[Wikimedia-l] An Update From the Board

2020-10-30 Thread Dan Szymborski
Surprised to not see this here yet. Not exactly reassuring and the
reference that the community process "may" feature voting is a dark shadow
on the rest of this, but it is what it is.


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In response to comments from community members, the Board Governance
Committee has agreed to incorporate the following suggestions
immediately:[1][2]

   1. *Replace the definition and repeated use in the Bylaws of “Chapters,
   Thematic Organizations, and User Groups” with “Affiliates”.* This is
   meant to make the language simpler, as well as not require a modification
   to the Bylaws if movement affiliate models change.
   2. *Clarify when the CEO is and can be excluded from executive
sessions.* This
   further explains the current standard practice.
   3. *Change the name “rubric” to “evaluation form”.* This addresses
   issues of confusion and difficulty of translation related to the term
   “rubric”.

In the next committee meeting on November 17, we plan to continue
discussing the following proposals:

   - *Address concerns about the possibility of having a minority of
   community-sourced seats compared to Board-selected seats.* Our intention
   has always been to maintain the current structure of having a governing
   majority of community-sourced trustees, and the Bylaws should reflect that.
   Commenters have pointed out that the current draft of the revisions would
   allow, in an extreme case, for there to be a 9-member Board with 7
   Board-selected trustees, 1 Founder, and only 1 community-sourced trustee.
   We will edit the draft to ensure that is not a possibility.


   - *Clarify what it means to have a “community nomination process”.* Many
   commenters have expressed concern that the proposed Bylaws language would
   allow the Board to select community members to appoint to the
   community-sourced seats without a community voting process. Specifically,
   concerns have been raised about whether there will be a community vote on
   nominated trustees.

The Board’s priority for the revised community nomination process is for a
process that enables diverse and equitable representation from communities
across the Wikimedia movement, in keeping with the goals and values of our
movement and strategic direction. The final process may feature voting; it
may integrate other means of community representative selection -- we are
looking at various models from communities and cultures around the world.At
the end of the day, we are committed to having a trustee selection process
that gives meaningful voice to the Wikimedia communities. For the purpose
of this effort, we will consider how to ensure that 1) the Bylaws confirms
the principle of community governance; 2) the selection process delivers
the diverse and strategic movement leadership required for the future of
our movement; 3) the selection mechanisms ensure appropriate community
input and agency in keeping with our culture and values.

   - *Increase the amount of time it takes for the trustee term limits to
   reset.* This addresses the concern that the current period of time, 18
   months, is fairly short compared to the term limit of 9 years.


   - *Remove or change the structure of the Founder seat.* This seat is
   unique in that it is reserved for one person (Jimmy Wales), and it is not
   subject to term limits. Commenters have suggested eliminating this seat,
   converting it into a different type of seat, or converting it into a
   different, non-trustee role.


   - *Adjust the approach to community discussion for these governance
   changes.* In addition to further refining these Bylaws changes, we are
   hoping to launch the discussion of community-sourced trustee selection
   pathways in early 2021. We have heard the requests to have longer
   discussion periods and to have multiple rounds of discussions. We will take
   these requests into consideration as we plan our timeline of next steps.
   The Board expansion is meant, in part, to provide additional Trustee
   capacity to engage directly with Communities in such discussions, and we
   look forward to creating the conditions where this exchange can take place
   more frequently.

We will post another update following our November 17 meeting.

In the meantime, we will update the documentation to reflect the current
status and to explain the process through which we expect to discuss and
make decisions on the topics above. This will include the conversation
about selection pathways. We are also thinking how to organize these
conversations in ways that make them enjoyable, open to nuance and
collaboration, and accessible across the diversity of our movement.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sharing a new project: community resources platform

2020-10-30 Thread Chris "Jethro" Schilling
Thanks for sharing this centralized project, Anna. It looks like it can
provide important and comprehensive support for organizers in
planning/managing their programs and operations, especially for those who
are newer to this work. I look forward to sharing this project with some of
our grantees and grant applicants. : )

Take care,

Chris

*Chris Schilling* (him/his/they/their)
User:I JethroBT (WMF)

Senior Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation 


On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 12:52 PM Rajeeb Dutta  wrote:

> Thanks Anna for the update will wait to have an English version soon.
>
> Best Regards,
> Rajeeb.
> (U: Marajozkee)
> (Sent from my iPhone pardon the brevity).
>
>
> On 30-Oct-2020, at 10:22 PM, Anna Torres  wrote:
>
> 
>
> Dear all,
>
> I am happy to share with you that during 2020 we have launched a new
> Community Resources platform. This project is the outcome of the effort and
> collaboration between affiliates and allied organizations from the
> Wikimedia movement.
>
> “Recursos Comunitarios” was created to facilitate access and cooperation
> between current and future Wikimedia communities. Its main objective is
> sharing information and resources that we have been developing from our
> contexts. So far, it includes presentations, tutorials, and communication &
> media content, mainly in Spanish and Euskera.
>
>
> You can visit the platform at
> https://recursoscomunitarios.wikimedia.org.ar/
>
> Looking forward to comments or opinions!
>
> Best,
>
> PS: If you would like to create a similar project and need any help,
> please write us an email at proyec...@wikimedia.org.ar.
>
>
> --
> Anna Torres Adell
> Directora Ejecutiva
> *A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Analytics] Invitation for Wikimedia Research Office hours November 3, 2020

2020-10-30 Thread Rajeeb
Hello Martin,

Thanks Martin for the update, I look forward to being there.

