It is my great pleasure to announce a new program being launched in
the Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Development department and a new
member of the team: Haitham Shamma has been engaged as program
consultant for the Editor Growth and Contribution Program. Pending
approval of the U.S. immigration visa process, we intend to bring
Haitham to San Francisco, full-time, as Contribution Research Manager
in the coming months.
Haitham is joining the Wikimedia Foundation in order to support new
editor growth on small-to-medium sized Wikimedia projects, and the
Editor Growth and Contribution Program is a new program being launched
at WMF to focus on the on-wiki needs of these projects. Haitham will
be partnering with the community to design, test, and implement online
programs to attract and retain more editors in these language
communities. The program aims to increase the number of active editors
on Wikimedia projects by working with the community to understand the
online needs of each project, and taking a data-driven approach to
implement solutions based on these needs. The pilots and programs
on-wiki that the Editor Growth and Contribution Program will use in
order to encourage new editors are intended to serve as a complement
to off-wiki outreach activities already underway in other teams.
WMF is really excited to be working with Haitham because he has been a
very active Wikipedia editor for several years and has an extensive
technical background in research and experimentation. Soon after he
began editing Arabic Wikipedia, Haitham began implementing systems and
tools to support editors and improve the quality of the Arabic
encyclopedia. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
and a master’s and PhD in Precision Engineering. As a volunteer in
the Arabic community, he has recently been helping with WMF’s Arabic
Language Initiative. Haitham speaks English, Arabic, and Japanese, as
well as some German, French, and Chinese. He’s also no stranger to
Haitham will be beginning his work with the Arabic Wikipedia
community, and based on what is learned there, he’ll be moving into
other languages and geographies soon. The Editor Growth and
Contribution Program will be connecting with the Fundraising team to
build contribution campaigns that encourage readers to become editors,
taking lessons learned from fellowship projects and the new Editor
Engagement Experiment team’s work, and partnering with each target
language community to figure out what approaches work best to support
editor growth in a given language, culture, and size.
Some initial documentation and FAQs about the program are being
developed on meta wiki:
We’re looking forward to everyone’s input and feedback there.
Meanwhile, please join me in welcoming Haitham!
Head of Community Fellowships
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
please find Wikimedia Deutschland's monthly report for March 2012 on
Meta. If you don't check it out, you may never get to know why political
parties in one of Germany's federal states just can't avoid to answer
WMDE's questions these days or which kinds of German newspapers covered
Wikipedia workshops lately. And well, there's Wikidata and much more
interesting things you wouldn't want to miss!
By the way, I linked this month's report both here
Supposedly, all chapter reports should be found in both places, but they're
not. Do we need both chapter subpages?
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The Escola de la Llotja
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escola_de_la_Llotja>is an art and design
school located in Barcelona, where several important
painters as Picasso <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso> studied.
Llotja and Amical
a pioneering partnership in which 6
illustration <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illustration> students are doing
their final degree internship at Amical, creating images that are being
incorporated under free licenses to Wikimedia
illustrate some Wikipedia articles.
It is an opportunity for them to work in a real context, public and very
visible, while contributing to a public good that is being built
collaboratively and is useful for many people.
The project aims to be a global precedent for involving other art and
design schools with Wikimedia related projects · More than thirty articles
are already illustrated in several languages thanks to this agreement of
At the beginning, we identified and listed some entries with missing
images, and the emerging illustrators of La Llotja are helping us with the
task of creating professional and informative images according to the
encyclopedic context which they are be published. Among which there are,
for example, outstanding
the twentieth century and fictional characters. Also noteworthy
illustrations teaching on the drying of the
the Messinian made with scientific advice.
Wikipedia has a strict criteria for the inclusion of images and media
files, in order to keep open its contents: works might be public domain or
free licensed (CC-BY-SA), which may be freely reproduced for any purpose
(also commercial) and which they can freely create derivative works to
improve them or adapt them. That's why many Wikipedia entries have no
image, because many topics do not have a related free image. One purpose of
this collaboration is to begin to fill this gap. Members of Amical
Viquipèdia with the participation of Catalan Wikipedians identified
articles with missing images difficult to achieve if not creating them
During the academic year of 2011-12, there are 6 students doing their
internship at Amical Wikipedia.
Three of them have drawn portraits of the twentieth century which have had
to fend for graphic work to create an own designed to accompany the
biographical entries of the encyclopedia. In one case we have worked with
fictional characters, also creating their own works, which were faithful to
the literary source and they also have the requests for information and
descriptive encyclopedic context. In three cases have been drawn
illustration or didactic information about geological phenomena and
- Luis Segovia: portraits of illustrators of the twentieth century
(Ricard Giralt Miracle, Lola Anglada, Pauline Baynes, Fernando Krahn,
Robert Monk Segura).
- Gerard Plan: portraits of Spanish politicians of the early twentieth
century and democratic transtition governments after the Franco
dictatorship (Adolfo Suarez, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Villa Martin, Manuel
Gutierrez Mellado, Landelino Lavilla).
- Albert Pons: portraits of Catalan writers of the twentieth century
(Josep Maria Folch i Torres, Montserrat Roig, Terence Moix, Joan Perucho,
Josep Palau i Fabre).
- Jessica Leon: fictional characters from books by JRR Tolkien.
