[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Report, November 2013

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Thu Dec 12 02:30:37 UTC 2013

Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for November 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 October "Highlights" into
Spanish, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Dutch and Chinese (help
continues to be welcome for completing the partial translations in
Emiliano-Romagnolo, Italian, Norwegian bokmål, Portuguese and some
other languages)!

While still focusing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
Suggestions for the upcoming December issue are welcome until January
8 at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights#Movement_news_items_for_December_2013

Regards, Tilman


= Wikimedia Foundation Report, November 2013 =

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Monthly_Metrics_Meeting_December_5,_2013.ogv>
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of November
(December 5, 2013)


  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 New support material for program organizers: Evaluation
        report about edit-a-thons, and a pattern library
      o 3.2 "Beta Features" option allows users to test upcoming
        software changes
      o 3.3 Open Source Language Summit in Pune, India
      o 3.4 OAuth extension makes it easier to use third-party editing
  * 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 November 2013
          + 6.2.2 Reports accepted in November 2013
          + 6.2.3 Travel & Participation Support
              # Requests awarded in November 2013
              # Reports accepted in November 2013
          + 6.2.4 Individual Engagement Grants
      o 6.3 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 Contract Metrics
      o 10.2 Trademark Metrics
      o 10.3 Domains Obtained
      o 10.4 Coming & Going
      o 10.5 Communications Report, November 2013
          + 10.5.1 Major announcements
          + 10.5.2 Major Storylines through November
          + 10.5.3 Other worthwhile reads
          + 10.5.4 WMF Blog posts
          + 10.5.5 Media Contact
          + 10.5.6 Wikipedia Signpost
  * 11 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

Global unique visitors for October:

    *530 million* (+4.86% compared with September; +8.62% 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:

    *19.039 billion* (+1.2% compared with October; -6.4% compared with
    the previous year)
    (Server log data
    all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access. Note: the
    numbers previously reported for the months of July to October 2013
    have been corrected

Active Registered Editors for October 2013 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month,
excluding bots):

    *75,964* (-0.99% compared with September / -3.83% compared with the
    previous year)
    (Database data
    <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/active_editors>, all Wikimedia
    Foundation projects.)

*Report Card* (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF


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

== Financials ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Revenue_%26_Expenses_October_2013_-_Actual_vs_Plan.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of October 31, 2013
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Expenses_by_Functions_October_2013.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of October 31, 2013

(Financial information is only available through October 2013 at the
time of this report.)

All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and
Year-To-Date October 31, 2013.

Revenue $11,646,366
Engineering Group $5,379,535
Fundraising Group $1,097,830
Grantmaking Group $556,471
Programs Group $573,291
Grants $857,473
Governance Group $221,061
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group $1,058,063
Finance/HR/Admin Group $2,490,383
Total Expenses $12,234,107
Total deficit ($587,741)

  * Revenue for the month of October is $3.78MM versus plan of $4.91MM,
    approximately $1.13MM or 23% under plan.

  * Year-to-date revenue is $11.65MM versus plan of $7.88MM,
    approximately $3.77MM or 48% over plan.

  * Expenses for the month of October is $2.84MM versus plan of $3.52MM,
    approximately $680K or 19% under plan, primarily due to lower
    personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees,
    payment processing fees, and travel expenses partially offset by
    higher grants and recruiting expenses.

  * Year-to-date expenses is $12.23MM versus plan of $14.70MM,
    approximately $2.47MM or 17% under plan, primarily due to lower
    personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees,
    grants, staff development expenses, and travel expenses partially
    offset by higher payment processing fees.

  * Cash position is $38.61MM as of October 31, 2013.

== Highlights ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Program_Evaluation_Edit-a-thon_event_length_pie_2013.png>
Duration of edit-a-thons: 91% lasted less than 8 hours

=== New support material for program organizers: Evaluation report
about edit-a-thons, and a pattern library ===

A new *report about edit-a-thons
includes data
from 46 events between February 2012 and October 2013. It starts a
series of seven reports about the most common types of programs executed
by Wikimedia program leaders around the world, authored by the Wikimedia
Foundation's Program Evaluation and Design team. This is the first time
that such an analysis compares the outcomes of a specific program to its
costs. Among the many findings of this report is that edit-a-thons with
a small budget can be as productive as events with a large budget.

In the new *learning pattern library
on Meta,
Wikimedians can share what they learn about organizing activities like
edit-a-thons, GLAM collaborations, gender gap outreach, or Wiki Loves
Monuments. Each pattern includes a description of a common problem, and
instructions for solving it.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BetaFeatures-Screenshot.png>
Screenshot of the new Beta Features preferences page

=== "Beta Features" option allows users to test upcoming software changes ===

A new "Beta Features
section has been added to the user preferences menu
logged-in editors to test upcoming software changes and give feedback to
the developers, before these features become available for everyone.

