[Wikimediaau-l] Activities & direction

Jack Webster jack at designbywebster.com
Wed Nov 19 23:50:30 UTC 2008


I was thinking, we could setup some sort of IRC Script on the Wikimedia
site, such as Mibbit, etc, so that IRC is easier to access, and therefore
easier for questions to me asked.


On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 15:47, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laugher at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been thinking about how we will plan and map our activities. I
> can see basically four strands for activities:
> 1. Outreach
> 2. (WMF project) content focussed
> 3. Community-strengthening
> 4. Support/admin tasks
> 1: Outreach
> Primarily aimed at increasing the awareness of people outside our own
> community of the Wikimedia projects and free culture concepts. These
> activities can be targetted at specific audiences (eg educators) or
> the general public.
> Could be public events (Wikipedia Academy, talks, publications) or
> private (talking to particular groups at their request). Lobbying
> activities might fit under here too.
> 2: Content focussed activities
> Primarily aimed at improving and expanding content of one or more
> Wikimedia projects (or MediaWiki development).
> Could be online only (eg "Australian Collaboration of the Fortnight"
> on enwp, although this is not a WMAU activity), or in real life events
> such as Wikisource scan parties, attending events to write about for
> Wikinews, photography events for Wikimedia Commons, booksprints for
> Wikibooks.
> Could also include partnering with appropriate groups to push their
> content into Wikimedia.
> 3: Community strengthening
> Primarily aimed at increasing goodwill and sense of community among
> Australian Wikimedians.
> eg. Meetups. Lots of content focussed activities can also have a
> community-strengthening component (just by working together).
> 4: Support/admin.
> Keeping up with legal and WMF requirements, responding to members and
> potential members, press, merch, fundraising, legal (hopefully not
> :)), producing publications.
> Obviously some of these also cross over, eg press and fundraising can
> also be outreach.
> The good thing about content-focussed and community-strengthening
> events is that they can (and IMO probably should) be mainly driven
> just by one or a few people's enthusiasm. WMAU can assist where events
> need to intersect with "the real world" (eg organising a venue,
> possibly advertising).
> So I guess our role there is to try to encourage and empower people to
> organise such events, in a bottom-up fashion. As well as reach out to
> institutions where appropriate.
> I would also like to see us set up a small grants scheme, for members
> to get reimbursement for concrete Wikimedia-beneficial activities, eg
> printing brochures for a stall, travel costs for speakers.
> For this I think we can basically copy the approach of Linux Australia
> <http://linux.org.au/projects/grants/> although probably revise down
> their $ limits. I imagine this would get looked at after the AGM.
> So I guess I see a lot of our tasks for the next few months being
> support/admin tasks, setting up things like accepting donations,
> ?organising merch, getting all the basic kinds of documents we need
> written.
> There are heaps and heaps of great ideas already at
> <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia/Activities> and I
> am sure there are more out there in people's heads. My question is,
> how can we know where we should begin?
> My personal preference is for activities where members are willing to
> contribute time/effort to make them happen. :)
> cheers
> Brianna
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