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

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Sat May 25 23:35:02 UTC 2013

Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for April 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 March "Highlights" into
Asturian, Catalan, Danish, German, Spanish, Dutch and Simplified
Chinese (and partially into some other languages like Emiliàn,
Italian, Polish and Turkish)!

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 May issue are welcome until June 5 at
Regards, Tilman


  Wikimedia Foundation Report, April 2013

<Video: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Monthly_Metrics_Meeting_May_2,_2013.webm>
Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting
covering the month of April
(May 2, 2013)


  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 New notifications system launches on the English Wikipedia
      o 3.2 Wikidata's content can now be used on all Wikipedias
      o 3.3 Wikimedia Commons app announced for iOS and Android
      o 3.4 Funds Disseminations Committee (FDC) publishes its
        recommendations about $1.2 million
      o 3.5 New conflict of interest guidelines
  * 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 Grant requests approved in April 2013
          + 6.2.3 Participation Support requests approved in April 2013
          + 6.2.4 Individual Engagement Grants
          + 6.2.5 Editor Growth and Contribution Program
          + 6.2.6 Brazil
              # Institutional Partnerships
              # Data & Experiments
              # Education
                  * Partnerships with universities
                  * Events
                  * Medicin Wikiproject
      o 6.3 Programs
          + 6.3.1 Program Evaluation and Design
          + 6.3.2 Mobile
          + 6.3.3 Global Education
      o 6.4 Learning and 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, April 2013
          + 9.1.1 Contract Metrics
          + 9.1.2 Trademark Metrics
          + 9.1.3 Domains Acquired
          + 9.1.4 Coming & Going
          + 9.1.5 Other Activities
      o 9.2 Communications Report, April 2013
          + 9.2.1 Major announcements
          + 9.2.2 Major Storylines through March
          + 9.2.3 Other worthwhile reads
          + 9.2.4 WMF Blog posts
          + 9.2.5 Media Contact
          + 9.2.6 Wikipedia Signpost
  * 10 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

Global unique visitors for March:

    *517 million* (+7.17% compared with February; +5.76% compared with
    the previous year)
    (comScore data
    <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/unique_visitors> for all
    Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release April data
    later in May)

Page requests for April:

    *20.8 billion* (-3.4% compared with March; +20.1% compared with the
    previous year)
    (Server log data
    all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

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

    *82,105* (+5.67% compared with February / +2.15% 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 March 2013:


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

== Financials ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Revenue_%26_Expenses_March_2013_-_Actual_vs_Plan.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of March 31, 2013
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Expenses_by_Functions_March_2013.png>
Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of March 31, 2013

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

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

Revenue 	$41,573,672
Engineering Group 	$10,569,516
Fundraising Group 	$2,915,969
Grantmaking & Programs Group 	$4,565,386
Governance Group 	$555,937
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group 	$2,263,477
Finance/HR/Admin Group 	$4,187,115
Total Expenses 	$25,057,400
Total surplus 	$16,516,272

  * Revenue for the month of March is $5.92MM versus plan of $5.28MM,
    approximately $647K or 12% over plan.

  * Year-to-date revenue is $41.57MM versus plan of $35.74MM,
    approximately $5.83MM or 16% over plan.

  * Expenses for the month of March is $3.09MM versus plan of $4.04MM,
    approximately $943K or 23% under plan, primarily due to lower
    personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, and grant
    expenses offset by higher bank fees.

  * Year-to-date expenses is $25.06MM versus plan of $29.97MM,
    approximately $4.92MM or 16% under plan, primarily due to personnel
    expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, FDC grants executed,
    WMF project grants, and travel expenses partially offset by higher
    legal expenses and bank fees.

  * Cash position is $41.02MM as of March 31, 2013.

== Highlights ==

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Notifications-Flyout-Screenshot-Closeup-04-30-2013.png>
Screenshot: This user has received four new notifications

=== New notifications system launches on the English Wikipedia ===

On April 30, the Foundation's Editor Engagement Team activated the
Notifications system (also known as Echo
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo>) on the English Wikipedia. It inform
editors about new activity on the wiki that affects them, for example
when they receive a message on their user page, or when one of their
edits is reverted, or when another user thanks them for an edit. The
Notifications system is still being tested and modified based on
community feedback. Later, it will be made available on other language
versions of Wikipedia, and on other Wikimedia projects.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GeneaWiki_screenshot_Bach.png>
Family tree of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, generated
<http://toolserver.org/~magnus/ts2/geneawiki/?q=Q1339> from Wikidata by
the "GeneaWiki" tool

=== Wikidata's content can now be used on all Wikipedias ===

Wikidata <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/> has now begun to serve all language
versions of Wikipedia
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/04/25/the-wikidata-revolution/> as a
common source of structured data that can be used any Wikipedia article,
e.g. in infoboxes. Wikidata's machine-readable knowledge database
already contains over 11 million items. They can also be queried,
evaluated and edited with the help of a growing collection of tools

=== Wikimedia Commons app announced for iOS and Android ===

The Wikimedia Commons mobile app was officially announced in April
allowing quick and easy image uploads directly from mobile devices. It
is available for both iOS and Android devices. Mobile users who don't
have the app installed can still upload images from the mobile web
version <https://m.wikipedia.org/> of all Wikimedia projects.

