Call for Highlight Videos for WikiWomenCamp 2023
Dear Community Members,
As we gear up for the upcoming WikiWomenCamp in India, we are excited to announce a unique opportunity to share your incredible work and its impact with the global community.
What We're Looking For: We invite you to submit short (3-5 minute) videos highlighting your projects, initiatives, or efforts that have made a significant difference in addressing gender gaps. We know that many of you are doing remarkable work in various corners of the world, and we want to shine a spotlight on your achievements.
Why Short Videos: Our camp sessions are extensive, covering a wide range of topics and discussions. In the interest of time and with a commitment to showcasing the amazing initiatives across our movement, we believe that short videos are an effective way to capture and share the essence of your work.
How Your Videos Will Be Used: The selected videos will be featured on our social media channels and played during breaks at the camp. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your work to a broader audience and inspire others to get involved or collaborate with you.
- Videos should be 3-5 minutes in length.
- Please focus on the impact of your work, highlighting how it contributes to addressing gender gap.
- Be creative and engage in your presentation.
- Ensure video quality is clear and audible.
- Narration (optional): If possible, include a brief voiceover or text captions to provide context and explanation.
- Language: While English is preferred for wider accessibility, videos in other languages are also welcome. Kindly ensure that non-English videos are accompanied by English subtitles or captions.
To be considered for inclusion in our camp programming, please submit your videos by Thursday, 28th September 2023. Late submissions may still be featured later on our social media channels.
How to Submit:
To avoid any issues with file sizes, we recommend using a file transfer service like WeTransfer or Google Drive while sharing your videos with us at email@example.com. In your email, include a brief description of your project, affiliate name / your name or username, and contact information.
We believe that your stories and experiences are powerful tools for change. By sharing them with our community, you contribute to a collective effort to bridge the gender gap and empower women and girls worldwide.
Thank you for being a part of the camp initiatives, and we look forward to receiving your inspiring videos.
WikiWomenCamp 2023 COT
Introducing the Wikimedia photo library and a workshop invite
Dear Wikimedia affiliates communications leads,
We are so excited to share a new resource with you: The Wikimedia Photo Library. In it you will find high quality images that help to tell the story of free knowledge. We hope that this library will help you in the important work you do as a communication lead. Alongside this library, we’ve also updated guidelines on how to effectively use imagery to tell brand stories.
Curious to learn more about these resources?
We will be holding a short workshop for 45 minutes on Tuesday 3 October 2023, at 16:00 UTC (add event to your calendar) and again on Thursday 5 October at 7:00 UTC (add event to your calendar) to accommodate different time zones. During these workshops, we will walk you through some examples of images that align with the Movement Brand Guidelines, some basics of quality photography and answer any questions you may have about this topic.
The need for a Wikimedia Photo Library
Our research showed that there are lots of photos available from Wikimedia events, usually featuring people using computers. There were very few images showing mobile editing or reading, and even fewer showing people using the projects in their everyday lives.
These images are the first steps in creating a photo library that is representative of the whole movement. We have added images that are aligned with the Movement Brand Guidelines in this category on Wikimedia Commons. Photography is a powerful tool to create cohesion in Wikimedia communication. Our hope is that all of you will help to build this resource out with images from your region.
By continuing to add to this category, we will be helping one another tell more impactful stories of the free knowledge movement – learn how on the Brand portal on Meta-wiki.
Thank you so much and please let me know if you have any questions. We hope to see you at one of the workshops!
Follow up on the last message about the photography workshop
This is a reminder about our photography sessions happening this week. Also, some people reached out with concerns about not being able to open the links to meetings in the previous message. Please find a direct link to the Google Meet sessions here:
Opportunities open for the Affiliations Committee, Ombuds commission, and the Case Review Committee
Hi everyone! The Affiliations Committee (AffCom), Ombuds commission (OC), and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for new members. These volunteer groups provide important structural and oversight support for the community and movement. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to apply. There is more information about the roles of the groups, the skills needed, and the opportunity to apply on the Meta-wiki page.
If you are aware of participants in your affiliate who may be interested in these roles, please share this message with them.
Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy: Summary and Report
Dear Wikimedia affiliate,
Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation Board announced they started the process with creating an Affiliates Strategy in collaboration with the Affiliations Committee, the affiliates, and the broader communities with the intention to develop a strategy that will help guide the Foundation’s immediate work in supporting affiliates for the next few years, with a primary focus on the recognition process, as a direct responsibility of the Board.
Over several months, the Wikimedia Foundation Board engaged with an outside consultant to drive a review process of what work the Foundation was doing to support affiliates. The end goal was to have several recommended actions.
You can read more about the findings and the recommendations on this Meta-Wiki page.
MPossoupe_(WMF)21:28, 23 October 2023 (UTC)
Recent WikiConference North America 2023
Just a bit of a report back from the recent WikiConference North America 2023 in Toronto (overall program here, many relevant notes, slides, etc. are linked):
There were a few important "threads" in the discussions this year:
- Governance, especially the formation of a North American Hub and (secondarily) the Movement Charter
- AI, disinformation, and the credibility of Wikipedia content (some sessions overlapped these topics).
- One potentially ominous scenario I hadn't considered: if most people get their information through a single smartspeaker, MML, etc., far fewer people will discover Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, even when that is where their information comes from, and we will lose our main source of recruits.
- Wikimedia and education, including education about Wikipedia
- Women and (ethnic and sexual) minorities
Three Cascadians who presented [if I missed someone, please add yourself]: myself, Peaceray and User:Buidhe. As it happens, none of us presented on any of the above topics (though we certainly engaged in plenty of the related discussions). I presented about some of my work with archival materials in Commons; Peaceray presented about using Wikidata for the first round of work on a biography; Buidhe presented on how to write featured articles. Also present from Cascadia were User:SounderBruce, User:Another Believer, sometime Cascadian User:Bluerasberry; WMF CPTO Selena Deckelmann, who lives in Portland, gave the opening plenary address. If I missed noting anyone else, please feel free to add yourself.
I was interviewed after the conference for Jim Hedger's Webcology podcast, out of Toronto. Here's a recording. His interview with me starts at about 9:58. Webcology is mostly a webcast about search engine optimization, but I'm interviewed here about my work in Wikimedia Commons (and a bit on Wikipedia). The original plan was to go into this at much greater length, but Google made enormous changes to their algorithm that week, and that inevitably took up most of the air in the room and the time in the podcast. - Jmabel (talk) 05:41, 20 November 2023 (UTC)
Notification of upcoming reporting due date
Greetings group contacts,
This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization reporting date is coming up in 28 day(s). Wikimedia Affiliates are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal.
This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.
As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2023 annual reporting will be due in 2023-12-29. Please be sure to:
- Post your 2023 annual reporting to the meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
- Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
- Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.
If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wadportalwikimedia.org.
Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal
--User:DNdubane_(WMF) 10:36, 30 November 2023 (UTC)