, Germany. The conference is for everybody interested in wikis and open knowledge, especially in Semantic MediaWiki. You are welcome to propose a related talk, tutorial, workshop and more via the conference page.

Episode 150: Steve Schneider

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 16:58 UTC

🕑 1 hour 52 minutes

Steve Schneider is a professor of information design at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). He currently teaches a class, Digital Media and Information in Society, whose coursework is managed via Wikiversity and Wiki Edu, and also involves the use of ChatGPT by both teacher and students.

Links for some of the topics discussed:





  1. 非営利活動法人として、ウィキメディア財団は世界の読者や寄付者の皆さんのおかげで独立性を保っています。


広告収入で運営しない、購読料や会費を取らないことが重要で、 個人情報を売ってお金を稼ぐこともしません。運営経費の大部分は、ウィキペディアの読者の皆さんがくださる寄付金に支えられています(1口平均$11アメリカドル )。ウィキペディアのページ上で寄付のお願いのバナーをご覧になり、クリックして手続きしてくださいます。この寄付モデルは私たちの独立性を守ってくれるもので、特定の団体や個人がウィキペディアのあり方や内容を操縦する事態がないように作用します。
これまで長年にわたり、非営利組織としてこの業界の最善手法を守って来ましたし、常にチャリティー・ナビゲータ(Charity Navigator)など非営利の評価団体から財政の効率性と透明性について、最高ランクの番付を受けて来ました。また年次報告書を一般公開して財政報告ならびに募金事業報告をどなたにも読んでいただけるようにしています。

  1. ウィキペディアは数百万、数千万もの読者にサービスを提供し、運営経費は他の最上位ウェブサイトの数分の1でまかなっています。


  1. 読者による寄付は技術を支援し、読者や編集者が知識を共有する場としてウィキペディアを成立させ、読んだり改訂する方法の改善を支えています。


  1. 変化するテクノロジー環境にいる私たちは進化し続け、新たなニーズに応え、世界的脅威が新たに現れても課題に対応していきます。




  1. 私たちは財政経営に責任を持ち、ウィキペディアの当面の需要と長期的な持続可能性をバランスさせます。




あらゆる種類の組織において、資本運用方針の策定、健全な財務準備金の維持は最善手法と認められています。 ウィキメディア財団理事会は資本運用方針の定義にあたり、たとえ、私たちの活動やウィキメディア提携団体(日本語ページ)の各種グループにおいて計画外の出費や緊急事態または収入不足が発生した場合であっても — 世界的な使命を担う全世界ネットワークとして — ウィキペディアやウィキメディアのプロジェクト群を継続して支援して、ボランティアの皆さんを助けて支えていくことを第一義としました。この方針はまた、支出に充当するキャッシュフローを年間を通して十分に確保することも可能にします。

  1. ウィキペディアへのご寄付は、皆さんから私たちへの何よりの応援です。「世界中のあらゆる知識を載せるように」というご声援をありがとうございます。


確かに目の前にある知識の格差はまだまだ大きいものの、ウィキペディアが載せる内容はますます世界をグローバルに映し出すようになりましたし、それは当サイトに投稿する編集者の皆さんの構成がそのように変わったことの現れでもあります。一例を挙げるなら2020年から2023年の期間にサハラ以南のアフリカで活動するボランティア編集者のコミュニティ成長率は36%増になりました。これはとりもなおさず、ウィキメディアのボランティア提携団体その他の皆さんがプログラムに従って綿々と努力を重ねられたからであり — 多くの事例で助成金や研修などの支援を財団から提供させていただきました。

ウィキペディアのボランティア分布が世界各地に及ぶかどうか、私たちが気にかけている理由でしょうか? それは、投稿者の姿がそのままウィキペディアに投影されるからです。多種多様なものの見方が集まると、品質が高まり、多くの人の知恵を拾って共有でき、読者の一人ひとりに関連性のある知識を盛り込めるからでもあります。

  1. 読者の皆さんが貢献されるからこそ、私たちは前へ前へ進めます

ウィキペディアにお返しをしてくださる個人の皆さんは — 寄付金でも応援メッセージでも、ページの編集あるいはそれぞれのご発案で手を差し伸べてくださる場合も  — 毎日、私たちの元気の素になっています。この機会にウィキメディア財団職員一同よりお礼を申し上げたいと思います。これまで皆さんがご寄付に添えてくださったメッセージをお預かりしていますので、その中から特に私たちの心に響いたものをいくつかご紹介します。きっと皆様にも何か伝わるのではないかと願っています。








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Unwrap the joy of giving: Open knowledge for all

Monday, 20 November 2023 09:00 UTC

Join us in a week-long celebration, spanning from 20th–28th November, as we congratulate the remarkable accomplishments of the Wikimedia UK community. It’s often the case that efforts of Wikimedians go unacknowledged, so we’re excited that this campaign will share the pivotal role each member of our community plays in advancing open knowledge.

Over this past year the UK editing community has been as determined as ever to advance open knowledge online. An encyclopaedia is most valuable when it represents us all, and our community consists of individuals from diverse backgrounds and a variety of skills. Their contributions are vital in ensuring the availability of accurate, comprehensive information for people around the world. With each edit they make they strengthen Wikipedia and its sister projects, ensuring they remain a valuable resource for knowledge-seekers everywhere.

Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the activities of our community. The last year has presented the UK editing community with new challenges, which have been met with determination and enthusiasm. We’ve seen new partnerships form, welcomed new groups into editing, and made great strides in our mission to represent all knowledge on Wikimedia.

Quote from Chamion Caballero, CEO of The Mixed Museum, reading: “Working with Wiki has been such a positive experience for The Mixed Museum. In addition to the skills our staff and interns have developed, we’ve found editing Wiki sites to be a really effective way to boost our visibility to audiences who may not otherwise have found us or the history we share.”
Quote from Chamion Caballero, who participated in the 2023 Train the Trainer programme. Background made with openly licensed images from the Khalili Collection on Wikimedia Commons.

Earlier this year, Wikimedia UK partnered with the Swadhinata Trust, a London-based Bengali heritage organisation, to enhance the representation of Bengali heritage and culture on Wikimedia platforms. This collaboration began with an introductory online workshop and continued with an in-person workshop, focusing on creating Wikimedia accounts, editing Wikipedia articles, sourcing information, and uploading images to Wikimedia Commons. 

'Perth Women on Wikipedia’ Editing Group. Group of women sitting around a table with laptops editing Wikipedia
‘Perth Women on Wikipedia’ Editing Group. On Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.

The online workshop was followed by an in-person workshop at the Wikimedia UK office in April 2023, where participants learned how to create an account and to edit Wikipedia articles, as well as how to find reliable sources and avoid conflicts of interest. They also learned how to upload images to Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository that anyone can use. They explored some of the existing articles on Bengali topics and brainstormed for potential contributions.

The collaboration between Wikimedia UK and the Swadhinata Trust illustrates how Wikimedia projects can effectively celebrate and safeguard a wide range of cultural heritages while promoting community involvement. But it also highlights how important working alongside local community organisations is for us as an organisation in order for us to achieve our goals in driving community engagement.

We’ve also seen real progress being made through our Train the Trainer programme. Trainers support volunteers who are keen to deliver Wikipedia editing events. They play a key role in the delivery of Wikimedia UK programmes and extend our work to underrepresented communities, supporting them to become engaged in the Wikimedia projects. They train new and existing editors across the country, in-person, online or in hybrid sessions.

Quote from Sophie Whitfield, who participated in train the trainer, reading: "The best part of volunteering with WMUK is definitely the community. In 2022, I founded the Wikimedia volunteering project at Durham University with the goal of promoting high quality open knowledge about North East England. We succeeded with that goal but what I didn’t expect was the strong sense of community that emerged as students engaged with local history. They really came together to make significant contributions to open knowledge, creating connections with each other and the local community!"
Quote from Sophie Whitfield, who participated in the 2023 Train the Trainer programme. Background made with openly licensed images from the Khalili Collections on Wikimedia Commons.

One of our trainers, Johanna Janhonen, began supporting Wikimedia UK last year, helping newcomers gain fundamental skills in the art of editing and learning from other Wikipedia trainers both in-person and remotely.

Quote from Johanna Janhonen, a train the trainer participant, reading: “I've been giving Wikipedia trainings in Finland for over a decade now. Last year I joined Wikimedia UK's new team for Wikipedia trainers. I still deliver training in Finland, and I’ve also helped editors from across the world get their start on Wikipedia, such as a university class who were creating and editing articles for local female artists. We’ve worked on inserting citations, and ensuring that the article was easy to read for foreign language speakers who could potentially translate the article for a broader audience.”
Quote from Johanna Janhonen, who participated in the 2023 Train the Trainer programme. Background made with openly licensed images from the Khalili Collections on Wikimedia Commons.

In April 2023, we began collaborating with an eager group of digital volunteers from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. We initiated a practical three-week introductory program centred around Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. These volunteers came from various backgrounds, spanning from recent school graduates to retirees, each contributing their unique experiences and interests to the project. Over the three weeks, we covered essential editing techniques, addressed common questions about Wiki and cultural heritage, and discussed strategies for creating impactful edits. The program concluded with an online editing event in May 2023.

Throughout this process, we discovered a wealth of valuable content. We were particularly impressed by the significant contributions of local historians, highlighting their outstanding work on ‘Devon Women in Public and Professional Life, 1900–1950: Votes, Voices and Vocations,’ which significantly enriched our collaborative journey.

Nick Moyes, a former museum naturalist, has spent a career introducing people from diverse backgrounds to the wonders of museum artefacts, furthering their understanding of the world around them, and facilitating access to knowledge and information. Upon retiring a decade ago, he saw a new avenue for continuing this mission in Wikipedia. The platform offered an exceptional opportunity to carry on his work. It wasn’t long before he found himself assisting fellow editors in their contributions to Wikipedia. Last year, Wikimedia UK conducted a ‘Train the Trainers’ program, equipping individuals like Nick with the skills needed to conduct introductory group training sessions, whether in person or online.

Quote from Nick Moyes, a train the trainer participant, reading: “At first, I supported other trainers until I was eventually confident enough to lead my own sessions on how to contribute to Wikipedia. They were for professional astronomers and science educators in South Africa - and I was helped online by a couple of other trainers - part of a great community of trained volunteers that Wikimedia UK has built up. It's given me a new way to enjoy sharing knowledge with people and communities in the UK and around the world. And they, in turn, can then use their new skills to share knowledge with others.”
Quote from Nick Moyes, who participated in the 2023 Train the Trainer programme. Background made with openly licensed images from the Khalili Collection on Wikimedia Commons.

Initially Nick provided support to other trainers, gradually building the confidence needed to lead his own training sessions on Wikipedia contributions. His sessions were tailored for professional astronomers and science educators in South Africa, and he received invaluable online support from a network of fellow trainers, part of the robust community of trained volunteers cultivated by Wikimedia UK.

Pledge your support this Giving Tuesday and help us celebrate the wonderful Wikimedia UK community as we bring 2023 to a close and look ahead to 2024. Follow our Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon and Instagram channels to stay up to date, and hey, give us a follow while you’re there!

P.S. We’re also holding our community at Wikimedia UK 2023 Community Meeting, taking place Sunday 26th November, 12-2pm, online. To join, sign up here

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Tech News issue #47, 2023 (November 20, 2023)

Monday, 20 November 2023 00:00 UTC
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Mapping party Saint-Barthélemy-de-Séchilienne, France [1] © Binnette


  • barefootstache explained the methodology of addition and division mapping with the example of natural and landuse areas.
  • The research team from HeiGIT have compared the completeness of road data in OpenStreetMap with the road data in the Microsoft RoadDetections dataset.
  • Requests for comments have been made on these proposals:

  • Voting is open on:

    • highway=cyclist_waiting_aid, to map street furniture and devices for cyclists that are intended to make waiting more comfortable, until Tuesday 21 November.
    • historic=millstone, to map a large round stone used for grinding grain, until Wednesday 29 November.
  • The vote on highway=ladder has closed, with the proposal being approved with 20 votes for, 1 vote against, and 3 abstentions


  • Binnette reported on a mapping party in the Saint-Barthélemy-de-Séchilienne region of France. This event was supported by OpenStreetMap France and the mayor Gilles Strappazzon as the local government representative. You can find the full report on this event with lots of ‘before and after’ pictures on GitHub.
  • dentonny was selected as OpenStreetMap Belgium’s Mapper of the Month.
  • Probelnijs wondered why is well known while no one seems to know OpenStreetMap.
  • Gladys Aguilar, a dedicated language teacher shaping urban mobility in Cochabamba, Bolivia, has been honored as the Trufi Association’s Volunteer of the Month.


  • Ilya Zverev released live coverage of the State of the Map EU 2023 event on his Telegram channel. One of the topics he covered was the OpenStreetMap community’s response to OvertureMaps’ presentation.
  • Christian Quest, founding member of the French OpenStreetMap local chapter, introduced the Panoramax project during the State of the Map EU 2023 event. Panoramax is a decentralised and federated project to collect and share ground level imagery under open licences.


  • Students participating in live UN Mappers courses can obtain a Certificate of Completion, which recognises the skills acquired. Each student receives personal feedback on the OSM edits, which verifies the quality of the mapping. Courses are announced on UN Mappers social media channels and the courses (Basics and Advanced) can be accessed on the UN Maps Learning Hub at any time (although certification is currently only available for live courses).


OSM in action

  • Bldrwnsch is a map by Simon Legner based on OpenStreetMap, which shows objects from the German Wikipedia with an image request. The objects themselves are not part of OSM. Bldrwnsch is open source and uses Typescript and Python code.
  • A free online course in English on public transport mapping has been launched by the Trufi Association and Mobility Hub.

Open Data


  • David Karlaš wrote about how to add additional buttons to the OpenStreetMap website using the Tampermonkey browser add-on.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • OpenCage has released a geo URI QR code generator. When the QR code is scanned the user’s default mapping application opens to the encoded coordinates.
  • The jigsaw puzzle of an OpenStreetMap map of the Belgian territory, featured at the State of the Map Europe 2023 event, has been successfully completed.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
Budapest Budapest : 2023 November OSM meetup 2023-11-13 – 2023-11-20 flag
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Monthly Map Night 2023-11-16 flag
Richmond MapRVA Meetup 2023-11-16 flag
แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง SOTM Asia 2023-11-15 – 2023-11-17 th
Bochum Bochumer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-11-16 flag
종로1·2·3·4가동 2023 국경없는의사회 지오위크 매파톤 2023-11-16 flag
Rio de Janeiro 🙂 GIS DAY 2023 – & HUB YouthMappers Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 2023-11-17 flag
Eti Osa #MapNigeria GIS Day 2023: Mapping Lagos for Waste Management 2023-11-17 ng
Dom Aleixo OSM Community Meet-Up and Official Launching 2023-11-18 tl
Bengaluru Let’s Talk Spatial – OSM Workshop 2023-11-18 flag
Pforzheim ÖPNV-Mapathon beim Verkehrsverbund Pforzheim-Enzkreis 2023-11-18 flag
Lyon Réunion du groupe local de Lyon 2023-11-21 flag
San Jose South Bay Map Night 2023-11-22 flag
Bonn 169. OSM-Stammtisch Bonn 2023-11-21 flag
Autelbas Réunions des contributeurs 2023-11-21 flag
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2023-11-21 flag
Köln OSM-Stammtisch Köln 2023-11-22 flag
Lübeck 137. OSM-Stammtisch für Lübeck und Umgebung 2023-11-23 flag
Essen FOSSGIS-OSM-Communitytreffen 2023 Nummer 20 2023-11-24 – 2023-11-26 flag
Biarritz Rencontre festive Groupe local OSM Pays Basque Sud Landes 2023-11-24 flag
Chambéry Mapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-11-27 flag
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2023-11-27 flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-11-29
Düsseldorf Düsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-11-29 flag
Mbankomo State of the Map Africa 2023 2023-11-30 – 2023-12-02 flag
Oakland A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and Santomieri-Farhadian Duo 2023-12-02 flag

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