[Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Language Engineering IRC Office Hour on February 12, 2014 (Wednesday) at 1700 UTC

2014-02-12 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
Hello,

A quick reminder that the IRC office hour for Language Engineering is
happening later today at 1700 UTC on Freenode #wikimedia-office. More
details at the end of the mail.

See you there!

Thanks
Runa

Event Details:
==

# Date: February 12, 2014 (Wednesday)
# Time: 1700-1800 UTC, 0900-1000 PDT (Check for local time:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20140212T1700)
# IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Agenda:
==
1. Universal Language Selector (ULS) update and developments
2. Q  A

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Date: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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[x-posted]

Hello,

The Wikimedia Language Engineering team will be hosting the monthly IRC
office hour on February 12, 2014 (Wednesday) at 1700 UTC/ 0900 PDT on
#wikimedia-office.

This time we would be talking about the recent changes made to the
Universal Language Selector (ULS)  - the MediaWiki extension that provides
unified language configuration[1] - and the impact on the Wikimedia wikis.
We look forward to addressing any questions you may have about this. Please
see below for the event details.

Questions can also be sent to me before the event. See you all at the IRC
office hour!

Thanks
Runa

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector

Event Details:
==

# Date: February 12, 2014

# Time: 1700-1800 UTC, 0900-1000 PDT (
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20140212T1700)

# IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Agenda:
==
1. Universal Language Selector (ULS) update and developments
2. Q  A

-- 
Language Engineering - Outreach and QA Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation




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Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-12 Thread Risker
I think perhaps this financial benefit discussion has taken us a bit
off track.  This thread has a wealth of well-informed commentary, the
majority of it coming from volunteers; for most, any financial
benefit is the result of expenses being (partially) covered to carry
out these volunteer activities.

Perhaps the point that Nathan might be trying to make is that it is
useful for everyone involved in these wide-ranging discussions to
understand each other's relative experience.  For example, it would be
helpful to interpret Cynthia's and Lodewijk's comments knowing that
they are members of the Affiliations Committee. That is not to suggest
that their opinions should be discounted; in fact, quite the opposite.
They are opinions that have been informed by the fact of their
committee membership, although of course they are speaking for
themselves and not the committee as a whole. I will note as an aside
that I was aware they were both on some relevant committee, but it
took some digging to figure out which one.

Similarly, those who hold executive roles with chapters, or are
members of the FDC or other global or local groups that would be
affected by these decisions, are able to share their knowledge from
those experiences.

Risker/Anne

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Programmatic experience in past 2 years (was: Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues)

2014-02-12 Thread derfussi
How about the Wikivoyage association…. We have been existing for 7 years now, 
and applied for being recognized as a thematic organisation.






Von: Pharos
Gesendet: ‎Dienstag‎, ‎11‎. ‎Februar‎ ‎2014 ‎20‎:‎57
An: Wikimedia Mailing List





Certainly, in the last 2 years and before, a handful of Wikimedia
volunteer groups have been quite as active and organized as those
currently being classified as User Groups - only the option of being
recognized as User Groups did not exist for them at the time of their
founding.

And it is a good thing that this category exists now, but is seems
wrong to penalize Wikimedia volunteer groups that *do* have a track
record of effective programmatic experience, just because they were
started before the User Group category was in existence.

Thanks,
Richard
(User:Pharos)

On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi all,

 I want to draw your attention to two Wikimedia Board of Trustees decisions
 that were recently published, regarding funds allocated to the FDC/Annual
 plan grant process and Board approval of chapter/thematic organization
 status. In a nutshell, the Board decided to allocate approximately the same
 amount of funding to the FDC for the next two years. The Board also decided
 that new organizations should first form as a user group and have two years
 of programmatic experience before being approved as a legally incorporated
 entity (either a chapter or thematic organization).

