Wikimedia Hackathon Zürich 2014

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The next Wikimedia annual development community meet-up — the Wikimedia Hackathon — will be held in Zürich,Switzerland in 2014 from May 911.

It is planned to be a long weekend filled with hacking anything related to MediaWiki or one of the Wikimedia projects (and sometimes other things, too). The Hackathon is completely open; we welcome both seasoned and new developers, as well as people working on MediaWiki, tools, pywikibot, gadgets, extensions, templates, etc.

Previous hackathon events were held all over the world, such as in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013)Pune, India (2012),San Francisco, USA (2012)Mumbai, India (2011)Brighton, UK (2011)New Orleans, USA (2011)Berlin, Germany (2011) and Washington DC, USA (2010).

Venue and Accommodation

The venue and accommodation will be both at the same site: Youth Hostel ZürichSwitzerland. All conference rooms are available to us including a nice yard. We have a big main conference hall and three workshop rooms. There is a beer bar in the Foyer of the Youth Hostel.

Zürich Youth Hostel
Mutschellenstrasse 114
8038 Zürich (ZH)

Phone: +41 43 399 78 00
Fax: +41 43 399 78 01


The Youth Hostel Zürich offers accommodation in 4-bed rooms. For a surcharge there are also single and double rooms with bath room ensuite.

Workshop Rooms

We have all four workshop rooms of the Hostel booked for us. All rooms have Wifi and a projector.

Name Usage Seats Comments
Room 1 Main Conference Hall 200 theater setup (no tables), adjacent to yard w/ back entrance
Room 2 Workshop 20 workshop setup (tables), adjacent to yard w/ back entrance
Room 3 Workshop Basement 20 workshop setup (tables), basement w/ side entrance and smoking area
Room 4 Workshop Basement 30 workshop setup (tables), basement w/ side entrance and smoking area
Power Adapters

Swiss mains plug and socket

  • Switzerland uses 230 V / 50 Hz power with Type J sockets / plugs.
  • unearthed Europlugs (Type C) are compatible – other European plugs (such as Schuko) are not as their contacts are thicker than the sockets.
  • The Youth Hostels lends power adapters for many common plug types (for free, just a deposit required which will be given back upon return of the adapter).

Meals will be provided by the Youth Hostel in the venue. They serve different options of Halal / Kosher / vegetarian / vegan food by default. Food is marked in English.

We will be provided with a Coffee Station where fresh coffee can be brewed 24/7 in our conference room, including soft drinks. This is free for our participants.

Travel and Directions

Wikimedia CH will send you a public transport ticket, valid May 8th – 12th for Zürich City Centre and Airport, via e-mail. You just have to print it and bring it. You do not need to buy any public transport tickets unless you are going to do your own tour outside the city or do not arrive / leave from Zürich Airport.

The venue can easily be reached by public transport:

  • Zürich Airport (ZRH) to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (main station)
    1. at the airport any train on platform 3 or 4 (via Zürich HB – Main Station)
    2. after 11 minutes get off at Zürich HB (3rd or 1st stop, depending on train type)
  • Zürich Hauptbahnhof (main station) to Zürich Wollishofen
    1. at Zürich Hauptbahnhof take any train on platform 51 or 52 (to Pfäffikon SZ or Horgen Oberdorf)
    2. after 8 minutes get off at Zürich Wollishofen (3rd stop)
  • Zürich Wollishofen to Youth Hostel
    1. walk 550 m / 9 minutes (map)
    • alternatively take Tram line 7 to Zürich Wollishofen
      1. after 3 minutes get off at Zürich Morgental (2nd stop)
      2. switch to bus line 33 to Zürich Bahnhof Tiefenbrunnen
      3. after 1 minute get off at Zürich Jugendherberge (1st stop)
  • Zürich Hauptbahnhof (main station) to Youth Hostel
    1. take Tram line 13 (towards Albisgütli) from Hauptbahnhof to Waffenplatzstrasse
    2. switch to bus line 33 (towards Morgental) or bus line 66 (towards Neubühl) and get off at Thujastrasse.
    3. walk 1 minute to the hostel.

train ticket are only dependant on the relation, not on the train type – you can take any train (S, Regional, IR, IC, ICN…)

Do not buy local transport tickets from / to the airport to / from the Youth Hostel yet as we plan to provide them to you in advance.


Switzerland belongs to the Schengen Area. You can check on the website of the Federal Office for Migration if you need a visa, which requirements apply and which documents / proofs you must submit to obtain a visa. Wikimedia CH will provide Visa Assistance.

  1. Check the box for visa assistance on the registration form and provide us with some additional personal information.
  2. Please use the forms provided by the Federal Office for Migration to apply for a visa in your country.
  3. Submit the visa and the Invitation Letter issued by Wikimedia CH at the Swiss Embassy in your country. Wikimedia CH will send the Invitation Letter to your Embassy as well to facilitate the process.

If you have any questions or issues with the visa process please contact us. We are in good contact with the Federal Office for Migration in Berne.



