After a different year which made us learn new ways of reaching our goals
and re-discovering what being a Wikimedian is, Wikimedistas de Ecuador is
proud to share our activity report for 2020.
Wikimedistas de Ecuador's 2020 Annual Report
Even when it went different to planning, we were able to reach most of our
goals this year, and we learned new ways and best practices to accomplish
those that we couldn't reach now in 2021. Also, this past year was a time
for us to cool down for a bit, take a deep breath and take care of
ourselves. With everything going around and most of us living in one of the
cities that were hit the hardest during the initial phase of the pandemic,
we needed to take a step back to reflect and prioritize our mental health
and well being.
Hope this e-mail finds you well, and we're also glad we can share this with
you all for feedback and hopefully it also helps you being inspired somehow.
*Edgar J. Rosero Villacís*
Móvil: (+593) 96 934 4829
I'm writing with information about the Ombuds Commission (OC), the small
group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the
Oversight tools, on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees. I
apologize for the length of the announcement. :)
The application period for new commissioners for 2021 recently closed. The
Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.
Because the OC may be asked to provide insights into community governance
issues tied into UCoC phase two this year, we are experimenting with
expanding the Commission. This year’s OC will consist of ten members rather
than eight, with a two-member advisory team who will guide the new
commission and also, if necessary, fill in in the event that the OC is
unable to act due to incapacity or recusal.
I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2021 OC:
Agastya has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2014, and is primarily
active on English Wikinews serving as an administrator and has been
accredited reporter since 2017. Agastya is also active on Commons, and
speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati.
AGK has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2008. He is primarily active
on English Wikipedia, where he is an administrator, Checkuser, and
Oversighter and has served as an Arbitrator. AGK has been a member of the
Ombuds Commission since 2020.
Ameisenigel has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2015. He is primarily
active on German Wikipedia, where he serves as an Arbitrator. He is also
active as an translation admin on Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and on Meta.
Ameisenigel speaks German and English.
Emufarmers has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2005. He is a
Metapedian who primarily edits the English Wikipedia; he is also a
bureaucrat and sysop on MediaWiki.org, and has provided software support to
many third-party, non-Wikimedia wikis over the years. He has served as an
OTRS administrator since 2015. He has served on the Ombuds Commission since
Scott Thomson, user:Faendalimas, has been editing Wikimedia projects since
2006. Based in Brazil, he is a taxonomist and evolutionary biologist and
his main editing interest is reptiles and amphibians. He is most active on
WikiSpecies, where he is a bureaucrat, Checkuser, and administrator.
JJMC89 has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2015. He is
primarily active on the English Wikipedia, where he has more than 300,000
edits and is an administrator and bot operator, and Commons. He also serves
as a tool administrator on UTRS.
Moheen Reeyad, user:Moheen, has been contributing to Wikimedia projects
since 2010. He is active on Commons, Bengali Wikipedia, Wikidata, and
English Wikipedia and is an administrator on Commons and Bengali Wikipedia.
He is currently a Board member of Wikimedia Bangladesh and lives in
Chattogram. Moheen speaks Bengali and English.
MrJaroslavik has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2017. He is
primarily active on Czech Wikipedia and Meta. MrJaroslavik speaks Czech and
Ivan has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2006. He is primarily active
on Spanish Wikipedia and Spanish Wikinews and as an administrator on both
of those projects. He helped found Wikimedia Mexico in 2011 and was the
Wikimania 2015 Chief Coordinator. He has participated in a number of
movement committees, including Grant Advisory Committee. He speaks English,
Portuguese, and Spanish.
Superpes15 has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2010. He is
primarily active on Italian Wikipedia and are a member of the Small Wiki
Monitoring Team. He is an administrator on Italian Wikipedia and serves as
a global renamer. He speaks Italian and English.
The 2021 OC advisors are:
Ajraddatz has been an active user on Wikimedia since 2010, and has served
in various roles of community trust in that time, including as a Wikidata
Oversighter since 2013, a steward between 2014 and 2020, and a Meta
CheckUser since 2015.
Carlos, currently editing as user:Galahad, has been contributing to
Wikimedia Projects since 2009. He is a member of Wikimedia Venezuela and a
founding member of Wikimedia Small Projects User Group. He primarily
contributes to Spanish-language projects including Spanish Wikipedia and
Spanish Wikivoyage. He has been an administrator and bureaucrat of Spanish
Wikivoyage since 2013. He has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2019.
Their willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with processes and
their experience to the new arrivals, is greatly appreciated!
