Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, I write to
confirm that the board has approved  the full slate of the FDC’s Round 2
2016-2017 recommendations  for the Annual Plan Grants. We also have
taken good note of the FDC recommendations concerning the Wikimedia
Foundation's annual plan. In this round, 4 organizations will be receiving
a total of roughly US $1,605,000. Grants are made in local currency, so the
USD figure is approximate.
One entity appealed to the Board about the recommendations of the FDC. The
Board has carefully considered the appeal. After considering all of the
information, the Board decided not to override the recommendations of the
FDC, and separately responded to the appeal in more depth.
The Board wants to thank the Funds Dissemination Committee members and
staff for the time and effort they have put into this process, as well as
all members of the community who have participated in this round of review,
analysis and deliberations. We appreciate that so many Wikimedians have
contributed to this participatory process, and we value those efforts.
Thank you to all the organizations who submitted proposals in this round,
and for the work that the volunteers and staff of these organizations have
put in to further our movement’s mission.
Volunteers are at the heart of the Funds Dissemination Committee. We are
lucky to have a committee comprised of nine dedicated community members who
give a lot of their time and energy into making this funding program a
reality. We thank you all for your work this year.
Five of the members of the FDC have terms that have ended this year. I want
to thank Itzik Edri (User:Itzike) and Michael Peel (User:Mike Peel) for
their years of service to this committee and congratulate (Michał
Buczyński (User:Aegis Maelstrom), Lorenzo Losa (User:Laurentius), and Liam
Wyatt (User:Wittylama) for their reelection. I also welcome back Osmar
Valdebenito to the FDC and welcome Katherine Bavage as a first timer on the
FDC and congratulate them both for being elected. The Board is looking
forward to working with you.
Dariusz Jemielniak (“pundit”), on behalf of the WMF Board of Trustees
*Summary: The summary of the Cycle 2 discussions is now online.*
A summary of the Cycle 2 discussions has been posted on Meta-Wiki.
Please review the summaries, they’re really informative! In the
meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the things you said during this
most recent cycle:
Australian Community participants said we can only create a trusted source
of knowledge if we are a good community. They also discussed problems
dealing with new users, and more appropriate help in starting editing.
Some participants in the Wikimedia Chile Strategy meetup believed that
without healthy and inclusive communities, content will become “impossible
and irrelevant”. Marco Correa Pérez, Wikimedia Chile President, and the
language liaison for the Spanish community, also spoke about this event
during our monthly metrics and activities meeting earlier today.
Members of the Wikimedians of Korea User Group talked about improving human
translation capabilities, the environment for multimedia uploading,
understanding cultural diversity, and mobile editing.
On the French Wikipedia discussion participants think we should involve
experts to improve the verifiability of content, stop “confronting” humans
against machines. They believe that if we want Wikimedia to be a force in
the broader knowledge ecosystem, Wikimedia must partner with institutional
actors to build legitimacy.
We will be starting Cycle 3 in the next few days. In addition to the
community and organized group discussions, we have hosted conversations
with more than 150 experts and partners or potential partners. We have also
been conducting research in both countries where Wikimedia is well known,
and those regions where we are not.
This final cycle is dedicated to considering the findings from these
conversations with experts and independent research. We want to consider
the challenges and opportunities that have been identified, and how we may
want to evolve in response to changes in the world around us.
These conversations, along the results from cycles 1 and 2, will be used by
the drafting group to write the draft strategic direction, which will be
available for your review in August.
*On a related note*
We are in the middle of a holiday week in the United States, and as a
result some Foundation staff are enjoying time off with family and friends.
Responses may be a bit delayed as a result. I wish everyone enjoying
holidays have a safe, restful, and joyful time away!
Bene habeas (Latin translation: “May it be well for you”)
PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.
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The Wiki Education Foundation's draft annual report for 2016–17 and draft
annual plan for 2017–18 is now available on Meta:
This marks the first time that Wiki Ed staff have solicited Wikimedia
community comments and questions on our draft. We're doing so this year
based on conversations with members of the Simple APG Committee. As you can
see in our plan, Wiki Ed intends to enter the FDC process this fall. During
the review process from the Simple APG committee this spring, committee
members raised concerns about a lack of opportunity for comments on Wiki
Ed's draft annual plans. While we always publish our board-approved annual
plan on our website, we haven't offered a draft for comments in the past.
