[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Report, November 2012

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Wed Dec 12 16:11:34 UTC 2012

Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for November 2012, 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 been translating the October
"Highlights", so far into Arabic, Breton, Danish, Spanish, French,
Piedmontese, and Russian.

While still focussing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
Suggestions for the December issue are welcome until January 2 at

Regards, Tilman


  Wikimedia Foundation Report, November 2012

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monthly_Metrics_Meeting_December_6,_2012.ogv
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of November
(December 6, 2012)>

  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 New HTML5 video player
      o 3.2 Developer meetup and language summit in India
      o 3.3 Fundraiser launch
      o 3.4 Beta launch of Wikivoyage
  * 4 Engineering
      o 4.1 VisualEditor
      o 4.2 Editor engagement
      o 4.3 Mobile
      o 4.4 Other news
  * 5 Fundraising
      o 5.1 Major Gifts and Foundations
      o 5.2 Annual Fundraiser
  * 6 Global Development
      o 6.1 Strategic Goals Metrics
      o 6.2 Wikipedia Education Program
          + 6.2.1 Egypt
          + 6.2.2 U.S. and Canada
          + 6.2.3 Brazil
      o 6.3 Fellowships
      o 6.4 Editor growth and Contribution Program
      o 6.5 Wikimania
      o 6.6 Learning & Evaluation
      o 6.7 Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
      o 6.8 Grants
          + 6.8.1 Grants approved in November 2012
          + 6.8.2 Participation support requests approved in November
          + 6.8.3 Program updates
      o 6.9 US Cultural Partnerships
      o 6.10 Wikipedia Zero
  * 7 Human Resources
      o 7.1 Staff Changes
      o 7.2 Statistics
      o 7.3 Department Updates
  * 8 Finance and Administration
  * 9 Legal and Community Advocacy
      o 9.1 Contract Metrics
      o 9.2 Trademark License Request Metrics
      o 9.3 Litigation
          + 9.3.1 Internet Brands
          + 9.3.2 German Cases
      o 9.4 Coming & Going
      o 9.5 Other Major Activities
      o 9.6 Communications
          + 9.6.1 Major announcements
          + 9.6.2 Major Storylines through November
          + 9.6.3 Other worthwhile reads
          + 9.6.4 WMF Blog posts
          + 9.6.5 Wikipedia Signpost
          + 9.6.6 Media Contact
  * 10 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

Global unique visitors for October:

    *488.4 million* (+2.84% compared with September; +2.46% compared
    with the previous year)
    (comScore data
    <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/unique_visitors> for all
    Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release November data
    later in December)

Page requests for November:

    *20.3 billion* (+2.7% compared with October; +16.8% compared with
    the previous year)
    (Server log data
    all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

Active Registered Editors for October 2012 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month,
excluding bots):

    *79,964* (-2.73% compared with September / +0.59% compared with the
    previous year)
    (Database data
    <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/active_editors>, all Wikimedia
    Foundation projects. Note: We recently refined this metric
    to take into account Wikimedia Commons and activity across several

*Report Card* (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF
projects) for October 2012:


(Definitions <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Analytics/Metric_definitions>)

== Financials ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Revenue_%26_Expenses_October_2012_-_Actual_vs_Plan.png
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of October 31, 2012>
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Expenses_by_Functions_October_2012.png
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of October 31, 2012>

(Financial information is only available for October 2012 at the time of
this report.)

All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and
Year-To-Date October 31, 2012.

Revenue 	$5,358,084
Engineering Group 	$4,258,755
Fundraiser Group 	$816,319
Global Development Group 	$1,804,417
Governance Group 	$278,363
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group 	$976,506
Finance/HR/Admin Group 	$1,793,482
Total Expenses 	$9,927,842
Total surplus/(loss) 	($4,569,758)

  * Revenue for the month of October is $1.24MM vs plan of $0.85MM,
    approximately $396K or 47% over plan.
  * Year-to-date revenue is $5.36MM vs plan of $5.21MM, approximately
    $151K or 3% over plan.
  * Expenses for the month of October is $2.53MM vs plan of $2.84MM,
    approximately $305K or 11% under plan, primarily due to lower
    personnel expenses, internet hosting expenses, travel expenses,
    capital expenses, and outside contract services partially offset by
    higher legal expenses and operating grants.
  * Year-to-date expenses is $9.93MM vs plan of $11.52MM, approximately
    $1.59MM or 14% under plan, primarily due to personnel expenses,
    internet hosting, travel expenses, capital expenses, grants and
    awards, and outside contract services partially offset by higher
    legal expenses and awards and grants.
  * Cash position is $20.76MM as of October 31, 2012 which is
    approximately 5.92 months of expenses.

== Highlights ==

=== New HTML5 video player ===

A new video player was enabled
on Wikipedia and its sister sites, promising to bring free educational
videos to more people, on more devices, in more languages. The player is
the same HTML5 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5> player used in the
Kaltura open-source video platform. Its many new features include
advanced support for subtitles, support for the royalty-free WebM
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebM> video format, and server-side
transcoding, i.e. the ability to convert from one video format to
another, in order to deliver the appropriate video stream to the user
depending on their bandwidth and the size of the player.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:03-Pau-DevCamp-usability-testing.jpg
Usability testing of the new translation interface at the Bangalore
DevCamp 2012>

=== Developer meetup and language summit in India ===

On November 9-11, the Wikimedia Foundation held a developer meetup in
Bangalore, India. The /Engineering DevCamp
focused on language support, development for mobile devices, and user
interaction and user experience design (UI/UX). More than 85 developers,
UX/UI designers, Wikimedians and translators attended the event. It was
preceded by an Open-Source language summit
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/11/16/opensource-language-summit/> that
the Foundation organized together with Red Hat in Pune, India.

=== Fundraiser launch ===

The Foundation's ninth annual online fundraiser officially launched
on November 27, 2012 and raised a record breaking $2.3 million in a
single day: a 59% increase over our biggest day in 2011. See the
Fundraiser Statistics page
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:FundraiserStatistics> for a view
comparing this year to previous years. Banner design progressed from
last year's "Jimmy appeal" ([1]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Wales?banner=B12_JpcwInline>) to
variations on a new "Facts banner" ([2]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold?banner=B12_DroprealGldffcc00_Biggold>, [3]
and [4]
which are more oriented towards informing users about the Wikimedia

Due to the very successful start, it was decided to show banners only in
the following five English-speaking countries through December 31: US,
Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand (in addition to the banners for
fundraising chapters). The fundraiser will be re-launched in all
remaining countries in the spring of 2013, with improved translations.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Travel_Guide_Logo_-_Proposal_Yiyi.svg
Proposed new logo for Wikivoyage>

=== Beta launch of Wikivoyage ===

Wikivoyage <http://www.wikivoyage.org/>, the project to create a free
world travel guide which anyone can edit, launched on Wikimedia
Foundation servers on November 10, migrating text content and accounts
from the old servers run by the Wikivoyage Association. The community is
working on the review and transfer of media files, and the site remains
in "beta" until this and other cleanup tasks are completed.

== Engineering ==

A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for November 2012
can be found at:


=== VisualEditor <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor> ===

In November, the VisualEditor team, who is working on the upcoming
rich-text interface aiming to make it easier to edit wiki pages,
finished restructuring the code behind the scenes. This "refactoring"
was aimed at making the code more modular, and easier to change and
extend, even for developers who are not familiar with the entirety of
the VisualEditor's code.

They also continued to work on Parsoid
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid>, the parsing program
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsing> that translates plain wikitext into
HTML annotated for easy editing, and /vice-versa/. In preparation for
the upcoming deployment on the English Wikipedia, the team concentrated
on the preservation of existing content. They continued to tweak the
parser and to compare the articles' original wikitext to the one
obtained after a "round-trip" (the operation consisting of converting
wikitext to annotated HTML, and back to wikitext) on random selections
of test articles. Currently, 79.4% of test articles (up from 75% last
month) are converted without any differences at all, 18% (stable) show
only minor differences, and the remaining 2.6% (down from 7%) have
differences that still need fixing.

=== Editor engagement ===

Version 5 of Article feedback
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5>, a quality
assessment tool also aiming to engage readers and encourage them to
contribute, is still being tested on 10% of articles on the English
Wikipedia. A few additional features and improvements were developed in
November. A few other features were designed, mostly related to
moderation and reducing the editor workload; they will be developed next
month, once the code reorganization to improve database performance is
completed. The team also analyzed new research data
<http://toolserver.org/~dartar/fp/> to track how moderators use the
feedback page, and measure how many readers who post feedback become
editors or registered users. Next month, Wikipedians will be invited to
evaluate the usefulness of feedback posts and the effectiveness of the
new moderation tools. Once these tasks are done, this tool is expected
to be expanded to all articles on the English Wikipedia in early 2013.

Page Curation <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Page_Curation> (an interface for
experienced contributors to review and improve newly created pages) is
now in maintenance mode, following its release on the English Wikipedia
in September. Its impact has been tracked with a metrics dashboard
<http://toolserver.org/~dartar/pc/>, which confirms that it is being
used actively, with over 27,000 pages reviewed since launch.

The MicroDesign <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Micro_Design_Improvements>
team (focusing on small design issues) continued to work behind the
scenes in November, notably on a tool called "Agora" that aims to make
it easier to build and deploy future improvements. Several templates on
the English-language Wikipedia have been redesigned to reduce interface
clutter, with some changes already implemented.

In November, the Editor engagement experiments
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editor_engagement_experiments> team
(E3) deployed the third and
final A/B test of the new account creation page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/ACUX>, including client-side validation
(automated checks when the user enters content in a text field). Results
from basic data analysis of all three tests were published on Meta, and
the project will now move to the productization stage. The post-edit
confirmation message was put in maintenance mode after being deployed to
a further seven Wikipedias, including French and Portuguese. On the
analytics side, E3 transitioned permanently to EventLogging
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:EventLogging>, a tool to help
measure the success of future experiments, and collaborated with the
mobile team to track activity on Wikipedia's mobile beta. The team also
deployed a small design improvement to the personal tools
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/personal_tools> menu in MediaWiki core.

