The big problem with this proposal and the current Wikinews system is
community accreditation is very weak and the Wikimedia Foundation has
said they can not safely issue credentials. It appears that a separate
organization is the only workable solution. A few months ago I proposed
the creation of a Wikinews Foundation. The project has been retitled to
the Collaborative Media Network. The mission has also been generalized
somewhat to providing similar services to other like news organizations,
though Wikinews remains the primary focus. I have been working for a
while on the details needed to make the Collaborative Media Network
happen. We are about ready to file the incorporation paperwork and are
currently working on selecting a board. We will be having an IRC meeting
to discuss the details on Thursday, April 3 at 21:00UTC (5pm EDT) @
. If you are interested in the proposal
I encourage you to attend. The time and date are definitely not ideal,
but I think getting things moving asap is very important. Future
meetings will be held at hopefully better time/dates.
Geoffrey Plourde wrote:
Below is the current draft of my proposal. Thoughts?
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ACCREDITATION POLICY
Without credentials, Commons photographers fall under the broad
category of freelance photographers. Some museums have indicated
disapproval of freelance photography of their collections, which is a
significant stumbling block on obtaining good free photographs of
historical items. By credentialing photographers, these museums might
be persuaded to allow photography of their collections, for
Wikinews already has an accreditation process for reporters. Some
individuals involved in that process have expressed an interest in
having a pool of Commons photographers to accompany reporters.
However, the photographers would also need credentials in order to
gain access to the events, due to security precautions.
Interested photographers would need to be officially vouched by
Commons. There will need to be a process for accreditation of users,
and for revocation of credentials.
Commons will need to respond to requests for verification. This will
allow the requesting organization to make sure that the photographer
is indeed accredited by Commons.
In addition, the processes for Commons and Wikinews should at some
point be merged on Meta to allow streamlined and efficent excahnge,
issuing and verification.
==Policy on Accreditation==
Photographers will need to request accreditation from the Commons
Accredition Project prior to attempting to claim accreditation. The
request should be in the form of an entry, signed and dated, on a page
specifically designated by the Project. The request must include a
rationale for why the user wants accreditation. As an advisory
precaution, the community will have 7 days to either voice objections
or support for the request. At the expiration of this time period the
user will either be granted a pending accreditation, or the vote removed.
The Issuing Authority will only issue a credential after the following
criteria have been met.
-User has demonstrated that they are an established contributor
-Provision of their real name
-Verified their account
-Provision of a scanned ID with a picture of the user
-Provision of a passport sized picture that matches the one on the ID
Upon the fulfillment of the above criteria, the Project's Issuing
Authority will generate a printable image of a personalized Commons
Photographer ID Card that a user may print and laminate at their
expense, and cause the addition of the credential to the Roster.
==Policy on Verification==
Commons credential verification
<file:///wiki/Wikinews:Credential_verification> will be processed by
users who volunteer for the task. The request may come in in three forms:
Visit to a protected page listing community-accepted users with
Wikimedia Commons credentials.
Voicemail message on a Commons phone line
Fax to a Wikinews fax line
The protected page will be kept by sysops on Commons.
The voice line will be a VoIP <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VoIP> line
with online voicemail delivery to a mailing list of users who
volunteer to deal with these requests. These users will verify the
request against the listing of Commons users with credentials and
personally place a call to the requesting organization with the
results. Users who are able to respond to verification are current
Commons sysops, and must never respond to verification requests about
The faxes will come in via an online fax provider line which will
deliver the electronic version of the fax to the same mailing list of
users responsible for voice verification.
Once a verifier processes a request, they must let the rest of the
verification list membership know that they have handled the request
(to prevent duplicate responses).
==Policy on Revocation==
Any user who misuses the privileges assumed by accreditation, or
forges a credential, may have their accreditation revoked either by
consensus of the Community or request of the Board of Trustees. Any
user may request revocation of a credential, however the request must
have a legitimate reason.
Upon revocation of credential, the Issuing Authority shall immediately
place REVOKED on the Credential Roster. The user must immediately
deliver all copies of the credential to the Issuing Authority in
addition to a signed statement under penalty of perjury attesting to
the destruction of any electronic copies. Knowingly using a credential
after revocation is fraud and will result in notification of law
enforcement and authorization to seize said credential(s)..
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