CIS-A2K has officially stated that it won't fix their erratic salary
Why should Wikimedia donors pay for the mistakes of the WMF?
I am thinking if we should start campaigning asking people not to donate to
WMF citing wasteful expenditures like these.
Please point if any such campaign already exists.
My dear Indian fellows,
Namaste and As-salamu alaykum!
I would like to inform you guys that Wikimedia's Affiliation Committee has recently reviewed our application to become an approved Wikimedia user group and decided to give our planned user group the official recognition. However, we've not yet signed the user group agreement as we're still awaiting for it.
I would like to personally thanks Wikimedia Indian chapter and especially Karthik Nadar who has been very helpful and supporting throughout the process.
We've plans to arrange many off wiki activities such as photo contests (WLM, Wikipedia Takes the City), and other public outreach events to publicise and promote Wiki movement in Pakistan. We're looking forward to co-ordinate, co-operate and work with your well organised Indian chapter.
With my warm regards,
On behalf of,
Wikimedia Community User Group Paklistan
( Context for others:
//If something new has to start and Wikidata is new, then it needs more
than just a video or a conference call.//
100s of Wikimedia projects, including many in India, didn't need any kind
//I gave a presentation to professionals who work in data. It took me an
hour to set up the environment with them and for them so that they could
start.. We had a meeting for three hours and we scratched the surface
enough to make a difference. The fact that we were together ensured good
faith and enough understanding.//
Are they Wikimedians? It is enough if Wikimedians can make sense of it.
If Wikimedians are not able to make sense of it, then we need to improve
Wiki Data for the global community too.
//I have seen some of the agenda and if only a fifth of what is started
pays of it is well worth the investment.//
talks about reducing focus on events.
WMIN's FDC proposal was heavily criticized for a focus on events and its
impact was questioned.
And yet, we have an event for Wiki Data with a proposed budget as follows:
This is 29.7% of the annual budget of WMIN !
To give a context this is almost 40% of the 2011 Wikimedia India conference
The single biggest expense in this Wiki Data Marathon program is the cost
for resource person which is 4,50,000 INR.
So much cost for a resource person for a month hints that this could be
someone visiting India from abroad.
Any idea who this is ? :)
Even University faculties don't understand Wikipedia editor and our markup.
So, what do we do? Run marathons like this for all Wikipedia projects?
//Just consider what a challenge it is to bring Wikidata to India in a way
where it actually makes a difference.//
Please provide evidence that this is an India specific problem. When
communities don't even get the decade long Wikipedia project, it is only
expected that they won't get Wiki Data too.
How good is Wiki Data adoption in similar parts of the word and how do you
Cross-posting; important information.
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From: "Jan-Bart de Vreede" <jdevreede(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: May 1, 2014 11:47 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the
Wikimedia Foundation's new ED
Dear fellow community members,
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees I am delighted to
announce that the new Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation will
be Lila Tretikov. Lila is a widely respected Bay Area technology leader,
most recently with SugarCRM.
As many of you know, about a year ago Sue Gardner announced she planned to
step down as our ED. As we launched the search for her successor, we spent
some time working through the most critical requirements for the role. We
decided the new ED should be someone with a product/engineering background,
ideally in an open-source or other online community context. We wanted
someone experienced with organisations that were growing, who'd managed
staff and budgets comparable to ours, and who had experience creating
continuous delivery of technology improvements in an agile context. We
wanted a person who is oriented towards collaboration, transparency and
openness, with some experience with complex stakeholder environments, and
with an international orientation. We knew we needed someone with courage
and strong personal integrity, who wouldn't be intimidated by attempts to
censor the projects.
Lila is precisely what we set out to find.
Lila was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States alone, as
a teenager. She's been working for technology companies, primarily in open
source, in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. In 1999 she started her
career at Sun Microsystems. Shortly afterwards she founded GrokDigital, a
technology and design company. She spent three years as senior director of
development at Telespree, a company that provides cloud-based wireless data
services for mobile carriers. For the past eight years, she was at
SugarCRM, where she held positions of increasing responsibility as the
organization grew, including being in charge of internal IT, marketing,
customer support and professional services, engineering, and product
development. She has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly
skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious.
We think Lila will be a terrific fit for the ED role. The Transition Team
(Phoebe, Alice, Kat, Sue, Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I) voted unanimously to
recommend her to the Board, and the Board voted unanimously to accept the
recommendation. She strikes all of us as smart, brave and unpretentious,
and we believe she has the skills the WMF needs.
Lila is going to spend the next few weeks in learning-and-listening mode,
and will take over the ED position from Sue at the end of the month. Her
first priority will be to immerse herself in deepening her understanding of
the Wikimedia projects.
I want to close this announcement by saying a heartfelt and deeply
appreciative thanks to Sue, who has been the Executive Director of the
Wikimedia Foundation for the past seven years. When the Board and I hired
Sue in 2007, we were just a chaotic little non-profit in small-town
Florida, with a tiny staff and not much money. Over the past seven years,
Sue's leadership has built the Foundation into an effective, well-funded
and well-managed organisation, with integrity and a clear sense of purpose,
and her steady and committed presence throughout the search process was
integral in helping us come to this excellent result. We will be forever
grateful for her leadership and vision, and I hope we can continue to rely
on her support in the months and years ahead.
In June Sue will move into a new role as a special advisor to me and Lila.
She'll also take a well-earned holiday, and maybe even a bit of a
wiki-break, before beginning to think about what she's going to do next.
Many of us will get a chance to see her in London, at Wikimania, in August.
The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to have reached such a successful
outcome to the search. My thanks to Lisa Grossman of m/Oppenheim for
helping us with it, and I ask you to please join me in extending a warm
welcome to Lila Tretikov, our new ED.
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Wikimedia Board of Trustees
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Poor volunteers of all the global Wikipedia communities,
WMF in principle will allow you to have a staff to develop your Wikipedia
for doing following work:
- Act as a community liaison for the respective language community
- Build institutional partnerships as outlined in the language area
plans. This is a time consuming activity and is aimed at either one or all
of these: cultivating new editors, creating content, content
donation/re-release under CC-BY-SA 3.0/other libre licenses.
- Constantly be in touch with the existing community over multiple
channels (on-wiki, mailing list, IRC, over telephone, one on one meetings)
to understand their needs and challenges and find ways of addressing them
to the best possible extent.
- Design and undertake outreach, if the community is unable to do it, to
grow new editors.
- Retaining new editors through editor engagement.
- Help the community with necessary resources in executing projects. For
instance, filing RTI or collecting relevant information that could benefit
an existing on-wiki project
- Providing Press, Media & Social Media visibility to the community and
- Help support nurture projects that could be taken up by the community.
- Introduce cross-community learning.
- Help in organizing community events and meet-ups.
- Technical support
- Actively take part in creating resources for the community that could
last beyond the CIS-A2K program
- Any other need from a volunteer or community that could help in the
growth of projects.
So, stop wasting your time volunteering and start applying for grants and
For more details, see:
Hi Asaf, Ravi, All,
Please see below replies received from Muzammil on queries raised by you. I
did not notice that Muzammil is part of CIS. It looks like the Urdu content
generation is a task carried out by CIS A2K program under wikimedia grant.
Do you (WMF) have any specific budget for such tasks? Gujarati wiki
community will love to get paid for content generation.
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From: "muzammil" <muzammil(a)cis-india.org>
Date: 25 Apr 2014 10:09
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-gu] Urdu Wikipedia crosses the 50,000 mark
To: "Dhaval S. Vyas" <dsvyas(a)gmail.com>
Cc: "Wikipedia Gujarati" <wikipedia-gu(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Good News Muzammil,
> But I have seen questions raised for you regarding this number. People
> have found out that till mid February there were only around 27 thousand
> pages, how did Urdu wikipedia reach 50,000 mark in 2 months?
> I will have to examine the extent of bot activity. However, a high level
of bot activity was also seen on Hindi Wikipedia in the past.
> Someone also found that most of the recent activity is due to Bot
> operation and 90% of pages are less than 20kb in size, which means they are
> nearly substubs.
> I would rate most as "stubs". But even these can be forerunners for good
articles of the future.