Wikimedia Foundation Report, June 2013
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- 1 Data and Trends
- 2 Financials
- 3 Highlights
- 4 Engineering
- 5 Fundraising
- 6 Grantmaking
- 6.1 Strategic Goals Metrics
- 6.2 Funds Dissemination Committee
- 6.3 WMF Grants
- 6.4 Individual Engagement Grants
- 6.5 Learning & Evaluation
- 6.6 Brazil Catalyst Project
- 7 Program Development
- 8 Human Resources
- 9 Finance and Administration
- 10 Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications Department
- 10.1 LCA Report, June 2013
- 10.2 Communications Report, June 2013
- 11 Visitors and Guests
Data and TrendsEdit
Global unique visitors for May:
- 522 million (+0.97% compared with April; +5.97% compared with the previous year)
- (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release June data later in July)
Page requests for June:
- 21.1 billion (+0.7% compared with May; +17.1% compared with the previous year)
- (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)
Active Registered Editors for May 2013 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month, excluding bots):
- 80,611 (-0.19% compared with April / -1.92% compared with the previous year)
- (Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects.)
Report Card (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF projects):
(Financial information is only available through May 2013 at the time of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and Year-To-Date May 31, 2013.
|Grantmaking & Programs Group||$8,284,686|
|Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group||$2,777,192|
- Revenue for the month of May is $0.12MM versus plan of $0.28MM, approximately $159K or 57% under plan.
- Year-to-date revenue is $50.56MM versus plan of $45.79MM, approximately $4.77MM or 10% over plan.
- Expenses for the month of May is $2.97MM versus plan of $4.01MM, approximately $1.04MM or 26% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, internet hosting, and grant expenses (FDC grants) partially offset by higher capital expenses, outside contract services, and travel expenses.
- Year-to-date expenses is $33.82MM versus plan of $38.08MM, approximately $4.26MM or 11% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, internet hosting, grant expenses (FDC grants), and travel expenses partially offset by higher legal expenses, bank fees, outside contract services, and personal property tax expenses.
- Cash position is $42.7MM as of May 31, 2013.
First workshop on how to evaluate the success of organized Wikimedia activitesEdit
On June 22–23, the first workshop on the design and evaluation of programs (organized activities) in the Wikimedia movement took place. The event was held Budapest, Hungary by the Wikimedia Foundation, in partnership with Wikimedia Magyarország, the local chapter. The workshop brought together 21 program leaders from 15 countries to learn the basic concepts of program evaluation. The success of the workshop itself was evaluated, too: Surveys before and after the workshop showed that a majority of the participants left with a better understanding of these terms and concepts.
Preparations for the launch of VisualEditor and Universal Language SelectorEdit
In June, work was completed on major new features for VisualEditor (the visual interface to edit wiki pages without markup), in preparation for its launch for all logged-in editors on the English Wikipedia on July 1. It is becoming available to most other Wikipedians during the rest of July.
Also in June, the Universal Language Selector began to be deployed to all Wikimedia projects. It allows users to configure language settings like interface language, fonts, and input methods (keyboard mappings) in a flexible way. By July 1, it was available on more than 150 wikis.
A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for June 2013 can be found at:
- Department Highlights
Major news in June include (see also general "Highlights" section):
- The preparation for the activation of VisualEditor to most Wikipedia sites, and its debut on the English Wikipedia on July 1;
- News around Language engineering, including the activation of the Universal Language Selectors on many wikis;
In June, the team completed major new features for VisualEditor (the visual interface to edit wiki pages without markup) in preparation for making it available to most Wikipedia users in July. The editor is now capable of letting users edit the majority of content without needing to use wikitext: it supports text, as well as adding and editing inclusions of references, templates, categories and media items. We organized an A/B test for new user accounts on the English Wikipedia, with half of them getting VisualEditor ahead of the wider release. There were also a number of user interface improvements, and many bugs uncovered by the community were fixed. The team was expanded with four dedicated new members, who will help community members use VisualEditor, and ensure that feedback will be focused and lead to rapid improvements.
VisualEditor relies on Parsoid, the software that converts wikitext to annotated HTML behind the scenes. This month, Parsoid was activated on a new set of servers, and started to track all edits and template / image updates from all Wikipedia sites. The goal was to test Parsoid's performance in preparation for the activation of VisualEditor on almost all Wikipedia sites. Optimization improvements made earlier (notably using caching) proved effective, as servers seemed to handle the increased load well. Good performance allowed the team to focus on improving the conversion to wikitext, in order to avoid conversion errors and wikitext corruption.
In June, we released more features and bug fixes for Notifications on the English Wikipedia and mediawiki.org. We added a confirmation button for the "Thanks" feature, and added a link to the difference between versions of the page for talk page and interactive notifications. Development of HTML Email notifications, as well as of new metrics dashboards, continued. We ran a week-long A/B test of new user activity, and results show that new users who received Echo notifications made more edits than those who did not, but their edits were reverted slightly more often. Later this Summer, we plan to enable Notifications on more wikis, starting with Meta and the French Wikipedia.
This month, we also activated features and fixed bugs for the Article Feedback Tool (AFT5) on the English, French and German Wikipedia. An opt-in feature now allows to enable or disable feedback on a page. The metrics dashboards show how the new moderation tools are being used: for example, about half of moderated feedback is marked as 'no action needed', and about a tenth as 'useful'. The team supported a wider activation of AFT5 on over 40,000 articles on the French Wikipedia; as for the German community, they elected not to adopt the tool. Feature development has now ended for this project, and we plan to make AFT5 available to other wiki projects in the coming weeks.
The Editor Engagement Experiments (E3) team continued work on its experiments related to onboarding new Wikipedians, and launched several new tools to Wikimedia projects. The team began running campaigns to learn about how many editors sign up on the top 10 Wikipedias, and how many sign up via the invitation to "Join Wikipedia" on the login page (see the list of active campaigns and analysis). Another tool, the CoreEvents extension, now logs MediaWiki core activity, like preference updates and page saves across all projects. For the GettingStarted project, the team conducted usability testing of new designs. The E3 team also improved and refined the guided tours extension, including adding usability enhancements like new interface animations, support for community tours, and bug fixing. Work has begun on an experiment to deliver guided tours to all first-time editors. After the VisualEditor launch on the English Wikipedia, we started a micro-survey of newly-registered users to give us a first systematic look at the gender diversity of those creating accounts.
This month, the Mobile team launched a new Wikipedia Zero partnership with Dialog in Sri Lanka. On the technical side, we fixed user interface bugs and enhanced the tool to configure partnerships. We also improved logging and debugging for identification of anomalous access.
We also focused on improving education around mobile uploads, including an interactive Commons tutorial and first-time user copyright and scope check. The "Nearby" feature was activated on the default mobile site, allowing users to find articles near them that are in need of images, take photos and upload them via mobile.
In beta, we started working on an improved navigation for the site and for articles. This includes design tweaks to the left navigation menu, and a new in-article contributory navigation that combines article actions (edit, upload, and watch) with a talk page link. We also experimented with integration of user Notifications, which now work on the English Wikipedia mobile site. We hope make this feature available to all mobile users in July.
Major Gifts and FoundationsEdit
We received a $300,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. This is the first installment of a two-year grant we were awarded for winning the Knight News Challenge for Wikipedia Zero.
- The team prepared to begin fundraising worldwide with the start of the new fiscal year in July. An update on this testing was posted on Meta.
- Spent three days working with the fundraising staff from the German chapter to prepare for the 2013 fundraiser.
Strategic Goals MetricsEdit
|Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace)||15.6k||+563||+3.7%|||
Funds Dissemination CommitteeEdit
- Two new members were elected to the FDC, and the ombudsperson was re-elected! The FDC welcomes Delphine Ménard and Cristian Consonni, and also welcomes back the ombudsperson, Susana Morais.
- FDC staff summary of the first round of progress reports for 2012-2013 Round 1 was published after the reports were submitted by 30 April. The next round of progress reports for 2012-2013 Round 1 will be due by 30 July.
- 17 Letters of Intent for 2013-2014 Round 1 were submitted by 8 June.
- WMF staff is preparing to announce eligibility for FDC 2013-2014 Round 1 on 15 July for the 17 entities that submitted LOIs. Final eligibility will be confirmed by 15 September, and proposals are due on 1 October.
- The ombudsperson's annual report was published.
- The FDC portal is being re-worked to improve user experience. Feedback is being collected.
- A 2012-2013 Round 2 Process Survey was conducted, and analysis is underway. A report is forthcoming.
- 3 new project grants were approved in June.
- 7 grant reports were accepted in June.
Grants awarded in June 2013Edit
- Grant to continue encouraging GLAM institutions in Denmark to have Wikipedians-in-Residence: Grants:WM_DK/Wikipedian-in-Residence_Scholarship,_II
- Grant to purchase 500 WikiReaders and distribute them to selected schools that have limited or no internet access: Grants:Aislinn_Dewey/Distribute_WikiReaders_to_Schools
- A project aiming to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johannesburg with historic and heritage importance: Grants:WM_ZA/joburgpedia-2013
Reports accepted in June 2013Edit
- 3 new requests were approved in June.
- No grant reports were accepted in June.
Requests awarded in June 2013Edit
Reports accepted in June 2013Edit
No reports were accepted in June 2013.
Individual Engagement GrantsEdit
- A work sprint on the Grants:IdeaLab continued, in preparation for a July (re)launch of the space aimed at cultivating ideas for proposals in advance of August’s IEG open call. The updates will make it easier to browse and connect with ideas, and will highlight recent activity.
- IEG midpoint and final report templates have been completed and made available to grantees. The first 5 IEGrantee midpoint reports are due July 15th.
- Siko Bouterse and IEGrantee Ocaasi, along with volunteer Wikimedians the wub and Valeriej, attended Open Help Conference to present, discuss and worksprint on Wikimedia projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, the Wikipedia Adventure, and the Help Project. Outcomes and learnings are shared in a blog post.
- A small July meeting was organized to brainstorm and strategize on the gender gap for the coming year. Outcomes will be reported in July.
- The Wikipedia Library, our 8th and final round 1 IEGrant project to begin work, launched this month. IEGrantee Ocaasi visited San Francisco to participate in a tech roundtable and while in the Bay Area he met with staffers and local organizations to kickoff the project. A full account of June activity is reported on the project page.
- All IEGrantee projects continue! Some grantees are contributing to the WMF blog, and all grantees' progress is chronicled each month at:
- Grants:IEG/Build an effective method of publicity in PRChina/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Consolidate wikiArS to involve art schools/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource strategic vision/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/MediaWiki data browser/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/Replay Edits/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Adventure/Timeline
- Grants:IEG/The Wikipedia Library/Timeline
- Haitham Shammaa transitioned from Contribution Research Manager into a new role in the Grantmaking Department’s Learning & Evaluation team. As Learning Strategist, Global South, Haitham will support Grantmaking and Global South strategy with research, experimentation, and tools to enhance learning and data-driven decision making.
- Learnings from an experiment aimed at recruiting editors from the Philippines on English Wikipedia have been shared in a blog post.
Learning & EvaluationEdit
- Learned a lot from the Grantmaking for Effective Organizations (GEO)'s learning conference in Miami. Met with various grantmakers to talk about how to promote learning internally as well as amongst grantmakers. Joined group of grantmakers that are working on funding networks and evaluating results – a tricky thing to do! Conference notes and speakers can be found here.
- Hosted our first grantmaking team retreat (see photo above)! We hosted various outside panelists, including Kate Kroeger, Pete York, and Judd Antin. We spent time developing our action calendar and learning goals for the next fiscal year.
- Supported program evaluation team in the development of the Budapest workshop
- Began planning for Wikimania Learning Day – a day to host a few of the different grantees to work on our collective strategies for learning and evalution of programs and organizations.
- Transitioned Grantmaking Data Manager Evan Rosen over to the WMF Analytics team. Fortunately, Evan still is specifically supporting the needs of the Grantmaking & Programs teams! Evan is still working on the UMAPI tool; update for the tool should be included in the Analytics' monthly overview report.
- Collected feedback (via survey) on the FDC Round 2 process.
- Working on survey development for the Grants Program
- Working on the tiger team behind the IdeaLab to create a great collaboration space for new ideas. Mostly did bot work to spotlight different contributors and ideas to encourage participation and collaboration. Work included:
- CONTRIBUTORS: regular profiles are found here, and are created by the users themselves. GrantsBot sorts this list so that the profiles of people who have been most active in recent weeks are listed at the top.
- CONTRIBUTORS: featured profiles are placed on one of six rotating 'gallery' pages (like this one) and will be displayed on the IdeaLab front page, a mockup of which is here. Currently, the most active participants are 'featured' every week, but we can also set other criteria for who we choose to feature (such as people who just joined).
- IDEAS: regular idea profiles have to be created from scratch. GrantsBot does this by grabbing metadata about each Idea proposal (such as the creator name and the summary text listed in the infobox) and dumps those into a profile template. The different categories of idea proposal (currently 'new', 'participants wanted', and 'IEG draft') are then displayed on this page. This allows IdeaLab visitors to browse the current ideas without having to visit each individual proposal page.
- IDEAS: featured idea profiles are just a simplified version of regular idea proposals. They go in a gallery page just like person profiles and will be displayed on the front page of the IdeaLab.
Brazil Catalyst ProjectEdit
- Second phase of data collection on CAPTCHA took place.
- Under development:
- Configuration of Portuguese Wikipedia Data for automatic update on Limn
- localization of Snuggle for the PT-WP
- Timeline: advancements on timeline prototype connecting events to data on the PT-WP
Correio da Wikipedia: a site notice about the community newsletter - Correio da Wikipedia, recently reactivated - was published and daily accesses increased from 50 per day to up to almost 4300 a day.
Participation in the International Free Software Forum (FISL) - Oona, Henrique and Rodrigo Padula were at FISL to promote Wikimedia projects and discuss potential partnerships (with both private and public institutions). Henrique's presentation was featured on a tech website ("Fisl14: analista da Wikipédia ensina internautas a contribuir para site")
Draft on project and budget shared for analyses
- Hiring of the new education team:
- Offboarding of Everton: after 1,5 year working with us, Everton Zanella Alvarenga has ended the transition period and left WMF for Open Knowledge Foundation. Everton has built the education program from scratch in Brazil, developing the pilot and contributing very much to the catalyst program.
- Onboarding of Rodrigo Padula and Celio Costa:
- Celio Costa (Usuário:Sturm) has been a Wikipedian since 2004 and is one of the most active editors in the Portuguese Wikipedia. He'll be working as the consultant for Outreach. Holding a bachelor degree at History and Linguistics, Celio has consistently promoted Wikimedia projects as a volunteer and also the wiki practice and use as a professional.
- Rodrigo Padula is a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he leads initiatives and implementation of the Open Source Technologies Laboratory - LAPTEL. For almost 8 years he’s been collaborating with Mozilla Foundation, promoting Web technology and internet freedom.
- Department highlights
- The first Program Evaluation & Design Workshop took place in Budapest, Hungary, June 22–23 (see also general "Highlights" section and the blog post "Improving program performance: first evaluation workshop in Budapest")
- Wikipedia Zero is now available in Sri Lanka for the first time on Dialog's mobile network, reaching over 8 million subscribers.
- Faris El-Gwely attended a conference at Dr. Yahia Fares de Medea University in Algeria celebrating the success of the pilot of the program at the university. Dr. Fareh Abdelhak worked with one class in Algeria this term, and the students contributed 1.6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia Zero is now available in Sri Lanka for the first time on Dialog's mobile network, which is part of the Axiata group. Dialog is Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications service provider with the country's largest mobile phone network of over 8 million subscribers.
- Worked with Mozilla on marketing campaigns to promote the availability of Wikipedia on Firefox OS in Eastern Europe
- Developed faster process for mobile carrier testing using partner configuration pages
- Created semi-automated method of updating Varnish configurations, thus facilitating the launch and update of Wikipedia Zero partnerships
Wikipedia Education ProgramEdit
- United States and Canada
- Started sending out welcome packets to professors interested in joining for the fall 2013 term.
- Arab World
- Faris El-Gwely attended a celebration conference at Dr.Yahia Fares de Medea University in Algeria to celebrate the success of the pilot of the program at the university. Dr. Fareh Abdelhak worked with one class in Algeria this term, and the students contributed 1.6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia.
- Students started editing again in Egypt after stopping for 20 days because of final exams at the universities.
- Faris and faculty leaders started planning a celebration conference in Cairo in August.
- Interviewed candidates for Arab World Program Manager position.
- Set up system for porting Training infrastructure to any wiki, and tested it successfully with Czech Wikipedia.
- Launched community discussion of Commons brochure draft.
- Worked with David Peters on a refresh of the Bookshelf piece "Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality".
- Reprinted "Instructor Basics", "The Syllabus", and "The Essentials" brochures, with minor edits.
- Facilitated three blog posts on the Wikimedia blog:
- Published two newsletters:
Program Evaluation and DesignEdit
- The first Program Evaluation & Design Workshop took place in Budapest, Hungary, June 22–23. The event was held by the Wikimedia Foundation, in partnership with Wikimedia Magyarország, the local chapter. The workshop brought together 21 program leaders from 15 countries to learn gain a shared understanding of the basic concepts of program evaluation and why it's a helpful skillset to learn when executing Wikimedia focused programs such as GLAM content donations, Wikipedia education programs, edit-a-thons/workshops, editing contests, and photo upload contests (i.e. WikiLovesMonuments). A blog post about the workshop is here: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/07/11/finding-out-what-works-first-workshop-program-evaluation/
- Prior to the workshop, Sarah Stierch encouraged the participants to share their experiences with their respective programs online on Meta:
- Outcome of the workshop: Attendees were provided a pre and post survey to fill out as part of evaluation of the workshop. The surveys provided positive results, most participants entered the workshop with little to moderate knowledge about program evaluation and majority left the workshop with a better understanding. Majority of participants also were highly satisified with the concept of using logic models and 63% said they were "mostly" or "very" ready to implement program evaluation in their programs.
- An announcement only mailing list has been created for Program Evaluation & Design. Anyone is welcome to join it in order to learn about the latest news, activities and events related to Program Evaluation & Design: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-ped
- The team has started fleshing out a space on Meta for Program Evaluation & Design. This is the main social space for everybody in the movement interested in Program Evaluation & Design, and will serve as the main contact point for interaction about the subject and resource center.
The primary focus of work for June was annual reviews and annual compensation increases and adjustments for every employee of the Foundation. The other large pieces of work focused on adding index funds to the portfolio of 401k plan options and hosting the annual summer C-level retreat.
- New Requisitions Filled
(see also: slides from the monthly metrics meeting)
- Peter Coombe, Fundraising Production Coordinator (Fundraiser)
- Toby Negrin, Director of Analytics (Engineering)
- Sean Pringle, Administrator, Database (Engineering)
- Ken Snider, Contractor for Wikimedia Operations team (Engineering)
- New Volunteers
- Rita Chang (Legal & Community Advocacy)
- Joshua Errett (Legal & Community Advocacy)
- Alice Debois-Frogé (Legal & Community Advocacy)
- Donna Peterson (Legal & Community Advocacy)
- Sarah Mitroff (Legal & Community Advocacy)
- New Legal Interns
- Matthew Collins (Columbia)
- Jenny Bloom (Harvard)
- Lukas Mezger (recent graduate from Germany)
- New Contractors
- Celio Costa (Grantmaking & Programs)
- Patrick Early (Engineering)
- Erica Litrenta (Engineering)
- Kartik Mistry (Engineering)
- Rodrigo Padula (Grantmaking & Programs)
- Keegan Peterzell (Engineering)
- Sherry Snyder (Engineering)
- Dhaval Trivedi (Engineering)
- Brian Wolff (Engineering)
- Contracts Extended
- Michael Guss (Administration / also a volunteer with Legal & Community Advocacy)
- Michael Ray (Administration)
- Luke Welling
- Tiffany Li
- Contracts Ended
- Everton Alvarenga
- Missy Black
- Alexander Kuiper
- Nischay Nahata
- Rebecca Neumann
- Robert Smith
- Ion Vasquez
- Department Changes – move to Engineering Analytics
- Dan Andreescu
- Andrew Otto
- Evan Rosen
- Dario Taraborelli
- Diederik Van Liere
- Erik Zachte
- New Postings
Fundraiser Program Manager Director of Program, Mobile Linux System Administrator (Systems & Network) - Part Time
- Total Requisitions Filled
- June Actual: 145
- June Total Plan: 174
- June Filled: 4, Month Attrition: 2
- YTD Filled: 62, YTD Attrition: 29
- 4 Positions On Hold at FYE
- Remaining Open Reqs to rollover into the next fiscal year
- Real-time feed for HR updates
Finance and AdministrationEdit
- We have negotiated a new foreign exchange rate which will lower the cost of sending payments in a variety of currencies.
