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)

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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:  https://w.wiki/7×7

The signup form is available on Meta-Wiki:  https://w.wiki/7×6


Wikisource as a tool for Community Growth

Partnerships between Wikimedia affiliates and cultural heritage institutions like a national library can result in positively boosting youth engagement. This case study demonstrates how Wikimedia Armenia worked with the National Library of Armenia to digitize important cultural texts, and engaged youth in adding them to the free knowledge commons.

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Wikimedians in Residence – navigating the impact of working with open knowledge

Daria Cybulska, Director of Programmes and Evaluation, Wikimedia UK

The Wikimedian in Residence (WIR) projects in the UK have been run with varying degrees of involvement from Wikimedia UK since the first ever WIR position at the British Museum in 2010. The placements often last about a year, and we now have plenty of case studies of past partnerships, sometimes with organisations we haven’t spoken to much since! So in 2017 we decided to look back and reflect on whether the Wikimedians in Residence projects have achieved what we were expecting.

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Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

It’s coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman Commission (OC). This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
privacy policy, especially in the use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, and to
mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is
being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board
policies (such as the access to non-public data policy[1] and the privacy
policy[2]). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion
and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me (
kbrown@wikimedia.org) an email off-list to detail your experience on the
projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the
role. The commission typically consists of ten members; all applications
are appreciated and will be carefully considered. The deadline for
applications is the end of day on 31 December, 2019.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be qualified and  interested.

Originally published by Karen Brown to wikimedia-l on 30 September 2019.