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The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 5 – 31 January 2011

News and notes: Executive Director travels; DMCA takedowns; fellowship
clarifications; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/News_and_notes

In the news: Facebook hack; gender gap; What is the Wikipedia
"community"?; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/In_the_news

The Science Hall of Fame: Building a pantheon of scientists from
Wikipedia and Google Books
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/The_Science_Hall_of_Fame

WikiProject report: WikiWarriors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/WikiProject_report

Features and admins: The best of the week
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/Features_and_admins

Arbitration report: Evidence in Shakespeare case moves to a close;
Longevity case awaits proposed decision; AUSC RfC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/Arbitration_report

Technology report: Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-01-31/Technology_report

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Michaël Laurent | 2 Feb 18:28 2011
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Press release: "Wikipedia can promote health worldwide, say doctors"

PRESS RELEASE

Wikipedia can promote health worldwide, say doctors

CITATION

Heilman JM, Kemmann E, Bonert M, Chatterjee A, Ragar B, Beards GM, Iberri DJ, Harvey M, Thomas B, Stomp W, Martone MF, Lodge DJ, Vondracek A, de Wolff JF, Liber C, Grover SC, Vickers TJ, Meskó B, Laurent MR. "Wikipedia as a key tool for global public health promotion". Journal of Medical Internet Research. http://www.jmir.org/2011/1/e14/

CONTENT

Sept, 2010 - A group of doctors, scientists and medical students who write Wikipedia's medical articles call on their peers to join them in their efforts to provide the sum of all medical knowledge free to the world at large.

In a viewpoint paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR, the leading journal on medical informatics), they argue that the possibilities to use Wikipedia as a tool for worldwide health promotion are underestimated, citing its unique global reach and examples of how the Internet encyclopedia is used in humanitarian projects.

The authors are all members of Wikipedia's project that manages the health-related content. They note that both doctors and patients commonly seek health information online. Patients usually turn to search engines like Google for health-related queries, and previous research by these authors has shown that Wikipedia appears among those results in around 75% of cases [1].

Wikipedia's medical content broad and fairly accurate

Based on a review of existing studies of Wikipedia's medical content, the paper concludes that Wikipedia has articles on an incredibly wide range of medical topics with few factual errors, although most of Wikipedia's articles are only in the earliest stages of development and the readability needs to be improved.

"With more than 20,000 articles on health and more than 6,000 drug-related articles, there has never been more freely accessible health information on the Internet thanks to Wikipedia. But now we need more experts to expand these articles and to make them more accessible to the general public at the same time," says Dr. Michaël Laurent, the article's corresponding author.

Although critics have questioned Wikipedia's open editorial policy and examples of errors have been widely published, the authors point out that the encyclopedia has developed multiple strategies to prevent damage to its articles (including the use of vandalism fighting software, automated correction scripts, page protection, edit filters, blocking and banning).

Calling all doctors to contribute

Since WikiProject Medicine was founded by one of the authors (Dr. Jacob F. de Wolff) in April 2004, more than 200 editors (ranging from laypeople and students to doctors, nurses and professors) have registered at the virtual 'doctor's mess', where Wikipedia's medical content is discussed and coordinated. Over the years, the project has developed guidelines about writing good medical articles and finding reliable medical references. "Wikipedia lends itself very well to evidence-based medicine," the article notes.

The group proposes that physicians may contribute to Wikipedia for several reasons, including the intellectual challenge to summarize a medical topic for the general public and the satisfaction that comes from editing an important source of medical information, watching the articles grow and rise among Google results, often outperforming review articles in leading medical journals.

"Wikipedia has an incredible audience. While one may not get accolades for what they contribute here, what one writes matters," comments lead author James Heilman, MD.

"I've written several articles which became the number one Google result for that topic after only a few days, surpassing reviews in core journals or information from universities and professional societies. Writing for Wikipedia means that you get to write what people will be reading," Dr. Laurent explains.

Direct financial or scholarly incentives to promote editing of Wikipedia are still lacking, but the authors suggest several options, like giving doctors CME credits for editing Wikipedia.

Some areas of Wikipedia's medical content are controversial, and the authors sometimes have had to deal with fringe theories and quackery. But they say this should not deter interested medical contributors because plenty of non-controversial work needs to be done. Furthermore, Wikipedia has strict policies against personal threats to editors, and examples of real-life consequences are rare (Dr. Heilman has in the past been investigated -and acquitted- for adding all inkblots to the Wikipedia article on the Rorschach test; see New York Times, Aug 23, 2009).

Wikipedia as a global platform for health knowledge

The paper explains how the encyclopedia could be used as a global platform for disseminating medical knowledge. Wikipedia's format has proven to foster mass collaboration, the encyclopedia exists in over 250 languages and its content is available under a copyleft license.

The article also cautions against the waste of human resources caused by the spread of experts across medical wikis (over 70 of which exist), none of which have attracted a similar 'long tail' of editors or a similar global audience (for a previous discussion on this topic, see the News feature in Nature Medicine, 2007).

The authors point to recent collaborations with the National Institutes of Health, Google.org (the philanthropic arm of Google) and the Rfam RNA database, which they believe shows the enthusiasm for Wikipedia as a key source for online biomedical information.

References

[1] Laurent MR, Vickers TJ. Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Jul-Aug;16(4):471-9.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

  • James M. Heilman, MD, CCFP(EM) is an emergency physician at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Moose Jaw, Canada. He is also associated with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada.

  • Eckhard Kemmann, MD, FACOG is a retired faculty member at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood, Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.

  • Michael Bonert, MD, MASc is an anatomical pathology resident at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

  • Anwesh Chatterjee, MRCP is a respiratory medicine specialty registrar at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Poole General Hospital, Poole, United Kingdom.

  • Brent Ragar, MD is an attending physician at the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

  • Graham M. Beards, DSc is a specialist biomedical and clinical scientist in microbiology at Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall, United Kingdom.

  • David J. Iberri is a medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont, United States.

  • Matthew Harvey, BMed is an anatomical pathology registrar at the Anatomical Pathology Department, Pathology Queensland, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. He is also an associate lecturer at the Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Brendan Thomas, MD is a dermatology resident at the department of Dermatology, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

  • Wouter Stomp, MD is a PhD candidate at the Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.

  • Michael F. Martone is a medical student at Rush University Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

  • Daniel J. Lodge, MD is a resident at the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

  • Andrea Vondracek, PhD is a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Immunology, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado, United States.

  • Jacob F. de Wolff, MRCP is an emergency physician at the Department of Acute Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

  • Casimir Liber, MBBS, FRANZCP is a psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry, Bankstown Health Service, Sydney, Australia, and a conjoint lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

  • Samir C. Grover, MD, FRCPC is an assistant professor of medicine at the Division of Gastroenterology, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

  • Tim J. Vickers, MSc, PhD is a staff scientist at the Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

  • Bertalan Meskó, MD is a PhD candidate at the Medical School and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary.

  • Dr. Michaël R. Laurent is a specialty registrar in internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Contact information

Interested members of the press may contact the authors via e-mail:

michael.laurent-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org or jmh649-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org.

About the Journal

The Journal of Medical Internet Research is the leading peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of medical Informatics, with an impact factor of 3.9 in 2009.

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia ( http://www.wikipedia.org ) is a multilingual, free-content online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute. Wikipedia and its sister projects are operated by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, a registered charity.

Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference web sites, attracting 398 million visitors monthly as of September 2010. There are more than 82,000 active contributors working on more than 35 million articles and files in more than 270 languages. The English Wikipedia currently contains more than 3.5 million articles. According to Internet marketing research companies like comScore and Alexa, Wikipedia is among the ten most visited websites worldwide, and it is the only non-profit organization in the top ten.