- The Form 990 FAQ for 2011 has been posted.
Legal, Community Advocacy, and Communications DepartmentEdit
LCA Report, June 2013Edit
The Legal and Community Advocacy Department has been working extensively with the community regarding a number of topics, including PRISM, trademarks, and privacy. More detail about these ongoing discussions can be found below under "Other Activities".
- Submitted : 23
- Completed : 26
- Submitted : 13
- Approved : 3
- Pending : 7
- Denied : 3
Acquired: wikipedia.in, wikimanialondon.org, wikipedia.us
Coming & GoingEdit
- We welcome our new summer legal interns, Matthew Collins (Columbia), Jenny Bloom (Harvard), and Lukas Mezger (our first international legal intern, from the German community)!
- We say goodbye to our fantastic summer intern, Tiffany Li (Georgetown) as she heads back to Washington DC to spend the second half of her summer at a start-up. We wish her the best of luck!
- We welcome Keegan Peterzell, Erica Litrenta, Patrick Earley, and Sherry Snyder, who will be working as community liaisons to assist with the Visual Editor roll-out (seconded to LCA from Engineering).
- We also welcome Joshua Errett, Donna Peterson, Alice Debois-Froge, Sarah Mitroff, and Michael Guss as volunteers who will be assisting our Communications team!
- LCA launched a community discussion about PRISM and what, if any, role WMF and the community should play. The consultations showed limited support for advocacy about government surveillance, and we are currently evaluating advocacy options that are consistent with this guidance.
- LCA launched a community discussion on trademarks to get the community’s thoughts on how we should employ our trademarks for community members, movement organizations, and third parties. LCA will use this input to shape how the next version of the trademark policy is drafted. Once this discussion closes and the draft is developed, the draft of the new trademark policy will be released for public comment.
- LCA presented a proposed process for creating a new Wikivoyage logo and the community gave significant input on the process. Members of the community have begun submitting potential designs and we are looking forward to seeing the community showcasing their creativity in the coming weeks.
- LCA worked to prepare its first public event with General Counsel, Geoff Brigham, keynoting and a panel of speakers from Mozilla, the EFF, Google, and Twitter speaking on “Technology, Law, and Social Change” on July 10. About 100 local attorneys, law students, and people interested in tech law attended eventually.
- LCA was happy to announce a major legal victory in Italy in a lawsuit brought by former Italian Minister of Defense, Cesar Previti.
- LCA is working hard in cooperation with the tech department on Visual Editor and has coordinated the work of the recently hired community liaisons to do so. We are beginning to think beyond the en-wiki deployment and are putting architecture in place to support the deployment on non-English wikis. We have supported the triage and elimination of almost 200 bugs since deployment and coordinated a 24-hour coverage shift to support the deployment.
- LCA is excited to present on three topics at Wikimania 2013! We encourage the community to sign up and attend any (or all!) of the following presentations: Our Legal Strategy Going Forward: A Talk with the WMF General Counsel; Open Culture, Open Data, Open Source; and Working Together, But Separately: A Gathering of Functionaries.
Communications Report, June 2013Edit
Although we issued no major announcements in June, it was still a busy month. We worked on business planning and transition details for the Wikimedia shop, reviewed and implemented designs for revisions to the Wikimedia blog, kicked off some new design projects, and resumed work on an upcoming Wikipedia Zero announcement. In June we also began collaborating with the Wikimania organizing team to coordinate press activities for the upcoming conference.
No major press announcements in June.
Major Storylines through JuneEdit
- Wikimedia response to PRISM/NSA controversy (June 14)
The Edward Snowden-led leak of documents relating to the NSA's PRISM program was a major global news story in June. Wikipedia and the WMF sites received mostly neutral mentions (faring better than other top web properties), particularly following the posting of a notice of community discussion about the topic on the WMF blog.
