The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
December 3, 2015, at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.
* Strategy update
* Community update
* Research showcase
** The impact of the Teahouse on user retention
* Product demo
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Executive Assistant to the VP of Product
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
tl;dr: The FDC’s recommendations for this round of the APG grant
requests have now been published at:
The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to help
make decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to
achieve the Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy.  We
met for four days last week in San Francisco to review 11 proposals
submitted for this round of funding. 
The committee has now posted our Round 1 2015-2016 recommendations on
the annual plan grants (APG) to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees.  The WMF Board representatives to the FDC (Denny
Vrandecic, Jan-Bart de Vreede and Dariusz Jemielniak) will lead the
Board in its review of these recommendations. The WMF Board will
review the recommendations and then make their decision on them before
1 January 2016.
This round, the eleven proposals came from ten chapters and one
thematic organisation, totaling requests of approximately $3.8 million
USD. Ten affiliates were returning to the APG program, and one was a
new applicant. This round, one organisation requested a restricted
grant to support one particular program. All other grant requests were
for general funding.
Before we met for our face-to-face deliberations, the FDC carefully
reviewed all proposals and supporting documentation (e.g., budgets,
plans, strategies) in detail, aided by staff assessments and analysis
on impact, finances, and programs, as well as community comments on
the proposals. The committee had long and intense conversations about
the proposals submitted this round. By listening and carefully
considering all available data, the committee achieved consensus on
all proposal deliberations.
In addition to the above, the FDC has also included a recommendation
about the WMF itself to improve its own level of planning transparency
and budget detail. The WMF staff were not involved in the conception
or writing of this additional recommendation.
For your reference, there is a formal process to submit appeals about
these recommendations or complaints about the FDC process. The
processes for both are outlined below.
Any applicant that wants to appeal the FDC’s recommendation about
their proposal this round should submit it by 23:59 UTC on 8 December
2015 in accordance with the appeal process outlined in the FDC
Framework. A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation
should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary. The appeal
should be submitted on-wiki,  and must be submitted by the Board
Chair of a funding-seeking applicant.
Complaints about the process can be filed by anyone with the
Ombudsperson, and can be made any time. The complaint should be
submitted on wiki, as well.  The ombudsperson will publicly
document the complaint, and investigate as needed.
Please take a look at the upcoming calendar  to learn about other
upcoming milestones in the APG program.
Again, we offer our sincere thanks to the 11 organisations who
submitted annual plan grant proposals to the FDC this round.
On behalf of the FDC,
Matanya Moses (FDC chair), User:Matanya
Dear Wikimedia friends,
Following Christian’s invitation, I will now provide you with
information regarding program and next steps of the Wikimedia
Conference. A more detailed version of this email can be found on
Meta. Please use the talk pages for your questions and comments.
== One core theme: Movement Impact ==
Wikimedia Conference 2016 will focus on the core theme of “Movement
Impact”. All sessions and contributions will have to add to this
theme. Throughout the conference, we will work together on the
following core questions:
How do we define common impact of the movement? What does impact mean
on a global and on a local level?
How do we measure impact? How can impact measurement help us to
prioritize our actions?
What programs have proven to be successful in terms of generating
impact? How can they be replicated and how do we scale them up?
How do other nonprofit organizations define and measure impact? What
can we learn from them?
Cornelius (Program and Engagement Coordinator, PEC) and I will work
with the Program Advisors, the Thematic Ambassadors, the facilitators
as well as the participants to create the conference program.
== How to select the delegates ==
WMCON is all about participation. To make the conference a success it
will be essential for the invited affiliates to deliberately select
their delegates. Participants should come to Berlin to learn and to
share, but also to bring the information and learnings back home. We
are seeking delegates who will be actively engaged before, during and
after the conference and can represent their affiliates. Ideal
delegates are those who are involved in the decision making processes
in the organization, evaluation specialists, or program leaders.
== Eligibility criteria and number of delegates ==
To be eligible to attend WMCON16, affiliates must have shown signs of
recent activity and be up-to-date on their reporting by January 1.
Moreover, affiliates need to have been officially recognized by the
Wikimedia Foundation before December 1, 2015. An eligibility criteria
overview will be published next week. Chapters and Thematic
Organizations can send two delegates, or up to four, if they have paid
staff; User Groups can send one delegate.
== How to prepare for the registration ==
Registration opens December 1 and closes on January 15. Please note
that this is a sharp deadline. In the months between the registration
and WMCON, the PEC will work with the registered participants on
elaborating the program of the Wikimedia Conference. Because we want
to build the program to fit participant needs and experiences, we
would like to learn a little more about your interests in advance. We
have published an overview of questions that we will use in the
registration form. Please make yourself familiar with these questions
already, as they can also help you to select the delegates.
== What’s next ==
We will open the registration on December 1 and send out further
information on logistical matters such as travel and accommodation
booking. Daniela Gentner will be the main contact for all questions
regarding the logistics, you can reach out to her via
I am looking forward to welcoming many of you in Berlin in April next year.
Referentin Internationale Beziehungen
Adviser to the ED, International Relations
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0 | http://wikimedia.de
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.
V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig
anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
Here are the highlights from the Wikimedia blog in October 2015.
Wikipedia’s global impact recognized with Spain’s Princess of Asturias
Creating change one step at a time: Miguel Zuñiga Gonzalez
Your October milestones include Wikidata’s 15 millionth item
District court grants government’s motion to dismiss Wikimedia v. NSA,
Making Chinese Wikipedia more ethnologically diverse
Translations for October are greatly appreciated.
Digital Communications | Wikimedia Foundation
*WMF:* ASherman (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ASherman_(WMF)>
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Oggetto: [Wikimania-l] Invitation to Wikimania 2016 Scholarship Committee
Data: Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:11:05 +0000 (UTC)
Rispondi-a: derhexer(a)wikipedia.de, Wikimania general list (open
A: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimania
general list (open subscription) <wikimania-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
CC: domande.wikimania(a)wikimedia.it <domande.wikimania(a)wikimedia.it>
we are now calling for a scholarship review committee.
This year, we additionally want a scholarship ambassador for each major
geography or language, including a representative from each entity which
pays for additional scholarships; the ambassadors will be committee
The scholarship review committee is an important and diverse group of
volunteers who help to run the scholarship program in accordance with
this Wikimania. We encourage people from all Wikimedia wikis to apply
for this position so that the committee can handle applications in many
The main duties of the committee members prior to Wikimania 2016 are:
* Participation in periodic online meetings with scholarships program
manager and other committee members.
* Review and edit communications material (e.g. Scholarship wiki,
* Assistance in determination of scholarship applicant requirements.
* Assurance of due consideration and speedy response time to Wikimania
scholarship applications in multiple languages.
* Work with the local team.
For further information please visit m:Wikimania/Scholarships/Tasks
committee will also be polishing this page).
We are looking for Wikimedians from all over the world, who are:
* fluent in written English and have good communication skills, or can
name local community member(s)/ambassadors who help them with
* discreet and able to handle confidential applicant information, and
objectively assess candidates.
* willing to review scholarship applications in late 2015/early 2016.
* having either or both:
o previously attended Wikimania.
o strong knowledge of the cross-project Wikimedia community.
You will be working remotely. While we hope that scholarship review
committee members will enjoy Wikimania 2016 by giving significant input
to it, the local team cannot guarantee financial support for the
committee members' travel expenses since scholarship review committee
members may not apply for a scholarship themselves.
If you're interested in serving on the scholarship reviewing committee
and/or as scholarship ambassador, *please send us an email at
domande.wikimania(a)wikimedia.it*. If you have any questions, please don't
hesitate to contact us.
Deadline to apply is *Sunday, November 15, 2015*. The local team will
contact all candidates and publish the list of scholarship committee
members right afterwards. Please help with translations on
* Nov 1–Nov 15: Call for Scholarship Committee
* Nov 16–Dec 6: Preparations of the Scholarship Committee
* Dec 6–Jan 9: Submission time
<https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nemo_bis> and Martin
Wikimania 2016 team, scholarships subteam