Sent on behalf of Zack Exeley, and cross posted to:
> Today I am pleased to announce the Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellows program, a project of the Foundation’s Community Department. This program is partly something the Foundation has been considering for a long time and partly an outgrowth of the recent Community Department open hiring call. In reading through the nearly 2,000 submissions to the open call, we realized that there are far more qualified members of the Wikimedia community than we can ever hire at one time. We also realized that the most promising submissions came from people who were interested in working on specific problems or opportunities in the movement rather than looking for permanent staff positions.
> Therefore, the Fellows program is intended to create an environment where individuals and teams can concentrate full-time on important problems and opportunities in Wikimedia projects and the movement as a whole. Fellows will lead intensive, time-limited projects focused on key areas of risk and opportunity — projects that require the support of the Foundation to succeed.
> We are currently looking for Fellows among those who have already answered the open hiring call and we will also be posting a form for submitting new Fellowship applications soon. In addition to Wikimedia volunteers, we would like to engage outside academics and professionals who have expertise that could benefit our projects.
> Each Fellowship will have its own objectives that require a unique skill set. The length of the Fellowships at the Wikimedia Foundation will vary from weeks to as long as a year, depending on the requirements of the project. A handful of Fellows may eventually join the Foundation staff permanently. However, the purpose of the program is to take charge of vital work that may not require a long-term position but which volunteers have not previously dealt with successfully.
> Along with introducing what will be a continuing Wikimedia Foundation program, we’d like to welcome the first Fellow in the Community Department: Steven Walling. Steven represents exactly what we’d hoped to attract through this process: talented Wikimedians who have a knack for crafting clear theories about how Wikimedia communities operate and how they can be supported. Steven’s previous experience as a freelance writer, blogger, and community manager make him an excellent choice to pilot this program. Steven is beginning a year-long Fellowship, during which he will work on multiple projects. He will be blogging about his projects as he continues.
> We are deeply excited about the possibilities for the Wikimedia Foundation Fellowship program. Bringing in talented individuals who have specific projects in mind will allow us all to ask questions and solve problems that were previously out of reach for either volunteers or staff. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming Steven and more new Wikimedia Foundation Fellows as they are announced.
> Zack Exley,
> Chief Community Officer
FYI. Liam Wyatt has championed Wikimedia's relationships with cultural
institutions, and has led key initiatives like the British Museum's
"Wikipedian in Residence" program in June 2010 (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BM ). Please see his
announcement below regarding an important event hat will take place in
London in November. Hope some of you will be able to make it there. :-)
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From: Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt(a)gmail.com>
Subject: [cultural-partners] Announcing GLAM-WIKI:UK
chapters-cultural-partners(a)wikimedia.ch, Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <
Cc: board(a)wikimedia.org.uk, Matthew Cock <MCOCK(a)thebritishmuseum.ac.uk>
Dear WikimediaUK, Cultural Partnerships & Foundation-l mailing lists,
On behalf of Wikimedia UK I am pleased to formally announce the second
edition of the GLAM-WIKI conference - this time to be held in London at the
British Museum on the 26th and 27th of November. The purpose of this
conference is to bring the UK and European GLAM sector [gallery, library,
archive & museum] into direct conversation with the Wikimedia community so
we can build a better understanding of our common purpose - sharing culture
- and how to assist each to best do that. After all, we are here for the
same reason, for the same people, in the same medium so we might as well do
it together :-)
As the British Museum will be generously hosting this event, and today marks
the anniversary of the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone (hence today's
Feature Article on the English Wikipedia), we thought it would be an
auspicious time to declare that registration is now open. The registration
price for Wikimedians is £20.
You can read all the details at:
and the WM-UK blogpost just published:
Wikimedia France will be hosting edition three of GLAM-WIKI one week later
in December at the *Assemblée nationale* in Paris, and Wikimedia Australia
hosted edition one last year at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, so
we're in good company.
Keynote speakers at this conference will be:
- Author, activist, blogger and London local *Cory
- Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation *Sue
- Director of the Columbia University copyright advisory office *Dr.
