Please find below the report for July. As always, you can find the
formatted and illustrated version on-wiki:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_July_2011

Big thanks to Tilman Bayer, our new Movement Communications Manager,
for shepherding this one. Going forward Tilman will be distributing
the monthly reports. :-)

All best,
Erik


 * 1 Data and Trends
 * 2 Financials
 * 3 Highlights
     o 3.1 Global Education Program launched after successful Wikipedia
       in Higher Education Summit
     o 3.2 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation renews $3 million commitment to
       Wikimedia
     o 3.3 Article Feedback tool rolled out to entire English Wikipedia
 * 4 Technology
     o 4.1 Operations
     o 4.2 Features
     o 4.3 Platform Engineering
 * 5 Research and Strategy
     o 5.1 Research Committee activity
 * 6 Community
     o 6.1 Projects
     o 6.2 Fundraiser
     o 6.3 Public Policy Initiative
     o 6.4 Fellowship Program
 * 7 Global Development
     o 7.1 Global Development Highlights
     o 7.2 Grants Awarded and Executed
     o 7.3 Chapter Relations
     o 7.4 Brazil Catalyst
     o 7.5 Mobile Strategy and Business Development
     o 7.6 Editor Survey
     o 7.7 Readers Survey
     o 7.8 Mobile Research
     o 7.9 Offline
     o 7.10 Global Education Program
         + 7.10.1 Student clubs
     o 7.11 India Programs
     o 7.12 Communications
         + 7.12.1 Storylines through July
         + 7.12.2 Other worthwhile reads
         + 7.12.3 Major announcements
         + 7.12.4 Wikipedia Signpost
         + 7.12.5 WMF Blog posts
         + 7.12.6 Media Contact
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 * 8 Human Resources
     o 8.1 Staff Changes
     o 8.2 Statistics
     o 8.3 Department Updates
 * 9 Finance and Administration
 * 10 Legal
 * 11 Visitors and Guests


== Data and Trends ==

   Global unique visitors for June: 399 million (-2.9% compared to May
   / +5.3% compared to previous year)
   Global unique visitors for July: 393 million (-1.5% compared to June
   / +9.2% compared to previous year)
   (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects)

   Page requests for June:
   14.6 billion (-3.3% compared to May / -0.1% compared to previous year)
   Page requests for July
   14.1 billion (-3.5% compared to June / +1.2% compared to previous year)

   Report Card for June 2011: The report card is currently undergoing a
   redesign as a more fully-featured dashboard.


== Financials ==

(Financial information is only available for June 2011 at the time of
this report.)

   Operating revenue for June: USD 1.6MM vs plan of USD 0.2MM
   Operating revenue year-to-date June: USD 24.1MM vs plan of USD 20.4MM

Monthly revenue is over plan due primarily to revenue sharing from Local
Chapters and Omidyar grant timing. Year-to-date exceeds overall plan.

   Operating expenses for June: USD 2.2MM vs plan of USD 1.7MM
   Operating expenses year-to-date June: USD 18.8MM vs plan of USD 20.4MM

Expenses for the month are higher primarily due to CapEx, internet
hosting, outside contract services, legal fees and travel expenses
offset by lower personnel-related expenses due to slower hiring.

Expenses year-to-date are under primarily due to timing of internet
hosting, CapEx for data center, personnel-related expenses due to slower
hiring, meetings & conferences partially offset by awards & grants,
legal fees, PayPal fees, CapEx for IT support, outside contract
services, recruiting fees, and travel.

Cash and investments as of June 2011 totaled USD 17.9MM (approximately
7.6 months of expenses based on the 2011-12 plan).


== Highlights ==


=== Global Education Program launched after successful Wikipedia in
Higher Education Summit ===
<Image: 
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sue_Gardner_and_Frank_Schulenberg_showing_Public_Policy_Initiative_contribution_volume.jpg
At the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit, Sue Gardner and Frank
Schulenburg demonstrate the volume of the content contributed to
Wikipedia by students in the Public Policy Initiative/>

In July, the Public Policy Initiative started wrapping up with the
Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit. The Summit was held in Boston on
July 7–9 and brought together around 120-150 U.S. and international
professors, students, Wikipedia Ambassadors and Wikimedia staff members.
The participants discussed the results of the Public Policy Initiative
and shared their experiences and best practices in using Wikipedia in
the classroom. Highlights of the Educational Summit include a keynote
talk from Sue Gardner, an opening address by the 10th Archivist of the
United States (David Ferriero), workshops led by Wikipedians and Campus
Ambassadors, a seminar on public speaking by Rod Dunican, and the
expressed gratitude from Liz Allison from the Stanton Foundation, who
attended several sessions.