=== Open Source Language Summit in Pune, India ===

Together with Red Hat, the Wikimedia Foundation's language engineering
team organized the fall 2013 Open Source Language Summit
in Pune, India. It was also attended by members of the VisualEditor and
Mobile teams. Session topics

  * improving the support for fonts (in particular in Indic languages)
  * input methods for entering characters that are not available on a
    user's keyboard
  * the Language Coverage Matrix Dashboard
    <http://tools.wmflabs.org/lcm-dashboard/lcmd/>, which displays how a
    language is supported on Wikimedia projects
  * a prototype for a user interface for translating Wikipedia articles
    and other content

=== OAuth extension makes it easier to use third-party editing tools ===

All Wikimedia wikis now support
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/22/oauth-on-wikimedia-wikis/> OAuth
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Help:OAuth>, an open
standard that allows users to authorize third-party software tools to
carry out actions on the wiki on their behalf, without handing over
their user password. Among the first tools that use this new feature is
"CropTool <https://tools.wmflabs.org/croptool/?title=Example.jpg>",
which allows users to crop images on Wikimedia Commons.

  * A visualization of the interaction between a third-party tool
    (left), the wiki and the user under the OAuth protocol

== Engineering ==

A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for November 2013
can be found at:


Major news in November include:

  * Beta Features
    a new way for users to try out new features on Wikipedia and other
    Wikimedia sites before they are released for everyone (see also the
    general "Highlights" section);
  * The launch of our search for a VP of Engineering
  * A retrospective by the Mobile engineering team on best practices for
    while working distributedly;
  * The activation of OAuth on Wikimedia wikis
    which allows users to authorize third-party applications to take
    actions on their behalf without sharing their password (see also the
    general "Highlights" section);
  * A blog post about the "Wikidata concept cloud
  * A retrospective on the ability to add musical scores
    to pages on Wikimedia sites.

=== VisualEditor

In November, the VisualEditor team continued to improve the stability
and performance of this new editing interface, and add new features. The
code was updated three times. Most of the team's focus was on fixing
bugs, and on some major infrastructure changes, splitting out reusable
code from VisualEditor to make it available to other teams. Much of the
team travelled to the Open Source Language Summit
in Pune, India to learn more about how to improve VisualEditor for a
variety of languages, scripts, users and systems.

Thanks to two new members of the QA team
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Quality_Assurance/Browser_testing>, the
automated browser tests have expanded in breadth and depth of coverage.
Work continued on major new features like full rich copy-and-paste from
external sources, a dialog for quickly adding citation templated
references, and a tool to insert characters not available on users'
keyboards. The editor was made available by default on just over 100
additional Wikipedias as part of the continuing roll-out. VisualEditor
was also enabled for opt-in testing on Swedish Wiktionary and Wikimedia
Sweden's wiki, the first time it has been available on a non-Wikipedia
production wiki.

Work also continued on Parsoid <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid>, the
parsing program that converts wikitext to annotated HTML to make
VisualEditor work. Major changes were made to the specification and
representation of elements. Due to bugs in external code used by the
team, tests were added to catch similar issue automatically in the
future. Editing support for categories was improved and several wikitext
corruption issues were fixed. Work continued to test the performance of
a system to store HTML and related information to improve performance of

=== Editor engagement <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/New_editor_engagement> ===

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Growth_Quarterly_Review_(December_2013).pdf?page=22>
Pre-registration user lifecycle (presentation slide from the Growth
team's quarterly review meeting)

In November, the Notifications
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo_(Notifications)> feature was added to the
German and Italian Wikipedias, completing the worldwide release of this
tool. Community response to Notifications has been generally favorable
on all wikis. While feature development has now ended for this project,
we expect new notifications and features to be developed by other teams
in coming months.

The Flow <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow_Portal> team finished the basic
features of this new wiki discussion system. We made Flow work with the
watchlist and added history view for boards, topics and posts. We asked
for community feedback and testing, and prepared for release to
production wikis in December by working on Operations and Security needs.

The Growth <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Growth> team primarily worked on
reorganizing the GuidedTour
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GuidedTour> and GettingStarted
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GettingStarted> extensions,
including development of an computer program interface
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface> (API) that
will be used to show editing tasks to users across a variety of devices.

The team also worked on the anonymous editor acquisition
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/anonymous_editor_acquisition> and Wikipedia
article creation <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_article_creation>
projects, by taking part in a community discussion about a possible
Draft namespace <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Draft_namespace> for articles,
identifying user needs and preparing the code changes.

