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- 1 Claudi Balaguer (Capsot)
- 2 Harel Cain (Harel)
- 3 Ting Chen (Wing)
- 4 William H. DuBay (Bdubay)
- 5 James Forrester (Jdforrester)
- 6 Lodewijk Gelauff (Effeietsanders)
- 7 Joan Gomà (Gomà)
- 8 Samuel Klein (Sj)
- 9 Patricio Lorente (Patricio.lorente)
- 10 Gerard Meijssen (GerardM)
- 11 Tom Morton (ErrantX)
- 12 Marc-André Pelletier (Coren)
- 13 Milos Rancic (Millosh)
- 14 Jane S. Richardson (Dcrjsr)
- 15 Ferdinando Scala (Ferdinando Scala)
- 16 mischa vetere (mvart4u)
- 17 Urs Wäfler (Urs.Waefler)
- 18 Kat Walsh (mindspillage)
- 19 Esteban Zárate (Ezarate)
Claudi Balaguer (Capsot)Summary details Claudi Balaguer, Daniil and baby Aitana (2008)
- Name: Claudi Balaguer
- Age: 42
- Location: Millars/Millas, Northern Catalonia (France)
- Languages: Catalan, English, French, Italian, Occitan, Spanish, some very basic Ukrainian and a few notions of Lithuanian, Hungarian and Russian. Can read most of the Romance languages.
- Worried that WMF might foster oligarchs who hardly edit anymore and do not care much about the projects/editors
- Sorry to witness bureaucracy gaining more importance, intricacy and control without counterpower
- Still awaiting real transparency to know who the people in charge are, what they do and why/how they got up there
- Afraid to see that institutions may become independent and get loads of money without control nor duties
- Tired to see some rights renewed when last edit was in 2005 (BC maybe for some)
I am Capsot, the editor sorely praised in the high places. I deem that the core of the projects is its editors who deserve much more than what they get now.
If elected, I would try my very best to:
- Listen & reply to concerns about the institutions
- Promote transparency in every organ of the WMF
- Have every Wikipedia or sister project on an equal ground be them big or small, specially small, stateless and threatened languages
- Promote access/use to Internet and knowledge in the less-privileged countries, in the native languages
- Ensure that funds go to noble causes, accordingly to development plans and needs, not in nurturing the biggest Chapters and discussable activities
As you can deduce from my general block a while ago, and still in Meta, some prominent people in the high places fear me ; so take your chance to frighten them as well voting for one of the few candidates really committed to change, truth and transparency.
Harel Cain (Harel)Summary details Harel Cain
- Name: Harel Cain
- Age: 32
- Location: Jerusalem, Israel
- Languages: Hebrew, English, German, French (reading)
I joined the Hebrew WP in 2004. I’ve been an admin for 6 years and a bureaucrat for the last 4 years.
I am one of the founders and the secretary of WM Israel. I give many outreach talks in different forums. I’m involved with nascent GLAM efforts in Israel.
I’m deeply involved with Wikimania 2011, where I manage registration and scholarships, act as the program chair and handle OTRS.
I presented in Wikimania ‘07 and ‘10, and attended ChapConf11 too.
I believe in a grassroots movement that is large, decentralized and varied, with ample room for the community, the WMF, the chapters and other stakeholders to have their own unique positions, working together to accomplish our mission.
If elected to the board, I intend to support activities to:
- Counter the trends of the editor trends study, by experimenting with far reaching changes to software, permissions and community processes.
- Accept that we have come of age and our-long term survival cannot depend on reverting this.
- Foster the growth of affiliated groups, organized in many models, not only as chapters.
- Reach out to under-represented sectors and geographies, yet define realistic expectations for success.
- Mitigate conflicts between all parties in the movement, esp. between communities and chapters.
- Develop revenue sources that will ensure our projects remain free of ads.
