Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland – Transition Team and Interim Executive Director

2014-07-22 Thread Itzik Edri
Thank you Tim for the update, and good luck Jan and WMDE with the
transition. I know Jan and I'm sure he will do great work in the meanwhile.

And also, huge thanks Pavel for your huge contribution to movement and to
chapter in general! Good luck as well on your next role.


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM, Tim Moritz Hector 
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de wrote:

 Hi all,

 A few weeks ago, the Transition Team, which the Supervisory Board of
 Wikimedia Deutschland has tasked with organising the search for a new
 Executive Director, held its constitutive meeting. Today I would like to
 inform you of the work of the Transition team and about the last week’s
 further developments.

 I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Engelmann as Interim
 Executive Director as of 1 September 2014. Jan has worked as the Head of
 the Politics  Society department of Wikimedia Deutschland since 2011. He
 has already deputised for the Executive Director on a regular basis over
 recent years. As Interim Executive Director, Jan will manage the department
 on a provisional basis.

 Up to 31 August Pavel Richter will remain Executive Director of Wikimedia
 Deutschland, with all corresponding duties and responsibilities. After this
 time – I am particularly pleased to report – Pavel will work with Jan in an
 advisory capacity during the upcoming transitional period. For the time
 being this role is set to end on 31 January 2015.

 Why have we chosen this solution? What is the difference between Executive
 Director and Interim Executive Director? What are the next steps? I would
 like to answer these questions by taking a look at the primary task of the
 Transition Team: for a new Executive Director to be appointed, the
 commission has to recommend a candidate to the Supervisory Board. This
 process will require a considerable amount of time. It will no doubt be
 several months before this task is complete. So far – over the past three
 weeks – all members have been appointed to the Commission, have met with
 one another and specified their respective responsibilities. The members
 also agreed to report publicly on milestones of their work[1].

 For the Transition Team to be able to complete its work, it must be able to
 depend on certain conditions. These include, in particular, minimising time
 pressure and ensuring knowledge transfer and continuity. The association
 can ensure this with the support of Jan and Pavel. As Executive Director,
 Pavel has many years of experience and expertise that can remain within the
 association thanks to this cooperation.
 By appointing an Interim Executive Director, the Supervisory Board is
 following a proposal that was developed by the Transition Team. This
 solution was unanimously agreed at the Supervisory Board meeting after
 consultation with the relevant parties. In this role, Jan Engelmann’s task
 is to manage WMDE operations until a new Executive Director is appointed.

 I would like to thank Jan, who has agreed to take on this crucial task. I
 would also like to thank Pavel for enabling the Association to reliably and
 thoroughly prepare for the future.

 Most of the members of the Supervisory Board and the Transition Team will
 also be at Wikimania in London and happy to answer any questions you might
 have.

 Best regards,

 Tim Moritz Hector

 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland/Transition_Team

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-ambassadors] Deprecating print-on-demand functionality

2014-07-15 Thread Itzik Edri
Any plans also to improve this module and make it work well also in Hebrew
(and maybe other RTL languages)?


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Luca Martinelli
 martinellil...@gmail.com wrote:
  so the Book Creator will still be active, maybe under another name,
  maybe with another engine, but still active?

 Same name and functionality, just the Order a printed book feature
 will disappear.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiknic reports and photos

2014-07-07 Thread Itzik Edri
We also hosted Wiknic last Friday (to celebrate HEWP 11th anniversary):

https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94:%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%92%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D/%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%92%D7%A9_%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%A5_2014/%D7%AA%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA


On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Wiknic New York City 2014:

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikNYC_July_6,_2014_one.jpg
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikNYC_July_6,_2014_two.jpg
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikNYC_July_6,_2014_three.jpg
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2014_WikNYC_by_Elias_Friedman.jpg

 Wiknic Seattle 2014:


 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_Wiknic_2014_minus_2_attendees.jpg

 I attended the Seattle event which featured 13 people, a quadcopter, foods
 based on recipes from multiple continents, and a wide range of intelligent
 and enjoyable conversation.

 Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Israel received the Roaring Lion Award for the Hebrew Wikipedia 10th anniversary PR

2014-07-04 Thread Itzik Edri
That's really cool Gerard! thank you for sharing :)


On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 2:35 AM, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hoi,
 Congratulations..

 Many awards are known at Wikidata and, the Roaring Lion Award is now one
 of them. Given that the Israeli chapter received this award, the item for
 the chapter has been updated with this fact. Also added were its creation
 date and the fact that it is a chapter.

 It turns out that many chapters are not known on Wikidata.. Have a look [1]
 if your chapter is known and maybe you want to create an item for your
 chapter..
 Thanks,
  GerardM

 [1] http://tools.wmflabs.org/reasonator/?q=15924535


 On 3 July 2014 17:55, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel it...@wikimedia.org.il
 wrote:

  Hey,
 
  I'm very excited to share that last night, we received the award at an
  event presence with of hundreds of guests (Picture of the award:
 
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roaring_Lion_2014_award_to_Wikimedia_Israel.jpg
  )
 
  The Roaring Lion competition is an award for excellence within Israel's
  communications and public relations industry awarded by the Israel Public
  Relations Associations. The campaign was chosen among many, judged by a
  committee of public relations executives, academics and public figures.
 
  Last July the Hebrew Wikipedia celebrated her 10th anniversary. The
  celebrations were followed by massive press coverage - TV radio, internet
  and print. You can give a look on some of them in our Press Book:
 
 
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9iobJg3Vpp0bDdKaDExNmU2VEU/edit?usp=sharing
 
  The strategy was to show the volunteers – the people behind the projects,
  so each cover presented another volunteer. To show the power of Wikipedia
  we collected a lot of numbers such the most viewed articles of the last 5
  years, numbers of edits, words and many others – which leads to many
 items
  covering the history of HEWP.
 
  But besides arranging massive coverage for the celebrations we were
  looking for a special way to celebrate – to do something that has never
  been done before. The result was a unique collaboration with TV Channel
 2,
  the most viewed channel in Israel! For an entire week, five of the most
  senior Channel 2 reporters, who learned to edit Wikipedia by our
  volunteers, wrote or extended an article on Hebrew Wikipedia. Then, each
  recorded a one minute video, explaining why they have decided to write on
  this specific topic. Every day, just before the evening news broadcast,
 the
  video was broadcasted and while the anchor presented the project, he
  explained we wanted to celebrate Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary and show
  that everyone can write an article on Wikipedia. Happy Birthday
 Wikipedia!”
 
  Due the success of the project Channel 2 decided to broadcast it all over
  again on the week after. According to the ratings records 2.033 million
  people (cumulatively) watched the project. On the celebrations month
 pages
  views on Hebrew Wikipedia showed increase of 12% (compare to 1%
  internationally) and increase of 12% in new articles (compare to 14%
  internationally decrease).
 
  You can watch them the videos (translated to English) on our Youtube
  Channel:
  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuQcXKjU3rwJ-TOL8lyru7oHvoufnWtED
 
  I wish to thank all the volunteers who take part making this happen, to
  the Wikimedia Israel team, and to Gidoen Amichay who supported and helped
  lead the Channel 2 cooperation.
 
 
 
  *Regards,Itzik Edri*
  Chairperson and Spokesperson, Wikimedia Israel
  +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
  Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
  sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lets delete everything from commons (was The tragedy of Commons)

2014-06-23 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi Geni,

I wonder when was the last time you, or any other person who responded till
now requested his government to make a public statement - in any issue, not
only related to this issue, and the government so quickly done that,
exactly as he way them to do so - without a long process which involve 100
legal advisers, ministries, committee discussions and many others steps
involve.

Itzik


On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM, geni geni...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 23 June 2014 07:31, rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com wrote:

  that sounds like a rather simple statement to make. is there a reason the
  isreali govermmemt does not want to do that, or is this somenthing which
  follows autimatically?
 
 
 As far as I'm aware they haven't been asked. Really all we need is an
 Israeli  citizen to actual ask them.

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[Wikimedia-l] Lets delete everything from commons (was The tragedy of Commons)

2014-06-22 Thread Itzik Edri
The story continues.

WMIL uploaded a letter from the Ministry of Justice, addressed to the
Commons Community, which confirm that the government don't have interest on
this photos. And not surprising, he was deleted from Commoms by the same
person who deleted all the photos so far:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ministry_of_Justice%27s_of_Israel_response_to_copyrights_issue.jpg

Hard not to feel that the reason to this massive deletions and this kind of
behavior does not cross the boundaries of URAA enforcement to probably more
personal views...

The original letter can be found on Hebrew Wikipedia:
https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%D7%95%D7%91%D7%A5:%D7%AA%D7%92%D7%95%D7%91%D7%AA_%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%93_%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A4%D7%98%D7%99%D7%9D_%D7%91%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9F_%D7%96%D7%9B%D7%95%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%99%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D.jpg

Itzik

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ministry_of_Justice%27s_of_Israel_response_to_copyrights_issue.jpg


On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM, Yann Forget yan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi,

 Some Commons contributors like to ask impossible requirements, and
 threaten to delete files if these are not met. We have now a case of
 famous pictures from the government of Israel and Israel Defense
 Forces.

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Matanya#Files_and_pages_that_were_deleted_by_User:Fastily_that_I_am_aware_of_them

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Beba_Idelson_Ada_Maimon1952.jpg

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Abba_Hushi_1956.jpg

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Aharon_Meskin_-_Ben_Gurion_-_Israel_Prize1960.jpg

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Avraham_Shlonsky_1952.jpg

 These are famous and valuable pictures, including two featured
 pictures on the Hebrew Wikipedia. These files have already been
 deleted and restored 3 times. When the URAA issue was not convincing
 enough, a new reson for deletion was advanced: that publication
 details were not given. Anyone with 2 bits of common sense can
 understand that these famous pictures were published soon after they
 were taken. There is no reasonable doubt about that. In addition,
 publication is not a requirement for being in the public domain in
 Israel.

 After I restored these images, I was threatem by LGA, who is a
 delete-only account:

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Administrators%27_noticeboard/User_problems#User:Yann
 There, more contributors argue on this issue.

 By asking absurb requirements about publication details, these
 contributors threaten the project as a whole. If insisting, it will
 lead people to upload pictures like these locally instead of Commons.
 Then the idea of a central repository for all Wikimedia projects is
 gone.

 Instead of looking for a reason to destroy these files, they should
 try to find a reason to keep them.

 Regards,

 Yann

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lets delete everything from commons (was The tragedy of Commons)

2014-06-22 Thread Itzik Edri
With all the good faith, and even with the good connections of WMIL with
the Israeli government - lets don't forget this it is still, a government,
and it is not kind of lets ask them and they will do it just because we
are Wikimedia Commons issue. It was hard enough to explain them the
ridiculous situation we are facing right now. Don't forget It's took us 3
years to convince the government to release their public photos under
cc-nc, and it was a huge win and successful advocacy work for our movement
that never been done before.

I'm saying that in *my personal opinion* as Wikimedians, and not I'm
representing WMIL (which will continue FULLY to support the efforts on this
issue) or any other official role i'm holding: but to be honest, as the
situation looks right now in the commons - I don't think the government of
Israel, or any other government need to behave according to the commons
admins and their personal actions and opinions. From the government point
of view - the photos are available online, they are free, they are no
longer under copyright and they welcome everyone to uses it. Many people
are already using the photos on websites, Flickrs accounts and others
photos services - if the commons want to write his one rules
and interpretations, even when the WMF BOT and the WMF legal staff don't
fully support their steps - this is the commons and the movement problem to
handle - not the government that have many others issues to handle, as this
is not easy to reach and implement decision - and it rellevent to
every government in the world. They are not working for us.



On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Jeevan Jose jkadav...@gmail.com wrote:


 https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%D7%95%D7%91%D7%A5:%D7%AA%D7%92%D7%95%D7%91%D7%AA_%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%93_%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A4%D7%98%D7%99%D7%9D_%D7%91%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9F_%D7%96%D7%9B%D7%95%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%99%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D.jpg

 Such a statement from GOI can't override US copyright law for all works
 originated from Israel. (as Geni said above)

 But one thing they can do. They can make a statement that they have no plan
 to claim copyright for Govt works per URAA in USA. So all the works of
 Israel will become PD in USA too when they become PD in Israel.

 I think this is the opinin expressed by  Carl Lindberg at

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Copyright/Archive/2014/04#New_URAA_policy_and_the_rule_of_the_shorter_term

 Jee


 On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:

  On 22 June 2014 12:08, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net wrote:
  ...
   parody/satire angle, my understanding is that a CC licence does not
   extinguish things such as moral rights that are not related to
 copyright.
 
  This is fundamentally misleading. Please refer to
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_rights_%28copyright_law%29
 
  If you have not read up on IP law, or are confused about copyright
  terms, I suggest having the discussion on-wiki rather than on an email
  list, where corrections like this either get skipped, leading to later
  readers thinking that these are factual statements, or we end up
  repeating basic copyright law endlessly.
 
  Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Thank you Sue Gardner

2014-06-02 Thread Itzik Edri
I want to join and say also, thank you Sue! Jan-Bart already mentioned your
huge contribution to the movement, but I want to add one more thing: I know
many professional managers. But to find people who are great mangers in a
big organizations who are also warm and hearty for other, who don't put
themselves above others - is more rare. And Sue was one of this unique
persons. She wasn't only the ED, she was one of us. Managing a 200
employees foundation with 60$M budget, but still available for every
volunteer that wanted to speak with her - knowing many of them personally,
always with her huge smile and her personal style. As I said many times - I
didn't always agreed with her decision, but I always appreciated the
professionalism and the way she did things.

Thank you Sue!

And I'll uses this opportunity also to say good luck Lila!


On Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

 Hello Everyone,

 As Lila officially takes over from Sue as the Executive Director of the
 Wikimedia Foundation after this weekend  it really is a moment to not only
 wish Lila a lot of succes in the coming years, but also to give a
 tremendous thanks to Sue for her work in the past years. Of course I did so
 last year in March when she announced her departure but it bears repeating
 that Sue took us from a small organisation in St. Petersburg Florida, which
 was struggling to create impact, to a mature and stable organisation which
 makes a huge difference. Building up a professional staff who are dedicated
 to our mission, incredible fundraising growth and working through complex
 situations to create concepts such as the FDC stand out amongst many other
 achievements.

 It was Sue herself who indicated that it was time to find a new Executive
 Director, someone who was more suitable for our focus on Engineering and
 Grantmaking. As I mentioned more than a year ago, its hard to imagine the
 Wikimedia Foundation without Sue at the helm. However, due in large part to
 her efforts we have managed to find a new Executive Director who gives me
 confidence in the future of the Foundation. I am happy that we managed to
 find the “unicorn” that we were looking for, but that didn’t happen by
 accident. Most of you know that we concluded the first round of our search
 in early december with candidates that we did not feel were ideal for the
 job. We decided to change our tactics and this involved both Erik and Sue
 spending a lot of their (spare) time with potential candidates and making
 sure that we were getting the right candidates. As a result our second
 round had a great set of candidates, which ultimately led to the selection
 of Lila. On the transition team Sue has been very crucial in holding up a
 mirror and reminding us what we were looking for.

