please find below the WMF report for December 2013, in plain text.
As always, the editable and formatted version has been published on Meta:
and the reports are being posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
As usual, we are also publishing a separate "Highlights" summary.
Please consider helping non-English-language communities to stay
updated, by providing a translation:
Many thanks to those who have translated the November "Highlights"
into Spanish, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese,
Russian, Ukrainian, and Chinese (help continues to be welcome for
completing the partial translations in Hebrew, Italian, Turkish,
Albanian and some other languages)!
Apologies for the unusually late posting of the December report. The
January report should go out shortly.
Wikimedia Foundation Report, December 2013
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of December
(January 9, 2014)
* 1 Data and Trends
* 2 Financials
* 3 Highlights
o 3.1 New brochure explains how to edit Wikipedia
o 3.2 "Drafts" feature provides a gentler start for Wikipedia
o 3.3 Recipients of Annual Plan Grants (FDC) and Individual
Engagements Grants (IEG) announced
o 3.4 Successful year-end online fundraising campaign
* 4 Engineering
o 4.1 VisualEditor
o 4.2 Editor engagement
o 4.3 Mobile
* 5 Fundraising
o 5.1 Major Gifts and Foundations
o 5.2 Annual Fundraiser
* 6 Grantmaking
o 6.1 Annual Plan Grants (Funds Dissemination Committee)
o 6.2 Project and Event Grants
+ 6.2.1 Grants awarded in December 2013
+ 6.2.2 Reports accepted in December 2013
o 6.3 Travel & Participation Support
+ 6.3.1 Requests awarded in December 2013
+ 6.3.2 Reports accepted in December 2013
o 6.4 Individual Engagement Grants
+ 6.4.1 Reports accepted in December 2013
o 6.5 Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation
* 7 Programs
o 7.1 Wikipedia Zero
o 7.2 Wikipedia Education Program
+ 7.2.1 Global programs
+ 7.2.2 Arab World Program
+ 7.2.3 Communications
o 7.3 Program Evaluation and Design
* 8 Human Resources
o 8.1 Staff Changes
o 8.2 Statistics
o 8.3 Department Updates
* 9 Finance and Administration
* 10 Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department
o 10.1 LCA Report, December 2013
+ 10.1.1 Contract Metrics
+ 10.1.2 Trademark Metrics
+ 10.1.3 Domains Obtained
+ 10.1.4 Coming & Going
+ 10.1.5 Other Activities
o 10.2 Communications Report, December 2013
+ 10.2.1 Major announcements
+ 10.2.2 Major Storylines through December
+ 10.2.3 Other worthwhile reads
+ 10.2.4 WMF Blog posts
+ 10.2.5 Media Contact
+ 10.2.6 Wikipedia Signpost
* 11 Visitors and Guests
== Data and Trends ==
Global unique visitors for November:
*533 million* (+9.95% compared with October; +0.42% compared with
the previous year)
<http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/unique_visitors> for all
Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release December data
later in January)
Page requests for December:
*18.270 billion* (-4.0% compared with November; -9.4% compared with
the previous year)
(Server log data
all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)
Active Registered Editors for November 2013 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month,
*74,803* (-1.33% compared with October / -4.88% compared with the
<http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/active_editors>, all Wikimedia
*Report Card* (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF
== Financials ==
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of November 30,
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of November 30, 2013
(Financial information is only available through November 2013 at the
time of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and
Year-To-Date November 30, 2013.
Engineering Group 6,589,458
Fundraising Group 1,439,053
Grantmaking Group 720,055
Programs Group 723,516
Governance Group 302,012
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group 1,367,697
Finance/HR/Admin Group 3,029,513
Total Expenses 15,121,928
Total deficit (512,052)
/in US dollars/
* Revenue for the month of November is $2.96MM versus plan of $8.83MM,
approximately $5.87MM or 66% under plan.
* Year-to-date revenue is $14.61MM versus plan of $16.71MM,
approximately $2.1MM or 13% under plan.
* Expenses for the month of November is $2.89MM versus plan of
$3.73MM, approximately $844K or 23% under plan, primarily due to
lower personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting,
payment processing fees, and travel expenses partially offset by
higher outside contract services and recruiting expenses.
* Year-to-date expenses is $15.12MM versus plan of $18.43MM,
approximately $3.31MM or 18% under plan, primarily due to lower
personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees,
payment processing fees, staff development expenses, and travel
expenses partially offset by higher outside contract services and
* Cash position is $38.8MM as of November 30, 2013.
