Rock drum | 1 Jun 20:04 2011

'This Month in GLAM' - May 2011

This Month in GLAM is a monthly newsletter documenting recent happenings within the GLAM project, such as content donations, residencies, events and more. GLAM is an acronym of Galleries, Libraries, Archvies and Museums. You can find more information on the project at
This Month in GLAM - April 2011
Front page:
From the editors: Global approach
News in brief: Inception of the UK GLAM task force; GLAM in Mexico; Ansel Adams arrives and more
Event calendar: GLAM events this month
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Robin Pepermans | 1 Jun 21:30 2011

Language committee report - May 2011

See the wiki version here:

This is the Language Committee report for May 2011. This is the first edition of the monthly report. I proposed this at the first real-life meeting in Berlin and volunteered to write such reports to increase transparency of the committee.

=== Committee ===
Most of these items can also be found in the LangCom meeting report sent to foundation-l.
* The committee held its first real-life meeting during the Hackathon in Berlin.
* Several members volunteer to take care of [[meta:Proposals for closing projects]]. The [[meta:Closing projects policy]] is pending Board approval.
* If technically possible, wikis that do not exist (yet) will be redirected to the Wikimedia Incubator instead of showing a "Wiki does not exist" or "Server not found" error.
* To increase transparency, an observer position has been created on the LangCom mailing list. Anyone can request to become an observer and receive mails sent to langcom-l.
* We have discussed a lot of other things, such as macrolanguages and renaming projects.

=== Approvals ===
* The Mingrelian Wikipedia has been approved after some time searching for an expert who could and wanted to verify its content. It is now passing Board approval and will be created within some time.

=== Rejections ===
* A request for a Montenegrin Wikipedia has been rejected for the fourth time.

-- User:SPQRobin
Language Committee member
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Danese Cooper | 2 Jun 18:23 2011

CTO Leaving Wikimedia Foundation end of July


It is with considerable regret that I inform you of my planned departure from the Wikimedia Foundation at the end of July. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, and I’m proud of what Wikimedia Engineering has accomplished together.

While I tremendously enjoyed helping to build the engineering organization, at this point in the development of the organization and the role, Sue, Erik and I have agreed that there’s no longer a fit between the identified near term needs and goals of the organization, and my own interests.  I’ve therefore decided to leave WMF as CTO, but I remain a friend of the organization and the mission, and Sue, Erik and I talked about some ways to work together in coming months. 

To allow for an orderly transition, I will stay on as Wikimedia’s CTO through July. I'll be representing the Foundation and recruiting talent at several tech conferences, as well as engaging in transition activites within the Foundation. Erik will assume the title of Interim VP of Engineering and Product Development, and we’ll immediately start the transition of personnel and reporting lines.

Erik will send a note about the transition shortly.

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Wikipedia Signpost | 7 Jun 02:00 2011

The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 23 – 6 June 2011

Board elections: Time to vote

News and notes: Board resolution on controversial content; WMF Summer
of Research; indigenous workshop; brief news

In the news: 60% of doctors use Wikipedia; growing in India; brief news

Recent research: Various metrics of quality and trust; leadership;
nerd stereotypes

WikiProject report: Make your own book with Wikiproject Wikipedia-Books

Featured content: The best of the week

Arbitration report: Two cases pending resolution; temporary desysop;
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Patricio Lorente | 3 Jun 23:06 2011

May 2011 Wikimedia Argentina report

Dear friends, you can find our last report in Spanish [1] or in English [2].





Patricio Lorente
Blog: // Twitter:  <at> patriciolorente

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Jan Ainali | 3 Jun 22:02 2011

Chapters Report for Wikimedia Sverige May 2011

This is the Chapters report for Wikimedia Sverige, May 2011.

== Board meeting ==
We had one board meeting, minutes available in Swedish. [1]

== Wiki Loves Monuments ==
We found a project manager for the Wiki Loves Monuments project and hope that we will catch up with the other chapters.

== Hackathon ==
We had one member visiting and talking at the Hackathon in Berlin and blogged about it (in Swedish). [2]

== Project:Internet in Sweden ==
The project was noticed by a radio show, RIX FM. There was also a notice in one of the bigger computer magazines in Sweden, Computer Sweden.[3] The project also finished setting up a portal on Swedish Wikipedia.[4]

== Organizational Growth & Development Network ==
We started with the work in the project Organizational Growth & Development Network and had a workshop in Stockholm.[5]

== Media ==
Sveriges Radio, the national radio in Sweden, made a short feature called ''Who are the Wikipedians?'' focusing on who is writing and what is missing because of that.[6]

== Cultural heritage - a potential billion-worth ==
Thanks to our previous cooperation with the Nordic museum, we got to join them and talk with parliamentarians and other institutions what possibilities there is with a digitized cultural heritage. [7]

== Upcoming in June ==
* 3-6 Attendance at LAN-party
* 11-12 Photo safari
* 14 Backstage pass at the Nobel Museum

== Links ==
*[5] [ Organizational Growth & Development Network on Strategy Wiki]
*[7] [ Cultural heritage - a potential billion-worth]

Med vänliga hälsningar 
Jan Ainali
Ordförande, Wikimedia Sverige

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Erik Moeller | 9 Jun 08:50 2011

Wikimedia Foundation Report, May 2011

Please find below the WMF report for May. As always, the editable and
formatted version can be found on Meta:,_May_2011

All best,

  * 1 Data and Trends
  * 2 Financials
  * 3 Highlights
      o 3.1 Public Policy Initiative wraps up
      o 3.2 India education programs ramp up
      o 3.3 UploadWizard goes default
  * 4 Technology
      o 4.1 Events
      o 4.2 Operations
      o 4.3 Features
      o 4.4 Special Projects
      o 4.5 General Engineering
  * 5 Research and Strategy
      o 5.1 Internal Research Progress
      o 5.2 Research Committee Activity
  * 6 Community
      o 6.1 Summer of Research
      o 6.2 Data Competition
      o 6.3 Fundraiser
      o 6.4 WikiGuides Project
      o 6.5 OTRS Analysis
      o 6.6 New Account Creation Project
      o 6.7 Cultural Partnerships
  * 7 Global Development
      o 7.1 Global Development Highlights
      o 7.2 Chapter Relations and Grants
          + 7.2.1 Grants Awarded and Executed
          + 7.2.2 Chapter Relations
      o 7.3 Brazil Catalyst Project
      o 7.4 India Programs
          + 7.4.1 Global Education Program in India

          + 7.4.2 India Community
          + 7.4.3 India Office
      o 7.5 Mobile Strategy and Business Development

      o 7.6 Editor Survey
      o 7.7 Offline
      o 7.8 Global University Program
          + 7.8.1 Student Clubs
      o 7.9 Communications
          + 7.9.1 Major stories and coverage
          + 7.9.2 Blogging
          + 7.9.3 Media contact
          + 7.9.4 Wikipedia Signpost
  * 8 Human Resources
      o 8.1 Staff Changes
      o 8.2 Statistics
      o 8.3 Department Updates
  * 9 Finance and Administration
  * 10 Legal
  * 11 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

    Global unique vistors for April:
    381 million (-4.8% compared to previous month / +1.6% compared to
    previous year)
    (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will
    release May data later in June)

    Page requests for April:
    14.6 billion ( -3.4% compared to previous month / -3.7% compared to
    previous year)
    (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including
    Wikipedia mobile)

    Active Editors for April (>= 5 edits/month)
    86,912 (-3.1% compared to previous month / -2.6% compared to
    previous year)
    (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for
    Wikimedia Commons)

    Report Card for April 2011:

== Financials ==

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

    Operating revenue for April: USD 0.2MM vs plan of USD 0.7MM
    Operating revenue year-to-date April: USD 21.9MM vs plan of USD 18.5MM

Monthly revenue under plan primarily due to Omidyar grant payment that
is delayed until next month. YTD revenue continues to exceed plan.
Another USD 1.3MM is pending from the chapters, and is not reflected in
the April financial statements; of that, USD 630K was received and will
be recorded in May. Year-to-date revenue continues to exceed plan.

    Operating expenses for April: USD 2.1MM vs plan of USD 1.8MM
    Operating expenses year-to-date April: USD 15.2MM vs plan of USD 17.0MM

Expenses MTD are over due to timing of capex, internet hosting and
outside contract services, partially offset by underspending in
personnel-related expenses due to slower hiring and underspending on
travel and conferences. Expenses YTD are under due to both the timing of
capex spending related to the build-out of the data center, as well as
to personnel-related expenses, which were under due to slower hiring.
Underspending was partially offset by spending in grants, legal costs
and outside contract services.

Cash and investments as of April 2011 totaled USD $17.9MM (approximately
10.5 months of expenses).

== Highlights ==

Public Policy Initiative wraps up

University classes participating in the Public Policy Initiative wrapped
up in May. In just two semesters, student editors contributed the
equivalent of 5,800 printed pages of new text in the English Wikipedia.

Additionally, the program exposed more than 800 students to Wikipedia
editing, supported 33 professors in developing Wikipedia assignments for
their classes, and developed a community of 176 ambassadors. The
openness and inclusiveness of the ambassador program has proven very
successful. The ambassador team is made up of 46% women, and involves
both Wikipedians and Non-Wikipedians supporting student assignments.

A more detailed update will be published next month.

India education programs ramp up

The India Program recruited 22 campus ambassadors in Pune to support the
India Education Program to be launched in June 2011. This is the first
initiative of the India Program
and our first effort to extend the work of the Public Policy Initiative
to new geographies. Read more here:

UploadWizard goes default

The UploadWizard, a step-by-step tool to facilitate the upload of files
to Wikimedia Commons, was enabled as the default upload system on May 9.
Initial feedback shows a majority of users consider it an improvement
over the "old" upload form. More than 40,000 files have been uploaded
with the Upload Wizard since its beta deployment in December 2010. Read
the related blog post

== Technology ==

A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for May 2011 can
be found here

Major news this month include:

  * the Berlin Hackathon, where about 70 developers and engineers met to
    improve our technical infrastructure;
  * the deployment of the Upload Wizard as default uploader on Wikimedia
  * the continued development, deployment and roll-out of the Article
    feedback tool on the English Wikipedia;
  * major progress in reducing our code review backlog.


*Berlin Hackathon 2011
<>* — About 70
MediaWiki developers and engineers participated in this event, organized
by Wikimedia Deutschland. A lot of coding, bug squashing and discussion
happened over these three days, including on the new parser, performance
improvement, and infrastructure.



  * Virginia Data Center
    <> —
    The delivery of our connectivity incurred additional delays, which
    has prevented us from bringing services in the new data center live.
    This also delayed Data Dumps & Backups.

  * Router upgrade
    — Due to multiple ongoing issues on several network devices, we
    decided to schedule an hour of maintenance on May 24, to upgrade
    software on nearly all devices, fixing multiple bugs. This operation
    caused a planned downtime, but appears to have resolved the issues.

  * HTTPS <> & IPv6
    <> — Ryan Lane,
    Peter Youngmeister and Mark Bergsma have started working on HTTPS
    and IPv6 support for the wiki platforms. A new test cluster has been
    set up to serve these protocols, and limited testing on a subset of
    wikis has commenced.


  * Visual editor 0.1 — Neil Kandalgaonkar worked with developers of
    HackPad (a custom version of real-time collaborative editing
    software Etherpad) on a proof of concept to integrate Etherpad and
    MediaWiki. Trevor Parscal continued to work on WikiDom, a storage
    structure and functionality acting as an intermediate layer between
    the parser and a visual editor. This work also intersects with the
    groundwork done on the new parser.

  * Article Feedback <>
    — Version 3 was deployed to the English Wikipedia on May 9 with new
    features, like the article feedback dashboard, a summary page
    showing general rating trends. The experiment was expanded to
    100,000 articles
    while work continues to address key community requests (e.g. easy
    ability to hide the tool, a "What's this link") and to make raw data
    from the tool available.

  * Editor retention — Ryan Kaldari and Jan Paul Posma completed the
    first version of WikiLove 1.0
    <>, an extension to
    encourage praise and virtual gifts between users. Brandon Harris
    published initial designs for MoodBar 0.1
    <>, a feature
    allowing new users to quickly provide feedback to the community.

  * Upload wizard
    — The Upload wizard, a step-by-step tool to facilitate the upload of
    files to Wikimedia Commons, was enabled as the default upload system
    there on May 9. Initial feedback shows a majority of users consider
    it an improvement over the "old" upload form. More than 40,000 files
    have been uploaded with the Upload Wizard since its beta deployment
    in December 2010.

Special Projects

  * Mobile Research
    <> — Parul Vora
    and Mani Pande continued their interviews in India, and prepared the
    parallel study in Brazil and a third study in the US.

  * Mobile site rewrite
    <> — Patrick
    Reilly demoed the PHP mobile extension at the Berlin Hackathon and
    continued to develop the extension, notably by integrating
    functionality of the WAP platform, and by expanding the device
    detection list.

  * 2011 Fundraiser — Arthur Richards continued to streamline our
    audit framework to surface missing donation transactions. He also
    helped run a code sprint that gave the WMF instance of CiviCRM a
    huge performance increase.

  * Kiwix <> —
    In Berlin, Ryan Kaldari, Sumana Harihareswara and Emmanuel Engelhart
    conducted a usability study to improve the user experience of Kiwix,
    an offline content reader application. We're also wrapping up phase
    2 of development, allowing us to release our first version of the
    integrated downloader.

General Engineering

  * Code Review — The group of reviewers was doubled to reverse the
    trend of increasing unreviewed commits. The backlog of unreviewed
    commits slated for inclusion in the next 1.18 release is now decreasing.

  * Summer of Code 2011
    <> — In May, our
    eight Summer of Code students learned how MediaWiki works, as
    software and as a community. On May 23, they started working on
    their projects full-time.

  * Parser —There was a lot of activity and discussion in Berlin
    around the parser and the general direction we should follow. Brion
    Vibber consolidated the output around the parser plan, the abstract
    syntax tree and parser test cases. We generally agreed on keeping
    the current syntax as intact as possible, to allow for easy and
    clean migration. A syntax reform, though popular among alternative
    parser writers, is left to the future.

  * Wikimedia Report Card 2.0 — The team laid down the requirements
    and groundwork of the next version of the Report Card. Erik Zachte's
    scripts will be modified to enter the data into a database, which
    can then be accessed with a dedicated API to automatically generate
    the report card and other charts using a visualization framework.

== Research and Strategy ==

Internal Research Progress

on the Article Feedback project: after the rollout of the tool to a
sample of 100K articles on the English Wikipedia, we monitored the
quality and volume of ratings and Call-to-Action responses. We also
completed a number of tests to check whether displaying the expertise
checkbox affects the number of ratings submitted (it does not).

Research Committee Activity

The 4th meeting of the Wikimedia Research Committee took place on
May 19, 2011:

During the meeting the Committee proposed creating a new home
<> for Wikimedia
research projects (the Wikimedia Research Index), including WMF-run
research, research projects by community members and projects by external

Various RCom members participated in the finalization and initial
implementation of this proposal, whose official announcement is due
this month. We also discussed a new, lightweight procedure to review
requests on subject recruitment; a review of open data platforms
for Wikimedia projects, and a proposal to match support requests for
research projects and openness requirements. An open access
and open data policy for WMF research was drafted and it will be
presented at the forthcoming Wikimania 2011 conference, pending

== Community ==

The Community Department had several important hires this month: a
Community Operations Manager (Pats Peña), a Community Liaison (Maggie
Dennis), and two Fundraiser Production Coordinator contractors. We also
wrapped up recruitment for the Head of Community Fellowship Program
position and the Storyteller postion. This month, we finalized contracts
for eight summer research fellows, who will be joining us in SF from
June until August, and processed grants for five summer research
fellows, who will be attending a three-day conference in SF prior to
setting off on their grant-related research. The Public Policy
Initiative's classes mostly wrapped up in May (see highlights).

Summer of Research

In the first week of the month, Maryana Pinchuk and Steven Walling
published the last entry in a blog series about their pre-summer test
research. Their findings were titled, "Study Suggests Majority of New
English Wikipedians Edit in Good Faith"

Additionally, Maryana, Diederik van Liere, and Steven finished planning
for the arrival of the eight summer fellows
<>, and welcomed
their first participant at the end of the month -- Aaron Halfaker from
the GroupLens research lab at the University of Minnesota.

Data Competition

The Wikimedia Foundation is organizing in collaboration with the Wikimedia Participation Challenge. The
Wikimedia Participation Challenge is a data prediction competition
(similar to the Netflix competition). We have taken a random sample from
the August 2010 dump file and asked teams to predict the number of edits
in the main namespace by February 1, 2011. The scheduled launch date for
the competition is June 16.


The fundraising team posted an in-depth report
<> from
the 2010 campaign, which includes main highlights from the fundraiser,
as well as comprehensive statistical analysis on key tests on which
types of banners and landing pages performed well.

WikiGuides Project

After experimenting with various ways for the Wiki Guide volunteers to
protect newbies, James Alexander and Philippe Beaudette decided to focus
on identifying the more promising potential Wikipedians. They did
intensive looks into various sets of data, including the percentage of
contributions by new users that were helpful, and whether subject area
edited impacts retention.

OTRS Analysis

Work on a customer service scorecard is progressing; Christine
Moellenberndt has been analyzing tickets in various OTRS queues for
frequency, resolution, time to close, and a number of other factors,
with an eye towards a publicly distributed report. She is looking
closely at areas such as recruitment and agent/customer satisfaction.

New Account Creation Project

Fellow Lennart Guldbrandsson worked with Frank Schulenburg and a group
of volunteers to complete two new account creation processes, for
release at the end of May. Developers in the tech department have
completed a tracking system that will allow for AB testing of the
account creation process.

Cultural Partnerships

In association with WM-NYC and the NY Public Library, Fellow Liam Wyatt
convened GLAMcamp NYC,


a cross-disciplinary unconference dedicated to improving relationships with
cultural institutions. Across the three days, approximately 30 Wikimedians
attended from eight countries as well as 50 culture sector professionals
attending a free workshop. Outcomes included improvements to Commons
mass upload systems, and documentation of past successful projects. More
information here

== Global Development ==

Global Development Highlights

  * Began Editor Survey data analysis and continued Mobile research.
  * Ramped up program work in India with the recruitment of 22 campus
    ambassadors to support the India Education Program, which will be
    launched in June 2011.
  * Continued preparing Mobile work for primetime by collaborating with
    the WMF Engineering mobile team and partnering with mobile carriers
    and manufacturers around the world.
  * Started formation of Grant Advisory Committee to support WMF
    grantmaking activities.

Chapter Relations and Grants

  * Asaf Bartov, Head of Global South Relationships, joined WMF at our
    San Francisco Office.
  * Ran a call for volunteers to support our new Grant Advisory Committee.
  * Congratulations to Wikimedia Canada for becoming an officially
    recognized chapter
  * Chapters' collective report:
  * Published FR raised amounts beginning 2011 here
  * As of May 31, WMF has only received revenue or grants from 6 of 11
    chapters who have fundraising agreements with WMF for 2010/11. These
    payments were due on April 1, 2011. Full status of chapter
    fulfillment of commitments under the 2010/11 fundraising agreement

Grants Awarded and Executed

  * Wikimedia Canada Start-up grant approved.
  * Grant Advisory Committee being formed.
  * GLAMCamp successfully executed in NYC (see above).

Chapter Relations

  * Compiled a chapters overview page on meta, helping chapters
    provide a glimpse of their activities and partnerships:
  * Created a template for 2011/2012 chapter plans
    (especially the ones signing chapter fundraising agreements with WMF
    this year).

Brazil Catalyst Project

  * Prepared for Barry and Jessie's trip to Brazil. They will be
    visiting Sao Paulo and speaking at the FISL conference in Porto Alegre.
  * Mani and Parul will be visiting Brazil in June to conduct the next
    phase of Mobile Research.

India Programs

Global Education Program in India

Commenced outreach to education authorities and faculty for Wikipeda
India Education Program in preparation for its launch in India.

  * Concluded Campus Ambassador selection (22 out of 70 applicants from
    Pune selected, and more than 700 enquiries received).
      o Frank, Hisham, and Annie arrived in Pune, India, and have been
        meeting with university professors and community members to move
        the education program and Ambassador program in India forward.
      o One of the India Fellows and community member, Sikreit
        Tadepalli, joined us for meetings on Wednesday.
      o Fellow PJ Tabit, who's served in various leadership roles in the
        U.S. Wikipedia Ambassador program will be joining us in Pune today.

India Community

Community meetups in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Pune: Hyderabad
meeting helped get the community together after months of low activity
and hopefully will encourage more regular meetings.

India Office

  * Worked with KPMG & Trilegal (legal counsel) to finalize legal
    documents and the corporate structure in India.
  * Recommended NCR (Delhi area) as the office location.
  * Started process of recruiting India team: job postings for
    Participation and Indic Initiatives have resulted in more than 100
    applications for both initiatives.

Mobile Strategy and Business Development

  * Completed field work in India, started analysis of data.
  * Planning to do research in Brazil in June 2011.
  * Continued to recruit for the Mobile Partner Manager/Senior Manager
    position. We are still looking for additional candidates.
  * Continued negotiations with mutiple Mobile partners to launch pilots
    of our new Wikipedia Affiliate Partner Program.
  * Continued porting of the mobile gateway and testing.

Editor Survey

Started analysis of the editor survey and will start sharing results on
the foundation/global development blog starting June 10. Our plan is to
release a series of blog posts to highlight insights from the survey. We
will also share a compendium of the data for researchers and community
members to work with.


  * Continued advancements on Kiwix, the offline Wikipedia software.
  * Performed usability testing of Kiwix at the the Hackathon in Berlin.

Global University Program
Student Clubs

Began encouraging the creation of Student Clubs
groups of students at different universities and colleges around the
world. The goal is to create a network of students around the world, who
can organize relatively informally and virally. For a map of current
clubs and interested volunteers, see map


  * Increased communications support for emerging India program
    activities as WMF staff prepared to kick off Wikipedia India
    Education Programs, starting with the first campus ambassador
    training in Pune.
  * Continued hiring process for the Movement Communications Manager and
    Merchandise Manager.
  * Continued research and prototyping on a line of volunteer-focused,
    Wikipedia-oriented apparel. Efforts also continued around
    refinements to the upcoming Wikimeda storefront.

Major stories and coverage

*WP for World Heritage (17 May)* Wikimedia Deutschland launched the
community-driven "Wikipedia for World Heritage" campaign this month with
an aim to have Wikipedia recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Global media coverage followed, focusing on the significance and
uniqueness of the action (as well as speculating on the probabilty of
the venture), should UNESCO issue the designation:


*Bacon lawsuit (and super injunctions)* A high profile defamation suit
from US hedge fund manager Louis Bacon, which named Wikipedia alongside
Wordpress and the Denver Post, received considerable coverage in early
May. The case was followed by a round of stories further highlighting
the rise in UK 'super injunctions' and included POVs from Jimmy Wales.


Other worthwhile reads:

    Jimmy  <at>  EG8


    "Wikipedia and the death of the expert"


    "Not Twitter's moment, it's Wikipedia's"


    Wikipedia goes to class (Washington Post)


    Critical POV: A Wikipedia Reader



In May 2011 the Wikimedia blog family expanded to include four main
sections: Technology, Community, Global Development, and a general
'Highlights' section. Guillaume Paumier led the technical integration of
the blogs, which now expand in an effort to increase the number of
bloggers from both inside and outside of WMF.

Media contact

Wikipedia Signpost


== Human Resources ==

Staff Changes

New Hires

  * Pats Peña, Community Dept. Operations Manager (Community) – FT employee
  * Asaf Bartov, Head of Global South Relationships (Global Development)
    – FT employee
  * Katie Horn, Software Engineer – Community R&D (Technology) – FT employee
  * Maggie Dennis, Community Liaison (Community)
  * Welcome, Aaron Halfaker (first of the Summer Fellows to arrive;
    worked PT in April; FT in May).


  * Sumana Harihareswara, Volunteer Dev Coordinator – Technology

New Contractors

  * Peter Coombe, Production Coordinator (Community)
  * Joseph Seddon, Production Coordinator (Community)
  * Andrew Shields, Ops Engineer (Technology)


  * Nimish Gautam joins Global Development, effective 5/1/2011

New Postings

  * RFP - Consultant, Indic Languages - India Programs
  * RFP - Consultant, Participation - India Programs
  * Operations Engineer - Special Projects
  * Software Developer Backend (General)
  * Software Developer Frontend (General)
  * Partner Manager/Senior Manager - Mobile

Contract Ended

  * Rebecca Handler


Total Employee Count

    Plan: 91
    Attrition: 4

Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end: 19

Real-time feed for HR updates: or

Department Updates

  * Continued to recruit heavily for the remaining openings for 2010-11,
    tried out some new methods for internal referral, including a beta
    site called TalentBin that allows us to find potential internal
    referrals more proactively.

== Finance and Administration ==

  * Office Admin wiki and Office IT wiki updated.
  * Provided more ergonomic-friendly seating via purchase of stability
    balls and kneeling chairs.
  * Completed cork implementation for "Wall of Love" (donor letters!).
  * Completed input to annual plan model; began draft of annual plan
  * Worked with legal to get Wikimania donation letter completed for
    Wikimania Haifa.

== Legal ==

  * Draft legal policies were circulated and are open for comment:
  * Continued to develop a new version of the donor privacy policy for
  * Matt Becker (Harvard Law '13) joined us this summer as a legal intern.
  * Improved contract process.
  * Continued search for Deputy General Counsel.
  * Continued daily support of WMF initiatives (trademark approvals,
    UDRP challenges, cease and desist letters, contracts & advice).

== Visitors and Guests ==

 1. Kevin Gorman (student, UC Berkeley)
 2. Alex Gravely (Hackpad)
 3. Igor Koffman (Hackpad)
 4. Hampton Catlin (UK Contractor)
 5. Reuben Smith (Engineer, WikiHow)
 6. Ashley Rubin (PhD student, UC Berkeley)
 7. Doug Spencer (PhD student, UC Berkeley)
 8. Matt Salganik (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University)
 9. Thierry Coudray (WMFR's treasurer)
10. David Greenberg ( CiviCRM code and test sprint)
11. Brylie Oxley (Woolman- CiviCRM code and test sprint)
12. Coleman Watts (Woolman- CiviCRM code and test sprint)
13. Adam Wight (Giant Rabbit LLC- CiviCRM code and test sprint)
14. Peter Haight (Giant Rabbit LLC- CiviCRM code and test sprint)
15. Donald Lobo (CiviCRM code and test sprint)
16. Micah Lee (Electronic Frontier Foundation- CiviCRM code and test sprint)
17. Jeff Gray (ThoughtWorks, SF)


Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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Erik Moeller | 21 Jun 02:59 2011

Fwd: WMF engineering promotions and role changes

FYI :-)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Erik Moeller <erik@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:58 PM
Subject: Announcement: WMF engineering promotions and role changes
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l@...>

Hi folks,

I’m pleased to announce the following promotions and role changes in
engineering, effective immediately.

* Rob Lanphier is the Director of Platform Engineering.
* Tomasz Finc is the Director of Mobile and Special Projects.
* Alolita Sharma is the acting Director of Features Engineering.
Alolita has gracefully agreed to take on this role, for which we’re
kicking off a full search process.
* Mark Bergsma is now the Lead Operations Architect, reporting to CT.
* Tim Starling is now the Lead Platform Architect, reporting to Rob.

I’ll explain a bit more what these roles mean below, but first, please
join me in congratulating Rob, Tomasz, Alolita, Mark and Tim! :-)

Let me also take this opportunity to thank Danese Cooper for helping
to build and professionalize the Wikimedia Foundation engineering
organization as Wikimedia’s CTO.  She also set these changes in
motion, and our overall strategy is one that we’ve begun developing
and socializing together in the last few months.

Here’s how these roles fit together. The engineering department is
principally structured into four sub-departments, each headed by a
director who is the functional manager of all people within that

* Technical Operations - CT Woo: Keep Wikimedia Foundation sites and
services running, increase uptime and performance, support code
deployments, and ensure recoverability of data and services.
* Platform Engineering - Rob Lanphier: Maintain and support the
MediaWiki platform; ensure reliability, maintainability, and
performance of our software; lead the release management process; grow
and nurture the developer community and ecosystem.
* Features Engineering - Alolita Sharma (Acting): Advance Wikimedia’s
strategic priorities by focusing resources on specific feature
projects such as the visual editor, or interventions designed to
increase editor retention.
* Mobile and Special Projects - Tomasz Finc: Advance Wikimedia’s
mobile platform and ensure that mobile devices are fully considered
across the engineering development process; execute projects with
strong overlapping requirements (e.g. offline delivery of Wikimedia

We’re also recognizing the importance of architectural engineering
leadership in the development of a mature engineering organization
(which also represents an additional career path for our distinguished
engineers beyond “become a manager”). The three architects - Tim, Mark
and Brion - will work together as follows:

* Brion Vibber, as Lead Software Architect, has key architectural
responsibility for getting MediaWiki ready to be the world’s leading
tool for mass collaboration, by enabling the development of new
technologies like the visual editor (his current priority), real-time
collaboration, improved discussion systems, etc. This also includes
architectural leadership to support bottom-up feature development.
Brion reports directly to me.
* Mark Bergsma, as Lead Operations Architect, is responsible for
creating and communicating the vision and roadmap for the
infrastructure needed to run all Wikimedia projects, for ensuring the
design/implementation of our operating environment is reliable,
scalable, supportable, secure and cost-effective, and for driving
cross-functional alignment, especially with other engineering
* Tim Starling, as Lead Platform Architect, is responsible for the
performance, stability, security and architectural cleanliness of the
MediaWiki platform. Tim is leading potentially transformative
engineering projects like the HipHop support in MediaWiki. He’s also a
key mentor to all MediaWiki developers and is keeping us honest while
we’re pursuing our feature dreams.

In addition, we’re considering the shape of product and project
management outside the Director-level leadership in the department.
Currently, Howie Fung (Senior Product Manager) and Dario Taraborelli
(Senior Research Analyst) are continuing to support our feature
development projects to ensure that 1) development is aligned with
strategic priorities, 2) we’re focusing the development on the needs
of the user, 3) we’re making data-driven decisions and working
effectively with the global wiki research community, 4) we’re engaging
with the Wikimedia editor and reader community on complex feature
development projects.

I’m taking on the role of VP of Engineering and Product Development,
on an interim basis for now. We’re not going to immediately hire
either for that role or a CTO role. Thanks to Mark, Tim and Brion, we
have very strong architectural leadership in the department. Moreover,
we’ve got more than enough disruptive change as an engineering
organization to absorb for now, so we’ve decided that it doesn’t make
sense to immediately bring in a new person to lead the department.

We may decide that it’ll make sense for me to continue in this role,
or that it’ll make sense to bring in a new person 6-12 months from
now, possibly in conjunction with further structural change.

What this means, simply put, is that I’ll be organizing and supporting
the work of the engineering department as a whole, with the directors,
the product managers, Brion and Dario reporting to me, and that’ll be
how we’ll be set up for the near future. My interest is to grow a
strong, visible leadership team that’ll be on the lists and wikis and
highly responsive to the community. I’ll be suspending most of my
non-engineering-related work for the time being.

I’ll be posting more about process improvements, further discussions
about intra-departmental structure, and so forth, in coming weeks.
I’ll also be sharing an updated org chart soon for those who care
about those kinds of things. ;-)

All the best,
Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikipedia Signpost | 21 Jun 16:38 2011

The Signpost – Volume 7, Issue 25 – 20 June 2011

News and notes: WMF Board election results; Indian campus ambassadors
gear up; Wikimedia UK plans; Malayalam Wikisource CD; brief news

In the news: Wikipedia could become trusted medical resource;
neologism controversy; brief new

WikiProject report: The Elemental WikiProject

Featured content: The best of the week

Arbitration report: One case comes to a close; initiator of a new case
blocked as sockpuppet

Technology report: Engineering department restructured; "break
MediaWiki and be reverted"; news in brief

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