Wikimedia Foundation Report, September 2012
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- 1 Data and Trends
- 2 Financials
- 3 Highlights
- 4 Engineering
- 5 Fundraising
- 6 Global Development
- 6.1 Global Development Highlights
- 6.2 Mobile, Global Growth
- 6.3 Global Learning and Grantmaking
- 6.4 Catalyst Programs
- 6.5 Education Program
- 6.6 Fellowships
- 6.7 Editor Growth and Contribution Program
- 7 Human Resources
- 8 Finance and Administration
- 9 Legal and Community Advocacy
- 10 Visitors and Guests
Data and Trends
Global unique visitors for August:
- 456.25 million (+0.98% compared with July; +7.92% compared with the previous year)
- (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release September data later in October)
Page requests for September:
- 19.1 billion (+5.3% compared with August; +20.9% compared with the previous year)
- (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)
Active Registered Editors for August 2012 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month, excluding bots):
- 79,572 (-0.74% compared with July / -0.81% compared with the previous year)
- (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects. Note: We recently refined this metric to take into account Wikimedia Commons and activity across several projects.)
Report Card (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF projects) for August 2012:
(Financial information is only available for August 2012 at the time of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the period July 1, 2012 - August 31, 2012.
|Global Development Group||$1,110,627|
- Revenue for the month of August is $1.4MM vs plan of $465K, approximately $946K or 203% over plan, primarily due to the $1.0MM received from the Sloan Foundation.
- Year-to-date revenue is $1.8MM vs plan of $1.9MM, approximately $0.1MM or 9% under plan.
- Expenses for the month of August is $2.6MM vs plan of $2.7MM, approximately $0.1MM or 3% under plan, primarily due personnel expenses, internet hosting expenses, travel expenses, capital expenses, and legal expenses partially offset by a grant for the India catalyst program and higher recruiting expenses.
- Year-to-date expenses is $5.2MM vs plan of $5.9MM, approximately $0.7MM or 12% under plan, primarily due to personnel expenses, internet hosting, travel expenses, capital expenses, legal expenses.
- Cash position is $21.8MM as of August 31, 2012 which is approximately 6.2 months of expenses.
"Page Curation" tools make it easier to review new Wikipedia articles
Every day, thousands of new pages are created on Wikipedia, requiring hundreds of volunteer editors to check them for quality. To make their work easier, the Editor Engagement Team has developed the "Page Curation" feature. It includes two tools:
- The New Pages Feed, an overview of new pages, annotated with information that helps reviewing them
- The Curation Toolbar appears next to a new page, offering autoconfirmed editors easy access to various actions, e.g. to mark the new page as reviewed, tag it for quality problems, or nominate it for deletion.
Page Curation was deployed on the English Wikipedia on September 20, and is planned to become available on other projects as well.
Many new Wikipedia editors experience frustration when they start an article that does not meet community expectations and gets deleted. It is hoped that the Page Curation feature will also lead to better feedback for page creators.
New volunteer-based model for distributing donation money launched
Over the last half year, a new model has been established for distributing the donation money raised via Wikimedia project sites. More than $10 million of it will now be allocated based on the recommendations of the new Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), which consists entirely of volunteers.
Following a public nomination process, the seven voting members of the first FDC have been announced: Arjuna Rao Chavala (India), Dariusz Jemielniak (Poland), Ali Haidar Khan (Bangladesh), Mike Peel (United Kingdom), Yuri Perohanych (Ukraine), Sydney Poore (United States), and Anders Wennersten (Sweden). They are joined by Jan-Bart de Vreede (Netherlands) and Patricio Lorente (Argentina) as non-voting representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Susana Moraes (Portugal) was appointed as ombudsperson for the FDC process.
The FDC is now reviewing funding requests by 12 organizations, which are open for public comment until October 22.
New travel project site, and legal activities
The Wikimedia Foundation has agreed to host a new travel project site at the request of the Wikimedia community. Unfortunately, on August 29, 2012, Internet Brands, the owner of the Wikitravel website, sued two Wikitravel volunteers, alleging various legal claims. In response, one of the volunteers filed an anti-SLAPP motion, arguing that Internet Brands’s lawsuit sought to suppress his right to discuss the new Wikimedia travel project. The Wikimedia Foundation has also filed a suit against Internet Brands, claiming that it has no right to impede the creation of the new travel project.
A detailed report of the Engineering Department's activities for September 2012 can be found at:
In September, the VisualEditor team continued its focus on re-engineering the code of VisualEditor so that it is more modular and easier to extend. This involves creating and documenting a number of formal APIs at each point in the architecture, that means a developer does not have to understand the entire code base to be able to add new features. The early version of the VisualEditor on mediawiki.org was updated twice, fixing a number of bugs and building out better support for language and key concepts like categories, language links and other "magic words".
In the C++ version, the tokenizer (the program that demarcates strings of characters input in wikitext) can now support very simple content, and use it to populate the internal data structures. Basic interfaces for asynchronous and parallel processing were defined to improve performance and thus increase responsiveness for users.
This month, the Features team deployed more new features for Article Feedback, a quality assessment tool currently being tested on 10% of articles on the English Wikipedia. Improvements include iPad support, special abuse filters to automatically disallow swear words and common vandalism, as well as automated filtering to reduce the workload for editors and administrators. The team is now in the process of re-factoring the code, making it more scalable, prototyping a mobile web interface, as well as collecting more data to track how many readers who post feedback end up becoming editors as a result. A full release to 100% of English Wikipedia is expected in coming weeks, with other wiki projects starting later this year.
The team also deployed the first version of Page Curation on the English Wikipedia, a feature that aims to help Wikipedia patrollers review new pages faster and easier, as well as provide better feedback to page creators (see also general "Highlights" section). It includes two tools: the New Pages Feed (a dynamic list of new pages for review by community patrollers) and the Curation Toolbar (an optional panel on article pages). The Curation Toolbar provides a variety of tools that let users get page info, mark a page as reviewed, tag it, mark it for deletion, send WikiLove to page creators, or jump to the next page on the list.
The first project of the Micro Design Improvements team, which consisted in simplifying the "edit" window, has now been deployed on the English-language Wikipedia. The current priority is to fully productize these changes and fix associated bugs before moving forward.
Last, the Editor engagement experiments team (E3) announced the results of the first iteration of the post-edit feedback experiment, and worked on productization of the most successful confirmation message in a new MediaWiki extension, as well as through collaboration with the VisualEditor team. In addition, the team deployed the second iteration of experimental post-edit feedback, which lets new editors know when they reach important editing milestones early in their participation on Wikipedia. E3 also continued readying work on account creation user experience, and the new analytics infrastructure to support feature experimentation.
The mobile team continued to work on new feature for the mobile view, like a new navigation menu, currently a beta feature. Preliminary support for sharper images on high-density displays (such as the iPhone 4/4S/5 and many Android phones) is being worked on; this will apply also to the desktop view on suitable tablets (iPad 3, Nexus 7, Kindle HD) and laptops (Retina MacBook Pro, Windows laptops with desktop zoom at 150% or 200%).
A new version of the Wiki Loves Monuments App was released, that allows users to use it in combination with a separate camera. Over 3,000 pictures have now been uploaded from mobile devices. In collaboration with the Product team, the Mobile team will next analyze data from the competition, to better understand how to proceed with a dedicated Commons upload tool. The team has received positive feedback about the app, which has been a big hit with new Commons users from early data analysis.
Regarding mobile access in less-developed countries, the Wikipedia Zero program (an initiative to enable free mobile access to Wikipedia) continued to expand, with several additional mobile carriers now in the testing phase (see also below). The mobile team is also putting the final touches to the Wikipedia S40 J2ME app, a mobile application for the Java Platform, still used by many phones in the Global South. Users without a smartphone and a data plan won't be left out: access to Wikipedia over SMS or USSD (e.g. WAP) is being worked in collaboration with the Praekelt Foundation. This tool uses the open-source software vumi.
Last, a new EPUB export feature was enabled on the English Wikipedia. It can be used to collate a personal collection of Wikipedia articles and generate free e-books that can be read on a broad range of devices, like mobile phones, tablets and e-ink-based e-book readers.
- Development was disrupted around September 7th due to a serious breakage of Wikimedia's Gerrit repositories, the platform used by developers to share code and collaboratively review each other's contributions. All repositories were subsequent repaired, and the cause of the issue was investigated to avoid future problems of this type.
