Wikimedia affiliation models/User Groups
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- Name: Wikimedia User Groups
- Mission: Variable within the overall mission of supporting and promoting the Wikimedia projects
- Territorial range: Variable; assumed to be mostly regional, but could work across national boundaries
- Incorporation: Any -- Wikimedia groups can be incorporated or not as they see fit
- Minimum rights:
- Simplified access to grants
- Basic use of the Wikimedia trademarks for promotion and organization of projects and events
- Minimum duties:
- Active work
- Transparent reporting
- Good cooperation with other entities
- Trademark use: Basic standard use; more extensive usage possible case-by-case, on permission from WMF
- Origin of funds: Case-by-case WMF/Chapter grants possible or dedicated chapter grants if they exist
- Relationship with overlapping entities: While entities are not in a hierarchy, they need to agree how to coexist in a geography to streamline their communication and avoid duplicate work. Wikimedia groups/associations would be expected to ask other entities for support more than vice-versa.
- Board and membership: Open membership
- Transparency and communication: Full info about organizers (for case-by-case grants and trademark usage)
- Capacity to sign agreements with third parties: Can help with informal negotiations, or minor agreements such as hosting or support for a local event, but WMF or chapter if they exist would sign partnership agreements
- Recognition from: Affiliations Committee, with support from staff: staff will process the original requests, and submit recs to the Committee for approval. [WMF staff would be available to handle any such requests; chapters can also where chapters want to handle this within their geography]
- Minimum requirements for recognition: A very lightweight process, intended for hundreds of groups and consisting of:
- Listing a group's information in a public place
- Confirmation of the contact person's identity
- A clear definition of their focus, motivation and time period for which recognition is requested
- Plans for offline work (to distinguish these from online wikiProjects)
- Recognition document: Public listing on meta; email to contact person; identification of the contact to the WMF.
- Groups could request limited recognition -- limited in terms of either time or intent.
- Reporting requirements: Regular public updates on wiki page
- Mentoring and support: From chapter, where in existence and only if requested by group
- Change of status possible: Yes
- Withdrawal of recognition: Affiliations Committee, if necessary, by unlisting and informing group
- Examples: WikiProject Tree of Life, Wikibooks Translation Team, Semantic MediaWiki Association
- Other considerations: The existence of associations should make it easier for any group to get started and develop programs.