Wikimedia user groups
Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who support and promote the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other projects. User groups may or may not be legally incorporated entities. Like the Wikimedia Foundation, they aim to "empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally". There are currently 31 user groups.
This page lists current and planned user groups. Please see the step-by-step user group creation guide for more information. The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) exists to aid the creation of, and to support, user groups.
If you have plans for user groups, please contact the Affiliations Committee at affcomlists.wikimedia.org.
If your user group is ready to apply for recognition, see the Wikimedia user group applications page.
- 2015-03-19 Tec de Monterrey Wiki Learning is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- 2015-03-05 Wikimedians of Latvia User Group is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- 2015-02-22 Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- 2015-02-20 Shared Knowledge is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- 2015-02-16 Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil is renewed for an additional one-year renewable period as a Wikimedia user group.
- 2015-01-17 MediaWiki Farmers User Group is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- 2014-12-08 Wikimedia Community Ireland is recognized as a user group for a one-year renewable period.
- Other news and archives...
Approved user groups
|Name||Focus||Status||Start of recognition||End of recognition||Bylaws (optional)||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|Azerbaijani Wikimedians User Group||formed by active members of Azerbaijani Wikimedia projects who are interested in organizing and participating in outreach activities on national level.||Document with signatures sent to AffCom||2014-09-17||Non-applicable||m: Azerbaijani Wikimedians User Group
fb: Facebook page
|User:Wertuose and User:Sortilegus||2014-10-02|
|Egypt Wikimedians User Group||Supporting Wikimedia projects in Egypt, supporting Egyptian Wikimedians, and becoming the recognized chapter in Egypt.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-07-27||Non-applicable||m: Egypt Wikimedians
fb: facebook page
|User:Mohamed Ouda and User:Ahmed Mohi El din||2014-07-27|
|Esperanto kaj Libera Scio (ELiSo)||Reaching of readers and contributors among Esperanto speakers and collaboration with Esperanto organisations.||Document with signatures sent to AffCom||2013-04-04||2014-04-30||Non-applicable||m: Esperanto kaj Libera Scio
fb: facebook page
|GLAM-Wiki US Consortium||The GLAM-Wiki US Consortium will bring together cultural organizations, Wikipedians, Wikimedia chapters, and individuals in an independent community of practice devoted to supporting the GLAM-Wikimedia initiative in the United States.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2013-06-25||2014-06-30||Non-applicable||wiki page / blog / Facebook page, group||glam-us||Dominic McDevitt-Parks||2013-06-25|
|New England Wikimedians||Wikimedia User Group in the New England region; their goal is to increase participation of Wikimedians within the region, including at the many colleges and universities in the area||Discussion at Meta||2013-12-30||2014-12-31||Bylaws||Official page and pages on Meta, Facebook, and Twitter||boston||Kevin Rutherford, Maia Weinstock||2013-12-30|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil||Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil is a planned group of Wikimedians in Brazil who are interested in organizing and promoting activities related to the Wiki projects in Brazil.||User group agreement signed||2014-01-23||2015-01-23||Non-applicable||Wikimedia BR||wikimediabr-l||Jonas AGX,Vinicius Siqueira,Danilo.mac||2014-01-26|
|Wikimedia Community User Group in China||Wikimedia China User Group is planned to support and help the development of Wikimedia Movement in Mainland China.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-07-30||Constitution||m: Wikimedia User Group China||User:AddisWang||2014-07-30|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire||WCUG-CI aim is to encourage the growth, development and distribution of multilingual, educational content, and to provide this content to the public free of charge, with a focus on activities taking place in Côte d'Ivoire.||User group agreement signed||2015-01-09||2016-01-08||Statutes||2015-03-24|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia||The group aims the promotion of Wikimedia projects, engage the community and gain new contributors, cooperate with similar institutions.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2015-02-22||N/A||Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia||2015-02-23|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Greece||The main objectives are to increase participation in Wikimedia projects mainly in greek language, develop educational programms and create an environment for cultural organisations to share content through Wikimedia.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2013-07-20||2014-07-31||Non-applicable||http://wikimedia.gr||wikiEL||User:Geraki||2013-07-20|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan||Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan is a planned group of Wikimedians in Pakistan who are interested in organizing and participating in outreach activities on national level.||User group agreement signed||2014-04-07||N/A||m: Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan||Wikimedia-pk||Saqib||2013-10-10|