- The Operations team announced that they were donating decommissioned (but still working) Wikimedia servers, accepting applications from US-based nonprofits (schools, libraries, NGOs etc.).
- Students who worked on MediaWiki-related projects as part of Google Summer of Code 2012 (GSoC) reached their final milestone. Projects include a feature to easily translate annotated SVG files, a tool to manage conferences in MediaWiki, and improvements to the Incubator platform.
Major Gifts and Foundations
- Completed our report to the Stanton Foundation and received our second grant installment of $1.8 million
- Held a thank you event at Google for employees who give to the WMF
- Named a finalist in the Africa News Challenge grant competition
- Prepared for a fundraising test on Italian Wikipedia in October
- Continued weekly fundraising tests in English.
- Added Adyen as a payment processor.
- Continued to research donation rejection rates/reasons for the countries we are testing.
- Canada donor groups
- Began hiring and training a core team of customer service agents to ensure we have a 99% response rate during the annual fundraiser. This will also allow us to get important data necessary to improve our donor experience.
- Storytelling interviews conducted at Wikimania 2012 are currently being edited with the goal of creating a short educational video about Wikipedia. Soon, we plan to conduct a test incorporating video into fundraising appeals.
Global Development Highlights
- Inaugural FDC membership announced
- Arabic Wikipedia seeing strong growth after year 1 of the Arabic Language Initiative
- Research confirms students significantly improve English Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia Zero rolls out in Ivory Coast.
Mobile, Global Growth
- The Mobile Team deployed free access to Wikipedia on mobile in its eighth country: Ivory Coast. This is the sixth country in Orange's Middle East/Africa footprint. It will be available in all languages. See also the up-to-date status report about where Wikipedia is freely available on mobile.
Global Learning and Grantmaking
Learning and Evaluation
- Jonathan Morgan joins the Learning and Evaluation team to help with analytics requests. Jonathan has been involved with the foundation for some time as part of the fellowship program where he focused on the Teahouse project.
- We're pleased to release version 0.1.0 of the
userstatsPython library and command-line tool for computing user-centric metrics on Wikipedia users. The goal of the software is to make it easy for project owners to track the contributions and status of users involved in their project. It is also intended to be easily extensible so that custom metrics can be added using only a few lines of Python code.
- Inaugural FDC membership of 7 FDC members and 1 Ombudsperson selected by Board and announced on 15 September (see general "Highlights" section above)
- Preparation for proposal submission deadline on 1 October
Grants Awarded and Executed
4 WMF Grants were awarded during September 2012:
- Wikimedia Serbia's grant for the CEE Conference 2012 approved:
- This conference is organized to bring as many people from the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries as possible in one place and encourage them to raise their questions and participate in the creation of further mutual cooperation among the communities from the region.
- Wikimedia US-DC's Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 USA approved:
- Wiki Loves Monuments, the international Wikipedia photo contest, came to the United States for the first time; the grant supports incidentals and administrative costs for Wiki Loves Monuments events.
- Wikimedia Serbia's Wikipedia in Schools 2012-2013 approved:
- The continuation of cooperation with educational institutions will enhance Wikimedia Serbia's education programs, attract new users, and increase the quality and quantity of articles on Wikipedia.
- Wikimedia Venezuela's start up grant approved:
- Includes funds for equipment, administrative costs, and project activities over the next year.
10 grant reports were accepted by WMF during September 2012:
- Grants:WM CL/Ibero-American Wikimedia Summit 2012/Report
- Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Sverige/2012Q1
- Wikimedia Sweden: Wikimedia Foundation reports/2012-06
- Grants:WM AR/Annual Program Plan 2012/Report Q1
- Grants:WM AR/Annual Program Plan 2012/Report Q2
- Grants:WM HU/Annual Program Plan 2012/Report Q1
- Grants:WMHU/Annual Program Plan 2012/Report Q2
- Grants:GLAM-WIKI US/GLAMcamp DC/Report
- Grants:WM DE/Capacity Building 2010-2011/Report
- Grants:WM AR/Ibero-American Wikimedia Summit 2011/Report
1 Participation Support reimbursement was approved this month through the Participation Support Program (a joint program of WMF and Wikimedia Germany):
US Cultural Partnerships
- Launched the GLAM-Wiki US blog as a form of broadcast for GLAM professionals and Wikimedians.
- Formalized and continued dialogue with the GLAM-Wiki US Consortium advisory group, specifically in regards to establishing the Consortium’s core principles and platforms for communication.
- Attended GLAMcamp London with the global GLAM-Wiki community. Led discussion on establishing a GLAM-Wiki global thematic organization. Participated in the formulation of the GLAM Bootcamp concept.
- Coordination of upcoming Wikipedian in Residence positions and GLAM partnerships
- The India team transitioned to the Centre for Internet and Society based in Bangalore, India, under their Access To Knowledge program; this is being supported through a grant from WMF.
Brazil Catalyst Project
Brazil Education program
- Organized the Education Program Workshop in Rio de Janeiro (September 22) with the participation of about 20 people, including experienced Wikipedians that taught new campus ambassadors and professors how to edit.
- Training at FGV Rio
- Sebrae - IV Seminário de Educação Empreendedora - Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul: one lecture by Oona Castro to about 300 people and three workshops on how to edit Wikipedia for about 15 professors and interested people held by Everton Alvarenga. Successful brand exposure took place.
- Distributed print versions of the pre semester survey for students
- Follow up with professors (phone calls, visits at universities etc.): Wikipédia na Universidade/Cursos
- Debate with community on criteria for recruiting online ambassadors
- Development of tutorial materials and videos
National Program, Brazil
- Brazil Catalyst Program management
- Started public hiring process for Data Analyst consultant position for the Brazil Catalyst Program (Jobvite and village pump postings)
- Created a committee to handle the hiring process with Oona
- General debate on proposals
- Ongoing Debates on the Portuguese Wikipedia
- Brazilian Catalyst Program local partnership debate on Meta and holding chat on IRC
- Engaged in the debate about prohibiting IPs to create articles
- Community engagement
- Wiki meet-up in Porto Alegre
- Note: Brazilian community will hold WikiBrasil on October 12-14
- Debates on the Brazil Catalyst Program proposals
- Media Coverage
Helped handling media coverage on the Gibraltarpedia case and couldn’t handle in time the Philip Roth case (but coverage was not bad at all)
- Philip Roth
- http://oglobo.globo.com/blogs/prosa/posts/2012/09/14/e-tudo-in-verdade-465428.asp (we have been contacted but couldn’t answer in time)
- http://oglobo.globo.com/cultura/roth-a-wikipedia-6129149 (no contact)
- http://revistaepoca.globo.com/cultura/luis-antonio-giron/noticia/2012/09/wikipedia-para-que.html (no contact)
- Visit to SF
- Oona and Everton attended the All Hands meeting
- Cross team meetings to discuss how to deploy tests on CAPTCHA on the Portuguese Wikipedia
- Education program meetings for planning 2013
- Meeting with Sue and Anasuya about the Brazil Catalyst Program
Arabic Language Project
- We observed through an analysis of the first 12 months of the Arabic Language Initiative (ALI) a reversal of the declining trends, with an 28% increase in the number of new editors and an 31% increase in active editors. See the Sep 2011 - Aug 2012 ALI report
- Community discussion on the criteria for selecting articles for the QCRI translation project was concluded by generating lists of the most vital articles which are missing from Arabic Wikipedia.
