"provided the Board with a list of milestones the Foundation's hopes to achieve over the next five years. Milestones were divided into short-term (12–18 months), medium-term (18–36 months), and long-term (36–60 months). Short-term milestones included such items as building a second data center; providing funding for face-to-face meetings of volunteers; creating systems for communications with readers, editors and donors, including investment in staff facilitation of translations; and launching on-the-ground teams to grow number of editors and accelerate editors' self-organization in India and Brazil. Medium-term milestones included such items as building caching centers to better support Asia and Latin America; and building capacity to support chapter organizational development and chapter fundraising. Long-term milestones included such items as developing features to enable Wikimedians to communicate and connect, in order to facilitate collaboration and production of quality content."
Of the short-term milestones, the plans to open Foundation offices in Brazil and India (see brief Signpost coverage) and to set up a second datacenter in the U.S. (see brief Signpost coverage) have subsequently already been mentioned in public by Gardner.
Based on the plan, Sue Gardner projected the Wikimedia Foundation's staff to grow to as many as 200 full-time equivalents by 2015, with annual spending reaching $40 million. She announced that the Foundation intends to rely mainly on community giving as its primary funding source (a term encompassing smaller donations such as those in the yearly fundraisers, as opposed to large benefactions or major grants). Based on the current growth rate, Wikimedia is estimated to have 59 chapters worldwide by 2015.
A set of statements by the Board including an endorsement of the general direction of the plan was approved by all trustees except two of the three community-elected members (Sj opposed it, while Mindspillage is noted as "absention" [sic] in the minutes). The board will review the final version of the 2010-2015 plan in its fall meeting.
Swedish university course
In late 2009, what was probably the world's first university-level course solely devoted to wikis and Wikipedia was presented by Mid-Sweden University, in cooperation with the Swedish chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. This class will also be offered in June–August 2010. The course Wikipedia – authoring, reliability and technology is an Internet-based distance course within the subject of Informatics. It deals with questions including how can students, teachers, librarians and journalists use and relate to Wikipedia, criticisms of Wikipedia, and research on Wikipedia as a phenomenon. The language of instruction is Swedish, but the course is open to anyone with a high-school grade in a Nordic language. The coordinating teacher is User:Mange01. See Press release August 30, 2009 and an English translation of the syllabus for more information.
Wikimedia Washington DC reaches out to the Smithsonian
June 30 is the target date for the rollout of the new Vector skin to remaining Wikipedia projects. According to Howie Fung, developer on the project, the new skin will be deployed to projects that are over 80% translated (localized). For more, see this week's Technology report.
The Foundation has hired a backend developer for fundraising, Arthur Richards. (Last month, Ryan Kaldari - User:Kaldari - had been hired as front end developer for fundraising.)
The schedule for this year's Wikimania (to be held next week in Gdańsk, Poland) was published on June 28. There had been concern about delays in its publication on the Wikimania-l mailing list. In other Wikimania news, the idea of establishing a permanent Wikimania oversight committee was recently discussed on the Foundation-l mailing list (where Sue Gardner observed that "Wikimania in Gdansk this year has had some problems") and in other places.