=== Funds Disseminations Committee (FDC) publishes its recommendations
about $1.2 million ===

Launched in 2012, the Funds Dissemination Committee is a group of
Wikimedia volunteers tasked with helping to decide about the use of
movement funds. On April 28
after a period of evaluation by supporting staff and public review by
the community, it published its recommendations
to the Wikimedia
Board of Trustees about the second round of funding requests, by four
organizations: Wikimedia Czech Republic (requested: $14,084.50,
recommended: $0), Wikimedia Hong Kong (requested: $211,660.26,
recommended: $0), Wikimedia Norway (requested: $235,715, recommended:
$140,000), and Wikimedia France (requested: $747,259, recommended:

=== New conflict of interest guidelines ===

With an immediate effective date, the Board of Trustees approved
Wikimedia guidelines on the disclosure of potential and actual conflicts
of interest in requesting and allocating movement resources
(such as financial grants). Input provided by the community during a
six-week consultation period greatly improved the original version.

== Engineering ==

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


Department Highlights

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Translation-ux-slides.pdf?page=9>
Presentation slides about the new translation user interface (speaker

Major news in April include:

  * the start of recruitment for a multimedia engineering team
  * a better translation interface
    a new home page for translators
    and a language outreach program
  * the release of Kiwix of Android
    an app to download and view Wikimedia content offline on mobile devices;
  * the migration of Wikidata, and the English and German Wikipedias, to
    the MariaDB
    database system;
  * the second phase of Wikidata
    whose content can now be displayed in Wikipedia articles;
  * the deployment of VisualEditor's first version
    to 14 more language versions of Wikipedia;
  * the first release of Notifications
    (Echo) on the English Wikipedia;
  * a new login and account creation interface
  * the ramp-up of technical mentorship programs
  * the launch of an official Wikimedia Commons app for iOS and Android

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

In April, the VisualEditor team continued to work on major new features
that will be added in the coming months. The goal is for VisualEditor to
become the default editor for all Wikipedia users in July 2013, capable
of letting them edit the majority of content without needing to use the
legacy wikitext editor. The team has focused on four substantial areas
of work: adding support for references, templates, categories and media
items, all of which are currently disabled for editing in VisualEditor.
Editing around images is now designed and partially implemented in our
experimental code, and editing around categories is almost complete and
nearly ready for activation.

The early ("alpha") version of VisualEditor currently enabled on a few
select sites was updated three times in April, adding speed and
interface improvements, fixing bugs and making deeper changes behind the
scenes to better support the new features. We also were able to enable
the alpha version of VisualEditor on fourteen more Wikipedias as an
This has encouraged feedback from the community on what works and is
broken, and identifying language- and locale-specific issues that are
now being fixed.

As for the Parsoid <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid> (the program that
serves as translator
between wikitext code and annotated HTML, behind the scenes of
VisualEditor), the team successfully activated the cumulative work done
over the last four months. This includes support for non-English wikis,
a rewritten system to reduce artifacts when editing with VisualEditor,
support for basic template parameter editing, and a long list of other
fixes and improvements.

Several other features for the July target are on track. Specifications
to support more features were written and are currently being
implemented. This includes images and thumbnails, whose options for
embedding in wiki pages will soon be ready. The team also continued to
evaluate the performance of Parsoid. Caching was developed to minimize
the server load, and new servers were ordered.

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

In April, the Editor engagement team (E2) activated the Notifications
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo_(Notifications)> feature on the English
Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Notifications> and
mediawiki.org. This first version aims to inform users about new
activity that affects them on Wikipedia, such as talk page messages,
page reviews, mentions, edit reverts and thanks. The team developed a
new feature that lets users mark all notifications as read, and updated
the fly-out and archive page. The development of metrics dashboards also

The final version of Article Feedback v5 (a quality assessment feature)
was activated on the English
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ArticleFeedbackv5>, French
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fr:Sp%C3%A9cial:ArticleFeedbackv5> and German
Wikipedias. A number of bugs were fixed, the feedback page was
simplified, and other features such as feedback links and auto-archival
were finalized. Development for this feature is now wrapping up.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Monthly_Metrics_and_Activities_meeting_May_2,_2013-2620_06.jpg>
Brandon Harris demonstrating Flow

Design continues for the first version of Flow
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow>, a feed-like interface to enable users
to better interact with their projects. An interactive prototype
<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/design/2013-April/000495.html> is
being built to help describe multiple functions.