 * http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_in_Higher_Education_Summit
 * 
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_in_Higher_Education_Summit/Documentation

Also in July, the Wikimedia Foundation launched the Global Education
Program <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_Education_Program>,
funded not by a restricted grant, but out of the Wikimedia Foundation
operating budget. Its purpose is to support the Foundation's strategic
goals of growing the number of active Wikimedia editors and improving
the quality of information we offer, by persuading professors to assign
article-writing as classwork using the model developed in the Public
Policy Initiative. Its work will start this fall, and its priorities in
the coming year will be India and Brazil, with a lesser emphasis on a
number of other countries. Whereas the Public Policy Initiative had a
narrow topical focus, the new Global Education Program will encourage
participation from all disciplines.

 * 
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/29/for-wikipedia-in-education-the-future-is-now/


=== Alfred P. Sloan Foundation renews $3 million commitment to Wikimedia ===

On July 11, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic grantmaking
institution that supports science, technology and economic institutions,
announced that it was awarding a grant of $3 million (USD) to the
Wikimedia Foundation. This is the second grant of this amount awarded to
the Wikimedia Foundation from the Sloan Foundation’s Universal Access to
Knowledge component of its Digital Information Technology program. The
Sloan Foundation’s first grant of $3 million, awarded from 2008 through
2010, is the largest single grant ever received by the Wikimedia
Foundation. Funds will support Wikimedia's strategic plan that focuses
on increasing quality, the number and demographic diversity of its
editors, and reaching more readers.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/July_2011_The_Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation_renews_$3_million_commitment_to_Wikimedia


=== Article Feedback tool rolled out to entire English Wikipedia ===
<Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aft_phase_2.jpg
Ratings interface for the Article Feedback Tool/>

The Article Feedback Tool
<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback>, which allows
Wikipedia's readers to rate the quality of articles in several aspects,
completed its deployment to the entire English Wikipedia in July. While
work is ongoing on the next version of the tool, a survey already showed
that over 90% of users find the ratings useful, and that the vast
majority of raters were previously only readers of Wikipedia. Tests of
an invitation to edit that was displayed after completion of the rating
process indicate huge potential for the feedback tool to successfully
convert passive readers into active contributors to Wikipedia. Research
showed that the ratings can provide a reasonable level of assessment in
the Completeness and Trustworthy (formerly “Well-Sourced”) dimensions.
Also, the Article Feedback Tool could help surface problematic articles
in real time, as well as articles that may qualify for increased visibility.

 * 
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/15/%E2%80%9Crate-this-page%E2%80%9D-is-coming-to-the-english-wikipedia/


== Technology ==

A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for July 2011 can
be found at:

   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2011/July

Major engineering news in July include:

 * Ongoing data replication from our primary Florida data center to our
   new Virginia data center;
 * The deployment of the Article Feedback feature to all articles on
   the English Wikipedia, and the deployment of MoodBar;
 * The successful implementation of a MySQL-based parser cache on
   Wikimedia wikis;
 * Mid-term evaluation of our Summer of Code projects.


=== Operations ===

 * *Florida Data Center* — 74 new servers were purchased to increase
   the capacity of our Apache cluster. Network maintenance was also
   performed to install a new router and replace a core switch. A
   number of servers were upgraded, and automated with puppet.

 * *Virginia Data Center* — Full network connectivity was set up and
   the 7 wiki database clusters have now been replicated to our new
   servers in Virginia. We have also standardized the puppet
   configuration and enabled LVM snapshots. About 20 other databases
   (of tools like OTRS, CiviCRM, Bugzilla, WordPress and RT) have been
   replicated as well.

 * *HTTPS* — HTTPS was enabled on a private production wiki and
   testwiki to test functionality and uncover bugs. Protocol-relative
   URLs were enabled on testwiki for community testing before rolling
   out to all projects (read more
   
<http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/19/protocol-relative-urls-enabled-on-test-wikipedia-org/>).

 * *Data Dumps* — The June and July runs of the English Wikipedia dump
   were completed, and the August run is underway. Chinese Wikipedia
   dumps have also been fixed.