 After a well deserved vacation Sue will be available as a Special Advisor
 to both the Lila and the Board of Trustees and we are grateful to her for
 making herself available to do this. However, what intrigues me more is
 what she will end up doing in the coming years. I am hoping it is in the
 space of Open Content or the Open Internet, as she will undoubtedly have a
 tremendous impact in there, and we need her! I am also happy to inform you
 that Sue will attend a part of Wikimania where she will for once not have
 an packed schedule, so feel free to take the opportunity to thank her in
 person if you are so inclined :)

 On behalf of the entire Board and all the staff of the Wikimedia
 Foundation: thank you so much all that you have given the Foundation, and
 especially your efforts in the past year to ensure that there was both
 stability within our organisation and a great succesor.

 Jan-Bart de Vreede
 Chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC recommendation round 2 announced

2014-05-24 Thread Itzik Edri
+1

I want to join Jat-Bart and thanks the FDC for the great work they did
again. I'm also happy to see improvement in the process and to see that
this round the FDC published more detailed feedback of their
recommendations.

I found their feedback of the WMF proposal as a very mature and profound,
and highlight some of us a very interesting issues to look for, and I know
that wasn't been so easy to do so.

I also want to congratulate WMFR for being the first chapter over the lasts
2 rounds to be recommended to be fully funded, although they requested 50%
higher allocation from the last year allocation. WMFR proposal is indeed
very professional and interesting one which posed a high bar for everyone
on the next rounds. Well done WMFR!



Itzik
WMIL



On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

 Hi Dariusz ( Everyone)

 On behalf of the Board of Trustees allow me to once again thank the FDC
 and involved WMF Staff members for all the work that has gone into this
 round. I am looking forward to discussing the future of the FDC with you
 and all the others in the coming days as we convene with the FDC Advisory
 Group.

 Also thanks to all those who have participated in the public discussions
 on the different proposals, it is what makes us truly unique as an
 organisation!

 Thank you,

 Jan-Bart de Vreede
 Chair
 Wikimedia Board of Trustees


 On 24 May 2014, at 15:51, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:

  Hello friends,
 
  The Funds Dissemination Committee meets twice annually to help make
  decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
  Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. [1]
 
  On behalf of the committee, I am pleased to announce that Round 2
 2013-2014
  recommendations to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees have now
 been
  posted on Meta [2]:
 
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2013-2014_round2
 
  The WMF Board will make their decision on these recommendations by 1 July
  2014.
 
  For the second round of this fiscal year, the committee received four
  proposals.  [3] These four proposals came from two chapters, WMF and one
  non-Wikimedia organization, totaling requests of '''$1.56''' million USD.
  Prior to our face-to-face deliberations in Frankfurt from 21st-24th May,
  the FDC reviewed the proposals in careful detail, aided by staff
  assessments and analysis on programs, finances, grant compliance and
  history, as well as community comments on the proposals. Staff presented
 an
  overview of these findings to the FDC during the deliberations. The FDC
 and
  FDC staff also asked clarifying questions to the entities on the proposal
  form discussion pages during the four-week community review period (and
  prior to the publishing of staff assessments), and observed the
 discussions
  about the proposals.
 
  The committee thanks all organizations that submitted proposals, as it
  required significant effort to both create the proposal and to respond to
  the questions and feedback from the community, FDC, and FDC staff.  We
  sincerely appreciate them all for this work.
 
  For formal complaints or appeals about the recommendations, there is a
  separate process that entities should follow. Note that at the request of
  many stakeholders, we are clarifying the complaints and appeals
 terminology
  so that complaints are made about the process to the ombudsperson and
  appeals on the recommendations are made to the WMF Board representatives.
  These are further explained below:
 
  Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s Round 2
  recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC
 by
  '''end of day UTC 8 June 2014''' in accordance with the appeal process
  outlined in the FDC Framework. The process is as follows:
 
  Appeals to the WMF Board on the recommendations of the FDC (formerly
 called
  complaints, terminology changed to avoid further confusion):
 
  * A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation should be in the
  form of a 500-or-fewer word summary directed to the two non-voting WMF
  Board representatives to the FDC (Patricio Lorente and Bishakha Datta).
 
  * The appeal should be submitted on-wiki through the FDC portal page
  designated for this purpose. [4]
 
  * Formal appeals can be submitted only by the Board Chair of a
  funding-seeking organization.
 
  * Formal appeals must be filed within seven days of the deadline for
  submission of the FDC slate of recommendations to the WMF Board, even if
  the recommendations are published before the deadline for the
  recommendations i.e. end-of-day '''1 June 2014'''. The deadline for
 appeals
  is the end-of-day UTC on '''8 June 2014'''.
 
  * These board representatives will present the appeal to the WMF Board at
  the same time as the Board considers the FDC recommendation. Responses to
  an appeal will be made alongside the overall decision on 

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel been accepted to the Google Grants program

2014-05-05 Thread Itzik Edri
Hey,

We are pleased to announce that Wikimedia Israel been accepted to the
Google Grants program. Google Grants is an in-kind advertising program that
awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords up to
10,000$ per month.

This grant will help Wikimedia Israel to uses another way to reach people
in Israel and to invite them to learn about Wikipedia, attends editing
workshops and to donate to Wikipedia.

Google is a longtime supporter of Wikimedia Israel – They sponsored Wiki
Loves Monuments on 2012 and 2013 and hosted many Wikimedia Israel's events
at their Google Campus in Tel Aviv (Hackathons and community meet-ups).


P.S. Happy 66th Israel's Independence Day!



*Regards,Itzik Edri*
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
+972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee leadership

2014-04-11 Thread Itzik Edri
Congratulation Carlos! WMIL are proud of you!

And thank you Bence for your long commitment till now!



On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all,

 It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that the Affiliations
 Committee has appointed Carlos Colina as the chair (who previously served
 as the vice-chair), and Cynthia Ashley-Nelson as the vice-chair of the
 committee for a one year term ending in April 2015.

 I am happy to leave the committee in the very capable hands of Carlos and
 Cynthia, and will remain an ordinary member of AffCom going forward.

 Best regards,
 Bence Damokos
 Member, Affiliations Committee
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimania Budget (related to chapters and WMF)

2014-04-03 Thread Itzik Edri
[cross-posting]

-- Forwarded message --
From: Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il
Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: Wikimania Budget (related to chapters and WMF)
To: Wikimania general list (open subscription) 
wikimani...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hi,

We are soon gonna meet again in Wikimania 2014, and as many of the chapters
and the WMF already published their final financial numbers for 2013, I
encourage everyone who didn't do it yet - like WMF, WMDE, WMFR, WMAT, and
some others to update their numbers:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Budget

And here also:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania/Scholarships/2013

The Hong Kong team is also welcome to add the conferences costs, and other
financial numbers.

Many thanks to everyone for supporting the transparency around Wikimania!




On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

 Hi,

 I know it may be too early to ask that, but I promise to send another
 notification related this issue in the coming months :)

 We started last year to make the Wikimania costs more transparent.
 Wikimania is our biggest and the most expensive project. To ask our self
 how much Wikimania costs we can't only look on the project budget, as the
 total cost involve also scholarships (from WMF and chapters)
 and delegations of the chapters and the WMF.

 We have tracking pages on Meta about Wikimania 
 2011http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2011/Budgetand Wikimania
 2012 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2012/Budget (sadly the
 organizer team of 2012 didn't updated their costs till now...), and I
 opened a new page for Wikimania 
 2013http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Budget
 .

 So again, I know to some of you this is too early to put the costs
 (although the size of the chapters and WMF delegation is known and could be
 update also now) - but if you can, do it now. If now, remember to do it
 what you have the numbers.

 The data requested is your chapter\wmf 
 delegationhttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013/Budget#Delegations 
 and
 the number of 
 scholarshipshttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania/Scholarships/2013your 
 chapters gave.


 Thanks,
 Itzik

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cost of Wikimedia Conference 2014

2014-04-02 Thread Itzik Edri
 of the donor. If it's acceptable for large
  chapters
   with large reserves, it potentially puts smaller chapters at a
  disadvantage
   or could be perceived as bias.
  
   With a week and a bit to go, it's not a time where this discussion will
   mean the arrangements already made for attendees will be changed, but I
   would hope that us as chapters would consider this more carefully going
   forward. Might be a worthy discussion topic in Berlin.
  
   Steve Zhang
  
   President - Wikimedia Australia
   On 02/04/2014 9:27 am, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:
  
Sorry Nicole, but I'm unhappy with your answer. You are right,
  engagement
on other topics is needed, but this is not means people don't have
 the
right to ask questions and raise concerns.
   
We didn't have this discussions last year, as none of the chapter
 sent
   more
then 2+1. There were few people who came before to the Education
  Meeting,
but the left and didn't attend the ChapConf. I think we deserve to
 know
   why
this has been changed, and why no one notify or discussed about it
   before.
I was member of the location committee, and I'm definitely remember
 we
asked all the proposals to calculates the event costs by this rule
 of
number of representatives from each org. More than that, when we
  decided
   to
select Berlin, we even mentioned the fact that last years WMDE's
 staff
   and
board was widely around, breaking the equality we are looking for,
  and
asking to minimize WMDE's attendees to only what needed to run the
conference.
   
WMDE did a great step toward open discussions about the goals and the
program of the conference, so I find it strange they didn't welcome,
 or
willing to response such a crucial question that changed the status
 quo
   we
been used to since the beginning so secretly.
   
   
On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 6:46 PM, Nicole Ebber 
  nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de
wrote:
   
 I am glad that 1,5 weeks before the conference, there is finally
 some
 activity showing up on the lists and the meta pages. I must admit
  that
 I would have really loved to see more engagement on topics like
 conference goals and themes, support for the programme team
 regarding
 programme decisions, schedule and outcomes rather than having the
  same
 discussions on rules and logistics like every year before.

 There is still time (2 days) to give input to the schedule or
 volunteer as a speaker for some of the sessions. And most
  importantly,
 to start discussing and taking position towards the conference
 topics
 on-wiki and internally in our home organisations.


 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2014/Programme

 Everyone interested is very welcome to provide thoughts and ideas.
 We
 have three days full of exciting sessions, highly political
 discussions and fun ahead of us, let's make the best of it
 together!

 I am looking forward to seeing so many of you next week in Berlin!

 Best,
 Nicole

 On 1 April 2014 10:47, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
wrote:
  Hoi,
  Money entrusted to a chapter is for that chapter to spend as they
  see
 fit.
  The notion that it is money from the public is not a license
 for
 everyone
  to meddle. There are people and places where such scrutiny is
 best
  expressed. When questions are asked, let them be questions and
 not
 implicit
  condemnations.
 
  Fae can do whatever he likes. However, he should understand that
  as a
  former chair it is best for the new team to move in its own
  direction
and
  not in the old direction. There is plenty that can be done that
 is
   not
  controversial.
 
  When formalities are used as arguments, you loose sight what the
  formalities are there for. It is best to ignore all rules when
  that
 gets
  the job done in an effective way. The notion that because
 somewhere
else
 in
  the movement things have gone wrong does not justify the
  current
  criticism. A legitimate question could be you are sending a
 large
  delegation, why is that. It is not legitimate to say you waste
   money
by
  sending people to a conference, why is that.
 
  Thanks,
 
GerardM
 
 
 
  Op 31 mrt. 2014 16:44 schreef Russavia 
   russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com
:
 
  Gerard, et al
 
  On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM, Gerard Meijssen
  gerard.meijs...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  
   My point is very much that it is for the chapter to decide if
  they
   spend their money wisely. It is for members of a chapter to
   question
 this
   at an appropriate time and at an appropriate place.
 
 
  Might I make a point here.
 
  It is not their money, but rather the money of donors -- i.e

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Purpose of WMConf ( was: Cost of Wikimedia Conference 2014)

2014-04-02 Thread Itzik Edri
What the purpose of this discussion? The program committee already
scheduled a session about the future of the WMCON. And as we are a week
before, and I believe it's too late to cancel flights and hotels booking,
nothing will probably going to be changed, even if there will be consensus
about the purpose of the conference.

And while it seem like the discussion is about WMUK's attendees only - I
must say I don't think this is the case. They are maybe the biggest
delegations (we may starts to change the term this year from
representatives to delegation, which fit the case better), but not the
only ones. There are other chapters who sends more than the others.

The silence and the ignorance of the organizer team regarding their
decision on that is something which worries me more, I think.



On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.comwrote:

 Great! We are starting to have the conversation we need to have!

 So: What is the purpose of the Wikimedia Conference?

 This has never been clearly defined, in my view.

 I certainly found attending last year useful as it was a chance to get to
 know face-to-face people I only knew over email, to share some useful
 experience of Wikimedia UK's with other chapters,  and  to get an insight
 into how others were thinking, and have some meetings which needed to be
 done face-to-face.

 In general those are very useful things. But is that what the conference is
 for?

 Chris
  On 2 Apr 2014 17:17, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com wrote:

  (my 2cents here, not speaking in any capacity besides my personal free
  will)
 
  2014-04-02 14:32 GMT+02:00 Jens Best jens.b...@wikimedia.de:
   Have a nice time in Berlin, maybe I will drop by on some of the evening
   events at least. :)
 
  May I say? Please come by also at the conference.
  I understand the point of having a rule (which we can decide if it is
  a strict rule or whatever) of 2+1 representatives because it helps to
  limit costs and it also assures that there isn't over-representation
  of an entities over some others (which are both good arguments, btw)
  but thinking of having a closed event were you can not come along if
  you are interested to do so and you happen to live nearby seems Deeply
  Wrong(TM) to me.
  For comparison all General Assemblies of Wikimedia Italia are public,
  everyone can come along and speak, of course when it comes to voting
  (e.g. board elections) only members have the right to vote. We always
  have some bystanders (this includes the occasional I am painter, why
  I don't have my Wikipedia page?)  and, to date, our assemblies have
  never being flooded by strangers :-). Moreover, for the sake of bias
  and over-representation I think that this will not be of much more
  impact than the fact of chosing to hold the event itself in Berlin.
 
  Cristian
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cost of Wikimedia Conference 2014

2014-04-01 Thread Itzik Edri
Sorry Nicole, but I'm unhappy with your answer. You are right, engagement
on other topics is needed, but this is not means people don't have the
right to ask questions and raise concerns.

We didn't have this discussions last year, as none of the chapter sent more
then 2+1. There were few people who came before to the Education Meeting,
but the left and didn't attend the ChapConf. I think we deserve to know why
this has been changed, and why no one notify or discussed about it before.
I was member of the location committee, and I'm definitely remember we
asked all the proposals to calculates the event costs by this rule of
number of representatives from each org. More than that, when we decided to
select Berlin, we even mentioned the fact that last years WMDE's staff and
board was widely around, breaking the equality we are looking for, and
asking to minimize WMDE's attendees to only what needed to run the
conference.

WMDE did a great step toward open discussions about the goals and the
program of the conference, so I find it strange they didn't welcome, or
willing to response such a crucial question that changed the status quo we
been used to since the beginning so secretly.


On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 6:46 PM, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 I am glad that 1,5 weeks before the conference, there is finally some
 activity showing up on the lists and the meta pages. I must admit that
 I would have really loved to see more engagement on topics like
 conference goals and themes, support for the programme team regarding
 programme decisions, schedule and outcomes rather than having the same
 discussions on rules and logistics like every year before.

