I'm writing with information about the Ombuds Commission (OC), the small
group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the
Oversight tools, on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees.
I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)
The application period for new commissioners for 2019 recently closed. The
Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.
As with last year, this year’s OC will consist of eight members, with a
two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission and also, if
necessary, fill in in the event that a Commission member is unable to act
due to incapacity or recusal.
I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2019 OC:
Amanda has been editing Wikipedia since 2009, when she made her first edits
to English Wikipedia. Since then, she has served as an administrator,
checkuser, oversighter, member of the Arbitration Committee, and
Arbitration Committee clerk. She also helps to develop the Unblock Ticket
Request System (UTRS) and Account Creation Tool (ACC) used by English
Habib started editing in 2010 and has been heavily engaged in community
affairs, both onwiki and as part of user groups, for years. A native of
Tunisia, he has been a free-culture advocate on a wide range of issues in
and beyond the movement. Onwiki, you can mainly find him helping out on
Commons, where he is a sysop, as well as the Arabic and French language
editions of Wikipedia. He has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Edilson has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2013. He is
primarily active on the Portuguese Wikipedia, where he is a checkuser,
oversighter, and administrator.
Elmacenderesi has been working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily
on the Turkish Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat
since 2008 and an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia
OTRS and serves as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic
institutions and GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library. He has served on the
Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Carlos, currently editing as user:Galahad, has been contributing to
Wikimedia Projects since 2009. He is a member of Wikimedia Venezuela and
Wikimedistas de Perú User Group. He primarily contributes to
Spanish-language projects including Spanish Wikipedia and Spanish
Wikivoyage. He has been an administrator and bureaucrat of Spanish
Wikivoyage since 2013.
Jamie Tubers <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jamie_Tubers>
Sam, who edits as Jamie Tubers, joined the English language Wikipedia
community in 2011 and has over the years expanded his activities into a
wide range of movement activities including co-founding the Wikimedia user
group Nigeria and helping to organize events like Wiki Loves Africa and
Wiki Loves Women. He is dedicated to correcting our content gaps and biases
related to Africa and raising awareness of the projects on the continent.
He also just kickstarted a project called "The AfroCine Project" which is a
wikiproject dedicated to encouraging the contribution of content that
relates to the cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African
countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects. He
has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Emufarmers has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2005. He is a
Metapedian who primarily edits the English Wikipedia; he is also a
bureaucrat and sysop on MediaWiki.org, and has provided software support to
many third-party, non-Wikimedia wikis over the years. He has served as an
OTRS administrator since 2015.
Rupika has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2015. She is the
co-founder of Punjabi Wikipedians. A free knowledge advocate, she edits
primarily on Punjabi Wikipedia and Meta and organizes events such as Wiki
Loves Love <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Love_2019>
The 2019 OC’s advisors are:
Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and
also serves at the Volunteer Response Team as an agent and OTRS admin, and
is a member of the German Wikipedia Arbitration Committee. He has served on
the Ombuds Commission since 2017.
Lucas became a Wikipedian in 2007 and started to engage with CheckUser
rights in 2009, when he became a local CU on the Portuguese Wikipedia. He
held both Oversight and Checkuser rights on Ptwiki between 2015 and 2017,
when his term with the rights expired. He is currently an administrator on
Commons and Ptwiki. His traditional main focus has been on anti-vandalism
work. In 2012, the global community elected him as a steward, a position he
has held since. He served on the Ombuds Commission for 2018.
Their willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with processes and
their experience to the new arrivals, is greatly appreciated!
Please join me in thanking the following outgoing volunteers, who have
given substantially of their time to serve the commission:
Billinghurst is a long-term global, Wikimedian who served as a steward
from 2012 to 2016 and still serves as a global sysop. He considers his home
wiki to be the English Wikisource where he's performed over 260,000 edits
and focuses on transcribing biographical reference data from the 19th and
early 20thC. In addition, however, to serving as a local administrator on
Wikisource he also holds the sysop hat on Commons, Meta and the English
Wikipedia racking up almost 700,000 edits across the projects with almost a
million edits when you count his bot. He claims to still have a bit of
wisdom and knowledge to give. He joined the OC in 2018.
Saileshpat started editing Wikipedia in 2012 and soon became deeply
involved in the Odia community. He has helped organize outreach events and
done a lot to spread awareness in his region. In addition he was one of the
co-organizers of WikiConference India 2016. Saileshpat has helped in a
content relicensing process, where the Government of Odisha decided to
release content under Creative Commons licenses. Online he is mainly active
on the Odia Wikipedia and Commons. Sailesh joined the OC in 2018.
Pajz has edited the Wikimedia projects since 2005. He was a Wikipedia
administrator between 2007 to 2016 and is a member of the Volunteer
Response Team. He served as one of the OTRS administrators from 2013 to
2015, before being first appointed to the Ombudsman Commission in 2016.
Góngora, J. Gustavo Góngora-Goloubintseff, primarily edits Spanish
Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia and Norwegian bokmål Wikipedia. He has been an
administrator and bureaucrat on the Spanish Wikipedia since 2007, and an
administrator on the Catalan Wikipedia from 2010 until 2017, where he is
also a CheckUser. He was a member of the Spanish Arbitration Committee in
2008, before it was dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España
in 2011. He is currently a member of both Wikimedia España and Wikimedia
Norge. He joined the OC in 2017.
And finally, a posthumous thank-you to user:Lankiveil:
Lankiveil was a long-term user, admin, and oversighter on the English
Wikipedia, having made his first edits in 2004. He served as a clerk to the
English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee and as an OTRS volunteer. He also
sometimes edited at Irish Wikipedia and Commons. He was a native speaker of
Australian English and was a member of Wikimedia Australia. Lankiveil died
in April 2018, while a member of the Ombuds Commission.
I'd also like to say a big thank you to those returning and those coming
aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was
an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best
serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider
applying again for future commissions.
Trust & Safety Specialist
WikiProMed Foundation has just wrapped up 2018, and we thought you might
appreciate an update with some highlights, so below is a report on:
* *Summary of 2018.*
* *Upcoming board election -* during February & March 2019!
* *Getting involved.*
Yes, it's a bit long (as reports usually are), but if you're passionate
about medical content on Wikimedia projects (both on and offline) like we
are. We also hope it might inspire more of you to get involved in the
Wishing all of us a fruitful and joyous 2019,
Shani Evenstein Sigalov
Chairperson, WikiProject Medicine Foundation.
*==What did we achieve in 2018?==*
2018 has been extremely busy -
* We continued to *collaborate with like-minded organizations*, like
Cochrane, Translators Without Boarders, The World Health Organization
(WHO), The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and Osmosis, to name
* We have continued our *collaborations with Universities *around the
world, where Medical students wrote medical-related articles as part of
their academic curriculum.
* Around *60 new members,* who share our passion to make high-quality
medical information available to the world, joined us.
* We *participated in conferences* and *published academic peer-reviewed
articles in *respected journals.
* We have further *developed our Offline Medical Wikipedia App*.
* *Internet-in-a-box became smaller and smarter! * We've continued to spread
the word about it and send it to various places around the world.
* We've been working on *an annual plan for 2019* for the first time. It
will soon be released and you'll be invited to help us make it a reality.
* And -- *we've applied to become a Thematic Organization
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med/Application>* (instead of
a user group).
*To read more about each of these, please check out our 2018 report
*==Board elections == *
Today marks the opening of the phase 1 election process of 2019.
*Read more about the election and nominate yourselves here.*
*Below is the timeline for the new board elections: *
*Phase 1: 5 board members, till March 2022. *
* Feb 3 - March 2 2019 - Nominations
* March 11 - March 24 2019 - Voting for 5 seats on the board
* March 26 - *Announcement of the 5 new board members. *
*Phase 2: 2 board members, till December 2022. *
* November 1 - November 30 2019 - Nominations
* December 1 - December 15 2019 - Voting
* End of December 2019 - *Announcement of the 2 new board members. *
* If you share our enthusiasm about high-quality medical content in
Wikimedia projects in all languages, on and offline, then please register
as a member in our organization by *filling out this membership form
* We have be working on a yearly plan for 2019, but can already say that
one of our goals for this coming year is to involve more people from our
community, i.e. members of the user group who are not members of the board,
in our activities. In other words -- *you don't need to be on the
board to be involved*, and we need help from as many people as possible!
