Wikimedia Slovakia User Group/history

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This is chronological overview of founding and working of Wikimedia Slovenská republika.

Timetable of founding Wikimedia Slovakia[edit]

January 2011[edit]

  • discussion on the topic of founding Wikimedia Slovakia
  • submission to rename and change the mission of the existing association known as SOIT to Wikimedia Slovakia. After discussion at an editors meeting in May 2011 this was disallowed as inapplicable.

February 2011[edit]

  • registration of the domain wikimedia.sk by editor Rudko

March 2011 / April 2011[edit]

  • discussion through Skype with the Austrian editors (functions of Wikimedia Austria in supplying the Slovak community, stipends for Wikimania 2011)
  • busy discussion of the topic of founding Wikimedia Slovakia in the Slovak Wikipedia community section Wikipolitics
  • editors Nelliette and Wizzard promoted the initialisation of the founding plans by posting their names on list of interested Wikipedians
  • arranging contacts (e-mail, Skype, tel.) to key persons of existing Wikimedias in the neigbourhood (WMCZ, WMAT, WMDE) and to the supported editors
  • discussion with the president of WMCZ
  • discussion with Austrian editors supporting the founding project
  • adding contacts, short international discussions
  • discussion about founding financial support for Wikimedia Slovakia by WMDE and WMAT

May 2011[edit]

  • official statement of support for founding costs 50% WMAT / 50% WMDE
  • first consultation of lawyer (specialist of founding associations)
  • international meeting of editors in Bratislava with the main theme of founding Wikimania Slovakia
  • decision to exclusively discuss the founding on the Slovak Wikipedia community panel (transparency)
  • discussion about the address and cloud computing archival system

July 2011[edit]

  • discussion about Foundation conference Vienna

August 2011[edit]

  • editor Rudko participated in Wikimania 2011, also in pre-Wikimania chapter meetings

September 2011[edit]

  • finalization of the by-laws

October 2011[edit]

  • control reading of by-laws through chapter committee (in progress)
  • translating by-laws into English (in progress)
  • preparing official founding meeting, end of November

December 2011[edit]

  • finished by-laws
  • official founding by three members
  • sent it to Slovak Justice Ministry for approval
  • 16 December 2011 — official letter from Ministry of Justice corporate registry that confirmed the founding of Wikimedia Slovakia

March 2012[edit]

  • 9 March 2012 — First general assembly with elections to presidium and audit committee

September 2012[edit]

Participants[edit]

Participating in the founding process discussions were editors Radiológ, Bubamara, Teslaton, Bronto, Peko, Nelliette, KuboF, Wizzard, K@rl, Hubertl, Beppol, Juan de V, DannyB, Rios, and Rudko, as well as outside well-wishers.

Editors Radiológ, Bubamara, Jonesy, Egg and Teslaton participated in the discussion, though in opposition to the founding of an organization at the time.

The official founders that signed the by-laws of incorporation and activated the official process of founding were Nelliette, KuboF and Rudko - all Slovak Wikipedians.

Editor Nelliette resigned before the first general assembly. As of September 2012 there are 3 active participants (presidium) with active support of some more members and some members of the Slovak wiki community.

Old version of Meta page[edit]

The idea for Wikimedia Slovenská republika ("Wikimedia Slovakia") was born in winter 2010-11, initiated by some Austrian and Czech editors while visiting Slovakia and participating in some meetings of Slovak editors. After long discussions in the community through the discussion platforms on the Wikipedia project, a small group of editors started the founding process in Slovakia. Indeed, some Slovak Wikipedia editors were not very happy about the founding idea but did not really have strong arguments for stopping the process. The few arguments centred on whether such a group was even necessary, whether there were enough people available, and whether the leadership would be transparently elected. After the first meeting in May 2011 some editors changed their minds and took a neutral position on the issue of founding the organization.

The main instigator of the founding process was the german-based slovak editor Rudko. The editor Nelliette is in real life a bookkeeper and was very interested to participate in the founding process. Editor KuboF is a young student, active on the Esperanto Wikipedia and he is one of the co-founders of the Slovak organization. There are other supporters of this project too. For example, some very active editors hail from Austria (more than 200 000 edits). There are also members of Wikimedia Österreich (WMAT), editors and members of Wikimedia Czech Republic (WMCZ) and Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE).

At the Haifa Wikimania 2011 editor Rudko discussed intensively the founding idea with other editors and members of Wikimedias from Switzerland, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland, as well as other interested persons. His idea of planning a timetable to meet quarterly with slovak and other interested editors was accepted. In the intervening three months between meetings there would be time to lead discussions and speak with the community about their wishes.

The Slovak corporate by-laws, based on the versions of WMAT and WMCZ, were passed with the assistance of a specialist lawyer. The official founding meeting was on 2 December 2011. A fortnight later (16 December 2011) the Justice ministry in Slovakia confirmed the founding of the organization as the by-laws passed at first reading.

The next steps for Wikimedia Slovakia are to begin some practical projects and to make contact with other organizations in Slovakia, as well as similar Wikimedia chapters in other countries, interest groups and user groups.