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Subject: [Foundation-l] Movement roles letter, Feb 2012
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:09:11 +0100
From: Ting Chen <tchen(a)wikimedia.org>
Reply-To: tchen(a)wikimedia.org, Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The Board approves the following letter to be sent to the community:
The organizational structure of the Wikimedia movement is growing
rapidly: since 2010, the number of chapters has grown by 50%, and the
size of the Foundation has doubled. Over the past 18 months, the
movement roles group has worked to clarify the roles and
responsibilities of different groups working within our international
movement, and the Board thanks those who have participated in this process.
We want to make it easier for a wider variety of groups to be recognized
as part of the movement. Below are draft resolutions to recognize new
models of affiliation, based on input received to date. They are posted
on Meta for feedback, to encourage discussion and improvement. We
encourage everyone to participate on the talk pages between now and 10
March. We aim to finalize, approve, and publish the resolutions by 28
Posted on Meta at:
== Expansion of movement affiliation models ==
In acknowledgement of the diversity of groups contributing to our
movement, the Board recognizes an expanded framework for affiliation of
Wikimedia groups furthering our movement:
*: '''Chapters''': legal entities with bylaws and mission aligned with
Wikimedia's, focused on supporting related work within a geography.
Chapters must reach agreement with the Foundation for use of the
Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity, and fundraising; and
would be allowed to use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia.
*: '''Partner Organizations''': legal entities with bylaws and mission
aligned with Wikimedia's, focused on a cultural, linguistic, or other
topic; not be exclusive to any geography. Partner organizations must
reach agreement with the Foundation for use of the Wikimedia trademarks
for their work, publicity, and fundraising; and would be allowed to use
a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia.
*: '''Associations''': open-membership groups with an established
contact person and stated purpose, which need basic use of the Wikimedia
trademarks for promotion and organization of projects and events. A new
association can be formed by listing its information in a public place,
and confirming their contact information. An association contact can
sign an optional agreement to use Wikimedia marks in a limited way in
the scope of their work. Small projects can be supported through
*: '''Affiliates''': like-minded organizations that actively support the
movement's work. They are listed publicly and granted limited use of the
marks on websites and posters indicating their support of and
collaboration with Wikimedia.
== Recognizing new affiliation models ==
In connection with its decision to expand the framework of affiliated
groups, the Board expands the mandate of the Chapters Committee to
include all affiliations, and asks it to update its scope and rules of
procedure to cover:
* recognizing all group models
* mentoring chapters and partner organiations
* reviewing and summarizing the status of all groups
The committee should also indicate what resources it will need to be
effective, including staff support and resources from the Foundation.
This proposed charter and plan should be shared with the Board by 15
June, for approval by its July 2012 meeting.
* [[wmf:Audit charter]]
* [[wmf:Resolution:Chapters committee/Scope]]
* [[wmf:Resolution:Chapters committee/Rules of procedure]]
Member of the Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Some time back, WMF funded research on Oral Citations. Some articles on English Wikipedia (and probably some indic wikis like hi as well from the looks of it) have begun using oral citations. However, there is no mention of their acceptability on WP:RS so far.
I have taken the liberty of starting a discussion on this  and Im posting it on the list as I think its important that this be discussed in detail as it would be a major change to current policy, if implemented.
I am extremely delighted to announce India's first (?) GLAM collaboration
with a State institution in New Delhi, the capital of India. The* National
Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM)*, New Delhi has approved our draft
and we will soon begin a 6 month pilot project with them.
I have been corresponding with their director for over 2 months now, since
the GLAMcamp in Amsterdam. After a series of conversations with the
Director, Dr Ruchira Ghose, I sent in an approval and after two meetings,
she sent in a revised proposal to the Ministry of Culture in India. Just
two days ago, the Ministry approved this project and has also provided her
a small grant to support our incidental expenses. NHHM has over 30,000
objects including pottery, textiles, metal work, paintings and more.
- 6 month pilot project to churn out 25 'Good Articles'.
- Training staff and capacity building
- Recruiting 10 new editors from art colleges to work on site for
- Make the museum a regular avenue for GLAM meets
Note: Good Articles here doesn't mean GA by en-WP standards. We intend to
create at least 25 articles with substantial information. Would like your
inputs on this.