- New training module available for students on wiki
Students can learn the basics of English Wikipedia policies and editing tips through a new on-wiki tutorial. The four training modules cover an introduction, Wikipedia's core principles, basics of editing, and advanced editing. In total, it should take about one hour to complete. Learn more about the training
- Courses kick off in U.S., Canada
More than 60 courses are participating in the U.S. and Canada Wikipedia Education Program this term, and many students are starting to make their first edits now. For example, Dr. Chad Tew's mass communications course is creating articles about journalists who have been killed, and the students have already selected topics and are starting to do research. See their work by checking out the course page
- Research confirms students significantly improve English Wikipedia
Research data released this month shows that Spring 2012 students in the U.S. and Canada programs improved the quality of articles by an average of 6.5 points on a 26-point assessment scale, with 87.9 percent of articles showing noticeable improvement after student edits. That's a 0.7 point improvement over student work from the Public Policy Initiative pilot. The new research is part of our ongoing efforts to determine success factors for future classes in the U.S. and Canada Education Programs. See the results
- Professor argues for Wikipedia's use in class
Wikipedia belongs in university classrooms, argued Michigan State University professor Jonathan Obar in a piece posted on ReadWriteWeb. The highly informative article walks people through why Wikipedia is a valuable tool for both teaching and research, and explains the benefits for each in terms of student learning. Read the article
- Cairo students' translation work featured
The Wikimedia Foundation blog featured a post highlighting the work of two students from the Cairo Pilot, Helana Fola and Mina Saber. Helana and Mina are both French literature students at Ain Shams University, and they discovered a skill for French to Arabic translation through their work with the Cairo Pilot. Learn more about their experiences with the program
- Professor from Brazil profiled on blog
Edivaldo Moura Santos, a professor of physics at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, started using Wikipedia in his classroom in spring 2012 as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. His students improved articles on electromagnetism, and he was thrilled with the unique experience it afforded them, especially in regard to student learning and engagement. His work was featured in a blog post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog. Read the post
- Program: We’re in ongoing conversations about the future of the Fellowships Program as WMF looks at narrowing focus. Meanwhile, fellows worked on 5 projects that support editor engagement by connecting editors to clear information and supportive community:
- Dispute Resolution: Results of the August trial at the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard have been compiled, and we’re seeing a 67% decrease in response times and a 16.6% increase in case resolution rate as a result of the changes. A Request for Comment on an easier way to file dispute resolution requests across English Wikipedia is underway.
- WikiWomen's Collaborative: In partnership with volunteer WikiWomen around the world, we launched the WikiWomen's Collaborative, a social media initiative connecting women who currently edit or aspire to edit Wikipedia. The project is engaging experienced and hopeful new editors via Facebook, Twitter and the new Wikimedia Foundation blog channel, WikiWomen.
- Help Pages Redesign: A redesign of English Wikipedia's main help page is complete and usability tests have been run to compare users' experiences with it. Results are being compiled for community review in October, when a redesign proposal for replacing the old page will be brought to the community for discussion.
- Small Wiki Editor Engagement: A new help page system was launched on Bangla Wikipedia with pages that teach editors about new article creation and other popular editing activities. Metrics are still being collected, but it appears article creation has already nearly doubled.
- Teahouse: The team has been finishing tasks to wrap up Phase 2 of the project, including continuing to refine automated invitations based on community feedback, and showcasing host activity and easy ways to get involved with the Teahouse. The main Teahouse pages are going through a usability redesign to simplify interactions for new editors. Next steps for the project include automating monthly metrics so that volunteers can continue to track activity in the space, the creation of a rotating Teahouse maitre d' role to empower volunteer ownership over the remaining maintenance tasks, and improving calls to action that encourage acknowledgement of positive contributions in the project. A full phase 2 report, including updated editor retention metrics, will be released next month.
Editor Growth and Contribution Program
- Following the concept of Teahouse project, a new page to enable asking question was added to the design of the contribution portal on Arabic Wikipedia. The feedback of the existing community members was very positive when they were invited to answer new users' questions on the newly created page.
- Plans to run the editor growth and contribution program on Telugu and other Indic languages Wikipedias were drafted to explain the program to each language community.
- Taghreedat project on training new Wikipedia editors is off to a good start. The project runs by mailing registered volunteers with certain tasks to be performed on Wikipedia, as a part of a learning cycle to teach them various Wikipedia editing skills. More than 700 registered volunteers worked on tasks such as creating their user pages, wikifing and categorizing existing articles, which resulted in contributing more than 2500 edits on Arabic Wikipedia so far.
HR supported two major events for the WMF staff. The first was a Strategy Retreat where Sue, the C-level team, and Directors with programmatic WMF responsibilities came together to discuss 2012-2013 initiatives, focus, and prioritization. Sue will be taking the output of this meeting to the board during their October board retreat.
The second was the AllHands, where all WMF staff come together to discuss current priorities and culturally relevant organizational issues, such as improving our practices for interacting with staff all over the world.
