أهم أخبار مؤسسة ويكيميديا
لقاءات ويكيبيديا العربية في الشرق الأوسط
سافر إلى الشرق الأوسط كل من باري نيوستيد وفرانك تشولنبرج ومشيرة العمراوي وسارة ياب من قسم التطوير الدولي للقاء مع الويكيبيديين في العالم العربي وبداية التوسع في برنامج ويكيبيديا التعليمي. عادل إسكندر، بروفسور في جامعة جورج تاون وقام بالتدريس في مبادرة السياسة العامة (برنامج التعليم العالمي الاختباري)، التحق بالفريق لمقابلة الأساتذة والويكيبيديين في قطر ومصر والأردن. ستفيد هذه الاجتماعات في تخطيط برنامج التعليم العربي والذي سيتم إطلاقه في 2012. على مدار أيام الزيارة الأربعة عشر لمصر والأردن وقط، اتصلت مجموعة ويكيميديا مع الخبراء المحليين وأعضاء جامعات ومجموعات طلابية ومجموعة من الحضور في تجمع ويكيبيديا العربية بالدوحة والذي كان بتنظيم مشترك بيت مؤسسة ويكيميديا ومعهد أبحاث الحاسب الألي القطري. تم التركيز في الاجتماع على الطرق التي تحفز النمو عالي الجودة في ويكيبيديا العربية في أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا.
MediaWiki 1.18 and HTTPS support deployed
MediaWiki 1.18 was deployed to all Wikimedia wikis in October. Major features of the new version include:
- Support for gender-specific user pages: In languages that have different words for "User" depending on whether the user is male or female, user pages are denoted by the male or the female version, if the user has specified their gender in their preferences.
- Better directionality support: MediaWiki 1.18 makes it easier for left-to-right and right-to-left text to coexist on the same page. (Languages affected by this include Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian.)
October also saw the rollout of native HTTPS support to all wikis, so that URLs like https://en.wikipedia.org/ work to access the secure version of our sites.
A/B testing to improve editor retention
To improve retention of new Wikipedians, Steven Walling and Maryana Pinchuk from the Community Department collaborated with community members on the English and Portuguese Wikipedia in testing variations in the wording of warning messages. These ready-made messages are used in automated editing tools to alert new users about problems with their edits. A/B testing is used to find out whether more personal, less directives-oriented messages, or a friendlier wording, have an effect on the user's subsequent actions: How often they edit afterwards, whether their subsequent edits are vandalism, whether they contact the more experienced user who issued the warning, and whether that contact is constructive or not.
The tests involved the anti-vandalism tools Huggle and Twinkle, and SDPatrolBot, a bot which warns users when they remove a speedy deletion tag from an article they are working on. Steven and Maryana also started to collaborate with community members to test improvements in the archiving of shared IP talk pages, where many such warning messages to anonymous editors are being left.
Data and Trends
Global unique visitors for September:
- 455 million (+7.5% compared with August; +14.2% compared with the previous year)
- (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release October data later in November)
Page requests for October:
- 16.8 billion (+6.1% compared with September; +15.6% compared with the previous year)
- (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)
Active Registered Editors for September 2011 (>= 5 edits/month):
- 83,164 (-2.8% compared with August / +1.6% compared with the previous year)
- (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for Wikimedia Commons)
Report Card for September 2011: http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/
- The report card is currently undergoing a redesign as a more fully-featured dashboard (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF projects).
(Financial information is only available for September 2011 at the time of this report.)
Revenue: $ 3,580,474
- المجموعة التكنولوجية: 2,169,824 $
- المجموعة المجتمعية/جمع الهبات: 754,685 $
- مجموعة التنمية العالمية: 775,647 $
- مجموعة الحوكمة: 263,091 $
- المجموعة المالية/القانونية/الموارد البشرية/الإدارية: 1,416,181 $
Total Expenses: $ 5,379,428
Total surplus/(loss): ($ 1,798,954)
Revenue was ahead of plan due to Stanton grant of $ 2.8 million and additional donations ahead of plan of $ 427,751.
Expenses were below plan at $ 5.4 million actual vs. $ 6.7 million plan. Expenses were below plan due to lower than plan expenditures in capital expenditures, chapter grants, recruitment cost and other activities due to being only three months into the fiscal year.
Cash of $ 16 million, which is six months of cash reserves at current spending levels.
Other movement highlights
- "Wiki Loves Monuments" highly successful: Numerous European countries announced their finalists in the "Wiki Loves Monuments" (WLM) contest. During September, participants had been invited to upload photos of their country's cultural heritage to Wikimedia Commons. The event was mostly organized by Wikimedia chapters in the 18 participating countries, and supported by the Foundation's technical work on special features for the upload wizard. The number of new users on Commons more than doubled during September, and almost 170000 files have been uploaded in the contest. The Europe-wide winner is going to be announced in December.
- German chapter launches "Wikidata" project: Wikimedia Germany has begun hiring for "Wikidata", an ambitious project to develop a central data repository for Wikimedia projects, similar to the role of Wikimedia Commons as a central repository for multimedia files. The first two phases will address Interwiki links, and infoboxes.
- Italian Wikipedia temporarily shut down in protest of proposed law: On October 4, the Italian Wikipedia community decided to replace all content on the project with a message protesting a bill that was being discussed in the Italian parliament, describing how it would threaten the ability to openly collaborate in the sharing of knowledge. The Wikimedia Foundation shared the concerns of the volunteers. On October 6, the project reopened after changes had been made to the bill.
- GLAM collaborations on the rise in Israel: A member of Wikimedia Israel reported that the country has joined the numerous Wikimedia collaborations worldwide with institutions from the cultural sector (GLAMs - galleries, libraries, archives and museums). A cooperation has started with the country's national museum, and there are plans for a Wikipedian-in-Residence at The National Library of Israel.