I'm pleased to announce that Andre Engles has decided to join the Mobile
team as our data analyst contractor. In this role he'll provide the mobile
team with key metrics to guide our software development efforts. He'll be
working closely with Diederik, Phil, Erick Zachte, me, and others to
standardize, automate, and expand our growing analytics needs.
For those that don't know ... Andre is one of the 'oldest' Wikipedians (in
terms of years on the site). His first edits on Wikipedia were from March
2001 (two things to show how early: 1. That's before the first
slashdotting; 2. English Wikipedia several years ago had a list of the
oldest still active editors, He was at number 8. Number 7 was Jimbo). Apart
from being an editor and sysop he has also been active as both an operator
and a programmer of bots (still active as an operator, but only very
little as a programmer nowadays), and has Steward rights. He also helped in
the creation of Wikimedia Commons.
Apart from Wikipedia, he is active in various open content projects. These
include PGDP (Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders) and
Openstreetmap; recently has done similar things in the area of Dutch
Andre studied mathematics, got his PhD in computer science. His last job
was at C-Content, which is a company working in search engines. For them he
mostly did harvesting and search request analysis. Before that he worked
for the R&D department of Ericsson Netherlands.
He just celebrated his 40th birthday, and is (and always have been) single,
living in the city of ´s-Hertogenbosch. His free time is mostly spent
behind his computer, either with the above mentioned projects or playing
games. Apart from that he's an avid Go player, having reached the grade of
I'm really honored to bring on such a long time community member to the
Please join me in welcoming Andre!