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

2013-07-03 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes and slides from the second quarterly review meeting of the
Wikipedia Zero team are now available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Wikipedia_Zero/June_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] [Chapters] 40 000 free media supported by Wikimedia France

2013-07-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey everyone,

Today, a french contributor informed us that this morning he uploade
the 40 000th file on commons in the media supported by Wikimedia
France category
(http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_supported_by_Wikimedia_France)

The file is a picture of the Solidays festival stage in Paris
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solidays_2013_-_La_sc%C3%A8ne_Paris_-_030.jpg

This program started few years ago, in 2007, when we asked for
accreditations for french contributiors to music festival, and then
for the political rallies during the 2007 presidential election.

Through the years we have supported more and more users to get press
accreditations. We went one step further by buying photo material,
owned by the chapter, and lent to contributors.

I just wanted to let you know about this milestone that is really
really cool for us :)

Best,

Christophe HENNER | Vice-chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] 40 000 free media supported by Wikimedia France

2013-07-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Ho and Jean-Fred just slapped my hand, gently, because I forgot to
share with you this awesome page that helps you follow what WMFr do
regarding commons : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:WMFR

Mistake fixed :)

Have a nice day :)
Christophe HENNER | Membre du Conseil d'Administration
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On 3 July 2013 10:29, Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:
 Hey everyone,

 Today, a french contributor informed us that this morning he uploade
 the 40 000th file on commons in the media supported by Wikimedia
 France category
 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_supported_by_Wikimedia_France)

 The file is a picture of the Solidays festival stage in Paris
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solidays_2013_-_La_sc%C3%A8ne_Paris_-_030.jpg

 This program started few years ago, in 2007, when we asked for
 accreditations for french contributiors to music festival, and then
 for the political rallies during the 2007 presidential election.

 Through the years we have supported more and more users to get press
 accreditations. We went one step further by buying photo material,
 owned by the chapter, and lent to contributors.

 I just wanted to let you know about this milestone that is really
 really cool for us :)

 Best,

 Christophe HENNER | Vice-chair
 ---
 › Mail : christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr
 › Mobile : +33(0)6 29 35 65 94
 › Tel : +33(0)5 62 89 12 01
 › Twitter : @Wikimedia_Fr
 -
 Wikimédia France | Association pour le libre partage de la
 connaissance | Visitez notre blog http://blog.wikimedia.fr

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2013/2014 budget again (m/Oppenheim on YouTube)

2013-07-03 Thread Tomasz W. Kozlowski

On June 19, Garfield Byrd wrote:


As we may be very close to having a Board of Trustee approved budget, I
suggest we wait until we can release the full Annual Plan document on July
1, so that there is context for the Wikimedia Foundation spending plan for
FY 13-14.


It's July 3 (UTC), but don't worry, we can wait a month as usual after a 
resolution is published to see what it's really about[1].


== References ==
* [1] 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:2013-2014_Annual_Plan


-- Tomasz

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Hungary's strategic planning

2013-07-03 Thread Balázs Viczián
(sorry for cross posting)

Hello everyone,

I'd like to invite you to Wikimedia Hungary's strategic planning discussions on
http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Wikim%C3%A9dia_Magyarorsz%C3%A1g/Strat%C3%A9giai_c%C3%A9lok_(mint_szervezet)

Don't get scared of the many Hungarian words, Google translator is
there to help you :)

Feel free to comment, add suggestions or exact goals of your taste or
preference (or your chapter's); this wikipage has been created to
centralize all the discussions and have a pool of suggestions and
ideas for our next general assembly in November 30., We will issue our
own short, mid and long term goals and strategies of growth,
expansion, future focuses and all the other things on that meeting.

ALL suggestions, ideas and comments are welcomed, but of course not
all will be implemented (sorry :) )

You can contribute in your own language if your Hungarian (or English
or German) is not that good.

Cheers,
Balázs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Hungary's strategic planning

2013-07-03 Thread Sydney
Awesome approach! Thanks for bringing attention to your community's discussion. 
I'm eager to see the ideas you all collect.

Sydney Poore
User:FloNight

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 3, 2013, at 6:47 AM, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu wrote:

 (sorry for cross posting)
 
 Hello everyone,
 
 I'd like to invite you to Wikimedia Hungary's strategic planning discussions 
 on
 http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Wikim%C3%A9dia_Magyarorsz%C3%A1g/Strat%C3%A9giai_c%C3%A9lok_(mint_szervezet)
 
 Don't get scared of the many Hungarian words, Google translator is
 there to help you :)
 
 Feel free to comment, add suggestions or exact goals of your taste or
 preference (or your chapter's); this wikipage has been created to
 centralize all the discussions and have a pool of suggestions and
 ideas for our next general assembly in November 30., We will issue our
 own short, mid and long term goals and strategies of growth,
 expansion, future focuses and all the other things on that meeting.
 
 ALL suggestions, ideas and comments are welcomed, but of course not
 all will be implemented (sorry :) )
 
 You can contribute in your own language if your Hungarian (or English
 or German) is not that good.
 
 Cheers,
 Balázs
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-07-03 Thread Haitham Shammaa
 Also, did Grants have a review recently?

Minutes of the Grantmaking quarterly review are avaliable at :

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Grantmaking,_2013-05-15


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From: Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF
 initiatives
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org


 Minutes and slides from the second quarterly review meeting of the
 Wikipedia Zero team are now available at

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Wikipedia_Zero/June_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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  VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Language Engineering] Office hour on July 10, 2013 at 1700 UTC/1000 PDT

2013-07-03 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
Hello,

The Wikimedia Language Engineering team [1] invites everyone to join
the team’s monthly office hour on July 10, 2013 at 1700 UTC/ 1000 PDT
on #wikimedia-office. During this session we would be talking about
some of our recent activities, including the Universal Language
Selector (ULS) rollout and updates from the ongoing projects.

See you all at the IRC office hour!

regards,
Runa

Event Details:
==

Date: July 10, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 1700-1800 UTC, 1000-1100 AM PDT
IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Agenda:

1. ULS Rollout
2. Other updates
3. Q/A - We shall be taking questions during the session. Questions
can also be sent to runa at wikimedia dot org or siebrand at wikimedia
dot org before the event and can be addressed during the office-hour.


[1] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Language_Engineering_team


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[Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee - Ombudsperson annual report.

2013-07-03 Thread Susana Morais
Hello everybody,

I have posted the FDC Ombudsperson annual report, concerning feedback and
appeals received during 2012-13 (
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Ombudsperson_annual_report_-_2012-2013
).

If you would like to comment on any of the subjects, feel free to do so on
the discussion page!

Regards,
Susana Morais (Lusitana)
Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson

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[Wikimedia-l] Let's report and learn from non-successes (more often)

2013-07-03 Thread Asaf Bartov
Dear colleagues,

I wanted to remind us all of the importance of learning from when our plans
and efforts don't succeed, whether due to mistakes or just an experimental
hypothesis turning out to not be the case.

We at the Wikimedia Foundation have had such an experiment a few months
ago, and an idea we thought had potential turned out to have none of the
hoped-for impact.  We wrote it up and drew some (I think) interesting
learning points from it, including possibly next steps for those who may
want to experiment along similar lines.

The learning is featured in a Wikimedia Blog post here:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/07/02/english-wikipedia-editor-pilot-philippines/

which also links to the full report on Meta.  I am also pleased at the
discussion the blog post has already generated.

Cheers,

   Asaf

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's report and learn from non-successes (more often)

2013-07-03 Thread Maryana Pinchuk
On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear colleagues,

 I wanted to remind us all of the importance of learning from when our plans
 and efforts don't succeed, whether due to mistakes or just an experimental
 hypothesis turning out to not be the case.

 We at the Wikimedia Foundation have had such an experiment a few months
 ago, and an idea we thought had potential turned out to have none of the
 hoped-for impact.  We wrote it up and drew some (I think) interesting
 learning points from it, including possibly next steps for those who may
 want to experiment along similar lines.

 The learning is featured in a Wikimedia Blog post here:

 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/07/02/english-wikipedia-editor-pilot-philippines/

 which also links to the full report on Meta.  I am also pleased at the
 discussion the blog post has already generated.
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Yes! Big plus-one! Though I would refer to it as confirming the null
hypothesis[1] rather than non-success :)

Publication bias[2] and systematic underreporting of non-significant
effects are huge problems in all scholarly fields, so it's not like we're
unusual in this respect. But we miss out on really great opportunities to
advance our institutional learning when we bury our non-successes.. err..
null hypothesis confirmations! Keep em' coming, folks.

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_hypothesis
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publication_bias

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