I am very pleased to present the summary report of the Wikimedia Foundation’s five-year strategic plan: our first-ever such plan, developed through a transparent collaborative process involving more than a thousand participants during 2009 and 2010.
The purpose of this plan is to chart a direction for the Wikimedia movement to carry us into 2015, clearly articulating our key priorities:
- To stabilize Wikimedia’s technical, financial and organizational infrastructure
- To increase participation
- To improve quality
- To increase reach
- To encourage innovation
We’ll know we have been successful when we:
- Increase the total number of people served to 1 billion
- Increase the amount of information we offer to 50 million Wikipedia articles
- Ensure information is high quality by increasing the percentage of material reviewed to be of high or very high quality by 25 percent
- Encourage readers to become contributors by increasing the number of total editors per month who made >5 edits to 200,000
- Support healthy diversity in the editing community by doubling the percentage of female editors to 25 percent and increasing the number of Global South editors to 37 percent
The plan, which has been unanimously endorsed by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, will be hosted on strategy.wikimedia.org
, which we anticipate will allow for localization of the report, so it can be shared with a global audience. Everyone is encouraged to help with the translation and localization process on the wiki.
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the development of the plan — the more than one thousand people who worked together on the strategy wiki, on IRC and Skype and mailing lists and in face-to-face meetings, to develop the plan. I would also like toparticularly thank Sue Gardner, Eugene Eric Kim, Barry Newstead and Philippe Beaudette.And I’d like to thank my predecessor, former Chair Michael Snow, who commissioned the project. This is the first time ever that anybody has developed a five-year strategic plan in a truly open, collaborative process: we should all be very proud of what we’ve done here.
This is the blueprint for Wikimedia through 2015, and we are energized and enthusastic about where Wikimedia is heading. Our projects will lead the expansion and growth of high-quality free knowledge both on the internet and in off-line settings. Please join us in sharing this plan and helping to make it a reality.
Ting Chen, Chair of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees