[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director search

2013-05-23 Thread Matthew Roth
This press release is also available online here:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/The_search_for_our_next_Executive_Director


The Wikimedia Foundation announces search for new Executive Director to
lead the Wikimedia movement

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- 22 May 2013 -- The Wikimedia Foundation, the
non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects,
has kicked off its global search for a new Executive Director to lead the
organization through its next phase of innovation and growth. The new
Executive Director will lead a thriving international organization that
operates the number five most-popular web property in the world.

The Wikimedia Foundation operates free knowledge projects used by more than
half a billion people. Wikipedia contains more than 25 million
volunteer-authored articles in 285 languages. The Wikimedia Foundation is
dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free,
multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of
these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

About six weeks ago, the Wikimedia Foundation's Executive Director Sue
Gardner told us she will be stepping down from her role, said Kat Walsh,
Chair of the Board of Trustees. We're really going to miss her, but I'm
happy to say she'll be staying on until we find her successor, and we're
now ready to kick off an international search to find that person.

The Executive Director provides the leadership and strategy for the
Wikimedia Foundation and manages its day-to-day operations and activities.
He or she is responsible for modernizing the user experience and nurturing,
growing and diversifying the community of people who write our projects. He
or she also ensures that our grantmaking supports innovation across the
Wikimedia movement and enables contributor growth in underrepresented
demographics and geographies.

To support the process, the Wikimedia Foundation has retained the search
firm m/Oppenheim Associates to assist in finding and screening candidates.
The search process is expected to unfold over the next three to six months,
with a new Executive Director targeted to be in place October 2013.

The Executive Director opportunity can be found at:
http://jobs.wikimedia.org

For more information about the opportunity please email info(at)
moppenheim.com.

About the Wikimedia Foundation
http://wikimediafoundation.org
http://blog.wikimedia.org

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive more than 517 million unique visitors per month, making them the
fifth-most popular web property worldwide (comScore, March 2013). Available
in 285 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 25 million articles
contributed by a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 people. Based
in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited,
501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Wikimedia Foundation media contact:

Matthew Roth
Communications
+1 415-839-6885 ext. 6635 (San Francisco)
mroth(at)wikimedia.org


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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 9, Issue 20 – 20 May 2013

2013-05-23 Thread Wikipedia Signpost
Foundation elections: Trustee candidates speak about Board structure,
China, gender, global south, endowment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/Foundation_electionshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/Foundation_elections

News and notes: Spanish Wikipedia leaps past one million articles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/News_and_noteshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/News_and_notes

In the media: Qworty incident continues
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/In_the_mediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/In_the_media

WikiProject report: Classical Greece and Rome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/WikiProject_reporthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/WikiProject_report

Featured content: Up in the air
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/Featured_contenthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20/Featured_content


Single page view

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Singlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single


PDF version

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-05-20



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] making tech journalism easier to read

2013-05-23 Thread Andy Mabbett
Yes, use the ABBR tag in HTML.

(Apologies for top-posting, on mobile at airport)
On May 22, 2013 8:07 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org wrote:

 I think what is even more helpful to people, is to avoid abbreviations as
 much as possible, or explain them. For example:
 * Up-Goer 5 (but there was a link next to it - which allows you to guess
 what it means)
 * SMOG (the stuff that is in the air, right?)
 * FKT

 Usually this kind of abbreviations (without in-text explanation) makes
 texts much harder to read. Even a link to an explanation is usually less
 helpful than a few words of what it actually is (especially when reading
 offline - yes, that world still exists).

 Anyway, aside from that, I think Quim has a point that jargon is much more
 dangerous than complicated words. However, don't underestimate the amount
 of non-native volunteers. I have all too often heard at meetings that
 people felt insecure to participate in a discussion because they felt it
 was above their level. Some native speakers have the habit of going all
 wild with complicated words (this is not too common, gladly) and then you
 realize that texts with long sentences with lots of long complicated words
 are much harder to understand, even if you understand each word by itself.

 So this score thing Sumana linked to might indeed be helpful, but probably
 only at longer texts. At short texts there is not enough critical mass to
 be precise.

 Lodewijk


 2013/5/22 MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com

  Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
  When you're trying to write a blog.wikimedia.org entry or
  wikitech-ambassadors email about a technical topic, but you want to make
  sure nontechnical Wikimedians can read it, is there an automated check
  you can run through?
 
  I'd recommend doing what we do on the wiki to make topics easier or more
  accessible: include a lot of links. The blog is worryingly low on links
 in
  each post, given that it's the blog of Wikimedia, king of [[links]].
  Perhaps linking needs to be made easier in WordPress?
 
  I'm not sure there's much else to be said other than avoid the use of
  (unexplained) jargon and write clearly and concisely.
 
  The Wikimedia blog is made up of several sub-blogs. The tech blog seems
  like it would inherently be more... technical than the community blog or
  the fundraising blog. Unless the larger issue is the audience question.
  That's a bit of a rabbit hole, though.
 
  MZMcBride
 
 
 
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[Wikimedia-l] endangered languages project

2013-05-23 Thread phoebe ayers
Perhaps of interest to many Wikimedians: the Endangered Languages project
recently launched a new layout, making it easier to find and submit
information on languages that are in the catalog of endangered languages
that they are building. Worth a look.
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Train Wikiexpedition in Poland

2013-05-23 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Matthew Roth, 23/05/2013 19:45:

Tomasz just published a post on the Wikimedia blog about this:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/05/23/wikimedia-train-expedition-poland/

Feel free to retweet and share it, if you're into the social networks:
https://twitter.com/Wikimedia/status/337595719265439745
https://www.facebook.com/wikipedia/posts/10151584522723346
https://plus.google.com/u/1/108193079736330787108/posts/M9bB8PDuwCV

Thanks also to Justin Duranboger for the translation to Spanish!


I read it earlier today and I don't understand the instructions, which 
seem to contradict this:



On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Tomasz Ganicz wrote:

[...] If there is anyone ready for such a wiki-safari - just drop me an 
E-mail...


Do those emails still count? Where does one add the name in that page, 
which seems to have only ready-to-go groups?


Nemo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and other things)

2013-05-23 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Just in case someone wonders,

Gayle Karen Young, 23/05/2013 06:22:

[...]  goal was to ensure that the function of a wiki
adminstrator, which is often identified with community self-governance, is
clearly mapped against the governance model of the site: [...] [...]


doesn't answers the questions on the table at all. Especially as the 
governance model of the site doesn't exist at all and nobody has any 
idea of who is going to take care of it.


Or in other words:

Tomasz W. Kozlowski, 13/05/2013 02:04:
 Gayle Karen Young wrote:

 Hello folks,

 [...]

 Gayle

 So what did you want to say? I haven't been able to find any answers to
 any questions that have been asked by so many people in this thread.

So, to quote yourself, you committed criticism and now you're insisting 
with stonewalling, with a flavour of defensiveness. I admit that my 
knowledge of Gottman is limited to a recent magazine article I read by 
chance a few days ago, so I may be wrong, but it seems to me that 
there's little room to do worse in this relationship.


Nemo



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-05-23 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes, pre-prepared notes and slides from the mid-year review
meeting of the Wikipedia Education Program team have now been posted
in a similar format at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Wikipedia_Education_Program/May_2013

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi folks,

 to increase accountability and create more opportunities for course
 corrections and resourcing adjustments as necessary, Sue's asked me
 and Howie Fung to set up a quarterly project evaluation process,
 starting with our highest priority initiatives. These are, according
 to Sue's narrowing focus recommendations which were approved by the
 Board [1]:

 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (mobile contributions + Wikipedia Zero)
 - Editor Engagement (also known as the E2 and E3 teams)
 - Funds Dissemination Committe and expanded grant-making capacity

 I'm proposing the following initial schedule:

 January:
 - Editor Engagement Experiments

 February:
 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (Contribs + Zero)

 March:
 - Editor Engagement Features (Echo, Flow projects)
 - Funds Dissemination Committee

 We’ll try doing this on the same day or adjacent to the monthly
 metrics meetings [2], since the team(s) will give a presentation on
 their recent progress, which will help set some context that would
 otherwise need to be covered in the quarterly review itself. This will
 also create open opportunities for feedback and questions.