- Paul Bahia: didactic illustrations on the drying of the Mediterranean
Sea during the Messinian period. Scientific advice was done by Daniel
Garcia-Castellanos, a researcher at the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth
Sciences, in addition to Wikipedian and member of Wikimedia Spain.
- Oriol Tuca: recreating scenes and portraits related to the Fluxus art
All works arising as a result of this project will be exhibited on May 10
in Barcelona. We wait for you at Llotja Sant Andreu at 19:30 pm in a
ceremony attended by all participants and organizers.
*Future: WikiArS (Art & Design Scools) movement*
Next year we will repeat the experience with Llotja and other art and
design schools of Catalonia. In addition, the project is open to other
interested schools and wikipedians around the world.
You can see some of the illustrations already uploaded
See the project page <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Llotja>.
*David Parreño Mont (User:Davidpar)
(As a member of Amical Viquipèdia)
PS: Soon the March Amical report!
please find below the WMF report for March 2012, in plain text.
As always, the editable and formatted version is on Meta:
and the reports are posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
Since a few months, we have been publishing a separate "Highlights"
summary. Please consider helping non-English-language communities to
stay updated, by providing a translation:
Many thanks to those who translated last month's "Highlights" into
Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and
While still focussing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
Suggestions for the upcoming April issue are welcome at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights (until May
This month's report and Highlights include a link to the new version
of the Report Card (which integrates various statistical data and
trends about Wikimedia projects).
Wikimedia Foundation Report, March 2012
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of March (April 5, 2012)>
* 1 Data and Trends
* 2 Financials
* 3 Highlights
o 3.1 MediaWiki development switching to distributed revision
o 3.2 Arabic outreach tour encourages participation in Wikipedia
o 3.3 Design improvements for Wikipedia mobile
* 4 Technology
o 4.1 Operations
o 4.2 Features Engineering
o 4.3 Internationalization and Editor Engagement Experimentation
o 4.4 Mobile
o 4.5 Platform Engineering
* 5 Research
* 6 Community
o 6.1 Community Organizing Projects
o 6.2 Fundraising
o 6.3 Fellowship Program
* 7 Global Development
o 7.1 Grants Program
+ 7.1.1 Grants Awarded and Executed
o 7.2 Brazil Catalyst
+ 7.2.1 Wikimedia community meetings - from 2 March to 9
+ 7.2.2 Engagement with the community
+ 7.2.3 Communications, Brazil
+ 7.2.4 Partnerships, Brazil
+ 7.2.5 Upcoming Activities in Brazil
+ 7.2.6 Brazil Education Program
o 7.3 Arabic Language Initiative
o 7.4 US Cultural Partnerships
+ 7.4.1 Lectures
+ 7.4.2 Cooperations
+ 7.4.3 Conferences
+ 7.4.4 Community
+ 7.4.5 Press and social media
+ 7.4.6 Additional US news
o 7.5 Mobile and Business Development
o 7.6 Global development research
o 7.7 Wikipedia Education Program
o 7.8 India Programs
+ 7.8.1 Indic Languages
+ 7.8.2 India outreach and communications
o 7.9 Communications
+ 7.9.1 Major announcements
+ 7.9.2 Major Stories through March
+ 7.9.3 Other worthwhile reads
+ 7.9.4 Wikipedia Signpost
+ 7.9.5 WMF Blog posts
+ 7.9.6 Media Contact
* 8 Human Resources
o 8.1 Staff Changes
o 8.2 Statistics
o 8.3 Department Updates
* 9 Finance and Administration
* 10 Legal and Community Advocacy
* 11 Visitors and Guests
== Data and Trends ==
Global unique visitors for February:
*476 million* (-1.3% compared with January; +25.4% compared with the
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will
release March data later in April)
Page requests for March:
*17.3 billion* (-4.7% compared with February; +13.6% compared with
the previous year)
(Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile
Active Registered Editors for February 2012 (>= 5 edits/month):
*85,163* (-3.6% compared with January / 1.7% compared with the
(Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for
Report Card for February 2012: http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/
== Financials ==
(Financial information is only available for February 2012 at the time
of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the period of July 1, 2011 -
February 29, 2012.
Technology Group $6,623,737
Community/Fundraiser Group $3,042,089
Global Development Group $2,707,697
Governance Group $641,421
Finance/Legal/HR/Admin Group $4,027,709
Total Expenses $17,042,652
Total surplus/(loss) $13,156,186
* Revenue for the month is $824K vs plan of $272K, approximately $552K
or 203% over plan.
* Year-to-date is $30.2MM vs plan of $24.6MM, approximately $5.6MM or
21% over plan.
* Expenses for the month is $2.1MM vs plan of $2.2MM, approximately
$49K or 2% lower than plan.
* Year-to-date is $17MM vs plan of $18.9MM, approximately $1.9MM or
10% lower than plan.
* Cash position is $31.4MM as of February 29, 2012 – approximately 13
months of expenses.
== Highlights ==
=== MediaWiki development switching to distributed revision control ===
The MediaWiki code repository was converted from Subversion to Git (a
distributed version control system originally developed by Linus
Torvalds and others for the Linux kernel) for the MediaWiki core and for
those MediaWiki extensions that are in use on WMF sites. The expected
are: A lower barrier for contributing code, avoiding certain technical
flaws of Subversion that made life difficult for developers, and getting
improvements to users faster.
