Just a reminder that today's office hours will feature Kul Wadhwa,
Wikimedia Foundation's Head of Business Development. If you don't know
Kul, you can read about him at
Office hours today are from 1600 to 1700 UTC (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT).
If you do not have an IRC client, there are two ways you can come chat
using a web browser: First is using the Wikizine chat gateway at
<http://chatwikizine.memebot.com/cgi-bin/cgiirc/irc.cgi>. Type a
nickname, select irc.freenode.net from the top menu and
#wikimedia-office from the following menu, then login to join.
Also, you can access Freenode by going to http://webchat.freenode.net/,
typing in the nickname of your choice and choosing wikimedia-office as
the channel. You may be prompted to click through a security warning.
It should be all right.
Please feel free to forward (and translate!) this email to any other
relevant email lists you happen to be on. (Kul is able to speak
English, Japanese and Portuguese with some degree of competancy!)
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Minutes from the August 2009 (Wikimania) board meeting -- approved October 2009.
(We are still experimenting with the style, and the next set of
minutes will likely be a bit less of a direct transcription and more
of a summary; please feel free to comment on what would be useful.)
Link to wiki version:
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes August
24-25, 2009 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prepared By: James Owen, PA to the ED
Board Chair Michael Snow called the regular Board of Trustees meeting
to order on August 24 at 15:10. Those in attendance and constituting a
* Michael Snow- Chair of the Board of Trustees
* Jan-Bart de Vreede- Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
* Kat Walsh- Executive Secretary of the Board of Trustees
* Stu West- Treasurer of the Board of Trustees (present via Skype)
* Jimmy Wales- Founder/Trustee
* Ting Chen- Trustee
* Arne Klempert- Trustee
* Matt Halprin- Trustee
* Samuel Klein- Trustee
* Absent: None
Others Present For All or Part of the Meeting
* Sue Gardner- Wikimedia Foundation; Executive Director
* Domas Mituzas- Former Trustee (term ended August 24, 2009)
* James Owen- Wikimedia Foundation; Personal Assistant to the
Executive and Deputy Director
* Eugene Kim- Wikimedia Foundation; Strategic Planning Project Manager
* Philippe Beaudette- Wikimedia Foundation; Strategic Planning Facilitator
* Barry Newstead- Bridgespan; Partner
* Serita Cox- Bridgespan; Manager
* Laura Lanzerotti- Bridgespan; Case Team Leader
* 1 Introduction/ Agenda Overview
* 2 Approval of April and June Board Meeting Minutes
* 3 Outstanding Issues
* 4 Approval and Welcoming of New Members to the Board
* 5 Background Check Process for Wikimedia Foundation Trustees
* 6 Audit Committee Update
* 7 Vacant Board Expertise Seat Update
* 8 Chief Development Officer
* 9 Executive Session
* 10 Scheduling of the 2009-2010 Board Meeting Dates
* 11 Strategy Development Introduction
* 12 Strategic Planning Process Overview and Update (Handout)
* 13 Strategy Development Plan(Handout)
* 14 Strategy Plan: Highlights form Emerging Fact Base (Handout)
Introduction/ Agenda Overview
Michael Snow welcomed the Board and the attending Wikimedia Foundation
staff. Jan-Bart de Vreede suggested the Board revise the agenda and
approve the April and June Meeting Minutes before finalizing the
appointment of new Board members. Michael Snow agreed with this change
and motioned for the Board to proceed to the approval of the April and
June Meeting Minutes.
Approval of April and June Board Meeting Minutes
Michael Snow asked Domas Mituzas if the April 2009 Board of Trustee
Meeting Minutes were ready to be approved. Domas confirmed that the
minutes were ready for review and approval. The Board reviewed the
minutes, followed by a motion from Michael Snow to approve the April
meeting minutes. The Board unanimously voted to approve the April 2009
Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes.
Approved 8-0. In favor: Michael, Jan-Bart, Stu, Kat, Ting, Arne, Domas, Jimmy
Michael Snow then asked Domas if the June 2009 IRC Board Meeting
Minutes were ready to be approved. Domas confirmed that the June
Minutes were ready for approval. The Board unanimously voted to
approve the June 2009 IRC Meeting Minutes.
Approved 8-0. In favor: Michael, Jan-Bart, Stu, Kat, Ting, Arne, Domas, Jimmy
Michael Snow asked the Board to present any outstanding issues to be
addressed before moving to approve the new members of the Board.
Samuel Klein addressed the Board to enquire if there were any
resolutions which had not be posted to the Wikimedia Foundation's
Wiki, such as annual reappointment resolutions. Michael replied that
he was not aware of any outstanding resolutions requiring posting.
Domas followed with a brief descriptions of the current process for
the publication of Board decisions and resolutions.
Approval and Welcoming of New Members to the Board
Michael Snow introduced Samuel Klein and Matt Halprin to the Board of
Trustees,and opened the floor to the Board to ask questions of Samuel
and Matt before proceeding to a vote.
Jan-Bart began a brief discussion focusing on the August Community
Election to determine three Board seats. During this discussion,
Jan-Bart expressed his feeling that the election process did not
function as smoothly as he would he preferred, but the efforts of
Philippe Beaudette and Tim Starling enabled the Committee to stay on
track. Sue noted that the election process hasn't changed much over
the years, saying that the staff would be willing to play a more
prominent role in facilitating the process, if desired. Samuel added
that as a candidate running for election he would have liked to
provide assistance to the Committee, however the Committee did not
make it easy for non-Committee members to participate in the process;
there was a sense of ownership of the schedule by that closed group.