- Delhi has a small community, so we *really *need help from EVERYONE
possible, local and global
- The staff members are only comfortable with Hindi, so we'd appreciate
ALL help possible from hi-WP editors
- *Biggest challenge: *India is a vast country with craft traditions in
millions of villages. So, at the time of acquiring, many art objects do not
come with published information, documentation and references. Much of this
stuff is 'word of mouth', oral traditions and stories of artisans etc. We
have asked the Museum to start documenting and publishing these stories
under their Publication cell BUT that will take time. Do you think using
oral citations in this case would be helpful?
- Since this is my/our first time, we will appreciate guidance on
scanning, making an MoU and help creating/maintaining the project page. Can
someone please help? *makes puppy face*
I apologize for this really long mail but, my next meeting with the
Director is on the 14th of February when we will start our 'lead-up'
program to the project.
*To all the WiRs: *Did you make some sort of a program schedule or a
timeline that I could use?
I would love all your suggestions on this project and am *very* excited to
make my own share of GLAM contributions and mistakes :) Of course, now we
will also start contributing to TGIM.
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Heya, this is just a gentle reminder that the 2nd Coimbatore Meetup is
scheduled for tomorrow, 12Th February, at KGISL Institute of
Technology, KITE, Saravanampatti. Attendees, please ask for Mr.
Devaraj or Mr. Sundaram at Security. Directions and Sign Up at
http://bit.ly/wpMCB . The meetup starts at 11am.
Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers, Coimbatore.
This is the story of Nichalp, an Indian student from Mumbai who became obsessed with editing Wikipedia at a young age. He transformed several articles into featured articles, and became a role model for many editors. He was granted the bureaucrat, oversight and administrator privileges - nobody deserved these rights more than him, not even Jimbo.
A major change in Nichalp's life came when he came to Australia for higher education. Facing a severe financial crunch, Nichalp decided to use the only extraordinary skill he had - editing Wikipedia - for making money. He put up ads on several freelancer recruiting websites, promising to write articles in oexchange for small amounts of money. These were the days when the PR professionals had started realizing the importance of Wikipedia. There were many takers for Nichalp's services. With his "sockpuppet" accounts, Nichalp made a number of contributions (many of which stand deleted now).
Unfortunately for Nichalp, the Wikizealots live in an idealistic world. They don't realize that, in the long run, editors cannot be expected to devote their time to the project for free. When the Wikihounds came to know about one of Nichalp's paid editing accounts they came after him. Nichalp knew he would be stalked in real life, so he made his main account inactive. Meanwhile, he continued to be active through his other paid editing accounts. A man of foresight, Nichalp started another account in April 2009 to gain back his admin rights.
The Wikihounds have an astonishing ability to track the suspicious accounts - they tracked another one of Nichalp's paid editing accouents. The drama prompted the Arbitration Committee to send him an email enquiry about the paid editing concerns. Nichalp's identity was well-known to those who had exposed his paid editing. The personal information that he had posted earlier on his user page and elsewhere on Wikipedia (and social networking sites) had made it easy for Wikihounds to stalk him in real life. Denial was not an option - Nichalp knew the Wikihounds were capable of producing evidence against him. Pleading not guilty would only gather more eyeballs and possibly lead to media attention - that could sabotage his post-college career. Pleading guilty was not an option either - it would lead to the same fate. Nichalp did what he felt was the best option before him. He neither accepted the charge, nor denied it. What happened next was unfortunate for
him. Ignoring his 5-year long devotion to the project, the Arbitration Committee took away his bureaucrat, administrator and oversight rights in an unopposed judgment.
Realizing that his paid editing accounts may be under survelliance from the Wikihounds, Nichalp abandoned all of them. All of them, except one - the one he had started in April 2009 with the objective of gaining back his admin rights: Wifione. Nichalp carefully crafted his new wiki identity. He devoted this new account to earning money from India's most notorious self-styled "management guru". To make sure his paid editing does not appear blatantly obvious, Nichalp (or shall we call him Wifione, now?) engaged in a wide range of edits. Wifione rose up in the wiki-hierarchy and became the administrator. He tried not to appear like a paid editor, but the constant pressure from his client forced him to make constant edits to the pages associated with the client. Anyone looking at his top 50 edits would not fail to notice that much of his work in the article namespace was devoted to the pages associated with his client and its competitors. But Wifione knew
that nobody would oppose him openly: his client is infamous for suing any one who criticizes him or his organization. Nobody wants to be sued for 500 million bucks in a court that lies in the remotest part of the Indian subcontinent - traveling to and staying in Silchar during every court hearing could bankrupt a humble wiki editor. Besides, Wifione had taken care not to repeat the mistakes he had made as Nichalp - he had left no tracks that would lead the Wikihounds to him. Or so he thought.
