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Wikimedia Foundation Report, January 2013

Information You are more than welcome to edit the wiki version of this report for the purposes of usefulness, presentation, etc., and to add translations of the “Highlights” excerpts.

Global unique visitors for December:

472.6 million (-2.46% compared with November; +3.39% compared with the previous year)
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release January data later in February)

Page requests for January:

22.2 billion (10.3% compared with December; +23.4% compared with the previous year)
(Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

Active Registered Editors for December 2012 (>= 5 mainspace edits/month, excluding bots):

78,536 (-1.04% compared with November / +0.09% compared with the previous year)
(Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects. Note: We recently refined this metric to take into account Wikimedia Commons and activity across several projects.)

Report Card (integrating various statistical data and trends about WMF projects) for December 2012:

http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/

(Definitions)

Financials

Wikimedia Foundation YTD Revenue and Expenses vs Plan as of December 31, 2012

Wikimedia Foundation YTD Expenses by Functions as of December 31, 2012

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

All financial information presented is for the Month-To-Date and Year-To-Date December 31, 2012.

Revenue $30,916,665
Expenses:
Engineering Group $6,289,609
Fundraising Group $2,039,275
Grantmaking & Programs Group $2,390,621
Governance Group $364,699
Legal/Community Advocacy/Communications Group $1,557,154
Finance/HR/Admin Group $2,820,212
Total Expenses $15,461,570
Total surplus/(loss) $15,455,095
  • Revenue for the month of December is $14.30MM vs plan of $14.41MM, approximately $109K or 1% under plan.
  • Year-to-date revenue is $30.92MM vs plan of $29.91MM, approximately $1.01MM or 3% over plan.
  • Expenses for the month of December is $2.70MM vs plan of $3.14MM, approximately $433K or 14% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel expenses, capital expenses, and travel expenses partially offset by higher legal expenses, bank fees, and outside contract services.
  • Year-to-date expenses is $15.46MM vs plan of $17.78MM, approximately $2.31MM or 13% under plan, primarily due to personnel expenses, internet hosting, travel expenses, and capital expenses partially offset by higher legal expenses, bank fees, and awards and grants.
  • Cash position is $41.17MM as of December 31, 2012.

Highlights

Logo of the IdeaLab

New program offers financial support for projects by individual Wikimedians

The Foundation’s Individual Engagement Grants program launched on January 15. While most WMF grants have so far gone to organizations like chapters, the new program will finance initiatives by individual Wikimedians or small teams to improve Wikimedia projects. The first application period lasts until February 15. During the first two weeks, 31 ideas, drafts, and proposals were submitted. An “IdeaLab” has been set up where draft proposals can be discussed, and applicants can get help to turn their ideas into complete proposals.

Wikimedia Foundation servers

Successful migration to new data center

On January 22, Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia sites were migrated to the Foundation’s new primary data center in Ashburn, Virginia (US). The prior data center in Tampa, Florida had been the main hosting site since 2004; it will remain on standby to take over in case the new data center experiences an outage. The switch worked nearly without any problems. The Operations Team attributes this success to the careful preparation since 2011. This involved reviewing, improving and documenting the configuration of the servers (currently about 885) in a way that has already improved stability in 2012, and will make it possible to set up new data centers much faster.

New partnership grows the reach of Wikipedia Zero to 330 million mobile users

VimpelCom, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world, joined the Wikipedia Zero program in January, raising the number of mobile users who are eligible to access Wikipedia without data fees by 100 million, to 330 million worldwide. Among the countries serves by VimpelCom are Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and other countries of the former USSR.

Wikivoyage logo

Wikivoyage becomes newest Wikimedia project

On January 15, the 12th anniversary of Wikipedia, Wikivoyage was officially launched as the newest project of the Wikimedia Foundation. The free travel guide that anyone can edit is already available in nine languages – Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish – with more being added. There are more than 50,000 articles, which are edited and improved by a core group of approximately 200 volunteer editors.

