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2016-17 chapter election[edit]

Election planning[edit]

There is discussion about a board appointment. Beyond that, the by-laws require an annual board election. This organization is due for an election.

I have told some Wiki Project Med members that I would draft an election process. I still would like to do that, but I have some challenges, and I wonder if anyone would volunteer to help.

The election should be by "members". There is some ambiguity of what constitutes a member and how they might be notified for an election. Assuming that we have a list of vote-eligible members, then there should be an election process.

I am not aware of any Wikimedia chapter which has documentation of an online election process. Wiki Project Med is an international online organization, so it requires a virtual election. In the past the chapter has had small email and phone officer appointment elections, but there is some demand to open up the organization to an easier and broader election process.

An obvious choice would be SecurePoll. This is the in-wiki voting system used for wiki elections, including Wikimedia Foundation board elections, English Wikipedia Arbitration committee elections, and the Meta-Wiki Steward Elections. As of now, all SecurePoll elections have been set up by WMF staff, and that election system is not available by request. It would be nice to use that system, because with SecurePoll, voting is restricted to people who have Wikipedia accounts. With any off-wiki system, that raises the challenge of confirming that votes are coming from people with Wikipedia accounts.

If we used an off-wiki option for an election, then I am not sure what system is best. SurveyMonkey is extremely popular but I am not sure it fits our need.

If I am left to my own, then eventually I will create a poll in some off-wiki system and draft some Wiki text to be mass-messaged to all members. This organization should probably have an election in October. Thoughts from anyone? In summary, here is what must be done:

  • compile member list
  • confirm voter criteria
  • call for candidates
  • set up off-wiki election tool
  • mass message voters to visit election tool
  • 2-week voting period
  • count votes
  • the current board makes appointments on basis of votes

Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:29, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

User:Bluerasberry thanks for taking this on. Let's move it forwards. What I will do is share the member list with you.
We can than create a mass online mail inviting members to vote. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 21:09, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Call for candidates for the board of the WPMEDF[edit]

Currently, the board of WPMEDF has 10 members and we are considering expanding it to 12. We are looking at running an election this fall / spring. Can all those interested in running in the board election please add their name below. Applications will be open for a month (closing Nov 22, 2016). Half will be elected for a two year term and half for a 4 year term.


It might encourage those who are not already insiders to apply if you say what board membership involves. How often are the meetings held, where, what are the legal and practical preconditions to be a member, what legal fiduciary and financial obligations will a board member assume, what are the governing terms of the trust, how long is the term of office, ... Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 21:27, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

We are looking at 2 and four year terms. With half the board seats standing for election every 2 years.
The organization has no funding at this point in time. We are looking for active board members that will run projects as volunteers. If people are interested in working on grands through WPMEDF for specific project that would also be excellent.
We meet formally once a year at Wikimania and then primarily communicate by email and on Wikipedia. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 10:40, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for that 鈥 it seems quite important for potential members to know what they are signing up for. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 18:10, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
There is always lots to do :-) Am looking for someone who would be interested in managing membership as our organization in that respect is less formal than it should be. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 18:16, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Closing this election[edit]

I am serving as election coordinator. As described above this organization is due for an election. The nomination period for candidates closed on 22 November 2016. All of the nominated candidates meet the organization's criteria to stand for election.

For this term there are 12 candidates and there are 12 seats. The next step would normally be a member vote, but the voting process which would have been held would select the top 12 candidates on the ballot if an election were held as planned. Because the only possible outcome of an election would be to select all 12 candidates, as election coordinator, I am comfortable presenting this slate to the current board as the chosen board for the next term. The organization of a vote among members would be an exercise with no effect on the election outcome. I propose that the current board deem the election resolved by this outcome which is equivalent to the planned vote.