 My goal is to do this in a manner where even though the quarterly
 review meetings themselves are internal, the outcomes are captured as
 meeting minutes and shared publicly, which is why I'm starting this
 discussion on a public list as well. I've created a wiki page here
 which we can use to discuss the concept further:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews

 The internal review will, at minimum, include:

 Sue Gardner
 myself
 Howie Fung
 Team members and relevant director(s)
 Designated minute-taker

 So for example, for Visual Editor, the review team would be the Visual
 Editor / Parsoid teams, Sue, me, Howie, Terry, and a minute-taker.

 I imagine the structure of the review roughly as follows, with a
 duration of about 2 1/2 hours divided into 25-30 minute blocks:

 - Brief team intro and recap of team's activities through the quarter,
 compared with goals
 - Drill into goals and targets: Did we achieve what we said we would?
 - Review of challenges, blockers and successes
 - Discussion of proposed changes (e.g. resourcing, targets) and other
 action items
 - Buffer time, debriefing

 Once again, the primary purpose of these reviews is to create improved
 structures for internal accountability, escalation points in cases
 where serious changes are necessary, and transparency to the world.

 In addition to these priority initiatives, my recommendation would be
 to conduct quarterly reviews for any activity that requires more than
 a set amount of resources (people/dollars). These additional reviews
 may however be conducted in a more lightweight manner and internally
 to the departments. We’re slowly getting into that habit in
 engineering.

 As we pilot this process, the format of the high priority reviews can
 help inform and support reviews across the organization.

 Feedback and questions are appreciated.

 All best,
 Erik

 [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vote:Narrowing_Focus
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings
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[Wikimedia-l] Education Program Re: Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-05-23 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Frank,

I just saw now this report. Can you explain this line bellow, please? I
didn't get it.

Strategic direction in Brazil didn't work; Tom reporting to Jessie,
disconnected from our work. Unclear lines of authority for decision-making;
classes ended up as not particularly successful. Also, narrowing focus
shifted Tom and Oona's efforts to finding a home for the Brazil program
rather than expanding classes.

I also would love to know who wrote this We anticipated focusing the
majority of our efforts on Global South programs and I would love to know
if Brazil is included in this focusing of efforts. If this includes Brazil,
that is false.

Thanks in advance,

Tom

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Minutes, pre-prepared notes and slides from the mid-year review
 meeting of the Wikipedia Education Program team have now been posted
 in a similar format at

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Wikipedia_Education_Program/May_2013


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Train Wikiexpedition in Poland

2013-05-23 Thread Tomasz Ganicz
Yes.. Organisers have just created a separate page for this
expedition, so please add your name here:

http://pl.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiekspedycja_kolejowa_2013/przygotowania



2013/5/23 Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com:
 Matthew Roth, 23/05/2013 19:45:

 Tomasz just published a post on the Wikimedia blog about this:
 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/05/23/wikimedia-train-expedition-poland/

 Feel free to retweet and share it, if you're into the social networks:
 https://twitter.com/Wikimedia/status/337595719265439745
 https://www.facebook.com/wikipedia/posts/10151584522723346
 https://plus.google.com/u/1/108193079736330787108/posts/M9bB8PDuwCV

 Thanks also to Justin Duranboger for the translation to Spanish!


 I read it earlier today and I don't understand the instructions, which seem
 to contradict this:

 On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Tomasz Ganicz wrote:

 [...] If there is anyone ready for such a wiki-safari - just drop me an
 E-mail...


 Do those emails still count? Where does one add the name in that page, which
 seems to have only ready-to-go groups?

 Nemo


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