Ting Chen (Wing)Summary details From November 2nd 2010
- Name: Ting Chen
- Age: 43
- Location: Mainz, Germany
- Languages: Chinese, German, English, French (un peu), Japanese (can read)
In case of being reelected my goals are:
- keep the Foundation on track according our mission and our strategic planning which was worked out by the community
- promote the following traits of our projects and communities: openness, innovative, curious, welcoming
- keep to help solve problems inside of our movement in a pragmatic and as simple as possible way
- keep my personal dedication and engagement to help and promote our projects and volunteers around the world as much as I can
- keep my work in the projects
William H. DuBay (Bdubay)Summary details William H. DuBay
- Name: William H. DuBay
- Age: 76
- Location: Washington State, Hong Kong
- Languages: English
- Wikimedian since: Aprox. May 2001
- Active wikis: English Wikipedia, Commons
I was a writer in public relations and technical writing for 21 years. I am on the Readability SIG of the International Reading Association and a member of the Society of Technical Communications since 1985.
I have been very active in the Plain Language Association International since 1995. Since 2001, I have been a consultant in plain language and readability. My clients include the National Aviation Administration, California Public Utilities Commission, Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, and the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services.
I have written extensively on readability and my publications include Smart Language: Readers, Readability, and the Grading of Texts, Unlocking Language: The Classic Readability Studies, The Principles of Readability, and the Plain Language at Work Newsletter, all offered free on my Website with many other instructive materials.
My interest in joining the board is to make the language of Wikipedia more accessible to the general reader. There is a vast body of research on readability that could make a major impact on increasing readership. I also am interested in working with the Simple Wikipedia editors and creating a Plain Language Project. I am also interested in the discussions on general editing policies.
James Forrester (Jdforrester)Summary details James Forrester
- Name: James Forrester
- Age: 28
- Location: London, United Kingdom
- Languages: English
I share community worries about some critical items for the Board:
- Editor Trends feels too little, too late, and too narrow, ignoring smaller wikis;
- the Foundation/community relationship - if the Community team replaces volunteers with staff;
- the Global South work and Indian Office before Movement Roles ends;
- the US-dominated Board does well but has too little technical experience and global perspective; and
- too often private "agreements" occur without any wider community input: we must share more of the internal work, not just the Board's.
We need better understanding between the projects - it's tough to find out what's going on to learn or offer help. As someone who only speaks English, I rely on translations, which are vital. I'd have regular project updates shared, as with Chapters, and restart the Embassy.
Lodewijk Gelauff (Effeietsanders)Summary details
- Name: Lodewijk Gelauff
- Age: 23
- Location: Oegstgeest, Netherlands
- Languages: Dutch, English, German (mediate), French (reading)
- Wikimedian since: February 2005
- Active wikis: nl.wikipedia (home wiki), en.wikipedia, commons and meta (partially active). Admin on: nl.wikipedia (+bureaucrat), nl.wikisource, nl.wikibooks, nl.wikimedia, meta.wikimedia
Since I got involved in Wikimedia in 2005 I have been active in many fields in the movement; including as a steward, sysop on several wiki's, five year (founding) board member for Wikimedia Netherlands and (still) a member of the Chapters Committee. I have organized Wikimedia conferences, chapter meetings, and am a lead organizer in the international Wiki Loves Monuments project. In daily life I study Chemistry & Science Based Business (MSc) at Leiden University.
I care especially about:
- empowering volunteers
- involving more people in decision making processes at an early stage
- development of Wikimedia throughout the world
- an open and welcoming atmosphere in the projects and the movement
- effective communication
I recognize I have not all solutions for the world's (or even Wikimedia's) problems - but I try to be open for them. On many issues I have opinions, but I'm willing to change given good arguments. I would be happy to become an accessible, critical but constructive board member at the Wikimedia Foundation.
There is much more I'd like to share in this limited space. However, please ask any questions you may have.
Joan Gomà (Gomà)Summary details Joan Gomà at Wikimania 2010
- Name: Joan Gomà
- Age: 51
- Location: Barcelona
- Languages: Catalan, English, Spanish
- Having the reports drawn up by the WMF, Chapters and other groups written in the languages of the projects concerned.
- Setting up mechanisms to allow projects to have their say in WMF decisions, especially those regarding the foundation and renewal of Chapters and other groups and the funding of activities.
- Enhancing WMF funding by weaving an offline fundraising network through Chapters and other groups.
- Having the WMF investing more in technical upgrades to make editing and quality management easier: WYSIWYG, machine translation, statistical data, gadgets for sister projects, vandalism detectors, greater focus on local language interwikis, etc.
- Having the WMF actively supporting new and innovative projects by promoting calls for ideas and investing in getting them going.
I am a Prof. Dr. Eng. at Barcelona Polytechnic University, former director of the Fundació Centre CIM and the President of Amical Viquipèdia. I helped translate the book Wikipédia into Catalan. I organized a program promoting the use of Wikipedia in 17 Spanish universities. I am one of the developers of the translation support bot used on the Catalan Wikipedia.
Samuel Klein (Sj)Summary details Samuel Klein. Credit: Joi Ito
- Name: Samuel Klein
- Age: 33
- Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- Languages: English, some German, Spanish, French, Hebrew
I grew up in the USA, and have lived in Germany and Kenya. I studied physics at Harvard, and work at One Laptop per Child, fostering education and offline access to knowledge in the developing world.
Since 2004, I have been a Wikimedia editor, translator, organizer and speaker. I started the Meta translators network, and published a Wikimedia newsletter in 5 languages. I served as a steward for 5 years. I have worked on outreach to universities and libraries, and in 2009 organized the Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge. I led Wikimania 2006, and run the Boston wiki-meetup (since 2005).
My current goals for the Foundation are to:
- Make our wiki platform a joy to use
- Actively support small and new Projects
- Invest in better multilingual communication
- Try other bold ideas to counter editor decline
- Support new models for affiliates
- Expand collaboration with education and cultural groups
- Be transparent, and led by community needs, in resource allocation
Patricio Lorente (Patricio.lorente)Summary details Closing ceremony of Wikimania 2008
- Name: Patricio Lorente
- Age: 42
- Location: La Plata, Argentina
- Languages: Spanish, English, Italian
If elected, I will work to:
- Develop internationalization policies to integrate communities that today are isolated: many Wikipedians and groups are invisible to the international community because they can't communicate in English. Facilitate South-South cooperation.
- Increase the communities' saying and decision-making influence on WMF administration and spending.
- Support cooperation between Wikimedia projects and the educational system: Wikimedia projects can make a significant contribution to the educational experience and improve our content in the process.
- Support GLAM initiatives: facilitate networking, document experiences and also provide the means -PR, legal advice- to address legal barriers (such as copyright issues) where they are not clearly defined.
- Improve usability: support community-developed tools and solutions, as usability is not yet satisfactory to the community’s expectations after the ad hoc initiative.
Gerard Meijssen (GerardM)Summary details Gerard Meijssen
- Name: Gerard Meijssen
- Age: 52
- Location: Almere, the Netherlands
- Languages: Dutch, English some German and a little French
- Wikimedian since: April 2008
- Active wikis: I have a profile on 490 Wikis on some I have special privileges.
- I have tenths of thousands of contributions to Wiktionary and Commons.
- I am a member of the language committee
I am a prolific blogger and have written about Wikis and what not for several years. When I am elected to the board, I will advocate a Wikimedia Foundation that has the widest possible impact on our eco-system and on our goal of bringing information to all people of this world. I will seek this more in changes of the details then in a "revolution". We are doing great work but we can do better for all our languages and projects when we show a bit more flexibility and agility.
I have been involved in GLAMs from the start and, I will seek improved outreach to our GLAM partners by at least providing timely data on their impact. Social issues prevent further development of our community, this will be one of my priorities. I will continue to blog in order to improve the discussion and communication of our movement.
Tom Morton (ErrantX)Summary details At home in the UK
- Name: Thomas Morton
- Age: 24
- Location: United Kingdom
- Languages: English
- Wikimedian since: 2010 (also active in '06)
- Active wikis: English Wikipedia (light activity on Commons & Wikibooks)
I have a deep interest in freedom of speech and knowledge. I believe that free and open content of all kinds is essential to our future culture, after all “Knowledge is power”. The WMF provide a crucial cornerstone in the task to bring that power to everyone.
If elected I will help secure the ideals of neutrality, freedom and collaboration that the board is tasked to defend. I am very approachable and can bring a unique mixture of free thinker, developer, writer and free content evangelist to the board to help support the project in an exciting new decade.
As a highly active editor I’d hope act as a conduit between the broad work/perspective of the board and the views/ideas of the community. I’d work to make the board more accessible to the community, support the high level of independence of the Wiki’s and help foster greater camaraderie and stronger ties amongst all our volunteers.
Marc-André Pelletier (Coren)Summary details Marc-André Pelletier
- Name: Marc-André Pelletier
- Age: 41
- Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
- Languages: French, English, Spanish
- Wikimedian since: 2003
- Active wikis: en.wp
Yet, without the support and guidance of a strong vision our projects flounder. The smaller projects become vulnerable to small self-selecting groups that care little for our founding principles, and even the biggest and healthiest of our project calcify into ineffective bureaucracies unable to deal with the responsibilities of being the greatest source of knowledge of Internet.
There is a fine but critical line between avoiding interference in the projects and abandoning them without support or guidance, and my objective is to guide the foundation back to our roots. Neutrality, a welcoming collaborative environment, and true openness are not options, nor are our responsibilities to the readers – and subjects – of our projects.
The Foundation must support those principles by action, not by looking away. Outreach is good, but let's first make sure our house is in order before inviting more guests.
Milos Rancic (Millosh)Summary details From January 2009, made during the interview for the journal deScripto
- Name: Milos Rancic
- Age: 38
- Location: Belgrade, Serbia
- Languages: Serbian (Croatian, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian), English; passive (reading) knowledge: Russian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Slovenian; other Slavic languages at lesser level
- Wikimedian since: December 2003
- Active wikis: Meta (admin), sr.wikinews (operating content bot; admin, bureaucrat), up to some extent sr.wikipedia, en.wikipedia, en.wikinews (admin) and commons; preparing large additions to sh.wiktionary (admin, bureaucrat) and sr.wiktionary (admin, bureaucrat); also, a steward.
I am sysadmin by profession and linguist by education.
If elected, my focuses will be:
- Sustainability of Wikimedia projects depend on creative and radical approaches to creation and spreading free knowledge.
- Wikimedia projects have their clear scopes and no further censorship is acceptable.
- WMF should find a way that Wikimedians can be payed in areas close to their Wikimedia work.
- Self-sustainable Wikimedian groups should be as autonomous as it is possible.
- Wikimedia projects are scientific by nature.
- There should be one Wikimedia community.
- Wikimedia community should be above WMF.
- WMF should:
- take care of how to spread and save the Wikimedia content for the future generations;
- build a network consisting of other free knowledge, free software and free culture projects;
- participate actively in the promotion of understanding between humans on the Earth.
Jane S. Richardson (Dcrjsr)Summary details Jane S Richardson
- Name: Jane S Richardson
- Age: 70
- Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
- Languages: English
- Wikimedian since: January 2009
- Active wikis: Commons, English Wikipedia
My research is on 3D structure of biological macromolecules. I am a Professor at Duke University; MacArthur Fellow; National Academy of Sciences USA; American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Institute of Medicine; President-elect, Biophysical Society. Our lab (joint with my husband User:DavetheMage) runs the MolProbity structure-validation web service (at [kinemage.biochem.duke.edu]), distributes our open-source software and open-access papers, contributes to the RNA Ontology Consortium and the worldwide Protein Data Bank Validation Task Forces, and is a development team on the PHENIX crystallographic software project.
- I would like to turn on more professionals to the satisfactions of wiki editing and contributing in their specialties. I have strong connections in professional scientific societies (Biophysics, Proteins, RNA, Crystallography, Computer Graphics, Biochemistry) in the US and internationally, would organize workshops and web pages to encourage new editors, and would share those strategies & materials with experts in other fields.
- In the other direction, I would work to help make Wikimedia editing even more friendly and accessible.
Ferdinando Scala (Ferdinando Scala)Summary details Ferdinando Scala, 2010
- Name: Ferdinando Scala
- Age: 42
- Location: San Giorgio a Cremano, Italy
- Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish
- Wikimedian since: June 17, 2007
- Active wikis: Italian Wikipedia, marginal activity on Commons and Wikiquote
In my daily life I’m a digital communications professional, specifically focused on strategic planning, digital evolution and social media development. I’m an expert marketer and public speaker, with practice as a trainer in the corporate and academic sectors. If elected, I will put my skills on disposition to:
- Developing campaigns for expanding the base of fundraising for Wikimedia, aimed to attract both public and individual contributors (long tail approach).
- Stimulating the opening and evolution of Wikimedia projects in the minority cultures and languages, so that even the feeblest voices could contribute to the richness of the project.
- Making Wiki’s user experience as simple as possible, so to attract technology-adverse or disabled contributors.
