[Wikimedia-l] More information on the Foundation's Medium-Term planning process

2019-03-16 Thread James Baldwin
Hi All,

To follow up on Janeen's email on the Foundation's Medium-Term Planning,
we'd like to let you know you can find information about the process on our
meta page[1].  We will be posting more information there in the coming
weeks.

If you have any questions or comments about our planning, please post them
on this talk page and we will get back to you there.

Thank you,
James Baldwin

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/Medium-term_plan_2019


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on the Wikimedia Foundation’s planning process

2019-03-16 Thread Pine W
Hi Janeen,

Thanks very much for the update. I like the sound of these goals.

I have a question regarding the first goal. Does growing participation
refer to growing human readership, or to both growing human readership and
growing data reuse such as from Wikidata, or to growing human readership
and data reuse and contributorship?

Contributorship seems to be very low as a percentage of Internet users in
many languages including English and German, while readership levels are
relatively high in some languages and geographies and relatively low in
others. I hope that WMF tries to grow contributorship in all languages and
geographies, while also trying to grow readership and data reuse in
languages where Wikimedia readership and data reuse seem to have
significant opportunities for growth.

I would also like to know how WMF plans to become more nimble. I think that
increasing agility is a good goal. Can you share more specifics?

Thanks,
Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )




On Sat, Mar 16, 2019, 11:37 AM Janeen Uzzell  wrote:

> Greetings! I'm excited to be the new Chief Operating Officer at the
> Wikimedia Foundation and look forward to meeting many of you as I grow in
> this role. Until then, feel free to reach out to me at
> jan...@wikimedia.org.
>
>
> I've been busy supporting the Medium Term Planning team and wanted to send
> an update on our process.
>
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is currently engaged in the process of creating a
> medium-term plan that will support our 2030 Strategic Direction. This plan
> is a representation of how we will lead, build, design and serve the global
> world and provide access to free knowledge.
>
> In the process, we are setting up the Foundation to be more nimble so we
> can adapt to recommendations coming out of movement strategy. In the past,
> we have typically planned one year at a time. This new process that we are
> using will allow us to plan for longer-term goals aligned to knowledge
> equity and knowledge as a service.
>
> For the next three to five years, the Wikimedia Foundation will focus on
> these two goals that will support our strategic direction to become the
> infrastructure of free knowledge:
>
>-
>
>Grow participation globally, focusing on emerging markets
>-
>
>   Grow the use of Wikipedia and Wikimedia across the globe. Focus on
>   increasing Wikipedia use in low-awareness or low-use geographies and
>   languages, in order to bring Wikipedia’s use in line with rates
> of overall
>   internet usage.
>   -
>
>Modernize our product experience
>-
>
>   Make contributor and reader experiences useful and joyful. Move from
>   viewing Wikipedia as solely a website, to viewing the Wikimedia
> ecosystem
>   as a collection of knowledge, information, and insights with infinite
>   possible product experiences and applications.
>
>
> To create our medium-term plan, we have been conducting a collaborative
> process to gather ideas and input from across the Foundation to help us
> narrow in on a set of key priorities and outcomes that we need to
> accomplish to achieve our two goals.
>
> The medium-term plan is intended to stay at the strategic level so that it
> describes what we want to accomplish, without going into great detail about
> how we are going to accomplish it.  This level of focus will allow us to be
> clear about what the Foundation will achieve in the next several years,
> while giving ourselves the flexibility to adapt to recommendations from the
> Movement Strategy process, take advantage of emergent opportunities, and
> experiment with tactics and strategies.
>
> We will soon be finishing a draft of the medium-term plan to present to the
> Board of Trustees at their next meeting on March 28th, 2019. After we share
> the plan with the board, we will be requesting feedback from you and from
> all parts of the community from April 7-20th. We are looking for your
> feedback on whether the outcomes we hope to achieve over the next 3 to 5
> years are appropriate given the goals of the overall Wikimedia Movement and
> our strategic direction. We want to know: are these the right “big things”
> to accomplish in the next 3-5 years?  We would also like feedback on
> whether our overall metrics are appropriate and aspirational enough given
> our ambitious vision. Are we setting the right targets for how we will
> measure our progress?
>
> After we receive all comments and feedback, we will make a final round of
> updates to the our Medium-term plan before publishing it again back on meta
> at the end of May.  In subsequent years, we intend to update the plan on an
> annual basis to adapt to new information, changes in our environment, and
> the things we learn along the way.
>
> We hope that you all will provide your insight and thoughts to help the
> Foundation build this plan and continue to make progress toward our
> strategic direction.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Janeen Uzzell
>
>

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Ukraine's board and officers

2019-03-16 Thread Голова Правління
 Hello!

