I am pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
has appointed Maryana Iskander as the new CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation
Since 2013, Maryana has served as the CEO of Harambee Youth Employment
Accelerator , a South African non-profit social enterprise focused on
building African solutions for the global challenge of youth unemployment.
Prior to this, she spent six years as Chief Operating Officer of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America , a volunteer-led social movement
focused on access to women’s healthcare. Maryana has also worked in
academia as the Advisor to the President of Rice University , an
international research university based in the United States.
Her professional career has been motivated by breaking down systemic
barriers, creating opportunities for collaborative solution-building, and
community empowerment. She has a proven track record for leading complex
organisations shaped by shared decision-making.
In looking for the next CEO, we on the Board convened a Transition
Committee , primarily to guide us in finding the right person for this
critical role and secondly to oversee the executive Transition Team. The
Transition Committee conducted a far-reaching and competitive global
search, receiving around 400 recommendations and speaking to about 50
potential candidates. Throughout this selection process, Maryana impressed
us as someone who is deeply inspired by the Wikimedia vision and who
embodies the values of equity and community that inform all Wikimedia work.
She has extensive leadership experience working with volunteer-led
initiatives and building partnerships across public, private and social
sectors. Maryana also brings expertise in technology-led innovation to
accelerate meaningful social change. She does this with a global
perspective: Maryana was born in the Middle East, educated in the United
States and the United Kingdom, and has spent the last decade living and
working on the African continent.
Maryana joins the Wikimedia Foundation at a crucial time. The movement is
larger than ever, and it has never been more relevant or more trusted. This
is an inflection point, as decisions need to be made to execute a shared
vision for where the Movement wants to be in 2030. We believe that Maryana
is the right person to help lead the Foundation at this moment.
As Maryana begins, her priorities will include supporting movement efforts
to implement the Wikimedia 2030 recommendations, such as the development of
a Movement Charter and the finalization of a Universal Code of Conduct. She
will continue the Foundation’s focus on knowledge equity and exploring ways
to address the gaps in content and the diversity of contributors to
Wikimedia projects. She will be supported by the Board in this journey.
Maryana will officially start at the Wikimedia Foundation on January 5,
2022, as she transitions from her current job. Until then, the Foundation
will continue to be led by the Transition Team, with guidance from the
Board. In my conversations with her, I have seen that Maryana is a fan of
direct communication and excited to learn from the movement. In the coming
weeks, she will share ways to connect. Please join me in welcoming Maryana
(CCed) to the Foundation!
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antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
Acting Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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Dear friends and colleagues
Please permit me to publicise an academic conference that we're holding at
Hong Kong Baptist University on 15-17 December 2021.
The conference will be an ideal forum in which to discuss research
methodologies, issues of collaborativity, theoretical frameworks that have
proven valuable for the study of Wikipedia translation, the use of
Wikipedia in the translation classroom and by translation professionals,
and the nature of Wikipedia translation and how it differs not only from
other more traditional types of translation but also from other newly
emerging types. While the conference's main focus is interlingual
translation within the online encyclopaedia, we are also interested
in research into the multilingual Wikipedia that makes no explicit
reference to translation issues.
The conference will be online, face-to-face or mixed mode, depending on
prevailing circumstances. Please see the conference website at
https://ctn.hkbu.edu.hk/wikiconf2021/ for full details and the Call for
I hope to see some of you there!
Professor Mark Shuttleworth 夏致遠
Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies
Hong Kong Baptist University
Phone: +852 3411 6641
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Here is a conversation and decision we need to have before launch of
*How should the contents of Abstract Wikipedia and Wikifunctions be
Since the discussion is expected to be potentially complicated, let us keep
a single place of record for discussing this question:
We would like the discussion to go on for four weeks and that we have some
form of consensus by December 20th. This is not planned to be a vote
(although it might have votes in it and it might even be closed by a vote
in case no other form of consensus finding works out).
I hope to see you all on wiki!
Dear Wikimedians and Friends,
TL;DR: The first EduWiki Live will be on Tuesday, November 30, at 15:00 UTC
Theme: *Wikidata and Curriculum Digitization*
Youtube (link will be shared soon)
I hope this email finds you well. Last month, we introduced you to our
community support strategy
As a part of our new strategy, we are here with the first “EduWiki Live
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/EduWiki_Live>” event, scheduled
for 30th November at 15:00 UTC. EduWiki Live is a virtual event that aims
to serve as a bridge between the EduWiki community and the Education
sector. This will help the community to engage in deep dives into
interesting topics about global education from a Wikimedia movement
This month, the Education Team is hosting the first EduWiki Live on the
theme of *Wikidata and Curriculum Digitization*. We are aiming to highlight
the work that has been done in this area and how you can be a part of it.