Engineering

A detailed report of the Tech Department’s activities for January 2013 can be found at:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2013/January

Major news in January include:

Roan Kattouw presenting about VisualEditor and Parsoid (slides)

VisualEditor

In January, the VisualEditor team worked primarily on reviewing and cleaning up the code that was enabled on the English Wikipedia in December. They spent time with their colleagues in the Parsoid team planning the next phase of development, which aims to make the VisualEditor the default editor for all Wikipedias from July 2013. The alpha version on mediawiki.org and the English Wikipedia was updated twice, fixing a number of bugs reported by the community and making some adjustments based on feedback.

The Parsoid team (who are creating the parsing program that translates plain wikitext into HTML annotated for easy editing, and vice-versa) also cleaned up their code and fixed bugs. Parsoid’s features were overhauled to be more robust and extend support for wikis in various configurations (including in languages other than English). The team also discussed the longer-term strategy in the Parsoid roadmap, in which they decided to focus their efforts on performance improvements and HTML storage for the existing implementation, instead of the performance-oriented C++ version of Parsoid.

Terry Chay presenting about editor engagement/features engineering (slides)

Demo screenshot of guided tours

Editor engagement

This month, the Editor engagement team stepped up development on the Notifications project Echo, and updated the first experimental release on mediawiki.org. The user experience for core features was improved (such as the badge, fly-out, all-notifications page and email notifications) and development started on new features, like preferences. The team completed work on HTML emails and started development of a more robust job queue. A first release on the English Wikipedia is expected by the end of March; in the meantime, users can try the current version on mediawiki.org.

Flow, a feed-like interface to enable users to better interact with their projects, entered the product design phase in early January. It has several “modules”, one of which is a design for a structured user-to-user communication system. User research began in order to learn how user-to-user talk pages are handled, and how to improve them. Engineering discussions started about potential back-end and performance difficulties, the possible use of Wikidata’s ContentHandler, and the evaluation of Wikia’s MessageWall. A consultation with the community is planned for February, with experienced and newer users alike.

Regarding Article Feedback v5 (a quality assessment feature), its code was cleaned up in January, and new features (simpler moderation tools and better filters) were developed. An internal feedback evaluation study suggests that about 39% of the feedback collected can be used to improve articles. Discussions happened on the English and French Wikipedia regarding the future use of the tool, and the German pilot program is expected to continue until May.

The Editor Engagement Experiments team (“E3″) launched guided tours on the English Wikipedia, a feature allowing developers and Wikimedians to build tours to guide newer users. The team also tested the Getting Started landing page and task list, measuring the effect it had on driving new contributions. Analysis showed that the onboarding experience is leading to small but statistically significant increases in new English Wikipedians attempting to edit, as well as saving their first edit. In addition to measuring the effects of the guided tour associated with this project, immediate plans are to redesign the landing page and add additional task types, to entice more new contributors. Work also continued on refining the reliability and precision of the data collected from the EventLogging extension. In particular, it was migrated to a dedicated database, and the team began collecting data to measure, for example, account creations on desktop and mobile.

Maryana Pinchuk demonstrating mobile photo uploading (slides)

Mobile

After its soft launch in December, GeoData was officially announced this month; this functionality, which attaches geo-coordinates to articles, will be particularly useful for the mobile “Nearby” feature (enabled on an experimental version of the site), to help contributors identify articles in need of photos not far from their location.

This month, the mobile web team also finished work on the watchlist feature, and focused their efforts on photo uploads by first adding basic uploading functionality: uploading images to Wikimedia Commons. A workflow was put in place to allow users to add a thumbnail of an image they just uploaded to the appropriate article on their local Wikipedia or sister project. These features are currently live on the Beta mobile site and are set to be released to the full mobile site in February.

Uploading photos was also the focus of the newly created “Apps team”, who started to develop iOS and Android versions of an app to upload photos to Commons. The two basic apps can already upload, share and show the user’s contributions.

Fundraising

Clip from the upcoming documentary “Web”, showing how Wikipedia has impacted a small village in Peru

Department highlights

Major Gifts and Foundations

  • We reached our $6 million annual goal
  • Received a $500,000 gift from the Milner Foundation.

Annual Fundraiser

  • The Thank You email to donors included a link to the ‘The Impact of Wikipedia’ video ) on Youtube, which features Wikipedia editors from around the world, and a clip from Michael Kleiman about how Wikipedia has impacted a small village in Peru, taken from his upcoming documentary ‘Web’. Public responses to the videos on YouTube have been almost entirely positive. Here is one example: “Your videos are amazing. Thank you for sending them out. I have given donations in the past because I appreciate Wikipedia. Now, I have a much stronger commitment to support you. Thank you for giving us a fuller picture of the worldwide impact of knowledge made available through WIkipedia.”
  • The fundraising team prepared banners, translations, and donation pages to begin 2013 testing in various languages and countries that were not included in the year-end 2012 campaign.
  • Reconciliation: The Fundraising and Finance teams are creating tools and establishing best practices for funds reconciliation.
  • The donor services team pulled reporting numbers on top payment method requests and major issues from the fundraiser. Disseminated this information to the rest of team to set 2013 implementation priorities.
  • Donor messaging: The team spent time collaboratively editing, revising, and translating new donor messages based on feedback from the 2012 fundraiser. The goal is to give donors all the information they need to make easy, successful online donations.

Grantmaking and Programs

Department Highlights
  • Launch of the Individual Engagement Grants program, which support Wikimedians to complete projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement, lead to online impact, or otherwise serve our mission, community, and strategic priorities.
  • Launch of the new Grants Portal
  • Launch of the 2013 Wikimania Scholarships. Working with a committee of 8 volunteers to review and select between hundreds of applicants worldwide.
  • Welcoming FDC Senior Program Officer Katy Love and Head of the Education Program Rod Dunican

Strategic Goals Metrics

Metric Value MoM MoM% Chart
Free Wikipedia Zero Page Requests 3.0m 232k +8.4% Increase [1]
Global South Active Editors (5+ edits in main namespace) 15.8k +453 +2.9% Increase [2]

Grantmaking

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)

  • The FDC proposal form was reviewed and minor edits were made to make it more user-friendly for applicants and the FDC. These suggested edits came largely from the FDC members, entities, and FDC staff. All are welcome to continue to make suggestions about the proposal form on the Talk page.
  • In anticipation of the second round of funding, the FDC proposal creation tool has now been launched on the FDC portal. Eligibile entities must close their eligibility gaps by Feb 15 2013 in order to apply for Round 2 FDC grants. Please contact the FDC support team with any questions or comments.
  • Senior Program Officer Katy Love joined the Wikimedia Foundation staff last month. Katy’s role, specified in the framework, is to facilitate the FDC process from start to finish, ensuring a smooth and effective process. Feel free to reach out to Katy on her talk page.

Siko Bouterse presenting about WMF Grants

WMF Grants Program

  • Improvements to the Grants:Index include more detailed pages describing WMF Grants Program policies and procedures and improved templates to track the status of submissions and reports. The status of submissions and reports may also be viewed at Grants:Table.
  • Policy change: Grant reports will now be due within 60 days of the project completion date listed on the approved grant submission (this will apply to grants with agreements signed after 31 January 2013).
Grants approved in January 2013
Grants:WM_NO/christmas_seminar_and_wlm_ceremony
The Wikimedia Foundation has funded a meetup and seminar with the the Arts Council Norway, organized by Wikimedia Norge, where winners of Wiki Loves Monuments, the worlds largest photo contest, were celebrated. Wikimedia Norge’s collaboration with the Arts Council has produced over 35 editing events with more than 600 participants.
Grants:Shipmaster – Community of Arabic Wikipedia/Producer Prize-2013
Wikimedia Foundation grant for the “Producer Prize” to encourage quality content creation on Arabic Wikipedia
Reports accepted in January 2013

Participation Support requests approved in January 2013

Individual Engagement Grants

This new program launched on January 15 with a request for grant proposals and volunteer committee members to help select the first round of grantees. We also launched an IdeaLab to offer help to potential grantees in turning ideas into complete proposals. In the first 2 weeks of what will be a month-long RfP, 31 ideas, drafts, and proposals have been submitted. 15 candidates have signed up for the committee. (see also general “Highlights” section)

Fellowships

January was the end of the Fellowships program at WMF. Tanvir Rahman and Sarah Stierch completed their projects, and all fellows final reports will be available on Meta.

Wikimania Scholarships

We’ve launched a search for a Conference Coordinator to act as point of contact for WMF in supporting the Wikimania teams each year.