== Highlights ==
The new "editing Wikipedia" brochure
=== New brochure explains how to edit Wikipedia ===
The Education Program team completed work on an entirely new version of
the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure
(now titled "Editing Wikipedia
It is also available
for translation into other languages
=== "Drafts" feature provides a gentler start for Wikipedia articles ===
In December, the new Draft namespace
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Draft_namespace> was launched on the English
Wikipedia <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/12/20/new-draft-feature/>, as
requested by the local community. It gives all users (registered or
anonymous) the option start new articles as a draft, instead of
publishing them immediately (which can carry the risk that the new
article is nominated for deletion before it can be improved). Drafts are
marked by a "Draft:" in the page title, and are not visible to search
Paul Kikuba is leading an IEG project to set up a Wikipedia center in
the village of Mbazzi, Uganda
=== Recipients of Annual Plan Grants (FDC) and Individual Engagements
Grants (IEG) announced ===
In December, 11 Wikimedia organizations
were awarded annual plan
grants totaling $4.4M, following the recommendations of the
volunteer-run Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) in the first round of
requests for 2013/2014. The approved amount was lower than the overall
requested amount of US$5.94M, affirming the FDC's guidance to the
organizations to be thoughtful about growth.
Also in December, the selection of seven projects for the second round
of Individual Engagements grants (IEG) was announced
They focus on activities from outreach to tool-building, all aimed at
connecting and supporting the community.
=== Successful year-end online fundraising campaign ===
The WMF fundraising team ran the year-end online fundraising campaign
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2013> in the US, UK,
Canada, Australia, and New
Zealand. Roughly $18.7 million USD was raised from more than one million
donors in December. During the two weeks when the campaign ran at full
capacity, the team created and tested approximately 250 different
banners. Banners will be run in other countries and languages throughout
== Engineering ==
A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for December 2013
can be found at:
Major news in December include:
* a retrospective on Language Engineering events
including the language summit in Pune, India;
* the launch of a draft feature
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/12/20/new-draft-feature/> on the
English Wikipedia, to provide a gentler start for Wikipedia articles.
In December, the VisualEditor team worked to continue the improvements
to the stability and performance of this interface that allows users to
edit wiki pages visually rather than using wiki markup. Most of the
team's focus was on major new features and fixing bugs. There is now
basic support for rich copy-and-paste from external sources into
VisualEditor, and a basic tool to insert characters not otherwise
available on users' keyboards. Work also continued on a dialog for
quickly adding references using citation templates.
The Parsoid <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid> team, which is developing
the parsing program that converts wiki markup to annotated HTML (and
back) behind the scenes of VisualEditor, continued their relentless work
to eliminate bugs and incompatibilities. Problems arose during the
migration to node 0.10, the platform that runs Parsoid. The team rolled
back the upgrade, investigated and fixed the issue. Testing has also
been improved so that similar issues are caught in the future. Last, the
team created several requests for comment
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/requests_for_comment> concerning architectural
components of the MediaWiki platform.
Presentation slides from the Growth team
=== Editor engagement <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/New_editor_engagement> ===
In December, we enabled Flow <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow> to a few
selected pages on mediawiki.org
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Flow> and Talk:Sandbox
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Sandbox>) and collected feedback about
the features and design to date from the community (read the summary
the feedback period, we worked on implementing design changes, such as a
more compact view of the board and a different interface for topic and
post actions, as well as different visualizations of history
information, based on the comments of users testing the software.
We also began a straw poll about launching Flow as a beta trial in the
discussion spaces of WikiProject Breakfast, WikiProject Hampshire, and
WikiProject Video Games on the English Wikipedia. Based on the outcome
of these polls, we hope to deploy Flow to those pages in January.
The Growth <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Growth> team spent time working on
product development and research for upcoming Wikipedia article creation
First and foremost, the team fulfilled a request from the English
Wikipedia community to launch the new Draft namespace
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Draft_namespace> there (see also the general
"Highlights" section). Pau Giner and others on the team
simultaneously began design work on future improvements to drafts
recruiting for usability testing sessions.
Presentation slides from the mobile apps team
=== Mobile <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Mobile_engineering> ===
During the last month, the Wikipedia Zero
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero> team continued to make it
easier to configure partnerships with telecommunications carriers that
offer access to Wikipedia at no data cost to their mobile subscribers.
They also implemented a global landing page redirector for mobile
Wikipedia website access. Last, the team started working on an HTML5
webapp proof of concept as an option for rebooting the Firefox OS app.
The Mobile web projects <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_web_projects>
team has been working on finishing the redesign of the overlays and
mobile on-boarding. The "Keep going" feature has been changed to a
workflow that asks users to add blue links and includes a tutorial. This
is consistent with what we've learned about how guiding users helps
accomplish more edits, and it fits into more of micro contributory
workflow that we want to experiment with. We've also worked on an A/B
test displaying an edit guider for users signing up from the left nav
menu. This is mirroring the edit guider that displays for users signing
up through the edit call to action. It also is consistent with the
behavior that the desktop site will be displaying to users as a result
of the OB6 A/B test
The mobile apps <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Apps> team added
saved pages, article navigation, and language support to the mobile
Wikipedia app. During the quarterly planning meeting, it was decided to
postpone photo uploads from our market release plan in favor of text
== Fundraising ==
We completed the Big EN fundraising campaign for the 2013-2014 FY.
=== Major Gifts and Foundations ===
* We received a $1 million grant from Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
* We raised over $1.5 million in mid-sized gifts from family
foundations, donor advised funds, and large individual donations.
=== Annual Fundraiser ===
* The fundraising team ran the year-end online campaign in the US, UK,
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Roughly $18.7 million USD was
raised from more than one million donors in December (preliminary
numbers as donations are still settling). Year-to-date,
approximately $32 million has been raised from online fundraising
banners. The campaign ran full blast for two weeks. In that time,
the team created and tested approximately 250 different banners and
sent 2.6 million emails to donors from previous years asking them to
give again. The team responded to 15,000 reader emails during the
month of December. A full report will be posted publicly in 2014,
and we will continue to update the Fundraising page on Meta-Wiki
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2013>. Banners will
be run in other countries and
languages throughout 2014.
== Grantmaking ==
(See also the general "Highlights" section)
* The WMF Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the *Funds
Dissemination Committee for 2013-2014 Round 1*, awarding 11 annual
plan grants to the 11 entities applying in this round
The overall request
was for $5.94M, and the final approval was for $4.4M, affirming the
FDC's guidance to Wikimedia organizations to be thoughtful about growth.
* At the end of the second quarter of FY2013-14, ~$6.2M has been
distributed in *grants spent*, 25% to groups or individuals in the
global south. Overall, 4% of the total spend has gone directly to
individuals, and <1% has gone towards work related to redressing the
gender gap. See Grants Quarterly Metrics
breakdown by grants program.
* Conducted overview analysis of the Travel & Participation Support
program. We are excited by the
diversity of the program, and launching a discussion to discuss
future scope of work <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Design>.
=== Annual Plan Grants (Funds Dissemination Committee) ===
* The WMF Board of Trustees approved
*recommendation of the Funds Dissemination Committee for 2013-2014
awarding 11 annual plan grants to the 11 entities applying in this
New grant terms
will begin on 1 January 2014 for most grantees, who are currently
working with WMF to execute grant agreements and receive funding.
* The WMF Board of Trustees also responded to *the two appeals made
after the committee's recommendations, by Wikimedia India and
The WMF Board of Trustees upheld the recommendation of the Funds
Dissemination Committee in both cases.
* The *staff summary of Q3 progress reports* for grants awarded in
2012-2013 Round 1 and Q1 progress reports for grants awarded in
2012-2013 Round 2
was published on 21 December 2013, along with comments on the
discussion page of each entity's report, which are linked to from
this summary page.
* Q3 is the last cycle of progress reports for most grants awarded in
2012-2013 Round 1, as impact reports will be due by 31 March 2014
for most entities with a grant term ending 31 December 2013. Q2
reports for entities awarded funding in 2012-2013 Round 2 will be
due by 30 January 2014.
* The *initial list of eligibility* for Round 2 2013-2014 has
published]. All organizations that submitted Letters of Intent
expressing their interest in the Round 2 for Annual Plan Grants are
categorized by their current eligibility status on this table.
Entities will have until 15 March 2014 to complete these gaps.
Please reach out to FDCsupport at wikimedia.org
if you have any
questions about this status table.
=== Project and Event Grants ===
* 3 grants were approved and 2 grant reports were accepted in December
==== Grants awarded in December 2013 ====
promotion of Wikimedia projects and cultural partnerships in the
Czech Republic, and consolidates on the successes of its previous grant.
to set up a Wikimedia booth at the Kolkata Book Fair, the world's
largest non-trade book fair, Asia's largest book fair and the most
attended book fair in the world (1.5M people are estimated to attend).
to upload photographs demonstrating the biodiversity of Sulawesi
==== Reports accepted in December 2013 ====
* Grants:PEG/Wikimedia Cipta
provisionally accepted on 24 December 2013, pending final submission
of complete receipts to document grant expenses.
was accepted on
4 December 2013.
=== Travel & Participation Support ===
* A Scope of Work
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Design> document is
a phase 1 redesign of Travel and Participation Support program
pages. Simplicity, accessibility, and publicity will be key goals of
this phase. Complete plans for the redesign and accompanying process
changes will begin in January 2014.
* 3 grants were approved and 2 grant reports were accepted in December
==== Requests awarded in December 2013 ====
==== Reports accepted in December 2013 ====
=== Individual Engagement Grants ===
Siko Bouterse presenting about IEG (slides
*Round 2 grantees* have been announced
7 projects were recommended by the IEG committee and approved for
funding by WMF, representing a broad range of projects focusing on
activities from outreach to tool-building, all aimed at connecting and
supporting community. Grantees are trying out new ways of engaging with
women and young Wikipedians, fostering participation in Africa, and
supporting cartographers, researchers and developers to better engage
with projects like Commons, Wikidata, and Wikipedia.
The selected projects for 2013 round 2 are:
* *Wikimaps Atlas
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikimaps_Atlas>*, led by
Ganesh and Hugo Lopez, funded at $12,500. Hugo and Arun will be
building a system to automate the creation of maps in standardized
cartographic style using the latest open geographic data. With new
workflows and scripts, they aim to make it easier for Wikimedia's
cartographers to generate and update maps for use in Commons,
Wikipedia, and beyond.
* *Mbazzi Village writes Wikipedia
led by Paul
Kikuba with collaboration from Dan Frendin, funded at $2880. This
project is a collaboration between Mbazzi villagers, Wikimedia
Sweden, and the Wikimedia Foundation to build a Wikipedia center in
Uganda where volunteers can to contribute to Luganda Wikipedia,
particularly focusing on articles related to sustainable development.
* *What is about - C'est quoi. A series of communication tools about
Wikipedia in Cameroon
led by Marilyn Douala Bell and Iolanda Pensa with collaboration from
Michael Epacka, funded at EURO 15,000. The team in Douala, Cameroon will
engage local artists to create comics, video, and other materials to
raise awareness about Wikipedia and free knowledge.
* *Visual editor gadgets compatibility
Eran Roz and Ravid Ziv, funded at $4500. The team aims to map,
organize, and surface lists of gadgets used in different language
versions of Wikipedia to improve sharing of gadgets across language
communities. They'll also be piloting and documenting an approach
for adapting the most-used gadgets for Visual Editor compatibility.
* *Wikidata Toolkit
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikidata_Toolkit>*, led by
Markus Krötzsch with collaboration from students and researchers at
Dresden University of Technology, funded at $30,000. Markus' team
will develop a demonstrator toolkit for loading, querying, and
analysing data from Wikidata. The project experiments with ways to
give developers, researchers, and Wikimedians easier access to use
Wikidata in applications, research, and other projects.
* *Women Scientists Workshop Development
Emily Temple-Wood, funded at $9480. Emily is piloting a model of
regular, incentivized editing workshops aimed at college-aged women
to encourage them to become regular contributors to Wikimedia
projects and combat systemic bias with quality content. If the
approach is successful, she'll use lessons learned in order to
develop a scalable kit for other groups to use.
* *Generation Wikipedia
by Emily Temple-Wood and Jake Orlowitz, funded at $20,000
(provisional approval only, until legal dependencies can be
satisfied). This project would pilot a week-long summer conference
for young Wikipedians and Wikimedians from around the globe to
connect, share skills and build leadership and community capacity
among our newest generation of editors.
The *10 grantees from Cameroon, Uganda, India, Israel, France, Italy,
Germany and the United States* will begin their projects in the new
year; most will run from January through June 2014. Progress and
learning will be shared regularly on their meta-wiki pages.
Complete *feedback from the IEG committee and round 2 proposers* will be
gathered in January 2014, to help us continue to improve the process for
everyone. An early learning from round 2 is that we did not have as many
proposals as we'd have liked to review, and as such we were not able to
scale up the number of grants made beyond the pilot round. For the next
round, we intend to try some new ways to publicize the program, and will
shorten/simplify the review schedule
avoid losing proposers along the way.
==== Reports accepted in December 2013 ====
=== Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation ===
* *First Employee Study*: conducted a light analysis of trends in
hiring of first employees by our chapters and thematic
organizations. See the full results on Meta-wiki
found that chapters tend to hire once the administrative work of the
group becomes too much to be handled by volunteers or the board, and
the first position is either an executive director or an office
manager as their first employee. Regardless of job title, all jobs
seemed to contain a significant amount of administrative work.
Interestingly, we also saw that chapters are hiring sooner following
recognition of AffCom than they have in the past.
* *Survey learning resource*: Created a survey learning resource
for grantees and
other community members: Qualtrics. We had two IEGrantees who took
advantage of the resource, and one chapter is now experimenting as well.
Usefulness for grantees ...
I really enjoyed the fact that the WMF helped us with the Qualtrics
software. And it struck me as a very good way to help the wider
community: provide software and tools for evaluation, surveys,
Aubrey - Individual Engagement Grant grantee, Final Report
* *Overall studies by grant program*: Created centralized space for
all evaluations by grants program
* *Scholarship scoring system*: Worked with the engineering team to
develop a tool to rate applications for Wikimania scholarships
(which open in January!). Thanks to everyone involved in making that
happen! This is very necessary for managing the ~1200 applications
that come in and are scored by a global committee.
* *Travel and Participation Support Program*: finalized overview study
of TPS; see: Grants:TPS/Support/Analysis
found that 77% of these
grantees are new to the grantmaking program, 49% are from the global
south, and 30% are women. We are very excited about the diversity of
the program and positive feedback of participants, and thankful for
the great ideas that emerged from this study. We are looking forward
to ongoing discussions around the scope of this program!
Results from the First Employee Study
49% of Travel and Participation Support grantees are from the Global South
== Programs ==
* Launched *Wikipedia Zero in Bangladesh* with Grameenphone
* The Education Program team put finishing touches on a complete
of the '*Welcome to Wikipedia brochure* (now titled Editing
December. (see also the general "Highlights" section)
* The Program Evaluation team released the second *Program Evaluation
report, about Editing Workshops
=== Wikipedia Zero ===
* Launched Wikipedia Zero in *Bangladesh* with Grameenphone, resulting
in a 50% increase in mobile page views in the country in December.
That brings us up to 24 launched operator partners in 22 countries.
Our total free page views in December were over 47 million (note: we
are missing some operator reporting in Analytics queue).
* Airtel Kenya *Wikipedia via Text* pilot in progress, with over 40K
unique users so far.
* Ingrid Flores joined WMF as *Partner Manager* for Wikipedia Zero.
Ingrid brings a wealth of experience in mobile business development
and marketing from 12 countries across 4 continents. She is in
charge of expanding Wikipedia Zero and increasing usage in Latin
America and Asia.
* Carolynne Schloeder, Director of Mobile Programs, and Taweetham Lim,
a Thai Wikimedian, joined our *Thai partner dtac* for their
corporate social responsibility (CSR) day. dtac is equipping
computer labs and providing free internet access to schools in rural
Thailand. They are promoting Wikipedia to *students* as part of the
CSR program. This is a great model we would like to expand to other
partners in conjunction with our local communities.
* Carolynne spoke at *Telenor's Youth Summit* in Oslo. Telenor
selected social entrepreneurs from each of their markets for a
leadership program in connection with the Nobel Peace Program. The
participants had lots of ideas for Wikipedia growth in their home
markets, which we are exploring. While in Europe, Carolynne also met
with our partner Orange, and joined the Brussels community for a
meet-up (thank you Brussels Wikimedians!).
* Carolynne also presented Wikipedia Zero via Google hangout at an
event in *Yemen* organized by Rashad Al-Khmisy, a local Wikipedian.
Judging by the Q&A session, there is interest for the program in Yemen.
* The *dev team* implemented a global landing page redirector for
mobile Wikipedia website access, added support for staged
configuration submittals, enhanced interstitials based on input from
the field from Wikipedia Zero markets, amended compression proxies
support and added general bug fixes.
=== Wikipedia Education Program ===
==== Global programs ====
At the mid-point in the fiscal year, December was a time of reflection
and evaluation with a focus on strategy and next steps.
* The Wikipedia Education Program team had a two-day *strategy summit*
to evaluate our overall educational program and Arab World goals and
* We continued interviewing candidates for the *Global Education
Program Manager position*.
* Developer Andrew Russell Green and Communications Contractor Sage
Ross, in collaboration with the Growth team, began planning for a
more flexible suite of software to *replace the current Education
Program MediaWiki extension*.
* In the English Wikipedia /training for students/, we added a trial
interactive section using *GuidedTours* to test its usability and
==== Arab World Program ====
* Tighe Flanagan, the Arab World Education Program Manager, took part
in the *Arabic Web Days Conference
organized in Sana'a, Yemen via Google Hangout to talk about the
education program in the region. Carolynne Schloeder, Director of
Mobile Programs, also took part in via Google Hangout to talk about
* The *education extension* was enabled on the Arabic Wikipedia
Since the current semester is winding down, it will be used for the
start of the spring semester in February.
==== Communications ====
* We put finishing touches on the complete revamp of the Welcome to
(now titled Editing Wikipedia
in December. The
online version is now available on Wikimedia Commons. Design files
and printed copies will be available in January.
* Communications Manager LiAnna Davis worked on an *online training*
that leads people interested in starting an education program in
their region through the steps needed to create a successful pilot.
The training will be available on the Outreach wiki in January.
* Two blog posts:
o Student club Wiki Borregos contributes to Wikimedia projects
o Egyptian students help narrow gender gap on Wikipedia
* Two newsletters:
o 3 December
o 17 December
=== Program Evaluation and Design ===
The Program Evaluation and Design had a busy month, releasing a new
evaluation report, participating in the GLAMout hangout, traveling, and
starting our call for surveys with the community.
* At the beginning of December, we launched our second Program
Evaluation *report about Editing Workshops
Findings from this ongoing evaluation include poor retention and
recruitment successes, but a lot of room for experimenting with
workshop program design. Community discussion has been taking place
on the talk page, and we encourage your participation.
* Our Program Evaluation Community Coordinator Sarah Stierch
participated in the December *GLAMout*. GLAMout brings together GLAM
professionals and Wikimedia community volunteers active in GLAM, to
discuss the latest GLAM-Wiki news and projects. Stierch discussed
the Program Evaluation and Design teams evaluations about
edit-a-thons and workshops, and how the GLAM-Wiki community can
partner with our team to evaluate and develop program design.
o An outcome of the GLAMout is a new pilot project with Wikimedia
DC, who will be working with our team to develop evaluation and
design techniques, including survey design, in their upcoming
2014 strategic plan.
o View the video here
o Programs Director Frank Schulenburg *visited Wikimedia UK and
Wikimedia Switzerland* offices alongside representatives from
Grantmaking. The goal of Schulenburg's visit was to answer
questions about evaluation and help these two chapters further
examine their evaluation goals and programmatic activities.
* Our interns, Edward Galvez and Yuan Li, have been busy developing
methodology *research about the value of inputs for Wikimedia
programs*. This includes extensive research into the dollar value of
volunteer work (to implement a program, not make edits), the value
of volunteering gained from not contributing to employee benefits,
and into the standardization of purchase power of Wikimedia grants
across countries. This research work will impact our look at returns
on investment, and the value of the work that Wikimedia volunteers
put into program implementation. This report will soon be moved to
meta, and used for future evaluative work. We're excited about this
research: as far as we know it's the first of its kind in the
* We put out a *call for surveys* to the community ("Have you created
or collected surveys for your program implementations?
This ongoing collection asks that Wikimedians who have developed
surveys related to programs send them to our team so we can get a
good idea of what and who the community is surveying. This allows us
to see how we can support the community, survey-wise. We have been
receiving surveys via wiki and email, and so far have collected 21
surveys from 14 chapters, organizations, and individuals. We are
providing feedback to program leaders about their surveys, when
requested, and will continue to collect surveys as we move into the
survey support phase.
* The team continues to *evaluate other programs*, with pending
evaluation releases about: WIki Loves Monuments, other photo upload
initiatives, GLAM content donations, and the Wikipedia Education
Program, to be released in January and February.
HR presentation slides
== Human Resources ==
Conducted Executive Director and Chief Communications Officer
*interviews/, hosted the annual/* /holiday gathering'/ in coordination
with the Administration department, completed *benefits open enrollment*
for United States employees, *year-end payroll* for US employees was
wrapped up, *employee engagement survey* results are in, though they
need to be analyzed and published. Supported the Community Advocacy side
of LCA with an *FBI training* session, and the upcoming *employee
handbook* underwent another round of legal review. Ongoing heavy work in
immigration, contractor renewals, hires, and recruiting continued,
rolling into 2014.