Last, key features of the Notifications project
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo_(Notifications)> (code-named 'Echo') were
designed and developed in November, leading to a first experimental
deployment in early 2013. This new notification system is designed to
replace and augment existing notification systems on Wikimedia sites, as
well as provide significantly more control to both users and developers
as to how their notifications are handled, read, and deleted. A first
prototype <http://ee-prototype.wmflabs.org/wiki/Main_Page> is available
for testing.

=== Mobile <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Mobile_engineering> ===

In November, the Mobile team added the ability to log in to the site.
Many experimental features were made available in beta, such as editing
articles, reformatted tables, random article support, simpler layout for
cleanup templates, and watchlists.

Infrastructure work continued on programs to bring Wikipedia to more
devices (Wikipedia Zero <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero>,
access over SMS or USSD
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_over_SMS_%26_USSD> and the J2ME app
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_S40_J2ME_app>), notably during the
Bangalore DevCamp
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Bangalore_DevCamp_November_2012>, where
volunteer developers got involved.

The Mobile quality assurance <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_QA> team
started to set up automated mobile browser-based tests and mobile
browser regression tests.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ULS-IME-Search.png
Universal language selector: Input method menu, accessed from the search box>

=== Other news ===

  * A new video player was enabled
    on Wikipedia and its sister sites (see general "Highlights" section)

  * Two calls were sent in November. One was for interns as part of the
    Outreach Program for Women
    organized by the GNOME Foundation. Applications are now closed. The
    other call was to recruit volunteers to lead or advise engineers
    on select activities; applications are still welcome.

  * The Language engineering team, whose work aims to reduce barriers to
    participation for contributors using languages other than English
    (especially those using a non-Roman alphabet), continued to improve
    their tools. In particular they integrated input methods
    into the Universal language selector, allowing contributors to enter
    in a script different from the one of their keyboard. They also
    fixed bugs and added a keyboard layout
    to enter text in the international phonetic script. After an
    Open-Source language summit
    in Pune, India, they attended the Engineering DevCamp in Bangalore
    where many volunteers contributed code. Last, following the launch
    of Wikidata, they invited users to translate the interface
    of its software.

== Fundraising ==

Department highlight

  * The online fundraiser officially launched on November 27, 2012 and
    raised a record breaking $2.3 million in a single day (see also
    general "Highlights" section)

=== Major Gifts and Foundations ===

  * Received a $500,000 grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
  * Held a event for Bay Area major donors at Local Edition on November

=== Annual Fundraiser ===

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Impact_Of_Wikipedia.webm
'The Impact of Wikipedia' video series>

  * Launched the 2012 annual fundraiser offically on November 27 (see
    also general "Highlights" section). The year-end
    fundraising goal is $46 million, while the online fundraiser is
    expected to raise a total $32.6 million (not including fundraising
    chapters and Major Gifts and Foundations).
  * Banner design progressed from last year's "Jimmy appeal" [5]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Wales?banner=B12_JpcwInline> to
    variations on a new "Facts banner" [6]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information?banner=B12_1123_Smallinfo>, and
    which are oriented more towards educating users about the Wikimedia
  * As a result of extremely well performing banners and more payment
    options, the fundraiser has been very successful. The team decided
    to only show banners to the following five English-speaking
    countries through December 31: US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New
    Zealand in addition to fundraising chapters. This was a response to
    a very successful start, donor feedback and worldwide testing which
    indicated we could improve our banner message translations. The team
    will be working to improve translations to re-launch the fundraiser
    in all remaining countries in the spring of 2013.
  * We uploaded the video series 'The Impact of Wikipedia'.
  * See the Fundraiser Statistics page
    <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:FundraiserStatistics> for a
    view comparing this year to previous years. Some interesting
      o Raised a record breaking $2.3 million in a single day (November
        27, 2012): a 59% increase over our biggest day in 2011. On this
        day we had 145,000 donations averaging about $27 USD per second.
        During the biggest single hour, we received over ten thousand
        donations, and averaged about $45 USD per second.
      o The multi-lingual donor services team responded to donor emails
        and liaised closely with tech, the creative team, and our
        payment providers to trouble shoot technical and financial
        errors that hindered users from donating.

