Wikimedia Highlights, February 2014
Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for February 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement
Wikimedia Foundation highlights
Frank Schulenburg named executive director of the new Wiki Education Foundation, which supports Wikipedia courses in the US and Canada
The Wikipedia Education Program, where university students contribute to Wikipedia as a course assignment, began in 2010 as a pilot project run by the Wikimedia Foundation (the "Public Policy Initiative" which focused on the subject of US public policy). Since then, the program has expanded worldwide. In the United States and Canada alone, more than 6,000 students have contributed to Wikipedia as part of the program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages to Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality content.
The global Wikipedia Education Program will continue to be supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. But in 2012, the Wikimedia Foundation began a process to hand over cooperations with educators and institutions in the US and Canada to a new non-profit organization, the "Wiki Education Foundation", created in late 2013. In February, the new organization appointed its first executive director: Frank Schulenburg, a long-time German Wikipedian and Commons contributor who left his position as head of the Wikimedia Foundation's program department for the new job.
New Media Viewer: A better way to view images
The Multimedia Team invited community members to test a beta version of Media Viewer, a new tool for viewing images and other multimedia content. Currently, when a reader clicks on a thumbnail in an article, they are taken to a separate page showing the image in medium size, surrounded by a lot of text information which can be confusing. Media Viewer shows images in a larger size, as an overlay on the current page.
At the end of February, when the invitation was made, over 12,000 beta testers had already activated Media Viewer as part of the Beta Features program. The rollout of Media Viewer to the first wikis was scheduled for April.
Data and Trends
Global unique visitors for January:
- 495 million +1.05% compared with December; +1.41% compared with the previous year)
- (comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release February data later in March)
Page requests for February:
- 21.001 billion (+1.6% compared with January; -3.5% compared with the previous year)
- (Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation content projects including mobile access, but excluding Wikidata and the Wikipedia main portal page.)
Active Registered Editors for January 2014 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month, excluding bots):
- 81,821 (+8.24% compared with December / -2.92% 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 January 2014 at the time of this report.)
All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and Year-To-Date January 31, 2014.
|Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group||2,057,675|
|in US dollars|
- Revenue for the month of January is $3.42MM versus plan of $0.01MM, approximately $3.41MM or 58,335% over plan.
- Year-to-date revenue is $38.17MM versus plan of $45.04MM, approximately $6.87MM or 15% under plan.
- Expenses for the month of January is $3.97MM versus plan of $4.53MM, approximately $559K or 12% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees, grants and travel expenses partially offset by higher outside contract services and payment processing fees.
- Year-to-date expenses is $22.75MM versus plan of $27.39MM, approximately $4.64MM or 17% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees, payment processing fees, staff development expenses, grants, and travel expenses partially offset by higher outside contract services and recruiting fees.
- Cash position is $54.67MM as of January 31, 2014.
Other highlights from the Wikimedia movement
Wikimedians visit European Parliament to take photos of politicians
In a project called Wiki Loves Parliaments, 50 Wikimedians from nine countries visited the European Parliament during four days in February. They took photographs of 319 of the parliament's 764 members, in addition to some members of the EU commission. The project was financially supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and several regional chapters. It built on similar activities that have been conducted at German and Austrian state parliaments since 2009.
New video intends to motivate GLAM organizations to open up their collections
Wikimedia Germany has produced a promotional video that intends to motivate GLAM institutions to open up their digital collections for reuse. It was shot at a GLAM conference in Berlin, and is titled "Den Zugang öffnen" ("open up the access"). The chapter intends to provide a version with English subtitles so that others can use it in their work too.
"Art+Feminism" editathons address Wikipedia's gender gap
On February 1, "Art+Feminism" editathons took place at around 30 locations in North America, Europe and Australia. Motivated by Wikipedia's gender gap, participants worked to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. It is estimated that the event was attended by 600 people, who together created at least 101 new articles and improved at least 90 existing ones.