 The decisions are published in the meeting minutes here:
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11-24#Movement_roles

 There is also a FAQ on Meta:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_FAQ

 You will notice these decisions are published in the minutes for the
 November meeting. We originally took these decisions at that meeting;
 however as the FAQ explains it took us some time to talk to community
 groups, clarify our wording and write the FAQ.

 Hopefully the FAQ will answer many of your questions about these decisions;
 however, if there are other questions please do ask them, here or on the
 meta talk page. Thank you!

 for the Board,
 Phoebe
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-12 Thread Jay Walsh
Passing along for your information. This release is posted on the WMF wiki at
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Frank_Schulenburg_named_executive_director_of_new_WEF

An accompanying QA can also be found here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/QA_Frank_Schulenburg_announcement_February_2014

---

Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

(San Francisco, California) 12 February 2014 -- The Wiki Education
Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
Education Program in the United States and Canada, has named Frank
Schulenburg as its inaugural executive director. Schulenburg, formerly
senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin
his new role February 18, 2014.

I look forward to leading the Wiki Education Foundation, said
Schulenburg. We are off to a great start, and will build on the
strong success of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education
Program to further engage educators, researchers and students to
provide more high-quality content for Wikipedia's readers.

Started by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010, the Wikipedia Education
Program encourages students to contribute content to Wikipedia
articles on course-related subjects as part of classroom assignments
developed by their faculty and instructors. Over the past four years,
more than 6,000 students in the United States and Canada have
contributed content to Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education
Program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages of content to
Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality
content that Wikipedia offers its half-billion readers.

In response to that success and to give the program more focused and
specialized support, in 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation began a process
to spin off the United States and Canada work into its own,
independent nonprofit organization. The resulting Wiki Education
Foundation was created in late 2013, and Schulenburg will be its first
executive director. The Wiki Education Foundation will continue to
support the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and
Canada, and will develop additional programs to promote academic
research and teaching that engage with Wikipedia.

I am delighted that Frank has agreed to lead the Wiki Education
Foundation as executive director, said Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn
and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice
University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation,
who began using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in her classes in 2007.
Under Frank's leadership, the Wiki Education Foundation will continue
to expand engagement among educators, students, and Wikipedia, and
will continue to diversify the community of Wikipedians, while
improving the quality and depth of Wikipedia.

Frank is the perfect person to lead the Wiki Education Foundation,
said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner. Frank's a
very experienced Wikipedia contributor with a long track record of
inventing and leading successful programs that make Wikipedia better
and more useful for its readers. I am sorry we will lose him from the
Wikimedia Foundation, but I look forward to seeing the Wiki Education
Foundation thrive and succeed under his leadership.

A longtime Wikipedian and an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation
since 2008, Schulenburg has focused on broadening participation and
developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among
subject matter experts. He has spoken globally about efforts to
increase the relevance of Wikipedia in academia. In 2006, he founded
Wikipedia Academy, an event aimed at cultivating dialogue between
Wikipedia contributors and academics. In 2009, he initiated the
Bookshelf Project, which created the first educational materials for
new Wikipedia contributors. In 2010 he designed and implemented the
Wikipedia Education Program. From 2012 on he was a member of the
executive management team of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the
Wikipedia Education Program, Wikipedia Zero, and a new initiative to
evaluate the impact of programmatic activities across countries.
Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005, both as an
author and as a photographer.

The Wiki Education Foundation board conducted an extensive search for
an executive director before selecting Schulenburg. The board includes
educators from a variety of backgrounds, Wikipedia volunteers, and
other key stakeholders. The Wiki Education Foundation is currently
supporting university instructors in the United States and Canada.
Interested instructors are encouraged to send an email to
cont...@wikiedfoundation.org.


About the Wiki Education Foundation

The Wiki Education Foundation supports innovative uses of Wikipedia
and related projects in communities of teaching, learning, and inquiry
in the United States and Canada. The Foundation aims to improve the
breadth, scope, and quality of Wikimedia 

[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-12 Thread LiAnna Davis
Forwarding on for those of you not on the Wikimedia Announcements list.