== Global Development ==

Department highlights

  * The Flow Funding Pilot program, a grant-funded experiment in
    empowering individual Wikimedians to make (small) funding
    recommendations is about to begin. Learn more at the Flow Funding
    portal <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FF_portal>.
  * The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) submitted its
    recommendations to the Board for Round 1 2012–2013

=== Strategic Goals Metrics ===

Metric 	Value 	MoM 	MoM% 	Chart
Free Wikipedia Zero Page Requests 	1.9m 	765k 	+45% Increase 	[9]
Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace) 	14k 	206
+1.5% Increase 	[10]

=== Wikipedia Education Program ===

New teaching tool brochure released

Instructor Basics How to Use Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool.pdf
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Instructor_Basics_How_to_Use_Wikipedia_as_a_Teaching_Tool.pdf>

A new brochure, titled "Instructor Basics: How to use Wikipedia as a
teaching tool", is now available from the Wikimedia Foundation and on
Wikimedia Commons. This brochure covers key Wikipedia policies and
structures that educators wanting to do a Wikipedia assignment in their
classes need to understand, best practices on article selection and
working with the community, and sample grading rubrics. Download the

Sample syllabus brochure revamped

Sample Syllabus for Wikipedia assignment.pdf
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sample_Syllabus_for_Wikipedia_assignment.pdf>

The sample syllabus provided for instructors interested in having their
students write Wikipedia articles as part of the course curriculum has
been updated based on recommendations from more instructors who have
participated in the Wikipedia Education Program. The new version
provides a week-by-week breakdown of how you can incorporate a "write a
Wikipedia article" assignment into your classes. It includes some key
milestones that have proven effective at ensuring that students derive
the greatest educational benefits from editing Wikipedia. Download the
syllabus brochure.

==== Egypt ====

  * Frank and Annie had a meeting with the Vice President of Ain Shams
    University and some participating Ain Shams professors, students,
    and Ambassadors. The Vice President is highly supportive of the
    program and promised to provide free internet USB sticks and
    official certificates to all Ain Shams students in the program.
  * The Egypt program is now the fastest growing wing of the Wikipedia
    Education Program — from 5 classes last term to 18 classes this term
    (despite a teachers' strike in Alexandria that put all classes in
    Alexandria on hold!).
  * Wikipedia Education Program Egypt consultant Faris El-Gwely is
    working with Campus Ambassadors to keep a running updates page on
    the Arabic Wikipedia with information about their activities. The
    updates pages includes information on in-class editing sessions,
    students' reactions to Wikipedia editing, and challenges that they
    faced, such as lack of reliable internet access. It's a great way to
    keep up with the current status of the Egypt program. Read the
    updates page.

==== U.S. and Canada ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_Education_Program_booth_at_National_Communication_Association_2012.JPG
Wikipedia Education Program booth at the National Communication
Association conference 2012>

The US National Communication Association is joining the Association for
Psychological Sciences and the American Sociological Association in
calling for academics in their discipline to improve the content on
Wikipedia through using it as a teaching tool in their classrooms. The
Wikipedia Education Program was featured at the NCA convention in
Florida, with a workshop attended by more than 40 instructors and a
booth in the exhibit hall. Wikipedia Education Program Communications
Manager LiAnna Davis and volunteer professors Adel Iskandar of
Georgetown University, Lori Britt of James Madison University, and Zach
McDowell of the University of Massachusetts Amherst led the workshop.
See more information about the NCA Wikipedia Initiative.

  * The Working Group
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Education_Working_Group> — a
    group of volunteers leading the spin-out of the U.S. and Canada
    Education Programs — turned in their first complete proposal draft
    to Frank. The proposal outlines their "business plan" for the new
    non-profit organization that will run the U.S. and Canada Education
  * A student at Davidson College created the article on the psychology
    of music preference as an assignment for Professor Greta Munger's
    course on Cognition and the Arts, which is participating in the U.S.
    Education Program this term. The student's article got accepted into
    the Did You Know section on Wikipedia's Main Page, where it received
    more than 2,000 views. Read the article.

=== Brazil ===

Institutional partnerships:

  * Two trips to São Paulo for meetings with 3 potential institutional
    partner organizations
  * Development of catalyst program planning with initial discussions
    with the community available here
  * Interviews with candidates for the Data Analyst position and
    development of task to be given to the finalists
  * Two IRC meetings for general community debates on CAPTCHA,
    Wikiprojects and data organization


  * Fiocruz - VIII Encontro da Rede de Bibliotecas da Fiocruz - 2012
    - "Compartilhando Informação e Construindo Conhecimento: interações
    e práticas"
  * Fliporto (a literature event that took place in Recife) - Oona and
    Jonas_AGX presented Wikipedia mission and a step-by-step on Wiki
    editing 101
  * Arrangements with Campus Party and Wikimedia Brasil community to
    develop activities in 2013

Professor in Brazil leads successful editing workshop

Last month, professor Juliana Bastos Marques of Universidade Federal do
Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, led an editing workshop for students
as part of the Extension Week at her university. She and her Campus
Ambassador, User:OTAVIO1981, introduced 12 students into how to edit
Wikipedia. During the four hour workshop, the students translated five
articles from the English Wikipedia into the Portuguese Wikipedia and
learned wiki editing and literacy skills that can be used for future.
Learn more by reading Juliana's post.


  * Translation courses at Gama Filho Faculty (Rio de Janeiro) through
    an UNESCO Latin America contact
  * Ministry of Health to bring experts and Medical School students to
    Portuguese Wikipedia
  * Lots of talks with possible partners (still in progress): Google,
    UNESCO, Fiocruz, Faculty of Medicine at the University of São Paulo,
    United Nations, Medical School groups, research groups, other
    colleges and universities, language courses etc.

Presentation and outreach:

  * Lecture and workshop in Vitória (Espírito Santo) to professors
    (positive feedback received)
  * Connected LiAnna Davis (Wikipedia Education Program Communications
    Manager) with the professors using Wikipedia.

Direction of the program:

  * Requesting comments from the community
  * Revitalizing WikiProjects
    (a lot of work with the Portuguese Wikipedia community – still in
    progress but getting positive feedback)
  * Letting students translate articles from other Wikipedia language
    versions (discussion with the community
  * Online tutorials: contacted Max Klein (P2PU) for adapting his online
    course on Wikipedia
    <https://p2pu.org/en/groups/open-access-wikipedia-challenge/> to
    Portuguese Wikipedia and inquired about the possibility of using


  * On the usage of WikiProjects and previous researches by WMF on the
  * On complex adaptive systems

Planning and goals:

  * Started planning alternative actions for the Education Program
    (WikiProjects and translation without Ambassadors)
  * Draft on the goals of the WikiProject model and working with
    Jonathan Morgan on how to improve it
  * Following up on talks with University's translation department in
    order to ensure reasonable goals

Reports and learnings:

  * Started courses evaluation
  * Started program sustainability and scalability analysis
  * Contacted each professor for positive feedback on the program
  * Started giving post semester survey to professors

=== Fellowships ===

  * *Program*: Discussions about the wind-down and moving some support
    opportunities into WMF's grant-making activities are ongoing
  * *Dispute Resolution*: A second survey started
    this month to follow up on the results of the first DR survey
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:DRSURVEY>, this time focusing on the
    motivations and ideas of existing dispute resolution volunteers, in
    hope of boosting participation and recruitment. Responses are filing
    in and results will be released in December. An IRC office hours
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours> session was
also held to solicit feedback
    and input from the community, and while the universal DR wizard
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:DRREFORM> is still being developed,
    alternative ideas about processes for routing disputes, recognizing
    volunteers, and holding disputants to decisions are in discussion.
  * *Small Wiki Editor Engagement*: The help page pilot has been shown
    to more than double the number of new editors making 5 or more edits
    to Bangla Wikipedia, from 21 to 50 editors in 47 days before and
    after September 12th. Pilot report with more details is forthcoming,
    as is a work-plan for phase 2 of the project.
  * *WikiWomen's Collaborative*: Phase 2 goals and activities
    have been set for the project. In this phase we'll be focusing on
    activites like experimenting with ways to increase the participation
    of women who are not yet editing, and developing the sustainability
    of the project in anticipation of the fellowship coming to an end.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Editor_Growth_and_Contribution_Program_logo.png
Logo of the Editor Growth and Contribution Program>

=== Editor growth and Contribution Program ===

  * A report on the Taghreedat - Wikipedia Editors project
    published. The report highlights the impact of social media and
    emails on recruiting and coaching new Wikipedia editors.

=== Wikimania ===

  * Working on development of new scholarship committee; providing
    overall coaching to the new team.

=== Learning & Evaluation ===

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anonymous_Mobile_Dashboard.jpg>
Wikipedia Zero Mobile Partner Dashboard>

  * Established dashboard for the Mobile Partners to be able to track
    their progress
  * Developing frameworks for measuring organizational effectivess as
    well as programmatic effectiveness
  * Supporting the development of standards of support for different
    affiliate groups via CIS and Brazil. This includes helping develop
    program and hiring plans, as well as figuring out what sorts of
    legal and programmatic support we are able to lend.
  * Working with the analytics team on how to develop a more robust
    update of the Limn reporting software

=== Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) ===

  * The FDC's recommendations for Round 1
    submitted to the Board on November 15.
  * The recommendations were accepted as-is by the Board
on 1 December.
  * 8.43 mn USD will be allocated through Round 1.
  * Overall, 12 entities (including the Foundation) submitted proposals
    to the FDC for Round 1; 10 were recommended support for their annual
    plans, with two recommended for bridge funding and re-application in
    Round 2.
  * The grantmaking team worked on recruiting a Senior Program Officer
    for the FDC, who will be the main point person for the FDC processes
    on staff.

=== Grants ===

==== Grants approved in November 2012 ====

  * Iván Martínez's Wiki Loves Monuments México exhibition

        Iván Martínez, a volunteer active within the Mexican chapter,
        will be organizing a series of exhibitions and events to
        publicize the results of a successful Wiki Loves Monuments photo
        competition in Mexico.

  * Wikimedia Canada's In person meeting

        This grant will fund an in-person meeting in Vancouver for
        Wikimedia Canada's Board, so that board members may meet in
        person for the first time.