Kat expressed concern that several community members had complained
about difficulty and barriers to voting. The Board discussed the
voting requirements, the process of ranking candidates, and the use of
third parties to tally the voting results. Sue added that she hopes
the Election Committee will conduct a postmortem so future Committees
can learn from this year's process.
Sue asked Samuel, Matt, and Arne to give the Board a brief statement
explaining what they would like to accomplish as a Wikimedia
Samuel began by describing his desire to participate in the
Foundation's direction and the communities interpretation of the
mission. He went on to explain that a strong Foundation presence can
provide positive advancement for the long-term mission of the
Foundation. However he added a strong Foundation can also discourage
community participation. As a Trustee, Samuel hopes to help the
Foundation find a way to create a better balance and communication
between for the Foundation and Community to facilitation a strong
Wikimedia. Samuel also briefly addressed his interest in multiple
language versions of Wikimedia projects and his desire to strengthen
the ability for people around the world to read and participate in
their native languages.
Next Matt addressed the Board, highlighting his background and the
skills he will bring to the Foundation. Matt began by providing the
Board with a brief review of his professional background and his
interest in supporting technologies that promote transparency,
accountability, and trust across media, markets, and government. Matt
gave the Board a description of the Omidyar Network's commitment
toward delivering media markets and transparency with technology
platforms in the emerging markets of India and Africa. He went on to
explain how the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation relates to his
work, and how he hopes to utilize his knowledge and expertise of
developing countries to help the Foundation remain focused on the big
picture and toward the achievement of the organization's mission.
Arne also addressed the Board briefly describing how he will support
the Wikimedia Foundation to become a sustaining organization that
provides free service for the world. He went on to explain his
involvement with the Wikimedia Deutschland Chapter and expressed his
commitment to the expansion of non-English language communities. He
said that he does not consider himself to represent the views and
desires of the Wikimedia chapters, but rather considers himself to
represent the interests of the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Wikimedia
Matt and Samuel were excused as the Board voted on their appointments.
The Board unanimously voted to appoint Samuel Klein to the Board of
Trustees for a two year term ending July 2011.
Approved 7-0. In favor: Michael, Jan-Bart, Stu, Kat, Ting, Arne,
Jimmy. Abstained: Domas
Board Appointment Resolution:
Whereas, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees voted in April
2008 to increase the number of its members to ten, of which four
positions are appointed directly by the Board, and two of these
positions are currently vacant; It is hereby resolved that: The Board
appoints Matt Halprin to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Wikimedia Foundation, beginning 24 August 2009. The initial term
of this position shall be until 31 December 2009, to be renewed for
additional one-year terms by vote of the Board prior to that date.
Approved 7-0. In favor: Jan-Bart, Jimmy, Ting, Kat, Michael, Stu,
Arne. Abstained: Domas.
After the vote, Samuel and Matt returned to the meeting.
With the Board appointments finalized Michael motioned to fill the
2009-2010 Board Officer positions for Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer,
and Executive Secretary. The Board put forward nominations and
approved the following positions.
* Michael Snow - Chair of the Board of Trustees
* Jan-Bart de Vreede - Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
* Kat Walsh - Executive Secretary of the Board of Trustees
* Stu West - Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Background Check Process for Wikimedia Foundation Trustees
Sue Gardner addressed the Board providing a brief description of the
background check process used by the Wikimedia Foundation to screen
potential staff members and key volunteers, and recommended that the
Board also agree to participate in the screening process. She then
asked the Board if they had any concern providing the information for
the background screening. The Board did not express concern. As with
staff and volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation's Office Manager Daniel
Phelps will process the screenings. In the case of staff and
volunteers, Daniel brings problematic results to Sue's attention. In
the case of the Board, Daniel will bring problematic results to the
The Board held a discussion about the on-Boarding process for new Board members.
Audit Committee Update
Stu provided an update on the Audit Committee, including its August
14, 2009 meeting and recent expansion (details at
Stu explained that to meet the financial expertise requirements for
the Audit Committee, it was necessary to look outside the existing
Board of Trustees and as a result asked the Board to consider amending
the Audit Committee Charter, which as originally drafted required that
the majority of Audit Committee members come from the Board of
Trustees. He agreed to work with Mike Godwin to get a draft revision
to the Board for review, and to also make an agreement around
confidentiality / conflicts of interest a part of the Audit Committee
Vacant Board Expertise Seat Update
Sue provided the Board with an update on the status of the search to
fill the one remaining vacant expertise seat on the Board of Trustees.
She explained that, as per the request of the Board at its previous
meeting in April in Berlin, she has hired recruiter Eunice Azzani to
assist with the process, and has provided Eunice with the Board's four
criteria for the remaining vacant seat: that the new Trustee 1) have
expertise in Asia, 2) have significant non-profit governance or
managerial experience, 3) have some fundraising expertise and 4) be
female. Eunice will interview key people in the organization,
including staff, Board members, Advisory Board members, Nominating
Committee members and key donors. From these interviews, Eunice will
develop an understanding of the Wikimedia community and how the
community interacts with the Board, as well as develop an
understanding of the community's values and the skills and abilities
most useful for a Trustee. Additionally, Sue instructed Eunice to try
to find candidates who are comfortable with technology, willing to
devote significant time to the Foundation, and who have a constructive
and collaborative personal style and an orientation towards
Sue expressed her hope the search will be concluded by winter, and
that if the search is successful the new Trustee could be ready for
Board approval by the beginning of 2010.
The Board then discussed the Nominating Committee and factors
contributing to its inability to find successful candidates. Various
possibilities were discussed for handling the process in future, such
as increasing the size of the Committee, providing access to search
firms to work with the Committee in the future, using search firms
alone, and appointing new members to the Committee. It was noted that
background checking is a specialized art; something that a search firm
could handle for the Committee.
We discussed that we needed to reappoint the Nominating Committee and
appoint new members soon, and that we want to preserve institutional
memory among the Committee.
Chief Development Officer
Sue presented the Board with an update on the search process being
used to find a Chief Development Officer. She informed the Board the
Foundation had recently engaged Mark Oppenheim of m/Oppenheim &
Associates to assist in the selection process. M/Oppenheim &
Associates is an executive recruiting firm which specializes in the
nonprofit and government sectors. She expressed that the Foundation is
using Oppenheim because they are a good firm, well-connected,
recommended by a variety of non-profit organizations and foundations,
and with prior experience with the Wikimedia Foundation. Sue explained
that Oppenheim's background with the Wikimedia Foundation will enable
them to successfully explain Wikimedia's story to prospective CDOs,
and to position the Wikimedia Foundation as a young, growing
organization with great fundraising potential.
Mark's team will conduct interviews with staff, Trustees, Advisory
Board members and donors, to assist the Wikimedia Foundation in the
creation of a focused job description for the position. The team was
asked to focus on candidates with experience in fundraising for
organizations that focus on many small online donations. Once
Oppenheim creates a profile of possible candidates they will find and
screen possible candidates before making final recommendations to Sue.
Sue expressed her confidence in Mark and his team.
During each Board meeting, as a good general practice, the Board
stages an executive session. The Executive Director and her assistant
are excused from executive session, and minutes are not kept.
Scheduling of the 2009-2010 Board Meeting Dates
The Board finalized a calendar for the 2009-2010 Board of Trustee
Meetings as the following:
* November 13-16 (San Francisco, California, United States)
* February 5-7 (New York, New York, United States)
* April 23-25 (Berlin, Germany—at all-chapters meeting)
* July 7-8 (Gdańsk, Poland—at Wikimania)
Note - Dates and locations are subject to change.
Sue agreed to convey to the German chapter the Board's April dates,
and ask the German chapter to consult with the Wikimedia chapters
regarding the dates and location of the all-chapters meeting. If the
chapters are willing to meet on that date and in that location, we
will finalize them for the Board meeting; if not, we may adjust to
enable meeting with the chapters as we've done in the spring for the
past two years.
Strategy Development Introduction
The Board welcomed Eugene Eric Kim, Philippe Beaudette, Barry
Newstead, Serita Cox, and Laura Lanzerotti to the meeting.
Sue provided introductions to the Board and gave a short recap of the
Wikimedia Strategy Development Project. Sue described the strategy
project as custom-crafted to fit the unusual needs of the Wikimedia
Sue then introduced Eugene Kim the Foundation's Strategy Project
Manager. Eugene provided the Board with an overview of the meeting's
Strategic Planning Process Overview and Update (Handout)
Eugene explained strategic planning should answer three core
questions, “Where are we now?”, “Where should we go?”, and “How do we
get there?”. He said that in order for the resulting answers to be
actionable and meaningful, all of the different Wikimedia participants
and stakeholders must be aligned around these core questions. He added
the Wikimedia Foundation is unlike other organizations in that it has
a community of involved people who are dedicated to the mission and
survival of the organization. This dedication and community will
become the key force behind the strategy project.
Next Eugene introduced the Board to the Strategy Wiki
(http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page). He explained that the
wiki will be a core tool throughout the strategy project; it will
allow the Foundation to keep the process open and accountable. In
describing the work being done on the strategy wiki, Eugene covered
the process used to collect strategy proposals. He explained that the
proposals are a way to engage the community in the brainstorming
process, and to encourage people to put forward ideas for how the
Foundation should invest itself over the next five years. He stated
the strategy wiki had collected over 300 proposals, and the community
was beginning to assess and edit many of the proposals.
For engaging with others outside of the wiki, Eugene explained that
the strategy team hopes to achieve this by asking chapters and
individuals to create meetings and discussion about strategy and then
report on the wiki about their conversations. Another way the strategy
team is creating engagement in the project is through holding weekly
IRC office hours where they discuss strategy and reach out to motivate
the community's involvement.
Next Eugene reviewed his plan to keep the process and project moving
within a stable timeline. He stated the importance for the strategy
team to drive the process and make sure the project meets the
completion deadlines. Eugene and the Board then discussed the
importance of keeping the community engaged, the process of working on
proposals, and how to encourage participation.
Strategy Development Plan(Handout)
Eugene presented the Board with a presentation focusing on the
strategy development. He provided the Board with an overview of the
strategic direction and business planning process, and roles of the
Board in strategic planning.
Eugene began his presentation providing the Board with a frame for
creating the strategic direction business plan. He explained that the
core of the strategic planning process is animated by three questions:
1.Reach- What are the highest potential opportunities for impact in
pursuit of reaching “every single human being?” 2.Quality- What are
the highest potential opportunities for impact towards “the sum of all
knowledge?” 3.Participation- What opportunities enable the continued
health, cultivation and growth of a vibrant community needed to
achieve the vision?
Next Eugene described the key activities and deliverables for the process.
Level-Setting Phase (July 2009-October 2009)
Eugene explained the work during this phase would design a framework
for engaging with the community; launching an open community process;
building fact base on reach, content, participate; developing guiding
paper for strategic planning process; and chartering and selecting
members of task-forces for the deep dives.
Jan-Bart expressed a concern that a large number of the proposals are
not particularly strategic in nature, and in some cases not even
relevant to the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation. Jan-Bart went to
on explain that the mission of the Foundation is a high level mission
but that he found most of the participants are not engaged with the
mission only with their individual role as editors or participants in
a particular project or language-version. Barry suggested that the
best way to help motivate the community is to engage people to think
differently about strategy, and have the Board focus more energy on
identifying and framing core work around large issues affecting the
ability of the movement to advance the mission. Jan-Bart added that it
would be beneficial for each proposal to include a brief statement
answering how the average Wikimedia project user would benefit from
the proposal. This Jan-Bart suggested, might refocus participants to
think from a user's viewpoint. Sue suggested that as the task-forces
are created, it could be beneficial to explicitly ask that at least
one person on each tack-force be dedicated to advocating on behalf of
the user and the users' experience.
Arne asked who the primary stakeholders are that will be involved in
the process. Eugene referenced to the stakeholders page on the
strategy wiki, defining stakeholders as volunteers, former
participants, Advisory Board, Board, specialists in subject matter
areas, staff members, chapters, readers, developers, donors and other
Arne then asked how language diversity would be incorporated into the
process. Eugene replied stating the task-forces will conduct most of
their work in English but that participants can choose to participate
in their native languages and send their work to a translation team.
The Board then briefly held a discussion on how to engage developing
countries and areas of the world where Wikipedia is not currently
active. Eugene explained that the team is working on finding experts
in the area to gain knowledge and data of developing countries.
Deep Dives (October 2009-December 2009)
Eugene explained the work for the Deep Dive phase as conducting
in-depth research and analysis on growth opportunities for Wikimedia;
diving into other strategic issues identified in the level-setting
phase, developing prioritized strategic initiatives within growth
opportunities, and having the strategy task-forces begin synthesis
Synthesis Phase (November 2009-March 2010)
In the Synthesis phase Eugene explained the process would develop
outreach recommendations on strategic priorities for all of Wikimedia;
and make recommended roles for different entities within the Wikimedia
WMF Business Planning Phase (January 2010-August 2010)
Describing this last phase Eugene explained the team would develop a
2010-2015 business and implementation plan. Eugene asked the Board how
they feel about the final phase. Stu expressed that the project is
ambitions but makes sense to enable the development and growth of the
organization, and to ensure the Foundation makes the decisions to
minimize risk and increase community involvement.
Jan-Bart asked Eugene to post the budget for the project on the wiki
to ensure openness and transparency toward the community. Eugene
agreed and said he would add the budget to the wiki.
Kat expressed a concern that the task-forces will not have enough time
to complete their work. She went on to explain that volunteers can not
always make the time commitment at the exact time that is needed,
especially when the window of participation is quite short. Sue
agreed, and said the Wikimedia Foundation is considering offering
stipends or honoraria to enable individuals to participate, where that
seems potentially helpful.
Matt shared his experience, that strategy projects often fail to
sufficiently incorporate outsider views and fresh perspectives. He
added that self-selection and time commitment removes a lot of people
from participation. Eugene responded to Matt, explaining that the
task-forces are mandated to talk to people and gain the outside
perspective and report back using that knowledge. Matt would like the
project to rebalance toward supporting external input.
After reviewing the key deadline dates the Board reviewed the Metrics
for Success by phase.
Level-Setting Deep-Dives Synthesis
> 100 active wiki >100 applications >250 active wiki General consensus on highest
contributors for task forces contributors
> 100 active proposals Clear strat. synthesis Business plan adopted by
WMF Board by November 2010
Several Board members expressed concerns regarding the lack of
representation for the reader, non-reader, and other populations.
After a long discussion, the Board voted unanimously to approve the
current metrics of success with the following still required:
1. Measure of success for consultation for readers (e.g. survey
concluded and results disseminated)
2. Measure of success for consultation of non-users (prospects)
3. Measure of success for diversity of participation (geography,
4. Measure of success for quality of the task force work, and
quality of the synthesis process
Approved 9-0. In favor: Michael, Jan-Bart, Stu, Kat, Ting, Arne,
Samuel, Matt, Jimmy
Eugene next provided the Board with a description of their involvement
in the strategy planning project. He explained that the Board will be
involved to approve the project plan, metrics of success, key
deliverables, timeline, and roles; review draft strategic priorities
(developed by Strategy Task Forces); approve WMF Business and
Implementation Plan; and participate (as individuals not as Board
members) in the open community process. The group discussed the need
for a Strategy Task Force and Selection Committeee, and went around
the table suggesting potential participants to invite from the
community, chapters, board, staff, and advisory board.
Next, the Board reviewed the Deep Dive Task Forces. Eugene provided
the Board with a detailed description of the selection team,
application process, composition of strategy task-forces, task-force
topics and mandates, task-force work processes, task-force outputs,
and the forms of support available to the task-forces.
Strategy Plan: Highlights form Emerging Fact Base (Handout)
Barry presented the Board with a presentation to reviewing preliminary
data collected by the Bridgespan Group. Barry reviewed the objectives
of the strategy project before moving onto an executive summary for
insights from the fact base. During the review of the executive
summary, Barry highlighted the successes of Wikimedia, key
opportunities, and areas of weakness (contribution plateau, early
peaking of developing markets).
Next, Serita Cox presented the Board with a statistical review. Serita
began reviewing future opportunities for growth among global Internet
users, with large emphasis surrounding growth of India, China, Brazil,
and Africa. Serita showed that the highest penetration of Internet
users using Wikimedia projects is in Canada (greater than 40% of
Internet users), and the lowest penetration in China (less than 1% of
Next, Serita reviewed the growth in global reach. She explained that
the 10 most common languages worldwide (by number of speakers) remain
underrepresented in native language articles. This led to a brief
discussion on the role Wikimedia should play in the preservation of
native languages and at what cost and energy the Wikimedia Foundation
should invest to create/grow native language Wikimedia projects. There
was quite a bit of discussion about the data and the Board thanked
Serita for her work.
Laura Lanzerotti addressed the Board, reviewing the number of active
contributions made to Wikipedia as it matured. Laura's data
demonstrated as the number of active contributors leveled off, the
pace of article creation slowed, and more maintenance activities began
occurring as a proportion of all edits (for example edits on talk
pages, which concern governance and rules). Laura went on to explain
if the decrease in contributors continues, there may not be a large
enough cohort to maintain Wikipedia. Jimmy stated that he is not as
worried about the plateauing of the English Wikipedia as he would be
with peaking of other language versions of Wikipedia that have the
same growth potential, because higher numbers of active articles in
English may make it difficult for contributors to write on topics
which do not already exist. He expressed a need to energize the
Wikimedia movement especially in developing countries. Jimmy also
added a final concern that the policies and procedures of the English
Wikipedia may be being applied to other language versions prematurely.
Next, Laura reviewed a profile of the Wikimedia community, showing
that the average Wikimedian is a single childless college-educated
male between the ages of 18 and 30 (this demographic holds across all
language versions). The Board discussed the small proportion of female
contributors and expressed their hope that projects such as the
Usability Initiative will help diversify the community.
Laura then moved onto data demonstrating some barriers to
participation. The data shows that new editors or editors with fewer
monthly edits are more likely to have edits reverted. This sparked a
discussion regarding the key drivers behind an increase in the rate of
reversion since 2004.
Serita finalized the presentation by providing the Board with data
demonstrating the top 100 page hits by category and Wikipedia
language. Her data demonstrated that Wikipedia is used for different
purposes across different language. The Board was interested in the
graph and had several discussions regarding possible reasons for the
variance between the languages and most visited topics.
Secretary, Board of Trustees
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First International Forum on free culture and knowledge accessibility
(Barcelona October 29 to November 1 2009): Join online!!!!!!!!!!
The International Forum on free culture and knowledge will take place from
October 29 to November 1st 2009 in Barcelona. This event is a unique
opportunity to bring together under the same roof the main organizations and
active voices in the world of free culture and free knowledge; a meeting
point to sit down and work together setting common agendas and strategies,
and also to reflect, from a critical point of view, on the different views,
dangers and contradictions of free culture. At the same time, the forum is
an opportunity to give more visibility to alternative conceptions of
knowledge, culture and creativity, different from the ones that the
entertainment industry and universities insist on imposing.
In January 2010, Spain will take up the Presidency of the European Union.
The Spanish Government has already announced that one of its flagships will
be the reinforcement of the control over the Internet and the
criminalization of the sharing culture in the digital environment. The
consequences of those decisions will be noticed in the rest of the world.
Furthermore, within this context
Barcelona is closing agreements about access to culture that will serve as
models to other institutions in Catalonia and Spain. In October 29 this year
Barcelona will hold the Second Edition of the Oxcars Festival, an
international event to honor the defense of culture and to show the
existence of other creation channels, at least as good as the traditional
ones. The last edition was a success with more than 2000 participants. It
brought the attention both of an interested public and of media. You can
find more information about last year's edition at
There are many active organizations, movements and persons related to free
culture from different perspectives in Spain, offering a very rich sharing
space and a source of new proposals from where an international process can
bel aunched. In this regard, several worldwide voices, like during the last
World Social Forum (Belem do Para, Brazil, 2009) recognize the necessity of
creating international spaces for networking, coordination and building of a
global framework for free culture and knowledge, analyze similarities and
develop common agendas. The Free Culture Forum of Barcelona aims to create
such a space.
The main objectives of the Forum are, on the one hand, building networks to
optimize the efforts of the different groups and setting common demands
against the proposals from industry and governments in their eagerness to
control culture and information; and on the other hand reinforcing the
self-organization of tools and infrastructures to support free culture.
The Forum will take place in 3 days that combine different methodologies:
October 29: Celebration of the Oxcars Free Culture Awards Festival.
October 30: Presentation of key experiences from around the globe and
discussion on the key issues.
October 31: Working groups around the key issues of the Forum
November 1st: Bring together the results from the working groups. Define a
common agenda and approve a manifesto for each topic.
The working program is on:
* Education and Acces to Knowledge
* Organizational Logic and Political Implications of Free Culture
* Free Software and Open Standards: Knowledge Sharing Hacker Philosophy and
Action Technical Ware
* Economies, New P2p Models and Sustainable Distribution
* Legal Perspectives and User Access
HOW TO JOIN THE FREE CULTURE FORUM ONLINE????
DURING THE FCFORUM:
The Fcforum will take place from Oct 29th to Nov 1 2009 (Barcelona time
zone). You can check out the program at
have access to the several ways to join online and in live the Fcforum
The oXcars Awards Festival (Oct 29 from 21pm) at
The Fcforum (Oct 30 to Nov 1) will be live streamed at
The main conclusions and ideas will be transmitted though distributed
microblogging services, too. The messages will be transmitted in English,
Catalan and Spanish.
