Wikimedia Product & Technology: Top 5 Themes from Community Conversations

Over the past six months, Wikimedia communities across the globe have been discussing a series of nine topics in order to help shape Wikimedia’s strategy for 2030. Among those topics was Product & Technology, which is of course a major point of interest for our web-based community. Thus, Wikimedians from an incredible variety of backgrounds got to discuss it and share their thoughts, which were gathered by seven Strategy Liaisons, both online and offline.

This Top 5 is an attempt at synthesizing all this feedback into major topic areas and, also, a way to open discussions here for all stakeholders – editors, volunteer developers, staff – to be able to share their views and start a conversation. They reflect the needs of a growing movement, both in terms of broad ideas as well as specific requests for features which all give insight into the overall priorities of the Wikimedia community. Together, these needs are best met by actors from across our movement, including the Wikimedia Foundation, volunteer communities themselves, affiliates, and partners.

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Building a shared vision for Wikimedia 2030: Open Foundation West Africa Strategy Salon

Witten by volunteer Joy Agyepong and Strategy Liaison Rupika Sharma

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English: Open Foundation West Africa Strategy Salon held at Goethe Institute on 3RD August, 2019
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On the 3rd of August, 2019 a strategy salon was organized at held at the Goethe Institute in Accra, Ghanna. This was the first  Movement Strategy salon organized by Open Foundation West Africa in Ghana. The Salon sought to address two thematic areas, Capacity Building and Community Health, to exchange ideas and identify strategies to achieve the Strategic direction  of Wikimedia by 2030. 

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Holding a Strategy Salon in Caracas

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Venezuelan Strategy Salon, 2019
Strategy Salon Venezuela 2019 by Wikimedia Venezuela CC BY-SA 4.0

Last July 25th, Wikimedia Venezuela hosted a Strategy Salon in Caracas. The Library of the Venezuelan Central University received about 30 people in two shifts to discuss about Strategy Wikimedia 2030.

The objective of the gathering was to exchange ideas about Wikipedia in Venezuela, focused on two thematic axes in the framework of the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement: Capacity Building, and Advocacy. It was moderated by Óscar Costero, president of the Civil Association Wikimedia Venezuela. Óscar is a member of Capacity Building Working Group, so he is very interested about the lack of editors living in the country and its effects on Wikipedia.

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My experience as a Strategy Liaison for the Spanish speaking community in 2019

Francesc Fort and Adora Svitak at CEE Meeting 2019

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Everything started on a rainy day in the airport. Rain poured us and the propeller of the plane started moving while Ingrid Bergman… well. It wasn’t that way.

It was a sunny day in sunny Valencia. It was April and we were celebrating the Internet Freedom Festival, an event held yearly in my city. It wasn’t Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart, but Liang, Board member of Wikimedia Taiwan and Strategy Liaison for the Mandarin-speaking community, who I found there. He was the first person from my team that I met. He was coming to Valencia with more members of Wikimedia Taiwan to talk about Chinese Wikipedia and also about censorship. It was a good experience to train myself in my new role as Strategy Liaison for the Spanish-speaking community and also arranging the first Strategy Salon I was going to see: some festival attendants and some local Wikimedians had arranged a meeting to talk about the future of our movement.

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Wikimedia 2030: South Asian Reflection of the Movement Strategy 2018-20

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English: From What is the future we want to build together? In early 2017, a movement-wide discussion will begin to define Wikimedia’s future role in the world and develop a collaborative strategy to fulfill that role. Visit 2030.wikimedia.org video
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For many of us across the Wikimedia movement, we are well familiar with the conferences, online discussions, and in-person meetups over the last few years where we have come together to talk about our future. For others of us, getting involved with the strategy process remains a new and exciting prospect. To both groups – hello!

My name is Rupika Sharma and I work as Community Strategy Liaison for the Hindi community. My role is to serve as a connector between the ongoing recommendations work by our nine working groups, and the Hindi and Indic language communities that are invested in the outcomes of the process. A lot of information about this process is already on the Meta page of Movement Strategy, but for the inner story of how I and the Strategy team have been working to support this process, stay tuned and keep reading!

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My life as a Strategy Liaison for the French language

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I am the Strategy Liaison for the French-speaking Wikimedian community on behalf of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. This long title may sound a bit obscure to most people, but for me, it’s been a daily reality for almost five months now. Community conversations, strategy salons, working groups… all these things I have become familiar with.

And today, I’d like to share with you some of this reality: if everything goes well, it should sound a little less obscure afterwards 😉

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My Experience as the 2030 Strategy Liaison for the Arabic Speaking Community

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Anass And Zaineb at the Strategy Booth Wikimania 2019 – Stockholm ( Abbad (WMF) – CC-BY-SA )

For the last few months, many of my friends and family members have asked me: What do you do with Wikipedia? Why do you all these calls in several languages with so many different people? It is in fact a part of my duty as the Strategy Liaison for the Arabic speaking community.

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