- Diffusing the open-source culture to the wide public, as it is the best way of consistently improving the cultural enrichment of all mankind.
- Finding and establishing connections with other collaborative cultural projects, like free-learning hubs.
mischa vetere (mvart4u)Summary details mischa vetere seen by ira cohen, new york
- Name: mischa vetere
- Age: 44
- Location: zurich, switzerland and berlin, germany
- Languages: german, french, english, italian (all four fluent), basic spanish and portuguese
- Wikimedian since: 2009
- Active wikis: Commons and rarely wikipedia (contributions about swiss writers)
loved medium-longterm strat. consid. are also asset 2day, as writer/painter: « teatime, samurai », compar. dalai LAMA with GANDHI, helped 2009 & counter proposal 2 OBAMA / court to postpone google-agreem.
started in dec 2010 THE HOPE CYCLE ([vetere.blogspot.com]) with marocco & egypt (?!) - with happenings in libya, on 21st of feb 11, posted the new blog on fb white house with saying from 2010: "human rights are not, not negotiable." on 23rd of feb OBAMA quotes by amending: « nowhere » - on apr 15 human rights commission, UN geneva, fully adhered to official complaint dated 25th of nov 10 against wished apartheid in switzland (vote of 28th of nov. reverted!).
I contribute since 2010 to commons, mainly to own categ. mischa vetere - due to heavy censorship 2010, all works are O.T.R.S. approved now, a lot – due to fascist tendencies - against discrim., world problem no. 1: HUNGER, education. here an example, used for recent german conf. about north afr. Revol.: [upload.wikimedia.org]
following the invit. of ting chen, i would love to help to bring the wiki project further with all its diversity, increasing the quality level by encouraging participants. my contribution: to listen carefully, obtain a full overview, bring in strategical ideas. i am at the top of creativity - 2010: 1300 paintings!
Urs Wäfler (Urs.Waefler)Summary details Urs Wäfler
- Name: Urs Wäfler
- Age: 32
- Location: Zurich, Switzerland
- Languages: German, French and English
In case of being elected my goals are:
- Help the Wikimedia Foundation to grow according to its mission and its strategic planning which was worked out by the community.
- Enable the vision, that every single person has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. The Wikimedia Foundation and its community develops the largest, best structured and most recognized knowledge databases of the world.
- Promote a peaceful, constructive and great reputation.
Education can take place anywhere and everywhere. It is our most valuable asset, it must be an open world, accessible by everyone - humankind advances only through collaboration.
Kat Walsh (mindspillage)Summary details Kat Walsh, November 2010
- Name: Kat Walsh
- Age: 28
- Location: Washington, DC
- Languages: English
- Wikimedian since: 2004
- Active wikis: en.wikipedia
I'm fortunate to have been able to be part of Wikimedia as it has grown; because of my experience on the projects and OTRS learning the legal challenges of free knowledge projects, I pursued law as a profession to help further the goals of Wikimedia and like-spirited groups. As the longest-serving elected board member, I've learned to put WMF's challenges into context, bringing experience and institutional knowledge along with the perspective of a longtime community volunteer.
I see my main role as ensuring WMF upholds its core principles and values while meeting ever greater goals, and so this is my platform rather than a specific agenda. I want us to continue initiatives that make the projects part of everyone's life, and keep building relationships with institutions and communities that expand our ability to fulfill our mission. The role of the board is to take the long-term, big picture view, ensuring that WMF projects remain free, neutral, independent, and actively-developed far into the future. I believe this style of thinking is one of my particular strengths and hope to bring it to the next Wikimedia board.
Esteban Zárate (Ezarate)Summary details Esteban Zárate
- Name: Esteban Zárate
- Age: 38
- Location: Tandil, Argentina
- Languages: Spanish, English
I started to edit on the Spanish Wikipedia on Apr 30 2008, I was sysopped there on March 2010. I am sysop also on Commons and I frequently edit on spanish Wikinews where I am reviewer.
I am system engineer and I am a teacher of computer sciences on secondary schools of Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
If I elected to the board, I intend to help in:
- Analyze strategies for attracting more publishers to our projects.
- Seek ways to efficiently distribute our revenue sources.
- Help to all comunities in all their needed.
- Wikimedia Resource Center
- Wikimedia Forum
- Mailing lists
- Planet Wikimedia
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