Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Patricio Lorente
 new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has
>decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the
>executive search: I’ve worked closely with Kathleen on a number of
>occasions, and she is a true Wikimedian at heart.
>- I’ll be drawing back from day-to-day operational work to transition
>interim responsibilities starting February 8th. A C-level Transition Team
>of Jaime Villagomez, Amanda Keton, and Robyn Arville, our two board
>officers and chief people leader, will take up key responsibilities and
>decision making around planning, community, and people, and work closely
>with the broader C-team and VP leadership cohort.
>- I’ll spend the next three months supporting the Foundation in
>readying itself for a transition. I’ll spend February preparing with this
>group and other organizational and community leaders on movement strategy
>and institutional knowledge transfer, sharing lessons learned, and
>supporting the organization in developing the next year’s strategic plan.
>- I look forward to celebrating with you in March and April!
>
> I'll be around for a bit, so feel free to reach out, and after that, I'll
> see you on the wikis!
>
> Cheers,
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://viewcrestadvisors.com/
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-01 Thread Patricio Lorente
Great news, thanks Christophe! Welcome to the Wikimedia movement, Esra'a.

El vie., 1 de dic. de 2017 a la(s) 18:28, Anna Stillwell <
astillw...@wikimedia.org> escribió:

> Welcome, Esra'a. Thank you for taking the time to serve. I look forward to
> your contribution.
> /a
>
> On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Christophe Henner 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of months
> > ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled to
> > share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have
> made
> > another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
> > appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.
> >
> > Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
> > entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
> > digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices
> throughout
> > the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her keynote
> > presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will
> make
> > a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important perspective
> > and skillset to the Board's efforts.
> >
> > Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
> > about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!
> >
> > Christophe
> > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> >
> > P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of
> Esra’a
> > may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the
> privacy
> > and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any
> photographs
> > or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
> > important safety consideration.
> >
> >
> > Press release
> >
> > Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> >
> > Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings
> to
> > the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of
> experience
> > in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
> > underrepresented communities.
> >
> > Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]
> >  > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt1>
> > [b]
> >  > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt2>
> > [c]
> >  > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt3>
> > [d]
> >  > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt4>
> >
> > San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation
> today
> > announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
> > activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
> > Foundation Board of Trustees.
> >
> > A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and protect free
> > speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> > improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa.
> She
> > founded and directs Majal, a network of online platforms that
> > amplify under-reported and marginalized voices.
> >
> > “Esra'a shares Wikimedia's foundational belief that shared knowledge can
> > facilitate shared understanding,” said Wikimedia Foundation Executive
> > Director, Katherine Maher. "Her achievements exemplify how intentional
> > community building can be a powerful tool for positive change, while
> > her passion
> > for beautiful and engaging user experiences will only elevate our work.
> We
> > are so fortunate to have her perspective in support of our global
> Wikimedia
> > communities."
> >
> > Esra'a founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth, at the time a series of
> > blogs bringing a voice to marginalized and underrepresented young
> > people across the Middle East. Today, the organization's team helps build
> > communities that celebrate, protect, and promote diversity and social
> > justice. Their endeavors include CrowdVoice.org, which curates
> crowdsourced
> > media to contextualize social movements throughout the world; Mideast
> > Tunes, the largest web and mobile app showcasing underground musicians in
> > the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social
> change;
> > and Ahwaa.org, an open discussion platform for Arab LGBTQ individuals
> that
> > uses game mechanics to protect and engage its community.
> >
> >
> > “When I first encountered Wikipedia shortly after obtaining an internet
> > connection in the early 2000s, I felt that the true purpose of the
> internet
> > was realized. With Wikipedia, I accessed research regarding persecuted

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-10-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thanks so much, Katherine, for this detailed report. I really appreciate
this.

   Patricio

El jue., 19 de oct. de 2017 a la(s) 18:20, Katherine Maher <
kma...@wikimedia.org> escribió:

> Everyone,
>
> The past six months have been a complex and troubling time for our
> community in France. Let me be absolutely clear, with no confusion or
> ambiguity, that the Wikimedia Foundation condemns harassment. We take all
> harassment claims seriously, investigate them promptly, and take the
> appropriate action to enforce our policies whenever necessary. My goal here
> today is to provide more information about the actions of the Wikimedia
> Foundation, the principles to which we adhere, and the situation in which
> our movement finds itself.
>
> As many of you know, there have been months of discussion within the French
> Wikimedia community, independent committees and governance bodies, and the
> Wikimedia Foundation about the governance and operations of Wikimédia
> France. During this time, we have seen growing tensions between a number of
> the former leaders of Wikimédia France and some members of the French
> Wikimedia community. This situation created great strain on the French
> community, former and current staff of Wikimédia France, and concerned
> Wikimedia volunteers around the world. Much of this was documented by
> community members[1] and in the press.[2] Over the past months the
> Foundation has received formal and informal complaints alleging harassment
> and other harmful behaviour, and we have enforced existing policies
> whenever applicable.
>
> Recently, an individual associated with our movement published an essay
> about the events in France on the blogging site Medium and shared that
> essay with this list. It contained a number of deeply concerning
> allegations of harassment. Let me first address the most troubling claims
> of the recent essay—those regarding the Foundation’s handling of
> allegations against the Wikimedia Foundation’s current Board Chair.
>
> In May of 2017 the Wikimedia Foundation was informed, in a letter and for
> the first time, that the then-Executive Director of Wikimédia France was
> alleging claims of harassment against the current Board Chair of the
> Wikimedia Foundation, dating back to his tenure as former Chair of
> Wikimédia France. In this letter the Executive Director described a number
> of interactions with the Foundation’s Board Chair when he was Chair of
> Wikimédia France, and went on to accuse him of using his position as
> Foundation Board Chair to to turn the Wikimedia Foundation’s sentiment
> against the French chapter.
>
> Contrary to the assertion in the Medium essay, while the former Wikimédia
> France Executive Director’s letter detailed tense and disagreeable
> interactions between the two individuals, it did not characterize those
> interactions as sexual harassment. Also contrary to the essay’s assertions,
> the Wikimedia Foundation took immediate and appropriate action after
> receiving the complaint.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation, under clear direction from our Board, responded
> promptly:
>
>- We notified the Vice Chair and Board Governance Chair immediately
>after receiving the then-Executive Director’s letter.
>- Under their direction and supervision, we promptly hired expert French
>legal counsel to conduct an investigation on this issue.
>- The Foundation Board Chair was informed of the investigation and
>recused from all relevant discussions. The Board Chair was also recused
>from any discussion regarding Wikimédia France and the French Wikimedia
>community, including any participation in funding decisions.
>- The investigation by the experts found that the French chapter’s
>Executive Director’s detailed statements of facts, in addition to not
> being
>characterized by her as sexual harassment, also did not support a
> finding
>of sexual harassment.
>- Based on the information provided, French counsel also looked at
>whether the allegations supported a finding of “moral” harassment,
>ultimately concluding that they did not.
>- The findings were conveyed to the then-chair of the board of Wikimédia
>France. The chapter leadership was asked on more than one occasion if it
>had any additional evidence or wished to further discuss the
> conclusions.
>No additional information was provided.
>- Under these circumstances, the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation found
>no merit to the charges.
>
>
> *As has been repeatedly stated, the Foundation remains fully committed to
> reviewing and investigating additional information, if presented, of sexual
> or other harassment allegedly committed by any Wikimedia Foundation staff
> or board member. We fully condemn harassment in the Wikimedia movement.*
>
> The essay in Medium also references experiences of a number of former
> Wikimédia France Board members who 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia France short update

2017-09-10 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thanks, Florence, for the info. Wish the best to the new Board and to
Wikimedia France.

El dom., 10 de sep. de 2017 a la(s) 21:13, Florence Devouard <
anth...@anthere.org> escribió:

> I thought the electoral commission would forward the results but over
> 24h hours after the GA closed... apparently not.
>
>
> So very brief summary:
>
>
> Saturday, Wikimedia France held a full day General Assembly.
>
>
> The agenda was here :
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Assemblée_générale/septembre_2017
>
> Results of votes are available there :
> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/WMFR_AG_2017-09-09.pdf
>
>
> Key points
> * Emeric (chairman until end of June) resigned the day prior to the
> General Assembly
> * the remaining board (5 people) was constituted of Samuel (Chair),
> Marie-Alice (Vice Chair), FloFlo (treasurer), Edouard and Florence
> Raymond (not me...)
> * Raymond, who was an appointed board member, was confirmed by the
> General Assembly
> * the General Assembly voted by 73% the "lack of trust" in the previous
> board
> * however, the General Assembly voted to retain the remainer of the
> previous board despite the distrust, in order to allow transfer of
> information and to support the new board during the audit.
> * Floflo and Edouard will finish their term in 6 weeks (may resign
> earlier). Samuel and Marie-Alice indicated they would resign at the
> earliest convenience, only staying to help the transition and the audit
>
> * 6 new people were elected on the board. 4 for slightly more than a
> year, 2 for a duration of 6 weeks. All of those are experienced members,
> including former board members and former president (I suppose
> presentations will follow next week)
> * the chapter mailing list is reopened
> * the members whose new memberships or renewal had been rejected will be
> invited to re-apply
> * the prior vote passed in July to expell members will be cancelled
> * the GA also voted to support the adoption of a non-discrimination
> policy, for a complete revamping of the conflict of interest committee,
> and for a financial audit to be done.
>
> Sides notes
>
> Next General Assembly will take place around 20th of October and will be
> the opportunity to elect new board members to fill the remaining seats.
> Except for the appointed board member, it is likely the board will be
> entirely renewed in the next few weeks (compared to this last summer one).
>
> Also, WMF published two documents to guide the next few months
>
>
> WMFr site visit report - septembre 2017
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMFr_site_visit_report_-_septembre_2017
>
> Grant expectations for Wikimedia France - 2017-2018
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grant_expectations_for_Wikimedia_France_-_2017-2018
>
> I wish the best to the new board. They have a lot of work to do to
> rebuild the complete mess left by the previous management. Please, help
> them as much as you can.
>
> Florence
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WMF] Update regarding expiring Board terms

2016-12-23 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thanks for the update, Christophe!

