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
MediaWiki.org. 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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The agenda for the next Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, on
April 19, 2018, is now available on Meta-Wiki:
Charles M. Roslof
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Dear Wikimedia friends,
Five Wikimedia affiliates have posted their annual proposal to be reviewed
by the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). The Annual Plan Grants process
is based on a thorough review by our committee but also by you, our
colleagues and friends in the communities. The proposals consist of annual
plans and budgets, with a detail of what programs and activities those
organizations are planning for the year to come. We welcome your comments
on those plans to help us review all aspects of the proposals.
The community review is a month long process, in which we need as many
people as possible giving their feedback on the proposals, asking questions
or clarifications and analyzing the initiatives that our movement
affiliates have developed for the twelve months ahead.
At the end of May, the FDC will meet to make recommendations to the
Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees on how to allocate movement funds
to these affiliates in order to achieve the most impact. Your input and
participation will be valuable as we make these recommendations.
You can find the proposals linked from the Community review portal here:
The organizations whose proposals, plans and budgets are available for your
The Centre for Internet and Society, Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Norge,
Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Indonesia
You can leave your feedback on the proposal discussion page.
More information about past APG rounds, recommendations, reports from
organizations can be found on the proposal page:
*More about community review*:
The APG proposal submission date is followed by a month-long open comment
period, when anyone is invited to provide input on and ask questions about
a specific proposal on its discussion page.
Applicants are also expected to respond to input and questions during this
period, although they are not able to change the proposal form itself after
the submission date.
The FDC will review the discussion pages during deliberations as one of
many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone may comment on
proposals after the open comment period closes, the FDC may not be able to
take comments made after this period into consideration when reaching its
*How to review*:
Please visit the community review page to view the proposals being
considered and follow the instructions. While the proposals are only
available in English, your comments can be in any language.
*Why your feedback matters*:
We hope this open comment period will add to an in-depth and robust review
of each proposal, and help keep our grantmaking transparent and
collaborative. The FDC highly values feedback and insights from the
Wikimedia community in making its funding recommendations.
Thank you for the time you’ll take to review these proposals,
Chair, Funds Dissemination Committee
I'm glad to announce that last week we published our brand new APG Impact
Report 2016/2017 . It covers the whole year of 2017, complementing the
information and stories given in our Progress Report . It's packed full
with stories like e.g.:
* A year-end analysis of our online campaigning to attract new editors
* Finding the right balance in volunteer support
* Gains and challenges of the growth of Wikidata
* Bringing an international community together at WikidataCon 2017
* What Wikibase has to do with the Illuminati
* New approaches in supporting volunteer developers
* Making existing search power more accessible with AdvancedSearch
* Upload filters, news about the Attribution Generator tool and working
with non-traditional allies in policy work
* 'GLAM on tour' heading towards its 25th stop
* The Partnership People speaking up
and many more...
As always, we wanted to share our learnings, failures and successes with
the movement as broadly as possible. So, enjoy reading!
Monitoring & Evaluation
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Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
*Hello all,We wanted to share the latest news on Wikimania with you.We are
very excited to be hosted by Cape Town for Wikimania 2018 in July. As you
may know, Cape Town has been experiencing a drought for some time; the
Foundation and Wikimania organizers have been carefully monitoring the
situation. We have looked at a range of options and will continually assess
the situation to ensure that we both support the local community and manage
our ability to host an outstanding event. We have created a page on the
Wikimania wiki to track developments. “Day Zero”—the day city water was
meant to run out—was pushed back by several months to reflect the
effectiveness of the ongoing campaign to save water, and has most recently
been indefinitely postponed thanks to efforts by the citizens of Cape Town.
To help conserve water we will be asked to: - Take short showers.
Visitors and residents alike are asked to limit their showers to two
minutes (120 seconds).- Flush only when necessary to dispose of solid
waste.- Use hand sanitizers instead of washing hands after bathroom
visits.- Don’t leave water running. For example, when brushing your teeth
use water in a cup to rinse.Although attendees will be asked to save water
as much as possible, the hotel assures us it has a secure water supply that
is both administered separately from the city's system and drawn from
multiple independent sources (including groundwater and desalination).
While the drought will impact our comfort, we will have plenty of water to
meet our needs for hydration and sanitation. We will strive to be cognizant
of the impact our presence has on the city’s water supply.It is clear that
the city is eager to have our presence. Cape Town is highly dependent on
tourism, which will help fund the infrastructure the city needs to deal
with ongoing challenges of water conservation. Our presence will also have
a positive impact on other organizations hoping to hold their events there
as well. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, but at this
juncture we are committed to holding Wikimania in Cape Town. Holding
Wikimania in Cape Town provides us the opportunity to show we are truly a
global movement. The water crisis currently faced by Cape Town is an issue
that will soon affect cities and people around the world, so there are
valuable lessons even as we join the local community in their conservation
efforts. Perhaps most important is each person’s commitment to respect for
our host city, and eagerness to attend at this time in service to that
community. Wikimania is an exciting but stressful event and there are going
to be additional stressors, please consider that when making travel
decisions. For those accustomed to unrestricted water, this may challenge
you and we strongly suggest you make the decision whether to attend with
full information about the restrictions, and understanding about how they
may affect your visit. We very much hope you will choose to join us, but
of course, no one is required to attend.If you have any questions regarding
Wikimania, please send them my way. We expect to announce the program by
early May.Best regards,Ellie YoungWikimedia Foundation Events Manager