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Presentation in Montreal[edit]

Hello, everyone!

Presentation given at the Wikipedian-in-Residence Birds of a Feather session during Wikimania Montréal 2017.

I would like to extend my gratitude on-wiki to everyone that attended and everyone that supported the Wikimedian-in-residence Birds of a Feather Session and the WiR work in general. It was a great session, and I hope to see this proposed user group develop in great lenghts!

ALso would like to post here the slides of the presentation, as well as the Etherpad link, with all the notes. I'll save them, in case any problems with it arises.

Horadrim~usurped (talk) 16:39, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Meeting with AffCom 12pm at Wikimania today[edit]

We are meeting with the Affiliations Committee about recognition as a user group today (Sunday) at 12pm, on the 7th floor of the Sheraton in room 720. All are invited!--Pharos (talk) 13:06, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Facebook group[edit]

@Horadrim~usurped, Pharos, and Mtmlan84: How are we coming on the Facebook group (or other mode of communication)? If it's not in progress now, I'll create it myself this weekend. John P. Sadowski (NIOSH) (talk) 02:00, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

@John P. Sadowski (NIOSH): I guess go ahead and set it up, if you haven't already.--Pharos (talk) 17:01, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
By all means—I got busy myself and didn't get around to it... John P. Sadowski (NIOSH) (talk) 18:05, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
Facebook group made: John P. Sadowski (NIOSH) (talk) 17:39, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

Discussion about regulation on English Wikipedia[edit]

There is a discussion at English Wikipedia's Conflict of Interest board about developing standards and regulations for Wikimedians in Residence.

I thought that this is relevant because this user group has been imagined as a peer support and standards organization which recommends what paid staff Wikipedians should and should not do. There are cultural norms in place but some staff Wikipedian projects have pushed the norms. Likewise, staff Wikipedians could use the support of a professional organization to help them guide their employers on where staff Wikipedians can have the most impact and what paths for engagement are unlikely to be useful. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:01, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

Autoconfirmed article creation trial, and getting news out to staff Wikimedians in general[edit]

At English Wikipedia the en:Wikipedia:Autoconfirmed article creation trial was a research study from September 2017 to March 2018 examining the effects of preventing new users from creating Wikipedia articles. This study is significant to Wikimedians in Residence who present wiki trainings and events where they might recruit new users to engage with Wikimedia projects, including by creating new articles on Wikipedias.

I am writing here to signal some of the people commenting on that trial to alert them to the existence of this new and forming wiki community group. There were some people at the ACTrial page saying that they did not know about this research, and that people who do wiki outreach have a special need to know. I cannot say that this Wikimedian in Residence community group presents news effectively, but this is the only dedicated organization for Wikimedians in Residences to communicate among themselves. I regret developing yet another Wikimedia community group with its own communication and discussion but for now, this group is just this one message board on meta and there is a great affinity for staff Wikimedians to be aligned with each other in how we all present ourselves. Currently the group has almost 0 labor, 0 budget, and 0 planning, but many members agree that when so many of us are employed as Wikimedians and are managing valuable partnerships which bring media donations, publicity, increased user engagement, and other priority participation in Wikimedia projects, then those employees ought to be in touch with each other to advocate for these kinds of partnerships.

Right now this group has no miracles or solutions to offer but in the future if anyone sees research, discussions, or issues which might interest professional wiki people, then please post those issues here for higher visibility. I will ping the people who messaged at en:Wikipedia_talk:Autoconfirmed_article_creation_trial#ACTRIAL_and_Outreach_work saying that Wikimedians doing outreach did not hear about this trial. In the United States many people did discuss this. Somehow it seems like in the UK communication channels people did not hear. @Stinglehammer, TonyBallioni, Joe Roe, Legacypac, RexxS, Kudpung, Richard Nevell, Ammienoot, Jytdog, Power~enwiki, and Jason.nlw:

If anyone hears anything similar then consider posting here on this talk page.

Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:09, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Lane. For anyone interested, I've created a draft proposal at en:User:TonyBallioni/Event coordinator to address some of the concerns people who are involved in outreach have. TonyBallioni (talk) 16:07, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, thank you. I'll put this page on my watchlist and try to check meta every so often, though it might be useful to be proactive in sending notifications when new items are posted to this message board. Richard Nevell (talk) 19:25, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

BoF at the 2018 GLAMWiki Conference[edit]

Hi, everyone!

I've created a submission to the Birds of a feather section at the 2018 GLAMwiki Conference with the intention of bringing together Wikimedians-in-Residence (WiRs) and Student Workers to talk about their experiences.

GLAM Wikimedian-in-Residence and Student Workers Birds of a Feather

I hope you guys can participate and spread the word.

Thank you!

--GiFontenelle (talk) 20:07, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Curating a recommended reading list[edit]

During the recent online call, we discussed taking steps toward our group becoming a hub of documentation that is relevant to our community of practice. To start that off, we'd like to curate a reading list of some of the resources that members have found particularly useful, including those we like by other members. I'd like to nominate Wikidata in Wikimedia projects by User:John Cummings to start off such a section on the front side of this page.--Pharos (talk) 23:48, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Pharos (talk · contribs), can I suggest that we make sure that all reading list materials available in the Wikimedia Resource Center or perhaps even build the reading list in the center in some way? I would like to try and avoid this. John Cummings (talk) 09:08, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

@John Cummings: Do you think we should start a Wikimedia Resource Center/Wikimedian in Residence page, similar to the other thematic pages in Category:Wikimedia Resource Center, and also include our links on other thematic pages as appropriate?--Pharos (talk) 17:03, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

@Pharos:, I don't know, the main issue the WRC tries to avoid is the creation of new pages, its trying to collate resources in a central database and adding tags to help people explore, let me do a bit of research to find a good option, we can start creating somewhere as a draft and then move somewhere more permanent. John Cummings (talk) 22:00, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Third party media[edit]

Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:45, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Request for support - 2019 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation Community Tech Team hosts an annual survey where any Wikimedia community member may make a small request for technical development of the Wikimedia projects. This year community members made 212 proposals. From November 16-30 there is voting at Community Wishlist Survey 2019. The Community Tech Team will develop the top 10 proposals in 2019 to present them by the end of the year. Vote now! Also plan your wishes for the next year.

For context, see last year's top 10 proposals or the general documentation page for wishlist surveys since 2015.

If anyone wants to highlight a wish for WREN consideration then please post it below. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:39, 19 November 2018 (UTC)


This survey encourages community advertising and canvassing. I made a proposal and I would appreciate any votes of support which anyone would give.

For anyone who does not know, when organizations come to Wikipedia they tend to seek contact by email. Probably half of all the big organizations a person can name has edit requests in the archives of OTRS. I would like to surface these to get more communication of all sorts happening, including communication between every organization and the Wikimedia community. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:39, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Job posting - medicine - Washington D.C.[edit]

PCORI, well known in health research distribution in the United States, is hiring a Wikimedian.

Please see the notice that I posted to English Wikipedia's WikiProject Medicine at en:Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#PCORI_hiring_a_Wikipedian_in_Residence_for_a_one-year_term. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:19, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Applied for Wikimedia Foundation grant - seeking comment and support[edit]


Since March 2018 I have been Wikimedian in Residence (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network) at the University of Virginia. Among other things I organize collaborations with the library. Some notes on my projects are at University of Virginia.

In the above proposal I am assisting some librarians, researchers, and our copyright lawyer in requesting US$15,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation in the November 2018 call for projects as described at Grants:Project. With this money the library would, in summer 2019, develop a tool kit and event package for more libraries to celebrate Public Domain Day and to incorporate Wikimedia engagement into their program. We will be hosting a Public Domain Day event of our own with Wikimedia engagement in January 2019 to get experience before starting the grant funded project.

I am posting this to the WREN group because I want Public Domain Day to this to be an annual holiday for Wikimedians and librarians, and many Wikimedians in Residence are at and will be at libraries.

If anyone can sign to support then I appreciate that. If anyone has comments of any kind please post to the talk page. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Bluerasberry: If you want to revisit this in the future, I am interested as my close friends do this as a mini festival in Brussels for several years now. Would love to do something in my region and elsewhere also. --Zblace (talk) 07:34, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
@Zblace: This next year is the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia and of course another of the bigger public Domain Days since the opening of public domain in the United States and Wikimedia servers. This is a great time for someone to apply for this. I could do this same thing alone at my university again, however, the money means less to me and us and we more care that someone do something. We already have lots of wiki activities at my school.
Would any of your friends and colleagues be interested in adapting this grant proposal for yourselves? If you did, me and my university library would support as a second. I think that a very powerful component of this should be promoting the import to commons of content made public domain in the United States every year, since that has been the bottleneck. I think many Wikimedians in Residence would support this. What do you think? Blue Rasberry (talk) 12:00, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry: Sounds good. Is there a good way to prepare well in advance? Maybe go through listing of what is actually being released? I am personally interested in visual media, but curious of other also. Zblace (talk) 19:05, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:10, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

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The Affiliations Committee – 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 advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are 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 2020.

Key skills

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, including the following key skills and experience:

- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

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

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/December 2018, 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 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to by 31 December 2018. 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 three 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 a uniquely qualified candidate?

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!

Best regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 06:25, 17 December 2018 (UTC)


At the monthly meeting there has been discussion about reorganizing this page for a while. Today I posted {{WREN}}, a navigational box which divides the content we have to share among some subpages. Hopefully this makes the environment more welcoming for people to post contributions and also makes it easier to keep our documentation sorted.

We discuss at the next meeting! I am pausing before copy/pasting signatures to the "join" page because I think that would re-ping everyone, and I thought it would be best to get feedback from the regulars before drawing too much general attention. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:16, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Mission statement December 2018[edit]

Since November 2018 various people in this organization have become more serious about drafting a mission statement. Collectively people decided to have discussions off-wiki with off-wiki notes. While the ideas are not completely formed, I have a draft of the content posted at

Everyone who has attended the online monthly meetings in the past 6 months has seen this and was a contributor. Luca Martinelli, Rachel Helps, Richard Knipel, Dominic Byrd-McDevitt signed their names to comments on the draft. The intent was to get a draft on wiki and develop it more from here. I expect there will be revisions but here is where things are for now. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:13, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

New Affiliations Committee appointments[edit]

AffCom is excited to share with you the news that the Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the Bylaws during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019.

This change allows the participation of User Groups in the Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process.

To read the Board's announcement, please click here

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:45, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Help us make Wikipedia talk pages more accessible to more participants[edit]


Our team at the Wikimedia Foundation is working on a project to improve the ease-of-use and productivity of wiki talk pages. As an affiliate, I can imagine you’ve run into challenges explaining talk pages to first-time participants, or it is an consultation that would interest your members.

We want all contributors to be able to talk to each other on the wikis – to ask questions, to resolve differences, to organize projects and to make decisions. Communication is essential for the depth and quality of our content, and the health of our communities.

We're currently leading a global consultation on how to improve talk pages, and we're looking for groups that can discuss and report on their experiences using (or helping other people to use) wiki talk pages. We'd like to invite you to participate, with the user groups that you belong to. You can learn more about the consultation at and if you're interested in hosting a group discussion (on-wiki or off-wiki), you can sign up at the participant sign-up group.

If you’d like to participate or if you have any questions, please contact us and let us know. The more people participate from many horizons, the better the outcome will be.

Thank you! Trizek (WMF) 15:29, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Call for complementary facilitators and more to get the ASBS 2019 process started![edit]

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Hi everyone, hope all is fine with you!

The next weeks will be intense, as affiliates figure out their participation in the process that will soon select 2 people for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Since new Bylaws established that the user groups are for the first time going to be involved in such process, a lot more support than before is certainly going to be necessary, among other things, for big and healthy conversations on the topic. Hence, please encourage members of your group to become a complementary facilitator, or sign up yourself! You can add yourself to the list on Meta or reply to me to flag availability. One person from the facilitators group should soon be selected to liaise with the Foundation Board’s Chair, María Sefidari, on behalf of all affiliates, and it may be wise to also find a deputy for them.

Finally, if you can think of any huge obstacles that would prevent your group from participating to the process (for instance, a language barrier, or lack of good decision-making mechanisms, etc.), please reach out to me directly: it is really important that we hear about them as early as possible. Thank you! Elitre (WMF) 15:23, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

Update on the Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 process[edit]

Hi all,

The Election Facilitators met on Friday, April 5. We finalized the resolution, which is now frozen. The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation will be asked to approve the resolution.

We have made two small changes to be more inclusive. We extended the date for compliance with AffCom reporting and being in good standing to May 7 to allow time for as many Affiliates as possible to be current with these requirements. The Election Facilitators adjusted the language in case a quorum is not met during the election.

On the talk page of the resolution one issue was raised. The issue looks like to be about a possible candidate. Affiliates will have ample time to discuss the merits of candidates during nomination time, screening time, and they can cast their votes on candidates. The Election Facilitators didn't see the necessity for this change, and left the resolution on this point unchanged.

The Election Facilitators will be Abhinav Srivastava, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Ad Huikeshoven, Neal McBurnett and Alessandro Marchetti. We will welcome more volunteers to assist us in this process, to reach out to the diversity in language and gender in our communities, and do so in an advisory role.

The nomination period opens on April 15. We are going to prepare nomination pages on Meta. You can expect a call for nominations. There is a draft call, including a candidates' profile section with non-binding guidelines about experience and characteristics for nominees. You are welcome to add your insights, or discuss on the talk page.

Erica Litrenta (WMF staff) supports us in this process. She will reach out to all affiliates through mail and other channels to make sure we are up to date with (user)name and contact details of your primary contact.

On behalf of the Election Facilitators, Ad Huikeshoven 10:52, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

As one of the Election Facilitators in the ASBS process this year, I will recuse myself from discussing nominees or anything specific with our user group's voting in this election.
However, as a member of this user group, I do want to ensure that we have these discussions.
To this point, I request that those who are our user group representatives to AffComm begin the discussion about how this will happen and how our user group membership will discuss this. Our User Group representatives should have already received emails about this process and notice about an informal Telegram group where User Group representatives are gathering to discuss how this may be done, as this will be a new experience for all of us. Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 13:16, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Update about the Affiliate-selected Board seats process 2019[edit]

ASBS 2019.pdf

Hello everyone!

  • The Resolution has been approved by the Board of Trustees;
  • Nominations phase is now open, from April 15 00:00 UTC to April 30 23:59 UTC. See the Call for Candidates and Nominations pages;
    • Community members may ask questions of the candidates;
  • Your main representative has just received an email to confirm that they are indeed the primary contact and will perform official actions on behalf of your group (such as endorsing candidates and then voting). Some groups also need to verify their eligibility status in due time, as explained in the email;
  • New content is available to spread awareness around the process - the infographic on this page has clickable links and can be translated, and a primer is available, that we hope will be particularly helpful to those new to such a process;
  • Finally, you are welcome to help with translations! Pick one page from the ASBS category and, in the next couple of weeks, please consider translating profiles of the candidates in particular.

Thanks for your attention! The Facilitators for ASBS 2019, 07:33, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Who is our AffCom Rep and Who is voting for us in the ASBS elections?[edit]

I am a bit confused over who our AffCom Rep is and who is our delegated voter in the ASBS elections, given our User Group has a vote both in nominations and in the election itself and our user group does not have anybody listed on the Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Eligible entities page. Pinging Pharos and User:Elitre_(WMF) for clarification. For full disclosure, I am asking as a member of this User Group, and as an Election Facilitator in the ASBS process I cannot vote in it. However, I want to make sure this is clear, our members are aware of it, and we will be represented in the process. --- FULBERT (talk) 20:51, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

I believe I am the designated voter for now, I was contacted as the AffCom rep. Like the other AffCom reps, I would expect to be listed when the central groups posts its update.--Pharos (talk) 21:13, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks Pharos. --- FULBERT (talk) 21:17, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 process: your representative[edit]

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Hello. The name of the only person who will vote on behalf of this group to select the next two Board members is now at m:Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Eligible entities. Please contact me directly as soon as possible if you need any kind of corrections there. There's only a few hours left to endorse candidates, and only the official voter can do that. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can make a difference with the necessary translations.

Appreciate your attention and your support so far! Thank you! Elitre (WMF) and Facilitators of ASBS 2019, 12:15, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

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

Hi Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network,
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)


Wikimedian in Residence in the Fundação Oriente and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal[edit]

Dear WREN members,

I proposed a rapid grant for a project as Wikimedian in Residence in the Fundação Oriente (FO) and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (BNP). I forgot to share this with you, probably because I was centered in the task of announce it in the respective village pumps of the Wikimedia projects involved and another tasks related. But I will really appreciate your comments or suggestions about this proposal/pilot project. Of course, any advice is welcome and I will be very thankful to read it, because this is the first time I propose a rapid grant and a project as WiR.

Thank you for your attention! I know there are, in theory, a few days to the possible review by the WMF team, but any comments will be very appreciated. If this is not the place to share this with you, I can delete it and share it where you think would be more appropriated.

Regards, Ivanhercaz (talk) 16:26, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

@Ivanhercaz: I see the proposal was declined. I put this on the agenda for the October meeting. $2000 is not a lot of money especially when there is so little shared with the entire Portuguese speaking world. I would like to request WMF accounting by region and language and maybe now is a time for a report. Brazil is cut too. Blue Rasberry (talk) 10:24, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

Completing Wikidata info for Wikimedians in Residence[edit]

Timeline of Wikipedians in Residence up to 2012 (incomplete).
The image above is interactive when clicked
Interactive timeline of all Wikimediains in residence listed in wikidata, sorted by length. (timeline tool)

Hello WiRs, I'm building w:template:WiR_table_row to help automate the Wikipedians_in_Residence table. Could I therefore ask people to ensure their WiR status is up to date in Wikidata (especially P108, P2699, P937, P580, P582)? See wikidata:Q25212744#P106 as an example. It'll also allow for some nice visualisation of organisations locations, and an updated version of this rather out-of-date diagram. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 04:30, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

@Evolution and evolvability: Thanks for this. I put this on the agenda for the October meeting. Blue Rasberry (talk) 10:22, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
Half way done. Is outreachwiki the best place to keep the outreach:Wikipedian_in_Residence page, or is it better moved to meta? What's best for find-ability? T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:23, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
@Evolution and evolvability: Moving to meta and closing out the outreach page is best. I am interested in joining the effort to move it to Wikimedian in residence. Automatic maintenance with Wikidata like you are doing is the way to go. Blue Rasberry (talk) 01:06, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
We may have a slight problem in that not all WiR are actually titled "Wikimedian in Residence." Do you have any suggestions as to how we should handle this? Some might be "Wikipedian in Residence" or some might be a higher level title like "Open access coordinator" or in my case, "Wikimedia strategist." -- Fuzheado (talk) 14:58, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
The official title is not a problem as long as they're self-reporting their job in the list. It's only a problem if we slap a label on people who don't want it. I don't see any particular benefit in moving the page out of outreachwiki. Nemo 17:50, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
Very nearly ready! I think I've just finished all of the wikidata items (table). Should soon be fully implementable over at Wikimedian_in_residence. In the meantime, see the map! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 08:28, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about where the table should live. Philosophically I think outreach is the better fit. It might get more attention on meta but we could always soft redirect. I don't have a strong preference for one or the other, though. Some of these residences are GLAM related which leans towards keeping everything together on outreach. --mikeu talk 15:41, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
Courtesy of the amazing User:Hardwigg, there is now an up to date and interactive version of that old 2012 timeline using the wikidata-timeline tool! Now added to the Wikimedian_in_residence page. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk
The timeline is cool. It is missing for example Hilary Thorsen (Q59753374) / Stanford University and my own School of Data Science (Q68489500). I think this is because of "no end date" but have not looked at the query so much. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:41, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
I've not yet worked out how to get no-end-date items working on the timeline (but seems like it should be possible). Definitely important to try to include. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 11:16, 28 November 2019 (UTC)
@Evolution and evolvabilit: I just entered mine, but fail to see it rendered, as well as others in 2020? No real-time update? Q96267613 --Zblace (talk) 06:55, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
@Zblace: sadly the table doesn't yet auto-update (eventually might via user:listeriabot). for now each QID has to be added to the bottom of the list - I've just done it for Q96267613, so should appear there now! If there are arother that you notice are missing, please feel free to add yourself of let me know! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 12:45, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
@Evolution and evolvabilit: sorry that was mine ID - this is from the host Q17453697. I have no idea what is the property to add to them (did not found WIR host or anything similar)Zblace (talk) 14:30, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
@Zblace: Currently, all Wikimedia in residence info is included on the person's wikidata item, for example you can see the "{{WiR table_row|Q96267613}}" template used below`. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 07:02, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
All good. I just did not scroll all the way and both right and down on small resolution. Zblace (talk) 19:01, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
For the live table, see this Wikidata query
Wikimedians in Residence
Wikimedian (Q3809586) Organisation (P108) Link (P2699) Location (P937) Start (P580) End (P582)
Zeljko Blace Edit this at WikidataRijeka City Library 2020June 2021

Rewrite of meta page[edit]

Thanks Evolution and evolvability for your recent development of the Wikidata presentations of Wikimedians in Residence.

I rewrote the meta page Wikimedian in Residence. Everyone should check it out. I am keen on getting a history and documentation in order for 2021, the 20-year anniversary of Wikipedia's founding and a likely surge of media attention and hiring appointments for Wikimedians in Residence.

Thomas, do you have ideas for presenting a table or some visualization on that page? I would like to make that meta page the center of general attention for documentation on the concept and being a hub to other resources. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:10, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

I'd be keen to get the map and maybe a timeline in this style. Does anyone know if it's possible to embed them rather than just use screenshots (also asked over at wikidata)? The full table itself should probably be clipped inside a div, e.g.: <div style="height: 300px; overflow: auto">...</div>. Eventually I'd love a bot that could add new QIDs to the list so that all users need to do is update their wikidata item and the bot would find it from running this daily query. I'm also awaiting the final import of Module:WikidataIB for the templates to work, then it should be good to go! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 01:40, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
Given the great work by Bluerasberry done re-writing Wikimedian in residence, I think that we should redirect the outreach:Wikimedian in residenceWikimedian in residence. Is there any material in the outreach page that is worth merging across? Also relevant is the /Creating a Wikimedian in Residence position subpage. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 11:17, 28 November 2019 (UTC)
The rewrite looks fantastic! I would like to see more discussion about where these pages should reside. It is terribly confusing to have pages about WIR, GLAM, etc. on multiple wikis. Having given this some thought, I'm now leaning towards consolidation on outreach rather than here. --mikeu talk 15:34, 30 November 2019 (UTC)
@Mu301: I want content here on meta. Either I am indifferent about outreach wiki, or I support a merge of content from there to here.
Meta has on the order of 1000s regular contributors; outreach wiki has on the order of 10s. Meta is community based, and outreach wiki has gotten most of its content either from paid editors at the Wikimedia Foundation or at the direction and funding of the WMF. I like the editorial freedom here at meta because we only need typical community review to build things out here, and will not conflict with paid staff wiki documentation. I can do more documentation here but I wanted to go stepwise to get feedback. If I pull in more content then no one has to delete other perspectives in other places, but my preference and eventual aim is probable to direct attention here. I support you or anyone else simultaneously building out on outreach but I see greater value in meta at this time, and until someone makes a case otherwise. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:06, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

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

Wikipedia Education Globe 1.png Wikimedia Diary
Hello Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network, 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)

@Bluerasberry: I am guessing this did not really picked up among WiR folks (moderating the visual effect), but is there anything useful to take from this effort? I do not like the location and branding, but I do not mind the method being used.--Zblace (talk) 07:28, 14 June 2020 (UTC)


Videographer to help shape content for real estate company pages[edit]

@Carl Fredrik (WIR): Hi Carl, EllenCT recommended I get in touch. I am a paid, declared editor working with Ellen to improve the completeness of several real estate company pages. To improve the quality of the page, Ellen has suggested getting in touch with a videographer. Would you be interested in hearing more about the project? --KatherineBusby2019 (talk) 08:42, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

@Carl Fredrik (WIR): I don't know whether you have ever done or are interested in doing videography, but I hope if you personally aren't interested in the task that you or a reader here can recommend a GLAM type with video experience documenting architecture for a short-term corporate gig. EllenCT (talk) 11:41, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

@KatherineBusby2019 and EllenCT: Thanks for writing. The project you describe is totally out of scope of what this organization does and we have no advice. The best referral this community can make is for you to seek consulting from any local general media or communications agency. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:56, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry: for which organization are you speaking? Is there some rule against it. There are already a few volunteers. Is there something I should tell them? EllenCT (talk) 15:03, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
You are posting on the talk page of an organization called "Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network". I am speaking for this organization, which has no affiliation to any such project as you describe. If anyone in a project needs advice on rules then please contact the editors of the relevant Wikimedia project through the usual channels. This is a peer to peer organization which mostly supports already trained and established Wikimedians in Residence in talking with their peers. There is almost no support here to train anyone who is not already experienced with the rules and community norms. Best wishes for your project. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:13, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry: my understanding is that IWG has an WiR application pending. EllenCT (talk) 17:19, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
Marking this visually as OFF-TOPIC or SPAM and I think same and similar should be marked also--Zblace (talk) 07:24, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Notification of User Group Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reporting[edit]

Greetings @Sannita: & @Pharos:,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2018-2019 annual reporting became past due in November. Please be sure to

  1. Post your 2018-2019 annual reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  2. Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Best regards,
DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 05:50, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

Is there an update on who is working us to get back into compliance? I am a bit unclear if this is being done or if this is something we should have clarified to ensure somebody is doing it and we are not just assuming somebody is. I have done this in one of the other Affiliates, and realize how valuable and appreciated an effort it is. --- FULBERT (talk) 21:58, 7 March 2020 (UTC)
We are overdue. @FULBERT: We have a report draft at Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network/2019. The advice is that members of this group should document their own projects in their own way, then link to their documentation from this annual report page. In this way, individual people produce the documentation they need for themselves and their organizations, and also we profile the accomplishments of members in this organization. For many people, the meetings of this organization often are to share what people are doing in their organizations and arrange for peer to peer support, so having people talk about themselves seems like a fit for annual reporting. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:38, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks Blue Rasberry (talk). Will add something there to help in this effort. --- FULBERT (talk) 18:36, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

2019 report[edit]

Hey, if anyone has anything to share, add it to the 2019 annual report. By doing so you your organization demonstrates its participation in the Wikimedia peer review process for your projects.

We need to send this off probably by next Wednesday 15 April 2020 after the meeting on that day. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:28, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

I revised this page with tweaks and clarifications throughout, along with the same on the Wikimedian in Residence page itself on Meta Blue Rasberry (talk). What else do you think may be needed, and who will be submitting / linking this? I also believe we should list the AffCom representatives on our WREN page homepage, and would but honestly do not know who they are. Happy to submit this to AffCom once we are current, and also to add them to the homepage, which I believe is a requirement (which we can then also add on our usergroup update page as well). --- FULBERT (talk) 19:55, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
  • @FULBERT and Sannita: Thanks FULBERT. Sannita expressed interest in contributing to this. Would you like to add anything? We should send off this week. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:58, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
Sure; add away and happy to submit this week Blue Rasberry (talk). --- FULBERT (talk) 20:37, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
There have been some updates, and I will submit this report today. It can always be updated but at least this way it will be current. I want to know who are the AffCom representatives for this, in part because they need to know this is happening and they will receive the communications about anything else that is needed for this report. Neither of the current reporting contacts replied about this process, so will seek them out another way and ensure they get listed someplace within our group. --- FULBERT (talk) 17:58, 14 April 2020 (UTC)
I submitted our 2019 report to the new Affiliates reporting area and emailed User:DNdubane_(WMF) about this in case of any questions. If anybody wishes to add more to our report, please continue to do so as the link on our page to it remains live. --- FULBERT (talk) 22:06, 14 April 2020 (UTC)
Hi @FULBERT: , thank you for the submission. I have update your group's compliance status. --DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 14:38, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know, DNdubane (WMF). Glad we are now current! --- FULBERT (talk) 14:26, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
It would be good to approach this maybe in sustainable way and with plan for 2020. If anyone is interested in researching, reflecting on and then publishing something on WiR it would be nice to brainstorm it in next meeting maybe? --Zblace (talk) 13:59, 26 June 2020 (UTC)

Seeking a Wikipedian in Residence! (U.S.)[edit]

Annual Reviews, an independent, nonprofit scholarly research publisher, seeks an enthusiastic Wikipedian-in-Residence (WIR).

