Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for October, in plain text.

As always, the editable and formatted version is on Meta:

and the reports are posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:

Since last month, we are also publishing a separate "Highlights"
summary. Please consider helping non-English-language communities to
stay updated, by providing a translation:

Many thanks to those who translated last month's "Highlights" into
Arabic, Danish, German, Italian and Japanese!

While continuing to focus on WMF activities, the "Highlights" now
include a small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole
the movement. Suggestions for the upcoming November issue are welcome
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Highlights (until the
beginning of December).

Regards, Tilman


  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 Arabic Wikipedia meetings in the Middle East
      o 3.2 MediaWiki 1.18 and HTTPS support deployed
      o 3.3 A/B testing to improve editor retention
  * 4 Technology
      o 4.1 Operations
      o 4.2 Features Engineering
      o 4.3 Mobile
      o 4.4 Special projects
      o 4.5 Platform engineering
  * 5 Research
  * 6 Community
      o 6.1 Projects
      o 6.2 Fundraising
  * 7 Global Development
      o 7.1 Global Development Highlights
          + 7.1.1 Grants Awarded and Executed
      o 7.2 Brazil Catalyst
      o 7.3 Arabic Catalyst
      o 7.4 Wikimania Scholarships
      o 7.5 Mobile and Business Development
      o 7.6 Global development research
      o 7.7 Global Education Program
      o 7.8 India Programs
      o 7.9 Communications
          + 7.9.1 Major announcements
          + 7.9.2 Major Storylines through October
          + 7.9.3 Other worthwhile reads
          + 7.9.4 Wikipedia Signpost
          + 7.9.5 WMF Blog posts
          + 7.9.6 Media Contact
  * 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 ==
<Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UV_Growth_Chart-Sept_2011.png
ComScore unique visitor growth by region, September 2010-September 2011 >

Global unique visitors for September:

    455 million (+7.5% compared with August; +%14.2 compared with the
    previous year)
    (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will
    release October data later in November)

Page requests for October:

    16.8 billion (+6.1% compared with September; +15.6% compared with
    the previous year)
    (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile

Active Registered Editors for September 2011 (>= 5 edits/month):

    92,781 (+0.1% compared with August / +5.5% compared with the
    previous year)
    (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for
    Wikimedia Commons)

Report Card for September 2011: http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/

    The report card is currently undergoing a redesign as a more
    fully-featured dashboard (integrating various statistical data and
    trends about WMF projects).

== Financials ==

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

Revenue: $3,580,474


  * Technology Group: $2,169,824
  * Community/Fundraiser Group: $754,685
  * Global Development Group: $775,647
  * Governance Group: $263,091
  * Finance/Legal/HR/Admin. Group: $1,416,181

Total Expenses: $5,379,428

Total surplus/(loss): ($1,798,954)

Revenue was ahead of plan due to Stanton grant of $2.8 million and
additional donations ahead of plan of $427,751.

Expenses were below plan at $5.4 million actual vs. $6.7 million plan.
Expenses were below plan due to lower than plan expenditures in capital
expenditures, chapter grants, recruitment cost and other activities due
to being only three months into the fiscal year.

Cash of $16 million, which is six months of cash reserves at current
spending levels.

== Highlights ==

=== Arabic Wikipedia meetings in the Middle East ===

Group picture at the Qatar Convening for Arabic Wikipedia >

Barry Newstead, Frank Schulenburg, Moushira Elamrawy and Sara Yap of the
Global Development department traveled to the Middle East to meet with
Wikipedians in the Arab world and begin the expansion of the Wikipedia
Education Program. Adel Iskandar, a professor at Georgetown University
who had taught in the Public Policy Initiative (the U.S. Global
Education Program pilot), joined the team to meet with professors and
Wikipedians in Qatar, Egypt, and Jordan. These meetings will inform the
planning of the Arabic Education Program, which will be launched in
2012. Over the course of a 14-day visit to Egypt, Jordan and Qatar, the
Wikimedia team connected with local experts, university staff, student
groups, and attendees at an Arabic Wikipedia Convening in Doha which was
co-hosted by WMF together with the Qatar Computing Research Institute.
The convening focused on ways to catalyze high quality growth of the
Arabic Wikipedia across the Middle East and North Africa.