Presentation at Arabnet, explaining "Why the Arabic world needs a strong
=== Arabic outreach tour encourages participation in Wikipedia ===
At the end of March, Barry Newstead and Moushira Elamrawy from the
Wikimedia Foundation's Global Development department visited several
Arabic language countries
(Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon and Egypt). They connected with local
Wikipedians and various potential partner institutions interested in
helping to enhance the Arabic Wikipedia. The Arabic Language Initiative
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Arabic_Language_Initiative> is a
=== Design improvements for Wikipedia mobile ===
The beta version of the mobile Wikipedia site saw several changes
to achieve a more professional look and a better user experience. These
include changes to the footer, a cleaner design for revealing and hiding
sections, and a redesigned full-screen search. An experimental new
feature makes it easier to access reference footnotes.
== Technology ==
A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for March 2012 can
be found at:
Major news in March include:
* The completion of the move of all our domain names from registrar
* The publication of a report on the first phase of Article Feedback
* Design improvements to our mobile front-end
in our beta (see also the general "Highlights" section);
* The first release of a complete copy of the English Wikipedia as ZIM
file, for offline reading using Kiwix;
* The move from Subversion to git
as our primary code versioning system;
* The kick-off of Wikimedia's participation to Google Summer of Code
== Operations ==
* *Ashburn data center* — We completed the Squid to Varnish conversion
for image caching, and successfully deployed Varnish on 8 servers in
our Ashburn data center for about half a day. Where there are
currently 24 Squid servers, 8 varnish servers would provide
sufficient capacity to replace them. We are making good progress in
testing, preparing and bringing up the Ashburn Search clusters. Full
scale testing has just started and results have been quite
promising. The Ashburn data center added network peering, and we
peered over 10 other big sites/ISPs with our network shortly after
that, thus reducing latency especially to Europe, Japan and Hong
Kong for many of our users there (and reducing bandwidth costs).
* *Media Storage* — After addressing earlier issues with the Swift
deployment, it was re-deployed and has been stable since. The
original testing hardware was removed from the cluster and the final
production node was added to bring a total of 5 new Swift nodes to
be the thumbnails object store at Tampa. Swift is also now running
in the Labs environment and ready to be used by other Labs projects
that interact with Swift in production. Volunteer attention to the
Swift Labs cluster is welcome to improve monitoring, analyze the
configuration, and in any other way understand this component of our
=== Features Engineering ===
* *Visual editor* — A big decision in March was to move forward with
contentEditable (CE) instead of implementing our own Editable
Surface (ES). Work continued on Parsoid and the team created a dump
grepper with syntax highlighting, and used it to analyze existing
wikilink/image syntax use.
* *Page Triage* — This month, the new editor engagement team developed
the first prototype of Page Triage, which provides an enhanced list
of articles to be triaged by community patrollers. Current goals for
this project are to complete development of the list view in April,
and start development of advanced features like the zoom view, for
release in May.
=== Internationalization and Editor Engagement Experimentation ===
* *Internationalization and localization tools'* — The team started to
develop (with UI/UX contractors) the UI for a Universal language
selector for desktop and mobile. They also added keymaps for
language support to Narayam, added Lohit font updates from upstream
to WebFonts, fixed bugs, reviewed code for localization support in
MediaWiki 1.19, and discussed language support metrics.
* *Editor Engagement Experimentation* — The newly created,
cross-functional Editor Engagement Experimentation team will focus
on engineering for experimentation around strategies to reverse
stagnating/declining participation in Wikimedia projects, and will
effectively launch on April 16. It will be composed of people from
the Community and Engineering/Product departments, tasked
specifically with conducting small, rapid experiments designed to
improve editor retention. This is intended to go beyond the projects
that are already being worked on; the purpose of /this/ team will be
to identify the possible changes we don't yet know about. The
engineering team will report to Alolita Sharma, with two new
software developer positions to be hired in the current fiscal year.
=== Mobile ===
* *Mobile Frontend* — We deployed changes to the MobileFrontend
extension to make it less Wikimedia-centric, as well as persistent
cookie support for options to beta. We also started to develop the
newly revised full screen search, footer & the new collapsible sections.
* *Mobile Photo Upload* — The first set of basic wireframes for mobile
uploads was created, with final language reviewed by the legal team.
* *Kiwix UX initiative* — The team decided not to use Mozilla Gecko as
the platform to port Kiwix to Android; an alternative is cordova-qt.
Work continued on Kiwix 0.9 RC1, the largest release ever made for
Kiwix. New ZIM files are regularly released for offline reading
using Kiwix. In particular, for the first time, a full ZIM version
of the English Wikipedia was made available, containing about 4
million articles, 11 million redirects, and 300,000 math images (see
online demo <http://library.kiwix.org:4229/A/Calculus.html>).
=== Platform Engineering ===
* *MediaWiki 1.19* — We have now finished deploying MediaWiki 1.19 to
all Wikipedia sites, including the Chinese language wikis (zh*).
However, we are monitoring some post-deploy issues. We are keeping
an eye on site performance; there's been a slight regression in our
parser cache hit rate.
* *Summer of Code 2012* — We submitted the our application for Google
Summer of Code 2012 (GSoC), which was accepted by Google.
