[Wikimedia-l] Invitation to WMF August 2013 Metrics Activities Meeting: Thursday, September 5, 18:00 UTC

2013-08-29 Thread Praveena Maharaj
Dear all,

The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
September 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.

The current structure of the meeting is:

* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytic
* Review of financials
* Welcoming recent hires
* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
initiatives
* Update and QA with the Executive Director, if available

Please review
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.

We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

Thank you,
Praveena

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Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering and Product Development
+1 (415) 839 6885 ext. 6689
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[Wikimedia-l] software projects for chapters, thematic orgs, and others

2013-08-29 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Subject: was Re: About the concentration of resources in SF (it was:
Communication plans for community engagement)

Let me start off by saying: Different chapters, thematic orgs, etc. have
different levels of tech expertise, and there is enough work for
everyone to have some if they want. :-)

People who are experts in reading, editing, proofreading, uploading,
teaching, etc. with Wikimedia sites can help by pairing with developers
to mentor interns, and can test proposed changes to see if they work.
People who are interested in dabbling a little and learning some of the
technical side can sponsor audits, do community liaison work via
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors, and
gather information about needed functionality to advise on products
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/11/21/lead-development-process-product-adviser-manager/.
People who can code a little bit can improve, translate, and port
gadgets and bots and Lua templates, or even fix bugs in MediaWiki, and
then move on to one of the mentored projects ideas as a next step. And
groups with a lot of technical expertise can follow Wikimedia Germany's
example with a big project like Wikidata.

All of these are ways to make a difference.

On 07/28/2013 03:31 AM, Erik Moeller wrote
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-July/127237.html :
...
 So, how could this work for a Wikimedia chapter? Perhaps as a new
 diversity outreach program run by the chapter, inspired by OPW? Or
 perhaps integrated with OPW, if GNOME Foundation is open to it? Or a
 completely different approach, e.g. learning from Etsy's efforts to
 increase diversity by partnering with Hacker School? [1] I don't know
 - but I think it's worth experimenting with.
 
 I do think it's something a small org could pull off, because a lot of
 it is about communication/coordination more than about managing a
 complex cross-disciplinary engineering effort. And it's perhaps a good
 way for a chapter, too, to get familiar with some of the intricacies
 and complexity of doing engineering work in our context without
 committing yet to building out a full-on tech department.
 
 The important part is that we connect people new to our ecosystem with
 capable mentors/reviewers -- whether those are experienced volunteers,
 employed by WMF, or employed by a chapter that's already doing
 engineering work like WMDE. Without that mentorship support, it
 doesn't work.

Quim and others have continued talking about the specifics of using
mentored projects as a place for Wikimedia organizations (chapters,
thematic organizations, etc.) to start.  Quim, on the mentorship project
ideas http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/Possible_projects :

 I don't see why the chapters couldn't consider this list
 as a source of inspiration for software projects they could
 sponsor. They don't even need to have the technical capacity
 in house: we can help finding the right mentors for each project
 and we can also help selecting the right developer(s) - like we
 do for GSoC / OPW.

I agree! And I'd love to see this happen. But that's not the only way. I
want to go back to Erik's idea and think about diversifying the whole
software development process. I'd love to see chapters, thematic orgs,
and other Wikimedia organizations helping get diverse voices and talents
involved in information-gathering, in improving our plans about what to
build, in testing prototypes to make sure the delivered software suits
the needs of the movement, and so on.

For instance, check out
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Accessibility#People_and_organizations_working_on_MediaWiki_accessibility
. It's helpful that WMDE is currently contracting with Marius Hoch, who
is fixing accessibility-related bugs. But it has also been useful (in my
opinion) for all the other people in that list -- from WMIT, WMDC, WMDE,
WMFR, and others -- to hold workshops, fund and manage audits, write
guides, and so on! All of these have helped make our sites more accessible.

Similarly, what WMUK plans to do with Wikimania next year
https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Outreach -- reaching out to
larger tech communities and bringing them to Wikimania,
cross-pollinating us all together -- will help the movement's tech
progress. It'll be great to have more opendata/bigdata and design
experts reusing our work, suggesting improvements, and perhaps joining
us longterm.

Phoebe wrote:

 On this topic, one thing that was brought up in the Board elections
 questions  answers was the (ongoing) need to triage feature requests by
 the community, including especially requests for features from experienced
  admin users, and feature requests from the sister projects.
 
 One of the ideas in the candidate answers was to focus more on building a
 central place where feature requests (and cool existing tools) can be
 shared between language editions and projects, and where feature ideas
 could get refined outside of bugzilla  the lists; 

[Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread Asaf Bartov
Hi, everyone.

I have finally uploaded my Wikimania talk to Commons.  It took some time to
add links and explanatory notes that were spoken aloud at Wikimania, hence
the delay.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF%27s_New_Global_South_Strategy.pdf

If you have read it elsewhere (I had to upload my speaking copy to a
temporary space for the venue computer to present from, but it was not
meant for reading, and was not shared by me), I encourage you to read this
expanded version -- it will make a lot more sense.

If you have linked to the temporary copy somewhere, please do change the
link or re-share with this full version.

I welcome discussion and questions.

Cheers,

   Asaf
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[Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

2013-08-29 Thread Renata St
Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at Dillon
Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
confused more than anything else.

What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails  Hors
d'oeuvres)?

What if I don't do the suggested donation?

On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major donors
and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?

In short: huh???

R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread MZMcBride
Asaf Bartov wrote:
I have finally uploaded my Wikimania talk to Commons.  It took some time
to add links and explanatory notes that were spoken aloud at Wikimania,
hence the delay.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Permalink/102946507

Thank you for posting this.

The first section was removed? I got excited to see the term Global
South with a line through it (in the agenda index), but I think I
initially misunderstood its meaning. The term Global South is pretty
awful and deserves a quick death. But based on the title of the
presentation and this e-mail thread... I'm not hopeful that it's dead yet.

I'm a little confused about whether the ongoing programs in Brazil and
India will continue. There's a note that reads No WMF contractors on the
ground any more, but it's unclear whether this means a discontinuation of
the current folks. And the final slides focus on future engagements. Does
the no contractors on the ground line mean only full-time staff will be
working with (engaging with, if you prefer) areas in the future? Full-time
staff and local chapter folks, I guess? And simply no Wikimedia Foundation
contractors?

MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

2013-08-29 Thread Dan Collins
What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
invitation(?) and how does it differ from an invitation?

To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St renataw...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at Dillon
 Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
 confused more than anything else.

 What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
 looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
 that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails  Hors
 d'oeuvres)?

 What if I don't do the suggested donation?

 On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
 events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major donors
 and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?

 In short: huh???

 R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

2013-08-29 Thread Matthew Walker
To quickly respond such that people are not terribly confused -- our major
gifts team is hosting a fundraising event at the Dillon Gallery in NY
sometime in the future. I don't have any further details myself (not my
area of what we do); but I'll direct the attention of that team to this
thread/question.

~Matt Walker
Wikimedia Foundation
Fundraising Technology Team


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins en.wp.s...@gmail.com wrote:

 What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
 Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
 from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
 Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
 that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
 invitation(?) and how does it differ from an invitation?

 To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???


 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St renataw...@gmail.com wrote:

  Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
 Dillon
  Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
  confused more than anything else.
 
  What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
  looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
  that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails  Hors
  d'oeuvres)?
 
  What if I don't do the suggested donation?
 
  On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
  events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
 donors
  and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
 
  In short: huh???
 
  R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

2013-08-29 Thread Lisa Gruwell
Hi Renata St and Dan-

I just wanted to assure you that there is no change in fundraising
strategy. WMF raises that great majority of its funds from online
donations, with most of them being under USD $30.

We also raise approximately $6 million from foundations and major donors.
The guidance for this comes from the Revenue Plan that was developed in the
five year strategic plan (page 17):

 “In addition to seeking increased support from community donations,
Wikimedia will continue to raise limited but critical funds from
foundations, major donors, and licensing and other business partnerships.”

Yes, the event at the Dillion Gallery is our. That said, we focus the
lion’s share of our work on the online donation model.

Thank you,

Lisa Seitz Gruwell



On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins en.wp.s...@gmail.com wrote:

 What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
 Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
 from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
 Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
 that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
 invitation(?) and how does it differ from an invitation?

 To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???


 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St renataw...@gmail.com wrote:

  Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
 Dillon
  Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
  confused more than anything else.
 
  What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
  looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
  that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails  Hors
  d'oeuvres)?
 
  What if I don't do the suggested donation?
 
  On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
  events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
 donors
  and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
 
  In short: huh???
 
  R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Thanks Asaf,
I've updated WMAR website with the new presentation.

*Osmar Valdebenito G.*
Director Ejecutivo
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina


2013/8/29 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org

 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 
  The first section was removed? I got excited to see the term Global
  South with a line through it (in the agenda index), but I think I
  initially misunderstood its meaning.


 No, the strikethrough was a visual cue that the _term_ Global South is
 emphatically not on the agenda.


  The term Global South is pretty
  awful and deserves a quick death.


 Agreed...


  But based on the title of the
  presentation and this e-mail thread... I'm not hopeful that it's dead
 yet.
 

 ...but what do we replace it with?  This has been rehashed quite a bit, but
 no one has come up with a compelling alternative that's reasonably concise
 and is politically acceptable.  (Personally I am happy with developing
 world and developing nations, but of course those terms are euphemistic
 as well, and apparently no longer acceptable in some circles.)

 I have stated before that the term, for us, is just shorthand for a list of
 countries, and we make no essentialist assumptions about some uniformity
 throughout all these countries.  It is my understanding that most of the
 consternation (kittens dying etc.) the term causes is due to the assumption
 that we _are_ making an essentialist assumption and treating all GS
 countries the same.  I hope it is by now evident we are not.

 Once again, I find no point to debating this.  All who _are_ interested are
 welcome to hash it out somewhere, and submit a consensual term (or a
 shortlist) to WMF for consideration.  If a superior term arises, I promise
 to make an effort to adopt it across WMF.  Until then, let's focus on the
 actual work rather than the nomenclature.


  I'm a little confused about whether the ongoing programs in Brazil and
  India will continue. There's a note that reads No WMF contractors on the
  ground any more, but it's unclear whether this means a discontinuation
 of
  the current folks. And the final slides focus on future engagements. Does
  the no contractors on the ground line mean only full-time staff will be
  working with (engaging with, if you prefer) areas in the future?
 Full-time
  staff and local chapter folks, I guess? And simply no Wikimedia
 Foundation
  contractors?
 

 There are no WMF employees outside the US, so no contractors on the
 ground (in the GS context -- we still have engineers around the world!)
 means that (once the Brazil transition is complete -- this is in progress),
 no program work in the GS will be done by WMF contractors, but only by
 local partners (movement affiliates -- chapters, thematic organizations,
 and user groups -- and unaffiliated partners), some of whom would be WMF
 grantees.

 Cheers,

A.
 --
 Asaf Bartov
 Wikimedia Foundation http://www.wikimediafoundation.org

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread Balázs Viczián
What about making it simply global...?

Balázs
2013.08.30. 2:44, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org ezt írta:

 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 
  The first section was removed? I got excited to see the term Global
  South with a line through it (in the agenda index), but I think I
  initially misunderstood its meaning.


 No, the strikethrough was a visual cue that the _term_ Global South is
 emphatically not on the agenda.


  The term Global South is pretty
  awful and deserves a quick death.


 Agreed...


  But based on the title of the
  presentation and this e-mail thread... I'm not hopeful that it's dead
 yet.
 

 ...but what do we replace it with?  This has been rehashed quite a bit, but
 no one has come up with a compelling alternative that's reasonably concise
 and is politically acceptable.  (Personally I am happy with developing
 world and developing nations, but of course those terms are euphemistic
 as well, and apparently no longer acceptable in some circles.)

