I just wanted to let you know that this Friday at 17:00 UTC, our General
Counsel Geoff Brigham and his team will be in #wikimedia-office to talk
about work in the legal department.
If you haven't checked the log from the first legal office hours where he
discussed legal strategy in general, I highly recommend doing so. :) As
usual, time conversion links and other particulars are on Meta.
Thanks, and hopefully we'll talk to you later in the week.
Every month, there's a meeting at the Wikimedia Foundation offices
(with remote call-in) where we review recent metrics and activities in
the different departments for the previous month. Starting with the
meeting covering January, which took place on February 2, we are now
capturing these meetings on video.
You can see the video capture for the most recent meeting here:
Going forward, we will simply link to these videos from the monthly
report and not announce it separately.
Note that I've uploaded the highest resolution copy, which clocks in
at 1.9G (this should allow you to see pretty well what's going on on
the screen). This is inconvenient for streaming unless you have a very
good connection, so I recommend downloading. In future, videos will be
automatically transcoded to multiple resolutions, but if you'd like to
make a lower resolution copy available for the interim, it's
Feel free to respond in this thread if you have any questions about
the contents of the meeting. Generally the structure is as follows,
interspersed with questions, discussion and lawyer jokes:
* Erik, Garfield and Gayle walk through impact, finance and HR
* Department heads give updates about their respective areas
* Sue closes with some final words, typically referring to recent
events or organizational priorities
VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
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We are pleased to formally announce the launch of the following new
Wikimedia India Portals:
http://wikimedia.in/ - The new landing page will be the gateway to the
various Project pages and Wikis.
http://wiki.wikimedia.in The public wiki is now revamped with an all-new
look and lots of information. Feel free to add more information to the
http://members.wikimedia.in Wiki for India Chapter Members
http://blog.wikimedia.in/ Wikimedia India Blog - to post a blog, contact
Arjuna Rao Chavala or Tinu Cherian
We are pleased to introduce the following new Wikimedia Project gateways
for the various Indic languages:
The planned landing page for http://wikipedia.in is available
Efforts are currently underway to obtain control of a few more important
domains and announcements will be made as and when we get them. We
sincerely believe this initiative will help drive more traffic to Indic
language Wikimedia Projects.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Wikimedia CH /
Switzerland Chapter and Manuel Schneider (Wikimedia CH / Switzerland) for
hosting our websites and portals at no cost.
A number of people need to be thanked, who helped in the this initiative.
Rajesh K Oayanchal who designed the portals and Jyothis E who gave his
webspace for the testing purposes. Anirudh, Noopur Raval, ,Surya,
Radhakrishna, Omshivaprakash, Debanjan, Saroj, Swaroop, Abhishek
Suryawanshi and others have helped in translations .
Tanvir Rahman , Tinu Cherian and Arun Ram helped in revamping the public
We hope that you will find these portals useful and informative.
Please do get back to us with your feedback and suggestions.
Wikimedia India Chapter
The Wikimedia chapters are seeking to appoint two candidates to sit on the
Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees for two years, starting 1 July
2012. The two new members of the board will help to decide the future
direction of the world’s leading non-profit website. Wikimedia project are
constructed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide, supported by
a growing number of staff and an international network of chapters. Board
membership is unpaid.
The chapters wish to appoint two excellent board members and believe this
can best be achieved by selecting from a large number of varied and skilled
candidates. Therefore, the chapters call for nominations by everyone who
believes they or someone they know would be suitable. The chapters ask that
this call for candidates be distributed as widely as possible through such
forums as mailing lists, village pumps, and blogs.
The successful candidates will be committed to the Wikimedia mission and
willing and able to engage constructively with the stakeholders of the
movement, including the volunteers and the chapters that provide it with
essential support. The successful candidates will have:
- The ability to provide expertise to the board in its goal of
implementing a coherent vision on how the projects’ communities, the
foundation, the chapters, and other affiliated groups work together;
- Sensitivity to complex issues surrounding the multiplicity of
languages, cultures, and jurisdictions served by the foundation’s projects;
- Knowledge and understanding of the governance of international
non-profit organizations, balancing autonomy and subsidiarity;
- The ability to think strategically and to work both as part of a team
- A good standard of written and oral English (fluency in additional
language would be well regarded);
- Sufficient time to devote to the role of board member, and the ability
and willingness to travel.
Increasing the geographical diversity of current board membership would be
The selection process is set out
Nominations must be sent to the moderator Béria Lima (Wikimedia Portugal)
and deputy moderators Milos Rancic (Wikimedia Serbia) and Mardetanha
(Wikimedia steward from Iran) by 23:59 UTC, 29 February. If you would like
to nominate yourself or someone else, please see the instructions here:
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government pays me and other scientists to produce work, and we give it
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to which a commercial or nonprofit publisher has made or has entered into
an arrangement to make a value-added contribution, including peer review
or editing, but does not include progress reports or raw data outputs
routinely required to be created for and submitted directly to a funding
agency in the course of research."