Please join me in thanking the following volunteers who are leaving OC, who
have given substantially of their time to serve the commission:
Amanda has been editing Wikipedia since 2009, when she made her first edits
to English Wikipedia. She has served many roles in the past including being
a sysop, holding advanced permissions and serving on an Arbitration
Committee for 4 years. She will continue to support the English Wikipedia
and reach out to global communities through her service and tools she
Elmacenderesi has been working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily
on the Turkish Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat
since 2008 and an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia
OTRS and serves as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic
institutions and GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library. He has served on the
Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Taketa has been a Wikimedian since 2008 and has held a number of positions
in his time here, including Administrator and Bureaucrat on the Dutch
Wikipedia, Arbitrator on Dutch Wikipedia, Administrator on Wikidata,
Steward, and member of the Ombuds Commission. He has created about 7000 new
articles in several language Wikipedias. He currently serves on the board
of Wikimedia Belgium.
Lucas became a Wikipedian in 2007 and started to engage with CheckUser
rights in 2009, when he became a local CU on the Portuguese Wikipedia. He
held both Oversight and Checkuser rights on Ptwiki between 2015 and 2017,
when his term with the rights expired. He is currently an administrator on
Commons and Ptwiki. His traditional main focus has been on anti-vandalism
work. In 2012, the global community elected him as a steward, a position he
held until 2020. He served on the Ombuds Commission for 2018.
Uzoma Ozurumba <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Uzoma_Ozurumba>
Uzoma Ozurumba has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2017. She
contributes primarily to Meta, Commons, and the Igbo Wiktionary, of which
she is a founder. She is a co-founder of the Igbo Wikimedians User Group
and serves as a Strategy Liaison for that group. She served on the OC in
Wikilover90 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Wikilover90>Rupika has
been editing Wikimedia projects since 2014. A free knowledge advocate, she
edits primarily on Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata and is administrator on
Punjabi Wikisource. She organizes events such as Wiki Loves Folklore
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Folklore> and Wiki
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women_South_Asia_2020>. She has
been supporting in activating the Open Movement in North India via various
Open GLAM initiatives such as Heritage GLAM
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Heritage_GLAM>. She has served on the
Ombuds Commission since 2019.
Thanks again to everyone who 's serving, is serving, or volunteered to
serve. And thanks to all of you for reading this wall of text!
Trust & Safety Specialist
Hope this email finds you well. Wishing you all a happy new year. This is a
gentle reminder about the Project Grants Program open call that starts from
today, January 11, with the submission deadline of February 10, 2021. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>. This first open call will
be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A second open call focused
on research and software proposals is scheduled from February 15 with a
submission deadline of March 16, 2021.
For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that
fall under community development and organizing (offline and online)
categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals,
groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas,
from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or
editathon series to providing other support for community building. We
offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a
Weekly proposals clinics via Hangouts during the Open Call
Join us for real-time discussions with Program Officers and select thematic
experts and get live feedback about your Project Grants proposal. We’ll
answer questions and help you make your proposal better. We will update the
dates, times and themes on this page by 15th January 2021 <
We also offer these support pages to help you build your proposal:
* Video tutorials for writing a strong application:
* General planning page for Project Grants: <
* Program guidelines and criteria:
Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal
support upon request. Contact us at projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org if you
would like feedback or more information.
We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into
motion, and submit your proposal by February 10, 2021! <
Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with
your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee.
Contact us at projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org. Please check more about the
changes introduced in the Project Grants program in the forwarded email
Junior Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
On Wed, 23 Dec 2020 at 09:54, Marti Johnson <mjohnson(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello Wikimedians,
> I’m writing to announce the next opportunity for funding through the
> Project Grants program, and to share changes in how review will happen in
> the coming year and beyond.
> Background context:
> Over the past few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has begun work on a new
> strategy for how we will structure our grants programs in the future, with
> the goal of aligning more closely with the Wikimedia Movement’s 2030
> Strategic Direction . We’ve been having conversations with many
> stakeholders in the Wikimedia community and we’re in the process of
> brainstorming about possible frameworks to improve how we make grants. This
> coming year, 2021, will be an experimental year in which we will pilot some
> smaller changes as we move toward a larger redesign process later in the
> year and beyond.
> How do I learn more about applying for project funding through Project
> You can learn more about the guidelines for the Project Grants program
> here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Learn
> You can learn more about how to plan for a project proposal here:
> You can learn about how to apply here:
> What will change in the grant review process for Project Grants in 2021?
> In previous rounds, all Project Grant proposals have been reviewed in
> one round, inclusive of proposals related to four themes: research,
> software, and online and offline community organizing. In 2021, we will
> experiment with offering two separate and dedicated rounds. One will be
> focused on online and offline community organizing. A second round will
> focus on review of research and software grant proposals.
> By offering separate, dedicated rounds, we hope to offer more tailored
> support for applicants, with better integration with staff in the Wikimedia
> Foundation who have relevant expertise, and with more focused Committee
> recruitment to improve the quality of proposal review. We also hope it will
> reduce the burden on volunteer committee reviewers in any given round.
> When will community organizing grant proposals be accepted?
> The open call will launch January 11, and the submission deadline is
> February 10, 2021.
> The full schedule is posted here:
> When will software and research grant proposals be accepted in 2021?
> The open call will launch February 15, and the submission deadline is
> March 16, 2021.
> The full schedule is posted here:
> How will this affect currently funded Project Grants?
> Our intention is to make sure that current projects will not be
> interrupted by this change, both with regard to current or planned work.
> Will there be other changes coming in the future?
> After these rounds, we expect bigger changes for Project Grants.
> We are currently in a strategic design process and have been actively
> engaging many stakeholders from around the world to help us think about
> what these changes should look like.
> Once we have draft frameworks ready, there will be opportunities for
> feedback from Wikimedia community members before any decisions are
> finalized. We will keep you updated!
> Please let us know if you have any questions about these changes or if you
> would like to learn more about how to get involved in the strategic
> redesign process for Project Grants.
> Warm regards,
>  <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030>
> *Marti Johnson*
> *Pronouns: she/her/hersProgram Officer*
> *Individual Grants*
> *Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
> *1 Montgomery, Ste. 1600*
> *San Francisco, CA 94104*
> +1 415-839-6885
> Skype: Mjohnson_WMF
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> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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Tomorrow is the *last date to submit* session proposals for Wikimedia
Wikimeet India 2021, the upcoming online wiki-event which is to be
conducted from 19 – 21 February 2021 during the occasion of International
Mother Language Day.
If you are interested to present, run a workshop or organize a panel
discussion, you can check this link and submit a session proposal.
On behalf of WMWM India 2021
Hi SJ and Yair Rand,
Thanks for your feedback. I have written down your feedback and will bring
this up. You're right, we do want to have Bylaws that are as clear as
possible, but language is a difficult thing. At some point, we may have to
assume good faith.
Board Governance Facilitator (English/meta)
(Apologies for cross-posting!)
The Community Resources team is inviting you to an exciting opportunity to
be a committee member as part of the grants programs' participatory
Participatory grantmaking ensures that resourcing community efforts in the
movement is diverse, equal and inclusive. This practice aligns with
movement strategy recommendation 4. Ensure Equity in Decision-making:
Establishing shared responsibility and accountability for decision-making
and distribution of resources.
Serving committee members will have the opportunity to inform and advise
funding decisions and proactively share recommendations and mentorship to
support grantees worldwide in their development, growth, and sustainability
strategies; that contribute to a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
You will also strengthen your capacity in participatory decision-making
processes while learning about our community's incredible work and the
different contexts that influence their work.
Here is statement by a current committee member, Thepwnco, on their
My experiences with Wikimedia Foundation grant programs have been very
rewarding, and I feel fortunate to have served as a volunteer committee
member since 2014. Grant programs contribute to equity and sustainability
in our movement through funding unmet and under-resourced needs. Under our
participatory approach to grantmaking, volunteers play a key role in
decision-making. Volunteers also help support and strengthen community-led
initiatives by reviewing grant proposals for impact and providing feedback
and other support to prospective grantees. But being a volunteer committee
member is much more than just a way to share your knowledge and insights,
it’s also an incredible opportunity to learn and be inspired by the breadth
of amazing and innovative work taking place across the movement and in
diverse communities and regions.
Here are the committees that are currently soliciting new members:
* Project Grants:* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that inspire and coordinate
volunteers, via campaigns, training, contests and other forms of community
organizing. You can learn more about Project Grants here:
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that create or maintain software
that supports the Wikimedia movement, or that conduct research to answer
questions important for Wikimedia communities and projects. *Simple Annual
Plan Grants: *https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/About
** Simple APG Committee: This committee reviews proposals to fund a group
or organization's programs and operating expenses for 12 months. The groups
and organizations need to have experience managing programs and grant
Orientation and training is provided for new members, and you don’t have to
have previous experience to sign up.
Committee responsibilities include:
- Providing review and constructive feedback to help support applicants
and strengthen grant proposals
- Evaluating and recommending promising proposals for funding
- Helping recruit and spread the word about grants
- Optional: Becoming a project advisor for proposals that interest you
Eligibility requirements for committee members can be found here:
* Project Grants:
* Simple APG: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Committee
You can sign up as a candidate for a committee here:
Deadlines for submitting committee candidacy:
- Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals
--February 5, 2020
- Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals --
March 5, 2020
- Simple APG Committee -- February 5, 2020
Please reach out to projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Project Grants Committee and simple(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Simple APG Committee.
Veronica Thamaini, Program Officer for Simple APG
Marti Johnson, Program Officer for Project Grants
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/> *Veronica Thamaini *(She/Her)
Senior Program Officer, Community Resources
Wikim <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>edia Foundation