Chapters meeting 2009/Preparation/Wikimedia Polska

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Quick facts[edit]

  • When was the chapter created?
14 August 2005 in Kraków (organising meeting), 15 November 2005: formal registration.
  • What are the main changes that affected the chapter since then? (if any)
Change of the Board in 2007. Unexpected growth of income in 2008. Growing involvement of new members-volunteers.
  • Number of members
  • Budget
Income: around 177 000 PLN (around 44 000 EUR) (2008)
main source of income - tax deducible donations 136 000 PLN (34 000 EUR)
Expenditures: 42 000 PLN (10 000 EUR) (2008)
Planned expenditures in 2009: 92 000 (23 000 EUR)

Success stories[edit]

  1. Wikicontest (a micro-granting system for project's editors)
  2. 3 major and several smaller conferences
  3. Organisation of several workshop /local wikiacademias for teachers and scientist in Poland.
  4. Good (however not always positive) visibilty in main-stream media.


  1. relationships with bussiness (mainly due to the problems with restrictive and unclear Foundation policy regarding using Wikimedia project's logos)
  2. legal threats (problems of being made responsible for Wikimedia project's content)
  3. still not enough money to hire a secretary and creating professional office - members of the Board are doing a lot of office paperwork.

Plans for the future[edit]

  • Plans for the short term (1 year)
    1. Expanding Wikicontest
    2. Wikiexpedition - a new idea of organising expeditions to get content for covering of not well described in Wikipedia areas of Poland (and maybe in the future abroad).
    3. Better and larger Wikimedia Polska Conference
  • Plans for the medium term (3 years)
    1. Organising Wikimedia 2010 in Poland or at least Central European Wikimedia meetup
    2. Substantial profesionalisation (i.e. organising office, profesional fundrising system, professional press office etc.)
    3. ...


  1. Solving cooperation problems with Wikimedia Foundation
  2. Exchange of ideas with other chapters
  3. ...