Thursday May 8 Youth Hostel
14:00 – Registration at Youth Hostel
optional Meet & Greet / Bar
Friday May 9 Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
6:00 – 9:30 Breakfast and Hacking
8:00 – 11:00 Registration and Hacking
11:00 – 11:30 Opening
11:30 – 12:30 Introductions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Workshops
14:30 – 15:30 Workshops
15:30 – 17:00 Hacking
17:00 – 19:00 Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 Party at Dock18
optional Bar & Music and / or late night hacking
Saturday May 10 Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
8:00 – 09:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 Workshops
11:00 – 12:00 Workshops
12:00 – 12:30 Hacking
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 17:00 Hacking
17:00 – 21:00 Barbecue
optional late night hacking
Sunday May 11 Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
8:00 – 09:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 Workshops
11:00 – 12:00 Workshops
12:00 – 12:30 Hacking
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30 Hacking
16:30 – 17:00 Closing
17:24 – 18:35 Lake Cruise



Zürich Hackathon 2014/Workshops


Look for topics you would like to work on or add the topic you are interested in and find more interested people!

+ add a topic



Regular contributors plus some newcomers hack together with a shared goal.

Recommendation engines

A lot of regular users end up reading one article on Wikipedia (through Google Search) and other articles which they need as pre-requisites. It would be interesting to have a recommendation engine for Wikipedia, Wikiquotes and Wikisource.

Interested persons:

  1. Aarti Dwivedi
  2. Maximilianklein
  3. <add yourself>

Production-like Vagrant

Our goal is to make a handful of high-priority puppet roles available to MediaWiki-Vagrant to make developer instances of Vagrant closer to a production-like environment. The ultimate idea is to provide a uniform developer-focussed instance to Mediawiki engineers to facilitate better testing of new and existing code, while also making it easy for new engineers to get started hacking on Mediawiki and Mediawiki with minimal friction for bringing new features to production. The first hurdle will be to provide some crucial production services in MediaWiki-Vagrant, which will be our focus for the Hackathon. Possible services to focus on include

  • Varnish
  • SSL
  • MariaDB
  • Memcache/Redis
  • CentralAuth

For more information, view our notes from initial conversations about this project.

Interested persons:

  1. Arthur Richards
  2. Yuvi Panda
  3. Ori Livneh
  4. Matt Flaschen
  5. Bryan Davis
  6. Andrew Otto
  7. QChris
  8. CSteipp
  9. Tony Thomas
  10. Mglaser
  11. Swidmann
  12. Robert Vogel

Maps integration

The idea is to bring pin map templates, geohack, wikiminiatlas, openstreetmap, Extension:Maps, Special:NearBy, mobile, coordinates extension etc etc etc, more together in a way that works for mobile, desktop, micro and macro contributions. It would be handy if before hand we can do some exploratory work to create a more focused effort during the hackathon: Zürich_Hackathon_2014/Geo_Namespace.

Interested persons:

  1. Jdlrobson
  2. TheDJ
  3. MaxSem
  4. Duesentrieb
  5. Kolossos
  6. Susannaanas
  7. Yug
  8. Aude
  9. TheDJ
  10. Micha L. Rieser Maps can also be generated with the data of the open government data portals and QGIS.

Additional sub-topics

Wikimaps project

There are topics for meetings/sprints with a wider developer/designer/GLAM advocate community with the Wikimaps project.

  • Template:Map for archival metadata, geolocation and temporal properties of maps. For inclusion in the GWToolset.
  • Spatiotemporal properties of places. The structure of a historical gazetteer. (OpenHistoricalMap – Wikidata). Informed by academic research.

Anyone interested? —Susannaanas (talk) 09:43, 10 March 2014 (UTC)


It is possible to get the Maps of the open government data portal under CC0: Maybe it would be a good task to “milk” that map and store the maps in Commons. —Micha 11:18, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


Experts meet novices to share knowledge in hands-on tasks.

Intergration of Open Government Data in Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects

There are a lot of open government data developing with interesting data which can be used for wikimedia projects. For example: The data of polls and referendums, the populations of cities and municipalities, the public art in cities (interesting for Wiki Loves Public Art). How can the data of that portals be transfered automatically to the wikimedia projects. For example generating a script on the tool server which checks daily if some numbers have changed. If yes, it transfers the data to wikidata and from there the data is included in the infoboxes of the Wikipedia articles. Or how can the list of public arts or of other objects (ex. fountains) in wikipedia be updated automatically if there is a new object or an object has been removed.

Interested persons:

  1. Micha L. Rieser
  2. <add yourself>

The RACHEL Project

RACHEL ( is now reaching over one million users worldwide who lack access to reliable internet. The project was a weekend prototype by just a few Cisco employees years ago. Please consider lending your web development, perl skills (, or linux ideas to help us enhance this fantastic product (as seen on BBC, CNN, and much more). Currently, foreign language wikipedia inclusion requires running a second webserver dedicated to wikipedia, an inefficient use of resources in places where these are scarce. Help us integrate foreign language wikipedia without running a second server (

Interested persons:

  1. Jeremy Schwartz <>
  2. <add yourself>

Wikibase architecture overview

An introduction to the Wikibase architecture and components aimed at potential new contributors. Wikibase is the software behind the Wikidata project. In this session you will get a high level overview of the wider wikibase codebase, which functionality can be found where, and how the different parts interact. Novice developers can attend, no special knowledge is required.

Interested persons:

  1. Jeroen De Dauw
  2. Mglaser
  3. Robert Vogel
  4. Maximilianklein

Clean Code

Full title: Clean Code, and other requirements for contributing to Wikibase

This is an introduction to the topic of clean code. It covers basic design principles, effective use of tests, and many general best practices. Want to know how to write code that is easier to maintain? Want to avoid spending so much time in the debugger? Want to write code that reads like well written prose? Want to become more effective at the craft of software development? Then this session is definitely for you.

