Wiki, what’s going on? (Part20-2017 is here)

 

 

The hype is great: WikiToLearn India Conf2017 is almost here!

 

Hello WikiToLearn-ers! First of all, let me wish a happy new year to all of you!

How better to start the new year? With lot of news!

In less than two weeks WikiToLearn India Conf2017 is about to happen. We are extremely happy because this is the first big international event entirely dedicated to WikiToLearn. We have to thank the members of our community who are working hard to provide you this amazing event. For sure, the best thing about this conference is the great variety of speakers: Ruphy is flying from Italy to India to attend the conference and give a talk about WTL. For this event we have speakers lined up from Mediawiki, KDE and Mozilla Community. Several projects and ideas will meet at WTL India Conf2017 and this is simply amazing for us! The entire event will be recorded and videos will be uploaded online: you won’t miss any talk!

We have planned other great things for this 2017. Few days ago some members of the community met to have a discussion about our targets for the future. We came up with a new strategic plan for the incoming months: join our communication channels to discuss it with us. New talks, new posters and technical improvements are just around the corner. WikiToLearn1.0 is great, but what’s coming now is even better!

2016 was fantastic for us, but in 2017 a turning point is waiting for us. Stay tuned!

 

Wiki, what’s going on? (Part19-XMas is coming!)

 

Christmas with the WikiToLearn community

 

Let’s start with important things. Last Sunday the Milan local group had a special dinner to celebrate the incoming Christmas holidays. For sure we have to thank Spinnski: food was great! During the dinner we had Secret Santa: you receive a gift, given by whom? According to fate. It was funny, and we had lot of laughs for some funny gifts.

Ok, let’s get back to business. We are working to get more collaborations concrete, especially from the institutional point of view. WikiMediaCH, Rete della Conoscenza (Italy) and Imperial College London are among the most important “institutions” we are going to collaborate with. The test group is working harder and harder to get a (adjustment) stable release by Christmas, let’s say our Christmas gift for you! Nothing will apparently change for you, but the real show is in the infrastructure.

Stay tuned, we have great plans for the new year. The first thing you have to wait for is WikiToLearnConf India2017, happening in Jaipur 18-19 January. The first WikiToLearn global event is coming: call for papers are open, join and share Knowledge!

Probably you will read the next “Wiki, what’s going on?” episode in the new year. Hopefully great work is incoming and we hope to impress you more and more! Let me take this occasion to wish you happy holidays, from the whole WikiToLearn community 😀

 

Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 18-Making it real)

WTLGoinOn

 

WikiToLearn1.0 action plan is getting real

 

Release the new version and start working to improve it : done.

Ok, done! Now let’s start talking about it, spam it, find new users and grow more and more!

Yes, more or less this is the work we are doing in these weeks with our team.

Unimib is funding posters, which we are using to start a new promotional campaign for WikToLearn! Promo team is working on these new info-graphics and you are going to love them. Unimib students, stay tuned and get ready to spot our posters all around you.

We are working hard also from both institutional and more informal contacts: new collaborators are coming. The team is organizing and taking part to new events in the incoming future; stay tuned, more people are going to talk about us and you’ll appreciate our efforts! We are also planning a series of new talks to present the new release and to get more and more people involved in our project.

We are also working on agreements with different universities and institutional centers such as GARR, Imperial College and UCL.

Christmas is coming, if you have ideas to celebrate it with our community contact us! WikiToLearn1.0 is going to celebrate its first XMas 😉

C’mon, new year with the new WikiToLearn is coming: the moment is now!

Share your knoledge, share freedom!

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Wiki(1.0), what’s going on? (Part17)

 

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WikiToLearn1.0 is moving its first steps, let’s find out how is it going!

Here we go! It is almost two weeks now since we released WikiToLearn1.0!

