Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-28 Thread
On 21 March 2014 20:23, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
...
 I have a copy of the weekly memos as well, and we've asked for his
 permission to release them.

Hi Erik,

A helpful visual table of the weekly reports is available at
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Belfer_Center_Campus_Wikipedian_Reports
and there is permission on OTRS for all reports to the managers of
this project. There appear to be several weeks missing, in fact even
accounting for standard holidays or additional sick leave, I estimate
there are around 10 weeks with no reports.

Could these be published so that we have a complete record to review
before the WMF finalizes its own final report?

Thanks,
Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Katherine Maher joins the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer

2014-03-28 Thread Lodewijk
Welcome on board Katherine! I'm looking forward to see you at work.

Lodewijk


2014-03-28 15:10 GMT+01:00 Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com:

 Hi Katherine, Congratulations  Welcome!

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 User: nhasive
 Sent from my Android Tablet
 On Mar 28, 2014 6:21 PM, David Parreño Mont david.parr...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Welcome, Katherine! Congratulations!
 
  David Parreño Mont
  Communication
  Amical Wikimedia
 
 
  2014-03-28 6:03 GMT+01:00 Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Hey folks,
  
   I'm pleased to announce we've hired a Chief Communications Officer for
  the
   Wikimedia Foundation, replacing Jay Walsh who left us in October. Our
 new
   head of communications will be Katherine Maher, and she will join us on
  14
   April, reporting to me.
  
   Katherine comes to the WMF from Washington DC, where she was Advocacy
   Director for the global digital rights organization Access. At Access,
  she
   was responsible for all media and communications work, including
   communications between the organization and its 350,000 members. She
 also
   handled coalition work and advocacy efforts and urgent global threats
 to
   digital rights, participated in the organization's strategic planning,
  and
   was deeply involved with the production of RightsCon.
  
   Before Access, Katherine worked on the launch of the Open Development
   Technology Alliance at the World Bank, and was a program manager for
   internet freedom projects at the National Democratic Institute.
 Earlier,
   she worked on the UniWiki initiative for the UNICEF Innovation team,
   intended to improve MediaWiki's usability for people who were new to
   computer use, using early-model technology, or connecting in
  low-bandwidth
   environments. Through her career she's been a frequent media
 spokesperson
   and writer of op-eds and other media materials.
  
   Katherine has lived and worked in nine countries and visited many more.
  She
   is a native speaker of English, and has a basic knowledge of French,
  Arabic
   and German.
  
   The purpose of the CCO role is to ensure fast, easy information flow
  about
   Wikimedia in multiple languages, both internally within the movement
 and
   outside of it, and I think Katherine will be a wonderful fit for that
  work.
   Her experiences advocating for the rights of ordinary internet users
 and
   communicating with a large global volunteer community are both rare and
   directly relevant. She's got a solid understanding of internet
   technologies. She's a crisp, clear communicator, and an experienced
   spokesperson.
  
   I want to thank the people who helped with the interviewing process:
  Geoff
   Brigham, Jove Oliver, Gayle Karen Young, David Gerard, Erik Moeller,
 Lisa
   Gruwell, Frank Schulenburg, and Jimmy Wales. A special thanks to Geoff,
   who's ably overseen our communications functions for the past several
   years, and to Jay, who's generously filled in when it took us longer
 than
   we expected to hire for this role. Geoff and Jay will be helping
  Katherine
   get on-boarded, and I know she'll benefit enormously from their
 guidance
   and support.
  
   Please join me in welcoming Katherine, who's on CC.
  
   Thanks,
   Sue
  
   --
  
   Sue Gardner
   Executive Director
   Wikimedia Foundation
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Katherine Maher joins the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer

2014-03-28 Thread Ivan Martínez
Welcome Katherine!
Regards from Mexico.
El mar 28, 2014 5:37 p.m., Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
escribió:

 Welcome on board Katherine! I'm looking forward to see you at work.

 Lodewijk


 2014-03-28 15:10 GMT+01:00 Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com:

  Hi Katherine, Congratulations  Welcome!
 
  --
  Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive
  User: nhasive
  Sent from my Android Tablet
  On Mar 28, 2014 6:21 PM, David Parreño Mont david.parr...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   Welcome, Katherine! Congratulations!
  
