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

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Wed Mar 13 19:31:55 UTC 2013

Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for February 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 January "Highlights" into
Breton, Danish, German, Spanish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Dutch,
Turkish, Ukrainian, and simplified/traditional Chinese (and partially
into some other languages like Arabic and French)!

While still focussing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
Suggestions for the upcoming March issue are welcome until April 3 at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights .

Regards, Tilman


  Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2013

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Monthly_Metrics_Meeting_March_7,_2013.ogv>
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of February


  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 Legal victory for Wikivoyage and free knowledge
      o 3.2 Mobile watchlist available
      o 3.3 Language Engineering team attends open source conferences in
  * 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 and Programs
      o 6.1 Strategic Goals Metrics
      o 6.2 Grantmaking
          + 6.2.1 Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
          + 6.2.2 WMF Grants approved in February 2013
          + 6.2.3 WMF Grant Reports accepted in February 2013
          + 6.2.4 Participation Support requests approved in February
          + 6.2.5 Individual Engagement Grants
          + 6.2.6 Fellowships
      o 6.3 Programs
          + 6.3.1 Brazil
              # Institutional Partnerships
              # Hirings and positions
              # Analysis
              # Education
                  * Partnerships with universities
                  * Class assignments
                  * Medicin Wikiproject
                  * Community and High School
              # Meet-ups
          + 6.3.2 Mobile
          + 6.3.3 Global Education
      o 6.4 Learning & Evaluation
  * 7 Human Resources
      o 7.1 Staff Changes
      o 7.2 Statistics
      o 7.3 Department Updates
  * 8 Finance and Administration
  * 9 Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department
      o 9.1 LCA Report, February 2013
          + 9.1.1 Contract Metrics
          + 9.1.2 Trademark Metrics
          + 9.1.3 Domains Obtained
          + 9.1.4 Coming & Going
          + 9.1.5 Other Activities
      o 9.2 Communications Report, February 2013
          + 9.2.1 Major announcements
          + 9.2.2 Major Storylines through February
          + 9.2.3 Other worthwhile reads
          + 9.2.4 WMF Blog posts
          + 9.2.5 Media Contact
          + 9.2.6 Wikipedia Signpost
  * 10 Office of the Executive Director
  * 11 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

Global unique visitors for January:

    *488.5 million* (+3.37% compared with December; +1.31% compared with
    the previous year)
    (comScore data
    <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/unique_visitors> for all
    Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release February data
    later in March)

Page requests for February:

    *21.8 billion* (-2.1% compared with January; +20.2% compared with
    the previous year)
    (Server log data
    all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

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

    *84,848* (+8.60% compared with December / +2.03% 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
projects) for January 2013:


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

== Financials ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Revenue_%26_Expenses_January_2013_-_Actual_vs_Plan.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of January 31, 2013
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Expenses_by_Functions_January_2013.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of January 31, 2013

(Financial information is only available for January 2013 at the time of
this report.)

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

Revenue 	$33,756,118
Engineering Group 	$7,393,053
Fundraiser Group 	$2,223,577
Grantmaking & Programs Group 	$2,617,926
Governance Group 	$413,747
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group 	$1,818,707
Finance/HR/Admin Group 	$3,249,731
Total Expenses 	$17,716,741
Total surplus/(loss) 	$16,039,377

  * Revenue for the month of January is $2.84MM vs plan of $276K,
    approximately $2.56MM or 927% over plan.

  * Year-to-date revenue is $33.76MM vs plan of $30.19MM, approximately
    $3.57MM or 12% over plan.

  * Expenses for the month of January is $2.26MM vs plan of $4.13MM,
    approximately $1.87 or 45% under plan, primarily due to lower
    personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, timing of
    FDC grants disbursement, and travel expenses partially offset by
    higher legal expenses and outside contract services.

  * Year-to-date expenses is $17.72MM vs plan of $21.90MM, approximately
    $4.18MM or 19% under plan, primarily due to personnel expenses,
    capital expenses, internet hosting, timing of FDC grants
    disbursement and travel expenses partially offset by higher legal
    expenses and bank fees.

  * Cash position is $41.47MM as of January 31, 2013.

== Highlights ==

=== Legal victory for Wikivoyage and free knowledge ===

The Wikimedia Foundation's legal team announced a settlement
in the legal proceedings between the Foundation and Internet Brands,
relating to issues stemming from the creation of Wikivoyage, our
community’s newest free knowledge project.

Last year, Internet Brands (owners of a for-profit wiki-based travel
project) sued two Wikimedians involved in supporting the travel wiki
project. The Foundation supported the legal defense of the volunteers
and the court ultimately dismissed Internet Brands’ lawsuit.

The Foundation also went on the offensive and filed its own separate
lawsuit against Internet Brands seeking a declaration from the court
that Internet Brands had no proper basis to block the travel wiki
project. That suit was resolved in an out of court settlement on
February 14, 2013. In that settlement, Internet Brands released the
Foundation and Wikivoyage e.V. (the German non-profit organization who
worked hard to make the travel project a success) from all claims
related in any manner to the creation and operation of the travel wiki
project. In return, the Foundation agreed to dismiss its suit.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mobile_Wikipedia_watchlist.PNG>
Screenshot of the new mobile watchlist

=== Mobile watchlist available ===

Facilitating contributions to Wikipedia on mobile devices is an
important goal for the Foundation's mobile team. As one of the first
results of these efforts, mobile Wikipedia users are now able to log
into their account, and to view and modify their watchlist
On the mobile version, the star symbol for the watchlist is shown to all
users, to encourage them to log in or create an account. Experienced
contributors can use the watchlist as usual: To track changes to the
selected pages and fix problems if necessary. But to make the watchlist
more newbie-friendly, the mobile version also offers a full view of all
selected pages, which can function as a reading list.

=== Language Engineering team attends open source conferences in India ===

The Wikimedia Foundation's Language Engineering team participated in two
conferences in Pune, India: GNUnify 2013
a major open source conference, and the Second Open Source Language
co-organized by the Foundation with Red Hat. The team aims to make
Wikipedia a website that can be used by anyone on the planet in their
own language. India's many different languages make it a natural
location for the team to see the effect of their work. At the Language
Summit, the engineers from the Wikimedia Foundation collaborated with
attendees from Red Hat, KDE, Google and other groups. The work areas
included the following:

  * *Input methods* (enabling typing in a certain language), bringing
    the number of supported languages to 140.
  * *Translation tools*, including a demonstration of the new design and
    features for the translation editor in MediaWiki's Translate
    extension <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Translate>
  * The *"Language Coverage Matrix"*, a detailed overview of language
    support in different projects and platforms (with 285 languages
    currently supported by Wikimedia, and more than 100 in the Fedora
    Linux distribution)

== Engineering ==

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


Major news in February include:

  * The Wikipedia Zero project
    got a Knight News Challenge grant.
  * Additional input methods
    were made available for jQuery.IME.
  * The Translate extension introduced a new iteration of the
    Translation Editor
  * The Wikimedia mobile web team launched the ability to view or add
    pages to
    watchlist — all from mobile devices (see also general "Highlights"
  * Echo is A new notification system for Wikipedia
  * The Technical Operations team found ways to stop problems
    in their tracks.
  * Wikipedia Mobile hit 3 billion monthly page views

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

VisualEditor is on schedule to become the default editor for Wikimedia
users by July 2013. The alpha version of the VisualEditor
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor> on the English Wikipedia and
mediawiki.org was updated twice, adding support for Microsoft Internet
Explorer (version 9 and above), improving the support for multiple
languages, preparing the backend for upcoming features and fixing
several issues reported by the community. Software engineer and Commons
contributor Ed Sanders
joined the team to work on the VisuaEditor data infrastructure.

In the backend, Parsoid <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid> is going
through intense activity focusing on performance improvements. New
contributor volunteer contributor C. Scott Ananian improved its
performance by switching the DOM library from JSDom
<https://github.com/tmpvar/jsdom> to Domino
<https://github.com/fgnass/domino>. He also improved image handling and
contributed numerous other patches. The team wrote a blog post
explaining the technical challenges

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Echo-Flyout-Screenshot-CloseUp-452px-02-05-13.png>
User notifications in the new "Echo" system

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

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Monthly_Metrics_and_Activities_Meeting_March_7th_2013-8116-12013.jpg>

Brandon Harris presenting the "Flow
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/FlowPortal>" project (slides
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flow-Slides-WMF_MetricsMeeting_03.13.pdf>)

The Notifications <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Notifications> project
(codenamed /Echo/) is preparing its beta release to English Wikipedia by
the end of March. This new set of features, already enabled at
mediawiki.org <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki>, was summarized for
the Wikimedia community through a blog post
New features are being developed: bundling
notifications, dismissing
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Feature_requirements#Dismiss> types of
notifications and defining user preferences

Article Feedback v5
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5> (AFT5) is now
feature complete, and a new release is being prepared for interested
Wikimedia projects. English Wikipedia will use it as an optional
feature, while French and German Wikipedia projects are planning to
enable it for all articles. The new features include simpler moderation
better filters
new feedback link
and discuss on talk page
We posted a usability study report
the effectiveness of the new moderation tools.

The Editor Engagement Experiments
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editor_Engagement_Experiments> team continued
testing Guided tours <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Guided_tours> as part of
the onboarding new Wikipedians
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/onboarding_new_Wikipedians> experiences
currently enabled on English Wikipedia. GuidedTour extension
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GuidedTour> was enabled on Wikimedia
Commons and six Wikipedias (including French, German, and Dutch). See
also the slides
from the monthly Metrics and Activities meeting. The GettingStarted
extension <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GettingStarted> is being
enhanced to include a wider variety of task types offered to new editors.

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

Mobile web uploads <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_design/Uploads>
functionality went out of beta and is now enabled in all Wikimedia
projects. All registered users have now the ability to upload and add
images to articles lacking them. We also explored two new upload
workflows: adding a call to action to articles that appear in the Nearby
and Watchlist view, and allowing users to quickly see articles near them
that may need an image. Lastly, we began collaborating with the
Fundraising team to enable CentralNotice
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:CentralNotice> on the mobile web,
giving us the ability to deliver targeted banners to mobile users.

The new Commons app <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Apps/Commons>
beta for Android and iOS got a first wave of users ([mw:Mobile
QA/Commons uploads/Setup installation instructions) and feedback,
leading to many updates during the month. The Android app is in Google
iOS users need to go through a process for testers until the app is
stable and available at the Apple App Store.

== Fundraising ==

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:What%27s_a_Love_Dart%3F.webm>
"What's a Love Dart?" video for Valentine's Day

=== Major Gifts and Foundations ===

  * Received a $250,000 anonymous gift
  * Received a $50,000 gift from Graham Weston

=== Annual Fundraiser ===

  * The fundraising team began testing in February in various languages
    and countries that were not included in the year-end 2012 campaign.
    Nearly $2 million USD was raised from this testing in the month of
    February. For additional details, please see the Fundraising 2013
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2013> page on Meta
  * The fundraising tech team implemented new local payment methods for
    various countries that were not included in the year-end 2012 campaign.
  * Produced "What's a Love Dart?
a short video interview
    with Wikipedian Susan Hewitt about the article 'Love Dart', that she
    helped to write. The video was emailed to 150,000 U.S.-only donors
    on Valentine's Day. It was designed to educate viewers that they can
    write Wikipedia articles. The video received many positive
    responses. One example: "I found the video to be quite engaging, and
    the people in it utterly delightful. Quite truthfully, I haven't a
    clue how Wikipedia "works." I've known it was non-profit and largely
    volunteer... And, I donated because I've felt guilty not donating
    based on how much I use it as a resource. But, I'm fully ignorant of
    how articles get into Wiki and the degree of collaboration that it
    takes to refine them. So, these videos that give me glimpses into
    the people and the process are fascinating..."

== Grantmaking and Programs ==

Department Highlights

  * Individual Engagement Grants committee forms and request for round 1
    proposals closes. Decisions for the first round will be announced by
    the end of March.
  * FDC staff confirms eligibility and prepares for 2012-2013 Round 2
    proposal deadline on 1 March.
  * Siko Bouterse takes the lead on the Participation Support Program
    (previously run by Asaf Bartov).

=== Strategic Goals Metrics ===

Metric 	Value 	MoM 	MoM% 	Chart
Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace) 	15.8k 	+6
+0.0% Increase 	[1]

=== Grantmaking ===

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

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Monthly_Metrics_and_Activities_Meeting_March_7th_2013-8166-12013.jpg>

Katy Love presenting about the FDC round 2 (slides

  * WMF announces eligibility for 2012-2013 Round 2 of funding
  * FDC staff prepares for 2012-2013 Round 2 proposal deadline on 1 March.
  * Proposal form and hubpage templates are updated for the second
    round; policy documents and Frequently Asked Questions page are
    updated to reflect current policy and relevant dates.

==== WMF Grants approved in February 2013 ====

  * Wikimedia Espana's Conferences and meeting for tenth anniversary of
    the Galipedia: Grants:WM ES/Conferences and meeting for tenth
    anniversary of the Galipedia
  * Wikimedia Italia's Wikimedia Conference 2013: Grants:WM IT/Wikimedia
    Conference 2013

==== WMF Grant Reports accepted in February 2013 ====

  * Grants:WM SE/Annual Program Plan 2012/Report
  * Grants:Consumer Reports/Wikipedian in Residence/Report
  * Grants:WM NO/christmas seminar and wlm ceremony/Report
  * Grants:WM CA/In person meeting/Report

==== Participation Support requests approved in February 2013 ====

  * Participation:Raystorm/2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships La
  * Participation:SarahStierch/ARLIS 2013
  * Participation:Bathlander/US OpenGLAM Launch
  * Participation:Wittylama/Brisbane Library conferences

==== Individual Engagement Grants ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Monthly_Metrics_and_Activities_Meeting_March_7th_2013-8163-12013.jpg>

Siko Bouterse presenting on Individual Engagement Grants (slides

  * Over 50 project ideas and proposal drafts
    have been submitted for Individual Engagement Grants
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> and 22 complete proposals
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-join> were
confirmed eligible for round 1
    review which began on February 15th.
  * An IEGrants committee has been formed. 18 community members
from 12 countries, with
    experience in 14 different Wikimedia projects were selected to
    review and recommend grant proposals for WMF funding in this round.
  * The first round of grantees will be announced at the end of March.

==== Fellowships ====

  * The fellowships program has ended but some projects live on. The
    Wikipedia Teahouse <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:Teahouse> celebrated
    its first birthday
    and increasing growth with metrics demonstrating impact
    and cupcake badges.

=== Programs ===

==== Brazil ====

===== Institutional Partnerships =====

A research on possible partners
for the Wikimedia Foundation Brazil Catalyst Program has been carried
out since October. This is part of the narrowing focus strategy and
implies the Brazil Catalyst program is to shift into the grantmaking model.

Ação Educativa
and Coletivo Digital
were considered the most likely institutions for the Wikimedia
Foundation to set up an institutional partnerhsip and host the
development of the Catalyst project in Brazil. Anasuya Sengupta,
consultants from Brazil and two community volunteers visited those
institutions during her trip to Brazil. The meetings were good and
clarifying. The results can be checked here:

  * Meeting with Ação Educativa
  * Meeting with Coletivo Digital

Next steps include: developing a medium term strategy with partners and
community and Skype meetings to make final decisions and define terms
and governance of this partnership.

===== Hirings and positions =====

  * Arriving: Hiring and onboarding of Henrique Andrade
    <https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usu%C3%A1rio:HAndrade_(WMF)> and Jonas
    Xavier <https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usu%C3%A1rio:JXavier_(WMF)>
  * Leaving: Everton announced he’ll be leaving WMF for Open Knowledge
    Foundation soon. We’re working on the transition (he’ll be working
    part time for WMF until May or June) and on the opening of the job
    position. More in March.

===== Analysis =====

Data & Experiments

  * Data analysis: Comparison year-over-year
from 2009 to
    2012. The Portuguese Wikipedia is still seeing a decrease in
    editors, active editors and edits, but the descrease in 2012 was
    lower than in 2011. We may be reverting the decrease trend (except
    for very active editors), little by little, but it’s hard to say
    yet. One more year is key to analyze it.

Staff & Community work

  * Henrique’s and Jonas’ onboarding: access to data, tools, Toolserver,
    guidance on the use of them, how tos, introducing to people, sharing
    plans, targets etc. Both worked on a draft execution detailed plan
    to be published and discussed by the community.

  * IRC with community: agenda covered Toolserver-Wikimedia Labs
    transition, methodologies to work on measures in Wikipedia, data
    portal (ideas, objectives, structure and target), demand for data on
    editors and edits per regions.

Workshop Surveys

  * Creation of survey forms to be sent to every participant of offline
    activities developed by us and by the community.

