[Wikimedia-l] Winning photographs of Nepal

2017-06-30 Thread Biplab Anand
Hello all,
On behalf of Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Nepal team, I am glad to share the
result of the competition. Our national jury carefully reviewed the
uploaded photos and chose the top 10 photos from total uplaoded- 4,179
photos. The top 10 photos
made to the international competition of Wiki Loves Earth.

Here are all key metrics of the competition-
Number of participants- 233[1]
Number of photos uploaded- 4179[2]
Uploaders registered after competition start- 184 (78%)
Images used in Wikimedia projects- 871 (20.81%)[3]
Quality images- 42[4]
Featured images- 2

Please see the results and enjoy!-
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2017_in_Nepal/Winners

1. http://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/country/Nepal
2.
http://tools.wmflabs.org/ptools/uploadersincat.php?category=Images+from+Wiki+Loves+Earth+2017+in+Nepal
3. https://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/glamorous.php
4.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2017_in_Nepal/Valued_and_Quality_Images

Best
Biplab
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Conference 2017: Report and more learning material published

2017-06-30 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you for compiling this!  SJ

On Jun 30, 2017 6:29 PM, "Cornelius Kibelka" 
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
>
>
> Three months ago, we welcomed many of you in Berlin to work, discuss and
> get inspired at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. We have now published our
> extensive and colorful grant report for this event, and you can read it on
> Meta:
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Report
>
>
>
> In the meantime, the documentation of all sessions is complete. Check it
> out on Meta as well:
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Documentation
>
>
>
> While preparing the report, we have also written three learning patterns
> to capture and share our experiences with other movement event organizers.
>
>
>
> 1) “Timing, Communication, Preparation: How to support your event
> participants in the best way to get a Schengen Visa”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Timing,
> _Communication,_Preparation:_How_to_support_your_event_
> participants_in_the_best_way_to_get_a_Schengen_Visa
>
>
>
> 2) “Briefing calls with speakers: A simple way to improve conference
> sessions”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/
> Briefing_calls_with_speakers:_A_simple_way_to_improve_conference_sessions
>
>
>
> 3) “The Buddy Project: Let’s make your conference more newbie friendly!”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/The_
> Buddy_Project:_Let%E2%80%99s_make_your_conference_more_newbie_friendly!
>
>
>
> And if you think, “wow, that’s a lot!”: David Saroyan, Visiting Wikimedian
> at Wikimedia Deutschland from January until April, wrote a blog post about
> his experience in the Wikimedia blog:
>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/30/why-i-visiting-wikimedian/
>
>
>
> We would like to thank all participants, partners, affiliates and experts
> who have contributed to making this such a great event, and the Wikimedia
> Foundation for their generous support.
>
>
>
> Thank you,
>
> Happy reading,
>
>
>
> Cornelius, Nicole, Daniela and Wenke
> (the WMCON team)
>
>
> PS: Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of the Wikimedia Conference
> 2018 dates.
>
>
> --
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> Program and Engagement Coordinator (PEC)
> for the Wikimedia Conference
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
> http://wikimedia.de
>
> Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
> Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
> http://spenden.wikimedia.de/
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
> Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
> der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
> Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207
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[Wikimedia-l] Photo contest Wiki Loves Public Space started in Belgium

2017-06-30 Thread Romaine Wiki
Hi all,

Today at 1 July the photo contest Wiki Loves Public Space started in
Belgium. This year is the first year in what we have during the full
Summer freedom
of panorama  in Belgium (
info ), which means that
modern buildings and artworks in the public space can be photographed and
freely be published. For years it was not possible to illustrate articles
with photos of modern buildings and artworks in the public space due the
limitations of the Belgian copyright law. To celebrate this freedom and to
compensate the many years of not being allowed to upload photos of these
Belgian subjects (and thus bare articles), we organise this photo contest.

During the Summer months July and August 2017 you can participate by
uploading your photos from modern buildings, public artworks, heritage
monuments and memorials, present in the public space in Belgium. Also
photos you made earlier are welcome!