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Sue Gardner | 5 Feb 00:47 2011
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New General Counsel!: Geoffrey Brigham

Hey folks,

I'm delighted to tell you that the Wikimedia Foundation has a new
General Counsel.

Geoff Brigham, formerly of eBay, will start with us March 7 once he's
relocated from Paris to San Francisco. He'll report to me.

To recap: In late October, I hired m|Oppenheim to find us a new
General Counsel. I expected it to be a tough search, because
appropriate GCs for the Wikimedia Foundation don't exactly grow on
trees. As a growing U.S.-based non-profit that operates one of the
world's most popular websites in partnership with a global network of
volunteers, we need a GC who can handle a broad range of legal issues
including the legal defense of our projects in an international
context, an array of matters related to policy and regulatory
compliance, issues such as privacy, and helping us with the challenges
of opening a new office in India. Very few people have that kind of
breadth. And for our GC as with all our jobs, we are also looking for
someone who is passionate about the mission, has a collaborative and
inclusive personal style, is inclined towards transparency, and
ideally is a bit of an iconoclast. It's a lot to ask of one person :-)

So we braced ourselves for a long and difficult search. But in fact it
turned out to be highly enjoyable. Over a period of several months,
m|Oppenheim talked with hundreds of connectors and candidates, and in
the end we interviewed about a dozen finalists. They were terrific,
inspiring lawyers: I was glad to meet them all. And I am delighted
that we discovered Geoff.

Geoff spent eight years at eBay during its main growth years, which
gives him important experience managing the legal challenges and risks
inherent in operating a popular site. His work at eBay encompassed
North America, Europe, Asia and Australia where he handled legal
issues throughout the world. He's worked alone and led large teams. He
is hands-on, collaborative, open-minded and inclusive. And he is
extremely excited about working with us.

A little more about Geoff's background: Most recently, Geoff was
Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at eBay in San Jose,
California. There, he directed legal affairs in more than 15 countries
throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, encompassing
litigation, copyright and trademarks, privacy, ethics, product and
site content review, policy and regulatory compliance, new market
advice, contracts, governance and site security.  Previously he worked
for eBay in Bern, Switzerland for four years as Vice-President &
Senior Director, and in Paris, France for two years as Senior
Compliance and Litigation Counsel.

Prior to joining eBay, Geoff was Assistant United States Attorney in
Miami, Florida. Before that he worked for the U.S. Department of
Justice in Paris and Washington, was an Associate with Finley, Kumble,
Wagner et al. in Washington, and was a law clerk for the Honorable
Howard F. Corcoran, U.S. Judge for the District of Columbia.  Geoff
received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in
Washington DC. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and French,
from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

He speaks English and French. He's a passionate music fan and an
accomplished flute player: he used to busk many years ago, playing
jazz and classical music on the Parisian streets, and he was well
known at eBay for playing his flute in the office in the early
mornings. Maybe that will happen at the Wikimedia Foundation too :-)

Many thanks to Lisa Grossman of m|Oppenheim for leading this important
search for us. My thanks also to everyone who helped Lisa and me
define the General Counsel role and surface and interview candidates,
including (roughly in order of their involvement) Erik Moeller, Cyn
Skyberg, Kat Walsh, Arne Klempert, Stu West, SJ Klein, Barry Newstead,
Veronique Kessler, Danese Cooper, Zack Exley, Jimmy Wales, Bishakha
Datta, Matt Halprin, Gautam John, Pavel Richter and Shari Steele. My
thanks also to Derrick Coetzee, who happened to be in the office one
day and got pulled into an impromptu conversation helping brief Geoff
about some of the issues facing us. I also want to thank Wikimedia
France for staging its GLAM conference in Paris recently: Geoff
attended it and says that meeting Wikimedians there, and watching them
work, significantly contributed to his desire to join us.

If I remember correctly how this list works, replies to this mail
should go directly to foundation-l. (That's how it's intended to work:
I hope it's actually true.)  Geoff is subscribed to foundation-l, so
if you do reply there, he'll see it. He doesn't yet have a Wikimedia
e-mail address, but once he does, you will likely see it turn up on
this and other lists. Please note he's not on the job until March 7:
until then, he's only really available to us socially, not for work.

Please join me in welcoming Geoff to the Wikimedia movement :-)

Thanks,
Sue

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Barry Newstead | 5 Feb 03:38 2011
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Announcement: Hiring of Asaf Bartov and Moushira Elamrawy contract extension

I am very pleased to announce that Asaf Bartov has agreed to join the 
Wikimedia Foundation as Head of Global South Relationships (pending the 
completion of the U.S. visa application process) and Moushira Elamrawy 
has agreed to a contract extension to serve as Chapter Relations 
Manager. These positions are both part of the Global Development team 
and seek to enhance WMF's relationships with and support of chapters and 
other groups/individuals in the movement.

We expect Asaf to join WMF in March 2011 and the position will be based 
in San Francisco. Asaf is a long-time Wikipedian and Wikimedian. He 
began editing Wikipedia in 2001, his home project is the Hebrew 
Wikipedia. His first contribution to Hebrew Wikipedia was to initiate 
the article on Homer (not the four-fingered guy from Springfield) in 
2003. He has been a member of Wikimedia Israel since 2008, and served as 
board member and international liaison. Asaf has been making his living 
in software, but has always cultivated a wide range of interests in the 
humanities -- studying literature and classics, and then teaching 
ancient Greek and Latin at Tel Aviv University -- as well as voluntary 
activities in the open source and open content worlds. He is the 
founding editor of Project Ben-Yehuda, a free 100% volunteer-run 
repository of public-domain Hebrew texts. He is also active in 
transforming library technology to 21st-century open standards, having 
served as consultant at the National Library of Israel, and an invited 
expert at the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group (LLD XG).

Asaf's primary role will be to support the growth of the Wikimedia 
movement in the Global South with a specific focus on working with 
chapters, groups who seek to become chapters and mission-aligned 
groups/individuals. He will play an advisory role to support these 
groups to advance their work in support of the movement. He will manage 
WMF's grants program (globally) with the aim of providing funding for 
strategy-aligned initiatives with a strong focus on innovation. Asaf 
will work with groups to design effective grants and help create model 
grants that groups can readily adapt to their local needs. Finally, Asaf 
will help improve our knowledge repository of program and grant 
experiences with a priority to create systematic means for evaluating 
and learning from each program.

I would also like to announce that WMF has extended the contract of 
Moushira Elamrawy, who was serving as Global Campaigns Manager during 
the 2010/11 fundraiser, to serve in a Chapter Relations capacity. She 
will continue to be based in Alexandria, Egypt. Moushira was introduced 
to Wikimedia in April 2007 during filming the footage of "Truth in 
Numbers" in Alexandria, Egypt: a few weeks later she was appointed from 
Bibliotheca Alexandrina to become the main organizer from the library's 
side for Wikimania 2008. Her responsibilities started along with the 
bidding process and extended until after the conference was over to 
include co-organizing Wikipedia editing sessions, Arabic Wikipedia Day, 
and an "Introduction to Free Open Source OS" sessions series. She 
continues to help with new initiatives and offline activities concerning 
Arabic Wikipedia, including ongoing efforts for creating an Arabic 
Wikipedia signpost, organizing events that help attract new users such 
as editing and licensee sessions. She recently initiated a cross 
collaboration among Arabic users across north Africa, in order to create 
a base of user groups across this region. Last fall, Moushira was 
engaged by WMF's community department to focus on liaising between the 
chapters and WMF during the 2010 fundraising campaign. Moushira has 
previously worked for sustainable development projects in desert areas 
of Egypt and Morocco focusing on ecological building approaches. She is 
a Greenpeace volunteer and retired vegan.
Moushira's role will be to support WMF and chapters in living up to our 
responsibilities to each other and to the movement, particularly with 
regard to smoothing and systematizing communications mechanisms with the 
goal of increased transparency and openness. She will help establish 
processes that enable us to meet our commitments to each other and the 
movement. She will facilitate the completion of requirements under our 
fundraising and chapter agreements relating to revenue sharing, 
reporting and accountability. She will support us monitoring progress 
against these commitments, designing systems for tracking and creating 
simple ways to work together in a manner that achieves mutual 
accountability, while keeping the burden on volunteer board members and 
other chapter members to a minimum. Moushira will also serve as WMF's 
process manager over the next year for key activities such as the 
signing of chapter agreements and fundraising agreements, compliance 
with agreement requirements and more systematic capture of reports 
to/from chapters. Please note that WMF doesn’t intend this role to be an 
oversight function nor do we expect that it’s our role to remind 
chapters of their responsibilities: the role is to both help WMF fulfill 
our responsibilities and to help us all improve our processes. This is a 
big challenge and she will work collaboratively with chapters to achieve 
it.

I am thrilled to add Asaf and Moushira to the WMF Global Development team.

We will jointly host an IRC at the following times to address any 
questions or comments that you might have about these roles.
1. Friday, February 11 at 1500 UTC
2. Friday, February 11 at 2200 UTC

________________

FAQ

How did we source candidates for these roles?

The Chapter Development Director position was publicly posted in August 
2010, and we interviewed a number of candidates. We had some strong and 
interesting candidates, but we did not find anyone who could fulfill the 
role as we had initially designed it. Asaf Bartov applied for the 
Chapter Development Director and was interviewed by a panel of 
interviewers. Moushira Elamrawy did not apply for the position, however 
she was fulfilling some functions in the Global Campaigns role that we 
saw as needed in our Chapter Development work (items that were listed in 
the original job description).

As such, we decided that the best course of action was to split the 
initial role into two that would meet our needs and not require a reset 
of the entire process. We did a review of the prior candidates to see if 
any would be a good alternative to Asaf and Moushira and concluded that 
we were comfortable with them as our selection. Please note that 
Moushira’s role is temporary: that’s because the relationship between 
the Wikimedia Foundation and the chapters is actively evolving, and so 
we think this role may change significantly over time.

How does the appointment of these two roles change the relationship 
between WMF and chapters?

Our hope is that these engagements will improve our relationship by 
providing dedicated resources to our chapter interactions. This will 
allow WMF to be more responsive and will provide resources to invest 
time in creating new solutions to problems that we have dealt with in 
the past, but haven't solved effectively.

We also hope that Moushira and Asaf will help to enhance the 
effectiveness of chapters by serving as advisors on program work, 
helping to make connections between program work in different places and 
by creating systems that ease the administrative burden on volunteers, 
freeing you to focus more time on program activities.

These engagements do not change the formal relationships between WMF and 
chapters. We both will continue to be independently responsible for 
meeting our commitments and for solving problems that arise in a timely 
and collaborative manner.

Why is Asaf's position focused on the Global South vs. all chapters?

We do not have sufficient resources available to expend our resources 
equally in all areas and still achieve impact and so we need to 
prioritize. The movement priorities set out during the strategy process 
set clear targets for our growth in the Global South and we are aligning 
our resources to this priority. We will continue to support grants 
across the globe and will engage with all chapters, but Asaf's first 
responsibility will be to the work focused on the Global South.

What does WMF plan to do with other groups/individuals in the movement?

We continue to believe in the principle of a decentralized movement and 
the importance of supporting good efforts by volunteers regardless of 
organizational affiliation. While we expect chapters to play a strong 
role in designing and running programs as well as funding 
groups/individuals within their geographies to do such work, we also 
want to keep the door open for groups or individuals who want to conduct 
program work that supports the movement priorities outside of a chapter 
structure. In recent months, this has included, for example, funding for 
the Wikipedia in Schools program in Kenya and support for GLAM work by a 
US-based volunteer, Aude.

Does the appointment of Asaf change WMF's view of grant-making?

We see grant-making as an important process for supporting chapters and 
other groups/individuals to achieve movement priorities. The appointment 
of Asaf provides us with an opportunity to expand grant-making and make 
it more systematic. We believe that many chapters will not be in a 
position to generate sustainable funding locally to fund the full array 
of programs that may be needed to achieve our goals. Grant-making is an 
effective way to fill that gap.

We would like to see our grant-making work evolve to include much more 
community participation in helping chapters and other groups/individuals 
design good programs, in helping WMF make good decisions and in 
evaluating and capturing the learning from grants after they are 
implemented. This will be a core initiative for Asaf in his first year.

I’ve got other questions that aren’t answered here.
Barry, Asaf and Moushira will host an IRC at the following times to talk 
through the roles in more detail.
1. Friday, February 11 at 1500 UTC
2. Friday, February 11 at 2200 UTC

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Wikipedia Signpost | 8 Feb 02:01 2011
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The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 6 – 7 February 2011

News and notes: New General Counsel hired; reuse of Google Art Project
debated; GLAM newsletter started; news in brief
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/News_and_notes

In the news: Wikipedia controversies about Mormon topics examined; brief news
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/In_the_news

Gender gap: Widespread discussions about the low participation of
women in Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/Gender_gap

WikiProject report: Stargazing aboard WikiProject Spaceflight
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/WikiProject_report

Features and admins: The best of the week
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/Features_and_admins

Arbitration report: Open cases: Shakespeare authorship – Longevity;
Motions on Date delinking, Eastern European mailing list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/Arbitration_report

Technology report: Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-02-07/Technology_report

Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

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Jay Walsh | 9 Feb 17:25 2011
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(press release) Wikimedia Foundation selects Watchmouse monitoring service

Wikimedia Foundation selects Watchmouse monitoring service
“Live Health” of Wikipedia and additional websites now posted and updated in real time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 9, 2011 – WatchMouse, a globally recognized self-service website and application performance monitoring company, today announced that the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation will utilize the WatchMouse Public Status Pages to display the uptime and availability of their array of user-built projects. The Foundation operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, which are accessed by more than 395 million UVs (comScore Dec 2010) from around the world, and in over 250 languages. The Wikipedia Public Status Page can be found at http://status.wikimedia.org

“The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to be one of the most transparent non-profit organizations in the world,” said Danese Cooper, Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation. “The Foundation is deeply concerned with growing our global user and editor base, which makes it critical for us to monitor and maintain the live status of all of our websites — and providing a public portal for our tens of thousands of volunteers to track uptime as well. WatchMouse understands and supports our global mission to spread free knowledge around the world, and with their help we're able to push our mission even further.”

The WatchMouse Public Status Page technology (http://www.watchmouse.com/en/feature/public-status-page.html) monitors performance and gathers availability data across a network of over 50 stations in more than 30 countries. The Public Status Pages are free to subscribers and trialists, and inform website visitors of the status of a specified selection of a company’s online services. This results in reduced customer service contacts and fosters goodwill with users by publishing the live health of a website. The actual Public Status Pages are hosted in the cloud using Amazon's S3 and EC2 products ensuring they are up even when a company’s website may not be. Additional WatchMouse customers utilizing Public Status Pages include Twitter, WordPress and Zappos.

“Non-profit organizations are transparent by nature and have a willingness to provide information about their business activities,” stated Mark Pors, CTO and co-founder of WatchMouse. “We’re pleased to partner with the Wikimedia Foundation and to support all non-profit organizations by offering a deep discount on our monitoring services.”
For more information about discounted monitoring services for non-profit organizations, please visit http://www.watchmouse.com/non_profit_offering.php.