A few members of the Growth team attended the Wikimedia Diversity
Conference <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Diversity_Conference>
and presented on how diversity related to their work.

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

During the last month, the Wikipedia Zero
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero> team monitored the launch of
Wikipedia Zero via text (USSD/SMS) in partnership with Airtel Kenya and
Praekelt for the first pilot of the program. The team also continued to
improve and simplify the process and files to configure Zero partners,
enhanced performance and added safeguards to avoid previous issues.

The A/B test done by the Mobile web projects
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_web_projects> team resulted in an Edit
Guider, now available on the mobile site. Other features like an
interface overhaul and better user profiles are currently being tested
in beta.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mobile_Metrics_20131205.pdf?page=12>
The Edit Guider for new mobile users (presentation slide)
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_December_Metrics_Meeting_-_Photo_13.jpg>
Kenan Wang presenting about the Mobile team's work

== Fundraising ==

Department Highlights

  * Prepared for and launched the Big English fundraiser on December
    2nd, at approximately 23:00 UTC.
  * As of December 5th at 8:30 AM PDT, in December alone, we had made a
    little over 3.5 Million (USD converted) in over 250,000 donations.

=== Major Gifts and Foundations ===

  * Prepared 2012/13 donor list for annual report.
  * Worked on end of the year snailmail letter and email letter to
    funders that have not given in the last year
  * Continued work on a proposal for the Stanton Foundation regarding
    mobile and flow.
  * Continued work on Sloan proposal for general support grant
  * Continued outreach to foundation funders in Europe.
  * FDC Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted

=== Annual Fundraiser ===

  * The fundraising team ran campaigns worldwide throughout November in
    preparation for the launch of the December campaign in the US, UK,
    Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The team continued to run A/B
    tests of banner messages, designs, and payment flows. In the month
    of November, approximately USD 3.4 million was raised from 230,000
    donors (preliminary numbers as donations are still settling). The
    team also sent email tests to past donors (nearly 300,000 emails
    have been sent so far this year). Please see the Fundraising 2013
    page on Meta-wiki
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2013> for additional
  * The WMF Merchandise Shop ran a 4-day banner campaign targeting
    logged-in users in the US from 11/12/13-11/15/13. We sold 124 items
    and had our most successful day in sales in the past 90 days. The
    campaign was educational in helping us strategize store improvements
    for 2014.

== Grantmaking ==

Department highlights

  * Learning Patterns being promoted as a tool for sharing learnings.
    See blog post
    and also monthly metrics presentation
    <Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:December_5_Monthly_metrics-_Eval_portal_and_Learning_Patterns.pdf>.
  * Created grantmaking tracker
    quarterly metrics, to be more public in the overall activity of our
    grants. Working on reordering the presentation of grants materials
    on meta.

=== Annual Plan Grants (Funds Dissemination Committee) ===

  * Six *Letters of Intent
for Round
    2 2013-2014 were submitted. The Letter of Intent is the first stage
    of the proposal process, and is required in order to be able to
    submit a proposal. The eligibility process
    kicks off on December 15th, and all entities must close all gaps by
    February 15.
  * The Round 1 2012-2013 Quarter 3 *financial analysis*
    was posted on Meta after the submission of the Round 1 2012-2013
    third quarterly reports.
  * Prior to the FDC face-to-face deliberations, the FDC staff published
    its *staff assessments
    all of the Round 1 2013-2014 proposals. The staff assessments are
    one of many inputs into the FDC process; they were accompanied by
    e.g. a financial analysis (including a R1 2013-2014 Financial
    program analysis, and a grant history and compliance analysis.
  * The FDC met for its *deliberations*
in San
    Francisco from November 17-21, and made its *Round 1 2013-2014
to the WMF
    Board. All nine members attended these deliberations, as did two
    Board liaisons.
  * Please direct any questions to FDCsupport at wikimedia.org.

=== Project and Event Grants ===

==== Grants awarded in November 2013 ====

The following grant proposals were accepted:

  * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:T.K_Sujith_-_WikiSangamotsavam_2013/Malayalam_Wiki_Conference_2013
  * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_CZ/Communities

==== Reports accepted in November 2013 ====

The following grant reports were reviewed and accepted by WMF:

  * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Wikimedia_Slovakia/Start-up/Report/Past_expenses
  * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_RS/Wikipedia_in_Schools_2012-2013/Report
  * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_CZ/Mediagrant/Report/2013/10

==== Travel & Participation Support ====

  * We've drafted a report
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Participation:Support/Analysis> based
    on analysis done by the Learning and Evaluation team in order to
    help us better *understand the current state of the Participation
    Support Program*. Ideas for growth and improvement are a particular
    focus of the report, which will be used to forward conversations
    with all stakeholders. We plan to iterate on our support offerings
    for Wikimedians to travel and participate in events in the coming
    months based on these findings and ongoing discussions.