=== MediaWiki 1.18 and HTTPS support deployed ===

MediaWiki 1.18 was deployed to all Wikimedia wikis in October. Major
features of the new version include:

  * Support for gender-specific user pages: In languages that have
    different words for "User" depending on whether the user is male or
    female, user pages are denoted by the male or the female version, if
    the user has specified their gender in their preferences.
  * Better directionality support: MediaWiki 1.18 makes it easier for
    left-to-right and right-to-left text to coexist on the same page.
    (Languages affected by this include Hebrew, Arabic, and Farsi.)

October also saw the rollout of native HTTPS support to all wikis, so
that URLs like https://en.wikipedia.org/ work to access the secure
version of our sites.

=== A/B testing to improve editor retention ===

To improve retention of new Wikipedians, Steven Walling and Maryana
Pinchuk from the Community Department collaborated with community
members on the English and Portuguese Wikipedia in testing variations in
the wording of warning messages. These ready-made messages are used in
automated editing tools to alert new users about problems with their
edits. A/B testing is used to find out whether more personal, less
directives-oriented messages, or a friendlier wording, have an effect on
the user's subsequent actions: How often they edit afterwards, whether
their subsequent edits are vandalism, whether they contact the more
experienced user who issued the warning, and whether that contact is
constructive or not.

The tests involved the anti-vandalism tools Huggle and Twinkle, and
SDPatrolBot, a bot which warns users when they remove a speedy deletion
tag from an article they are working on. Steven and Maryana also started
to collaborate with community members in order to test improvements in
the archiving of shared IP talk pages, where many such warning messages
to anonymous editors are being left.


== Technology ==

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

Department Highlights (see also general "Highlights" section above)

Major news in October include:

  * The New Orleans hackathon
    which focused on Wikimedia's infrastructure;
  * Native HTTPS support
    on all Wikimedia sites;
  * Progress on the Visual editor project, with the first prototype
    expected in the coming months;
  * The deployment of the Translate extension to meta-wiki;
  * The deployment of MediaWiki 1.18
    to all Wikimedia sites;
  * The completion of the first revision of the MediaWiki architecture
  * The ramp-up by the fundraising engineering team, to prepare for the
    upcoming annual fundraiser.

The engineering management team continues to update the *Software
deployments <http://wikitech.wikimedia.org/view/Software_deployments>*
page weekly, providing up-to-date information on the upcoming
deployments to Wikimedia sites, as well as the *engineering roadmap
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/roadmap>*, listing ongoing and future
Wikimedia engineering efforts.

=== Operations ===

  * *HTTPS* — HTTPS support has been enabled on all Wikimedia sites;
    mobile support is still to come. At some point in the future, we'll
    be switching the log-in link to default to logging in via https.
  * *Virtualization test cluster* — Wikimedia Labs has been launched. We
    are starting to install instances to duplicate our production
    environment. We are also bringing up some instances for
    non-MediaWiki related work.

=== Features Engineering ===

  * *Visual editor* — Trevor Parscal worked on a new model tree (and the
    conversion from the linear model) and updated the software design
    documentation. Inez Korczynski worked on front-end functionality:
    dialogs, selecting text, mouse actions, scrolling, keyboard
    shortcuts, etc. Roan Kattouw focused on algorithms that insert
    ranges of data into a document, and Neil Kandalgaonkar on the
    removal of data. On the parser side, a basic parser using PEG is in
    place, which produces an intermediate JSON object tree; Brion Vibber
    is still working on markup support (mixed HTML and Wikitext).
    Gabriel Wicke joined the team and started to work on the PEG parser.

  * *Internationalization and localization tools* — Siebrand Mazeland
    and the rest of the team continued to plan their work using Mingle.
    Santhosh Thottingal added new features, and support for more
    languages, to the WebFonts extension, as well as new keyboard
    mappings and languages to the Narayam input method extension. Gerard
    Meijssen started to build language support teams focusing on
    localization and internationalization. A major achievement was the
    deployment of the Translate extension to Meta-wiki, by Niklas
    Laxström and Sam Reed; it will be used to translate content pages,
    e.g. for the 2011 fundraiser.

  * *Article feedback* — Work has started on Version 5 of this feature,
    which will focus on reader engagement, for example by offering new
    feedback forms and free-text comment fields; a comment moderation
    system is also planned. This project is led by Fabrice Florin, and
    will be implemented by an external contracting company, OmniTI.

=== Mobile ===

  * *MobileFrontend* — The production version of our new Wikimedia
    mobile platform, launched in September, is no longer considered to
    be beta. Users can opt-in to the beta program to test new,
    pre-release features and provide feedback; future features include
    search suggestions and interwiki links. Phil Chang also set up a
    mobile features brainstorm page, and started to organize them.

=== Special projects ===

  * *2011 Fundraiser* — October was a very busy month for fundraising
    engineering. The biggest achievement was the rewrite and deployment
    of the credit card processing software, the DonationInterface
    extension. It now supports GlobalCollect, a new payment processor,
    in addition to the existing ones. Work is underway to add support
    for non-credit card payments. Another major feature of the extension
    is the ability to easily create new forms simply by inserting
    template tags into HTML markup; it also leverages MediaWiki's
    message translation system using translatewiki.net. From an
    operations perspective, we increased the monitoring capacity of the
    servers in the payment cluster, as well as the redundancy of systems.

=== Platform engineering ===

  * *MediaWiki 1.18* — The deployment of MediaWiki 1.18 was successfully
    completed on all Wikimedia wikis. Developers are now fixing the
    remaining bugs before releasing 1.18 for third parties. The first
    beta is expected in early November.

  * *Continuous integration* — Chad Horohoe worked with the operations
    team to finalize the setup of the testing server, now online at
    http://integration.mediawiki.org. It is currently running Jenkins
    (PHPUnit), and TestSwarm should be added soon.

  * *Git conversion* — Chad Horohoe started to prepare for the migration
    to git; he wrote a script to compare LDAP accounts to the
    information stored in Code review, and prepared for conversion tests
    from the current Subversion repository.

  * *Volunteer coordination and outreach* — Sumana Harihareswara
    continued to go through the backlog of commit access requests, and
    participated in a discussion on making it easier to get Subversion
    commit access. She encouraged volunteers who are interested in
    leading hackathons, teaching classes, or attending conferences to
    talk about MediaWiki. She also followed up with volunteers and
    potential new developers, notably from the New Orleans hackathon and
    Google Summer of Code mentors' summit.

  * *MediaWiki architecture document* — Guillaume Paumier finished the
    write-up of the document, based on the input provided by developers,
    the existing documentation on mediawiki.org, the auto-generated
    documentation from doxygen, and deep dives into the actual code. The
    MediaWiki community reviewed the document, which was submitted to
    the book's editors. This project is considered to be mostly
    completed. Further work will include minor polishing and follow-up
    on the document and its publication, and integration of the content
    into the relevant pages on mediawiki.org.


== Research ==

  * We announced the winner of the Wiki Participation challenge, a data
    competition organized by the Foundation in partnership with Kaggle
    [1]. The full description of the winning entries and the code used
    in the submissions are publicly available. [2]
  * A new project funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and led by
    researchers based in the UK [3] kicked off in October and was
    further announced by a blog post [4]. The project will examine the
    accuracy and quality of Wikipedia articles across subjects and
  * A large delegation of WMF staff attended WikiSym 2011 in Mountain
    View, CA on October 3-5 – an event that was co-sponsored by the
    Foundation. [5]
  * We published the 4th issue of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter
    (WRN), covering 21 items including highlights from WikiSym 2011 and
    recent academic research on Wikimedia projects [6]. The WRN is
    cross-posted on the Signpost, on Meta and now also on the
    Foundation's blog where it can syndicated via an RSS feed. [7]
  * Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Cheryl Moy [8] joined the Research
    Committee as a new full member, while former member Luca de Alfaro
    resigned due to other commitments.
  * RCom member Mayo Fuster Morell organized the Global Forum on
    Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities, a 2-day
    event held in Barcelona on October 29-30 [9]. RCom members Milos
    Rancic and Dario Taraborelli as well as WMF analyst Erik Zachte
    participated in the event.
  * RCom member and Wikipedian in Residence in Open Science Daniel
    Mietchen presented his work on Wikipedia and Open Access and the
    RCom related activity at several events including Open Access Tage
    2011, the Open Science Summit 2011 and the Vienna SciBarCamp. [10]
  * We provided continuous support to external research requests and
    reviewed new subject recruitment proposals. The Wikimedia research
    project directory was entirely redesigned. [11]

    [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Wiki_Participation_Challenge
    [5] http://www.wikisym.org/ws2011/
    [6] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Newsletter/2011-10-31
    [8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:MichChemGSI
    [9] http://www.digital-commons.net/
    [11] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Projects

== Community ==

Community Highlight(s)

(see also general "Highlights" section above)

  * Production Coordinators visited the team in SF for a week. We
    developed efficient procedures, campaign set up structure, and best
    practices to be used during the Fundraiser, which is kicking off in

=== Projects ===

Editor Retention

(see also general "Highlights" section)

  * In coordination with WikiProject User Warnings, Maryana Pinchuk and
    Steven Walling continued their testing in English Wikipedia of new
    template content to improve retention of new Wikipedians, forming a
    taskforce there and on Meta as well in order to document and support
    this work.[1][2]
  * With the help of community members, testing was extended to the use
    of Huggle on Portuguese Wikipedia, where it is a popular tool for
    dealing with vandalism.[3]
  * Department-wide discussion with guests Sara Stierch and Kevin Gorman
    on the recent gender-gap survey results and potential community
    outreach activities.
  * Wrapping up results of Portuguese Wikipedia community trends and
    behavior study with Global Dev

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:UWTEST

2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template_A/B_testing


4. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Women_and_Wikimedia_Survey_2011

=== Fundraising ===


  * Production Coordinators visited SF for a week. One of the main focus
    of the visit was to find the most efficient procedures, campaign set
    up structure and best practices to be used during the Fundraiser
  * Kick-started testing for Payment Processing Chapters
  * Defined a new campaign structure and Blueprint for the Fundraiser
  * Enabled localization feature for CIVICRM bulk emails
  * Weekly fundraising messaging and technical tests ramped up in
    October in preparation for the November launch of the year-end
    campaign. [1]
  * We held a focus group to learn more about our donors and why they
    support the Wikimedia Foundation. A report from this research will
    be posted in November.
  * Stacey Merrick joined the fundraising team to lead social media
    strategy and implementation during the fundrasier.

1. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011

Fundraiser Translations

  * 1100 translators signed up, 158 translations completed with another
    141 in progress. New text is going into translation each day.

Major Gifts and Foundations

  * Submitted three new proposals for funding

== Global Development ==

===Global Development Highlights ===

  * Members of the department traveled to the Middle East to prepare the
    expansion of the Wikipedia Education Program and meet with local
    community members (see also general "Highlights" section above). WMF
    co-hosted a convening of Arabic Wikipedians in Doha with the Qatar
    Computing Research Institute.
  * Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland jointly fund the new
    *Wikimedia Participation Grants* program:

==== Grants Awarded and Executed ====

Six Wikimedia Grants were awarded in October. The largest among them,
awarded to Wikibilim, the NGO furthering Wikimedia's mission in
Kazakhstan, will fund the first-ever regional conference of Turkic
language editing communities, i.e. Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Uzbek,
Turkmen, Uyghur, and of course Kazakh. Other grants support capacity
building initiatives in Serbia and the Philippines, as well as events in
Serbia, Catalonia, and for the Tamil Wikpedia community.

  * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_RS/Open_Wiki_GLAM_of_Serbia
  * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Turkic_speaking_wikimedians_conference
  * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Amical/FCF-2011
  * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:WM_PH/Chapter_startup_2

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

  * Barry and Jessie went to Brazil in early October to meet with the
    community about a few key projects:
     1. University program: there are some viral education programs
        going on now, which we are supporting minimally but encouraging.
        We want to grow this program during the upcoming semester.
     2. Research on PT-WP: October was a particularly research-heavy
        month, and we are finding both encouraging and concerning things
        about Portuguese Wikipedia (PT-WP): edits remain steady, but
        editing is incredibly difficult and not viewed as "fun".
        Contractors Daniela Feijo and Fabian Kaelin were working with
        Jessie and Siko on this. For more information, see
  * Office: we are planning to work with Executive Search Firm Michael
    Page to hire a Program lead to support program work in Brazil.