The Fcforum encourages you to use Identi.ca becouse is free, otherwise at
Twitter go to http://twitter.com/fcforum_net<http://service.gmx.net/de/cgi/derefer?TYPE=3&DEST=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%…>
In both cases, add '!fcf' to your messages so they will be received by the
You can also join the Facebook event at
The collaborative wiki to support the Fcforum working groups is
AFTER THE FCFORUM:
The recordings will be availeble from the
Furthermore, and importantly, the Fcforum has as a goal to end up with
Manifestos on free culture and a common action agenda. After the fcforum at
will be able to check the fcforum results and join and manifest your
support if you wish.
For other questions and doubts the contact e-mail is: info(at)fcforum.net
Primer fòrum internacional de cultura lliure i accesibilitat al coneixement
(Barcelona del 29 d'Octubre al 1 de November 2009): Participa online!!!
Del 29 d'Octubre a l'1 de Novembre de 2009 se celebrarà a Barcelona el Fòrum
internacional de la cultura i el coneixement lliures. El Fòrum constitueix
una oportunitat única per a reunir sota el mateix sostre les principals
organitzacions, iniciatives i veus actives en el món de la cultura i el
coneixement lliures; un punt de trobada on treballar conjuntament, construir
agendes i estratègies comunes, així com reflexionar, des d'un punt de vista
crític, sobre les diverses visions, perills i contradiccions internes a la
cultura lliure. El fòrum també és una oportunitat per a donar més
visibilitat a concepcions alternatives del coneixement, la cultura i la
creativitat, diferents de la que insisteixen a imposar la indústria de l'oci
i les universitat neolliberalitzades.
Per què Barcelona
El gener de 2010 Espanya prendrà possessió de la Presidència de la Unió
Europea. El Govern Espanyol ha anunciat que un dels seus cavalls de batalla
serreforçar el control d'Internet i criminalitzar la cultura de la
distribució en l'ambient digital. Aquestes decisions tindran conseqüències a
la resta del món.
A més, en aquest context, institucions culturals a Barcelona estan signant
acords sobre l'accés a la cultura que serviran com models per a altres
institucions a Catalunya, Espanya i Europa.
El 29 d'Octubre d'enguany se celebrarà a Barcelona la segona edició del
Festival dels Oxcars, un esdeveniment internacional en defensa de la cultura
que demostra que existeixen altres canals de creació d'igual o major
qualitat que els tradicionals. L'edició passada dels Oxcars van ser un èxit,
comptant amb la participació de més de 2000 persones directament
interessades i amb la cobertura dels principals mitjans de comunicació (la
informació sobre els Oxcars de l'any
passat està disponible a:
Finalment, a l'estat Espanyol hi ha organitzacions, moviments molt actius i
persones relacionats amb la cultura lliure des de diferents perspectives,
que ofereixen un espai molt ric des del qual llançar un procés
internacional. En aquest sentit, des de diversos llocs del món, com durant
la celebració de l'últim Fòrum Social Mundial a Belem do Per (Brasil, Gener
de 2009) es reconeix la necessitat de crear espais internacionals per a
l'establiment d'una xarxa de coordinació i per a la creació d'un marc global
de la cultura i del coneixement lliures, des del qual analitzar similituds i
diferències entre iniciatives a diferents continents i desenvolupar agendes
comunes. El Fòrum de la cultura lliure de Barcelona vol crear aquest espai.
Els objectius principals del Fòrum són, d'una banda, construir xarxes per a
optimitzar els esforços dels diferents grups i compartir objectius per a
impedir que la indústria i els governs imposin la seva política de control i
restricció de la cultura i la informació; i per altra banda, organitzar-nos
per a construir infraestructures per a la cultura lliure.
El Fòrum tindrà lloc en tres dies que combinen diverses metododologies:
29 d'Octubre: Celebració del Festival de la cultura lliure – Oxcars
30 d'Octubre: Presentació d'experiències claus i inspiradores entorn 5 eixos
31 d'Octubre: Grups de treball al voltant de les qüestions clau del Fòrum.
1 de Novembre: Posada en comú dels resultats dels grups de treball.
Definició d'una agenda comuna i aprovació de manifests per temes.
Perspectives Legals i Accés dels Usuaris
Economies, Nous Models P2P i Sostenibilitat Distributiva
Educació i Accés al Coneixement
Lògica Organitzativa i Implicacions Polítiques de la Cultura Lliure
Programari Lliure i Estàndards Oberts: Filosofia hacker de Coneixement
Compartit i Eines d'Acció
COM PARTICIPAR EN LÍNEA AL FCFORUM???????
