Week 6 & 7 @wikidata…Headers finally up!


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.



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();
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";

if(warning_count) {
"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.

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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The journey so far….3 weeks into Wikidata

Hope you are in the pink of spirits, as am I… :)

This is my first blog and it takes me hours of thought & a bit of courage to begin with each post. Pardon me for that ! Yet, it’s becoming more of fun with each passing post, and I assure to see you with new stuff more frequently. This acquaintance with blogging shall turn into friendship soon. Courtesy, OPW and Wikidata !

So, today I am here to take you into a 3-minute journey through my 3-weeks with Wikidata in my 3-month internship. Lots of 3’s ? :D ….wait a moment, I have a trio too: me, Lydia, Helen. Remember I introduced them to you in my last post ?

After the internship officially triggered off on 21st April, we(my trio) had our first meeting over Google Hangout on 26th April. A significant issue we came across was to synchronize our work along the way and decide over a time for meetings suitable to all three of us, each one in a different time zone: me(IST), Helen(PST), Lydia(Berlin Time).
We had discussions and finally agreed to 16:00 UTC, a common time for our weekly meetings. For work synchronization and tracking, Lydia introduced us to Trello. It’s an extremely handy tool; I shall post about our Trello bond in a later post.

We started off with drafting an introduction to the Wikidata community, which was posted to the community by Lydia. Helen & I were warmly welcomed. My work is centered to Wikidata Outreach, working on plans to improve the profile of Wikidata. It includes enriching its social media profiles, improvement of documentation and tools for new contributors.

My initial task was to create headers for Wikidata social profiles. I prepared an initial draft with a small prototype of each idea for header designs I had and proposed them to Lydia over my meeting over this Google document. I was a bit nervous about presenting my first piece of work, but hopefully Lydia liked the draft. She liked the text-based header and picture-collage idea more & provided tips for improvement (like background colour, snapshots used etc.). Therefore, I proceeded to create the next draft with more headers based on these two ideas and set them to resolution for Facebook and Twitter profiles accordingly. The next obstacle to it was Copyright issues. It’s a long story so better to elaborate it in my next post.. :)

The other parallel task I am working on is a social media calendar listing major events throughout the year, possible tweet/post for them and an associated image(if needed). I added two extra columns to the initial spreadsheet prepared by Lydia, ‘Check’ and ‘Related links for verification’. Check to just keep a track of events posted about using this calendar. Related links for verification to list the source of the images used in order to verify the copyrights issues involved. As for now, I am done with preparing calendar events for May, 2014-July, 2014.

For week 3, an interesting task assigned to me by Lydia was to scan the Facebook and Twitter profiles of Wikidata for a list of posts/tweets that generated most interest so far. Through this research, I came across some interesting facts, which are summarized in my report here. Also, I realized how tiring and time-taking task it is to manually browse through each post/tweet and gather statistics. So, I thought for creating a short script for automating the process, though I have zero experience with scripting.. :D
Anyways, my mentor is cool with me working on it. So, presently I’m learning a bit of scripting for it. It’s a learn while you work process going on. And I am enjoying it… :)

So, that was a short summary of my work so far. You can have a better look at my weekly progress report. Shall be back soon with my work progress this week and much more going on along this internship.

Stay connected & do render you quality feedback.

Ever learning,

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Finally a Wiki-girl… ;)

Let me come again with a better introduction… :)


Hi ! This is Anjali Sharma, an OPW intern for Wikimedia Foundation. I am working on ‘Wikidata Outreach’ initiative for Wikidata, a recent and promising project of Wikimedia Foundation, under  the mentorship of Lydia Pintscher.

Isn’t it thrilling! :D

I have already entered into three months of awesomeness, with awesome people, awesome work and all the more awesome goals. Lately, I have been so engrossed with the excitement of selection and my OPW work,  that I forgot to blog about it completely. But, rest assured, I’ll take you along in this journey, as promised. Soon, I shall post about the story so far…… So Stay Tuned !! ;)

You can catch up on my weekly progress here. My IRC nick is discoveranjali. My OPW proposal can be glanced at here. I am working in collaboration with Helen Halbert, also an OPW intern for the ‘Wikidata Outreach’ project. Our trio (Me, Helen & Lydia) is splendid………..I’m sure we’ll work out some great stuff together.



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Hello World!

That's me !!Hey ! I’m Anjali ! A very warm welcome to my first ever blog…. to an intellectual journey of my self-discovery, learning and loads of fun… :)

I am an IT undergraduate with my first steps into the vast promising arena of Free Open Source Software. As I trigger off my open-source journey, so does my blog !

I dedicate this roller coaster blogging ride to my FOSS experience…riding through my first contributions, through my successful endeavors….through every rise… through every fall and through every way I learn and grow each day. I promise a great ride ahead……so fasten your seat belts firm !! ;)

I’m a newbie…to blogging as well as to Open source world. Thus valuable
feedback from you all experts out there is sincerely and wholeheartedly welcome throughout this ride.

With high hopes to Learn, Act, Achieve, Get and Give………


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