And many other presenters besides! Some are already listed on the conference
page and many more will be announced by
Wikimedians from the UK and further afield are invited to register for this
conference. If you are in contact with professionals in the GLAM sector,
please mention this event to them too. Moreover, if you would like to come
and moderate a session please write to me directly with your proposed
If you have any questions you can write to me privately, leave them on the
event's talkpage or reply on the mailing list.
Liam [[witty lama]]
Convener, GLAM-WIKI:UK & Wikipedian in Residence, British Museum
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I'm delighted to tell you that the Wikimedia Foundation has just hired
its first-ever Chief Talent and Culture Officer. Cyn Skyberg will
begin work with us this coming Monday, September 13. She'll report to
As CTCO, Cyn will have two major first priorities: to help the
Wikimedia Foundation's hiring managers recruit amazing staff
(including key new positions such as the director of operations 
and the national program director for India ), and to continue the
work of creating and entrenching a staff culture that fits inside the
bigger Wikimedia culture and shares its values of independence,
openness, community, transparency and diversity. In this work, she'll
be supported by Daniel Phelps, the Wikimedia Foundation's Human
This is a really important job, and as I worked through the hiring
process it became clear that I needed to find someone unusually
creative and flexible, with a real passion for understanding and
supporting people in voluntary online communities. Cyn stands out as
For the past five years, Cyn has worked at Linden Labs, the
organization behind Second Life. There, she held a series of
increasingly-responsible positions culminating in Vice President of
Partnerships -- all of which included responsibility for the Second
Life user community. Both the Second Life and Wikimedia communities
are known for being iconoclastic and independent of spirit – nobody is
exactly like us, LOL, but I think that Cyn's experience at Second Life
will nonetheless help equip her to do well in our world :-)
And, Linden is pretty much identical in age to the Wikimedia
Foundation, and went through a massive growth spurt during Cyn's time
there, which has I think enabled her to understand and navigate the
challenges and opportunities that come with growth and change. She has
done lots of recruiting, including outside the United States: during
her time at Linden she hired in the UK, Germany, Australia, the
Netherlands, France, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
She also incorporated an outsourced group in Newcastle, and was the
executive sponsor of Linden's Brighton office. And, she worked with
other Linden executives to develop Linden's internal culture,
including its employee and mentorship programs.
Prior to Linden, Cyn worked in museums: first at the Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History where she worked with the Anthropology
department and managed the retail operations, followed by running the
retail organizations (including managing both paid staff and
volunteers) at the Portland Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art.
Cyn has a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from the
University of California (Santa Barbara). While at Linden she
developed an interest in helping organizations focus on individual
empowerment and collaboration, and she's now about to receive a
master's degree in organizational psychology from The Chicago School
of Professional Psychology.
I am delighted Cyn will be joining us: please help me welcome her. But
-- she doesn't yet have a Wikimedia e-mail address, and she's not yet
subscribed to our mailing lists. So maybe wait for Monday :-)
I'd also like to take a second to thank the people who helped with the
hiring process --- including Erik, Veronique, Barry, Danese, Zack,
Daniel, Jay, Bill, Tomasz, Sal Giambanco of the Omidyar Network and HR
consultant Jane Creech. And of course my thanks to our recruitment
firm m|Oppenheim, who –as always-- did a terrific job.
I also want to particularly thank Veronique, who's been handling the
HR portfolio, with Daniel, to date. When Veronique first joined us, a
lot of HR basics were missing -- such as health insurance and a
retirement savings plan, vacation allotments, and procedures for
hiring staff and evaluating performance. Veronique has done a great
job looking after the Wikimedia Foundation's HR needs, and I'm
grateful to her for it.
415 839 6885 office
415 816 9967 cell
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
<forwarding to the announce list>
This is a quick update on recent and pending Board work. I intend to
send these out on a regular basis, including the work of Board
== Summer meetings ==
In July, the Board held its summer meeting in Gdańsk before Wikimania.