Alice, I am so glad that you are staying for another term! Thank you so
much for your dedication and commitment :)

And last but not least, thank you Guy, for sharing with us your vast
experience and unique perspective. I really appreciate that. Hope that we
will meet again soon.


 Patricio

El vie., 23 de dic. de 2016 a la(s) 17:04, Christophe Henner <
chen...@wikimedia.org> escribió:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Last week, at our December meeting, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> Trustees made some decisions regarding the two Board terms expiring at the
> end of this year. Alice Wiegand sought and received reappointment for a
> term which will end at Wikimania 2018. Guy Kawasaki decided not to seek
> reappointment, and will complete his term at the end of December.
>
> Alice joined the Board in 2012 when she was selected to serve in one of the
> two affiliate-selected board seats. She was subsequently appointed to fill
> one of the four appointed expert seats, and will be completing her first
> full term in that role this month. Alice lives in Germany, and has been
> involved with German Wikipedia since 2004 and Wikimedia Deutschland since
> 2008. Her unique background brings an important perspective on matters
> related to the Wikimedia communities, strategy development, organizational
> structuring, and executive accounting and assessment. Given her skills,
> experience in the movement, and working knowledge of recent Board history,
> we felt it was important to retain her presence for an additional term.
>
> The Board appreciates Guy’s commitment to Wikimedia and the input he
> provided while serving on the Board. Guy joined the Board in 2015 when he
> was selected to fill one of the four appointed expert seats. A prominent
> figure in Silicon Valley, Guy has brought a unique perspective to the
> challenges and opportunities the Board has considered during his term. Even
> though we only worked together for a short time, I enjoyed his fresh point
> of view that forced us to step out of our comfort zone, and reconsider
> things we've done for years. In a time of evolution, the value from those
> questions was really high.
>
> Alice's new appointment will last 1.5 years as opposed to 2 years[1]. We
> have asked Alice to serve a term which ends at Wikimania 2018 (instead of
> in December 2018) to help consolidate Board transitions to the annual
> meeting at Wikimania, rather than spread throughout the year. Our hope is
> this shift will support a more effective onboarding process for new
> members.
>
> We will provide more information in January on our plans for filling the
> vacancy now left by Guy's departure, as well as the other vacancies on the
> Board. Until then, I invite you to join me in congratulating Alice on her
> reappointment, and thanking Guy for his service to Wikimedia.
> Congratulations, Alice, and thank you, Guy!
>
> As 2016 comes to an end, please allow me to take a moment and thank all of
> you, on behalf of the Board, for your support, efforts, and contributions
> this past year. We overcame many hurdles together and achieved many
> collaborative accomplishments. I am confident that we will make 2017 an
> amazing year. I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of you as
> we come together in service of the movement in new ways. There is still
> much to achieve and hurdles to overcome, but, together, we have what it
> takes.
>
> On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
> Christophe Henner, Chair
>
> PS. An on-wiki version of this message is available for translation:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_noticeboard/December_2016_-_Update_regarding_expiring_Board_terms
>
> [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Term_
> Limit_Proposal_for_Bylaws
>
>
> Christophe HENNER
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ray Saintonge has died

2016-09-13 Thread Patricio Lorente
Very sad news, indeed. We will miss him.

El mar., 13 de sept. de 2016 13:25, James Forrester 
escribió:

> I will miss Ray.
>
> I will miss his cheeriness, his optimism, his kind-heartedness.
>
> I will miss his steadfastness, a rock at every Wikimania until he could no
> longer come, his passion for learning, his dedication to understanding.
>
> Farewell, Ray.
>
> J.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-13 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear Geoff:

It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you during my term in the
Board. Is not only that I enjoyed your advice and support, but also that I
learned so much from your leadership. I wish you best of luck in your next
adventure. And I hope we will meet again to share a beer and talk about
past times :)


 Patricio

El mié., 13 de jul. de 2016 a la(s) 19:29, Olatunde Isaac <
reachout2is...@gmail.com> escribió:

> Thanks for your impeccable service,  Geoff. Wishing you all the best in
> your future endeavors.
>
> Isaac
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.
>
> -Original Message-
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> 13 Jul 2016 14:32:29
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> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...
>
> Thank you for your service, Geoff. I hope that we will still see you
> around. Good luck with the new gig. :)
>
> Regards,
>
> Pine
>
> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM, Geoff Brigham 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General
> Counsel
> > and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing, and
> > I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time for
> my
> > next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
> > pursue a new career opportunity.
> >
> > I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
> > communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present
> bosses
> > as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of
> the
> > volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day to
> > the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
> > current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have
> taught,
> > given, and enriched me so much.
> >
> > After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of Legal,
> > and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
> > Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the
> experience
> > and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.
> >
> > The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
> > Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take
> the
> > Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
> > mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted
> about
> > my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
> > story.
> >
> > My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will take
> a
> > month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at
> YouTube
> > in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust &
> Safety,
> > managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As
> with
> > Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
> > together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.
> >
> > For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
> > geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.
> >
> > With respect, admiration, and gratitude,
> >
> > Geoff
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-29 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends:

Now that I am back home, I want to thank you all for your nice words. This
has been a long journey, but I believe that we finally arrived to a safe
place. I have a lot of confidence in Christophe and Maria, and of course,
in Katherine's leadership. Let's commit to support and help them in this
new phase in the Wikimedia Foundation's history.

Un fuerte abrazo,

 Patricio

El vie., 24 de jun. de 2016 a la(s) 05:59, Delphine Ménard <
notafi...@gmail.com> escribió:

> Patricio, many many thanks to you for having kept your cool during the
> hard times. Thanks to you and Frieda for services rendered, and on to
> time off from Wikimedia mandates (it's kinda cool, you'll see).
> Congratulations to Christophe and María.
>
> And hugs all around.
>
> :D
>
> Delphine
>
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:39 AM, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thank you to Christophe and Nataliia for taking on these new and
> important
> > responsibilities.  And thanks to Christophe and Maria for taking on the
> > Chair and Vice Chair roles.
> >
> > I also extend my thanks to Patricio and Frieda for your service on the
> > board including the time that Patricio has served as Chair. Thank you as
> > well to Alice for her service as Vice Chair.
> >
> > Risker/Anne
> >
> > On 24 June 2016 at 09:49, Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevre...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Congratulations go to Christophe, and also thank you for making
> yourself a
> >> candidate. Your years of experience in the movement and personality are
> are
> >> great asset and we are lucky to have you. The good news is that you
> have a
> >> great organisation to support you in helping you do a good job!
> >>
> >> Like many others have said: thank you Patricio! I know from experience
> that
> >> this is 'at best' a tough job, and the past year has demanded a lot from
> >> you (and many others) Time to take a well deserved rest, and of course
> we
> >> will hopefully see you back contributing somewhere/somehow :)
> >>
> >> Many thanks to you both!
> >>
> >> Jan-Bart de Vreede
> >>
> >> On 23 June 2016 at 23:43:41, Johan Jönsson (jjons...@wikimedia.org)
> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.
> >> >
> >> > //Johan Jönsson
> >> > --
> >> > Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
> >> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:
> >> >
> >> > Hello everyone,
> >> >
> >> > I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
> >> Tymkiv
> >> > have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
> >> > members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community,
> and
> >> in
> >> > their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
> >> > contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
> >> > about them in an announcement we made in May:
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
> >> María
> >> > Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history
> of
> >> > involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership
> roles at
> >> > Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
> >> >
> >> > More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will
> join
> >> > me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them
> success in
> >> > their terms ahead.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role
> as
> >> > Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my
> time as
> >> > Chair.
> >> >
> >> > Patricio Lorente
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > About Christophe Henner
> >> >
> >> > Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> >> > deputy CEO of Webedia <http://www.webedia.com>'s gaming division, the
> >> > international digital media group headquartered in France.
> >> >
> >> > He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector,
> including
>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Clarifications on 2014 Form 990

2016-06-08 Thread Patricio Lorente
El mié., 8 de jun. de 2016 a la(s) 03:31, Lodewijk <
lodew...@effeietsanders.org> escribió:
[...]
Perhaps you could confirm still that this was quite a
one-of-a-kind situation (as Sue is also quite one-of-a-kind with all her
experience!) and that no other 'advisors' are paid compensation for their
time? (I'm thinking about advisory board, endowment advisors, FDC, AffCom
and what else).

Yes, I can confirm that this is (was) a pretty unique situation.

  Patricio
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[Wikimedia-l] Clarifications on 2014 Form 990

2016-06-07 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi all,

We’ve heard your questions and want to address them broadly, as well as
provide more information about the breakdown of Sue’s compensation during
this time. We understand the confusion related to this recent 990, given
the period it covers, and the aggregate amounts it reports. Below you’ll
find additional information about the nature of our contract with Sue, the
timeframe, and her work and compensation. I expect this will help resolve
this conversation. As Chair, I am completely comfortable with all terms.
Sue was a great ED and brought real value in exchange for her compensation.

==

Background

In re-reading Jan-Bart’s original email [1] where he stated that Sue was
staying on as an advisor, it isn’t explicit that this was a paid position.
We should have been more clear on this point. It is understandable that
people wonder why Sue was not listed on the page of staff and contractors.
However, everyone listed on the staff and contractors page report up to the
ED. Sue did not report to the ED; she was accountable to the board chair.
That's why she was not on that page.

On the issue of compensation: We handled Sue's compensation the same way we
do with other individuals: it is disclosed in the 990 as appropriate, and
not elsewhere. That's our normal practice. This is true for a variety of
reasons, including the fact that the results are certified through our
external auditors. Other reasons include that it is a transparent
mechanism, consistent with other large charitable organizations, and a
matter of permanent, public record. The Foundation also wouldn’t normally
announce the salary or contract compensation at the time of bringing
someone on; that includes special advisors.

We also don’t usually share the specific details of people’s compensation
beyond what is published in the 990. However, the 990 can be confusing,
especially when compensation levels change mid-year, and so in this case we
(including Sue) are happy to clarify the specifics.

Timeframe

One point of confusion is for the period this compensation covers. This is
reasonable, this confused even some of us involved in preparing this
response. Although the majority of activities reported on the Form 990
cover the Foundation’s fiscal year (specifically, the six months between
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), the IRS requires that details about
compensation for certain highly-paid individuals are for the full calendar
year in which the fiscal year begins or ends. So all the executive
compensation reported is for twelve months, from January - December 2014,
even though some of it it falls outside the fiscal year reporting (July 1,
2014 - June 30, 2015).

Since Sue was on payroll during the 2014 calendar year, this means that the
990 contains her total compensation for the whole year, includes Executive
Director salary, bonus, and special advisor work, at differing levels
throughout that period.

Total compensation

The total compensation ($301,341) reported in the 2014 990 form is broken
into three areas:

(1) Compensation for her role as Executive Director during the 2014
calendar year (January 1 - May 31 2014): $107,174

This number is Sue’s regular compensation as full-time Executive Director,
before the appointment of the new ED. This is for the 2014 calendar year
period of January 1 - May 31, 2014. It does not include compensation for
any of her efforts following May 31, 2014.

(2) Retention bonus to compensate Sue for lost opportunities during the
transition period: $165,000.

Sue informed us of her intent to step down in March of 2013, but agreed to
stay on until a new ED was identified. In August 2013, the Board of
Trustees approved a one-time retention bonus to compensate Sue for lost
opportunities and for her willingness to remain with the Foundation during
an important transitional period. Sue continued to serve as Executive
Director for more than a year after announcing her resignation, even though
she could have sought opportunities elsewhere. In addition to her other ED
responsibilities during this time, she led the creation of a transition
plan for the new Executive Director and supported the search process.

The Board discussed this agreement with Sue over a few months before
reaching the agreement in August. This is a standard practice used to
compensate individuals for lost opportunities and ensure organizational
stability during transitional periods. The Board and Sue agreed she would
receive this retention bonus after the new ED had started.

(3) Compensation as Special Advisor between June 1, 2014 - December 31,
2014: $29,167.

Sue agreed to serve as Special Advisor to the Foundation for a term of one
year after the new ED started, from June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015. The Board
felt that it was important to have Sue’s knowledge and experience at hand
to support the Foundation as it went through an executive transition. In
general, it is good practice to make sure that there is the ability to draw
on the expertise of 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board update

2016-04-08 Thread Patricio Lorente
Yes, I think meta es a good place for that, Sidney; you can use the Board
noticeboard at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard

 Thank you!

  Patricio


El vie., 8 de abr. de 2016 a la(s) 15:30, Sydney Poore <
sydney.po...@gmail.com> escribió:

> Thank you Patricio for the update.
>
> Where or how is the best way for the community to solicit suggestions about
> making these new appointments. On meta?
>
> Sydney
>
> Sydney Poore
> User:FloNight
> Wikipedian in Residence
> at Cochrane Collaboration
>
> On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
> > All,
> >
> > As many of you already know, Denny Vrandečić has announced his
> resignation
> > from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, effective today, April
> > 8th. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Denny for his service
> to
> > the movement and to the Wikimedia Foundation. We wish him the best during
> > his wikibreak, and look forward to seeing him on the projects and around
> > the movement.
> >
> > When Denny informed the Board that he was stepping down, we began to
> > consider how we would move forward. We recognize the importance of
> filling
> > the two vacancies on the Board, and would like to proceed in a way that
> > respects the will of the community and responds to existing Board needs.
> > The Board will be meeting in Berlin during the Wikimedia Conference on
> > April 22nd and 23rd - during this time we will discuss how we should fill
> > the open community-nominated and appointed Trustee seats.
> >
> > I look forward to sharing more information with you in late April.
> >
> >   Patricio
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-10 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hello all,

I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has
proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full
support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer
Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF)) will
step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the C-levels for
their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine for stepping up
during this period of transition.

In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate
priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving
communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we
agree, that Katherine is the right person to lead the organization while it
addresses these and other important issues. Additionally, this will allow
the rest of the executive team to focus on critical organizational
functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising, and
strengthening our human resources function. You can read more about our
process and thinking here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning


Katherine has been with the Foundation as Chief Communications Officer for
about two years now. During that time, she has developed a versatile and
effective team that serves the needs of the organization and movement,
collaborating closely with other departments and the community. She has
thoughtfully introduced new capacities and led her team through
transitions, and played a critical role in shepherding the strategy process
and the annual plan, in collaboration with other C-levels. She is known for
listening to and empowering the people that she works with.

For those who don’t know Katherine, she’s been a longtime advocate for
global open communities, culture, and technology. She previously led
advocacy for the international digital rights organization Access Now,
where she worked on freedom of expression, access to information, and
privacy. She has supported the efforts of citizens and governments around
the world to deepen transparency and participation in her roles at the
World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
UNICEF (where her team built wikis for youth participation in major global
issues). She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology Fund.

With interim leadership in place, our next step as the Board is to move
quickly to plan and implement the search for a permanent Executive
Director. We will be working together over the coming weeks to clarify
roles and responsibilities in this search, and identify the best way for
community and staff to participate.  We want this process to be inclusive
and incorporate many voices. We look forward to sharing an update on our
progress toward the end of next week.

As interim Executive Director, Katherine will report to the Board. Geoff
Brigham will continue serving as Board Secretary, and Jaime Villagomez as
Board Treasurer, reporting to the Board in those capacities. As of March
14, Katherine's reports include the C-team: Geoff Brigham, Jaime
Villagomez, Maggie Dennis, Lisa Gruwell, Joady Lohr, and Wes Moran. The
Communications team will continue to report to Katherine for the time
being, with support from the leadership of Juliet Barbara and Heather
Walls.

Thank you,

 Patricio

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[Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear all,


I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community Trustee
seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
two year term, until Wikimania 2017.


Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a founding
member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations and
Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the role
of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
and improving channels for community participation in Foundation governance
and policymaking.


We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee before
deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
for their considerations. (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015

)


We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to us
that the community perspective is fully represented in these conversations,
without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
selection process, which is coming up soon.


I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings to
the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
with wisdom and grace.


Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her service
to our movement.


Patricio

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[Wikimedia-l] Changes in the Board

2016-01-27 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear All,

Throughout the discussion about the appointment of Arnnon Geshuri to the
Board of Trustees, the Board has carefully listened to you and discussed
internally. Earlier today, Arnnon decided to step down from the Board. To
paraphrase his words, he doesn't want to be a distraction for the important
discussions that the community and the Foundation need to face in the times
to come. We want to thank Arnnon for his ongoing commitment and for helping
us to move forward.

The Board Governance Committee is working to improve and update our
selection processes before we fill the vacancy left by Arnnon’s departure.
We are sorry for the distress and confusion this has caused to some in our
community, and also to Arnnon.

Patricio and Alice



Patricio Lorente
Chair, Board of Trustees

Alice Wiegand
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-05 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear all,

We know that some of you have continued to have questions about the Board’s
recent resolution. We have put together an FAQ addressing some of the most
common or important questions. You can view the FAQ here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/James_Heilman_removal_FAQ

We have also been meeting with the 2015 Election Committee regarding the
next steps for filling the open community-selected seat. We plan to make an
announcement on the roadmap for filling that seat by early next week.

Patricio
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-31 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you to everyone who responded to my email about the Board’s recent
decision. We recognize this is the Board's first removal of a sitting
Trustee, and that has led to questions and perhaps some confusion.

I wanted to provide you with some additional information in response to the
discussions on this thread. As many of you know, we did not intend for the
decision to become public the way it did. We planned to have a discussion
and decision in the meeting, but could not be certain of the outcome ahead
of the final vote. Since the meeting, we have taken our time to work
together to make sure the information we share will be accurate,
respectful, and informative to the greatest extent possible. At the same
time, there is a limit to what the Board can share. We have fiduciary
duties, which include Board confidentiality, and we must respect them in
this decision as we would in others.

I want to be very clear that the Board decision was not about a difference
of opinion on a matter of WMF direction or strategy between James and the
other Trustees. Over the course of the past few months, the Trustees had
multiple conversations around expectations for Trustee conduct,
responsibilities, and confidentiality. Ultimately, the majority of the
Trustees came to the opinion that we were not able to reach a common
understanding with James on fulfilling those expectations. We have a duty
as a Board to ensure we all abide by our roles and responsibilities as an
essential condition for effective governance. I also want to reaffirm that
this decision was made internally, by the Board, without any outside
influence, and according to the process outlined in our Bylaws.

Under the Wikimedia Foundation’s Bylaws, and, in accordance with Florida
law (where, as a 501(c)(3) charity, the Foundation is registered), members
of the Board who are selected through community or affiliate elections are
then appointed to the Board by the existing members. Since all members of
the Board are appointed by the Board itself, the Board retains the ability
to manage its composition as necessary to maintain the working environment
required to be effective.

As someone who was appointed through a community process, I understand how
important it is to have strong voices from the community on our Board. I
want to be absolutely clear that this decision does not change our
commitment to engaging with a diverse, talented, opinionated, and
representative group of leaders to serve on our Board. It also does not
change our commitment to encouraging and hearing different voices on
direction and strategy.

We are working with the 2015 Elections Committee to fill this vacancy with
a member of the Wikimedia community. This is a top priority. More
information will be available once the Board has had a chance to confer
with the 2015 Elections Committee.

From our viewpoint, our actions around the removal are concluded. We
sincerely hope that James will continue to be an active, constructive part
of the Wikimedia movement. I personally look forward to continuing
collaboration with him.

Thank you,

   Patricio
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-28 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear all,

Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees voted to remove one of the
Trustees, Dr. James Heilman, from the Board. His term ended effective
immediately.

This was not a decision the Board took lightly. The Board has a
responsibility to the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation to
ensure that the Board functions with mutual confidence to ensure effective
governance. Following serious consideration, the Board felt this removal
decision was a necessary step at this time. The resolution will be
published shortly.