The Editor Engagement Experiments team (E3) focused on its redesign of
the account creation and log-in interface
The first phase of the launch invited editors and readers on all
Wikimedia projects to test the new forms on an opt-in basis, to identify
bugs and localization issues across wikis. The new interface is expected
to replace the legacy version in May.

For the /Onboarding new Wikipedians
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Onboarding_new_Wikipedians>/ project, the E3
team completed quantitative analysis
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:OB4> of the latest
version of the /GettingStarted/ landing page, and began prototyping a
new version and a navigation system, which will be used for usability
testing prior to further development. The launch is expected in early
May as well.

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

An official Wikimedia Commons app
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Apps/Commons> for smartphones was released for
both iOS and Android devices
in April. The team also added support for categories.

Work on Wikipedia Zero <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero> mostly
happened behind the scenes this month, with changes made to the
configuration system to better support carrier preferences.

The team also experimented with a log-in/sign-up call to action for
logged-out users from the in-article upload feature
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_design/Uploads> on the mobile site.
This resulted in a spike in new contributors, but the quality of their
uploads was lower than anticipated, and the quantity of inappropriate
uploads was a burden on the Commons community. The call to action was
therefore disabled, and uploading reserved to existing users, leading to
a vast improvement in the quality of the uploads: 3/4th of the files are
retained on Commons, as compared to less than 1/4 when brand-new users
were uploading. To create a more focused uploading workflow, and let
mobile uploaders discover more articles to illustrate, a /Nearby
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Nearby>/ view was added to the beta
site, showing users a list of articles near them and highlighting the
ones that need images. This feature is expected to be activated on the
full mobile web site next month.

== Fundraising ==

=== Major Gifts and Foundations ===

  * Switched our caging service from Merkle to Arizona Lockbox. They
    will now process the collection, depositing, and processing of our
  * Completed a quarterly report to the FDC.
  * Attended the Hewlett Foundation Grantees Conference for OER.

=== Annual Fundraiser ===

  * Drafted and translated a survey to evaluate Wikipedia readers'
    perceptions of fundraising banners.
  * Analyzed donation data from the international fundraiser in March.
  * Analyzed success rate for donations over the past year.
  * Changed international processing acquirer via Global Collect (adding
    60+ currencies in the future).
  * Prepared sample reports from our AB testing system
    to post publicly.
  * In early April, we launched samarium (our new public data provider)
    in conjunction with Randall Munroe <http://www.xkcd.com/1193/> (of
    XKCD fame).
  * Supported the mobile team to document work with Wikipedia Zero
    negotiations (see also below); examples:

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_-_Wikipedia_Zero_-_258A9822.jpg>
Photo for Wikipedia Zero campaign: A fruit vendor in Nairobi, Kenya
displays the phone she uses
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannesburg_-_Wikipedia_Zero_-_258A9712.jpg>
Photo for Wikipedia Zero campaign: A cellphone repair and sales kiosk in
Johannesburg, South Africa

== Grantmaking and Programs ==

Department Highlights

  * New Program Evaluation and Design team established: In April, the
    new Program Evaluation and Design team has been established. Sarah
    Stierch joined the team as Program Evaluation Community Coordinator
    and Jaime Anstee joined the team as Program Evaluation Specialist.
  * The seven members of the FDC met face-to-face to deliberate on four
    proposals <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals>.
Following extensive review
    prior to the meetings and intense face-to-face discussion, they made
    their Round 2 recommendations
to the Board
    of Trustees. On Sunday, April 28, they announced their
    recommendations to the community on the FDC portal
    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal> and on mailing lists.
The Board of Trustees will
    make a final decision about these recommendations by June 1, 2013.

=== Strategic Goals Metrics ===

Metric 	Value 	MoM 	MoM% 	Chart
Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace) 	15.9k 	+392
+2.5% Increase 	[1]

=== Grantmaking ===

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Funds_Dissemination_Committee_Update_-_May_metrics_meeting.pdf>
Presentation slides from the metrics meeting
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Monthly_Metrics_and_Activities_meeting_May_2,_2013-2620_08.jpg>
Katy Love presenting about the FDC recommendations

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

  * The FDC members and FDC staff joined the Wikimedia conference in
    Milan prior to their face-to-face deliberations. They co-led three
    conference sessions related to the FDC. One session focused on the
    differences between the WMF grants programs, another shared the
    basics about the FDC's process and ways of working, and the last was
    a chance to share and solicit feedback from Round 1 learning.
    Minutes from these meetings
are available. These
    sessions provided constructive feedback for the FDC to consider as
    they review the application process, portal, and all the associated
    forms, and they continue to welcome additional feedback from
    applicants and the community.
  * Elections <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2013>
    for two members of the FDC and the ombudsperson will be held in May
    and June. Applications are accepted on Meta from 24 April to 17 May.

==== WMF Grant requests approved in April 2013 ====

  * Grants:User:Dimi z - WMBE/Start-up Grant - WMBE
  * Grants:User:HstryQT - GLAMWiki US Consortium/Advisory Group Meeting

==== Participation Support requests approved in April 2013 ====

  * No new requests were approved in April.
  * Reports accepted in April:
      o Participation:Umbrellas000/US OpenGLAM Launch Weekend, Open
        Knowledge Foundation/Report
      o Participation:Tedder/Legislative Data and Wikipedia
      o Participation:Hlong-lib/US_OpenGLAM Launch Weekend, Open
        Knowledge Foundation/Report
      o Participation:Bdcousineau/US OpenGLAM Launch Event/Report

==== Individual Engagement Grants ====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_IEGrants_April_2013_metrics.pdf?page=6>
Presentation slides from the metrics meeting

  * 7 IEGrantees got setup and began work on their projects this month!
    Their progress will be chronicled regularly at:
      o Grants:IEG/Build an effective method of publicity in
      o Grants:IEG/Consolidate wikiArS to involve art schools/Timeline
      o Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource strategic vision/Timeline
      o Grants:IEG/MediaWiki data browser/Timeline
      o Grants:IEG/Replay Edits/Timeline
      o Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Adventure/Timeline
      o Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Library/Timeline
  * A review of round 1 is in progress, to help us prioritize iterations
    on program pages and processes in preparation for round 2.
      o Working with Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation unit, we
        deployed 2 IEG participants surveys targeting IEG committee
        members and anyone who submitted an IEG proposal. Survey results
        and a list of recommendations
        based on the findings have been posted to meta.
      o Overall satisfaction with the experience of participating in the
        IEG pilot is high. 81% of proposers say they'll consider
        reapplying in the future, and 94% would recommend colleagues
        apply. 90% of the committee will consider serving again in the
        future and all would think about recommending that others serve.
        Areas for improvement we've identified include building out tips
        and guidelines for proposers based on past examples of selected
        and unselected proposals, providing more and earlier qualitative
        feedback to proposers through continued focus on IdeaLab sprints
        and other community/committee engagement strategies, and
        upgrading the review tools.
      o Committee discussion
of proposed
        process changes is ongoing.

==== Editor Growth and Contribution Program ====

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

An experimental project on Geo-targeted Editors Participation has
concluded, and its outcomes and learning have been shared in a summary
The experiment ultimately did not result in increased contribution to
articles by new editors. However, we do believe there are learnings from
this experiment that could be useful for future experiments to build on.

==== Brazil ====

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

Travel of Ação Educativa representative to the Education Meeting at the
Wikimedia Conference in order to allow learnings about the movement and
the program, as well as to introduce Ação Educativa’s vision on
Education to the Wikimedia movement.

Started discussing specific ideas and principles of a partnership with
Ação Educativa to become a project to be presented to WMF

===== Data & Experiments =====

  * Translation of the Meta Page Research:Data
    into Portuguese is ongoing
  * Developments on 2 prototypes of the Data Center: defined with the
    community the main areas to be covered
    and how to display data

  * IRC Meetings to debate proposals for Analyses and Data Center page:

  * Research released:
      o Geo localization comparison for contributions to Wikipedia
      o Annual stats for the Portuguese Wikipedia

  * Ongoing researches:
      o Vandalism profile, impact and occurance
        (important to note this will cover the period in which the
        emergency mode of CAPTCHA was removed from the Portuguese
        Wikipedia by the Mediawiki community)

  * Research in the planning phase:
      o Opinion survey
        led by a volunteer with the catalyst program team support. The
        research aims at identifying the main problems the community
        currently see on the Portuguese Wikipedia:

===== Education =====

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikip%C3%A9dia_na_Universidade-_os_5_pilares_da_Wikip%C3%A9dia.webm>
"Wikipédia na Universidade: os 5 pilares da Wikipédia" ( a video
explaining Wikipedia's "Five Pillars")

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

  * Gama Filho university: tutorial videos have been produced for the
    translation course (these are being uploaded to Commons, too

      o Wikipédia na Universidade: os 5 pilares da Wikipédia
      o Wikipédia na Universidade: página da disciplina
      o Wikipédia na Univesidade: usando uma página de testes
      o Introdução ao Projeto Wikipédia na Universidade
      o Explicação sobre os projetos Wikimedia
      o WIkipédia na Universidade: Verificabilidade
      o Wikipéda na Universidade: usando sua página de testes para a
        tradução <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6bp9pfW28>
      o Wikipédia na Universidade: chegando na página de tradução e
        navegando por ela <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2pJmGTs93s>
      o Wikipédia na Universidade: orientação e os 5 pilares
      o Wikipédia na Universidade: navegando pelos WikiProjetos
      o Wikipédia na Universidade: recursos e onde obter ajuda

