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[Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2012
Hi all,

please find below the WMF report for February 2012, in plain text.

As always, the editable and formatted version is on Meta:,_February_2012

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

Since a few months, we have been publishing a separate "Highlights"
summary. Please consider helping non-English-language communities to
stay updated, by providing a translation:,_February_2012

Many thanks to those who translated last month's "Highlights" into
Arabic, Danish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch and Vietnamese.

While still focussing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
Suggestions for the upcoming Febuary issue are welcome at (until April 4).

As last time, the monthly Metrics & Activities meeting at the WMF
office has been recorded on video. The recording should become
available on Commons within a few days.

Regards, Tilman


Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2012

* 1 Data and Trends
* 2 Financials
* 3 Highlights
o 3.1 Legal and Community Advocacy department launched
o 3.2 Teahouse project kicks off
o 3.3 MediaWiki 1.19 deployed
* 4 Technology
o 4.1 Events
o 4.2 Operations
o 4.3 Features Engineering
o 4.4 Mobile
o 4.5 Platform Engineering
* 5 Research
* 6 Community
o 6.1 Community Organizing Projects
o 6.2 Fundraising
o 6.3 Fellowship Program
o 6.4 Community Relations
* 7 Global Development
o 7.1 Grants Program
+ 7.1.1 Grants Awarded and Executed
o 7.2 Brazil Catalyst
o 7.3 Arabic Language Initiative
o 7.4 US Cultural Partnerships
o 7.5 Mobile and Business Development
o 7.6 Global development research
o 7.7 Wikipedia Education Program
o 7.8 India Programs
+ 7.8.1 Indic Languages
+ 7.8.2 India Outreach
o 7.9 Communications
+ 7.9.1 Major announcements
+ 7.9.2 Major Storylines through February
+ 7.9.3 Other worthwhile reads
+ 7.9.4 Wikipedia Signpost
+ 7.9.5 WMF Blog posts
+ 7.9.6 Media Contact
* 8 Human Resources
o 8.1 Staff Changes
o 8.2 Statistics
o 8.3 Department Updates
* 9 Finance and Administration
* 10 Legal and Community Advocacy
* 11 Visitors and Guests

== Data and Trends ==

Global unique visitors for January:

*482 million* (+5.5% compared with December; +16.5% compared with
the previous year)
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will
release February data later in March)

Page requests for February:

*18.1 billion* (+0.5% compared with January; +16.2% compared with
the previous year)
(Server log data
all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

Active Registered Editors for January 2012 (>= 5 edits/month):

*88,548* (+6.7% compared with December / -3.2% compared with the
previous year)
(Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for
Wikimedia Commons)

Report Card for January 2012:

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

== Financials ==

(Financial information is only available for January 2012 at the time of
this report.)

All financial information presented is for the period of July 1, 2011 -
January 31, 2012.

Revenue: $29.4 million


* Technology Group: $5,720,105
* Community/Fundraiser Group: $2,828,009
* Global Development Group: $2,459,774
* Governance Group: $535,925
* Finance/Legal/HR/Admin Group: $3,375,754

Total Expenses: $14,919,567

Total surplus/(loss): $14,455,334

Revenue for the month is $3.8MM vs plan of $1.3MM, approximately 178%
over plan. Year-to-date is $29.4MM vs plan of $24.4MM, approximately 21%
over plan.

Expenses for the month is $2.1MM vs plan of $2.5MM, approximately 16%
lower than plan. Year-to-date is $14.9MM vs plan of $16.7MM,
approximately 11% lower than plan.

Underspending MTD is due to timing of capital expenditures ($160K -
budget was spread evenly over 12 months), personnel expenses ($170K),
recruiting fees resulted from timing of staff hiring ($176K), cash
awards and grants ($45K – budget was spread evenly over 12 months), and
volunteer development ($28K) offset by higher bank fees ($42K) and
higher professional services ($168K).

Underspending YTD is due to timing of capital expenditures ($1.1MM -
budget was spread evenly over 12 months), internet hosting ($50K),
volunteer development ($169K), travel and conference expenses ($251K),
personnel expenses ($754K), recruiting expenses ($300K), and IT desk
equipment ($89K) offset by higher awards and grants ($217K – budget was
spread evenly over 12 months), legal and accounting fees ($58K),
professional services ($458K), and bank fees ($290K).