===== Requests awarded in November 2013 =====

The Participation Support Committee has funded one request in November 2013:

  * Participation:Oarabile_Mudongo/Youth_Engagement_Summit_Africa
    fund a Wikimedia volunteer's participation in a youth summit in
    Mauritius, where he will present about Wikimedia to other attendees.

===== Reports accepted in November 2013 =====

Congratulations to 2 grantees on their successful participation in
SMWCon Fall 2013:

  * Participation:Toniher/SMWCon_Fall_2013/Report
  * Participation:Himeshi/SMWCon_Fall_2013/Report

==== Individual Engagement Grants ====

  * *Committee scoring* is complete and the results have been shared
    back with all round 2 IEG proposers
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-join> on
  * The IEG committee has recommended a *shortlist of IEG proposals* for
    WMF to consider funding in round 2. Due diligence is underway and
    the set of approved IEGs will be announced in mid December.
  * Siko Bouterse traveled to Berlin to *attend the Diversity Conference
    and meet with WMDE staffers*. Activities and outcomes from this trip
      o Hosted an *IdeaLab Diversity working session
        where participants created 9 new ideas
        <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Ideas> (the
start of actionable project
        plans) aimed at fostering increased diversity in the Wikimedia
      o Co-facilitated a workshop
        aimed at sharing strategies for *measuring impact in diversity
        initiatives*(see also the "Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation"
        section below) .
      o Co-led, with IEGrantee Ocaasi
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ocaasi>, a session on
        *playful strategies* <Image:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inviting_Diversity.pdf> *for
        inviting diversity* that we've used in spaces like IEG
        <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG>, IdeaLab
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab>, and The
        Wikipedia Adventure <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:TWA>.
      o Met with WMDE's Community Team to share *learning and strategies
        for grantmaking to individuals*. We hope to increase this
        sharing and coordination between these teams over the coming year.
      o Met with other WMDE staffers involved in research, Wikidata
        development, Teahouse and other community projects, in order to
        discuss specific IEG proposals and more general initiatives that
        may involve *coordination between WMF and WMDE* in the future.
      o Published a *blog post
        sharing learning and insights from the conference.
  * *Final reports* have been received from the first 3 IEGrants and are
    under review:
      o https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/MediaWiki_data_browser/Final
      o https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Build_an_effective_method_of_publicity_in_PRChina/Final
      o https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource_strategic_vision/Final
  * A *post-grant survey* is being prepared to evaluate the grantee
    experience from round 1.

=== Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation ===

  * Created *grantmaking tracker
    of quarterly metrics, to be more public in the overall activity of
    our grants. Working on reordering the presentation of grants
    materials on Meta.

Grants Program evaluations

  * *Annual Plan Grants*: See above section (assisted in the grants
    program overview); including the Q3 report summary
    and Application Financial Overview
  * *Individual engagement grants*: beginning drafting of a post-grant
  * *Wikimania Scholarships*: developing the assessment tool alongside
    the engineering team; working on transitioning ownership to Ellie Young.
  * *Travel and Participation Support Program*: program report in final
    stages, but survey questions are now available on Meta

Awareness and learning

  * Jessie co-presented at the *Diversity Conference* around Impact
    (see also the "Individual Engagement Grants" section above).
    Introduced people to the ideas of impact assessment and some tools
    for how to do it, as well as a case study for how to do so.
    Discussed in particular the Qualtrics, Wikimetrics, and Learning
    Pattern tools
  * 6 volunteers participated in a *Learning Patterns Hackathon
    November 14, at which 6 new Learning Patterns were created. The
    library now contains 21 patterns.
  * Several resources in the Evaluation Portal are being *translated*
    from English: the WikiMetrics Learning Module
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Training/Wiki_Metrics> is
now available in Spanish, and
    a learning pattern on asking survey questions about gender identity
is now being
    translated into Chinese, German and French.

== Programs ==

Department highlights

  * The *first of seven reports on the most common programs executed by
    Wikimedia program leaders around the world has been published on
    Meta* (see also the general "Highlights" section. and
    below). It is the first time that an analysis on how the outcomes of
    a specific program compare to its costs is available. The report
    covers edit-a-thons and includes data gathered from 46 events
    completed between February 2012 and October 2013. The Program
    Evaluation and Design team asked the community for feedback and
    engaged in a discussion on how to further improve this and upcoming
    reports. The document is available on Meta:
  * The U.S. and Canada education program officially *transitioned from
    WMF to the Wiki Education Foundation
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Education_Foundation>*, a
new nonprofit that will run
    the Education Program in the United States and Canada. Jami
    Mathewson ended her contract with the Wikimedia Foundation and
    became an employee of the Wiki Education Foundation which also
    announced its search for an Executive Director. As quoted in a blog
    published on the Wikimedia Foundation blog, University of
    Mississippi Professor Bob Cummings, board member of the Wiki
    Education Foundation, wrote “If we can help a generation of learners
    understand Wikipedia as contributors, they are more likely … to
    promote better cultural understanding of Wikipedia writ large. If we
    can train a generation of faculty to use Wikipedia productively in
    their teaching missions, we are then also preparing them to better
    understand the connections between specialized and public knowledge,
    and how their disciplines can play a role in improving the accuracy
    of information in Wikipedia.”

=== Wikipedia Zero ===

  * The team launched Wikipedia Zero with *Tcell in Tajikistan and
    Beeline in Kazakhstan*, bringing our total number of Wikipedia Zero
    countries to 22. Both operators issued press releases to announce
    the launch; Tcell also held a press conference, attended by two
    Wikipedians from Tajikistan.
  * The *USSD/SMS pilot* continued with Airtel Kenya. After some initial
    stability issues, the service seems to be running smoothly now. When
    Airtel sends promo SMS alerts, we get a good conversion rate and
    spike in usage. We are studying the data to identify ways to improve
    the user experience and validate the offering.
  * Carolynne Schloeder, Director of Mobile Programs, attended a *press
    event organized by the local Wikimedia community in Dhaka,
    Bangladesh*, followed by a wikimeetup. The press event was well
    attended and included brief presentations from each of our local
    mobile operator partners. Banglalink, an affiliate under group
    partner Vimpelcom and the first to launch Wikipedia Zero in
    Bangladesh, said the program is very well received by their
    subscribers. Grameenphone, a long time partner under our Telenor
    group agreement, spoke of promoting Wikipedia through their iGen
    educational program. A representative from Axiata operating company
    Robi also expressed interest in supporting Wikipedia Zero in the
    future. The event received substantial press coverage, which we hope
    will raise awareness of Wikipedia in Bangladesh and support the
    local Wikimedia community's efforts to increase the number of
    editors contributing to the Bengali version. Munir Hasan and the
    Wikimedia team in Bangladesh did an awesome job of organizing a very
    productive trip.
  * Carolynne also visited *Jakarta* where she met with Siska Doviana,
    Ivonne and John from Wikimedia Indonesia, and attended a wikimeetup
    organized by Ricky Setiawan. Siska also joined Carolynne in a
    meeting with our local parter Axiata XL. We have not seen much usage
    on zero.wikipedia.org on XL, so we explored ways that we could
    increase the benefits for Indonesia.
  * The Wikipedia Zero engineering team has *coordinated with the Ops
    team* to define certain IP ranges used for zero-rating. This is a
    key step needed to allow our partners to support HTTPS with
    Wikipedia Zero.

=== Wikipedia Education Program ===

==== Global programs ====

  * The U.S. and Canada program officially *transitioned
    from WMF to the Wiki Education Foundation
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Education_Foundation>*, a
new nonprofit that will run
    the Education Program in the United States and Canada. Jami
    Mathewson ended her contract with the Wikimedia Foundation and
    became an employee of the Wiki Education Foundation. (see also the
    department highlights above)
  * Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager LiAnna Davis
    attended the Wikimedia *Diversity Conference* in Berlin, Germany,
    and discussed the education program's success in attracting new
    female contributors and being a way to fill content diversity gaps
    on Wikipedia.
  * The Wikipedia Education Program team has set up a new hub
    <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program> for
    planning *the future of the software for supporting courses*. We are
    now looking for feedback on what improvements users would like to
    see as development priorities. Developer Andrew Russell Green has
    created several key enhancements to the course pages – including the
    option for instructors to add sets of users as students, and to
    assign articles to students -- which we expect to deploy in the
    coming weeks.
    <Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rod_Dunican_presents_at_EduWiki_Conference_2013_2.JPG>
    Rod Dunican speaking at EduWiki 2013
  * Communications Contractor Sage Ross has begun exploring the use of
    *GuidedTours* to provide interactive elements to the Wikipedia
    Education Program on-wiki training modules, drawing on the work of
    Individual Engagement Grantee User:Ocaasi with /The Wikipedia
  * Rod Dunican, Director of Wikipedia Education Program, was a *keynote
    speaker at EduWiki 2013
    in Cardiff, Wales. Sponsored annually by Wikimedia UK, the EduWiki
    conference brings together educators and Wikimedians from around the
    world to discuss Wikipedia in education. Rod met with several
    lecturers, Wikimedians, and education program leaders, as well as
    members of the Wikimedia UK staff to discuss their educational
    programs and activities, goals, challenges, successes, and how the
    Global Education team could support their efforts.