Since the release, we got a lot of feedback and support! We could accomplish this not only through our own promotion, but also, inter alia/amongst others, with the help of:

  1. Dot-Kde announcement;
  2.  An interview with Radio Popolare (Italian radio station);
  3.  baltolkien ‘s post on KDE-Blogs;
  4.  a presentation at Imperial College London;
  5.  Wikimedia CH, KDE and many contributors of ours shared the announcement post on their socials

We are very happy, that we could welcome new contributors and we hope our community will keep on growing, both in contribution and content.

Now, something special for you in this episode! We have decided to do an interview with Srijan Agarwal: he is a member of our community in Amrita University, Amritapuri, India, where he’s doing great promoting WikiToLearn! To spread the word about our community, he is organizing events (MediaWikiToLearn hack/edit-a-thon) and talks on WikiToLearn. We wanted to appreciate his efforts and therefore , we decided to put him into WikiToLearn’s  spotlight and  interviewed him.

Q: When (and how) did you become a member of the WikiToLearn community?
Ans: So, it all started after I made my first technical contribution to Mediawiki in early 2016. I was looking for a project to contribute to in Google Summer of Code that same year, and one of my mentors at Free Software club in our campus : FOSS@Amrita, Harish Navnit, asked me to check WikiToLearn. And there starts my journey with WikiToLearn. I applied for a project : Offline Extension for WikiEditor, and it got accepted. My GSoC mentors, Gianluca Rigoletti and Irene Cortinovis, were really helpful and guided me throughout the summer of 2016.

Q: You are part of the community for a while now. What do you like most?
A: I really like the motive behind the WikiToLearn project.. WikiToLearn focuses on a worldwide problem with students, that can be solved by sharing knowledge. Being a student myself, I’ve experienced and know the problems faced by students and I really like how WikiToLearn is helping solve these problems.

Q: You are doing a great work to talk about WikiToLearn in your country, can you tell us something more about it?
A: Sure. What I feel is that, Indian education system lacks creativity, collaborative thinking and a technology infrastructure. WikiToLearn is a platform, which certainly is the answer to these problems. Therefore, I’m promoting WikiToLearn in India in as many ways as I can. I have been giving talks on WikiToLearn at universities and conferences, eventually helping students and professors with contributing to WikiToLearn. I’m now working on making the next event a success, i.e, WikiToLearn India Conference, 2017.

Q: Are you happy with your WikiToLearn-experience so far?
A: Yes of course. WikiToLearn is like a second family for me. It has taught me that love for knowledge and learning can overcome all kinds of barriers, even geographical and cultural ones. Working with such amazing developers around the world has taught me so very much. I have grown so much technically and socially with my association with WikiToLearn. Overall, my experience has been startling.

Q: Why should other people join WikiToLearn?
A: Are you a student and want to have personalised textbooks for your courses? Are you a professor and want to make your teaching methodologies better?  Are you a programmer, and want to contribute to open source software? WikiToLearn is the right place for you, then. Join WikiToLearn and grow along with volunteers and academics around the world.

If you are more curious on who are our top contributors these two weeks after the release, want to know more about our statistics you should know that with the 1.0 release, Reports-WikiToLearn came out too. Here you can find these two weeks report!

Thats it for this episode,

Bye all! 🙂

 

 

Wiki, what’s going on? (Part16 – Where have you been?)

WTLGoinOn

 

Join the revolution: WikiToLearn1.0 is here!

 

It’s been a while since the last episode of “Wiki, What’s going on?” was published. In the meanwhile great things happened!

Yesterday #WikiToLearn 1.0 was finally released and we’re extremely happy of this. “What’s going on?” was not on holiday, we were working hard to provide you the new WikiToLearn!

It was a great day, we are extremely happy for the love you showed us on our facebook and twitter pages: stay tuned for more news in the following days!

I’m not here to tell you how many new cool features you can find in the new release, since probably you already know. If you don’t check out our press release and the dot-kde article! The new WikiToLearn is amazing: the best you’ve experienced up to now!

