Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-21 Thread Nicola Zeuner
Welcome Delphine! Looking forward to our work together!

cheers,
Nikki

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2016-06-21 0:55 GMT+02:00 Katy Love :

> Hi Wikimedians,
>
> Today WMF's Community Resources team is joined by Delphine Ménard as our
> newly appointed Annual Plan Grants
>  (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
> 
> (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] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-26 Thread Nicola Zeuner
Thanks everyone - WMDE welcomes and follows with interest community
discussions about our proposal, the relevance of Wikidata and the use of
community funds. That's the beauty of a community reviewed process.

However, statements asserting that we did not provide specific information
force us to set the record straight. I am not giving any new information.
It's all there -  in the WMDE proposal
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form>
and
the discussion page:

   - Administration costs at the organizational level were differentiated
   as per FDC member request here
   
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#Administration_costs>
   .


   - The overhead rate is explained here.
   
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#budget_.26_finances>
(scroll
   down below the table)

(The WMDE overhead rate is 28%. '*Rate*' signifies, that each department
contributes equally to overhead as a percentage of its departmental budget.
Therefore, the breakdown is also the same across the organization, whether
its the Software or the Education Department. I don't think there is a more
transparent way to do this, as this standard method does not allow to hide
any costs)


   - Floating capacity is differentiated and explained here
   
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#budget_.26_finances>.
   (scroll down a few bullets)

WMDE is committed to accountability and transparency and we invest staff,
systems and financial resources to accieve this. This is reflected in how
diligently WMDE worked to provide community, FDC members and staff with
answers to their questions. An informed, fair discussion can and should be
based upon the data we provided.

Thank you!
Nikki Zeuner and WMDE's ZEN Team


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2015-11-25 4:53 GMT+01:00 Risker <risker...@gmail.com>:

> Thank you, Nikki.  Yes, about 70% of the costs were broken down, more or
> less.  But almost 30% - totalling over US$635,000 - is undifferentiated
> "floating capacity" and "administrative costs".  Those two amounts, which
> are not broken down by program, total more than any other Wikimedia
> movement entity except WMDE has received in the past three rounds.
>
> User:Risker - FDC member
>
>
>
> On 24 November 2015 at 10:13, Nicola Zeuner <nicola.zeu...@wikimedia.de>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear Risker, Gerard et al.,
> >
> > Just a quick correction:
> >
> > WMDE did indeed provide a detailed cost breakdown for Wikidata costs as
> > well as other software development costs, down to the activity level, in
> > table 6b, in the financial section
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#Financials:_upcoming_year.27s_annual_plan
> > >
> > of
> > the WMDE proposal.
> >
> > When first FDC member Risker
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#Questions_from_Risker
> > >
> >  and then FDC staff
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Deutschland_e.V./Proposal_form#budget_.26_finances
> > >
> > asked
> > about a separation of costs, our response referred them to table 6b, and
> > clarified that the first *eight* line items cover core Wikidata
> development
> > work (the remaining five items cover closely related development and
> > community activities that support Wikidata).
> >
> > Hope this helps to inform this discussion.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Nikki Zeuner (WMDE)
> >
> >
> > Nikki Zeuner
> > Partnerships and Development
> > Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> > Tel. (030) 219 158 260
> > Mobil: 0172 547 1261
> > US: 1 (520) 743-6801
> > www

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-24 Thread Nicola Zeuner
Dear Risker, Gerard et al.,

Just a quick correction:

WMDE did indeed provide a detailed cost breakdown for Wikidata costs as
well as other software development costs, down to the activity level, in
table 6b, in the financial section

of
the WMDE proposal.

When first FDC member Risker

 and then FDC staff

asked
about a separation of costs, our response referred them to table 6b, and
clarified that the first *eight* line items cover core Wikidata development
work (the remaining five items cover closely related development and
community activities that support Wikidata).

Hope this helps to inform this discussion.

Thanks,
Nikki Zeuner (WMDE)


Nikki Zeuner
Partnerships and Development
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 260
Mobil: 0172 547 1261
US: 1 (520) 743-6801
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2015-11-24 14:47 GMT+01:00 Risker :

> Hello Gerard -
>
> The recommended grant for Wikimedia Deutschland is larger than ever, and
> represents a 42% increase from last year's grant.  This is a massive
> increase.  Please don't confuse the fact that WMDE did not get everything
> it wanted with whether or not Wikidata is underfunded.  Remember, the
> request was not just for Wikidata funding, and despite many attempts by the
> FDC to get precise data on the actual planned expenses for Wikidata, the
> committee was not provided with this information.  While the funds provided
> are restricted (in that they can only be spent on the projects WMDE applied
> for), WMDE can spend the entire amount on Wikidata if it wants to.  Perhaps
> that is where you might want to turn your attention.
>
> User:Risker - FDC member
>
> On 24 November 2015 at 04:02, Gerard Meijssen 
> wrote:
>
> > Hoi,
> > So in essence one of the most relevant development project - Wikidata -
> > that is arguably already underfunded will be even more underfunded and we
> > have to say thank you for doing a good job? Ok.. I thank Wikimedia
> Germany
> > for doing a stellar job. It is an acknowledged source for inspiration
> and I
> > have been really happy in all the contacts that I have had with them over
> > the years.
> >
> > It is not up to me to doubt the sincere efforts of the FDC but I am
> > saddened that while WMF has more cash than that it can spend important
> work
> > is curtailed .. for what? Other development projects are not treated in
> > this way and a great opportunity to do even more is missed as a result.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >  GerardM
> >
> > On 24 November 2015 at 03:04, Pine W  wrote:
> >
> > > Thank you FDC.
> > >
> > > Many of the small and midsized APG requests fared well in this round.
> > That
> > > is nice to see.
> > >
> > > I find it concerning that the larger the organization, the more
> problems
> > > the FDC  seemed to find with the org's budget and performance
> management
> > > practices. One would expect the larger organizations to have mature and
> > > robust practices in these areas. Regarding WMF in particular, my
> concerns
> > > about its budget practices are well documented and I appreciate that
> the
> > > FDC is also taking note of the persistence of the problems. I hope that
> > WMF
> > > will get serious about its financial transpatency.
> > >
> > > A couple of questions about Wikidata:
> > >
> > > I'm confused about the funding for Wikidata. In one place the FDC says
> > that
> > > "Nonetheless, the FDC is exasperated by the inability of WMDE to to
> > > disaggregate the costs of Wikidata from other projects." and in another
> > > place the FDC says that "We have recommended a reduced amount for WMDE
> in
> > > this round with the expectation that WMDE will not cut Wikidata or
> their
> > > other tech development work, but will instead find cost savings
> elsewhere
> > > in its annual plan." If the FDC wants a disaggregated budget (which is
> > > understandable) then why is the FDC expecting WMDE to dip into its
> other
> > > funds and/or make cuts elsewhere in order to cover the work in this
> > > proposal that the FDC is declining to