==== Arab World Program ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KSU_WMF_visit_2013_14.JPG>
Students, professors, and community members took part in a two-day
Wikipedia training at King Saud University.

The first half of November was marked by significant travel, educational
program meetings, and Wikipedia Education training sessions in the
region by Arab World Education Program Manager, Tighe Flanagan.

  * Tighe Flanagan *visited King Saud University
    to meet with program participants and assist in a two-day technical
    training for professors and students. 118 men and women took part in
    the training hosted at the Training Center for Wikipedia Translation
    at King Saud University in Riyadh. Dr. Nidal Yousef of Isra
    University also supported the training and shared his experience as
    a participant in the program in Jordan.
  * Tighe also *visited the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for
    Health Sciences* to give a presentation on the Wikipedia Education
    Program and the importance of medical/health articles to
    approximately 30 students. This visit was arranged by an active
    local Wikipedian who is also a student at the university.
  * Tighe and Dr. Nidal Yousef *met with leaders of the King Abdullah
    Project for General Education Development in Riyadh* to share ideas
    on using Wikipedia as an education tool as they advise the Ministry
    of Education on improving curricula in the kingdom.
  * Tighe spent a week in *Jordan* meeting with previous program
    participants at Isra University
    <http://www.isra.edu.jo/start.php?c=news951.html> as well as
    conducting outreach at universities that are new to the program this
    semester or may join in the coming semesters: Zarqa University,
    Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Tighe also had the
    opportunity to connect with a group of local Wikipedians to get
    direct feedback abou the program in Jordan and to think of ways to
    better integrate the Wikipedians community with the efforst of the
    Wikipedia Education Program in the region.
  * The *Education Extension is now fully translated into Arabic*. An
    on-wiki discussion
    has been posted and a request
    <https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=57729> has been
    filed on Bugzilla to enable it on the Arabic Wikipedia.

==== Communications ====

  * Following improvements based on community feedback, the text for the
    new */Contributing to Wikipedia/ introductory print brochure* has
    been handed off to designer David Peters.
  * Three blog posts:
      o New Wiki Education Foundation directs program in U.S., Canada
      o Saudi students join the Wikipedia Education Program
      o How to make a Wikipedian angry
  * Two newsletters:
      o 5 November
      o 19 November

=== Program Evaluation and Design ===

November was a busy month for the Program Evaluation and Design team.
Communications wise it was rather quiet, as the team proceeded with
parsing, processing, and evaluating data collected in the *Data
Collection Survey*. Program Evaluation Specialist Dr. Jaime Anstee,
along with interns Yuan Li and Edward Galvez, worked on processing and
evaluating the data and on creating graphs and charts. This has been the
major focus of November for us, as the goal to have some initial
reporting available for the FDC. Highlights of the month include:

  * The ongoing *development of program reports* for seven of the most
    common programs executed by Wikimedia program leaders around the world.
  * When copyediting and reporting is complete, reporting has been
    published on Meta:
      o The first report on Meta was about *edit-a-thons*. Community
        Coordinator Sarah Stierch requested comments from the community
        about the report, the data, and its usability. Converations have
        been fruitful and the report has proceeded to be improved upon
        based on community response. These reports are continuosly being
        changed and improved upon, and we hope that the community will
        use it to learn from, and improve upon. You can view the
        edit-a-thon report here:
      o The next part of reporting to be shared on Meta was the
        *Overview page*. This gives a detailed overview of the reporting
        process, who reported, where data came from, and terminology and
        methodologies used to process the data. You can view the overall
        page on meta here:
  * Frank Schulenburg *presented the team's analysis of data for
    Edit-a-thons and Wiki Loves Monuments* to the FDC during their
    recent visit to the Wikimedia Foundation. This allowed Frank to give
    the FDC a taste of the work the team has been doing and what its
    intended outcomes are.
  * The team continues to focus on these ongoing reports, with next
    steps including creating a *tool/resource development* timeline, and
    creating *partnerships* between chapters, affiliates and community
    members interested in piloting evaluation and design processes with
    support from the Program Evaluation and Design team.
  * Frank Schulenburg supported the Grantmaking team with an assessment
    of all Round 1 2013-2014 proposals from the programs perspective as
    one of the *inputs into the FDC process*.