-- Forwarded message --
From: Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org
Date: Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named
executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation
To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org 
wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org


Passing along for your information. This release is posted on the WMF wiki
at
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Frank_Schulenburg_named_executive_director_of_new_WEF

An accompanying QA can also be found here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/QA_Frank_Schulenburg_announcement_February_2014

---

Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

(San Francisco, California) 12 February 2014 -- The Wiki Education
Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
Education Program in the United States and Canada, has named Frank
Schulenburg as its inaugural executive director. Schulenburg, formerly
senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin
his new role February 18, 2014.

I look forward to leading the Wiki Education Foundation, said
Schulenburg. We are off to a great start, and will build on the
strong success of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education
Program to further engage educators, researchers and students to
provide more high-quality content for Wikipedia's readers.

Started by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010, the Wikipedia Education
Program encourages students to contribute content to Wikipedia
articles on course-related subjects as part of classroom assignments
developed by their faculty and instructors. Over the past four years,
more than 6,000 students in the United States and Canada have
contributed content to Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education
Program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages of content to
Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality
content that Wikipedia offers its half-billion readers.

In response to that success and to give the program more focused and
specialized support, in 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation began a process
to spin off the United States and Canada work into its own,
independent nonprofit organization. The resulting Wiki Education
Foundation was created in late 2013, and Schulenburg will be its first
executive director. The Wiki Education Foundation will continue to
support the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and
Canada, and will develop additional programs to promote academic
research and teaching that engage with Wikipedia.

I am delighted that Frank has agreed to lead the Wiki Education
Foundation as executive director, said Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn
and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice
University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation,
who began using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in her classes in 2007.
Under Frank's leadership, the Wiki Education Foundation will continue
to expand engagement among educators, students, and Wikipedia, and
will continue to diversify the community of Wikipedians, while
improving the quality and depth of Wikipedia.

Frank is the perfect person to lead the Wiki Education Foundation,
said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner. Frank's a
very experienced Wikipedia contributor with a long track record of
inventing and leading successful programs that make Wikipedia better
and more useful for its readers. I am sorry we will lose him from the
Wikimedia Foundation, but I look forward to seeing the Wiki Education
Foundation thrive and succeed under his leadership.

A longtime Wikipedian and an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation
since 2008, Schulenburg has focused on broadening participation and
developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among
subject matter experts. He has spoken globally about efforts to
increase the relevance of Wikipedia in academia. In 2006, he founded
Wikipedia Academy, an event aimed at cultivating dialogue between
Wikipedia contributors and academics. In 2009, he initiated the
Bookshelf Project, which created the first educational materials for
new Wikipedia contributors. In 2010 he designed and implemented the
Wikipedia Education Program. From 2012 on he was a member of the
executive management team of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the
Wikipedia Education Program, Wikipedia Zero, and a new initiative to
evaluate the impact of programmatic activities across countries.
Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005, both as an
author and as a photographer.

The Wiki Education Foundation board conducted an extensive search for
an executive director before selecting Schulenburg. The board includes
educators from a variety of backgrounds, Wikipedia volunteers, and
other key stakeholders. The Wiki Education Foundation is currently
supporting university instructors in the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Programmatic experience in past 2 years (was: Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues)

2014-02-12 Thread phoebe ayers
And to Pharos' point, for new groups i don't think becoming a penalty. If a
group goes from no Wikimedia recognition to being a user group they go from
no access to resources to access to the Wikimedia trademarks, access to
grants big and small, listing with other official groups...it's a big
change. Of course groups might want to become a chapter later on, but
that's not exactly always an easy process...
On Feb 12, 2014 1:20 PM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 If a group was in the process of applying to affcom, we will consider then
 case by case - this decision does not apply to groups in process.