See for more information about how to participate at:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Public_Space_2017_in_Belgium

This photo contest is supported by Wikimedia Belgium
.

Romaine
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Conference 2017: Report and more learning material published

2017-06-30 Thread Cornelius Kibelka
Dear Wikimedians,



Three months ago, we welcomed many of you in Berlin to work, discuss and
get inspired at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. We have now published our
extensive and colorful grant report for this event, and you can read it on
Meta:



https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Report



In the meantime, the documentation of all sessions is complete. Check it
out on Meta as well:



https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Documentation



While preparing the report, we have also written three learning patterns to
capture and share our experiences with other movement event organizers.



1) “Timing, Communication, Preparation: How to support your event
participants in the best way to get a Schengen Visa”

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Timing,_Communication,_Preparation:_How_to_support_your_event_participants_in_the_best_way_to_get_a_Schengen_Visa



2) “Briefing calls with speakers: A simple way to improve conference
sessions”

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Briefing_calls_with_speakers:_A_simple_way_to_improve_conference_sessions



3) “The Buddy Project: Let’s make your conference more newbie friendly!”

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/The_Buddy_Project:_Let%E2%80%99s_make_your_conference_more_newbie_friendly!




And if you think, “wow, that’s a lot!”: David Saroyan, Visiting Wikimedian
at Wikimedia Deutschland from January until April, wrote a blog post about
his experience in the Wikimedia blog:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/30/why-i-visiting-wikimedian/



We would like to thank all participants, partners, affiliates and experts
who have contributed to making this such a great event, and the Wikimedia
Foundation for their generous support.



Thank you,

Happy reading,



Cornelius, Nicole, Daniela and Wenke
(the WMCON team)


PS: Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of the Wikimedia Conference
2018 dates.


-- 
Cornelius Kibelka
Program and Engagement Coordinator (PEC)
for the Wikimedia Conference

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
http://wikimedia.de

Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
http://spenden.wikimedia.de/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising pilot on Facebook

2017-06-30 Thread Samuel Patton
Hi all, I've received a bunch of great questions both on and off list. I'm
really happy to see how interested people are in this pilot. It is a new
experiment for us, too, and I hope the learnings will be beneficial to all.

I just wanted to send a quick note of acknowledgment because it's getting
late in my timezone and I haven't had a chance to get answers to all
questions. I'll be back in touch next week with more info.

thank you,
sam

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 6:46 AM, Chris Keating 
wrote:

> Thanks Sam! Very interesting to see the WMF dip its toe into the water of
> off-Wikipedia fundraising for small gifts for the first time. :)
>
> Out of interest are you planning to use Facebook's custom audiences tool to
> include (or possibly exclude) people who are already WMF donors?
>
> (And, more of a movement strategy question than one aimed at the actual
> fundraising team - if this works, will WMF decide it's the only movement
> body that is allowed to fundraising on Facebook, in the same way's it
> approaches the on-wiki banners? :) )
>
> Regards,
>
> Chris
>
> On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 6:58 PM, Samuel Patton 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm writing to let you know about a project we're trying on the
> > Foundation's fundraising team. Thanks to all the help and advice we've
> > received from our colleagues in Communications, Legal, and Community
> > Engagement.
> >
> > *I've posted this announcement as an update on Fundraising's Meta Page
> > , and would be
> happy
> > to answer questions and keep the discussion up there.*
> >
> > Over the next three weeks, the Advancement team will be conducting a
> small
> > fundraising pilot on Facebook and Instagram. This will involve sponsored
> > posts, served in English to people in the United States, that will direct
> > users to donate to the Foundation using our own donation processing
> pages.
> >
> > Fundraising is always interested in exploring new ways to reach people
> who
> > find value in Wikipedia and are interested in supporting the Foundation’s
> > mission. Advertising across social networks is a proven and popular way
> for
> > nonprofits to find new supporters and build organizational awareness, and
> > we’re excited to dip our toes into this.
> >
> > Like the many tests we run for Fundraising, this pilot will involve
> > experiments testing different imagery, copy, and calls to action. We hope
> > to answer the question: how well does our on-Wikipedia.org messaging
> > perform when presented on another site? It will also examine how our
> > appeals perform across demographic and interest groups.
> >
> > *Where will the ads appear?*
> >
> > This pilot will use “sponsored posts,” which is what Facebook calls
> content
> > that appears in the news feed of Facebook users.
> >
> > They will also appear on Instagram as “sponsored stories” that appear
> > within the flow of photo and video posts users scroll on that network.
> > (Instagram is a Facebook property.)
> >
> > They will not appear as banners, pop-ups, or display ads that appear
> > alongside the news feed. This is a test in what is called “native”
> > advertising, meaning it uses the same content display area that users
> > expect from Facebook and Instagram.
> >
> > *How will you target your ads?*
> >
> > In addition to the broad parameters of language (English) and country
> > (U.S.), we have identified a few target audiences that might respond
> > particularly well to our appeals: educators, philanthropists, and
> frequent
> > consumers of news. We will build these audiences based off self reported
> > information about educational achievement, news readership, and
> > philanthropic interest. I've included details on each audience below. In
> > addition to these, we have discussed the value of comparing effectiveness
> > across other characteristics - age, gender, etc.
> >
> > A large part of the value in running this experiment is to *learn*
> whether
> > there are any demographic differences in how people respond to our
> > messaging. If this experiment does give us compelling info about who is
> > more likely to donate, that is exciting! And we'll talk as a group about
> > what to do with that knowledge.
> >
> > *Can users opt out?*
> >
> > Of course. Users can hide individual ads if they are not of interest to
> > them. This is also something we can measure to better understand how to
> not
> > annoy or impose on social media users in future fundraising drives.
> >
> > *Who is working on this?*
> >
> > Fundraising is partnering with the social media folks in Communications
> to
> > run this test. The promotion and measurement of ads is being managed by a
> > small company called Middle Seat.
> >
> > *Will you keep us in the loop?*
> >
> > Absolutely. By July 15 we intend to share an overview of our testing so
> > far.
> >
> > Stay tuned for more updates!
> >
> > sam
> >
> > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia: The Text Adventure

2017-06-30 Thread Samuel Patton
This is really neat. Thanks for sharing. Ah, text adventures. I wonder if
there'd be a way to scale it so that you could actually enter more commands
that would still pull from Wikimedia products ...

*Eat sandwich*

You ingest[1 ] a food typically
consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between
slices of bread[2 ]

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:24 PM, quiddity  wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 7:12 AM, Johan Jönsson 
> wrote:
> > http://kevan.org/wikitext/
> >
> > Nice concept.
> >
>
> Ah neat, this is by the same person who created this, which I enjoyed
> https://github.com/kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2015 "//Around the World in X
> Wikipedia Articles// - generating a 50,000 word novel using
> Wikipedia's API to pull out location coordinates and descriptions."
>
>
> His other earlier WP-related game is http://kevan.org/catfishing.php
> "Catfishing is a guessing game built from Wikipedia articles"
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[Wikimedia-l] Asian Athletics Championships Editathon 2017

2017-06-30 Thread Sailesh Patnaik
Hello everyone,
Today the Odia Wikipedia community organized the Asian Athletics
Championships Editathon[1] in collaboration with the Sports and Youth
Services Department of the Government of Odisha. During the editathon, more
than 15 articles were created or improved in both English and Odia
Wikipedia.

As a result of the editathon, the official website of the 2017
Asian Athletics Championships is now licensed under Creative Commons
4.0.[2] Now,  Wikipedians can use the content and images of the event in
different language Wikipedias.

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Asian_Athletics_Championships_2017_Edit-a-thon
[2] odisha2017.games

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia: The Text Adventure

2017-06-30 Thread quiddity
On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 7:12 AM, Johan Jönsson  wrote:
> http://kevan.org/wikitext/
>
> Nice concept.
>

Ah neat, this is by the same person who created this, which I enjoyed
https://github.com/kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2015 "//Around the World in X
Wikipedia Articles// - generating a 50,000 word novel using
Wikipedia's API to pull out location coordinates and descriptions."


His other earlier WP-related game is http://kevan.org/catfishing.php
"Catfishing is a guessing game built from Wikipedia articles"

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Better public reporting for WMF $1m or $2m+ projects

2017-06-30 Thread Ad Huikeshoven
Hi Fae,

The WMF publishes financial numbers twice  a year. The last are the nummers
until december 2016
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/Mid-year_check-in
The next fill be the financial report for the year ending today. That
report is expected in October.

I'm glad Katherine asked forumdiscussie the board approved funding for
developing a long term strategy in a very inclusive process.

The content of the process is open and transparant.

You have some experience with a chapter at rough times. Would you be
available for governance review of WMFr?

Regards,

Ad

Op 30 jun. 2017 15:16 schreef "Fæ" :

> Could an unpaid volunteer who is not a WMF employee, or contractor, or
> consultant, please have a go at answering my polite request for links
> to "monthly or quarterly financial reports" from a few days ago,
> below? I don't think this needs any time from employees to confirm
> whether published versions exist or don't exist, and I don't want to
> be publicly shamed for asking a question.[1]
>
> I have searched through the WMF web pages with regard to the 2017
> movement strategy,[2] but have yet to find any references or evidence
> that there are regular reports of when or how the budgeted $2.5
> million is being spent. Considering the large size of this project,
> and especially the significant sums of money going to consultants, I
> am sure everyone can appreciate there is bound to be interest from the
> wider community in the progress of the spend and any unplanned spend.
> I would expect that the strategy project has regular monthly tracked
> spending reports, certainly I would find it hard to believe that the
> WMF CEO and CFO do not require that level of tracking and reporting.
>
> If nothing is published, then that would be a jolly good thing for our
> movement to push for improved /public/ governance of $1m+ projects,
> especially those with large sums going to consultants chosen using
> non-open bid procedures, to deliver better transparency in line with
> our movement values. The cost of this improvement would be zero. There
> can be no doubt that summary reports already exist and there is
> unlikely to be any reason for secrecy that would convince the
> community that when spending very large sums of donated money, we can
> be ethically transparent and accountable, but be unable to answer
> these simple questions publicly.
>
> Should the WMF CEO feel that publishing monthly or quarterly reports
> on $1m+ projects is a pointless burden, then perhaps the CEO and WMF
> board could agree at what level of spend there should be better
> transparency, perhaps any identifiable programme spending more than
> $2m?
>
> Raising as a separate thread, as we have probably drifted away from
> Pine's original question and intent.[3]
>
> Links:
> 1. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087910.html
> Statement from Greg and Anna.
> 2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> Strategy pages on Meta.
> 3. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087854.html
> Pine's question.
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
>
>
> On 27 June 2017 at 12:31, Fæ  wrote:
> > On 27 June 2017 at 04:33, Anna Stillwell 
> wrote:
> > ...
> >>> * How much is this timeline extension projected to cost, and from what
> >>> source are the funds being drawn? (Note that this doesn't assume that
> the
> >>> decision was a bad one, but I very much want to know the source of the
> >>> funds and how much is likely to be drawn from it.)
> >>
> >> We've got this covered, Pine. We are fiscally managing this process and
> all
> >> of our contracts well. Thank you for your concern.
> >>
> >>> * Could you also discuss what measures are being taken to control
> costs in
> >>> the strategy process?
> >>>
> >>
> >> We have plenty of measures in place to monitor costs (e.g., we don't
> need
> >> to control them because they are not out of control, we are within our
> >> budget). Also, describing financial metrics at any lower level of detail
> >> would be a waste of the strategy budget since we are within it.
> >>
> >> Always good to hear from you,
> >> /a
> >
> > Anna,
> >
> > I'd love to examine the more detailed monthly or quarterly financial
> > reports that demonstrate your assurance, and can be both examined and
> > understood by volunteers like us. Could you provide a link to them
> > please? No doubt the WMF wrote transparency and accountability right
> > into the contracts, so that being transparent and accountable is not
> > considered a "waste of the strategy budget" but instead is an activity
> > absolutely critical to its success.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikipedia Library User Group

2017-06-30 Thread Nurunnaby Hasive
Wow! Congratulations!

Hasive
WMBD

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 2:38 AM, Samuel Patton 
wrote:

> Very cool, congratulations!
>
> sam
>
> On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:05 PM, Subhashish Panigrahi <
> psubhash...@gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
> > This is a great news! Congratulations everyone involved in bringing this
> > awesome collective.
> >
> > Subhashish
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:02 AM, Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Welcome and congratulations!
> > >
> > > On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Samuel Klein 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Awesome.
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Tito Dutta 
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Congratulations on getting the recognition. :)  I wish you all the
> > > best.
> > > > >
> > > > > On 29 June 2017 at 17:53, Kirill Lokshin  >
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Hi everyone!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> > > > recognized
> > > > > >  the Wikipedia Library User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> > The
> > > > > > group aims
> > > > > > to combine and multiply collaboration with libraries and
> > librarians,
> > > > from
> > > > > > edit-a-thons hosted at libraries to the Wiki Loves Libraries
> > outreach
> > > > > > campaign and the broader institutional and publisher outreach of
> > the
> > > > > > Wikipedia Library, and to serve as a forum open to all Wikimedia
> > > > > community
> > > > > > members and any librarians interested in working with Wikipedia.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user
> > group!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Regards,
> > > > > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > > > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> > > > > >
> > > > > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Library_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia: The Text Adventure

2017-06-30 Thread Johan Jönsson
http://kevan.org/wikitext/

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[Wikimedia-l] Better public reporting for WMF $1m or $2m+ projects

2017-06-30 Thread
Could an unpaid volunteer who is not a WMF employee, or contractor, or
consultant, please have a go at answering my polite request for links
to "monthly or quarterly financial reports" from a few days ago,
below? I don't think this needs any time from employees to confirm
whether published versions exist or don't exist, and I don't want to
be publicly shamed for asking a question.[1]

I have searched through the WMF web pages with regard to the 2017
movement strategy,[2] but have yet to find any references or evidence
that there are regular reports of when or how the budgeted $2.5
million is being spent. Considering the large size of this project,
and especially the significant sums of money going to consultants, I
am sure everyone can appreciate there is bound to be interest from the
wider community in the progress of the spend and any unplanned spend.
I would expect that the strategy project has regular monthly tracked
spending reports, certainly I would find it hard to believe that the
WMF CEO and CFO do not require that level of tracking and reporting.

If nothing is published, then that would be a jolly good thing for our
movement to push for improved /public/ governance of $1m+ projects,
especially those with large sums going to consultants chosen using
non-open bid procedures, to deliver better transparency in line with
our movement values. The cost of this improvement would be zero. There
can be no doubt that summary reports already exist and there is
unlikely to be any reason for secrecy that would convince the
community that when spending very large sums of donated money, we can
be ethically transparent and accountable, but be unable to answer
these simple questions publicly.

Should the WMF CEO feel that publishing monthly or quarterly reports
on $1m+ projects is a pointless burden, then perhaps the CEO and WMF
board could agree at what level of spend there should be better
transparency, perhaps any identifiable programme spending more than
$2m?

Raising as a separate thread, as we have probably drifted away from
Pine's original question and intent.[3]

Links:
1. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087910.html
Statement from Greg and Anna.
2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
Strategy pages on Meta.
3. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087854.html
Pine's question.