- (related blog post) https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/06/14/prism-surveillance-wikimedia/
- Wikimedia Foundation victorious in Cesare Previti lawsuit (June 26)
The Foundation's legal team announced a victory against former Italian Minister of Defence Cesare Previti in June. Previti accused the Foundation of providing a venue for hosting inaccurate and defamatory statements. The Civil Court of Rome disagreed with Previti's claim and found in the Foundation's favor, which resulted in major, largely positive coverage in the Italian mainstream press.
- (related blog post) https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/06/26/wikimedia-foundation-legal-victory-italy/
Other worthwhile readsEdit
- Adding Our Voice to the Wikipedia Chorus | Brooklyn Museum | June 20
- Internet Hall of Fame to induct top names in tech | CNET | June 26
- When The Last of Us are Left, How Long Would it Take to Transcribe Wikipedia? | Scientific American | June 27
- Wikipedia contributors ‘should be proud’ | Times Higher Education | June 30
WMF Blog postsEdit
- Preparing for VisualEditor on all Wikipedias | June 6, 2013
- Wikimedians help translate renowned classical music lyrics to Ukranian | June 7, 2013
- How the Wikimedia Foundation’s values are changing the world: The Bolivian experience | June 27, 2013
For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the community-edited newsletter “Wikipedia Signpost” for June 2013:
Visitors and GuestsEdit
Visitors and guests to the WMF office in June 2013:
- Christine Cavanaugh (CCS Consulting)
- Stephen Josephs (7 Powers Consulting & facilitator)
- Barnet Bain (independent consultant & facilitator)
- Frits Habberman (CTO of PopCap)
- Jailza Pauly (Haas Business School)
- Chema Hernández Gil (SF Bike Coalition)
- Simone Syed (Mithril)
- Scott Norman (Mithril)
- Caroline Simard (Stanford University)
- Rebecca York (Adyen)
- Jon Fuller (Adyen)
- Lisa Groesz (Taos)
- Peter Cooper (Paul Hastings LLP)
- Rishi Sharma (Paul Hastings LLP)
- Dennis Porter (Suf)
- Brian Andersen (Suf)
- Tom Johnson (Oregon State University)
- Kevin Phillips (Forte)
- Adria Richards (BYAG)
- Shauna Gordon-Mckeon (OpenHatch)
- Cosimo Cecchi (Endless Mobile)
- Debbie Wolter (CCS Consulting)
- Mike Meghan (CB2 Construction)
- Ohana Hernandez (SFBC)
- Kellie Brownell (Giant Rabbit)
- Vijay Toke (Hiaring & Smith LLP)
- Joey Daoud (Knight Foundation)
- Sophie Österberg (Wikimedia Sweden)
- Isabella Bagneros (Twitter)
- Tom Simonite (MIT Technology Review)
- Ben Dierker (Walker)
- Joe Vasquez (Hero @ Home)
- Christophe Henner (Wikimedia France)
- Jim Chen (CTBT)
- Aloka Archige (Forte)
- Sam Giroy (Forte)
- Kevin Phillips (J&K)
- Alexis Rossi (Internet Archive)
- Will Norris (Google)
- Daniel Shapiro (Wells Fargo)
- Pierros Papadeas (Community Manager at Mozilla)
- Alex Wafula (Wikimedian and Mozilla Rep from Kenya)
- Josh Lim (Wikimedia Philippines)
- Lorenzo Losa (Wikimedia Italy)
- Pedro Lopez (Data Safe)
- Anna Nygren (Telenor)
- Taylor Keep (Vital)
- Lee Eckert (Vital)
- Sam Slater (Vital)
- Lisa Groesz (Taos)
- Patrick Chow (change.org)
- Dennis Porter (Saf)
- Pedro Torrecillas (Imagine.cc)
- Albert Moro (Imagine.cc)
- Laura Dubreuil (Imagine.cc)
- Sebastian Romero (Imagine.cc)
- Nuria Lao (Imagine.cc)
- Phillipe Delespesse (Imagine.cc)
- Anna Sala (Imagine.cc)
- Luis Montes de Oca (Imagine.cc)
- Oriana Mendez Lopez (Imagine.cc)
- Xavier (Imagine.cc)
- Rosa Monge (Imagine.cc)