 If there's a group out there that had just talked about it but not talked
 to affcom - we don't have a way of knowing about them! New groups who
 haven't already talked to affcom and are trying to figure it out should
 apply to be a user group.

 Phoebe
 On Feb 11, 2014 11:58 AM, Pharos pharosofalexand...@gmail.com wrote:

 Certainly, in the last 2 years and before, a handful of Wikimedia
 volunteer groups have been quite as active and organized as those
 currently being classified as User Groups - only the option of being
 recognized as User Groups did not exist for them at the time of their
 founding.

 And it is a good thing that this category exists now, but is seems
 wrong to penalize Wikimedia volunteer groups that *do* have a track
 record of effective programmatic experience, just because they were
 started before the User Group category was in existence.

 Thanks,
 Richard
 (User:Pharos)

 On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  Hi all,
 
  I want to draw your attention to two Wikimedia Board of Trustees
 decisions
  that were recently published, regarding funds allocated to the
 FDC/Annual
  plan grant process and Board approval of chapter/thematic organization
  status. In a nutshell, the Board decided to allocate approximately the
 same
  amount of funding to the FDC for the next two years. The Board also
 decided
  that new organizations should first form as a user group and have two
 years
  of programmatic experience before being approved as a legally
 incorporated
  entity (either a chapter or thematic organization).
 
  The decisions are published in the meeting minutes here:
  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11-24#Movement_roles
 
  There is also a FAQ on Meta:
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_FAQ
 
  You will notice these decisions are published in the minutes for the
  November meeting. We originally took these decisions at that meeting;
  however as the FAQ explains it took us some time to talk to community
  groups, clarify our wording and write the FAQ.
 
  Hopefully the FAQ will answer many of your questions about these
 decisions;
  however, if there are other questions please do ask them, here or on the
  meta talk page. Thank you!
 
  for the Board,
  Phoebe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-12 Thread Mathias Damour

Le 12/02/2014 03:14, Mark a écrit :

On 2/11/14, 9:18 PM, Samuel Klein wrote:

The WMF also wants to let all groups have easier access to trademarks
and funds.  This is what user groups were designed to allow, with
minimal overhead.  These two ideas were combined into be a user group
for two years.



This part I do think is a good idea. There are many models of how 
individuals and groups participate and organize themselves within the 
global Wikimedia movement besides the umbrella Wikimedia Foundation, 
and imo the previous organizational/funding focus overlooked those who 
didn't fit one specific model: national Chapters, i.e. organizations 
seeking to represent Wikimedia-movement activities in a general sense, 
within the territory of one nation-state, and usually in a fairly 
official manner (paid staff, boards of directors, political 
visibility, etc.).


Yes, that's exactly what I want to keep and see developing in my 
country, to achieve reliability, acknowledgment by third people, etc.


I like that initiatives such as the individual-engagement grants, 
user-group recognition, etc. are opening up more avenues for 
Wikimedian organizations, organized along different lines, to find a 
more recognized (and funded) role in the movement.


I like them too, saved I want it to be supervised by my chapter rather 
than the WMF !


Mark, may you disclose which country you are from/live in ? I am from 
France, living in France.


--
Mathias Damour
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilisateur:Astirmays
http://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Utilisateur:Astirmays
http://en.vikidia.org

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-12 Thread Andy Mabbett

On 12 February 2014 21:16, Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org wrote:

[...]

Congratulations to Frank, but...

 The Wiki Education
 Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
 Education Program in the United States and Canada

...why isn't this called The Wiki Education North America
Foundation,, or suchlike?

-- 
Andy Mabbett
@pigsonthewing
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-12 Thread Mark

On 2/12/14, 10:55 PM, Mathias Damour wrote:
I like that initiatives such as the individual-engagement grants, 
user-group recognition, etc. are opening up more avenues for 
Wikimedian organizations, organized along different lines, to find a 
more recognized (and funded) role in the movement.


I like them too, saved I want it to be supervised by my chapter rather 
than the WMF !


