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Submissions/Show Me the Money - Here's your Global Financial Report

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission "Show Me the Money - Here's Your Global Financial Report"
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Garfield Byrd, Michael Guss, Lene Gillis, Mustafa Arda Elmas, Oluwaseyi Olukoya, Walter Alejandro Gomez

E-mail address

gbyrd@wikimedia.org, mguss@wikimedia.org, lgillis@wikimedia.org,melmas@wikimedia.org, oolukoya@wikimedia.org, wagsegura@wikimedia.org


Garfield Byrd, MGuss (WMF), Lgillis (WMF), Melmas (WMF), Oolukoya (WMF), Wagsegura (WMF)

Country of origin

USA by way of Belgium, Turkey via Poland, Nigeria, Nicaragua

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

Personal homepage or blog

Learn more about our project: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement-wide_Financial_Report

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

At Wikimania Hong Kong 2013, Michał Buczyński highlighted the importance of meaningful, obtainable, and unified data when it comes to understanding the financial picture of the Wikimedia Movement. Inspired by his efforts, we have attempted it again.

For the past five months, I have been working with a team of four fellows to develop a global financial report for the whole Wikimedia movement, based of the reports provided on Meta, through working with the community engagement department, and through the participation of our partner organizations. We have gathered together all these figures into a single, consolidated report that includes a majority of the partner organizations and the WMF in order to truly capture the movement’s financial position.

We would like to present the process and the findings of our data-analysis :

Part 1: a very short overview of why there is a need for a project like this, how the data was gathered, information on the lack of data, representativeness and liability

Part 2: presenting the final dataset - explaining how we went from very extended and diverse data, to a consolidated dataset.

Part 3: point out interesting and surprising numbers in the form of a slideshow and visual representations. For example, a chart illustrating the main sources of revenue/the main cost items or specific charts on travel costs, salaries, events, etc. We also hope to illustrate interesting findings through a global north - global south, maturity, continental analysis.

Presenting these findings will support the main idea of the presentation: prompting questions and facilitating an interactive discussion with the attendees. We will discuss the numbers, ask for input and different perspectives from the attendees through polls and questions. We will also ask their feedback and insights for improvement.

WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
45 minutes
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