Week 12 & 13 @wikidata…The Final Touch

Welcome back friends,
Welcome to my last fortnightly reporting post for Wikidata as part of the OPW internship…
Yes, we have reached the end of this beautiful journey today… :(

But, the end of my association with WIKIDATA is just official. Unofficially, it shall ever go on….  :)

Week 12
The week started off with the weekly meeting with mentor. I received reviews from her on the current draft of Slideshow tutorial prepared. Some key points she mentioned were:

  • In the Why Should I care? section to include elaborations for:
    1. Wikidata gives “More people more access to more knowledge”  (for instance,                 be being language-independent)
    2. It allows us to build amazing tools that were not possible before because the                      knowledge in Wikipedia wasn’t machine-readable
    3. Examples of small language Wikipedias that suddenly be much more complete                 and up-to-date
  • More concise and clear explanation for Wikidata being Free and a Secondary Database
  • Use of mainly Wikidata logo colours for the highlighting effects

Next, I added more topics to topics for interactive discussions on social media based on suggestions and ideas received from Lydia and Helen.
Also, I created an improved plan layout and few images to assist initial Wikidata discussion topics on its online social profiles

Week 13
This last week of internship started with the first in the thread of interactive online discussions for Wikidata community. I was unclear how to start, so just tried something like this. BTW, What’s you favourite Wikidata item?
Hope the coming up ones are better and receive a better response ;)

Next, I finally completed the social media message calendar for December, 2014 and with this completed the calendar for this year. Finally!

Just for ‘experimentational contributions;) , I started off with translation of the recently launched Wikidata Tours in Hindi (my native language).

The last and most significant task to complete was the slideshow mentioned previously.
So, based on reviews received, I make several changes to the first draft aiming to make it more simple, clear and concise to be just apt for newbies.
And so it all ended with the completion of this final draft of slideshow ,which is reviewed, and is all set to make it to the Wikidata toolkit for Wikidata workshops. I am sure you’ll get to see it soon.

And with this, ends the beautiful journey into my OPW internship as promised. Hope you had a nice time !

Right now I’m into  Wikimedia’s final wrap-up IRC meeting for GSoC and OPW interns. It feels so good to see so much accomplished in 3 months by so many people

Kudos to all interns!
Best wishes to all young & old intellectuals out there…
Go, try a hand into FOSS, I bet you’ll love it !

Sayonara ;)

 

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Week 10 & 11 @wikidata…getting socially Interactive!

Helloooo Friends!
Hope you’re in the pink of spirits… :)

My work for Wikidata is centered around a strong outreach program for this awesome project. Along past 9 weeks, I have worked on several ideas to accomplish this, which fortunately received good responses. Yet, making its social presence actually interactive was yet an unattended idea. So, this was next in my to do list.

Week 10
It started off where it ended last week. Based on analysis of social media sites and other online platforms for ideas to make the social media presence of Wikidata more interactive, I started a wiki page for my ideas (as it goes for most of my work). Keeping a track of ideas really helps a consistent progress and better review simultaneously. I started documenting every idea I came across into the page.
And thus, started off my list of Topics for interactive discussions on social media :)

In the weekly meeting with my mentor, I received a good review on the initial draft of slideshow tutorial I was working on and some more points to add to it. Lydia advised me to use open source tools and to try developing the presentation using Libre Office. Further she emphasized the point of keeping the work as simple as possible to understand, as well as edit. I documented all such aspects to be covered in a Trello card to be worked on later.

Helen had been working at the same time on a draft for redesign of the Wikidata main page. As asked, I went through her Portal Redesign draft , and rendered some feedback points which according to me could be worked on. The draft was undoubtedly great though!

Week 11
After a long analysis, work on an initial draft, reviews from mentor, I finally completed the first draft of slideshow tutorial for Introduction to Wikidata. I mainly modified the content to be more user-friendly and simple to understand, the images to be less but quality ones, a bright background and some appealing custom animations. It was now ready for a feedback.

The other interesting task going on was populating the list of topics for interactive discussions on social media with more quality ideas and topics. I added sections to the page each focusing on a different range of topics. Added about 10 topics that could be best to trigger of initial discussions and few for later intermediate discussions.
Besides topics, I documented all ideas I could come up with for using social media profile much more interactively besides regular discussions on decided topics.