Cash of $32.6 million, which is fifteen months of cash reserves at
current spending levels and fourteen months of cash per the annual plan.

== Highlights ==

=== Legal and Community Advocacy department launched ===

We announced <>
formation of the new Legal and Community Advocacy group. Community
consultation is ongoing
and everything
is up for discussion, even the name of the new department. Help us
brainstorm about how it can support the community, such as helping
administrators and functionaries, and facilitating non-English
participation in WMF initiatives (like policies and key projects).

=== Teahouse project kicks off ===

Logo of the "Teahouse">

On February 27th we launched the Teahouse
<>, a peer support space
designed specifically for new editors on the English Wikipedia. This
pilot project is testing various social approaches to new editor
support, to see if these methods improve our ability to retain more new
editors and more female editors in particular. The project organizes a
group of Wikipedians called “hosts” to reach out to new good-faith
editors and invite them to a place where they can meet other new editors
and experienced Wikipedians, build community relationships, find
projects to participate in, and ask questions about Wikipedia. The pilot
is scheduled to run with 25 trained hosts for 3 months. During this time
we'll be working with the community and new editors to refine the
experience and measure the project's impact.

=== MediaWiki 1.19 deployed ===

Version 1.19 of the MediaWiki software
<> was gradually deployed to
Wikimedia sites in February. It brings many new features and bug fixes.
Some are back-end, behind-the-scenes changes, for example infrastructure
work to support our ongoing move to Swift as our media storage platform.
There are also more visible improvements, like better diff readability
for colorblind people, and better support of the user's gender and
language (internationalization) in the interface.

== Technology ==

A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for February 2012
can be found at:

Department Highlights

Major news in February include:

* The deployment of our Swift infrastructure to serve image thumbnails;
* Continued success for our Wikipedia Android app;
* The deployment of MediaWiki 1.19
<> to
all Wikimedia sites except for most Wikipedia languages;
* Continued preparation for our move from Subversion to git

=== Events ===

* *Pune hackathon* (10–12 February 2012, Pune, India) — A few dozen
participants came to this three-day developer outreach event
cohosted with GNUnify. Participants focused on language support
(internationalization and localization) and mobile applications.
Some new translations were created and the Wikimedia Mobile team
received improvements to the Android app for Wikipedia.

=== Operations ===

* *Media Storage* — February saw Swift deployed to production to serve
thumbnail requests. A few bugs were fixed, but one was serious
enough to revert the deployment and fall back to the legacy
thumbnail infrastructure. Once the issue is fixed and Swift serves
thumbnails again, the next steps will involve documentation and
maintenance procedures, creating a mirror cluster in Ashburn,
setting up Swift in Wikimedia Labs, and handling original media (not
just thumbnails) with Swift.

=== Features Engineering ===

* *Visual editor* — Trevor Parscal did research on cursor interaction
and selection rendering for RTL (right-to-left) and support for line
breaks in PRE elements. Gabriel Wicke improved template expansion
and parser function support, investigated Microdata and RDFa for
WikiText-in-HTML-DOM embedding and added rough support for images
and other files. Rob Moen committed a working Editable Surface IME
prototype (bidirectional text not fully supported). Audrey Tang
joined the team and worked on the sanitizer and the testing process.

* *Article feedback* — This month, the team created a new feedback
page, with special features to be tested with oversighters and
rollbackers in early March. Roan Kattouw has completed code review
for compatibility with 1.19 and will deploy a new release on March
8, as well as a new working test environment in coming weeks. Final
reports for phase 1 of this project will be published in early March.

=== Mobile ===

* *Wikipedia Mobile App* — In February, the Wikipedia Android app
crossed over 1.8 million device installs. This is incredible growth
as the app has been in the Android Market for just under two months.
Yuvaraj Pandian announced a new beta version of both the Android app
and the newly re-written iOS app. The re-written iOS version builds
on our PhoneGap code base, and will allow us to deprecate our old
objective C code. New features include: OSM integration, quick
search integration, URL intents, search enhancements, bug fixes, and
better developer attribution.

* *Mobile Designs* — Philip Chang and Heather Walls worked on new
design mockups for full screen search, contact us, navigation
(ongoing), and references. Philip Chang also started the definition
of Photo Upload as two workflows, Basic and Advanced. Basic is
modeled after the current Upload Wizard as the basis of a
mobile-friendly workflow, and Advanced uses a Wikipedia article (or
other site content) as the starting point and incorporates game

=== Platform Engineering ===

* *MediaWiki 1.19* — In February, MediaWiki 1.19 was gradually
deployed to Wikimedia sites (see general "Highlights" section).
Stages 1 through 4 of the deployment
schedule have been completed; all sister projects, and a few
Wikipedia wikis, are now running MediaWiki 1.19.

* *Git conversion* — The migration of MediaWiki core and of extensions
used on WMF sites is now tentatively scheduled for 21 March 2012.
Sumana Harihareswara and Chad Horohoe wrote a blog entry to answer
some common questions about the migration. WMF Engineering is making
strong efforts to train the development community in using Git and
Gerrit, including documentation and trainings via screensharing. We
will be moving Gerrit infrastructure to Ashburn, as the Tampa server
we're using can't handle the load.

* *Volunteer coordination and outreach* — Sumana Harihareswara
continued to follow up on contacts and recruit new contributors to
the Wikimedia tech community (especially for commit and patch
review), and mentor new contributors. Sumana also prepared for the
June Berlin hackathon and the Wikimania hackathon in July and
recruited participants for upcoming events. 13 contributors got
commit access.

== Research ==

* Research Committee member Mayo Fuster visited WMF and met with Dario
Taraborelli to discuss how to streamline RCom activity, plans for an
RCom session at Wikimania 2012 and a pilot project to apply
systematization of experiences methodology to Wikipedia
participation though the Digital Commons process
* RCom members John Riedl and Dario Taraborelli and former member Luca
de Alfaro participated in the Reputation Workshop
<> (22-24 February) to contribute
to the design of – an open source collaborative
annotation tool – from Wikimedia's perspective. A report from the
workshop is available
* We published the February issue of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter
covering 22 recently
published Wikipedia studies.
* We continued experimenting with CKAN <> and the
DataHub <> as a solution for
open data hosting and worked with the OKFN to prioritize Wikimedia's
* We continued reviewing and supporting new research proposals
* Former RCom member Milos Rancic announced
his departure from the committee.

== Community ==

Department Highlights

* *Teahouse Project* - Fellows Sarah Stierch and Jonathan Morgan, with
the help of the Head of Community Fellowships Program Siko Bouterse,
launched the Teahouse project on the English Wikipedia
<> on February 27th (see
general "Highlights" section).
San Francisco Wikimedia Meetup February 2012>

* *SF Meetup* - On February 4th, 2012, the Community Department hosted
the first San Francisco meetup of 2012. There were a record 40
participants, including the Board of Trustees. (Blog post

=== Community Organizing Projects ===

* *Brazil Community Engagement* - In preparation for their tour of
Brazil in March, Steven Walling and Maryana Pinchuk outlined a plan
for working with the Portuguese Wikipedia community on pilot
projects to improve editor retention.[2]
* *Template Testing* - With Ryan Faulkner, the new Community
Department Data Analyst, Steven and Maryana began a deeper
exploration of template testing data. Results are encouraging in
many cases: in a test of the first level English warning templates,
increasing personalization and decreasing the number of links led to
a 20% increase in edits to articles by Wikipedians who had passed
the 10-edit threshold.[3] Our plans for the future include a report
including more qualitative feedback from Wikimedians (see below), as
well as working with the community to make more permanent changes
based on test results.
* New template A/B tests were started in collaboration with the
Wikimedia Incubator.[4]
* Over 40 English Wikipedians joined Maryana and Steven in a
discussion about the effectiveness of deletion notifications on
English Wikipedia.[5] This qualitative feedback has been distilled
into a report on how our largest project communicates about article
* *SF Meetup* (see above)







=== Fundraising ===


* As we said goodbye to the majority of our fundraiser contractors
(Charles Barr, Joseph Seddon, Peter Coombe, and Alex Zariv), we said
hello to three permanent additions to the team. Josh VanDavier,
previously Development Associate, moved to Fundraising QA Associate,
and will be optimizing donor experience through customer service and
constant QA'ing of donor landing pages. Victor Grigas transferred
into a permanent Storytelling position and will continue working
closely with the fundraiser team and sharing the story of Wikipedia
with the world. Peter Gehres, previously a Production Coordinator
contractor, moved to Fundraiser Production Manager and will be
providing strategic technical leadership for the fundraiser.
* Though not new to the Fundraiser, Katie Horn has taken the mantle of
Fundraiser Tech Lead from outgoing lead Arthur Richards.
* Megan Hernandez and Victor Grigas are currently in Brazil for the
first of four Portuguese language Donor Focus groups and one
Argentine Donor Focus group aimed at optimizing the localized donor
experience. Victor is also capturing imagery and Wikipedian stories
for use in the Fundraiser. They are joined by Oona Castro, the new
Brazil program consultant.
* The Fundraising team completed the first A/B testing of banners for
the 2012 Fundraising year with the new team in place.[1]
* The fundraising team worked on a full report from the 2011
fundraiser to be posted publicly in March.


Major Gifts and Foundations

* We received a $1.25 million five-year grant from Lisbet Rausing and
Peter Baldwin.
* We hired consultant Sara Lasner to assist with major donor outreach.

=== Fellowship Program ===

* *Recruitment* - The fellowship program has wrapped up an open call
for community fellowship applicants and project ideas, resulting in
applications from prospective fellows in 21 different countries, and
28 project ideas. Applicants are being interviewed and the community
is being engaged to help evaluate project ideas on meta-wiki.[1]
* *Teahouse Project* - Fellows Sarah Stierch and Jonathan Morgan
launched the Teahouse project on English Wikipedia on February 27th
(cf. general "Highlights" section). 23
volunteer hosts have been trained to provide outreach and support to
new editors. 180 new editors have been invited to the Teahouse
during the first 48 hours of the pilot, and new invitations are
going out each day. We have also partnered with the Global Education
Program to provide online support to students in 6 classrooms.[2]
* *WikiWomen's History Month* - Wikipedians interested in encouraging
women's participation have been invited to organize local meetups
and edit-a-thons during March in honor of International Women's Day
and Women's History Month. 10 offline events are currently being
* *Gender Gap Panel at CSCW* - Sarah Stierch participated in a panel
on Gender and Participation in Peer Production at the 2012 ACM
Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.[4]
* *Translation Project* - Fellow Jon Harald Søby traveled to Brussels
to meet with the i18n team and plan usability improvements to the
translate extension.[5] A simplified process for requesting
translations and assistance loading texts into the extension is in







=== Community Relations ===

Philippe Beaudette (previously Head of Reader Relations) was promoted to
Director of Community Advocacy. Philippe is working with Maggie Dennis,
Community Liaison, to build the newly formed Legal and Community
Advocacy Department. Please see the Legal Department section
for additional information.

== Global Development ==

Department highlights

* Telenor makes Wikipedia available to 135 million customers in
Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Serbia, Montenegro and India (press
release: "Telenor and WMF partner on Wikipedia mobile
* Hiring and announcement of Brazil Program Consultant, Oona Castro
and joint community outreach efforts at Brazil Campus Party [2]
* *GLAMcamp DC* (WMF blog summary
took place February 10-12 at the National Archives and Records
Administration <>. GLAMcamp was supported by a
grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and by the Foundation's US
Cultural Partnerships Coordinator. See details under *US Cultural
Partnerships* below.
* The Global Development department built out a hub page on Meta to
make it easier to follow and connect into the work of the various
teams within the department: Global Development

=== Grants Program ===

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

* Wikimedia Grants <>
o Grants:SarahStierch/GLAM_WIKI_Santiago_attendance

=== Brazil Catalyst
<> ===

In February, Kul, Jessie and Pats spent time in Sao Paulo at the annual
Campus Party conference. See the blog post
<> for more
detailed information. Highlights included a keynote speech by Kul Wadhwa
and a brief editing competition hosted by Wikimedia Brasil.

The Brazil Education Pilot is ready to start for the first semester of
the university system in March! February included a lot of prep work for
this project, primarily conducted by Brazilian contractor Everton
Alverenga. Five professors in Sao Paulo and Rio are going to be
incorporating the editing of Portuguese Wikipedia into their classroom

* Information about the classes
(in Portuguese)
* Background of Brazil Education Program
(English and Portuguese)

In March, we are working with the Community team to do more research
into editor retention and community health within the Portuguese Wikipeida.

=== Arabic Language Initiative
<> ===

* Currently in discussion with the National Library of Tunisia in
order to release their historic content of digitized books,
postcards, journals, etc. to Commons or Wikisource
* Planned outreach events this March in Morocco, Lebanon and Jordan
include Wikipedia training for TechWomen and joint events with
Mozilla in Amman.
* Working on a project with twitter Arabization group (taghreedat) to
promote Arabic Wikipedia to their community

=== US Cultural Partnerships ===

* *GLAMcamp DC* (WMF blog summary
took place February 10-12 at the National Archives and Records
Administration <>. GLAMcamp was supported by a
grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and by the Foundation's US
Cultural Partnerships Coordinator. (Images

A group discusses deliverables for the GLAMcamp DC weekend.>


1. The GLAM/US portal <>
was updated, with many new pages such as GLAM: Connect
<> and GLAM:
Bookshelf <>. An
abundance of new documentation was added to these pages,
including state-based resource pages
<> for GLAMs
and a new GLAM:Contribute
<> page.
2. The GLAM One-Pager
<> was
created as a sample handout for cultural institutions, and
includes an overview of GLAM-Wiki information, case stories on
current partnerships, pull quotes from GLAM professionals, and
contact information.
3. Tech-related outcomes included the OPAC Wikipedia citation tool
<> browser extension for MARC
<> records and new Bulk
Upload Documentation
<> that came out of
close collaboration with Walters Art Museum staff in attendance.

Blogging summaries from attendees:

1. Reports from GLAM camp
<>, Maryland
Institute for Technology in the Humanities blog, Grant Dickie
2. Planning GLAMcamp <>,
Wiki Strategies blog, Pete Forsyth
3. GLAMcamp DC summary
The GLAM-Wiki Experience blog, Alex Hinojo

* Blog posts about Wikipedia in the cultural sector and the GLAM-Wiki

1. Wikipedians in Residence: Two Years of Open Culture
Open Knowledge Foundation.
2. GLAMcamp DC adds sparkle to museum-Wikipedia partnerships
New Media Consortium.
3. NARA plays host for Wikipedians at GLAMcamp DC
NARAtions blog.
4. Open Authority and the Future of Museum Ethics
Center for the Future of Museums.

* There has been ongoing follow-up on leads and expressions of
interest from GLAM institutions. A consolidated master list of GLAM
contacts was further compiled at GLAMcamp DC, which is now
maintained by a small “GLAM Contacts Committee” that is made up of
volunteers representing regions across the US.
* There have been ongoing coordination talks between local museum
technology contacts and Europeana, who will be collaborating on GLAM
tools over the coming year.
* In March, GLAM-Wiki will be shared via the Library of Congress blog
<> and the Technology in the Arts
<> blog. Coordination will
continue for upcoming conferences in May, June, and July.

=== Mobile and Business Development ===

* Telenor Partnership (see also
o We just entered into a partnership with Telenor to provide
Wikipedia Zero to 135 Million customers in Malaysia, Thailand,
Bangladesh, Serbia, Montenegro and India.
o Malaysia beta-launch is scheduled to happen by the end of Q1.
* Orange Partnership
o We are starting the implementation work to launch no-data charge
access to Wikipedia on mobile in the first territory in Orange’s
footprint: Tunisia.
* While Kul Wadhwa was at Campus Party for the Brazil Catalyst
Project, we met with various development groups (with the help of
Pats Pena from the community department and Wikimedia Brasil) to
plan for our first Hackathon in Brasil, focused on mobile, for later
in the year for Sao Paulo and/or Nordeste.

=== Global development research ===

* Finished series of blog posts
<> from the readers
study. The last blog post
was well received with about 14 comments on the blog and many more
on social media channels.
* Created a tool for evaluating outreach events (i.e. whether
attendees edit Wikipedia after the event). Tested the prototype of
the tool with actual outreach data from India.
* Wrapped up the mobile study with the mobile survey:
* Working on a plan to evaluate the Cairo pilot of the Global
Education program: it would be a combination of pre and post test
surveys of different sample populations and analytics around key

=== Wikipedia Education Program ===

Wikipedia Education Program logo, part of the new visual identity>

* As part of the Cairo Pilot, Online Ambassadors have been trained by
local Wikipedians. The orientation of the Online Ambassadors
concludes the training of all Ambassadors for the pilot project on
the Arabic Wikipedia. A total of 17 Campus Ambassadors and 11 Online
Ambassadors are now ready to support student work during the spring
2012 term.
* Classes started at Cairo University and at Ain Shams University.
Among the first articles being improved on the Arabic Wikipedia was
the article on civil disobedience: Students of Dalia Al-Tokhy's
class from Ain Shams University added a section about civil
disobedience in Egypt after being trained by Wikipedia Campus
* Essam Sharaf, a Wikipedian from Cairo, was hired as a part-time
contractor for the on-campus outreach. In the first half of
February, Essam visited the Wikimedia Foundation's office in San
Francisco and started to work on a project plan for outreach events
that will be conducted in Cairo between March and June 2012
* Visual Identity launched: Participants in the Wikipedia Education
Program are now able to create logos and other designs for country,
city, university, or other regional groups through a do-it-yourself
manual and logo assets. The new visual identity for the program,
designed by David Peters, allows a theme to permeate the entire
program, while allowing individual regions to create their own logos
with colors or symbols that have meaning for that region. The
concept is based on the highly successful Wikipedia 10th Anniversary
party designs.
* On February 15, the British newspaper /The Guardian/ published a
long article about the various facets of the Wikipedia Education
Program in operation around the world. The reporter talked to
Wikimedia Foundation staff and professors who had used Wikipedia as
a teaching tool in their classes in the past.
* Volunteers around the world who are running their own programs and
Education Program staff worked collaboratively on a post for the
Wikimedia Foundation's blog on the current status of education
initiatives in different countries.
* Contractor Jeroen De Dauw is working on a new MediaWiki extension
for the Wikipedia Education Program. The new extension will provide
a framework for courses, instructors and students and increase
transparency for on-wiki activities related to the Wikipedia
Education Program. Community members are invited to participate in
betatesting the extension:
* Wikipedians from 9 different countries worked collaboratively on a
submission for this year's Wikimania. The planned session intends to
bring together those who want to share their experiences with
Wikipedia in higher education and those who would like to hear what
others have done in this field:

=== India Programs ===

* Made offer for the last member of the India Programs team - Noopur
Raval for Communications.
* Initiated effort to align all India Program work around formal
Program Design methods, including detailed design, learning criteria
as well as performance measures.

==== Indic Languages ====

* Ongoing efforts to build communities beginning to show results -
especially in Assamese, Kannada and Telugu.
* Outreach sessions conducted in Assam and capacity built in the
community to do independent outreach (including preparing outreach
presentations and FAQs as well as hands-on training on outreach
design and execution). Please see
* Series of community collaboration initiatives encouraged, which are
beginning to show results in a WikiProject for Physics in Assamese
as well as a WikiProject to do Google Translate Clean-Up in Kannada.
* Interesting potential in the Medical Translation project with
participants from Assamese and Malayalam already translating
* Challenges remain with mobilising the Hindi community - which will
continue to be worked on.
* Published annual analysis of Indic language Wikipedias:

==== India Outreach ====

* Effort to improve impact and increase the scale of outreach.
o A handbook including best practices to conduct an effective
outreach session:
o Standardised documents which may be adapted and adopted
o Collating tips and advice for conducting an effective outreach event
o Evaluating effective ways of capturing participants data with
the help of Ayush, Nimish & Mani: building username & collection
o Evaluating how to stay in touch with outreach sessions attendees
using a CRM system (with help from Philippe)
* Evaluating how to measure outreach impact with the help of Ayush,
Nimish & Mani: getting participants' edit counts over the course of
3 months after an event
* Mail sent on the India mailing list on improving outreach efforts in
* 15 outreach session conducted in 6 weeks:

o >550 participants attended these sessions and we are tracking
100 of their progress.
o Initial figures indicate relatively low "conversion" rates, but
we are working how to improve this.

=== Communications ===

Communications work through February focussed on a large amount of media
follow-up regarding the international reaction to SOPA/PIPA in the US,
development of communications products for the WMF/Telenor announcement,
streamlining of the Wikimedia store operation, and supporting internal
communications efforts around HR and recruiting.

==== Major announcements ====

Telenor makes Wikipedia available to 135 million customers in Asia and
Europe (Feb 28, 2012)

==== Major Storylines through February ====

Wikipedia and SOPA carry steam through February

By far the major storyline for Wikimedia in February continued to focus
on the impact of the defeat of SOPA in the US. Global media continue to
inquire about the details of the efforts, including speculation about
how the decision will affect future SOPA-like initiatives.

Related op-ed from Jimmy Wales and Kat Walsh:

"We are the media, and so are you"

Jimmy Wales/Kat Walsh Op-ed in Washington Post, Feb 9, 2012

==== Other worthwhile reads ====

The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb
12, 2012

How Wikimedia Uses Nimsoft to Keep Track of Uptime, Feb 21, 2012

Does Wikipedia have an accuracy problem? The Atlantic, Feb 16, 2012

Wikipedia donors most likely to be from India, study says, Huffington
Post, Feb 7, 2012

One of the Nation's Top Historians Decides It's Time to Embrace
Wikipedia, The Atlantic, Feb 4, 2012

==== Wikipedia Signpost ====

* Volume 7, Issue 6, 6 February 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 7, 13 February 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 8, 20 February 2012
* Volume 7, Issue 9, 27 February 2012

==== WMF Blog posts ====

==== Media Contact ====

== Human Resources ==

=== Staff Changes ===

New Hires

* Christine Bocknek, Senior Accountant (Finance)
* Terry Chay, Director of Features Engineering (Engineering)
* Nathan D'Annibale, Staff Accountant (Finance)
* Charles Deubner, Office IT Support Specialist (Office IT)

New Other Roles Filled

* James Alexander, Wikimedia Merchandise Manager (Communications)
* Victor Grigas, Storyteller: Content and Video Producer (Community)


* Maggie Dennis, Community Liaison (Community)
* Peter Gehres, Fundraiser Production Manager (Community)
* Ryan Faulkner, Research Analyst (Community)
* Roan Kattouw, SW Developer, Back-end (Engineering)

New Contractors

* Mariel Bird (Administration)
* Mark Holmquist (Engineering)
* Sara Lasner (Community)
* Essam Sharaf (Global Development)
* Lindsey Smith (Engineering)
* Audrey Tang (Engineering)

Contract Extended

* Michael Beattie (Community)
* Karen Chelini (HR)
* Farhan Choudhury (Global Development)
* Jeroen DeDauw (Engineering)
* Rodney Dunican (Global Development)
* Moushira Elamrawy (Global Development)
* Emmanuel Engelhart (Engineering)
* Rayne MacGeorge (Office IT)
* Stacey Merrick (HR)
* Sam Reed (Engineering)
* Angela Robeson (HR)
* Jon Harald Soby (Community)
* Santhosh Thottingal (Engineering)
* Heather Walls (Engineering)
* Daniel Zahn (Engineering)


* Parul Vora

Contract Ended

* Peter Coombe (Community)
* Aaron Muszalski (Community)
* Joseph Seddon (Community)
* Alex Zariv (Community)

New Postings

* Technical Product Analyst
* Development Associate
* Data Analytics Manager
* Counsel


* Production Support, Fundraiser
* Lucene Search Operations Engineer

=== Statistics ===

Total Employee Count:

Actual: 99
February Plan: 110, February Filled: 6, February Attrition: 2
YTD Filled: 38, YTD Attrition: 13

Remaining open positions to fiscal year end: 19

=== Department Updates ===

It's our second month working as a fully staffed HR team and we've
identified three core changes in the way we work. We need to get clearer
in our processes and our work prioritization. We need our outward facing
communications to be more consistent and better. We also need to have
some boundaries in how we respond to requests, so that our overall
service quality is higher.

On the recruiting front, we have Stacey Merrick supporting us in doing
social media outreach about jobs and other opportunities to work with
WMF. She will also be doing some redesign work on the HR corner of the
office wiki to make information more easily accessible. We also welcome
Michelle Collins, who is helping us with recruiting on a part-time basis
in a coordination role.

Real-time feed for HR updates: or

== Finance and Administration ==

We welcome Christine as our new Senior Accountant who will also work
with chapters on reporting for both chapter agreements and fundraising

Office improvements for this month were a new tile floor in the 6th
floor kitchen.

Volunteers who travel on behalf of the Foundation now have limited
travel accident insurance when traveling outside of their home
countries. Please contact Garfield <gbyrd at wikimedia dot org> to get
additional information.

== Legal and Community Advocacy ==

* We announced
the new Legal and Community Advocacy group. Community consultation
is ongoing, and everything is up for discussion, even the name of
the group. Some initial community responses suggested that the key
purpose of this department might be for legislative activities, but,
in fact, we are thinking more about ways that we can support the
community, such as helping administrators and functionaries and
facilitating non-English participation in WMF initiatives (like
policies and key projects). Help us brainstorm
this new department. We are thrilled to have Philippe and Maggie
with us!

* Legal and Global Development worked together to get the Telenor
contract done on a tight deadline to allow for an announcement
during a large telecommunications conference.

* Attendance at Paris finance meeting while taking input on and
finalizing a note to the Board:
(Many thanks to Philippe and Maggie for managing the process)

* Our legal interns have been answering a lot of community questions
via memos and white papers. While the team may only represent the
Wikimedia Foundation on legal matters and is not able to give legal
advice to the volunteer communities, it does offer generalized
informational resources so that volunteers can craft their own
approaches to these complicated issues. For example, the Commons
community was exploring questions related to the public display of
art and its impact on copyright in the United States; the document
that our legal intern produced is displayed on its own page there
Both Commons and the English Wikipedia have also been struggling
with questions related to international copyright. In January,
Commons approached us about a recent US court decision which may
impact thousands of images hosted on Commons. The research produced
by the legal interns is published in the community deletion
The English Wikipedia is attempting to reach a consensus for
handling content that is public domain in the United States because
the United States does not have copyright relations with the country
in which it was published. Our intern's work is published as part of
that discussion
Many thanks to them for their hard work.

* Our team has been working on building a centralized "legal corner"
for internal & external use. We hope to create and compile useful
resources for both staff and community members.

* We are looking for a junior legal counsel who is an active
Wikimedian. Here is the job posting:

* Stats
o Number of contracts signed - 12
o Number of trademark requests - 10
+ approved - 6
+ denied - 2
+ approval not needed - 1
+ pending - 1

== Visitors and Guests ==

Six members of the German parliament's sub-committee on new media
visiting the Wikimedia Foundation's Office on February 13>

1. Christian (Wikia)
2. Andrew Lih (Wikipedian/Author/Journalist/Professor)
3. Stan van de Burgt (founder of Watchmouse)
4. Jeroen Borgsteede (Manager of products & Services, Kennisnet)
5. Renee Blodgett
6. Mayo Fuster Morell (Amical, RCom member, User:Lilaroja
7. Sebastian Blumenthal (Bundestag)
8. Dr. Reinhard Brandl <>
9. Thomas Jarzombek (Bundestag)
10. Lars Klingbeil (Bundestag)
11. Herbert Behrens (Bundestag)
12. Dr. Konstantin von Notz (Bundestag)
13. Dr. Franca Wolff (Bundestag)
14. Consul General Peter Rothen
15. Michael Ahrens, Consul Cultural and Press Affairs at the German
Consulate General
16. Brigitta Richman, a translator
17. Dwight Wilson (WorldCorp Interns)
18. Mike Hegazy (Crunch Gym representative)
19. Grant Joung (ThoughtWorks)
20. Latoya Peterson (
21. Sarah Stierch (WMF Community Fellow)
22. Jonathan Morgan (WMF Research Fellow)
23. Grant & Marie Claire (Thoughtworks)
24. Otavio Good (Wikipedian)
25. James Cullen Heaphy III (Wikipedian)
26. Essam Sharaf (Wikipedian)
27. David Munir
28. Terry Brodt (CWT travel)
29. Tilman Bayer
30. Andrew Garrett
31. Linda Chang (Design MBA program at California College of the Arts)
32. Rana Cho (Design MBA program at California College of the Arts)
33. Ali Musleh (Design MBA program at California College of the Arts)
34. Arash Shirinbab (Design MBA program at California College of the Arts)
35. Max Klein (Wikipedian)
36. Valerie Ball (KPMG)
37. Stu West (WMF Board of Trustees member)
38. Ting Chen (Chair of WMF Board of Trustees)
39. Jimmy Wales (WMF Board of Trustees member)
40. Jan-Bart de Vreede (Vice Chair of WMF Board of Trustees)
41. Kat Walsh (WMF Board of Trustees member)
42. Arne Klempert (WMF Board of Trustees member)
43. Matt Halprin (WMF Board of Trustees member)
44. Bishakha Datta (WMF Board of Trustees member)
45. Phoebe Ayers (WMF Board of Trustees member)
46. Deborah Bezona (D. Bezona & Company)
47. Juan Carlos Guaqueta (Chile)
48. 20 community members (English Wikipedians, editors of Wiktionary,
Wikisource, as well as Portuguese and German Wikipedia)

Tilman Bayer
Movement Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
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