[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Recognition of Amical Wikimedia
liamwyatt at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 04:29:17 UTC 2013
Agreed with what others have said - this is great news!
Many of us know what a longstanding issue this has been - how to recognise
and support the excellent work of the Catalan community in a way that fits
within our structures.
There have been many years of sometimes controversial debates about the
role of Chapters etc. that have revolved around this as a case-in-point.
So, I'm pleased to see that we now have a way of formally recogising
Amicalthat is supportive of their work but also recognises the
circumstances of their situation.
I look forward to seeing how the Thematic Organisations system will grow
and also to seeing how we can develop the range of ways that individuals
and groups can be recognised without it being a zero-sum-game.
All in all, excellent news :-)
Peace, love & metadata
On 7 June 2013 13:09, David Cuenca <dacuetu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Finally! It took us some years but I'm glad that it definitely happened! :)
> Congratulations to everyone that made it possible, and I hope the great
> work done in Catalonia extends to Valencia too :)
> On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM, Samuel Klein <sj at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > The WMF Board has recognized Amical Wikimedia as the first Wikimedia
> > Thematic Organization. Please join me in celebrating their work and
> > success!
> > This group was founded in 2008 as Associació Amical Viquipèdia,
> > focused on Catalan language and culture. You may know them from the
> > regular reports they have published to this list and to Meta for
> > years. They have organized dozens of successful cultural projects,
> > including public events, research, GLAM initiatives, and content
> > liberation.
> > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amical_Wikimedia#Activities
> > After first applying to become a chapter four years ago, Amical
> > members later helped the Movement Roles working group develop new
> > models for affiliation, and were the first to apply to be a thematic
> > organization. Gomà and Arnaugir, the founder and current chair of
> > Amical, attended the Milan conference and shared their projects and
> > their future plans. An in-person meeting there helped to resolve the
> > remaining bureaucratic steps in the process of becoming a thematic
> > organization.
> > Thank you to everyone from AffCom and Amical who have been involved
> > throughout this process, particularly Bence and Bishakha for their
> > guidance since the first movement roles discussions, and Gomà and
> > María for their facilitation.
> > Regards,
> > Sam, on behalf of the Board
> > == About Thematic Organizations ==
> > Thematic Organizations are one of the new affiliation models created
> > last year, to recognize organizations that have consistently done
> > interesting work with partners and in outreach, both online and
> > offline. They are meant to be well-established and persistent
> > organizations, focused on a common theme.
> > The review and approval process for Thematic Organizations is similar
> > to that for chapters. A list of groups considering becoming thematic
> > orgs can be found on Meta.
> > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Thematic_organizations
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