Please contribute to the brainstorming. You can add options, remarks in this page or discuss it on the brainstorming discussion page. The brainstorming will go on until November 2013. You can also add examples, hints or names of potential stakeholders and partners in the reference page or provide your opinion in general about the project on discuss.
How to get started
- we can test simultaneously and independently different approaches (in different places and with different partnerships).
- we can start a broader discussion about possible approaches (meaning we involve at least 50 people, maybe no more than 150), and then choose a common approach or we go back to option 1 (test simultaneously different approaches).
- we can start building something as one small team. we propose the concept, we discuss about it, we test it and we discuss about it.
The approach 3 seems at the moment the most feasible.
Who certificates whom
International and portability
- The certification system need to be possible also in countries where there are no Wikimedia chapters.
- A system which is international can be more transversal and more relevant for exchanges, Chapters Dialogue, joint projects or projects supporting communities at an international level...
- Certain knowledge might differ from one country to another (i.e. national laws).
- Knowledge of languages needs to be taken into account.
Who promotes it
- This is a volunteer-driven initiative.
- The community needs to be involved. At least to make sure they like the idea and how it comes out.
- It is important that what we do is not perceived as an imposition, but as something which can respond to a need.
- Wikimedia staff members are involved in the process as other people are. The project is not made by Wikimedia staff members and experimented on the community.
- Specific expertise is certainly necessary for knowledge and skills which are not related to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects (copyright, teaching skills, presentation skills...).
- People who are not part of the movement but have specific expertise should be included in the working team since the beginning. This allows us to better frame what we want to do, and to assure the certification system is credible and not (too) self-referenced.
- Outsiders can guarantee that what we are doing is credible.
- Engage partners and credible international organizations to guarantee the certification system is credible in- and outside the Wikimedia universe.
How to test what
- Challenging enough to be stimulating.
- We want to be sure that someone who actually does have a certificate has a certain set of skills and knowledge.
- It is not necessary to have a certification if you want to speak about Wikipedia.
- Certain knowledge might be focussed on specific nations (i.e. knowledge of national laws).
Skills can be tested in simulations (i.e. holding a 30 minutes class, or short presentation).
- The knowledge of a language is part of the skills necessary to address people or activities in specific countries.
- According to the target audience not only national languages might be needed.
Certification for whom
- Proving your expertise to third parties.
- A certification system which is credible in- and outside the Wikimedia universe.
- Certification has an expiring date?
- There is a deontological behavior to be taken into account?