Going forward, I would like to ask the current board to either accept or reject this statement of 2016-17 election results -

  1. Formally raise the number of candidates from 10 as in the last term, to 12 this term, as mentioned here and discussed more off-wiki
  2. Each individual in this slate of candidates is eligible to stand for election
  3. The vote planned would accept 12 candidates on the ballot
  4. In this case, the vote can be skipped due to its having no bearing on the election's outcome
  5. The current term described in the by-laws is one year, but -
  6. As discussed, with these candidates the board is instituting a change in terms. 6 of these candidates will get a 4-year term, and 6 will get a 2 year term, as appointed by the new board when it comes to office.
  7. As always, elected candidates agree to keep the organization's by-laws

Membership elections remain important, but in this instance, the election can end without calling for all members to vote. The membership has had the usual and expected opportunity to engage in the election in this most central forum, and for this term, the membership is getting an election which is appropriate for the current level of member engagement and participation. Anyone who wants reform and more engaged elections for next term can make proposals for change and build more election infrastructure now.

Will a quorum of the the 2015-16 board accept or reject this statement of the election results? Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:13, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

We were looking to go to 2 years and 4 years for the duration. But otherwise looks good. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 22:31, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
Bluerasberry, have you received legal advice to the effect that what you're proposing is actually permitted under New York law? (For what it's worth, my layman's reading of NPC 搂 703 suggests that, if the bylaws state that the board will be elected by the membership, then the board must be elected by the membership; the mere fact that such an election would not be competitive would not give the currently-serving board the authority to simply appoint a successor.) Kirill Lokshin (talk) 22:48, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks User:Kirill Lokshin. I will see about asking a lawyer. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 22:52, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
More emails sent... Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 23:24, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
They recommend that we follow the by laws and the by laws recommend a meeting.[1] Hum Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 00:54, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
We need a meeting then! There are various options. Since the organization is in New York, and probably more members are there than anywhere else, I could host an in-person meeting at Wikipedia Day 2017 in NYC with the option for anyone to join virtually. If a virtual meeting works then I could set that up by phone or video for any time. It would probably be more effective to have a vote as part of a meeting than through any online system. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:55, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
Yes lets do a phone meeting. Hangout will probably work. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 18:33, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
Hi James & Blue Rasberry, was a meeting scheduled..? If so, when? Some of us are not in NY and it's hard to follow this meta page. Could I suggest that we move the scheduling part to email? Thanks, Shani Evenstein 11:20, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
Nothing schedule yet. I get an email every-time someone changes this page. One can set that under preferences on meta. Most of us are not in NY. We have members from NA, SA, Europe, Africa, and Asia Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 15:28, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Community Tech Proposal[edit]

I have submitted a tech proposal here regarding introducing further offline capability to the main Wikipedia app. People's thoughts? Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 19:20, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Voting is open here Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 03:51, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

International League Against Epilepsy[edit]

The ILAE are recruiting editors for Wikipedia :-) [2] Applications are open until Jan 6th, 2017[3]

They have released their encyclopedia (except for images / videos) under a Wikipedia compatible license. Encyclopedia is [4] and under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.

Hope is for co publication both within the journal Epilepsia (Open) and on Wikipedia of articles about specific types of Epilepsy.

Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 12:31, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Late entry into list of candidates for the board of the WPMEDF[edit]

I, Diptanshu Das, am a medical doctor from India specializing in child neurology. I am also a member of Editorial board at WikiJournal of Medicine. I am also a member of the Working group of Open Access India. Somehow, I did not enter myself in the list of prospective candidates for the board of the WPMEDF. I understand that the list of candidates has already been announced and that the voting for acceptance of the members has already been started. I would like to know if the board would like to like to consider my request to be entered into the board as the 13th candidate. A few of the candidates already know about me and my work. I leave it upon you about whether you would like to make an exception and whether it would be feasible at this point of time. DiptanshuTalk 14:02, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Dear Diptanshu Das, thank you for your willingness to be nominated as a board member. Unfortunately, since the election process has already started, we cannot add a new candidate at this point. That said, being on the board is not the most important -- you can (and should) contribute and help advance our joint mission as an active member of the WPMEDF, regardless of whether you are on the board or not. More specifically, after the election process is over next week, and the new board officially begins its term, we will start a discussion about our strategy for the coming year. Members of WPMEDF will be welcome to join the process and take upon themselves tasks for the coming year. We will keep you all updated via our mailing list and our Facebook group. In the meantime, if you haven't registered as a member, please do so via this google form. Looking forward to working with you this year, Shani Evenstein 14:38, 6 January 2017 (UTC)
User:Diptanshu.D there is much to do that does not involve a formal board position. We will have elections again within two years.
Hope to have most discussions / decision making done publically on this talk page so make sure you watch it :-) We for example need to get a newsletter up and running and improve awareness around our work. Best Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 05:26, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Support for Health Information for All[edit]

Hey All I have donated again on our behalf to HIFA[5]. They are a great way to reach out to other NGOs who may be interested in collaborating on global health.

We are listed here[6] Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 01:37, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Report of activity for 2016[edit]

Hey All I have a draft of our report on activities in 2016 here. Please add stuff as appropriate. Hope is to submit it on January 31st. Best Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 23:25, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

WHO License[edit]

Rumor has it that the WHO Is moving to a CC BY SA NC license, a non open non free license. I am wanting to start a petition to try to convince them to adopt an open license instead. Please join the discussion here.

Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 17:46, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Report of activities for 2016[edit]

We are finished our report of activities for 2016 which can be read here. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 02:19, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Looks terrific! TylerDurden8823 (talk) 19:58, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Review of initial updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

Note: Apologies for cross-posting and sending in English. Message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.

The Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. For 15 years, Wikimedians have worked together to build the largest free knowledge resource in human history. During this time, we've grown from a small group of editors to a diverse network of editors, developers, affiliates, readers, donors, and partners. Today, we are more than a group of websites. We are a movement rooted in values and a powerful vision: all knowledge for all people. As a movement, we have an opportunity to decide where we go from here.

This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve. We hope to design an inclusive process that makes space for everyone: editors, community leaders, affiliates, developers, readers, donors, technology platforms, institutional partners, and people we have yet to reach. There will be multiple ways to participate including on-wiki, in private spaces, and in-person meetings. You are warmly invited to join and make your voice heard.

The immediate goal is to have a strategic direction by Wikimania 2017 to help frame a discussion on how we work together toward that strategic direction.

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Thoughts on Strategy[edit]

Our goal is of course to get high quality health care information out to everyone in a format and language they can use. A few thoughts:

1) Expanding community: We have had some amazing collaborations with translators, technical people, and educational institutions, to release of content under open licenses from a number of organizations, to a small increase in long term editors from certain organizations. How do we build on this?

Create strategic partnerships

2) Content: Our content continues to grow. Older stats here. Am looking for someone with technical abilities to help with updates. Hope is Ladsgroup will take over from Andrew West whose other commitments have increased. This data is required to track hard endpoints.

3) Access: One of our great successes this past year has been the offline medical apps. The EN version just passed 100K downloads and the Arabic version 10K. I am currently travelling in the Philippines and the need for offline content is incredible here. Even if one is willing and able to pay for internet / cellular data it simply does not work much / most of the time outside of major cities. And when it does it is so slow. What can we do to increase awareness regarding the apps existence? Improvements are ongoing on the technical side by WMCH.

4) Organization: In the coming year my hope is that we can strength the admin and financial capabilities of our organization. Part of this will involved recruiting a pro bono lawyer. Others will involve updating our by-laws to make them function better for an organization of our geographical distribution. This will allow us to raise money (which may help with programming work).

Others thoughts? Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 08:40, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Measurable goals[edit]

(important to keep in mind that not all that is important can be measured)

  1. Increased amounts of press
  2. Content release
  3. Number of translated medical articles
  4. Conferences attended / spoken at
  5. ...

Wikimania, Montreal, Aug 9th to 13th[edit]

Hey All. Have submitted a proposal for a talk to give an overview of our ongoing efforts.[7] Please attend if able. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 06:33, 19 February 2017 (UTC)