The aim of this role is to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the sciences by citing expert articles from Annual Reviews’ journals. The WIR will engage with Wikipedia editors across life, biomedical, physical, and social science articles and WikiProjects to help ensure responsible and valuable expansion of content.

This is a temporary position for 10 hours/week, paid at $30/hour USD, and is anticipated to last for up to 1 year. This position can only be based remotely from the following states: CA, OR, OH, NV, NC, WA, WI, CO, MA, PA, NY, HI, or MT.


Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (talk) 18:16, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved.
This job posting is closed. So far as I know, we hear about an outcome when anyone takes the role. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:39, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Hey @Bluerasberry: The job is filled! We found an amazing collaborator in Elysia. You may know her from her love of bats, her many GA's, or her work at WikiEd. Super excited! Ocaasi (talk) 17:04, 5 June 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)

Call for candidates - June 2020[edit]

Hi everyone,

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

The main role of the AffCom 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 five to fifteen members, selected at least once every year, to serve two-year terms. As the committee must hold mid-year elections to replenish its members at this time, those joining the committee during the current process will serve a slightly extended term from July 2020 through December 2022.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process 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 continues to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. AffCom continues 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 AffCom requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a mix of different skill sets in our members.

Click here for further details.

James Heilman on behalf of AffCom

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:18, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

Affiliations Committee elections announcement June 2020[edit]

Hi everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that the Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing and sustaining Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is seeking new members! The deadline to post your application on the nomination page is 30 June 2020.

  • Application process: Considering the anticipated changes following the Strategy recommendations, we had a limited scope to introduce changes in the process. We have made a small but impactful addition to the application process by introducing the Self Assessment survey form which will help the committee know more about your engagement as endorsements are not consistently shared, may not be representative, and often do not speak to the specific skills needed.
  • Selection process: No change; see: Membership.

If you have any questions, please contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to answer questions about our work if this helps people decide to apply. Please distribute this announcement among your networks. Good luck to all the candidates!

On behalf of the committee,

--Rosiestep (talk) 00:49, 19 June 2020 (UTC) via MassMessaging

Should WREN sign the community open letter on renaming?[edit]

See: Community open letter on renaming.

Context: The letter is focused primarily on the lack of community process, rather than the name itself. It was drafted by a group that included several WREN members. Note that the signing of this letter is orthogonal to Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network/Branding feedback.


  1. Pharos (talk) 13:06, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
  2. Zblace (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
  3. Utl jung (talk) 16:03, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
  4. GiFontenelle (talk) 20:36, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
  5. The ongoing Wikimedia strategic 2030 recommends that we Ensure Equity in Decision-making and I see this letter as a noncontroversial implementation of this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:20, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
  6. Well said, Bluerasberry (talk · contribs). Pete Forsyth (talk)
  7. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:17, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
  8. Enwebb (talk) 02:36, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
  9. Fuzheado (talk) 15:52, 30 June 2020 (UTC) - Full disclosure: I was one of the main organizers of the affiliates meetings that led to the creation of the letter and was heavily involved with its written content.
  10. Emjackson42 (talk) 15:22, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
  11. Jamie-NAL (talk) 16:43, 1 July 2020 (UTC)


  1. sign here


  1. sign here


Feedback on movement names[edit]

There are a lot of conversations happening about the future of our movement names. We hope that you are part of these discussions and that your community is represented.

Since 16 June, the Foundation Brand Team has been running a survey in 7 languages about 3 naming options. There are also community members sharing concerns about renaming in a Community Open Letter.

You should have received a separate affiliate survey via email. If you have not, feel free to email brandproject(_AT_)

Our goal in this call for feedback is to hear from across the community, so we encourage you to participate in the survey, the open letter, or both. The survey will go through 7 July in all timezones. Input from the survey and discussions will be analyzed and published on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks for thinking about the future of the movement --The Brand Project team, 13:37, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: The survey is conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement.

Announcing a new wiki project! Welcome, Abstract Wikipedia[edit]

Hello everyone. I am posting the announcement below, which you may have missed elsewhere, and in the hope that you can share it with your local communities. Please note that it may be available in your language at m:Special:MyLanguage/Abstract Wikipedia/July 2020 announcement. Thanks for your attention! m:User:Elitre (WMF)