== Research ===
* A workshop proposal
for Wikimania 2012 was submitted by Mayo Fuster bringing together
RCom members, community members and Wikipedia researchers to discuss
the challenges faced by research and research policy making on
* We published the March 2012 issue
the Wikimedia Research Newsletter, covering 16 recently published
* We published
the entire body of citation metadata
<http://www.citeulike.org/user/WRN/tag/wrn2011> of the 87
publications covered in the first volume of the newsletter, released
the whole Volume 1
as a stand-alone, 45-page PDF and launched a new microblogging
handle (@WikiResearch) on Twitter <http://twitter.com/WikiResearch>
and Identi.ca <http://identi.ca/WikiResearch> to cover regular
research updates on Wikipedia.
* We continued reviewing and supporting new research proposals
== Community ==
Womens History Month Edit-a-thon at the WMF offices>
Approximately 25 active Portuguese editors showed up for the São Paulo
convening, making it the biggest convening ever held in Brazil.>
This is the last month we'll be posting a report from the Community
Department. As announced on March 21
staff from the Community Department are being reorganized into Tech,
Global Development and a new Fundraising Department.
* Meetups and edit-a-thons around WikiWomen's History Month
held around the world in March. The event in San Francisco was held
in partnership with OCLC and the Ada Initiative.
* Steven Walling and Maryana Pinchuk held editor meet-ups focused on
knowledge-sharing, discussion and debate in 4 cities in Brazil. 
=== Community Organizing Projects ===
* Steven Walling and Maryana Pinchuk, joined by Megan Hernandez and
Victor Grigas, completed an intensive tour of Brazil, holding editor
meet-ups focused on knowledge-sharing, discussion and debate in four
cities: Sao Paolo, Rio, Natal, and Curitiba
Approximately 25 active Portuguese editors showed up for the São
Paulo convening, making it the biggest convening ever held in
Brazil.  Oona Castro has taken on the continuation of this work
to keep the PT community engaged in positive change. 
* Karyn Gladstone, Ryan Faulkner, Maryana Pinchuk, and Steven Walling
-- with the help of Dario Taraborelli -- have begun building a
backlog of community and product experiments for the new Editor
Engagement Experiments (E3) team as they make the transition from
Community into Product.
=== Fundraising ===
* Joined the editor convenings in Brazil and Argentina to learn about
Portuguese and Spanish editors to find stories for the 2012 annual
campaign. Held focus groups with donors to gain a deeper
understanding of the international donor base to improve
localization of fundraising messaging, donation methods and forms to
optimize the campaign internationally. Collaborated with chapter
members in Brazil and Argentina on improvements to make for the next
* Interviewed 20 new editors for possible 2012 fundraiser appeals.
* Completed the 2011 Fundraiser report, which will be released shortly.
* The team participated in a hands-on Mingle training to sync up
project management tools and develop work flows in accordance to
=== Fellowship Program ===
* *WikiWomen’s History Month*
o Sarah Stierch worked with volunteers to coordinate the first
WikiWomen's History Month in March. In honor of International
Women's Day and Women's History Month and part of gender gap
outreach efforts, meetups and edit-a-thons were held around the
world. Wrap-up documentation is in progress.
o WMF hosted the San Francisco WikiWomen's History Edit-a-Thon in
partnership with OCLC and the Ada Initiative. Over 40 attendees
(mostly women and a good mix of experienced and new editors)
created 10 new articles and improved 20 more. 12 new editor
accounts were created at the event.
* *Teahouse Project* - The Teahouse has been live on English Wikipedia
for one month. With much community interest in the project since
launch, the team has been working with volunteers to clarify and
improve the process for answering questions in the Q&A forum and
becoming a Teahouse host. Nine new hosts have volunteered and been
added to the program, and several other experienced editors are
informally participating. Some relevant metrics from the project’s
first month include:
o About 30 new editors are participating in the Teahouse each
week, with an average of 6 new questions and 4 new guest
profiles created per day. 61% of guests return to the
Teahouse more than once, with an average of 3 visits per new
editor to our Q&A forum. 26% of guests ask multiple questions.
Most questions are answered within a few hours, and hosts
clearly have capacity to handle more new editors in the forum
than we’re bringing in with current outreach methods. We’re
brainstorming ways to let more new editors know about the Teahouse.
o Although sample size is still very small and it’s too early to
draw conclusions about the Teahouse’s impact on editor
retention, initial data shows that 12% of all new editors
invited to the Teahouse and 38% of all new editors who
participate in the Teahouse are still active on Wikipedia 2-4
weeks later, compared with only 7% from a similar uninvited
o We’re wrapping up a survey of 150 new editors to learn more
about their Teahouse experience. 86% of respondents are
satisfied or very satisfied with the answers they received in
the Teahouse. More details will be in the full first month’s
report on meta, still in progress.
o *Recruitment* - New fellowships will be announced in April -
stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
== Global Development ==
* Oona Castro engaged as consultant, Brazil programs
* Dan Foy joins the Global Development Team as Mobile Technical Manager
* Barry travels with Moushira Elamrawy to Cairo, Beirut and Amman to
meet with volunteers and partners in the Arabic-speaking region;
speak about Wikimedia
* Kul and Amit attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to
announce partnership with Telenor
=== Grants Program ===
==== Grants Awarded and Executed ====
* Grants:WM_EE/2012 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_EE/2012>
=== Brazil Catalyst
==== Wikimedia community meetings - from 2 March to 9 March ====
(See also the Community section above
and the bilingual blog post: "Traveling to Brazil to meet Brazilian
* São Paulo: Attended by many community members; São Paulo community
seems most engaged with forming the Brazilian Chapter and offline
* Curitiba: 5 community members attended and engaged in a discussion
about editing and community behaviour, including Daniela and Fabio
(creator of Wikilove on PT.WP).