We discussed internal Board committees, movement roles, and the last
stage of the strategic plan. We agreed to try out a revised meeting
schedule this year, with additional IRC meetings and just three
in-person meetings, as well as a possible retreat (this would be the
first one in four years -- we would
finally need to disambiguate [[m:Board retreat]] ).
We said goodbye and a hearty thank you to Michael Snow, and welcomed
our new chapters-selected trustee, Phoebe Ayers. New officers were
elected. And the Trustees spent more time enjoying Wikimania than
has happened in recent memory - less overbooking, more time
participating in sessions.... a welcome change.
On August 31, we held the first IRC meeting of the fiscal year, to
review and discuss broad targets for the strategic plan. Minutes of
that meeting will be posted shortly.
At the same time, we also approved the formation of Wikimedia Eesti.
Welcome to the Estonian chapter! This chapter has the distinction of
having received approval without translating any of their core
documents into English. (While I like this, I hope that ee. editors
will find time to update the Estonian pages on Meta to reflect the
current state of the projects, in the language of their choice...)
You can read the latest minutes and resolutions here:
== Upcoming meetings ==
The next meeting of the Board will be in San Francisco, October 8-9.
The agenda will include a review of the final version of the five-year
strategic plan, and the controversial content study facilitated by
Robert Harris. Comments and suggestions on this and future meetings
Finally, there will be an informal open Wikimedia meeting Saturday,
September 11 on IRC, with our two newest Trustees.
On behalf of the Board,
Samuel Klein identi.ca:sj w:user:sj
sent on Sue's behalf. We're working through the April/May/June backlog
for historical completeness, but wanted to share this new report upon
completion. We should be returning to predicable production frequency
I'd also like to invite you to help get the word out about this
report, to start disseminating it to a wider audience. There's a wiki
which you can share, help improve, translate, wikify. :-)
WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION REPORT - JULY 2010
1) Wikimedia community, staff and board attend Wikimania 2010 in
Gdansk, Poland. 70 travel scholarships were awarded to recipients in
2) Beginning of the new fiscal year. New hiring plan underway.
First-ever open call for community fellowship and residency
3) Catalyst grants awarded to Wikimedia chapter organizations in nine countries
4) Planning continues for new data center in Virginia
More than 300 Wikimedians gathered in Gdansk, Poland, for the sixth
Wikimania conference. The Wikimedia Foundation awarded 70 travel
scholarships to Wikimedians from 39 countries -- greatly expanding on
past years' scholarship programs. There were many side meetings in
which contributors to fledgling Wikimedia projects shared experiences,
encourgaged each other, and met with Wikimedia Foundation board and
staff, as well as like-minded organizations.
New Wikimedians, new board members, and new staff were welcomed by
Wikimania regulars. A great line up of presentations and discussions
delved into new and long standing questions about community health,
project governance, growth and new technology. Many Wikimedia
Foundation staff members gave presentations.
Our communications team carried our first major video production
effort focused on capturing the stories of Wikimedians on the
sidelines of Wikimania. They interviewed 35 people and the final
videos are forthcoming.
Wikimania 2010 program:
Community report in the Wikipedia Signpost:
DATA, TRENDS AND FINANCIALS
The monthly report card for July 2010 can be found at:
Global unique visitors:
360 million (-5% compared to previous month / + 21.9% compared to
13.1 billion (-6% compared to previous month / + 27.2% compared to
July 1, 2010 is the beginning of the 2010-11 Financial Year. The
Annual Plan can be found at:
Operating Revenue Budget: USD 20.4MM
Operating Expense Budget: USD 20.4MM
Operating revenue for July: USD 160K vs. plan of USD 188K
Operating expenses July: USD1.3MM vs. plan of USD 1.6MM
Unrestricted cash on hand as of mid August: USD 11.0MM
The underspend in July is primarily due to underspending in capital
expenditures and internet hosting (those were budgeted evenly over the
year but will actually start lower and increase throughout the year)
and underspending related to personnel. This was partially offset by
overages related to Wikimania funding and WikiSym sponsorship and
timing of Wikimania scholarships.