== Human Resources ==

Human Resources supported the logistics of the *WMF board* meeting and
board retreat, *transition team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Transition_team>* meetings, and
the ongoing *executive searches* (namely, Executive Director, Chief
Communications Officer, and VP of Engineering). HR also is overhauling
the *orientation process*, continuing our testing of *ergonomics*
evaluations, and conducting the annual *employee engagement survey*. We
are also preparing for the annual *holiday party*. The new US *401k*
investment options will go live December 1st, as well as open enrollment
for US *benefits* renewal, and the ongoing work of hiring and
immigration support continues.

=== Staff Changes ===

New Requisition Filled

  * Andrei Voinigescu, Legal Counsel (Legal)


  * Marc-Andre Pelletier (Engineering)

New Volunteers

  * Aaron Arcos (Engineering)
  * Roshni Patel (Legal and Community Advocacy)
  * Laith Ulaby (Engineering)

New Contractors

  * Jeff Hall (Engineering)
  * Joey Hess (Engineering)
  * Mike Hoover (Engineering)
  * Jessica Robell (Fundraising)
  * Jay Walsh (Legal and Community Advocacy)

Contracts Extended

  * Dan DeJarnatt (Human Resources)
  * Rubina Kwon (Legal and Community Advocacy)


  * Ryan Lane

Contracts Ended

  * Michelle Grover
  * Jami Mathewson

New Postings

  * Global Education Program Manager
  * QA Automation Engineer

=== Statistics ===

Total Requisitions Filled
    November Actual: 154
    November Total Plan: 180
    November Filled: 2, Month Attrition: 1
    YTD Filled: 22, YTD Attrition: 13

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end

=== Department Updates ===

Real-time feed for HR updates

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

== Finance and Administration ==

  * The 6th floor office space redesign is beginning in December. We
    will work with VITAL Environments to discover needs, and support
    team and common space functions.
  * Conference room upgrades continue to be on target and we are
    currently testing wall tablets for room management.

== Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_December_Metrics_Meeting_-_Photo_18.jpg>
Luis Villa presenting about the version 4.0 of the Creative Commons
licenses (slides <Image:

  * On November 18, LCA announced
    the launch of a new *community consultation
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Trademark_policy> regarding
its new Trademark Policy
    draft <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trademark_policy>*. The
consultation period is expected
    to last two months, ending on January 18. In creating this draft,
    LCA incorporated advice and feedback received from the community
    during an initial consultation about general trademark practices
that lasted over five
    months. LCA focused on making the draft reflect community values, on
    ensuring easy reuse of the marks by community members, and on the
    design and readability
    of the policy draft. We look forward to hearing the community’s
    thoughts and feedback over the next two months, as we work towards
    finalizing the draft. Once finalized, the draft will be presented to
    the Board for adoption.
  * LCA continues to consult with the community on a new draft *Privacy
    Policy <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy> and Access
to Nonpublic Data Policy
  * The WMF sent a letter, also published in a blog post
    demanding that *Wiki-PR cease and desist* from editing Wikipedia
    until they had complied with the Wikimedia community’s conditions.
  * The legal team posted a blog post congratulating Creative Commons
    <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/26/creative-commons-version-4-0/> on
    the newly released version *4.0 of the CC license suite*. We are now
    following community consultations in the license.
  * A *German appeals court* held that the Wikimedia Foundation does not
    need to proactively check for illegal or inaccurate content. Legal
    Counsel Michelle Paulson summarized this decision in a blog post

==== Contract Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 23
  * Completed : 16

==== Trademark Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 11
  * Approved : 1
  * Pending : 8
  * Denied : 1
  * Approval not needed : 1

==== Domains Obtained ====

mediawiki.gr, wikibooks.gr, wikisource.gr, wikibooks.am, wikidata.am,
wikinews.am, wikiquote.am, wikisource.am, wikiversity.am, wiktionary.am,
wikibooks.hk, wikibooks.lt, wikibooks.lu, wikibooks.lv, wikibooks.ro,
wikibooks.tw, wikidata.hk, wikidata.lt, wikidata.lu, wikidata.lv,
wikidata.ro, wikidata.tw, wikinews.be, wikinews.lt, wikinews.lu

==== Coming & Going ====

  * LCA welcomed its *first legal fellow*, Roshni Patel, a recent
    graduate from Georgetown Law who will be with the Foundation for 9
    months and focusing on privacy issues during the term of her fellowship.
  * LCA welcomed a *new legal counsel*, Andrei Voinigescu, to the team.
    Immediately prior to joining WMF, he was living in Japan and working
    on intellectual property and corporate transactions for a large
    technology company. He previously interned at the Software Freedom
    Law Center and earned a degree in Computer Science from Queen's
    University in Ontario, Canada.

=== Communications Report, November 2013 ===

The Paid Advocacy Editing story continued into November. Our outside
counsel sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wiki-PR which generated a
fresh round of coverage, mostly positive. In other news, we reviewed the
first round of candidates for the new Chief Communications Officer
position at WMF and decided on 5 candidates to bring to San Francisco
for the first round interviews in early December. The communications
team provided on-going support to the Wikipedia Zero team’s announcement
of new partnerships, and the LCA team’s launch of a community
consultation period for the new Trademark Policy. We also helped Sue
prep for her Reddit AMA

The Rand Paul controversy and the MIT “Decline of Wikipedia” stories got
extended play into the first week of November and then petered out.

==== Major announcements ====

    *Myanmar to get access to the world’s knowledge through Wikipedia
    (7 November 2013)

Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced Myanmar as
the latest country to be included in their existing agreement to bring
Wikipedia Zero to Telenor customers in Asia and Europe.

    *Wikimedia Foundation opens community consultation on new trademark
    (19 November 2013)

The Wikimedia Foundation has opened a two-month consultation period with
its community of contributors, who are invited to discuss a new
Wikimedia trademark policy draft and propose revisions to it.

    *Wikimedia Foundation sends cease and desist letter to WikiPR
    (20 November 2013)

The Wikimedia Foundation has sent a cease and desist letter to WikiPR
demanding they stop violating Wikipedia's Terms of Use and that they
comply with the conditions outlined in a ban from the site by the
Wikipedia editing community.

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

    /(For a detailed list of press clips about Wikipedia and the
    Wikimedia Foundation in October, see the list on Meta-wiki here

Cease-and-Desist Letter to Wiki-PR (late November)

    Guardian - Wikipedia sends cease-and-desist letter to PR firm
    offering paid edits to site
    Washington Post (blog) - The Switchboard: Wikipedia slaps PR firm
    with cease-and-desist over fake entries
    Independent - Wikipedia names Texas PR firm over false manipulation
    of site entries

Wikipedia Zero in Kenya, Myanmar and Bangladesh (throughout November)

    Punch - Airtel, Wikimedia Foundation to link 17 countries
    The Next Web - Myanmar to get free mobile Wikipedia access via
    Telenor next year
    Bangla Mail 24 - Zero in on the Wikipedia Project

Iran Censors Persian Wikipedia (mid-November)

    The Daily Dot - The Wikipedia articles the Iranian government
    doesn't want citizens to see
    Mashable - The Wikipedia Articles Iran's Government Doesn't Want
    People to See
    Carbonated TV - Iran Blocks 963 Wikipedia Articles Including Emma
    Watson and Kristen Stewart

==== Other worthwhile reads ====

    New Scientist - Unmask Wikipedia sock puppets by the way they write
    The Black Sheep Journal -Three Obstacles to Underrepresented Peoples
    on Wikipedia: The Role Edit-a-thons have to Play
    Inklingsnews - Wikipedia is the (Not) so wicked witch of the web

==== WMF Blog posts ====

Blog.wikimedia.org published 31 posts
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/> in November 2013. Four posts were
multilingual <https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/multilingual-post/>,
including versions inAfrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Spanish, French,
German, Hebrew, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Xhosa.

Some highlights from the blog:

    *Open letter for free access to Wikipedia on mobile in South Africa
    (November 8, 2013)
    *Developing Distributedly, Part 2: Best Practices for Staying in
    (November 22, 2013)
    *Adding musical scores to Wikimedia
    (November 27, 2013)

==== Media Contact ====

Media contact through November 2013: wmf:Press room/Media
Contact#November 2013

==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the
community-edited newsletter “Wikipedia Signpost” for November 2013:

  * Volume 9, Issue 44
    6 November 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 45
    13 November 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 46
    20 November 2013

== Visitors and Guests ==

Visitors and guests to the WMF office in November 2013:

 1. Damián Finol (Wikimedia Venezuela)
 2. Phil Malone (Director of the IP clinic, Stanford Law)
 3. Gautam Chandna (Opera Software)
 4. Arjun Bhatt (Opera Software)
 5. Simon Turkale (Lumen)
 6. Luca Capello (Itopie Informatique)
 7. Aaron Arcos (Google)
 8. Chris Cavanaugh (CCSC)
 9. Gerald Thomas (Paylocity)
10. Linda Lin (Google)
11. Denny Vrandečić (Google)
12. Jianyong Zhang (Google)
13. Jiang Bian (Google)
14. Peter Berger (People Plus)
15. Kate Seisel (People Plus)
16. Sarah Greene (Rapid Science)
17. Gerardo Capiel (Benetech)
18. Jason Ricci (FLUXX)
19. Graham U. (FLUXX)
20. Steve Heffernan (Brightcove)
21. Matthew McClure (Brightcove)

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation
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