Thanks,
Fae


On 27 June 2017 at 12:31, Fæ  wrote:
> On 27 June 2017 at 04:33, Anna Stillwell  wrote:
> ...
>>> * How much is this timeline extension projected to cost, and from what
>>> source are the funds being drawn? (Note that this doesn't assume that the
>>> decision was a bad one, but I very much want to know the source of the
>>> funds and how much is likely to be drawn from it.)
>>
>> We've got this covered, Pine. We are fiscally managing this process and all
>> of our contracts well. Thank you for your concern.
>>
>>> * Could you also discuss what measures are being taken to control costs in
>>> the strategy process?
>>>
>>
>> We have plenty of measures in place to monitor costs (e.g., we don't need
>> to control them because they are not out of control, we are within our
>> budget). Also, describing financial metrics at any lower level of detail
>> would be a waste of the strategy budget since we are within it.
>>
>> Always good to hear from you,
>> /a
>
> Anna,
>
> I'd love to examine the more detailed monthly or quarterly financial
> reports that demonstrate your assurance, and can be both examined and
> understood by volunteers like us. Could you provide a link to them
> please? No doubt the WMF wrote transparency and accountability right
> into the contracts, so that being transparent and accountable is not
> considered a "waste of the strategy budget" but instead is an activity
> absolutely critical to its success.
>
> Thanks,
> Fae

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising pilot on Facebook

2017-06-30 Thread Chris Keating
Thanks Sam! Very interesting to see the WMF dip its toe into the water of
off-Wikipedia fundraising for small gifts for the first time. :)

Out of interest are you planning to use Facebook's custom audiences tool to
include (or possibly exclude) people who are already WMF donors?

(And, more of a movement strategy question than one aimed at the actual
fundraising team - if this works, will WMF decide it's the only movement
body that is allowed to fundraising on Facebook, in the same way's it
approaches the on-wiki banners? :) )

Regards,

Chris

On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 6:58 PM, Samuel Patton 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm writing to let you know about a project we're trying on the
> Foundation's fundraising team. Thanks to all the help and advice we've
> received from our colleagues in Communications, Legal, and Community
> Engagement.
>
> *I've posted this announcement as an update on Fundraising's Meta Page
> , and would be happy
> to answer questions and keep the discussion up there.*
>
> Over the next three weeks, the Advancement team will be conducting a small
> fundraising pilot on Facebook and Instagram. This will involve sponsored
> posts, served in English to people in the United States, that will direct
> users to donate to the Foundation using our own donation processing pages.
>
> Fundraising is always interested in exploring new ways to reach people who
> find value in Wikipedia and are interested in supporting the Foundation’s
> mission. Advertising across social networks is a proven and popular way for
> nonprofits to find new supporters and build organizational awareness, and
> we’re excited to dip our toes into this.
>
> Like the many tests we run for Fundraising, this pilot will involve
> experiments testing different imagery, copy, and calls to action. We hope
> to answer the question: how well does our on-Wikipedia.org messaging
> perform when presented on another site? It will also examine how our
> appeals perform across demographic and interest groups.
>
> *Where will the ads appear?*
>
> This pilot will use “sponsored posts,” which is what Facebook calls content
> that appears in the news feed of Facebook users.
>
> They will also appear on Instagram as “sponsored stories” that appear
> within the flow of photo and video posts users scroll on that network.
> (Instagram is a Facebook property.)
>
> They will not appear as banners, pop-ups, or display ads that appear
> alongside the news feed. This is a test in what is called “native”
> advertising, meaning it uses the same content display area that users
> expect from Facebook and Instagram.
>
> *How will you target your ads?*
>
> In addition to the broad parameters of language (English) and country
> (U.S.), we have identified a few target audiences that might respond
> particularly well to our appeals: educators, philanthropists, and frequent
> consumers of news. We will build these audiences based off self reported
> information about educational achievement, news readership, and
> philanthropic interest. I've included details on each audience below. In
> addition to these, we have discussed the value of comparing effectiveness
> across other characteristics - age, gender, etc.
>
> A large part of the value in running this experiment is to *learn* whether
> there are any demographic differences in how people respond to our
> messaging. If this experiment does give us compelling info about who is
> more likely to donate, that is exciting! And we'll talk as a group about
> what to do with that knowledge.
>
> *Can users opt out?*
>
> Of course. Users can hide individual ads if they are not of interest to
> them. This is also something we can measure to better understand how to not
> annoy or impose on social media users in future fundraising drives.
>
> *Who is working on this?*
>
> Fundraising is partnering with the social media folks in Communications to
> run this test. The promotion and measurement of ads is being managed by a
> small company called Middle Seat.
>
> *Will you keep us in the loop?*
>
> Absolutely. By July 15 we intend to share an overview of our testing so
> far.
>
> Stay tuned for more updates!
>
> sam
>
> ---
>
> *Possible target audiences:*
>
> *STUDENTS & EDUCATORS*
> *How likely to donate are current students and educators?*
> Age: 18 - 65+
> Target: Current students above high school level and educators based on
> self-reported “job title”
> Reach: 1,000,000+
>
> *PHILANTHROPISTS*
> *How likely to donate are Facebook users interested in both philanthropy
> and donating to charitable causes?*
> Age: 18 - 65+
> Target: Facebook users with self-reported interests in philanthropy and
> donating to charity
> Reach: ~460,000
>
> *NEWS READERS*
> *How likely to donate are Facebook users whose behavior suggests they’re
> daily news consumers?*
> Age: 18 - 65+
> Target: Facebook users with interests and behavior that 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board approval of FDC recommendation 2016-2017- Round 2