=== Features ===

 * *Visual editor* — Trevor Parscal continued to work on the front-end
   of the visual editor and rich text rendering; he was joined by Inez
   Korczynski, a developer from Wikia, who are also interested in the
   visual editor. Neil Kandalgaonkar worked on real-time collaboration,
   concurrent editing and dived into the inner workings of Etherpad.

 * *Article feedback <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback>*
   — Roan Kattouw completed the UDP logger (for clicktracking metrics)
   and deployed it to production. The Article feedback feature was
   incrementally rolled out to all articles on the English Wikipedia,
   and the Product research team continued to analyze its impact (see
   "Highlights" section).

 * *UploadWizard* — Ian Baker joined the team and started to work on
   the UploadStash back-end. Jeroen De Dauw started to extend the
   UploadWizard code base to support customized campaigns, like the
   Wiki Loves Monuments contest. Neil Kandalgaonkar refactored some
   libraries to better support Ian and Jeroen's work, and committed
   some fixes to reduce categorization and licensing mistakes.

 * *ResourceLoader* — Roan Kattouw and Timo Tijhof started to work on
   global gadgets and a gadget manager. The back-end for loading
   gadgets remotely from another wiki now works, although it is limited
   to database loading within the same server farm; an API back-end is
   in the works.

 * *MobileFrontend* — Patrick Reilly focused on proper caching support,
   as well as device detection optimization. Mobile device recognition
   on Wikimedia sites is now done server-side at the squid level, which
   results in faster redirect for mobile users, and better recognition
   of devices.

 * *2011 Fundraiser* — Ryan Kaldari modified CentralNotice to allow the
   logging of changes to banners and campaigns. Katie Horn fixed an
   issue with the script that handles determining whether or not credit
   card donations flagged as 'pending' have been approved or not. The
   server was successfully puppetized and upgraded by Peter
   Youngmeister and Arthur Richards. Arthur also set up advanced
   monitoring through Ganglia.

 * *Wikipedia version tools* — GSoC student Yuvaraj Pandian continued
   to port User:CBM's WP 1.0 bot to a MediaWiki extension, and nearly
   achieved feature parity with it by implementing article selection
   filtering based on project, quality, importance and category.
   Mentored by Arthur Richards, Yuvaraj also implemented the ability to
   save lists of filtered articles.


=== Platform Engineering ===

 * *Code review management* — Work continued to review commits to the
   MediaWiki code; MediaWiki 1.18 was re-branched to reduce the backlog
   faster. In July, Wikimedia Foundation engineering staff and
   contractors also attended a Code review workshop; the goal was to
   share experience and practices on the general review process, as
   well as security and performance.

 * *Disk-backed object cache
   <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Disk-backed_object_cache>* — To
   improve the MySQL-based version of this system, Domas Mituzas
   suggested to split the cache into several tables, which Tim Starling
   implemented in MediaWiki. The system was then deployed on July 11th
   and the cache has been filling up since then, thus increasing the
   parser cache hit ratio from about 30% to 80%.

 * *Continuous integration* — This project aims to rebuild the
   Wikimedia continuous integration legacy server on a dedicated server
   in eqiad, our new data center. Chad Horohoe started to consolidate
   the platform to run automated tests systematically at post-commit
   time. The new server will be combined with TestSwarm, a distributed
   continuous integration tool for JavaScript, currently hosted on the
   Toolserver.

 * *Wikimedia Report Card 2.0* — The team incorporated key metrics into
   the Report card such as editors by geography, page views and gender
   breakdown of editors. Nimish Gautam worked on the infrastructure and
   analytics for editor by geography. Sam Reed implemented a generic
   CSV importer, and looked at how to use the Google API to
   automatically draw data into the Report card from Google Spreadsheets.

 * *Bug management* — Mark Hershberger continued to conduct bug triage
   sessions on IRC, some of which were focused on MediaWiki 1.18
   blockers, thumbnails issues, caching and operations-related
   requests. With Sumana Harihareswara, he cleaned up default assignees
   in bugzilla in order for assignments to be more meaningful.

 * *Summer of Code 2011
   <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Summer_of_Code_2011>* — 7 out of 8
   students made it through the mid-term evaluation, and continue to
   work on their projects (read more
   
<http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/22/mediawikis-gsoc-students-halfway-through-projects/>).


== Research and Strategy ==

We analyzed data generated by new editor retention features (Moodbar,
WikiLove) and by the global deployment of the Article Feedback tool (see
also "Highlights" section), with a focus on the volume of feedback
generated and their effect on user registration and participation [1].
We released and documented the first open datasets from the feature
development program [2] and worked towards the standardization of
research data, code and query libraries produced by WMF. Testing of a
number of open data platforms is currently underway. We worked in
collaboration with the Summer of Research program to identify possible
intersections between community research and the retention feature
program in the Tech department.


=== Research Committee activity ===

We analyzed data from the Expert Participation survey and prepared
preliminary results to be presented at Wikimania 2011 [3]. We evaluated
several new requests of support from external researchers.

In collaboration with the Signpost, we launched the first issue of the
Wikimedia Research Newsletter [4], a monthly newsletter covering recent
research updates on Wikimedia projects and integrated in the new
Wikimedia Research Index.

We reported the awarding of an Open Society Foundations grant to support
RCom member Daniel Mietchen as a new Wikimedian in Residence on Open
Science. [5] Daniel's initial activity focused on finalizing the open
access/open data policy for the Foundation [6].

[1] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Research/Call_to_action

[2] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Data

[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Expert_participation_survey

[4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Newsletter

[5] http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/20/joining-forces-with-open-science/

[6]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Committee/Areas_of_interest/Open-access_policy


== Community ==

July saw the first complete month of the Wikimedia Summer of Research,
with all eight researchers from around the globe in San Francisco.
Highlights from several areas of research were published on Meta and in
the English Wikipedia Signpost. You can read our blogs and view photos
here: http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/07/wikimedia-summer-research-update/


=== Projects ===

Reader Relations and Support

We responded to 45 queries from readers or editors requesting assistance
and began communicating with the Arbitration Committee on English
Wikipedia about ways to address some of that community's wishes. Maggie,
our Community Laison, held a well-received brown-bag discussion at the
San Francisco office on Wikiculture. She has put more work into
developing an “Answers” system which would allow us to organize requests
for information from staff, feeding it back to the community where
necessary, into the developing FAQ, or setting it aside when requiring
direct feedback from staff. She has also begun conducting
self-assessment interviews with WikiProjects to help determine best
practices and working on a Webinar that will help bring in (and
monitor!) responders to the AFT (Article Feedback Tool) invitation.

OTRS Analysis

In July, we ran a survey for OTRS agents and received 107 responses; the
results will be released to the OTRS team very soon. Analysis is
ongoing, and will inform a series of IRC Town Hall style meetings to be
held after Wikimania.

Account Creation Improvement Project Wrap-up

Lennart completed the first version of his Account Creation Improvement
report [1] which he is presenting at Wikimania. High-quality tests
showed that this version of account creation page [2] can increase the
number of newcomers who make 1 edit *by 15%* on an average day. In
addition, by increasing the number of new Wikipedians who make 5 edits
from 6.12% to 7.02% on an average day, *we gain 9 editors per day*.

[1]
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Report_from_Lennart%27s_Fellowship.pdf

[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&action=submitlogin&type=signup&campaign=ACP1


=== Fundraiser ===

The fundraising team continued weekly one hour messaging tests
throughout July. Test results can be seen on our newly remodeled meta
page [1]. The Storytellers are interviewing several volunteers and are
preparing to gather a variety of material at Wikimania to run volunteer
appeals during the annual fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser will
rely as much as possible on voices of many different members of our
community.

We also started with our Chapters Testing, mostly testing connectivity
and metrics. In July we tested UK, Sweden and Hungary and posted results
[2].

The Production Coordinator (PC) team worked on enhancing landing pages
and donation templates and has kick-started the localization projects
that will provide a more tailored donation experience for our future
donors. More information is located on the collab wiki [3]. At the end
of July our team welcomed Charles Barr and Jon Soby as PCs throughout
the Fundraiser 2011.

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011/Updates

[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011/Chapters_Testing

[3] http://collab.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraiser_2011/Styleguide

Major Gifts and Foundations

Two fundraising trips were made to meet with major donors and
foundations in New York and Boston (PPI Higher Education Summit) this
month. We submitted eight initial funding applications to foundations in
the month of July.


