Hey everyone :)
We'll be doing another office hour on IRC for all things Wikidata on April
12th at 4PM UTC.
I'll give an overview of what's been happening over the past 3 months and
give an update on what's coming up. We'll have time for questions as well.
If you have any topics you'd like to bring up please let me know. As always
there will be logs for people who can't attend.
Hope to see many of you there.
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
My spontaneous reaction, like others in the Election Committee, when
informed of Dennys resignation was to think a byelection, soon in time,
would be the "natural" way to fill the empty seat. This is how it has
been done earlier (even if now some years back) and while the
appointment of Maria after James had support of existing (informal?)
thinking ("if the Board reject any of the elected three, as they are
entitled to do, they should appoint at No 4") , no such thinking has
existed to support appoint no 5 in case of a resignation.
But the more I think the more hesitant I become, and also taking into
account the (excellent) feedback in the thread "what can we learn" that
at least to me give a feeling the election process for community
election can be adjusted (without need making it more complicated) so
that a situation like this in the future would be resolved without any
need of byelection.
*Draws a lot a resources from WMF
*Draws a lot of resources from the Election Committee. While almost all
in out internal discussion is willing to support a byelection (even
among the ones not interested to stay on in a standing EC) , we are
fewer then for last election. Greg has resigned as some others.
*Draws a lot on energy from the community. Think of all banners that was
put up and even at some time dedicated e-mails being sent out, just the
translation was a huge effort as such
I also want to highlight that that I can see risks in running a byelection
*what if we are not able to live up to the demands of process quality
and the elections legitimacy will become disputed?
*what if we wear out the community motivation to participate in
community election, could it make next ordinary election in less the a
year less successful?
*what if the process as such reopens earlier traumas in the movement
(like James re the Board issue)?
So while not "ruling out" a byelection, I believe we should not go for
that option without thoroughly considering other option for filling the
seat. There can be other alternative then look for no 5 in last election
and we should remember it is only to fill a seat for less then a year,
is a bylection an overkill for what it can resolve?
Thank you Patricio for the update.
Where or how is the best way for the community to solicit suggestions about
making these new appointments. On meta?
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration
On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM, Patricio Lorente <patricio.lorente(a)gmail.com
> As many of you already know, Denny Vrandečić has announced his resignation
> from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, effective today, April
> 8th. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Denny for his service to
> the movement and to the Wikimedia Foundation. We wish him the best during
> his wikibreak, and look forward to seeing him on the projects and around
> the movement.
> When Denny informed the Board that he was stepping down, we began to
> consider how we would move forward. We recognize the importance of filling
> the two vacancies on the Board, and would like to proceed in a way that
> respects the will of the community and responds to existing Board needs.
> The Board will be meeting in Berlin during the Wikimedia Conference on
> April 22nd and 23rd - during this time we will discuss how we should fill
> the open community-nominated and appointed Trustee seats.
> I look forward to sharing more information with you in late April.
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Forward on behalf of Kelly Battles.
Hello All -
My name is Kelly Bodnar Battles and I am honored to have joined the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees in January of this year.
Professionally, I am a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and a material part of my near term Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Board responsibilities will be to chair the Audit Committee. Currently, the voting members of the Audit Committee are myself, Alice Wiegand, María Sefidari and Denny Vrandečić. WMF’s CFO and Treasurer Jaime Villagomez is also an important stakeholder on this committee as well.
As you may know, we have the precedent of having non-voting members (please see role definition below) from outside the board participate in the Audit Committee as well. Toward that end, I would like to:
- First and foremost, thank Matt Bisanz, Michael Snow, Abhijith Jayanthi, Ben Creasy and Florian Gerl for participating in this committee as non-voting members in the recent past.
- Request that if you are interested (or know of other volunteers in the community who may be interested) in serving in this capacity for this next cycle (from selection through June 2017), please send to me at this email address (kbattles(a)wikimedia.org <mailto:email@example.com>) your resume, the top 3 reasons why you want to do this and the top 3 things you will add to the Audit Committee.
- Propose the following steps and timeline for the selection process:
- Candidates submit their interest and the above information to me no later than April 15
- The Audit Committee will interview top 4 candidates by May 10
- The Audit Committee will select the top 2 candidate by May 15
- Selected candidates join the Audit committee by June 1 and attend July Audit Committee meeting
- Outline the following important preferences for candidates interested in this role:
- 5+ years of operational finance and or accounting experience
- Solid understanding of the mission and operations of WMF
- Prior executive or board experience
- CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or MBA (Masters in Business Administration), or equivalent earned
- Capacity to commit an estimated 20-30 hours annually to attend both quarterly and other ad-hoc meetings, prepare or review required materials, and interact with committee, staff and/or board as required.
Once again, I am thrilled to be part of this amazing organization. Thank you for the warm welcome I have received so far.
See link for Audit Committee charter
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