DURANT EL FCFORUM:
El Fcforum tindrà lloc del 29 d'Octubre al 1 de Novembre de 2009 (Barcelona
fuso horari). Pots consultar el programa d'activitats en
de the http//
accés a totes les vies de participació en línia i en viu llistades
Retransmissió en viu (streaming):
Festival dels oXcars (Oct 29 des de les 21h)
Fcforum (del Oct 30 al Nov 1)
Les conclusions principals i les idees que sorgisquen seran difoses a traves
de "microblogging". Els missatges seran difosos en castellà, català i
El Fcforum t'anima a usar Identi.ca perquè és un servei lliure però sinó
pots unir-te per Twitter en
En ambdós casos inclou '!fcf' als teus missatges perquè els arribe als demas
Pots unir-te també si vols al esdeveniment en Facebook
El wiki col.laboratiu de suport als grups de treball del fcforun es
DESPRÉS DEL FCFORUM:
Les gravacions estaran disponibles en
A més a més, i importantment, el Fcforum té com objectiu definir Manifestos
sobre cultura lliure i acordar una agenda d'acció comuna. Després del
Fcforum en http://www.fcforum.net<http://service.gmx.net/de/cgi/derefer?TYPE=3&DEST=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fcforum.…>podràs
comentar els resultats del forum i expressar la teva adhesió si així
Per a altres qüestions o consultar dubtes l'e-mail de contacte és: info(at)
Primer foro internacional de cultura libre y accesibilidad al conocimiento
(Barcelona del 29 de Octubre al 1 de November 2009): Participa online!!!
Del 29 de Octubre al 1 de Noviembre de 2009 se celebrará en Barcelona el
Foro internacional de la cultura y el conocimiento libres. El Foro
constituye una oportunidad única para reunir bajo el mismo techo las
principales organizaciones, iniciativas y voces activas en el mundo de la
cultura y el conocimeinto libres; un punto de encuentro donde trabajar
conjuntamente, construir agendas y estrategias comunes, así como
reflexionar, desde un punto de vista crítico, sobre las diversas visiones,
peligros y contradicciones internas a la cultura libre. Así mismo el foro es
una oportunidad para dar mayor visibilidad a concepciones alternativas del
conocimiento, la cultura y la creatividad, diferentes a la que la industria
del ocio y las universidades neoliberalizadas insisten en imponer.
Por qué Barcelona
En enero de 2010, España tomará posesión la Presidencia de la Unión Europea.
Gobierno Español ha anunciado que uno de sus buques insignia será reforzar
control de Internet y criminalizar la cultura de distribución en el ambiente
digital. Estas decisiones tendrán consecuencias en el resto del mundo.
en este contexto, instituciones culturales de Barcelona están firmando
sobre el acceso a la cultura que servirán como modelo para otras
en Cataluña, España y Europa.
El 29 de Octubre de este año se celebrará en Barcelona la segunda edición
Festival de los Oxcars, un acontecimiento internacional en defensa de la
que demuestra que existen otros canales de creación de igual o mayor calidad
los tradicionales. La edición pasada de los Oxcars fue un éxito, contando
participación de más de 2000 personas interesadas y la cobertura de los
de comunicación (la información sobre los Oxcars del año pasado está
Finalmente, en el Estado Español hay organizaciones, movimientos muy activos
personas relacionados con la cultura libre desde distintas perspectivas, que
ofrecen un espacio muy rico desde el que lanzar un proceso internacional. En
este sentido, desde varios lugares del mundo, como durante la celebración
último Foro Social Mundial en Belem do Para (Brasil, Enero de 2009) se
la necesitad de crear espacios internacionales para el establecimiento de
red de coordinación y para la creación de un marco global de la cultura y
conocimiento libres desde el que analizar similitudes y diferencias entre
iniciativas en diferentes continentes y desarrollar agendas comunes. El Foro
la cultura libre de Barcelona quiere crear tal espacio.
Los objetivos principales del Foro son, por una parte, construir redes para
optimizar los esfuerzos de los diferentes grupos y compartir objetivos para
impedir que la industria y los gobiernos impongan su politica de control y
restricción de la cultura y la información; y por otra parte, organizarnos
construir infraestructuras para la cultura libre.
El Foro tendrá lugar en tres días que combinan diversas metododologías:
29 de Octubre: Celebración del Festival de la cultura libre – Oxcars
30 de Octubre: Presentación de experiencias claves e inspiradoras en torno a
ejes de trabajo.
31 de Octubre: Grupos de trabajo alrededor de las cuestiones clave del Foro.
1 de Noviembre: Puesta en común de los resultados de los grupos de trabajo.
Definición de una agenda común y aprobación de manifiestos por temas.
Los Temas del Forum:
- Perspectivas Legales y Acceso de los Usuarios
- Economías, Nuevos Modelos P2P y Sostenibilidad Distributiva
- Educación y Acceso al Conocimiento
- Lógica Organizativa e Implicaciones Políticas de la Cultura Libre
- Software Libre y Estándares Abiertos: Filosofía Hacker de Conocimiento
Compartido y Herramientas de Acción
¿COMO PARTICIPAR ONLINE EN EL FCFORUM????
DURANTE EL FCFORUM:
El Fcforum tendrá lugar del 29 de Octubre al 1 de Noviembre de 2009
(Barcelona fuso horario). Puedes consultar el programa de actividades en
acceso a todas las vias de participacion online y en vivo listadas
Retransmisión en vivo (streaming):
Festival de los oXcars (Oct 29 - 21h)
Fcforum (del Oct 30 al Nov 1)
Las conclusiones principales y las ideas que surjan seran difundidas a
traves de "microblogging". Los mensajes seran difundidos en castellano,
catalan e inglés.
El Fcforum te anima a usar Identi.ca porque es un servicio libre pero sino
puedes unirte por Twitter en
En ambos casos añade '!fcf' a tus mensajes para que les llegue a los demas
Puedes unirte tambien si quieres alevento en Facebook
El wiki colaborativo de apoyo a los grupos de trabajo del fcforun está en
DESPUES DEL FCFORUM:
Las graaciones estaran disponibles en
Ademas, e importantemente, el Fcforum tiene como objetivo definir
Manifiestos sobre cultura libre y acordar una agenda de acción comun.