Launch of the Wikimania Scholarships Program: These are full scholarships for anyone to attend Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong. See the Wikimania Scholarships page and encourage quality volunteers to apply!

Editor Growth and Contribution Program

Logo of the Editor Growth and Contribution Program

A new project proposal on Geo-targeted Editors Participation was posted on English Wikipedia. The new project proposal aims at experimenting with new ways to increase participation of editors on English Wikipedia from underrepresented geographies where the most likely contribution language for editors is English.

Programs

US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator

The role of Lori Byrd Phillips as 2012 US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator has ended on Dec 31st, and a final report about her year as USCPC is forthcoming.

Brazil

Catalyst Project development
Team building
  • Hiring of Data and Experiments consultant: finalized hiring process in Brazil, still under approval process. Results to be announced soon.
  • Hiring of a short term, part time community member contractor, to develop data analysis projects in partnership with the community and the new Data and Experiments consultant
Institutional Development
  • Rental of a co-working space for an experimental three months period in São Paulo, where the team will be able to work together more often
  • Update of the annual planning and budget Learn more
Outreach
Campus Party

WMF and Wikimedia Brasil promoted activities in Campus Party 2013, an event held in São Paulo, with the participation of 7 volunteers and 2 WMF staff members. Two lectures have been presented (one by Mateus Nobre, volunteer from Mossoró (RN) and one by Everton Alvarenga, coordinator of the Education Program). Additionally, WMF had the opportunity to contact possible future partners at this event, such as the Mozilla Foundation which will launch the new Firefox OS in Brazil including the Wikipedia app by default. Read more about the Campus Party activities.

Digitalia

Organization of the Wiki Meet-up at Digitalia, a digital culture event in Salvador (Bahia). Digitalia brings together academians, artists and activists to debate and propose projects and research on digital culture. The event, organized with the support of the Wikimedia Brasil Community, had 25 attendees on Wikimedia Workshops and 8 new Wikipedia accounts created as one of its results. More details will be included in the February report. Wiki Meet up in Salvador

Check out more information about Digitalia 2013

Education – Brazil
2012 Results Report
Program development

Kul Wadhwa presenting about Wikipedia Zero (slides)

Kul Wadhwa explaining Wikipedia via Text

Mobile

  • Launched a new partnership with VimpelCom to provide Wikipedia Zero to at least 100 million additional customers this year (WMF press release)
  • In January, the Wikimedia Foundation was awarded a grant in the Knight News Challenge for our work in expanding Wikimedia mobile projects. Part of this grant ($600,000 for two years) will be used for Wikipedia Zero and the SMS/USSD projects to improve access to knowledge in the developing world. Press releases: WMF, Knight Foundation
  • Wikipedia Zero was of the 2012 winners of the African News Innovation Challenge for making information available free of charge on mobile phones to Africans in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, and Uganda.
  • On other mobile platforms, we’ve begun to explore ways to reduce the memory and processor requirements of our J2ME app, to increase the number of phones that can use this application; we are also finishing work on capturing the metrics from the SMS server to learn usage numbers and determine how many sessions are completed.

Global Education

Blog profiles design professor in Brazil

Professor Iara Camargo

The Wikimedia Foundation blog published a profile of Iara Camargo, a professor of design in Brazil who participated in the Wikipedia Education Program last term. She joined students in her Editorial Design course in improving articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia about subjects such as designers, design concepts, and publishing houses. Iara wrote an article on book design as part of her work with her students. Learn more about her experiences by reading the post.

Brazil program organizes Campus Party activities

Mateus Nobre presents at Campus Party in Brazil.

Wikimedia Brasil together with the Wikimedia Foundation organized activities supporting the use of Wikipedia in education in Brazil through Campus Party. Mateus Nobre, a Wikimedia Brasil volunteer, talked about Wikipedia and Free Culture, giving a general panorama on the history of encyclopedias, from the medieval to the information age, where we have Wikipedia as part of the free culture movement. The coordinator of the Wikipedia Education Program in Brazil, Everton Zanella Alvarenga, also talked about Wikipedia and the Future of Education. Learn more about the Campus Party activities.

U.S., Canada Thematic Organization proposed

A group of Wikipedia Ambassadors and program instructors known as the Working Group have developed a plan for supporting the Wikipedia Education Program in the U.S. and Canada starting in Summer 2013. The group is in the process of applying for Thematic Organization approval through the Affiliations Committee. All current instructors and Ambassadors are encouraged to stay up-to-date on the next few months’ progress. If you plan to continue using Wikipedia in the classroom in the U.S. and Canada and would like to become a member of the new organization, please sign up on the interest list linked from the proposal! To read more about the current plans, see the current proposal and feel encouraged to provide and feedback or ask questions on the talk page.

Welcome (back), Rod Dunican!

Rod Dunican

Rod Dunican re-joined with Wikimedia Foundation family last month as the director of the Wikipedia Education Program. Frank Schulenburg, the former director, had been promoted to Senior Director of Programs in December 2012. Rod was previously the project manager for the Public Policy Initiative, the pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States, so he is extremely familiar with the program and the Wikimedia projects. In his new role, Rod is responsible for building systems that enable quality at scale in different educational environments. Leave a welcome note for Rod on his talk page.

Learning & Evaluation

  • Migrated the former global development dashboard into a new Grantmaking & Programs dashboard! Shifting into the new version of Limn (the visualization software) now.
  • Pull up review of the advancement towards annual goals based on the board meeting. To summarize:
    • Mapped the last 6 months of grantmaking: $8.7M allocated globally via FDC, grants, and participation support, primarily to Europe. This includes 18 project based grants, 11 annual planning grants (via FDC), and 8 participation support grants (travel)
    • During the months of heavy activity of the Cairo Education Program, contributions from the Education Program comprised 3-4% of total bytes added to Arabic Wikipedia.
  • Migrated team over to Asana for evaluation requests

Human Resources

WMF managers have been conducting their mid-year employee reviews. HR has been supporting Finance and Administration in preparing staffing baselines for the WMF annual planning process, and facilitating a senior management team 2-day meeting to kick-off the annual planning process. The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate and build alignment on priorities and interdependencies, so that we work with better assumptions as we move into the annual planning process. HR also staffed up our recruiting function.

Staff Changes

New Requisitions Filled
  • Doreen Dunican, Travel Manager (Administration)
  • Rod Dunican, Global Education Program Director (Grantmaking and Programs)
  • Yuvi Panda, Software Developer – Mobile (Engineering)
  • Ram Ramanath, Senior Software Engineer – Platform (Engineering)
New Legal Interns
  • Missy Black
  • Megumi Yukie
  • Ava Miller
New Contractors
  • Emily Blanchard (Human Resources)
  • Runa Bhattacharjee (Engineering)
  • Heather McAndrew (Human Resources)
  • Shankar Narayanan (Engineering)
Contract Extended
  • Oliver Keyes (Engineering)
  • Siebrand Mazeland (Engineering)
  • Robert Miller (Administration)
  • Stefan Petrea (Engineering)
Departure
  • Sangeeta Prashar
Contract Ended
  • Lauren Bocknek
  • Desirina Boskovich
  • Mimi Li
  • Tanvir Rahman
  • Sarah Stierch
  • Steven Zhang
New Postings
  • Conference Coordinator (Contract)
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Tools Lab Operations Engineer (Contract)
  • Technical Writer

Statistics

Total Requisitions Filled
Jan Actual: 131
Jan Total Plan: 172
Jan Filled: 4, Month Attrition: 1,
YTD Filled: 36, YTD Attrition: 17
1 Position canceled for FY
Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end
42 (8 of which are on hold)

Department Updates

Real-time feed for HR updates

http://identi.ca/wikimediaatwork or http://twitter.com/wikimediaatwork

Finance and Administration

The Wikimedia Foundation has begun its Annual Planning process. We now have a master calendar which will result in Board review and approval of the annual plan by June 29 and be released to the community on July 1.

