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Introducing Wikimedia Space: A platform for movement news and organizations[edit]

Hi Wiki Project Med,
I’m writing to let you know that the Community Engagement department [1]at the Wikimedia Foundation is launching a new platform, Wikimedia Space. Here, you will find stories for and by contributors to the Wikimedia movement, and a space for discussions of different topics.

We know that finding information about Wikimedia activities and processes is very complicated, which makes the learning curve to enter our movement and be successful afterwards, really steep. By centralizing community stories and conversations in one shared space, we believe we are facilitating access and discoverability of topics across the movement, improving, in turn, connections among Wikimedians.

As an affiliated organization to the Wikimedia Foundation, we hope that you can share this platform with your local community, and we count on you to encourage them to add their voices. If you’d like to contribute stories, and overall, participate in the discussion section, please read our blogging guidelines and our code of conduct and join the conversation. Find more information about the project on its page on Meta.

Looking forward to seeing you at Wikimedia Space,
María Cruz, Communications and Outreach Manager, Wikimedia Foundation.
MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:53, 25 June 2019 (UTC)


Supporting your work in Wikimedia Space[edit]

Hello Wiki Project Med!

Congratulations on your recent recognition as a thematic organization! I see that a good amount of your work revolves around networking with and training experts in the medical field to increase contributions related to medical content on the projects. I want to offer you a resource that can help maintain organized, searchable discussions with the volunteers you train, and help you publicize your work to outside audiences. It’s called Wikimedia Space, and you can read a quick intro to it.

Let’s chat! I’d be happy to give you a demo and answer any questions. --ELappen (WMF) (talk) 23:32, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Edit: I see you received a message above. Doesn't hurt to invite you all again! I hope you'll consider checking out Space as a resource.

Juror for WSC2019[edit]

Hi, I am refining the list of international juror for Wiki Science Competition. Thre will be soon more names from Ireland or Poland or Switzerland or Estonia... you see only four at the moment but only because collecting all the information such as the picture , takes time with people who are quite busy. There are few places left for a jury of circa 10 member. Does anyone want to join and represent the education sector? Let me know. For the international jury a certain relevance in the field (e.g. professor) would be apreciated. Of course it all depends also on some additional factor such as gender ratio and balance of fields but in the worst case I will keep the name in mind for the following edition. Thank you!--Alexmar983 (talk) 22:32, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

FYI I confirmed a juror with expertise in medicine and wikimedia platform, but contact me if you just want to know more. Bye.--Alexmar983 (talk) 23:56, 20 October 2019 (UTC)

Proposal of a pilot to try to solve tech issues[edit]

Have proposed a potential pilot here WikiProject Med/Tech/Process Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:42, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

Introducing Wikimedia Diary: A memory book (notebook) for all[edit]

Wikipedia Education Globe 1.png Wikimedia Diary
Hello Wiki Project Med, I wanna share you about Wikimedia Diary, a public memory book (notebook) in which Wikimedians from all over the world are free to write any worth noting event/activities/experiences by them or community in this Wiki world. It is a more casual place to write about what one is up to.

As we all know, a diary is a book in which diarist keeps a daily record of events and experiences. Likewise, the basic idea of Wikimedia Diary is that we do many activities here in wiki world which we are proud of, but unfortunately it became only the history anytime. So, It is meant to record those activities on the happened date with a signature (~~~~) which is worth noting, and letting fellow Wikimedians know about what inspirational you've did. It would motivate users from all around the world to keep on cool activities and publish a note. I hope you share your activities with all of us on the page, and please let your friends know about Wikimedia Diary. Also, your feedback is welcome on the discussion page. Thank you!
Kind regards,
Tulsi Bhagat, Initiator of Wikimedia Diary, Wikimedia movement communications group.
MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:09, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

2019 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of fourteen members, selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2021.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process that was initiated in 2016. While the affiliation models continue to be discussed as part of the broader strategy discussion, as no decisions have been made to change the current affiliation models yet, AffCom will continue to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. Specifically, AffCom will continue to process applications for user group and chapter/thematic organization creation, while we await the strategy next steps and begin to prepare for a smooth transition of the committee and affiliates ecosystem to any changing movement structures and systems in 2021.

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

Required and Recommended Skills for Affiliations Committee Members[edit]

Across all committee members there are additional relevant skills as well as requirements which help to support the committee and its sustainability which include both required and relevant general skills

Required Skills[edit]

  • Fluency in English
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.
  • Strong track record of effective collaboration
  • International orientation

Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Public Communications (English writing and speaking skills)
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Documentation practices
  • Interviewing experience
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus
  • Experience with, or in, an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Teamwork
    • Focusing on shared goals instead of disagreements
    • Focusing on the conflict at hand and not past ones
    • Ensuring each member of the team has a clearly defined role, which can help reduce disagreements over areas of responsibility
    • Project and people management to coordinate different parties on a shared plan and seeing it through to completion.
  • Problem-Solving
    • Ability to evaluate various solutions
    • Ability to consider multiple interests and points of view
    • Willingness to revisit unresolved issues
    • The capacity to recognize and respond to important matters
    • The ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.

Given the expectations for maintaining course in 2020 and preparing for potential 2021 transitions, it is important that we are also clear about two different skill sets critical to committee support at this time. The first skillset is oriented to understanding affiliate dynamics and organizational development patterns to successfully process affiliate applications for recognition; the other is oriented to conflict prevention and intervention support for affiliates in conflict.

Affiliate Recognitions Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Administration
    • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
    • Attention to detail
  • Monitoring & Strategic Development
    • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
  • Organizational Awareness
    • Understanding of and community building and organizational development
    • Understanding of group dynamics
    • Awareness of the affiliates ecosystem and models

Conflict Prevention & Intervention Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Communication
    • Active listening
    • Reading nonverbal cues
    • Knowing when to interrupt and when to stay quiet
    • Being culturally sensitive at the same time remaining clear and concise when explaining a concept or opinion
  • Stress Management
    • Patience
    • Positivity
    • Ability to inject a dose of humor to dilute anger and frustration when needed
    • Taking well-timed breaks that can bring calm in the midst of flared tempers
    • Ability to manage stress while remaining alert and calm
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • Being emotionally aware,
    • Ability to control emotions and behaviors,
    • Ability to practice empathy,
    • Impartiality,
    • Don’t take anything personally,
    • Being aware of and respectful of differences.
  • Facilitation skills
    • Meeting facilitation experience
    • Peer or community mediation training
    • Peer or community mediation experience

Do you have any of these skill sets and an interest to support movement affiliates?

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process[edit]

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2019 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. We invite you to share with us you applications, specifying your focus area you’re interested in. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2020, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply[edit]

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to AffCom(_AT_) by 10 January 2020. Your application must include the following information:

  • Your full name and Wikimedia username
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
  • Answers to the following questions:
  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you uniquely qualified?
  4. Which subcommittee are you most interested in serving on: Recognitions OR Conflict Prevention & Intervention?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

On behalf of the committee,

Camelia Boban, AffCom member

Pointers for an upcoming presentation and panel[edit]

Hi all. My name is Leila and I'm the Head of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm getting in touch with you as I'll be sharing a 10-min remark and participating in a panel on Data Voids (What do you do when there is no good information? Why are these voids of information important to address?) on 2020-02-21 in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In my remarks, I'll talk about how Wikipedia works at the high level. I'm reaching out to you to ask if you have pointers for me to read and possibly share more about the work you all do in Wiki Project Medicine. I am open to any pointers/information. I'm also interested in specific pointers re the following:

  • How does Wiki Project Medicine mobilize around content creation and dissemination at the time of potential local and global scale crisis? (Ebola, Coronavirus, ...).
  • Are there specific processes you follow on different language Wikipedias to make sure the content stay accurate or verifiable, especially when content receives high spikes of views?
  • Related to the above, are there attempts to spread disinformation about medical content on Wikipedia and how do you attempt to address them? (Is there something specific about medicine and health in addressing disinformation or the usual processes of Wikipedia are followed?)
  • Is there anything in your workflow which relates to other (social media) platforms with regards to combating disinformation?

I'm sharing the questions as a sample of things I'm interested to learn more about. Please don't feel obliged to answer all or any of them. I'd appreciate any input you may have. Thanks! --LZia (WMF) (talk) 20:00, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

@LZia (WMF): The WikiProject Medicine community is obviously diverse, so I'll answer just specific to me. Because I'm involved in research, I tend to direct-contact experts in the field to try to encourage them to create/update the relevant articles. I emphsaise the readership and impact of Wikipedia and why it is a key health information source. Additionally, because of my focus on WikiJournals, I also these days note that it is possible to have their work put throgh peer review and publication to produce a citable publication. The WikiJournal User Group also maintains a 'most wanted' list of topics that we have noticed are under-developed / missing / out of date and try to identify suitable people to reach out to. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 01:35, 18 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for this. :) --LZia (WMF) (talk) 00:44, 19 February 2020 (UTC)
  • @LZia (WMF): I will be at this event as will 10 other Wikipedia community members. Come talk to us about it! Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 11:48, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
Hi Bluerasberry. Thanks for letting me know. I'm looking forward to seeing you all then. :) (I may not be able to attend the event today due to conflict in meetings, tomorrow for sure I'll be there.) --LZia (WMF) (talk) 12:18, 20 February 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos[edit]

Dear Wikimedia Affiliate Community,

We are inviting you to participate in Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP), a new global contest scheduled to run from July through August 2020:

Participants will choose among Wikipedia pages without photo images, then add a suitable file from among the many thousands of photos in the Wikimedia Commons, especially those uploaded from thematic contests (Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Folklore, etc.) over the years.

WPWP offers a focused task for guiding new editors through the steps of adding content to existing pages. It can be used to organize editing workshops and edit-a-thons.

The organizing team is looking for a contact person at the Chapter, Thematic group & Wikimedia User Group level (geographically or thematically), or for a language WP, to coordinate the project locally. We’d be glad for you to sign up directly at WPWP Participating Communities

Thank you,

Deborah Schwartz Jacobs

On behalf of Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos Organizing Team - 21:19, 9 May 2020 (UTC)