 I have stated before that the term, for us, is just shorthand for a list of
 countries, and we make no essentialist assumptions about some uniformity
 throughout all these countries.  It is my understanding that most of the
 consternation (kittens dying etc.) the term causes is due to the assumption
 that we _are_ making an essentialist assumption and treating all GS
 countries the same.  I hope it is by now evident we are not.

 Once again, I find no point to debating this.  All who _are_ interested are
 welcome to hash it out somewhere, and submit a consensual term (or a
 shortlist) to WMF for consideration.  If a superior term arises, I promise
 to make an effort to adopt it across WMF.  Until then, let's focus on the
 actual work rather than the nomenclature.


  I'm a little confused about whether the ongoing programs in Brazil and
  India will continue. There's a note that reads No WMF contractors on the
  ground any more, but it's unclear whether this means a discontinuation
 of
  the current folks. And the final slides focus on future engagements. Does
  the no contractors on the ground line mean only full-time staff will be
  working with (engaging with, if you prefer) areas in the future?
 Full-time
  staff and local chapter folks, I guess? And simply no Wikimedia
 Foundation
  contractors?
 

 There are no WMF employees outside the US, so no contractors on the
 ground (in the GS context -- we still have engineers around the world!)
 means that (once the Brazil transition is complete -- this is in progress),
 no program work in the GS will be done by WMF contractors, but only by
 local partners (movement affiliates -- chapters, thematic organizations,
 and user groups -- and unaffiliated partners), some of whom would be WMF
 grantees.

 Cheers,

A.
 --
 Asaf Bartov
 Wikimedia Foundation http://www.wikimediafoundation.org

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF's New Global South Strategy

2013-08-29 Thread Balázs Viczián
What about making it simply global...?

Balázs
2013.08.30. 2:44, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org ezt írta:

 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 
  The first section was removed? I got excited to see the term Global
  South with a line through it (in the agenda index), but I think I
  initially misunderstood its meaning.


 No, the strikethrough was a visual cue that the _term_ Global South is
 emphatically not on the agenda.


  The term Global South is pretty
  awful and deserves a quick death.


 Agreed...


  But based on the title of the
  presentation and this e-mail thread... I'm not hopeful that it's dead
 yet.
 

 ...but what do we replace it with?  This has been rehashed quite a bit, but
 no one has come up with a compelling alternative that's reasonably concise
 and is politically acceptable.  (Personally I am happy with developing
 world and developing nations, but of course those terms are euphemistic
 as well, and apparently no longer acceptable in some circles.)

 I have stated before that the term, for us, is just shorthand for a list of
 countries, and we make no essentialist assumptions about some uniformity
 throughout all these countries.  It is my understanding that most of the
 consternation (kittens dying etc.) the term causes is due to the assumption
 that we _are_ making an essentialist assumption and treating all GS
 countries the same.  I hope it is by now evident we are not.

 Once again, I find no point to debating this.  All who _are_ interested are
 welcome to hash it out somewhere, and submit a consensual term (or a
 shortlist) to WMF for consideration.  If a superior term arises, I promise
 to make an effort to adopt it across WMF.  Until then, let's focus on the
 actual work rather than the nomenclature.


  I'm a little confused about whether the ongoing programs in Brazil and
  India will continue. There's a note that reads No WMF contractors on the
  ground any more, but it's unclear whether this means a discontinuation
 of
  the current folks. And the final slides focus on future engagements. Does
  the no contractors on the ground line mean only full-time staff will be
  working with (engaging with, if you prefer) areas in the future?
 Full-time
  staff and local chapter folks, I guess? And simply no Wikimedia
 Foundation
  contractors?
 

 There are no WMF employees outside the US, so no contractors on the
 ground (in the GS context -- we still have engineers around the world!)
 means that (once the Brazil transition is complete -- this is in progress),
 no program work in the GS will be done by WMF contractors, but only by
 local partners (movement affiliates -- chapters, thematic organizations,
 and user groups -- and unaffiliated partners), some of whom would be WMF
 grantees.

 Cheers,

A.
 --
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