Saw it on foundation-l; thanks for cross-posting.
I think this is a great decision---what you can't measure, you can't
manage, as the old adage goes.
I would like to suggest that Erik view his job not only as a
statistician but also as a research outreach person. WikiSym has been
growing at a healthy 25%/year rate in terms of publications, the quality
has been increasing significantly. Quantitative research into Wikipedia
plays a major role. I very much would like to see a continuation of
Jakob's and Angela's 2006 workshop on research into Wikipedia.
On that note, maybe someone (from the board?) can clarify for us the
role that research plays for the WMF. I've kind of lost track of the
meaning of the changes from Erik M through James to Gregory now, I believe?
Cormac Lawler wrote:
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From: *Brion Vibber* <brion(a)wikimedia.org <mailto:email@example.com>>
Date: Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 1:18 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Announcement: Erik Zachte, Data Analyst
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
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It is with great pleasure that I welcome Erik Zachte as a part-time
contractor to the Wikimedia Foundation. Erik will start work with us
officially on September 1.
Erik has worked as a Technical Analyst for Air France - KLM for more
than two decades. He is probably most famous in the Wikimedia community
as the developer of "WikiStats" (stats.wikimedia.org
<http://stats.wikimedia.org>), an amazing
statistics package that reveals data about the growth and editing
patterns in our various wiki projects.
Erik has created many other wonderful tools, featured at
. In his part-time role with the Wikimedia
Foundation, he will continue to maintain and develop code to provide
critical operational metrics about our projects. A key first project,
for example, will be the integration of traffic statistics into the
WikiStats package. These metrics will be key to communications,
fundraising, internal evaluation, and for many other purposes.
We're working in parallel to provide Erik with the support he needs to
do his work, including more regularly provisioned dumps and hardware
to run his scripts.
I'm very pleased that Erik is joining our team, and look forward to
working with him. Please join me in welcoming him. :)
- -- brion vibber (brion @ wikimedia.org
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