Over November, December and January, the Movement Strategy team at the
Wikimedia Foundation organized -- for the first time ever -- an virtual
events series in which the Wikimedia communities on a global level were
invited to prioritize initiatives from the Movement Strategy
recommendations for the upcoming 18 month. More than 600 people in total
participated in these events.
Kaarel already shared the content-related reports on what has happened at
these events. Today, I wanted to share some additional material: A report
that covers extensively on how we organized this event series, mostly from
a logistical, technical, and operational perspective:
>From what we know, these were the largest online events the Wikimedia
Foundation has organized so far, and we wanted to share as many lessons
learned as possible on how to organize virtual events, so that others can
pick up from what we did. Also, the pandemic is far from over and we all
will have to learn better on how to organize virtual and, especially,
hybrid events in the upcoming future.
Happy reading & sharing,
Cornelius Kibelka (he/him)
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate.
On International Women's Day, we launched this year's edition of the
Challenge <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiGap_Challenge>. Anyone, who
wants to write articles about women on Wikipedia, is welcome to join.
This year, we teamed up with the UN Human Rights Office, which proposed a
list of women active within the field of human rights. These articles
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiGap_Challenge/List> yield bonus points
in the challenge.
The challenge runs until 8 April. If you think of someone you think would
be interested in joining, feel free to forward the invitation.
The winner receives some really nice prizes
Wish you all a great weekend!
Projektledare engagemang och påverkan | Project Manager, Involvement and
+46 (0) 765 55 50 95
Stöd fri kunskap, bli medlem i Wikimedia Sverige.
Läs mer på blimedlem.wikimedia.se
With the transition well underway for the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, it is time for me to begin my own transition from the organization. I shared with our executive team earlier this month that I will be departing on 1 April 2021.
There is never a perfect time to leave an organization. It’s difficult to step away from this important work, and a community of colleagues, collaborators, and friends that I admire and appreciate. However, after successfully delivering two major strategic projects on behalf of the Foundation, notably the final movement strategy recommendations and coordinating the Foundation’s programme to combat disinformation, and with Katherine's departure as our CEO — the timing feels right. I want to afford the next chief executive the opportunity to select a chief of staff who has as close a working dynamic as Katherine and I have shared.
Many of you know me from our work together in the free and open movement over many years — we’ve discussed the future of the web over a good coffee at MozFest, debated copyright reform and license terms at CC Summits, or worked to reshape our global movements in Berlin, Stockholm, Esino Lario, Tunis, and online. Over the past decade, it’s been a real joy to have so many conversations about the future we want to build together, and then to actually go out and work on it. The Wikimedia communities are at the center of the world’s most powerful collective act, and it’s been thrilling to be a part of it with you.
For me, this most recent role in our open community was an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future of free knowledge. It has been a tremendous honor to get to know our communities more deeply through the movement strategy process, and support this work to develop the strategy towards tangible actions that are now being implemented across our movement. It was exactly a year ago today that a small group of us met in New York City to finalize the draft recommendations, and today there are concrete commitments and an incredible momentum towards a new model of distributed, community-led governance that I know will reshape the movement forever. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have done this work with our movement, and for the collaboration and friendships that developed along the way.
I’m also proud of our work together to combat disinformation. Wikimedians have been fighting disinformation together for 20 years — it’s a core value and approach. But this year brought unprecedented threats, and as always, communities stepped up to lead. At the Foundation, we came together with community members to make sure we had a coordinated approach to defend the projects against disinformation around COVID-19 and the US elections last fall. The experience of the disinformation taskforce taught us several valuable lessons that are informing how we understand and prepare for threats to the quality of knowledge on our projects.
This is a movement built on the promise of radical collaboration. What I will miss most are the people that I have had the privilege to work with during my time here. I’m not certain what is next for me, but I have some conversations in the works and hope to have more to say soon. I will continue to be a part of this Big Open movement, and look forward to seeing you again — online or (fingers crossed) in person.
Ryan Merkley (he/him)
Chief of Staff and Board Liaison
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Apologies for cross posting!!!
We write to invite all photographers and photo enthusiasts on this platform
to the maiden edition of #WikiPhotoTalk.
The event was designed to support, create awareness for open knowledge in
photography and better provide more visibility for African photographers
featuring top photographers and image practitioners across Africa to share
knowledge, experience and help to proffer solutions to likely topical local
issues around photography in Africa.
It’s free but mandatory to register here: http://bit.ly/wikiphototalk
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all as we advance Photography
knowledge in Africa.
Wikimedia Norge held its general assembly on Saturday, March 6th. The
meeting was all-digital, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is the board for 2021-22:
- Sigrun Espe (User:Sigrunespe), chair, term: 2020-2022
- Andrea Hegdahl Tiltnes (User:AndreaHT), second chair, term: 2021-2023
- Tore Sætre (User:Toresetre), term: 2021-2023
- Trond Trosterud (User:Trondtr). term: 2021-2023
- Hilde Blix (User:Hildeblix), term: 2020–2022
- Fredrik Ljone, term 2021-2023
- Stian Amadeus Antonsen, deputy board member, term: 2021-2022
All board members, except deputies, are normally elected for a two-year
term. Sigrun Espe and Hilde Blix were therefore not up for election this
year. We have expanded the board with one member, and have recruited two
persons who are new to our organisation, Fredrik Ljone and Stian Antonsen.
Three board members wished to continue on, and were re-elected. We hope
this will both ensure continuity in our organisation and give us some new
impulses and experiences.
A big thanks to all the volunteers who take on responsibilities and drive
the organisation forward, and to our amazing staff at Wikimedia Norge. I am
excited to be starting my second year as chair of the board of Wikimedia
Norway, and hope to keep on learning and expanding my knowledge of the
world of Wikimedia, both in Norway and internationally.
The minutes from the general assembly can be read here (in Norwegian):
Chair of the board
Wikimedia Norge / Wikimedia Noreg / Wikimedia Norga
+47 990 44 666
This is a reminder for the next open call for the Project Grants
focused on research
and software proposals started today i.e. February 15 with a submission
deadline of March 16, 2021. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>.
For this round, we invite you to propose grant applications that fall under
research and software categories. We offer the following resources to help
you plan your project and complete a grant proposal:
*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.<
*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.
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 March 16, 2021! <
Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with
your grant application. We have an open call ongoing for Project Grants
Committee - if you are interested in serving on the Committee, please apply
through this link<
are in particular need of software experts; research experts also are
welcome to apply for the role in the committee. Contact us at
projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org if you would like feedback or more information.
Junior Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Please find below the link to the first annual activity report of Wiki
Cemeteries User Group for 2020.
*"Jülüjain wane mmakat ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."*
Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
Member, Wikimedia Israel | www.wikimedia.org.il
Member, Wiki Cemeteries User Group