“Wiki, What’s going on” is back, but we also have more news: thanks to our reports now you can have constant (bi-weekly) updates on our work; the homepage contains new languages and we’re ready to guide you in the discovery in all the new features.

We are extremely excited for this new release: now it’s time to get even more concrete than before.

Join Wikitolearn, learn with the best. Create books. Share knowledge!

The waiting is over, 1.0 is now live: it’s time to rock WikiToLearn-ers!

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Announcing WikiToLearn 1.0

One year after founding WikiToLearn, the love for sharing knowledge helped our community to grow stronger. During this year a lot of great things happened, but we also had to face some technical and organizational problems.

The effort and work of our community during the last months helped us to achieve great results developing new features and improving our platform, concentrating on the editing experience. As a result of this, we are very proud to announce the release of WikiToLearn 1.0!

Here are some new features:

New skin: we rebuilt the whole skin for a better user experience. Users will now be able to take and review notes, create books and share knowledge more easily.

Course editor: this tool allows users to create and manage courses in a guided and very effortless way

Visual editor: together with Course editor this tool will help users to contribute easily; editing and reviewing has become more intuitive and it’s not necessary anymore to be a “wikitext expert” to work on our platform

Having reached the goal of a more comfortable user interface, to make it more easy for you to contribute, our next objective is to expand the content on all of our pages. Since we already have some content on our Italian and English pages, we would also very much appreciate if you would help us to develop the pages in other languages.

Get started now, visit wikitolearn.org right away and get in touch with WikiToLearn 1.0 new features!

Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 15-It’s been a while)

WTLGoinOn

 

Even if you’ve not heard from us for a while, doesn’t mean we disappeared! Here we go again with “Wiki, what’s going on?”.

So, what happened after Akademy? Quite a lot, since everything you’ve read in our previous posts was developed in details and the 1.0 release is now getting closer and closer.

Let’s have a step back: during Akademy we started working on the new skin, which is now almost complete and available in a beta version in production! Course Editor was one of our biggest efforts during our period in Berlin and now we are happy to announce that is alive in production. With these two features WikiToLearn is going to change, and you are going to love it! With more attention to UX and a easier editing environment we hope you to use WikiToLearn more and more: share your knowledge!

The site usability is improved also thanks to the creation of new guides, localized to every language portal, to allow anyone to be able to write on WikiToLearn.

In this period we also had the MediaWikiToLearn at Amrita University, Amritapuri Campus. Here we had the first Memorandum of Understanding signing between WikiToLearn and the Amrita University. Many students had the possibility to discover WikiToLearn and the way it works, hoping that they loved it and are willing to join our project. This event gave us the possibility to collect important feedbacks, extremely useful for the 1.0 release.

 

WikiToLearn 1.0 is going to be released soon, with lot of new (and cool) features. Beside course editor and the new skin, with the new release we are going to launch our new communication plan. “Wiki, what’s going on?” was thought as a series of blog posts to allow you to be updated on what happens in our community, but with the problem that it’s not really periodic and it based on a blog structure. With the new communication plan, anyone can be always updated thanks to the new “WikiToLearn Reports”: a bi-weekly official report of what’s going on in our community, with statistics of each project.

For sure there is something I’ve not told you about in the new WikiToLearn, but you are going to discover it by yourself (or thanks to the new report system, or with “Wiki, what’s going on?”). Stay tuned: WikiToLearn 1.0 has never been this close!

Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 14-Akademy Day3-4)

WTLGoinOn

On the buzzer! We are moving toward the 1.0 release faster and faster and by the end of this month it should be ready. Today is the last day here at Akademy and we managed to move all the courses under the convention defined. We have introduced the new namespace “Course” for each course both on the italian and english portal. This new structure is mandatory for the complete implementation of course editor. Scripts over scripts, lines of code over lines of code, discussions over discussion: these two days were tough. The migration is now completed and our work at Akademy has been great. We are documenting everything on phabricator to have a complete organization of what we have to do yet.