   David Parreño Mont
   Communication
   Amical Wikimedia
  
  
   2014-03-28 6:03 GMT+01:00 Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org:
  
Hey folks,
   
I'm pleased to announce we've hired a Chief Communications Officer
 for
   the
Wikimedia Foundation, replacing Jay Walsh who left us in October. Our
  new
head of communications will be Katherine Maher, and she will join us
 on
   14
April, reporting to me.
   
Katherine comes to the WMF from Washington DC, where she was Advocacy
Director for the global digital rights organization Access. At
 Access,
   she
was responsible for all media and communications work, including
communications between the organization and its 350,000 members. She
  also
handled coalition work and advocacy efforts and urgent global threats
  to
digital rights, participated in the organization's strategic
 planning,
   and
was deeply involved with the production of RightsCon.
   
Before Access, Katherine worked on the launch of the Open Development
Technology Alliance at the World Bank, and was a program manager for
internet freedom projects at the National Democratic Institute.
  Earlier,
she worked on the UniWiki initiative for the UNICEF Innovation team,
intended to improve MediaWiki's usability for people who were new to
computer use, using early-model technology, or connecting in
   low-bandwidth
environments. Through her career she's been a frequent media
  spokesperson
and writer of op-eds and other media materials.
   
Katherine has lived and worked in nine countries and visited many
 more.
   She
is a native speaker of English, and has a basic knowledge of French,
   Arabic
and German.
   
The purpose of the CCO role is to ensure fast, easy information flow
   about
Wikimedia in multiple languages, both internally within the movement
  and
outside of it, and I think Katherine will be a wonderful fit for that
   work.
Her experiences advocating for the rights of ordinary internet users
  and
communicating with a large global volunteer community are both rare
 and
directly relevant. She's got a solid understanding of internet
technologies. She's a crisp, clear communicator, and an experienced
spokesperson.
   
I want to thank the people who helped with the interviewing process:
   Geoff
Brigham, Jove Oliver, Gayle Karen Young, David Gerard, Erik Moeller,
  Lisa
Gruwell, Frank Schulenburg, and Jimmy Wales. A special thanks to
 Geoff,
who's ably overseen our communications functions for the past several
years, and to Jay, who's generously filled in when it took us longer
  than
we expected to hire for this role. Geoff and Jay will be helping
   Katherine
get on-boarded, and I know she'll benefit enormously from their
  guidance
and support.
   
Please join me in welcoming Katherine, who's on CC.
   
Thanks,
Sue
   
--
   
Sue Gardner
Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation
   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Katherine Maher joins the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer

2014-03-28 Thread Gryllida
Добро пожаловать!

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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing Round 1 / 2014 IEG Committee

2014-03-28 Thread Harold Hidalgo
Hi all,

It is my pleasure to announce the 2014 Round 1 Individual Engagement Grants
Committee.[1]

With the 4 new members we added this week, the committee now brings
experience and advice to IEG from a wider variety of countries, languages
and Wikimedia projects.

New members:


   1. AddisWang https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:AddisWang
   2. 
Mabeenothttps://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Mabeenotaction=editredlink=1
   3. Nhasive https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nhasive
   4. Rubin16 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rubin16


Returning members from 2013 Round 2:


   1. Achim Raschka https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Achim_Raschka
   2. Ailura https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ailura
   3. Anne Delong https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Anne_Delong
   4. Bellayet https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Bellayet
   5. Hahc21
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hahc21
   6. Ilario https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ilario
   7. Jane023 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jane023
   8. MikyM https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:MikyM
   9. Ocaasi https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ocaasi
   10. Pine https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine
   11. Steven Zhang https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Steven_Zhang
   12. Superzerocool https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Superzerocool
   13. Whym https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Whym


Congratulations and a huge thanks to everyone joining in to help evaluate
2014 Round 1 proposals!

Reminder for anyone with a project idea in need of funding: IEG proposals
are due 30 March.[2]

Best wishes,
*Harold A. Hidalgo*
Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grants.

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-applying
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2014-03-28 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes and slides from Wednesday's quarterly review of the
Foundation's VisualEditor team are now available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/VisualEditor/March_2014

(A separate but related quarterly review meeting of the Parsoid team
took place today, those minutes should be up on Monday.)

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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