==== Participation support requests approved in November 2012 ====

  * This reimbursement supports the attendance of three volunteers at
    Brazil's Campus Party 2013

==== Program updates ====

  * The Flow Funding Pilot program, a grant-funded experiment in
    empowering individual Wikimedians to make (small) funding
    recommendations is about to begin. Learn more at the Flow Funding
    portal <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FF_portal>.
  * All current and past grants now also viewable in a set of sortable
    tables to get a good overview, at the new Grants:Table page

=== US Cultural Partnerships ===

  * Attended the Museum Computer Network Conference
    <http://www.mcn.edu/mcn-2012-annual-conference>, which included:

          * A full-day Wikimedia-Tech Workshop
            with Erik Moeller and GLAM-Wiki and MediaWiki volunteers.
          * Inclusion in the opening Ignite talk
            promoting open culture with the talk, “Embracing the Bazaar.”
          * A full session with three Wikipedia sessions, including
            Women in GLAM-Wiki
            and Next Steps in GLAM-Wiki Collaboration
          * Inclusion in the “Slack Day” <http://www.mcn.edu/slack-day>
            half-day workshop, presenting on Conflict of Interest in
          * Leading the breakout session for the theme of “Open/Shared
            Authority” <http://www.mcn.edu/open-shared-authority> in the
            closing plenary

  * Planning for upcoming meetings with Open Knowledge Foundation and
    Open Cultuur Data, in moving forward with efforts for sustainable
    Open GLAM US entity.
  * Coordination of upcoming Wikipedian in Residence positions and GLAM

=== Wikipedia Zero ===

  * Worked with volunteer developers at the Bangalore DevCamp to start
    supporting an important variant of the upcoming text messaging support.
  * SMS/USSD combination working and awaiting launch
  * Developing the SMS only version for carriers that cannot support USSD.

== Human Resources ==

HR completed the annual WMF *employee engagement survey* between
September 26 and October 12, 2012, to understand the views of employees
in areas critical to employee commitment. A total of 84 employees
participated, representing a 66% response rate, which is considered
good. Overall employee engagement is considered "very good" where 71% of
employees responded favorably across the survey questions. The highest
scores showed a strong commitment to the mission and purpose of
Wikimedia, a desire to help one another, and to learn from the job.
Lower scores and recommendations indicated a need for improvement in
accountability and performance measures, organizational planning, better
recruiting, and more efforts in recognizing strong performance.

HR also organized the first *pilot staff orientation program* for the
Foundation, including modules hosted by different WMF staff. We ran it
for a couple hours a day, over the course of a week. The modules
included: WMF org structure, office orientation, wikis and practical
knowledge, communications, finance, community structure, what the
transition is like in moving from being a community member to being a
WMF employee, and its challenges, orientation about the projects, legal
orientation, open source/free culture orientation, a staff edit-a-thon,
a phone call with community member and an international contractor (to
have a sense of what the remote experience is like), and an article
assignment. Many thanks to Lynette Logan, Philippe Beaudette, Matthew
Roth, Tony Le, James Alexander, Ryan Kaldari, Michelle Paulson, Tomasz
Finc, Arthur Richards, Phoebe Ayres, Oliver Keyes, and Maggie Dennis for
their leadership on their respective orientation modules. These modules
were all filmed, and are being edited for online distribution.

HR held a *benefits meeting* to help employees become aware of changes
to their benefits. Because of our organizational size, we've had to move
from small-group to large-group benefit plans, with few changes in the
actual level of coverage available to our staff. We also completed a
more informal staff characteristics and preferences survey to collect
characteristics of staff and to get to know them better (such as
international experience, where they've lived, and what percentage of
our staff are Wikipedians), and will be releasing that data next month.

=== Staff Changes ===

New Requisitions Filled

  * Quim Gil, Volunteer Engineering Coordinator (Engineering)
  * Juliusz Gonera, Software Developer – Mobile (Engineering)
  * Raymond Lui, Finance & Administration Assistant (Finance & Admin)

New Contractors

  * Robert Miller (Administration)
  * Nischay Nahata (Engineering)
  * Ian Poirier (Legal)
  * Naoko Sakurai (Community Advocacy)
  * Mike Wang (Engineering)

Contracts Extended

  * Sandra Hust
  * Stefan Petrea
  * Tanvir Rahman
  * Yuko Sakata

Contracts Ended

  * Kristina Baker
  * Kevin Gorman
  * Hisham Mundol

Department Movement

  * Patrick Reilly joins the Engineering Features team

New Posting

  * Legal Intern (Summer)

=== Statistics ===

Total Requisitions Filled
    November Actual: 129
    November Total Plan: 163
    November Filled: 3, Month Attrition: 1
    YTD Filled: 30, YTD Attrition: 13
    1 position canceled for FY

Remaining open positions to fiscal year end
    44 (8 of which are on hold)

=== Department Updates ===

Real-time feed for HR updates

http://identi.ca/wikimediaatwork or http://twitter.com/wikimediaatwork

== Finance and Administration ==

  * The first phase of the *new space design for the WMF office* is
    completed. Engineering now has new desks and space layout with
    additional improvements in process.
  * We have begun the process of our *annual insurance renewals for risk
    management*. Improving coverage for media and privacy liability is
    one of our key goals in this renewal.
  * With the *departure of the Manager of Office IT*, we have interim
    coverage for network and server issues being provided by Tech Ops.
    We have posted a position opening and are looking at the option of
    selecting a vendor or contractor to provide network and server support.
  * With the pending *departure of our travel manager*, we are enaged in
    a search for a new travel manager and are in the process of
    implementing a new travel services provider.
  * We welcome a *new member* of the Finance and Administration team -
    Raymond Lui.