=== Staff Changes ===
New Requisitions Filled
* Ingrid Flores, Partner Manager (Programs)
* Jeff "Gage" Gerard, Operations Engineer (Engineering)
* Nuria Ruiz, Data Engineer (Engineering)
* Sherah Smith, Software Engineer (Engineering)
* Moiz Syed, UI Designer (Engineering)
* David Chan, Software Engineer (Engineering)
* Marc Ordinas, Software Engineer (Engineering)
* Janet Go (Engineering)
* Manprit Brar (Legal)
* Ryan Lane (Engineering)
* Antonella Amatulli (Fundraiser)
* Michael Beattie (Fundraising)
* KaMan Bhattacharya (Fundraiser)
* Emily Blanchard (Human Resources)
* Patrick Earley (Engineering)
* Andrew Garrett (Engineering)
* Sandra Hust (Fundraiser)
* Bryony Jones (Fundraiser)
* Erica Litrenta (Engineering)
* Sahar Massachi (Fundraising)
* Heather McAndrew (Human Resources)
* Kartik Mistry (Engineering)
* Keegan Peterzell (Engineering)
* Kristie Robinson (Fundraiser)
* Sage Ross (Programs)
* Sherry Snyder (Engineering)
* Moriel Schottlender (Engineering)
* Alice DeBois-Froge
* Joey Hess
* Stefan Petrea
* Yuko Sakata
* VP of Engineering
* Software Engineer- Growth (Features)
* Software Engineer- VisualEditor (Features)
* Software Engineer- Languages (Internationalization)
* Software Engineer (Mobile)
* QA Automation Engineer (Platform)
* Software Engineer Data Analytics (Analytics)
* Full-Stack Developer (Analytics)
* Operations Security Engineer (Technical Operations)
* Governance Administrator (Grantmaking)
* Senior Recruiting Manager (Human Resources)
* Sr. Operations Engineer (Tech-Ops)
* Operations Engineer (Tech-Ops)
=== Statistics ===
Total Requisitions Filled
December Actual: 161
December Total Plan: 182
December Filled: 7, Month Attrition: 0
YTD Filled: 29, YTD Attrition: 13
Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end
=== Department Updates ===
Real-time feed for HR updates
== Finance and Administration ==
* Continuing work on the new design of the *sixth floor space*. The
goal is to optimize the space for both capacity and functionality.
* With the Grantmaking team, KPMG completed the site work for our
*grantmaking evaluation*. The purpose of the voluntary evaluation is
be able to report to the Audit Committee on the status of the WMF
grantmaking program from a compliance, controls and best practices
perspective. The final report will be presented to the Audit
Committee <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Audit_Committee> at one of
its meetings by KPMG.
* Working on completing the *insurance renewal* process. The goal of
this renewal cycle is to continue to improve coverage on an
* For the month of November our *investment fund* had a market value
of $12.8 million. It had an estimated annual return of 3.2% and
estimated annual income of $413,863.
== Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department ==
=== LCA Report, December 2013 ===
* December has been a busy month highlighted by the public release of
the WMF Board's updated *governance handbook*
a document prepared through extensive collaboration between the
Board of Trustees, the Board Governance Commitee, and the legal
team. The handbook incorporates many broadly applicable governance
best practices and is publicly available under the Creative Commons
CC-BY-SA 3.0 license in order to further the Foundation's commitment
to transparency and to serve as a useful resource for the community
generally and for other like-minded organizations.
* December also saw the legal team continue to engage with community
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy> and Access to
Nonpublic Data Policy
The Privacy and
Access to Nonpublic Data Policies discussions have grown to more
than 150,000 words - not yet ready for the List of Longest Novels
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_novels> but getting there!
Some of the privacy discussion also expanded beyond the Meta talk
pages, with the legal team responding on the Foundation blog
to an appeal from the German Wikipedian community about data protection.
* We also continued to deeply engage with the public *consultation on
the Trademark Policy*
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Trademark_policy>, which is
nearing 50,000 words. In addition, based on a 75 day community
Meta, concluded on December 8th, the legal team recommended to the
Board that the Foundation withdraw trademark registration and
protection for the Community logo.
* Feedback has been invaluable in improving both Trademark and Privacy
Policies, and so we encourage additional comments before end of the
18th for the Trademark Policy).
* Following a call for input from the European Commission on
*modernizing European copyright laws* to allow greater access to
online content, we launched a project to draft a response on Meta
interested community members to collaborate in drafting a response
to the Commission's questionnaire before January 27th. European
chapters, led by Dimitar Dimitrov, will also be drafting and
submitting a response.
==== Contract Metrics ====
* Submitted : 30
* Completed : 23
==== Trademark Metrics ====
* Submitted : 10
* Pending : 7
* Denied : 2
* Approval not needed : 1
==== Domains Obtained ====
, wikibooks.pt, wikidata.pt, wikimedia.com.pt,
wikinews.pt, wikiquote.pt, wikisource.pt, wikiversity.pt, wiktionary.pt
==== Coming & Going ====
* We are sad to say farewell to Elaine Wallace, who has been advising
the Foundation on a pro-bono basis since April 2013. She will become
the general counsel of Benetech, a technology non-profit, so we look
forward to continuing to work with her.
==== Other Activities ====
* Community Advocates came together in the office in San Francisco
with most of the community liaison team from Product to talk about
ongoing and upcoming major *product deployments and community
* Community Advocacy took part in training related to its work with
the *emergency email system*.
=== Communications Report, December 2013 ===
December was a relatively quiet month for Communications. The annual
fundraising campaign kicked off, accompanied by steady social media and
light media/blog traffic through the month. The team was pleased to
share the news about WMF ED Sue Gardner's receipt of the first ever
Knight Foundation Innovation Award. A slew of end-of-year media and blog
posts around the world covered a range of Wikipedia topics, including
most controversial and most-read articles, as well as a round of new
'listicle' style posts.