- New Requisitions Filled
- Mark Holmquist, Software Engineer – Features (Engineering)
- Diederik Van Liere, Product Manager - Analytics (Engineering)
- New Interns
- Alec Bogossian (Administration)
- William Kelly (Legal)
- Rubina Kwon (Legal)
- Karina Pulec (Legal)
- Julie Trias (Office IT)
- New Contractor
- Stefan Petrea (Engineering)
- Contracts Extended
- Amir Aharoni, Software Engineer – Internationalization (Engineering)
- Everton Alvarenga, Brazil Education Program Consultant (Global Development)
- Pau Giner, Interaction Designer (Engineering)
- Heather O’Malley (Fundraiser)
- Max Semenik, Software Engineer – Mobile (Engineering)
- Santhosh Thottingal, Software Engineer – Internationalization (Engineering)
- Phil Chang
- Contracts Ended
- Shiju Alex
- John Grande
- Subhashish Panigrahi
- Martin Parry
- Noopur Raval
- Sara Smollett
- Nitika Tandon
- Department Changes
- James Alexander, Tilman Bayer, Matt Roth and Jay Walsh joined Legal and Community Advocacy
- New Postings
- Data and Experiments Consultant
- Global Education Program Senior Manager
- IT Intern (Spring)
- IT Technician – Tampa, FL
- Software Developer General (Mobile)
- Total Requisitions Filled
- September Actual: 122
- September Total Plan: 145
- September Filled: 7, Month Attrition: 5
- YTD Filled: 21, YTD Attrition: 11
- Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end
Real-time feed for HR updates:
Finance and Administration
- We are working on a new design for the Engineering space to accomodate the growth in the team and to improve the functionality of the space. This project is schedule to be implemented during this calendar year.
- We had a successful visit with the Wikimania 2013 team and we appreciated both the dedication of the team and commitment of their partners to having a successful Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong.
- We have completed a review of our foreign exchange practice of converting all donations to USD and look forward to presenting a new foreign exchange policy and process to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.
- As part of this new foreign exchange process we have setup a new muti-currency account in the UK in order to avoid converting some of our most active currencies to USD when the Wikimedia Foundation will need them for payments or grant making in those currencies, thus avoiding transaction cost and limiting currency exchanges.
- The Wikimedia Foundation audit was completed and accepted by the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. The audit will be on the Wikimedia Foundation web site after the October Board of Trustees meeting.
Legal and Community Advocacy
- The Legal Fees Assistance Program Request for Comment (RfC) is ongoing and is expected to close October 10, 2012.
- Prepared and managed the straw poll regarding the potential name of the new Travel Project which resulted in the Travel Guide Naming process poll/vote.
- Evaluated multiple names and domains proposed by the community for inclusion in the naming poll, made necessary preliminary filings to protect names, and continue to monitor and support process.
- The Wikimedia Foundation has agreed to host a new travel project site at the request of the Wikimedia community. Unfortunately, on August 29, Internet Brands, the owner of another travel site called Wikitravel, sued two Wikitravel volunteers. On September 26th, one of the volunteers filed an anti-SLAPP motion, arguing that Internet Brands’s lawsuit was a strategic lawsuit against public participation (“SLAPP”). The motion seeks dismissal of all claims and an award of attorneys’ fees to cover legal fees incurred in defending the SLAPP. Internet Brands will have an opportunity to respond to the motion prior to the court hearing it on November 5, 2012. The motion is now posted for community review. In other developments, the Wikimedia Foundation filed its own lawsuit against Internet Brands in San Francisco, seeking a judicial declaration that Internet Brands has no lawful right to impede the creation of a new travel website that will be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. That filing is posted for community review. (see also general "Highlights" section)
- Support planning activities around the new travel project including reviewing attribution requirements under CC-BY-SA and other issues.
- Preparing staff onboarding modules to acclimate new staff in community mores and standards
- Provided training to new FDC members on fiduciary duties and committee processes
- Coordinated with OfficeIT to schedule trainings for blocking/userrights, etc.
- Contract Metrics:
- 16 - submitted
- 15 - completed
- Trademark Metrics:
- 12 - submitted
- 5 - approved
- 5 - pending
- 1 - denied
- 1 - approval not needed
Much of September was spent focussing on media relations and strategy efforts around alleged governance and COI issues arising out of the UK. The team also dedicated time to work around issues resulting from the legal lawsuits relating to Internet Brands. This month we also restarted our communications internship programming and we’ll welcome four new interns who will work on a rotating schedule in and out of the office over the next six months.
We also directed some support to the month-long Wiki Loves Monuments festivities, driving some multinational media coverage around the effort.
No major announcements in September.