This introduction is broad and covers a lot of ground. While many topics will not be covered in the depth they deserve, references to other material will be provided. The focus on the most common problem points and practical solutions.

A lot of the topics that will be covered are part of the contribution guidelines for the Wikibase software. Examples from Wikibase will also be used in places, though this session is by no means Wikibase specific.

Interested persons:

  1. Jeroen De Dauw
  2. Mglaser
  3. Swidmann
  4. Robert Vogel

Mobile walk-in and talk-in

Is mobile a mystery to you? Can’t get MobileFrontend setup? Don’t understand why your favourite desktop features don’t work on mobile? Want to know how to work on the latest Wikipedia apps? Do you want to make mobile things and don’t know how? Does one of your projects look great on a desktop and terrible on a mobile device?

This workshop will be an unstructured session where you can ask all these questions and get some answers. Members of the mobile team will be available to answer your questions and give you hands on help on anything you need.

Interested persons:

  1. Robert Vogel
  2. <add yourself>

mediawiki.ui for developers

mw-ui-button mw-ui-constructive mw-ui-quiet mw-ui-lolwtfbbq

mediawiki.ui implements the evolving “Agora” visual style for buttons and forms in MediaWiki software. Learn how to apply it in your extensions and gadgets to deliver attractive consistent appearance. Actual real-life visual designers will be on-hand to give you advice and get feedback about what controls would be useful.

Interested persons:

  1. S Page (WMF)
  2. May Galloway
  3. Shahyar Ghobadpour
  4. Tpt
  5. AalekhN
  6. Peter Coombe
  7. Swidmann
  8. Robert Vogel

Flow for bot and tool developers

Flow is a modern discussion and collaboration system for WMF wikis. However, Flow pages aren’t talk pages, so bots and semi-automated editing tools (e.g., Huggle, Twinkle) will have to adapt to handle them. Come explore the new Flow API and help us make improvements that will support some of the most important processes on our projects!

Interested persons:

  1. S Page (WMF)
  2. Benny Situ
  3. Mlitn
  4. Shahyar Ghobadpour
  5. Maryana (WMF)
  6. Ladsgroup
  7. Duesentrieb
  8. Robert Vogel
  9. Maximilianklein

MediaWiki-Vagrant Bootcamp

Introduction to using MediaWiki-Vagrant to manage a development environment for hacking on MediaWiki. We’ll do a really quick high level look at what Vagrant is and how MediaWiki-Vagrant uses and extends it. Then we’ll learn just enough Puppet to understand what “roles” are and how to use them to configure your MediaWiki-Vagrant instance. Participants will then get hands on by creating roles to install and configure extensions used on Commons that are not yet available in MediaWiki-Vagrant.

Interested persons:

  1. Bryan Davis
  2. Greg Grossmeier
  3. Andrew Otto
  4. Tony Thomas
  5. Swidmann
  6. Robert Vogel

Learn to work with Zuul and Jenkins Job Builder

A tutorial with User:Hashar and User:MarkTraceur about how to add and maintain jobs in Jenkins on the WMF infrastructure.

Interested persons:

  1. QChris
  2. Greg (WMF)
  3. Andrew Otto
  4. Nikerabbit
  5. Seb35
  6. Tony Thomas
  7. Bryan Davis

Tool Labs workshop

An event-long workshop with Coren; hands-on migration, debugging and creation of tools on the Tool Labs. Join in and leave at any time; there will be impromptu and planned breakaway tutorials on various related topics as interest demands (planned: using gridengine tutorial, database query optimization (including federated tables), how to deploy web services).

Interested persons:

  1. Tony Thomas
  2. Swidmann
  3. <add yourself>

OAuth Workshop

Tutorial and opportunity to pair with CSteipp to get your tools/bots using OAuth for authentication and/or authorized access into MediaWiki.

Interested persons:

  1. Waldir (for Primerpedia)
  2. <add yourself>

How to help pywikibot

Pywikibot is the most popular framework for running bots but how we can help improving pywikibot? There are several ways to help including solving and reporting bugs, wrangling bugs, bug triage and areas of developing including support of Wikibase and Wikidata, porting functionality from compat to core, and or network optimization (in order to reduce pressure on WMF servers)

Interested persons:

  1. Ladsgroup
  2. Maximilianklein
  3. <add yourself>

Translate extension workshop

Nikerabbit is there to explain how the Translate extension works. Let’s fix your most wanted (or hated) Translate bugs together or work on new features.

Possible bigger topics to work on, depending on the interest:

  • Repository management. is using a collection of shell scripts to manage all repositories where translations are exported to and imported from. Lack of better repository management is blocking further progress on areas like automation of imports and exports.
  • How will page translation work with Parsoid and VisualEditor.
  • Let’s provide more useful statistics about translation activity in nicer format.
  • Translation memory improvements.

Translate extension provides an translation editor, support for many different types of content, translation memory, statistics ad lots more. It is also very old and big extension, while also adopting new technologies like composer and CSS grid based interface.

Interested persons:

  1. Nikerabbit
  2. Nemo
  3. Siebrand
  4. Duesentrieb
  5. Seb35
  6. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE)
  7. Peter Coombe


Using the content handler facility for managing structured content on wikis. This is aimed mainly at extension developers who want to handle non-textual content on wiki pages.