== Legal and Community Advocacy ==

=== Contract Metrics ===

  * 14 - submitted
  * 17 - completed

=== Trademark License Request Metrics ===

  * 14 - submitted
  * 1 - approved
  * 7 - pending
  * 2 - denied
  * 1 - request withdrawn
  * 3 - moved to C&D queue

=== Litigation ===

==== Internet Brands ====

  * Blog Posts:
      o Update to Internet Brands travel site lawsuit
      o Update on Internet Brands v. Holliday

  * Summary: The federal district court in Los Angeles issued its
    written order on volunteer Ryan Holliday’s anti-SLAPP motion and
    motion to dismiss
    A copy of the order is available here
    In the order, the court noted that Internet Brands abandoned its
    federal Lanham Act <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanham_Act> claim. That
    claim was based on the factual allegation that the Foundation was
    operating a new travel wiki called “Wiki Travel Guide,” which Ryan
    showed to be incorrect. After being required to respond to Ryan’s
    motion, Internet Brands was forced to admit that the basis of its
    claim was primarily predicated on an assumption. Noting that this
    Lanham Act claim was the only claim supporting federal jurisdiction,
    the court dismissed the remainder of Internet Brands’ case and found
    Ryan’s anti-[[en:Strategic lawsuit against public
    participation|SLAPP motion to be moot.
    While we had hoped that the court would reach the merits of Ryan’s
    anti-SLAPP motion, the dismissal of the entire suit nonetheless
    represents a victory for Ryan and volunteer James Heilman (who was
    also named in the suit). We congratulate both of them on this result.
    Meanwhile, the Wikimedia Foundation is proceeding forward with its
    lawsuit against Internet Brands in San Francisco. Internet Brands
    has filed a demurrer (motion to dismiss), the hearing for which has
    been postponed to December 14. The court has issued a tentative
    ruling on that motion, which is available here
    In the tentative ruling, the court indicates that it is inclined to
    rule against Internet Brands. We will send out an update after the

==== German Cases ====

  * Blog Post:
      o Two German courts rule in favor of free knowledge movement

  * Summary: The Foundation successfully defended against two cases in
    Germany, where the Foundation was accused of failing to respect the
    rights of personality of two individuals as a result of content
    appearing on German Wikipedia. However, one of the cases is now
    currently under appeal.

      Coming & Going

  * Deputy General Counsel Kelly Kay is leaving the Foundation,
    effective December 7, 2012.
  * Contract attorney Kristina Baker left the Foundation.
  * Ian Poirier joined as a contract attorney to help with the workload.
  * Currently interviewing for community advocates from around the world
    to increase our understanding of different projects and find ways to
    better support them. Also interviewing for spring and summer legal
    interns, a new legal counsel role, and the deputy general counsel role.

=== Other Major Activities ===

  * WMF received a major *DMCA takedown* request involving 59 images on
    Commons of sculptures by an artist named Claes Oldenburg. After
    exploring all possible options in favor of retaining the images, it
    was determined that we had to comply with the takedown notice. For
    more information, please see the statement to the community
  * Maggie, Michelle, and Philippe all participated in the *new employee
    orientation* modules by each conducting their own training sessions
    on legal and community issues.
  * *Domains/Trademark Opposition Wins* - We won several domains from
    third party squatters and successfully opposed one trademark
    registration by a third party who was attempting to register the
    Wikipedia puzzle globe logo.
  * We worked with *Creative Commons* to ensure that the community’s
    interests are properly represented as they work through drafting of
    CC v.4 licenses.
  * Standardized *grant agreements* have been drafted and vetted and
    should be ready for use next week for the new Grantmaking and
    Programs Department.
  * Hosted a *visit from Risker* - got valuable community input on
    ongoing projects and arranged for brown bag so that attendees could
    get a unique community perspective.

=== Communications ===

November’s communications work focused largely on production of this
year’s Annual Report (to be launched in early December), support to the
online fundraising team, and launch of the Wikimedia merchandise
volunteer recognition program. No major issues or media stories around
the projects broke in November.

==== Major announcements ====

The Wikimedia Foundation launches ninth annual fundraiser to support
Wikipedia and free knowledge (27 November 2012) [11]

==== Major Storylines through November ====

Wikimedia kicks off its fundraiser (mid/late November 2012)

This year’s most successful fundraiser ever, launched with a significant
jump in giving, resulting in unusually light media coverage. The simple
and effective designs (currently lacking photography) haven’t caught the
attention of mainstream media as in the past. Further coverage is
expected as the campaign nears its goals, and around some proactive
media outreach in December.