Awaited next was the much needed quality review of my mentor…
And dear experts out there! Do render your expert reviews as well on the ideas page if you happen to cross by. I shall be highly obliged. :)

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Week 8 & 9 @wikidata… into analytics

Greetings all ! :)

Firstly, apologies for being unable to post about my OPW work through recent weeks. Unavoidable situations kept me engaged. But, I am here now to take you along from where we last stopped.

Week 8
As I introduced you to my proposal of Slideshow tutorials for Wikidata workshops in my last post,  after getting reviews on my ideas, formal work on the first slideshow in the thread started this week. The first slideshow shall aim to provide a basic and clear Introduction to Wikidata, its vision, mission and significance.  The work should serve as a self-learning tool for newbies. Keeping these aspects in mind, which I clearly jotted down at my ideas brainstorming page , I started a formal analysis of existing work while making additions to the page. I surfed across past Wikidata sessions, seminars’ clips available online, some great similar work pieces by Lydia and Helen’s recent work on documentation to gain an idea of what was actually needed to kick start a crystal clear introduction of Wikidata to a complete newbie. I came across many interesting facts about Wikidata along the way as well. The length of the list of things to include in the draft kept increasing, with the quality. It was fun ! :)

Besides, to get a better insight into issues faced by newbies when heading into Wikidata editing or usage, I worked my way into Wikidata Project Chat. Facts are best, when presented with concrete stats. So, I did a quick analysis of Wikidata Statictics as well.

This long week of analysis cleared out to me few key points like:

  • Yet persisting a major confusion among the users about the different purposes of Wikidata & Wikipedia. It’s important to make them understand that the two projects assist one another and can coexist.
  • The main vision of Wikidata needs more and clear outreach
  • Outreach about the recently developed Wikidata Guided Tours was needed
  • Making quality contributions is an art. Better help content and tools are needed to ensure that (Hope this presentation when done, serves the purpose)
  • Encouragement for bold views and questions among newbies is needed

Week 9
This week started off with fixing a bug in my script for automated email reminders from social media message calendar. The script was malfunctioning (giving reminders for a day hence or past sometimes) perhaps pertaining to the fact that the spreadsheet for calendar and assisting script developed follow different time-zones; Berlin Time and Indian Standard Time respectively. I could not find out any exact point of error, yet reworking some variable and values rectified it. Hope it keeps working fine.

Next, based on the analysis of last week, I started a rough draft for the first slideshow. I included all the key points into the draft in a basic layout I wished to use. Also, I included some animations and colored backgrounds to make it more appealing.

Further, I started digging through twitter, facebook and other online sources as part of study to start interactive online discussions on social media profiles of Wikidata. Interactive brainstorming, I believe, shall yield a much needed hike in the outreaching for Wikidata and attracting-assisting quality contributors.

And so this is how, this fortnight of analytics came to an end. :)

 

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Week 6 & 7 @wikidata…Headers finally up!

Greetings!

The headers I had been blurbing about till now are finally up ! :)
Go check out the initial set of headers at Wikidata profile on Google+Facebook and Twitter.
Have a look at the complete final draft of headers here. Hope you like them !

Week 6 started off with publishing of headers online including necessary attribution to authors whose awesome works we used for the headers. I edited a few headers for Google+ cover resolution as well. Next, I completed my regular work of media calendar; completing the entries for September, 2014 along with edits to corresponding Wikidata items.

 

wikimania

In our weekly meeting, my mentor Lydia told me and Helen about the keynote she is about to give at Wikimania 2014. Lydia had this awesome idea of the keynote involving the human side of the Wikidata project; a highlight of the creative and diverse Wikidata community. What next! we interns also started pouring our ideas in. Soon in the list were creative, funny Selfies from Wikidata community members with a ‘Wikidatish’ touch… ;)

So, we went on to create a draft of announcement for the community, majorly edited by Lydia, seeking selfies. It’s already up on project chat, mailing list and so on. Response coming up is great. Why not check out the Category:Wikidata Selfies for yourselves? Or better yet, add yours. Be a part of this fun-filled endeavor!

