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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. 🙂

The journey so far….3 weeks into Wikidata

Hey,
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 ? 😀 ….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.. 😀
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,
Anjali…

Finally a Wiki-girl… ;)

Let me come again with a better introduction… 🙂

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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! 😀

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.