 There is still time (2 days) to give input to the schedule or
 volunteer as a speaker for some of the sessions. And most importantly,
 to start discussing and taking position towards the conference topics
 on-wiki and internally in our home organisations.

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2014/Programme

 Everyone interested is very welcome to provide thoughts and ideas. We
 have three days full of exciting sessions, highly political
 discussions and fun ahead of us, let's make the best of it together!

 I am looking forward to seeing so many of you next week in Berlin!

 Best,
 Nicole

 On 1 April 2014 10:47, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com wrote:
  Hoi,
  Money entrusted to a chapter is for that chapter to spend as they see
 fit.
  The notion that it is money from the public is not a license for
 everyone
  to meddle. There are people and places where such scrutiny is best
  expressed. When questions are asked, let them be questions and not
 implicit
  condemnations.
 
  Fae can do whatever he likes. However, he should understand that as a
  former chair it is best for the new team to move in its own direction and
  not in the old direction. There is plenty that can be done that is not
  controversial.
 
  When formalities are used as arguments, you loose sight what the
  formalities are there for. It is best to ignore all rules when that
 gets
  the job done in an effective way. The notion that because somewhere else
 in
  the movement things have gone wrong does not justify the current
  criticism. A legitimate question could be you are sending a large
  delegation, why is that. It is not legitimate to say you waste money by
  sending people to a conference, why is that.
 
  Thanks,
 
GerardM
 
 
 
  Op 31 mrt. 2014 16:44 schreef Russavia russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com:
 
  Gerard, et al
 
  On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM, Gerard Meijssen
  gerard.meijs...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  
   My point is very much that it is for the chapter to decide if they
   spend their money wisely. It is for members of a chapter to question
 this
   at an appropriate time and at an appropriate place.
 
 
  Might I make a point here.
 
  It is not their money, but rather the money of donors -- i.e. the
 general
  public -- who are every year told that Wikipedia needs your help to
  survive.
 
  The movement, as you all like to refer to it, has a tendency to waste
  money on frivolous things such as travel and accommodation, as
 demonstrated
  last year by
  http://twkozlowski.net/how-40k-dollars-turned-to-petty-cash/and
  http://twkozlowski.net/saving-by-spending-according-to-affcom/
 
  The appropriate time to question such spending is BEFORE the funds is
  committed and spent. The place is unimportant, but here is as good as
 any.
 
  As a member of the movement, Fae has every right to ask such
 questions,
  and I believe he also has the right to be able to ask such questions
  without snide remarks such as Really Fae, as you are no longer the
 chair,
  why rule from the grave? being thrown at him . Unfortunately, there
 is a
  tendency in the movement when legitimate questions are raised, for a
  committed movementarian to deflect from that questioning with snide
  attacks.
 
  Now, Fae has asked some legit questions of UK 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Goodbye as the German president of the Dutch chapter

2014-03-31 Thread Itzik Edri
Thank you Ziko for your huge contribution to WMNL, to the chapters, and to
the movement in general.

בהצלחה (Good luck) on whatever you going to do next.


On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nlwrote:

 Dear colleagues, collaborators and friends of free knowledge,

 After three eventful years I left the board of Wikimedia Nederland;
 yesterday was the General Assembly in Utrecht. This means a 'goodbye'.

 In this time, I had the privilege and pleasure to work with many great
 people in many different organisations. We saw a lot of small steps
 and some bigger ones directed to our common goal, the support of free
 knowledge. Certainly, not everything we as a movement or parts of the
 movement was achieved, though.

 Between many WMNL members and me, there were two grades of separation:
 coming from the humanities, my geekiness differs a little from the
 average Wikipedianess; having the German Wikipedia as my home wiki, I
 was never a very active or 'true' part of the Dutch editing community.
 And when I quoted in my speeches from medieval quests or Prussian
 literary realism, I received therefore some strange looks from some
 members.

 But I remain firmly convinced that good governance and respect have no
 nationality. Indeed, stroopwafels do have, and so I adopted the Dutch
 custom to bring them with me to Wikimedian meetings abroad.

 Wikimedia Nederland has experienced and overcome a difficult period of
 transition. Office space and employees, more members including more
 members without Wikipedia background, more activities, more money,
 more responsibility; more need for an association to mature and focus
 on what is necessary (and not always easy, cool or fun). We achieved
 that as a collective, slower than previously expected, but with the
 appropriate pride and good feelings about the future.

 Goodbye - and Hello: I am looking forward to see many of you again at
 whatever wiki, chat or real life meeting.

 Kind regards
 Ziko

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nederland


 
 Dr. Ziko van Dijk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cost of Wikimedia Conference 2014

2014-03-31 Thread Itzik Edri
I don't think the costs are the issue here, neither if there is streaming
or not (and I don't think we need to have one. It's WMCconf, not Wikimania).

But we have strict rule - two representatives, 3 if you have ED. I also saw
that some chapters have more than that, and I really don't know why. If
they are coming as speakers to one of the sessions - I hope their
participation and attending in the venue area will be limit only to this
session only (and then it will be really waste of money). This is also
relevant by the way (from my point of view) to WMDE staff/board that are
not part of conference staff.


On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM, Gerard Meijssen
gerard.meijs...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hoi,
 When there is enough money to go around, efficacy should be the primary
 consideration. When charitable funds are available and they are not spend
 because of misplaced frugality, it is obvious to me that priorities are out
 of kilter.

 Your second arguments makes more sense but also up to a point. When the
 bigger chapters are more able to do what is right by all chapters, it means
 that they should be present and listen more and impose less. When the
 German chapter sends fewer people, it does not imply that what these people
 have to say carries less weight. When fewer people mean that the existing
 needs for us as a world community are not heard, it is not effective at
 all. When people are effective at a conference and are the ones who decide
 on how to move forward, where to spend money they should be at the
 conferences where the combined efforts may be aligned.

 Money should only be a consideration when there is not enough and when it
 is not spend effectively.
 Thanks,
   GerardM


 On 31 March 2014 14:34, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:

  On 31 March 2014 12:02, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
 wrote:
   Hoi,
   Video conferencing is ok-ish.. at best. It does not give you the
   opportunity that face to face communications gives you. It does not
 allow
   you to get through the fog of misunderstanding, Really, when the right
   people go for the right reasons, it pays its dividents.
  
   Cost is only one criteria to measure things by. What would you consider
  as
   relevant for more people to go ?
   Thanks,
Gerard
 
  Yes absolute cost is only one measure, but should remain a primary one
  when judging if the charitable funds of our movement are being spent
  wisely.
 
  Another consideration is past concern from smaller chapters that this
  meeting was being overwhelmed with the viewpoint of the larger and
  better funded chapters that found it easiest to travel to Berlin, or
  pay employees to attend. This is probably a reason why the German
  chapter, compared to the UK chapter, is sending a relatively modest
  number of people to represent their chapter at the conference they are
  actually hosting.
 
  Fae
  --
  fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cost of Wikimedia Conference 2014

2014-03-31 Thread Itzik Edri
This is totally surprise for me. I checked the last years participation
lists, and none of the chapters sent more than 2+1 representatives. The
idea all this years was very simple: to keep the conference small as
possible in order to have effective discussions, and to allow all the
chapter to be equal - neither if you are WMDE or a chapter that just been
approved few months ago with zero budget.

The fact that this year the rules (if they been written or not somewhere
till now is less relevant) had been changed without having a discussions
about it very disappointing. I'll be happy to hear from the organization
committee about this surprising change.

BTW - The idea that people from WMUK are coming in order to promote
Wikimania among chapters makes me very amusement.


On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.ukwrote:

 A few points.

 There is no policy to restrict participation to three representatives.
 Indeed, many chapters are sending more than three delegates as has been the
 case in previous years.

 For the record we have people going for four reasons:

- CEO and Chair as standard
- Two staff and one trustee who are invited to do presentations on areas
of strength in the chapter.
- Two trustees (we are guessing KR might actually be a misnamed Kate
West) who will be using this as part of their induction as trustees - a
great chance to meet other people and learn about the community.
- Everyone can promote Wikimania London and learn about people's ideas
and expectations.

 I think this is a sensible use of our resources, (flights to Berlin are
 cheaper than many train journeys to UK cities), supports our learning and
 helps share our knowledge and understanding with other chapters.

 And on a final point we will certainly not be going round in a sort of WMUK
 gang trying to overwhelm small chapters - quite the opposite and I think we
 have a good record at WMUK of supporting others.

 *Regards, Jon Davies*


 *CEO Wikimedia UK.*


 On 31 March 2014 15:43, Russavia russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com wrote:

  Gerard, et al
 
  On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM, Gerard Meijssen
  gerard.meijs...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  
   My point is very much that it is for the chapter to decide if they
   spend their money wisely. It is for members of a chapter to question
 this
   at an appropriate time and at an appropriate place.
 
 
  Might I make a point here.
 
  It is not their money, but rather the money of donors -- i.e. the
 general
  public -- who are every year told that Wikipedia needs your help to
  survive.
 
  The movement, as you all like to refer to it, has a tendency to waste
  money on frivolous things such as travel and accommodation, as
 demonstrated
  last year by
  http://twkozlowski.net/how-40k-dollars-turned-to-petty-cash/and
  http://twkozlowski.net/saving-by-spending-according-to-affcom/
 
  The appropriate time to question such spending is BEFORE the funds is
  committed and spent. The place is unimportant, but here is as good as
 any.
 
  As a member of the movement, Fae has every right to ask such questions,
  and I believe he also has the right to be able to ask such questions
  without snide remarks such as Really Fae, as you are no longer the
 chair,
  why rule from the grave? being thrown at him . Unfortunately, there
 is a
  tendency in the movement when legitimate questions are raised, for a
  committed movementarian to deflect from that questioning with snide
  attacks.
 
  Now, Fae has asked some legit questions of UK chapter, and it is only
 fair
  that they answer them.
 
  Cheers,
 
  Russavia
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation

2014-02-13 Thread Itzik Edri
Allow me first to congratulate Frank. I think he is a great choice and
already proved how much he capable to do amazing things, so I have a great
hopes in this new organizations.

Saying that and moving to talk about the organization and the process, and
not about the person, this grant and program itself had been discussed over
the past months in a unofficial lists.

This grant is a the biggest grant the WMF ever gave to a new group -
147,570$. The grant department gave in the past (for one year) more than
that to a few big chapters (WMNL/AT/SE/DE) but all of them was a already
existing chapters with a record of few years. The WEF hasn't been yet
approved by the affcom, BTW. I can't see in the near future  (especially
after the last board decision) any other new group or chapter getting even
quarter of budget in their first new year. It's worth to read the
discussion the GAC had around this grant request:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:PEG/User:Pjthepiano_-_Wiki_Education_Foundation/US_and_Canada_Wikipedia_Education_Program

I'm part of the communication committee for a many years, and indeed this
press release was also very strange to me (and it been also published on
Wikipedia's official Facebook page and others social media channels). It
seem like it will be unclear if the WEF will get a special treatment from
the WMF/staff, not like others groups or chapters.

BTW, the WEF didn't budgeted office rent in their grant request, and as the
grants are restricted, it seem like they will need to find a Pro bono
office, or to ask for revising their grant.



On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

 Hi

 On 13 Feb 2014, at 04:46, Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com wrote:

  Good question Andy!
  Moreover, as this is an independent organisation, why does the fact of it
  getting a director deserve a WMF press-release? For comparison, has the
  hiring of senior staff for any of the Chapters received a WMF-written
 press
  release?

 Because the director happens to be an extremely valued long time member of
 the senior staff of the Wikimedia Foundation.

 SNIP

   I note that on the QA that the
  organisation is Based in San Francisco - I hope this means that it is
 not
  getting free accommodation in the WMF offices as I'm sure there's lots of
  other independent groups that would like free office space too.
 

 Assuming good faith would be a good start here. Funny thing is... Frank
 moved to San Francisco for his work at the Wikimedia Foundation (and built
 up a life there), so that could also be a logical reason for the office
 being based there (and in fact I think that is the reason, because the last
 I heard the Wiki Education Foundation will not be located in the Wikimedia
 Foundation office)

 Rather than just answer your concerns I want to take the opportunity to
 congratulate Frank on this move. While he will be sorely missed at the
 Wikimedia Foundation this step makes sense for him personally. The fact
 that he will remain part of our movement helps make this a little less
 painful. I am sure that in his new capacity he will continue to move
 mountains to further our goals. I wish him the best of luck and hope that
 the Wiki Education Foundation becomes a great succes.

 Jan-Bart de Vreede
 Chair
 Board of Trustees
 Wikimedia Foundation





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-11 Thread Itzik Edri
What I can say about this new-old not surprising decision?
When WMDE posted their feedback about the FDC, the responses from the
board/fdc was wait, we want to finish 2 years cycle and then talk about
the it. Of course it didn't stopped the WMF, before having such a
discussion, to decide and limit already from now the future of this
process. the process itself without a budget or ability to grove, makes the
FDC kind of powerless, having to face him over the next 2 year with a
really hard decisions about really limiting the allocation for the
chapters, without of course, having enough time, knowledge or resources for
them to prepare for self fundraising.

I have a lot what to say about it, but from a past experience from the
board's letters i believe it will end with 1000 emails on this list, but
nothing will be change, so I'll save my time. I'll just again doubt why we
reached for such a decision, without open call for comment before.



On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all,

 I want to draw your attention to two Wikimedia Board of Trustees decisions
 that were recently published, regarding funds allocated to the FDC/Annual
 plan grant process and Board approval of chapter/thematic organization
 status. In a nutshell, the Board decided to allocate approximately the same
 amount of funding to the FDC for the next two years. The Board also decided
 that new organizations should first form as a user group and have two years
 of programmatic experience before being approved as a legally incorporated
 entity (either a chapter or thematic organization).

 The decisions are published in the meeting minutes here:
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11-24#Movement_roles

 There is also a FAQ on Meta:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_FAQ

 You will notice these decisions are published in the minutes for the
 November meeting. We originally took these decisions at that meeting;
 however as the FAQ explains it took us some time to talk to community
 groups, clarify our wording and write the FAQ.

 Hopefully the FAQ will answer many of your questions about these decisions;
 however, if there are other questions please do ask them, here or on the
 meta talk page. Thank you!

 for the Board,
 Phoebe
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[Wikimedia-l] A call to Wikimedia Israel's community to come home

2014-02-03 Thread Itzik Edri
.


We hope that 2014 will see WMIL doing more, achieving more impact and
contributing to Israeli society, as it has in recent years, and even more.


 With best wishes,

Wikimedia Israel Board

-- Forwarded message --
From: Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il
Date: 2014-02-03
Subject: קריאה למתנדבי ויקימדיה ישראל לעשות לביתנו
To: ויקימדיה ישראל wikimedia...@lists.wikimedia.org


חברים ושותפים יקרים,

כידוע לכם, ה-FDC אישר לוויקימדיה ישראל רק חלק מהתקציב אותו ביקשנו בכדי לממש
את תכנית העבודה שהוצגה ואושרה פה אחד בקרב חברי העמותה. למען הדיוק מדובר
ב-709,000 שח, המהווים רק 45% מהתקציב
שביקשנוhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round1/Wikimedia_Israel/Proposal_formבסך
1,553,837 שח. כדי לסבר את האוזן, מדובר בסכום שמספיק לעלויות התפעול
הבסיסיות של העמותה וכלל לא לפעילות שוטפת (מי שרוצה לקרוא עוד, יכול
לקרוא את הערעור
שהגשנוhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC#Wikimedia_Israel).
אך הוועד המנהל 
דחהhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC#Board_decision_on_Wikimedia_Israel.27s_appealאת
הערעור שלנו, כמו גם את של ויקימדיה הודו. יצוין שיש הרבה ביקורת על
התהליך, והגרמנים החלו להוביל שיח
פתוחhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Comments/Extensive_feedback_from_WMDE_to_the_FDC_processבנושא
שאתם מוזמנים להשתלב בו.

התאכזבנו מאוד מההחלטה המקורית ומדחיית הערעור, שנבעו בראייתנו לא משיקולים
ענייניים אלא מהצורך לתת דוגמא, למען יראו וייראו צ'פטרים אחרים מהגדלה
משמעותית של פעילות ותקציב, וערערנו לוועד המנהל של הקרן בניסיון לשנות במקצת
את ההחלטה.

המצב מבחינת ויקימדיה ישראל אינו פשוט. הוועד המנהל, ביחד עם הצוות המקצועי,
ניהל בשבועות האחרונים דיונים רבים בניסיון להתאים את תכנית העבודה למציאות
התקציבית. ההשלכות: שכירת פחות כוח אדם הדרוש להתמקצעות ותמיכה במתנדבים,
קיצוצים במלגות ובתקצוב מיזמים, הקטנת השתתפות בכינוסים בינלאומיים, דחיית
המיזם האקדמי ושינויים אחרים.

למרות זאת, אנחנו לא מרימים ידיים. ויקימדיה ישראל הייתה, ואנו מקווים שגם
תהיה, צ'פטר מוביל - כזה שיודע לנצל ולמקסם את המשאבים המעטים שיש לו כדי
להרים פרויקטים מדהימים שכל התנועה גאה בהם. לכן, למרות שינוי תכנית העבודה,
אנו הולכים לעבוד קשה, מאוד קשה, כדי לממש את רוב התכנית - ותוך כדי כך,
להמשיך לבנות תשתית ולגייס משאבים שיאפשרו לנו להעלות את היקף הפעילות לקראת
סוף 2014 ולבטח ב-2015, כמתוכנן.

חשוב להבהיר שהתוכנית האסטרטגית שלנו כללה גיוס כספים וחסויות, והגדלת עוגת
התקציב תוך שאיפה להתבסס על מקורות חיצוניים לקרן, אך היינו מעדיפים שהתהליך
יקרה בצורה מדורגת, תוך שיתוף פעולה, ולא בהחלטה חד-צדדית. ההקצאה התקציבית
תחייב מהצוות הרבה יותר עיסוק כלפי פנים בגיוס כספים וחסויות והמשך בניית
התשתית של העמותה, ולכן גם חברי הוועד הולכים להתגייס באופן מלא לתמיכה במשימה.

אנחנו צריכים את העזרה שלכם:

מתנדבי ויקימדיה ישראל, ורבים מחברי הוועד היו פעילים מאז ומתמיד בפעילות
הבינלאומית של התנועה, החל מוויקימניה, תקשורת, גלאם, GAC, WCA, WLM ושאר
ועדות בינלאומיות. הפעילות הזו מבורכת, והניסיון אותו חולקת ויקימדיה ישראל עם
התנועה הוא חשוב ביותר. אך המסר שהגיע מה-FDC מאוד ברור, הצמיחה של ויקימדיה
ישראל אינה עולה בקנה אחד עם השקפת העולם של ה-FDC והוועד המנהל, שגיבה אותה.

לאור זאת ולתקופה הקרובה, המתנדבים, חברי הוועד והצוות המקצועי יצמצמו את
המשאבים המוקצים לפעילות הבינלאומית - ביניהם עדכונים חודשיים, כתיבת פוסטים
לבלוג הבינלאומי של הקרן וכתיבת דיווחים שאינם בגדר חובה. מדובר בעבודה רבה,
הדורשת זמן והשקעה בתרגום לאנגלית, ובסיטואציה של משאבים מוגבלים מאוד - אנו
בשלב הזה מעוניינים להפנות אותם להשקעה בצ'פטר שלנו, ובעשייה שלנו. חברי הוועד
המנהל במסגרת זאת מתכוונים גם להשקיע את מירב מאמציהם בתמיכה בתכנית העבודה
וגיוס המשאבים ולכן יצמצמו למינימום/יפרשו ממחויבויות בינלאומיות שלהם בכדי
לתמוך במטרה הזו.

זו אינה מחאה, ולא דרישה שלנו מכם חברי העמותה לעשות צעד זה או אחר. אולם, זו
כן בקשה שלנו מכל המתנדבים הפעילים גם בקבוצות עבודה בינלאומיות - אנחנו
צריכים כל דקה פנויה שלכם, וצריכים שתשקיעו את מרב המאמצים שלכם בבית - עזרו
לוויקימדיה ישראל להתאושש, להתחזק ולהוכיח לתנועה שהיא יכולה לממש את רוב
תכנית העבודה שהכריזה עליה, אך גם לבנות תשתית שתאפשר תלות עתידית נמוכה יותר
בהחלטות חד צדדיות חריפות שכאלה.

בתקווה שבחודשים הקרובים נתחזק, ונחזור לפעילות מלאה, תורמת ומשפיעה, כפי
שוויקימדיה ישראל עשתה תמיד.


בברכה,

חברי הוועד המנהל
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMIL Board members withdraw from international activities

2014-02-03 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi Nathan,

Allow me to correct - WMIL is not withdrawing from international
activities. For example, WMIL will probably going to be one of the leading
chapters supporting WLE, and many others international projects with others
chapters. Alongside participating in the ChapConf and Wikimania (although
right now it seem like we can't offer scholarships to editors from Israel
like recent years).

The board only asked, for a temporary period of time, from his members who
are active in working groups and others committees, to understand that it's
gonna be a hard year for WMIL and we need every help that they can give.
Meaning that if before I dedicated my volunteering time 70% for the
chapters and 30% for others international committees and for writing blog
posts and updates, now I'm going to dedicated 100% of my time to help
stabilize my chapter, in order to allow us soon to be back on track and
return to our international involvement like before.

WMIL is proud to be a leading chapters as part of the Wikimedia movement -
and will continue to be one like that also in the future.


2014-02-03 Nathan nawr...@gmail.com:

 I'm sure that the WMIL Board put a lot of thought into this decision, but I
 think it's a mistake. The Wikimedia movement is by nature global,
 cooperative and collective. I don't see how it will benefit either WMIL or
 the movement as a whole if Israeli participants withdraw from international
 cooperation and activity, even if they are able and willing to redirect the
 same energy to local fundraising efforts.

 Maybe the FDC did something wrong in that some applicants did not take the
 20% increase guardrail seriously. I hope that FDC messaging and
 communication can be improved in the future so that recipients of large
 grant increases feel grateful instead of insulted, because it is an
 obviously poor outcome if an institution receives two hundred thousand
 dollars of donor money and is so upset that it announces it is all but
 exiting the international community.


 2014-02-03 Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il:

  Hello,
 
 
  Wikimedia Israel board sent earlier today a letter to the chapter
  members. For your convince I'm attaching translation to English.
 
 
  --
 
 
  Dear friends and colleagues,
 
 
  As you know, the FDC has allocated only a partial amount of the budget
  requested by Wikimedia Israel in order to execute its 2014 work plan as
  approved by the board and general assembly. Specifically, an amount of
  709,000 NIS was approved; this represents 45% of the requested
  budget
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round1/Wikimedia_Israel/Proposal_form
  of
  1,553,837 NIS. Just to set the record straight, the approved amount
  suffices only to cover basic operating cost for the chapter, and is
  insufficient for expanding our projects and initiatives (we’ve stated as
  much in our appeal
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC#Wikimedia_Israel
  ).
  Nevertheless, WMF’s board turned
  down
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC#Board_decision_on_Wikimedia_Israel.27s_appeal
  our
  appeal, as well as WMIN’s appeal. It should be noted that the FDC
  process received criticism, and WMDE has begun an open
  discussion
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Comments/Extensive_feedback_from_WMDE_to_the_FDC_process
  on
  the process, and you’re more than invited to take part.
 
 
  Needless to say, we were very disappointed from both the original
 decision
  and the rejection of our appeal, and we see both responses as stemming
 from
  irrelevant considerations, to “make an example” of WMIL (and WMIN), to
  prohibit other chapters from requesting significant budgets to allow them
  to grow their operation.
 
 
  This left WMIL in a difficult situation. WMIL board members and staff
 have
  been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to adapt the work plan to
  the reality of the low budget. Direct implications of this reality
  includes: less paid human resources required for supporting our
 volunteers
  and for becoming more professional at what we do; cuts in bursaries and
  grants to community projects, less involvement in international affairs,
  delaying our academic program and many additional changes.
 
 
  Nevertheless, we’re not giving up. WMIL has always been, and we hope it
  will continue to be, a strong chapter, one which maximizes the use of its
  resources, however limited, to be entrepreneurial and execute many
 projects
  that serve as examples to the entire Movement. Therefore, in spite of the
  changes in the budget, we are committed to working hard, very hard, to
  realize as much as we can of the original plans, while continuing to
 build
  our infrastructure and find additional resources that will allow us to
  expand our activities and create more impact by the end

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Extensive feedback from WMDE to the FDC process

2014-01-15 Thread Itzik Edri
Thank you Pavel and WMDE board, this is indeed a great constructive
feedback and I strongly agree with most of the your arguments and concerns.

Itzik
WMIL


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM, Pavel Richter
pavel.rich...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 Hello everybody,

 I have just posted an extensive feedback from WMDE on the FDC process here
 on meta:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Comments/Extensive_feedback_from_WMDE_to_the_FDC_process

 The statement was drafted by WMDE's Supervisory Board and myself.

 We are very much looking forward to a discussion and I would like to
 encourage everybody to share their thoughts. At the same it would be great
 if we could keep the discussion on meta so that we have everything in one
 place.

 All the Best,

 Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 Pavel Richter
 Vorstand

 Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
 Tel.: +49 - 30 - 219 158 260
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Most viewed articles of 2013, across languages

2014-01-01 Thread Itzik Edri
And as I wrote on ComCom, this data can be (easy) opportunity for chapters
to get a great press cover by sending the list (and short analytics) to
reports in their country.
Here is the press cover WMIL got yesterday:
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4471585,00.html
http://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/1,7340,L-3620710,00.html
http://www.themarker.com/wallstreet/1.2204527
http://www.mako.co.il/news-money/tech/Article-5dbc70dbe684341004.htm
http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000905873
http://technology.il.msn.com/ויקיפדיה-אלו-הערכים-הנצפים-ביותר-בישראל-ב-2013-5
http://net.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1027978
http://tech.walla.co.il/?w=//2708116
http://www.pc.co.il/?p=142152
http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/267975
http://www.srugim.co.il/64908-%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%9B%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%99-%D7%A0%D7%A6%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94-%D7%9C%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%93-%D7%A2%D7%A7%D7%A3-%D7%90%D7%AA

Happy new year from Israel also!

Itzik

On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 I don't think this has been sent out yet:
 http://tools.wmflabs.org/wikitrends/2013.html

 (thanks to Itzik for drawing my attention to it, and Johan for coding it
 up!)

 This is fascinating. It's interesting that some languages (like
 English) have lots of results that are likely people trying to get to
 other sites (Facebook, Google) but other languages less so.

 Happy New Year, everyone!
 Phoebe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Increase in page views for the last 3 months

2013-12-07 Thread Itzik Edri
Error: TinyURL redirects to a TinyURL. :)


On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Erik Zachte ezac...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Here is notice that this issue has been resolved.



 A few days ago Christian Aistleitner patched webstatscollector to filter
 bogus requests.

 After that I patched the raw data files since last July, substracting all
 bogus counts.



 For an in-depth analysis of recent pageview trends after correction see

 http://tinyurl.com/pmm66v4



 I also marked the bug as resolved

 https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=57980



 Cheers,

 Erik Zachte





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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel elected new external board members

2013-12-04 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi everyone,

Earlier today Wikimedia Israel held its General Assembly. The Assembly
elected 3 new board members and one member for the audit committee.

In July 2013, the General Assembly authorized the board to extend the board
with two board members from outside the community. These two members aimed
to strengthen the board’s professional capabilities, bringing a new and
fresh take on processes and activities, and contributing from their
extensive connections and experience.

I’m proud to introduce our new board members and audit committee:
Prof. Karine Nahon http://ekarine.org/about/: an associate professor at
the Information School (University of Washington), faculty adjunct at the
department of Communication, affiliated faculty at the Center for
Communication and Civic Engagement and former director of the Center for
Information  Society in University of Washington. Currently, she co-chairs
the Digital and Social Media track at HICSS. She as an expert in
decision-making forums (nationally and internationally) and is publicly
active on topics of open government. She acts as a member of the Israeli
CIO (Chief Information Officer) Cabinet, member of the board of the Freedom
of Information Movement, and board of the Workshop for Open Knowledge. She
represents Israel in the UN in the committee for science and technology.

Prof. [[Sheizaf Rafaeli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheizaf_Rafaeli]]
is Professor and Dean at the School of Management (Graduate School of
Business Administration) Haifa GSB, University of Haifa Israel and
additionally Founder and Director of the Sagy Center for Internet Research
and the Games for Managers Project. He has been writing in the popular
press for the Globes and Calcalist financial and business newspapers, and
for YNet, a leading news portal, where he has published hundreds of weekly
columns. Over the past twenty five years he has taught courses on computers
as media, and the social implications of new communication technologies, as
well as numerous Information Systems' courses. Wikimania 2011 attendees
were perhaps remembering him as the host of the opening event :).

Shani Evenstein decided shorten her term as a board member, and the GA
appointed Ido Ivri, who was a member of the audit committee, to replace her
in the board till the next board election.
Shani joined Wikimedia Israel after Wikimania 2011 in Haifa. She is a live
proof of the contribution of Wikimania to a local chapter. She immediately
began to develop the GLAM awareness in Israel, and successful created the
connections and lead all of WMIL's GLAM collaborations, among them our
successful cooperation with the Israeli Museum and the National Library.
Her dedications to the movement and to the chapter were not limited to the
GLAM projects and her touch was in many of Wikimedia Israel activities over
the last few years. The Assembly and the board are thanking her for her
dedication, energy, thoughts, ideas and her special contribution to WMIL.

Ido Ivri, who will replace her on the board, is the Manager of Business
Development and Innovation at the National Library of Israel, in the office
of the Library's Executive Director. Ido is an open source/open content
enthusiast, and has been a volunteer in Wikimedia-IL since 2011. He holds a
B.Sc in computer science from the Hebrew University, and currently studying
for an MBA in the Recanati Executive program in Tel Aviv University.

Also, the Assembly decided to accept the board recommendation and to select
external member of the community, Adi Zamir, as a member of the Audit
committee - a step that will increase the ability of the committee to
monitor and make external and independent review of the organization
activities, as part of the professionalism steps of Wikimedia Israel.
Adi Zamir has education and experience in various fields. She is a Senior
Project manager, Training and organizational consultant for CEO's and
lecturer at the academic college of Tel aviv–Yafo. Adi's brings to the
audit committee her varied experience.

We please that Prof. Rafaeli, Prof. Nahon and Ms Zamir agreed to join our
community and support our vision. We have no doubt they will be a major
force in the organizational development of WMIL and a great contribution to
the movement in general.


Regards,
Itzik Edri
Chairperson
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21

2013-11-15 Thread Itzik Edri
Thanks Anasuya for this update and I wish the FDC and the FDC's staff good
luck in this demanding process.

Will Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf presentations will be shared with the
community also?



On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM, Anasuya Sengupta
asengu...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 tl;dr The FDC is meeting in San Francisco at the WMF office from November
 17-21 for its deliberations on the current round of proposals. To ensure
 that confidentiality is maintained throughout the process, I sent out a
 letter to WMF staff with the ground rules established by the FDC.

 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM
 Subject: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21
 To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
 Cc: Funds Dissemination Committee List f...@lists.wikimedia.org

 Dear all (mainly: WMF staff in SF and visiting remote staff),

 This is a heads up that the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) will be in
 the Wikimedia office for five days starting Sunday: November 17 - 21st, to
 deliberate on the current round of proposals for Annual Plan Grants from 11
 Wikimedia organizations.[1] They will be working in Yongle for most of
 these five days, and using the Inversion Table/Ford Prefect room on
 occasion.

 For those who came in late: the FDC is an advisory committee to the WMF
 Board, comprising 9 community members (elected and selected from across the
 Wikimedia movement) who meet twice a year to make recommendations on the
 allocation of movement-resources; specifically annual plan grants/FDC
 allocations for Wikimedia organizations.[2] They are joined by two Board
 representatives, who participate as observers during these
 deliberations.[3] The current FDC members are Arjuna Rao Chavala
 (Arjunaraoc), Cristian Consonni (CristianCantoro), Dariusz Jemielniak
 (Pundit), Ali Haidar Khan (Tonmoy), Delphine Ménard (Notafish), Mike Peel,
 Yuri Perohanych (Perohanych), Sydney Poore (FloNight) and Anders Wennersten
 (Yger). The two Board reps are Bishakha Datta and Patricio Lorente.

 Please welcome them to WMF when you see them! At the same time, I ask for
 your understanding in appreciating the serious nature of their task. This
 is really tough work, that takes significant energy and focus to get to a
 high quality set of recommendations by the end of the meeting. In order to
 also maintain confidentiality while they do so, the FDC has set in place a
 few ground rules that they’ve asked me to share with you. They’ve requested
 that:

 1. WMF staff not ask FDC members or any other meeting participants about
 any of the applications under consideration, or related FDC processes.

 2. The outcomes of the deliberations are not shared with WMF staff or
 others before they’re publicly announced (by e.o.d on December 1).

 3. Only those WMF staff members who’ve been asked to support the FDC with
 inputs attend the meetings.

 4. Others supporting the process (logistics etc) can only come in after
 individual sessions or discussions are over.

 FYI: these ground rules apply to any Wikimedia organization that might host
 an FDC meeting. Like with WMF in this round (which doesn’t have a proposal
 under consideration), no organization will be applying for funds in the
 same round of deliberations it hosts.

 The draft schedule for the meeting is here.[4] For the meeting, here’s the
 list of WMF staff with direct inputs:

 Katy, Winifred, Jessie, Garfield and Anasuya (will be supporting the FDC
 throughout the meeting and present for all the deliberations)

 Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf (have scheduled presentations)

 Adele (logistics) and any other staff (on request from the FDC)

 To be clear, WMF staff who are present throughout the deliberations do not
 take part in the discussions around proposals. We offer our analysis, help
 facilitate and take notes and respond to any additional queries by the FDC.

 Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 And finally, I do hope you have the opportunity to say hello to some of the
 FDC members when possible. They’re inspiring members of our community from
 all over the world, contributing to multiple Wikimedia projects, doing
 really thoughtful work in the interests of our movement. They’re awesome.
 :-)

 thanks,

 Anasuya

 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2013-2014_round1

 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal

 [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_members/Current_round
 [4]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_members/2013-2014_round1/Deliberations

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia DC Annual Plan for 2013-14

2013-11-09 Thread Itzik Edri
Very clear and well design annual plan. Great work WMDC!




On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 3:48 AM, Kirill Lokshin 
kirill.loks...@wikimediadc.org wrote:

 Hello everyone,

 Wikimedia DC has released its Annual Plan for 2013-14.  The plan can be
 found on our wiki at http://wikimediadc.org/wiki/Annual_plan_(2013–2014);
 a
 copy will also be posted on meta shortly.

 As always, any comments or suggestions would be very welcome.

 Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimania 2015 - Call for Jury volunteers

2013-11-06 Thread Itzik Edri
There is no one from the Maldives who want to bid maybe? :)
I'm ok also with Hawaii





On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM, Florence Devouard anthe...@yahoo.comwrote:

 Whilst we are at Sealand Principality... a head up...

 We now have received five (5) candidacies. Good ones. Which is great.

 I'd love to see some more.

 Also please... we would need more geographical diversity (err, less
 primarily English speaking people). Help relay the call for volunteers
 within your linguistic communities.

 Thanks

 Flo





 On 11/5/13 8:25 PM, Michael Snow wrote:

 On 11/5/2013 11:01 AM, David Gerard wrote:

 On 5 November 2013 18:58, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 Yes if it's South enough to be in the middle of the Channel for best
 neutrality.

 Jersey 2015!

 That really ought to be Principality of Sealand instead. We already had
 Gdansk, time to continue the history tour of Wikipedia edit wars.

 --Michael Snow

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Funds Dissemination Committee: Report on first year of operations

2013-10-03 Thread Itzik Edri
 covered in Wikipedia
and hundreds of other parameters that require a great deal of experience
and learning.

The FDC is a great success, but also let's not forget what you mention on
your report – that the consultancy fees was US$294,186 (more than half of
an average chapter budget according to your report), not including the
amount of time and staff that was spent on this process from the WMF side –
making this process a really expensive one. I don't mean to say that's not
ok or that it was waste of money, not at all. I only meant to point that
even a large organization like the WMF, with many experts and more than 100
staff need outside support sometime. Support that costs a lot of money, and
require a big knowledge and time. Can you honestly say the WMF till today
give 100% of the support the chapter's needs in order to reach for the
great stage you dream of when the money is 100% used in effective ways and
when we know exactly how to run programs and deal with volunteers? Or maybe
*each* one of the chapters also need to spend quarter million dollar of
donors money to hire kind of Bridgespan for each strategic step that that
faced with?

I posted this comment also on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Wikimedia_Israel/Progress_report_form/Q2#I_would_like_to_response_to_some_of_the_points_you_raised


Regards,
Itzik Edri
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel


On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:47 AM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi folks,

 As you know, in July 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees asked
 me to set up the Funds Dissemination Committee, a volunteer-driven advisory
 committee created to make recommendations to the Board allocating funds for
 chapters and other Wikimedia movement entities. I did that, and the FDC has
 now been fully operational for a little more than a year.

 As part of the FDC framework, I committed that after the FDC’s first year
 of operation I would create a report for the Board that documented the
 state of the FDC at that moment in time, and told the Board about any
 revisions we had made to the process as a result of stakeholder input
 during its first year.

 The purpose of this note is to tell you that report is now posted. It’s
 here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Annual_report_on_the_Funds_Dissemination_Committee_process_2012-2013

 If you’ve got comments on the report I’d suggest that rather than replying
 to this list, you leave them on the talk page. And, my thanks to everyone
 who contributed to the FDC's first year of operations, and also to the
 report :-)

 Thanks,
 Sue

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Funds Dissemination Committee: Report on first year of operations

2013-10-03 Thread Itzik Edri
I feel so stupid. Sorry, I came back after an exhausting day at work and
spent few hours reading the report and response to him that I didn't even
noticed that I posted my response or the wrong meta page :)

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:FDC_portal/Annual_report_on_the_Funds_Dissemination_Committee_process_2012-2013#I_would_like_to_response_to_some_of_the_points_you_raised

Itzik


On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

 Hi Sue,

 Thanks for this great and detailed report. Although that I thinks it was
 worth to publish it a month before this current FDC round, I understand
 that you didn't want your comments to influence the chapter's proposals.

 Let's talk about growth - when you grove from zero employee to even one,
 especially if he is a ED (and a good one) – the influence of this step on a
 small chapter budget could be a very big one. You are talking about the
 grove of the chapters, but the WMF isn't really different on this issue.
 Right, it's not really fair to compare the foundation to chapters in the
 matter of the core daily work the foundation deal with and her
 responsibility for the entire movement, but it worth to look on that. I
 didn't did a real research on that (sorry that I don't have the time or the
 manpower to ask them for that), but from a quick looks on the WMF reports
 over the years - 2004 - 56,666$, 2005- 283,487$, 2006 - $1,066,785 (376%),
 2007 - 1,696,569, 2008 - 5.6M (335%), 2009 - 8.6M (152%), 2010 - 15.4%
 (178%), 2011 - 26M (170%), 2012 - 37$ (141%). So if according to the FDC
 120% growth is the rational growth for organization, the WMF never wasn't
 even close to fit this growth. Now, when during her ten years existence the
 foundation started to focus on *HER* evaluation? When they had one staffer
 or 40? And let not forget - the foundation in her daily program don't deal
 daily with volunteers working as part of their core programs of operate
 from their office, something that it's different from the chapters.

 I admire evaluation, I admire audit and failure reports. I think we should
 know what we are doing and learn from the past. But I'm also realistic,
 knowing that good evaluation require knowledge. Most of our volunteers are
 great editors, some of them even great developers, some of them even know
 how to run a great projects and creating amazing partnerships. Only few of
 them like to make reports, only few of them know how to evaluate correctly
 their work. And it's totally ok. You have big expectations from the
 chapters, and this is totally ok also. But you have also a huge doubt on
 their true impact. And this is not new for none of us. Even before the FDC,
 and even before the staff grove that you mentions on your report, you liked
 to show what the community thinks about the chapters from a surveys that
 we agreed that are not fair (Wikimania 2012?). So yes, we need evaluations,
 and we need more reports. I totally agreed. The questions is how and when.
 It's different to ask from an organizations with 40 staffer the same
 evaluation level and knowledge that you require from a chapter that just
 got his first staffer. Especially with chapters that their staff are doing
 less programs work and this been done mostly be the volunteers.
 Expectations and results are harder, although they are needed. When a
 volunteer arranging a Wikipedia Academy conference with 150 people attends
 without staff that involve with all the organizations, his success is
 probably much worth for us than a same conference been arranged by a full
 time staffer. And its work for the two-side. I can expect and demand higher
 targets from my employee, but not from a volunteer who does the same thing.
 So, because I cannot surly measure the volunteer's success – from now we
 will decide about if project is going to exist or now only if I 100% can
 measure him on the level of how many women editors was at the room and how
 many of them had laptops (not far away from a question that we been asked
 by the WMF of how many people with SLR cameras came to our photo tours)?
 Should we start chasing just after numbers?

 Over the past month I personally and all my board dedicated one
 face-to-face meeting every week, alongside with at least 2 hours daily work
 on team to build together with our new ED our annual plan, budget and
 strategic goals. This is huge amount of time for volunteers. This huge
 amount of time for board that didn't has the time deal with nothing else
 and asking his partners and volunteers to wait due the lack of their time
 for others things. I will be honest – we not sure all of our targets are
 really realistic. We didn't measure till now most of our work because of
 lack of time, manpower, and knowledge. And probably some of the numeral
 targets we set to ourselves this year we will not achieve at all and some
 of them we will achieve more that we planned. But it's not because we did a
 good or awful job. It is also because

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Welcome to Nathalie, our new ED

2013-10-02 Thread Itzik Edri
בהצלחה! (Good luck) Nathalie!

We will be happy to hear little more about you (past experience, and others
funny things :))

Itzik


On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM, Christophe Henner 
christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 We have the great pleasure to announce Nathalie Martin is starting
 today as the new Executive Director of Wikimédia France!

 Her hiring is the tipping point of a process we started last January
 when we hired a HR firm to audit our organization and support us in
 finding the right person for this key role.

 With a background in political science and organizations strategy,
 Nathalie has a deep experience managing several associations of
 similar or bigger size as Wikimedia France. Even though she is not
 from the movement, we believe she'll adapt quickly to who we are.

 She came to Wikimania in Hong-Kong, and some of you may have had the
 pleasure to meet her. By coming to Wikimania she had the luck to
 experience in 3 day what Wikimedia is at large, to meet wikimedians
 from all around the world. I'm happy to say that she too suffered from
 PWD (Post-Wikimania Depression).

 If you need to contact her, her email address is
 nathalie.mar...@wikimedia.fr. Please keep in mind that it's her first
 day within our movement and she still will need few days to adapt to
 our awesomeness

 Please join us in welcoming Nathalie!

 Best,

 PS: please keep her in copy of your answers :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Who will host Wikimedia Conference 2014? Bidding process is open!

2013-09-17 Thread Itzik Edri
I singed up. I'll be happy to help with the Location committee.




On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Balázs Viczián 
 balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu wrote:

  would be nice to learn more about the programme committee; who are
 they,
  what are their duties, etc.
 

 Would be even nicer to take an active part in shaping the answers to those
 questions by engaging on the wiki.  :)

 This is an event important to all of us (I hope).  Let's stop waiting for
 Someonetm to do-it-for-us-and-tell-us-what-was-decided, and get
 involved...

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Future_of_the_Wikimedia_Conference#Bidding_process_for_hosting_the_next_Wikimedia_Conference

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia DC Q3 2012-13 Activity Report

2013-09-08 Thread Itzik Edri
Great design and a great report. Thank you Kirill


On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 3:17 AM, Kirill Lokshin 
kirill.loks...@wikimediadc.org wrote:

 Hello everyone,

 Wikimedia DC has now published its activity report for the third quarter of
 the 2012-13 fiscal year.  The report is available on our wiki at
 http://wikimediadc.org/wiki/Activity_report_(Q3_2012–2013); a copy will be
 uploaded to meta shortly.

 As always, comments or suggestions are very welcome!

 Cheers,
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[Wikimedia-l] הודעה על מינוי מתאמת פעילות

2013-08-03 Thread Itzik Edri
שלום חברים,

קודם כל הרשו לי להתנצל על אי הזמינות שלי לחלקכם בזמן האחרון. בחיים הפרטיים,
העסקיים, וגם בחיי העמותה, אני נמצא תחת עומס גדול (חלקו גם נובע מהעדכון הבא)
ואני מנסה לתמרן בין כל המחוייבויות. במהלך השבת ניסתי להשיב לכל האימיילים
הפתוחים, אם לא התייחסתי עד כה לנושא פתוח שהעלתם - בבקשה תזכרו אותי.

החודש החליט הוועד, לאחר תהליך מאוד ארוך של ריאיונות על מינוי מנהלת פעילות
חדשה לעמותה. תכירו את מיכל לסטר לוי.

