Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-01 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi, I love to write long emails, but four in a row would too much. As said before we are taking up our leadership role. The strategy process *is* a black box right now. We (Katherine mostly) have been working on the process for a few weeks. We will share soon I hope, the first part of that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-01 Thread Joseph Seddon
Hey Pine, The Wikimedia Endowment is specifically set up to *"act as a permanent safekeeping fund to generate income to support the operations and activities of the Wikimedia projects in perpetuity". [1]* The Endowment acts as the online projects safety net. It will be independent of the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-01 Thread Pine W
Thanks Ben. Just a few comments: * The WMF Board has limited bandwidth, and they have a lot on their agenda right now. I'm not sure how much of strategic work they can do while also handling their other priorities, so some dependence on the ED is likely necessary. * Some members of the WMF

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-01 Thread Ben Creasy
I was glad to see this detailed note of an important gap in search, but it left me wondering how the board views its role in strategic planning? TL;DR: top-level prioritization should be done in a more public and transparent manner, probably with more board input Historically, it seems like the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farsi Wikipedia

2016-08-01 Thread Katherine Maher
This is wonderful, congratulations on all the hard work and achievement! On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Alex Wang wrote: > Congratulations!!! > > On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Amir Ladsgroup > wrote: > > > I talked to Mohsen earlier and convinced

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Kevin Gorman has passed away

2016-08-01 Thread Trillium Corsage
When Kevin first became an administrator there was something he did that I found objectionable. It would be poor form to revisit that now, but I mention it to avoid making a saint of the guy. I had later glimpses of him and he seemed like a good guy. He seemed overall like a kind human spirit

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farsi Wikipedia

2016-08-01 Thread Alex Wang
Congratulations!!! On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Amir Ladsgroup wrote: > I talked to Mohsen earlier and convinced him it's Persian. I hope it uses > Persian more often :D > > Best > > On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 1:25 PM Shlomi Fish > wrote: > > > On

[Wikimedia-l] Conference submissions now open for WikiConference North America

2016-08-01 Thread Pine W
WikiConference North America will take place October 7 through 10 in San Diego. The session tracks are: 1. Community 2. Advocacy & Outreach 3. Technology & Infrastructure 4. Health care and science 5. GLAM 6. Education and Academic Engagement Please submit proposals here:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi, The talks are exactly the kind of things that are relevant to record. They are about the subjects the WMF is about. My point is that it makes sense to record them and have lists that are automatically updated wherever they are wanted. That is my message. If is in line with what Pine wants; he

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread
Gerard, this email thread was not about Wikidata and John was right to make that clear, and link to the locus of debate behind your email. Over the last four years, to my frail memory, you often hijack email threads on this list to talk about Wikidata and attract attention to Wikidata debates.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi, The point is not about people. It is about presentations given at Wikimania. They represent the best effort at the time of a Wikimania and are therefore highly relevant. I am sad that people like John misrepresent the issues at hand. They are three: - are Wikimania talks relevant -

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread Cornelius Kibelka
in the meantime, both, slides and videos, were uploaded to Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:State_of_the_Map_US_2016 Cheers, Cornelius On 1 August 2016 at 09:31, John Mark Vandenberg wrote: > On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 1:05 PM, Gerard Meijssen >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread John Mark Vandenberg
On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 1:05 PM, Gerard Meijssen wrote: > Hoi, > A question that is very much under discussion is if presentations like > these deserve a place at Wikidata. Given the subject and the relevancy of > our current state of mind on subjects like these it makes

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Slides and video of Wikimedia Foundation presentations at State of the Map US

2016-08-01 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi, A question that is very much under discussion is if presentations like these deserve a place at Wikidata. Given the subject and the relevancy of our current state of mind on subjects like these it makes perfect sense. We are already able to produce lists using the tools provided by Magnus to