Esino Lario, the newly announced site for Wikimania 2016
Annual report released: On January 21, the Wikimedia Foundation released its annual report for 2014. It is the seventh annual report released by the Foundation. A Foundation blog post describes the creation of the report.
Wikimania 2016: On January 20, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that the site for the 2016 Wikimania conference will be Esino Lario, a small comune in Lombardy, Italy. Six bids were submitted last year and of those, Atlantic City, Chennai, Dar es Salaam, and St. Louis were disqualified by the jury, leaving only Manila to compete with Esino Lario. Posters on the Wikimedia-l mailing list largely praised the decision, but one expressed surprise that the population of the Italian village (772) was smaller than the expected number of conference attendees.
Steward elections: This year's elections for the position of steward will be held from February 8 to 28. Candidates can stand for the election until January 28, and as of press time eight candidates are in the running. There are currently 34 stewards.