For this event, we will be joined by guest speakers Ivan Savov, a
researcher working in the field of curriculum digitization and data models,
along with Ernest Gavor and Andrews Lartey representing the Ghana Society
for Education Technology (GSET).
Here is the brief agenda for the event:
- A general update and news on things happening in the EduWiki
community. An overview of the potential impact of aligning curriculum data
on Wikidata, and where we are now with the Wikidata for Education
by Nichole Saad.
- Take a deep dive into the data models for curriculum standards
<https://learningequality.org/r/digitizing-curriculum> with Ivan Savov:
learn about the use cases for digital curriculum standards, the work done
so far, and how this could be useful for the Wikimedia movement.
- Meet our implementing partners from Ghana, learn what we want to
accomplish with the Wikidata for Education project, and why it is important
in the Ghanian context.
You can watch the event live on Facebook and Youtube. For you to be able to
ask questions in your native language we encourage you to use the comment
option on Facebook, as it supports automatic translation, If you are
interested in helping translate questions and answers in the comments
please reach out to education(a)wikimedia.org
Sailesh and the Education team
Sailesh Patnaik (He/Him)
Program Officer, Education
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Dear Wikimedia-l subscribers,
I write to inform you that additional volunteers have been recruited to
co-admin this mailing list.
The new admins are all longtime, trusted volunteers. They are, in
** Butch Bustria * João Alexandre Peschanski (User:Joalpe)* Ravishankar
Ayyakkannu (User:Ravidreams)* Risker/Anne*
They join existing admins *Shani Evenstein Sigalov* (User:Esh77 and
User:Shani (WMF)) and *Asaf Bartov* (User:Ijon and User:Asaf (WMF)). *John
Vandenberg* is no longer an admin of the list.
We believe that the larger admin team will both improve response times
when messages need to be released from moderation, as well as diversify the
perspectives when reviewing alleged or actual misconduct and dealing with
spirited or controversial discussions, without the sense WMF has too much
control over the list.
That's the end of the announcement, but recognizing there may be some
questions, we try to answer some below. If you have no questions, you can
stop reading here. :)
Asaf Bartov (volunteer capacity)
on behalf of the Wikimedia-l list admins
*Questions and Answers:*====================
*Q: Why add admins?*A: For a long time now, John Vandenberg has not been
active in list administration, and has not responded to multiple requests
to re-engage. This left list-administration to Shani and Asaf. Asaf is WMF
staff, and Shani, though a volunteer when appointed list admin, has since
become a WMF Trustee.
Shani and Asaf both feel it would be better if the list management is not
dominated by people so closely associated with the Wikimedia Foundation.
Although they are both administering the list in their volunteer capacities
and are carefully avoiding acting in a conflict of interest, they want to
reduce even the potential appearance of such conflict.
Indeed, they have tolerated behaviors on the list that probably shouldn't
have been tolerated, only because they coincided with criticism of an
action of the Wikimedia Foundation, and they did not want to be suspected
of attempting to silence criticism. Both Shani and Asaf strongly believe
in criticism, including of the Foundation, and would never seek to silence
*Q: What happened to John?*A: We don't know. We trust he is doing okay, and
just lost interest in this form of volunteering.
*Q: Why now?*A: There's no specific trigger beyond the situation mentioned
above, and no urgency. We have been meaning to do this for long months
now. But work and other volunteer commitments kept getting priority over
figuring out how to recruit new admins. Until one day we finally did, and
here we are.
*Q: How were the new admins selected?*A: In the same way Wikimedia-l
adminships have always been handled, and the way we were appointed
ourselves: the current admins reach out to some trusted volunteers seen to
have good judgment and an appropriate temperament for administering this
list, and offer them to join as co-admins. Some say no; eventually enough
people say yes to fill the number of slots we want to recruit, and we
*Q: So it's basically just people Shani and Asaf like?*A: No. It's people
Shani and Asaf consider to meet the criteria mentioned in the previous
answer. There are people we like who don't. :) And we strove to invite
volunteers from different regions of the world, different kinds of
volunteer experience, and to preserve a good gender ratio. Some people we
sought to recruit have turned the thankless role down.
*Q: Still, it's quite a subjective way to pick admins, isn't it?*A: Yes, it
definitely is subjective. Again, it has always been so, and it seems to us
it has worked fairly well so far. It certainly seems to us to beat
potentially exhausting community elections to elect admins, with the
well-known weaknesses of the "popularity contest" effect, and the
un-guaranteed fitness-to-the-role elections bring. We understand some
people would have preferred to see elections despite that.
One way to reduce the personal bias in future rounds might be to curate a
public list of interested volunteers. We have just started one, here:
Feel free to express interest, and you will be considered next time admins
are recruited for the list, probably in a couple of years.
