North American Wikimedians

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North American Wikimedians organize a regular Wikiconference (WCNA) to share the work of Wikimedia projects and groups, connect with potential partners in government and academia, and to generally exchange ideas.

Other regular coordination includes Wikimedia Canada and Wikimedia México programs, and WALRUS calls, for local groups in each of Canada, Mexico, and the US. Expanding the scope of WCNA to a North American Regional Wiki Hub and Lab* (NARWHAL) might help support overall gatherings and smaller efforts throughout the region, including microgrant programs (for small languages; editathons; creative tool awards; thematic pools like WikiCred).


International + topical affiliates

Regional affiliates


Allies and partners[edit]

We have had over 42 organizations host Wikimedians in residence, some for 3 years or more. Other organizations maintain widely used technical or social pipelines for the projects, or host regular community events. See also Mapping GLAM-Wiki collabs.

Major partners
GLAM institutions
  1. American Folk Art Museum, NY
  2. Amon Carter Museum, TX
  3. Archives of American Art, DC
  4. Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas, MX
  5. Children's Museum of Indianapolis, IN
  6. w:Cineteca Nacional México, MX
  7. Concordia Library, QC
  8. DPLA (grant), MA
  9. Gerald Ford Presidential Library, MI
  10. Houghton Library, MA
  11. Kansas City Public Library, KS
  12. Metro NYC, NY
  13. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  14. Museo Soumaya, Mexico City
  15. Museum of Modern Art, NY
  16. National Agricultural Library, MD
  17. National Archives, DC
  18. Smithsonian, DC
  19. University of Victoria Libraries, BC
  20. World Digital Library (@LOC), DC

Universities and Institutes (see also Wiki Edu)

  1. University of Alberta, ON
  2. UC Berkeley, CA
  3. w:Brigham Young University, UT
  4. COLMEX, MX (grant)
  5. Columbia, NY
  6. Concordia University, QC
  7. DePaul University, IL
  8. Harvard Belfer Center, MA
  9. Harvard Berkman Klein Center, MA
  10. Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, NY
  11. University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  12. Science History Institute, PA (2013-2020)
  13. University of Virginia, VA
  14. University of Victoria, BC
  15. West Virginia University|, WV

Other (mainly hosting WM in Residence)

  1. Annual Reviews, CA
  2. Consumer Reports, NY
  3. Google (Denny)
  4. Hacks/Hackers (help with partnerships, events, programs)
  5. NIOSH, DC
  6. New York Botanical Gardens, NY
  7. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, DC
  8. OCLC, OH
  9. ORCID
  10. TED
  11. OSM USA[1]


Recent events: virtual (2022 | 2021 | 2020), in-person (2019 - Cambridge, 2018 - Columbus, 2017 - Montréal) (+note streamlining + normalizing multilingual support)


cross-group efforts not managed by an individual affiliate

Events: support (fiscal sponsorship, partnerships, fundraising)

  • WCNA (particularly when WMF funding was unavailable [2019])

Grants: microgrant programs.

  • Wikicred: microgrants for credibility tools + outreach. Round 1: en/US (2019-21), Round 2: broader (2022-23). Distributing ~$80k in each round.


  • Telegram: WCNA, NARWHAL
  • Facebook: WW?
  • Regular calls: WALRUS (Index)

See also[edit]

Other discussions or past groups