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This page contains a list of the ongoing discussions, research or plans related to hubs.


The list in this page tries to define the rough status of each hub. If you think the status for a certain hub is incorrect, feel free to edit it. Here are their proposed definitions:

  • Research: There is an individual or a group conducting surveys or discussions about an idea for a hub. There is a grants track dedicated for this stage.
  • Planning / Discussion: The hub idea is fairly-defined from previous preparation, and the leading individuals or group have started a conversation to decide the next steps. Planning and discussions are overlapping, since a lot of the planning may require public discussions. There is a grants track dedicated for this stage.
  • Pilot: There is a resourced and operating hub at an experimental scale.
  • Implementation: Systematic steps to create the organisation.

Ongoing hub projects[edit]

Type Scope Rough map Status Details
Regional Central and Eastern Europe Implementation Central and Eastern Europe hub research was funded by WM-PL and Movement Strategy grants. A pilot grant has been approved. The hub has hired a CEE Hub Coordinator and is implementing the first year of the project starting December 1st 2022.
Regional & Thematic EA Regional and Thematic Hub (EARTH) Planning The East Africa Regional and Thematic Hub (EARTH) seeks to bring together Wiki communities in the East Africa region and will also cover various thematic areas as identified by members.There are some back ground activities that have been already happening as part of collaboration between these wiki communities from these countries, however several discussions are still ongoing that seeks to launch more research to better understand the community needs around this region. So far the main countries involved in this hub based on geographical region are 6 (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, and South Sudan); however there are also other neighboring countries that have been/and are still collaborating with these East Africa Wiki communities that we strongly hope and anticipate they will be part of this hub, these are (Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, and Botswana).
Regional East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Hub Discussion Established in 2014, ESEAP community has been coming to together regularly to discuss, promote, and represent the needs of the Community locally and globally. ESEAP held its first conference in 2018 and was the first hub as the host organisation for Wikimania 2020.
Organising the 2022 ESEAP Conference in Sydney with Wikimedia Australia and host of Wikimania 2023 in Singapore.
Regional Europe Implementation Restructuring of the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU after 10 years of successful cooperation. Wikimedia Europe is an organisation formed out of 27 European affiliates. Registration of an AISBL (L'association internationale sans but lucratif or International Non-profit Association) pending in Belgium.
Regional North America or United States Research A research project is underway to identify opportunities and report publicly at the end of 2023. Discussion ongoing for years at WALRUS and WikiConference North America. See NARWHAL.
Linguistic Arabic-speaking region Research Middle East and North Africa hub research was funded by Movement Strategy grants
Linguistic & Thematic Bengali-speaking world (Bangla Wikimaitree) Implementation Bangla WikiMaitree intends to be a thematic-linguistic partnership and collaboration network among Wikimedia communities, affiliates and informal groups which share the common Bengali cultural identity, heritage and/or speak in Bengali language.
Linguistic French-speaking world (WikiFranca) Implementation The governance structure is in place. Financial procedures will be created in 2022 (international micro-grant committee, shared budget, etc.). There is a statutes page, a 2021-22 Strategy and a governance charter.
Linguistic Portuguese-speaking region Research A research project on governance and equity in the Portuguese-speaking Wikimedia, including the general idea of thinking about a Lusophone Hub, was funded by a Movement Strategy grant.
Linguistic Spanish-speaking region Discussion The community has just held its first workshop to discuss a future hub, and the idea of a research grant is also being considered.
Thematic Content Partnerships Discussion Experimentation has started in 2021 in six different areas, where the future hub might be active: (1) Research and understanding the needs of the Wikimedia community, (2) launching a Helpdesk to support volunteers and affiliates hands on with staff time, (3) providing and supporting capacity building, (4) supporting coordination and cooperation around international partnerships (in the spirit of how WikiGap has been organized), (5) improving, maintaining and building crucial software tools, (6) working on strategic data uploads that support future content partnerships.
Thematic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Hub (DEIH) Discussion Ideated by WikiDonne User Group, the hub aims to put together affiliates and volunteers who are working on equity, gender gap and gender communities, minorities, languages, culture, etnicity, age, disability, in one word: diversity in Wikimedia projects. The idea came looking back to all the work done by the Wikimedia Diversity Working Group during Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy process, presentations, reports, panels and sessions during WikiWomenCamp, Wikimedia Diversity Conference, CEE and others regional meetings and Wikimania, strategy calls, SWAN, projects and people deeply involved. We like to see DEIH as a global alliance on diversity, a wiki union and engagement to fill the gaps, the community's diversity department. Discussion or restricting - for now - our diversity focus to gender diversity.
Thematic Education Research Wiki Education Foundation started exploring the option of serving the global Education community as a thematic hub. An initial research report on the needs of the education community is available at Toward a theory of change for Wikimedia & Education (mid-2023)
Thematic Language Diversity Research The Wikimedia Languages Diversity Hub is a proposed Wikimedia hub to affiliates and volunteers who are working on new language versions of Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects, typically including indigenous, minority, marginalized and under-resourced language communities. The hub is an extension and continuation of the Wikimedia Language Diversity initiative.
Thematic Sustainable development Discussion Discussion ongoing for more than a year between the user group Wikimedians for Sustainable Development and various chapters.
Thematic Volunteer Support Implementation The Volunteer Supporters Network (VSN) is an open network of Wikimedians supporting Wikimedia volunteers with the goal of enhancing volunteer support in the Wikimedia movement.

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