Dr. Carlos Galindo Leal giving an introduction to the Wikimedia Mexico AC talk to researchers from CONABIO about Wikipedia.
Mexico is one of the 18 megadiverse countries of the world. With over 200,000 different species, Mexico is home of 10–12% of the world's biodiversity. The National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) is a permanent interdepartmental commission, created in 1992, who promote, coordinate, support and carry out activities aimed at increasing awareness of biodiversity and its conservation and sustainable use for the benefit of society.
With the invaluable support of Dr. Carlos Galindo Leal, head of Scientific Communication of the commission, we're performing the first stage of an agreement for create and improve the biological diversity contents about Mexico in the Wikimedia projects, and support the mission of the commission in the WM-MX activities.
CONABIO was conceived as an applied research organization, sponsoring basic research that generates and compiles information regarding biodiversity, developing capacity in the area of biodiversity informatics, and to act as a publicly accessible source of information and knowledge. For that reason, their presence in the Wikimedia projects will be crucial and we know that will enrich decisively. Besides the fact that much of the content they produce was released already under Creative Commons licenses.
Wikimedia Mexico are in talks to start a partnership agreement with World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, chapter Mexico, aiming to improve the contents on conservation, research and restoration of the environment in Wikimedia projects. Moreover, WM-MX has served as a contact between WWF and Iberocoop chapters and working groups to build a partnership between WWF and Latin American chapters in the coming months. At this point, Wikimedia Argentina are in contact with the local chapter of WWF, expecting more contacts in coming weeks.
The first activity of this agreement will be the support for improve the Earth Hour article in Spanish Wikipedia.
In March 7h Ibero 90.9 -a radio station sponsored by the Iberoamericana University based in Mexico City- turns 10 year on air. As a part of the 10th anniversary, Wikimedia México will support to the staff of the station for create and improve the related articles in Spanish and English Wikipedia. Also, we will be appearing in the next weeks in SonicBoom, a program conducted by Agustín Peña, talking about Wikipedia, free culture and free knowledge.
Plus, in a couple of months, Wikimedia Mexico will co-produce a program in Ibero 90.9. The audience’s profile ranges from indie kids to people engaged in cultural life, sharing a common interest in having not just entertainment, but an in-depth information both on specialized topics and music.
The exhibition of the winning photos continues to its next stage, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), in where will be exposed by three months in different schools of midlevel superior and higher. The Department of Cultural Diffusion of the institute, the leading polytechnic in the country, asked WM-MX have the photos in their schools for a long time, so the photos will be presented in at least 10 schools in Mexico City. Thanks to our chapter member, Omar David Sandoval Sida, for make all the necessary arrangements.
In commemoration of the International Day of Mother Language past February 23, we conducted a Translathon in cooperation with Mozilla Mexico and NacNati A.C., in the Mediateca of Centro Cultural España of Mexico City, supporting to the indigenous translators who performed at different times in the same week, localization in native languages. The event was attended by Sergio Sevilla, professor of Nahuatl, who was trained in the use of localization tools. Also members of Wikimedia México edited about native languages themes in Spanish Wikipedia. The event was supported by Mozilla Foundation with swag and meals for attendees.
Congratulations for your parternship with the WWF : I had the same idea in the back of my head for three years but never managed to even find a way to contact them. This is really good news and I look forward for more :) (Other actions are great too ^^) Léna (talk) 14:33, 15 March 2013 (UTC)