Working for Wikipedia

Juliusz Gonera

Wikimedia Foundation
jgonera@wikimedia.org
http://juliuszgonera.com/slides/wiki-tul/

May 28, 2014

Me

  • Computer Science graduate at the International Faculty of Engineering, Technical University of Lodz.
  • Erasmus exchange at Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Valencia in Spain.
  • Worked at the University of Virginia, US.
  • Currently at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco.

Wikimedia Foundation

Nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/

Wikimedia Foundation

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.

Jimmy Wales

So you work for free?

No.

Content is created by volunteers.

Making Wikipedia (and other projects) run is a paid job.

We get funds from donations, both from individuals and companies.

Where?

  • San Francisco, California, USA (~120 people)
  • All over the world (~50 people)

Who?

  • 38% are foreigners (non-US citizens)
  • 72% have lived outside their home country
  • 46% are Wikipedians

Some random stats from 2012-2013

  • Half a billion readers every month...
  • ...in more than 280 languages.
  • Individual contributors made 160.2 million edits,
  • added 4.9 million Wikipedia articles,
  • uploaded 4.3 million images, audio files and video files.
Wikimedia Foundation 2012-2013 Annual Report

Wikipedia rules

  • Community-driven.
  • Everyone can edit, edits go live immediately. Be bold.
  • Content is licensed under free licenses (usually Creative Commons).
  • Paid editing in most cases is forbidden (conflict of interest).

Other web sites

Other web sites' logos

Behind the courtains

All those web sites run on MediaWiki.

  • Open source, everybody can contribute.
  • Supports many languages and scripts, also right-to-left.
  • Has an extension system.

Main projects

  • Mobile Web + Apps
  • VisualEditor
  • Flow
  • Beta experiments

Mobile Web

Mobile web design

Mobile Apps

Mobile app design

Beta features

Beta features

Hovercards

Beta features

Media Viewer

Beta features

Challenges

LTR example RTL example

Challenges

  • High traffic.
  • Community.
  • Legal matters.
  • Not enough hands.

Knowledge for everyone

Wikipedia Zero, a program which works with mobile carriers to waive the data charges for accessing Wikipedia on mobile phones.

Wikipedia Zero reach

Wikipedia Zero map

Wikipedia in North Korea

Park Sang Hak & Fighters for a Free North Korea

Balloons

North Korean defector fights Pyongyang with thumbdrive-laden balloons

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Tech culture, meetups

  • Hear people talking about their newest pet projects on the bus.
  • Go to talks and presentations held by the best people in the industry.
  • But not only, lots of other events, festivals, happenings.

California

California

California

California

California

California

California

California

We're hiring!

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us

  • Working on something truly meaningful.
  • Awesome work culture and motivated people.
  • Office in the center of a vibrant city.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Working and traveling.

Other ways to contribute

Thank you

Questions?