State of the Wikimedia Movement 2014

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talk given for WikiConference USA, May 30-June 1 in NYC. Covers an overview of what's going on in Wikipedia and Wikimedia.

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State of the Wikimedia Movement 2014

  1. 1. The state of the Wikimedia movement Phoebe Ayers Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees May 31, 2014 Wikiconference USA
  2. 2. I use Wikipedia to live my life. -- donor comment, 2013 fundraiser
  3. 3. 495M Unique Visitors / March 2014 Half from Europe and North America, half from the rest of the world
  4. 4. mobile Oliver Keyes and Toby Negrin, May 1 2014 WMF Metrics Meeting desktop
  5. 5. 31M articles in Wikipedia (globally)
  6. 6. 21M files on Commons
  7. 7. On the English Wikipedia: Top 5,000 articles = 19% of all traffic From Andrew West: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:5000 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-02-04/Special_report
  8. 8. 32K active editors/month in English WP wikidata WLM
  9. 9. English Wikipedia active editors. From Halfaker et al, http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:The_Rise_and_Decline 6K new editors per month in en:wp: but they’re not staying
  10. 10. And some other languages… • Spanish Wikipedia: 4,086 • Chinese Wikipedia: 2,188 • Hindi Wikipedia: 44 • Swahili Wikipedia: 9 • Javanese Wikipedia: 7 (Active editors/month in March 2014, from stats.wikimedia.org)
  11. 11. Getting together • 40 chapters • 1 thematic organization • 11 usergroups • (at least) 38 meetups globally in June 2014 • 1 big annual conference • (and lots of smaller ones)
  12. 12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Courses 75 current classes (spring 2014 term)
  13. 13. What’s the community focusing on? ● Articles, data, books, travel guides… ● Quality ● Outreach ● Partnerships and GLAM ● Tools
  14. 14. What’s the WMF focusing on? • Technical platform • Supporting editors
  15. 15. Mobile & Wikipedia Zero
  16. 16. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Trademark_policy
  17. 17. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start
  18. 18. What’s next?
  19. 19. Our big questions How to… • Maintain a vibrant community • Provide access for all • Turn readers into editors • Maintain and improve quality • Ensure the future of the free and open knowledge ecosystem
  20. 20. How we’ll get there • Iterative strategy • Many experiments • Community project support • Stable platforms • Advocacy • Better data
  21. 21. Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. - Wikimedia’s vision statement
  22. 22. Thank you I extend my heartfelt thanks to the men and women who tirelessly work on keeping Wikipedia the wonderful website it is. -- Donor comment, 2013 fundraiser
  23. 23. Discussion? Phoebe Ayers payers@wikimedia.org

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