The review of global unique visitors and pageviews shows the normal
June/July seasonal drop during sommer months.
Wikimedia Foundation data analyst Erik Zachte has created a series of
new reports on revert trends (how frequently are changes undone),
which he also presented at Wikimania. The relevant blog post can be
The data, for example for the English language Wikipedia, can be found at:
In coming months, we hope to gain a better understanding of the
relationship between revert trends and editing trends: Do revert
ratios predict editing activity? We invite the research community to
help us in the sensemaking process.
An additional set of reports was prepared by Erik Zachte to capture
pageviews and editing activity by country-of-origin:
Particularly noticeable is the relatively high percentage of edits
from European countries, as well as the strong correspondence between
the percentage of pageviews and the percentage of edits from the
Global South, which suggests that scaling our reach in the Global
South will also help us to gain more participants in those countries.
Other notes and obervations:
* It is instructive to review the "movers and shakers" section of page
requests, which shows that Indonesian, Korean, and Russian Wikipedia
have seen the strongest growth over the last year.
* A recent data loss issue on the logging server has been fixed.
Previously logged pageview data has been corrected based on an
estimate of the data loss. Months affected by the data loss are grayed
out in the report card.
* We've received more detailed reports from PediaPress about sales of
books using the book tool (compile Wikipedia articles into a printed
book), and will share some of this data soon. Highlights: From May
through July, PediaPress shipped 1,671 printed books to 981 buyers in
46 countries. 38% of books were sold to Germany and 28% to the United
States. The feature was also used to generate approximately 85,000 PDF
files per day.
In July, we added 1 permanent hire (Barry Newstead, Chief Global
Development Officer) and 2 temporary employees (Alolita Sharma,
Engineering Program Manager, and Arthur Richards, Fundraising
Engineer). Stewardship Associate Anya Shyrokova resigned from her
position with Wikimedia to attend graduate school.
The hiring of Barry Newstead as Chief Global Development Officer and
Zack Exley as Chief Community Officer was announced in June. Please
refer to the press release for more information:
Total employee count:
Plan: 51, Actual: 49
1) New Data Center
We are building out an additional data center location for safe
failover in the event that our current primary facility in Tampa,
Florida suffers a major downtime. In July, we've been collecting rough
bids from hosting vendors we met in our June visit to Ashburn, VA.
We have submitted requirements to a potential major equipment donor
and attended meetings to support their consideration of whether to
give us machines as an in-kind donation. We have enough budget
earmarked to purchase these machines, but are looking for donations so
we can repurpose any savings.
2) Project overview
A full overview of projects that the engineering team has been working
on through much of July and August can be found at:
Here are some highlights:
- Resource Loader - Planning and requirements gathering for an
support of deployment of new functionality, including the new media
upload wizard for Wikimedia Commons.
- Article Assessment, AKA "Rate This Article" - Requirements gathering
for a pilot of this capability, tied to the Public Policy Initiative
- Pending Changes - Half-way through trial deployment of this feature
for the English Wikipedia, which was formerly called "Flagged
- Liquid Threads - A new discussion system. Working on UI redesign,
which was presented at Wikimania.
- Vector Phase V - Final rollout of new default look and feel for
Wikimedia properities (already deployed on all of the large sites)
scheduled for early September. This change will complete the rollout
of the Vector project.
Wikimedians interested in what we are working on should watch the wiki
pages mentioned in the tech blog entry.
3) Visits and planned meetings
- Student contractors - Over the summer, most of our student
contractors made visits to the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San
- Hackathon - Planning a 2-day public event to get together the WMF
Tech Staff with volunteer engineers for an old-fashioned face-to-face
coding sprint. This meeting will be formally announced in September
and will take place in October this year on the East Coast of the US.
- Data Summit - Planning an invitational meeting to discuss plans
related to how data is organized, displayed, captured and analyzed on
WMF properties. Keeping the invite list small, but interested parties
should apply to danese at wikimedia dot org for an invite.