  * Wikipedia Begins Annual Fundraising Drive [12]

  * A Guide To Tech Charities On Giving Tuesday [13]

PR firm edits on prominent UK biz figures and brands (November 17)

The follow-up to an investigation from The Times about PR firm edits to
articles about prominent businesses and clients generated considerable
attention in November, predominantly in the UK media. A duo of Times
reporters focused on allegedly paid edits and ‘clean up’ to the UK
entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, as well as a long list of prominent
businesses and brands. PR industry veterans weighed in to defend
industry practices vis a vis Wikipedia’s policies. Most stories directed
criticism towards the PR industry rather than our contributors or projects.

  * Multinationals with something to hide? Wiki wipes exposed;
    Controversies, disasters and embarrassments were deleted or

  * Finsbury edited Alisher Usmanov's Wikipedia page [15]

  * “Public relations professionals should not directly edit Wikipedia”
    CIPR & PRCA insist, following RLM Finsbury editing Alisher Usmanov's
    entry [16]

Wikipedia adds HTML5 video support (November 8)

Significant coverage in tech blogs following the launch and
implementation of our HTML5 video player. Largely positive posts and
stories, although some critical observations that the project has been
underway since 2008.

  * After Many Delays, Wikipedia Adds Video Support Today [17]

  * After a 5-year beta period, Wikipedia finally moves into the video
    era with an HTML5 player [18]

  * Wikipedia adds HTML5 video player, though no influx of vids just yet

==== Other worthwhile reads ====

Macleans.ca | Meet the man with 130,000 Wikipedia edits (November 29)

Slate.com | Top Wikipedia Editors To Get Free Access to JSTOR. Be
Jealous. (November 26) [21]

DailyDot | Top Wikipedia editors get free access to JSTOR academic
journals (November 21) [22]

PopSci | Meet The Climate Change Denier Who Became The Voice Of
Hurricane Sandy On Wikipedia (November 2) [23]

==== WMF Blog posts ====

Fifty-two blog posts through November
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/11/>, including multilingual posts
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/multilingual-post/> in Spanish, Catalan,
Portuguese, French and German

A few highlights:

    Language engineering news: Bugs fixed in Universal Language
    Selector, and a new IPA keyboard layout (November 30) [24]

    Wikimedia India hosts Wikipedia women’s workshop in Mumbai (November
    19) [25]

    The FDC process: a milestone in sharing Wikimedia movement funds
    (November 15) [26]

    Introducing Wikipedia’s new HTML5 video player (November 8) [27]

    Wikimedia Foundation Profile: Garfield Byrd, Chief of Finance and
    Administration (November 1) [28]

==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

/The Wikipedia Signpost is a weekly community-written newsletter
developed in the English Wikipedia, but describing trends and
developments across the movement as well./

  * Volume 8, Issue 45, 5 November 2012
  * Volume 8, Issue 46, 12 November 2012
  * Volume 8, Issue 47, 19 November 2012
  * Volume 8, Issue 48, 26 November 2012

==== Media Contact ====


== Visitors and Guests ==

Visitors and guests to the WMF office in November 2012:

 1. David Weir (independent consultant)
 2. Edward Griffin (Intivix)
 3. Jared Pickering (Intivix)
 4. Trevor Bolhler (Wikia)
 5. Mark Bünger (Lux Research)
 6. Dr. Usmani (Interactive Group, Pakistan)
 7. Dennis Weckel (Forte)
 8. Josep Nolla (Telenor)
 9. Bjørn Martin Worsøe (Telenor)
10. Johanna Staaf (Telenor)
11. Nicolay Nickelsen (Telenor)
12. Dr. Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani (Interactive Group)
13. David Peters (exbrook)
14. Anne Clin (Risker <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Risker> -
enwiki Arbcom)
15. Valerie Aurora (TAI)
16. Naoko Sakurai (volunteer)
17. Deborah Bezona (SML insurance agency)
18. Christine Moellenberndt (volunteer)
19. Herb Miles (SML)
20. Mandy Lee (SML)
21. Juan Riboldi (Ascent)
22. Sowmyan Tirumurti (Director of Wikimedia India)
23. Kelly Smith (Travel and Transport)
24. Amanda Brock (Spark)
25. Shannon Farley (Spark)
26. Adrianne Wadewitz (Wikipedia Education Program - Community Member)
27. Cindy Hawlet (AIG)
28. Christina Drascudgee (AIG)
29. Brendan Quinka (AIG)
30. Dylan Hale (Cooley LLP)
31. Liz Williams (Collab Zone)
32. Liz Nichols (Brin Wojcicki Foundation)
33. Rob Fetrestaley (Brin Wojcicki Foundation)
34. Laura Hale (Wikimedia Australia)
35. Robert Myers (Wikimedia Australia)
36. Pete Hodgson (ThoughtWorks)
37. Khali Young (ThoughtWorks)

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation

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