This decision creates an open seat for a community-selected Trustee. The
Board is committed to filling this open community seat as quickly as
possible. We will reach out to the 2015 election committee
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Committee>
to discuss our options, and will keep you informed as we determine next
steps.

Patricio Lorente

Chair, Board of Trustees

Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiWomen's User Group

2015-07-21 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations, WikiWomen, and welcome!

 Patricio

El mar., 21 de jul. de 2015 a la(s) 3:19 a. m., Nasir Khan 
nasir8...@gmail.com escribió:

 Great news, congrats :D

 Nasir Khan
 Wikimedia Bangladesh


 --
 *Nasir Khan Saikat*
 www.nasirkhn.com


 On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Sydney Poore sydney.po...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Thank you everyone for the warm welcome for this new WikiWomen's User
  Group.
 
  Help us spread the work all around the world to chapters and other
  affiliated organizations that are working on the gender gap already and
  would find this group an useful place to connect with other people with
  similar interests.
 
  Also, any women and allies working on any WMF project who are interested
 in
  the gender gap is welcome to join. All languages welcome. Help us
 translate
  the pages.
 
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomen%27s_User_Group#Interested_in_participating
 
  Sydney
 
  Sydney Poore
  User:FloNight
  Wikipedian in Residence
  at Cochrane Collaboration
 
  On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 6:24 AM, 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!! :-)
  
  
   1:
  
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/WikiWomen's_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_July_2015
   --
   *Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee
 wayuukanairua
   junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya
 junain.
   Carlos M. Colina
   Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
  www.wikimedia.org.ve
   http://wikimedia.org.ve
   Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
   Phone: +972-52-4869915
   Twitter: @maor_x
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Albanian Language as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-07-21 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations and welcome, Albanian friends!

El mar., 21 de jul. de 2015 a la(s) 7:45 p. m., Alex Wang 
aw...@wikimedia.org escribió:

 Congrats and welcome!

 On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org
 wrote:

  On Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:49:27 +0300
  Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve wrote:
 
   Dear all,
  
   On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, it is an honor for me to
   announce the recognition [1] of Wikimedians of Albanian Language as a
   WUG. They are working hard to increase (in quantity and quality) the
   free knowledge available in albanian, as well as collaborating with
   other fellow wikimedians in areas of the Balkans outside of Albania
   where their language is also spoken. Hence their name :-)
  
 
  Congrats and welcome.
 
  -- Shlomi Fish
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community UG Belarus

2015-07-21 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations and welcome, Belarus!

El mar., 21 de jul. de 2015 a la(s) 7:46 p. m., Alex Wang 
aw...@wikimedia.org escribió:

 Congrats and welcome!

 On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 6:40 AM, Raymond Leonard 
 raymond.f.leonard...@gmail.com wrote:

  Welcome to the Wikimedians of Wikimedia Community User Group Belarus!
 
  Yours,
  Peaceray https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Peaceray
  Cascadia Wikimedians User Group http://cascadia.wiki
 
  On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
 
   Congratulations, Belarusian colleagues!
  
  A.
  
   On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Carlos M. Colina 
  ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
   wrote:
  
Dear all,
   
It is an honour and a pleasure to announce on behalf of the
  Affiliations
Committee the recognition [1] of the newest Wikimedia User Group:
   Wikimedia
Community User Group Belarus. Among their objectives are to represent
   both
Belarusian Wikipedias (classical and academic) in international
   relations;
to widen media presence and public awareness about Belarusian
  Wikipedias'
community activities; and to make collaborative projects with other
interest groups, social initiatives, NGOs and local communities in
   Belarus
and abroad.
   
Please join us in welcoming a new member of the family! :-)
   
   
1:
   
  
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Belarus_-_Liaison_approval,_July_2015
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Korea as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-07-21 Thread Patricio Lorente
Ok, then: 축하합니다 xD

Welcome and congratulations!

El mar., 21 de jul. de 2015 a la(s) 9:07 p. m., Hong, Yongmin 
li...@revi.pe.kr escribió:

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 2015. 7. 22. 오전 8:01에 Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org님이 작성:

  Congratulations! (how do I say this in Korean?)
 
  On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 8:50 AM, Carlos M. Colina 
 ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
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   Dear all,
  
   We have another group of wikimedians being recognised [1], the
  Wikimedians
   of Korea User Group. They have been around for some time and among
 their
   main interests is the development of educational content in South Korea
   available for all, along with supporting the development of other
  Wikimedia
   projects.
  
   Welcome!!
  
   1:
  
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedians_of_Korea_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_July_2015
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Board of Trustees Chair and Vice Chair positions

2015-07-16 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you all for your nice words. Just to follow up Jan-Bart's email I'd
like to add that today were officially apointed to the Board the recently
elected Board members: Dariusz Jemielniak, James Heilman and
Denny Vrandečić. Please, join me in congratulating them as well.

And also to thank the work and continuous commitment with the Wikimedia
movement of Maria Sefidari, Phoebe Ayers and Samuel J. Klein, who left
today the Board but we all know that they will continue working along with
our community.

And thank you, Jan-Bart, for leading the Board in these past two years of
changes and transition. You did a great work!


 Patricio

El jue., 16 de jul. de 2015 a la(s) 7:37 p. m., Edward Galvez 
egal...@wikimedia.org escribió:

 Congratulations!

 On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 5:32 PM, Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  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
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 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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  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.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Patricio Lorente
You are part of our living memory, Erik. We will miss you. Good luck and
hope to see you soon!

 Patricio

2015-04-13 19:18 GMT-03:00 Andrew Lih andrew@gmail.com:

 To the first Wikimedian to get a tattoo of your item number ... I salute
 you.

 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM, Cristian Consonni 
 kikkocrist...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  2015-04-13 21:27 GMT+02:00 Pavel Richter m...@pavelrichter.de:
   Thank you, Q577729!
 
  [...]
 
   Q15903779
 
  (ROFL, you are the cool kids in town ;-) )
 
  Goodbye Erik, best of luck for your future endeavors.
 
  C
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
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[Wikimedia-l] Agenda Board Meeting November 21, 2014

2014-11-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi Wikimedians!

The Wikimedia Board of Trustees will have a board meeting on November 21 at
the Wikimedia Foundation office. This meeting has the following agenda:

== November 21, 2014 ==
* Welcome and Introduction
* Updates from Board Committees
* Update on the Board Candidate Search
* Housekeeping: Review of Updates to the Board Handbook
* Operational Updates from Staff
* Executive Update from Fundraising
* Legal Presentation

If you have additional comments or questions please feel free to leave a
message on the Board noticeboard:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Algeria Wikimedians User Group

2014-11-04 Thread Patricio Lorente
Bienvenidos!!

Enviado desde mi teléfono celular
Disculpe la brevedad.
El 04/11/2014 06:56, Pierre-Selim pierre-se...@huard.info escribió:

 Félicitations \o/
 Congrats

 2014-11-04 10:26 GMT+01:00 Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com:

  Congratulazioni! Benvenuti!
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Alessio Guidetti, Cotton

2014-10-18 Thread Patricio Lorente
Really sad news, I can't even believe it. My heart is with you, guys, and
with Alessio.

  Patricio

2014-10-18 10:24 GMT-03:00 Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com:

 It is with great sorrow that Wikimedia Italia announces the death of
 Alessio Guidetti, better known on the projects as Cotton. He has been
 treasurer of the organization for about five years, from 2009 until last
 April.

 Alessio started to contribute to Wikipedia at the end of 2006: after a few
 months he became already a sysop. He was a tireless translator of English
 articles in the most diverse fields, and also part of the small group of
 the patrollers -and, indeed, he continued his precious work until the last,
 even if invisible for most of the editors.

 From the moment he joined Wikimedia Italia, Alessio was very keen to
 contribute effectively, guided by his well-known pragmatism. He run for the
 Board: as soon as he was elected, he took the role of treasurer, a
 difficult task and a fundamental one for us but little recognized. It was
 Alessio who took care of the most delicate and complicated tasks, and he
 did so in the years during which Wikimedia Italia was starting to grow big,
 the years of our quantum leap.

 This spring he decided to not run again for the Board, but he kept
 collaborating with his successor for an effective -and not only formal-
 handover. He took care of the accounting, donations and employees'
 paychecks till his very last days. He has been an incredible help:
 trustworthy, precious, always ready for a joke.

 Alessio has been a pillar of Wikimedia Italia: his pragmatism, his
 hardworking disposition, his sense of humor were, and are, a part of our
 organization. A part of how it was born and how it is growing. A part of
 what we are.

 Wikimedia Italia is close to the family and the friends of Alessio in this
 grievous moment.

 We will terribly miss him.





 Many of you have know Alessio in Wikimanias and conferences.

 If you wish, you can leave a last goodbye here on his userpage:
 https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussioni_utente:Cotton#Ciao.





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia User Group China

2014-07-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congrats to our friends in China! Well done!

 Patricio


2014-07-30 15:04 GMT-03:00 Enock Seth Nyamador kwadzo...@gmail.com:

 Congrats China.

 Best,
 - Enock
 On Jul 30, 2014 5:38 PM, Ted Chien hsiangtai.ch...@gmail.com wrote:

  Congratulations to user group in China! You have my best wishes!! ;)
 
  Regards,
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  2014/7/31 上午12:18 於 Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve 寫道:
 
   Dear all,
  
   It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has resolved
   [1] recognizing the Wikimedia User Group China as a Wikimedia User
 Group;
   their main focus areas are getting more chinese people know and use
   Wikipedia, encouraging people to become contributors to the different
   Wikimedia projects, and maintain the community healthy and growing.
   Let's
   welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates -and the fourth
  from
   the Sinosphere!
  
  
   Regards,
   Carlos
  
   1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Egypt Wikimedians User Group

2014-07-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congrats Wikimedians from Egypt!

Patricio


2014-07-30 9:48 GMT-03:00 Subhashish Panigrahi subhash...@cis-india.org:

 Congratulations everyone!

 Best!
 Subha

  On 30-Jul-2014, at 1:58 pm, Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com wrote:
 
  Congratulation  welcome.
 
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  On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Srikanth Ramakrishnan srik.r...@wikimedia.in
 
  wrote:
 
  Congrats all.
  Welcome Egypt.
  :)
  On Jul 29, 2014 9:59 PM, Ivan Martínez gala...@gmail.com
 javascript:;
  wrote:
 
  Welcome Egypt!
 
 
  2014-07-29 11:21 GMT-05:00 Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com
  javascript:;:
 
  Congratulations to all members of the new user group!
 
  Best regards!
 
  Rodrigo Padula
  Brazil
 
 
  2014-07-28 16:25 GMT-03:00 Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  javascript:;:
 
  Dear all,
 
  It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
  resolved
  [1] recognizing the Egypt Wikimedians User Group as a Wikimedia User
  Group;
  their main focus areas are supporting the Wikimedia projects in Egypt
  as
  well as their fellow Egyptian Wikimedians, and becoming eventually
  the
  recognized chapter in the land of the Pharaohs and the Nile.  Let's
  welcome
  the newest member of the family of affiliates -and the second one
  from
  the
  Arab World!
 
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
  1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
  Resolutions/Egypt_Wikimedians_User_Group_-_July_2014
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[Wikimedia-l] Board decision on FDC member appointments

2014-07-11 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends:

We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC. It wasn't easy;
as is evident from the nominations, the caliber of the candidates was very
high. The resolution is now published in
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Funds_Dissemination_Committee_Membership_2014

We have selected four appointees as follows:

1)Anne Clin (Risker)

2)Matanya Moses (matanya)

3)Dumisani Ndubane (Thuvack)

4)Osmar Valdebenito (B1mbo)

On behalf of the Board, we want to thank Anders, Arjuna, Mike and Yuri for
their service to the inaugural FDC. We deeply appreciate the two years they
have served the committee and all the work they have done during four
rounds of FDC recommendations. They have helped to shape the FDC itself,
made critical decisions about how to strategically direct movement funds,
and helped to shape the future of the movement. We hope they will continue
to remain engaged in the FDC process and the movement in different ways in
the years ahead.

We also want to thank all the candidates, and encourage them to consider
re-applying for the committee next year, when five new members will be
elected to serve on the committee.

Best,

Bishakha and Patricio

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[Wikimedia-l] Board approval of the FDC's 2013-2014 Round 2 recommendations

2014-06-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends in the Wikimedia community,


After meeting face-to-face in May to deliberate on the four proposals
they received for the 2013-2014 Round 2 annual plan grants, the Funds
Dissemination Committee (FDC) posted their funding recommendations to
the WMF Board of Trustees. [1]

Four proposals were submitted in this round, and one of them (the
Wikimedia Foundation) did not receive a dollar allocation. Funding
requests from the three other organizations (Centre for Internet and
Society, Wikimédia France and Wikimedia Norge) this round totaled
US$1,555,953.

The funds available for movement entities through the FDC process in
2013–2014 was US$6,000,000. Of this, $4,432,000 was allocated in Round
1, leaving $1,568,000 for Round 2. In this round, the FDC has
recommended funding allocations totaling approximately $1,235,062. The
remaining approximately $332,938 will be returned to the Wikimedia
Foundation's reserves. The recommended allocation for the WMF is
excluded from this, as it includes the next year's budget for the
Wikimedia movement as a whole.

I am pleased to share with you the news that the Board of Trustees has
made the decision to approve the FDC's 2013-2014 Round 2 funding
recommendations in full. [2] These funding recommendations will now be
implemented by the Foundation.

Many people have put in significant work to make this process a
success. As the Board Representatives to the FDC, we would like to
thank the Round 2 applicants themselves, the Funds Dissemination
Committee members and staff, and the members of the community who
participated in the community review period. We congratulate the
applicants and look forward to learning more about how their annual
plans progress.

Best,

Patricio Lorente and Bishakha Datta, Board Representatives to the FDC

[1] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2013-2014_round2

[2] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Board_decisions/2013-2014_round2

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board approval of the FDC's 2013-2014 Round 2 recommendations

2014-06-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi, Nathan!

2014-06-30 16:46 GMT-03:00 Nathan nawr...@gmail.com:
 Has the board considered and or replied to the other recommendations of the
 FDC, in particular the process recommendations around the submission of the
 WMF proposal and the criticism offered by the FDC of the proposal submitted
 in this round?

Yes, we considered the FDC assessment on the WMF proposal, and we are
still discussing the implications. Anyway, we had a strict deadline to
approve the funding allocation and thus we decided to separate those
discussions.

   Patricio

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board approval of the FDC's 2013-2014 Round 2 recommendations

2014-06-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi Steven!

2014-06-30 19:33 GMT-03:00 Steven Walling steven.wall...@gmail.com:
 On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM, Steven Walling steven.wall...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 Hi Patricio,

 I have a question about something in the software development portion of
 the FDC recommendations regarding the Wikimedia Foundation proposal.

[...]


 Phoebe reminded me off list (thanks!) that the FDC recommendation link has
 actually been posted before, and as the Board liason Patricio can't
 necessarily answer this question. I'll just post this on the Talk page.
 Sorry for any confusion. :)

Phoebe is right: for questions regarding the FDC recommendation you
should ask the FDC members, and the Talk page of the recommendation
seems a good place to have that conversation. Thanks,

  Patricio



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

2014-06-10 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations, Tonmoy!

2014-06-10 14:46 GMT-03:00 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org:
 Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.

 Looking forward to continued collaboration!

 A.
 On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com wrote:

 Great news!!

 Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!

 Rodrigo Padula


 2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:

  Dear All,
 
 
  It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD)
 has
  successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
  application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
  Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
  certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
 
 
 
  Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
  Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.
 
  The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
  perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
  difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as
 the
  incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
  Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
  impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
 WMBD,
  I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
  approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and
 it
  took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
  complete all the bureaucratic process!
 
 
  It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
 Wikimedia
  movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
  despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
  could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
  greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
 workshops
   meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
 effort
  successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
  Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
  are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement
 by
  taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
 different
  Wikimedia committees.
 
 
 
  We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
  progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
  make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
  region.
 
 
  Cheers
 
 
  Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
  Treasurer
  Wikimedia Bangladesh
 
  ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ASBS results

2014-06-03 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you, chapters and thorgs! I take your decision as a vote of
confidence that encourages me to work harder and better.

Congratulations, Frieda! I'm really happy to share with you this
responsability and I'm looking forward to work with you in the Board.

I also need to thank Alice for her work and commitment. I have the
privilege to be her friend and I've learnt a lot from her in these two
years. I will miss you in the Board.

Last, but not least, thanks to Anders for having the courage to nominate
himself and bringing his views and his opinion to this process.

 Patricio

PS: Thanks to Chris, Lorenzo and James for your work in the selection
process.


2014-06-03 4:50 GMT-03:00 Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk:

 Yes well done, and thanks to all who stood making this a really difficult
 choice for us all!


 On 3 June 2014 08:42, Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es
 wrote:

  Felicidades Patricio / Auguri Frieda
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement regarding Host for Wikimania 2015

2014-04-21 Thread Patricio Lorente
¡Felicitaciones Wikimedia México! Great news!

Enviado desde mi teléfono celular
Disculpe la brevedad.
El 21/04/2014 14:28, Ellie Young eyo...@wikimedia.org escribió:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 On the recommendation of the Wikimania 2015 selection Jury Committee, we
 have accepted the proposal from Mexico DF to host. The proposal will be
 further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming month, after which time we
 hope to confirm the award. Please join us in congratulating Wikimedia
 Mexico!

 We would also like to thank the teams from Cape Town and Monastir as well
 for all their effort in putting together excellent proposals for our
 consideration. As a volunteer-led movement, it is hugely encouraging to
 have so many who want to support Wikimania. The bidding process requires a
 substantial time investment, and we are most grateful for every team’s hard
 work.

 For those of you who are considering hosting in future years, we expect to
 issue the Request for Proposals  for 2016 by September this year.

 Sincerely,

 Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee leadership

2014-04-10 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thanks, Bence, for your work! And congrats Carlos and Cinthia! Looking
forward to work with you.

 Patricio


2014-04-10 21:08 GMT-03:00 Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com:

 I have been incredibly impressed with Bence's leadership of AffCom (and I
 don't offer that praise lightly). It was not an easy year to be chair, and
 he handled it with a level of grace and wisdom which I envy. I appreciate
 everything you continue to do for our movement.

 Carlos and Cynthia have the complete support of AffCom - I am very
 confident they will not disappoint us. I look forward to helping execute
 AffCom's plans for this year and excited to see our new officers in action.
 :)

 -Greg aka varnent
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  On Apr 10, 2014, at 11:20 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Hi all,
 
  It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that the Affiliations
  Committee has appointed Carlos Colina as the chair (who previously served
  as the vice-chair), and Cynthia Ashley-Nelson as the vice-chair of the
  committee for a one year term ending in April 2015.
 
  I am happy to leave the committee in the very capable hands of Carlos and
  Cynthia, and will remain an ordinary member of AffCom going forward.
 
  Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Announce] WMMX's assembly and new Board

2014-04-08 Thread Patricio Lorente
¡Felicitaciones, Wikimedia México!


2014-03-26 5:39 GMT-03:00 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com:

 El martes, 25 de marzo de 2014, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com
 
 escribió:

  2014-03-24 8:33 GMT+01:00 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com
 javascript:;
  :
   As results of that assembly we have a new board which is definitive and
   will serve two years, that is, till March 2016.
 
  [...]
 
  Hahaha. Have you heard the expression stay with me, I want to be alone?
 This is related.

 Seriously, what I mean is that our Board is not pro tempore anymore.

  Wish us good luck in this new stage as chapter as we hope you have the
  same
   in your projects.
 
  Complimenti e buona fortuna :)


 Thank you! :)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Position of Wikimedia Spain about URAA

2014-02-20 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends:

There's a response from the Board of Trustees in
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Israel/Letter_to_the_BoT_regarding_URAA#Response_from_Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees

Regards,

   Patricio

2014-02-20 2:15 GMT-03:00 Yael Meron yaelme...@gmail.com:
 Hi Santiago,

 Thank you for your support.
 We hope this would bring stronger advocacy actions by the WMF as well as
 practical solutions for the Wikimedia projects.

