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Cascadia Wikimedians User Group inaugural board meeting[edit]

See the Seattle monthly meetup on 1/13/2015, 6pm to 10pm for details.

LGBT Cascadia meetup 12 Jan in Vancouver[edit]

I am not sure who is organizing this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:29, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps the school itself? Hopefully they have someone familiar with Wikipedia on site to help out. I went ahead and created a meetup page at English Wikipedia and also posted about the event on the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group talk page here at Meta. -Another Believer (talk) 23:23, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Events and activities in the Cascadia region[edit]

I expanded Cascadia Wikimedians/Events a bit (mostly by adding Seattle monthly meetups) and attempted to beautify the page with a few images. If you see something missing, please add! I will try to keep this page updated with events and activities to make reporting easier. --Another Believer (talk) 01:54, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Board positions[edit]

Dear Wikimedians, We had our first two board meetings this month. Our initial board members are:

  • Another Believer
  • Brianhe
  • Mako
  • Peaceray
  • Pine
  • Ragesoss

The following appointments have been made:

  • President: Peaceray
  • Vice President: Mako
  • Secretary: Another Believer
  • Treasurer: Brianhe
  • Executive Director: Pine


Peaceray, President of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group + Another Believer, Secretary of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group

-Another Believer (talk) 17:38, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Project and Event Grant (PEG) application[edit]

Cascadia Wikimedians User Group Quick Start Grant application approved[edit]

Thank you Wikimedia DC. -Another Believer (talk) 15:57, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Update: Following a majority vote in favor of the grant agreement, a signed document has been returned to Wikimedia DC. This form should be used to provide a report by April 30. -Another Believer (talk) 15:54, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Oregon State University collaboration[edit]

Check out this blog post by the Wiki Education Foundation: The Oregon State Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Club will be participating in a pilot program. I added a bit of information at Cascadia Wikimedians/Education Program, which, by the way, I would ask you to update if you know of any other Education Program collaborations in the Cascadia region.

WEF is currently looking for other groups to participate in this pilot program. Spoiler alert, I will be working with two classes at Reed College later this month. Not sure if it will be part of this pilot program specifically, but the instructor plans to create a page at the WEF dashboard and this will be another institutional collaboration which I hope will lead to more opportunities in the future. -Another Believer (talk) 20:46, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Tracking participation in editing-focused events[edit]

Hi folks. Pine has set up "course pages" on Wikipedia that we can use to track participation in events like workshops and edit-a-thons:

I've set up an instance of the Dashboard project that can connect to course pages, to give added detail about what people are up to:

If you want to add another course page to the "Cascadia" set on that Dashboard, just give me a ping or add the course id to this page: w:Wikipedia:Education_program/Dashboard/Cascadia

--Ragesoss (talk) 15:47, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

This is an awesome new tool. I have experience using the education extension and if anyone wants to connect to talk about its use in outreach and the utility of this new tool then I would talk with you.
In short, this tool allows for easy on-wiki signup for all participants in a meetup. This is a huge hassle otherwise especially for new users. Additionally, it gives easy to read and very inspiring metrics of the outcomes of meetups, including number of articles edited and the pageviews of readers who are reading those articles.
In my opinion this is a low or zero time commitment procedure change which will immediately have a big payback, assuming that it is minimally functional as it seems to be. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:33, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Safe space policy[edit]

This link contains the Cascadia Wikimedians User Group's safe space policy. I will also post on the Main Page and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you, -Another Believer (talk) 22:11, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

See also Friendly space policies and Code of conduct. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:21, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Reporting our activities[edit]

With formal recognition and potential funding, we will be expected to report on our activities and events (rightly so). I think it would be very helpful if we made it a habit to document and results of our activities immediately (within reason) following events or campaigns so that we are not scrambling at the end of a funding cycle or upon request by WMF or another funder. Plus, reporting retroactively is never easy and it doesn't serve us well as we are trying to learn what works and what doesn't within our region.

I wonder if we can discuss the sorts of things we wish to report/document and what metrics we can use. I admit, most of my reporting for Portland events has been simple stats or even anecdotal, such as the number of attendees, a list of articles worked on, and what went well or what was challenging. But, I know there are great tools for reporting such as WikiMetrics (which I have never used) or even the new Wiki Education Foundation dashboard, which I have also never used.

Can we talk about what we want to record and how we can obtain metrics? It might be helpful to even draft a report template for future use. -Another Believer (talk) 19:35, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Education Program collaboration: ART354 at Reed College[edit]

Tomorrow I will be teaching students in two classes about Wikipedia. This Education page has been created, in case you wish to follow progress or serve as an online volunteer. I can share the WEF Dashboard link, too, once that is available. I've been looking for a way to collaborate with Reed for quite a while now (I live within walking distance, which makes it particularly convenient), so I am glad something finally came to fruition. Hopefully this marks the first of many future collaborations. -Another Believer (talk) 18:37, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Women's Wikipedia group at University of Oregon[edit]

I suppose that eventually there should be a place to list these things. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:43, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up! Added to main page and to WikiProject Oregon category. -Another Believer (talk) 15:10, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Spring 2015 UW Community Data Science Workshops - register by April 3rd![edit]

Hi Cascadians! There will be another set of Community Data Science Workshops at UW starting on April 10th. Details here. Apply by April 3rd for best consideration. The series consists of one Friday evening and three saturday sessions. It is free and open to the public, and lunch is included! You don't need to know anything about programming or data science to participate. If you do already know a little Python, please consider registering as a mentor—these workshops require a lot of individual mentorship to work, and it's a lot of fun (and you might still learn something!). Ping me if you have any questions. Also: could someone post this annoucement to I don't have an account there yet. Cheers, Jtmorgan (talk) 21:45, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Nominations are being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections[edit]

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Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements[edit]

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