Interested persons:

  1. Duesentrieb
  2. Nikerabbit (If time permits)
  3. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE)
  4. Swidmann
  5. Robert Vogel
  6. Addshore (talk) 10:30, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Refactoring Core for Fame and Profit

This session will show how to refactor parts of MediaWiki core in order to improve modularity. The focus will be on backwards compatibility and testability. The TitleValue RFC will serve as an example.

Interested persons:

  1. Duesentrieb
  2. Robert Vogel
  3. <add yourself>


Complex questions are discussed in depth until reaching a decision.

Future of version control, bug reporting and other developer tools

See also Project management tools/Review.

It’s been 2 years since we setup the current infrastructure around developer tools with Gerrit and Jenkins. Not everyone’s happy and things break more often than we like. Additionally there’s been rumblings for years about getting rid of Bugzilla. I think it’s high time we have a discussion about what we envision our ideal development environment to be and figure out what it would take to get us there. Are there any tools (hint hint: Phabricator) that can help get us most of the way there?

Interested persons:

  1. Chad
  2. AKlapper
  3. guillom
  4. S Page (WMF)
  5. QChris
  6. Jdforrester (WMF)
  7. Greg (WMF)
  8. Maryana (WMF)
  9. Duesentrieb
  10. Tony Thomas
  11. Waldir
  12. Bryan Davis
  13. Mglaser
  14. Swidmann

Architecture discussion

A continuation of our past architecture meetings where we discuss the future of MediaWiki’s internal design.

Interested persons:

  1. RobLa-WMF
  2. Jdforrester (WMF)
  3. Hoo man
  4. Nikerabbit (depends on the topics)
  5. Duesentrieb
  6. Aude
  7. Bryan Davis
  8. Mglaser
  9. Robert Vogel
  10. Addshore (talk) 10:30, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Tech People meeting Regular Users

A workshop (preferably in the early evening) to invite local users, beginners but also power users, who want to learn more about MediaWiki, our infrastructure and more. Kind of a “Ask the Developers” session but more informal.

Invite the local Wikipedia meet-up.

Interested persons:

  1. Manuel Schneider
  2. Hoo man Did similar things before, also am de-n
  3. Jdforrester (WMF)
  4. Duesentrieb
  5. Tony Thomas
  6. Swidmann

OpenPGP/GnuPG key signing party

A OpenPGP/GnuPG key signing party to strengthen the Web of Trust. There is no central key registry for this key signing party. Instead it will simply be a paper slipexchange. Bring

  • paper slips with your key id, fingerprint, name & emails, and
  • something to identify yourself (usually a government-issued identification, such as a passport).

If you need to make paper slips, you can for example use generators, or print copies of the output of gpg --fingerprint $YOUR_KEY_ID

Interested persons:

  1. QChris
  2. Nemo Why not.
  3. Duesentrieb
  4. Mglaser
  5. Swidmann
  6. Robert Vogel

Wikidata in 2020

Let’s talk about the long-term plans and ideas you have for Wikidata.

Interested persons:

  1. Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)
  2. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE)
  3. Mglaser
  4. Maximilianklein
  5. Daniel Mietchen
  6. Addshore (talk) 10:30, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


Proposals that seem to need clarification. Feel free moving them in any of the categories above.

Local Wikipedia forks

“Semi-autonomous instances of localized Wikipedia”. Expand on the work of SOS Children, the Rachel Project to create packaged snapshots of Wikipedia contents that can be deployed on local storage e.g. SD cards in a tablet computer, 3G WiFi router, etc. and on a Raspberry Pi, etc. Ideally there’ll be bi-directional updates from the local instance to Wikipedia and from Wikipedia to the local instance – asynchronous synchronization. People using one of these snapshot instances would be able to create new content and revise existing contents. One of the main goals is to help extend the reach locality and relevance of Wikipedia for people throughout the world.

I’ve been doing some work in this area already and will bring hardware, etc. to demo and test our work.

There’s lots of known-unknowns for this project. With your help I hope we’ll be able to

Interested persons:

  1. Julian Harty
  2. <add yourself>

Possibly interested:

  • Not interested if it’s yet another offline Wikipedia work, but I’d be interested if this was focused on Kiwix/ZIM incremental updates + the ability to edit locally (and then submit changes). —Nemo 14:29, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Except for the “edit feature”, what you mean seems to exist already. At least two Kiwix developers will be there during the 3 days. 09:11, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Only interested in the bi-directionality (i.e. “edit feature”). cf. Distributed Wikipedia. —Waldir (talk) 01:56, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Extend VisualEditor

VisualEditor has been around for quite a while. As an extension developer, it’s time to think about how you can integrate your extension. There are several topics that we’ll need to talk about:

  • How can my extension make use of / add to the VE?
  • Does my code survive the round trip?
  • How is my extension’s code displayed in the VE?
  • How can I write dialogs that allow the user to easily edit my tags?
  • How can I add functionality to the VE in general?

We as a developer community need to explore the workings of the VE, this session is intended to be a starter.

