Recognizing new Wikimedia Affiliates for March 2020

I’d like to take a moment and mention that since the start of the new year a few groups have been recognized by the Affiliations Committee. Congratulations to all involved!

Les sans PagEs User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The group aims to be a community effort and an association for users who work on issues related to women and gender issues and more generally to diversity (territorial, cultural, linguistic, generational, gender, attitudinal and ability, etc.) within the French speaking Wikimedia movement.

Myanmar Wikimedia Community User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote Wikimedia projects to people living in, interested in or connected to Myanmar and also its relations/connections to the neighboring countries and around the world.”; and

Wikigrannies User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote the Social adaptation of the elderly, their involvement in Wikimedia projects. to popularize Wikiprojects among rural residents with a limited circle of contacts, and their involvement in Wikiprojects.”

Wikimedians of Turkic Languages User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to promote and participate in the projects offered by the Wikimedia Foundation and to organize the Turkic community. One of its core missions is to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and disseminate knowledge and other educational, cultural and historic content in the public domain or other licenses that allows everyone to freely use the knowledge, and to distribute and modify said content for free. Also, our main goal is to develop Wikimedia projects in Turkic languages, as well as to help and encourage Turkic-speaking users and communities.”

Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to support people interested in various topics related with United Arab Emirates, across all Wikimedia projects in all languages. And also — group for all wikimedians who a lives in the region.”

Wikimedia Community User Group CEE Spring

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “an annual event organised by Wikimedians and Wikipedians who joined the Central and Eastern Europe collaboration with an aim to support article creation about every country in the region on every Wikipedia. Wikimedia CEE Spring aims to join local forces of free knowledge to accumulate and distribute information about history, culture, traditions and people in every corner of the region to support mutual acknowledgement and understanding and to increase the quantity and quality of free knowledge available about the CEE region globally.”

Wikimedians for Sustainable Development

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to work on all topics related to sustainable development, including in particular the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They aim to partner with organizations that are actively working towards a world with sustainable development whether they are NGO’s, academic institutions, public bodies of different levels or even perhaps companies in order to create, collect and curate knowledge.”

Recognition of Wikimedia Community of Kazakh language User Group

Project: Meta-wiki

The scope of the group, which can be found on their meta page, is “to increase the collaboration between the members and other organizations outside of Wikimedia who are interested in sharing the knowledge, to create meetups, contests and other activities related to the Kazakh language.”

Thanks to Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight and Dumisani Ndubane for sharing these announcements on wikimedia-l.

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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2019 Affiliates Data Survey, What we learned

Affiliate representatives at the Wikimedia Summit 2019 – Berlin. Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. CC BY-SA 4.0

The Wikimedia Summit in Berlin each year is a testament to the beauty of diversity in the Wikimedia movement. The delegates came from far and wide, across cultures and backgrounds, united in a common goal of furthering access to the sum of human knowledge. Most are delegates of Wikimedia Affiliates around the world; working in countries and regions along diverse thematic foci. These organizations represent the best the movement has to offer, where working together is concerned. 

The data in this blog tell the story from our first instance of conducting a survey with all affiliates in 2018. Please use these results as you make decisions about the support that you provide to affiliates, or if you belong to an affiliate, to understand trends among your peers.

In this first survey, we wanted to know:

  • How are affiliates governed? Are affiliates working toward becoming more diverse, especially with regard to gender parity?
  • How do affiliates arrive at shared decisions? How do they manage or prevent conflicts?
  • How does program activity vary by region? What are the program capacity needs of affiliates? 

Here is what we found.

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“We are at a turning point”: Donatien Kangah Koffi tells us about the Wikimedia community in Côte d’Ivoire

Wikimedia in Côte d’Ivoire is a long story and one that we don’t hear enough about! After a first part dedicated to the three Strategy Salons held in Abidjan, the second part of this interview leads you to discover more about the history of the Ivorian User Group, and about Donatien Kangah Koffi’s participation to one of the Strategy Process Working Groups, Capacity Building. His insights are a great way to understand how local and international stakes come together, through the lens of a singular experience.

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Wikimedia Portugal participation on Strategy process in 2019

Post written by Gonçalo Themudo and Lucas Teles

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Last September, Wikimedia Portugal had the opportunity to host a Strategy Salon with its members and guests. This blog post will tell us how their experience went and bring some of the chapter’s history.

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Côte d’Ivoire imagines Wikimedia in 2030 : Interview with Donatien Kangah Koffi

Focus on Côte d’Ivoire – copyleft Rei-artur.

Founded in 2014, Wikimedia Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most dynamic User Groups in French-speaking Africa. Workshops, trainings: volunteers on site are deeply engaged for free knowledge in a country where the digital transition is a huge challenge. No wonder then that this motivated group was eager to participate in the ongoing international reflections about the Wikimedia 2030 strategy. Their goal: share specific issues and concerns from the perspective of a country of the Global South, and thus contribute to shape a more inclusive Wikimedia movement for the future.

In this interview with Donatien Kangah Koffi, president of Wikimedia Côte d’Ivoire, we talked about the strategy salons organised in Abidjan, and more generally about the challenges and hopes of the Ivorian community.

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Building community toward a shared future: the East Africa Strategy Summit

by Douglas Ssebaggala (WMF), CC 4.0

On September 7-8 in Kampala, Uganda, the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda and Wikimedia 2030 Core Team teamed up to host the 2019 East Africa Strategy Summit, the first regional movement event held in the East African region. 

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Membership now open for Movement communications group (MoveCom)

English: Wikimedia Conference 2017 in Berlin, Germany
File:Wikimedia Conference 2017 by René Zieger – 535.jpg () by René Zieger for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., CC-BY-SA-4.0.

The Wikimedia Foundation Communications department has completed the transition of the old Communications committee to the Movement communications group. The members of the original group were invited to rejoin, and more than half have done so. We are now ready to open membership up to new members from across the movement.

The Wikimedia movement communications group is an opportunity for members of the Wikimedia community to discuss topics related to movement communications. Topics of discussion can be raised by any member of the group, including those from the Wikimedia Foundation Communications department. Conversations in the group may range from brainstorming opportunities to advance the movement to chatting about a problem faced by a specific community to coordinating communications efforts on major events.

The Movement communications group is open to anyone in the Wikimedia community working on communications for Wikimedia activities or communities.

For more information or to join, visit the group’s Meta-Wiki page:×7

The signup form is available on Meta-Wiki:×6