There is much in the 2018/19 plan that I like. What I like is that it aims
to align all Wikimedia efforts into one coherent plan.
There are a few things where a different approach can be considered.
Michael Peel made a good suggestion and complementary to this I would
increase the fund raising effort away from the United States. People who I
do not characterise as trolls tell me that it is justified to spend so much
money in the USA because it is where the money has been raised. In addition
to this proper fund raising raises visibility profoundly; Wikimedia is a
project that deserves (y)our money, (y)our effort!
As it is, too much money is spend on English Wikipedia related activities
(including software). The best way to point this out, is comparing it with
our traffic; less than 50% of our traffic is English Wikipedia.
While I applaud the use of artificial intelligence, it has one huge
problem. It is what the data is uses is based on. Arguably this works well
for the subjects we already cover well. But what about the subjects we do
not properly cover, the subjects that matter more outside our comfort zone.
Subjects like the Ottoman Empire, pre Raj India..
We also miss opportunities when we remain as inward looking as we have
been. We have done well is libraries and librarians (particularly in
English). The question is what is our aim? Is it our own good; citations
for articles so that we become more robust or is our intention to have our
audience, our readers read more (an objective we share with librarians).
Read more books for instance. Once the links hidden in Freebase pointers to
OpenLibrary becomes available, the OL folks will disambiguate its
identifiers and provide us with their latest links. As a consequence we can
easily open up books available for reading.. There are many high quality
citations in there, there is no cost and, it is legally ok.
So yes, we are doing well. It is just that we could be more effective.
On 29 March 2018 at 22:42, Katherine Maher <kmaher(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
FY18-19 is now on Meta.
This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
direction. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
have written a plan for the whole Foundation, rather than an aggregation
of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
of teams and departments with disparate goals.
We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
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