According to the recent Independent Auditors' Report of the WMF , at
some point prior to the end of June 2020, an entity called the "Wikimedia
Knowledge Equity Fund" was established, and $8.723 million was transferred
to it by the WMF, in the form of an unconditional grant. The Fund is
"managed and controlled by Tides Advocacy" (a 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofit
previously led by the WMF's current General Counsel/Board Secretary, who
served as CEO, Board Secretary, and Treasurer there). Given that a Google
search for "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund" yields zero results prior to
the release of the report, it is clear that the WMF kept this significant
move completely secret for over five months, perhaps over a year. The
Report FAQ additionally emphasizes that the WMF "has no right of return to
the grant funds provided, with the exception of unexpended funds."
The WMF unilaterally and secretly transferred nearly $9 million of movement
funds to an outside organization not recognized by the Affiliations
Committee. No mention of the grant was made in any Board resolutions or
minutes from the relevant time period. The amount was not mentioned in the
public annual plan, which set out rather less than this amount for the
entire grantmaking budget for the year. No application was made through any
of the various Wikimedia grants processes. No further information has been
provided on the administration of this new Fund, or on the text of the
I am appalled.
-- Yair Rand
Following up on recent news  that was shared in regards to the Events
Refresh  ,we are continuing our efforts to improve our processes,
systems, accessibility and reevaluate our strategy.
We are launching our first survey* and we are looking for your ideas,
inputs and suggestions!
With this survey we are zooming in on 4 areas of focus:
Newcomer strategy for first time event participants
Events team office hours
In this survey you will be asked to identify and prioritize capacity
building practices, identify needs and tools you believe are most needed
for your local community’s development. The information you'll provide will
provide a basis for new tools, training processes, services and resources
we will build in the coming months.
We would like to invite you to participate by completing our survey by *January
31st, 2021* at the latest . The survey has 20 questions and should not
take more than 10-12 minutes. If you wish you could also choose to
participate in Focus Group Interviews, which are scheduled to take place
during the first quarter of 2021. An option to self-select has been
included in the survey.
Please feel free to send this survey through to anyone you think would be
Thank you so much for your participation!
On behalf of the Community Events Team,
*This survey will be conducted via a third-party service, which may subject
it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling,
see the survey's privacy statement 
*Jo**ël Letang* (he/him)
Senior Strategist Events
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
1 to introduce a reworked concept for Wiki-Smart Humanity ([[m:WISH]], https://w.wiki/QGD ) project page
2 to update you on the groundwork in Tatarstan and around Russia for growing local and regional public support for Wikimedia community projects, as well as discussions about funding Outreach and other local activities (since my previous report back in early April https://w.wiki/MFm )
3 to inform you of the upcoming pilot regional procurement tender initiated by one of our partners as the easiest way for them to incentivize multilingual article creation and improvement regarding important regional phenomena of Tatarstan.
Below you will find detailed description of for each point above. Comments would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I am in an uncharted territory, so very grateful to all Russia and international colleagues that help me with listening, advice and ideas. Tatar is a non-dominant language community, though in a much better shape than many others around the world - this opens my eyes to the reality that long-term preservation of currently living human languages (over 7000) and their inherent riches of cultural knowledge would require significantly more effort, funding and attention than needed to have enWP, ruWP, trWP and all others in official state languages of UN member countries (about 50) to describe everything that's currently missing. We are talking about amounts that no fundraising will ever bring - something that can only be achieved by staying true to the powerful Wikimedia Vision and aspiring to win the hearts of our existing and potential volunteers for them to be ready and willing to help us with something much more precious than money.
Farhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan / Wikidata:Q34036417
1) [[m:WISH]] (https://w.wiki/QGD) is community-supported (myself so far) undertaking to collect and chart initiatives that bring us closer to Wikimedia vision:
- various initiatives that help making all forms, types and categories of knowledge equally well described in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, - as well as those that help make everyone a Wikimedian.
No individual or even a group can give equal attention and priority to everything in the world, but we can chart initiatives that help us to move towards the world where things are more equal. This started as a Meta-page for the project around regions, languages, and different topic-specific initiatives I started in Wikimedia Russia wiki, but Meta offered a great chance to bring together similar initiatives that exist elsewhere.