We are looking for people who are either interested in getting involved
with specific tasks, or have specific skills the board recognized as ones
that could be helpful to the advancement of the organization in the coming
*Please contact me if you'd like to get involved with - *
* Running medical-related educational collaborations
* Running medical-related edit-a-thons
* Facilitating collaborations with a like-minded organization
* Presenting in relevant conferences
* Selling Internet-in-a-Box locally
* Helping map Wikidata items with Mix'n'match
*Please also contact me if you have one or more of these skills - *
* Programming, writing Wiki Tools, Wiki bots or generating statistics of
specific pages across different languages.
* Fundraising experience.
* Accounting experience (preferably in the US)
*That's it for now. Happy 2019, everyone!*
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
Chairperson, WikiProject Medicine Foundation
Chairperson, Wikipedia & Education User Group
Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://bybe.benyehuda.org>.
I am very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
Lewin as our newest Trustee!
Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm. She has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. Her professional focus
has always been at the intersection of technology and learning - and we are
very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!
Below is the official announcement. Welcome, Lisa, and I look forward to
working with you!
*Wikimedia Foundation announces Lisa Lewin as new Trustee*
Lisa Lewin brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees over two
decades of experience in leading and growing companies focused on
educational media and technology
(San Francisco, California) 31 January 2019 -- Lisa Lewin, Managing Partner
at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based management consulting firm, will
be the newest member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia
Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate
corporate authority. As an incoming trustee, Lisa will serve a two year
term effective immediately.
Lisa has worked in strategic growth and development her whole career,
helping launch new ventures and increase the impact and growth potential of
legacy businesses. She began her career in research and consulting with The
NPD Group and BCG before joining McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president
of their professional education group.
She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology consultancy,
and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher education group,
eventually leading their global learning technology teams spanning six
continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm specializing in
organizational transformation, where she remains a senior advisor. In 2018
she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior executives at
corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and building
thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.
“I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that is committed to ensuring
the world continues to support freely accessible sources of information.
This is a critical mission given the shifts in the global internet space,”
Lisa's career long commitment to connecting the worlds of education and
technology matches her passion for the Wikimedia Foundation's vision of
bringing knowledge to every human being.
Lisa joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Board Chair María Sefidari, Vice
Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano,
Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak, Raju Narisetti, and Nataliia
"The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Lisa Lewin
joining us as a Trustee," said María Sefidari, Board Chair. "Her capacity
to connect technology with people who desire to learn will be invaluable as
we begin to implement our Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction. I am
confident she will both make a lasting impression on the Wikimedia movement
and feel right at home in our diverse and global community of people who
share that passion."
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
-María Sefidari, Board Chair
-Christophe Henner, Vice Chair
-Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
-Esra'a Al Shafei
-Dr. James Heilman
-Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak
About Lisa Lewin
Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. She began her career in
research and consulting with The NPD Group and BCG before joining
McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president of their professional education
group. She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology
consultancy, and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher
education group, eventually leading their global learning technology team
spanning six continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm
specializing in organizational transformation, where she remains a senior
advisor. In 2018 she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior
executives at corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and
building thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.
Lisa is active on the boards of the Center for Responsive Politics and
DoSomething.org. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and earned a Master
of Business Administration with honors from Harvard Business School.
Lisa lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. She enjoys
making change, sense, mischief, and knitting scarves.
Earlier I posted the following text on my blogpost and as it concerns the
Wikimedia Foundation and how it deals with its research, it is very much a
subject that needs discussion for instance on this list.
The Wikimedia Foundation is a research organisation. No two ways about it;
it has its own researchers that not only perform research on the Wikimedia
projects and communities, they coordinate research on Wikimedia projects
and communities and it produces its own publications. As such it qualifies
to become an ORCID Member organisation.
