Re: [Wikimedia-l] timeline for Project Grants

2019-04-29 Thread Katy Love
Hello Milan, Paulo, and Isaac!

Thank you, Isaac, for sharing the contact info for the Project Grants team.
You can reach the right team members through that email alias.

We have not yet set timelines for future Project grants rounds. We are
currently drafting our next annual plan as part of the Foundation's annual
planning process. This is happening a little later than last year, because
it's being developed after the Foundation's Medium Term Plan (currently
under community review). [1] Once our next plan is complete, we will set
timelines and share them, as noted on the Project Grants Meta page. [2]

Best wishes,
Katy Love

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

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project

On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM Isaac Olatunde 
wrote:

> You can email projectgra...@wikimedia.org or Alex Wang (
> aw...@wikimedia.org)
>
> Regards,
>
> Isaac
>
> On Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 5:30 AM Milan Dojchinovski <
> dojcinovski.mi...@gmail.com wrote:
>
> > Hi Issac,
> >
> > Thanks for the info.
> > What would be the contact to the grant team? Peron/email address?
> >
> >
> > Thanks a lot,
> > Milan
> >
> > On Mon, 29 Apr 2019 at 00:41, Isaac Olatunde 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Will it not be better to ask the grant team at WMF directly?
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Isaac
> >>
> >> On Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 2:36 AM Milan Dojchinovski <
> >> dojcinovski.mi...@gmail.com wrote:
> >>
> >> > Hi all,
> >> >
> >> > does any of you have info on the deadline for the next project grants?
> >> >
> >> > As far as I remember, it was June, but at the moment there is no info
> on
> >> > this at the official page.
> >> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project
> >> >
> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Milan
> >> >
> >> > --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sverige receives $55k+ in funding for project on audio files

2018-12-19 Thread Katy Love
What great news!! Congratulations to all involved for securing funding for
this project.

Katy

On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 7:39 AM John Andersson 
wrote:

> Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of $55,000 in support from
> the grant-giving organization Kulturbryggan (Culture Bridge) for a project
> investigating how to best include audio files on Wikimedia Commons.
>
> Our work will focus on batch uploading audio files onto Wikimedia Commons
> (with a focus on music recordings). In preparations for this, we will
> investigate how the metadata can be included in a way that is best suited
> for Structured Data once it gets deployed. This is a pilot project where we
> aim to discuss with the community what to include and what to exclude. The
> discussions and the requests from the community will form our planning
> around future work with uploading audio files onto Wikimedia Commons. We
> look forward working with the community and with the Structured Data team
> at Wikimedia Foundation on how metadata about audio files can be included
> in a well-structured and useful way.
>
> This project will connect very closely to the FindingGLAMs project[1] and
> will form one of the case studies included in it. In the case study we will
> provide guidance for other GLAMs and Wikimedia affiliates who want to
> upload audio files in the future.
>
> The project also connects closely to Wikimedia Sverige’s planned project
> aimed at building tools to collect speech recordings. The recordings,
> illustrating how words are pronounced etc., will then be used to improve
> the quality of Wikispeech[2], a text-to-speech (TTS) system that converts
> written text into speech. We want to see what type of speech recordings can
> and should be stored on Wikimedia Commons and what kind of metadata should
> be included there; this project will help us clarify the needs.
>
> Please contact John Andersson (john.anders...@wikimedia.se) if you have
> any
> questions.
>
> As always, you can find the full application available on our wiki (in
> Swedish).[3]
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FindingGLAMs
>
> [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech
>
> [3]
>
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Fri_musik_p%C3%A5_Wikipedia_2019/Ans%C3%B6kan
>
> Best,
>
> John
>
> - - - -
>
> John Andersson
>
> Executive Director
>
> Wikimedia Sverige
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] temporary changes to WMF's grants programs

2018-06-06 Thread Katy Love
Hi again, everyone!

Thank you to all my wikifriends who pointed out the formatting challenges
of my message. That long wall of text was not pretty. See below, or check
it out on wiki:  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/
2018-19_Annual_Plan/Temporary_changes_to_grants_programs

Dear Wikimedia colleagues and friends,

The effective use of Wikimedia movement resources, including the grants
made by the Wikimedia Foundation, is critical to our collective effort
toward becoming the essential infrastructure for free knowledge.[1]  As we
look ahead, the Wikimedia movement will be developing a new approach to
resource allocation, in order to support this new strategic direction.
Developing a new approach requires careful consideration and collaboration,
and commitment to our values of sharing power in decisions, transparency,
and accountability.

To that end, the Community Resources team has made some temporary changes
to our grantmaking programs to free up staff and community time to do
engage in Phase 2 of the movement strategy work on issues of resource
allocation, while still meeting essential support commitments.

In order to ensure we have the capacity in our upcoming fiscal year (July
2018 - June 2019) to work effectively on the big questions around movement
resource allocation, we have made temporary changes to our grant programs.
While many of you are aware of these changes, I’m writing to ensure
everyone has the best information and to address some concerns we have
heard.

What’s changing?

These changes are designed to make the processes lighter and free up
resources for everyone involved in the grant processes. This means that the
Community Resources team, staff and volunteers in grantee organizations and
committee members will benefit from lightened processes.  We hope these
changes will support all involved to direct their energies in the coming
year toward participation in the movement’s strategic planning. The main
changes for 2018-2019 fiscal year are as follows:

Annual plan grants:
*Application processes will be simplified for all APG grantee-applicants.
Reporting requirements will stay the same.
*The APG programs will review proposals from new applicants in November of
2019 (for funding starting January 2020). Program officers will continue to
work with organizations looking at entering the APG program to make sure
they're ready to apply in 2019.
*Current grantees will be able to apply for the same amount of funding that
they are receiving this year.
*Increases may be considered for emerging communities in Asia, Africa, and
Latin America.

Rapid grants:
*Proposals will be accepted from the 1st - 15th of each month.
*Eligible proposals have a minimum of $500 USD and a maximum of $2,000 USD.
We seek to reduce administrative overhead for a more effective use of our
shared resources.

Project grants:
*Project grants proposals will be accepted during one grant cycle, likely
November 2018. Since there will only be one grant cycle, applicants will
need to prepare in advance.
*Proposals between $2,000 USD and $100,000 USD will be accepted.
*Please reach out to the Program Officer well in advance to discuss your
ideas and questions.

Conference grants:
*There will be two rounds of funding (likely to September 2018 and February
2019).
*We anticipate continued grant funding for the annual regional conferences
(Iberoconf, Indaba, CEE, Arabia) as well as thematic conferences already
under development (education, ICT and gender in Africa, Wikidata).
*Proposals from emerging communities for national/local conferences up to
$10,000 USD will be accepted.

For more information on these changes, visit our Meta page, where you will
find links to all eligibility information.[2]  Please direct your comments
and questions there, or reach out to the program officer overseeing the
relevant grant program.

What happens next?

In collaboration with Wikimedia communities, including current grantees,
grants committees, the Wikimedia Foundation staff and Board, and the
forthcoming working group on movement resources from the movement strategy,
we will participate in Phase 2 of the movement strategy.  This temporary
phase will be critical to defining how our movement can direct resources
more effectively towards our shared goal of becoming the essential
infrastructure for free knowledge.

We expect that there could be major changes to our funding processes in the
long term, and that these changes will reengineer the roles of
participating organizations (the Wikimedia Foundation, committees, and
grantees alike). This is why it is important for everyone interested to
participate, and to ensure that what comes next derives from a collective
effort.

Please direct any questions or comments to the discussion page on Meta
wiki.[2]

Best wishes,
Katy Love
Director, Community Resources team

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Direction
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

[Wikimedia-l] temporary changes to WMF's grants programs

2018-06-05 Thread Katy Love
*Dear Wikimedia colleagues and friends,The effective use of Wikimedia
movement resources, including the grants made by the Wikimedia Foundation,
is critical to our collective effort toward becoming the essential
infrastructure for free knowledge.[1] As we look ahead, the Wikimedia
movement will be developing a new approach to resource allocation, in order
to support this new strategic direction. Developing a new approach requires
careful consideration and collaboration, and commitment to our values of
sharing power in decisions, transparency, and accountability.To that end,
the Community Resources team has made some temporary changes to our
grantmaking programs to free up staff and community time to do engage in
Phase 2 of the movement strategy work on issues of resource allocation,
while still meeting essential support commitments. In order to ensure we
have the capacity in our upcoming fiscal year (July 2018 - June 2019) to
work effectively on the big questions around movement resource allocation,
we have made temporary changes to our grant programs. While many of you are
aware of these changes, I’m writing to ensure everyone has the best
information and to address some concerns we have heard. What’s changing?
These changes are designed to make the processes lighter and free up
resources for everyone involved in the grant processes. This means that the
Community Resources team, staff and volunteers in grantee organizations and
committee members will benefit from lightened processes. We hope these
changes will support all involved to direct their energies in the coming
year toward participation in the movement’s strategic planning. The main
changes for 2018-2019 fiscal year are as follows: Annual plan grants: -
Application processes will be simplified for all APG grantee-applicants.
Reporting requirements will stay the same.- The APG programs will review
proposals from new applicants in November of 2019 (for funding starting
January 2020). Program officers will continue to work with organizations
looking at entering the APG program to make sure they're ready to apply in
2019.- Current grantees will be able to apply for the same amount of
funding that they are receiving this year.- Increases may be considered for
emerging communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Rapid grants: -
Proposals will be accepted from the 1st - 15th of each month.- Eligible
proposals have a minimum of $500 USD and a maximum of $2,000 USD. We seek
to reduce administrative overhead for a more effective use of our shared
resources.  Project grants: - Project grants proposals will be accepted
during one grant cycle, likely November 2018. Since there will only be one
grant cycle, applicants will need to prepare in advance.  - Proposals
between $2,000 USD and $100,000 USD will be accepted. - Please reach out to
the Program Officer well in advance to discuss your ideas and questions.
Conference grants: - There will be two rounds of funding (likely to
September 2018 and February 2019). - We anticipate continued grant funding
for the annual regional conferences (Iberoconf, Indaba, CEE, Arabia) as
well as thematic conferences already under development (education, ICT and
gender in Africa, Wikidata).- Proposals from emerging communities for
national/local conferences up to $10,000 USD will be accepted. For more
information on these changes, visit our Meta page, where you will find
links to all eligibility information.[2]  Please direct your comments and
questions there, or reach out to the program officer overseeing the
relevant grant program. What happens next? In collaboration with Wikimedia
communities, including current grantees, grants committees, the Wikimedia
Foundation staff and Board, and the forthcoming working group on movement
resources from the movement strategy, we will participate in Phase 2 of the
movement strategy.  This temporary phase will be critical to defining how
our movement can direct resources more effectively towards our shared goal
of becoming the essential infrastructure for free knowledge. We expect that
there could be major changes to our funding processes in the long term, and
that these changes will reengineer the roles of participating organizations
(the Wikimedia Foundation, committees, and grantees alike). This is why it
is important for everyone interested to participate, and that what comes
next derives from a collective effort. Kindly direct any questions or
comments to the discussion page on Meta wiki.[2]  Best wishes,Katy
LoveDirector, Community Resources team[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Annual_Plan/Temporary_changes_to_grants_programs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

2018-03-15 Thread Katy Love
Hello again, everyone!

Whoops! Let me try again, this time without the unfinished sentence.

Hello there Andy,

Sure thing.

Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events to
create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
for follow-up activities online after the event.

Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).

Yours sincerely,
Katy

On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 3:26 PM, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello there Andy,
>
> Sure thing.
>
> Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events
> to create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
> the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
> attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
> an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
> attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
> include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
> as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
> for follow-up activities online after the event. Our intention here is
>
> Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
> travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
> in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
> change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
> travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
> travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).
>
> Take good care,
> Katy
>
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
> wrote:
>
>> On 12 March 2018 at 18:08, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>> > Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach
>> program. It
>> > reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
>> > Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
>> > the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants
>> consultation.
>>
>> > *We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other
>> grant
>> > programs*, as follows:
>>
>> For the sake of clarity, please could you state what types of
>> applications (if any) will no longer be supported, which would have
>> been supported previously?
>>
>> --
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>> @pigsonthewing
>> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

2018-03-15 Thread Katy Love
Hello there Andy,

Sure thing.

Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events to
create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
for follow-up activities online after the event. Our intention here is

Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).

Take good care,
Katy

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
wrote:

> On 12 March 2018 at 18:08, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach program.
> It
> > reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
> > Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
> > the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants
> consultation.
>
> > *We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other grant
> > programs*, as follows:
>
> For the sake of clarity, please could you state what types of
> applications (if any) will no longer be supported, which would have
> been supported previously?
>
> --
> Andy Mabbett
> @pigsonthewing
> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
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[Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

2018-03-12 Thread Katy Love
Hi there, Wikimedians,

I am writing to let you know that the WMF Community Resources team is
closing one of our smaller funding programs, Travel and Participation
Support (TPS) [1]. *TPS will no longer accept applications as of May 1,
2018.*

Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach program. It
reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants consultation.
[2] As we have redesigned our grant programs to better meet the needs of
our stakeholders, we are no longer resourced to support TPS as a separate
program.

*We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other grant
programs*, as follows:

*Rapid Grants* will now fund travel requests for non-Wikimedia events from
individuals for up to $2,000 USD, prioritizing applications that include
all of the following:
* Wikimedian presenters who have a special area of expertise in relation to
their target audience (for example, a psychology professor who is sharing
about Wikimedia projects at an academic conference for other psychology
professionals)
* outreach activity with a training component and a plan for online
follow-up providing ongoing mentorship and support (editing training,
editathon, etc.)
* regional travel requests under $2,000 USD

*Rapid Grants* will continue to fund travel expenses for local Wikimedia
events. Learn more here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid

*Conference and Events Grants* will continue to support travel scholarships
for Wikimedia events. Note that this funding is awarded to conference
organizers who then manage requirements for participants. Requests for more
than $10,000 USD are required to start the application process 6 months
before the date of the proposed event. Learn more here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference

*Wikimania Scholarships* will continue to support travel scholarships for
Wikimania. Learn more here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Grants:TPS/Wikimania_scholars

You can contact me directly if you have any questions.

Warmly,
Katy Love


*[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS>[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Implementation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Implementation>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-09 Thread Katy Love
Wonderful to hear this.

Big congratulations, Heather--we're lucky to have you stay in the C-suite
with your voice and vision!

And a warm welcome to you, Kui. I look forward to meeting you and working
together.

Katy

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:58 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for permanent
> leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department.
>
> Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of Communications
> to leading the department full-time, in the newly created role of Chief
> Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice President of
> Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in Nairobi,
> Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather and
> welcoming Kui!
>
> *The new roles*
>
> As Chief Creative Officer, Heather will remain at the Leadership team,
> with responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a
> mandate that focuses on helping people better understand our values and
> mission through our brand. She will oversee the organization and movement’s
> voice, tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into
> everything from our recent awareness videos to our press statements. What
> do we sound and look like? How do you feel when you interact with us, as an
> editor, a reader, a donor? How do we spread and share our values? She will
> be responsible for new and creative initiatives that seek to expand the way
> people think about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, not only as an encyclopedia but
> an essential part of the way we understand the world.
>
> As Vice President of Communications, Kui will report directly to Heather
> and oversee our traditional and digital communications efforts. She will be
> responsible for our overall media positioning and coverage, critical issue
> management (also known as crisis communications), extending our digital
> media strategy, products, and presence, and supporting organizational
> leadership, such as myself, the Leadership team, and the Board, with
> effective and clear public communications. Kui also brings new and valuable
> skills that we’re sure to appreciate: first, a background in internal
> communications, which should help with improved information flows in our
> ever-more distributed organization, as well as a deep background in
> communications, campaigns, and marketing for emerging markets -- sure to be
> a critical skill for our efforts around improving awareness about Wikimedia
> in places where we want to reach more people.
>
> *About Heather Walls*
>
> Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Heather has been a driving force in
> our creative and brand efforts at the Foundation. Under her stewardship,
> the Foundation has dramatically reduced barriers to community usage of the
> trademarks under our care while also helping increase consistency in their
> usage. A member of the team before Communications was its own department,
> Heather was one of the first people I met and worked with when I joined as
> Chief Communications Officer. She graciously stepped in as leader of the
> department when I transitioned to Executive Director and has since grown
> into the role while making it her own. During that time, she has helped
> find the organization's place in the growing social media channels,
> modernized the Foundation’s brand, bringing it into greater alignment with
> our movement's values and workflows, and overseen pioneering
> community-supported awareness campaigns.
>
> Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked in design roles at
> organizations across California, Massachusetts, and the Midwest. She
> developed a special collections room and exhibit for California Academy of
> Sciences, and her work has been included in Architectural Record and
> exhibited at Harvard as well as Detroit and New York.
>
> *About Kui Kinyanjui*
>
> Kui will join the Foundation in March after concluding her current
> position as Head of Corporate Communications for Safaricom Limited in
> Kenya. Safaricom is one of the leading mobile network operators in Africa,
> and one of Kenya’s leading companies, providing mobile and banking services
> to more than 28 million Kenyans. She brings deep communications skills, an
> incredible wealth of knowledge around emerging markets, and a passion for
> our efforts to reach beyond English-speaking audiences in our organization
> and movement communications.
>
> Kui is from Nairobi, Kenya. Her background is as a journalist and has
> worked for Business Daily and other platforms within Nation Media Group
> (the largest independent media organization in Eastern and Central Africa),
> PC World, EA Magazine, Executive Magazine in Kenya, and 360 Magazine in
> Washington, DC. She has also worked in communications for IBM, Ogilvy PR
> Worldwide, and Media Moguls. Kui will be relocating from Nairobi to the San
> Francisco Bay Area in 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Odisha Government's Social media accounts are now under CC-BY 4.0

2017-09-19 Thread Katy Love
Hi Sailesh,

What great news!! What a remarkable achievement! Thanks for sharing this
with us. I really like the blog post, too. Congratulations!!

