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Wikimedia 2011-12 Annual Plan Released

Since the WMF Strategic Plan was released this past March, the realization of an ambitious set of goals surrounding Wikipedia’s progress over the next five years has been widely discussed among our community. We’ve now moved into the second of the five year strategic plan we’re pleased to share the Foundation’s 2011-12 Annual Plan, which our Board of Trustees approved on June 28, 2011.

The Annual Plan provides an overview of the Foundation’s main work through the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), most importantly highlighting our efforts on diversifying and expanding the Wikimedia project editor/contributor community, growing our presence in India and Brazil, increasing our reach via mobile devices, and ensuring our financial sustainability.

We have seven big targets for the fiscal year.  Highlighting two:

1. We want to increase Wikipedia page views on mobile devices to two billion by June 2012, up from 726 million in March 2011. This will mean a big emphasis on partnerships with mobile service providers and technological improvements to our mobile Wikipedia gateway. Mobile is crucial for engaging online users, particularly those from the Global South, where mobile devices are already the primary method of accessing the Internet, and for some, the only method available to edit.

2. The declining participation of seasoned Wikipedia editors must be reversed. We’re aiming to increase the number of active editors from just under 90K in March 2011, to 95K by June 2012. Our community has been continuously engaged in this conversation for several years, and the Foundation has made the decline a major focus of our work over the coming years. Proactive steps must be taken to reinforce Wikipedia’s core community of strong editors, and we must continue our research into the causes and solutions for the decline.

Our other major targets in this fiscal year:

3. Increase the number of Global South active editors from approximately 15.7K in March 2011, to 19K in June 2012.
4. Increase the number of female editors from approximately 9K in spring 2011 to 11.7K in spring 2012.
5. Develop the Visual Editor. First opt-in user-facing production usage by December 2011, and first small wiki default deployment by June 2012.
6. Develop a sandbox for research, prototyping, and tools development, with initial hardware build-out and first project access by December 2011, and full access for all qualifying individuals/projects by June 2012.
7. Increase read uptime from 99.8% in 2010-11 to 99.85% in 2011-12.

The full plan includes more details and footnotes related to these goals. We’ve also posted detailed questions and answers on the annual plan hosted on the Foundation wiki.

In addition to the Foundation’s monthly report card meetings, where progress on these goals will be regularly reported, we’ll also be blogging about our efforts throughout the year.  Get involved if you’d like to help.  Join our projects and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge!

Jay Walsh, Communications

Wikimedia presents its five-year strategic plan

Wikimedia strategic planI 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 strategic plan summary can be found on the Wikimedia Foundation wiki.
And a wiki-based version will also be housed on the Strategy Planning wiki.

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, 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