The election cycle for Wikimedia Foundation board seats is open this year
for affiliates: that is, user groups & chapters. The Wikimedia Foundation
is the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia & her sister projects,
& they have a board of trustees that is partially composed of people from
the Wikimedia community. This election is part of the process for choosing
Wikimedia New England is eligible to vote in this election. The basic
* candidates were nominated / could self-nominate: (today is the last day!)
* there are open questions/answers from each candidate that will be posted
* voting will happen in late May. I volunteered to be the main point of
contact for Wikimedia New England this year, which means I will be voting
on behalf of the group. The total list of groups voting is here:
We don't have a process in our user-group for internal voting on
candidates, as some user groups do, and I realize not everyone getting this
message realizes that they might be considered part of a user group! (we
also don't have formal membership, but if you are doing Wikipedia work in
the New England area you can be part of the group if you want!). However,
despite not really having a process, I don't want to vote on our behalf
without talking to the other members of the group. What I propose is this:
* take a look at the candidates (above) and email me (phoebe.ayers(a)gmail.com)
if you have a preference for or against any of the candidates. Two of the
candidates are currently on the board and are running for re-election.
* if you don't have a preference, but want to be involved/learn more about
the election, let me know that. Let me know by the end of next week please.
If there's interest in this process, I'll make some sort of local poll &
convene a usergroup meeting in May. If there's no replies, I will consult
with other active members of the group one on one and then vote on our
Sound OK? Let me know if you have any questions. Also, I was once a WMF
board member appointed through this process, so if you have any questions
about the board in general let me know.
I just wanted to send a quick note that Wikimania, the annual conference of
the Wikimedia movement, will be this year in Stockholm, Sweden, from 14-16
August, with two days of hackathon/pre-conference learning days (workshops
about Wikimedia) beforehand.
If you are planning to go, early bird registration deadline is May 31:
and submission deadline for the program is June 1st:
Unlike past years, the program this year is arranged into "spaces" which
are various tracks, each with their own coordinator. Submit to the space
that you think fits the theme of your presentation the best and it will be
reviewed alongside others in that theme.
If anyone has any questions about what Wikimania is like in general,
although I am not involved in planning this year, I and several others on
the list have been to the conference many times and would be happy to
Hi Wiki New Englanders,
There is an Art+Feminism Editathon being planned for the Portland Museum of
Art in Maine on Saturday May 18.
Is there anyone here interested in helping out there, or know of wiki
people who might be able to assist at that location?