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ORCID 0000-0001-7764-4224 Spider @ RU.Wiki Spider @ NL.Wiki Spider @ Commons Spider @ WikiData grammarware @ GitHub
Bas on the left, Hay on the right, yours truly in the middle

I am Vadim Zaytsev, also known as Spider on Wikimedia projects, as @grammarware on Twitter, Foursquare and Ingress, and by other names elsewhere.

My wikilife started in June 2004, my first featured article dated 2005, since 2006 I am administering several successful wikis on Wikia, in 2009 I served as a wiki admin at a totally un-wiki event and got many people there hooked up on wiki technologies, thanks to the partial scholarship I have attended Wikimania in 2011 with a presentation on wiki migration, later same year I have served as a program chair for Wikimedia Conference Netherlands, an exploit I have repeated the year after that, and I also got hooked up on Wikidata since 2013. Oh yeah, I have also participated in Wiki Loves Monuments in 2011 as a massively active contributor (third quantity prize for covering 800+ monuments with my ~2k submissions) and in 2013 as a jury for Azerbaijan and as a part of a team of crazy people who were recovering GLAM open data from all kinds of terribly inaccessible formats. Outside my wikilife I am actively contributing to many open source projects as a programmer, editor or illustrator, as well as attending and coorganising tons of (mostly academic) events. I also have a PhD in software language engineering, and I publish all my papers in open access.

Plans for Wikimania 2014:

Beurs Wikimedia Nederland

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ru-N Русскийродной язык этого участника.
en-3 This user has advanced knowledge of English.
nl-3 Deze gebruiker heeft gevorderde kennis van het Nederlands.
de-2 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf fortgeschrittenem Niveau.
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I hereby kindly request a scholarship to attend Wikimania in 2014 in London. I have been a member of WMNL since 2011 when I was invited by Dedalus to help with the Wikimedia Conference Netherlands: I served as a Program Chair for WCN 2011[1] and WCN 2012[2], as well as proceedings editor (in 2012 together with DDJJ for linguistic reasons), was a part of the organising/program committee for WCN 2013, I was playing some unidentified role for WLM 2013, got a third quantity prize at WLM 2011 and blogged[3] about it on request of Effeietsanders[4], spoke at Wikimania 2011[5], participated in Amsterdam wiki-hackathons in 2012 (post-WCN) and 2013 (the global one[6]), published wiki-related research results[7] in open access and attended dozens of WikiSaturdays[8] and some wiki-meetups in Haifa[9], Amsterdam[10][11], Utrecht[12], 's Hertogenbosch[13] and 's Gravenhage[14]. I am also currently involved in an unidentified role in Dutch Wiki Loves Earth 2014 for which I also give a lecture on 9 June 2014[15][16], and serve as a jury member at WLE Azerbaijan[17].

As my gratitude for getting a scholarship, I can promise one or more of the following:

  • tweet about Verenining Wikimedia Nederland, since my twitter audience is more than double of WMNL's[18]
  • write more articles about Dutch subjects on Russian wikipedia which usually turn out better than their Dutch and English counterparts[19][20][21][22][23]
  • write an extended blog post about my Wikimania experiences
  • help with on-site WMNL-related activities, as long as they neither conflict with my own presentations nor reduce my pepsi consumption
  • give a presentation on domain-specific wikis — a term I coined some time ago and yet not officially claimed even though it is used by others referring to me[24]
  • give a presentation on open notebook computer science, an open knowledge / open research methodology I developed and presented two years ago[25][26]
  • (last two items only if my submissions are accepted, which from current scores seems rather likely[27])

I hereby also claim to have read the terms and conditions and ask these four tildes to serve as my witnesses: Spider (talk) 22:01, 19 May 2014 (UTC)


  1. Proceedings of WCN 2011, ISSN 2213-9400, page 3.
  2. Proceedings of WCN 2012, ISSN 2213-9400, page 2.
  3. Spoonful of Hacking, Wiki Loves Monuments.
  4. Testimonium of a hacker photographer.
  5. Wiki Migration, Wikimania 2011.
  6. Wikimedia Hackathon 2013, photo #27 by Sebastiaan ter Burg.
  7. Vadim Zaytsev. MediaWiki Grammar Recovery, Computing Research Repository (CoRR), volume 1107.4661, pages 1–47, ACM, July 2011.
  8. WikiSaturdays in 2011, 2012, 2013.
  9. Википедия:Викивстречи/Хайфа, 3-6 августа 2011.
  10. Википедия:Викивстречи/Амстердам, 14 августа 2011.
  11. Nieuwjaarsborrel Wikimedia Nederland.
  12. Algemene Ledenvergadering, Notulen 2011-10-22, Aanwezig.
  13. WP10NL: jubileum Nederlandstalige Wikipedia, Talent Factory Den Bosch.
  14. Nieuwjaarsborrel 2014.
  15. 9 juni schrijfworkshop: Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen in woord op Wikipedia
  16. commons:File:Werken met Wikipedia.pdf.
  17. commons:Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2014 in Azerbaijan#Jury members
  18. @wmnl: 1393 followers; @grammarware: 3363 followers. 3363/1393 ≈ 2,4
  19. Adriaan van Wijngaarden.
  20. Gerard Unger.
  21. Lex Schrijver.
  22. Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.
  23. History of Dutch computer engineering.
  24. Thomas Schmorleiz, A Domain-specific Wiki for Programming Technologies, the Fourth Summer School on Generative and Transformational Techniques in Software Engineering (GTTSE), 2011.
  25. Vadim Zaytsev, Open Notebook Computer Science. Presentation at Software Freedom Day “Open Education” (SFD), CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19 September 2012, 13:00.
  26. Vadim Zaytsev, Subatomic Scientific Knowledge Objects. Remote presentation at Software Languages, Software Linguistics and Software Language Engineering Body of Knowledge (SL(E)BOK), Dresden/Amsterdam, 25 September 2012.
  27. List of Presentation Proposals.