Wikimedia Foundation Report, May 2013
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Data and Trends
Global unique visitors for April:
- 517 million (-0.17% compared with March; +9.16% compared with the previous year)
- (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release May data later in June)
Page requests for May:
- 21.0 billion (+0.8% compared with April; 16.5% compared with the previous year)
- (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)
Active Registered Editors for April 2013 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month, excluding bots):
- 82,553 (+0.86% compared with March / +4.38% compared with the previous year)
- (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects.)
Report Card (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF projects):
(Financial information is only available through April 2013 at the time of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and Year-To-Date April 30, 2013.
|Grantmaking & Programs Group||$7,894,416|
|Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group||$2,560,446|
- Revenue for the month of April is $8.87MM versus plan of $9.78MM, approximately $908K or 9% under plan.
- Year-to-date revenue is $50.44MM versus plan of $45.52MM, approximately $4.92MM or 11% over plan.
- Expenses for the month of April is $5.78MM versus plan of $4.10MM, approximately $1.68MM or 41% over plan, primarily due to higher grant expenses (timing of FDC grants), legal fees, and personal property tax expenses partially offset by lower personnel expenses, internet hosting, and bank fees.
- Year-to-date expenses is $30.84MM versus plan of $34.07MM, approximately $3.24MM or 9% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, and travel expenses partially offset by higher legal expenses, bank fees, outside contract services, and personal property tax expenses.
- Cash position is $45.6MM as of April 30, 2013.
Fundraising report released
The Wikimedia Foundation's fundraising team published a report from the 2012-2013 fundraiser. The report reviews the evolution of banner design and includes data about the 2012 year-end English campaign and the 2013 multilingual campaign, which raised a total $35 million USD from over 2 million donors.
Community invited to discuss trademark practices
The Legal and Community Advocacy (LCA) team published a statement on trademark practices, which requests community feedback on the Wikimedia trademark policy, procedure, and other questions. The objective is to balance the interest in licensing the brand for mission-aligned activities, with the necessity of preventing misuse and "naked licensing" (licensing without quality control). This is the opportunity to provide ideas as the team considers updating the trademark policy and practices.
Wikipedia Zero launches in Pakistan
Wikipedia Zero, the program to give people around the world mobile access to Wikipedia free of data charges, is now available in Pakistan, in partnership with Mobilink (Vimpelcom). The company's user base of over 32 million people makes this the second largest Wikipedia Zero launch to date.
"Nearby" feature shows Wikipedia articles in the reader's vicinity
On location-aware devices (such as smartphones with GPS), a new "Nearby" page lists articles close to the reader's current location. The feature is designed for mobile devices, but also works on the desktop version of Wikipedia.
New hosting environment for community-developed tools
The Tool Labs, an environment for community developers to provide external software tools supporting work on Wikimedia projects, is now operating. With the support of the German Wikimedia chapter, many existing tools have already migrated from the Wikimedia Toolserver to Tools Labs.
Search for new Executive Director begins
The job opening for the Wikimedia Foundation's new Executive Director has been posted. This starts the search for a successor for Sue Gardner, who will step down later this year. Board of Trustees chair Kat Walsh asked Wikimedians for help in finding the best possible candidate, by spreading the news in their networks.
A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for May 2013 can be found at:
- Department Highlights
Major news in May include:
- An invitation from the Language engineering team to collaborate on language-related projects;
- A new Notifications system enabled on the English Wikipedia;
- Recent developments in language engineering, and the upcoming deployment of the Universal language selector on all wikis;
- The start of a discussion around Flow, a proposed discussion system for Wikimedia sites;
- A call for proposals to manage the MediaWiki release cycle;
- An experience-sharing exercise by the Mobile engineering team about distributed collaboration;
- "Nearby", a feature showing Wikipedia articles about nearby places on location-aware devices;
- Tool Labs, which is now operational and ready to host tools migrated from the Toolserver;
- A test wiki to try out new features in right-to-left languages
- Tech news, a weekly tech newsletter to help users stay informed of technical changes going to impact them.
In May, the VisualEditor team worked to complete major new features. The objective is for VisualEditor to be the default editor for all Wikipedia users, capable of letting them edit the majority of content without needing to use the wikitext editor, in July 2013. The team has focused on four areas of new functionality: references, templates, categories and media items. Editing of references and templates has been implemented in experimental code; category editing is nearly complete and should be made available very soon. The deployed alpha version of VisualEditor was updated twice (1.22-wmf4 and 1.22-wmf5), adding a number of user interface improvements, including further work behind the scenes to better support the new features, and fixing a number of bugs.
VisualEditor relies on Parsoid, the program that serves as translator between wikitext code and annotated HTML. The Parsoid team implemented several new features, particularly around the handling the inclusion of images (and their parameters). Improvements were also made to support editing of templates within extensions. This lets editors modify and add templated citations in VisualEditor, an important feature to improve the quality of articles in Wikipedia. In addition to new features, the team implemented important performance optimizations as well, in preparation for the July VisualEditor milestone. For example, the processing of expensive templates, extensions and images is now reused in order to avoid reprocessing identical code. This is necessary to avoid overwhelming the servers when tracking all edits on Wikimedia projects. A cache infrastructure with appropriate purging was set up and will be tested at full load through June. Last, at the Amsterdam hackathon, the team helped other developers use Parsoid's annotated HTML for other projects, such as a Wikipedia-to-SMS service or the Kiwix offline Wikipedia reader.
In May, the Editor engagement team (E2) activated new features and bug fixes for Notifications on the English Wikipedia and mediawiki.org. In collaboration with community members, a 'new message indicator' was developed to inform users when someone posts on their talk page. The team also released a new 'Thanks notification' that lets editors show their appreciation to users who make helpful edits, and offers a quick way to give positive feedback on Wikipedia. Messages are now marked as read when you visit your talk page, and talk page notifications link directly to their sections. Work continued on the metrics dashboard and HTML email notifications.
A few final features and bug fixes were added to Article feedback, a quality assessment feature. As requested by community members, a new opt-in feature now makes it easier to enable or disable feedback on a page; UI improvements were also developed to simplify the feedback page. The team activated new feedback links and tested the auto-archive feature on prototype. Feature development has now ended for this project, and next steps will be determined based on the upcoming community vote on the German Wikipedia in coming weeks.
Discussion portals about Flow, a feed-like interface to enable users to better interact with their projects, were announced and opened on three wikis: the English Wikipedia, Meta-Wiki, and mediawiki.org. An interactive prototype was released to the public for discussion, now ongoing.
As for the Editor engagement experiments team (E3), they launched their new account creation and login forms, after numerous bug fixes and working with local communities to customize the interface. Complete deployment as the default for all Wikimedia projects was enabled by early June. The team also launched and tested a new version of the "Getting Started" interface for onboarding new Wikipedians. The results of A/B testing of this new version showed the largest increase in click-through rates for the landing page. Last but not least, the PostEdit extension was moved to MediaWiki core, making it available to all wikis.
This month, the Mobile team launched Wikipedia Zero with Mobilink in Pakistan. They improved code quality and configuration of Zero programs, and fixed bugs.
A major focus in May was the activation of 'Nearby' view on the stable version of the mobile site (see also general "Highlights" section above). Now, with a location-aware device, users can easily identify articles close to their current location. Improvements were also made to photo uploads and the photo upload experience, including improved messaging around image quality and copyright requirements for new uploaders in the beta version of the mobile site. The upload features in general have been a great success, with over 1000 unique uploaders over the last two months. Experiments continue in the beta version of the site with improvements to article editing, an improved reorganization of site navigation, Echo notifications, talk pages, and simplifying discovery of article actions (like editing and watching). These beta features are expected to be released in June.
Major Gifts and Foundations
- Completed our transition to a new caging service, i.e. mail and check processing service
- Began planning for a New York event
- Posted the 2012-2013 fundraiser report (see general "Highlights" section)
- Tested a new banner design with the donation form in the banner. Updates with results are posted on Meta-wiki.
- Held a week-long communication workshop with the entire fundraising team.
- Victor Grigas and filmmaker Charlene Music filmed a short documentary about Sinenjongo High School, South Africa and their grassroots efforts to get Wikipedia free on their cellphones.
- Department highlights
- Grantmaking quarterly review (notes and slides)
- The FDC's recommendation for 2012-2013 Round 2 is published and was approved by the WMF Board of Trustees on 31 May, recommending funds allocations for Wikimedia Norge and Wikimédia France.
- FDC staff prepares for the deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI), which is a mandatory step in the FDC process, by hosting two IRC discussions. LOIs for 2013-2014 Round 1 are due by 8 June.
- Elections for the two remaining seats on the FDC are taking place now.
- In total, 12 grant requests to individuals, groups, and organizations were approved in May (2 FDC proposals, 4 WMF Grants Program submissions, 6 Participation Support requests)
- The WMF Grants Program is experiencing record numbers of open requests this month, with 11 requests currently being considered.
- The eight approved Individual Engagement Grants are now all underway.
- The Participation Support Program has published new criteria for eligibility and selection on the Participation Support page.
- Wikipedia Education Program presents its Mid-Year Review. Minutes and slides from the meeting are available on Meta.
Strategic Goals Metrics
|Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace)||15.7k||-235||-1.4%|||
Funds Dissemination Committee
- On May 31, the WMF Board of Trustees published their decision on the FDC's Round 2 funding recommendations with no changes. Wikimedia Norge will receive a funds allocation of US$140,000 and Wikimédia France will receive a funds allocation of US$525,000.
- The FDC now has two seats up for community elections. The two successful candidates will join the now seven-person committee in July 2013, making a total of nine people. Seven candidates have put themselves forward. The ombudsperson position is also up for election, and two candidates have presented themselves for the election.
- FDC staff held two IRC office hours logged here and here focusing on the first step of the FDC application process: the letter of intent. The letter of intent is the first, mandatory step in applying to funds and must be submitted by end of day UTC June 8, 2013 to apply for 2013-2014 Round 1 in the fall. To create a letter of intent, please visit the FDC portal. As always, any questions or comments should be directed to FDCsupportwikimedia.org .
- Following the publication of the FDC's Round 2 recommendations, Wikimedia Hong Kong submitted an official complaint to the Board of Trustees. After reviewing the complaint, the Board responded, highlighting the factors that went into the FDC's decision, primarily: "the effectiveness of the programs proposed in terms of both potential impact and budgetary implications, and the internal governance and organizational capacity of the WMHK chapter to administer such a large grant."
- Wikimedia Hong Kong also submitted an appeal on the eligibility status of WMHK and WMCZ to the ombudsperson. In her capacity, the ombudsperson provided a detailed report with facts on the matter, as well as learning for future rounds.
- The WMF Grants Program is experiencing record numbers of open requests this May, and the GAC is working hard to encourage discussions around these many open requests. There are currently 11 open requests.
- In numbers: 4 grants approved and 9 reports accepted
Grants awarded in May 2013
- Funds to support the Third Ibero-American Summit in México City: Grants:WM_MX/Iberoconf_2013
- Funds to support a concert featuring freely licensed vocal music in the Ukraine: Grants:WM_UA/Free_Vocal_Music_concert
- Funds to support a photo contest in the Ukraine featuring Ukraine’s Natural Heritage sites: Grants:WM_UA/Wiki_Loves_Earth
- Funds to support a gathering of a national Brazilian working group on free knowledge and science: Grants:Alexandre_Hannud_Abdo_-_Grupo_de_Trabalho_em_Ciência_Aberta/Encontro_de_Acadêmicos_pelo_Conhecimento_Livre
Reports accepted in May 2013
- In numbers: 8 participants funded (6 requests) and 3 reports accepted
- Participation Support selection criteria and eligibility requirements have been updated on the Participation Support landing page. We encourage anyone interested in receiving travel support for a non-Wikimedia event to review the new criteria.
- Please note that the PSP will only consider requests for WikiSym-OpenSym submitted before 10 June.
- If you are planning an event and will need funding for scholarship participants, the event organizers should apply through the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program for a scholarship grant or for a portion of an event grant that may be used for scholarships rather than sending individual participants to the PSP. Please contact grants at wikimedia dot or with questions.
Requests awarded in May 2013
- Funding for three volunteers to attend a spring at the Open Help conference: Participation:Ocaasi,_Valeriej,_The_wub/Open_Help_Conference
Funding for 5 volunteers to attend Open Source Bridge 2013:
Reports accepted in May 2013
- Thelmadatter's report on participation in the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials: Participation:Thelmadatter/Seminar_on_the_Acquisition_of_Latin_American_Library_Materials/Report
- Nicola's report on participation in the International Cycling History Conference: Participation:Nicola/International_Cycling_History_Conference/Report
- Lpagola's report on participation in LibreGraphicsMeeting: Participation:Lpagola/LibreGraphicsMeeting/Report
Individual Engagement Grants
- We've been iterating on program pages and the proposal review process and timeline in preparation for round 2, in response to round 1 feedback.
- A work sprint is underway in the IdeaLab. Enhanced functionality is intended to boost dynamic activity in the space in preparation for the next IEG open call.
- 7 IEGrantees projects continue and an 8th is beginnning after clearing dependencies from its original provisional approval. Some grantees are contributing to the WMF blog, and all grantees' progress is chronicled each month at:
- Grants:IEG/Build an effective method of publicity in PRChina/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Consolidate wikiArS to involve art schools/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource strategic vision/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/MediaWiki data browser/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Replay Edits/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Adventure/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Library/Timeline
- Grantees Ocaasi and Micru attended the Hackathon in Amsterdam to connect with technical contributors across the movement.
Learning & Evaluation
- Internal Performance Monitoring
- Grantmaking quarterly report
- Updated grantmaking dashboard
- Grantmaking Programs Feedback
- Created feedback surveys for IEG and the Grants Program (draft); refined feedback surveys for FDC, to be distributed in June.
- Executed first feedback surveys for IEG and filtered feedback (people liked the program!)
- Administered survey for feedback from FDC for the deliberation process
- Grantee tools
- Working with the Analytics team to rescope and refine the UserMetrics API to allow it to be usable publicly. See draft of Grantmaking needs from the tool
- Developed overview of surveying for grantees; working on finding good survey solutions for them to use
Brazil Catalyst Project
Our potential institutional partner in Brazil, Ação Educativa, has been finalizing a project's proposal to be submitted to WMF.
Data & Experiments
- Partial translation of the Meta Page Research:Data into Portuguese has been released.
- Prototype of ptwiki timeline created with events data structured.
- Ongoing evalution on the design of the Data Center
- Research released:
- Vandalism profile, impact and occurance (preliminary results released, still collecting more data)
- Research in the planning phase:
- Medicin Wikiproject: The activity of users that were invited to the project by the Wikiprojetosbot will be tracked to measure the effectiveness of the invitations.
Staff & Community work
- IRC meeting with community: agenda covered vandalism research, consensus on Wikipedia, mismatching disambiguations, education program job positions, ptwiki research center history and future, medicin wikiproject and ptwiki timeline.
- Education program job positions:
- Interview with candidates (we had 100+ applicants!) for the education program positions
- Online task with final candidates for the coordination position
- Two new independent contractors to substitute the Education Program Consultant, Everton Alvarenga, were chosen
- Ongoing support for professors on our network and others willing to join
- Outreach materials: Finalising outreach and guide materials
- Outreach events: successful outreach event organized by the community at UFRGS (Porto Alegre city)
- In the media: "Wikipédia aposta no professor para se tornar mais confiável no Brasil" (terra.com.br) and "Wikipédia quer universidades" (Baguete)
- Wikiprojetosbot started dispatching invitations for users to join the wikiproject.
- Despite its preliminary stage, this strategy is already showing some results such as community engagement on the Wikiproject talk page and an increasing number of new editors.
- Department highlights
- The Mobile team launched Wikipedia Zero in Pakistan. With over 32 million mobile customers, this is the second largest launch for Wikipedia Zero to date.