 Regards,

 Yael Meron
 Wikimedia Israel



 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 1:49 AM, Santi Navarro 
 santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es wrote:

 Hello. Wikimedia Spain members wrote an open letter to BoT where we show
 our position about the URAA and we support Wikimedia Israel. The letter
 says:

 ==

 We, the members of Wikimedia España, the chapter of the Wikimedia movement
 in Spain, support the concerns expressed by our fellow Wikimedia Israel
 and other places around the World about the legal norm known as URAA. That
 norm, based on the legal status quo, has the effect of extending the
 copyright of cultural works for periods even longer than those already in
 force.

 We do not object in any way to the right of people to live out of the
 results of their work, be it in manufacturing, service industries,
 agriculture or any other human activity, but those works form the core of
 culture as the sum of human knowledge, and their use by all Mankind has to
 be protected too. While it is entirely understandable that painters,
 writers or photographers have the right to sustain themselves with their
 works, it is not reasonable that people who did not author anything should
 be allowed to make money out of the works of people who died fifty,
 seventy-five or even hundred years before.

 Furthermore it has to be taken into account that under the excuse of
 protecting the authors' rights, an unduly burden has been charged on the
 users of works of unknown authors, anonymous works or the ones of people
 who simply did not intend to claim any right at any time at all. The
 Uruguay Round Agreements were negotiated by 123 countries. Somebody who
 came across some anonymous work that could be dated at anytime in the last
 century, could be required to find a negotiator among the more than seven
 billion people on Earth, since, otherwise, he/she could be violating some
 state copyright law.

 Another aspect that URAA does not pay attention to is the fact that many
 works remain unattended. When talking about books, it means that they are
 not reprinted and are not available anymore. But it does not mean that
 somebody could just reprint them in order to make them known to the
 public. In that way people can neither buy copies of works nor make them
 themselves. Who is profiting by that? In other cases, photographs,
 pictures, rolls of film, etc., just sit rotting -literally in some cases-
 in storerooms, not only forgotten, also forbidden. Is there any benefit
 from it?

 So, in spite of all legal terms, we, the Wikimedians from Spain, support
 not just our Israeli companions, but the right of all the Human Race to
 have a chance to enjoy what has been done by authors. And so we expect the
 Wikimedia Foundation, as a provider of free knowledge sources, will do
 their best and fight for the shortest copyright terms possible, restricted
 as closely as possible to the author's lifetime.

 Yours sincerely,

 Wikimedia Spain

 

 *Wikimedia España Blog

 http://blog.wikimedia.es/2014/02/postura-de-wikimedia-espana-sobre-la.html

 *On Meta in different languages:


 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Espa%C3%B1a/Letter_to_the_BoT_regarding_URAA

 We encourage you to create a debate about it and work for free knowledge.

 Thank you and regards

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource Community User Group recognized

2013-11-25 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congrats to Andrea and all the Wikisourcerers!

2013/11/25 Vishnu T visdav...@gmail.com:
 Congratulations! Look forward to seeing this WSCUG grow and thrive!!

 Vishnu


 On 24 November 2013 17:24, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi,

 It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Wikisource Community
 User Group has been recognized as the 7th user group of our movement.

 The group aims *to support the Wikisource community in international
 communication tasks, outreach to external groups, coordination of software
 tools development, and facilitate fundraising according to its member
 needs.*

 You can learn more about the group and how to join at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikisource_User_Group

 The Affiliations Committee resolution is at

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikisource_Community_User_Group_%E2%80%93_November_2013
 .
 The group has already signed the user group agreement, their first round of
 recognition runs until 31 November 2014.

 Please join me in welcoming them and wishing them luck.

 Best regards,
 Bence Damokos
 Chair, Affiliations Committee

 P.S. The Affiliations Committee is still accepting membership applications
 at

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal - Training for Wikimedia movement boards

2013-08-13 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thanks Chris (and Markus, Michał and Claudia) for this great initiative. It
is needed and I'm sure it will be really appreciated from most Chapters,
especially from those who are moving from executive boards to governance
oriented boards.

   Patricio


2013/8/13 Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com

 Thanks for all the enthusiasm!


  Since you said it will be organised in the early 2014, does it mean that
  the workshop will happen in Chapter Conference 2014?


 Hi Ted,

 It could happen as a pre-meeting to the Wikimedia Conference, or it could
 be a stand-alone workshop earlier in the year. This is to be decided.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in jail!

2013-06-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
Charles, this is an amazing initiative. Thanks for sharing, I think we
could probably try to do something similar in Argentina.

 Patricio

2013/6/19 Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.com:
 Hello and thanks Bishaka,

 We planned two type of post about this story, today or tomorrow we should 
 publish a short one about the genesis of the project and the relation 
 volunteer/staff.

 As president of Wikimedia CH I'm very proud of the work accomplish by 
 Emmanuel and Chantal, and we would like to share more about this aspect of 
 the project.

 The second post will arrive later this year with more information about the 
 project itself and its usage.


 Thanks too, SJ,

 unexpected refers more to there eager of the newspaper.

 It's really rare, if not totally absent, to read positive things about 
 prisons. In this way, the public expect bad news when talking about prison, 
 and when a nice story about prison arise, it's unexpected. :-)

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 Le 18 juin 2013 à 10:52, Bishakha Datta bishakhada...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Fantastic - and fascinating.

 Would love to see a blog post by someone from the chapter or by one of
 them.

 Bravo for reaching out to forgotten people.

 Bishakha


 On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

 Charles - How beautiful.   Thank you for doing and sharing this.
 In what way was the partnership unexpected?  Did the Bellevue prison
 approach Wikipedians?

 Here is the announcement page w/PDF from the WM-CH site:
 https://www.wikimedia.ch/%5Bi18n-termpath-raw%5D/wikipedia-jail

 SJ

 SJ


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 Now THIS is seriously clever!
 Well done WMCH - that is a truly innovative way to provide access to
 knowledge to a community who is often forgotten.
 Can you link to the press release here, please?

 -Liam / Wittylama

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 Wikipedia for prisoners – an unexpected partnership between a swiss
 prison
 and Wikimedia CH

 Following an initiative from Emmanuel Engelhart, with the support of
 Wikimedia CH CAO, Chantal Ebongué, since March 2013, prisoners who
 request
 can have an access to Wikipedia offline (Kiwix project). The idea is to
 stimulate or to support the interest for education of prisoners who
 were,
 for a large majority, condemned to long-time sentences.

 After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful : Among
 the
 36 prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a
 computer. All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their
 PC. For security reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access
 to
 internet.

 More informations in the press releases (ENG, DE, FR, IT) that was sent
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Swedish Wikipedia reach 1 million (with support of bots)

2013-06-16 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations to the swedish wikipedians!

2013/6/16 Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se:
 Yesterday sv:wp reached 1 M articles. The one who did the passing was a bot
 generated article of a butterfly
 http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erysichton_elaborata.

 The bot behind this article is Lsjbot who creates articles from the database
 Catalogue of Life
 http://www.catalogueoflife.org/services/res/2011AC_26July.zip which
 (complemented by other databases) which holds data of around 1.5 million
 species. The bot genrates about 5000 new articles per day and has generated
 just under 400 000 of the sv:wps million and continues...

 The guy who runs he bot is a member of the Swedish chapters board
 http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kandidater_2013/Sverker_Johansson and is in his
 civil life a University teacher. In this capacity he is also a guest
 lecturer at the university of the Phillipines where he stayed the last
 couple of months (and the bot was on hold). He is there active in
 Cebuano-Wikipedia http://ceb.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unang_Panid and supporting
 their local community, and he is now running his bot on their wikipedia as
 well as on the Warai-Warai Wikipedia
 http://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syahan_nga_Pakli. So perhaps at the end of the
 year these two language versions will also pass the 1 million mark!

 Anders
 PS out other major botgenerating effort of all lakes in Sweden is also
 making very nice progress, done 25% of all DS

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you, Milos, for your dedication and commitment for all these
years. I'm sure we will meet somewhere in the near future; maybe you
are leaving the Wikimedia movement but our concerns and wishes will
continue being the same.

I wish you the best, see you around,

   Patricio

2013/6/7 Yuri Astrakhan yastrak...@wikimedia.org:
 Milos, lets call it an extended sabbatical instead! You never know when you
 might come back, and you are always welcome :)


 On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org wrote:

 On 06/07/2013 12:32 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
  I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
  bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
  the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
  many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
  years.

 « Il est impossible d’aimer une seconde fois ce qu’on a véritablement
 cessé d’aimer. »
 — François de La Rochefoucauld

 Thank you, Milos, for ten years of dedication.  Like all others who
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board approves FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding recommendations

2013-06-01 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi, Lodewijc!

2013/6/1 Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org:
[...]

 Basically my questions are:
 * Did the board formally consider the complaints filed through this process
 or does that process stop at the ombudsperson?
Yes, in fact the Board representatives at the FDC posted a formal
answer after receiving the ombudsperson report [1].

 * If yes, what was the decision on that and why was it not communicated in
 the resolution?
As you can find in our answer, we decided to support the FDC
recommendation. There's a full explanation there about why we decided
that way.

 * Are links to the complaints intentionally made scarce on meta or is this
 an oversight for example because this is the first time such complaints
 have been filed?
As with the previous question, I think you are making this one because
you missed our formal answer to the complaint, which, by the way, was
inmediately communicated to the Chapter's representatives. But anyway,
if you have any idea that could improve the whole process, we will be
happy to consider it.

Thank you,

   Patricio

[1] 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board approves FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding recommendations

2013-06-01 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi, Lodewijk!

2013/6/1 Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org:
 Hi Patricio,

 thank you for your quick reply.

 I checked the link you provided, and I understood that to be a message on
 behalf of the two board observers, not so much the outcome of a discussion
 of the full board. But maybe that is my mistake, and this message was
 indeed after discussion of the full board, made on behalf of the full
 board. Basically, I'm trying to understand a little better who's we in
 the various occasions.