Namaste,

Rajeeb.

On Fri, 30 Oct 2020 at 16:18, Martin Gerlach  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation [1] for their monthly
> Office hours on Tuesday, 2020-11-03 at 17:00-18:00 PM UTC (9am PT/6pm CET).
>
> To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link [2].
> There is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics
> in the etherpad [3] (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.),
> otherwise you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information
> (e.g. about how to attend) can be found here [4].
>
> Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
> answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
> volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
> your projects and initiatives. Some example cases we hope to be able to
> support you in:
>
>-
>
>You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
>should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
>know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
>For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
>in my wiki?
>-
>
>You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
>contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
>improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
>harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
>them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
>work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
>-
>
>You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
>does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
>if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
>institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
>more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
>Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
>of you interested more closely in this space.
>-
>
>You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs [5].
>
>
> Hope to see many of you,
> Martin (WMF Research Team)
>
> [1] https://research.wikimedia.org/team.html
>
> [2] https://meet.wmcloud.org/ResearchOfficeHours
>
> [3] https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Research-Analytics-Office-hours
>
> [4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Office_hours
>
> [5] https://research.wikimedia.org/projects.html
>
>
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> Research Scientist
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sharing a new project: community resources platform

2020-10-30 Thread Rajeeb Dutta
Thanks Anna for the update will wait to have an English version soon.

Best Regards,
Rajeeb.
(U: Marajozkee)
(Sent from my iPhone pardon the brevity).


> On 30-Oct-2020, at 10:22 PM, Anna Torres  wrote:
> 
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> I am happy to share with you that during 2020 we have launched a new 
> Community Resources platform. This project is the outcome of the effort and 
> collaboration between affiliates and allied organizations from the Wikimedia 
> movement. 
> 
> “Recursos Comunitarios” was created to facilitate access and cooperation 
> between current and future Wikimedia communities. Its main objective is 
> sharing information and resources that we have been developing from our 
> contexts. So far, it includes presentations, tutorials, and communication & 
> media content, mainly in Spanish and Euskera.
> 
> You can visit the platform at https://recursoscomunitarios.wikimedia.org.ar/ 
> 
> Looking forward to comments or opinions!
> 
> Best,
> 
> PS: If you would like to create a similar project and need any help, please 
> write us an email at proyec...@wikimedia.org.ar. 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Anna Torres Adell
> Directora Ejecutiva
> A.C. Wikimedia Argentina
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[Wikimedia-l] Sharing a new project: community resources platform

2020-10-30 Thread Anna Torres
Dear all,

I am happy to share with you that during 2020 we have launched a new
Community Resources platform. This project is the outcome of the effort and
collaboration between affiliates and allied organizations from the
Wikimedia movement.

“Recursos Comunitarios” was created to facilitate access and cooperation
between current and future Wikimedia communities. Its main objective is
sharing information and resources that we have been developing from our
contexts. So far, it includes presentations, tutorials, and communication &
media content, mainly in Spanish and Euskera.


You can visit the platform at https://recursoscomunitarios.wikimedia.org.ar/

Looking forward to comments or opinions!

Best,

PS: If you would like to create a similar project and need any help, please
write us an email at proyec...@wikimedia.org.ar.


-- 
Anna Torres Adell
Directora Ejecutiva
*A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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[Wikimedia-l] Invitation for Wikimedia Research Office hours November 3, 2020

2020-10-30 Thread Martin Gerlach
Hi all,

Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation [1] for their monthly
Office hours on Tuesday, 2020-11-03 at 17:00-18:00 PM UTC (9am PT/6pm CET).

To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link [2]. There
is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the
etherpad [3] (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise
you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information (e.g.
about how to attend) can be found here [4].

Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
your projects and initiatives. Some example cases we hope to be able to
support you in:

   -

   You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
   should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
   know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
   For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
   in my wiki?
   -

   You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
   contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
   improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
   harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
   them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
   work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
   -

   You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
   does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
   if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
   institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
   more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
   Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
   of you interested more closely in this space.
   -

   You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs [5].


Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)

[1] https://research.wikimedia.org/team.html

[2] https://meet.wmcloud.org/ResearchOfficeHours

[3] https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Research-Analytics-Office-hours

[4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Office_hours

[5] https://research.wikimedia.org/projects.html


-- 
Martin Gerlach
Research Scientist
Wikimedia Foundation
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