* Rio: Attended by 14 Editors (including participants from Brasilia
and Natal), editors had strong feelings about deletionism vs.
inclusionism, one editor is engaged in a project to improve
* Natal: A few attendees from Natal and Salvador had a lot of
questions about WMF operations.
==== Engagement with the community ====
* Editing Wikimedia and Meta pages in the projects of the community:
sharing ideas and proposals
* Meetings and email exchanges with Everton and other volunteers
(Nevio, Jonas, Rodrigo and a few others) on partnerships and events
(Balaio Hacker, WikiBrasil, Workshops in Casa Fora do Eixo,
partnership with IPEA and others)
==== Communications, Brazil ====
Positive media stories on the increased focus on Brazil. Media has
focused on engagement of Oona with the Wikimedia Foundation. She is
trying to refocus attention on the community.
* Interviews with O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo: 
* Exame Megazine: 
* Online digital section of O Estado de São Paulo - created story
based on other newspapers: 
* Blogs echoed newspapers news. Gizmodo: 
==== Partnerships, Brazil ====
Conversations with Fiocruz 
IPEA, Steering Committee of Internet, and Ibase.
==== Upcoming Activities in Brazil ====
* Marco Civil Congress Chamber’s meeting (invited)
* Encontro da Nova Consciência (invited)
* Uberlândia - Computing College meeting (attending)
* Wikimeeting in Goiania on 24 April (attending)
==== Brazil Education Program ====
* Discussions on targets, aims, methodologies and solutions for
upcoming ‘problems’ (such as the removal of mandatory activities on
Wikipedia from one of Juliana’s class).
* Meeting in São Paulo with professors and campus ambassadors
(professors interested in engaging the project)
=== Arabic Language Initiative
* Global Development team (Barry and Moushira) visit to Egypt, Jordan,
Lebanon and Morocco (see blog post
and the general "Highlights" section above)
* New outreach materials are ready to print next week.
* Barry spoke at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center
in Amman and then at the ArabNet Digital Summit in Beirut
* Moushira conducted introductory training for NGOs in the region at
e-Mediate conferences in Jordan and Morocco
=== US Cultural Partnerships ===
==== Lectures ====
* In mid-March, The Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau
hosted the US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for a Research
Roundtable about Wikipedia. A cooperative project is now in the
works that will utilize the cultural research that goes into the
creation of the state’s historic markers.
* A guest talk was given to Andrew Lih’s USC
Online Journalism Seminar discussing the role of citizen
curation and cultural narratives in Wikipedia and museums.
==== Cooperations ====
* Assistance was provided for the Indiana Historical Society
recently established a “Wikipedian of the Society” position.
This staff member, who was formerly the director of education,
will carry out ongoing collaborative projects with Wikimedia.
* GLAM-Wiki volunteers are now facilitating an image donation with
the Birmingham Museum of Art
* Other cooperations are not yet public.
==== Conferences ====
* Planning has continued for the Wikipedian in Residence panel
<http://aamcommunity.org/aam2012/s3d2/> at the American
Association of Museums conference, which was listed among the
top “futurist” picks
by the Center for the Future of Museums.
* Coordination also continued for MuseumNext
Barcelona, which requested a US delegate to be a part of a
Wikipedia Lounge. A talk about QRpedia is included in the
program, to be led by Alex Hinojo with support by the US
Cultural Partnerships Coordinator.
* Wikimania proposals were coordinated and submitted: State of
GLAM-Wiki in the US
and QRpedia and you
well as A National GLAM Coordinator - a crucial yet overlooked
(Participating on panel; organized by Shani Evenstine)
==== Community ====
* Updates have continued on the GLAM-Wiki US portal
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:GLAM/US> on the English Wikipedia.
* Cultural professionals and Wikipedians have updated the GLAM
Connect page <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:GLAM/US/Connect> with
information by state, individual GLAM contacts, and online and
outreach Wikipedians available for assistance.
* The GLAMcamp DC report
was completed and
is now available to review.
==== Press and social media ====
* The US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator was featured in a
two-part series on Carnegie Mellon’s Technology in the Art’s
blog, discussing the role of Wikipedian in Residence and the
GLAM-Wiki US community
as well as the use of QRpedia in museums
* A forthcoming interview will be appearing on the Library of
Congress blog, highlighting the GLAM-Wiki community and our
efforts within US institutions.
* The Cultural Partnerships Coordinator is now maintaining the
GLAM-Wiki US Facebook page
<https://www.facebook.com/GLAMWIKI.US> as well as the @glamwiki
<https://twitter.com/#!/glamwiki> Twitter account, which is
global in scope.
==== Additional US news ====
* The OCLC is currently accepting applications for a Wikipedian in
Residence for Summer 2012. A job description
<https://jobs-oclc.icims.com/jobs/2081/job> and explanatory blog
post <http://hangingtogether.org/?p=1623> provide details on the
* The Smithsonian Archives has announced Sarah Stierch as their
Spring 2012 Wikipedian in Residence
An edit-a-thon, “She Blinded Me with Science,”
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wp:Meetup/DC_30> was held Saturday,
=== Mobile and Business Development ===
* The Mobile Team attended Mobile World Congress (which was February
27 to March 1st) where the team did the following: 1) Announce the
Wikipedia Zero partnership with Telenor at the event; 2) meet with
other potential partners regarding our mobile programs; and 3)
evangelize the benefits of supporting our mission activities with a
wider audience. Kul Wadhwa also spoke on a panel at the conference
about Innovation in Developing Countries where he emphased the
importance of providing "access" to people in these countries 
* Dan Foy joined the Global Development team as our Technical Manager
for Mobile Partnerships. He will primarily be working with our
partners on implementing our programs, such as Wikipedia Zero and
Wikipedia on USSD/SMS, so more people will have access to free
knowledge on mobile devices.
* Working on launch setups with Orange for free access to mobile
Wikipedia (the m. site which includes images) starting with Ivory
Coast, following by Uganda and Tunisia.
* Approached the final testing phase of WP Zero with Digi (Telenor's
affiliate in Malaysia).
=== Global development research ===
* Finally, the data from the December editor survey has been cleaned
and processed. We'll start blogging soon.
* The outreach evaluation tool is done, and we'll be delivering first
report to the India team early next week. We are also coordinating
with the teahouse team to implement the outreach tool for new editors.
* Report for the Global Education team that compares editing patterns
of students in the education program with newbie editors is done,
and will be delivered to global education program soon. Survey
results from Indian and US students who participated in the
education program were shared with local teams. Currently, we are
fielding a pre-test survey of students in the Cairo pilot.
* Working with the analytics team we have data on editors by
geography, and are creating heat maps to show distribution of
editors for all languages, plus English, Portuguese, Arabic and
=== Wikipedia Education Program ===
* Beta testing of the new MediaWiki extension: Software developer
Jeroen DeDauw worked with volunteers on debugging the new MediaWiki
extension for the Education Program. The extension will replace the
current course page and Ambassadors on-wiki system and will add more
transparency to the work being done in the Education Program.
Beginning in fall 2012, professors, Ambassadors, and students will
associate themselves with courses through a MediaWiki database,
which will help with managing the courses and tracking the students'
work on Wikipedia and will significantly reduce staff workload.
* Brazil Education Pilot kicks off with six classes: The Brazil Pilot
started with 6 classes in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Local Brazilian Wikipedians led a training for the all-star cast of
professors and Campus Ambassadors. Wikipedians across Brazil and
Portugal are also expressing their support for the program by
serving as Online Ambassadors. Topic areas this semester include
Physics, Ancient History, Public Policy, and Sociology.
* Annie Lin meets with instructors in Cairo: In mid-March, Annie Lin
traveled to Cairo where she met with instructors participating in
the Cairo Education Pilot as well as with students and local
community members. Assignments this term: mathematics students are
going to be writing articles on famous mathematicians, French
students will be translating articles from the French Wikipedia to
the Arabic Wikipedia (their first topic is "Civil Disobedience"),
and theatre/drama students will be adding the literature review
section of their long analytical paper onto the Arabic Wikipedia.
Some students find editing Wikipedia to be very technically
challenging (they look forward to the visual editor!), but the
participating professors and students are very excited to play a big
role in growing free knowledge in Arabic.
* Workshop with members of a Cairo photography club: Essam Sharaf
conducted a workshop with members of the InFocus photography club in
early March. Essam highlighted the lack of pictures on the Arabic
Wikipedia and encouraged members of the club to actively contribute
their photos to Wikimedia Commons.
* Engagement of Faris El-Gwely as a contractor: Faris joined the
Wikipedia Education Program team half-time as Education Program
Coordinator, Cairo. Faris will help coordinate and monitor
on-the-ground and on-wiki activities in the Cairo Pilot. A long-term
Arabic Wikipedian, Faris lives in Sadat City near Cairo.
=== India Programs ===
==== Indic Languages ====
* *Medical project*: This is now running in Assamese, Oriya, Telugu
and Malayalam. Supported the Assamese & Oriya communities by helping
them with creating project pages and showing how the project can be
managed effectively. We are now loooking at expanding the potential
of this project by supporting commnities to conduct outreach
sessions specifically focussed on this project - in medical
colleges. Co-ordinating outreach sessions with Assamese and Nepali
communities, and exploring potential in Telugu.
* *Translated article enhancement project*: This project works on
cleaning up content added using Google translation tools and is
exciting becuase it has potential to help community collaboration
and community building (attracting both newbies and retired
ediotrs). In Kannada, a10 community members signed up for the
project - and we helped prepare the project page, collect the
required articles, drafted communication for the community and
suggested starting a facebook group for kannada wikipedia.
* *GLAM*: informed community members about the project and conducted a
HIndi outreach session for staff at Craft Museum
* *Wikisource*: Published blog post about DjVu digitization. Supported
the Gujarati community community for the creation of GU Wikisource
and supported the Telugu community to enable the sub page feature in
o Kannada: Helped community to log bug for enabling transwiki import
o Nepali: Medical outreach
o Nepali: Support for creating Wikimedia mailing list
o Bangla: Support for enabling proofread extension and the
o Odiya: Supported outreach programs at Anugul, Bhubaneswar and
==== India outreach and communications ====
* Conducted outreach sessions: Two at Indian Institute of Technology
(Delhi), one each at Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering
(Delhi), ISB (Hyderabad), Jamia Milia Islamia, Lady Shri Ram College
and Jawaherlal Nehru University (Delhi)
* Discussing the possibility of conducting outreach sessions:
o *Medical outreach* in Assam, Andhra Pradesh to support the
medicine project in Telugu and Assamese wikis
o *Non-technical outreach*: Diversifying areas of interest to
recruit new editors and reaching out to non-engineering
o *Indian language outreach*: Community building for Hindi, two
Indic language outreach events (Department of Hindi in Delhi
University and JNU)
* Improved new editor sign up form to capture details of participants
attending outreach sessions. (Details from this form will be used to
follow up with the participants and keep track of their editing post
* Experimented to test effectiveness of online outreach by organising
and conducting an online outreach event.
