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Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].

This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.

As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
of teams and departments with disparate goals.

We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
the details.

Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
organizational structure.

Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.

Thanks!
Katherine

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017

--
Katherine Maher

Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

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San Francisco, CA 94104

+1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

Michael Peel-2
Hi,

This seems to be an increase of $15 million USD in the WMF’s budget, with a $0.2 USD million increase in the international Wikimedia budget (through grants to chapters and other affiliates).

That goes against the movement direction of "As a social movement, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege”. Why aren’t we increasing our spending in the global south (through local affiliates) at the same rate that we are increasing it in the US?

Thanks,
Mike

> On 29 Mar 2018, at 17:42, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>
> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>
> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> the details.
>
> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
> organizational structure.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>
> Thanks!
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> [hidden email]
> https://annual.wikimedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

Robert Fernandez
Could we not conflate the US with the WMF?  There are a large number
Wikimedia volunteers in the US who fuel a robust group of chapters, user
groups, conferences, and individual outreach efforts who act independently
of the WMF just like affiliates in the Global South.

On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:05 PM, Michael Peel <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> This seems to be an increase of $15 million USD in the WMF’s budget, with
> a $0.2 USD million increase in the international Wikimedia budget (through
> grants to chapters and other affiliates).
>
> That goes against the movement direction of "As a social movement, we will
> focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out
> by structures of power and privilege”. Why aren’t we increasing our
> spending in the global south (through local affiliates) at the same rate
> that we are increasing it in the US?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
>
> > On 29 Mar 2018, at 17:42, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> > FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
> >
> > This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> > making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> > we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> > direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move
> us
> > closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> > against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> > year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
> >
> > As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> > annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> > Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan,
> we
> > have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> > of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> > seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a
> collection
> > of teams and departments with disparate goals.
> >
> > We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> > wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost
> in
> > the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> > the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details
> of
> > departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> > MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> > departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> > goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> > rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> > Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> > the details.
> >
> > Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year
> for
> > cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> > This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> > measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> > investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our
> internal
> > organizational structure.
> >
> > Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> > forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> > comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Katherine
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> > Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> >
> > --
> > Katherine Maher
> >
> > Executive Director
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> > San Francisco, CA 94104
> >
> > +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> > +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> > [hidden email]
> > https://annual.wikimedia.org
> > _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

Caroline Becker
In reply to this post by Michael Peel-2
Hi and thank you for your input,

Please note that the WMF budget supports diversity in two ways :
_software and technical support, the most basic exemple being Mediawiki
which exists in a huge variety of languages
_grants to non-US projects, such a rapid grants and project grants.

Also, there is a lot of people left out of structures of power within the
US.


Le ven. 30 mars 2018 à 04:05, Michael Peel <[hidden email]> a écrit :

> Hi,
>
> This seems to be an increase of $15 million USD in the WMF’s budget, with
> a $0.2 USD million increase in the international Wikimedia budget (through
> grants to chapters and other affiliates).
>
> That goes against the movement direction of "As a social movement, we will
> focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out
> by structures of power and privilege”. Why aren’t we increasing our
> spending in the global south (through local affiliates) at the same rate
> that we are increasing it in the US?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
>
> > On 29 Mar 2018, at 17:42, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> > FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
> >
> > This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> > making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> > we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> > direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move
> us
> > closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> > against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> > year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
> >
> > As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> > annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> > Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan,
> we
> > have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> > of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> > seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a
> collection
> > of teams and departments with disparate goals.
> >
> > We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> > wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost
> in
> > the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> > the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details
> of
> > departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> > MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> > departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> > goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> > rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> > Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> > the details.
> >
> > Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year
> for
> > cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> > This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> > measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> > investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our
> internal
> > organizational structure.
> >
> > Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> > forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> > comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Katherine
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> > Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> >
> > --
> > Katherine Maher
> >
> > Executive Director
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> > San Francisco, CA 94104
> >
> > +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> > +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> > [hidden email]
> > https://annual.wikimedia.org
> > _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

Gerard Meijssen-3
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Hoi,
There is much in the 2018/19 plan that I like. What I like is that it aims
to align all Wikimedia efforts into one coherent plan.

There are a few things where a different approach can be considered.
Michael Peel made a good suggestion and complementary to this I would
increase the fund raising effort away from the United States. People who I
do not characterise as trolls tell me that it is justified to spend so much
money in the USA because it is where the money has been raised. In addition
to this proper fund raising raises visibility profoundly; Wikimedia is a
project that deserves (y)our money, (y)our effort!