Week 7
The next week started with completion of the social media calendar for October,2014. Further, I added more prospective items to the List of Prospective Items for Showcase.

A new task lined up for the week was work on the Slideshow tutorials for Wikidata workshops. I had proposed to do this in our weekly meeting and was approved. So, I triggered off with analysis of all past presentations developed by Lydia as part of conferences, hackathons & other such meetups pertaining to Wikidata. Before beginning work on the actual presentation, I worked on a rough Ideas layout. In our meeting today, I got it reviewed by Lydia and Helen, got some valuable feedback and key points to include. Thus, in coming days I shall be working on the first in the thread of these tutorials.
Hope they are of much help to new & prospective contributors, when done.

 

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Week 4 & 5 @wikidata…fortnight of Experimentation

Time’s just flying away ! As days melt into weeks and weeks slip into months, I already have reached the mid-term of my OPW internship. Something hard to believe !

Starting off with some amazing tasks for Week 6, I would like to take you into past two weeks of my work…..a period full of experimentation. Brace up !

Week 4 started off with the work on the social media calendar for July, 2014. Editing images for events in calendar, to include attribution has become a quick task now. The iterative process I follow for adding each event in the calendar is:

while(! Is_Calendar_complete) {
For each month {
For each date {
Search for a significant event for the day;
Log the event and related post/tweet message into calendar;
Search related Wikidata item;
Edit the item for improvement(if needed);
Integrate it to the event;
Search related image and edit for author attribution;
Log image into calendar;
}
}
}

Next, I proceeded with resolving the Copyright issues for the Wikidata Headers.  All I did as part of it is in my previous post. Also, I explored some available facebook APIs online as part of my study for creating a script to scan the online Wikidata profiles for interest generating topics and statistics.

Week 5 was a lot of activity. I firstly, as predefined, completed the social media calendar for August, 2014. Along the way, I witnessed a contradiction on Wikipedia pertaining to the date of birth of John Logie Baird and commented on the talk page.

Next, a task assigned was to make some plan to help pushing Wikidata items t0 Showcase status. So, I started a spreadsheet to keep track of prospective Showcase items. It lists items with the Showcase status of their associated Wikidata page. This can be used to track items and post/tweet/blog about them to attract contributors interested to help them ‘Showcase’. You can have a look at first of such use here.

Hey! Did I mention I run a facebook group for ‘Wikidata outreach’ targeted to college youth? Yes I do. It’s Wikidata Creds…title suggested by one of its members :)
So, I regularly post about Wikidata stuff there as well, besides my weekly tasks. Do render your feedback if you pass by!

While Wiki Loves Pride 2014 goes all around the world, Wikidata extends its warm support to the initiative as well. A LGBT Task force was created by the community members. I and Helen readily added ourselves to be a part of it :) … and I added it to the Status updates of Wikidata for the week.

The experimentation I referred to is concentrated here…I created my first script ! :)
I was lurking around my media calendar wondering if I could automate the reminders to my mentor for posting from the calendar for each event logged there. Just a bit of Googling and I got a great reference. What next ! In an hour I was ready with my own script:

function checkReminders() {
var spreadsheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
SpreadsheetApp.setActiveSheet(spreadsheet.getSheets()[0]);
var sheet = spreadsheet.getActiveSheet();
var lastRow = sheet.getLastRow();
var startRow = 2;

// grab column 7 (the 'Days left' column)
var range = sheet.getRange(2,7,lastRow-startRow+1,1);
var numRows = range.getNumRows();
var days_left_values = range.getValues();

// Store the 'Special Occurrence' column
range = sheet.getRange(2, 3, lastRow-startRow+1, 1);
var event_info_values = range.getValues();

var range_post = sheet.getRange(2,4,lastRow-startRow+1,1);
var event_post_msg = range_post.getValues();

var range_image = sheet.getRange(2,5,lastRow-startRow+1,1);
var event_image = range_image.getValues();

var warning_count = 0;
var msg = "Hey Lydia :)\n";
msg = msg + "This is Anjali's Automated Email Reminder Script !\n\n\n";
msg = msg + "Event Details (for today):\n\n";

