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Photo by Oliver and Hen Pritchard-Barrett, public domain/CC0.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s quarterly report for the second quarter of the 2015/16 fiscal year (October–December) has been published as a PDF on Wikimedia Commons and is now also available as a wiki page.

The report is a comprehensive summary of how we did on the objectives defined earlier in our quarterly goal setting process. We are continuing to optimize the report’s format and the organization’s quarterly review process based on the feedback that we have received.

As before, we are including an overview slide summarizing successes and misses across all teams. In a mature 90-day goal setting process, the “sweet spot” is for about 75% of goals to be a success, as organizations that are meeting 100% of their goals are not typically setting aggressive-enough goals.

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Graphic overview by Greg Varnum, CC BY-SA 4.0.

While the entire report is worth reviewing, here are some highlights of what you will find:

  • Overall, the organization achieved 65% of our 142 stated objectives for this quarter.
  • The number of new articles on our project wikis increased to an average of 16,700 per day – up over 100% from the first quarter of this fiscal year, and this same quarter last fiscal year.
  • Nearly half of the community’s international stewards participated in a conference hosted by the Foundation in our San Francisco headquarters.
  • We supported a pilot of a university course on Wikipedia in Oman and two in Palestine.
  • The Foundation approved $175,979 in funding for simpler annual plan grants submitted by four movement affiliates.
  • The Advancement team exceeded their fundraising goal of $34 million by $12.9 million.
  • The Echo extension was expanded to include the ability to deliver notifications between multiple wikis, a feature which is being rolled out to more wikis in the current quarter.
  • Users can now upload media files from within VisualEditor by either browsing their local files or dragging-and-dropping files directly into VisualEditor.
  • A new pageview API was developed, allowing for new tools – such as one comparing the traffic of two or more articles.

The report’s format continues to evolve (as is the quarterly goals review process), and we welcome feedback here in the comments or on Meta.

Katherine Maher, interim Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation