[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing the Fellowship News

Sarah Stierch sarah.stierch at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 12:31:15 UTC 2012

As a former Wikipedian in Residence and a current fellow - I don't feel they are the same thing. At least in the United States! (Especially where the title "fellowship" has a scholarly prestige behind it in a way residence don't)

I have been both a paid and unpaid resident, and they have both had the same equal level of importance in my eyes!  I also was a masters student earning college credit for the unpaid internship, so I suppose I was "paid" and if you knew the level of pay I was funded for my other residency - its peanuts compared to what other paid residence receive (and I am grateful for it, don't think I am not).

For those interested in GLAM Wikipedian in residence there is the This Month in GLAM newsletter, which I'm unable to access this second.

Also, the fellowship application process is dramatically different then the residency process. But, that is based on my role in applying to both, and consulting on multiple residency positions! 

Wikipedians in residence are also "not" associated with the Wikimedia foundation - they are funded by entirely different entities and not managed by anyone at the Wikimedia Foundation. I never has a wikimedia email until I became a fellow! 

I also have completely different goals as a fellow versus my goals as a Wikipedian in residence (two times). Exploring ways to close the gender gap versus working for the specific mission of a cultural institution to share their contents with a broader audience are pretty different and the same could be said about other fellows/residence.

Just my two cents as the only fellow thus far to also be a Wikipedian in residence! :-)


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On Jul 9, 2012, at 5:14 AM, Hubert <hubert.laska at gmx.at> wrote:

> I can´t see really a difference between Wikipedian in residence and
> WMF-Fellowships. Except the financial source: WMF-founded vs.
> Chapter-founded.
> The goals are the almost the same.
> What happens with Wikipedian in residence which will not get any
> salaries? Will this be a third class? Are they maybe unofficial?
> h.
> Am 09.07.2012 13:43, schrieb Maggie Dennis:
>> I haven't spoken to Siko about this at all (first I'm hearing about it),
>> but I imagine, Richard, that it will focus on the work being done on
>> fellowships by WMF Fellows.
>> Lodewijk, I think it would be great to have a newsletter about the cool
>> things people are doing around the Wiki World. :) If somebody chooses to
>> put something like that together, surely having material to incorporate
>> about Fellows would be useful? The content is freely licensed and can be
>> reused (and modified) like other material on the projects under the same
>> terms.
>> Maggie
>> On Sat, Jul 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> while it is great that you do this responsibly, I am indeed also wondering
>>> how we can make this a worth while read. Because while it is a nice
>>> program, there are many other people around Wiki World doing similarly cool
>>> things (no offence) - as are "real" staff members. By splitting this off in
>>> a seperate news section (as we have been splitting off a lot) I'm afraid
>>> you might be putting the news actually on a bigger distance than you would
>>> otherwise.
>>> Lodewijk
>>> 2012/7/6 Richard Symonds <richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk>
>>>> Thanks Siko!
>>>> Could you explain what exactly this covers? Teahouse, translations, small
>>>> Wikis and dispute resolution is a very wide net - and presumably it will
>>>> change according to which fellows are 'employed' at the time it's
>>> written.
>>>> Is there an overarching theme?
>>>> Richard Symonds, Wikimedia UK
>>>> On Jul 6, 2012 11:54 PM, "Siko Bouterse" <sbouterse at wikimedia.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> I am pleased to announce that the first monthly edition of the
>>> Fellowship
>>>>> News is now available on Meta-Wiki!
>>>>> Come learn what the Wikimedia Fellows have been working on in June:
>>>>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fellowship_News
>>>>> Projects covered in this edition include:
>>>>> *Dispute Resolution
>>>>> *Gender Gap
>>>>> *Help Pages Redesign
>>>>> *Small Wiki Editor Engagement
>>>>> *Teahouse
>>>>> *Translations
>>>>> --
>>>>> Siko Bouterse
>>>>> Head of Community Fellowships
>>>>> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
>>>>> sbouterse at wikimedia.org
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