In an effort to be more transparent and respond to the Simple APG
committee's feedback, I've posted the draft of the annual plan on Meta and
invite comments and questions from the broader Wikimedia community on the
draft talk page. Comments made prior to May 28 will be taken into account
when Wiki Ed staff prepare a final version of the plan for the board to
As with all nonprofits, our board is the final decision-maker on our annual
Director of Programs; Deputy Director
Wiki Education Foundation
REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.
On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM, Lena Traer <ltraer(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
> place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC
> channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
> broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
> During the June metrics meeting, we'll hear from community members and
> staff on their experiences with the movement strategy process so far. We’ll
> hear more about research findings related to the process, community-led
> strategy events and conversations, and next steps for how you can engage in
> the movement strategy process moving forward.
> Meeting agenda:
> * Welcomes, theme introduction
> * Movement update
> * Community conversations around movement strategy
> * New Voices research findings from movement strategy
> * Strategy next steps
> * Questions and discussion
> * Wikilove
> Please review
> for further information about the meeting and how to participate.
> We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
> Thank you,
>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6nIP4VFIi8
> Lena Traer
> Project Assistant // Communications // Advancement
> Wikimedia Foundation
1-31 July, Wikimedia Sverige and UNESCO co-arranges the second competition
as part of the Connected Open Heritage
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Connected_Open_Heritage> project. The
competition, called the COH Challenge
focus on adding great, new images to articles about cultural heritage
uploaded as part of the project.
As part of the COH project, more than 12,000 images have been uploaded on
The goal is thus to make sure that these images are used on Wikipedia. To
ensure a qualitative approach, only 5 images per article (with image
captions) will be awarded points. Twice the points are awarded if the
article with the added image is also improved.
Some of you may recall the previous competition, the UNESCO Challenge,
where the focus was on improving articles! The results were great. 96 users
registered, and more than 8 million bytes of data were created. We hope
that many of you wish to take part in this competition as well. Just as
last time, nice prizes are awarded to the winners.
+46 (0) 765 55 50 95
Recently the review for the Wikidata conference grant application has
started, and I have complained that the funds allocated are insuficient to
cover the needs of the grants. The requested amount for the grants was
36,000 EUR, but in my opinion that should be at least 72,000 EUR.
I have the feeling that the WMF is sitting on a pile of money just giving
breadcrumbs to the community, and the community has to suffer in silence
about this stinginess.
What can we do as a community to request with a clear voice the funds that
Why are there two standards? One standard seems to be that everything that
the WMF needs to allocate can go unsupervised, whereas another standard
seems to apply to community activities where every penny is so supervised
that it becomes a pain in the ass to organize anything big.
The Wikidata Conference needs more funds to be a success and I think that
in the grand scheme of things, the money requested is just peanuts compared
to the money that the WMF has collected from donors.
If things have to be done well, then the community has every right to claim
the money from the donors. The WMF has no right to appropriate that money
and use it as a hammer to sabotage events that could have a real impact
like the Wikidata Conference.
I request that the amount of funds allocated for grants to be increased
from 36,000 eur to 72,000 eur, and this is an informed request that I
perform both as a community member and as a member of the Wikidata
Conference Grants Committee.
The link to my complaint can be found here:
The link to the Wikidata Conference Grants Commitee can be found here:
I hope to have some feedback about this complaint. Thank you,
TLDR: If you are an experienced editor on any Wikimedia project in any
language, please add your ideas here:
In more detail:
Continuing some recent discussions from Phabricator, Wikimedia
Hackathon, and Wikimedia Developers Summit, I'd like to ask the wider
community of editors in all projects:
Which templates could be useful for all Wikimedia projects, or at least for
A lot of templates are replicated manually, and it's a problem that is
well-known to all experienced editors. If there was a technology that
allows templates to be more conveniently globally managed, which templates
would you adapt to this technology first?
I started a list at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Which_templates_should_be_global . Please
continue it! I'm very interested to hear from all projects and languages,
not only the big Wikipedias, so spread the word.