Contract Metrics

  • Submitted : 23
  • Completed : 20

Trademark Metrics

  • Submitted : 14
  • Approved : 3
  • Pending : 10
  • Denied : 1

Phillippe Beaudette presenting about Community Advocacy work (slides)

Other Activities

  • Community Advocacy announced the expansion of the ombudsman commission and will be working with the new team to streamline processes.
  • One of our observations: The OTRS team processed more than 50,000 pieces of mail last year! See the full report. OTRS admins also announced updates to their recruiting processes.
  • We’ve been taking a close look at staff advanced permissions on wiki (together with Engineering and HR) and implementing training and auditing schemes.
  • Philippe and Geoff will be joining the election committee (Philippe for the fourth time!) to support that team in organizing the Board and FDC election processes.
  • Since September 2012, we have worked with Compass Partnership and WMUK in providing information relevant to the governance report, which was released February 7, 2013. For details, please see: http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/02/07/wikimedia-uk-and-wikimedia-foundation-release-compass-partnership-report/
  • The draft conflict of guidelines discussion is presently scheduled to close on February 15, 2013 (after international outreach). People should feel free to provide feedback and suggestions. See http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Guidelines_on_potential_conflicts_of_interest
  • Favorable German decision addressing the German right of personality of a deceased individual was upheld after withdrawal of appeal. See update at the bottom of the blog here
  • Developed grant templates for FDC grants, WMF individual grants, and WMF individual engagement grants. We are presently updating the WMF organizational grant template.
  • Case summary on Flava Works, Inc. v. Gunter – Missy Black

Communications Report, January 2013

January was a busy month for WMF Communications. The follow-up coverage of the annual campaign, four major announcements (including the launch of Wikivoyage), and media stories kept the team and communications contacts around the globe active. January saw our first public promotion of the Wikimedia Shop as well, which resulted in close to 500 orders over two days with English-project messages encouraging users to celebrate Wikipedia day with WP fan gear.

Major announcements

Major Storylines through January

‘’Wikipedia losing editors, says another study’’ 4 January

Aaron Halfaker’s University of Minnesota study of declining participation on Wikipedia gained considerable coverage in early January, owing largely to a high-profile AFP wire story that carried the story to dozens of outlets. Mostly negative/neutral tone stories repeated the main findings in Halfaker’s study, few of which outlined the Foundation’s ongoing work to tackle editor decline.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hb2pGE23MQU4AoQYjmUhR-7Xa3EA?docId=CNG.fc9c2269ad1aa5f9bab8cf4fb4ec0d64.3a1&index=0
http://mashable.com/2013/01/08/wikipedia-losing-editors/
http://www.dailydot.com/business/wikipedia-editors-decline-wikimedia-fellows/
‘’WikiVoyage takes flight under the Wikimedia flag’’ 15 January

Considerable media coverage in January of the successful launch of a new Wikimedia project, Wikivoyage. Mostly positive tone coverage discussed how the project came into being, and speculated on the opportunities for the new, non-commercial platform.

http://skift.com/2013/01/15/interview-wikipedias-travel-site-wikivoyage-launches-today-amidst-big-hopes/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57563426-93/wikimedia-foundation-launches-travel-site-wikivoyage/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2013/0111/With-Wikivoyage-Wikipedia-makes-foray-into-world-of-travel-guides
‘’Fictional article on Bicholim Conflict makes global headlines’’ early January

Global media spent time highlighting the story of a high profile Wikipedia hoax, the long-standing but fictional article about an alleged Portugal/India war, ‘Bicholim Conflict’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Bicholim_conflict). The majority of coverage repeated the details from other mainstream media stories, with some critical stories attacking the credibility of Wikipedia and its editor community.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257482/The-war-Wikipedia-fooled-years-Bicholim-Conflict-article-elaborate-4-500-word-hoax.html
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-06/social-media/36173194_1_wikipedia-article-clash
http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/06/an-imaginary-war-a-wikipedia-hoax/
‘’Remembering Aaron Swartz’’ 12 January

The sad news of the passing of Aaron Swartz dominated headlines throughout the US and around the world through late January. An active Wikipedian and proud defender of free culture, Aaron’s legacy and impact on our projects was well known amongst Wikimedians. Media coverage frequently cited his involvement with the project.

