Wikimania 2019 was held in Stockholm from August 16 to 19, attracting about 900 conference goers, and holding over 200 events including presentations and panels. For those of us who missed it, we can still see many of the presentations online, including 25 recorded by the Wikimedia Foundation available on YouTube. Popular sessions include:
- Welcome session & keynote
- Closing session
- Mark Graham on the Internet Archive
- Katherine Maher interviewed by Joakim Jarenberg
But the video offerings are not limited to those produced by the WMF. At Commons there are 153 other videos that were produced by volunteers known as the Knowledge Savers. These small session videos are not as slick as the WMF-recorded presentations, but you should be able to find the presentation that you really wanted to see. – S
What ever happened to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)?
It disappeared. Following up on a discussion at User talk:Jimbo Wales, The Signpost asked for comment from the WMF. Greg Varnum stated "The FDC's role is currently under review as FDC members, the board and staff await the Movement Strategy outcomes and recommendations, particularly as they relate to Resource Allocation. For FY19/20, the APG-FDC grant amounts and process remain the same as last year: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/2018-19_Annual_Plan/Temporary_changes_to_grants_programs. The Board will review the FDC's role once Movement Strategy outcomes and recommendations are ready." – S
Earliest surviving Wikipedia edits imported
On July 29, Graham87 (one of the few non-stewards with import rights) manually imported 419 revisions of HomePage (the original title of the Main Page) from 2001. The edits were manually restored from an August 2001 database discovered in 2010 by Tim Starling, which can be found here (warning: clicking the link will download the file). Of particular note is this edit, the oldest surviving Wikipedia edit, reading, in full: "This is the new WikiPedia!". (This title was previously held by an edit of the (list) article UuU.) The January 15th edit was made by office.bomis.com, which, according to Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles, is likely Jimbo Wales.
After these events were pointed out to Jimbo, he responded with some clarification:
- New user-groups: The Affiliations Committee announced the approval of this month's newest Wikimedia movement affiliates, the Hausa Wikimedians User Group and the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group. The two have been recognized as user groups for one-year renewable periods. In July the Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group, and the Wikipedians of Goa User Group were approved.
- New chapters: In July Wikimedia Colombia was approved as a new chapter and Wikimedia Medicine was approved as a new thematic organization by the Affiliations Committee.
- New administrators: The Signpost welcomes the English Wikipedia's administrators who were approved in August by RfA: Izno, Chetsford, Bradv, and Floquenbeam.