מיכל, תושבת תל אביב, שימשה עד כה כמנהלת תחום צעירים בג'וינט ישראל - במסגרת
זו אחראית מיכל על אזור מרכז של מרכזי הצעירים ומשמשת גם כמנהלת תחום קשרי
עסקים וקהילה. קודם לכן, גם במסגרת הג'וינט, ניהלה את המרכז למנהיגות מתנדבת
עש פני וסטיבן ויינברג - מרכז המוביל בשינוי תרבות ארגונית במגזר השלישי
בישראל על ידי שינוי וחיזוק הסטטוס של ועדים מנהלים בעמותות. מיכל פעילה
בהתנדבות גם בקבוצת מעש - התארגנות אזרחית הפועלת להתחדשות השירות הציבורי
והיתה במשך 6 שנים יור עמותת נשים לגופן, עמותה המובילה שינוי בתפיסת בריאות,
הגוף והמיניות בישראל.

מיכל תיכנס בפועל לתפקידה ב-1.9, עם סיום תקופת עבודתה בג'וינט. עד אז תמשיך
מיכל להיפגש עם חברי הוועד ובעלי תפקידים מרכזיים כחלק מהחפיפה שלה לתפקיד
ותלווה את הוועד בבניית תכנית העבודה ל-2014 שתוגש ל-FDC ב-1.10.

מיכל זמינה באימייל שלה, mles...@wikimedia.org.il ובטלפון  050-8996046. אך
אני מבקש כי תמנעו מלעלות נושאי עבודה איתה עד אשר תחל בפועל לעבוד.

אנו מאמינים במיכל, שהביעה עניין ורצון רב להשתלב בפעילות העמותה, ומקווים יחד
איתה לקדם הרבה נושאים מנהלתיים ותפעוליים בעמותה שעד כה הוקפאו עקב חוסר זמן
ומגבלת כוח אדם מקצועי.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] הודעה על מינוי מתאמת פעילות

2013-08-03 Thread Itzik Edri
Oops! Sent it from my phone to the Wikimedia-L instead to our chapter
mailing list. Sorry about that :)
But as Nicole already mention, we hired a new ED, Michal Lester Levy, she
not yet subscribed this mailing list as I didn't planned to announce it
publicly yet and what to give her some time to enter the job before jumping
to our international mailing lists, but oops, it happened.

Anyway, I will give summary of the email that I intended to sent to our
chapter member: Michal will starts to work with us on Sep 1st. Prior to
joining Wikimedia, Michal served as regional director and head of two
national programs at JDC’s  Centers for Young Adults (CYA). In this
capacity, she was responsible for all the activities of all 10 CYAs in the
central region of Israel. Previously, within the scope of her activities at
the JDC, Michal established and managed The Penni and Stephen Weinberg
Center for Lay Leadership. The center is the first-of-its-kind in Israel
being dedicated to lay leadership growth and change. She serves as a board
member at Jindas, the nonprofit organization for urban renewal in the city
of Lod. Earlier, she served as co-chair of ”Women to their Bodies”, a
women's NGO working to promote comprehensive social change in regard of the
health attitudes of Israeli women, both Jewish and Arab.

Good luck to Michal and good luck to Wikimedia Israel :)


2013/8/3 Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de

 Congratulations, Wikimedia Israel! So good to hear that you hired a
 new ED.  And welcome to the Wikimedia universe, Michal.

 Looking forward to working with you.

 Cheers,
 Nicole

 2013/8/3 Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il:
  שלום חברים,
 
  קודם כל הרשו לי להתנצל על אי הזמינות שלי לחלקכם בזמן האחרון. בחיים
 הפרטיים,
  העסקיים, וגם בחיי העמותה, אני נמצא תחת עומס גדול (חלקו גם נובע מהעדכון
 הבא)
  ואני מנסה לתמרן בין כל המחוייבויות. במהלך השבת ניסתי להשיב לכל האימיילים
  הפתוחים, אם לא התייחסתי עד כה לנושא פתוח שהעלתם - בבקשה תזכרו אותי.
 
  החודש החליט הוועד, לאחר תהליך מאוד ארוך של ריאיונות על מינוי מנהלת פעילות
  חדשה לעמותה. תכירו את מיכל לסטר לוי.
 
  מיכל, תושבת תל אביב, שימשה עד כה כמנהלת תחום צעירים בג'וינט ישראל -
 במסגרת
  זו אחראית מיכל על אזור מרכז של מרכזי הצעירים ומשמשת גם כמנהלת תחום קשרי
  עסקים וקהילה. קודם לכן, גם במסגרת הג'וינט, ניהלה את המרכז למנהיגות מתנדבת
  עש פני וסטיבן ויינברג - מרכז המוביל בשינוי תרבות ארגונית במגזר השלישי
  בישראל על ידי שינוי וחיזוק הסטטוס של ועדים מנהלים בעמותות. מיכל פעילה
  בהתנדבות גם בקבוצת מעש - התארגנות אזרחית הפועלת להתחדשות השירות הציבורי
  והיתה במשך 6 שנים יור עמותת נשים לגופן, עמותה המובילה שינוי בתפיסת
 בריאות,
  הגוף והמיניות בישראל.
 
  מיכל תיכנס בפועל לתפקידה ב-1.9, עם סיום תקופת עבודתה בג'וינט. עד אז תמשיך
  מיכל להיפגש עם חברי הוועד ובעלי תפקידים מרכזיים כחלק מהחפיפה שלה לתפקיד
  ותלווה את הוועד בבניית תכנית העבודה ל-2014 שתוגש ל-FDC ב-1.10.
 
  מיכל זמינה באימייל שלה, mles...@wikimedia.org.il ובטלפון  050-8996046.
 אך
  אני מבקש כי תמנעו מלעלות נושאי עבודה איתה עד אשר תחל בפועל לעבוד.
 
  אנו מאמינים במיכל, שהביעה עניין ורצון רב להשתלב בפעילות העמותה, ומקווים
 יחד
  איתה לקדם הרבה נושאים מנהלתיים ותפעוליים בעמותה שעד כה הוקפאו עקב חוסר
 זמן
  ומגבלת כוח אדם מקצועי.
 
  בהצלחה מיכל
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Kicking-off the Chapters Dialogue project

2013-07-22 Thread Itzik Edri
Great work Nicole and good luck with this project. I hopes that every
chapter will do his best to support this project by interviewing, and share
ideas, needs and goals.

Itzik

On Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 Dear Wikimedia friends,

 we are now ready to kick-off the Chapters Dialogue[1] project and I
 would like to give you an update about the current situation and the
 next steps.

 The Chapters Dialogue is a structured assessment of chapters needs,
 goals and stories combined with a stakeholder survey. The goal is to
 gain an overview in the universe of Wikimedia chapters and their
 numerous stakeholders (WMF, FDC, AffCom, WCA, local communities) and
 to uncover existing stories about how the chapters define themselves
 and their roles in the international movement and what interests they
 have and what challenges they might face. It will not only allow us to
 reflect the status quo of our roles and relationships, but will enable
 us to actively shape them in the future.

 For the next six month, we will collaborate with Design Thinking[2] 
 User Research expert Kira Krämer who will facilitate the collection of
 stories and insights. She has three years professional experience with
 the Design Thinking methodology, both running projects based on the
 user-centered approach and teaching the method to different types of
 organizations. Kira is not a Wikimedian which provides us with a
 neutral perspective of a researcher, without a personal Wikimedia
 history and agenda. Together, we will design, realise and evaluate the
 project.


 == What will happen? ==

 We have listed a first collection of questions and topics we would
 like to discuss with chapters and stakeholders on the Chapters
 Dialogue talk page[4].

 On top of that, we will start getting in touch with stakeholders and
 chapters to ask for their input, feedback and ideas directly.

 You can also meet us at Wikimania in Hong Kong: We will be present at
 the Wikimania pre-conference from August 6 on and in the Chapters
 Village[3] throughout the whole conference. We have planned following
 activities:

 * inform about Chapters Dialogue
 * discuss and exchange with as many people as possible
 * collect feedback, ideas and inspiration
 * conduct the first stakeholder interviews
 * conduct at least three test-interviews with chapters
 * open discussion round on Thursday (pre-conference, tbc)
 * thematic meet-up in the Chapters Village on Saturday at 3.30 - 4.00 pm
 [4]

 From mid August, after adjusting the project according to the
 collected feedback, we will start interviewing chapters, either
 on-site and in person or via video conferences. We would really love
 to be able to interview as many chapters as possible and are hoping
 for your collaboration in arranging dates and meetings.

 We are quite excited about now finally kicking-off this project and
 look forward to working together with Kira and a lot of Wikimedia
 people to make it a success. Come and join the discussion, contribute
 your knowledge and curiosity, engage, discuss, participate – we’re
 looking forward to meeting you.

 You can either engage on the talk page or get in touch directly with
 Kira (kira.krae...@wikimedia.de) and me.

 Cheers,

 Nicole


 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Dialogue
 [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_thinking
 [3] https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Village
 [4]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Chapters_Dialogue#Draft_research_questions_for_the_Chapters_Dialogue
 [5]
 https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Village#afternoon_coffee_break:_15:30.E2.80.9316:00

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Internal-l] 2013-2014 Round 1 FDC eligibility status IRC office hours

2013-07-16 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi Garfield,

I must say I'm surprised from the new requirements. Eligible entities of
last year now need to send by 15 September documents about 2012 - a year
that is totally unrelated to the FDC process that started only this year?
Why it been decided only now?
 We are not hiding a thing, but not only by 30th July we need to send FDC
Q2 report, by 1st October annual plan budget for 2014, and by 31 October
FDC Q3 report.. Hey, not everyone are big chapters, and we are really need
time also to *work* and execute the program we asked the money for...

So financial report can be translated from the financial report we sent to
the Israeli authority (again, more money spends on translation as probably
our employees don't have time for that and have other paper work, and this
is also going to work if there is no special format and different numbers
and metrics requsted by the FDC and not different from what we already have
on the report we made..). But about the 2012 activity report? What format?
what information need to be there? this is totally something we need to
collect from start and mean more administrative work.


Itzik


On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM, Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear members of the Wikimedia community:

 Today, July 15, the Wikimedia Foundation published a list of Funds
 Dissemination Committee (FDC) eligible entities [1] based the eligibility
 criteria [2] established in the FDC framework.  Entities that submitted
 Letters of Intent [3] are categorized in 'Yes', 'Yes, If',  and 'No'
 categories based the eligibility criteria.  Please let us know if you
 believe there are any corrections to be made to this list.

 A more detailed eligibility checklist document has also been created.

 [4]

 This document outlines eligibility gaps that need to be closed by September
 15, 2013. Any entity in the Yes, If category must post all missing
 documents on Meta by September 15 to be eligible for FDC funding.
 Entities in the “No” column who are currently ineligible for FDC funding or
 those who decide not to proceed with an FDC application are welcome to
 consider applying to the WMF Grants program. [5]

 On September 15, WMF will post the final list of the entities eligible to
 apply for FDC funding if they are eligible. Please note that entities will
 need to remain in compliance with all Chapter Agreements and Grant
 Agreements until funds are sent in order to receive a grant through the FDC
 process, even if eligibility is confirmed as Yes on 15 September.

 The detailed eligibility checklist has improved since the last round.
 You’ll now note that the final column now outlines upcoming requirements
 (e.g. per chapter or grant agreements or current grant requirements) to
 maintain FDC eligibility status. These are noted as “potential gaps,” and
 as those deadlines come up, entities will need to fill those gaps (for
 example, by posting their documents and linking to them from the Reports
 page on Meta) in order to maintain their eligibility status with the FDC. We
 hope this change allows entities, the FDC, and the FDC staff to track
 eligibility better and ensure that everyone is informed of potential as
 well as current issues that may affect eligibility.

 All entities that apply for FDC funding will be required to maintain
 eligibility throughout the duration of the proposal review process until
 funds are sent (or until the decision on whether to send funds is made). We
 encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions about your
 entity's gaps or potential gaps.
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

 As a reminder, all applications for FDC funding from eligible entities
 must be submitted by October 1, 2013 via the FDC portal. [6] The FDC
 proposal form will be posted by August 15, 2013 on the FDC portal. Please
 contact us if you have any questions about submitting your proposal.

 WMF staff will reach out to all the of the entities that submitted Letters
 of Intent individually to discuss their eligibility.

 In addition, the FDC support staff has scheduled two IRC office hours to
 provide more explanation about the eligibility status. [7] We look forward
 to meeting with you on Thursday, July 18 at 0:00 UTC or at 16:00 UTC that
 same day. Please feel free to submit any questions in advance.

 Do let me know if you have any questions, clarifications or concerns about
 the eligibility process, or if you need clarifications.  We are here to
 support you.

 Sincerely,

 Garfield Byrd

 [1]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_status/2013-2014_round1

 [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_criteria

 [3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:FDC_2013-2014_Round_1

 [4]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_checklist/2013-2014_round1

 [5] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

 [6] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
 [7] 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2013/2014 budget again (m/Oppenheim on YouTube)

2013-07-07 Thread Itzik Edri
Garfield. any new with releasing the AP?

Itzik

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:08 AM, Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 SJ:

 As we may be very close to having a Board of Trustee approved budget, I
 suggest we wait until we can release the full Annual Plan document on July
 1, so that there is context for the Wikimedia Foundation spending plan for
 FY 13-14.

 Regards,

 Garfield


 On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

  Sue: can we share the one-page summary from the current draft?   SJ
 
  On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM, Tomasz W. Kozlowski
  tom...@twkozlowski.net wrote:
   Hi,
   a couple of weeks ago, I noticed this interview given by Sue to
  m/Oppenheim
   Associates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gRqtx9-A0c.
  
   At 11:19 http://youtu.be/4gRqtx9-A0c?t=11m19s Sue mentions that in
 the
   next year (2013/2014), the WMF is going to spend US$55 million.
  
   Are there any documents that we as community members could read to see
  what
   exactly will this money be spent on? And is mentioning budget plans on
   YouTube now the preferred way of communication between the WMF and its
   donors/community members?
  
   -- Tomasz
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffComs $40,000 Hong Kong junket

2013-05-14 Thread Itzik Edri
Bence,

I appreciate AffCom work, and everyone of the the committee volunteers that
doing a great job. But I really don't like the excuse of sticking to WMF's
policy. Without having to start discussing the WMF's policy, I
think AffCom should be mature enough to adopt a similar policy behavior as
the chapters which they confirms and leading in the start-up steps. Even in
DC, Berlin and Milan - the WMF's booked expensive hotel, while the chapters
were mature enough to stay in others good hotels with much more fair
prices. Again, this is not the time for criticism of the policy and it's
not AffCom fault, but you as volunteers, as part of the community, I think
should have the maturity to say Thanks for the option, but we prefer for
the visibility and the fairness to book less expensive accommodation.

BTW. 40,000$ it's about 25 scholarships we can give. Not saying AffCom
don't need to attend Wikimania, but having much less fancy budget is always
welcome.




On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Tomasz,



 On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM, Tomasz W. Kozlowski 
 tom...@twkozlowski.net wrote:

  Gregory Varnum wrote:
 
   I am not sure what you mean by none of the members being willing to
  comment.
 
   Our chair has responded several times on Meta and many others have
  responded
   to Odder via email about this.
 
