I've got some personal news to share.
After 8 years with Wikimedia, I have decided to leave the Foundation to
take up a new role focused on open science. This has been a difficult
decision but an opportunity arose and I am excited to be moving on to an
area that’s been so close to my heart for years.
Serving the movement as part of the Research team at WMF has been, and will
definitely be, the most important gig in my life. I leave a team of
ridiculously talented and fun people that I can’t possibly imagine not
spending all of my days with, as well many collaborators and friends in the
community who have I worked alongside. I am proud and thankful to have been
part of this journey with you all. With my departure, Leila Zia is taking
the lead of Research at WMF, and you all couldn't be in better hands.
In March, I’ll be joining CZI Science—a philanthropy based in the Bay
Area—to help build their portfolio of open science programs and technology.
I'll continue to be an ally on the same fights in my new role.
Other than that, I look forward to returning to full volunteer mode. I
started editing English Wikipedia in 2004, working on bloody chapters in
the history of London
astronomy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Nine>; unsung heroes among
women in science <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Potter>; and of
course natural <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_South_Napa_earthquake>,
I’ve also developed an embarrassing addiction to Wikidata, and you’ll
continue seeing me around hacking those instances of Q16521
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q16521> for a little while.
I hope our paths cross once again in the future.
*Dario Taraborelli *Director, Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation