It’s my pleasure to announce that James Forrester is joining our San
Francisco office as a Technical Product Analyst, supporting the Visual
Editor team. James started his work as a remote contractor yesterday
and will be joining us in San Francisco later this year as a staff
James will help prioritize the short term and long term work log on
the Visual Editor, conduct user research, and incorporate community
feedback into the development process.
As many of you know, James is a long-time Wikimedian. He started
contributing to English Wikipedia in October 2002, and was a founding
member of their Arbitration Committee. He was also the movement’s
volunteer Chief Research Officer, helping shepherd the predecessor of
what is today the Research Committee, has for years been the
“gopher-in-chief” at the Wikimania community conferences, and helped
found Wikimedia UK in 2005.
James joins us following a successful career in the UK government,
where he implemented key open access and open government initiatives.
Most recently, he was the acting Head of data.gov.uk, and then the
Digital Engagement Policy Lead in the Government Digital Service, both
at the Cabinet Office. James holds a Masters of Engineering in
Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
Beyond technology, James has strong interests in international
politics, physics, communications, economics, law, the constitutional
history of Britain, and education.
Please join me in welcoming James!
I can not help (I am optimistic with lot's of faith :))
Does the fellowship status implies that the WMF pays for health or
retirement benefits (as it would for a staff member) or does the fellow
receive a lump sum and manages by himself to pay for taxes and benefits
depending on the country he lives in (as would a contractor) ?
Does the fellowship status implies that, should the fellow get in
trouble, he would be considered "staff" (in terms of liability) or is he
on his own ? (which in my terms would be "if as staff", he is covered by
WMF insurance versus "if as contractor", he has to pay insurance by
On 5/17/12 5:32 PM, Siko Bouterse wrote:
> It is my great pleasure to introduce two new Community Fellows in the
> Wikimedia Fellows Program: Tanvir Rahman and Steven Zhang.
> Tanvir Rahman is a Wikimedian who serves the movement locally and
> globally, both on- and off-wiki. Tanvir has been an active editor of
> Bengali Wikipedia since 2009, he holds administrator rights on
> multiple projects and he was elected a steward in 2011. He also
> volunteers on the Small Wiki Monitoring Team, the Countervandalism
> Network, as an OTRS agent, and is a translator for translatewiki.
> Tanvir helped found Wikimedia Bangladesh and organizes local outreach
> activities to raise awareness for Wikimedia and bring new editors to
> the projects.
> In his fellowship project, Tanvir will be experimenting with on-wiki
> strategies to encourage and grow the editing community on small
> language versions of Wikipedia, with specific focus on the Bengali
> Wikipedia. Smaller projects have different needs and challenges than
> the large language communities and may require different approaches to
> engage with editors. By focusing on a community like Bengali
> Wikipedia, which has about 50 active editors per month and sees 10 new
> editors per month, Tanvir hopes to learn more about the basic editing
> infrastructure needed to encourage new editors in new or small-scale
> Steven Zhang is a Wikipedian with a passion for resolving on-wiki
> disputes and helping others do the same. He has been contributing to
> the English Wikipedia since 2008 and has been particularly active in
> dispute resolution forums, including the Wikipedia Mediation Cabal.
> Steven is studying a Certificate IV in Mediation at Open Colleges, and
> over the past year he has made it his mission as a volunteer to
> recruit more editors to join dispute resolution efforts. In 2011, he
> helped create the dispute resolution notice board, an entry point for
> mediating disputes on the English Wikipedia. Steven has noted that
> there aren’t enough active participants to resolve all of the disputes
> that arise on Wikipedia each day, and he believes that dispute
> resolution processes could be streamlined to make them more accessible
> and efficient to all editors who need them.
> For his fellowship project, Steven will be analyzing community
> feedback and dispute resolution activity in order to build a deeper
> understanding of what is effective and what needs improvement in the
> current systems. He will also be developing a guide for new editors
> who want to get involved in resolving on-wiki disputes.
> Steven and Tanvir will be documenting their work on-wiki and on the
> Foundation blog. You can learn more about their projects and how to
> get involved by visiting:
> Welcome, Tanvir and Steven!
I am pleased to announce that Tilman Bayer has officially joined the Wikimedia Foundation's Global Development team as Senior Operations Analyst focused on movement communications starting this week. He has just relocated to SF after receiving his work visa.
As most of you will be aware, Tilman has been working in the communications team focusing on movement communications since last July, as a remote contractor based in Germany. He has been instrumental in the enhancement to our monthly reporting, continued improvement to our blogging and the development of our last annual report among other things. Tilman and Dario Taraborelli co-founded and continues to edit the monthly Wikimedia research newsletter. In particular, I'd like to highlight his work to get our reports translated, so that they are more accessible for the whole community.
In his new role as a staff member, Tilman will continue to work closely with the communications team in support of the whole foundation team, e.g. working on the WMF blog, editing the WMF monthly reports and annual report, and developing multi-lingual communications solutions . His role will now include the analysis of quantitative data and other research to understand and address movement communication challenges. He will work on projects to improve our communications systems in partnership with other groups in the Foundation. He will report to me for the short term, but will transition to reporting to our soon to be announced Director, Global Learning and Grantmaking.
As User:HaeB, Tilman has been active in both the German and English Wikipedia since 2003. He was a checkuser on the German Wikipedia for half a decade, and until joining WMF last year was the editor-in-chief of the Wikipedia Signpost, the English Wikipedia's community newsletter. He holds degrees in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and the University of Bonn.
Please join me in welcoming Tilman to the Wikimedia Foundation team in San Francisco.
Chief Global Development Officer
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On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM, Béria Lima <berialima(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Cross posting
> *Béria Lima*
> *Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter
> livre acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. Ajude-nos a
> construir esse sonho. <http://wikimedia.pt/Donativos>*
> On 18 May 2012 00:12, Béria Lima <berialima(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello!
> > We have a result! The polls closed a few hours ago and I've already
> > counted the votes. The chapters have, by voting, selected the following
> > candidates to serve on the WMF board:
> > * Patricio Lorente
> > * Alice Wiegand
> > *Patricio Lorente* (User:Patricio.lorente) is the current President of
> > Wikimedia Argentina. He had worked as Project Manager of the Association
> > for Social Development in Argentina. At present, he serves as General
> > ProSecretary of the National University of La Plata.
> > *Alice Wiegand* (User:Lyzzy) is an IT specialist for system
> > administration in the public sector. She currently run the IT department
> > a German municipality with 450 PC workstations. In April she will start
> > Master’s studies in Public Policy and Governance.
> > I also would like to thanks Arne and Phoebe for the job they did over the
> > last two and half years, all the candidates for all the work they put
> > the elections and everyone who participated in the process by nominating
> > a candidate, asking questions of candidates or taking part in your
> > chapter's decision on who to vote for.
> > I commend this result to the board and urge them to approve it.
> > Regards,
> > *
> > Béria Lima*
> > Moderator
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livre acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. Ajude-nos a
construir esse sonho. <http://wikimedia.pt/Donativos>*
On 18 May 2012 00:12, Béria Lima <berialima(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> We have a result! The polls closed a few hours ago and I've already
> counted the votes. The chapters have, by voting, selected the following
> candidates to serve on the WMF board:
> * Patricio Lorente
> * Alice Wiegand
> *Patricio Lorente* (User:Patricio.lorente) is the current President of
> Wikimedia Argentina. He had worked as Project Manager of the Association
> for Social Development in Argentina. At present, he serves as General
> ProSecretary of the National University of La Plata.
> *Alice Wiegand* (User:Lyzzy) is an IT specialist for system
> administration in the public sector. She currently run the IT department of
> a German municipality with 450 PC workstations. In April she will start her
> Master’s studies in Public Policy and Governance.
> I also would like to thanks Arne and Phoebe for the job they did over the
> last two and half years, all the candidates for all the work they put into
> the elections and everyone who participated in the process by nominating
> a candidate, asking questions of candidates or taking part in your
> chapter's decision on who to vote for.
> I commend this result to the board and urge them to approve it.
> Béria Lima*
Dear Chapter Leaders,
As you may have heard last week, our team at The Bridgespan Group is seeking information on the Wikimedia movement's current and future funding needs. This information will be used to develop recommendations for the Wikimedia Board of Trustees on the Funds Dissemination Committee.
We would appreciate your help answering the following survey by Friday, May 25th: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Chapter_Financ… .
Estimates you make of future Chapter funding needs are not binding - this data will be used for general planning purposes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or to Asaf Bartov at the Foundation.
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This is to inform those interested that User:Prad2609 and I have written a report on WCI 2011 which is public on meta . A warning on queries; we probably wont answer those since Prad2609 has unsubscribed from all Wikipedia mailing lists and retired and Iv got other priorities myself.
Once again, we thank all those involved with WCI 2011 and thank the Indian Community which responsible for making it a resounding success.