Wikimedia Highlights, April 2012

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for April 2012, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Expanding fundraising and affiliation models

After the resolutions of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees at its meeting in Berlin, work is ongoing to implement a new model for distributing the money raised via Wikimedia project sites. Except the costs for the core operations and operating reserves of the WMF, all of it (including funds for chapters and non-core operations of the WMF) will be distributed based on the recommendations of the new volunteer-driven Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). Another resolution of the Board recognizes new models of affiliation with the Wikimedia movement: “Movement Partners” (like-minded organizations that actively support the movement’s work), “National or Sub-national Chapters” (which includes the existing chapter model), “Thematic Organizations” (non-profits representing the movement and using the Wikimedia trademarks, which are supporting work focused on a specific topic), and “User Groups” (open membership groups which may or may not choose to incorporate).

Indic language outreach

Chief Global Development Officer Barry Newstead visited India meeting Wikimedians in Bangalore and attending Wikisangamotsavam, the Malayalam community conference, as part of work to support Indic language projects. The India team is working actively with seven Indic language communities on outreach, social media strategy and initiatives to build community momentum.

Page views to the Wikipedia mobile site (red: non-English versions) compared to the 2 billion target from the annual plan

Mobile pageviews target reached

At the end of April, the Wikipedia mobile site reached the milestone of 2 billion monthly page views – one of the goals for the 2011/12 WMF annual plan.

Towards a rapid software deployment cycle

Wikimedia engineers have begun switching to a more rapid deployment cycle, starting to deploy the latest MediaWiki software to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites every two weeks.

Global unique visitors for March:

489 million (+2.7% compared with February; +22.3% compared with the previous year)
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release April data later in May)

Page requests for April:

17.3 billion (+0.4% compared with March; +18.2% compared with the previous year)
(Server log data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects including mobile access)

Active Registered Editors for March 2012 (>= 5 edits/month):

85.09K (+0.2% compared with February / -4.5% compared with the previous year)
(Database data, all Wikimedia Foundation projects except for Wikimedia Commons)

Report Card for March 2012:


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

All financial information presented is for the period of July 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012.

Revenue $32,054,861
 Technology Group $7,788,192
 Community/Fundraiser Group $3,212,763
 Global Development Group $2,984,100
 Governance Group $718,116
 Finance/Legal/HR/Admin Group $4,607,656
Total Expenses $19,310,826
Total surplus/(loss) $12,744,035
  • Revenue for the month is $1.9MM vs plan of $3.9MM, approximately $2MM or 53% under plan.
  • Year-to-date is $32.1MM vs plan of $28.6MM, approximately $3.5MM or 12% over plan.
  • Expenses for the month is $2.3MM vs plan of $2.2MM, approximately $112K or 5% higher than plan.
  • Year-to-date is $19.3MM vs plan of $21.1MM, approximately $1.8MM or 8% lower than plan.
  • Cash position is $30.6MM as of March 31, 2012 – approximately 13 months of expenses.
Monthly Metrics Meeting May 3, 2012.ogv

Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting covering the month of April (May 3, 2012)

Other movement highlights

“Wikipedian in Residence” model comes of age

The British Library recently became the latest cultural institution to announce (together with Wikimedia UK) a Wikipedian in Residence, supporting connections between the British Library’s staff and the Wikimedia community. At the prestigious 2012 American Association of Museums conference, five Wikipedians in Residence from around the world presented this collaboration model. The April issue of the “This Month in GLAM” newsletter reports open Wikipedian in Residence positions at state institutions in Israel, Germany and Sweden.

The very first screenshot of Wikidata

During its first month, the Wikidata team has started coding for the first phase of the project, which will allow the central storage of interwiki links. Two MediaWiki extensions are being developed as the base for Wikidata: Wikibase Client and Wikibase core. A demo version will be available soon.

Multilanguage contest from Monmouthpedia project

As part of Monmouthpedia – “the first Wikipedia project to cover a whole town” – the Charles Rolls Challenge awarded prizes to Wikimedians who had written, improved or uploaded content about Monmouth in multiple languages. Also, the town saw the first ever Welsh meetup in April.

One of the two first prize winning entries from the Tamil contest: A Rekla race (Ox cart race) in Tamil Nadu, India

Tamil media contest

The Tamil Wikimedia community completed its “Tamil Wiki Media Contest“, which led to 15,000 media contributions from 307 individuals.

Database company donates free access to Wikimedians

Over 600 Wikimedians have received free access to the HighBeam Research database for one year, to support their work on Wikipedia and its sister projects. Active editors can still apply at en:Wikipedia:HighBeam/Applications.

2012/05/14: Edited to correct an error in the “Financials” section (changed “5% lower than plan” to “5% higher than plan”)

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