As it is, too much money is spend on English Wikipedia related activities
(including software). The best way to point this out, is comparing it with
our traffic; less than 50% of our traffic is English Wikipedia.

While I applaud the use of artificial intelligence, it has one huge
problem. It is what the data is uses is based on. Arguably this works well
for the subjects we already cover well. But what about the subjects we do
not properly cover, the subjects that matter more outside our comfort zone.
Subjects like the Ottoman Empire, pre Raj India..

We also miss opportunities when we remain as inward looking as we have
been. We have done well is libraries and librarians (particularly in
English). The question is what is our aim? Is it our own good; citations
for articles so that we become more robust or is our intention to have our
audience, our readers read more (an objective we share with librarians).
Read more books for instance. Once the links hidden in Freebase pointers to
OpenLibrary becomes available, the OL folks will disambiguate its
identifiers and provide us with their latest links. As a consequence we can
easily open up books available for reading.. There are many high quality
citations in there, there is no cost and, it is legally ok.

So yes, we are doing well. It is just that we could be more effective.
Thanks,
       GerardM





[1] https://tools.wmflabs.org/reasonator/?&q=12560



On 29 March 2018 at 22:42, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>
> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>
> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> the details.
>
> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
> organizational structure.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>
> Thanks!
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> [hidden email]
> https://annual.wikimedia.org
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Gerard Meijssen-3
In reply to this post by Caroline Becker
Hoi,
Yes, MediaWiki is used for 290+ languages but that does not imply that it
is developed with these other languages in mind. The project descriptions
are firmly with the best known (ie English) implementation in mind and it
is the use and the users of the most used English implementation that
determine its project descriptions. One other way to determine it is the
lack of support for everything but Wikipedia. Wikidata is a success because
it is the German chapter who largely determines how it is developed. Then
again we are not seeing Wikidata improve all of Wikipedia, something it
could do with the association of blue and red links with Wikidata items.
Probably another cultural distance..

The notion that many people in the US are outside the powerstructures ...
It is not only about the US and, as an argument it only indicates how much
people outside the US and even more people not with a proper understanding
are marginalised.
Thanks,
      GerardM

On 30 March 2018 at 21:00, Caroline Becker <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi and thank you for your input,
>
> Please note that the WMF budget supports diversity in two ways :
> _software and technical support, the most basic exemple being Mediawiki
> which exists in a huge variety of languages
> _grants to non-US projects, such a rapid grants and project grants.
>
> Also, there is a lot of people left out of structures of power within the
> US.
>
>
> Le ven. 30 mars 2018 à 04:05, Michael Peel <[hidden email]> a écrit :
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > This seems to be an increase of $15 million USD in the WMF’s budget, with
> > a $0.2 USD million increase in the international Wikimedia budget
> (through
> > grants to chapters and other affiliates).
> >
> > That goes against the movement direction of "As a social movement, we
> will
> > focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left
> out
> > by structures of power and privilege”. Why aren’t we increasing our
> > spending in the global south (through local affiliates) at the same rate
> > that we are increasing it in the US?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Mike
> >
> > > On 29 Mar 2018, at 17:42, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan
> for
> > > FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
> > >
> > > This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus
> on
> > > making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure
> that
> > > we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> > > direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move
> > us
> > > closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> > > against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> > > year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
> > >
> > > As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> > > annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> > > Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual
> Plan,
> > we
> > > have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an
> aggregation
> > > of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> > > seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a
> > collection
> > > of teams and departments with disparate goals.
> > >
> > > We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> > > wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost
> > in
> > > the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy
> reading
> > > the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the
> details
> > of
> > > departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> > > MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with
> detailed
> > > departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> > > goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth
> and
> > > rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the
> Annual
> > > Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep
> into
> > > the details.
> > >
> > > Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year
> > for
> > > cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the
> Foundation.
> > > This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> > > measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of
> our
> > > investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our
> > internal
> > > organizational structure.
> > >
> > > Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> > > forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> > > comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > > Katherine
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> > > Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> > > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> > >
> > > --
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> > >
> > > Executive Director
> > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > >
> > > 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> > > San Francisco, CA 94104
> > >
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Katherine Maher
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Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that our final FY18-19
Annual Plan[1] is now available on Meta. The Annual Plan was approved by
the Board of Trustees on June 12th.

This Annual Plan remains organized around three goals that focus on making
critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that we’re
better positioned for our ongoing work against the strategic direction[2].
The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us closer to
knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute against the 3
to 5 year strategic plan which we intend to develop this year in order to
guide the Foundation’s work into the future.

From all of us here at the Foundation, we thank everyone who engaged with
the process by asking questions and providing feedback on the Annual Plan
throughout its development. This insight continues to push us to improve
our planning, our programs, and the way that we share our work.  Based on
this feedback and our continued refinement of our plans, we have updated
the budget and several of the specific program plans that are linked in the
Appendix.

We look forward to the year ahead!
Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017


On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:42 PM, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>
> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>
> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> the details.
>
> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
> organizational structure.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>
> Thanks!
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_
> Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> [hidden email]
> https://annual.wikimedia.org
>



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Pine W
I am looking forward to the year ahead too. However, for the record, I am disappointed with several aspects of the AP document as currently written, and it is not a document that I would have approved in its current form. I think that WMF should have its APs scrubbed by an uninvolved expert party, similar to how the FDC scrubs the APs of Wikimedia affiliates that submit AP funding requests to WMF. I am unhappy about WMF approving its own APs, particularly given how the WMF APs consistently fail to meet my expectations, and if given the choice I would put a stop to this practice.

Pine
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-------- Original message --------From: Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> Date: 6/29/18  5:43 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: Wikimedia Mailing List <[hidden email]>, Funds Dissemination Committee List <[hidden email]>, "Staff (All)" <[hidden email]>, wikimediaannounce-l <[hidden email]> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is
  on Meta-wiki
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that our final FY18-19
Annual Plan[1] is now available on Meta. The Annual Plan was approved by
the Board of Trustees on June 12th.

This Annual Plan remains organized around three goals that focus on making
critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that we’re
better positioned for our ongoing work against the strategic direction[2].
The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us closer to
knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute against the 3
to 5 year strategic plan which we intend to develop this year in order to
guide the Foundation’s work into the future.

From all of us here at the Foundation, we thank everyone who engaged with
the process by asking questions and providing feedback on the Annual Plan
throughout its development. This insight continues to push us to improve
our planning, our programs, and the way that we share our work.  Based on
this feedback and our continued refinement of our plans, we have updated
the budget and several of the specific program plans that are linked in the
Appendix.

We look forward to the year ahead!
Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017


On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:42 PM, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>
> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>
> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> the details.
>
> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
> organizational structure.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>
> Thanks!
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_
> Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
> +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> [hidden email]
> https://annual.wikimedia.org
>



--
Katherine Maher

Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104

+1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
+1 (415) 712 4873
[hidden email]
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James Salsman-2
> WMF APs consistently fail to meet my expectations

Pine do you have a list of specific flaws somewhere? You have good
advice, but I've lost track of much of it.

Did you participate in the AP talk page discussions? Did you try
editing it to meet your standards?

Best regards,
Jim


On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 10:15 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I am looking forward to the year ahead too. However, for the record, I am disappointed with several aspects of the AP document as currently written, and it is not a document that I would have approved in its current form. I think that WMF should have its APs scrubbed by an uninvolved expert party, similar to how the FDC scrubs the APs of Wikimedia affiliates that submit AP funding requests to WMF. I am unhappy about WMF approving its own APs, particularly given how the WMF APs consistently fail to meet my expectations, and if given the choice I would put a stop to this practice.
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> -------- Original message --------From: Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> Date: 6/29/18  5:43 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: Wikimedia Mailing List <[hidden email]>, Funds Dissemination Committee List <[hidden email]>, "Staff (All)" <[hidden email]>, wikimediaannounce-l <[hidden email]> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is
>         on Meta-wiki
> Hi all,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that our final FY18-19
> Annual Plan[1] is now available on Meta. The Annual Plan was approved by
> the Board of Trustees on June 12th.
>
> This Annual Plan remains organized around three goals that focus on making
> critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that we’re
> better positioned for our ongoing work against the strategic direction[2].
> The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us closer to
> knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute against the 3
> to 5 year strategic plan which we intend to develop this year in order to
> guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> From all of us here at the Foundation, we thank everyone who engaged with
> the process by asking questions and providing feedback on the Annual Plan
> throughout its development. This insight continues to push us to improve
> our planning, our programs, and the way that we share our work.  Based on
> this feedback and our continued refinement of our plans, we have updated
> the budget and several of the specific program plans that are linked in the
> Appendix.
>
> We look forward to the year ahead!
> Katherine
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:42 PM, Katherine Maher <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
>> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>>
>> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
>> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
>> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
>> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
>> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
>> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
>> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>>
>> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
>> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
>> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
>> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
>> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
>> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
>> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>>
>> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
>> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
>> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
>> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
>> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
>> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
>> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
>> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
>> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
>> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
>> the details.
>>
>> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
>> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
>> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
>> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
>> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
>> organizational structure.
>>
>> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
>> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
>> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>>
>> Thanks!
>> Katherine
>>
>> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_
>> Plan/2018-2019/Draft
>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>>
>> --
>> Katherine Maher
>>
>> Executive Director
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>>
>> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
>> San Francisco, CA 94104
>>
>> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 <(415)%20839-6885>
>> +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
>> [hidden email]
>> https://annual.wikimedia.org
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
> +1 (415) 712 4873
> [hidden email]
> https://annual.wikimedia.org
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rupert THURNER-2
On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 3:36 PM James Salsman <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 10:15 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > WMF APs consistently fail to meet my expectations
>
> Pine do you have a list of specific flaws somewhere? You have good
> advice, but I've lost track of much of it.
>

ha, yes, me too. i particularly love measurements like "Wikipedia is
meaningful to 1 billion women", or "The number of English Wikipedia
administrators who report having the skills and tools to intervene in cases
of harassment increases by 25%". my first thought WMF wants to fire
somebody and assign measuring the two to this person :) but this cannot be,
there must be something i do not know behind it.

the 25% growth in budget is impressive, from 76 mio to 93 mio. the global
economy gows by 3.1 % [r1]. currently 5-10 pages are viewed per person [r2]
- to me a penetration hard to beat without offering additional content. i'd
be really interested about the reasoning behind this growth target.

[r1]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/06/05/global-economy-to-expand-by-3-1-percent-in-2018-slower-growth-seen-ahead
having
[r2] every person views 10 pages a month:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/WiViVI_panel_breakdown_by_country_for_GlobalNorth.png


rupert

> From: Katherine Maher <[hidden email]> Date: 6/29/18  5:43 PM
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Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is
>         on Meta-wiki
> The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that our final FY18-19
> Annual Plan[1] is now available on Meta.

> [1]
>
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
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Pine W
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Hi James,


Let me start with something positive to say before I discuss problems.


I think that there were some good intentions with this plan. Also, I think that some good things will happen this year, such as with Structured Data on Commons and with the Audience Department's Growth Team, regardless of the shortcomings with the WMF AP.


Unfortunately, good intentions don't fully compensate for poor design or incompleteness.


A good place to start to see problems is here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final#Appendix_1:_resources. I am looking for project-based budgets, SMART goals, and detailed financial projections. I sampled three departmental APs: Communications, Audiences, and Talent and Culture.


I want to distinguish plans from promises. I don't expect that every SMART goal will be met, and I understand that plans and goals can change over time due to changes in available resources, new information, projects failing or succeeding beyond expectations, or other factors. An Annual Plan is not an Annual Promise. I also want to keep in mind that flexibility is valuable to take advantage of emergent opportunities, and that excessively detailed planning can be unnecessarily costly.


But proceeding without SMART goals for T&C (is there a single SMART goal for them?), and with such limited financial detail for all three of the departments that I sampled, is disappointing. I am also disappointed by the lack of project-based budgeting.


Realistically, unless the WMF Board decides to get serious about making and publishing good annual plans, we are stuck.


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James Salsman-2
Pine,

Thanks for your reply. Can you say more about which kind of SMART you
prefer? According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria the
definitions have drifted since original publication of the term,
including by authors who seem to have eclipsed the original's
popularity. The T = Timely vs. Time-constrained seems like a pretty
large difference.

Best regards,
Jim


On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 11:02 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi James,
>
>
> Let me start with something positive to say before I discuss problems.
>
>
> I think that there were some good intentions with this plan. Also, I think that some good things will happen this year, such as with Structured Data on Commons and with the Audience Department's Growth Team, regardless of the shortcomings with the WMF AP.
>
>
> Unfortunately, good intentions don't fully compensate for poor design or incompleteness.
>
>
> A good place to start to see problems is here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final#Appendix_1:_resources. I am looking for project-based budgets, SMART goals, and detailed financial projections. I sampled three departmental APs: Communications, Audiences, and Talent and Culture.
>
>
> I want to distinguish plans from promises. I don't expect that every SMART goal will be met, and I understand that plans and goals can change over time due to changes in available resources, new information, projects failing or succeeding beyond expectations, or other factors. An Annual Plan is not an Annual Promise. I also want to keep in mind that flexibility is valuable to take advantage of emergent opportunities, and that excessively detailed planning can be unnecessarily costly.
>
>
> But proceeding without SMART goals for T&C (is there a single SMART goal for them?), and with such limited financial detail for all three of the departments that I sampled, is disappointing. I am also disappointed by the lack of project-based budgeting.
>
>
> Realistically, unless the WMF Board decides to get serious about making and publishing good annual plans, we are stuck.
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