Wikidata Outreach

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… ūüė¶

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

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 ūüėČ …

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‘ ūüėČ , 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 ūüėČ

 

Week 6 & 7 @wikidata…Headers finally up!

Greetings!

The headers I had been blurbing about till now are finally up ! ūüôā
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… ūüėČ

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.

 

The journey so far….3 weeks into Wikidata

Hey,
Hope you are in the pink of spirits, as am I… ūüôā

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 ? ūüėÄ ….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.. ūüôā

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.. ūüėÄ
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… ūüôā

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…