Great news indeed!

Thanks,
Saroj

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 6:48 AM, Alex Stinson <astin...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Specifically in response to Pete's questions about documents:
>
> We have posted the Grant application materials on Foundation Wiki, with a
> section linking to them on the Commons Grant Information page.[1]
>
> Cheers,
>
> Alex Stinson
>
>
> [1]
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data/
> Sloan_Grant#What_did_the_grant_application_look_like.3F
>
>
>
> > Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:52:57 -0800
> > From: Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Exciting update about development of
> >         structured data on Commons
> > Message-ID:
> >         <CAGWts0GK8VErKG7tuPN3hQDHHXvq2_1RbYqh_xJp0+6W03=inQ@mail.
> > gmail.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> >
> > Structured data on Commons is a huge and important area -- for one thing,
> > the whole Media Viewer project would have gone much more smoothly if
> there
> > were underlying structured data to rely on. Kudos to WMF and Sloan for
> the
> > focus on this issue!
> >
> > If I'm not mistaken, this is by far the most extravagant restricted grant
> > in the history of the WMF. I believe the Stanton Foundation's usability
> > grant ($890k in 2008)[1] and Public Policy Initiative grant ($1.2 million
> > in 2010)[2] are the only ones that comes close. In the past, WMF board
> > members have expressed great skepticism about -- specifically -- the
> Sloan
> > Foundation's influence, when it sought to place an observer in WMF board
> > meetings. A former WMF Executive Director has written at length about the
> > dangers of restricted grants.
> >
> > It appears there is a new theory in play around restricted grants. Will
> > somebody be expressing it publicly? Will the past practice of publishing
> > the details of the grant expectations be followed?[3]
> >
> > -Pete
> > --
> > [[User:Peteforsyth]]
> >
> > [1] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2008/12/03/improved-usability-
> > in-our-future/
> > [2]
> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/May_
> > 2010_Wikimedia_Foundation_will_engage_academic_experts_
> > and_students_to_improve_public_policy_information
> > [3]
> > https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_
> > Initiative_project_details
> >
> > On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 11:48 AM, Wes Moran <wmo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >
> > > Hello Wikimedia community,
> > >
> > > It’s our delight to inform you that we received a US$3,015,000 grant
> from
> > > the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
> > > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation> [1] to
> > expedite
> > > development of structured data on Commons. The grant will be given over
> > the
> > > course of three years, and will allow us to develop a team, in
> > > collaboration with the Wikidata team at Wikimedia Deutschland, that can
> > > focus on integrating the structured data features of Wikidata into
> > > describing the media files on Commons.
> > >
> > > This work will allow us to expedite features both on the Wikidata
> > > development roadmap, and in other products supported by the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation. The grant also provides funding to ensure that movement
> > > stakeholders, like Wiki Loves Monuments and GLAM-Wiki program leaders,
> > and
> > > external partners who contribute heavily to Commons, such as GLAMs, can
> > be
> > > involved in the development.
> > >
> > > We have drafted a high level overview of the grant and its scope,
> > available
> > > on Commons
> > > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_
> data/Sloan_Grant>
> > > [2]. A blog post about the grant is also available on the Wikimedia
> blog
> > > <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/09/sloan-foundation-
> structured-data>
> > > [3].
> > >
> > > We are currently in the process of identifying the technical lead for
> the
> > > project. If you have questions, Alex Stinson, the Foundation’s
> GLAM-Wiki
> > > strategist, will be leading the community engagement and communications
> > for
> > > the project until we hire a community liaison as part of the grant.
> Stay
> > > tuned for more details about the project in the coming months.
> > >
> > > We’re excited to be able to support this project, and look forward to
> > your
> > > participation in its development.
> > >
> > > Thank you,
> > >
> > > Wes Moran and Maggie Dennis
> > >
> > > *Wes Moran, Vice President of Product*
> > > *Maggie Dennis, Interim Chief of Community Engagement *
> > > *Wikimedia Foundation*
> > >
> > > [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation
> > > [2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data/
> > Sloan_Grant
> > > [3] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/09/sloan-foundation-
> > structured-data
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