===== Education =====

====== Partnerships with universities ======

  * FGV SP (Getulio Vargas Foundation): group of professors developing a
    methodology in collaboration aiming at the second semester of 2013.
    Professors plan to have class assignment activities as well as a
    group of students who will be working throughout the semester on

  * UGF - Gama Filho University: partnership with the coordination of
    translation courses post graduation. Great part of their students
    are in their e-learning/distance learning program. Professors in the
    course are expected to assign students with translations of
    Wikipedia articles in English and Spanish into Portuguese. Oona and
    Everton have recorded a video interview in the University with
    Sanchez (the coordinator), to invite students to participate in the
    program and engage in Wikipedia activities. Activities will start in

  * UFBA - Federal University of Bahia: Presentation to professors and
    to the university publisher: potential involvement in the Education
    program and potential partnership on Wikibooks, Wikisources and
    Commons through open educational resources.

====== Class assignments ======

  * Everton contacted professors who will continue the program in their
    courses: Iara (Faculdades Integradas Rio Branco), Rafael (UFRGS),
    Yury (UFES), Rubens (UNESP), Maria Paula (UNESP), Sanchez + 4
    professors (UGF), Regina (USP), and to be finalized during this
    semester: Edivaldo (UFRJ), Juliana (UNIRIO), Viktor (UFF), Ricardo
    (UFPR), Leni (UFES)

====== Medicin Wikiproject ======

  * Bot: Jonathan has finalized the bot to invite new contributors to
    edit the Medicin Wikiproject and Everton submitted the request for
    approval by the Portuguese community. Jonas has worked on final
    developments customizing categories and criteria for trigger.

====== Community and High School ======

  * Making bridges between and engaging in conversation with 2 high
    school teachers who looked for WMF and community volunteers who are
    developing a project to be deployed in high schools.

===== Meet-ups =====

  * Digitalia 2013
    (Jan/Feb): Digital Culture debate and Wikipedia editing workshop
    with 20 new editors. Usuário:Eduardofeld
    <https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usu%C3%A1rio:Eduardofeld> led the workshop
    and has adopted 10 new users. Oona and Everton organized, promoted
    and led the activities on the mission of Wikimedia projects. Oona
    was also one of the speakers in the opening session
    <http://digitalia.com.br/?page_id=1155> (pictures

  * Wiki meetup in Bahia: participation of 3 editors from Bahia and one
    editor from Natal, who adopted 10 new users from the Workshop to
    mentor them.

  * 2 Wiki meetups in São Paulo: Feb 02 (fully community driven), and
    Feb 23 (on the occasion of Anasuya’s visit).

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WP_Zero_Mid-Year_-_Master_Version_For_Commons_PDF_022013.pdf?page=6>
Slides from the quarterly review meeting for Wikipedia Zero

==== Mobile ====

  * Launched Wikipedia Zero in a new country -- Botswana -- with Orange.
  * We've started testing with Vimpelcom for an upcoming launch in March.
  * Made Improvement to the partner dashboard which tracks Wikipedia
    Zero usage
  * Kul Wadhwa & Amit Kapoor traveled to Barcelona, Spain to attend
    Mobile World Congress to meet with many current and potential
    partners. The trip also involved attending talks on mobile usage in
    developing countries and investigating potential pilots for
    Wikipedia's USSD/SMS (text) service.
  * Kul also wrote a blog post that was jointly posted on our funder's
    site -- the Knight Foundation -- that explains our mobile strategy
    and how we will use their grant to accelerate our mobile programs:
    "Getting Wikipedia to the people who need it most
  * The Wikipedia Zero team held its quarterly review meeting. Minutes
    are available.

==== Global Education ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Education_Program_extension_Feb_2013_metrics_meeting_slides.pdf>

Slides from Sage Ross' presentation about the Education Program
MediaWiki extension


  * Fall 2012 data showed students in WMF-run programs contributed 12.1
    million bytes to Wikipedia, putting us on track for our goal of 25
    million bytes in 2012-13.
  * More than 350 students in the U.S. and Canada program have completed
    the online student training, at en:WP:STUDENT
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:STUDENT>, so far. That means half of the
    students who have created user accounts and signed up on course
    pages thus far have completed an online training about how to edit
  * So far, 60 courses <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Courses> are
    using the Education Program Extension on the English Wikipedia.
  * Planning is underway to kick off a pilot of the Wikipedia Education
    Program in Jordan

U.S. professor shares student experiences

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"New Media and Development Communications," Columbia University, Fall 2012

Anne Nelson, a professor from Columbia University participating in the
Wikipedia Education Program United States, contributed a post to the
Wikimedia Foundation blog last week on her experiences with the program.
Many of her students are English as a second language learners, and she
asked those students to contribute to Wikipedia in both their native
languages and English, leading to a unique multilingual learning
experience for both Anne and her students. Read more of her reflections
on the project.