  * Gama Filho university: definition of articles to be translated

====== Events ======

  * Participation of Everton in the Education Program meeting at the
    Wikimedia Conference, in Milan

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

  * Suggest bot
    <https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usu%C3%A1rio(a):Wikiprojetosbot> released
    (only waiting final approval to run regularly)

=== Programs ===

==== Program Evaluation and Design ====

  * In April, the *new Program Evaluation and Design team* has been
    established. Sarah Stierch, long-term Wikipedian and free culture
    advocate, joined the team as Program Evaluation Community
    Coordinator. In this role, she will act as the community liaison for
    people who have questions about program evaluation. Sarah will
    facilitate discussions online and also ensure that community members
    have appropriate communication channels at hand to share learnings,
    updates and progress reports with each other. Jaime Anstee, former
    employee of the Center for Program Evaluation at the University of
    Nevada, joined the team as Program Evaluation Specialist. Jaime
    earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno’s
    Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology and has
    extensive training and experience in program evaluation design and
    analysis. Jaime's background and professional areas of expertise
    include: program evaluation, decision-making, research design and
    analysis, intergroup dynamics, and cultural psychology. As Program
    Evaluation Specialist, she will empower program leaders across
    countries to successfully self-evaluate their programmatic
    activities. She will also collect, analyze, interpret, and summarize
    self-evaluation results, synthesizes the outcome and create written
    reports that will be published on Meta. Both Sarah and Jaime will
    report directly to Frank Schulenburg, Sr. Director of Programs.

  * Frank Schulenburg attended the *Wikimedia Conference* in Milan,
    Italy. As part of a 45-minutes workshop, he facilitated a discussion
    with chapters' members about the basics of program evaluation and
    design. The session provided answers to questions like "What is
    program evaluation?", "What are the benefits of evaluating
    programs?", and "How can evaluation drive the impact of programs?".
    Frank also outlined the two-year goals of the new Program Evaluation
    and Design team and announced the upcoming workshop for program
    leaders, to be held in late June 2013. Besides staging the workshop,
    Frank also engaged with a number of chapter's representatives in
    one-on-one conversations about programs and program evaluation.

  * Also in April, Frank Schulenburg worked with the Wikimedia
    Foundation's Education Program team on a *self-evaluation of the
    team's Egypt Education Program*. With support from the Foundation's
    Analytics team, LiAnna Davis and Rod Dunican created the first
    iteration of a self-evaluation report and successfully tested the
    new UserMetrics API. The self-evaluation report will be developed
    further over the course of the next months and is intended to be
    published on Meta as a first, tentative sample report that will help
    program leaders across countries understand how to write their own
    self-evaluation reports. As a result of this process, the
    Foundation's Analytics team could increase the stability of the
    UserMetrics API and gathered feedback on how the tool can be
    improved further.

  * In late April, the Program Evaluation and Design team embarked on
    planning the *first program evaluation workshop
    for people who are running programs within the Wikimedia movement.
    The workshop will be held in late June in Budapest, Hungary.
    Wikimédia Magyarország, the Hungarian Wikimedia Chapter, kindly
    agreed to help with organizing this event. More information about
    the workshop will be made publicly available in early May.

==== Mobile ====

  * In April, the *Wikipedia Zero team met up with mobile operators in
    Africa* to discuss launching two different projects. Our proposal to
    conduct a pilot of our Wikipedia-via-text service was discussed and
    we reached a verbal agreement to launch pilots with two mobile
    operators within the next few months.

  * During this trip, we also were able to reach agreements with several
    mobile operators to move ahead with *additional Wikipedia Zero
    deployments in Africa*.

  * Our new engineer, Yuri Astrakhan, met with our South African
    technical partner to help contribute to the *SMS/USSD pilot
    program*. He worked with their engineers to learn the system and set
    up the necessary features to collect the analytics data for the
    upcoming pilots.

  * Our new engineers have been busy fixing our backlog of bugs, partner
    launches, and preparing the code base with an improved architecture.
    This architectural change acts as the foundation of *a web portal,
    which will allow the Zero program to scale* in a far more automated
    way than is currently possible.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannesburg_-_Wikimedia_Zero_-_258A0018.jpg>
Wikipedia Zero campaign in Johannesburg
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannesburg_-_Wikimedia_Zero_-_258A0096.jpg>
Kul Wadhwa demonstrating Wikipedia Zero
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannesburg_-_Wikipedia_Zero_-_258A0321.jpg>
Meeting about Wikipedia Zero in Johannesburg
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_-_Wikipedia_Zero_-_258A9458.jpg>
Meeting about Wikipedia Zero in Nairobi