 This confuses me because I understand from the descriptions on meta [1]
 that the report of the ombudsperson is supposed to be presented to the
 (full) board together with the FDC recommendation, which suggests to me
 that it would be considered at the same time as well, rather than by the
 board observers/representatives themselves. From your answer to the first
 question this isn't entirely clear - I hope you can clarify.

 I hope you will understand that this is not so much to frustrate the
 process or change the outcome (I doubt it would have an impact), but to
 clarify the process for the future, and clarify who exactly makes what
 decision and based on what. In my understanding it would be the full board
 (through its 31 May resolution) to decide on the way the appeal is
 responded to formally, and not the two board representatives.

The answer comes from the Board representatives at the FDC but
obviously it reflects an ongoing discussion of the full Board. I agree
with you that the framework should be clearer at this point, and we
(in this case we means Board and staff) will work to make it more
accurate.

 If the appeal report was part of the considerations of the board, it would
 have made sense to me to refer to it in the resolution. Also it would make
 sense to me if there was a link tot he appeal and the report following that
 appeal on [2], but that is mostly a matter of convenience and having the
 information together of course.

Yes, you are right, and perhaps that is my fault. I thought that
anyone who was following this issue would know that report in advance.
Thanks for pointing that out.

  Patricio

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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Board approves FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding recommendations

2013-05-31 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

As you know, on April 28, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) made
its Round 2 funding recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees. [1]
From the four proposals that were submitted in this round, the FDC
recommended that two of these movement entities receive a total of
$665,000 USD: they recommended $140,000 USD to Wikimedia Norge and
$525,000 USD to Wikimédia France.

I am pleased to share with you the news that the Board of Trustees has
made the decision to approve the FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding
recommendations. [2] These funding recommendations will now be
implemented by the Foundation.

Many members of our community provided significant and thoughtful
input during Round 2. We would like to thank the Round 2 applicants,
the Funds Dissemination Committee members and staff, the ombudsperson,
and the members of the community who participated in the review
period.

We have learned much from this inaugural year of the FDC process, and
we look forward to hearing from you about your experience. The WMF
learning and evaluation team will be reaching out to those that
participated in the process to collect feedback through surveys, and
the ombudsperson will be collecting feedback as well. Learning
collected through these processes will be shared in a report.

Again, we thank you all for your dedication and commitment to this
funding process.

Best,

Patricio Lorente, Board Representative to the FDC

[1] 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round2
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Board_decisions/2012-2013_round2

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Selection of winning bid for Wikimania 2014: London

2013-05-01 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations, London! See you there!

   Patricio

2013/5/1 Dhaval S. Vyas dsv...@gmail.com:
 Congratulations UK! So happy with the news, after all wikimania is coming at
 our doorstep...


 On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM, Katie Chan katie.c...@wikimedia.org.uk
 wrote:

 Congratulations to everyone who's been involved with the London bid.

 Looking forward to seeing many of you in London next year!


 On 1 May 2013 18:10, James Forrester jdforres...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 On behalf of the Wikimania 2014 selection Jury, after review and
 evaluation of the two final bids, we have awarded the conference to
 London. Congratulations to the London team, and to the Arusha team who
 also put forward a solid effort.

 We were concerned this year to see that both bidding teams put forward
 proposals which were costly and complicated, in contrast to the
 Wikimania tradition. The Jury briefly considered re-opening the bid
 for other teams, and asked both bids to present a simpler core budget
 and lower-cost options for attendees.

 The London team took our comments to heart and decreased their core
 budget to 20% of their initial proposal, and have committed to finding
 ways to reduce the cost for community attendees.

 We encourage future bidding teams to not give up their dreams, to keep
 aiming for the stars, but at the same time, to not forget the spirit
 of Wikimedia: a volunteer movement that makes creative use of limited
 resources. We look forward to the proposed Wikimania Committee setting
 out clearer guidelines on these principles.

 The process to bid for hosting Wikimania requires a substantial time
 investment, and we thank both candidate teams for their submissions
 and hard work.

 Yours,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resignation announcement, and a parting remark to everyone

2013-04-30 Thread Patricio Lorente
2013/4/30 Charles Andres charles.andres.w...@gmail.com:
 In Milan we discuss about Chapters peer review as a tools that the WMF could 
 use in parallel if FDC assessment.

 But in light of the discussion about who should or not apply to the FDC, it 
 seems that chapters peer review should be consider by chapter willing to 
 apply to the FDC as a preliminary step.

 I think that a friendly discussion between peers about the reasons to apply 
 to the FDC would help everybody to save time and facilitate the choice of the 
 appropriate grant process  :-)

Hi Charles! That would be really helpful.

I'd also like to remind that the process for next year's proposals
includes a Letter of Intent as first step, which will allow the both
the FDC and the applicants to work on the proposals four months in
advance to the presentation deadline and hopefully helping to improve
the applications and/or help to decide which should be the choice of
grant process. I hope some concerns expressed in this thread will be
addressed with this change in the process. See
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-April/125199.html
for more details.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: Jan Eissfeldt joins Wikimedia Foundation as Community Advocate

2013-04-25 Thread Patricio Lorente
Great news! Congratulations and welcome, Jan!

Patricio

2013/4/25 Risker risker...@gmail.com:
 Congratulations to both Jan and the Community Advocacy team. :-)

 Risker


 On 25 April 2013 16:40, Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.eswrote:

 Welcome Jan!

  Dear all,
 
  I am delighted to announce the expansion of the Wikimedia Foundation's
  Community Advocacy team to include our newest hire, Jan Eissfeldt, whose
  work will be focused on the German and Spanish language sites.  Jan, who
  made his first contributions to the German language Wikipedia in early
  2004
  and works on modern philosophers on the Spanish language project, will
  help
  us with his specialized academic background. Jan holds a German BA in
  social science and philosophy with an intercultural profile.  His main
  theme - carried over into MA studies - is argumentation theory. This
  combination of being rooted in the editing community and providing
  analytical skills will help us to better understand the German and
 Spanish
  projects, and to serve our non-English language communities in general.
  English language folks might have come across his name during 2012 as he
  edited the Signpost's feature News  Notes.
 
  The community advocacy team, you may recall, is an attempt to shore up
 the
  Foundation's knowledge of non-English speaking projects, and facilitates
  strategic change by providing knowledge and skills about communities that
  the Foundation increasingly interacts with through the Engineering team's
  frequent technical improvements, through grant-making, our legal work,
 and
  the other activities of the Foundation.  In our attempts to learn more
  about these communities, get their input during the formation of
  initiatives, and figure out how best to deliver initiatives to them, Jan
  will be joined by one more hire (soon to be announced, I hope).
 
  Jan will work from his home in Germany, will report to me, and will also
  work closely with Maggie, who will serve as his mentor and will help to
  organize and lead our community advocates as they are hired.
 
  Please welcome Jan to the Foundation, though he's been a part of the
  movement for years!
 
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[Wikimedia-l] FDC Letter of Intent process and schedule for 2013-14

2013-04-18 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends and colleagues,

We want to share with you information about the Letter of Intent process
and the FDC schedule for next year (July 2013 - June 2014). As you may
remember, the *Letter of Intent (LoI)* is the first step towards applying
for funds from the FDC, as discussed in the FDC framework [1]. This was not
part of the first year's process, but is meant to be an integral part of
the FDC calendar from this next round (Round 1, 2013-14) onwards. *The
Letter of Intent asks all entities who intend to apply for Round 1 (or
Round 2) to formally state their intention to do so.* In addition, the LoI
now asks applying entities to include a notional dollar figure (or local
currency figure) in the Letter of Intent. Applying entities will be able to
update this amount in their final FDC proposals. The updated Letter of
Intent template will be available on the FDC portal [2] by May 1, but the
sample is here for reference [3].

With the Letter of Intent, the FDC staff can support applying entities in
their proposal process well before the deadline for proposals. We hope this
will remove some of the challenges faced by applicants in the first year of
the FDC process. The FDC can also plan better with a clear understanding of
who intends to apply, and an estimation of the funds requested.

The FDC framework originally stated that the deadlines for the LoI were
June 1 for Round 1 and November 1 for Round 2. However, we are pushing back
the deadline *by one week*, since the community review period was also
extended by two weeks. *The LOI deadline will now be June 8 for Round 1,
and November 8 for Round 2. *

For your reference, here is the updated 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal process
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


The schedule for the 2013-14 Round 2 proposal process:

   - *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 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 - 31 March 2014
   - Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
   - FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
   - Board decision due: 1 June 2014


It is our hope that the Letter of Intent process will help in planning for
both the entities and the FDC, and ensure that the FDC and FDC staff are
supporting the applying entities significantly ahead of the proposal
deadlines.

As always, do not hesitate to let us or the FDC support staff (
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org) know if you have any questions or concerns about
this important process.

Warm regards,
Patricio and Jan-Bart
(Board representatives to the FDC)

[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


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Letter of Intent process and schedule for 2013-14

2013-04-18 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hi Milos!

I think you should read again the original email. The word proposed is
never used there. The fourth paragraph says:

For your reference, here is the updated 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal process
schedule:, refering to the process schedule for actual proposals.

Perhaps you understood:

For your reference, here is the updated 2013-2014 Round 1 proposed process
schedule:, which means a completely different thing. The email was not
intended to send a proposal, but an already fixed calendar, which, by the
way, should not create panic on anyone because the deadlines are in fact
being extended.

I hope is clearer now.

Patricio


2013/4/18 Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com

 On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede
 jdevre...@wikimedia.org wrote:
  I am sorry I don't understand the remarks completely… can you tell me a
 little bit more about what you are referring to?

 As not particularly interested in the topic, I read the first
 paragraph or two of the emails related to FDC, hoping that it's enough
 to be generally informed. This time I read the whole email.

 The first paragraph uses present tense, which means that things are
 definitely defined.

 Just fourth paragraph says that it's about *proposed* process schedule
 (which could be changed if there are [really] good reasons).

 So, if it's about something which has been proposed, which is not in
 power already, notice at the top of the email like *** The
 information inside of this email is proposal. Conclusion of the
 process is schedule for date. ***, as well as noting that inside of
 the subject could be very useful for those (including myself) who are
 not particularly interested in the matter.

 In other words, if I am an active member of an affiliate organization
 and see this email before the first coffee, I'd alert my colleagues
 and likely cause a small level of panic. Note that the first date of
 the schedule has been put in less than two months, which is quite
 tight for some chapters (those which operate in large area and require
 board members to gather in person).

 So, while not a big deal per se, not marking such emails properly
 could cause unnecessary tension.

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC Letter of Intent process and schedule for 2013-14

2013-04-18 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends and colleagues,

We want to share with you information about the Letter of Intent process
and the FDC schedule for next year (July 2013 - June 2014). As you may
remember, the *Letter of Intent (LoI)* is the first step towards applying
for funds from the FDC, as discussed in the FDC framework [1]. This was not
part of the first year's process, but is meant to be an integral part of
the FDC calendar from this next round (Round 1, 2013-14) onwards. *The
Letter of Intent asks all entities who intend to apply for Round 1 (or
Round 2) to formally state their intention to do so.* In addition, the LoI
now asks applying entities to include a notional dollar figure (or local
currency figure) in the Letter of Intent. Applying entities will be able to
update this amount in their final FDC proposals. The updated Letter of
Intent template will be available on the FDC portal [2] by May 1, but the
sample is here for reference [3].

With the Letter of Intent, the FDC staff can support applying entities in
their proposal process well before the deadline for proposals. We hope this
will remove some of the challenges faced by applicants in the first year of
the FDC process. The FDC can also plan better with a clear understanding of
who intends to apply, and an estimation of the funds requested.

The FDC framework originally stated that the deadlines for the LoI were
June 1 for Round 1 and November 1 for Round 2. However, we are pushing back
the deadline *by one week*, since the community review period was also
extended by two weeks. *The LOI deadline will now be June 8 for Round 1,
and November 8 for Round 2. *

For your reference, here is the updated 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal process
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


The schedule for the 2013-14 Round 2 proposal process:

   - *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 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 - 31 March 2014
   - Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
   - FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
   - Board decision due: 1 June 2014


It is our hope that the Letter of Intent process will help in planning for
both the entities and the FDC, and ensure that the FDC and FDC staff are
supporting the applying entities significantly ahead of the proposal
deadlines.

As always, do not hesitate to let us or the FDC support staff (
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org) know if you have any questions or concerns about
this important process.

Warm regards,
Patricio and Jan-Bart
(Board representatives to the FDC)

[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


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Markus Glaser is elected Chair of the Wikimedia Chapters Association Council

2013-03-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations and thanks for your commitment with the movement,
Markus and Fae! I don't want to repeat what has been said, hope to see
you in Milan next month.

  Patricio

2013/3/19 Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com:
 Hi Fae,

 Wikimedia Deutschland is thankful for Markus' election, and we will
 support him as best as we can in his future endeavours.

 But this email is more to you Fae. I wanted to thank you for the work
 done on the WCA so far. I know it hasn't been easy on you.
 Nevertheless you kept going forward, pushing and prodding and making
 sure things would happen, with sometimes great critic, other times
 hopefully great support. For this I am thankful. Sometimes politics is
 ungrateful to the hard working, and I am sorry it came to this, but I
 applaud how you managed all possible situations, and especially how
 you made sure that the WCA and the spirit of chapters working together
 live on. I strongly believe that Wikimedia's diversity is one of its
 biggest strengths, and I am convinced that working towards
 sustainability of chapters definitely is one way to make sure this
 diversity lives on.

 I look forward to working with you on all the tasks still to
 accomplish, within or outside the WCA.

 Best,

 Delphine
 
 Delphine Ménard
 Vice-president
 Wikimedia Deutschland

 On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 Congratulations to Markus on becoming the Chair of the WCAC.

 The election results is available at
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair#Votes,
 with an associated detailed QA from the candidates on the associated
 talk page.

 Thank you to all candidates for coming forward and taking part in the
 public debate so well.

 I look forward to supporting Markus in his role as our Chair, and the
 discussions with everyone at the Milan conference next month.

 Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Alpha version of the VisualEditor now available on the English Wikipedia

2012-12-12 Thread Patricio Lorente
Looks great! Congrats James and team!

  Patricio

2012/12/12 Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com:
 On Wednesday, 12 December 2012, Bishakha Datta wrote:


 I'm just imagining how much easier it will be to do wiki workshops and
 outreach sessions as this develops further.

 YES! When this is the default for new users we're going to have to
 re-write all the training manuals to remove many of the current
 wikimarkup-intensive sections. Being able to simplify the instructional
 guides is a very good problem to have :-) It will certainly
 radically decrease the amount of time we need in training workshops to get
 people to a stage where they can go by themselves.

 -Liam


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage project launch/migration update

2012-11-12 Thread Patricio Lorente
2012/11/12 Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com:
 On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:


 we were only able to import languages from Wikivoyage where dumps were
 prepared and pre-processed by the Wikivoyage-folks (who are, BTW, all
 volunteers and have done amazing work on this). So all the languages
 from wikivoyage-old.org were imported.


 To clarify: once more pre-processed dumps are available, they can be
 imported?

Another question: the spanish speaking community seems to be very
interested in launching a spanish Wikivoyage, even from scratch. As
you can see in http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wy/es/P%C3%A1gina_principal,
there are already some contributors (including myself) editing in the
incubator. If there's a http://es.wikivoyage.org, this process would
be easier. What do we need to upgrade from the incubator to the main
site?

Thanks,

  Patricio

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Democratizing the Wikimedia Foundation

2012-11-03 Thread Patricio Lorente
2012/11/3 Ilario Valdelli valde...@gmail.com:
 On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM, Patricio Lorente patricio.lore...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  think along and bring the proposals to the board when the time is there
  (Alice, Kat, Patricio, SJ, and Ting: I'm looking at you) but of course
 I'm
  counting on it that also other board members will support the thought
  behind this. Any input on how to make this process more constructive
 would
  be appreciated. I also hope that the legal team will be watching the page
  and advise when something is legally impossible and how it could be made
  possible.

  I hope that our community selected board members will take this up as
 well,
 Hi Lodewijk! I really appreciate this initiative -although I think the
 subject does not make too much sense: it would be better Improving
 governance, perhaps-. Anyway, it will be an important input for us.

 Patricio


 Or may be... improving transparency?

 Governance is not transparency, governance is controlling.

Hi Ilario!

Improving transparency is far better that Democratizing WMF,
though governance is not about controlling: is about decision making
procceses, guidance, communications... in fact, is also about
transparency :)

Anyway, despite the title we choose, I really think that this
discussion is necessary, and that we need to improve (or even to set
up) some basic rules and procedures of interaction and decision
making.

Patricio

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Democratizing the Wikimedia Foundation

2012-11-02 Thread Patricio Lorente
2012/11/2 Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org:
 Dear all,

 I have set up a brainstorming page on metawiki (
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Democratizing_the_Wikimedia_Foundation)
 where I would like to invite you to think about ways to democratize the
 Wikimedia Foundation.

 This doesn't mean that the Wikimedia Foundation is totally undemocratic,
 but it does mean that in my humble opinion, improvements are possible. This
 was triggered by me after the third time in my memory that the Foundation
 board has changed the bylaws of the Foundation without even consulting the
 community - but this doesn't have to be the only possible improvement.

 This is not intended as a huge complaint 'moo, the WMF is evil and
 dictatorial' but rather as a constructive exercise. I invite you to
 approach this also constructively, and think about possible improvement to
 current procedures - to ensure that there is a large community involvement
 in the governance of the Wikimedia Foundation - directly or indirectly -
 and that processes are transparent.

 I hope that our community selected board members will take this up as well,
 think along and bring the proposals to the board when the time is there
 (Alice, Kat, Patricio, SJ, and Ting: I'm looking at you) but of course I'm
 counting on it that also other board members will support the thought
 behind this. Any input on how to make this process more constructive would
 be appreciated. I also hope that the legal team will be watching the page
 and advise when something is legally impossible and how it could be made
 possible.

Hi Lodewijk! I really appreciate this initiative -although I think the
subject does not make too much sense: it would be better Improving
governance, perhaps-. Anyway, it will be an important input for us.

Patricio

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC members - update: ombudsperson

2012-09-16 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends:

I've just updated the same page [1] to announce the appointed
ombudsperson, who is Susana Moraes (username Lusitana).
Congratulations, Susana, and many thanks to Anne Clin (Risker), Craig
Franklin and Anders Wennersten (Yger).

With this announcement, the FDC composition is now complete.
Resolutions will be published as soon as possible. Many thanks to
Anasuya who did a great work and to the Advisory Group for your
valuable help in this process.

  Patricio

[1] 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/2012_FDC_members


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] E ai não vão ficar com medinho?????

2012-09-16 Thread Patricio Lorente
Hard to see how this could apply to the Wikimedia world...

2012/9/16 Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com:
 http://g1.globo.com/pb/paraiba/eleicoes/2012/noticia/2012/09/juiz-eleitoral-da-pb-decreta-prisao-de-diretor-do-google-brasil.html


 Já estou vendo 3 diretores de uma associação presos, acusados de serem
 responsáveis de desobediência (SIC).

 Ai Castelo, olha que tu arranjou pra nossa cabeça :D.

 Alias, bateu uma vontade de enviar essa notícia para todo mundo de fora do
 Brasil que insistia que a gente tinha que ser uma instituição legal... To
 vendo a nossa diretoria ter mais passagens pela polícia que o Fernandinho
 Beiramar


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[Wikimedia-l] FDC members

2012-09-15 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear friends:

I just posted the initial composition of the Funds Dissemination
Committee in 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/2012_FDC_members
as resolved today by the Board of Trustees. The resolution will be
published as soon as possible.

I would like to thank all the nominees, on behalf of the Board of
Trustees. Many committed and valuable wikimedians nominated themselves
to serve in this Committe. For those who were not appointed, we will
ask you to help us in other ways. For those who were appointed,
welcome aboard!

Best,

  Patricio.

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