Spanish Wikipedia's art coverage grows thanks to professor

Lila Pagola, a professor at the National University of Villa María in
Argentina, started teaching with Wikipedia back in 2007. The lack of
good information on the Spanish Wikipedia on topics related to art, her
specialty, spurred her to work with her students to add articles on
Latin American photography to Wikipedia, and she's been hard at work
using Wikipedia in her classroom ever since. Read about her project in

Swedish program shares learnings

Sophie Österberg, the education program leader in Sweden, contributed a
long post for the Wikimedia Foundation blog talking about her
experiences so far as she has been having workshops with professors and
launching the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden, Wikipedia i
utbildning. Sophie's post explains some of the mistakes she has made,
and what she has learned from them. Her post encourages people worldwide
to share learnings so we can ensure we are not repeating mistakes in
different geographic regions. Read her post.

Egyptian student becomes active Wikipedia editor

Walaa Abdel Manaem, a master's student in Spanish at Cairo University,
learned how to edit Wikipedia through the Cairo Pilot of the Wikipedia
Education Program -- and shortly after she started translating articles
from the Spanish Wikipedia to the Arabic Wikipedia, Walaa was hooked.
Less than one year later, Walaa has more than 8,500 edits on the Arabic
Wikipedia. She's created 68 articles, and is steadily climbing the list
of the 100 most active editors on the Arabic Wikipedia. She's also
assisting the education program as a Campus Ambassador at Cairo
University. Read more about Walaa's experiences.

Students in Greece add photos to Commons

Mina Theofilatou, an instructor at Argostoli Evening High School in
Kefalonia, Greece, wrote a post for the Wikimedia Foundation blog
explaining her project to add photographs to Wikimedia Commons, the free
image repository project. Mina and her students have embarked on two
projects: one to catalog edible species on the island of Kefalonia, and
one to photograph every village on the island. Learn more about Mina's
project by reading the blog post.

Teaching assistant works to improve Arabic Wikipedia

Doaa Seif, a teaching assistant at Ain Shams University's faculty of
Al-Alsun, is an active Wikipedia Ambassador in the Wikipedia Education
Program in Egypt. Doaa was featured on the Wikimedia Foundation's blog
in a post explaining her desire to improve the availability of
information on the Arabic Wikipedia. The two courses that Doaa is a
teaching assistant for both participated in the Egypt program last term,
and she's also organized workshops teaching students how to edit. Read
the profile on Doaa.

Program leaders invited to workshop in Milan

Wikimedia chapter members and other volunteer leaders who are already
running education programs in countries around the world are invited to
attend the first Education Program Leaders Workshop, aimed at building a
global community to share learnings and help each other overcome
challenges. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Wikimedia
Chapters Meeting in Milan, Italy, on April 18. If you are a program
leader, you're encouraged to check out this page for more information.

Farewell, Annie!

Annie Lin, who's been with the Wikipedia Education Program since its
beginning in 2010, left the Wikimedia Foundation on February 22 to
pursue other opportunities. The entire Wikipedia Education Program team
will miss her tremendously. Annie is sad to leave, and she says she is
very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many
brilliant, inspiring educators and volunteers.

=== Learning & Evaluation ===

  * Facilitated G&P annual planning process and helped formalize goals
    and success metrics
  * Experimented with servicing analytics requests using a 1 week sprint
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprint_(scrum)#Sprint> methodology
  * Built bot to automate various steps in the Individual Engagement
    Grants <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> program [2]
  * Built bot to automate certain tasks around the Brazil Education
    Program <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Program/Education_program/Design>
  * Built tool for analysis of category graphs [3]
  * Built tool for analysis of cumulative user contributions to a page
    by converting page history into Git repository [4]
  * Investigated sources of error in our geolocation technology, MaxMind
    (mw:MaxMind_Evaluation <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MaxMind_Evaluation>)
  * Participated in Analytics Reboot Workshop led by ThoughtWorks
    consultant in preparation for WMF Analytics reorganization

== Human Resources ==

Primary HR activities for the month include:

  * modeling staffing projections in preparation for the WMF annual
    planning process
  * conducting the second segment of a three-part series in the WMF
    pilot leadership development program for directors and managers
  * co-hosted an event with the Op-Ed Project in mutual support of the
    aim to shift the gender gap in media
  * commissioned a study on Wikimedia Foundation salaries with Radford
    as follow-up to the board-sponsored executive salary study conducted
    last year
  * Chief Culture and Talent Officer Gayle Karen Young was profiled on
    the Wikimedia blog ("Gayle Karen Young: Supporting Wikimedia’s
    dynamic culture

=== Staff Changes ===

New Requisitions Filled

  * Henrique Andrade, Data Analyst & Experiments (Grantmaking and Programs)
  * Greg Grossmeier, Release Manager (Engineering)
  * Ed Sanders, Software Engineer, Visual Editor (Engineering)
  * Luis Villa, Deputy General Counsel (Legal and Community Advocacy)
  * Amy Vossbrinck, Executive Assistant to the Chief Finance &
    Administration Officer (Administration)

New Volunteer

  * Anita Whites (Fundraiser)

New Contractors

  * Kraig Parkinson (Engineering)
  * Marc-Andre Pelletier (Engineering)
  * Jonas Xavier (Grantmaking & Programs)

Contracts Extended

  * Michael Beattie (Fundraiser)
  * LaTrisha Holliness (Finance)
  * Rebecca Neumann (Legal and Community Advocacy)
  * Joseph Seddon (Fundraiser)


  * Annie Lin

Contracts Ended

  * Peter Coombe
  * Susan Walling

New Postings

  * Partner Solutions Engineer
  * Program Evaluation Community Coordinator
  * Program Evaluation Specialist
  * Senior Program Manager - Mobile
  * Software Engineer - Multimedia User Interfaces
  * Software Engineer - Parser

=== Statistics ===

Total Requisitions Filled
    February Actual: 135
    February Total Plan: 173
    February Filled: 5, Month Attrition: 1
    YTD Filled: 41, YTD Attrition: 18
    1 Position canceled for FY

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end
    38 (10 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 ==

We have begun active work on the Annual Plan, including setting a
baseline for annual expenditures.

The first financial review site visit occured with Wikimedia Argentina.
Our thanks to Osmar - Executive Director of Wikmedia Argentina for
hosting a sucessful site visit. A full report of the site visit will be
submitted to the FDC. The financial review portion of the site visit
showed that WMAR has good internal controls and is managing it financial
matters well.

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

=== LCA Report, February 2013 ===

==== Contract Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 28
  * Completed : 20

==== Trademark Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 21
  * Approved : 1
  * Pending : 11
  * Denied : 4
  * Request withdrawn : 3
  * Approval not needed : 2

==== Domains Obtained ====


==== Coming & Going ====

  * Luis Villa, Deputy General Counsel, has joined the Legal Department.

==== Other Activities ====

  * We announced a settlement
    in the legal proceedings between the Wikimedia Foundation and
    Internet Brands relating to issues stemming from the creation of
    Wikivoyage (see general "Highlights" section).
  * The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia UK announced the release of
    the final report and recommendations regarding the governance of the
    Wikimedia UK chapter
    The report was completed by Compass Partnership, consultants in
    non-profit management based in the UK. The report was commissioned
    jointly by the Foundation and Wikimedia UK in October 2012 following
    important Wikimedia community discussions about potential conflicts
    of interest arising from a series of wiki outreach projects.
  * After critical and extremely helpful community input and changes, we
    proposed to the Board new guidelines on the disclosure of conflicts
    of interests when requesting movement resources
  * We are drafting a template user group agreement (with appreciated
    comments from members of AffCom) to serve our partnership with
    independent groups of Wikimedian volunteers.
  * We finalized the template for the organizational grant agreement for
    use by the WMF Grants Program.

=== Communications Report, February 2013 ===

February was a relatively quiet month for the Foundation and projects
from a media relations perspective. Major media outlets were focused on
the news of the successful conclusion of the Internet Brands lawsuit as
well as a measured increase in coverage and requests related to
Wikipedia Zero.

==== Major announcements ====

No major press announcements in February.

==== Major Storylines through February ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Fidler_interviews_Sue_Gardner_2.JPG>
Richard Fidler interviewing Sue Gardner

‘’WMF’s ED Sue Gardner in Brisbane, Australia’’ (Feb 17, 2013)

During a visit to Brisbane, Australia to speak at the ALIA conference at
the State Library of Queensland, Sue Gardner spent time with a number of
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio programs. Conversations
covered the Foundation’s work to recruit new editors and diversify our
community, including a lengthy discussion with Australian radio
personality Richard Fidler.