The benefits are:
Authenticating ORCID iDs of individuals using the ORCID API to ensure
that researchers are correctly identified in our systems
*Displaying* iDs to signal to researchers that our systems support the
use of ORCID
*Connecting* information about affiliations and contributions to ORCID
records, creating trusted assertions and enabling researchers to easily
provide validated information to systems and profiles they use
*Collecting* information from ORCID records to fill in forms, save
researchers time, and support research reporting
*Synchronizing* between research information systems to improve
reporting speed and accuracy and reduce data entry burden for researchers
and administrators alike
At this time the quality of information about Wikimedia research is hardly
satisfactory. As is the standard; announcements are made about a new paper
<https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.10263> and as can be expected the paper is not
The three authors are not in ORCID, as is usual for people who work in the
field of computing so there is no easy way to learn about their
What will this achieve; it will be the Wikimedia Foundation itself that
will push information about its research to ORCID and consequently at
Wikidata we can easily update the latest and greatest. It is also an
important step for documentation about becoming discoverable. It is one
thing to publish Open Content, when it is then hard to find, it is still
not FAIR and the research does not have the hoped for impact. It also
removes an issue that some researchers say they face; they cannot publish
about themselves on Wikimedia projects.
Another important plus; by indicating the importance of having scholarly
papers known in ORCID we help reluctant scientists understand that yes,
they have a career in open source, open systems but finding their work is
very much needed to be truly open.
When the Wikimedia Foundation was first established, the head of the
organization was assigned the title of Executive Director (ED). In the US,
this is the standard title for non-profit leaders, and made sense for the
organization at the time.
This week, at our Board meeting, we made a decision to change to this
convention. We resolved to change Katherine Maher’s title to Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director. She retains the title of
Executive Director, and is also now the CEO of the Foundation. She can use
either, or both, titles to describe her position.
This was an easy decision to make, for a number of reasons.
As our movement has grown in the world, we’ve found that the title of ED is
not as easily understood outside the United States. As a Board with many
non-US people, many of us already used the term CEO to describe Katherine’s
responsibilities. While still an English-language term, it is a very common
term for many global organizations.
The CEO title is increasingly common in US non-profits as well, especially
larger ones. This is increasingly considered best practice, as a way to
communicate that the work of non-profit organizations is as serious,
complex, and worthy of respect as that of for-profit organizations. For
example, Creative Commons, one of our closest allies, uses the title of CEO.
As the Foundation already uses the convention of “chief officer” for the
leaders of its internal departments (Chief Financial Officer, Chief
Technology Officer), it also makes sense. An executive director would be
the most senior director, whereas a chief executive officer is the most
senior of the officers.
The Board’s Human Resources Committee recommended this change and reviewed
the details. As this is an update to Katherine’s title, and not a change in
her duties as an officer, it does not require an update to the Bylaws or a
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees is very supportive of this
change, as we believe this title better reflects the scope of Katherine’s
duties over Executive Director alone. This will better support her work
with global partners and leaders around the world, helping to share our
vision and supporting the strategic direction of Wikimedia in new markets.
Katherine’s job is not changing in any other sense.
María Sefidari Huici
Chair of the Board
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The wait is over, Wiki Loves Love 2019 Commons contest starts today and
will run till 28th February 11:59 UTC.
The theme of the contest is festivals, celebrations, rituals and ceremonies
Help us document love in different cultures. For more information, check
out our Commons page:
Additionally, Team WLL requests your assistance for translation of banner
of Wiki Loves Love 2019. Please help us make it available in as many as
languages as possible.Thank you!
Best Regards and lots of love,
Wiki Loves Love
A few days ago we organised an edit-a-thon in what we had participants
write about important women.
With most edit-a-thon we start with a group of people that know Wikipedia,
but are fully new to editing on Wikipedia. We usually start with an
introduction, which includes telling about:
- Do not copy paste from other sources, but write in your own words.
- For all facts sources need to be added.
- Link keywords to other articles in Wikipedia.
and some more things...
The participants usually do their best, but usually also forget something.
Like for example that a participant forgot to add a source for a sentence.
In our recent edit-a-thon we tried something new: besides the presentation
given and the handout of some instructions, we also created a checklist for
the participants to use at the end of their writing so they did not forget
That gave us better results than what we have got with similar groups in
This leads me to my question: when you organised an edit-a-thon, what kind
of cheatsheets, tricks, ... do you use so that the articles of participants
have a higher quality?
(Or that they are more inspired/enthusiastic, more aware, ..., etc)
If we can share those, we all can learn from good ideas and examples!