Interested persons:

  1. Mglaser
  2. Jdforrester (WMF)
  3. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE)
  4. Swidmann
  5. Robert Vogel

Possibly interested:

  1. Tpt

The new face of

There’s an initiative to rework We should discuss the plans and outcomes in order to make a site that is easy to use and valuable to all of us, be it users, site maintainers, core and extension developers and any other intersted parties. Let’s go over the new design and make this a state-of-the-art site a so wide spread software like MediaWiki deserves!

Interested persons:

  1. Mglaser
  2. Waldir
  3. Peter Coombe

Performance guidelines

Let’s get a draft of the performance guidelines nitpicked and approved.

Interested persons:

  1. Sharihareswara (WMF)
  2. <add yourself>


This is an unofficial list where participate can indicate their attendance for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2014 in Zürich.

Note that you must register through the registration page to secure your place at the Hackathon and book your accommodation! (click to register)

+ add yourself

There is space for up to 200 persons.

  1. Oarabile Mudongo (talk) 10:33, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
  2. Yuvipanda (talk) 20:43, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
  3. already stayed at the hostel! if anyone has questions about the venue, I can try to help 🙂 Aude (talk) 23:03, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
  4. Jdlrobson (talk) 00:10, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
  5. Juliusz Gonera (talk) 08:52, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
  6. Kelson (talk)
  7. I’m pretty sure I stayed at this hostel before too. Multichill (talk) 17:17, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
  8. Rgaudin (talk) 19:09, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
  9. OrenBochman (talk) 10:35, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
    DerHexer (talk) 20:17, 10 December 2013 (UTC) Probably.
  10. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 20:54, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
  11. perhaps, if someoneelse works together with me to finalise the OpenID extension —Wikinaut (talk) 01:03, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
  12. Magioladitis (talk) 08:58, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
  13. siebrand (talk) 20:04, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
  14. BDavis (WMF) (talk) 20:42, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
  15. Max Semenik (talk) 17:57, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
  16. Arthur Richards (talk) 20:31, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
  17. MarkTraceur (talk) 23:09, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
  18. Nikerabbit (talk) 07:14, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
  19. Daniel Kinzler (WMDE) (talk) 09:35, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
  20. TheDJ (talk) 14:32, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
  21. Addshore (talk) 22:37, 1 February 2014 (UTC) Probably
  22. KartikMistry (talk) 05:38, 5 February 2014 (UTC) May be
  23. Jeph paul (talk) 19:12, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
  24. Julian Harty (talk), 6 February 2014 (UTC) Probably.
  25. Jeroen De Dauw (talk) 00:29, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
  26. Chad. 00:43, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
    /me is sad Petrb (talk) 10:10, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
  27. Petrb (talk) 08:10, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
  28. Reedy (talk) 18:49, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
  29. Viswaprabha (talk) 22:51, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
  30. Hoo man (talk) 23:58, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
  31. Micha L. Rieser (talk) 13:12, 13 February 2014 (UTC) very probably
  32. Jdforrester (WMF) (talk) 23:07, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
  33. AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 23:21, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
  34. Jaredzimmerman (WMF) (talk) 23:37, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
  35. Greg (WMF) (talk) 23:50, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
  36. MGalloway (WMF) (talk) 21:20, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
  37. RashiqAhmad (talk) 11:46, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
  38. RobLa-WMF (talk) 16:46, 19 February 2014 (UTC) change in plan
  39. Gabriel Wicke (GWicke) (talk) 19:16, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
  40. Mlitn (talk) 22:34, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
  41. Harsh Kothari (talk ) 17:31, 21 February 2014 (UTC) Depends on Scholarship
  42. Aaron (talk) 22:07, 21 February 2014 (UTC)
  43. EdSaperia (talk) 14:15, 22 February 2014 (UTC) woooo yay
  44. Chitetskoy (talk) 06:50, 23 February 2014 (UTC) depends on scholarship
  45. stwalkerster [stwalkerster|talk] 00:03, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
  46. Niharika (talk) 03:04, 24 February 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  47. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE) (talk) 11:55, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
  48. Rangilo Gujarati (talk) 15:28, 24 February 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship.
  49. DarTar (talk) 06:50, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
  50. Lantus (talk) 21:10, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
  51. Aalekh (talk) 23:04, 28 February 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  52. Frank schubert (talk) 18:45, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
  53. 1Veertje (talk) 14:55, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
  54. So close that I can’t skip. —Nemo 12:11, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
  55. Krinkle Krinkle (talk) 22:06, 4 March 2014 (UTC)
  56. Aarti DwivediRtdwivedi (talk) 03:31, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
  57. Tony Thomas (talk) 14:32, 5 March 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  58. Tina Johnson (talk) 21:08, 5 March 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  59. brion (talk)
  60. Tpt (talk) Depends on scholarship
  61. Mglaser (talk) 07:56, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
  62. Sylvain WMFr (talk) 11:29, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
  63. Kolossos 20:44, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
  64. Susannaanas (talk) 08:23, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
  65. André Costa (WMSE) (talk) 10:12, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
  66. Christine Corbett
  67. Seb35 [^_^] Depends on scholarship → thanks!
  68. SPQRobin (talk) 22:30, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
  69. Waldir (talk) 07:21, 15 March 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  70. Rahul21 (talk) 12:32, 16 March 2014 (UTC) Depends on scholarship
  71. Richa Jain —Rjain (talk) 12:45, 16 March 2014 (UTC) Depends on the scholarship
  72. Peter Coombe (talk) 17:19, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
  73. IAlex (talk) 20:13, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  74. Ilario (talk) 13:30, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
  75. Nonoxb (talk) 19:39, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
  76. Swidmann (talk) 08:17, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  77. Osnard (talk) 10:50, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  78. Maximilianklein (talk) 21:09, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  79. Dan-nl (talk) 15:21, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  80. Beat Estermann (talk) 08:54, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

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Papa Francesco e l’ombra della dittatura argentina

Jorge Mario BergoglioUn’ombra nel passato di papa Francesco: quella della dittatura militare argentina. E’ questo il dubbio che affiora su diversi quotidiani internazionali all’indomani dell’elezione di Jorge Mario Bergoglio al soglio di Pietro.