Mark, may you disclose which country you are from/live in ? I am 
from France, living in France. 


Since you asked: I am Greek by ethnicity, I live in Denmark, and I 
mostly grew up in the USA. So I guess, no one country? That is part of 
what causes my discomfort with nation-state-based organizations, because 
I fit in none of them particularly well. Should I orient my activities 
under Wikimedia Denmark, where I live? But I am not Danish, and I speak 
the language poorly. Maybe Wikimedia Greece? I don't live there, and 
haven't really in a long time, though I do speak Greek and have the 
right genetics. Maybe some kind of Wikimedia USA? I don't live there 
either, though I used to, and I do speak English well. What I feel most 
comfortable in is a global movement that does not require me to prove 
allegiance/membership in any particular country; deciding which country 
my Wikimedia participation belongs to seems decidedly unhelpful, for me 
personally.


In other projects this doesn't seem to be as big of a deal. I'm a heavy 
participant in OpenStreetMap, which is an organization legally based in 
the UK. That's a country I have no connection to at all. But it doesn't 
really matter, because the OSM Foundation does things I benefit from, 
since they aren't really UK-specific: they maintain the servers, 
maintain and develop the software, look after the legal situation of the 
project, etc. As a map editor, I have no complaints with their 
stewardship of the core project. Of course, actual mapping activities 
happen on a distributed basis (it is difficult to map Denmark well, if 
you don't live here), but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with 
letting the UK organization continue to manage maintenance of the 
servers and software.


-Mark


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-12 Thread Liam Wyatt
On 13 February 2014 10:04, Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk wrote:

 
 On 12 February 2014 21:16, Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 [...]

 Congratulations to Frank, but...

  The Wiki Education
  Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
  Education Program in the United States and Canada

 ...why isn't this called The Wiki Education North America
 Foundation,, or suchlike?

 --


Good question Andy!
Moreover, as this is an independent organisation, why does the fact of it
getting a director deserve a WMF press-release? For comparison, has the
hiring of senior staff for any of the Chapters received a WMF-written press
release?
Nevertheless, I'm very pleased to see the WMF's pseudo chapter
direct-outreach activity spun out to being an independent organisation that
has to fight for grant money on a level-playing with the other
organisations that apply for WMF money. It will now have to justify why
fee-charging US universities need our donors money to support
editing-traning programs more than other programs that aren't WMF
originated or USA-focused. Relatedly, I note that on the QA that the
organisation is Based in San Francisco - I hope this means that it is not
getting free accommodation in the WMF offices as I'm sure there's lots of
other independent groups that would like free office space too.

-Liam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10, Issue 6 -- 12 February 2014

2014-02-12 Thread מאור מלול


מאור מלולmao...@outlook.com


 To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
 From: wikipediasignp...@gmail.com
 Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:53:24 +
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10,   
 Issue 6 -- 12 February 2014
 
 News and notes: WMF bites the bullet on affiliation and FDC funding, elevates 
 Wikimedia user groups
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-02-12/News_and_notes
 

 after considerable post-meeting consultation with the FDC and the 
Affiliations Committee (AffCom) 

I'd like to know how they measured considerable. 

PRESS

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-12 Thread Meno25
Great news and congratulations to Frank.

--User:Meno25


On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM, Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Passing along for your information. This release is posted on the WMF wiki
 at

 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Frank_Schulenburg_named_executive_director_of_new_WEF

 An accompanying QA can also be found here:

 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/QA_Frank_Schulenburg_announcement_February_2014

 ---

 Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

 (San Francisco, California) 12 February 2014 -- The Wiki Education
 Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
 Education Program in the United States and Canada, has named Frank
 Schulenburg as its inaugural executive director. Schulenburg, formerly
 senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin
 his new role February 18, 2014.

 I look forward to leading the Wiki Education Foundation, said
 Schulenburg. We are off to a great start, and will build on the
 strong success of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education
 Program to further engage educators, researchers and students to
 provide more high-quality content for Wikipedia's readers.

