For the upcoming strategy planning consultation process see: Strategy/2016-2017.
- 1 Current strategy documents
- 2 Developing new strategies: 2015 and beyond
- 3 History
- 4 Strategy proposals, projects, discussions
Strategy can relate to strategy for the Wikimedia movement, strategy for entities such as the WMF and Chapters, and roadmaps for individual Projects (e.g., Wikidata or Wiktionary or Wiki Loves Monumints).
Current strategy documents
Movement strategy 2010-2015
This covered for instance how effectively the movement is reaching and empowering new people around the world, how well it is providing knowledge, and how balanced its contributors are. See the Wikimedia Movement Strategic Plan Summary for details. Some key Questions about our strategy were also developed.
No separate long-term strategy was developed for the WMF, so there was confusion about whether this was a strategy for the movement or just for the Foundation. The work on the strategy wiki was later largely migrated back to Meta.
Strategy of Wikimedia organizations
|Wikimedia Foundation||Draft 2016 strategy (18-24 months)|
|Amical Wikimedia||Amical Wikimedia 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.|
|CIS-A2K||Strategic plan June 2016 - July 2018|
Tech strategy and roadmaps
- Tech/News + Tech/News/Latest
- Wikimedia Engineering/2013-14 Goals + wikitech:Deployments
- MediaWiki roadmap
Project strategy and roadmaps
Developing new strategies: 2015 and beyond
Plans in development as of 2014:
- Strategy project - a group working on continuous coordination and strategizing
- WMDE discussions and debates (from the WMDE mailing list, spring 2014)
- WMF planning for 2015+ - to be clearly separate from the global movement strategy
The Wikimedia Foundation was formed in 2003, when it became clear that Wikipedia was becoming an important online project, too big to reside on Bomis' servers. Previous to this, most "strategic planning" discussions revolved around the evolving Wikis; many decisions (additional languages, additional projects, core policies) that helped shape future organizational development were boldly made by community members and leaders through the wiki process. Most "Foundation-level" work was done by volunteers, from financial planning to technical scaling. The Foundation was a convenient organizational structure for the projects, not envisioned as an end unto itself. At the same time, Wikimedia Deutschland became the first chapter, planning its own national strategy - from publicity and politics to publishing.
When the first elected community member Trustees took their seats on the WMF Board, there were a variety of discussions about where the Foundation and the movement should be heading.
- Early discussions: mailing list threads from Anthere and Angela from late 2004 were often about related topics
- Strategic goals: a few open meetings about goals, and some discussions on the wiki (1), ensued
- The Mission and Vision statements were revisited in 2006/2007 to help lay uniform foundations for future work. (The idea was for this to happen regularly, though the next revisit was in 2009)
- In late 2006 there was an internal discussion of strategy with facilitated meetings of Board members and others, resulting in a few one-year planning documents. These do not seem to be public, though many resulting conversations are.
Most discussions about project and Foundation-wide planning have been held on mailing lists (first wikipedia-l, then foundation-l); or on Meta.
Global strategy evolution
2004 : the Board holds its first elections. There was strategic planning before and after
- one-year plan, three-year_plan, Five-year_plan
- a few open meetings were held to discuss the needs of the Projects with the Board.
2006 : reflection and review; Angela and Anthere had been on the board since the beginning.
- There were committees formed
- A Board retreat and SWOT analysis was undertaken
- A special projects committee was formed and shared some brainstorming ideas related to the above
- Note the various resolutions passed by the SPC.
- An email discussion thread about "where do you see Wikimedia in 10 years" meets with interest
- A year-long project, Strategic planning 2009, was announced in May and planned for the coming year. Threads about how to proceed were floated on foundation-l, and three one-year contracts to facilitate the process were posted.
Mission and Vision
In 2006 they were rewritten once, and there was a Board/Chapters/Other meeting at which they were discussed along with a general discussion of where the projects should be heading. The idea then was that they would be regularly revised and revisited -- but this has not happened since.
Choosing new projects
New project proposals aren't always given the attention they deserves, considering that how we view ourselves as a collection of sister projects is determined in part by what Projects we support. Newcomers are drawn to the projects by the promise of one or the other environment to work; and expect to find a functioning local society and receptive soil for planting new ideas.
Major projects that have been considered but not accepted so far include : Wikikids, Wikifamily, and Wikicite; other major friendly projects include AboutUs.org and Rodovid/WeRelate.
Strategy proposals, projects, discussions
- Planning for the future
- Suggestions and proposals
- Strategic plan/2009
- Individual engagement grants (and related project ideas)
- Initiatives of various shapes and sizes
Discussion as part of WMF and project governance
Board candidate statements throughout the years:
- Board elections/2004/Candidates
- Board elections/2005/Candidates
- Board elections/2006/Candidates
- Board elections/2007/Candidates
- Board elections/2008/Candidates
- Board elections/2009/Candidates
- Board elections/2011/Candidates
- Board elections/2013/Candidates
The largest wikis have their own strategy discussions, leading to project strategy and roadmaps for each of them. For instance, in en:wp this includes WP:1.0 and w:WP:WikiProject Council (for quality and participation).
Many discussions about global policy (privacy, BLPs, civility, language incubation) started with discussions on a single large wiki about its own vision and future.