Despues del Fcforum en
comentar los resultados del forom y expresar tu adhesion si asi lo
Para otras cuestiones o consultar dudas el e-mail de contacto es: info(at)
«·´¨*·¸¸« Mayo Fuster Morell ».¸.·*¨`·»
Research Digital Commons Governance: http://www.onlinecreation.info
European University Institute - Phd Candidate
School of information Berkeley Visiting researcher
Phone Italy: 0039-3345440747 or 0039-0558409982
Phone Spanish State: 0034-648877748
Strategic Planning office hours are tonight, Wednesday, October 28,
from 04:00-05:00 UTC, which is: 9-10pm PDT, 12am-1am EDT.
We meet in #wikimedia-strategy on the freenode network. You can
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For more information about IRC clients, go to the Wikipedia entry on
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Hope to see you there!
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Forwarded to the list per request.
The message pertains to her initial inquiry of November 2008:
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From: dee dee <strategicdesign2001(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: Have you dealt with this Systemic Secretive Checkuser Abuse
yet? If so, how?
To: Ryan Lomonaco <wiki.ral315(a)gmail.com>
It is 2 simple but important issues: the supportive details are all included
in this email.
Here is the current and past practice in a nutshell as expressed by one of
the former Regular contributors:
"* The vast majority of checkuser requests are, and always have been,
performed quietly and without a request at RFCU. Frivolous requests are
routinely rejected through these back-channels, and no more information is
given than would be given at RFCU. Why is this a problem? <b>[[User
Talk:JzG|Guy]]</b> <small>([[User:JzG/help|Help!]])</small> 18:14, 1
December 2007 (UTC)
Issue 1: The official and public description of CheckUser lays out a
transparent process for justifying when and how it may be used. In practice,
it is often used in secret and quick "back door" process. First issue is
the misrepresentation to the public and all contributors as to how and when
Checkuser may be used.
Issue 2: Whether it is ethical or democratic to be using this "back channel"
I suppose another issue is why it has been so difficult to get the
Foundation to address the matter.
When you make a dumb survey, answers will be dumb, as well as conclusions.
I am really frustrated with that survey... I wanted to help with my
responses, but it seems that I am inside of unknown percentage of
Wikimedia Commons users and contributors which doesn't fit into the
So, let's start...
1. Yes, I am using Commons regularly.
2. There are many goals when I look for free media files on Commons
and I can't say which one is primary.
3. I am participating in Wikimedia Commons sometimes.
* 100-1000 edits
* 100-1000 uploads (actually I don't have a clue how to find that fact
* I don't have a clue which percentage are my own works, let's say 10-50%
* And the winner: What is my reason to participate? And there is no
*my* reason, even Commons is the free content project? No reason to
* Then, no possibility to say that I am definitely not working on
"quality review, improvement & promotion of featured works"; just
"rarely"; as well as that I didn't upload any animation. BTW, all
types of my participation on Commons are rare.
And, instead of doing that in a couple of minutes, I've spent 30
minutes in writing this email.
I really don't know which answers such survey is able to give? How
many Commons participants have less than 100 edits? SQL queries may be
If it is for making some decisions, it is better not to use the
results because survey may give very wrong conclusions. If it is for
some student work, it may be better.
I don't want to say that it is possible to make a perfect survey.
However, this one has ~50% of not so bright questions and/or options.
Yes, there are options for "other" answers, but such answers will be
not so informative (cf. my second answer) or they would be narrative
and it won't be easy to categorize them. Those who don't want to
bother themselves with "other" option will give wrong answers.
Some brainstorming with other Wikimedians could help. It is better to
have relevant than fast answers and conclusions.
As I believe I have noted several times on this list and elsewhere in
the Wikimediasphere, I'm a professional marketing research
practitioner, with over 17 years of experience, currently at a Fortune
100 company, who has designed and executed upwards of 1,500 different
survey questionnaires. I was not consulted on this project, though I
would have made myself available on a gratis basis.
However, Guillaume Paumier has spent considerable time honing his
skills at dismissing my credibility, and this particular survey came
out botched. The questionnaire does very little, perhaps nothing, to
really "help us improve the usability of Commons and the upload
process on Wikimedia projects" as its stated goal would indicate.
some new initiatives with the chapters.
As one of editers who are interested in founding Korean local chapter, I hope you could add more forces with us.
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보낸 사람: Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org>
보낸 날짜: 2009년 10월 24일 토요일 오전 9:03
받는 사람: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
제목: [Foundation-l] Welcome Moka Pantages to the Foundation!
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of announcing the addition of
Moka Pantages to the Foundation staff. We've been busy with all-staff
meetings, so I haven't had a chance to share this news with you
earlier. Moka will report to me, here at our offices in San
Francisco. She'll be taking on some specific communications projects,
supporting staff on their communications needs, and hopefully leading
some new initiatives with the chapters. You may start seeing her name
on the lists and on the WMF blog as well.
Moka is new to the San Francisco Bay Area, previously living in Seoul,
South Korea where she worked for the Seoul Broadcasting Service as a
Program Manager while completing her MA at Yonsei University. Prior
to her move to Seoul, she lived in Seattle and Austin, Texas while
working with Porter Novelli, a multinational public relations agency
based in New York. Moka is originally from the DC/Metro area where
she graduated from the University of Maryland, and began her career in
communications working at a local NGO, the Black Leadership Council
for Excellence, and as an intern on Capitol Hill with Senator Barbra
Join me in welcoming Moka!
Head of Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
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