// Loop over the days left values
for (var i = 0; i <= numRows-1; i++) {
var days_left = days_left_values[i][0];
var event_name = event_info_values[i][0];
var event_msg = event_post_msg[i][0];
var image = event_image[i][0];

if( event_name != "" && days_left == 0) {
// if it's a non-empty event for today, send reminder
msg = msg + "Event: \'" + event_name +"\'";
msg += "\n\nMessage:\n" + event_msg;

if(image != "") {
msg += "\n\nImage: "+image;
}
msg += "\n\nThanks";
warning_count++;
}
}

if(warning_count) {
MailApp.sendEmail("sharma.anjali3110@gmail.com,Lydia.Pintscher@wikimedia.de",
"Reminder from Social Media Calendar", msg);
}
};

As for now, the script is integrated into my social media calendar and my mentor Lydia gets email reminders for each day which has an event due.
Feeling great to experience how simple and awesome the technology can be ! :)

 

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Dealing with Copyright issues…It’s huge !

Hello all, Hope you’re doing great ! :) Copyright issues…this small phrase which in itself is a huge planet in the galaxy of the legal world, has already made a huge part into my Wiki life. So as promised, I am here to share my newbie experience dealing with them. As mentioned in my previous post, I worked on headers for Wikidata social profiles in the first week of my OPW internship. While I was in my ignorant bliss after submitting the final draft of headers prepared to my mentor Lydia, all set to see them published online, it turned out too early a wish. She introduced me to this new creature creeping into my work… Copyright issues ! Most of the headers I designed are sort-of picture-collages of Wikidata people and events. The idea of using such snapshots of whole activities going around Wikidata, drove me and tempted my mentor as well. But this meant that we had to look around the copyrights associated with each of the images used. I used around 17 images for these headers…sure! have a look :

 

So, at first I fetched out a list of online contacts for all associated copyright holders (around 11 of them) and sent each of them a friendly email seeking permission to use their respective works. Also, since in a collage, adding author attribution for each image might make it too messy, I asked if such use could be allowed without direct attribution on the header. As for now, I have already received acceptance from 8 of these awesome photographers; waiting for a reply from 3 more. Hope its positive. And if so, you shall soon see some of these headers on Wikidata profiles online… :) Now that was not the end of the story ! Remember, I have a Social media calendar as well ? And quite a lot of the event entries there are assisted by images. Yes ! You guessed it right :) ….look for copyrights and handle author attribution for each of them!  This has made my job of preparation of the calendar a bit more time-taking, but yes it definitely is a significant part of such endeavors. I am done with calendar for May-August,2014 and working on the events for September,2014. Anyways, if you ever get struck in a similar situation and copyrights temper you, I hope the sources which helped me could come to your rescue as well. Here are a few of them…

Surfed through a bunch more links to get acquainted to it….I’m sure you can work that out if needed. So, whenever you are to use a work from other such sources, do take care of the copyrights involved. Beware of ‘infringement’ ;) !!!

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Small insight into the Wikidata logo

Greetings everyone :)

When I first ran into Wikidata, I got curious to mine out the meaning of its logo ( such things always drive me ;) ) So, just thought to write a bit about it for you.

The hunt for Wikidata logo dates back to June, 2012 around which the official announcements for designing it were published online :
Wikidata needs a logo and you can help !
Large scale participation was witnessed and some awesome results came out of artistic minds…Have a look at the logo proposals here. Aren’t they great ! :)

Voting by the Wikimedia community took place and we finally got our brand new Wikidata logo.

Wikidata-logo-proposal-2s
This logo was created by Arun Ganesh (User:Planemad) and received 89 of the nearly 1000 votes.  The logo actually spells ‘Wiki‘ in morse code. Noticed it ?

A formal explanation for this logo as given on the voting page :

Barcode: Ubiquitous and universal data graphic, Culture independent
Bars: Spells out ‘wiki’ in morse code. Language independent
Colors: belongs to WMF
Copy: ‘data’, the primary focus of wikidata
Font: Open Sans Regular

So that’s how this unique design went on to become the identity of Wikidata:
a free knowledge base with over 17 million items (as for now) that anyone can edit !

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