Talk:Wikimedian in residence

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Nemo does not understand[edit]

I really don't understand the issue. We should care about something only if we're directly involved: what a WiR needs to be clear for us so that 1) institutions ask possible things, 2) we know what to offer and ask and who to propose. If we're not involved in the preparation of the project nor in the selection of the person, there's no reason to care and if something goes wrong we'll just blame whoever is responsible. On the contrary, if we try to regulate things we can't control we'd fail to control them but we'd be blamed for failing because we would have asserted our duty to control them. --Nemo 12:15, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Nemo bis Thanks for raising the issue, I just re-wrote this page, maybe now you can understand. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:11, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Auto-updating WiR table[edit]

Very nearly ready! I think I've just finished all of the wikidata items (table). Should soon be fully implementable, and the suggestion at talk:WREN is that it might be best to merge to this page from outreach:Wikimedian_in_residence. In the meantime, see the map! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 08:33, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Evolution and evolvability yes I agree do you have ideas for getting your table or other data visualizations represented here? Thanks for all that you have done. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:12, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
I've noted some visualisation ideas over at Talk:WREN to centralise discussion. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 00:10, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

2019 updates to this page[edit]

I just rewrote this page.

Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:59, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Thanks again to llywrch for the 2006 essay[edit]

Thanks llywrch for the 2006 essay "Wikipedian-in-residence, a proposal". At that time llywrch was in Portland and I was in Seattle, which are two nearby cities in Cascadia which share a common culture. I got my first paid professional Wikipedia appointment for a few months in the summer of 2006, and although I have not been able to trace the thread of social relationships, I believe that the nonprofit organization which hired me must have done so on the recommendation from all the Wikipedia meetups and discussions happening in Seattle and Portland in that time. People from each of those cities were in communication and travel with people from the other. At a different position for the University of Washington I got department approval to edit Wikipedia as part of my outreach objectives in medical research in 2008. In 2010 I was regularly presenting Wikipedia at medical organizations in Seattle and especially at the University of Washington. Other schools did Wikipedia projects in Seattle and Portland in that time too. The United States Public Policy Initiative began at that time, also in Cascadia organized by the same community, and that project also was a key precedent in the Wikipedia Education Program in India. It happens that I was in India attempting to teach Wikipedia around that time, and some of the American people behind the Wikipedia Education Program in India were also with that Public Policy Initiative. We were not collaborating directly but we had the same ideological and programmatic origins. All of these programs collectively were major contributing factors to the establishment of the Wiki Education Foundation. When I was doing wiki outreach in Seattle, Richard / Pharos in 2010 encouraged me to join the United States national network of wiki outreach activists. He was in New York City similarly in appointments for what many people now call "Wikimedian in Residence" roles. When Consumer Reports in 2012 offered me an appointment as Wikimedian in Residence, they had hired Peteforsyth from the Portland Wikipedia community and the Public Policy project to assist them with the hiring decision. I did not know Pete at that time, nor did I personally know Richard, but after Consumer Reports hired me Richard met me within 24 hours of my arrival to NYC and described to me how he managed his institutional affiliations. When Consumer Reports took me on it was the first time an organization made a full-time role for a person to only engage in Wikipedia. It was also the first permanent position, and I stayed there for a little over 6 years. My Consumer Reports role depended on university partnerships, where so many people in Cascadia, New York City, and Maharashtra had done so much work. I am aware that other projects from Central and South America, East Asia, and Europe had their own social connections and their own story of institutional partnerships, and I am less familiar with those. For me so much of my professional direction and work traces back to whatever community conversation was happening in Cascadia, and if I had to point to a single powerful intervention which pushed a lot of thought forward, then it would be this 2006 essay which either guided thought or was the product of intense local conversation and thought. Thanks Geoff Burling / llywrch for speaking out at the right time. I would like to properly draft out this narrative in a more full way to the extent that you can remember 13 years ago and we can get other parts of this into the story. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Foundation in new media with metrics[edit]

When I describe Wikimedian in Residence positions I typically make the comparison to hiring staff to post to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any other new media outlet.

All organizations are familiar with the concept of hiring social media staff to manage their online outreach. The nature of the relationship is to post content on a website then track media metrics as a way to measure impact and success.

The early development of the Wikimedian in Residence concept had its basis in these media metrics and comparison to social media. When I got my appointment in March 2012 at Consumer Reports, I defined the role as "post content, measure pageviews", which was also my recommendation for how that organization should plan its social media team. In time the social media team grew to about 10 people in that organization of ~600 full time staff.

I got the idea of doing this from the Cascadia region where a group of us who became Wikimedia Cascadia where already discussing this model. Various people in Cascadia split off to lay the foundation of media metrics into the Wiki Education Foundation outreach plan, so the tens of thousands of professors who edit wiki in their format also measure these media metrics. Media metrics are fundamental to the programs in New York City, medicine and WREN meetings.

I advocate for anyone who wants to explain the Wikimedian in Residence concept to an organization to explain it in terms of tracking audience engagement. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:33, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

@Astinson (WMF): Thoughts? Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:50, 5 February 2020 (UTC)