==== Major announcements ====
*Wikimedia Foundation launches tenth-annual online fundraising
(3 December 2013)
The online fundraising campaign aims to raise $20 million, while the
remainder of the Wikimedia Foundation's funding will come from
individual gifts given outside the year-end campaign, and from
==== Major Storylines through December ====
WMF launches its annual fundraiser (throughout December)
Coverage of this year's annual fundraiser (largely positive) ran the
gamut - from encouragement to donate, lists including WMF as a cause of
choice, and praise for Sue Gardner's donation Thank You letter.
Venture Beat 
Digital Nirvana (on Sue's letter) 
Engadget  <http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/31/non-profit/>
Network World  <http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/84377>
Researchers list most significant historical figures, thanks to
Wikipedia (10 December 2013)
Author/researchers Skiena and Ward made headlines after publicizing
their new book "Who is Bigger?"  <http://www.whoisbigger.com/> which
lists the most significant figures in history, and leans largely on
Wikipedia as a source. With Jesus Christ as the leading figure, mostly
favorable coverage spread widely via Christian bloggers and media outlets.
Daily Mail 
PS Mag 
Christianity Today 
Draft feature makes for a gentler start for new Wikipedians (20 December
A blog post by Pau Giner and Steven Walling outlining a new draft
article writing feature for Wikipedia received significant and positive
coverage in late December. Coverage highlighted that new users should
benefit by building better, new articles that are less likely to be
WMF blog post 
Wired UK 
IB Times 
Vandalism on EN Wikipedia makes news (27 December 2013)
Some briefly visible template vandalism on English Wikipedia caused a
flurry of social media and mainstream media coverage speculating that
Wikipedia may have begun to offer sponsored content. The vandalism
featured a racially charged message about the U.S. president, but was
likely visible for less than 30 minutes.
The Atlantic 
Wikimedia's Erik Zachte profiled in Wired magazine (27 December 2013)
The December issue of Wired Magazine features Wikimedia's own stats guru
Erik Zachte in its pages. The lengthy profile discusses Erik's history
with the projects and his motivations and tactics for crunching the
Wikimedia project's numbers.
Wired magazine 
WMF's Sue Gardner receives Knight Foundation Innovation Award (16
Sue Gardner received the first-ever Knight Foundation Innovation Award
at a ceremony hosted by CUNY in New York in December. As part of the
award, Sue named open government platform startup MuckRock the recipient
of a $25,000 grant.
Knight Foundation 
WMF Blog announcement: Sue Gardner to receive first Knight
==== Other worthwhile reads ====
Wikipedia's Secret Multilingual Workforce
MIT Technology Review 
Royal Society appoints a Wikipedian-in-Residence
Wikipedia to debut at Kolkata Book Fair
Times of India 
Israeli Wiki hackers help out 'the family' at Hackathon
Times of Israel 
==== WMF Blog posts ====
published 25 posts
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/12/> in December 2013. Seven posts were
including versions in German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Arabic, and Polish.
Some highlights from the blog:
*In legal victory, German court rules Wikimedia Foundation need not
proactively check for illegal or inaccurate content
(December 2, 2013)
*Using social media to engage Wikipedia readers and editors in China
(December 4, 2013)
*The Winner of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 Is...
(December 10, 2013)
==== Media Contact ====
Media contact through December 2013: wmf:Press room/Media
==== Wikipedia Signpost ====
For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the
community-edited newsletter "Wikipedia Signpost" for December 2013:
* Volume 9, Issue 48
4 December 2013
* Volume 9, Issue 49
11 December 2013
* Volume 9, Issue 50
18 December 2013
* Volume 9, Issue 51
25 December 2013
== Visitors and Guests ==
Visitors and guests to the WMF office in December 2013:
1. Roselyn Lima (PRN)
2. Ben Knight (Loomio)
3. Vivian Maidaborn (Loomio)
4. Tommy Schroder
5. Roselyn Lima (PRN)
6. Brian Noguchi (Lever)
7. Ana Akhtar (KPMG)
8. Caitlin Durling (KPMG)
9. Kathy Reich (Packard Foundation)
10. Taylor Keep (Vital)
11. Fangjin Yang (Metamarkets)
12. Deep Ganguli (Metamarkets)
13. Cindy Hawley (Gallagher)
14. David Peters (Exbrook)
15. Dwight Wilson (Collabriv)
16. Pam Dannenberg (EK Health)
17. Bryan Hurren (Facebook/Internet.org
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
IRC (Freenode): HaeB