* Initiatied support to community on Wikipatrika, the India community
* Started creating a contact mailing list of journalists and PR personnel.
* Started exploring the full potential of social media for community
* Got a press story for Hyderabad and a press contact for te-wp
* Story published in Caravan.
* As part of Women's History Month, published a blog post on Netha
a female editor on the Malayalam Wikipedia
* Working on Storytelling: Gujarati Wikisource
=== Communications ===
A relatively quiet month for Communications in March. Jay spoke at the
Public Relations World Congress in Dubai on a panel about social media
and collaborative approaches to communications. Discussions about some
possible expansion and improvements to the Wikimedia blog took place
(more plans in development for April) and the Wikimedia Shop got its
first major exposure to the Wikimedia community.
The Wikimedia Shop (http://shop.wikimedia.org/ ), under the management
of James Alexander, has been getting lots of feedback from community
members. New products are in development and work is underway on methods
to keep purchase costs and shipping low for international customers.
We're also proposing several methods of shipping free merchandise to
==== Major announcements ====
No major press releases or announcements in March
==== Major Stories through March ====
*GoDaddy Migration* (March 9, 2012)
Users react strongly and favorably to the news that the Wikimedia
Foundation transferred its domains from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor.
*Britannica Stops Print Edition* (March 13, 2012)
Encyclopedia Britannica announced it will stop printing editions after
244 years. The coverage was mostly neutral or positive, noting that
Wikipedia is a remarkable achievement consistent with our digital age
and open/croud-sourced information sharing.
NYTimes Media Decoder Blog
NYTimes Room for Debate - Phoebe Ayers
The Atlantic - Why Wikipedia Fans Shouldn't Gloat
Giga Om - Encyclopedias are like journalism: it's better when they're open
Wikimedia Deutschland announced WikiData in late March, the first new
Wikimedia project since 2006. The coverage was international and very
positive, often highlighting the status of the trio of major
Wikimedia Foundation blog
Techies Team Up to Make Wikipedia Smarter (March 30, 2012)
Wikipedia's Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable
Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others (March 30, 2012)
==== Other worthwhile reads ====
ABC becomes the first Aussie broadcaster to donate footage to Wikipedia
and Wikimedia Commons (March 26, 2012)
Creative Commons on ABC announcement
Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy (March 11, 2012)
Telenor to make Wikipedia available to 135 million customers (March 9, 2012)
Wikipedia avoids politics after copyright victory (March 7, 2012)
==== Wikipedia Signpost ====
* Volume 7, Issue 10, 5 March 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 11, 12 March 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 12, 19 March 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 13, 26 March 2012
==== WMF Blog posts ====
==== Media Contact ====
== Human Resources ==
Payroll accountability is now shared between HR and Finance, with
Finance handling execution. We also completed a bi-annual
exempt/non-exempt status audit and adjusted employee status where
necessary so that we are in legal compliance. We are beginning to
implement some leadership development programming, starting with monthly
leadership roundtable discussions.
On the recruiting front, we have reduced hiring cycle time from nearly 1
year to 6 months on average, and we have a goal of reducing that to 3
months. Capacity to hire, particularly in tech, has grown enormously. We
are improving the visibility of job postings, including on social media
outlets, and will be improving our ability to better target specific
markets in our recruiting efforts.
We extended the benefit to employees of our pe-tax commuter
reimbursement policy. Under the new policy, commuter reimbursement
benefits extend to public transportaiton, parking, carpooling, and
Upcoming Policy Work
We're working on a revision of both the paid time off policy and our
policy on immigrations, namely sponsoring visas and green cards. Part of
the intention in the paid time off policy is to address the perception
of inequalities in the system by making paid time off based on length of
employment. We have also grown to the size where having an immigration
policy was necessary, and we are designing one that aligns to our values
around welcoming an international workforce.
=== Staff Changes ===
* Dan Foy, Mobile Partner Technical Manager (Global Development)
* Joslyn Lewis, Senior Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
New Other Position Hires
* Oona Caldeira Brant Monteiro de Castro, Brazil National Program
Director (Global Development)
* Noopur Raval, Consultant, India Program, Communications (Global
* Giovanni Ciampaglia (Product Development)
* Daniel DeJarnatt (Human Resources)
* Faris El-Gwely (Global Development)
* Faidon Liampotis (Engineering)
* Matthias Mullie (Engineering)
* Robert Schnautz (Global Development)
* Haitham Shammaa (Global Development)
* Lindsey Smith (Engineering)
* Amir Aharoni (Engineering)
* Chad Horohoe (Engineering)
* Antoine Musso (Engineering)
* Pavel Andreev (Engineering)
* Timo Tijhof (Engineering)
* Peter Youngmeister (Engineering)
* Erek Dyskant
* Isa Munne
* Director, Global Learning and Grantmaking
* Legal Intern (Fall)
* Partner Support Engineer
* Lucene Search Operations Engineer
* Wikipedia S40 J2ME Mobile Application
=== Statistics ===
Total Employee Count:
March Plan: 113 March Filled: 4, March Attrition: 1,
YTD Filled: 42, YTD Attrition: 14
Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end: 20
=== Department Updates ===
Real-time feed for HR updates: http://identi.ca/wikimediaatwork or
== Finance and Administration ==
Spending time looking at space issues, as given our current hiring plan
we are beginning to see the end of available space.
Completed update on the R36 conference room. Completed upgrade to R66
projection and sound system and completed upgrade to 6th floor community
space projection and sound system.
The Mid Year Financial report
has been posted and the 2010 990 form will be posted soon along with an FAQ.
== Legal and Community Advocacy ==
We moved our domain names from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor. There is a blog
post up about it at
We also began implementation of trademark audit - started registering
and extending many of our major trademarks and logos that were
developed collaboratively with the community), and they will be legally
announced by April 15.
We have hired a new temporary paralegal, four summer interns, and hope
to hire and announce a new junior counsel (with strong Wikimedia
background) in April.
In light of recent Board resolutions on fundraising, we met in Berlin
with chapters in France, the UK, and Germany to discuss minimum legal
and finance requirements for fundraising; still need to schedule meeting
In addition, our interns have posted a series of pieces of background
research for the community:
* *Community question regarding the copyright status of NASA images*
o Prepared and posted by Chris
* *Research on close paraphrasing*
o Prepared and posted by Lisa
* *Community question regarding the copyright status of pictorial
representations of architectural works*
o Discussion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:FoP-USonly
o Prepared and posted by Lisa
* *Research on CC-BY-SA on Facebook*
o Prepared by Michelle
* *Blog post on the power of free knowledge*:
o An archive of LCA blog posts is now available
Number of contracts signed - 30
Number of trademark requests - 15
approved - 2
pending - 13
== Visitors and Guests ==
1. Jeff Wishnie (Thoughtworks)
2. Sumana Harihareswara (remote staff)
3. K.V. Kurmanath (Journalist from India)
4. Cathy Casserly (CEO of Creative Commons)
5. Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons)
6. Guillaume Paumier (remote staff)
7. Diederik van Liere (remote contractor)
8. Christian Williams (Wikia)
9. Robert West (Stanford student)
10. Mark Hershberger (remote staff)
11. Chris McMahon (remote staff)
12. Rick Branson (Datastax)
13. Tom White (Cloudera)
14. Nathan Marz (Twitter)
15. Jean-Daniel Cryans (StumbleUpon)
16. Erik Burton (Spinn3r)
17. John Sichi (Facebook)
18. Steph Thommen (Remote staff)
19. Kevin McCracken (Social Imprints)
20. Daniel Phifer (Social Imprints)
21. Oliver Keyes (remote contractor)
22. Anacleto Angelo Ortigara (Sebrae Technical Director)
23. Eunice Miranda (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
24. Jéssica dos Santos (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
25. Cristiano Zago (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
26. Neidi Cassol (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
27. Ida Martins Noriler (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
28. Lucimara da Cunha (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
29. Alexandre Marino (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
30. Fernando dos Santos (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
31. Viviane Ferran (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
32. Ademir Marcon (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
33. Guilherme Tossulino (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
34. Marcos Bittencourt (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
35. Janes Ortigara (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
36. Cássia Cavaglier (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
37. Mariangela Smania (SEBRAE chapter of the State of Rio Grande do Sul)
38. Joe Filceolaire (UK Wikimedian)
39. Thiago Rondon ("São Paulo Perl Mongers"- work to promote and support
the Perl language in Brazil)
40. Patrick Teisenmenger (PayPal representative)
41. Kathy. S. Prestigiacomo (Morgan Stanley Smith Barney)
42. Myles Weissleder (Access)
43. Open Stack Meetup (30 people)
44. Abinash and BG (HelpShift)
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest Wikimedia Community Fellow of
2012, Peter Coombe. As a fellow, Pete will be working with the community to
improve help documentation on English Wikipedia. He’ll be leading a 6 month
effort and taking a data-driven approach to reorganize and rewrite key help
pages in order to make them more usable for new and experienced editors
Pete comes to the fellowships program with an impressive resume. He’s been
editing English Wikipedia as The
wub<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:The_wub>since 2005, he’s an
admin with over 75,000 global edits, and an active
member of Wikimedia UK. Pete volunteered on the Social Media Team in the
2010 Fundraiser, and worked as a Production Coordinator in 2011. He’s got a
B.A. and M.Sci. with honors in Natural Sciences from the University of
Cambridge, and much experience breaking down complex topics into clear
written information. He’s participated twice in a program at Cambridge to
create online teaching and learning modules on advanced materials science
and engineering topics. He’s also worked at The Helpful Book Company,
publishing books that teach senior citizens how to use computers.
Pete’s talent for making the complex seem simple, combined with his
experience A/B testing in the fundraiser and 7 years editing Wikipedia,
make him a great fit for his fellowship project. To follow his work or get
involved in the redesign project, please visit his project
More info about Pete and his project are also on the WMF
Head of Community Fellowships
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.