Katy

On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 8:09 AM, Sailesh Patnaik <
sailesh.patnaik...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
>
> I am glad to share a recent collaboration of Odia Wikipedia community with
> the Government of Odisha.
>
> After releasing the content of 2017 Asian Athletics Championships (
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/28/digest-asia-athletics-championships/
> ) another initiative by the Government of Odisha to bridge the dearth of
> Information about Odisha on Wikipedia by releasing its social media
> accounts under CC-BY 4.0.
>
> Earlier this week, the community members met the Government officials
> regarding this, and after understanding the value of Open Content, it took
> only 24hrs to release the social media channels under CC-BY 4.0 license.
>
> As a pilot project, 8 social media accounts from Government of Odisha are
> under CC-BY 4.0,Now, the content is free for everyone to use, share, and
> build upon their work.
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/09/18/odisha-social-media-free-license/
>
> The community is also planning to take the collaboration further and
> relicense some of the websites under CC-BY 4.0.
> --
> ---
> *Sailesh Patnaik*  "*ଶୈଳେଶ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ "*
> Community Advocate, Access To Knowledge Program
> Centre for Internet and Society
> Phone: +91-7537097770
> *LinkedIn* : https://www.linkedin.com/in/sailesh-patnaik-551a10b4
> *Twitter*: @saileshpat
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome the new Board of Wikimedia Argentina!

2017-09-19 Thread Katy Love
Yes! Congratulations to the new Board of Wikimedia Argentina. And Ivana,
most warm congratulations for your election as President!! I look forward
to working together.

And thank you, Galileo, for all you have done to build WMAR over the last
five years. I hope you take much pride in your accomplishments. :)

Abrazos,
Katy


On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Anna Torres  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> Last Saturday, September 16, the General Assembly of Wikimedia Argentina
> took place. This was an election year and new authorities were chosen. The
> new Board was define as follows:
>
>  * President: Ivana Lysholm
> * Vice-president: Galileo Vidoni
> * Secretary: Mariano Pérez
> * Deputy Secretary: Ivana Molena
> * Treasurer: Nicolás Giorgetti
> * Deputy Treasurer: Patricio Molina
> * Board members: Esteban Zárate, Andrea Kleiman, Jorge Abreu
> * Deputy Board members: Beatrice Murch, Leandro Kibisz
>
> We especially want to congratulate Ivana Lysholm, who takes over her role
> as President of the association.
>
> We also want to thank the work of Galileo Vidoni during the last 5 years as
> president. During his administration we have grown significantly as an
> organization; we have tripled the number of activities and staff, and
> fostered our reach and presence nationally and internationally.
>
> We hope that you join in the congratulations and that more than ever, we
> continue to build a solid, sustainable and diverse organization in
> Argentina!
>
>
> Hugs,
>
> --
> Anna Torres Adell
> Directora Ejecutiva
> *A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimédia France - informations sur la situation actuelle

2017-07-11 Thread Katy Love
 committed to supporting the health of the
Wikimedia communities around the world, including in France. The Wikimedia
Foundation provides resources to community members around the world, including
those in France. To learn more about our programs and support to Wikimedia
communities, we invite you to visit
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start.


The Wikimedia Foundation is and will continue to be deeply supportive of
the French community and the future of the Wikimedia movement in France. We
look forward to our visit to France this month and hope to hear from many
of you while we are there.

Sincerely,

Katy Love

Director of Resources

Wikimedia Foundation
kl...@wikimedia.org



And in French:


Bonjour à tou·te·s,

Le message qui suit provient de la Wikimedia Foundation, l'organisation à
but non lucratif qui soutient les projets et communautés Wikimedia autour
du monde.

Vous avez peut-être reçu un courriel du Conseil d’Administration de
Wikimédia France, présentant des allégations sérieuses contre certains
membres de notre mouvement. Nombre de ces allégations concernent des
membres de la communauté bénévole francophone, certains membres actuels et
anciens de Wikimédia France, et d'anciens membres du conseil
d’administration qui ont posé des questions ouvertes sur les activités et
certains pans de la gouvernance actuelle de Wikimédia France. Dans le
courriel du conseil d’administration, les signataires caractérisent ces
bénévoles, ou la manière dont ils ont critiqué la direction de
l’association, comme étant inacceptables et toxiques. Nous estimons que de
nombreux aspects de ce courrier électronique sont troublants et contraires
aux valeurs du mouvement Wikimedia.

Le courriel du conseil d’administration a porté les problèmes de Wikimédia
France à l'attention de nombreux participants de la communauté francophone
de Wikimedia, ainsi que celle du mouvement Wikimedia autour du monde. Bien
que ceci soit peut-être le premier message public vu par certains membres
de la communauté, il fait suite à plusieurs mois de discussions, au sein de
divers comités, portant sur la gouvernance actuelle et les opérations de
Wikimédia France.

Comme beaucoup d'entre vous le savent, en mai 2017, le Comité de diffusion
des fonds (FDC,  un comité indépendant composé de membres de la communauté
Wikimedia chargés d'aider à « prendre des décisions sur la façon d'affecter
efficacement les fonds de mouvement ») a évalué la demande de subvention
annuelle de Wikimédia France pour l’année fiscale 2017-2018. Le FDC a
recommandé
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2016-2017_round_2#Wikim.C3.A9dia_France>
au
conseil d'administration de la Wikimedia Foundation que Wikimédia France
reçoive 50% du montant de la subvention demandée. La recommandation du FDC
a noté, entre autres choses, qu’« il y a des préoccupations sérieuses
concernant la gouvernance actuelle et la structure organisationnelle de
WMFR et leur capacité à soutenir et obtenir le plus efficacement possible
les résultats recherchés ».

Wikimédia France a fait appel de la recommandation du FDC. Le conseil
d'administration de la Wikimedia Foundation a considéré et refusé
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC#Board_decision>
cet
appel et a décidé d'accepter
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Board_decisions/2016-2017_round_2>
la
recommandation du FDC. En outre, le Conseil d'administration de la
Wikimedia Foundation approuve la nécessité d'un examen de la gouvernance,
conformément aux recommandations du FDC. Le financement de Wikimédia France
est subordonné à une visite sur site
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Policies/Site_visits> du
personnel de la Wikimedia Foundation, un examen de la gouvernance à
effectuer par un tiers indépendant (à choisir en consultation avec la
Wikimedia Foundation), ainsi que les progrès faisant suite aux
recommandations découlant de l’examen de la gouvernance.

La situation actuelle avec Wikimédia France met à rude épreuve la
communauté francophone, les employés anciens et actuels de Wikimédia
France, et les bénévoles à travers le monde qui s’inquiètent de cette
situation. Nous y sommes sensibles et reconnaissons par conséquent que la
situation doit être résolue rapidement, dans l'intérêt des projets
Wikimedia et de leur vision.

Trois employés de la Wikimedia Foundation seront bientôt en France pour
effectuer une visite sur site dans le cadre de la subvention de la
Fondation, afin de faire suite aux recommandations du FDC, notamment pour
travailler avec Wikimédia France à lancer une évaluation indépendante de
leur gouvernance et à discuter avec l’association et avec les membres de la
communauté française de leurs espoirs pour l'avenir.

Enfin, nous sommes conscients d'un certain nombre de déclarations inexactes
incluses dans le courrier électronique du conseil d’administration de
Wikimédia France, notamment en ce qui concer

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Odia Wikimedians User Group

2017-07-10 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to the new user group!! I'm excited to see where you take
the group and what you do together.

Katy

On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Odia Wikimedians User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group. The group
> aims to bring together contributors to Odia-language Wikimedia projects, as
> well as individuals who contribute to other Wikimedia projects on topics
> related to the Odia language, the Odia people, and the Indian state of
> Odisha.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Odia_Wikimedians_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group

2017-07-10 Thread Katy Love
A warm welcome to you! I'm looking forward to collaborating with you.
Katy

On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM, Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group. The
> group aims to support the community of Cameroonian Wikimedians and to
> promote the Wikimedia projects in Cameroon.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Cameroon_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Hindi Wikimedians User Group

2017-07-10 Thread Katy Love
Lovely to hear this. Looking forward to seeing what's next for the user
group!

Katy

On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Hindi Wikimedians User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group. The group
> aims to advance the work of the Wikimedia movement in the Hindi language.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hindi_Wikimedians_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC results

2017-06-22 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to  Michal, Lorenzo, Liam, Osmar, Katherine B and Kirill! I
look forward to working with all of you. :)

Like Katherine M, I also want to thank all the candidates. It's not easy to
put yourself out there, and I'm truly grateful you did.

Katy

On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:19 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak 
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Somehow the results of the FDC elections have not been yet announced here
> on the list. The certified outcome of the elections can be found here:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_electio
> ns/2017/Results
>
> Congratulations to:
>
> FDC members
>
>- Michał Buczyński – User:Aegis Maelstrom
>
>- Lorenzo Losa – User:Laurentius
>
>- Liam Wyatt – User:Wittylama
>
>- Osmar Valdebenito – User:B1mbo
>
>- Katherine Bavage – User:Leela0808
>
>
> FDC Ombudsperson
>
>- Kirill Lokshin – User:Kirill Lokshin
>
>
>
> On being elected. Many thanks to all candidates, putting yourself forward
> in elections requires courage, and is a great service to our community
> irrespective of the result.
>
> Best,
>
> Dariusz
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amical Wikimedia 2017 Brand New Board

2017-03-16 Thread Katy Love
Welcome to Amical's new board members! Congratulations to you all!

I want to give a big thank you to Arnau Duran. Arnau, I have enjoyed
working with you for many years. I appreciate all you've done for Amical
and the Wikimedia movement. Thank you for all your service, hard work, and
dedication!

Katy

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 7:17 AM, Àlex Hinojo  wrote:

> Hi,
>
> After two weeks of open elections, I'm glad to announce you the brand *new
> board of Amical Wikimedia*, with 8 members, of which 5 are new.
>
>
>- Laia Benito Pericas - Chair
>- Lluís Madurell Alemany - Secretary
>- Xavier Dengra Grau - Treasurer
>- Josep Nogué -  Member (former treasurer)
>- Carles Paredes  -  Member (former secretary)
>- David Parreño Mont - Member
>- Esther Bonet Solé  - Member
>- Pau Colominas -   Member
>
>
> Arnau Duran, our former president, was not running for a new term, and both
> the board and the community are grateful for his service these years.
>
> On meta you can see their usernames correspondance:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amical_Wikimedia#Board
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Àlex Hinojo
> Amical Wikimedia ED
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed permanent Executive Director

2017-01-30 Thread Katy Love
This news makes me happy. Abraham, you have served Wikidata and WMDE well.
:) Glad to hear you'll be sticking around for the long haul!

Cheers,
Katy

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:57 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> It is our great pleasure to announce that during last weekend’s Board
> retreat, we voted to appoint Abraham Taherivand as Executive Director of
> Wikimedia Deutschland with immediate effect.
>
> Abraham has joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012, has been the director of
> our Software Development department, and interim ED in the past two months.
> In all his roles he has shown vast experience and qualifications as well as
> the much needed, deep commitment for Free Knowledge. We are convinced that
> Abraham is the right person at the right time for Wikimedia Deutschland and
> have great confidence that the management of the office is in good hands
> with him. Abraham will continue to lead the Software Development department
> on an interim basis until we have been able to fill this position with a
> new permanent director.
>
> Together with Abraham, WMDE staff, our members and communities as well as
> other interested parties, the board will analyse and – where applicable –
> revise the composition of leadership and decision making structures at WMDE
> in 2017. Kurt Jansson, Sebastian Moleski and myself will be steering this
> process and are available for your questions and feedback via email (
> praesid...@wikimedia.de).
>
> We wish Abraham the very best in this role, and the Board looks forward to
> continuing to work with him. Please join us in congratulating Abraham!
>
> For the Supervisory Board
> Tim Moritz Hector
> Chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiProject Medicine Foundation: New Board Elected

2017-01-29 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to the new board! Wow :)

On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Tanvir Rahman 
wrote:

> Congratulations! A great team indeed!
>
> T.
>
> --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Passing of User:Danveg, and reminder about people in distress

2017-01-04 Thread Katy Love
So very sorry to hear this new of the passing of User:Danveg.

Thanks for sharing this very sad news -- as well as the available resources
-- with us, Pine, Pax, and James.

Katy



On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 8:35 PM, Pine W  wrote:

> Hello colleagues,
>
> Michal Lester from Wikimedia Israel and Tsipi Erann from Wikiwomen recently
> sent an email to the Gendergap mailing list regarding the passing of
> User:Danveg.
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2017-January/006453.html.
> Condolences to her family and friends. A memorial project has been
> established on Hebrew Wikipedia at
> 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%99_%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99_%D7%
> A0%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D/DanVeg_Memorial_Trans_Project
> .
>
> I would like to remind all of us that there may be people in our community
> who are experiencing personal difficulties or distress, and that
> professional resources may be available to assist. As with many situations,
> I think that getting help before a situation becomes a crisis is
> preferable, and I would encourage people to take the courageous step to do
> so. Emotional support from friends and family, professional counseling, and
> medicines may all be helpful in helping someone. The Mayo Clinic provides a
> resource called "Depression: Supporting a family member or friend":
> http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-
> depth/depression/ART-20045943.
> Quoting the Mayo Clinic page: "People with depression may not recognize or
> acknowledge that they're depressed. They may not be aware of signs and
> symptoms of depression, so they may think their feelings are normal. All
> too often, people feel ashamed about their depression and mistakenly
> believe they should be able to overcome it with willpower alone. But
> depression seldom gets better without treatment and may get worse. With the
> right treatment approach, the person you care about can get better." If you
> or someone you know is in distress, or is frequently sad, then I would
> encourage reaching out for professional support.
>
> In the circumstance that an on-wiki situation does become an emergency,
> includes a threat of harm, *or* if someone discusses harm and you aren't
> sure how serious the threat is, English Wikipedia has the following
> resource, which includes information about how to Wikipedians are
> encouraged to respond if someone on-wiki appears to be suicidal:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Responding_to_threats_of_harm.
> Alternatively, if an off-wiki situation appears to be an emergency,
> includes a threat of harm, *or* includes a threat that you don't know how
> to evaluate, then please contact the local emergency services.
>
> Sometimes life is stressful and sad for almost everyone. If you or someone
> you know is overwhelmed, frequently feels sad or discouraged, or is
> distressed, then please reach out for professional support. Rather than
> attempting to go through the dark night alone, or if you see someone else
> who is struggling with their challenges, please ask for help.
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brosen_sunrise.jpg
>
> Regards,
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Congratulation, Hebrew Wikipedia

2017-01-03 Thread Katy Love
Impressive accomplishment, and cool stats included! Kudos to all the Hebrew
Wikipedians and Wikimedia Israel volunteers!

Katy

On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 7:10 AM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I'm happy to share with you that this morning the 200,000th article has
> been written on the Hebrew Wikipedia - The Southern Pudu (there is not
> article about him in English!):
> https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%93%D7%95_%D7%
> 93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%99
>
> Yesterday we released to the press a list of the top 20 most viewed
> articles on HEWP during the last year. Most of the news outlets in Israel
> published the list, but alongside the list, we added also some statistics:
> An average of 45 articles are written on by 760 active editors and 150 very
> active editors. The number of very active editors increased by 20% compare
> to last year [1] - while number globally increased only by 0.11% [2] and 0%
> on ENWP [3] .
>
> We are really proud of the Hebrew community and Wikimedia Israel volunteers
> who run and support great projects and initiatives, alongside the community
> members, to consistently increase the number of editors and their activity.
> This achievement is thanks to their efforts!.
>
>
> Happy near year from Israel!
>
>
> Some of the coverage about the most viewed articles on HEWP:
>
>- http://net.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225240
>-
>http://www.mako.co.il/news-money/tech-q4_2016/Article-
> c3f561fba944951004.htm
>-
>http://reshet.tv/item/news/economics/computers-science-
> technology/wikipedia-most-read-2016-79561/
>- http://hakolkalul.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225272 (minute
>21:15)
>-
>http://www.mako.co.il/news-channel2/first-edition-q4_2016/Article-
> c7cea84f8464951004.htm?sCh=e3be6603e7478110=25483675
>(minute 38:39)
>- http://www.calcalist.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3704729,00.html
>- http://www.ch10.co.il/news/335964/#.WGUkkht97mE
>- http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/439575
>- http://mizbala.com/news/117472
>- http://www.maariv.co.il/news/israel/Article-568404
>- http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
>- http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
>- http://www.pc.co.il/it-news/231238/
>- http://www.ice.co.il/media/news/article/460324
>- http://tech.walla.co.il/item/3026625
>- http://www.hidabroot.org/article/215941
>
> [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryHE.htm
> [2] http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/#secondary-graphs-tab
> [3] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryEN.htm
>
>
>
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-54-5878078 | 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] Maithili Wikipedia surpasses 10k articles

2017-01-03 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations Maithili Wikipedians! Nice accomplishment:)

Cheers,
Katy

On Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 11:16 PM, Biplab Anand 
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am delighted to share with you that Maithili Wikipedia has reached 10,000
> articles .
>
> To reach the milestone Maithili Wikimedians has taken a challenge
> named Maithili
> Wikipedia Mission 10
>  User_Group/Events/Mission_10>.
> In the month of December, Maithili Wikipedia shows high level of activity
> .
>
> We are really proud of the Maithili Wikipedia Community and Maithili
> Wikimedians volunteers who run and support the Mission 10. We would also
> like to thanks each and one contributor who contributed to the Mission 10.
>
> Happy New Year 2017!!!
>
> Best
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed Interim Executive Director

2016-12-08 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations, Abraham, on this important interim role!!

Katy

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:13 AM, Sydney Poore 
wrote:

> Congratulations to Abraham Taherivand for his new role as Interim
> Executive Director, and to Christian for moving into his new position
> as Undersecretary.
>
> And I want to recognize the good work of the WMDE Supervisory Board
> for managing this transition process well.
> Sydney
> Sydney Poore
> User:FloNight
>
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Dan Garry  wrote:
> > Congratulations Christian! Having an advocate for the Wikimedia movement
> in
> > such a position is definitely a good thing. :-)
> >
> > And, congratulations Abraham! I look forward to working with you in your
> > new role.
> >
> > Dan
> >
> > On 8 December 2016 at 16:47, Christian Rickerts <
> > christian.ricke...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> >
> >> Dear Wikimedians,
> >>
> >> As Tim has already written, with effect from today I have stepped down
> from
> >> the position as Executive Director and handed over the business to
> Abraham.
> >> Tomorrow I will take the oath in my new position.
> >>
> >> I am looking back today at an incredible exciting, busy and funny time
> and
> >> I am proud to see what we were able to achieve together. I also want to
> >> thank you for all the warm and cheering messages I received after Tims
> >> announcement.
> >>
> >> WMDE is in very good hands with Abraham, with a great team and solid
> >> structures and processes in place. Therefore I am leaving with a tear in
> >> one eye and a smile in the other.
> >>
> >> Congratulation Abraham (!) and good bye,
> >>
> >> Christian
> >>
> >> Am 08.12.2016 15:52 schrieb "Tim Moritz Hector" <
> >> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de>:
> >>
> >> Dear Wikimedians,
> >>
> >> Earlier this week I informed you that Christian Rickerts might become
> the
> >> Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy
> and
> >> enterprises. This has been confirmed today and Christian has stepped
> down
> >> from his WMDE role.
> >>
> >> I am very pleased to announce that the WMDE Supervisory Board appointed
> >> Abraham Taherivand as Interim Executive Director as of 8 December 2016.
> >>
> >> Abraham has joined WMDE in March 2012 and is the Head of our Software
> >> Development department. He has been on the transition team during the
> last
> >> ED search, has headed our works council and has been appointed deputy of
> >> the Executive Director recently. In his multiple roles, Abraham’s
> decisions
> >> have always been made in the sense of the Wikimedia Deutschland as a
> whole.
> >> With immediate effect, he has the full rights and duties of the
> Executive
> >> Director and will also continue to lead the Software Development
> >> Department.
> >>
> >> This solution allows us as a board to approach the next steps with the
> >> necessary calmness and deliberate thought. On 28-29 January 2017, we
> will
> >> meet for our regular board retreat and discuss all questions regarding
> the
> >> permanent filling of the ED position.
> >>
> >> Christian, once again a big thank you for your work with us.
> >> Congratulations and a good start in politics. I would like to thank you,
> >> Abraham, for your agreement to take on this crucial task and look
> forward
> >> to the further, close cooperation with you!
> >>
> >> I will keep you posted on future updates in the transition process.
> >>
> >> For the Supervisory Board
> >> Tim Moritz Hector
> >> Chair
> >>
> >> --
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> >> Chair of the Board
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New board of Wikimedia Hungary

2016-12-08 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to all the elected Board members! :) Thanks for sharing
these results.

Cheers,
Katy

On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 7:47 AM, Samat  wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> On November 27, 2016 Wikimedia Hungary held a general meeting, which
> elected the board of the chapter for the next two year.
>
> The new boards is:
> * president: Péter Gervai (User:grin, re-elected)
> * executive vice-president: Tamás Mészöly (User:Samat, re-elected but new
> role)
> * financial vice-president: Balázs Viczian (User:Vince, new)
> * board member: Orsolya Gyenes (User:OrsolyaVirág, re-elected)
> * board member: Anna Krizsán (User:nyiffi, new member).
>
> Gábor Bihary (User:Peyerk) and Mónika Balogh (User:RepliCarter) resigned
> from the board.
>
> Best regards,
> Samat
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE-update: Christian Rickerts might become Undersecretary of State

2016-12-05 Thread Katy Love
What an exciting piece of news! Congratulations to you, Christian!! I am
grateful to you and the Board for your work on ensuring a good transition
for WMDE; I am confident you are all in good hands. :)

Katy

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:06 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> On Saturday, the Green Party has resolved the coalition agreement for the
> future Berlin government and nominated their future government officials.
> The
> new designated Minister of economics, Ramona Pop, asked Christian to become
> her Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy
> and enterprises. Now things are going to happen quite quickly: The future
> senate is scheduled to be constituted on December 8th. Right after that,
> Christian would take on the new responsibility.
>
> The Supervisory Board of Wikimedia Deutschland and Christian agree that
> this is a great opportunity that he should accept. I also see this as a
> huge compliment to our work at Wikimedia Deutschland.
>
> We are aware that this opportunity brings a lot of change for our
> organisation for the near future as well. Christian and I are currently
> working on the next steps together with our staff and community. We will
> provide you with regular updates regarding the transition process.
>
> Thank you very much and kind regards
>
> Tim Moritz Hector
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE update after the General Assembly

2016-11-30 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to the Board!

Cheers,
Katy

On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> Over the weekend, Wikimedia Deutschland held its General Assembly and
> elections for the supervisory board as well as for the auditors.
>
> The newly elected board consists of seven members:
>
> * Tim Moritz Hector (Chair, re-elected)
> * Sebastian Moleski (Treasurer, re-elected)
> * Sabria David (re-elected)
> * Kurt Jansson (re-elected)
> * Lukas Mezger (re-elected)
> * Harald Krichel (re-elected)
> * Johanna Niesyto
>
> The board has met for its first meeting on Sunday and elected Sabria David
> and Kurt Jansson as Deputy Chair.
>
> Johanna is new to the board, so please join me in welcoming her to the
> board of WMDE. I would also like to thank our former board members Nikolas
> Becker, Jürgen Friedrich and Catrin Schoneville wholeheartedly for the
> great work and their commitment to Wikimedia Deutschland in the past years.
>
> Lena Stammler and Daniel Baur (re-elected) are our two recently-elected
> auditors, and I am extending my congratulations to them.
>
> At the GA, the board furthermore presented the final report on the
> WMDE-Governance-Review and how we handled the recommendations of the
> report. Moreover, the members approved the annual plan for 2017.
>
> The board will meet in January to discuss the goals for our term in the
> next two years and I am very much looking forward to working together with
> this team.
>
> Best regards,
> Tim Moritz Hector
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New Wikimedia DC Board Members

2016-10-31 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations, Kelly and Rosie, and to the Board of Wikimedia DC! Very
cool. :)

Katy

On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM, Kirill Lokshin <
kirill.loks...@wikimediadc.org> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I'm very pleased to announce that Kelly Doyle and Rosie
> Stephenson-Goodknight have joined the Wikimedia DC Board of Directors.
>
> I'm sure that most of you already know Kelly and Rosie; for anyone who
> doesn't, Kelly currently serves as the Wikipedian in Residence for Gender
> Equity at West Virginia University Libraries, while Rosie is a co-founder
> of WikiProject Women in Red and the WikiWomen's User Group, among many
> other projects.
>
> Please join me in congratulating them on their new roles!
>
> Cheers,
> Kirill
>
> --
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> President
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[Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-20 Thread Katy Love
Hi Wikimedians,

Today WMF's Community Resources team is joined by Delphine Ménard as our
newly appointed Annual Plan Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG> (APG) Program Officer. In that
role, Delphine will support both funding streams included in the Annual
Plan Grants program, including Simple Annual Plan Grants and the Funds
Dissemination Committee's
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee>
(FDC) full process APG, with her focus on the FDC.  We are excited to have
her join our team.

Some of you may know Delphine as [[user:notafish]]. She's a longtime
Wikimedian who has played many roles in our movement. She was WMF's
Chapter's Coordinator many years ago, then a member of the Board of
Wikimedia Deutschland, and most recently, a member of the Funds
Dissemination Committee herself. Her wide array of experiences and roles
will serve her well as the new APG Program Officer.

In the weeks ahead, Delphine will be reaching out to the FDC-funded
organizations and will also be leading the Board's recruitment to fill four
open seats on the FDC. I know she is looking forward to working with all of
you. :)

Cheers,
Katy Love
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliate Selected Board Seats - Result

2016-05-10 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to Christophe and Nataliia!! I am looking forward to
working with you two in the years ahead. There is much to do. I'm grateful
to have your experience help guide us forward.

Also, my sincere thanks to all the candidates who put themselves forward
for these seats.

Cheers, Katy

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 10:07 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede <
jdevre...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hey
>
> Congratulations to the winners! So happy to see that the board will profit
> from your insights. And yes: thanks to all those who helped make the
> process possible or made themselves available to be a candidate :)
>
> Regards
>
> Jan-Bart
>
>
>
> > On 09 May 2016, at 16:11, Chris Keating 
> wrote:
> >
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > We are writing to let you know the result of the election for the 2
> > Affiliate Selected Board Seats on the Wikimedia Foundation board.
> >
> > The successful candidates were *Christophe Henner* and *Nataliia Tymkiv.*
> >
> > A total of 40 chapters and thorgs voted - all except for the Macedonia
> and
> > Macau chapters - which is a record.
> >
> > The number of first preferences received by each candidate was as
> follows:
> >
> > Christophe Henner (9.00);
> > Siska Doviana (6.75);
> > Jan Ainali (5.50);
> > Osmar Valdebenito (5.50);
> > Nataliia Tymkiv (4.75);
> > Susanna Mkrtchyan (3.25);
> > Lodewijk Gelauff (2.50);
> > Maarten Deneckere (1.50);
> > Kunal Mehta(1.25);
> > Leigh Thelmadatter (0.00)
> >
> > As you know the election was conducted under the Single Transferable
> Vote,
> > which meant that votes were redistributed between candidates to come up
> > with the final result. In the 9th round of voting the final place, after
> > Christophe was elected, was between Nataliia (16.09) and Siska (9.91). We
> > will be putting the full count narrative on the Chapters Wiki so that
> > others can verify it if they wish.
> >
> > We would like to congratulate Christophe and Nataliia and thank everyone
> > who stood. It is the closest ASBS result for some time, and all
> candidates
> > brought very valuable perspectives to the work of the WMF.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Chris Keating, Lorenzo Losa, Lane Rasberry
> > Election Facilitators
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Italy Board

2016-04-13 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to all!

Katy

On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 7:58 AM, Ginevra Sanvitale 
wrote:

> Dear all,
> I'm glad to announce the new composition of Wikimedia Italy board:
>
> Board of Directors
> *President: Lorenzo Losa [[User:Laurentius]]
> *Vice-President: Cristian Consonni [[User:CristianCantoro]]
> *Secretary: Ginevra Sanvitale [[User:Atropine]]
> *Treasurer: Simone Cortesi [[User:Cortesi]]
> *Programme Coordinator: Luca Martinelli [[User:Sannita]]
>
> Ombudspersons:
> *Maurizio Codogno [[User:.mau.]]
> *Roberto Corda [[User:DracoRoboter]]
> *Iolanda Pensa [[User:Iopensa]]
> *Francesco Carbonara [[User:Fcarbonara]] (stand-in)
> *Giovanni Augulino [[User:Triquetra]] (stand-in)
>
> We would also like to thank the former ombudspersons Marina Milella and
> Federico Cantoni, as well as Saverio Giulio Malatesta for his candidacy.
>
> Best,
> (and sorry for the double posting!)
>
>
> Ginevra
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Join the community review for annual plan grant proposals!

2016-04-07 Thread Katy Love
Greetings, Wikimedians!

The community review [1] period for this round of the annual plan grants
program [2] is underway. We'd love to have you join the review! Five
movement affiliates have submitted annual plans and budgets. During this
time, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [3] invites you to review
their submitted plans, ask questions, and offer comments and feedback by
April 30.

The organizations whose proposals, plans and budgets are available for your
review include:

* Wikimedia Armenia
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Wikimedia_Armenia/Proposal_form>
* Wikimédia France
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form>

* Wikimedia Norge
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Wikimedia_Norge/Proposal_form>
* The Centre for Internet and Society
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form>

* The Wikimedia Foundation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/draft>


Review the proposals and offer questions or comments on the discussion pages
: 
*https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Community_review
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Community_review>
*


In May, the Funds Dissemination Committee will meet to make recommendations
to WMF's Board of Trustees on how to allocate movement funds to these
affiliates in order to achieve the most impact. Your input and
participation will be valuable as they make these recommendations to the
Board of Trustees.

Visit the annual plan grant portal [4] for more information about the
program, the FDC, or upcoming milestones. You can reach the FDC support
staff at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

*More about community review*: The APG proposal submission date is followed
by a 30-day open comment period, when anyone is invited to provide input on
and ask questions about a specific proposal on its discussion page.
Applicants are also expected to respond to input and questions during this
period, although they are not able to change the proposal form itself after
the submission date.

The FDC will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in May
as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone may
comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30 April, the
FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into
consideration when reaching its decisions.

*How to review*: Please visit the community review page to view the
proposals being considered and follow the instructions. While the proposals
are only available in English, your comments can be in any language.

*Why your feedback matters*: We hope this open comment period will add to
an in-depth and robust review of each proposal, and help keep our
grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The FDC highly values feedback
and insights from the Wikimedia community in making its funding
recommendations.

Warm regards, and with thanks,

Katy Love

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Community_review
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-10 Thread Katy Love
Let me add my voice to the thanks and congratulations! I am deeply
appreciative of this choice, both by the Board and by WMF's C-team.
Katherine is an excellent choice. Many of us in the movement who have
worked with her for the past few years have been impressed by her massive
talents and her commitment to our values.

I am hopeful to see what's next for us. I hope to help rebuild trust on
many levels.