E dal New York Times alla Bbc Mundo, fino al foglio argentino Pagina 12, sono in tanti a ricordare le accuse di connivenza con il regime di Jorge Videla che negli anni hanno coinvolto il gesuita, trovando tuttavia sempre la netta smentita di quest’ultimo. Duro con i governi Kirchner, accusati di una politica economica non attenta alle diseguaglianze sociali, Bergoglio ‘fu meno energico’ durante la dittatura degli anni ’70, scrive il NEW YORK TIMES, ricordando come il pontefice sia stato ”accusato di essere a conoscenza degli abusi della Sporca Guerra e di non aver fatto abbastanza per fermarli mentre 30mila persone sparivano, venivano torturate o uccise dalla dittatura’. In Gran Bretagna, THE TIMES lancia il proprio dubbio in prima e titola: ‘L’amico dei poveri che era anche a suo agio con i dittatori’, mentre anche in Germania gli anni di Videla, durante i quali Bergoglio fu Superiore provinciale della Compagnia di Gesù in Argentina, riaffiorano sulle pagine dei quotidiani.

Lo SPIEGEL parla di ‘macchia scura’ nel suo passato, mentre la SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG osserva come ‘il suo ruolo nella storia argentina e le sue dichiarazioni sui matrimoni omosessuali lo rendano una figura controversa’. La BBC MUNDO va invece più a fondo e in un articolo dal titolo ‘Jorge Bergoglio e l’ombra del governo militare’ cita il caso dei sacerdoti Orlando Yorio e Francisco Jalics, sequestrati nel maggio del 1976 e detenuti per 5 mesi nella Escuela Mecanica de la Armada (Esma), il centro clandestino da cui partivano i voli della morte. Secondo alcune testimonianze raccolte dal giornalista d’inchiesta Horacio Verbitsky – scrive la Bbc – Bergoglio aveva ‘tolto la protezione ai due sacerdoti che operavano nelle baraccopoli’ di Buenos Aires, allontanandoli dai gesuiti ed esponendoli alla scure militare. Bergoglio nel ‘2010 fu chiamato a testimoniare sul caso assicurando di aver chiesto ai vertici del regime il rilascio’ dei due prelati, sottolinea la Bbc, secondo la quale tuttavia papa Francesco è stato sentito dagli inquirenti anche ‘nel caso di Elena de La Cuadra, figlia di una delle cofondatrici delle Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, sparita quando era incinta’.

E il Papa, aggiunge l’emittente, è stato infine citato anche in una causa penale aperta in Francia per il sequestro e l’omicidio del sacerdote Gabriel Longueville, nel 1976. In Argentina il quotidiano LA NACION ripercorre la vicenda, sottolineando come ‘nessuna causa sia pendente’ o sia mai stata aperta contro Bergoglio. Ma PAGINA 12, in un editoriale firmato proprio da Verbitsky, esordisce riportando una mail giunta all’autore da Gabriela Yorio, sorella di Orlando (morto nel 2000), subito dopo l’elezione del nuovo pontefice. ‘Non posso crederlo, sono così angustiata e con tanta rabbia che non so che posso fare. Vedo Orlando sul comodino di casa e sono anni che diceva ‘vuole essere Papa’. E’ la persona indicata per tappare la corruzione. E’ l’esperto nel tappare’, scrive il foglio argentino riportando le parole di Gabriela.

(fonte Ansa)

Doodle animato per il 61esimo anniversario di Douglas Adams

doodle‘Niente panico’. La scritta compare su un piccolo computer posato su quella che potrebbe essere la consolle di un’astronave con tanto di tazza da tè (irresistibilmente british) e asciugamano poggiati sopra, indispensabile quest’ultimo quando si viaggia nello spazio.

Google celebra oggi con un Doodle animato il 61esimo anniversario dalla nascita di Douglas Adams, il papà della ‘Guida galattica per autostoppisti’. Autore cult e scrittore umoristico britannico, Adams nacque a l’11 marzo 1952 a Cambridge e morì per un attacco cardiaco nel 2001 a Santa Barbara.

Prima di essere un libro, o meglio una serie di libri definita dal suo stesso autore una ‘trilogia di libri in cinque parti, la  Guida è stata infatti una commedia radiofonica, trasmessa dalla  Bbc Radio 4 per la prima volta nel marzo del 1978.