 For example https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T159334
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
I hope that everything is going well at your end.
I think this contest is doing REALLY well and was wondering if you would
like us to feature it on the Wikimedia blog. If you are interested, I can
start drafting something after getting some information/quotes from you
and/or other lead organizers/participants. Also, if you prefer to write, we
will be happy to publish something written in your words.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts.
On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 11:28 PM, Anna Torres <de(a)wikimedia.org.ar> wrote:
> Dear all,
> On behalf of Iberocoop, we would like to invite you to participate to our
> anual translating contest regarding the Ibero-American culture. The contest
> aims to improve the presence of our culture far beyond our borders as a way
> to improve the diverse and quality content in other Wikipedias.
> You can find the contest page here
> Please spread the word!
> We hope to seeing you participating :)
> Anna Torres Adell
> Directora Ejecutiva
> *A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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This Board was fomed in 2007 to advise the Wikimedia Foundation, and was
required to be renewed annually. No resolution was made to do so in 2015,
so by the beginning of 2016 it had lapsed. This status is reflected at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Advisory_Board but the corresponding page
at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Advisory_Board is seriously out of
date (it was written when the board was still in existence). Just about a
year ago, Dariusz assured me that "it is one of the BGC's priorities to
revise and re-ignite the Advisory Board" and indeed the BGC minutes for
April published a couple of days ago at
show that the BGC took a paper (not made public) from Dariusz on the
subject and agreed to "submit a formal proposal to the Board". No Board
resoultion on the subject has yet been published.
Rather confusingly, shortly after the BGC meeting, Florence wrote a page
recording the Advisory Board's opinions on matters arising in the current
movement strategy process. So it would seem that within a fortnight of the
BGC meeting, an entity called the Advisory Board was already in existence
What is the status of the Avisory Board? Has it been reconstiuted, and if
so, when, and who are its new members? If it has not been reconstituted,
what is the status of Florence's record? If and when the Advisory Board is
reconstituted, will input from the Community for potential members be
welcome, and if so how will it be gathered? Once the Board is in operation
again, is it expected that it will interact with the Community, and if so,
what will the mechanism be for that interaction.
This is a reminder that the Wikimedia Language team's office hour is
happening later today (details at the end).
Please note, our agenda has been updated and today we will have a guest
speaker from the Tamil Wikipedia - Ravishankar A
who will talk about a campaign
written in Tamil) that is currently underway to create new articles of high
quality using Content Translation. The Tamil community also has a help page
and a video
written in Tamil) to help new users learn the tool.
Do let me know if you would like to join in the discussion via our hangout.
You can also ask questions over IRC (check the details below) or over email.
== Details ==
# Event: Wikimedia Language team's office hour session
# When: June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) at 13:00 UTC (check local time
# Where: IRC #wikimedia-office (Freenode) and
- Ravishankar A from Tamil Wikipedia talks about a state-wide
translation campaign using Content Translation.
- Updates from the Language team and Q & A.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Runa Bhattacharjee <rbhattacharjee(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM
Subject: WMF Language team office hour and online meeting on June 27, 2017
(Tuesday) at 1300 UTC
To: MediaWiki internationalisation <mediawiki-i18n(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia
developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimedia & GLAM
collaboration [Public]" <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The next online office hour session of the Wikimedia Language team is
scheduled for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 13:00 UTC. This will be an open
session to talk about Wikimedia Language projects.
This session is going to be an online discussion over Google
Hangouts/Youtube with a simultaneous IRC conversation. Due to the
limitation of Google Hangouts, only a limited number of participation slots
are available. Hence, do please let us know in advance if you would like to
join in the Hangout. The IRC channel will be open for interactions during
Our last online round-table session was held in March 2017. You can watch
the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DWXTRl5ZEk
Please read below for the event details, including local time, youtube
session links and do let us know if you have any questions.
== Details ==
# Event: Wikimedia Language team's office hour session
# When: June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) at 13:00 UTC (check local time
# Where: IRC #wikimedia-office (Freenode) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Updates from the Language team and Q & A.
Language Engineering Manager
Language Engineering Manager