*Q: Where's the catch?*A: There is no catch. This is a routine
administrative refreshing of the ranks, solving a non-critical but
undesirable situation that has been the case for a while, and is an obvious
net improvement in our opinion. We hope it is in yours, too.
*Q: Are there any changes to list policies?*A: None at this time, no. Any
future changes will be discussed among all admins.
Asaf Bartov <asaf.bartov(a)gmail.com>
Hi all, just a reminder that we will be having our monthly SWAN (Strategic
Wikimedia Affiliates Network) calls this coming weekend, with three major
* "The Future of Wikimedia Governance" document by Wikimedia Deutschland
lays out some possible scenarios for the future. Presenting: Nicole Ebber.
* Hubs. Reflecting on the Hubs Workshop November 27 event, and a proposal
for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Hub. Presenting: Camelia Boban.
* Movement Charter Drafting Committee. An update on the status, and how
might SWAN be helpful in the drafting process.
Call 1 - 03:00 UTC – 2021-11-28 (Asia-Pacific friendly time)
Call 2 - 18:00 UTC – 2021-11-28 (Europe-Africa-Americas friendly time)
All are welcome: You do not need to be in an affiliate to participate in
the calls. Learn about SWAN, review the agenda items, sign up and find the
meeting link at the following meta page:
Greetings from the EduWiki Collaborators - Community Specialist Group!
Eduwiki collaborators is a peer network group that aims to help increase
the visibility of community work around Wikimedia in Education! Are you an
affiliate, organizer, or individual? Would you like to learn something new,
innovate in your project around education or increase your network and
collaboration within the movement?
Ahead of our first Regional Education Meeting for Sub-Saharan in January,
the Edu Wiki Sub-Saharan Community invites you to join its Facebook
Community <https://www.facebook.com/groups/869386360300949> and Telegram
Group channel <https://t.me/joinchat/CHskfDz9ZkxlODA0>. The idea is to
provide a platform for Wikipedians, affiliates, and other community members
within the region to learn something from each other, share their work and
ideas on activities around Wikimedia and Education. The platform also will
not only provide opportunities to strengthen the EduWiki network but will
help community members to explore collaboration opportunities and identify
common practices or challenges that are faced by our community members in
different parts of the world.
We are excited to have you and we can’t wait to help share your work!
Eduwiki Collaborator Sub Saharan Africa
Dear members of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee,
Today I am excited to share a document with you that I hope will help
level up the global conversations about Movement Governance to be well
informed and solution-oriented.
Our team at Wikimedia Deutschland developed two scenarios for a future
movement governance model. Both scenarios are built upon the “ensure
equity in decision-making” recommendation and describe a future global
council. In Scenario 1, this council advises the WMF Board of
Trustees. In Scenario 2, the Council is a General Assembly that
governs the movement. Scenario 2 over time would likely result in the
formation of an international organization, and a gradual
redistribution of tasks among affiliates, WMF and the new entity.
As a basis for this paper, our team conducted a review of
international organizations and their governance models. We found that
these operate predominantly as international membership organizations
as described in Scenario 2.
These scenarios are not the ultimate wisdom. Our intention is for this
conversation to become more concrete, and most importantly, begin it
by agreeing on where the journey will go – before starting to collect
content for the charter. So we encourage the members of the MCDC to
review the scenarios, discuss, add to or adjust them, and then –
before they start drafting – determine which one they will base their
The Movement Strategy team at WMDE is happy to engage in conversations
about these and possible other scenarios that can help further inform
and enrich the transformation towards a more equitable movement. The
value base and language of the charter will shape the movement for
decades to come. One thing is especially important to note: While many
questions will arise from these conversations, no one in particular is
currently able to immediately have answers – not WMDE, not the WMF,
not any other body. Answers will come step by step through the
sensemaking of the MCDC and its consultations with the movement, and
finding each answer will take time.
Director Movement Strategy and Global Relations
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 219 158 26-0
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anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
just wanted to share a quick "save the date":
The Movement Strategy and Governance team of the Wikimedia Foundation will
host a co-creation workshop on the concept of "Hubs" on November 27, 2021,
from 13:00 to 17:00 UTC. (your timezone
<https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1638018002>). Registration will open early
next week. We are looking for participants who are working on "Hubs"
proposals, have engaged on that topic previously, or are planning to do so
in the near future.
The overall goal of the event is convergence and alignment regarding the
concept of hubs and principles for the development of hubs. The idea is to
convene on the topic of hubs, to reach an initial definition of regional
and thematic hubs, and to clarify essential questions on the concept of
hubs (e.g. scope, responsibilities, connection to existing entities, and
hub life cycle). Ideally, the work done during this event will inform the
Movement Charter Drafting Committee and its drafting process.
More information here:
Cornelius Kibelka (he/him)
Movement Strategy + Governance
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