Wikimedia Ukraine had its General Assembly on February 16, 2019 and we have
elected new Board and Audit Committee [1]. We have been working on changes
in our organisation for quite a while now with the help of Wikimedia
Foundation grantmaking staff:

1) for a while we have had our General Assembly (GA) at the end of the
calendar and financial year, which was an issue for us, as we (according to
the Bylaws) can have a 100% new Board elected by the membership, and that
means, that we need to finish all our financial transactions before the GA
in case a new Board Chair and Secretary are elected (they are the ones who
have the access to the bank account), so last year we have decided to have
a GA at the end of a year (December) and the next one in February, to
switch to a cycle starting February-February, rather than
December-December. This is now done.
2) we have finally started working on a Board handbook [2], documenting our
processes as we go, trying to get it all in a system. This document is a
direct outcome from the Affiliate Chairpersons meeting in Prague [3] [4],
and we are very grateful that Tim Moritz and Frans Grijzenhout continue
dedicating their time to sharing knowledge in the Movement.
3) we had our first Strategy session on February 15 (before the GA) and are
planning to have a two-day strategy session in June.
4) we are planning to have our first ever training on teambuilding and
onboarding for Board members, Audit Committee members and staff on March
24-25, 2019. Onboarding and capacity building are our priorities as of now.
This complements community-wide trainings we've had this past year during
our national Wikiconference and the CEE Meeting, which we hosted this year
in Lviv [5].

That said, the new Board consists of:
* [[User:Ilya]], Illia Korniiko. I have been Chair since December 2015.
Re-elected.
* [[User:JTs]], Yulianna Tsaruk. She is First Deputy Chair and Secretary of
the Board. Re-elected.
* [[User:NickK]], Mykola Kozlenko. He is Deputy Chair and Treasurer since
2016. Re-elected.
* [[User:Наталія Ластовець]], Nataliia Lastovets. She is responsible for
our program "Content Enrichment" [6], which includes editing challenges and
contests, photography contests and GLAM. She has joined our organisation in
July 2018. She was also a member of the Audit Committee for two months. It
is her first term serving on the Board.
* [[User:IgorTurzh]], Igor Turzhanskyy. He is responsible for our program
"Increasing Participation", which includes Wikipedia in Education. He is a
long-term Wikipedian but he has joined our organisation only in November
2018. It is his first term serving on the Board.
* [[User:Friend]], Pavlo Sokhan. He is responsible for our program
"Community Support and Development", which includes community events,
trainings for volunteers, scholarships and microgrants. Re-elected.
* [[User:Олександр Гаврик]], Oleksandr Havryk. He is responsible for our
program "Awareness for Wikimedia and Free Knowledge", which is concentrated
on media publicity and promotion activities and free panorama advocacy. He
has joined our organisation only in October 2018. It is his first term
serving on the Board.

I want to thank the three Board members who stepped down: Yuri Bulka /
[[User:Юрій Булка]], Olha Nesterenko / [[User:Нестеренко Оля]] and Andrii
Hrytsenko / [[User:Андрій Гриценко]]. Being a board member means taking
upon oneself more boring responsibilities, so their work and dedication is much
appreciated.

Our new Audit Committee:
* [[User:Venzz]], Viacheslav Mamon
* [[User:Tohaomg]], Anton Obozhyn
* [[User:Anntinomy]], Anna Khrobolova. She was our project manager for a
few years, but she has decided to stay with us in her volunteer role.

Anatolii Honcharov / [[User:Ahonc]] and Serhii Petrov / [[User:Kharkivian]]
have stepped down from the Audit committee and we are grateful for their
work while there.

[1] Керівні органи: https://ua.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=313 (in
Ukrainian)
[2] Посібник для членів Правління:
https://ua.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6085 (in Ukrainian)
[3] Affiliate Chairpersons meeting November 24 - 25, 2018:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate_Chairpersons_meeting_November_24_-_25,_2018
[4] Affiliate Chairpersons meeting (Prague 2018):
https://ua.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate_Chairpersons_meeting_(Prague_2018)
(in Ukrainian)
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CEE_Meeting_2018/Schedule
[6] Wikimedia Ukraine has 4 programs, and we have decided that every Board
member (except for Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) will be responsible for
one of them:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia_Ukraine/2019

Best regards,
Illia Korniiko
Chair of the Board of Wikimedia Ukraine
ua.wikimedia.org

Уявіть світ, у якому кожна людина на планеті має вільний доступ до усіх
знань людства. Це те, що ми й робимо! / Imagine a world in which every
single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human
knowledge. 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia, Community User Group Albania

2019-03-16 Thread Sidorela Uku

Greta hi again,

We agree that the discussion is not productive, but we did not initiate 
it. On the other hand, we invite everyone involved in this issue to 
remember the reasons we got involved in what we do in the first place. 
In our case we want to promote open knowledge in the way we think it is 
productive and in the best capacity that we have.