Katy



On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM, Risker  wrote:

> Thank  you, Patricio and the rest of the board, for this first step in
> rebuilding.
>
> I have had the pleasure of working with Katherine in my capacity as a
> "regular" volunteer and as a member of the FDC, and have found her to be
> highly professional and very focused on the mission of the WMF.  She has
> demonstrated her ability to attract and lead an excellent team in her role
> as Chief Communications Officer, and has the support of staff and her
> (former) C-level organizational leaders as the WMF takes its next steps to
> recovery.  In my opinion, this is what is needed at this time.
>
> Katherine, thank you for agreeing to take on this responsibility.  I look
> forward to working with you and the rest of the team in the months to come.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On 10 March 2016 at 22:52, Todd Allen  wrote:
>
> > Katherine,
> >
> > Welcome, and best of luck in your new role. I'm very pleased indeed to
> hear
> > that it will be you to fill it.
> >
> > Todd
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 7:59 PM, Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Thank you, Patricio.
> > >
> > > I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their
> confidence
> > in
> > > the Foundation. I also want to thank community members and staff for
> > > continuing to be such committed advocates for our future -- your
> passion
> > > and belief in our movement and purpose have been tremendous things to
> > > behold.
> > >
> > > As a movement, we’ve had some challenges lately. We’ve started on a
> > process
> > > of change, but as Lydia Pintscher (User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE))
> recently
> > > reminded us,[1] “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We will need to
> > > work together over these coming months to build that trust, and open
> > > critical lines of communication and accountability. I get the sense
> from
> > > many people that that’s exactly what they’d like to do: absorb the
> > lessons
> > > we’ve learned, re-engage with each other, and get back to advancing our
> > > global movement.
> > >
> > > At the Foundation, we have an opportunity to center around our values,
> > and
> > > practice open and collaborative communication. During the interim
> > period, I
> > > want to get things working well and improve transparency and
> > communication,
> > > both internally and with the communities. We will work to create a
> > > supportive, fair environment where people can get things done, engage
> > with
> > > their colleagues and community members, and understand how their work
> has
> > > an impact on our mission. This includes delivering on important
> deadlines
> > > for the Annual Plan and strategy,[2] filling key roles, and making
> > progress
> > > on issues raised in our recent engagement survey.
> > >
> > > We are committed to delivering the first version of the 2016-2017
> Annual
> > > Plan no later than April 1st for community and FDC review, and are on
> > track
> > > to meet this deadline. The WMF 2016-2018 strategy development is also
> > > underway, with a draft version open for comments until March 18.[3]
> Over
> > > the coming weeks, we’ll be moving forward with our Chief Technology
> > Officer
> > > (CTO) search, and working with the Talent and Culture team to reinvest
> in
> > > our culture. As new other emerge, we’ll work together to prioritize
> them.
> > >
> > > To accomplish all of this, we are going to need your help. I want to
> hear
> > > from you about what you would like to achieve in this interim period.
> > This
> > > includes how we can collaborate together to prepare the organization
> and
> > > movement to welcome our next Executive Director. The Foundation is
> > prepared
> > > to actively support the Board in the search, and we will work closely
> > with
> > > them to share important information and create opportunities to give
> > > feedback throughout the process.
> > >
> > > Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 15th birthday of the movement.[4]
> > > Millions of people around the world shared their love for Wikimedia. It
> > was
> > > a celebration of why we do what we do, and how much joy the movement
> > brings
> > > people everywhere. That’s something I try to keep in mind every day.
> > >
> > > Yours sincerely,
> > > Katherine
> > >
> > > [1] https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457
> > > [2]
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline
> > > [3] 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Ukraine’s Board

2016-03-01 Thread Katy Love
Nataliia,

Thank you for this beautiful introduction to the new and current board
members, and tribute to those who have done their service (and for their
Wikizghushchivka!). It's so nice to know a bit more about the people behind
the usernames!

I look forward to working with the returning and new members of the WMUA
board.

Cheers,
Katy

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:09 PM, attolippip  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I want formally introduce to you Wikimedia Ukraine’s Board, elected by our
> General Assembly on December 27, 2015.
>
> We can do it only now, as we have just recently successfully completed the
> requirements from our state to change the people responsible for the
> chapter officially [1].
>
> Three people has decided not to run this year, and I want to thank them
> wholeheartedly for all their time and efforts spent on our projects and
> making this world better for a change:
>
>
>-
>
>[[User:Amakuha]], Andrii Makuha. He has been our Chair for the last two
>years; his calm personality helped us a lot, especially during the most
>turbulent times of transferring «power» from one to another Chapter
> Board
>«without pain» [2], as Andrii has tried his best to understand everyone
> and
>continue the dialogues even when it seems that we won’t be able to come
> to
>any acceptable terms. By the way, awarding Wikizghushchivka [3] was his
>idea.
>-
>
>[[User:NickK]], Mykola Kozlenko, our Treasurer, with great analytical
>skills and profound knowledge about the Community (and I am talking not
>only about our local community, but the global one as well) and the
>Wikimedia Movement. He is actively engaged in Wikimedia Ukraine’s
> projects,
>though he lives in France and can contribute almost only via Internet.
> But
>he was able to be a vital part of organizing the rather successful
> regional
>conference WIkimedia CEE Meeting in Kyiv in December 2014.
>-
>
>[[User:Ліонкінг]], Levon Azizian. He is a lawyer in real life, a
>passionate Wiki(m|p)edian. He is blessed with the skills to make the
>dreams ideas come into reality, as he is very convincing and one
>just gets the feeling that (s)he can do it. And so they do it :) And
> then
>there is only a pure wonder of: wow, we have organized a wikiconference
> in
>2 weeks; wow, we have organized a CEE Meeting in a month; wow, we can
>actually (but it is really hard!) organize wikitrainings for two weeks
>non-stop in Luhansk region, go to librarians, preach about editing
>Wikipedia… and just around the corner there is a real war zone…
>
>
> These three are my dear friends, and I was really sorry to see them not
> running. But it was our dream from a long ago: to have more great
> Wiki(m|p)edians join the chapter and get interested in our projects. So
> here we have our newly elected three Board members:
>
>
>-
>
>[[User:Olena Zakharian]], Olena Zakharian. She was (and still is!) our
>press secretary, she is very keen about Nature and Freedom of Speech,
> she
>believes in our Mission and has contributed greatly to most of our
> projects
>before and she is a crucial part of our Board becoming more transparent
> for
>our Community.
>-
>
>[[User:Helgi]], Oleh Yatsozhynskyi. He is an active member of Ukrainian
>Wikipedia community, he has joined the organization only in September,
> but
>he is an invaluable part of us now (especially his directness :)) He is
>responsible for Wikiexpeditions now [4], and he is full of ideas and
> desire
>to implement them (and that’s something really really important, you
> know)
>-
>
>[[User:Pavlo1]], Pavlo Lakiichuk. He is the Secretary of the Board now,
>so he is responsible for all the boring stuff around the process of
> making
>decisions. He is also an active member of our local community, he cares
>about wikiprojects a lot. He has initiated a number of meetings for
>creators of “real” encyclopedias and wikipedians to talk a few issues
> over
>and get to know each other better (well, it works! quite a few myths
> were
>dismissed by talking over a cup of tea :) )
>
>
> The other four members of the Board, re-elected for this year, are:
>
>-
>
>[[User:Ilya]], Illia Korniiko. He is our Chair now. He codes. :) WLX
>Jury Tool is his pet project, but he was deprived of almost all chances
> to
>work on it, as our state’s bureaucratic system is quite a monster to
>overcome...
>-
>
>[[User:Юрій Булка]], Yurii Bulka. He is responsible for Wikipedia
>Education Program in Ukraine. And he was the one to suggest and
> implement
>the project of digitizing and making available the phonograph cylinder
>collection of Filaret Kolessa (early 20th century) [5]
>-
>
>[[User:Friend]], Pavlo Sokhan. He is an administrator of uk.wikiquote,
>works in a library. He has contributed greatly into organizing of 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia recognized as OpenStreetMap chapter

2016-01-28 Thread Katy Love
Congrats to WMI and Simone! Glad to hear of your recognition and will be
excited to see what comes next.

Katy

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 4:51 AM, Lodewijk 
wrote:

> Congratulations Lorenzo, congratulations Wikimedia Italia. It was indeed a
> long process, and I recall that this question came up - was it more than
> five years ago? I'm curious what the coming years will bring, and I trust
> that you will report back about whether it is a satisfying construction or
> not.
>
> Best,
> Lodewijk
>
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:36 PM, Laurentius 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> > after a long process, today Wikimedia Italia has been officially
> > recognized as the Italian OpenStreetMap chapter!
> >
> > OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project that shares the same value as
> > the Wikimedia movement. It's not based on a wiki software and it's not
> > in the Wikimedia family, but from many points of views, it's the project
> > that is more similar to the Wikimedia ones; indeed, many wikipedians are
> > mappers also, and viceversa.
> >
> > Similarly to Wikimedia, there is an OpenStreetMap Foundation (based in
> > the UK) and there are national OpenStreetMap chapters. In Italy, the
> > OpenStreetMap community has been talking for years about the creation of
> > a chapter. Most people felt that it was important, but also that
> > founding yet another association was pointless. Associations are not
> > built only on projects, but also, and mainly, on common values and on a
> > common vision: Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap share both, and it's just
> > natural to work together.
> >
> > Wikimedia Italy officially started the process of becoming an
> > OpenStreetMap chapter in 2013 [1]. The association has supported
> > OpenStreetMap even before that (e.g., supporting the Italian
> > OpenStreetMap conference), and in the last two years, thanks also to the
> > work of many OpenStreetMap users that became members (and among them,
> > Simone Cortesi, OpenStreetMap volunteer since the beginning and WMI's
> > vicepresident), we have increased our efforts (as described also in
> > WMI's annual plan [2]). The recognition process has been quite long, but
> > today we've signed the chapters agreement, and now Italy is the second
> > country (after Iceland) to have an official OpenStreetMap chapter! (but
> > there are actually other unofficial chapters besides these two)
> >
> > Lorenzo
> >
> > [1]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-July/127304.html
> > [2]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/Wikimedia_Italia/Proposal_form#OpenStreetMap
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you, Jan-Bart and Stu

2016-01-08 Thread Katy Love
I've worked with Jan-Bart for three years,  and I too want to thank him for
his many years of service to the movement and the board, as well as to the
annual plan grant program and to the Funds Dissemination Committee!

As one of the Board FDC representatives to the FDC for several years,
Jan-Bart, you provided leadership and support to us as we developed,
refined and evaluated the program. As others have said, it's clear how much
this movement means to you, and you've been a significant presence and
supporter to many.

Thank you for all you've given!
Katy

On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 4:12 PM, Florence Devouard 
wrote:

> Thank you for this message Lodewijk !
>
> I would like to join the messages already posted to thank both Stu and
> Jan-Bart. I was on the board when we ask them to join us and I have no
> memory of ever regretting that decision ;)
>
> I wish you both the best !
> JB, can we expect to see you in Italy next summer ? I sure hope so...
>
> Anthere
>
>  Le 06/01/16 08:10, Lodewijk a écrit :
>
> While we have long discussions on this list about board composition, we
>> seem to almost ignore the fact that two long time veterans are leaving the
>> Wikimedia Foundation board, as scheduled. Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu West
>> have been around longer than many regular editors nowadays, and I think
>> there are not many people who can recall the days that the board didn't
>> have them on it. I have never had the pleasure to serve on the board with
>> them, but a little thank-you from our community side, would seem in place.
>>
>> Stu joined the board already in 2008 (filling Michael Davis' seat), and
>> has
>> been a solid power on the board's audit responsibilities (I believe he
>> chaired the audit committee for quite a while) and was a force behind the
>> accountability of movement affiliates. While we often strongly disagreed
>> on
>> affiliate issues, I appreciate the fact that he always remained
>> constructive and wanted to think about solutions rather than problems. He
>> served both as treasurer and vice chair.
>>
>> Jan-Bart was on the board even longer, since early 2007, and I recall
>> already working with him through Kennisnet (a Dutch foundation for
>> education and IT) before that. Jan-Bart is one of those rare people who
>> went to ALL wikimania conferences, and can be easily recognised there with
>> his big smile. I can't remember a theme Jan-Bart didn't work on in the
>> past
>> years (Affiliates, HR, searching a new Executive Director) and he served
>> the board in many positions, including as chair.
>>
>> I'm sure that the WMF communications staff and/or board has a nice
>> thankyou
>> coming up - with a more accurate description of the awesome work they did,
>> that I now made up from the top of my head. But in the mean time, I'd like
>> to do it myself: Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all the time, energy and
>> effort that you poured into our movement. I know that not all of us
>> appreciate this as much as we perhaps should, and sometimes you may even
>> have perceived us as hostile. I do sincerely hope that you had fun with us
>> though, and I'm confident that you made a big dent in our impossible
>> mission of sharing the sum of all knowledge with everyone.
>>
>> I hope to meet you again soon, at least in Italy at Wikimania, and I hope
>> to see you around in our movement in many different ways.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Lodewijk
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Congratulations to the first four organizations to receive Simple Annual Plan Grants!

2016-01-04 Thread Katy Love
I am late to this, but I also want to add my congratulations to the Simple
APG grantees, the committee, and to Winifred! Well done!

Cheers, Katy

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:45 PM, Sam Klein <sjkl...@hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Thank you Winifred - very good to see this has taken off.   SJ
>
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM, Winifred Olliff <woll...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
> >
> > In response to feedback about the grants process
> > <
> >
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Outcomes
> > >
> > that identified a gap in support for organizations and groups with annual
> > plans that are not part of the FDC process
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG>, we on the WMF's Community
> > Resources Team created a new pilot process for Simple Annual Plan Grants
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple>. These grants are
> for
> > groups and organizations that need funds for operating and program
> expenses
> > up to US$100K (or its equivalent in another currency).
> >
> > This process has been developed in partnership with a committee of eight
> > volunteers <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee
> >,
> > who make recommendations about each grant application, which are then
> > approved by WMF staff. I would like to recognize the outstanding work of
> > our inaugural committee: Addis Wang, Anders Wennersten, Kiril
> Simeonovski,
> > Kirill Lokshin, Ido Ivri, Nataliia Tymkiv, Pete Ekman, and Sydney Poore.
> > Besides producing four quality recommendations this month (found on the
> > discussion pages of the four applications
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/About#applications>),
> > they've done invaluable work to define how this new funding option will
> > work, and offered constructive and supportive feedback to the applicants.
> >
> > I also want to recognize and congratulate our first four grantees:
> > Wikimedia Czech Republic, Wikimedia Eesti, Wikimedia Espana, and Shared
> > Knowledge (user group in Macedonia). Each grantee did an outstanding job
> > engaging during every phase of the grants process, and we are confident
> > that each is preparing for an amazing year in 2016. Many thanks to all of
> > the dedicated volunteers and staff at each organization that made these
> > quality applications happen, including Bojan Jankuloski, Jan Loužek,
> Kiril
> > Simeonevski, Kaarel Vaidla, Luis Ulzurrun, Santiago Navarro, Vojtěch
> Dostál
> > and the volunteer boards and supportive community members at each of
> these
> > organizations.
> >
> > Finally, thank you to our colleagues Janice Tud, Siko Bouterse, Stephen
> > LaPorte, and the WMF finance team, for supporting these grantees behind
> the
> > scenes. Thanks to Katy Love, Kacie Harold, and the entire Community
> > Resources Team, past and current Funds Dissemination Committee members,
> > current and past APG applicants, and particularly Ravishankar
> > Ayyakkannu, for sharing their ideas and experiences leading up to this
> > idea. Special thanks also to Tony Souter and Bence Damokos for their
> > substantial feedback during the early phases of the pilot's development.
> >
> > Are you interested in learning more about how the new funding option
> could
> > work for your group or organization? Please Email me to start a
> discussion
> > about your organization's application, and read more about how to apply
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility>.
> > Applications will be accepted throughout 2016.
> >
> > Best wishes and congratulations to all our colleagues who received grants
> > in 2015, or helped to improve the grants process!
> >
> > Winifred
> >
> > Helpful links for Simple Annual Plan Grants:
> > *Apply here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility
> > *About the program:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/About
> > *Committee: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee
> >
> > --
> > Winifred Olliff
> > Program Officer
> > Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Branislav Jovanovic, User:BraneJ in critical condition

2015-12-11 Thread Katy Love
Thank you for this very sad update, Milos. I'm so sorry to hear this news.

My condolences to his family and all Wikimedians who knew him.

Katy


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> Brane died today. He read your messages and it mattered to him. I am
> content as we sent him the message while he was alive and able to feel it.
>
> Thanks to all of you who made him feel better during the last days of his
> life.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New board of Wikimedia DC

2015-12-07 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations, Wikimedia DC!