All’epoca Douglas lavorava già da un po’ come editor alla Bbc, e si era occupato anche della sceneggiatura di alcuni episodi dell’indimenticabile serie televisiva  Doctor WhoC’era chi alla Bbc credeva fortemente alle doti di scrittura di Adams. Doti alle quali credeva già da tempo anche Frank Halford, il suo professore di inglese delle elementari, dal quale ad appena 10 anni aveva ottenuto un 10 al compito di inglese (la prima e l’unica volta, a quanto pare, che Halford abbia mai assegnato quel voto a un compito in classe). Nell’impero della comunicazione britannica, a credere in lui era  Simon Brett. E insieme i due pensarono che una commedia  sci-fi sarebbe stata perfetta.

L’idea,  racconta il sito-guida della Bbc, venne allo scrittore mentre era sdraiato in un campo vicino Innsbruck completamente ubriaco e si perdeva in elucubrazioni sulla galassia e sul destino dell’Universo. Originariamente la serie, di sette episodi, doveva chiamarsi  Le fini della Terra, e ogni puntata doveva terminare con la distruzione del pianeta in un modo diverso. C’era anche già un abbozzo di autostoppista chiamato Aleric B, ribattezzato definitivamente  Arthur Dent nel taxi diretto alla riunione di presentazione dell’idea alla Bbc.

Dell‘idea iniziale è rimasto il protagonista autostoppista e la distruzione della Terra: Arthur Dent è l’unico sopravvissuto all’esplosione alla quale è scampato  chiedendo un passaggio a una delle astronavi aliene responsabili del misfatto, e insieme ai suoi nuovi compagni di viaggio inizia a girare per il cosmo seguendo le indicazioni di una fantomatica  Guida galattica per autostoppisti.

La serie radiofonica raccontava il suo viaggio nello Spazio, e ottenne subito uno straordinario successo che convinse la produzione a realizzare registrazioni audio da rivendere agli appassionati e Douglas a raccogliere il materiale in un libro, anzi in tre libri.

Il primo ha venduto milioni di copie ed è stato tradotto in trenta lingue in tutto il mondo. Vi hanno fatto seguito però non altri due libri, ma altri cinque. Quattro scritti da Adams e uno da  Eoin  Colfer, dopo la morte dell’autore per un infarto improvviso l’11 maggio 2001, lo stesso giorno in cui, per puro caso, il Minor Planet Centre ha annunciato di aver battezzato un asteroide  Arthurdent.

Prima di morire,  Douglas Adams aveva completato anche la stesura di una sceneggiatura cinematografica della sua Guida Galattica, e un film basato su essa, già diventato un cult, venne realizzato nel 2005. Oggi la versione online di una  guida non convenzionale, all’universo e a tutto è in fase di compilazione sul sito, redatta da una community fondata dallo stesso Adams nel 1999. Dal 2001 il sito, che già conta migliaia di voci su qualsiasi tipo di argomento, è in gestione alla Bbc e chiunque, se vuole, può contribuire alla sua redazione.

J.K. Rowling vende casa

J.K. Rowling vende casa. L’incantevole dimora del 19esimo secolo, che conta otto stanze da letto, giardino da sogno e un gran numero di cornici e camini antichi, ed è quella in cui ha scritto Harry Potter è situata nella zona residenziale di lusso di Merchiston, Edimburgo, ed è sul mercato per 2,25 milioni di sterline (alias 2,8 milioni di euro).

Qui – scrive il Telegraph che riporta la notizia – sono stati scritti almeno quattro dei sette romanzi della celebre saga di Harry Potter. Chi tuttavia si aspettasse di acquistare un immobile pieno di ‘Rowling-abilia’ rimarrà deluso, perché tutte le tracce della 47enne autrice nata a Yale, vicino a Bristol, sono scomparse.

L’autrice di ‘the Casual Vacancy’, il primo romanzo per adulti della Rowling, e la sua famiglia, il marito Neil, le figlie Jessica e Mackenzie e il figlio David, hanno lasciato la casa in via Abbotsford Park più di due anni fa, per trasferirsi in un maniero da 2 milioni di sterline nei pressi della capitale scozzese.

Topless reale per la principessa Kate e scatta la denuncia

Un magazine francese ha deciso di pubblicare le fotografie di Kate, duchessa di Cambridge, a seno nudo. Secondo la pubblicazione, Closer, le immagini sono state scattate durante la permanenza, la settimana scorsa, di Kate e William nel castello francese del nipote della regina, Lord Linley. La coppia sarebbe infuriata – si legge sul sito della Bbc – per quella che considera una violazione della sua privacy durante un pausa privata.

Le immagini non chiare e scattate con un teleobiettivo, rendono comunque i soggetti riconoscibili e degni da prima pagina. Quattro  sono quelle dedicate alla coppia reale William e Kate, dal magazine francese, diverse delle quali ritraggono Kate in topless.

Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, ...

Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton – Buckingham Palace. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dal palazzo la regina annuncia subito battaglia legale. Anche perché, secondo una fonte vicina  a Buckingham Palace, le foto sono autentiche, sottolineando come la duchessa di Cambridge e il marito William siano ‘in collera e sconvolti’ per la pubblicazione. ‘È stata superata una linea rossa’ – dice la fonte – annunciando che la Casa reale intende ‘consultare dei legali francesi per vedere le strade da percorrere, dal momento che non abbiamo famigliarità con la legge francese’.

Il Duca e la Duchessa si trovavano a  Kuala Lumpur, durante una colazione sulla terrazza di una guest house nel Luberon, quando hanno appreso della pubblicazione. Un giro di nove giorni compiuto durante le celebrazioni per il Diamond Jubilee della regina e reso più animato dalla notizia del topless reale.