     Public Policy Initiative

In July, the PPI team successfully facilitated the Wikipedia in Higher
Education Summit in Boston (see "Highlights" section). Summit attendees
saw the initial research results by PPI's researcher Amy Roth, covering
achievements of both the overall project and article quality metrics.
Finally, the PPI team celebrated all of the hard work of the professors,
students, ambassadors, and Wikipedia Teaching Fellows with an Awards
Ceremony and a party.


=== Fellowship Program ===

<Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_Summer_Fellows-3.jpg
Fabian Kaelin, a Swiss WMF Summer of Research (SoR) fellow, discusses
his research goals with the team, at a weekly SoR meeting./>

Summer of Research

The Wikimedia Summer of Research team continued looking into critical
questions addressing community health and analytics. Their work was
documented on Meta and highlights from three of their research sprints
(covering the topics of new users and help requests, edits to trending
articles, and workload of vandal-fighters/new page patrollers) appeared
in the Signpost [1].

[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-07-25/Recent_research

WikiHistories Project

The WikiHistories fellows continued their research on different
non-English Wikipedia communities, traveling to meet with and interview
Wikipedians from around the world. They published two blog posts on the
Foundation blog, one on the Armenian [1] and one on the Turkish
Wikipedia [2].

[1]
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/13/armenian-wikipedia-part-of-a-bigger-battle/

[2]
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/27/turkish-wikipedia-first-contact-with-the-netizens-of-vikipedi/


== Global Development ==


=== Global Development Highlights ===

 * New Mobile Partnership Manager, Amit Kapoor, joins the Global
   Development Team
 * Launch of the Global Education Program after the successful
   Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit
 * Barry and Jessie's visit to Brazil


=== Grants Awarded and Executed ===

 * Wikimedia Estonia re-purposing of previous grant money approved
 * Wikimedia New York City re-purposing of previous grant money approved


=== Chapter Relations ===

 * Fundraising Agreements: Completed chapters 2011-2012 fundraising
   agreements signed with Wikimedia Austria, Wikimedia Germany and
   Wikimedia UK. This is in addition to Wikimedia Australia, Wikimedia
   Hungary, Wikimedia Sweden and Wikimedia Ukraine, who signed their FR
   agreement last month.
 * WMF and chapter raised amounts for June [1]
   
<https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Av5TeXEyGuvpdGRyNDJHS19RZmRqbWlqeHp5ak5uWnc&hl=en&authkey=CKb59_wD#gid=12>
 * Chapters Agreements: Reviewing final requested changes in agreement
   with Israel and Canada chapters. For updates please check [2]
   <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapter_Agreements>.


=== Brazil Catalyst ===
     <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project>

<Image: 
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiSampa-23June2011-SaoPaulo-1.jpg
Wikimedia meetup in Sao Paulo during Wikimedia Foundation visit to Brazil/>

 * Full documentation of the trip of Barry, Jessie and Carol to Brazil
   (which was actually completed at the end of June):
     o 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project/Agenda_June_2011#Agenda
     o http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/18/brazil-beginnings/
 * Work has begun in conjunction with the Community Department to think
   through what sets of research and analysis could and should be done
   on the Portuguese Wikipedia to better inform how to best support the
   Brazilian community going forward.
 * Work has begun in conjunction with the Community Department - plus
   research and interviews with external experts - to think through a
   methodology and fellowship program. The goal of the integrated work
   is a "changing and self awareness" process, which will foster a
   healthier and growing, both in terms of raw numbers and in terms of
   individual capacities, Wikipedia and Wikimedia community in Brazil.
 * Brazil office logistics: Received and reviewed lawyers' opinion on
   office legal structure and definition of a "country Manager" role


=== Mobile Strategy and Business Development ===

We have a new member on our mobile team: Amit Kapoor just joined the
Wikimedia Foundation to manage Mobile Partnerships.

The Mobile Strategy Group is developing a new partnership pipeline
focused on building out a worldwide program focused on mobile operators.


=== Editor Survey ===

Results from the Editor Survey are available on the Wikimedia blog at
http://blog.wikimedia.org/author/mani/

We finished fielding the Japan Editor Survey, and data from the survey
is currently being analyzed.


=== Readers Survey ===

Readers survey is currently in field. Data collection will be completed
next week.


=== Mobile Research ===

The mobile readers survey is currently being translated with the help of
the community:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Wikipedia_Mobile_Readers_Survey_2011

We are working on the user experience report from India and Brazil. We
will also be launching the study in the US soon.