On Sun, Dec 6, 2015 at 7:11 PM, James Hare  wrote:

> All,
>
> Following our annual board election and our first-ever round of board
> appointments, I am happy to announce that Wikimedia DC has a new Board of
> Directors, comprising:
>
> * Kirill Lokshin, President
> * Emily Temple-Wood, Vice President
> * James Hare, Secretary
> * Walter Gómez Segura, Treasurer
> * Rob Fernandez
> * Peter Meyer
> * John Sadowski
> * Diane Shaw
> * Rebecca Williams
>
> Congratulations to all our new directors, and especially to Kirill and
> Walter on becoming President and Treasurer!
>
> Today we also enacted our annual plan for Fiscal Year 2015–16, available
> here: . We
> look forward to another year of outreach!
>
>
> —
> James Hare
> Secretary, Wikimedia DC
> https://wikimediadc.org
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] upcoming milestones for Annual Plan Grants

2015-11-13 Thread Katy Love
Thanks, Nicole, for WMDE's clarifications and additional context.

WMF staff have indeed posted our staff assessments of all 11 submitted
proposals. This is one of the inputs to the Funds Dissemination Committee
deliberations.

You are welcome to review our assessments as well as the proposals here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1

Many organizations have submitted additional context and feedback on the
Discussion pages of these assessments.

Cheers,
Katy

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 8:35 AM, Nicole Ebber <nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de>
wrote:

> Thank you for posting the staff assessments, Katy, and the
> subject-matter expert feedback[1], Wes. We really appreciate all the
> work that goes into reviewing the proposals.
>
> We did find a few areas that we felt still needed clarification – in
> some cases the assessment seemed to contradict itself as well as the
> subject-matter expert feedback. We hope that our short comments on the
> talk page[2] contribute to the deliberations and help the FDC make
> informed decisions.
>
> Kind regards,
> Nicole
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#Subject-matter_expert_feedback_regarding_software_development_programs
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Staff_proposal_assessment
>
>
> On 30 October 2015 at 00:06, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Hi Wikimedians,
> >
> > On October 30, the community review period [1] for the annual plan grants
> > for this round of proposals to the FDC ends. To those of you who have
> > reviewed proposals and asked comments or provided feedback, thank you!
> >
> > Here are some important upcoming milestones: [2]
> > * Nov 1: Round 2 Letter of Intent due. Organizations that are interested
> in
> > applying for an annual plan must submit an LOI. Eligibility requirements
> are
> > here. [3]
> > * Nov 9: FDC staff will publish an assessment of the each of the 11
> > proposals
> > * Nov 15-18: FDC deliberates on the proposals in San Francisco, joined
> by a
> > Board representative
> > * By Dec 1: FDC publishes its recommendations to the Board
> >
> > If you have any questions about these milestones, I'm happy to help you.
> You
> > can reach me at kl...@wikimedia.org.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Katy Love
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Community_review
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar
> > [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Eligibility
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-13 Thread Katy Love
Thank you so much for this update, Alex. I really appreciate it.

Thinking of all in Paris tonight. Absolutely heartbreaking.

Katy

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:19 PM, Alex Cella  wrote:

> All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
>
> Thnaks for asking.
>
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>
>
>
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>
> > May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from Paris
> are
> > live and well?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia France board

2015-11-06 Thread Katy Love
Congrats! Welcome, Édouard!

Thanks for sharing this update.

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 2:34 AM, Pierre-Selim Huard <
pierre-selim.hu...@wikimedia.fr> wrote:

> Dear movement fellows,
>
> Wikimedia France held its Annual General Meeting on October 24th, 2015.
> During this AGM, we elected 4 board members, of which 1 is new.
>
> Alexis Marise Bique, Ludovic Péron, Benoît Evellin and Léa Lacroix were not
> running for a new term.  Wikimedia France board is grateful for their
> service.
>
> Emeric Vallespi, Guillaume Goursat were running again and were
> reelected. Florian
> Pépellin who was appointed in May and was this time candidate for a full
> term. As a reminder:
>
> * Émeric Vallespi is 28, a banker living in Montpellier. He served on the
> board for three years. He is especially interested in governance issues,
> internal control and strategy topics.
> * Guillaume Goursat is 30, and is based in Dakar (Senegal) where he works
> as an economist in water and sanitation. He served as a treasurer since May
> 2012 and is interested in internal control and projects in Africa − he
> organized Wiki Loves Monuments in Cameroon back in 2013.
> * Florian Pépellin is 26, living in Chambéry. An editor since 2005 and
> chapter member since 2011, his regular attendance over the years to
> Wikimedian meetups all over France has earned him the nickname of « Floflo
> of all cabals ». He has just finished his studies in accounting and
> research in economy/management. His professional background and his
> interest for strategy work prompted us to appoint him to the board 6 months
> ago, and he is now elected for a full term.
>
> Now, we would like to welcome a new board member:
>
> * Édouard Hue, 32, is a software architect living in Rennes. He has been an
> editor for six years and joined Wikimedia France after meeting chapter
> members at Wikipedia's ten years celebrations. He helped his local cabal
> grow with the estabilshment of their first partnership with the local
> university. After participating in two editions of Wiki Loves Monuments, he
> was a juror in two more editions and eventually set up the first edition of
> Wiki Loves Earth in France this year with his fellow chapter members. He
> also built a Wikimedia Commons software client that Wikimedia France is
> looking upon to enable its GLAM partners to upload their content by
> themselves. Being more and more involved in Wikimedia France's internal
> affairs, Édouard decided to apply as a board member with a focus on local
> development and members empowerment.
>
> Our board is now structured as follow:
> * Christophe Henner, Chair
> * Émeric Vallespi, Vice chair
> * Guillaume Goursat, Treasurer
> * Sébastien Beyou, Deputy treasurer
> * Pierre-Selim Huard, Secretary
> * Jean-Frédéric Berthelot, Deputy secretary
> * Édouard Hue,
> * Samuel Le Goff,
> * Florian Pépellin
> * Benoît Prieur,
>
> Please welcome the newcomer and do not hesitate to join us in expressing
> your gratitude to our former board members!
>
> Sincerely,
> Pierre-Selim
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Train-a-Wikipedian (TAW): New initiative

2015-11-02 Thread Katy Love
Thanks for sharing, Tito. Looking forward to hearing how the
Train-a-Wikipedian project goes in those five languages.

Katy

On Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I want to inform you about a new project “Train-a-Wikipedian” (TAW),
> powered by CIS-A2K.
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Train-a-Wikipedian
>
> You may know of the English Wikipedia program Adopt-a-user
> . We wanted to start
> something similar for the Indian Wikimedia communities.
>
> In February and June this year, CIS-A2K conducted Train the Trainer
>  (TTT) and MediaWiki
> Train
> the Trainer
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/MediaWiki_Train_the_Trainer_Program
> >
> (MWTTT). After conducting these two events, and communicating with the
> participants we found the necessity to start a training program that we’ll
> be running on regular basis, and from there we conceived this
> “Train-a-Wikipedian” program.
>
> Initially, we’ll concentrating on these 5 Indian languages Wikis: 1)
> Kannada, 2) Konkani, 3) Marathi, 4) Odia, 5) Telugu. But, we may expand
> soon, if our program is a success.
>
> In our TAW main page
> , we have
> listed a number of topics those we’ll discussing during our training. We
> hope to conduct hangout or webinar sessions.
>
> Please provide your feedback and suggestion. :-)
>
> Regards.
>
> User:Titodutta
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I'll be moving on

2015-10-09 Thread Katy Love
Jan,

I am very sad to see you moving on. From the first day I met you, I knew
you were a valuable, passionate and kind partner to me in our movement.
You've always been driven to make positive change. You've tried out new
approaches to see what might work.  You've learned from those experiences
and you've shared widely so that others might know, too. You've been
helpful and proactive in so many ways. And you've taught me a lot over the
last several years!

I will miss you very much.

Please do stay in touch. And enjoy the next adventure!

Katy

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 1:22 AM, Jan Ainali  wrote:

> All,
>
> For the last three years I have been the Executive Director for Wikimedia
> Sverige. Before that I have been Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the
> board (at different times) and have been involved since the founding of the
> chapter in 2007. It is perhaps even an understatement to say that the
> chapter has been a big part of my life. I have had the opportunity to be
> part of a fantastic journey from starting the first chapter’s activities to
> today, with stable strategic activities, seven people in the office, and a
> diversified board. It has been an awesome time in my life and I have met
> and worked with some truly wonderful persons along the way, and I am
> thankful to all of you that have made it so inspiring. But now, as my
> contract is about to come to an end, I feel that it is time for me to move
> on to new endeavours. I am confident that the chapter is already in good
> hands, with a professional board and an office with experienced staff
> members and functional processes, but I’ll be around until at least the
> beginning of January to make it a smooth transition.
>
> I will obviously always be a wikimedian at heart and probably pick up on my
> editing again and I will also stay subscribed to most mailing lists. If not
> earlier, I’ll see you in Esino Lario.
>
> Best regards,
>
> *Jan Ainali*
> Executive director, Wikimedia Sverige 
>
>
>
> *Tänk dig en värld där varje människa har fri tillgång till mänsklighetens
> samlade kunskap. Det är det vi gör.*
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Join the community review of 11 annual plan grants proposals to the FDC

2015-10-06 Thread Katy Love
Hello, Wikimedians!

I want to share with you that the community review period for the Annual
Plan Grants (APG) program is underway for eleven proposals. These
organizations are requesting unrestricted funding to support their annual
plans, including both programmatic and operational costs. These requests in
Round 1 total roughly US$4.2 million, out of US$6 million available in both
rounds this year. In mid-November, Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), [1]
a volunteer committee made up of members of the Wikimedia community, will
convene. They will meet in San Francisco to discuss these proposals in
detail and make a recommendation to the WMF Board of Trustees on use of
these funds.

>From now until 30 October, we invite everyone to review the proposals, and
to provide thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the
proposals. You can begin your exploration of the proposals on the community
review landing page here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Community_review.


About community review: Annual plan grant proposals are submitted to the
FDC on 1 October. That is followed by a 30-day open comment period. During
this community review, all are invited to provide input on and ask
questions about specific proposals on the discussion pages of the proposal
forms. Applicants are also asked to respond to input and questions during
this period, although they are not able to change the proposal form itself
after the submission date.

The FDC follows the discussion pages of the proposals in preparation for
their deliberations in November. These questions, comments and responses
are an input to their collaborative decision-making process. While anyone
can comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30
October, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period
into consideration when making its decisions about funding.

How to join in the review: Please visit the community review page [2] to
view the proposals being considered and follow the instructions on that
page. The proposals are only available in English, but your comments on the
discussion pages do not need to be in English.

Why your feedback matters: We hope that this open comment period will add
to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal. The community review
process also helps make our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The
FDC and the WMF staff value feedback and insights from the Wikimedia
community in making its funding recommendations.

You can find more information about the APG program, the FDC or the
upcoming milestones on our portal. [3] Please let us know if you have any
questions, concerns, or feedback about the process. You can reach the FDC
support staff can be reached at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,
Katy Love

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Community_review
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Spain board

2015-10-05 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to all!

Katy

On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 7:59 AM, Richard Symonds <
richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:

> Congratulations from all at Wikimedia UK!
>
> Richard Symonds
> Wikimedia UK
> 0207 065 0992
>
> Wikimedia UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and
> Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered
> Office 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT.
> United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia
> movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who
> operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
>
> *Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control
> over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.*
>
> On 5 October 2015 at 06:54, Lodewijk  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to the (re)elected, and a special congrats to Santi for
> > becoming el presidente!
> >
> > Lodewijk
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 2:09 AM, Risker  wrote:
> >
> > > Thank you to the members whose terms are complete, and congratulations
> to
> > > Wikimedia Espana on their new board. Best wishes to the new members!
> > >
> > >
> > > Risker/Anne
> > >
> > > On 4 October 2015 at 19:38, Tito Dutta  wrote:
> > >
> > > > Best wishes and congrats.
> > > >
> > > > On 5 October 2015 at 04:09, Dennis Tobar 
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Enhorabuena a los nuevos integrantes de la Junta Directiva :)
> > > > >
> > > > > Congrats to new board members :)
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 6:36 PM, Habib M'henni <
> > habib.mhe...@gmail.com>
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Hola,
> > > > > > Best wishes and good luck for the new board.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Habib aka Dyolf77,
> > > > > > WTNUG
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Le 4 octobre 2015 22:25:12 CET, Santiago Navarro <
> > > > > > santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es> a écrit :
> > > > > > >Dear members of the Wikimedia movement,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >I would like to announce that Wikimedia España’s General
> Assembly,
> > > > that
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >was celebrated last 26 September 2015 in Madrid, elected a new
> > board
> > > > > > >after three years of the last election as our bylaws states.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >The new board is comprised of:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >President: Santiago Navarro
> > > > > > >Vice-president: Jorge Sierra
> > > > > > >Secretary: Luis Ulzurrun
> > > > > > >Treasurer: Miguel Ángel García
> > > > > > >Board member: David Abián
> > > > > > >Board member: Diego Delso
> > > > > > >Board member: Jesús Tramullas
> > > > > > >Board member: José Emilio Mori
> > > > > > >Board member: Manuel Palomo
> > > > > > >Board member: Manuel Torío
> > > > > > >Board member: Montserrat Sáez
> > > > > > >Board member: Pablo Machón
> > > > > > >Board member: Pedro Pacheco
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >I want to thank to the former members of WMES board, Felipe
> Ortega
> > > and
> > > > > > >Rubén Ojeda. I hope that this new periode could help us.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >--
> > > > > > >Santiago Navarro
> > > > > > >Presidente
> > > > > > >Wikimedia España
> > > > > > >www.wikimedia.es
> > > > > > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiWomen's User Group

2015-07-19 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations and welcome!!

Katy

On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 9:36 AM, Patrick Earley pear...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Congrats, WikiWomen!

 On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 8:44 AM, Raymond Leonard 
 raymond.f.leonard...@gmail.com wrote:

  Welcome to the WikiWomen's User Group!
 
  Yours,
  Peaceray https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Peaceray
  Cascadia Wikimedians User Group http://cascadia.wiki
 
  On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 8:35 AM, Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org
  wrote:
 
   On Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:24:55 +0300
   Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve wrote:
  
Dear all,
   
I am pleased and honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations
Committe the recognition [1] of a new member of the family of
 Wikimedia
affiliates: The WikiWomen's User Group. Among their goals are
 providing
a collaborative space for women to work on projects, discuss
gender-related issues (but not limited to) and work towards the
  increase
in content and contributor diversity.
   
Please, join us in welcoming them!! :-)
   
  
   Congratulations, welcome aboard and good luck!
  
   Regards,
  
   Shlomi Fish
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Board of Trustees Chair and Vice Chair positions

2015-07-16 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations Patricio and Alice!!
Katy

On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 5:27 PM, Christophe Henner 
christophe.hen...@gmail.com wrote:

 Congrats Patricio and Alice.

 Jan-Bart when are you buying rounds?
 Le 16 juil. 2015 5:12 PM, Pierre-Selim pierre-se...@huard.info a
 écrit :

  Congrats Patricio and Alice!
 
  And thank you Jan-Bart :)
 
  2015-07-16 17:08 GMT-05:00 Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com:
 
   Congratulations (and condolences) to Patricio and Alice! Good news. :)
  
   Thank you Jan-Bart for your service as Chair and for staying for
 sticking
   around for the transition. :)
  
   -greg
  
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On Jul 16, 2015, at 5:04 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede 
  jdevre...@wikimedia.org
   wrote:
   
Hello Everyone
   
I am happy to inform you that the Board has unanimously appointed a
 new
   Chair and Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
   
Patricio Lorente will be the new Chair and Alice Wiegand will be the
  new
   Vice-Chair. Both have several.years of experience on the board and we
 are
   confident that they will help the board grow and be successful in the
   coming years.
   
Personally I am looking forward to helping them get acquainted with
   their new role in the coming months as my time on the Wikimedia Board
  ends
   in December.
   
I hope you can join me in congratulating them on their new position
 and
   wish them success in the challenges facing them.
   
Jan-Bart de Vreede
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[Wikimedia-l] Annual plan grants staff proposal assessments

2015-05-12 Thread Katy Love
Hello, Wikimedians,

As part of the proposal review for the annual plan grants program, the staff
 proposal assessments have now  been posted on Meta for all proposals in
2014-2015 Round 2. The proposal assessments are each linked to from the
Proposals page for this round. [1]

As background, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations
to the Board of Trustees about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds in the
form of annual plan grants to support organizations overall annual plan to
achieve mission objectives. Visit the Annual Plan Grants (APG) portal on
Meta for more information about the committee and the process. [2]

These staff proposal assessments are an input into the FDC's decision-making
process. With this round's assessments, the FDC staff have included a more
detailed explanation of our methodology. The form was refined after the
first two years of the FDC process, consists of three parts: (1) Overview,
including a financial summary and a summary of strengths and concerns; (2)
Staff proposal assessment narrative, including a nuanced analysis of the
programs, context, and the feasibility of each plan; and (3) Staff proposal
assessment rubric, assessing each proposal across three dimensions by
identifying areas of strength and concern. More about the rubric is here.
[3]

The assessments reflect the work of FDC staff who read the proposals, review
past and current reports, receive internal input from WMF finance,
education, learning and evaluation, legal, and community resources teams,
and consider a portfolio view across all proposals in this round. These
assessments do not reflect the analysis or views of the FDC or any of its
individual members.

