This week, the Wikimedia Foundation announced its new public policy outreach initiative, funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation. The new initiative focuses on working with faculty and students at universities in the U.S. to improve articles related to U.S. public policy. More information about the initiative can be found on the Outreach wiki.
The initiative is hiring five positions: a Campus Team Coordinator, a Communications Associate, an Online facilitator, a Research Analyst, and a Project Assistant. All jobs are one-year positions lasting from July 2010-September 2011. The first four jobs close on May 17; the project assistant job closes on June 2.
The Pediapress Books extension is now available to all users of the English Wikipedia, whether logged in or not. Starting May 6, the extension became available to all; previously users of the service on the English Wikipedia had to have an account and be logged in.
A new mailing list has been formed for those interested in issues surrounding museums and cultural organizations and Wikimedia, called Museum-l. The new list is administered by Raul654 and Wittylama and all are welcome to subscribe.
Howie Fung has joined the Wikimedia Foundation as product manager.
A call for nominations for the Chapter-selected board seats has been made; nominations should be submitted by May 17. Anyone can nominate individuals for the two seats, which are then selected by the Chapters.