=== Offline ===

 * A new version of Kiwix, the software for reading offline Wikipedia,
   was released after a series of beta testing and concluding the
   contract (see tech monthly update for more information).
 * Two content development projects are highest priority and underway:
   Spanish Wikipedia and Portuguese Wikipedia for Schools. (An "offline
   collection" means that the full Wikipedias would be boiled down to
   only the most essential articles, resulting in a total in the
   thousands vs. hundreds of thousands, through filters for quality
   annd importance, and then the article with the most recent "trusted"
   version ID is selected. See
   http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Offline_Projects/Content_Development
   for more information. The reasons for creating these content
   selections is the high demand we are seeing recently, both
   informally through more viral demand by one-off school districts and
   teachers as well as more formally, as we have been talking to a
   couple different computer manufacturers about offline "Wikipedia for
   Schools" being pre-installed on the low-cost computers they
   distribute in areas and in schools that are not as likely to have
   Internet connections.)


=== Global Education Program ===

In July, the Public Policy Initiative started wrapping up with the
Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit, followed by the launch of the
Wikimedia Foundation's Global Education Program (see "Highlights" section).


==== Student clubs ====

In addition to the classroom-based model, we are working to support more
viral methods of student contributions and organization through a
"student club" approach. For more information, see
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Student_Organizations/How_to_Start_a_Wikipedian_Student_Organization.

With very little promotional effort, we have already seen much uptake in
clubs forming virally throughout the world. (In July, we saw interest
and formation occuring throughout India, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan!)

We have been and are continuing to work on a few different resources in
support of the scalable nature of these groups:

 1. Trademark policy / contracts (working with Legal on a standard
   agreement)
 2. Collaborative design guidelines (working with Communications on
   developing an extensible design system similar to that of Wikipedia 10)
 3. Clubhouse page templates will help clubs use outreach wiki (or
   another wiki) to promote their activities and connect with one another


=== India Programs ===

 * Hired two new consultants for the India Team:

       Shiju Alex (for Indic Initiatives) & Nitika Tandon (for
       Participation)

 * The Pune pilot is now covering about 1000 students through about 15
   teachers. Its major focus is to ensure that we drive quality and
   support newbies as they get into their first edits.
 * Next month we will get the Trust registered and get the office set up.


=== Communications ===

Initiatives in July focused on preparations for Wikimania in August
2011, as well as the $3million Sloan Foundation grant announcement, and
continuing research and planning around the Wikimedia web store
(reviewing and developing terms of service and exploring taxation issues).

In July we also began to develop a new visual identity concept for the
Wikipedians on campus initiatives - a design project similar to
Wikipedia 10.


==== Storylines through July ====

Wikipedia Article feedback tool (July 18)

The July release and launch of the article feedback tool garnered
significant media coverage (largely positive), mostly focusing on how
the tool aligns with WMF's overall goal of improving article quality and
editor recruitment.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wikipedia_rolling_out_article_rating_system_-_what.php
http://news.techworld.com/personal-tech/3292150/wikimedia-foundation-lets-readers-rate-articles-on-wikipedia

Sloan Gift

WMF and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced a second grant of $3
million over the course of three years (see "Highlights" section).
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/development/48423-sloan-foundation-backs-wikimedia-another-3-million-times
http://www.mediabistro.com/ebooknewser/sloan-foundation-gives-3-million-to-wikipedia_b13378


==== Other worthwhile reads ====

Wikipedia Aims Higher, July 11, Insider Higher Ed
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/07/11/wikipedia_seeks_to_build_academic_ties

‘Wikipedian-in-Residence’ Helps Share Smithsonian Archives, July 28,
Chronicle of Philanthropy
http://philanthropy.com/blogs/social-philanthropy/wikipedian-in-residence-helps-share-smithsonian-archives


==== Major announcements ====

*The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation renews $3 million commitment to
Wikimedia* (11 July 2011)
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/July_2011_The_Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation_renews_$3_million_commitment_to_Wikimedia
(see "Highlights" section)


==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-07-04
 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-07-11
 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-07-18
 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-07-25


==== WMF Blog posts ====

http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/07/


==== Media Contact ====

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_room/Media_Contact#July_2011


== Human Resources ==


=== Staff Changes ===

New Perm Position Hires

 * Jeff Green, Network Ops – Special Projects (Technology)
 * Ian Baker, Software Developer (Technology)
 * Amit Kapoor, Sr. Manager – Mobile Partnerships (Global Dev)
 * Ben Hartshorne, Operations Engineer (Technology)
 * LiAnna Davis, Global Program Manager (Global Dev) – /converted from
   grant to perm/
 * Annie Lin, Ambassador Manager (Global Dev) – /converted from grant
   to perm/

New Other Position Hires

 * Shuji Alex, consultant (fills the permanent role of) India Programs
   Indic Languages (Global Dev)
 * Nitika Tandon, consultant (fills the permanent role of) India BOTG
   (Global Dev)

Folks accepted, not yet started

 * Director of Sustainability (Community) – expected start in Sep.
 * Deputy General Counsel (Legal) – expected start in Oct.

New Contractors

 * Stephanie Thommen
 * Skye Kraft
 * Chris Leonello
 * Tilman Bayer
 * Charles Barr
 * Jon Harald Soby
 * Igor Kofman
 * Alex Graveley
 * Niklas Laxstrom

Contract Extended

 * Roan Kattouw
 * Andrew Garrett
 * Jeroen DeDauw

Contract Ended

 * Veronique Kessler
 * Priyanka Dhanda
 * Sara Crouse
 * Danese Cooper
 * Jon Davis


=== Statistics ===

Total Employee Count:

   Plan: 88
   Filled: 8
   Attrition: 5
   Actual: 77

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end: 40


=== Department Updates ===

The HR department has added a lot of capacity in the form of contract
recruitiers and screeners, and along with increased effort from the
hiring managers this has begun to turn the tide in terms of new hires.
We have a very ambitious goal to the end of the year, however, so we'll
need to stay focused and engaged to make our target of 40 more hires.
The first thing to go when you push this hard is quality, so maintaining
a high standard whilst moving quickly will be a key component of the
year's strategy.

We engaged two internal recruiters to aid in screening and interviewing
potential candidates. While a majority of this focus will be in
technical hiring we have capacity to provide support to all hiring
managers looking to fill permanent roles. Additonally, we've signed up
for two beta recruiting projects that take advantage of social media
platforms to help find internal referrals of talent and leverage new
tech based tools for sourcing and refining searches.

New Postings

 * Development Communications Manager (Community Department)
 * Software Developer Rich Text Editing (Features)
 * Software Developer Frontend
 * Software Developer Backend
 * Software Developer, Mobile
 * Product Manager (Mobile)
 * Product Manager (New Editor Engagement)

RFPs

 * Engineering Outreach
 * Article Feedback Feature

Real-time feed for HR updates: http://identi.ca/wikimediaatwork or
http://twitter.com/wikimediaatwork


== Finance and Administration ==

 * Leadership transition. Goodbye celebration for Veronique Kessler.
   Garfield Byrd joins as new Chief of Finance and Administration on
   August 3.
 * Upgrades to wireless network in San Francisco office to increase
   stability and performance


== Legal ==

 * Strong WIPO decision on Wikipedia trademark (which will be useful in
   future challenges):
   http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=D2011-1031
   ("it is inconceivable that the Respondent was not aware of the
   Trademark WIKIPEDIA and the domain name <wikipedia.org>")
 * Drafted explanatory note on use of Article Feedback data.
   http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Feedback
 * Focus on significant contractor agreements relating to fundraising
   activities.
 * Board issues new privacy donor policy.
   
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Donor_privacy_policy_update_2011
 * Statistics:
     o Number of contracts signed in June - 5
     o Number of trademark requests - 10
         + approved - 2
         + denied - 2
         + pending - 6


== Visitors and Guests ==

 1. Peter Kazanjy (TalentBin)
 2. John Lavey (insurance broker)
 3. Hai Ton (ThoughtWorks)
 4. Jonny Leroy (ThoughtWorks)
 5. Carl Miller (Global Collect)
 6. Amnon Salim (Global Collect)
 7. William Pietri (CTO, NeedFeed)
 8. Alex Gravely (Hackpad)
 9. Igor Koffman (Hackpad)
10. Wikia engineers
11. Deborah Bezona (D. Bezona & Company)
12. Fabrice Florin (Executive Director, NewsTrust)
13. Nate Allen (Epicor)
14. Robert Cobb (Epicor)

-- 
Erik Möller
VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

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