- Program Evaluation and Design staff is getting ready for the first evaluation workshop in Budapest (June 22–23). Participants from more than 15 countries will meet in Hungary to gain a basic shared understanding of program evaluation, work collaboratively to map and prioritize measurable outcomes, and gain increased fluency in a common language of evaluation. Wikimédia Magyarország kindly supports this workshop, which will afterwards also be available online through videos and slides on Commons. More information is available on Meta.
- The Education Team presented strong numbers in its mid-year review. For the current fiscal year, the team expects to be on track for a total goal of 25 million bytes of new content contributed to Wikipedia's article namespace by students. Classes participating in Egypt showed a particularly high percentage of female editors (~ 85%); one of the Arabic Wikipedia's current administrators and now top-editors coming out of the Egypt Education Program.
Program Evaluation and Design
- In May, the team worked on organizing the upcoming Budapest workshop (June 21–23). Adele Vrana provided support with the logistics of the meeting, Sarah Stierch communicated with participants and the Hungarian Chapter, and Jaime Anstee started her work on presentation slides and the agenda of the meeting. Interest in the workshop exceeded our expectations by far – more than 50 chapters representatives and unaffiliated volunteers applied to be part of the event. The team is working on preparing all materials in a way that they can be published online; it is also planning on documenting parts of the meeting on video so people who won't be able to attend the workshop in person will have the opportunity to follow the discussion.
- Also in May, Jaime worked on a glossary of terms around evaluation and program design. Having a shared language in these two areas will help people from different countries understand each other better – which we consider a key advantage given that our movement is so diverse and most people come from countries where English is not a native language. The team is planning to publish a first draft of the glossary on Meta prior to the June event in Budapest.
- In early May, the team had a one-day offsite team retreat. This event served to build a better team cohesion and to work on shared team vision and goals. The event was facilitated by Liz Williams, an outside contractor that also provides coaching services to the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Frank Schulenburg and Anasuya Sengupta worked on a detailed plan that outlines how the Grantmaking and the Program Evaluation and Design teams will work with each other in the future. Part of this plan is a roles and responsibilities grid that got shared with members of each team in late May. The work on this document was an important step for getting better clarity about the scope of each team's work and also for setting the stage for future collaboration.
- Refactored legacy codebase to move configuration to an improved format which will act as the foundation of a web portal system.
- Updated code to handle recent changes to the mobile site correctly for Wikipedia Zero
Wikipedia Education Program
- The team prepared for and participated in a Mid-Year Review with Sue and Erik. Minutes and slides from the meeting are available on Meta.
- Reviewed resumes and interviewed candidates for Global Education Program Manager position.
- Documented Education Program training infrastructure for easier porting and translation.
- Followed up with professors from Spring 2013 to reflect on learnings, brainstorm potential blog posts to feature those learnings or great experiences from student contributions, and get feedback for needed support for Fall 2013.
- Began creating official list of classes that will participate in Fall 2013 and connecting those classes to Ambassador support and assignment design advice
- Developed priorities for Education Extension redesign to improve the user interface for Fall 2013 semester
- Volunteers creating the new non-profit (to run the US/CA program) requested start-up funding from GAC and Thematic Organization affiliation via the Affiliations Committee
- Implemented "Did You Know box" content for the Special:MyCourses feed on English Wikipedia.
- Arab World
- Classes have started editing the Arabic Wikipedia in Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt.
- Faris planned travel to visit Dr. Yahia Fares University of Médéa in Algeria in hopes of expanding the program beyond one class there.
- Reviewed resumes for Arab World Education Program Manager.
- LiAnna and Sage worked closely with David Peters on a design of a new brochure about Wikimedia Commons, a companion piece to the "Welcome to Wikipedia" brochure. A preliminary design will be available in June, and the brochure will be available after the launch of the VisualEditor.
- Facilitated six blog posts on the WMF blog:
- Arabic Wikipedia grows thanks to Wikipedia Education Program students
- Rice University students take multiple classes with a Wikipedia-editing assignment
- Physics professor assigns students to edit Portuguese Wikipedia
- School of Open offers free Wikipedia course
- What’s going on in Sweden?
- Busy Wikimedia semester at ITESM Campus Ciudad de México
- Two newsletters posted:
In May, HR completed extensive preparatory work to kick off the June annual review cycle for the participation of all employees, including some light redesign of last year's templates, a redesign of the format and timing to work in a sprint-like approach, and training for new managers. HR also contracted with Radford to conduct a thorough analysis of the utility and application of existing salary bands, and in comparison with market data, and working to update our compensation philosophy. We have also transitioned 401k retirement funding advisors, and did research with the 401k committee to select new index funds to make available for staff. Time was also spent streamlining data with two of our providers and process in coordination with F&A, namely around ADP and oDesk. HR also kicked off a group, self-named the "aliens" club, to support our expat employees and contractors with settling into life in the United States. We also completed the first year of the WikiLead pilot, a program for Directors and other WMF management on leadership skills training, and ran a pilot negotiations training to help people engage constructively in expectations setting and coming to shared agreeements. Overall, it has been a month of heavy hiring and other activity for HR, which also continues to support the search for the new Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (with a newly redesigned jobs page at jobs.wikimedia.org).
- New Requisitions Filled
- Nik Everett, Senior Software Engineer (Engineering)
- MunMay Galloway, Visual Designer (Engineering)
- Alexandros Kosiaris, Operations Engineer (Engineering)
- Meron Kristos, Staff Accountant (Finance)
- Heather Walls, Communications Design Manager (Communications)
- Yana Welinder, Legal Counsel (Legal)
- Jared Zimmerman, Director of UX (Engineering)
- New Legal Interns
- Jennifer Bloom
- Matthew Collins
- Tiffany Li
- New Contractors
- Anna Lantz (Human Resources)
- Robert Smith (Engineering)
- Ram Ramanath
- David Schoonover
- Contracts Ended
- Ashok Misra
- Kraig Parkinson
- Vanessa Sanchez
- Joseph Seddon
- Peter Gehres
- New Postings
- A/P Clerk
- Arab World Education Program Manager
- Fundraising Donor Services Associate
- Global Education Program Manager
- Product Manager | Platform
- Recruitment Team Intern (Undergrad/Student)
- Research Analyst
- Wikimedia Foundation: Executive Director
- Total Requisitions Filled
- May Actual: 143
- May Total Plan: 174
- May Filled: 7, Month Attrition: 2,
- YTD Filled: 58, YTD Attrition: 27
- 4 Canceled Requisitions for FY, as of May 31
- Remaining Open Requisitions to fiscal year end
- 27 (reflects 4 canceled requisitions for FY)
- Real-time feed for HR updates
Finance and Administration
- Continued work on the Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan with a final draft version presented to Stu West (Chair of the Audit Committee).
- Have begun to rebalance the reserves of the Wikimedia Foundation so that more of the reserve is being held in bonds instead of certificates of deposit. This is being done to improve the real rate of return of the portfolio.
- The Wikimedia Foundation - IRS Form 990 for FY 2011-12 was posted on the Wikimedia Foundation web site.
- In addition to holding and paying in a group of currencies, we have begun work on reducing the cost of converting USD to other curriences when sending funds for payments or grants.
Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department
LCA Report, May 2013
- Submitted : 20
- Completed : 19
- Submitted : 13
- Approved : 2
- Pending : 9
- Denied : 2
Coming & Going
- Yana Welinder joined the LCA team as legal counsel.
- Four legal interns joined for the summer: Jennifer Bloom (Harvard), Matthew Collins (Columbia), and Tiffany Li (Georgetown).
- LCA launched a community discussion about the process for choosing a new Wikivoyage logo in the face of legal challenge to the former one. This also followed a new proposed logo selection procedure. We encourage people to participate!
- LCA published a statement on trademark practices, which requests community feedback on the Wikimedia trademark policy, procedures, and other questions. This is your opportunity to give us ideas as we consider updating our trademark policy and practices.
- The minutes and resolutions from the WMF Board of Trustees April meeting were published.
- Luis Villa attended the Open Source Initiative board meeting in Washington D.C.
- LCA began interviewing candidates for a new legal counsel position.
- Updated Legal and Community Advocacy page on Meta.
- Two presentations from LCA were accepted at Wikimania 2013: Discussing Our Legal Strategy Going Forward: A Talk with the WMF General Counsel (Geoff), Open Culture, Open Data, Open Source (Luis and Stephen)
Communications Report, May 2013
May's major news focused on the announcement of the ED search process for WMF, and some considerable residual attention paid to the issue of the women American novelists category on EN Wikipedia. In May we also welcomed Heather Walls as the communications team's first Communications Design Manager.
- ‘’The Wikimedia Foundation announces search for new Executive Director to lead the Wikimedia movement ’’(22 May 2013)
The Wikimedia Foundation has begun a global search for a new Executive Director to lead the organization through its next phase of innovation and growth. The new Executive Director will lead a thriving international organization that operates the number five most-popular web property in the world.
Major Storylines through March
Quite a bit of coverage through the month, largely focussing on local/regional Wikipedia articles and topics of interest to niche audiences.
- ‘’Can Wikipedia predict the stock market?’’ (May 8)
Many outlets covered a May 8 Scientific Reports study that suggests Wikipedia can be used to predict the behavior of the stock market, specifically openly available page view stats for articles can predict decreases in relevant stock prices. Coverage was predominantly positive or neutral in tone.
- Mapping of live, anon edits on WP makes headlines (May 13)
A popular visualization tool (http://rcmap.hatnote.com/#en) by WMF's own Stephen LaPorte of current anonymous edits on Wikipedia received substantial coverage through mid-May:
- WMF launches its ED search (May 22)
We publicly launched our search for the next Executive Director of the WMF in late May. Coverage was not extensive as the original announcement of Sue's departure, although social media sharing was substantial.
- WMF Blog post
- Economist Job posting
Other worthwhile reads
- Wikipedia's 'Nearby' Feature Pulls Up Articles Related to Your Location | Mashable | May 30
- Wikipedia’s anti-Pagan crusade | Salon | May 24
- Wargaming supports open source | develop | May 24
- Wikipedia to Appear in Shughni | Global Voices | May 12
WMF Blog posts
Thirty-nine blog posts in May, with bilingual posts in Arabic, Catalan, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Serbian, Spanish and Swedish. The Wikimedia blog is moving rapidly towards more than 50% content available in a language other than English. Some highlights from the month:
For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the community-edited newsletter “Wikipedia Signpost” for May 2013:
- Volume 9, Issue 17, 6 May 2013
- Volume 9, Issue 18, 13 May 2013
- Volume 9, Issue 19, 20 May 2013
- Volume 9, Issue 20, 27 May 2013
Visitors and Guests
Visitors and guests to the WMF office in May 2013:
- Sarah Pearson (Creative Commons)
- Sara Crouse (Creative Commons)
- Eric Steuer (Creative Commons)
- Elliot Harmon (Creative Commons)
- Kellie Brownell (The Ada Initiative)
- Peter Coopr (Paul Hastings)
- Rishi Sharma (Paul Hastings)
- Virginia Sutton (J&D)
- Deb Wolter (Red Bamboo Consulting)
- Rudy Rucker (Monkey Brains)
- Michael Stella (McCladrey)
- R. Schmidt (McCladrey)
- Lisa Grossman (m|Oppenheim)
- Mike Schwartz (Senior VP Engineering, Wikia)
- Jennifer Garvey Berger (Cultivating Leadership)
- Jim Nelson (executive director, Yorba)
- Chaz, Eric, Lucas, Clinton (Engineers, Yorba)
- Leif Johanssen (SUNET)
- Valter Nordh (SUNET)
- Simon Phipps (MariaDB Foundation)
- Somnath Ray (Timescape)
- Kathy Reich (Packard Foundation)
- Anna Stillwell (Human Project)
- Alex Gladstein (Oslo Freedom Forum)
- R.P. (Open Knowledge Foundation)
- Nash Hurley (Vital)
- Taylor Keep (Vital)
- Kathy Ramsey (TAI)
- Aloka Archige (Forte)
- Sarah Nagel (IIE)
- Audrey Milo (C & RE)
- Brian Lee (Forte)
- Jan Ainali (WMSE)
- Valerie Aurora (TAI)
- Mary Gardiner (TAI)