Major Storylines through September
- WMUK and allegations of COI (September 28, 2012 - and earlier)
Much of September’s media coverage gravitated around allegations of conflict of interest, specifically as they related to the Monmouthpedia and Gibraltarpedia projects. Coverage has been largely negative, frequently incorrect, and nervously speculative about the impact the situation has on the reliability of the projects. Corrections and outreach to journalists continues.
Joint statement from WMF/WMUK
- Internet Brands takes on two Wikimedians (September 5, 2012)
The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco against Internet Brands seeking a judicial declaration that Internet Brands has no lawful right to impede the creation of a new travel website that will be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. Internet Brands, the owner of the Wikitravel website, had earlier filed a lawsuit against two Wikitravel volunteers who had expressed support for the new website. The legal actions have generated considerable media coverage in what may be the first lawsuit to address the forking of content governed by a copyleft license. Media coverage has also focused on WMF and the community’s efforts to kick off the new travel guide project.
Original blog post from the Wikimedia Foundation
- Wiki Loves Monuments (September 4, 2012)
Coverage of the events throughout the month was largely upbeat and positive. Covering the inclusion of the accompanying WLM Android app facilitated more detailed stories.
Other worthwhile reads
The Next Web | Wikimedia enables EPUB export feature on Wikipedia for your offline reading pleasure (September 17)
Gizmodo | Create custom ebook encyclopedias from Wikipedia (September 18)
Guardian | Why Philip Roth needs a secondary source (September 19)
Read Write Web | Why Wikipedia does belong in the classroom (September 20) (Response to an earlier RWW editorial questioning WP’s use in the classroom, written by a WEP faculty)
WMF Blog posts
Twenty-two blog posts through September.
A few highlights
- Internationalisation team introduces translation memory and plan for language teams (September 6)
- Donating decommissioned servers (September 18)
- French literature students in Cairo discover translation skills through Wikipedia project (September 24)
Media Contact, September 2012
For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the community-edited newsletter “Wikipedia Signpost” for September 2012:
- Volume 8, Issue 36, 6 September 2012
- Volume 8, Issue 37, 10 September 2012
- Volume 8, Issue 38, 17 September 2012
- Volume 8, Issue 39, 24 September 2012
Visitors and Guests
Visitors and guests to the WMF office in September 2012:
- Jan-Christoph Borchardt (Unhosted e.V.)
- Valerie Aurora (ADA Initiative)
- Kim Dodson (Consultant for culture study)
- Randall Benson (Consultant for culture study)
- Mark S. Bach (CB2 Builders)
- Tony Campagna (CB2 Builders)
- Mark McGregor (LaCube)
- Taylor Keep (VITAL Environments)
- Nash Hurley (VITAL Environments)
- Nate Clinton (Cooper Interactive)
- Stefan Klocek (Cooper Interactive)
- Trevor Bolliger (Wikia)
- Claudia Spencer (BDO Seidman)
- Andrea Spangrud (BDO Seidman)
- Kelly Reid (BDO Seidman)
- Dr. Sal Humphreys (University of Adelaide)
- Benjamin Mako Hill (Speaker for All Hands Event)
- Dr. Sal Humphries (Researcher - University of Adelaide)
- Joe Detrane (Grant Thornton)
- Kim McCormick (Grant Thornton)
- Nancy Rose (KPMG)
- William Pietri (NeedFeed)
- Assad Waathis (Citibank)
- Debra Haney (Citibank)
- Ciny Yawley (Gallagher)
- Christina Draswidge (Gallagher)
- Brendan Quinlen (Gallagher)
- Aaron Dunn (Unhosted e.V.)
- Stephen Joseph (CCS)
- Philippe Sion (Unhosted e.V.)
- Sarayn Ramanan (Unhosted e.V.)
- Aakash Desai (Mozilla)
- Athanasios Mazarakis (Forschungszentrum Informatik)
- Katherine Krug (Everest)
- Simon Turkalj (CCS)
- Chris Cavanaugh (CCS)
- Pete Forsyth (WikiStrategies)
- Stella Yu (WikiStrategies)
- Kathy Ramsey (TAI)
- David Pierce (Axiom Law)
- Alan Wun (Axiom Law)
- Owen Davis (Wikia)
- Tomasz Odrobny (Wikia)