What's next:  The FDC will meet from 12 May to 14 May in Berlin to deliberate
on these proposals, and will consider these staff proposal assessments along
with other inputs into the FDC process. For more information about the
purpose of these assessments and how they fit into the FDC process overall,
see the FDC's Framework. [4] They will make their recommendations to the
Board of Trustees of the WMF on 1 June 2015, and the Board will make its
decision about these recommendations by 1 July 2015. For more about the
upcoming milestones, please visit the APG calendar. [5]

We welcome discussion about individual assessments on the discussion page
of each assessment, or discussion about the process overall on
the portal. [6] We also thank all the organizations who have applied for
funding this round, for their proposals and annual plans.

Warmly,
Katy Love

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Staff_proposal_assessment_form#Staff_proposal_assessment_rubric_description
[4]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Comments
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voting has begun in 2015 FDC elections

2015-05-05 Thread Katy Love
Thank you, Gregory, and the Elections Committee, for all you're doing
behind the scenes to make this election happen!

Much appreciated.

Katy Love

On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 8:23 PM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Greetings,

 Voting has begun
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SecurePoll/vote/336 for eligible
 voters
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#Requirements
 
 in
 the 2015 elections for the *Funds Dissemination Committee
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015
 *
 (FDC)
 and *FDC Ombudsperson
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015
 *.
 Questions and discussion with the candidates for the *Funds Dissemination
 Committee
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015/Questions
 *
 (FDC)
 and *FDC Ombudsperson
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015/Questions
 *
 will
 continue during the voting. Nominations for the *Board of Trustees
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015
 *
 will
 be accepted until 23:59 UTC May 5.

 The *Funds Dissemination Committee
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
 *
 (FDC)
 makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to
 eligible entities. There are five positions on the committee being filled.

 The *FDC Ombudsperson
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Ombudsperson_role,_expectations,_and_selection_process
 *
 receives
 complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at
 the request of the Board of Trustees
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees
 ,
 and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on
 an annual basis. One position is being filled.

 The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 3 to 23:59 UTC May 10. *Click
 here to vote https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SecurePoll/vote/336
 .*
 Questions
 and discussion with the candidates will continue during that time. *Click
 here to ask the FDC candidates a question
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015/Questions
 .
 Click
 here to ask the FDC Ombudsperson candidates a question
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015/Questions
 .*
 More
 information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015
 FDC election page
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015
 ,
 the 2015 FDC Ombudsperson election page
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015
 ,
 and the 2015 Board election page
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015
 
 on
 Meta-Wiki.

 On behalf of the Elections Committee,
 -Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Varnent
 )
 Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Committee
 

 *Translations
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/MassMessages/FDC_voting_has_begun
 
 of
 this email are available.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Good Bye as CIS-A2K Program Director

2015-04-30 Thread Katy Love
Vishnu,

Thank you for the update.

Thank you for all you have brought to this movement. As A2K Program
Director, you have contributed tremendously and have engaged with
incredible energy, dedication, and passion. I will miss working with you.

Be well, and take care.

Katy

On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 1:33 AM, Vishnu T visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 This is my last day as the CIS-A2K Program Director.

 The last 2 years and 3 months have been immensely exciting with tons of
 learning and work!

 I have loved meeting many Wikimedians, face to face, across the length and
 breadth of India. The interactions I had with many of the Wikimedians in
 India have been immensely useful to my learning.

 The diversity of our community and the Wikimedia projects in India is so
 rich and intricate - I wish I could map out my entire set of impressions,
 to only give a slight glimpse of it!!

 Signing off as the Program Director for now. See you on-wiki, here on the
 lists and in real life whenever our paths cross.

 A quick update: The next A2K Program Director selection is under process
 and hopefully we should all be able to welcome the new incumbent in June,
 2015. Until then the A2K team is being internally monitored by CIS
 leadership.

 Best wishes,
 Vishnu
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Chapters] News from the Board of Wikimedia CH

2015-04-14 Thread Katy Love
Thanks for this announcement, Ilario. Congratulations to all on the Board
of WMCH, and a most warm welcome to Micha.

And while it's not quite time for goodbyes, I am very sad to hear that
Charles is moving on. At WMF, we too will miss his relentless enthusiasm,
his strong collaborative instincts, his endless desire to improve and grow.
Those qualities have been well admired and they will be well missed.

Katy

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM, Ilario Valdelli valde...@gmail.com wrote:

 FYI an official message from Wikimedia CH:


   Dear all,

 Wikimedia CH held its annual General Assembly on 21 March. We're pleased to
 announce that all of the Board re-candidated and were re-elected. We're
 even more pleased to welcome a new, seventh Board member: Micha Rieser (
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Micha).

 Besides being an active administrator on the German Wikipedia, he has also
 been our Wikipedian in Residence both at the Swiss Federal Archives and the
 National Library. He's currently doing the job again at the Basel
 University Library - this time without part-funding by WMCH. We trust that
 his personal network among GLAMs will be an asset for us, and he's an
 all-round great guy anyway (you can follow him on Twitter: @MLRzh)

 People come, people go: Charles Andrès, our current Chief Scientific
 Officer (in charge of projects and collaborations), has decided to move
 back to France for family reasons. His last day in the Lausanne office will
 be 30 June.

 Charles has been around the French Wikipedia since 2007, joined our Board
 in 2010, became our President and finally made the move to CSO. He has
 given a lot of time and effort to the movement, and those who know him will
 miss his relentless enthusiasm for new ideas and projects (you can still
 check him out @chandreswp). The Board will consider the replacement
 process, and after 30 June our Board members Stephane Coillet-Matillon and
 Frédéric Schütz will handle the interim.

 Best regards,

 Patrick Kenel, President
 
 Wikimedia CH - Association for the advancement of free knowledge
 www.wikimedia.ch






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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Ask questions, give feedback on six annual plan grant proposals for the FDC!

2015-04-07 Thread Katy Love
tl;dr:[0] Please join the community review for six annual plan grant
proposals requesting USD $1.5 million in movement funds. Add your questions
and comments to the proposals until April 30!

Hello Wikimedians,

Round 2 of the Annual Plan Grants program [1] is underway, and the
Community Review process is open for your comments and questions. In this
round, six proposals were submitted to the Funds Dissemination Committee,
by the Centre for Internet and Society, Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimédia
France, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia Norge, and Wikimedia ZA -- with total
requests of USD $1,531,687. [2] These six proposals, developed based on the
organizations' annual plans, include programmatic and operational costs,
and are requests for general funding.

This year (2014-2015), the FDC has USD $6 million to allocate to movement
organizations to help advance our strategic goals. In Round 1, $3,817,956
was allocated to movement organizations, [3] leaving $2,182,044 for Round
2.  In mid-May, the Funds Dissemination Committee will meet face-to-face,
prior to the Wikimedia conference, to deliberate on and then make
recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees about how to grant funds to
these organizations, in order to achieve mission-related impact.

We invite you and all other community members to review any or all of the
proposals, and to share your thoughts and ask questions on the discussion
pages of the proposals. General questions or comments can also be made in
the General comments section. [4] The community review period lasts until
April 30, 2015. Applicants are also expected to respond to comments and
questions during this period, although they are not able to change the
proposal form itself after the submission date. The FDC will review the
discussion pages and will use the questions and comments as one of their
many inputs into the decision-making process. To join other community
consultations, visit the noticeboard. [5]

You can join in by reviewing the proposals [2] and adding your comments on
the discussion pages. Proposals are available in English, but comments and
questions can be made in any language. As a member of the Wikimedia
community, your review helps make the grantmaking process more transparent,
collaborative and robust. Feedback and questions from the community are an
important input into the proposal review process, and the FDC considers
them seriously.

The major milestones for the rest of this round is as follows: [6]

* Community review: 1 April 2015 - 30 April 2015
* Staff assessments published: 8 May 2015
* FDC deliberations: 12-14 May 2015
* FDC recommendation published: by 1 June 2015
* Appeals or complaints submitted: by 8 June 2015
* Board of Trustees decision: by 1 July 2015
* Start of new grant terms: 1 July 2015

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about
the process. You can reach the FDC staff at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,

Katy Love

Senior Program Officer
Funds Dissemination Committee
Wikimedia Foundation

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Too_long;_didn%27t_read
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2014-2015_round1
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/Community_review#General_comments
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Current_community_consultations
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information#Calendar
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

2015-03-05 Thread Katy Love
Thank you for this tribute and for sharing more about BabuG. I appreciated
the chance to learn about him, how he came to Wikipedia, and the depth of
his experience on the sites. His story inspires me.

My condolences and sympathies are with you, BabuG's family, and the
Malayalam community on this difficult day.

Katy

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) vp2...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians all over the world,

 One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
 https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug (
 https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.

 Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
 several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
 Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
 escape perpetual loneliness.

 His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
 a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
 Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
 and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.

 He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
 in the year 2008.

 His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
 pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
 GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
 on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
 Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
 himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
 images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
 Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.

 He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
 Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
 long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
 since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
 extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
 lives.

 In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
 example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.

 Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
 http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf, a  review
 on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:

 G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
  state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
 a
  stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
 Jagadamma
  K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”


 For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
 great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
 and wisdom.


 Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
 shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
 contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.


 -ViswaPrabha
 (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
 http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland's new Executive Director will be Christian Rickerts

2015-03-02 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to Wikimedia Deutschland in this appointment! Great news.

And a most warm welcome to the Wikimedia movement, Christian! I'm glad to
know a bit about your experiences and background. I look forward to working
together and meeting you in person at the Wikimedia Conference.

Katy

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 2:46 AM, Hasive, Nurunnaby nhas...@wikimedia.org.bd
wrote:

 Congratulation Christian
 ​!​

 On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 4:33 PM, Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org
 wrote:

  On Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:00:38 +0100
  Tim Moritz Hector tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de wrote:
 
   Dear Wikimedia friends,
  
   On behalf of our board, I am delighted to announce that Christian
  Rickerts
   will be the new Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland. The board
   followed the transition team’s unanimous recommendation and hired
  Christian
   effective May 1, 2015.
  
 
  Congratulations to Christian and good luck on his new role.
 
  Regards,
 
  — Shlomi Fish
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 10th anniversary celebration of Bengali Wikipedia

2015-02-25 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to you and the Bengali community on the 10 year anniversary!

Katy

On Feb 25, 2015, at 7:52 AM, RadhaKrishna Arvapally
arkris...@wikimedia.in wrote:

 Wow! Fantastic news.
 All the best to Bengali Wikipedians.


 -RK


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 wrote:

 Dear All,

 We're happy to share with you that Bengali Wikipedia has completed it's 10
 year journey a few months back. To celebrate this historic milestone We the
 poeple from Bengali Wikimedia Community and Wikimedia Bangladesh is going
 to arrange a Gala event on February 26, 2015 at Radisson Blu Water Garden
 Hotel in Dhaka. The event is supported by Grameenphone (It is a joint
 venture between Telenor and Grameen Telecom Corporation), is the leading
 telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh.

 We are so happy that *Jimmy Wales* is going to join with us as a chief
 guest. We are excited to have him with us and hope to share the program
 details with you soon. BTW, This visit is the first visit of Jimbo in
 Bangladesh.

 Note: This event is a part of the series program, we'll arrange another two
 days conference probably the last week of March.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New ED of Wikimedia Norway

2015-02-23 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations, Astrid and Wikimedia Norge!

Astrid, you have been a wonderful colleague over the last year plus. I
wish you well in the new role, and I look forward to working together
more closely.

Warmly,
Katy


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 Congratulations Astrid for being ED! Wish you and WMNO a prosperous
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 200 000 articles on Slovak Wikipedia

2015-02-10 Thread Katy Love
Yes, congratulations! This is exciting news!

On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com
wrote:

 Congratulations!

  Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:48:57 +0100
  From: michal.matu...@wikimedia.sk
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] 200 000 articles on Slovak Wikipedia
 
  Dear community,
 
  On February 5th 2015 the Slovak Wikipedia reached 200 000 articles and
  is the 35th largest Wikipedia by number of articles.
 
  Chapter-to-be Wikimedia Slovakia send press release and it was
  republished by TASR (Slovak press agency) -
 
 http://www.teraz.sk/magazin/slovenska-wikipedia-dvestotisic-clankov/119561-clanok.html
 
  Especially nice was interview for new but famous journal Denník N with
  lots of details about everyday editing and preview of future of
  (especially Slovak) Wikipedia:
 
 https://dennikn.sk/46502/slovenska-wikipedia-ma-22-milionov-zobrazeni-mesacne/
 
  Cheers!
 
  --
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  [[:w:sk:Redaktor:KuboF]]
  Wikimedia Slovenská republika
  Dom služieb ALFA
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  958 01 Partizánske
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Its not goodbye, but au revoir

2015-01-30 Thread Katy Love
Pavel,

Thank you for all your hard work and for all you have done for the
movement.  I very much enjoyed working with you.

I hope that your next adventure brings you joy!

Warm wishes, and best of luck!
Katy

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 1:40 AM, Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org wrote:

 Hi Pavel,

 On Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:05:00 +0100
 Pavel Richter m...@pavelrichter.de wrote:

  Dear Friends of Free Knowledge,
 
  today is my last day at the office as the former Executive Director of
  Wikimedia Deutschland.
 

 thanks for all your effort during your serving term and outside it, and
 good
 luck in your future.

 Regards,

 Shlomi Fish

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia Executive Director

2014-12-02 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations and welcome, Giuliana! I look forward to working together.

Warmly,
Katy

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 2:03 AM, Stevie Benton 
stevie.ben...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 Welcome Giuliana, and good luck from Wikimedia UK!

 Stevie

 On 2 December 2014 at 09:08, Santi Navarro 
 santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es
  wrote:

  Auguri! Congratulations WMIT and Giuliana. This is a very important step
  in the history of WMIT, so best luck.
 
  Regards from WMES.
 
 
 
  El 2014-12-02 09:59, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel escribió:
 
   Good luck Giuliana, and good luck WMIT with your next step in the
  professionalization process.
 
  I defiantly know that WMIL, but I'm sure that the others chapters as
 well,
  will be happy to give advises, information and help her with the first
  steps in our movement. Feel free to contact us.
 
 
 
 
 
  *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
  sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
 
 
  On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Andrea Zanni 
 andrea.za...@wikimedia.it
  wrote:
 
   Hello everybody,
 
  It's with great pleasure that I announce Giuliana Mancini as the new
  Executive Director of Wikimedia Italia.
 
  It took us over 6 months to select her within a pool of 450 candidates:
  it
  has been an incredibly hard work, and tough decisions were made.
  I'd like to acknowledge that one of the most active members of the
  selective committee was Alessio Guidetti aka Cotton, who recendly
 passed:
  it saddens us to know that he won't have the chance to see her working
  with
  us.
 
  But this is a moment of joy, because the Wikimedia family just got a
 new
  member.
  Giuliana will help us become a more mature and structured association:
  her
  deep experience and competence will be used to for make Wikimedia
 Italia
  scale and increase its impact in the world of free and open knowledge.
 
  Before being appointed Executive Director at Wikimedia Italia, in the
  last
  12 years, she has covered several roles of increasing commitment in the
  field of arts and culture. She spent 9 years in a grant making
 foundation
  where she supervised the activities of a cello academy and the concerts
  of
  an ensemble of classical musicians, assisting the board in setting
  strategies and coordinating the comprehensive management.
  She participated in the board of a company in the field of Fine Arts
  with a
  mandate for promotion of a multimedia exhibition, creating strategic
  relationship with Italian and foreigner museums.
  She drafted several feasibility studies and business plans for theatres
  and
  other cultural institutions as well as for start up companies.
  She can speak English fluently and has a good understanding of Spanish
  and
  French, and she graduated in Economics and in Law (her second degree
 was
  completed while working).
 
  She was officially introduced to the Wikimedia Italia assembly this
  Saturday, and this is her second week of work.
 
  Please welcome her in our incredible Wikimedia movement.
 
  Best regards,
 
  Andrea Zanni
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-11 Thread Katy Love
Thank you, Jon, for your work, commitment and your wonderful sense of humor!

I'll miss working with you. Best wishes on your next journey!

Katy

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:11 AM, Michael Maggs mich...@maggs.name wrote:
 Further to Jon's announcement that he will be leaving Wikimedia UK at the end 
 of this year to pursue new challenges, I would like on behalf of the board to 
 express our thanks for the exceptional levels of passion and commitment that 
 Jon has brought to his role as CEO over the last three years.

 Jon has been instrumental in urging WMUK and our sister chapters to aim for 
 higher levels of professionalism, and has demonstrated the results of 
 professionalism and hard work by delivering WMUK's widely-respected 
 contribution to Wikimania London.  We are proud of what was achieved at 
 Wikimania, and Jon can justifiably be proud of his invaluable personal 
 contribution to that success.

 The WMUK board will be taking some time to consider Jon's replacement, and 
 will be consulting widely over the next few months.  To provide continuity we 
 will in the meantime be appointing an interim CEO, and we are extremely 
 pleased that Jon has agreed to the interim CEO starting work this month to 
 allow a smooth hand-over period up to the end of the year.

 We wish Jon all the best in his new chosen role, and we look forward to 
 continuing to collaborate with him as a friend and volunteer.

 Regards

 Michael

 
 Michael Maggs
 WMUK Chair


 On 11 Nov 2014, at 09:10, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 With some sadness I have to tell you that I will be leaving Wikimedia UK,
 as an employee, if not as a volunteer, at the end of the year. I have
 achieved what I set out to do and leave WMUK in a good state. I now need to
 look for new challenges.

 I was the first chief executive and it has been an amazing three years
 watching the chapter grow and develop. It has not always been smooth
 sailing but we have come through it together in good shape. Wikimania
 proved how professional we had become and the positive feedback from the
 participants makes all the work we put in worthwhile.

 My heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community, particularly the
 volunteers who are at the heart of all we do, my great colleagues at the
 Foundation and the loyal and hardworking staff at WMUK who have supported
 me so ably and with such good humour over the years.

 My best wishes go to my successor in all they seek to achieve.

 Cyhoeddiad gan Jon

 Gyda pheth tristwch rwy'n eich hysbysu y byddaf yn gadael Wikimedia UK, fel
 cyflogai, os nad

 fel gwirfoddolwr, ar ddiwedd y flwyddyn. Dw i wedi cyflawni'r hyn roeddwn
 wedi'i obeithio a dw

 i'n gadael WMUK ar delerau da. Edrychaf ymlaen rwan am sialensau newydd. Fi
 oedd y Prif Weithredwr cyntaf ac mae'r dair blynedd diwethaf wedi bod yn
 hollol anhygoel,

 wrth i mi weld y siaptr yn tyfu a datblygu. Doedd y daith bob amser ddim yn
 llyfn, ond daethom drwyddi'n y diwedd yn ddianaf! Profodd Wikimania inni
 aeddfedu mewn modd proffesiynol a chafwyd adborth adeiladol gan y cyfranwyr
 oedd yn gwneud yr holl waith yn bleser.

 Carwn ddiolch o waelod fy ngalon i bawb o fewn ein cymuned, yn enwedig y
 gwirfoddolwyr sy'n sylfaen i'n gwaith, fy nghydweithwyr bendigedig yn
 Sylfaen Wikimedia a'r staff sydd wedi bod mor driw i mi, wedi fy nghefnogi
 mor effeithiol ac wedi gweithio mor arbennig o galed dros y blynyddoedd ­ a
 hynny gyda hiwmor iach. Dymunaf pob llwyddiant i f'olynydd ym mhopeth y
 ceisiant ei gyflawni.

 Jon.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED response to the recommendations by the FDC Advisory Group on the APG program

2014-11-03 Thread Katy Love
Hi everyone,

We're about to start this meeting.  Please join the stream here:
http://youtu.be/J-RYwNFXBfg

Cheers,
Katy

On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Mike, would you like to post your questions on the talk page? A
 collection of questions and comments are accumulating there.

 I would encourage my fellow community budgeteers and strategists to comment
 also.

 Pine (speaking only in my personal capacity)
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Community review for Annual Plan Grants (FDC) begins

2014-10-03 Thread Katy Love
TL;DR: Please comment on any or all of the 11 2014-2015 Round 1 proposals
from Wikimedia movement organizations to the Annual Plan Grants program
from now til 31 October!

Greetings, Wikimedia community:

We are happy to share with you that eleven applicants have submitted
proposals in 2014-2015 Round 1 of the Annual Plan Grants (APG) process.
These Wikimedia organizations are requesting general funding to support
their annual plans, which include both programmatic and operational costs.
These eleven requests in Round 1 total about US$5.2 million of US$6 million
available in both rounds this year. In November, the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) will meet to review and deliberate on these proposals. They
will make a recommendation to the WMF Board of Trustees about how to
strategically grant funds to these applicants in order to achieve the most
impact.

From now until October 31, we invite everyone to review the proposals, and
to provide thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the
proposals:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/Community/Review.

About community review: The APG proposal submission date on October 1 is
followed by a 30-day open comment period, when anyone is invited to provide
input on and ask questions about specific proposals on the discussion pages
of the proposal forms. Applicants are also expected to respond to input and
questions during this period, although they are not able to change the
proposal form itself after the submission date.

The FDC will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in
November as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone
can comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on October
31, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into
consideration when making its decisions.

How to join in the review: Please visit the community review page to view
the proposals being considered and follow the instructions on that page.
The proposals are only available in English, but your comments on the
discussion pages can be in your own language.

Why your feedback matters: We hope that this open comment period will add
to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal. The community review
process also helps make our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The
FDC highly values feedback and insights from the Wikimedia community in
making its funding recommendations.

Here are a few milestones to keep in mind with the FDC process:

* Proposal forms submitted: 1 October 2014
* Open comment period / Community review: 2 October 2014, until 31 October
2014
* Staff proposal assessments published: 8 November 2014
* FDC deliberations: 15-18 November 2014
* FDC recommendation published: by 1 December 2014
* Board decision: by 1 January 2015
* Start of new grant terms: 1 January 2015

Visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information for more
information about the APG program, the FDC, or the dates listed here. Please
let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the
process. We are always happy to talk! The FDC support staff can be reached
at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,

Katy Love and the FDC staff
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Insights of the Chapters Dialogue are online!

2014-08-01 Thread Katy Love
Thanks for sharing, Nicole! I really appreciate the work you and Kira did
here. Looking forward to reviewing this body of work, and hope to further
the dialogue at Wikimania!

Katy


On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de
wrote:

 Dear Wikimedia friends,

 I am happy to announce that we have finally released the documentation
 of the Chapters Dialogue project.

 You might probably remember: The Chapters Dialogue was the project
 that was initiated by Wikimedia Deutschland in spring 2013, my former
 colleague Kira Krämer interviewed representatives from Wikimedia
 Chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation as well as Funds Dissemination and
 Affiliations Committee. Kira and I presented the insights at several
 occasions already, and now the written report is at your disposal.

 Please find all the information on the Meta page:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Dialogue

 For those of you who are already on their way into the weekend, to
 London, or reading via mobile, I’m copying the Executive Summary of
 the findings at the end of this email.

 Luckily, Wikimania is coming and I will be available to answer your
 questions and reflect on ideas or concerns with anyone interested.
 I’ll be in London from Tuesday till Monday, and will host a session on
 the Chapters Dialogue insights on Saturday from 12:15 to 13:00 in room
 Auditorium 1[1]. Attendees of this session will witness the premier of
 the Chapters Dialogue movie, which will be released to the public
 shortly after. If you cannot attend the session and don’t find me
 hanging around at the Wikimedia Deutschland booth in the Community
 Village, you can reach me via my user page[2] or via email.

 I would like to take this opportunity to again express my sincere
 gratitude to everyone who participated, be it as one of the 94
 interviewees or one of our mentors, critical friend or supporter in
 any other way. It’s been a blast!

 A very special and very warm thank you goes out to Kira. Together, we
 rocked this last year and went through most exciting times. Kira is no
 longer working for WMDE, but I promised to forward her every comment
 and email that we receive from you.

 Best regards,
 Nicole


 [1]
 https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/The_State_of_Wikimedia_-_A_movement_Dialogue
 [2] https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nicole_Ebber_%28WMDE%29



 Wikimedia Deutschland – Chapters Dialogue
 Nicole Ebber (Project Lead), Kira Krämer (Project Manager)

 Executive Summary
 Wikimedia is a global movement: the Wikimedia Foundation, the
 Wikimedia Chapters and the international communities work and fight
 for Free Knowledge. In spring 2013, Wikimedia Deutschland initiated a
 structured assessment of the movement organisations’ needs, goals and
 stories: the Chapters Dialogue. Nicole Ebber led the project and hired
 Kira Krämer, who adapted the Design Thinking methodology to the
 process.

 In the course of the project (August 2013-February 2014), 94 movement
 representatives (volunteers and staff) from Chapters, the Wikimedia
 Foundation as well as the Funds Dissemination Committee and the
 Affiliations Committee were interviewed.

 The interviewees spoke about their understanding of roles and
 relationships within the movement, of responsibilities that come with
 being a Chapter or being the WMF. They described their goals and
 stories, what support they need and who they think is in a position to
 offer this support.

 The synthesis of all the interviews resulted in an overall picture of
 the movement and a distillate of the most pressing issues. The
 findings and insights cover these main areas, which have had a great
 influence on the movement as it is today.

 Lack of empathy and the persistence of old narratives: All the
 conflicts described in this report are based on causes that are deep
 rooted and manifested in people’s perceptions about each other that
 still persist today. Each party in the movement has its own needs and
 tries to solve issues in its own interests, while lacking empathy for
 other views, opinions, contexts and behaviour.

 Measuring success when exploring new territory: The movement lacks a
 definition of what impact actually means to it, as all Wikimedia
 activities can be described as exploring entirely new territory.
 Chapters struggle with proving that they and their activities are
 worth invested in while WMF has difficulty providing a clear movement
 strategy.

 Organisational structures: Organisational structures have grown
 organically without any official recommendation for or analysis of the
 best organisational form to achieve impact. The lack of a shared
 understanding about the Chapters’ role and contribution to the
 movement causes severe insecurities and is fuelling conflicts and
 misperceptions.

 Money-driven decisions: Creating a consensus about money, its
 collection and responsible dissemination (donors’ trust!) is scarcely
 possible. The Haifa trauma 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to Wikimedia Bangladesh!

Katy



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 Well, you may find it strange but it almost feels like being a father to
 us. It was a really long and frustrating struggle. This achievement is a
 great confidence boost up for all of us.

 ---
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee seeking nominations for new members

2014-06-03 Thread Katy Love
Greetings, all:

Here's a reminder that the FDC staff will be doing an IRC office hours in
12 minutes time (and counting!) about the FDC nominations on the
#wikimedia-office channel. [1] We'll hold another office hours later today
(though it might be tomorrow, depending on your timezone) at 16:00 UTC,
Wednesday June 4.

Looking forward to speaking with you and answering questions you may have
about FDC membership and nominations!

Katy Love

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours


On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 tl;dr Self-nominations invited for four Board-appointed members of the FDC.
 Nominate here.[3]


 Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

 The Funds Dissemination Committee Advisory Group (FDC AG) met recently in
 Frankfurt to recommend to the Executive Director (ED) of the Wikimedia
 Foundation whether the FDC - the nine member volunteer committee reviewing
 annual plan grants or allocations for Wikimedia and allied organisations -
 should continue or not, after the first two years of its existence.[1] The
 detailed recommendations of the FDC AG will be shared with the Executive
 Director and the community shortly, but we are happy to announce that the
 AG recommends that the FDC continues to exist with some suggested
 improvements to the process.

 The final decision on the FDC will be taken by the ED and the Board of WMF
 over the next few months (the FDC Framework’s timeline suggests August),
 but the AG’s overall recommendation is a testimony to the deep commitment
 and energy of the current FDC and the community members who have
 participated in this unique peer-review grantmaking process. Thank you.

 Without anticipating the ED and Board’s decision, we would like to move
 forward with the process of renewing the current FDC with four
 Board-appointed members of the FDC so that a full FDC is in place by August
 2014. As per the Framework,[2] four of the current committee members will
 be ending their two year terms in July, and four new members will be
 appointed by the WMF Board to fill these vacancies.

 I write to ask those of you interested in joining the FDC to signal your
 interest on Meta by self-nominating by end of day UTC June 15.[3]  The
 schedule for the nominations process is as follows:

 * May 30 - June 15: Self nominations to join the FDC. Candidates indicate
 their interest through a short paragraph about themselves, and respond to
 an initial set of questions from the FDC staff

 * June 1 - June 30:  Public question and answer [4] from community members
 to candidates

 * June 24 - July 3: FDC staff in consultation with the FDC Board
 representatives (Bishakha Datta and Patricio Lorente) interview a sub-set
 of nominated candidates

 * July 3: Shortlist of candidates announced

 * July 4 - 10: Decision on final four FDC candidates by the Board reps in
 consultation with the full Board

 * July 11: Public announcement to community of the four new members

 * August: Based on the ED and Board’s decision on the FDC’s existence,
 orientation of the new FDC at Wikimania

 To be eligible to join the FDC, members need to meet the requirements
 below, as outlined by the Framework.[5] They must:

 * have sufficient time and dedication to commit to this time-heavy process,
 including attending two 4-6 day face-to-face meetings (likely in mid-May
 and mid-November) and be able to meet the expectations outlined in more
 detail on the nominations page

 * have a track record of constructive engagement in community discussions
 and an orientation toward collaborative problem solving

 * be able to set aside any conflicts of interest and work towards the
 mission goals of the Wikimedia movement without considering individual or
 organizational interests

 * be over 21 years in age and over the age of majority in their home
 country

 * be able to work effectively in English (note that full fluency is not
 required)

 * present to WMF appropriate personal identification

 * Staff / board members of entities requesting funds from the FDC may serve
 on the FDC;

 however, they must recuse themselves from deliberations pertaining to their
 entity's application.

 The *skills and attributes* being sought for in FDC members include:

 * Experience directing or evaluating programs;

 * Grant-making expertise (either as a grantee or grantor of funds);

 * Exposure to, understanding of, and personal credibility in the Wikimedia
 movement (experience across different Wikimedia projects as well as
 experience in programs, chapters, or administrative roles within the
 Wikimedia movement);

 * Gender, geographic and linguistic diversity.

 There are no term limits for FDC members, and current members may choose to
 re-apply for the FDC. The members whose terms end this July are Anders
 Wennersten, Arjuna Rao Chavala, Mike Peel (current Secretary), and Yuri
 Perohanych. The members who continue on the FDC for another year are Ali

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] updates from Annual Plan Grant / FDC grantees

2014-01-03 Thread Katy Love
Hello, friends in the Wikimedia community,

Organizations that receive Annual Plan Grants from the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) have been hard at work this last quarter! If you haven't
yet had a chance to look at some of their most recent reports, do take a
look to get a sense of some of the exciting developments.  As always, the
FDC staff has also produced an overview of these reports, including
observations from global-level trends and program updates. [1] We've also
highlighted some of the biggest successes and some ongoing challenges for
these organizations, and included a financial summary of spending to date.
I'm happy to say that the overview report is also available in French [2];
thank you to our amazing translators!

I encourage you to take a look at the overview report. From there, you can
easily find the progress reports from the organizations in depth, or see
their associated Discussion pages for more in-depth appreciation, questions
and suggestions from the FDC staff. You'll find some beautiful photos and
interesting audio and video files, learn about recent work on Wiki Loves
Monuments, celebrate with those completing tenth Wikipedia anniversaries,
review updates on partnerships with GLAM institutions, and learn more about
Wikipedians-in-Residence programs. And much more! You'll also get good
insight into what is working well and how entities are adapting as they
learn about programs or approaches that aren't working as well.

I want to thank all the organizations submitting Annual Plan Grant reports
to the FDC for their hard work over this last quarter. These progress
reports are from both Round 1 and Round 2 2012-2013 and offer us all a
chance to learn from movement organizations. I thank them for capturing and
sharing what they are learning as they go so that we can celebrate and
build on successes and grow together.

Fell free to contact me with questions or comments. And a very Happy New
Year to all!
Katy


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Staff_summary/Progress_report_form/Q3
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Staff_summary/Progress_report_form/Q3/fr
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Letters of Intent for FDC Round 2 due Nov 8, and community review right now!

2013-10-15 Thread Katy Love
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

I write to remind Wikimedia-affiliated entities interested in
submitting an annual plan grant proposal to the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) in Round 2 2013-2014 that they must first submit a
Letter of Intent (LOI). The Letter of Intent is the first step in
applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC Framework. [1]
This step has been implemented as part of the improvements for
2013-2014. In Round 1 of this year, it helped the FDC staff to work
closely with interested applicants ahead of eligibility and proposal
deadlines.