==== Global Education ====

Wikipedia Education Program meetings in Milan

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Education_Workshop_group_photo.JPG>
Education Program Leaders Workshop group photo

  * Facilitated two days of educational program meetings in Milan,
    meeting with program leads for 25 Wikipedia Education program from
    around the world.
  * Met with several participants in the Arab Wikipedia Education
    program (see Arab World information below), meeting
    with our respresentative from Egypt and professors from Jordan and
    Saudi Arabia.
  * Discussed the transitional activities for the Brazil education
    program, discussing the overall program and how we can support a
    smooth transition.
  * Program leaders shared about their program and in the process we
    discovered new programs that we did not know were in operation.
  * Participants exchanged ideas on how to better share experiences and
    materials across countries so that they could learn from each
    others' successes and challenges.
  * Notes from the meeting.


  * Supported student editors during their main assignment edits of the
    semester. Facilitated communication with relevant Wikipedia
  * Began recruiting and on-boarding professors who had indicated
    working with the Education Program during the Fall 2013 semester.
  * Implemented a redesign of the support materials and information for
    program participants. Working to create a central location for all
    volunteers, professors, and students to find the necessary information.
  * Worked with a group of volunteers to apply for a grant as well as
    thematic organization affiliation for the proposed non-profit that
    aims to take over program activity for the Fall 2013 term.
  * Ambassadors and other volunteers began discussion of how to scale
    the volunteer support to more professors in an online space.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_Education_Program_Arab_World_update_April_2013_Metrics_Meeting.pdf?page=10>
Slides from the metrics meeting presentation about the Education Program
in the Arab World

Arab World

  * Saudi Arabia: We agreed to work with two professors of translation
    at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. They will start in mid-May.
  * Jordan: Faris traveled to Jordan to officially kick off program and
    train Ambassadors. Volunteer leaders in Jordan are working to create
    a Wikipedia summer camp that includes students and Ambassadors in
    Jordan (at Isra University and high schools). The main goal of this
    camp is to add additional content and photos through a competition
    among editors. Isra University will coordinate with King Saud
    University (Saudi Arabia) soon to make a joint camp between the
  * Egypt: Classes started at four universities (Ain Shams, Cairo,
    Damanhour, and Kafr El-Sheikh), and students seem to be doing well,
    especially in the Faculty of the Arts at Ain Shams University.
  * Algeria: Students started to edit articles in the Arabic Wikipedia,
    and they are looking at ways of expanding the program in the future.


  * Drafted "Welcome to Commons" brochure copy, revised it based on
    community feedback, and initiated graphic design phase.
  * Extended Education Program extension roadmap, began working with
    Features team to plan implementation.
  * Developed and deployed more flexible and easy-to-use templates for
    creating, editing and porting Education Program trainings.
  * Piloted the User Metrics API tool for a preliminary draft of a
    program evaluation report on the Egypt program.
  * Facilitated three blog posts on the Foundation blog:
      o Teaching rural teachers in Namibia how to edit Wikipedia
      o Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences+Wikipedia = True!
      o Education program leaders gather to share experiences
  * Released two newsletters:
      o 2 April 2013
      o 16 April 2013

=== Learning and Evaluation ===

L&E's main focuses throughout April were around gathering and
incorporating feedback, preparing evaluation materials to guide
decision-making for FDC, and gathering community input into initial
stages of L&E design.

  * *IEG (Individual Engagement Grants) Performance Management*:
    developed and distributed IEG survey to all applicants and
    recipients in order to gather useful feedback in the evolving model.
  * *FDC Performance Management*: analyzed the results of the process
    survey from Round 1 of the FDC applications and shared the results
    publicly at the Wikimedia Conference in Milan, Italy. These survey
    results were shared coupled with a session gathering additional
    input and feedback into the overall FDC process from entities
    present at the conference. Also, deployment of a survey to gather
    feedback from Round 2 of the deilberations.


  * *Strategy development and sharing*: Hosted an IRC office hour
with some
    community members getting initial input into the thinking behind the
    L&E unit. Also, created and delivered a first overview session with
    the FDC at the Milan Round 2 Deliberations, explaining how L&E
    should and would be incorporated into the overall grantmaking process.
  * *"Toolkit" development*: one of the main goals of the L&E team is to
    provide non-monetary tools to our movement partners to better
    understand and improve the work they are doing. We are creating the
    first useful prototypes of these help materials, including:
      o *How to develop and use surveys
        (next step: set-up templates on specific tools to provide to our
        grant recipients)
      o *User Metrics API <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User_Metrics>*: tool
        to track the activity of cohorts of individuals. Evan Rosen took
        ownership of this over from Ryan Faulkner, who left WMF. We are
        spending time understanding the code base behind the tool, as
        well as planning out how it could evolve to be the most helpful
        and stable for broader use across the movement entities
      o *Visualization of geo-data*: we are working with Analytics on
        bringing graph creation options back into Limn - the WMF
        visualization software. Yay! Paired with the geo-location
        databases we have developed, this is the first time our movement
        partners in specific countries can see directly the editorship
        of their countries over time. Next steps are to prototype and
        expand the datasources available.
      o Initial conversations around the direction of the *L&E "portal"*
        and also the future of the *IdeaLab*.
      o *Program and Organizational Mapping*: worked with Rosie Lewis to
        develop a database collecting all the money we have spent across
        the movement and the programs they are executing. See Overview
        for more details

