Wikimedia Norway had its annual general assembly on 19 April, and elected a new board.
Wikimedia announcements list formed
An announcements-only mailing list has been formed for the Wikimedia Foundation, as a mechanism for those who want to keep up with major Wikimedia and project news but don't want the traffic of Foundation-l in their inboxes.
The new list is called wikimediaannounce-l, and can be subscribed to here. To date there have been no postings beyond initial testing. The list in future will include press releases and major announcements from the Foundation, Wikimedia Chapters, and the community.
The types of posts to be accepted are detailed in the list guidelines on Meta, which were initially developed by Wikimedia Foundation Head of Communications Jay Walsh based on community ideas. This is the first announcements-only list for the Wikimedia community, although the general idea of an announcements list has been proposed several times in the past; the idea was brought up again last November during the discussions about moderating and improving Foundation-l, the open discussion list for the WMF (see previous story).
The announcements list is fully moderated; Walsh is the initial moderator. Replies sent to the list will go directly to Foundation-l, which is open participation. Everyone interested in Wikimedia news is encouraged to subscribe to the new list.
Wikipedia on transit
One of the Wikimedia screens on a Berlin subway
Advertisements featuring Wikipedia and Wikimedia began appearing on Berlin subways last week, in a project run by Wikimedia Deutschland (Germany). According to Catrin Schoneville, press contact for Wikimedia Deutschland, the ads were produced by TV production company Berliner Fenster GmbH, who were contacted by Wikimedia volunteer Juliana da Costa.
The ads feature short "did you know" clips and information about Wikimedia. The spots are showing on 3768 double screens in 1106 wagons, approximately 8 spots per hour, with an average of 1.5 million viewers per day. The advertisements are worth approximately 150,000 €/month. Wikimedia Deutschland hopes to expand the program to more cities' subways as well.
A Head of Office Administration job has been added to the list of current job openings at the Wikimedia Foundation; this job opening closes 1 May. In addition to the office administration position, which will manage "the administrative services support team" and functions related to the physical office, several core leadership and management positions are currently open at the Foundation. These including Chief Human Resources Officer (will manage issues related to HR), Chief Global Program Officer (will manage the Programs department, including outreach and communication), and Chief Development Officer (manages the fundraising plan), all of which are "open until filled." The Chief Human Resources and Chief Development officer positions are newly created positions.