About WatchMouse
WatchMouse is a global industry leader in self-service website and application performance monitoring. WatchMouse products test the behavior and availability of websites, services and applications utilizing an infrastructure that includes over 50 worldwide monitoring stations, in 30+ countries. WatchMouse provides many of the world's leading companies including Twitter, WordPress, Wikimedia Foundation, Philips, ING and VeriSign with independent confirmation of both in-house and supplier performance. Subscribers and trialists also have the ability to publish the live health of their websites utilizing the WatchMouse Public Status Page technology. Supporting a broad, rapidly growing international customer base, Founded in 2002, WatchMouse is a privately held company headquartered in The Netherlands. Follow <at> watchmouse on Twitter or learn more at http://www.watchmouse.com.

About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 390 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property world-wide (Dec, 2010). Available in more than 270 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 17 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

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Mercury Global Partners for WatchMouse
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Ginny Cain
Mercury Global Partners for WatchMouse
Tel. +1 925 426 0646 (US)

Jay Walsh
Head of Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
Tel. +1 415 839 6885 x 6609
jwalsh <at> wikimedia.org

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Jay Walsh | 9 Feb 17:20 2011
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Wikimedia Foundation selects Watchmouse monitoring service

Wikimedia Foundation selects Watchmouse monitoring service
“Live Health” of Wikipedia and additional websites now posted and updated in real time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 9, 2011 – WatchMouse, a globally recognized self-service website and application performance monitoring company, today announced that the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation will utilize the WatchMouse Public Status Pages to display the uptime and availability of their array of user-built projects. The Foundation operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, which are accessed by more than 395 million UVs (comScore Dec 2010) from around the world, and in over 250 languages. The Wikipedia Public Status Page can be found at http://status.wikimedia.org

“The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to be one of the most transparent non-profit organizations in the world,” said Danese Cooper, Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation. “The Foundation is deeply concerned with growing our global user and editor base, which makes it critical for us to monitor and maintain the live status of all of our websites — and providing a public portal for our tens of thousands of volunteers to track uptime as well. WatchMouse understands and supports our global mission to spread free knowledge around the world, and with their help we're able to push our mission even further.”

The WatchMouse Public Status Page technology (http://www.watchmouse.com/en/feature/public-status-page.html) monitors performance and gathers availability data across a network of over 50 stations in more than 30 countries. The Public Status Pages are free to subscribers and trialists, and inform website visitors of the status of a specified selection of a company’s online services. This results in reduced customer service contacts and fosters goodwill with users by publishing the live health of a website. The actual Public Status Pages are hosted in the cloud using Amazon's S3 and EC2 products ensuring they are up even when a company’s website may not be. Additional WatchMouse customers utilizing Public Status Pages include Twitter, WordPress and Zappos.

“Non-profit organizations are transparent by nature and have a willingness to provide information about their business activities,” stated Mark Pors, CTO and co-founder of WatchMouse. “We’re pleased to partner with the Wikimedia Foundation and to support all non-profit organizations by offering a deep discount on our monitoring services.”
For more information about discounted monitoring services for non-profit organizations, please visit http://www.watchmouse.com/non_profit_offering.php.

About WatchMouse
WatchMouse is a global industry leader in self-service website and application performance monitoring. WatchMouse products test the behavior and availability of websites, services and applications utilizing an infrastructure that includes over 50 worldwide monitoring stations, in 30+ countries. WatchMouse provides many of the world's leading companies including Twitter, WordPress, Wikimedia Foundation, Philips, ING and VeriSign with independent confirmation of both in-house and supplier performance. Subscribers and trialists also have the ability to publish the live health of their websites utilizing the WatchMouse Public Status Page technology. Supporting a broad, rapidly growing international customer base, Founded in 2002, WatchMouse is a privately held company headquartered in The Netherlands. Follow <at> watchmouse on Twitter or learn more at http://www.watchmouse.com.

About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 390 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property world-wide (Dec, 2010). Available in more than 270 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 17 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Media Contacts:
Mindy M. Hull
Mercury Global Partners for WatchMouse
Tel. +1 415 889 9977 (US)
Tel. +31 62 504 7680 (NL)

Ginny Cain
Mercury Global Partners for WatchMouse
Tel. +1 925 426 0646 (US)

Jay Walsh
Head of Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
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Bence Damokos | 10 Feb 20:28 2011
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Wikimedia Hungary Report January 2011

Hi all,



For your convenience it is reproduced here.

Wikimedia Hungary Report
Vol 4 Issue 1
January 2011
Prepared by: Bence Damokos

This is an update on Wikimédia Magyarország's activities covering January 2011.

Fundraising

Wikimedia Hungary has finished its most successful fundraiser ever. We have raised HUF 5,7 million (~$28 600 at todays exchange rates) from around 1300 donors, which is a four-fold increase from last year.

For the fundraiser we have used the standard WMF landing pages, but also introduced a special banner and appeal from our former Vice President. (Interestingly, the appeal performed worse than the Jimbo appeal on the Hungarian Wikipedia, but better on the English Wikipedia.) In order to have better statistics and to provide some more contextual data on our operations to the donors, we have moved the landing pages mid-fundraiser to our own servers.

One of the lessons we gathered was that donors had a high abandon rate with Paypal, possibly due to it not being in Hungarian. As the direct bank transfer method of donations were quite popular, we will be investing in the development of CiviCRM to allow us to connect it with our bank's online banking solution, offering donors this choice of donation method.

Later in the year, in February and especially in May we will be working on convincing potential donors to choose Wikimedia Hungary as the recipient of one percent of their income tax.

Wikipedia 10

We held two events to celebrate the English Wikipedia's tenth birthday: a conference and a wiki meetup. In July, we plan to hold a celebration of the Hungarian Wikipedia's 8th birthday.

Conference

We held a conference in the Hungarian National Széchényi Library's Asssembly Hall to about 150 guests from the public.

The conference was opened by Szilveszter E. Vizi, the former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where he called Wikipedia the "Common memory of mankind." His opening was followed by a special video message from Jimmy Wales.

Frank Schulenburg spoke about the roots of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation's Public Policy Initiative. (Videos available through Wikimedia Hungary's new YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/WikimediaHU).

Frank's keynote was followed by three presentations on the history of Wikipedia, about the French encyclopedists and about networks on the Internet and in Wikipedia.

Finally, there was a panel discussion about Wikipedia use in education and in general, involving university professors and the Director of the Library.

(The conference was funded through a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.)

Wiki meetup

The conference was followed by a wikimeetup with about 40 particpants. We distributed some Wiki 10 and general Wikipedia T-shirts and celebrated with a cake.

Wikimedia Hungary publications

The conference was the first time we publicly distributed our two publications that were produced at the end of last November: the Hungarian edition of the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure and our 2008-2010 Report.

The brochures were based on the Wikimedia Bookshelf designs adapted to our needs and printed through a grant of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Chapter Development Pilot Project

On 16 January our Board members met with Anna Royon-Wiegelt to discuss a Chapter Development Pilot Project. The meeting was quite useful in going over the history, timeline, successes and challenges of the chapter.

We are currently considering participation in the project.

Media attention

The anniversary and the conference has garnered considerable media attention. The national news agency and all the major internet news portals[1][2] published reports about the conference.

We've given interviews to three newspapers[3][4][5] and four radio stations.[6]

An other issue that has resulted in some original reporting in the Hungarian online media was a copyright violation case where one user has uploaded 5000+ articles from copyrighted encyclopedias over 5 years and where it took considerable amount of time for a small group of editors to go through all of his edits and to compare them to the numerous sources that the user had used to find the copyright violations (the user had used a number of Public Domain sources, purging all of his edits would not have been the ideal solution).

The media mentions[7][8][9] were based mostly on the report written up by one of the most active editor in the clean up effort and were generally positive about the fact that the offending pages have been filtered out. The issue got a few mentions in passing in the coverage of the anniversary as well, but overall the episode hasn't tarnished Wikipedia's reputation in Hungary.

Ongoing projects

Toolserver

We have purchased a server in December 2010 to provide various tools to the editing and researcher community, to allow us to test MediaWiki extensions and software updates and to keep backups of the database dumps. The server was in transit during the month of January. Delivery and set up is planned for February.

Photo competion

We are planning a photo competition with a major Hungarian photo upload site to collect high quality, freely licensed images. The competition is planned to run from April through May.




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Erik Moeller | 12 Feb 06:29 2011
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Wikimedia Foundation Report, January 2011

Hi folks,

please find below the Wikimedia Foundation report for January.

As always, you'll find a wikified version on Meta (this one includes a
selection of 10th anniversary photos, so do take a look):

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_January_2011

Edits and feedback are always welcome.

All best,
Erik

In this report:

    * 1 Data and Trends
    * 2 Financials
    * 3 Highlights
          o 3.1 10th Anniversary
          o 3.2 New Wikimedia Foundation Fellowships
          o 3.3 Movement Roles Workshop
    * 4 Technology
          o 4.1 General Engineering
          o 4.2 Operations
          o 4.3 Features
    * 5 Research and Strategy
    * 6 Community
          o 6.1 Fundraising Team
          o 6.2 Public Policy Initiative
    * 7 Global Development
          o 7.1 Offline
          o 7.2 Global Development Research
          o 7.3 Grantmaking and Wikimania Scholarships

          o 7.4 Brazil Catalyst Project
          o 7.5 India Catalyst Project
    * 8 Communications
    * 9 Human Resources
    * 10 Finance and Administration
    * 11 Visitors and Guests

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Data and Trends
---------------

[Only December data is available as of February 10, 2011]

    Global unique visitors:
    395 million (-3.7% compared to previous month / +14% compared to
    previous year)
    comScore data for December, all Wikimedia Foundation projects;
    comScore will release January data later in February

    Page requests:
    13.9 billion (-6.7% compared to previous month / + 22.9% compared to
    previous year)
    (Wikimedia Foundation data for December, all Wikimedia Foundation
    projects including Wikipedia mobile)

    Report Card for December 2010: http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/

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Financials
----------

[Only December data is available as of February 10, 2011]

    Operating revenue for December: USD 8.0MM vs plan of 9.9MM.
    Operating revenue year-to-date December: USD 18.1MM vs plan of 15.1MM.

The successful 2010 fundraising campaign has resulted in the Wikimedia
Foundation exceeding its revenue targets year-to-date. Revenue above
does not reflect amounts expected to be received from chapters: that
revenue will be reflected once payments are received.

    Operating expenses for December: USD 1.7MM vs plan of 1.8MM
    Operating expenses year-to-date: December: USD 7.7MM vs plan of 10.0MM

The Wikimedia Foundation is under-spent for December primarily due to
timing of capital expenditures and internet hosting, as well as
under-spending in staffing costs (a decision was made early in the year
to bias towards hiring slowly and well, rather than prioritizing speed).
Major data center purchases that occurred in January will make up for
much of this underspend.

Cash and investments as of December 2010 totaled $22.8MM (approximately
13 months of expenses).

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Highlights
----------

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10th Anniversary
----------------

On January 15, 2011, Wikipedia was 10 years old, an event that was heard
around the wikis and celebrated around the globe. The Wikimedia
Foundation supported chapters, volunteers, and other groups hosting
celebrations in self-organizing events, spreading the good news, and
generally marking this a once-in-a-movement historic event.

*Celebrations everywhere*

More than 400 celebrations were logged at http://ten.wikipedia.org/.
Many took place on or around January 15, with more planned for later in
the year. Photo gallery can be found here:

http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_gallery

The celebrations included wiki-conferences, photo walks, casual
meet-ups, dance parties, pub nights and kite flying. Wikimedia
Foundation staff and board members travelled to support a variety of
events, including: Ting Chen in Nairobi, Jimmy Wales and Jan-Bart de
Vreede in London, Bishakha Datta in Kolkata, Phoebe Ayers in San
Francisco, Frank Schulenburg in Budapest, and Barry Newstead and Moka
Pantages in Mumbai. Many celebrations included an airing of a special
message from Jimmy Wales produced by WMF for the Wikipedia community:

http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WalesCalltoAction.ogv.

On January 15, Bay Area Wikimedians staged an all-day conference
featuring speakers Ward Cunningham and Kevin Kelly. The Wikimedia
Foundation supported that event by staging a party for roughly 250
guests that same evening.

Barry Newstead spoke at the Wikipedia 10 celebration in Mumbai. He also
spoke at three events in Pune, India: a TEDxPUNE event for school
children, a meeting of public administrators in Pune, and the official
Wikimedia community event.

*T-Shirts and buttons for the mission*

The Wikimedia Foundation shipped more than 80 Wikipedia 10 celebration
kits to support volunteer-organized events all over the world. Each
included 50 custom-themed T-shirts, buttons, and stickers. This was an
important pilot for the Wikimedia movement: new data about customs,
logistics, and postal services for a wide range of nations has been
gathered, and new processes for soliciting orders from chapters or other
groups for timely delivery have been developed.

*Collaborative design*

With the help of San Francisco graphic designer David Peters, WMF
produced a simple design scheme to help celebrate Wikipedia 10. The
Wikipedia 10 design concept was at the center of event-related
merchandise, and was further localized and developed by dozens of local
Wikipedia groups in the form of icons, banners, cakes, and other products.

http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design

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New Wikimedia Foundation Fellowships
------------------------------------

Lennart Guldbrandsson began a six-month fellowship during which he will
work on the Bookshelf Project (public outreach resources and many
languages) and the Account Creation Improvement Project (exploring ways
to engage more people to become editors after making a Wikimedia project
account). The full announcement can be found at:

http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/01/07/announcing-our-fourth-fellow-lennart-guldbrandsson/

Liam Wyatt began a 12-month fellowship to build the capacity of the
Wikimedia community to undertake partnerships with cultural institutions
known as GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), following
his pioneering work in this area:

http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/01/19/announcing-our-glam-fellow-liam-wyatt/

Achal Prabhala began a four-month fellowship focused on the role of oral
citations as a source for Wikimedia projects. He will be conducting
field research in rural South Africa and India with Wikipedians and
non-Wikipedians across three languages - he plans to explore ways to
compensate for the lack of written source material in many local
languages. The full announcment can be found at:

http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/01/12/new-wikimedia-fellow/

Maryana Pinchuk's fellowship has been extended for an additional 12
months, so that she can coordinate the writing of histories of several
more Wikipedias. She and fellow Victoria Doronina will soon be releasing
their history of the Russian Wikipedia in both Russian and English on
Meta and on the Russian Wikipedia. See the previous announcement:

http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2010/09/30/two-new-community-department-fellows/

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Movement Roles Workshop
-----------------------

The Movement Roles project is a project of the WMF Board of Trustees
supported by contractors Austin Hair and Jon Huggett acting as
facilitators. Its goal is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of
different entities, groups, and people working to support the
international Wikimedia movement. It is working on recommendations for
the development of Wikimedia as a global network of organizations.

The working group held an in-person meeting in Frankfurt on January 29
and 30. The meeting reviewed suggestions from the past few months,
identified areas of agreement and disagreement, and proposed ideas to
provoke discussion in the broader community. Work will continue on Meta
and is open to input and participation from all.

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_project/2011-01-29

The group drafted a matrix of organizational roles and responsibilities:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_project/2011-01-29/roles_matrix

The next in-person meeting of the group will be the day before the March
chapters meeting in Berlin.

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Technology
----------

As in previous months, details of our technology activities in the month
of January 2011 can be found in the tech blog:

http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2011/02/february-wmf-engineering-update/

Highlights below:

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General Engineering
-------------------

*MediaWiki 1.17*

MediaWiki 1.17 is the upcoming release of the MediaWiki software. We
plan to deploy MediaWiki 1.17 to Wikimedia Foundation sites on February
8th. We are still working through the code review queue (revisions,
graph) and fixing some integration issues. The major noticeable feature
of this deployment will be Resource Loader, which will enable the
release of the second iteration of Article Feedback sometime afterwards.
We are also dark-launching the improved category collation code that
Aryeh Gregor wrote back in August, and will enable this feature shortly
after the 1.17 launch. Some new extensions will also wait until after
the dust settles from the 1.17 launch.

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Operations
----------

*Data Center*

In January, we finally placed orders for most of the equipment for the
Ashburn VA Data Center. We expect to be slightly over budget on this
order as we have decided to order extra high-availability storage
hardware for backups. Starting in February, teams of Ops engineers will
be working to rack these new machines. We plan to post a link to a live
video feed of our enclosure where you can see the work in progress.

*Media Storage*

Since December, we have been working with a contract engineer to create
a new extensible Media Storage Architecture, and are now at the point of
testing on a single machine. As the new Upload Wizard is coming closer
to production-quality release, we are trying to anticipate a substantial
increase in media contributions.

*Monitoring*

We signed a deal with Watchmouse, a global website and application
performance monitoring company. The community can expect us to broaden
the public information we make available on performance of our wikis
around the world.

*Virtualization Cluster*

We continued to work on creating an environment to deploy temporary
machines for testing and experimentation, for use by WMF staff and
volunteers working on important projects (as capacity allows). WMF Ops
Engineer Ryan Lane announced the release of the OpenStackManager
extension for MediaWiki, which interacts with OpenStack, an open source
toolset for cloud computing. There was a bit of a setback, however, with
some missing features in OpenStack testing, so we are waiting for the
next OpenStack release before deploying this. We have a little more
hardware to configure as well.

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Features
--------

*Threaded Discussions - Liquid Threads*

A formal evaluation of LiquidThreads, a new discussion system for talk
pages, is underway. This includes its UI, code and database
architecture. We are modifying the design to incorporate input from
several community discussions as well as from our engineering staff. We
plan to consolidate all of our documentation on these discussions on
mediawiki.org in the next month.

*Other Features*

Tomasz Finc began work with two new engineering contracts on offline
content projects. Tomasz blogged about it here:

http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2011/01/update-on-offline-wikimedia-projects/

---------------------
Research and Strategy
---------------------

Wikipedia's 10th anniversary saw several scholarly outlets call for
experts and researchers to join Wikipedia and help "overcome the
prejudices against Wikipedia in academic circles" [1-2]. To this aim,
Dario Taraborelli, in collaboration with Daniel Mietchen and Panagiota
Alevizou from the Wikimedia Research Committee, designed a survey to
better understand the barriers to expert participation in Wikimedia
projects [3]. The pilot phase started in December and ended in January
and the official launch of the survey is due on February 8, 2011.

On January 10, 2011, Dario Taraborelli published, in collaboration with
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and Moritz Stefaner, an interactive
visualization of the 200 longest Article for Deletion discussions in the
history of Wikipedia [4], introducing scholarly research on the
functioning and impact of AfD discussions to a broader audience.

Research continued on the Article feedback study and Dario Taraborelli
joined Howie Fung in analyzing the early data, with new results to be
published later this month.

Members of the Research Committee continued the discussion on subject
recruitment guidelines for Wikimedia research projects in collaboration
with WMF staff. The committee also started to explore possible venues
for a research panel, with the goal of discussing research directions of
strategic importance to the Wikipedia community at a major social
computing conference.

Howie Fung, Diederik van Liere and Erik Moeller continued review of
first data from the Editor Trends Study [6] conducted by Diederik van
Liere. The study is an in-depth quantitative analysis of major trends in
Wikipedia editing communities, and will be published on StrategyWiki in
February. Howie and Erik also continued work on the Product Whitepaper,
a comprehensive assessment of product development priorities in
strategic context. [7]

    [1] http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/125899/
    [2] http://www.jmir.org/2011/1/e14/
    [3]
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research_Committee/Areas_of_interest/Expert_involvement/2011_survey
    [4] http://notabilia.net
    [5]
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research_Committee/Areas_of_interest/Subject_recruitment_processes
    [6] http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editor_Trends_Study
    [7] http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Product_Whitepaper

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Community
---------

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Fundraising Team
----------------

The fundraising team wrapped up the successful 2010 fundraising campaign
in January. The team ran contribution banners that asked people to get
involved with Wikipedia by starting to edit. These banners were later
replaced by banners that highlighted Wikipedia's 10 year anniversary.

The team spent the rest of January beginning an in-depth retrospective
on the testing and operations of the 2010 fundraiser.

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Public Policy Initiative
------------------------

The Public Policy Initiative Team kicked off the new year with a two-day
train-the-trainer session in San Francisco prior to the start of the
spring semester. A group of current ambassadors were trained as trainers
to prepare them to lead five two-day regional ambassador trainings in
various US locations: San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Baton
Rouge, and Indianapolis. As a result, the number of Wikipedia
Ambassadors is growing rapidly, and about 46 % of them female. With the
goal of globalizing the program, Wikipedia community observers from
Sweden, Israel, Germany, and Brazil attended the train-the-trainer
session and the San Francisco ambassador training. Sage Ross spoke about
the Public Policy Initiative at the Wikipedia 10th anniversary
celebration in Washington D.C.

------------------
Global Development
------------------

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Offline
-------

    * We began pursuing partnerships with computer manufacturers and
      other education agencies to aid in the distribution of the offline
      materials upon completion. Meanwhile, milestones were accomplished
      by the Wikimedia community:
          o The community neared completion of new releases of the
            "Wikipedia 1.0" project and Wikipedia for Schools, two
            article selection projects in the English language Wikipedia
            that select the most applicable and high-quality subset of
            articles. Other language communities also actively
            contributed to the development of offline content, including
            Tamil.
          o Community distribution began of the Wikipedia for Schools
            English version, using the Kiwix offline reader, throughout
            Kenya.

---------------------------
Global Development Research
---------------------------

    * Completed a first draft of the English version of the Wikipedia
      editor survey;
    * Created a mobile strategic plan for current and next fiscal year
      with engineering, including a detailed timeline for different
      phases of mobile research beginning with ethnographic research and
      survey in key markets to UX testing;
    * Started work on the readership survey, working with vendors to
      conduct a household survey in key countries;
    * Worked with engineering team to conduct analytics for global
      development, including the creation of a monthly report card that
      focuses on India.

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Grantmaking and Wikimania Scholarships
--------------------------------------

    * Funded 13 new grants in December and January, nine of which were
      in support of Wikipedia 10 celebrations;
    * Met our budget for grantmaking in 2010-11 at the end of January;
    * Held an open call for Wikimania 2011 scholarship applications
      throughout January and then closed the call on January 31, 2011.

-----------------------
Brazil Catalyst Project
-----------------------

Kul Takanao Wadhwa and Jessie Wild spent the last half of January in
Brazil, with these goals:

    * Raising awareness of Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia's presence
      in Brazil;
    * Finding productive partnerships for WM initiatives in Brazil;
    * Introducing the Brazilian community members to different
      organizations;
    * Better understanding what WM presence in Brazil could and should
      look like going forward.

They met with universities, community members, student organizations,
government officials, and potential tech partners. The trip was very
productive, and a full set of details including the agenda and materials
utilized can be found here:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global/Brazil/Agenda_January_2011

Progress on the Brazil Catalyst Project work included:

    * Mobile research:
      http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global/Brazil/Brazilian_Digital_Landscape#Mobile_Landscape_in_Brazil
    * January Community Interviews:
      http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project/Community_Interviews#Sobre_ajuda_vinda_da_WMF
    * Debate on structures:
      http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global/Brazil/Debate_sobre_estruturas
    * Started to document laws that could affect WMF in Brazil:
      http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project/Brazilian_Digital_Landscape#Policy_Debate.2FDebate_de_Politicas_Publicas
    * Started documenting possible legal structures as well as more
      practical issues that will help with logistics, such as "how to
      send money to Brazil". Also started checking-in with lawyers and
      accountants who can help with logistics on the ground:
      http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project/Procedures_to_open_a_local_office_in_BrI

----------------------
India Catalyst Project
----------------------

Barry Newstead and Moka Pantages spent one week in India to attend
Wikipedia 10 celebrations, meet with community, stakeholders, NGO and
government officials, and conducted fact-finding meetings with
associated organizations.

Highlights from the trip included:

    * Barry attended Wikipedia 10 celebrations in Mumbai at VJTI and in
      Pune at the Symbiosis Institute. Moka joined Wikimedians in Bangalore;
    * Barry met with some members of the newly formed Indian chapter,
      Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society, and Achal
      Prabhala, Wikimedia Advisory Board member;
    * Barry, Moka and Arjuna from the India chapter had an introductory
      discussion with Nokia Research;
    * Barry and Moka traveled to Mumbai to meet with a group of students
      and educators at IIT-Mumbai, as well as to visit Reliance
      Telecommunications for introductory discussions on their mobile
      strategy and tour their operations center and data center;
    * After Mumbai, Barry and Moka traveled to Delhi met with Bishakha
      Datta, Hari Prasad Nadig from the Wikimedia India chapter, and
      contracted legal counsel to attend a round table discussion with
      local NGOs and officials working in similar areas as the Wikimedia
      Foundation;
    * Barry and Moka met with Google India's communications and legal
      teams in Gurgaon;
    * Moka stayed behind and conducted additional meetings with
      community members, as well as press and communications
      organizations in India, Hong Kong and Seoul;
    * In Hong Kong, Moka met with Chinese Wikipedians from Hong Kong, as
      well as a group of five who traveled from neighboring Macau;
    * In Seoul, Moka met with a group of 16 Korean Wikipedians. This
      meeting kicked-off a group initiative to continue regular meetings
      to begin the chapter creation process.

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Communications
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Since Wikipedia's inception, journalists and other cultural commentators
have struggled to assess its societal impact, often criticizing the
content as inaccurate, or the model as one that cannot work. As the 10th
anniversary approached, the international media seized the opportunity
to reassess: this resulted in hundreds of stories around the world that
were overwhelmingly positive. The media coverage painted a picture of
Wikipedia as a successful educational endeavor serving more than 400
million people. Its volunteer and non-profit nature were recognized and
celebrated.

January 4-6 NYC Media Tour with Jimmy Wales

    * Jimmy was interviewed by six media outlets, including the Daily
      Show with Jon Stewart.

January 9-12 NY Media Tour with Sue Gardner

    * Sue was interviewed by 10 media outlets, including an
      off-the-record lunch with the New York Times, which prompted the
      "Gender Gap" story January 30.

January 12 Media Call

    * Both Sue and Jimmy participated in an hour-long media call with 15
      journalists including the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and
      ReadWriteWeb.

Highlights included:

    * Cover stories for BusinessWeek and the Economist
    * Front page of the New York Times
    * Substantial pieces by Time magazine, La Tercera, the Washington
      Post, Wired, Agence-France-Press, Origó, Hong Kong Economic Times,
      Associate Press, Spiegel, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher
      Education, El País, NPR, Times of India, PC world (macedonian
      edition), LA Times, The Hindu, The Atlantic and the Huffington
      Post, La Repubblica.

Links to coverage:

    * http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_coverage
    * http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Wikipedia-to-increase-local-language-content/articleshow/7279863.cms
    * http://www.makpcworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1065:2011-01-13-12-44-33&catid=35:%D0%94%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%BD%D0%B0%20%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%98%D0%B0&Itemid=55
    * http://www.economist.com/blogs/theworldin2011/2011/01/wikipedias_tenth_birthday
    * http://www.economist.com/node/17902943?story_id=17902943
    * http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/internet/article1073395.ece
    * http://news.etnet.com.cn/feature/shisuibaike20110114.html
    * http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/wikipedia-marks-10-years-of-edit-it-yourself/
    * http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/01/201111571716655385.html
    * http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,739367,00.html
    * http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli-e-cultura/2011/01/11/news/10_anni_wikipedia-11072136/
    * http://www.elpais.com/articulo/Pantallas/Wikipedia/anos/278/ediciones/elpepirtv/20110111elpepirtv_2/Tes
    * http://www.origo.hu/techbazis/20110115-az-alapitokat-is-meglepte-a-wikipedia-sikere-tizeves-a.html
    * http://diario.latercera.com/2011/01/14/01/contenido/tendencias/16-56057-9-diez-anos-de-wikipedia-sus-editores-en-chile-revelan-como-son-los-usuarios.shtml

Other links and information for January 2011:

Press releases issued in January 2011:

    * http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Half_a_Million_People_Donate_to_Keep_Wikipedia_Free
    * http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Celebrates_10_Years_of_Free_Knowledge

Media contact through January 2011:

    * http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_room/Media_Contact#January_2011

Blog posts through January 2011:

    * http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/01/

For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the
community-edited Wikipedia Signpost editions for January 2011:

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-01-03
    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-01-10
    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-01-17
    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-01-24
    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-01-31

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Human Resources
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A large percentage of the staff in San Francisco was out for at least a
week with the "WikiPlague", a variant of the RSV virus that we seem to
have caught at the 10th Anniversary Party.

We made solid progress in recruiting over January and posted and boarded
all of the positions we wanted to. We engaged two new recruiting firms,
and are starting to see results from them. HR also conducted a hiring
and onboarding process overhaul.

We started tracking metrics for new hires and the Wikimedia Foundation
as a whole, and will start compiling anonymized data regarding diversity
and other internal characteristics so that we stay mission-aligned.

The fellowship engagements have prompted the formalizing of the
Fellowship program and other alternative employment options at the
Wikimedia Foundation, and initiated a conversation that is currently
ongoing.

We have decided on an HRM software called OrangeHRM, which is an open
source project. More news on this in February as we start engaging with
them.

New Hires

    * Maryana Pinchuk, Research Fellow (Community) – Temp Full Time

Extended

    * James Alexander, Community Associate (Community) – Temp Full Time
    * Ryan Faulkner, Data Analyst (Tech) – Temp Full Time
    * Mark Hershberger, Bugmeister (Tech) – Temp Full Time

New Openings Posted

    * Data Analytics Engineer (Tech)
    * Fundraiser Data Analyst (Community)
    * Development Associate (Community)
    * Volunteer Development Coordinator (Community)
    * Community Department Research Fellow (Community)
    * Performance Engineer (Tech)
    * Operations Engineer (Tech)
    * Software Developer – Features (Tech)

Openings Still Posted

    * Head of Community Fellowship Program
    * Senior QA Engineer
    * Software Developer (Mobile)

Contracts Completed

    * Keegan Peterzell, Community Associate
    * Dan Rosenthal, Community Associate
    * Alexander Zariv, Community Associate
    * Pete Forsyth, Public Outreach Officer

Total Employee Count

    Plan: 81
    Actual: 60

Remaining Open Positions to fiscal year end: 31

Job Openings - http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Job_openings

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

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Finance and Administration
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    * Submitted draft of the 2009 Form 990 tax return to KPMG;
    * Identified a firm for sellers permits, sales tax, etc. related to
      the planned Wikimedia merchandising webstore;
    * Worked with attorneys regarding residency certificates needed to
      receive Telefonica licensing payments (certificates should arrive
      in February);
    * Worked with KPMG regarding India entity and proposed legal structure.

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Visitors and Guests
-------------------

   1. Edward Erhar (User:The_ed17) (Online Ambassadors, who support
      professors and students via online means such as IRC and Wikipedia
      talk pages)
   2. Lennart Gulbrandsson (Bookshelf and Account Creation Improvement
      Project)
   3. Nevio Carlos de Alarcao (Wikimedia Brazil)
   4. Achim Raschka (Wikimedia Germany)
   5. Dan Vaks (Wikimedia Israel)
   6. Federico Rampini (US Bureau Chief for one of Italy's top daily
      papers, La Repubblica)
   7. Brent Barnum (Trivad)
   8. Hans Lim (Trivad)
   9. Gabriel Mugar (User:Gabrielm199) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassador
      Train-the-Trainer event)
  10. PJ Tabit (User:Pjthepiano) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassador
      Train-the-Trainer event)
  11. Chanitra Bishop (User:Etlib) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassador
      Train-the-Trainer event)
  12. Rob Pongsajapan (User:Pongr) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassador
      Train-the-Trainer event)
  13. Dominic Grifo (User:AMDomG) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassador
      Train-the-Trainer event)
  14. Derrick Coetzee (User:Dcoetzee) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  15. Dominic McDevitt-Parks (User:Dominic, formerly User:Dmcdevit)
      (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  16. Mike Cline (User:Mike Cline) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  17. David Lee (User:bibliomaniac15) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  18. Joni Spigler (User:Saudade7) (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  19. Christopher Cheney (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  20. David Guz (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  21. Matt Senate (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  22. Jodi Wilson (Wikipedia Campus Ambassors Training)
  23. Honor Gunday (Paymentwall)
  24. Brian Roth (Paymentwall)
  25. Jonathan Zittrain, Elizabeth Stark and 17 students from the
      Stanford Cyberlaw Class
  26. Ward Cunningham (Advisory Board)
  27. Corey O'Brien (OMP Consultant)
  28. Frank O'Brien (OMP Consultant)
  29. Steve Geer (OMP Consultant)
  30. Ken Berger (President and CEO of Charity Navigator)
  31. Christine Herring (Arabic production called 'On the Road in America')
  32. Arthur Honegger (Swiss public TV)
  33. Amar Ashar (Berkman Center at Harvard)
  34. Madeline Stranionis (Watershed)
  35. Karen Valby (Fast Company)
  36. Mimi Zhang (Penn State University)
  37. Sarah Novotny (Blue Gecko)
  38. Martin Schulz (Yale Computer Science Department)

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Chapter report Wikimedia Nederland, January 2011

This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for January 2011

Fundraiser

In November - January, Wikimedia Nederland participated in the annual fundraiser of Wikimedia. The (gross) total raised amount over the actual fundraiser is some 330.000 euro. Detailed reports will be submitted to the Wikimedia Foundation when they have been finalized.

A detailed evaluation of this fundraiser for Wikimedia Nederland has been put together by the board and published on nl.wikimedia.org.

10 year Wikipedia

Images around these events are to be found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_10_The_Netherlands .

Bootcamp

On 13 & 14 January, a Wikipedia bootcamp was organized in cooperation with the Images for the Future consortium and the Amsterdam Museum. During a kick-off event on the 13th at the Kennisland (Images for the Future Consortium partner) offices in Amsterdam presentations where given on Wikimedia and CHIs, Possible copyright issues when collaborating, and effects of collaboration between CHIs and Wikimedia. On the 14th of January we organized a workshop during the whole day with some 15 participants from the cultural heritage sector. The workshop was gradual in design, and aimed to provide a better understanding of how Wikipedia and its community works through creating and editing articles, uploading images etc. It was also a good lesson for the involved volunteers to understand where the hurdles are to newcomers.

Hackathon

On January 14 (until far into the night), a hackathon was organized with some 20 developers participating, developing a wide range of tools together ranging from an iPhone Wikimedia Commons upload application to sentence-level editing. The results were presented at January 15, during the 10 year Wikipedia celebration and new years reception. For more information, seehttp://nl.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hackathon_2011 .

Debate / reception

On January 15 a debate and reception was organized celebrating the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, in the Amsterdam Museum in cooperation with and sponsored by Beelden voor de Toekomst and the Amsterdam Museum. The meeting consisted of a presentation of outcomes of the Hackathon, a debate with representatives from the Royal Institute for the Tropes, Amsterdam Museum, Wikimedia Nederland and the Brabant Historical Information Center. A birthday present was presented by the Amsterdam Museum (see below) and a reception was held with 120-150 participants. The evening was closed with dinner by 50 participants.

Amsterdam Museum image donation

The Amsterdam Museum donated 50,000 images under a free license in the celebration of 10 years Wikipedia during the meeting in their museum on January 15th. These images include some wonderful images from paintings and objects, and will be uploaded in the course of the following months to Wikimedia Commons. More information on http://blog.amsterdammuseum.nl/?p=4500 andhttp://ahm.adlibsoft.com/ahmonline/detail.aspx

Small Subsidies

A small subsidy of max. € 75 has been awarded to the organizing group of the 10th anniversary in Ghent, Belgium to buy some beverages. For more information, seehttps://0x20.be/10_Years_Wikipedia

Wiki Loves Monuments

Significant progress has been made around Wiki Loves Monuments. More and more information appears on Wikimedia Commons and several countries indicated their interest. An international mailing list has been opened to coordinate and exchange experiences and more - please join here. Lodewijk has attended a brainstorm session in Cologne of some German Wikipedians to set up the German edition for 2011.

Meetings, conferences etc.

  • Lodewijk gave a lecture at the Haagse Hogeschool (College) on Wikipedia
  • MaartenD attended Symposium Jongeren & Monumenten
  • Lodewijk attended the Movement Roles meeting in Frankfurt
  • Lodewijk and MaartenZ (Kennisland) attended Nerds Unite in Utrecht and Maarten presented the results of the hackathon
  • Several appointments with Cultural Heritage Institutions

Press

As usual, press attention has been collected here. Most covered topic was the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, also triggering some more press attention towards for example the statement that Wikimedia aims for 1 billion visitors per month and that we want more female editors. There was some attention around the results announcement of the fundraiser.

Upcoming

  • February: Strategy Weekend
  • February: Lodewijk will give a Skype talk at the Bangalore Meeting
  • February 24: Board interest meeting in Utrecht
  • March 2: Stamtafel Utrecht
  • March: Lodewijk will attend the Wikimedia Conference in Wroclaw, Poland
  • March: MaartenD will give a workshop around Wiki Loves Monuments at WMDE's General Meeting in Berlin, Germany
  • March: Paul and Siebrand will attend the Wikimedia Chapters Meeting in Berlin, Germany
  • March: Lodewijk will attend Global Melt in Berlin, Germany
  • April 2: General Assembly
  • June: 10 years Dutch Wikipedia
  • September: Wiki Loves Monuments Europe
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