Entities interested in applying for funding in Round 2 must submit an
Letter of Intent before submitting a proposal. For Round 2 of
2013-2014, the LOI is due on November 8. The LOI asks potential FDC
applicants to state their intentions to apply and to include a
notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The LOI can be
created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for your
reference. [3] The LOI is non-binding, but it is required.

Milestones from Round 2 can be found on the portal [4] and below:

* Letter of Intent deadline: 8 November 2013
* Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 December 2013
* Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 February 2014
* Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014
* Community review period: 1 March 2014 - 31 March 2014
* Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
* FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
* Board decision due: 1 June 2014

Also, I want to bring to your attention the current Round 1 community
review process for the eleven Round 1 proposals just submitted to the
FDC. We ask you, members of the community, to share your thoughts and
questions on the Discussion pages of the submitted proposals!  [5]

Have any questions or comments? Reach out to us at:
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. The FDC staff is here to help you understand
and navigate the process!

Cheers,
Katy Love and the FDC support team

[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal#fdc-portal-start
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline#2013-2014_Round_2
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review

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[Wikimedia-l] Join the community review of 4 FDC annual plan grant requests!

2013-10-02 Thread Katy Love
Greetings, Wikimedia community,

I am happy to announce that 2013-2014 Round 1 of the Funds Dissemination
Committee’s (FDC) annual plan grants process has begun! Eleven
Wikimedia-affiliated entities submitted proposals based on their annual
plans (which include programmatic and administrative costs) for funding
requests totaling nearly US$6 million. I want to thank them for their time
and effort in submitting these annual plan grant proposals to the FDC.


We now launch the community review period to help the FDC strategically
allocate movements funds.  From now until October 31, we invite you,
members of the Wikimedia community, to review the proposals, provide
thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the proposals. [1]

More about community review: The FDC proposal submission deadline (October
1) is followed by a 30-day open comment period when community members are
asked to provide input on and ask questions about specific proposals.
During this period, entities that submitted proposals are asked to respond
to input and questions about their proposals on the discussion pages.
Entities are not able to change the proposal itself after the submission
deadline. All community input and entity responses are submitted with the
proposal submitted to the FDC. While the community may comment on proposals
after the open comment period closes on October 31, the FDC may not be able
to take comments made after this period into consideration.

How to join in the review: To take a look at the FDC round 1 proposals,
please visit the community review page [1], which links to the submitted
proposals. While the proposals are unfortunately only available in English,
we hope that the 30 day review period will help address this challenge.
Your comments on the discussion pages do not need to be in English,
however.

*Why your feedback matters: *Community review can help to bring an in-depth
and robust review to each submitted proposal. The FDC seriously values the
input and feedback of the Wikimedia community. Therefore, they ask for your
comments and questions on these proposals in order to consider the
potential impact of movement funds. Also, the community review process
helps to ensure that the grantmaking is a transparent and collaborative
process.


Finally, here are a few milestones to keep in mind with the FDC process
[2]:


   - 2-31 Oct 2013: Community review period of Round 1 proposals
   - 8 Nov 2013: FDC staff assessment of Round 1 proposals published
   - 8 Nov 2013: Letter of Intent deadline for 2013-2014 Round 2
   - 17-21 Nov 2013: FDC face-to-face deliberations on Round 1 proposals
   - 1 Dec 2013: FDC recommendation on Round 1 proposals published
   - 1 Jan 2014: Board decision on FDC's Round 1 recommendations published

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on the
process. The FDC support staff can be reached at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,

Katy Love

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline

--
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Senior Program Officer, Funds Dissemination Committee
Wikimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] Join the community review of 11 FDC annual plan grant requests!

2013-10-02 Thread Katy Love
*Resending with corrected subject line. Sorry for the cross-posting!
*

Isn't it great to make a typo on a mailing list and realize it right after
you hit send? :)

Please note: 11 FDC annual plan grants were submitted. Not four. I hope
this makes you more interested in joining the review!

My apologies for making this mistake!

Cheers,
Katy


On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM, Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Greetings, Wikimedia community,

 I am happy to announce that 2013-2014 Round 1 of the Funds Dissemination
 Committee’s (FDC) annual plan grants process has begun! Eleven
 Wikimedia-affiliated entities submitted proposals based on their annual
 plans (which include programmatic and administrative costs) for funding
 requests totaling nearly US$6 million. I want to thank them for their time
 and effort in submitting these annual plan grant proposals to the FDC.


 We now launch the community review period to help the FDC strategically
 allocate movements funds.  From now until October 31, we invite you,
 members of the Wikimedia community, to review the proposals, provide
 thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the proposals. [1]

 More about community review: The FDC proposal submission deadline
 (October 1) is followed by a 30-day open comment period when community
 members are asked to provide input on and ask questions about specific
 proposals. During this period, entities that submitted proposals are asked
 to respond to input and questions about their proposals on the discussion
 pages. Entities are not able to change the proposal itself after the
 submission deadline. All community input and entity responses are submitted
 with the proposal submitted to the FDC. While the community may comment on
 proposals after the open comment period closes on October 31, the FDC may
 not be able to take comments made after this period into consideration.

 How to join in the review: To take a look at the FDC round 1 proposals,
 please visit the community review page [1], which links to the submitted
 proposals. While the proposals are unfortunately only available in
 English, we hope that the 30 day review period will help address this
 challenge. Your comments on the discussion pages do not need to be in
 English, however.

 *Why your feedback matters: *Community review can help to bring an
 in-depth and robust review to each submitted proposal. The FDC seriously
 values the input and feedback of the Wikimedia community. Therefore, they
 ask for your comments and questions on these proposals in order to consider
 the potential impact of movement funds. Also, the community review process
 helps to ensure that the grantmaking is a transparent and collaborative
 process.


 Finally, here are a few milestones to keep in mind with the FDC process
 [2]:


- 2-31 Oct 2013: Community review period of Round 1 proposals
- 8 Nov 2013: FDC staff assessment of Round 1 proposals published
- 8 Nov 2013: Letter of Intent deadline for 2013-2014 Round 2
- 17-21 Nov 2013: FDC face-to-face deliberations on Round 1 proposals
- 1 Dec 2013: FDC recommendation on Round 1 proposals published
- 1 Jan 2014: Board decision on FDC's Round 1 recommendations published

 Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on the
 process. The FDC support staff can be reached at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

 Warm regards,

 Katy Love

 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline

 --
 Katy Love
 Senior Program Officer, Funds Dissemination Committee
 Wikimedia Foundation


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

2013-10-01 Thread Katy Love
Welcome, Nathalie!!

It was great to meet you at Wikimania. I look forward to working with you
in the months ahead.

Welcome to the Wikimedia Movement!

Katy Love


On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM, Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov 
dimitar.parvanov.dimit...@gmail.com wrote:

 Welcome to the Movement! Sure you will fit right in!

 Dimi


 2013/10/1 Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr

  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 :)
 
  Christophe HENNER | Vice-chair
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  › Mobile : +33(0)6 29 35 65 94
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[Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee first progress reports

2013-06-11 Thread Katy Love
Greetings, everyone!

Are you curious about what the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Round 1
grantees have been working on these last few months? If you haven't already
seen the first progress reports submitted by the FDC Round 1 grantees,
 come on over and check them out! To find these first quarter progress
reports, go to the Round 1 hub on the FDC portal and click on the progress
report form Q1 for any of the Round 1 entities [1]. I want to thank all the
entities for sharing their progress and learning with us; we have really
enjoyed reading the updates and look forward to continuing to learn from
them.

Second, the FDC staff published a summary of the first progress reports for
the FDC. [2] This summary shares some emerging themes and an overview of
each of the entity's work to date on programmatic, organizational and
financial progress. We have also posted more detailed feedback and
questions on the discussion page of all of the individual reports.

As ever, contact me with questions or comments!

Warm regards,
Katy

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1
[2]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Staff_summary/Progress_report_form/Q1
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Letter of Intent due June 8 IRC office hours

2013-06-04 Thread Katy Love
Hello again, everyone,

I want to remind all entities interested in applying to the Funds
Dissemination Committee (FDC) for the next round (Round 1 of 2013-2014)
that the Letter of Intent (LOI) is due by end of day UTC June 8 2013, which
is coming up shortly. The letter of intent is the first--and a
mandatory--step in applying to the FDC. If you are unclear if your entity
is eligible, please review the eligibility criteria [1], and reach out to
the FDC staff with any questions.

You can see which entities have submitted LOIs to date [2]. You are also
welcome to review the logs [3 and 4] from our office hours held on IRC on
the Letter of Intent.

To create an LOI, please go to the FDC portal [5] and scroll to the bottom,
where you will begin the process. You can see a sample Letter of Intent on
Meta. [6]  Note at the time of submitting the LOI, you do not need to
submit any information on board members or key employees. This information
is required for compliance with US law, and it will be requested by WMF
later in the process. At that point we will explain in more detail why it
is requested, how it is used, and where it is securely stored.

As always, should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the FDC
staff at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

Cheers,
Katy

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_criteria
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:FDC_2013-2014_Round_1
[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2013-05-29
[4]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2013-05-29_2
[5] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
[6] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

 You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
 Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
 the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
 first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
 Framework. [1] This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
 institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
 will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
 to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline.  We
 hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
 questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
 before the proposal deadline.

 Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
 FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
 asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
 include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The Letter
 of Intent can be created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for
 your reference [3]. The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to
 be able to submit a proposal for Round 1.

 In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
 office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
 applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
 on #wikimedia-office on:

 * Wednesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
 * Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

 These two sessions will have the following agenda:

 1. Introductions
 2. Brief explanation of the FDC
 3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
 proposal process
 4. QA on the LOI

 And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
 process [4] schedule:

 - *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
 - Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
 - Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September
  2013
 - Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
 - Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
 - Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
 - FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
 - Board decision due: 1 January 2014

 As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
 fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

 Warm regards,
 Katy and the FDC support team

 [1]

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
 [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
 [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
 [4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process

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[Wikimedia-l] FDC IRC office hours on the LOI in three minutes!

2013-05-29 Thread Katy Love
Good morning or afternoon, wherever this finds you,

Apologies for the acronym overuse in the subject line. :)

This is a reminder that our second IRC office hour focused on the letter of
intent as part of the Funds Dissemination Committee process is starting in
three minutes!

We look forward to seeing you on #wikimedia-office.

Katy



On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM, Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 As announced earlier, the FDC support team is holding office hours on
 #wikimedia-office to speak about questions on the Letter of Intent
 process in a few minutes and again at 15:00 UTC (Wednesday May 29).

 * Wendesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
 * Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

 We look forward to speaking to you!
 Katy

 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM
 Subject: FDC Letter of Intent due June 8  IRC office hours
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org


 Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

 You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
 Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
 the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
 first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
 Framework. [1] This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
 institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
 will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
 to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline.  We
 hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
 questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
 before the proposal deadline.

 Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
 FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
 asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
 include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The Letter
 of Intent can be created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for
 your reference [3]. The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to
 be able to submit a proposal for Round 1.

 In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
 office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
 applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
 on #wikimedia-office on:

 * Wednesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
 * Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

 These two sessions will have the following agenda:

 1. Introductions
 2. Brief explanation of the FDC
 3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
 proposal process
 4. QA on the LOI

 And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
 process [4] schedule:

 - *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
 - Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
 - Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September
  2013
 - Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
 - Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
 - Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
 - FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
 - Board decision due: 1 January 2014

 As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
 fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

 Warm regards,
 Katy and the FDC support team

 [1]

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
 [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
 [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
 [4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process


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[Wikimedia-l] FDC IRC office hours on the LOI in 3 minutes!

2013-05-28 Thread Katy Love
Hi everyone,

As announced earlier, the FDC support team is holding office hours on
#wikimedia-office to speak about questions on the Letter of Intent process
in a few minutes and again at 15:00 UTC (Wednesday May 29).

* Wendesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

We look forward to speaking to you!
Katy

-- Forwarded message --
From: Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org
Date: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Subject: FDC Letter of Intent due June 8  IRC office hours
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org


Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
Framework. [1] This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline.  We
hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
before the proposal deadline.

Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The
Letter of Intent
can be created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for your
reference [3]. The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to be
able to submit a proposal for Round 1.

In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
on #wikimedia-office on:

* Wednesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

These two sessions will have the following agenda:

1. Introductions
2. Brief explanation of the FDC
3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
proposal process
4. QA on the LOI

And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
process [4] schedule:

- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September 2013
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
- Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
- FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
- Board decision due: 1 January 2014

As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

Warm regards,
Katy and the FDC support team

[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
[4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process
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[Wikimedia-l] FDC Letter of Intent due June 8 IRC office hours

2013-05-16 Thread Katy Love
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
Framework. [1] This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline.  We
hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
before the proposal deadline.

Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The
Letter of Intent
can be created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for your
reference [3]. The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to be
able to submit a proposal for Round 1.

In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
on #wikimedia-office on:

* Tuesday, May 28 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC

These two sessions will have the following agenda:

1. Introductions
2. Brief explanation of the FDC
3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
proposal process
4. QA on the LOI

And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
process [4] schedule:

- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September 2013
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
- Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
- FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
- Board decision due: 1 January 2014

As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

Warm regards,
Katy and the FDC support team

[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
[4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Letter of Intent due June 8 IRC office hours

2013-05-16 Thread Katy Love
Hello again, all,

I made a mistake with the two FDC Letter of Intent office hour times. The
two times are actually:

* Wednesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC (which is Tuesday still in some parts of
the world), and
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC


Sorry about that--I am usually better at navigating time zones. :) Hope to
see some of you there!

Katy

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

 You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
 Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
 the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
 first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
 Framework. [1] This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
 institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
 will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
 to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline.  We
 hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
 questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
 before the proposal deadline.

 Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
 FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
 asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
 include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The Letter
 of Intent can be created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for
 your reference [3]. The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to
 be able to submit a proposal for Round 1.

 In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
 office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
 applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
 on #wikimedia-office on:

 * Tuesday, May 28 at 0:00 UTC
 * Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC


*Correction*:
* Wednesday, May 29 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC


  These two sessions will have the following agenda:

 1. Introductions
 2. Brief explanation of the FDC
 3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
 proposal process
 4. QA on the LOI

 And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
 process [4] schedule:

 - *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
 - Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
 - Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September
  2013
 - Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
 - Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
 - Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
 - FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
 - Board decision due: 1 January 2014

 As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
 fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

 Warm regards,
 Katy and the FDC support team

 [1]

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
 [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
 [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
 [4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Please join the community review of 4 FDC funding requests!

2013-03-07 Thread Katy Love
Greetings, Wikimedia community,

It is my pleasure to share with you that the Funds Dissemination
Committee has received four proposals in Round 2 of funding from
entities seeking funds for their annual plans. An additional proposal
was withdrawn. These four proposals from Wikimedia Czech Republic,
France, Hong Kong, and Norway request a total of over $1.2 million
USD:

WM Czech Republic: $14,084.50
WM France: $747,259
WM Hong Kong: $211,916.67
WM Norway: $235,715

We need your help in reviewing the proposals in order to consider the
potential impact of movement funds. To this end, we have launched the
community review period to help the FDC strategically allocate
Wikimedia movements funds.  We invite you, members of the Wikimedia
community, to review the proposals and provide thoughts and ask
questions. [1] The community review period is open until March 31.

A bit more about the community review period: the FDC proposal
submission deadline (March 1) is followed by a 30-day open comment
period when community members are invited to provide input on and ask
questions about each proposal. During this period, fund-seeking
entities (that is, those that submitted proposals) are requested to
respond to questions about their proposals on the proposal discussion
pages. All community input and entity responses are submitted as part
of each proposal package to the FDC. While the community may comment
on proposals after the open comment period closes on March 31, the FDC
may not be able to take comments made after this period into
consideration. After this, on April 8, the FDC staff will share their
assessments of the proposals, which will take into account the
community input. On May 1, the FDC announces its recommendations to
the WMF Board, and on June 1, the Board will make decisions about
funding allocations.

To join the community review for Round 2 proposals, please visit the
FDC proposal page [1], which links to all current proposals and their
discussion pages. You can review the proposal by opening the proposal
form for each entity, and submit questions or comments on the proposal
discussion pages. While the proposals are unfortunately only available
in English, we hope that the longer period for review this round will
help address this challenge. We hope that this community review period
will bring an in-depth and robust review to each of the four
proposals.

The FDC seriously values the input and feedback of the Wikimedia
community. Therefore, they ask for your comments and questions on
these proposals. The community review process helps to ensure that
this is a transparent and collaborative process. We look forward to
hearing from you on the discussion pages of the four proposals!

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. The FDC
support staff can be reached at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,

Katy Love and the FDC support team

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals

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Katy Love
Senior Program Officer, Funds Dissemination Committee
Wikimedia Foundation

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