Again, in the case of our two user groups it is clear that the situation 
for SQ Wikipedia has clearly improved (more interaction with 
institutions, more events and activities) and this is what we all should 
keep out of this.


Last but not least, it seems that you have a strong belief that we do 
not want to collaborate with your UG. We would like to clearly state 
that we are open to collaborations not only with WoALUG, but with any 
other entity that shares the same goal and values with our user group. 
We also have planned to officially contact your UG in the next weeks and 
have a productive meeting on how to avoid any issues in the future and 
why not, collaborate in fields that are considered of common interest. 
We hope you answer positively and we find common ground.


Best regards,
Sidorela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How diverse are your readers?

2019-03-16 Thread Benjamin Ikuta




I also don't see why it would be such a problem to have more articles about 
Pokemon. 

Volunteer effort is certainly not zero sum. 

Contributing to one area doesn't necessarily mean contributing less to another. 

Speaking from personal experience now, one of my earliest Wikipedia edits was 
about Pokemon. 

It was reverted. 

Luckily, I was not discouraged, but I know that many people would be, and that 
is a real problem. 

I think there's a bias on Wikipedia when weighing the pros and cons of policy, 
because it's easy to overlook the absence of something that never was there to 
begin with. 




On Mar 13, 2019, at 5:01 PM, Alessandro Marchetti via Wikimedia-l 
 wrote:

> We certainly could do editatons about Naruto and Pokemon and it would 
> actually be quite useful. As Paulo said, a well written "pop" page has a good 
> influence. People can understand easily how a complex and multifaceted 
> article with appropriate navboxes, infoboxed, is structured for a trivial 
> topic, and think how they can help for other topics.
> I repeat the concept: I have friends who work at the top of their fields, 
> some of them have also their own wikipedia article (I am not telling which 
> one because of respect of their privacy) and they leave edits on complex 
> topic sometimes but it's their everyday job so they are bored to do even on 
> wiki in their free time. Still, they do a little bit and they learned how to 
> do it visiting other pages about the most trivial topics you can imagine. 
> They showed me their first edits as IPs sometimes and they are as diverse as 
> you can imagine. Obscure dialects, silly TV series, things like that.
> 
> Also, since we are talking about PokemonI can show something directly 
> like Paulo did.This is the history of the article Cronologia delle modifiche 
> di "Ulva lactuca" - Wikipedia Ulva Lactuca. HisuiSama and Adriana Hariuc who 
> added more text on January the 20th are the same students who are comparing 
> the very same morning a plant at the botanical garden to a Pokemon in this 
> gallery: https://twitter.com/Alexmar983/status/1087119134058516480
> So, Go Pokemon... I know about the "pokemon test" but in the end I actually 
> wish we had more Pokemon pages, it would probably be fine.
> Alex
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>Il giovedì 14 marzo 2019, 00:14:57 CET, Benjamin Ikuta 
>  ha scritto:  
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> I, for one, would indeed go so far as to say we should be doing editatons 
> about Naruto and Pokemon. 
> 
> 
> 
> On Mar 12, 2019, at 10:10 AM, Paulo Santos Perneta  
> wrote:
> 
>> I would not go as far as saying we should be doing edithatons about Naruto
>> and Pokemons,
> 
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[Wikimedia-l] Update on the Wikimedia Foundation’s planning process

2019-03-16 Thread Janeen Uzzell
Greetings! I'm excited to be the new Chief Operating Officer at the
Wikimedia Foundation and look forward to meeting many of you as I grow in
this role. Until then, feel free to reach out to me at jan...@wikimedia.org.


I've been busy supporting the Medium Term Planning team and wanted to send
an update on our process.


The Wikimedia Foundation is currently engaged in the process of creating a
medium-term plan that will support our 2030 Strategic Direction. This plan
is a representation of how we will lead, build, design and serve the global
world and provide access to free knowledge.

In the process, we are setting up the Foundation to be more nimble so we
can adapt to recommendations coming out of movement strategy. In the past,
we have typically planned one year at a time. This new process that we are
using will allow us to plan for longer-term goals aligned to knowledge
equity and knowledge as a service.

For the next three to five years, the Wikimedia Foundation will focus on
these two goals that will support our strategic direction to become the
infrastructure of free knowledge:

   -

   Grow participation globally, focusing on emerging markets
   -

  Grow the use of Wikipedia and Wikimedia across the globe. Focus on
  increasing Wikipedia use in low-awareness or low-use geographies and
  languages, in order to bring Wikipedia’s use in line with rates
of overall
  internet usage.
  -

   Modernize our product experience
   -

  Make contributor and reader experiences useful and joyful. Move from
  viewing Wikipedia as solely a website, to viewing the Wikimedia ecosystem
  as a collection of knowledge, information, and insights with infinite
  possible product experiences and applications.


To create our medium-term plan, we have been conducting a collaborative
process to gather ideas and input from across the Foundation to help us
narrow in on a set of key priorities and outcomes that we need to
accomplish to achieve our two goals.

The medium-term plan is intended to stay at the strategic level so that it
describes what we want to accomplish, without going into great detail about
how we are going to accomplish it.  This level of focus will allow us to be
clear about what the Foundation will achieve in the next several years,
while giving ourselves the flexibility to adapt to recommendations from the
Movement Strategy process, take advantage of emergent opportunities, and
experiment with tactics and strategies.

We will soon be finishing a draft of the medium-term plan to present to the
Board of Trustees at their next meeting on March 28th, 2019. After we share
the plan with the board, we will be requesting feedback from you and from
all parts of the community from April 7-20th. We are looking for your
feedback on whether the outcomes we hope to achieve over the next 3 to 5
years are appropriate given the goals of the overall Wikimedia Movement and
our strategic direction. We want to know: are these the right “big things”
to accomplish in the next 3-5 years?  We would also like feedback on
whether our overall metrics are appropriate and aspirational enough given
our ambitious vision. Are we setting the right targets for how we will
measure our progress?

After we receive all comments and feedback, we will make a final round of
updates to the our Medium-term plan before publishing it again back on meta
at the end of May.  In subsequent years, we intend to update the plan on an
annual basis to adapt to new information, changes in our environment, and
the things we learn along the way.

We hope that you all will provide your insight and thoughts to help the
Foundation build this plan and continue to make progress toward our
strategic direction.

Thank you,

Janeen Uzzell


Timeline:

   -

   March 28 - We will share the draft plan with the Foundation’s Board of
   Trustees
   -

   April 6 - Plan published on Meta Wiki
   -

   April 6-20 - Community review and comment period
   -

   April 21-May 10 - Revise plan as needed based on community comments
   -

   May 31 - Publish revised plan on Meta
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How diverse are your readers?

2019-03-16 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
I have written another blogpost [1] where I express a different approach to
our data. It achieves two things

   - an understanding what subjects not articles are most popular in
   Wikipedia
   - a tool that identifies what subjects we are looking for as missing in
   any Wikipedia

the tool is based on existing functionality, it just needs additional
functionality to support people in adding new items and statements for a
Wikidata item that represents the missing subject.
I will write another blogpost where I expand on opportunities to expand
search to share in the sum of all knowledge and not on what only one
Wikipedia has to offer.
Thanks,
   GerardM

[1]
https://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2019/03/sharing-in-sum-of-all-knowledge-from.html

On Wed, 13 Mar 2019 at 00:12, Leila Zia  wrote:

> Hi Gerard,
>
> On Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 2:26 PM Gerard Meijssen
>  wrote:
> > but really
> > why can we not have the data that allows us to seek out what people are
> > actually looking for and do not find..
>
> Please open a Phabricator task for this request at
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org . Please add Research as a tag and
> add me as one of the subscribers. I'd like to work with you on a
> concrete proposal. A few items to consider as you're expanding the
> description of the task:
>
> * We won't be able to release raw search queries as they come to
> Wikimedia servers. That is for privacy reasons.
>
> * You also likely don't need raw search queries. If you can be
> specific about what you want to have access to, as much as possible,
> that can help us get started with scoping the problem. I'm looking for
> something along these lines: "I want to be able to see a monthly list
> of top n search terms in language x that result in 0 search results or
> results where the user does not click on any of the search results
> offered." The more specific, the better. If you are in doubt, put some
> description and we can iterate on it.
>
> Best,
> Leila
> p.s. The goal of this exercise is to have an open question ready (with
> all the details one needs to know) for the next time we will have a
> volunteer researcher to work with us.
>
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