‘’A Victory for Free Knowledge and Wikivoyage’’ (Feb 15, 2013)

After five months of legal activity, the Foundation announced settlement
of litigation with Internet Brands. The announcement was made on the
Foundation’s blog
and was followed by positive media coverage that repeated the mission
and focus of the non-commercial Wikivoyage project.


‘’Mobile Wikipedia and Wikipedia Zero: 3 billion pageviews and free
Wikipedia by SMS’’ (Feb 23, 2013)

A trio of blog posts and coverage relating to the Foundation’s mobile
work made positive headlines in February. The push past 3 billion page
views on our mobile WP site, coupled with coverage of our push for free
Wikipedia via SMS attracted significant interest, particularly from tech
and mobile industry blogs.


==== Other worthwhile reads ====

Infographic: An Amazing, Invisible Truth About Wikipedia | Fast Co.
Design | Feb 11

Getting Wikipedia to the people who need it most | Knight Foundation |
Feb 22

The Biggest Wikipedia Traffic Spikes Since 2010 Prove We’re All Morbid |
Gizmodo | Feb 11

==== WMF Blog posts ====


Forty-three blog posts in February, with bilingual posts
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/multilingual-post/> in Arabic, Spanish,
Greek, Ukrainian and Portuguese. Some highlights from the month:

How the Technical Operations team stops problems in their tracks
Engaging the local community in a school project on Commons
Egyptian student creates 68 new articles on the Arabic Wikipedia in less
than a year
Wikipedia Teahouse Celebrates its First Birthday

==== Media Contact ====


==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

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

  * Volume 9, Issue 5, 4 February 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 6, 11 February 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 7, 18 February 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 5, 25 February 2013

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sue_Gardner_keynotes_ALIAonline.JPG>
Sue Gardner giving a keynote at the ALIA Online Conference

== Office of the Executive Director ==

Sue Gardner traveled to Australia in February, giving keynotes
at two library conferences in Brisbane: The Sixth New Librarians
Symposium (co-sponsored by Wikimedia Australia) and the Australian
Library and Information Association (ALIA) Online Conference. She also
did several interviews with Australian media (see the Communications
Report section above), in
particular a long discussion with Richard Fidler, and had productive
meetings with Australian Wikimedians.

== Visitors and Guests ==

Visitors and guests to the WMF office in February 2013:

 1. Samantha Gaskin (Helms Briscoe)
 2. Shannon Farley (Spark)
 3. Amanda Brock (Spark)
 4. Alex Wong (AAPIP)
 5. Chris Cavanaugh (CCS Consulting Inc.)
 6. Yvonne Ortmann (Reporter, t3n)
 7. Eugene Eric Kim + guests (Consultant)
 8. Kellie Brownell (TAI)
 9. Erik Qualman (edx.org)
10. Abhishek Suryawanshi (Wikipedian)
11. Iara Camardo (Professor, Wikipedia Education Program Brazil)
12. Rosa Jiménez Cano (Reporter, El Pais)
13. Debra Wolter (CCS)
14. M. McCarthy (RDI)
15. J. Uppal (RDI)
16. Mike Chavet (Felice)
17. John Engers (Felice)
18. Kraig Parkinson (Thoughtworks consultant)
19. Marc Chenn (Salt Stack)
20. Thomas Hatch (Salt Stack)
21. Julie Jarratt (Cathay Pacific)
22. Maziebelle Riece (Cathay Pacific)
23. Valerie Aurora (TAI)
24. Kathy Ramsey (TAI)
25. Virginia Sutton (J&D)
26. Doug Hessel (J&D)
27. Linda Lam (J&D)
28. Ron Waliczek (JP Morgan)
29. Mike McKindey (JP Morgan)
30. Ryan McNeill (JP Morgan)
31. Paul Cardoso (Sequoia)
32. John Gaffney (Sequoia)
33. Melissa Sharp (Sequoia)
34. Jed Cloern (Sequoia)
35. Sheldon Renan (Video crew)
36. Mark Oppenheim (m|Oppenheim)
37. Stephany Kirkpatrick (LearnVest)
38. Denny Vrandecic (WMDE)
39. Daniel Kinzler (WMDE)
40. Galen Cranz (Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley)

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation
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