Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meetings

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The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, hosts a monthly metrics and activities meeting to share stories, initiatives, projects, research, and more about the Wikimedia movement. Speakers include Foundation staff, volunteer Wikimedians from around the world, and other free and open knowledge leaders. We invite you to watch — to learn more about Wikipedia, its sister sites, the free and open knowledge movement, and the people who make them possible.

These sessions typically take place on the last Thursday of each month at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco. The meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming meeting information[edit]

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  • When: 14 December 2017 starting at 19:00 UTC (11:00 Pacific Standard Time)
  • Where:
    • Physical location: Deubner lounge, Wikimedia Foundation office, San Francisco
    • IRC participation: #wikimedia-officeconnect (log can be downloaded here)
    • Video recording: YouTube


December 2017 WMF Metrics & Activities Meeting

Facilitators: Danny Horn, Senior Product Manager; and Moriel Schottlender, Senior Software Engineer

  • Welcomes and introduction to end of year format - 5 minutes
  • Lightning talks - 5-10 minutes each
  • Questions and discussion - 10 minutes
  • Highlights from year from audience (aka WikiLove: End of Year Edition) - 5 minutes

The meetings are hosted via Google Hangout and broadcast as a live YouTube stream using the "Hangout on Air" feature.[1]

The YouTube stream URL is announced on IRC and on this wiki page when the meeting starts. Remote video participation via Hangout is possible, but limited to up to 8 invited participants. -- if you would like to participate/present remotely, please contact Gregory Varnum in the Wikimedia Foundation Communications Department at:

Public video recordings will be available after the meeting under the same YouTube URL and on Commons. An automated log of the IRC conversation can be downloaded here.

Previous meetings[edit]

Guidelines for presenters[edit]

Informational content:

  • Data (what do the numbers tell us about whether what we're doing is working?)
  • Key milestones (are we on track with what we said we'd do?)
  • Mistakes and lessons learned (be honest about what went wrong)

Presentation guidelines:

  • Don't assume your audience knows your domain – clarity is more important than density
  • Introduce yourself and your colleagues by full name and role – new folks are joining all the time, and you'll be watched on video
  • Stick to the time limit
  • Keep the mic close enough that you can hear it working; nobody will hold it against you if you do a quick sound check
  • If people ask questions without speaking into the mic, repeat the question for remote participants and video audience
  • Engage the audience (questions, etc.)
  • If possible, work with a co-presenter to flip slides or demo stuff so you don't have to juggle
  • Keep it light-hearted :-)
  • Slides:
    • If you have screenshots, make sure the words are very large
    • Share them beforehand (e.g. as Google Docs), but in read only mode!
    • Link them from the meeting agenda
    • Upload them to Commons in PDF form (in the category "Presentation slides from the Wikimedia Foundation Metrics and Activities Meetings"), so that they are archived in our own repository under a free license, and can be embedded directly in other documentation on the wikis.
    • For remote presenters: If you will be sharing your screen, do a test run beforehand to make sure your slide deck (audio & video) behaves in all the expected ways when presented via a shared screen.

Please review the best practices in giving a Wikimedia presentation in the 5th Floor Lounge page for additional presentation guidelines.

Invitation template[edit]

See Invitation template.

See also[edit]


  1. We would prefer a free software solution, but we want to start with something that works now with limited effort. The likeliest way that a fully free/open alternative to Hangout will come about seems to be the WebRTC project, which is still in development. See also "The long journey towards good free video conferencing".