 

Akademy was great! We worked hard and closed many tasks. The new release still requires time and efforts, but we are moving toward the right direction. By the end of the week we are going to be back in Italy, but we are leaving Berlin with a precise intention: release the best 1.0 we can have!

We have to work on different aspects, from community building and participation to development and infrastructure. We are tying to keep everything under control to come up with the best possible version of the release. This year was fundamental to us: we understood what we could improve and we tried our best to do it. The deadline is near, but no fear! WikiToLearn is rising from its own ashes like a phoenix: be ready for the revolution!

A special mention goes to the organization of this conference – KDE community and everyone involved were simply awesome.

It was also awesome to get in touch with JGupta and to meet him in person. We hope to have the possibility to meet every WikiToLearn-er soon!

That’s all,

Akademy is almost over, but our work is not.

Stay tuned, the revolution is coming!

 

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Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 13-Akademy Day2)

WTLGoinOn

Day2 is about to end here at Akademy. The wrap up bof has just finished. Everyone is leaving the university or coming back to their pc to end the day with little more work.  WikiToLearn had to bof this morning, when the work started. First of all, Jayaditya had a bof on his desktop client, developed for the GSoC project. What he has done so far is really amazing! Future plans to improve the skin (eg. using Kirigami) and the client features are way more than promising. After his bof, the WikiToLearn team had a more general bof. We discussed about the global trend of our work and the daily activity was organized.

Crisbal and Rigolo had a nice discussion with Ken (KDE VDG) trying to come up with new ideas and suggestions for the new skin. The development of such a delicate aspect for our site requires patience and lot of efforts, but what you are going to see will be simply great! “The best WikiToLearn yet”, as someone would say 😀

Tunale and Valsdav spent their day with their best friends: regex and scripts. Course editor development is not effortless and they’re putting into play their best, only for you. WikiToLearn is going to be at its best version soon, especially for what concerns content. Forget WikiText, you are going to create a course even blind-folded soon!  English and Italian portal have been completely re-organized in a more precise way, with a clearer structure. Content re-organization was tough but scripts and lot of hand work allowed us to complete it today!

When at the end of the day you are satisfied of what you’ve done, happy for the result of your work and for the time you spent with fantastic people you can be sure that your day was amazing. This is just the beginning guys, lot of work still has to be done but something great presents at the horizon. Keep pushing and let’s rock!

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Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 12-Akademy Day1)

WTLGoinOn

From QtCon to Akademy, from Berlin Congress Center to the Technische Universitat but the work doesn’t stop! Tunale and I got lost more or less three time before getting to the right building, but just because we love adventures. Sooner or later we managed to arrive to the University for our first Akademy experience!

[Curious fact: During the introductory key note at QtCon, Lydia asked all the people that are attending their first Akademy to stand up. Four people stood up. Can you imagine who they were?! Yeah, your WikiToLearners! We’re young, we’re new but we are here to rock! :D]

Akademy started today and for WikiToLearn has been an amazing day. Course editor is about to be released and today Ruphy and Tunale worked on templates re-organization and namespaces structure for courses. Crisbal and Rigolo continued the development of the new skin: previews are amazing, get ready people! The organization of an eidt-a-thon at Amritapuri Campus is going on really well: 1st and 2nd October are going to be milestones for our project! The day ended up with a wrap up bof where everyone presented their daily work. Your WikiToLearners keep working even if Day1 is over here at Akademy! They really care about what they’re developing and about what we are going to give you very soon. Remember that September 30 is WikiToLearn birthday, so stay tuned 😉

During Day1 KDE released a book for its 20th birthday and it’s simply amazing, take a look at it!

Tomorrow Jayaditya is presenting to the KDE community is GSoC project and we are having a bof. Day1 is not over yet but Day2 looks to be even better!

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