=== Arabic Catalyst ===

(see also general "Highlights" section)

  * Conducted interviews in Egypt, Qatar and Jordan.
  * Supported efforts for the first launch of the Arabic Wikipedia
    Convening in Doha, Qatar
  * Evaluated five universities on their abilities to contribute to
    Wikipedia: Ain Shams, Cairo University, American University of
    Cairo, Qatar University, and University of Jordan.
  * Coordinated Wikimedia Meet-up in Cairo, Egypt for the local community
  * Conducted informal on-the-ground user research for mobile technology
    in three MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries to share with
    the Wikimedia Mobile team.

=== Wikimania Scholarships ===

Average impact of scholarship program on interest in participation>

  * Process for Wikimania scholarships has begun
  * Analysis is being done based on last year's scholarship
    applications, and we are delighted to find that the scholarship
    process does in fact increase individuals' interests in
    participating in the Wikimedia movement.
  * For the next scholarship cycle, communicate the selection criteria
    more transparently as well as increase publicity once application is

=== Mobile and Business Development ===

  * Visited India for meetings with top four operators. Anticipate
    announcing soon our first partner for Wikipedia Zero there and also
    an operator partner for developing low-end (SMS and USSD) services
    at the Hackathon. From all Global South operators, we are hearing
    great demand for SMS and USSD, so are further investigating how to
    scale development.
  * Began discussions with top 3 operators in Indonesia, Malaysia,
    Philipines. (Visiting next two weeks to advance partnerships.)
  * Continuing negotiations for large-scale Africa partnership.
  * Announced the rollout of global mobile partnership programme and
    Wikipedia Zero, and received coverage in Paid content, MocoNews, and
    various blogs.[2]
  * Finalized Sony Ericsson agreement. Wikipedia to be included in media
    player (eg "see more info on Artist") for all next-release Android

=== Global development research ===

  * Editor Survey: We have a final draft of the editor survey which we
    are planning to field in December, with internal and external output.
  * Readers Survey: Please read our blog posts about the readers study
    at https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/readers-survey/ .
  * Mobile Research: India, Brazil report is finished, and is being
    copy-edited. The mobile survey went back to field in October, and we
    used an external survey hosting company. The process of data
    cleaning is currently ongoing.

=== Global Education Program ===

  * Frank Schulenburg attended the /Mobility Shifts/ conference in New
    York. He led a workshop that demonstrated how Wikipedia can be
    incorporated into a university curriculum.
  * Wikipedia Global Education Program staff were on-hand at the
    International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to talk with interested
    professors about Wikipedia's use as a teaching tool in higher
    education. Wikipedia had both a booth in the exhibit hall and a
    presentation slot where staff members Annie Lin and LiAnna Davis
    discussed results from the U.S. pilot program.
  * On October 25, the first "Global Education Program Metrics and
    Activities Meeting" took place online. Ayush Khanna walked the
    participants through some high-level metrics such as student,
    professor and course numbers. Also, program representatives from
    India, Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the MENA region gave an
    overview of the program activities in their specific region. The
    meeting will take place on a monthly basis:
  * Wikimedia Foundation staff, including Global Education Program
    Director Frank Schulenburg, traveled to the Middle East at the end
    of October to begin planning the expansion of the Wikipedia
    Education Program to the Arab world (see also general "Highlights"
    section). Assisted by regional advisor Adel Iskandar, a professor
    from the U.S. Education Program pilot, the team met with professors
    and Wikipedians in Qatar, Egypt, and Jordan.

=== India Programs ===

Continued efforts underway to wrap up the Pune Pilot project and address
challenges of the pilot.

  * Worked with online ambassadors from India and the US to address
    urgent problems with student editing behavior, especially
    plagiarism. Engaged with the broader EN:WP community on the
    challenges and actions to address persistent problems during the pilot.
  * Documenting learning to ensure that future work benefits from the
    lessons of the pilot:

=== Communications ===

Work through October focussed on major ongoing projects: launch of the
online Wikimedia merchandise store, development of the 2010-11 WMF
Annual Report (with a slated release by end of November), considerable
support towards the new Qatar Fdn partnership, Wikipedia mobile outreach
work, strategy and assistance leading up to the 2011 annual fundraiser,
and support to WM global chapters on major milestones and local initiatives.

==== Major announcements ====

Stanton Foundation Awards Wikimedia $3.6 Million for Technology
Improvements (Oct 5)


Indigo Trust awards Wikimedia a Grant for Mobile Improvements (Oct 14)


Qatar Computing Research Institute partners with Wikimedia Foundation
(Oct 30)


==== Major Storylines through October ====

Italian Wiretap law draws WP block from it.Wikipedia community

Significant global coverage of the early October shutdown of IT.WP over
the proposed 'Blog kill' bill being reviewed by the Italian parliament.
The IT.WP shutdown drove the majority of mainstream coverage, including
substantial coverage in Italy - and visibility of the actions ultimately
altered the bill significantly. Most coverage was favorable towards the
efforts of Wikipedia and critical of the proposed bill.

(AP story)



Wikimedia Foundation and Qatar Foundation partner to expand presence in MENA

This month WMF signed its first major partnership in MENA to work
towards increase the participation and presence of Wikimedia's projects
in that region. WMF partnered with the Qatar Foundation Computer
Research Institute, with the aim to increase the number of Arabic
Wikipedia articles to 500K in three years. Considerable Arabic media
coverage of the partnership.


http://www.alarab.qa/details.php?issueId=1408&artid=156050 (Arabic)

==== Other worthwhile reads ====

Why Wikipedia Is as Important As the Pyramids




The contribution conundrum - Why did Wikipedia succeed while other
encyclopedias failed?


Google and Wikipedia team up to develop Setswana


The Amanda Knox Case - A Rare Failure at Wikipedia


Wikimedia Doubles Down On Mobile With Wikipedia Zero, Carrier Appeals


==== Wikipedia Signpost ====


==== WMF Blog posts ====


==== Media Contact ====


== Human Resources ==

=== Staff Changes ===

New Permanent Position Hires

  * Phil Chang, Product Manager – Mobile (Technology)
  * Rachel Farrand, Assistant to the Technology Department (Admin)
  * Leslie Carr, Operations Engineer – Networking & Systems (Technology)
  * Kelly Kay, Deputy General Counsel (Legal)

New Contractors

  * Amir Aharoni
  * Andrew Bogott
  * Stuart Geiger
  * Oliver Keyes
  * Stacey Merrick
  * Antoine Musso
  * Neel Punatar
  * Angela Robeson
  * Heather Walls

Contract Extended

  * Aislinn Dewey
  * Chad Horohoe
  * Tracey Fleming
  * Christine Moellenberndt
  * Steph Thommen
  * Timo Tijhof
  * Diederik Van Liere
  * Peter Youngmeister

Contract Ended

  * Alex Graveley
  * Fabian Kaelin
  * Igor Kofman
  * Russ Nelson
  * Jan Paul Posma

New Postings

  * Global Communications Manager
  * Head of Office Administration
  * Software Security Engineer


  * Mobile UI/UX Redesign

=== Statistics ===

Total Employee Count

October Plan: 106, October Filled: 4, October Attrition: 0

YTD Filled: 21, YTD Attrition: 6, Actual: 89

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end: 28

=== Department Updates ===

HRiS is finally set to be implemented and launched, and the HR team
spent most of October training and verifying data. This is a big step
forward in terms of Foundation process, and service to our employees.
We're not hitting our recruitment targets yet, but we are making good
progress. We added an additional contract recruiter this month who is
focused on tech to help us build a stronger pipeline.

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

== Finance and Administration ==

  * Hired two work study students from UC Berkeley to assist with
    administrative work load
  * Completed several facility repair projects including repairs to air
  * Working on updating wireless access in the San Francisco office
  * Engaged in an insurance review for the Foundation

== Legal ==

  * Strong push on drafting or improving upon template contracts
    (volunteer agreement, unilateral NDA, trademark licenses)
  * Started implementation of online contract management system
  * Engaged in internal reviews, including trademark portfolio strategy
  * Seeking new legal interns for next semester
  * Strong support of fundraiser
  * Ongoing discussions over new proposed terms of service.

  * Stats for the month of October 2011

        number of contracts signed - 19
        number of trademark requests - 13

            approved - 3
            denied - 3
            pending - 7

== Visitors and Guests ==

 1. James Forrester (Wikipedian)
 2. Andi Gutmans (CEO of Zend, PHP Pioneer)
 3. Elaine Lennox (Chief Marketing Officer, Zend)
 4. Yosem Companys (The Diaspora Project)

Tilman Bayer
Movement Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
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