2) I am in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan / Russian Federation), so that's where I start with regarding the Russia-regions' specific part of m:WISH - https://w.wiki/WDk My first priority is to make editing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects something widely respected, so I'm working with institutional partners.
Locally I am still in touch with or contacted since last update:
* Tatarstan Presidential Administration (description https://w.wiki/WDz )
* Municipality of Kazan (description https://w.wiki/MFH / stats by Wikimedia projects https://w.wiki/JZh in Russian)
* Tatarstan Tourism board (description https://w.wiki/WDD / lists https://w.wiki/WDC )
* Tatarstan Investment Promotion Agency (description https://w.wiki/MFL / articles for creation list https://w.wiki/PSU ) and
* Tatarstan Ministry for Culture (proposal in Russian https://w.wiki/R7g)
Russia's Wikimedians helped me in reaching out to Moscow Trade and Industry Chamber Committee on cross-regional and international cooperation, as well as National Tourism Union - I spoke about Wikimedia opportunities for growing international awareness about regional realities (https://w.wiki/Qht in Russian) at their joint Online meeting on "Tourism post COVID-19" https://mostpp.ru/guilds_news/budet-li-turizm-posle-covid-eksperty-obsudili… - very much interested to see how Tatarstan project will evolve to learn and copy
3) We've advanced most with Tatarstan Investment Development Agency (TIDA)
TIDA has English-speaking staff with global exposure (came across Wikipedia before), the head of the Agency has an MBA from UK, and she happens to know and trust me with interpreting various important events for over 10 years.
* March 19 in-person meeting https://w.wiki/WEP to present the idea https://w.wiki/MFL
* Issues discussed
- developing articles for creation lists and Wikidata element creation for them first in agency specialization area, then to cover all phenomena of importance in Tatarstan
- 3+8 target languages for TIDA
- presentations, training session to staff and various stakeholders and WiR-type ongoing consulting
- ways to prepare the ground to have targeted Tatarstan Presidential or Government grants to local Wikimedia community, to avoid Wikimedian-in-Residence positions (complicated for TIDA and other agencies) and otherwise available procurement tenders (perceived low efficiency due to too much red tape and legal complexity vs. Wikipedia's strict policy compliance requirements for content)
* current Wikidata based multilingual (3+8) priority articles for creation list https://w.wiki/PSU
WHERE WE ARE:
TIDA will be announcing a pilot public procurement tender for multilingual Wikipedia content creation (at this stage Tatar, Russian, possibly allow for English) any day now. It's expected to be organized at Tatarstan public procurement entity's https://goszakupki.tatarstan.ru/eng/ (CC-BY 4.0) dedicated procurement portal http://portal-zakupok.tatar in line with Russian Federation Public Procurement Law (FZ 44). It's expected to amount for RUB 1 million (USD13900) & open to bidding for by any legal entity or private proprietor that would like to apply.
* Full text of Federal Law 44 Inofficial English translation at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Antimonopoly_Service portal - https://en.fas.gov.ru/netcat_files/File/44-FZ%20eng.pdf
HOW DID WE GET THERE:
1 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikidata_Map_November_2019_Huge.png - we need to get whole of the map bright and info available in all languages.
2 TIDA is interested to help with Tatarstan, would like to advance with small trial steps, being guided by those with experience and readiness to help them. They are capable and comfortable to organize a procurement contract first, meanwhile observing how others work on topics in the area they feel comfortable with
3 I am keeping Wikimedia Russia informed of all my contacts and progress, so during April 2 Online Meeting https://w.wiki/LsZ WMRU director Vladimir Medeyko https://w.wiki/WFi stated that our partnership or its individual experienced members should take part in TIDA-originated and other similar regional procurement procedures
4 Once TIDA got the approval to initiate procurement (approvals by Tatarstan Ministry of Finance, then Prime Minister, then President of the Republic, May 29, communicate to [wikimedia-ru] Russian-language list https://w.wiki/W7q & English-language Telegram group https://t.me/WikimediaGeneral/15582 ), I inquired with Wikimedia Russia colleagues and identified three respected editors from Russian Wikipedia (that have extensive experience with Paid editing and disclosing COI), who then agreed with my request to take part in the upcoming bidding procedure & provide a detailed response to preliminary request by TIDA:
* Anna Biryukova - https://w.wiki/WEZ
* Dmitry Erokhin - https://w.wiki/WEa
* Dmitry Rozhkov - https://w.wiki/WEb
I was unable to identify previous Wikimedia experience (and thus templates) for large scale cross-project and multilanguage declaration of Paid Editing & disclosure of possible Conflicts of Interest, as well as providing for Community Oversight of such projects, so I'm trying my best to keep the caravan moving whilst assuring everybody is informed and feels in control.