|Wikimedia TN User Group||Planning Wikimedia Tunisia (PWMTN) is the team working towards the establishment of a local Tunisian User Group of the Wikimedia Foundation. Our mission is to promote the Wikimedia Foundation and its projects in Tunisia. One of our core missions is to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and disseminate knowledge and other educational, cultural and historic content in the public domain or under a license that allows everyone to freely use, distribute and modify said content without the payment of royalties.||User group agreement signed||2014-05-28||N/A||m: Wikimedia Tunisia
|Wikimedians in Thailand||Wikimedians in Thailand is a user group and a future chapter in the country. We have organised a number of outreach activities (WLM, Wikipedia Zero, Wikipedia workshops) in collaboration with local/international partners including WMF. We believe that the full potential of WMF projects in Thailand has not yet been realised. Therefore, we engage in our offline activities with the aim of increasing participation and impact of WMF projects in the country.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-04-28||N/A||m: Wikimedians in Thailand||Wikimedia-TH||User:Taweetham||2014-04-07|
|Wikimedians of Colombia User Group||Wikimedians of Colombia User Group is planned to support and help the development of Wikimedia Movement in Colombia.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-06-02||Bylaws||http://co.wikimedia.org/||Sahaquiel9102
|Wikimedians of Iceland User Group||Wikimedians of Iceland User Group seeks to organise activities for the public in Iceland to engage them in editing Wikimedia sites and also for the current Wikimedians as well.||User group agreement signed||2014-02-28||Non-applicable||Facebook page||wikiis-l||Svavar Kjarrval & Hrafn Malmquist||2014-02-28|
|Wikimedians of Nepal||Its main objective is the growth of a community of supporters of the different Wikimedia projects in various languages spoken in Nepal.||User group agreement signed||2013-05-30||2015-05-28||Non-applicable||Facebook Page||nepaliwiki -at- googlegroups.com||Ganesh Paudel||2013-05-30|
|The Wikinewsie Group||The Wikinewsie Group exists to support independent original reporting on an open license platform, work towards increasing participation and content creation on Wikinews.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-02-28||Bylaws||The Wikinewsie Group||wikinewsie -at- googlegroups.com||Svavar Kjarrval & Superzerocool||2014-02-28|
|Wikisource Community User Group||The Wikisource Community User Group is a proposed user group to support the Wikisource community and its vision both online and offline.||User group agreement signed||2013-11-03||2014-11-30||Non-applicable||Wikisource Community User Group||wikisource-l||Aubrey, Micru||2014-04-14|
|Cascadia Wikimedians||Wikimedia group for the Cascadia region of North America; its mission is to support Cascadian Wikimedians and to create a world in which the sum of all human knowledge is available for free to everyone.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-09-12||Non-applicable||http://cascadia.wiki
|Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group||A project to support the LGBT community by developing the community of LGBT Wikimedians and LGBT content within Wikimedia projects.||User group agreement signed||2014-09-12||Non-applicable||Wikimedia LGBT||lgbt||Another Believer||2014-09-13|
|Wikimedia Ghana||A group to promote the distribution of free educational material and media in Ghana and globally via the project websites of the WMF.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-09-12||Non-applicable||Wikimedia Ghana||Wikimedia-gh||Rexford (Coordinator)||2014-09-14|
|Wikimedia Algeria||A group seeking to promote the Wikimedia projects in Algeria. One of its core missions is to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and disseminate knowledge and other educational, cultural and historic content in the public domain or other licenses that allows everyone to freely using the knowledge, distribute and modify that said content.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-11-01||Non-applicable||Wikimedia Algeria||wikidezedgmail.com||Bachounda, Oldstoneage||2014-11-01|
|MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group||We are MediaWiki developers, admins, users, consultants, and hosting providers who cooperate in order to improve the software and advocate the needs of MediaWiki users outside the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and its projects.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-11-10||Not applicable||MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group||User:Mglaser, User:80686||2014-11-10|
|Wiki Project Med||Promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects by, among other things, forming collaborations with other like-minded organizations, giving talks / lectures at universities and other organizations, and working to develop greater access to the medical literature for Wikipedians.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-11-10||Not applicable||Wiki Project Med||User:Doc James, User:Jfdwolff||2014-11-10|
User groups in discussion
- Main page: Wikimedia user groups/Applications
Wikimedia groups in active preparation to become recognized Wikimedia user groups. Please provide a link to a page on meta with more detailed information (with a short summary in English) and provide a contact for questions about the present state. This section is meant to encourage discussion and prevent duplication of efforts. Being list does not mean that the group is actively being considered for recognition.