== Human Resources ==

HR activity for the month was relatively routine. HR has augmented its
staff training options by providing courses on
communications/presentation skills and (upcoming) negotiation.

=== Staff Changes ===

New Requisitions Filled

  * Jaime Anstee, Program Evaluation Specialist (Grantmaking & Programs)
  * Erik Bernhardson, Software Engineer (Engineering)
  * Brandon Black, Dev Ops Engineers/Site Reliability (Engineering)
  * Jan Eissfeldt, Community Advocate (Legal & Community Advocacy)
  * Monte Hurd, Software Developer Apps (Engineering)
  * Robert Miller, Facilities & Equipment Coordinator (Administration)
  * Sarah Stierch, Program Evaluation Community Coordinator (Grantmaking
    & Programs)
  * Julie Trias, IT Administrator (Administration)

Communications Interns

  * Candace Metoyer
  * Sarah Mitroff
  * Donna Peterson

New Contractors

  * Limayli Huguet (Administration)
  * Yukari Mitsuhashi (Fundraising)
  * Michael Ray (Administration)
  * Janet Renteria (Administration)
  * Adrian Rounce (Engineering)

Contracts Extended

  * Nischay Nahata (Engineering)
  * Timo Tijhof (Engineering)


  * Munaf Assaf
  * Christine Bocknek
  * Ryan Faulkner
  * Joslyn Lewis

Contracts Ended

  * Stephanie Coates
  * Cristiana Coimbra
  * LaTrisha Hollines
  * Ava Miller
  * Shankar Narayan
  * Heather O'Malley
  * Alice Roberts
  * Joseph Silverman
  * Elena Strelnikova
  * Megumi Yukie

New Postings

  * Software Engineer – Fundraising
  * Director of Technical Operations
  * UX Designer
  * Legal Intern (Fall)
  * Part-Time HR Administrative Assistant

=== Statistics ===

Total Requisitions Filled
    April Actual: 138
    April Total Plan: 174
    April Filled: 8, Month Attrition: 4,
    YTD Filled: 51, YTD Attrition: 25
    2 Positions canceled for FY (decreased from 6 canceled previous month)

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end
    34 (reflects 2 canceled positions for FY)

=== Department Updates ===

Real-time feed for HR updates

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

== Finance and Administration ==

    Support to the FDC in providing financial analysis of FDC
    applications in Round 2 with both written reports and during the FDC
    meeting in Milan.
    Prepared Version 2 of the WMF Annual Plan for FY 13-14.
    Received transfers from the payment processing chapters Wikimedia
    Germany and Wikimedia France.

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

=== LCA Report, April 2013 ===

==== Contract Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 22
  * Completed : 16

==== Trademark Metrics ====

  * Submitted : 15
  * Approved : 1
  * Pending : 13
  * Denied : 1

==== Domains Acquired ====

  * aboutwikipedia.com
  * aboutwikipedia.org
  * wikimedia.co.nz
  * wikimediaa.org
  * wikimediac.com
  * wikipedia-foundation.com
  * wikipediacontent.com
  * wikipediacontent.org
  * toollabs.org
  * wikimediamail.org
  * wikimediamail.com
  * wikispecies.org
  * wikimediastories.com
  * wikimediastories.net
  * wikimediastories.org
  * border-wikipedia.de
  * wikipedia.is
  * wikipedia.us

==== Coming & Going ====

  * Community Advocacy welcomed aboard its first Community Advocate
    (international) in the person of Jan Eissfeldt, who will be focused
    on German- and Spanish-language projects. They hope to hire one more
    person soon.

<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COI_Slides_(April_Metrics_Meeting).pdf?page=2>
Presentation slides about the new guidelines on potential conflicts of

==== Other Activities ====

  * With an immediate effective date, the Board approved Wikimedia
    guidelines on the disclosure of potential and actual conflicts of
    interest in requesting and allocating movement resources
    Thanks to the community for their input, which greatly improved the
    original version.
  * Proposed amendment to WMF bylaws under community consultation
    Final vote by Board is scheduled for May 4, 2013.
  * Strong support, including hiring and briefing of top counsel in
    Paris, to monitor situation in France where officials threatened a
    volunteer with detention if he refused to delete an article. We are
    hoping for an amical resolution. See Legal and Community
    Advocacy/Statement on France
  * Strong overall legal support, including: Milan board and FDC
    meetings; drafting of primer for legal interns; drafting of a WMF
    contracts drafting handbook; and finalizing legal strategy and
    budget for FY 2013-14.

=== Communications Report, April 2013 ===

April was a high-activity month for Communications, particularly with
the media focus on the French DCRI’s detainment of a Wikipedian and the
substantial interest in the Wikipedia discussion about the American
women novelists category. The team also dedicated efforts to finishing
key steps in the WP Editor Survey report and refined plans to expand the
functionality of the Wikimedia Blog.

==== Major announcements ====

"The Wikidata revolution is here: enabling structured data on Wikipedia

(25 April 2013) A year after its announcement as the first new Wikimedia
project since 2006, Wikidata has now begun to serve the over 280
language versions of Wikipedia as a common source of structured data
that can be used in more than 25 million articles of the free encyclopedia.

==== Major Storylines through March ====

‘’American women novelists on Wikipedia makes headlines’’ (late April, 2013)

An op-ed in the New York Times from late April highlighted category
optimization efforts on the Wikipedia category page ‘American novelists’
- efforts that the writer (and later a wide range of mainstream media)
insists amount to sexism and segregation. Media coverage has been mostly
negative, with some neutral to positive stories highlighting the
Wikipedia discussion about the changes and encouraging women to get


‘’DCRI threatens French Wikipedian over military site article’’ (6
April, 2013)

The major press story for the Wikimedia movement through April focused
on the DCRI’s (France’s secret service) efforts to remove a French
Wikipedia article, fr:Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute
from the site by detaining a French Wikipedia admin. The admin, who had
never been involved with the article, faced legal repercussions if he
failed to comply with an order to delete the article. International
media coverage was critical of DCRI’s efforts and largely supportive of
Wikipedia’s non-censorship stance.


‘’Russian gov’t threatens WP block over articles’’

In early April Russian Wikipedians discovered that the Russian
government had placed Wikipedia, as well as dozens of other websites
accessible in Russia, on a blacklist due to publication of content
deemed illegal in the country (primarily drug and suicide related
articles). Media coverage was largely positive, focusing on the
censorship threat to Wikipedia and the other projects.

    (blog post from Wikimedia Russia)

==== Other worthwhile reads ====

  * *From Brazil to Wikipedia | Foreign Affairs | April 21

  * *Iranian official explains ban on Ahmadinejad's Wikipedia page |
    Azernews | April 10 <http://www.azernews.az/region/52016.html>*

  * *Being 'Wikipedian' trumps party affiliation, study finds | LA Times
    | April 3

==== WMF Blog posts ====

Twenty five blog posts in April <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/04/>,
with bilingual posts <https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/multilingual-post/>
in Arabic, Catalan, French, German, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and
Swedish. Some highlights from the month:

  * *Breaking through walls of text: How we will create a richer
    Wikimedia experience

  * *Wikimedia projects reach more than 500 million people per month

  * *Wikipedia Adopts MariaDB

  * *Try the new login and account creation on Wikimedia projects

==== Media Contact ====


==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

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

  * Volume 9, Issue 13
    1 April 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 14
    8 April 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 15
    15 April 2013
  * Volume 9, Issue 16
    22 April 2013

== Visitors and Guests ==

Visitors and guests to the WMF office in April 2013:

 1. Eli Goldberg (Microsoft)
 2. Nina O'Neil (Microsoft)
 3. Robert Rodriguez-Lawson (Microsoft)
 4. Danese Cooper (OSHWA)
 5. Alicia Gibb (OSHWA)
 6. Nathan Seidle (OSHWA)
 7. Windell Oskay (OSHWA)
 8. Ted Pefferman (HP)
 9. Rob Poole (HP)
10. Blaine Cook (author of OAuth)
11. Brian Wolff (volunteer)
12. Randall Benson (consultant)
13. Kim Dodson (consultant)
14. Jake Orlowitz (Wikipedian, tech talk speaker)
15. Nebojsa Ciric (Google)
16. Jungshik Shin (Google)
17. Norbert Lindenberg (Mozilla)
18. Stevie Benton (Wikimedia UK)
19. Kanika Thapar (Oxford)
20. Mohit Menta (Oxford)
21. Deb Wolter (Red Bamboo Consulting)
22. Kathey Ramsey (TAI)
23. Kellee Browe (TAI)
24. Shane Snow (Contently)
25. John Hazard (Contently)
26. Katherine Bavage (WMUK)
27. Sarah Pearson (Creative Commons)
28. Peter Krautzberger (MathJax)
29. Albert Szulman (Be-Bound)

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation
IRC (Freenode): HaeB

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