Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

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Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil is a group formed by active members of Wikimedia Movement in Brazil that aims the organization of Brazilian community and promotion and participation on projects kept by Wikimedia Foundation.

The main discussion is being held in the Wikimedia Brasil's wiki.

History[edit]

During Wikimania 2013 and Iberoconf 2013, how the Brazilian volunteers group is organized and develops actions was discussed with the AffCom and chapters of Iberocoop. The structure of the user group was raised from that as a good option to connect actions promoted by the community.

Objectives[edit]

General objectives[edit]

  • Stimulate the sense of collaboration between users on realization of activities;
  • Plan on a reasonable and democratic way Brazilian activities may occur with defined goals in periodic meetings;

Applied objectives[edit]

  • Improve the quality of and expand content published in the Portuguese language on Wikimedia projects;
  • Elaborate informative content about the methodology of projects, aiming to clarify and promote the collaborative model of knowledge production and organization;
  • Promote technical activies in order to raise the technical body of members of wiki projects in Portuguese;
  • Engage Wikimedia projects' contributors on participating and organizing Brazilian community;
  • Stimulate and plann online and offline activities (lectures, community meetings, hackathins, editathons etc.)
  • Plan and execute Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth in Brazil;
  • Plan, execute, promote and support wikicompetitions together to the projects' communities;
  • Promote activities and cultural partnerships following the GLAM initiative in Brazil;
  • Participate and promote activities of the Wikimedia educational program in Brazil;
  • Internalize the Education Program through realization of activities in contact with institutions and editors of their region;
  • Support projects developed by Brazil Catalyst Project;
  • Improve and narrow the relationship of Brazilian community with WMF, Iberocoop and other groups and chapters from around the world.
  • From the organization and maturing of the group and its activities, work on the formation and formalization of Wikimedia Brazil chapter.
  • Create/Restructure a Communication group to help the projects' and activities' reporting and spreading, as well as increasing and improving the movement's participation on social networks and in the general media.

Activity planning and decision making[edit]

Any activity proposal that requires the involvement of the Brazilian user group has to be discussed beforehand with the Brazilian members. Once clarified whether partial group participation (abd how many) or full participation (everyone) is required, it shall be put for democratic validation by other members in order to evaluate the activity profits.

In case the proposal is approved, this should be established as a goal of the whole group, and clear goals must be defined with an estimated time for their implementations. Reunions necessarily have to be periodic to evaluate activity progress.

Group will use consensus between members to make decisions. If there is no resolution or a need to vote is observed, we will require a minimum of 60% of support to approve what is being voted. If the decision being voted on may change the community as a whole, we will publicly consult the affected project's community.

Post-approval objectives[edit]

Execute the proposed activities to reach the objectives defined above:

  • To engage the community and to look for new members and contributors for the User Group and Wikimedia projects.

Message to AffCom[edit]

We share the desire to promote the free knowledge in an accessible way through Wikimedia projects. We acknowledge the notable effort and dedication of members from this committee on the following group and entities affiliation procedures that wish to participate on the great Wikimedia projects volunteers movement.

However, we would like to state hereby our worries about consequences that certain practices may generate within the movement.

During the process of Brazilian chapter recognition, we, that closely followed the whole process, felt dissatisfied many times upon the slow conduct imposed by AffCom to the process. It ended by discouraging many volunteers engaged on chapter creation, creating empty discussions and making dissonant voices eventually become more present than the usual.

We acknowledge that the committee is composed of volunteers who act on important activities, including outside of it. However, we do not agree that the work of local groups interested on becoming official should be harmed by procedural misconducts from AffCom.

Thus, we suggest that this committee, which value has been mentioned, improve its practices, aiming to offer more celerity to the reviewing process of community requests. That way, unsuccessful cases like the previous request of the Brazilian Chapter will not happen again and AffCom will become even more unlike the image of a mere bureaucratic instance. We want AffCom as a live element of Wikimedia Movement, helping and facilitating, above all, thematic and local group's organization instead of consisting on a barrier to them.

We reinforce that we acknowledge the value of this group's members and our hope that these suggestions will be taken into consideration.

Regards,

Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil.

Contact[edit]

Proposal's organizers

Users interested on creation of group[edit]

  1. Jonas (discussão) 18h58min de 14 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  2. Vinicius Siqueira 19h16min de 14 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  3. Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 20h27min de 14 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  4. Sturm (discussão) 01h27min de 15 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  5. Eduardofeld (discussão) 03h30min de 15 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  6. Raylton P. Sousa (discussão) 00h31min de 16 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  7. Lechatjaune (discussão) 22h45min de 17 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  8. Titoncio (discussão) 23h41min de 17 de outubro de 2013 (UTC) Espero poder ajudar
  9. Everton137 (discussão) 04h09min de 18 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  10. JMGM (discussão) 01h36min de 20 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  11. MetalBrasil (discussão) 14h36min de 20 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  12. Danilo.mac (discussão) 17h23min de 21 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  13. --Wilfredor (discussão) 17h22min de 23 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  14. Ozymandias (discussão) 17h35min de 23 de outubro de 2013 (UTC)
  15. Vitor Mazuco Msg 15:01, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
  16. CasteloBrancomsg 19:22, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
  17. Victor Lopes (talk) 21:59, 3 September 2014 (UTC)