Wikimedia Partnerships: Top 5 Themes from Community Conversations

After our first post featuring Top 5 Ideas about Product & Technology, today we dive into Partnerships! Partnerships has indeed been one of the 9 thematic areas discussed within the frame of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. This topic is a central one: a movement that wants to be able to share the sum of all knowledge surely can’t achieve the whole task alone!

Whom should Wikimedians partner with? How? With what tools? What is needed to support these efforts? Wikimedians from communities all around the world have shared their views on these questions over the past few months. This Top 5 is a collection of the most largely shared ideas: we hope they will trigger interesting conversations, or even concrete projects!

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Wikimedian John Samuel and his experiences at Wiki Techstorm 2019

In 2019, I had the opportunity to attend Wiki Techstorm. This is the first time that I attended such an event. Held by Wikimedia Nederland, it is smaller compared to Wikimedia Hackathons and had almost around 60 participants. However, what made this event so special was the diversity of participants, with varying knowledge of Wikimedia projects.

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What did the Spanish community discuss during Strategy Conversations 2019?

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During 2019, Wikimedia volunteer communities have been discussing the future of our movement in the second stage of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. In the case of the Spanish speaking community, about 80 volunteers joined a Telegram group, one of the many channels available.

Over more than three months, from late-March to June, the community focused on sharing feedback in online conversations about what structural changes they would like to see to support the future of our movement. 

But, what does our community actually want? In this post, I offer a short summary of the most central ideas shared over this period. These ideas are relevant for actors across the movement, including affiliates, online editing communities, the Wikimedia Foundation, and other groups. To be successful in this change, we will all have to work together to bring these ideas to fruition, both within and beyond the strategy process. 

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Tech News (2020, week 02)

Please find below the latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. 

Translations are available: Bahasa Indonesia • ‎Canadian English • ‎Deutsch • ‎English • ‎Tiếng Việt • ‎français • ‎lietuvių • ‎polski • ‎português do Brasil • ‎suomi • ‎čeština • ‎русский • ‎српски / srpski • ‎українська • ‎עברית • ‎ئۇيغۇرچە • ‎العربية • ‎ไทย • ‎中文 • ‎日本語

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Events for January 2020

Fireworks in Thailand beginning 2020. PEAK99, CC BY 4.0

For some it’s a New Year, for others, just another rotation around the sun. Either way, we’re happy you’re with us.

Here is a compilation of events happening around the world and across the movement in January. Did we miss any? Add your events to the calendar, and leave a comment with suggestions!

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Strategical ideas from Hindi Speaking community – Wikimedia 2030

File:New Delhi Hindi Strategy Meetup 18.jpg by RSharma (WMF)

During the March-September 2019 community consultation process of the Movement Strategy 2018-20, members of Hindi Wikimedia community brainstormed and discussed about their shared vision of the Wikimedia movement’s future by 2030. The community talked about the concerns they had, and the kind of grants, power structures, diversity of projects and roles they wanted to align with the strategic direction from the local context of the South Asian continent. 

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Celebrating Public Domain Day 2020

Edward Hopper: ‘New York Pavements’ (1924), Chrysler Museum of Art, now in the public domain in the U.S.

What is Public Domain Day?

Happy Public Domain Day! On each January 1st, together with Free Content advocates from all over the world, Wikimedians celebrate Public Domain Day. This is because when a work of art (a book, a painting, or a song) is protected by copyright, that protection always has an expiration date after a certain number of years – and for legal reasons, that expiration date always falls on 31 December.

Last year’s Public Domain Day celebrations were a special occasion, because it was the first time that any protected works were released into the Public Domain in the United States since a major change in U.S. copyright law back in 1998. With copyright lapsing for masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s silent film The Pilgrim and Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, the event was even covered on the front page of the New York Times.

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Wrapping up version one: Structured Data on Commons

As the three-year grant period for building Structured Data on Commons (SDC) comes to a close with the end of 2019, I’d like to share some lists of the past two year’s worth of planning, discussion, building, testing, and releases the team has done with the Commons community.

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Alice from Uganda: Knowledge Equity Calendar

Alice (2nd from the right) with other members of the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda. Bukulu Steven, CC BY-SA 4.0

December 24

There are several kinds of knowledge gaps, for example the generational gap in knowledge between the old and the young, the technological gap between the Global North and the Global South. The most important one for me though is the “Know-Do” gap.

If we are to carefully consider knowledge as “all the facts that someone knows about a particular subject” and equity as “a fair and reasonable way of behaving towards people, so that everyone is treated in the same way” (cf. Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners) – it only makes sense that if we as a Movement, we deal with free knowledge, we should then work towards it collectively. While some factors are the same across the board, to state a fact we already know, there is “no one size fits all” approach on how this can be achieved.

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Affiliations Committee – Call for candidates 2019

Hi everyone!
The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

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