WMF Blog post: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/01/12/remembering-aaron-swartz-1986-2013/
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/aaron-swartz-a-data-crusader-a-defendant-and-now-a-cause/articleshow/18016317.cms
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/technology/aaron-swartz-a-data-crusader-and-now-a-cause.html
http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2020128045_apusswartzprosecution.html

Other worthwhile reads

Sue Gardner op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, 13 January

“Wikipedia, the people’s encyclopedia: If anyone can write and edit Wikipedia, how do we know it’s accurate?”

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gardner-wikipedia-20130113,0,5394695.story
Jimmy Wales, featured guest on Colbert Nation, 7 January
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/422660/january-07-2013/jimmy-wales
Mashable’s top ten most interesting Wikipedia stories of the year, 3 January
http://mashable.com/2013/01/03/most-interesting-wikipedia-stories/

WMF Blog posts

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/01/

Forty-five blog posts in January – an active month, with posts reflecting a high degree of news and announcement activity as well. Through January 2013 the Communications team and other WMF staff conducted the first-ever WM blog survey. With around 200 respondents we gathered first-time input from our readers on views and perceptions of the blog. A final top-line review will be posted later in February, but we’re now aware that roughly 60% of readers are Wikimedia editors, and lots of readers arrive via the Planet Wikimedia aggregator or other RSS feeds.

Some highlights from the blog in January:

Media Contact

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_room/Media_Contact#January_2013

Wikipedia Signpost

For lots of detailed coverage and news summaries, see the community-edited newsletter “Wikipedia Signpost” for January 2013:

Visitors and Guests

Visitors and guests to the WMF office in January 2013:

  1. Anya Shyrokova (consultant)
  2. Cindy Hawley (Arthur J. Gallagher)
  3. Brendan Quinla (Arthur J. Gallagher)
  4. Ted Dulittle (Arthur J. Gallagher)
  5. Chad Nitschke (Axis)
  6. Kerri Malek (Axis)
  7. Jim Giles (New Scientist)
  8. Denise Larsen (Concern: EAP)
  9. Ann Wagner (Concern: EAP)
  10. James Raffell (unhosted e.V.)
  11. Ellie Young (The Ada Initiative)
  12. Cindy Hawley (Arthur J Gallagher)
  13. Jon Kate (Wikipedia editor)
  14. Jake Orlowitz (Wikipedia editor)
  15. James Heilman (Wikipedia editor)
  16. Lisa Groesz (Taos)
  17. Grant Joung (Thoughtworks)
  18. Jaspar Weir (TaskUs)
  19. Matt Clark (TaskUs)
  20. Koen van Praet (Global Collect)
  21. Doug Lambert (Global Collect)
  22. Patricia Reed (Global Collect)
  23. Valerie Aurora (The Ada Initiative)
  24. Shane Quivey (Licom EQIX)
  25. Berylnn Bell (Blue Shield)
  26. Mandy Lee (SITZMANN MORRIS & LAVIS INSURANCE AGENCY)
  27. Sam Harnett (NPR Marketplace)
  28. Trevor Bolliger (Wikia)
  29. Lisa Groesz (Taos)
  30. Mark Oppenheim (m|Oppenheim)
  31. Dariusz Jemielniak (FDC Member)
  32. Ian Blei (Optimized Results)
  33. Kathy Ramsey (The Ada Initiative)
  34. Myleen Hollero (photographer)
  35. Paul Cardoso (Sequioa)
  36. Brendan Corriga (JP Morgan)
  37. Ryan McNeil (JP Morgan)
  38. Charu Gorrepati (JP Morgan)
  39. Rebecca Kankei (JP Morgan)
  40. Ian Thatcher (N/A)
  41. Ting Chen (WMF Board of Trustees member)
  42. Kat Walsh (Chair, WMF Board of Trustees)
  43. Jan-Bart de Vreede (Vice Chair, WMF Board of Trustees)
  44. Bishakha Datta (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  45. Stu West (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  46. Jimmy Wales (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  47. Samuel Klein (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  48. Alice Wiegand (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  49. Patricio Lorente (WMF Board of Trustees Member)
  50. Jove Oliver (Minassian Media)
  51. Chris Cavanaugh (CCS Consulting Inc.)
  52. Roland Navas, Jr. (Travelers Insurance)
  53. Matt Fisher (N/A)

2013/02/18: Fixed position of the “Grantmaking” subheading

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