Dear Wikibase Community,
My name is Valerie
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Valerie_Wollinger_(WMDE)> and I’m the
new Community Communications Manager for Wikibase. Mohammed
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mohammed_Sadat_(WMDE)> has been
taking care not only of Wikidata but also Wikibase. In the future I will be
taking responsibility for the Wikibase community to give Mohammed more
space supporting Wikidata. Thereby I will continue creating an open,
participatory, and collaborative environment for open source software
*How did I get here..?*
At Wikimedia Deutschland, I’m finding myself in an organisation that is
highly supported through community engagement. This choice has also to do
with my own volunteering experiences. For many years, I co-created events
and conferences at the intersection of science, technology and arts.
As I was experiencing societal shifts through digital innovations myself,
festivals such as the Sonic Acts Academy
<https://portal.sonicacts.com/portal>, Impakt Festival <https://impakt.nl/>
or transmediale <https://transmediale.de/> helped me understand the flux of
change in digital culture better and thereby orient my thoughts.
In this time I also co-organized transmediale and CTM
<https://www.ctm-festival.de/>’s Vorspiel <https://vorspiel.berlin/>festival,
a program series in the field of digital art and culture, and experimental
sound and music where many partner venues across Berlin invited local and
international audiences to experience various artistic formats.
I had great fun exploring how data can be used for artistic projects and
creative storytelling. In 2020 I became part of a collaborative research
project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program. On-The-Fly
<https://onthefly.space/> was designed to promote Live Coding, a
performative technique focused on writing algorithms in real-time. The
project’s objectives were further set up to support knowledge exchanges
between communities, engage with critical reflections as well as promote
free and open-source tools.
Simultaneously, I was striving to create knowledge resources that fostered
collective reflection and education on evolving technological
infrastructures as well as how these influence lives differently. I focused
mostly on questioning generational (dis-) advantages, economic inequalities
and, in part as a result, resulting digital (knowledge-) gaps.
I started using data literacy as a tool for digital emancipation and
educated decision-making. By designing creative learning materials I was
able to reach different target audiences with varying digital needs and
often disadvantaged backgrounds
That's how I came to see information and education as ultimate necessities
for active, societal participation and empowerment.
*So now I’m here.. Doing what? *
My role is to nurture all aspects that strengthen and encourage your
co-creation to Wikibase. I will support the flow of information between you
and the product development team by being present in user groups, social
media channels and other forms of online and offline events.
Also, I’m looking forward to learning more about your projects and
expanding the variety of ways to use Wikibase and interconnect open
knowledge. That’s why I’m excited to present Wikibase at upcoming events,
meeting other enthusiasts and getting to know you, the community, better.
Overall I strive to create environments that enable dialogue in a
constructive and non-violent manner.
How about you come to the next user meeting on the 27th and say Hello?
I’d be happy to meet you all very soon.
Also, if you have a wish, idea or you just want to say Hi - feel free to
send me an e-mail.
Community Communications Manager Wikibase
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23–24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30-577 11 62-0
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