As some of you will know, the Chapters Committee  is a Wikimedia
Foundation board-appointed committee that is mainly responsible for
the preparation of approval of new chapters. Currently, there are six
members in the committee, and we are asking for candidates to increase
the membership again.
The chapters committee mainly reviews applications for the forming of
a chapter on legibility and viability and reviews the bylaws of the
organization. This requires communication with chapter candidates all
over the world. Sometimes are applications straight forward and is the
job mainly about reviewing the bylaws and ensuring stability in the
long term that way, sometimes it involves more complex conversations
about whether there are for example enough people involved in the
candidate chapter. At the end of the process, the committee advices
the board of the WMF on the decision to approve the chapter or not.
The board makes the formal decision, but usually follows the advice.
Key skills/experience that we are looking for in new members, are typically:
* willing to work in a sometimes bureaucratic process (reviewing
bylaws is boring)
* 1-2 hour per week (on average) available
* internationally oriented
* Good communication skills in English
* Communication skills in other major world languages are a pre
* able to work and communicate with other cultures
* a strong understanding of the structure and work of both
chapters and the WMF
* experience with or in an active chapter
* an active position in a chapter is a pre
The number of applications is increasing and help is wanted! You can
send your applications with your name, contact data, experience and
motivation to the ChapCom email address, chaptercommittee-l AT lists
DOT wikimedia DOT org before February 22. The applications will be
considered by the current members (in cooperation with the WMF) and
the proposal for the new membership will be reviewed by the Board
before acceptence. I hope for many suitable applications. If you have
any questions, please don't hesitate to email me privately.
With kind regards,
Member, Chapters Committee
As Liam said: Beautiful document. To enhance it for the non-English
speakers, is it possible to translate it? I began (for the French
language) but it would be a waste of time if it cannot be published in
French, or at least indicated on  there is a (eventually
unofficial) French version. There is also a lot of page layout which
must be adapted (are the sources of the PDF available? in a
> From: Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org>
> To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:09:45 -0800
> Subject: [Foundation-l] 2008/2009 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report
> Hi all,
> In the next day or so Rand and the fundraising team will be sending out an email to all of our donors (about 230,000 - thanks to a tremendous fundraiser) recapping the campaign sharing our 2nd annual report, which you can also read here:
> As with our previous year's report, we make an effort to describe the year's activities, our major accomplishments, our financial successes, and where we're heading in the coming year/years. This is a crucial tool for our fundraisers and for building strong relationships with our major stakeholders, and of course to let our chapters and our vast community of volunteers get a snapshot of our work. It's primarily intended to work as a print document, and one that quickly presents top-line data and key information, as well as a basic structured narrative about the Foundation and our volunteer community's work.
> You'll note that our report is out later than last year, and this isn't a pattern we'll duplicate :) We did spend more time on design and narrative this year, with the intention of bringing more depth to the story, especially in features like the center-spread anatomy of an article. We also wanted to put more of a forward-facing direction on the report. Optimally our report will always come out 2-3 months after the close of fiscal, as soon as our audited statements are complete.
> There's still more good work to be done, but it's a big leap from last year. This year's designers David Peters and Rhonda Rubenstein did a great job (collectively known as 'ExBrook design' here in SF http://www.exbrook.com/). Lane Hartwell's ccbysa photos feature prominently - she's been shooting our staff portraits for the last two years (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Photography_by_Lane_Hartwell).
> We'll be starting work on the next edition in a few months. About 1500 copies will be printed here in the next week or so. We'll be sure to bring copies to the chapter meeting and of course Wikimania. We can ship some copies out as well if there's interest (but in limited quantities only, it's a pricy shipment after 10 locations :)
> Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
> Jay Walsh
> Head of Communications
> +1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
In the next day or so Rand and the fundraising team will be sending out an email to all of our donors (about 230,000 - thanks to a tremendous fundraiser) recapping the campaign sharing our 2nd annual report, which you can also read here:
As with our previous year's report, we make an effort to describe the year's activities, our major accomplishments, our financial successes, and where we're heading in the coming year/years. This is a crucial tool for our fundraisers and for building strong relationships with our major stakeholders, and of course to let our chapters and our vast community of volunteers get a snapshot of our work. It's primarily intended to work as a print document, and one that quickly presents top-line data and key information, as well as a basic structured narrative about the Foundation and our volunteer community's work.
You'll note that our report is out later than last year, and this isn't a pattern we'll duplicate :) We did spend more time on design and narrative this year, with the intention of bringing more depth to the story, especially in features like the center-spread anatomy of an article. We also wanted to put more of a forward-facing direction on the report. Optimally our report will always come out 2-3 months after the close of fiscal, as soon as our audited statements are complete.
There's still more good work to be done, but it's a big leap from last year. This year's designers David Peters and Rhonda Rubenstein did a great job (collectively known as 'ExBrook design' here in SF http://www.exbrook.com/). Lane Hartwell's ccbysa photos feature prominently - she's been shooting our staff portraits for the last two years (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Photography_by_Lane_Hartwell).
We'll be starting work on the next edition in a few months. About 1500 copies will be printed here in the next week or so. We'll be sure to bring copies to the chapter meeting and of course Wikimania. We can ship some copies out as well if there's interest (but in limited quantities only, it's a pricy shipment after 10 locations :)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Head of Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
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From: geert lovink <geert(a)desk.nl>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 5:30 AM
Subject: [Air-L] Critical Point of View: Wikipedia Research Conference
(Amsterdam, March 26/27)
To: air <air-l-aoir.org(a)listserv.aoir.org>
Critical Point of View: Second international conference of the CPOV
Wikipedia Research Initiative
Date: 26-27 March 2010
Location: OBA (Public Library Amsterdam, next to Amsterdam central
station), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam
Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures Amsterdam, in
cooperation with the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore,
Wikipedia is at the brink of becoming the de facto global reference of
dynamic knowledge. The heated debates over its accuracy, anonymity,
trust, vandalism and expertise only seem to fuel further growth of
Wikipedia and its user base. Apart from leaving its modern
counterparts Britannica and Encarta in the dust, such scale and
breadth places Wikipedia on par with such historical milestones as
Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia, the Ming Dynasty's Wen-hsien
ta-ch' eng, and the key work of French Enlightenment, the
Encyclopédie. The multilingual Wikipedia as digital collaborative and
fluid knowledge production platform might be said to be the most
visible and successful example of the migration of FLOSS
(Free/Libre/Open Source Software) principles into mainstream culture.
However, such celebration should contain critical insights, informed
by the changing realities of the Internet at large and the Wikipedia
project in particular.
The CPOV Research Initiative was founded from the urge to stimulate
critical Wikipedia research: quantitative and qualitative research
that could benefit both the wide user-base and the active Wikipedia
community itself. On top of this, Wikipedia offers critical insights
into the contemporary status of knowledge, its organizing principles,
function, and impact; its production styles, mechanisms for conflict
resolution and power (re-)constitution. The overarching research
agenda is at once a philosophical, epistemological and theoretical
investigation of knowledge artifacts, cultural production and social
relations, and an empirical investigation of the specific phenomenon
of the Wikipedia.
Conference Themes: Wiki Theory, Encyclopedia Histories, Wiki Art,
Wikipedia Analytics, Designing Debate and Global Issues and Outlooks.
Confirmed speakers: Florian Cramer (DE/NL), Andrew Famiglietti (UK),
Stuart Geiger (USA), Hendrik-Jan Grievink (NL), Charles van den Heuvel
(NL), Jeanette Hofmann (DE), Athina Karatzogianni (UK), Scott Kildall
(USA), Patrick Lichty (USA), Hans Varghese Mathews (IN), Teemu
Mikkonen (FI), Mayo Fuster Morell (IT), Mathieu O'Neil (AU), Felipe
Ortega (ES), Dan O'Sullivan (UK), Joseph Reagle (USA), Ramón Reichert
(AU), Richard Rogers (USA/NL), Alan Shapiro (USA/DE), Maja van der
Velden (NL/NO), Gérard Wormser (FR).
Editorial team: Sabine Niederer and Geert Lovink (Amsterdam), Nishant
Shah and Sunil Abraham (Bangalore), Johanna Niesyto (Siegen),
Nathaniel Tkacz (Melbourne). Project manager CPOV Amsterdam: Margreet
Riphagen. Research intern: Juliana Brunello. Production intern: Serena
The CPOV conference in Amsterdam will be the second conference of the
CPOV Wikipedia Research Initiative. The launch of the initiative took
place in Bangalore India, with the conference WikiWars in January
2010. After the first two events, the CPOV organization will work on
producing a reader, to be launched early 2011. For more information or
submitting a reader contribution:
Buy your ticket online at:
iDeal), or register by sending an email to: info (at)
networkcultures.org. One day ticket: €25, students and OBA members:
€12,50. Full conference pass (2 days): €40, students and OBA members:
More info: www.networkcultures.org/cpov. Contact: info (at)
networkcultures.org, phone: +3120 5951866
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This year, the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
(aka WikiSym) will be co-located with Wikimania in Gdańsk, Poland.
WikiSym will be 7-9 July, while Wikimania will be 9-11 July. We
intend to have one day of overlap, but the conferences are otherwise
separate, but related events. The call for papers is below, and we
hope that Wikimania attendees interested in research about wikis will
We are still working some of the logistics out, but I've written up a
quick FAQ on WikiSym vs. Wikimania at
http://wikimania2010.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiSym_and_Wikimania - if you
have any more questions, feel free to ask.
Stuart Geiger (User:Staeiou)
WikiSym '10 Publicity Co-Chair, Wikimedia Liason
====== CALL FOR PAPERS ======
W I K I S Y M 2 0 1 0
The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
July 7-8-9 in Gdańsk, Poland.
Co-located with Wikimania 2010 (Intl. Conference on Wikimedia
Foundation projects, http://wikimania2010.wikimedia.org).
Peer-reviewed and archived in the ACM Digital Library.
WikiSym, the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration,
will be held this summer in Gdansk, Poland. Starting this year, WikiSym
aims to explicitly broaden its scope, exploring not only the thriving
wiki community, but also other open movements and open collaboration
initiatives. This includes related areas such as open online communities,
collaborative creation of multimedia content (with or without wikis),
and open journalism and publishing, just to list a few examples.
Furthermore, our goal is to establish WikiSym as a venue for the exchange
of information, experiences and practices among an interdisciplinary
audience, including researchers, practitioners, industry representatives
and experts with a wide variety of different backgrounds.
As a result, WikiSym has established 3 complementary tracks to merge the
contributions from such a diverse community:
* Wiki track: Focused on research in wiki technology,
wiki websites, wiki communities, and in general any kind
of initiative pivoting around wiki software.
* Industry track: This new track will focus on the specific
needs of enterprises and private companies interested in sharing
and promoting their experiences around wikis and open collaboration
* Open collaboration track: This track is a dedicated venue for
sharing research results and experiences in initiatives that may not
be built specifically on wiki software, but share the "wiki way"
of organization. These may include open collaborations, open communities,
and open movements that allow the interchange of ideas and contributions
from participants with a range of interests and motivations.
Research manuscripts may be sent to any of these tracks.
However, submitting the same manuscript to more than one
track at the same time is not allowed. Therefore, please
select the most appropriate track for the topic covered in
your manuscript before submitting.
* March 7th: Submission deadline for research papers.
* March 21st: Submission deadline for Doctoral Symposium
proposals, posters, demonstrations, workshops, panels, tutorials.
* May 4th: Notification of acceptance for research papers.
* May 11th: Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Symposium
proposals, posters, workshops, tutorials, panels.
* July 7-9: WikiSym 2010!
Given the interdisciplinary nature of wikis and open
collaboration initiatives, WikiSym invites contributions in
a wide range of fields.
TOPICS OF INTEREST: WIKI TRACK
* Wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
* Reputation systems and quality assurance processes
* Scalability -- social and technical
* Wiki technologies and implementations
* Translation and multilingual wiki content
* Educational applications
* Wikis for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
* Content dynamics and wiki evolution
* Wiki archiving and versioning
* Wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
* Wikis and the semantic web, knowledge management and tacit knowledge
* Wikis for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
* Legal issues (copyright, licensing)
* Visualization of wiki structure
TOPICS OF INTEREST: INDUSTRY TRACK
* Business opportunities around wikis and open collaboration
* Best practices to adopt wikis and open collaboration in industry
* Information disclosure: practices and experiences
* Community building and support
* Open publishing and open licensing in the industry
* Wikis and open collaboration entrepreneurship
* Coopetition: best practices
* Interaction and synergies between industries and open communities
* Open innovation: strategies and experiences for leaders/followers
* Promotion, support and funding of open collaboration initiatives
* Knowledge management
TOPICS OF INTEREST OPEN COLLABORATION TRACK
* Social software for collaboration and work group processes
* Open online communities
* Technologies for networked collaboration
* Social interactions on the web
* Open and citizen journalism
* Social networks
* Collaborative content creation
* Distributed development of software
* Cooperation for problem resolution
* Information disclosure strategies
* Open call working environments
* Crowdsourcing and information synthesis
* Collaborative multimedia collections
* Distributed content categorization/tagging
* Open publishing
* Commons projects and repositories
* Distributed selection of content
Research papers present integrative reviews or original
reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical,
or in the development or deployment of novel systems.
We encourage emphasizing lessons learned and providing a
clear concise message to the audience about the relevance
of the work. The paper must place your work in context
within the field, citing related work and indicating clearly
what aspects of the work are new.
Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee
to meet rigorous academic standards of publication.
They should be written in English and must not exceed 10 pages
(for full papers) or 4 pages (for short papers). Papers will
be reviewed both with respect to conceptual quality and
clarity of presentation. Authors of accepted papers are
expected to attend the conference in order to present the paper.
Accepted submissions will be published in the WikiSym
proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.
Submitted papers should use the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, see:
The Doctoral Symposium is an interactive forum for doctoral
students to receive present and discuss their doctoral work.
Students who are at least one year away from dissertation
completion are invited to submit to the Doctoral Symposium.
Students beginning their research are especially invited to attend.
To submit a proposal send a 2-3 page description of your
dissertation research, including:
* A description of your work
* The goals---what contributions will your research generate?
* The approach---what is being performed to achieve
the goals? How will results be validated?
Additionally, your adviser must send a brief statement
of your dissertation progress to date and a statement of
recommendation to the Doctoral Symposium chair.
Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and
practitioners to discuss and learn about topics that require
extended engagement such as new systems, research methods,
standards and formats. A workshop should require participants
to engage with each other for at least half a day. For shorter
sessions, please consider WikiSym's open space format.
A workshop proposal should consist of approximately two
pages describing what you intend to do and how your session
will meet the criteria described above. It should include a
concise abstract, proposed time frame (half-day, full-day)
and one-paragraph biographies of all people relevant to the
submission. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected
for their interest to the community. Each workshop will be
allocated a half-day or a full-day and a room.
Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together
people with interesting points of view to discuss compelling
wiki issues. Panels involve participation from both the
panelists and audience members in a lively discussion.
Proposals for panels should consist of approximately two pages
describing what you intend to do and how your session will
meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise
abstract and one-paragraph biographies of all panelists. A panel
submission will be reviewed and selected for their interest to
the community. Each panel will be given a 90-minute time slot.
Poster presentations enable researchers to present late-breaking
results, significant work in progress, or work that is best communicated
in conversation. WikiSym's lively poster sessions let conference attendees
exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their
work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic.
Poster proposals may describe original research, engineering, or
experience reports. Submissions should consist of a two-page extended
abstract outlining the content of the poster. Successful applicants will
be invited to display a poster, 1x2m in size, at a special plenary
session of the Symposium.
Wikis are intended to be used, and no format is better suited for
demonstrating the utility of new wiki research and technology than showing
and using it. If you would like to demonstrate new features or products,
this is the place! Demonstrations give presenters an opportunity to show
running systems and gather feedback. Demo submissions will be reviewed
based on their relevance to the community. A submission should be one
page in length, with a title and a short description of the demo.
The description should include what you plan to demonstrate, what you
hope to get out of demoing, and how the audience will benefit. A short
note of any special technical requirements may be included.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please submit your research papers in PDF format through our research
paper submission system
For all other papers and proposals, please email the respective
chair (see below).
All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings and
archived in the ACM Digital Library.
Submitted work in all categories should use the ACM SIG Proceedings
Format, see: http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html
Questions regarding submissions may be directed at the respective chair
using the following email addresses:
* Workshops: workshops(a)wikisym.org
* Demonstrations/Tutorials: demos(a)wikisym.org
* Posters: posters(a)wikisym.org
* Doctoral Symposium: docsym(a)wikisym.org
General questions should be directed at chair(a)wikisym.org.
* Phoebe Ayers, University of California at Davis, USA; Symposium Chair
* Felipe Ortega, GSyC/Libresoft, University Rey Juan Carlos,
Spain; Programme Chair
* Dirk Riehle, Friedrich Alexander University of
* Felipe Ortega, GSyC/Libresoft, University Rey Juan Carlos,
Spain; Wiki Track Chair
* Martin Cleaver, Blended Perspectives, Canada; Industry Track Chair
* Giota Alevizou, Institute of Educational Technology, Open
University, UK; Open Collaboration Track Chair
* Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business
Administration, Thailand; Posters Chair
* Andreea Gorbatai, Harvard University, USA; Workshops Chair
* Stuart Geiger, Georgetown University; Wikimedia Liason
* Stuart Geiger, Georgetown University; Publicity Co-Chair (Academia-US)
* Yoshifumi Masunaga, Aoyama Gakuin University; Publicity Co-Chair
* Philipp Schmidt, University of the Western Cape, South Africa;
Publicity Co-Chair (Africa)
* Mayo Fuster Morell, European University Institute, Italy;
Publicity Co-Chair (Open Collaboration)
* Ward Cunningham, AboutUs.org and Cunningham & Cunningham, USA;
* James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand;
* Ted Ernst, AboutUs.org, USA; Open Space Facilitator
* Marc Laporte, TikiWiki CMS/Groupware, Canada; Webmaster
Please visit http://wikisym.org/ws2010 to obtain the most up-to-date
list of reviewers and collaborators included in our Programme
Today I'm excited to announce the Foundation's second major,
multi-national partnership with a respected leader in global
telecommunications: Telefónica. Most of you will have heard of, or
perhaps are customers of, one of Telefónica's many properties and
portals already. They are a Fortune 500 global telecommunications
company - one of the largest in the world - with a major presence in
Europe and especially throughout Latin America.
This news will be announced fairly soon (Monday, 4:00PM UTC / 8:00AM
PST) but I wanted to give all of you a quick heads-up before it went
public. Today Wikimedia and Telefónica will co-announce the partnership,
which consists of a three year, strategic partnership to extend the
reach and access of Wikimedia's educational content.
You may recall from Wikimania that Telefónica and Terra (a Telefónica
company) were the main sponsors of the event and have already supported
chapter activities in Argentina. We have extended this relationship into
a multi-phase partnership to distribute Wikimedia's educational content
in Telefónica territories worldwide. This partnership will support the
Foundation's mission objectives, give us access to new technologies and
R&D, and provide revenue to help us achieve financial sustainability.
Telefónica also runs a non-profit Foundation that supports non-business
activities to promote education in Spanish and Portuguese languages and,
with good faith efforts, will find ways to help us with the development
of content in those languages (via chapter activities, etc). Telefónica
will also explore the development of offline readers for Wikimedia
content to increase distribution.
This is another significant opportunity to increase the access to
Wikimedia's project content among key populations - particularly
throughout Latin America. Telefónica is the leading telecom provider in
Latin American countries, on mobile, IPTV, broadband, and in other
emerging technology spaces. This is particularly good news in
relationship to the mid-project update from the strategy team earlier
For more info, here are the links on the wiki to the Press Release and Q&A:
Head of Business Development
On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM, Risker <risker.wp(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> DGG, IRC is but one of the communication means being utilized. Further, this
> is a cross-project, Foundation-led task group.
> Perhaps you might wish to review the summary of the preliminary work group,
> and read the transcripts as they become available over the coming weeks, and
> provide your opinion on the Strategy Wiki, where this particular task force
> is being hosted.
Then the original message should perhaps have been made on
Foundation-l as well. Here it is:
The Living Person task force should get rolling mid-week, we're finalizing
the core and last plans (<
We hope to hold weekly public meetings on IRC with the entire Wikimedia
community, and we will be publishing the logs on strategy.
I'm tossing together an informal "what do you care to see?" meeting at 3:00
UTC, 1 Feb, six hours from this post. I'll be keeping this list updated
with meeting times, it should be at that time weekly I think. That's open
to tweaking as well.