[Walls will have] responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a mandate that focuses on helping people better understand our values and mission through our brand. She will oversee the organization and movement’s voice, tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into everything from our recent awareness videos to our press statements.
— Executive Director Katherine Maher
Kui Kinyanjui will take on the position of Vice President of Communications, in charge of both traditional and digital communications, and will report directly to the Chief Creative Officer. Kinyanjui will take up her new position in early March, working remotely from Nairobi, Kenya.
Further information is available in Executive Director Katherine Maher's post on the Wikimedia-l mailing list.
Mapping community capacity
The WMF's Community Resources team has started an experimental Community Capacity Map (CCM). The page presents self-assessments of capacities of Wikimedia communities in a variety of fields, such as communications and media relations, community health, and technical skills.
How many Wikimedia communities have embraced advanced Wikidata use? How many have active social media accounts? Which groups have a written, current strategy? What are the most common gaps in capacity in Latin America? or in Eastern Europe? What kind of investment in capacity building would be likely to bring the most value?
— Meta:Community Capacity Map/About
The CCM aims to track these capacities over time, and help identify areas that need improvements – not only for the community groups themselves, but also independent experts, volunteers, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Further information is available on Meta.
- New user-groups: The Affiliations Committee announced the approval of this week's newest Wikimedia movement affiliate, the Wikimedia Community User Group Botswana.
- New administrators: The Signpost welcomes the English Wikipedia's newest administrators, Joe Roe and Muboshgu.
- Milestones: The following Wikipedia projects reached milestones recently: Marathi Wikipedia: 50,000 articles (22 December); Serbian Wikipedia: 500,000 articles (14 January).
- Reports: The MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group's 2017 Annual Report and the 2017 WikidataCon Report have been published.