 Started by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010, the Wikipedia Education
 Program encourages students to contribute content to Wikipedia
 articles on course-related subjects as part of classroom assignments
 developed by their faculty and instructors. Over the past four years,
 more than 6,000 students in the United States and Canada have
 contributed content to Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education
 Program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages of content to
 Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality
 content that Wikipedia offers its half-billion readers.

 In response to that success and to give the program more focused and
 specialized support, in 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation began a process
 to spin off the United States and Canada work into its own,
 independent nonprofit organization. The resulting Wiki Education
 Foundation was created in late 2013, and Schulenburg will be its first
 executive director. The Wiki Education Foundation will continue to
 support the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and
 Canada, and will develop additional programs to promote academic
 research and teaching that engage with Wikipedia.

 I am delighted that Frank has agreed to lead the Wiki Education
 Foundation as executive director, said Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn
 and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice
 University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation,
 who began using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in her classes in 2007.
 Under Frank's leadership, the Wiki Education Foundation will continue
 to expand engagement among educators, students, and Wikipedia, and
 will continue to diversify the community of Wikipedians, while
 improving the quality and depth of Wikipedia.

 Frank is the perfect person to lead the Wiki Education Foundation,
 said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner. Frank's a
 very experienced Wikipedia contributor with a long track record of
 inventing and leading successful programs that make Wikipedia better
 and more useful for its readers. I am sorry we will lose him from the
 Wikimedia Foundation, but I look forward to seeing the Wiki Education
 Foundation thrive and succeed under his leadership.

 A longtime Wikipedian and an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation
 since 2008, Schulenburg has focused on broadening participation and
 developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among
 subject matter experts. He has spoken globally about efforts to
 increase the relevance of Wikipedia in academia. In 2006, he founded
 Wikipedia Academy, an event aimed at cultivating dialogue between
 Wikipedia contributors and academics. In 2009, he initiated the
 Bookshelf Project, which created the first educational materials for
 new Wikipedia contributors. In 2010 he designed and implemented the
 Wikipedia Education Program. From 2012 on he was a member of the
 executive management team of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the
 Wikipedia Education Program, Wikipedia Zero, and a new initiative to
 evaluate the impact of programmatic activities across countries.
 Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005, both as an
 author and as a photographer.

 The Wiki Education Foundation board conducted an extensive search for
 an executive director before selecting Schulenburg. The board includes
 educators from a variety of backgrounds, Wikipedia volunteers, and
 other key stakeholders. The Wiki Education Foundation is currently
 supporting university instructors in the United States and Canada.
 Interested instructors are encouraged to send an email to
 cont...@wikiedfoundation.org.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-12 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
Yes, people employed by the WMF working from outside the USA exis. They are
very much part of what WMF does and, there is no trickle back to the
local countries really. They are part of the WMF structure and their
priorities are the WMF priorities.

There is a huge potential outside the USA and I am sorry but this is not
reflected in the way priorities are set, programmes are developed,
technology is assessed and implemented. While I do agree that many of the
arguments made for programmes are sound, there is this lack of focus for
what the relevance is outside of the USA/ English speaking world and it
effectively prevents many things from happening on our shared globe.
Thanks,
 GerardM


On 12 February 2014 18:01, Delirium delir...@hackish.org wrote:

 On 2/11/14, 9:14 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:

 There are two areas where the Wikimedia Foundation is active; the USA
 where
 it is active through both chapters and the office in San Francisco. The
 rest of the world where it is active through chapters and whatever.

  Well, you did leave out a few of the countries in the WMF is active,
 mainly by paying staff located there to work on things ranging from the
 Visual Editor to core MediaWiki development to internationalization to
 analytics: Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Austria, Australia, UK, Czech
 Republic, Croatia, Israel, India, Finland...

 -Mark



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