NOTE: You MUST fill out an application and email the Affiliations Committee with a link to your application to begin the approval process. This page is NOT used to track active applications, but instead is used to help organize and list user groups being discussed. Being listed here does not indicate any level of review by the Affiliations Committee for eventual recognition as a user group.
|Name||Focus||Status||Bylaws (optional)||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|Wikimedia Ireland Community||Wikimedia Ireland Community is a planned user group to further the aims of the Wikimedia Foundation in Ireland.||Waiting for recognition||n/a||Wikimedia Ireland Community||WikimediaIE||SabinaBonnici||2014-05-29|
|Wikimedia Austria User Group||Existing as regular meetup group||Non applicable||Wikipedia Wien||Hubertl||2012-11-30|
|MediaWiki Group Ahmedabad||Seeking recognition as a Wikimedia India SIG and then as a Wikimedia User Group||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Ahmedabad||Harsh Kothari||2013-01-28|
|MediaWiki Group Surakarta||Formalizing existing activities||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Solo||Bennylin||2013-01-21|
|Wiki BUG||Wiki users in San Francisco Bay area (US)||Formalizing existing activities||Not applicable||Meta page only||Wikimedia-sf covers same area||Pete F (talk)||2013-01-27|
|Wikimedia-KH Cambodia User Group||Wiki users in Phnom Penh / Cambodia||Formalizing existing activities, building offline community, forming physical body, first as a User Group with long term goal of incorporation into official WMF's Local Chapter in Cambodia.||Not applicable||Wikimedia-KH Cambodia User Group||Wikimedia-KH||វ័ណថារិទ្ធ (Vantharith) (talk)||2013-03-22|
|Wikimedians in Kenya||Wikimedians in Kenya is a group of users who want to pursue and continue to work in advancing and sharing information through the Wikimedia platforms and encourage and promote the contribution to the same platforms by users in Kenya.||Building from the previous efforts of Wikimedia Kenya Chapter||Non applicable||Wikimedians in Kenya||To ask for a new user group mailing list||Limoke Oscar||2013-04-13|
|Wikimedia Northeastern China User Group||Beginning discussion internally||Not started||Will start our own website soon||User:Shujenchang||2012-09-07|
|Wikipedia Club Pune||Discussion between organizers, chapter and Affiliations Committee||2012-12-10|
|Wikimedian Society of Tokyo||Wikimedia users in Greater Tokyo Area, Japan||Existing as regular meetup group and as a collection of people who support events related Wikimedia. Formalizing existing and planned activities.||Non applicable||http://tokyo.wikimedia.jp||witokio at googlegroups dot com||akaniji
|MediaWiki Group Accessibility Tracking||Wikimedia users interested in bringing forward accessibility in MediaWiki and hence all projects based on. Especially Wikipedia||MediaWiki Group Proposal||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Accessibility Tracking||mw:User:Barrierefrei||2013-05-29|
|Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group||The Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group is a proposed user group to support Wikimedia activities on Tec de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México Campus. It will have campus ambassador functions as well as supporting activities such as meetings, conferences and outreach.||Regularly meeting and active group, in discussion with Aff Com||Non applicable||Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group||wikisource-l||Thelmadatter, Salcedo95||2013-06-14|
|Wikimedians of Jordan User Group||Wikimedians in Jordan and Palestine Teritories||Discussion at Meta||Wikimedians of Jordan User Group||Shadi Aljawarneh||2014-03-24|
See also: Proposed MediaWiki Groups
Expired user groups
These groups were previously approved by the Affiliations Committee for a specified period of time. The group did not seek, or were not approved, for an extension on their recognition period. Any member of the group is encouraged to contact the Affiliations Committee to request recognition of the user group.
|Name||Focus||Status||Start of recognition||End of recognition||Bylaws (optional)||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|MediaWiki Group San Francisco||Recognition expired||2013-01-12||2013-12-31||Non applicable||mw:Groups/San Francisco||Quim Gil||2014-04-18|
|Group promotion||Recognition expired||2013-01-13||2013-12-31||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Promotion||Quim Gil||2014-04-18|