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Nicole Ebber sent an email to the Affiliates and Announcements mailing lists this morning about the 2016 Wikimedia Conference, which will be held in Berlin in April. It says, in part, "WMCON is all about participation. To make the conference a success it will be essential for the invited affiliates to deliberately select their delegates. Participants should come to Berlin to learn and to share, but also to bring the information and learnings back home. We are seeking delegates who will be actively engaged before, during and after the conference and can represent their affiliates. Ideal delegates are those who are involved in the decision making processes in the organization, evaluation specialists, or program leaders."
Regarding eligibility criteria and registration, it says, "To be eligible to attend WMCON16, affiliates must have shown signs of recent activity and be up-to-date on their reporting by January 1. Moreover, affiliates need to have been officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation before December 1, 2015. An eligibility criteria overview will be published next week. Chapters and Thematic Organizations can send two delegates, or up to four, if they have paid staff; User Groups can send one delegate ... Registration opens December 1 and closes on January 15. Please note that this is a sharp deadline. In the months between the registration and WMCON, the PEC will work with the registered participants on elaborating the program of the Wikimedia Conference. Because we want to build the program to fit participant needs and experiences, we would like to learn a little more about your interests in advance. We have published an overview of questions that we will use in the registration form. Please make yourself familiar with these questions already, as they can also help you to select the delegates ... We will open the registration on December 1 and send out further information on logistical matters such as travel and accommodation booking."
WMLGBT should begin a discussion about who we would like to send as a delegate. I assume we will be eligible, though I am not sure if there is some reporting that will need to be completed in order to have representation. If you are interested in representing WMLGBT, please indicate your interest below. -Another Believer (talk) 16:39, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
- I'm unable to go this year as it will be right before my three week trip to Australia and it's very difficult for me to block book time off work which exceeds three weeks. In any case, I was there (informally) last year and I'm probably not the best candidate anyway. We will have to make a decision soon though, as the deadlines are much earlier than last year. CT Cooper · talk 16:28, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
- I am interested in supporting the representative who does go and would like to have a video chat with that person to discuss the conference agenda and to make requests for what I would like the LGBT+ representative to do on behalf of stakeholders in my region. I would not like to go but I would very much like representation at the event. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:56, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
- For the record, I am interested in attending, but I also want to give others the opportunity to represent our group. I enjoyed discussing the Wiki Loves Pride campaign with chapter leaders last year, and sharing updates about the status of WMLGBT+. I did notice, however, that at this time WMLGBT+ is not eligible to attend, per Wikimedia Conference 2016/Eligibility Criteria. We need to complete reporting ASAP in order to have representation. I am not sure exactly what report to complete, or who to send it to. Unfortunately, I am on holiday the next few days, but I am happy to tackle this upon my return. I still urge others to indicate their interest in attending on our behalf. -Another Believer (talk) 18:02, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
- Take a bit of time to review the other reports. You should only need to assemble evidence of what has been happening, most of which should be published over the year here on meta, and add a bit of executive summary. It might be an idea to attempt a hangout/video conference this month with interested user group participants. It's a good idea to have a couple of virtual meetings a year logged on-line, not just to provide evidence of what we get up to, but also to encourage each other's ideas and ways of getting them to fly (without limiting this to Wikimania participants or similar physical meetings). --Fæ (talk) 13:53, 2 December 2015 (UTC)
Great news! Jaime (WMF) has confirmed receipt of our report. WMLGBT+ has been renewed as a user group and is eligible for representation at the Wikimedia Conference. -Another Believer (talk) 18:42, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
Update: The registration deadline is in just over a week. No one else has expressed interest in representing our group, so speak now or forever hold your peace. Otherwise I plan to register for the conference within the next few days to avoid any complications with the registration process. -Another Believer (talk) 20:39, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
- I support AB going. I encourage anyone else interested to speak up for consideration. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:41, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
2016 Just For The Record IEG & PEG Grants notification — intersectional & gender diversity on Wikipedia!
Just For The Record has prepared a combined IEG grant and PEG grant application to work on the promotion of more gender diversity on Wikipedia with an intersectional perspective. These grant applications build upon the exciting results of our 2015-2016 Brussels-based series of events addressing the gender gap on Wikipedia. Just For The Record has created a network in which expertise on these questions is created and shared. With our new applications, we want to expand this knowledge and network beyond the context of the edit-a-thon!
If awarded, the PEG grant will fund: location and refreshments for the 2016-2017 Just For The Record edit-a-thons. If awarded, the IEG grant will fund: research and analysis into the representation of gender on Wikipedia, combined with the construction of a research/ambassador network, leading to an intersectional non-sexist guide on how knowledge and history can be written in a more diverse way. We seek community comment, discussions and endorsement signatures (section at the bottom of the pages) to help complete the grant process: here and here! Many thanks, Lfurter (talk) 09:38, 9 April 2016 (UTC)
- Lfurter Thanks for sharing. Can you point to anything in this proposal that describes any LGBT-related projects or makes any commitment to raise LGBT+ issues? It is not clear to me whether this project includes an LGBT element. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:58, 9 April 2016 (UTC)
- Thank you for your question, Bluerasberry. Indeed, it is an intersectional project that promotes more diversity on Wikipedia, mainly gender-wise (with a wide conception of “gender”), but also including the issues representation of LGBT+ people, as we are mentioning in the first part that we promote other perspectives and representations than that of the generic “31 years old, white, straight, single male with a degree in higher education”, which also says something about the sexuality and gender-identity based representations. I tried to make it a bit more clear under “More Diversity” sub-section, I hope it is understandable. So yes indeed it is not our main focus, but we think it is very important to include it in our project, also because some of the people participating to our events are involved in the LGBT+ community. Lfurter (talk) 13:11, 11 April 2016 (UTC)
Working Session on architecting the information of Georgia House Bill 757
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6:04 pm Participati., me 3 [Time sensitive] WMF merch for your TPS request - Information Architecture Summit Inbox Hi thanks for offering to send the merchandise. I just submitted my order. I will add an update to my Apr 15 me Editathon at IA Summit? Greetings from the North, Who might I talk to about hosting a mini editathon during the Information May 21, 2015 Pharos [Wikimedia NYC] June 10: WikiWednesday Salon and Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting Hi Wiki Yorkers, You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our next evening " firstname.lastname@example.org Editathon at IA Summit?
Nwhysel to wikimedia-us-ga-atl 12 days agoDetails Greetings from the North,
Who might I talk to about hosting a mini editathon during the Information Architecture Summit, May 5-8 in Atlanta? (iasummit.org). I am a member of the NYC Wikimedia group and have been accepted to host an editathon and introduction to Wikipedia editing activity as part of the conference game night, which is usually held on Saturday night. I would love to invite Wikipedia Atlanta members to participate as facilitators. I did an introduction to Wikipedia at this event last year in Minneapolis and was happy to get assistance from three local Wikipedians.
I am seeking assistance from and introduction to Atlanta-based Wiki Loves Pride editors. The Information Architecture Institute is hosting a working session on architecting the information of Georgia House Bill 757 the evening of May 7 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. This is a side activity concurrent with ASIS&T's Information Archiitevture Summit. The IA Institue typically colocates its Annual member meeting at the IA Summit and had considered boycotting the event to protest the bill. However on reflection they felt it would be more productive to host an open discussion of inclusiveness and diversity. An editathon might be a good complement. I had seen plans for a Wiki Loves Pride event in Atlanta in June so it could be a nice lead up to that activity: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Pride_2016/Atlanta
Please let me know if anyone is interested and I can forward additional details. Looking forward to my Atlanta visit!