  Let me just straighten this, Greg. Nobody has ever contacted me via
 e-mail
  about this except for the insults aimed at me after my first blog post on
  the matter — and you as an AffCom member should be especially aware of
  this, as the whole of AffCom was CC'd to every message that I received.
 
 
 I apologise if the tone of some of the e-mails you have received were
 harmful, and I am sorry for my involvement in that.
 I think it really came down to the fact that we were quite surprised at the
 time that as a committee member or adviser you did not feel able to raise
 the issue or issues that you were perceiving. This lack of trust or ability
 to communicate openly really saddened me.

 
   The hotel is in-line with WMF guidelines and as has been noted, we look
  to
 
   the staff to book those reservations and make appropriate cost-saving
  decisions.
 
  Which is opposite to what the Committee has been doing so far; for
  instance, during the last Committee meeting, the then-ChapCom members
 have
  been using the same accommodation as the rest of the conference
  participants — and that was a true a cost-saving decision.
 
 If I remember correctly, at the time the Committee did not have a budget
 and a number of details around fiscal responsibility ended up very
 complicated out of sheer goodwill (with certain chapters paying AffCom
 members' travel, Wikimedia Germany kindly offering to pay for those who had
 to stay only an extra night, and the WMF paying from the Board's budget for
 the rest) and the choice was probably made by me to stay with the chapter
 delegates as that was the default.

 In any case, with the dedicated budget we have taken steps to greater
 clarity and accountability and this involves making sure that the WMF pays
 for AffCom travel, and that in turn we follow WMF policy on reimbursement
 and choice of accommodation and in any other way they may prescribe for
 spending our budget.
 Technically and individually we could decide on anything that is cheaper
 than what is allowed by policy (e.g. shared accommodation, or different
 level of comfort), but those decisions would be made on the grounds of such
 factors as the accommodation choice of others with whom we would want to
 meet in off hours (including other AffCom or community members), medical
 reasons, or strong personal aversion to a particular lodging.

 I believe that the details of the travel policy of the WMF are up to the
 WMF to set and I don't think it is a good use of AffCom time to micromanage
 the WMF's travel budget. If the WMF did decide that from now on it would
 choose five-star hotels or only hostels with communal showers, would both
 be unfortunate, but AffCom would then follow that policy. This is
 regardless of whether personally I believe the WMF is making the best
 choices when it comes to choosing accommodation, it is simply not our role
 as AffCom to fix the WMF's travel policy, nor do I see much benefit in
 setting an example when in reality AffCom only makes up a fraction of WMF
 travellers (including those going to Wikimania).

 I am quite confident in the level of financial oversight the board and WMF
 staff provide in making sure our budget is reasonable in the context of WMF
 spending. I personally have spent a lot of time making sure our budget was
 not seen as unreasonable or bloated by the WMF.

 We have made the decision to spend on an annual meeting, scholarships for
 affiliates to be (for Wikimania and other events), start up grants, and
 travel in general to be represented at events and to visit affiliates – I
 think it would be more 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-11 Thread Itzik Edri
Can we please give time to the Foundation to response and express their
side before everyone starts to attack them? I think we had enough of that
on Internal-l.

After the first response, or at least 24h, I will understand everyone
feelings about that. (And right now I'm also don't agree or understand
WMF's decision, but I'm waiting to hear them first).


On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM, Deryck Chan deryckc...@wikimedia.hkwrote:

 Given the foundation's recent tsunami of centralisation I'm not surprised
 by this at all. The message is clear - the community doesn't belong here.
 Go back to meta.

 I'll be interested to see how long the WMF wiki will last before they hit
 their first massive technical problem happens and they need to call in a
 volunteer to fix it.

 Deryck

 On 11 May 2013 12:15, K. Peachey p858sn...@gmail.com wrote:

  This is the email that got sent out to everyone,
 
  ---
  Dear XXX,
  Thank you for your work with the Foundation wiki.  At this time, we
  are formalizing a new requirement, which is that administrator access
  is given only to staff and board.  I am having administrator access to
  accounts that are neither staff or board be disabled, effective
  immediately.
  Sincerely,
  Gayle
  --
  Gayle Karen K. Young
  Chief Talent and Culture Officer
  Wikimedia Foundation
  415.310.8416
  www.wikimediafoundation.org
  ---
 
  Gayle's response (which was the first time she has edited the wiki in
  ~5 months[2]) seems lacking[1] in general and the subsequent responses
  about knowing what these people do on the wiki
 
  Another interesting fact is that Mz got desysoped first, When you
  would expect it to be done in alphabetically order.
 
  We've been discussing this for awhile, and the thought is that it's
  ultimately the Foundation's web presence, not the community's web
  presence. A useful parallel to consider might be how userrights are
  given to staffers on the community wikis; they're distributed as and
  when they're needed for a specific task.
 
  Um, Rights for staff on wikis are given out like candy?, although not
  as much thee days but it still happens.
 
  Also, How is the foundation wiki not apart of the community? Has the
  position of the legal department changed? or the boards? just randomly
  changing without any imput or discussions seems utlimately strange.
  since it is actually their wiki (just like everything else that falls
  under the foundation)
 
  [1]. 
 
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?diff=91857oldid=91855#Users_stripped_of_rights.3F
  
  [2]. 
 
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3AContributionstarget=Gyoung
  
  [3]. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:Log/rights
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why not everyone have the right to vote in the Board FDC elections?

2013-04-30 Thread Itzik Edri
Ting, Risker,

1. To share thoughts and feedback about the elections, you don't must to be
volunteer  in the committee.

2. I indeed thought about it only when I saw the centralnotice and read the
voting requirement, I may needed to raise it before. But it's still doesn't
mean we need to ignore from this issue

Itzik


On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Ting Chen wing.phil...@gmx.de wrote:

 Hello dear all,

 I would also like to ask everyone who has made their thoughts on the
 election to take part on the election committee themselves the next time.

 Unfortunately when I made the call for volunteer earlier this year not
 very many people responded.

 Greetings
 Ting

 Am 4/30/2013 12:57 AM, schrieb Risker:

  On 29 April 2013 18:48, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:37 AM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

  I agree. We should limit it to only community members, or to give equal
 right to everyone.

 Asaf, you right, but we are talking also about the FDC elections. a
 processes where we are not granting chapters and others organizations
 the
 right to vote but granting to the WMF. Giving only WMF staff, and not
 chapters staff the right to vote in community process, it's like saying

 the

 first are part of the community, but the second are not. I don't even

 want

 to refer to the sensitive issue of the staff voting for their bosses..

  That's a very good point, and I think the chapter board members and
 staff
 definitely _should_ be given a voice _at least_ in the FDC elections.  I
 leave it to the Elections Committee to propose solutions.



  The Elections Committee posted its plan weeks before the election
 started,
 with hardly any commentary at all; it is only now, after candidates may
 start entering the race, that people are complaining that we've failed to
 give the right people a vote (or alternately, that we've given too many
 people a vote).  There is almost no variation between the voter
 eligibility
 this year and in the previous election; the only relevant changes are
 dates
 for eligibility and the developer commit process (which was changed
 because
 the Engineering Department changed the way that commits were done).

 I suggest that those who would like to see changes at the next election
 post on the election post mortem page[1] now, so that these ideas aren't
 lost to time.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why not everyone have the right to vote in the Board FDC elections?

2013-04-28 Thread Itzik Edri
I agree. We should limit it to only community members, or to give equal
right to everyone.

Asaf, you right, but we are talking also about the FDC elections. a
processes where we are not granting chapters and others organizations the
right to vote but granting to the WMF. Giving only WMF staff, and not
chapters staff the right to vote in community process, it's like saying the
first are part of the community, but the second are not. I don't even want
to refer to the sensitive issue of the staff voting for their bosses..


On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:

 I would go the other way, and limit the participants in the election
 for the community seat to people who are members of the volunteer
 community. Presumably that would include most members of most
 organizational boards, but only include those staff and other paid
 workers who also participate as volunteers.

 Most chapter members and representatives participate not only in the
 community elections but also in the selection of chapter-nominated
 board seats. It doesn't seem like chapters as a group are at all
 disenfranchised.

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[Wikimedia-l] Why not everyone have the right to vote in the Board FDC elections?

2013-04-27 Thread Itzik Edri
As you know, the Wikimedia Foundation elections is approaching. As always,
the voters will be the community, developers, current board member and..
WMF staff and contractors. Nothing changed. same as two years ago.

But I wonder - we had this policy when the chapters and others recognized
Wikimedia organization doesn't been really part of the equation.

Yes, many of the chapters board and staff are community members and have
the right the vote - but this is also the case with many of the WMF
employees, but still we giving some of them the right to vote even if they
hardly ever edit on the projects. But we not giving the same right to our's
board and chapters staff, who are also part of the movement.

I'm raising this issue, and asking if should chapter (and
thematic organization) staff and board members should be granted the right
to vote in the movement elections, in the same way as Foundation staff and
board members have right now? To me it's making sense.

Itzik
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[Wikimedia-l] WMIL new Executive Director

2013-04-09 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi,

After four months

After 6 years without employees, and 4 months of the recruitment process
(collecting resumes and interviews)  I happy to announce that last month
WMIL hired Executive Director to support the increase in WMIL's activities,
projects, volunteers and professionalization..

Meet Dorit Shafir Dyamant:

Over the last decade she mainly worked at NGO's in a variety of roles: from
marketing  through projects management and producing conferences. She have
MA degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
and B.A in literature and comparative philosophy from University of Haifa.

As a student at the Hebrew University, she founded and produced for 6 years
the project Words and poets' - an open evenings meetings for young poets.

She married to Itay, and mother to Marom and Shalev. And I quote her, I
love to read three books at the same time, I write primarily for myself all
my life, and I fervently supports positive thinking and action based
sharing and cross-fertilization.

She will attend the ChapConf in Milan next week and I encourage her
colleagues (CEO/ED and any chapters representatives or WMF's staff) to meet
her, share tips and welcome her to our Wikimedia family!

Dorit email is do...@wikimedia.org.il and she already been subscribed to
all the relevant mailing lists.

I will use this opportunity also to share our new website (we just launched
it today) - we still have lot of bugs to fix and text improvement, but as
most of you can't understand Hebrew, it will not really change a lot for
you :) (We will launch the English version in the next few weeks):
http://www.wikimedia.org.il


Regards,
Itzik Edri
WMIL Chairman
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Video] WMMX Puebla's Edit-a-thon

2013-04-03 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi Salvador, thanks for sharing this video with us. Looks great. Who was
the videographer? with which camera?


On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi folks!

 I just wanna share with you a nice video made by one of our cultural
 partners (Atrolabio). Is about our chapter last Edit-a-thon in Mexico, the
 first in the city of Puebla. You can watch our chapter president Iván
 Martínez and two board members: Carmen Alcazar and Gustavo Sandoval giving
 the talks.

 It's a musical clip, then it's no needed to know spanish to enjoy it.

 http://vimeo.com/63202555

 Best regards!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-28 Thread Itzik Edri
As others have wrote, it is still not a farewell email. But there is no
doubt that Sue, despite past disagreements we had, is an asset to
the foundation and our movement. And it's going to be a very big challenge
to find someone who will replace her. I'll wait with the real farewell
email :)

Itzik,
WMIL

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hello Wikimedia community members,

 This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
 decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
 leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
 Foundation.

 My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
 at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
 as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
 have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
 months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.

 Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two
 things.

 First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
 now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
 reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
 competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
 that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
 leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
 staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
 ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
 me.

 And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
 the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
 two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
 internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
 not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
 now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
 of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
 think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
 non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
 walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
 that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
 advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary
 people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
 are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next.

 I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
 general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
 different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
 informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
 the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
 don’t know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book,
 or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that
 already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need
 to do.

 I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also
 feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia
 movement, and so I’ve agreed with the Board that I’ll stay on as
 Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That’ll take
 some time -- likely, at least six months.

 Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work
 to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new
 Executive Director in place.

 I have many people to thank, but I’m not going to do it now --
 there’ll be time for that later. For now, I’ll just say I love working
 with you all, I’m proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is
 accomplishing, and I’m looking forward to our next six months
 together.

 Jan-Bart’s going to write a note in a couple of minutes with
 information about the transition process. We’ll be hosting office
 hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them
 here or turn up to talk with us on IRC.

 Thanks,
 Sue



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[Wikimedia-l] בקשה למרואיין

2013-03-11 Thread Itzik Edri
כתב מעיתון מוביל מבקש לדבר עם מישהו על בן הטבע.

מישהו מעוניין?


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הי איציק, בהמשך לשיחתנו, אני מעוניין לדבר עם עורך שהיה שם מימיה הראשונים של
ויקיפדיה העברית, ומכיר מקרוב את יהודה בלו, שערך בעבר תחת השם בן הטבע לפני
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] בקשה למרואיין

2013-03-11 Thread Itzik Edri
Oops. Just noticed that I sent this email to Wikimedia-L instead of WMIL
mailing list. Sorry! :)

2013/3/11 Manuel Schneider manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch

 מצטער, אני לא מדבר עברית.

 מנואל

 Am 11.03.2013 14:36, schrieb Itzik Edri:
  כתב מעיתון מוביל מבקש לדבר עם מישהו על בן הטבע.
 
  מישהו מעוניין?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Legal Blog Post: WMF trademark practices for QR codes and wikitowns

2013-03-09 Thread Itzik Edri
+1 to what Liam wrote and the disagreement.

What about the uses of the W graphic mark? it is also forbidden?
The restrictions refer to individuals uses or also partnerships projects by
chapters?

Itzik

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 3:46 AM, Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks for posting a definitive answer on this topic - it is good to get
 clear instructions about this longstanding question, even if I don't
 personally agree with the outcome.

 However, I would like to take issue with part of this blogpost:

 will continue to allow
 nominativehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_use,
 non-stylized use of the “Wikipedia” word mark

 My instinctive reaction to reading this was to write something sarcastic,
 but I respect Geoff to much for that. So, I'll say it directly: Please do
 not say, either overtly or by implication, that the WMF gives its
 permission for the community to use the word Wikipedia. Nobody needs to
 ask permission to write the name of an organisation or website so please
 don't say that you've been so kind as to give us permission to do so. The
 WMF does not allow us to use the word Wikipedia (or refuse it) anymore
 than Coca Cola allows or refuses me the right to use the word coke -
 especially when making truthful statements like scanning this QRcode will
 take you to Wikipedia.

 -Liam

 On Saturday, 9 March 2013, Rubina Kwon wrote:

  This morning, the WMF legal team posted a blog concerning trademark
  licensing practices going forward in the context of QR code projects and
  Wikitowns. Please go
  here
 
 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/08/wmf-trademark-practices-for-qr-codes-and-wikitowns/
  in
  order to view the post.
 
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[Wikimedia-l] WMIL general assembly and board elections

2013-03-04 Thread Itzik Edri
Hello,

Yesterday Wikimedia Israel held its annual general assembly. After hearing
a description of the financial report and the audit report the assembly
approved the financial statement of the chapter to be submitted to the
public authorities.

