[Wikimedia-l] WMF core and non core expenses

John Vandenberg jayvdb at gmail.com
Tue Oct 9 02:07:18 UTC 2012

Does the merchandise store, which will cost USD 311000, have an ROI
published somewhere?

I think some 'Research' is needed in WMF core, however any funds under
'Research' should be granted to, and administrated by, an academic
institution. Preferably via a competitive program.

John Vandenberg.
sent from Galaxy Note
On Oct 8, 2012 5:14 PM, "Itzik Edri" <itzik at infra.co.il> wrote:

> Hi,
> As agreed, the WMF is also sending their non-core program to the
> FDC approval, you can see their proposal here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Wikimedia_Foundation/Proposal_form
> But I'm asking myself, that's all what we consider as non-core? I didn't
> really done a deep research in the WMF budget (as every item in the WMF
> budget is like the whole big chapter budget and there are no breakdown),
> but for example what jumped in my mind immediate: Merchandise store
> (311,000$=Wikimedia Magyarország + Wikimedia Israel + Wikimedia Argentina
> annual budget) - what make it core? or research (324,000$) and others
> (again, can't go deeply with that as the items in the budget are
> general..).
> Itzik
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