Le fotografie hot di Kate in barca sono state seguite da polemiche sull’uscita di immagini che ritraggono il principe Harry nudo, fotografie scattate il mese scorso in una stanza di albergo di Las Vegas e da quelle di una cugina di Kate dedita alla streep in quel di New York. In realtà Katrina Darling è cugina alla lontana di Kate Middleton e crea scandalo portando il suo nuovo spettacolo di burlesque nella grande mela, ‘God Save The Queen‘ in cui si esibisce mezzanuda. Lo scorso aprile la sua parentela con la famiglia reale ha cominciato a farne discutere. Fino all’inizio di quest’anno Katrina Darling ha lavorato in banca. E’ anche finita sulla copertina di settembre di Playboy, avrebbe ricevuto una somma a sei cifre per mostrarsi senza veli sul magazine.

I duchi di Cambridge, dopo essersi consultati con gli avvocati, hanno deciso di querelare il settimanale edito dalla Mondadori (divisione Francia). La casa reale britannica è d’altra parte furente: ‘La loro privacy è stata violata in modo grottesco e del tutto ingiustificabile’. Via i guanti, insomma.

‘Le loro Altezze Reali – si dice in un comunicato diffuso dal palazzo di St James, quello che segue le PR di Carlo d’Inghilterra e dei suoi figli – si trovavano in un luogo remoto. È impensabile che qualcuno scatti delle foto del genere, figuriamoci pubblicarle’. Immediata la replica di Closer Uk: ‘Noi non avremmo mai pubblicato, l’edizione francese dipende da una società diversa dalla nostra’. Inutile dire che a Parigi la pensano diversamente. La direttrice di Closer, Laurence Pieau, si dice stupita per il caos sollevato.

Closer: ‘niente di insultante, solo foto gioiose e dignitose’. ‘La stampa inglese mi copre di ingiurie e minacce: è come se avessimo ucciso una seconda volta la principessa Diana’. Poi ribatte. ‘Tutto questo è aberrante e smisurato. Si dimentica che sono stati gli anglosassoni a inventare i tabloid’. Infine una nota tecnica: ‘Le fotografie non hanno niente di insultante per Kate. Sono gioiose. E abbiamo scelto le più dignitose’. Come dire, c’era altro e siamo stati pure misericordiosi. Pieau non ha però fatto i conti con William. Secondo Nicholas Witchell, Royal Correspondent della Bbc, l’erede al trono è ‘furioso’. ‘È assolutamente determinato a difendere la privacy di sua moglie e d’altra parte è sempre stato molto protettivo nei suoi confronti.

A chi andranno le foto? Un’edizione speciale che mostra Kate Middleton in topless durante la vacanza in Provenza in compagnia del consorte William. Lunedì il settimanale ‘Chi’, diretto da Alfonso Signorini, uscirà in edizione straordinaria con un servizio di 26 pagine con immagini inedite in esclusiva per l’Italia.

‘Si tratta di un servizio meritevole di un’edizione straordinaria, in quanto mostra nella sua totale naturalezza la vita quotidiana di una giovane famosissima coppia, moderna e innamorata’, spiega Signorini. ‘Il fatto che si tratti poi – prosegue Signorini – dei futuri regnanti d’Inghilterra lo rende certamente più interessante e attuale, e in linea con una concezione moderna della monarchia. In sintesi: è una bella immagine comune di una coppia -conclude il direttore di ‘Chi’- nient’affatto comune’.

Il New York Times scritto in cinese: online la nuova edizione del quotidiano statunitense


Più che domandarsi come faranno i cinesi, viene da chiedersi chi leggerà (negli Stati Uniti, per esempio) la nuova versione online del New York Times. Il quotidiano americano ha annunciato ieri il lancio di un’edizione in cinese del suo sito internet, con la speranza di penetrare ‘la grande muraglia’ informatica messa a punto da Pechino per censurare il Web.

In un comunicato, il grande quotidiano americano ha annunciato il lancio a partire da oggi del suo sito in cinese all’indirizzo, e fornire ‘una copertura di qualità di eventi politici, economici e culturali mondiali‘.

A tale scopo, il quotidiano ha reclutato una trentina di traduttori e di giornalisti: il sito, i cui contenuti saranno scelti esclusivamente dal giornale senza alcun ‘accordo’ con le autorità locali, offrirà traduzione di articoli scritti in inglese e pezzi originali redatti da collaboratori cinesi a Pechino, Shanghai e Hong Kong. Il server del sito è stato posto fuori dai confini territoriali della Cina.

Il New York Times è già stato sottoposto a censura dal governo cinese insieme a BBC e altri famosissimi portali d’informazione sono  resi inaccessibili alla popolazione del Sol Levante.

Il blocco è stato scardinato soltanto durante gli ultimi Giochi olimpici, poi si è tornati alla normalità. Che in Cina vuol dire siti chiusi grazie a tecnologie sviluppate attraverso Yahoo!, Microsoft e Google. I grandi colossi della tecnologia applicata al Web hanno subito attacchi da parte del regine cinese, che ha più volte tentato di arginarne le potenzialità rivolgendosi al governo americano.

Sono almeno 54 gli utenti Internet, tra cui giornalisti e attivisti per i diritti umani, che in Cina sono attualmente in carcere soltanto per aver utilizzato la Rete.

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