The General Assembly elected the following members to its board:
1. Itzik Edri (Chairman, Spokesman) (reelected to board, new chairman)
2. Shani Evenstine (reelected)
3. Lior Golgher
4. Yael Meron (Secretary)
5. Yan Nasonov

The general assembly also selected two new audit committee members:
1. Oved Cohen (reelected)
2. Ido Ivri

***
Yan is an active Wikipedia editor since 2004. He was involve in Wikimania
2011 and WLM-IL (and even developed the voting system who been uses by most
of the chapters in less than a week!). He also active in OpenStreetMap
project and works as a system administrator  a developer in an internet
company. He loves to listen to political interviews in his free time.

Lior, Medical Physicist at the Oncology Institute of Rambam Medical Center,
editor on Wikipedia since 2006. A 2007 dispute in a Wikipedia talk page
eventually turned him into a research assistant on the oral heritage of the
Beta Israel community. And a raven once puked on him midflight on the Alps.

Yael joined to Wikipedia only two years ago, but since then she is active
in many of ours projects –GLAM, tutorials and WLM. She holds a Bachelor's
degree in physics from the Israeli Technion and from some reason she really
hates cilantro. (I really like to cook with cilantro seeds!)


In a board meeting held after the general assembly, the board had reelect
Sara as treasurer, and select Yael as secretary.

The board also approved the hiring of the new Executive Director (after 4
months process and more than 500 applications). A separate announcement
will be sent in the coming days, when the process will be formally end.

Good luck!

Regards,
Itzik Edri
Chairman
Wikimedia Israel
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] Question: Plans for the Wikimedia conference in Milan

2013-03-02 Thread Itzik Edri
If we arranging something, I'll be happy if we could do it on the day
before the conference  and not after. (1) from a personal reason, can't
stay after (2) because it make sense to hold a meeting and to get into
conclusion before we meeting the others and not after

On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm about to book my travel for Milan, and wondered if there were any
 views from Council members or other chapter enthusiasts if we might
 try to arrange meetings outside of the core Friday 19th to Sunday 21st
 April.

 If there are no particular plans for meeting during Thursday 18 April,
 then I'll plan on arriving late that day.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2012 Picture of the Year

2013-02-23 Thread Itzik Edri
Just want to congratulate  and thanks everyone who been part of
the committee this year. Last year I criticized the long process and the
fact that we published the winners only in the middle of the year. This
year the announcement came kind of the beginning of the year. So good job!

On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM, Mono monom...@gmail.com wrote:

 On behalf of the 2012 Picture of the Year committee, I'm proud to announce
 the seventh Picture of the Year. About 4,000 Wikimedia editors helped
 select this marvelous image, shattering previous turnout records.

 You can view the top 12 results right now on Wikimedia Commons at
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2012/Results
 .
 Stay tuned for a blog post on the Wikimedia blog and an upcoming 2014
 calendar from the top 12 images.

 The contest is a fun and enjoyable event that not only celebrates our
 excellent photographers and illustrators, but everyone who contributes to
 Wikimedia. You are encouraged to donate your own work to the Wikimedia
 Commons as our library of freely licensed media files grows past 16 million
 files.

 Thank you for your participation!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Loading remote resources on Wikimedia wikis

2013-02-08 Thread Itzik Edri
What about to embed Youtube in Privacy mode?
http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=enanswer=171780expand=PrivacyEnhancedMode#privacy

On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 Hi.

 As I understand it, loading remote resources on Wikimedia wikis (such as
 YouTube videos or Google Analytics JavaScript) is not allowed. The basic
 principle is that any remote resources must be loaded from domains that
 also adhere to Wikimedia's privacy policy (such as toolserver.org) or be
 opt-in (such as the recent fundraising videos that were on YouTube, but
 carried an explicit warning).

 Is this correct? And if so, is this documented anywhere? I looked at
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy, but this didn't
 seem to be explicitly mentioned there. Perhaps there's a page on Meta-Wiki
 somewhere? Does anyone know?

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its images under a free license for public use

2012-12-18 Thread Itzik Edri
cross-posting

-- Forwarded message --
From: Tomer Ashur tomeras...@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Subject: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its images under a free
license for public use
To: Local Chapters, board and officers coordination (closed subscription)
interna...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hi all,
I am very proud to announce that Wikimedia Israel just won one of its main
struggles. The Israeli government has announced[1] that all imaged in which
the state is the copyrights holder and that were uploaded to the
government's websites can be freely used with the following restrictions:
1. The image will be attributed to the state of Israel (or the relevant
office)
2. The user cannot change the license (Share-alike)
3. No derivative work.
4. Each office will create a policy about commercial use (i.e., commercial
use is allowed, unless otherwise specified).

Wikimedia Israel has pushed for this change since 2010, when MK Meir
Sheetrit proposed an amendment for the Israeli copyright act. The chapter
pushed for the acceptance of this amendment by the Knesset (the Israeli
parliament). During this time, we were able to make a complete shift in the
paradigms employed by the government and government officials. From being
strong opposers to the bill, they become adopters of the changes, thus
making the bill itself, redundant.

Now, a new struggle begins - Wikimedia Israel will work to remove the ND
clause from the decision, and will make sure that all government offices
publish their policy as required. Nonetheless, this is still a huge
achievement, the government has accepted the importance of free culture in
modern world.

On a personal note, as the leader of this project, I wish to send my many
thanks to all of those who made this miracle happen. A special thanks is
due to the great people of the Israeli Internet society, the (just as
great) people of Creative commons Israel, Adv. Jonathan Klinger, Mathias
Schindler, the awsome volunteers of Wikimedia Israel and the editors of
Hebrew Wikipedia. If there's anyone I forgot by name - my apologies, I'm
still terribly excited of these news.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here or send me a private
email,
Tomer Ashur
Chairman
Wikimedia Israel

[1] http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2012/Pages/des5268.aspx

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising updates?

2012-12-15 Thread Itzik Edri
 in which we ran an
 earlier version of the new banners (that didn't perform near as well as the
 one we eventually discovered) we also saw a very big increase in almost
 every country in the world. The exceptions were countries where we made
 some error (such as not turning banners on for half the day). Even in a
 country like Greece, where the economy is about as bad as it can get, we
 saw something like a 300% increase compared the the equivalent first day of
 the campaign last year. Therefore, we think we'll be able to keep our
 Spring campaign very low-impact.

 I hope this satisfies some of the curiosity about the campaign. Please ask
 questions, but please be understanding if we can't answer detailed
 questions while we're busy still running the campaign.

 Zack


 On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

  Indeed, a good start, that I already checked.
 
  The statistics shows only WMF data. Last year we had google docs file
 that
  the chapters shared their numbers every day also.
 
  And there is no indication to which banners running and their
 performance,
  things that I'll like to see.
 
  The fundraising team did some interesting changes this year, which will
  be interesting to know their performances.
 
  Itzik.
 
  2012/12/13 Till Mletzko till.mlet...@wikimedia.de
 
   and: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2012
  
   Till
  
  
   Am 13.12.2012 15:12, schrieb Theo10011:
On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il
 wrote:
   
Hi,
   
Could we get some updates (or that I missed them?) about how the
fundraising goes? WMF and Chapters will be great. Since we only
 focus
  on
few countries this year, the discussions regarding it is very low,
 but
   it
still very interesting to know how much we collect and how the
 banners
works (and which one of them)
   
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:FundraiserStatistics  -
  is a
good start.
   
-Theo
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   Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising updates?

2012-12-13 Thread Itzik Edri
Indeed, a good start, that I already checked.

The statistics shows only WMF data. Last year we had google docs file that
the chapters shared their numbers every day also.

And there is no indication to which banners running and their performance,
things that I'll like to see.

The fundraising team did some interesting changes this year, which will
be interesting to know their performances.

Itzik.

2012/12/13 Till Mletzko till.mlet...@wikimedia.de

 and: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2012

 Till


 Am 13.12.2012 15:12, schrieb Theo10011:
  On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:
 
  Hi,
 
  Could we get some updates (or that I missed them?) about how the
  fundraising goes? WMF and Chapters will be great. Since we only focus on
  few countries this year, the discussions regarding it is very low, but
 it
  still very interesting to know how much we collect and how the banners
  works (and which one of them)
 
  http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:FundraiserStatistics  - is a
  good start.
 
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 Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird.
 Unterzeichnen Sie die Online-Petition unter
 https://wke.wikimedia.de/wke/Main_Page!

 Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu der
 Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
 http://spenden.wikimedia.de/

 Gemeinnützige Wikimedia Fördergesellschaft mbH.
 Eingetragen beim Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 130183
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia España patrocina el VII Concurso Universitario de Software Libre

2012-11-18 Thread Itzik Edri
Short translation in English will be recommended.

- Sent from my mobile device
On Nov 18, 2012 11:07 PM, Lucien leGrey lucienleg...@gmail.com wrote:

 Wikimedia España es uno de los patrocinadores del VII Concurso
 Universitario de Software Libre https://www.concursosoftwarelibre.org/.
 Este certamen es un concurso http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUSLde
 desarrollo de software, hardware y documentación técnica libre en el que
 pueden participar estudiantes universitarios de primer, segundo y tercer
 ciclo, así como estudiantes no universitarios de bachillerato, grado medio
 y superior del ámbito estatal español.

 En sus seis ediciones anteriores han participado cientos de alumnos,
 desarrollando proyectos de todo tipo: educativos, orientados de empresa,
 específicas de sistemas móviles, hardware libre, wikis, aplicaciones
 científicas, etc. Estos proyectos se desarrollan en abierto usando una
 forja pública de desarrollo de software, y son evaluados por expertos
 académicos y profesionales de reconocido prestigio.

 El patrocinio se ha tramitado mediante un acuerdo entre Wikimedia España y
 varios miembros de la Universidad de Cádiz galardonados con el III
 Premios de Innovación Docente 2011 de dicha 
 Universidadhttp://www.uca.es/es/cargarAplicacionNoticia.do?identificador=4105,
 que han decidido expresar su firme compromiso con la comunidad del software
 y conocimiento libres haciéndose cargo del montante económico del patrocino.

 La inscripción en el concurso es gratuita y su plazo acaba el próximo 23
 de noviembre, os animamos a 
 participarhttps://www.concursosoftwarelibre.org/1213/inscripcion.Si
 necesitas ayuda o deseas información adicional puedes contactar con la 
 organización
 del Concurso http://www.concursosoftwarelibre.org/1213/contact.

 Enlace al blog de Wikimedia España:
 http://blog.wikimedia.org.es/2012/11/wikimedia-espana-patrocina-el-vii.html

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[Wikimedia-l] FDC Recommendations

2012-11-15 Thread Itzik Edri
Finally they are here...
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round1
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transparency about Wikimania costs

2012-10-12 Thread Itzik Edri
The venue was given by the municipality as part of their sponsorship.

The chapters just gave scholarships in 2011, not financial support.

Itzik

- Sent from my mobile device
On Oct 12, 2012 3:07 PM, Delirium delir...@hackish.org wrote:

 On 10/12/12 12:40 AM, Itzik Edri wrote:

 Just want to inform that WMIL published Wikimania 2011 budget breakdown:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/**wiki/Wikimania_2011/Budgethttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2011/Budget


 Thanks for the information; it's quite useful to see these kinds of things.

 Two minor questions about the numbers. I don't see an item for conference
 venue rental/fees, which is often a major cost. Was Wikimania given free
 use of the venue? Or is that part of another category, such as Logistics?
 And, I see support by chapters listed as 0, but http://wikimania2011.**
 wikimedia.org/ http://wikimania2011.wikimedia.org/ lists 5 chapters as
 sponsors.

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[Wikimedia-l] WMF core and non core expenses

2012-10-08 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi,

As agreed, the WMF is also sending their non-core program to the
FDC approval, you can see their proposal here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Wikimedia_Foundation/Proposal_form

But I'm asking myself, that's all what we consider as non-core? I didn't
really done a deep research in the WMF budget (as every item in the WMF
budget is like the whole big chapter budget and there are no breakdown),
but for example what jumped in my mind immediate: Merchandise store
(311,000$=Wikimedia Magyarország + Wikimedia Israel + Wikimedia Argentina
annual budget) - what make it core? or research (324,000$) and others
(again, can't go deeply with that as the items in the budget are general..).



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Naming for the Travel Guide project

2012-09-28 Thread Itzik Edri
I didn't know WMF have so many domains :)

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.orgwrote:

 Thanks Philippe,

 just as clarification: do I understand correctly that people can only
 suggest names that are either owned by the WMF or they are willing to
 invest money to buy the domains for at least the .org and possibly some
 more? Or would the WMF also be willing to buy/reimburse the domains that
 would likely be serious candidates? This wasn't entirely clear from the
 page to me.

 Best,
 Lodewijk

 2012/9/27 Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com

  Thanks for keeping this rolling, Philippe.
  It's great to see the names turned up already.
 
  SJ
 
  On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:24 AM, Philippe Beaudette
  phili...@wikimedia.orgwrote:
 
   Hi all,
  
   The straw poll [1] for the name of the new travel guide project has
  closed.
While there's been strong support for the name Wikivoyage, there have
  also
   been strong arguments expressing the desire for a more open-ended
 process
   and no overall consensus to go forward without it. The Wikimedia
  Foundation
   therefore would like to invite participation in an open process, which
 is
   described at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Travel_Guide/Naming_Process
  ,
   and begins immediately with the submission of suggested names (please
  note
   the submission process).  Thank you for your participation.
  
   Thanks,
   pb
  
  
   [1] -
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[Wikimedia-l] Transparency about Wikimania costs

2012-09-21 Thread Itzik Edri
Hi,

Jessie started to work on a page that shown breakdown of the scholarships
given in 2012, by the WMF and the chapters - and the cost.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania/Scholarships/2012

I think it's great, but we need to share much more information about how
much Wikimania cost to the movement.

Wikimania is our biggest and most expensive event\project - and the costs
spread around movement. Beside scholarships, the chapters and the WMF
spending money on their staff and boards - and this also need to
be transparent. When we know Wikimedia Israel gave 4 scholarships for
people from Israel, the WMF gave another two - this is not the full
picture. WMIL also sent paid for the travel of one board member. In some
others chapters the numbers are much bigger (staff+board).

Also, we have WMF and Chapters support to the conference itself.

I published here Wikimania 2011 costs  income:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania/2011/Budget

I'm not asking everyone now to start digging for their costs in 2011, but I
think we can start do it from this year.

I posted here WMIL travel costs:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania/2012/Budget/Chapters

I'll be happy if the chapters and the WMF can post their costs also
and I'm encouraging Wikimania 2012 local team also to post
their conference costs and incomes.

I think this transparency is important, and this knowledge about the total
costs to the movement is also important to others who planning Wikimania in
the future.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] No internet censorship in Hong Kong

2012-05-10 Thread Itzik Edri
+1. I totally agree with Nathan.

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:

 This is a similar argument to those made against Egypt or Israel etc. It's
 a facile and false notion that holding Wikimania in a particular city is an
 implicit political endorsement for the national government of the host
 city. You could just as easily interpret it in the opposite manner -
 holding a Wikimania event in Egypt, Israel, China, the U.S. or elsewhere
 supports knowledge liberalism and draws attention to the mission of the WMF
 in the areas where it may be most poignant. More likely, the decision of
 where to hold the event is made independent of political concerns and the
 WMF, as well as the host Wikimedians, take no political positions implicit
 or otherwise.

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