This sounds like an interesting situation to also develop some kind of
toolkit for situations like this to orient better in the
future...especially so if it is picked up by more than 2 people - no?
On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 5:38 PM Rachel Helps <rachel_helps(a)byu.edu> wrote:
Just to summarize, the Tartar government wants to
sponsor a WiR position
to improve pages related to the Tartar country and government and also do
outreach (if I understand correctly). That sounds like a good thing to do
in general, although other editors may see it as a conflict of interest,
particularly if you cover actions of the government. Just looking at the
worklist, it looks like it focuses on locations and businesses. You
probably know better than I do if controversies will arise. Good luck!
*From:* Wren <wren-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org> on behalf of Фархад
Фаткуллин / Farhad Fatkullin <frhd(a)yandex.com>
*Sent:* Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:26 AM
*To:* Pharos <pharosofalexandria(a)gmail.com>om>; wren(a)lists.wikimedia.org <
*Subject:* [Wren] WiR via a state procurement contract?
Dear Richard and WREN colleagues,
I have good news to share and a request for comment - one of my
counterparts in Tatarstan receiving regional department of finance approval
for funding Wikipedia related services via tendering state procurement
contract in line with Russian regulations.
Details below, grateful for any advice.
Farhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan / Wikidata:Q34036417
We will start with them by making sure that https://w.wiki/SBF
list entries (plus a few more Wikidata entities to be created) are equally
well developed and sourced in Tatar, Russian and English, after which the
intent is to venture into other domains (images, data, etc.) and 8 more
languages of initial interest to them.
I'm now thinking on how to structure all this in a way that our first
engagement with the regional government entity is seen as a mutual success,
as this is an important step to get backing of Tatarstan President
necessary to have local GLAMs and Education entities more willing to
consider cooperation with Wikimedia.
In parallel, we are discussing a WiR position for training their staff,
organizing events for their local and foreign partners, and moving their
investments portal to CC-BY.
I seem to be the only experienced local Wikimedian to be both active
internationally and proficient in regional language (Tatar), so I am still
undecided if I should concentrate on getting local partners happy or,
instead of doing the raw writing and sourcing work they are ready to pay
for, I better concentrate on making sure global Wikimedia community is
comfortable with this activity. I understand that myself and other
Wikimedia Russia members serving as eyes to assure material meets Wikipedia
and wider Wikimedia principles and policies would be good, with
international oversight from outside of Russia likely being an important
component as well.
On top of this, I am also talking to Tourism, Youth Affairs and Culture
departments, as well as Office of the President for their Tatar language
related initiatives, was recently invited to join an Advisory Committee on
Preservation and Development of Tatar language.
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