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From: Ashwin Baindur <ashwin.baindur(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-IN-PUN] [Wikimedia-in-en] GLAM-India: Wikipedia and
To: "Mailing list for Wikimedians in Pune, India" <
This is such a major development and wonderful news indeed, Noopur. I
am also happy that the GLAM event comes from a "soft" field of arts
and culture which has not quite got the attention it deserves.
In the 25 articles, I would off the cuff recommend that about :
* at least 5 should be high level topics, such as textiles of India,
pottery of India etc
* two articles on the Ministry of Culture and the museum itself
* half the remainder on regional themes or techniques such as
"Bidriwork", or "carpet-making in Kashmir".
* rest about specific objects in their collection
In addition, I would recommend outcomes not just in Wikipedia but also
in the field of Wikimedia Commons & Wikisource. If some language
wikipedias come forth to cooperate, you may like to offer the key
article about the museum in more than one language.
On behalf of English Wikipedians of WikiProject India, I pledge you
our support to your venture. Feel free to ask for help on
Wikimedia-in-en list & WikiProject India noticeboard.
On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi
> I whole heatedly congratulate you for this real success, oral citation
> to be a good way of collecting sources as most of the stuff they'd be
> will have a documented format in the minds of people which we would be
> documented only via oral citation.
> On 11-Feb-2012, at 1:11 AM, Noopur <noopur.raval(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am extremely delighted to announce India's first (?) GLAM collaboration
> with a State institution in New Delhi, the capital of India. The National
> Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM), New Delhi has approved our draft
> and we will soon begin a 6 month pilot project with them.
> I have been corresponding with their director for over 2 months now, since
> the GLAMcamp in Amsterdam. After a series of conversations with the
> Director, Dr Ruchira Ghose, I sent in an approval and after two meetings,
> she sent in a revised proposal to the Ministry of Culture in India. Just
> days ago, the Ministry approved this project and has also provided her a
> small grant to support our incidental expenses. NHHM has over 30,000
> including pottery, textiles, metal work, paintings and more.
> 6 month pilot project to churn out 25 'Good Articles'.
> Training staff and capacity building
> Recruiting 10 new editors from art colleges to work on site for
> Make the museum a regular avenue for GLAM meets
> Note: Good Articles here doesn't mean GA by en-WP standards. We intend to
> create at least 25 articles with substantial information. Would like your
> inputs on this.
> Delhi has a small community, so we really need help from EVERYONE
> local and global
> The staff members are only comfortable with Hindi, so we'd appreciate ALL
> help possible from hi-WP editors
> Biggest challenge: India is a vast country with craft traditions in
> of villages. So, at the time of acquiring, many art objects do not come
> published information, documentation and references. Much of this stuff is
> 'word of mouth', oral traditions and stories of artisans etc. We have
> the Museum to start documenting and publishing these stories under their
> Publication cell BUT that will take time. Do you think using oral
> in this case would be helpful?
> Since this is my/our first time, we will appreciate guidance on scanning,
> making an MoU and help creating/maintaining the project page. Can someone
> please help? *makes puppy face*
> I apologize for this really long mail but, my next meeting with the
> is on the 14th of February when we will start our 'lead-up' program to the
> To all the WiRs: Did you make some sort of a program schedule or a
> that I could use?
> I would love all your suggestions on this project and am *very* excited to
> make my own share of GLAM contributions and mistakes :) Of course, now we
> will also start contributing to TGIM.
> Noopur Raval
> Arts and Aesthetics
> Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
> Ph: 9650567690
> Wikimedia-in-en mailing list
> Wikimedia-IN-PUN mailing list
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Please check the blog post on Wiki Academy for students of Amrita School of
Communication, Coimbatore <http://blog.wikimedia.in/?p=141>
Thanks to Govind Hari, a participant of the Wiki Academy for the blogpost.
Arjuna Rao Chavala
GNUNIFY techfest is being held at SICSR, Model Colony, Pune from 10 to
12th Feb 2011.
There is a Wikimedia hackathon also associated with it.
On 11th February from 10AM to 1 PM there is a Wikipedia Academy which
is to be done by self & Sudhanwa followed by a Marathi Wikipedia
Academy in the afternoon.
Sudhanwa has suddenly got serious family business and not able to
attend. The number of people signing up for English Wikipedia Academy
has increased to from 30 to over 70.
I request for help from all Wikipedians who are free for the Academy.
They may please make it to
SICSR even if they can only be there part of the time.