2017-06-30 Thread Florence Devouard

Morning


I would like to thank the FDC and the board of Wikimedia Foundation for 
their decisions regarding Wikimedia France.


As of today, the management of Wikimedia France has still not informed 
the membership about the WMF decision. The most active and connected 
members are aware of it thanks to twitter or facebook. But the majority 
of members are still in their bubble.



Florence

Le 28/06/2017 à 16:35, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, I write to
confirm that the board has approved [1] the full slate of the FDC’s Round 2
2016-2017 recommendations [2] for the Annual Plan Grants. We also have
taken good note of the FDC recommendations concerning the Wikimedia
Foundation's annual plan. In this round, 4 organizations will be receiving
a total of roughly US $1,605,000. Grants are made in local currency, so the
USD figure is approximate.

One entity appealed to the Board about the recommendations of the FDC. The
Board has carefully considered the appeal. After considering all of the
information, the Board decided not to override the recommendations of the
FDC, and separately  responded to the appeal in more depth.[3]

The Board wants to thank the Funds Dissemination Committee members and
staff for the time and effort they have put into this process, as well as
all members of the community who have participated in this round of review,
analysis and deliberations. We appreciate that so many Wikimedians have
contributed to this participatory process, and we value those efforts.

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted proposals in this round,
and for the work that the volunteers and staff of these organizations have
put in to further our movement’s mission.

Volunteers are at the heart of the Funds Dissemination Committee. We are
lucky to have a committee comprised of nine dedicated community members who
give a lot of their time and energy into making this funding program a
reality. We thank you all for your work this year.

Five of the members of the FDC have terms that have ended this year. I want
to thank Itzik Edri (User:Itzike) and Michael Peel (User:Mike Peel) for
their years of service to this  committee and congratulate (Michał
Buczyński (User:Aegis Maelstrom), Lorenzo Losa (User:Laurentius),  and Liam
Wyatt (User:Wittylama) for their reelection. I also welcome back Osmar
Valdebenito to the FDC and welcome Katherine Bavage as a first timer on the
FDC and congratulate them both for being elected. The Board is looking
forward to working with you.


Sincerely,

Dariusz Jemielniak (“pundit”), on behalf of the WMF Board of Trustees


[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Board_approval_of_FDC_recommendation_(2016-17,_Round_2)

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2016-2017_round_2

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC
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