TIDA and others agreed with my request that:
1 / Project is advancing stage-by-stage (first only Russian and Tatar, possibly some English)
2 / We do things publicly, including open statements on mandatory compliance with sourcing and other Wikipedia quality standards in the tendering procedure
3 / I keep Russia & International Wikimedia Community informed at all stages
4 / When preparing tender documentation, TIDA analyses links to specific policies that I provided them with in the project description, experienced Wikipedia editors' comments and other available experience
5 / I don't take part in either preparation or the tendering process to avoid COI as both initiator and an acquaintance of various parties, and my role of impartial communicator (3),
6 / As an interested party (citizen of Kazan, Tatarstan & Russia, as well as project initiator who wants to see this experience then scale globally), I am ready and willing to consult all parties, and open to engaging at the later stages (article analysis, improvement, translation, Wikidata Elements or Commons categorization etc.)
* I was informed that Russian Government Procurement Law does NOT allow setting too stringent qualifications for bidding participants, so the process will only set content qualification criteria. Keeping in mind how these can be interpreted by those without any prior Wikipedia experience (let's assume some copyrighting or PR company is willing to bid), I asked our partner to be ready that they might end up with a contractor who is unable to prepare content in line with target language Wikipedia communities' policies, practices and other expectations. TIDA seems to understand this and is willing to mitigate this possible outcome by breaking the process into stages, for necessary improvements to be done at later stages. I also calmed them down that whoever wins the bidding is better be ready to play well, as this case will most likely end up at the radar of Russia's and international Mass media, might be investigated and then forever described in Wikipedia.
* I will post the link to this on English-speaking Facebook groups and Telegram channels of Wikimedia movement
* I will inform respective Wikipedia language section's Village pumps once procurement contract details are out (Russian and Tatar for certain, possibly English).
* Meanwhile, I start hearing similar interest from Tatarstan's Tourism Board (to be continued)
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30.05.2020, 15:26, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farhad Fatkullin" <frhd(a)yandex.com>:
Dear Richard and WREN colleagues,
I have good news to share and a request for comment - one of my counterparts in Tatarstan receiving regional department of finance approval for funding Wikipedia related services via tendering state procurement contract in line with Russian regulations.
Details below, grateful for any advice.
Farhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan / Wikidata:Q34036417
We will start with them by making sure that https://w.wiki/SBF list entries (plus a few more Wikidata entities to be created) are equally well developed and sourced in Tatar, Russian and English, after which the intent is to venture into other domains (images, data, etc.) and 8 more languages of initial interest to them.
I'm now thinking on how to structure all this in a way that our first engagement with the regional government entity is seen as a mutual success, as this is an important step to get backing of Tatarstan President necessary to have local GLAMs and Education entities more willing to consider cooperation with Wikimedia.
In parallel, we are discussing a WiR position for training their staff, organizing events for their local and foreign partners, and moving their investments portal to CC-BY.
I seem to be the only experienced local Wikimedian to be both active internationally and proficient in regional language (Tatar), so I am still undecided if I should concentrate on getting local partners happy or, instead of doing the raw writing and sourcing work they are ready to pay for, I better concentrate on making sure global Wikimedia community is comfortable with this activity. I understand that myself and other Wikimedia Russia members serving as eyes to assure material meets Wikipedia and wider Wikimedia principles and policies would be good, with international oversight from outside of Russia likely being an important component as well.
On top of this, I am also talking to Tourism, Youth Affairs and Culture departments, as well as Office of the President for their Tatar language related initiatives, was recently invited to join an Advisory Committee on Preservation and Development of Tatar language.
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Hello to all -
Wikimedia Community Malta is supporting a weekly 60-minute radio series called Vjaġġi Enċiklopediċi (literal trans: Encyclopedic Voyages), which sees the start of season 2 next week. For the program planned for the week of 12 January 2021 we'll be marking Wikipedia's 20th birthday, which as most Wikipedians know is on January 15th.
We'd very much like to hear from anyone who is preparing to celebrate Wikipedia's 20th birthday is some way or other. Please contact me directly to arrange a recording (in English and/or in your language) over the coming days. If you prefer, you can also record a brief audio message yourself (in English and/or in your language) and email it to me by Monday 4 January.
I know there's a list of events on meta  but I'm not sure how to go about spreading the word about this call out for messages from celebration organizers around the world. If I get nothing from this, I'll directly target some of the local even organizers through their user talk pages.
Many thanks and happy new year!
Dr Toni Sant
Wikimedia Community Malta
Hi all, hope you're having a good festive season. England has storms, snow,
Covid and Brexit.
I've taken the opportunity to put some thoughts on Meta about what
principles the Movement Charter might contain. This is not really an
attempt at actually drafting the charter, more a way of organising my
thoughts on what might be important to include, as input for whatever group
does in fact start to write the Movement Charter in due course.
This is where I've got to:
Impressive, João. Parabens.
Revital Poleg / WMIL
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> *Highlights of 2019 at Wikimedia Poland*
> - hosted 3 major community events, including a conference focused solely
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> communities (steal this idea!),
> - started a new set of initiatives around Education with the hiring of
> Klara Sielicka-Baryłka (our first employee dedicated to work in the
> education sector),
> - created a 3-year strategic development plan for the organization
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this is to let you know we've added Wikimedia Poland's 2019 report to Meta,
and you can read it at:
For ease of reading and a richer experience ;) I suggest looking at the PDF
version, available at:
*Highlights of 2019 at Wikimedia Poland*
- hosted 3 major community events, including a conference focused solely
on Polish Wikisource and Wiktionary, which animated those smaller
communities (steal this idea!),
- started a new set of initiatives around Education with the hiring of
Klara Sielicka-Baryłka (our first employee dedicated to work in the
- created a 3-year strategic development plan for the organization
(more on this in our 2020 report),
- kicked off transformation of management practices and internal process
revamp with the hiring of Łukasz Garczewski as Chief Operating Officer (our
first full-time manager).
*About this report*
The report is a translation of a portion of the board's report to Wikimedia
Poland's Annual General Meeting, approved by members in June 2020.
Due to COVID restrictions we've had to move our AGM to June and hold it
on-line (also a first for us).
The report was submitted to WMF's Grantmaking team back in June, but not
added to Meta until now.
If you have any questions, please let us know by replying to this email.
And since New Year's Even is just days away – here's to a great 2021.
Wherever you are, we hope you raise a glass to another 12 years of building
the sum of human knowledge. ;)
Z poważaniem · Kind regards
Dyrektor ds. operacyjnych · Chief Operating Officer
tel: +48 601 827 937
Wesprzyj wolną wiedzę!
Przekaż 1% podatku lub wpłać darowiznę na rzecz Wikipedii
ul. Tuwima 95, pok. 15 Łódź, Polska
Informacje na temat przetwarzania znajdują się w Polityce Prywatności
The year 2020 is full of woes and wonders. Just before the ending of 2020,
Bengali Wikipedia has passed a significant milestone of passing 100K
Bengali, an Indo-Aryan language and lingua-franca of the Bengal region of
South Asia, is the fifth most-spoken native language and the seventh
most-spoken language by the total number of speakers in the world. The
Bengali Wikipedia Project launched on 27 January 2004 with very few
editors. On 25 December 2020, after 16 years of the initial launch, it now
has passed the milestone of 100k+ articles.
As most of the contributors of Bengali Wikipedia are young and this year's
long lockdowns and campus shutdowns of educational institutes, Wikipedians
had managed to utilized their extra free times by contributing to the
Bengali Wikipedia and it has enjoyed growth at an almost double rate than
the previous year with an organized approach of topic-based consecutive
Here is a quick overview of the milestones achieved -
27 January 2004: Launch of Bengali Wikipedia
September 2006: 10K articles
28 June 2009: 20K articles
13 May 2014: 30K articles
04 January 2016: 40K articles
30 April 2017: 50K articles
08 August 2018: 60K articles
16 July 2019: 70K articles
23 January 2020: 80K articles
22 June 2020: 90K articles
25 December 2020: 100K articles
I welcome you to congratulate the Bengali Wikipedia community for their
achievement and wishing them all the best for future progress and