Overall, the Global Development (GD) team is still very much in its
formative stages with the CGDO coming on board in July. We are
focused on building the team with active or soon-to-be active searches
for key positions including Chapter Development Director, National
Program Director for India, Senior Research Analyst, Global Product
Merchandise, Movement Communications and Program Assistant.
In July, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees approved the
formation of a chapter in India. The Indian team is now moving forward
to secure the legal registration of the chapter.
We did make significant progress on the first stage of chapter grant
making with grants approved for 9 chapters (Argentina, Switzerland,
Hungary, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Czech Republic,
Ukraine, New York) and a grant to support the formation of a chapter
in South Africa. We have increased our budget available for grants
this year. For more information about the grant-making process and the
submitted grants and reports, please see:
The Wikimedia blog (http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2010/07/) featured
postings from volunteer Liam Wyatt on his internship at the British
Museum, updates to the Google translation toolkit, changes to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, the approval of the Indian
chapter, the first ever open call for community fellowship and
residency applicants, and a summary of a Wikimedia and free culture
community event in Germany called Skill Share.
The communication team carried out Foundation's first major video
production project. The project interviewed over 35 wikpedians and is
the Foundation first series of videos intended to shed light on the
Wikimedia community. The videos will debut in September 2010.
* Major issues and media-interest topics:
** Gov't edits to Wikipedia articles rattle Canadian politicians (July 29)
** Wikipedia tops in customer service (July 20)
** Wikipedia bottoms in collecting user-data (July 30)
Media contact through the reporting period:
Please also see the detailed weekly news summaries by the Wikipedia Signpost:
The Community Department launched an "open call" for submissions by
people interested in working on community-facing projects. There were
almost 2,000 submissions, many very promising, who were and are being
evaluated for fellowship and residency positions at the Wikimedia
Foundation. The open call brought us in contact with many active
Wikimedians outside of the circle of well known voices and many women
and candidates from the Global South.
The public policy initiative held several in-person meetings, events
and trainings around the country of professors, student volunteers and
Wikimedians to build out the organization for the first semester.
Community staff working on the fundraiser established a volunteer
fundraising committee of Wikimedians from around the world to help
drive the 2010 fundraiser, as well as working through many other
preparations for the fundraiser.
FUNDRAISING, GRANTS, & PARTNERSHIPS
During July, the Wikimedia Foundation received 762 donations, with a
combined total value of USD 64,292. July is the beginning of the
Wikimedia Foundation's fiscal year; this year's Community Give and
Major Gifts target is USD 16,500,000. Combined with the USD 3,500,000
goal for Partnerships and Foundation related activiteis brings the
total Fundraising related goal for the year to USD 20,000,000.
Mike conducted ongoing work identifying and interviewing legal
resources for Wikimedia UK, to support the process of obtaining
We've been in contact with both the Apple and Android app stores to
ask their assistance in policing trademark-infringing apps. We're also
working independently with Apple to conclude a pre-existing legacy
agreement and develop a new contractual relationship regarding
Wikimedia trademark use in Apple products.
In July we re-engaged a charity-specialist attorney, first to help
identify the right path to organizing fundraising and other activities
in India, and later to help with other fundraising/chapter issues. We
confirmed that there are ongoing structural issues, particularly in
Europe, with transferring charitable funds to WMF -- we're looking for
holistic, comprehensive ways of resolving these issues.
VISITORS AND GUESTS
In July, the following people visited the Wikimedia Foundation offices
for meetings and talks: Kathy Nicholson, Program Officer with the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Travis Kriplean and Jonathan
Morgan, HCI Researchers at the University of Washington, Craig Newmark
of Craigslist, and 20 attendees from a conference on direct democracy,
most of whom were visiting from Europe.
Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner launched her
personal blog in July, starting with two blog posts:
"Why Wikimedia’s new revenue strategy makes me happy"
"If You Have These Five Characteristics Wikimedia Wants to Hire You"
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FYI: The latest report from Wikimedia Hungary below. Congratulations
to WM-HU for being awarded a grant by the Council of Hungarian
Internet Providers of HUF 4.7 million ($ 21 300), which will be used
for technical infrastructure. As noted below, WM-HU has also been
awarded grants by the Wikimedia Foundation.
I'm also personally very pleased to see Wikipedia's "create a book"
feature being used for the purpose of a competition. :-)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bence Damokos <bence.damokos(a)wiki.media.hu>
Subject: [Wikimedia Chapters Reports] Wikimedia Hungary report for August 2010
After a longer hiatus, the latest report on the activities of
Wikimedia Hungary has been published on Meta at:
For your convenience, it is reproduced below.
Between 5 and 8 August we organized a camp for Wikipedians in
Nagykanizsa, a small town in southwestern Hungary. The four day
meeting saw about sixteen participants visiting nearby nature parks,
reserves and towns and also playing Wikipedia quizzes and video clips,
as well as listening to lectures on Wikipedia and the chapters.
The camp was the first multi-day Wikimedia event to take place in
Hungary, supplementing a long tradition of at least quarterly
Wikipedia meetups in different parts of the country.
Given the positive feedback, if there is interest from the community
to organize a WikiCamp 2011, we plan to support it as well.
On 28 August there was a meeting about the ongoing organization of a
Wikipedia conference to be held on the 15th of January 2011 aimed at
the educational sector.
We started a contest on the Hungarian Wikipedia with the aim to
create community books from the topic of the encyclopedia. We hope
that the outcome can serve as a good step to identify featureable
topic categories. The winners will get their entries in the form of a
PediaPress book and Wikimedia Hungary will use the best books in its
regular activities in promoting and showcasing Wikipedia.
To help the contest we created a tutorial video about the book
creation tool, and the corresponding help page has also been
===Council of Hungarian Internet Providers===
The Hungarian Council of Hungarian Internet Providers has provided
Wikimedia Hungary with a HUF 4.7 million ($ 21 300) grant to set up
and maintain a server. We are in the process of obtaining quotes for
this server that would serve as a mini toolserver (running resource
intensive analytics programs, such as WikiTrust; test environments for
MediaWiki extensions; bots and user scripts; and generally being
available to the local user and research community and serving the
chapter’s general needs for a server.)
===Wikimedia Foundation grants===
The five grant submissions of Wikimedia Hungary for the fiscal year
2010-2011 have all been approved and the grant has now been
transferred into our accounts.
Our aim is to buy promotional supplies, projecting equipment, organize
a conference on the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, run a number of
photo contests, and to produce a number of tutorial videos for
Wikipedia. You can read about the individual grants in detail on
The total value of the grants is $6250 – we appreciate the support of
the Wikimedia Foundation.
===National Civil Fund===
Our grant application to the National Civil Fund to help provide
scholarships for Wikimania has succeeded and we have won HUF 248 000
($1100) out of the requested HUF 330 000. Unfortunately, the news came
after the event and we were unable to utilize it to its potential. We
estimate that the total amount we can spend from this grant (and
reimburse to the participants of Wikimania) will be about HUF 70 000.
On a brighter note, we received HUF 200 000 ($900) from the National
Civil Fund to cover some of our administrative and operating expenses.
Our WikiCamp event was featured in Kanizsa TV, the local TV of
Nagykanizsa and our president gave an interview emphasizing the
importance of face-to-face meetings. The camp was also featured in the
Wikimedia Foundation blog.
You can now find us on Twitter(and occasionally on Identi.ca) at
@WikimediaHU, as well as Facebook. We also maintain the Facebook
page for the Hungarian Wikipedia and have a blog.
We have established contact with a group of librarians who want to
start an initiative to systematically improve Wikipedia content on the
topics they find important. A tentative meeting has been scheduled
with them for the end of September.
 http://twitter.com/WikimediaHU, http://identi.ca/wikimediahu
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