Wikimedia CEE Hub/Catch up
|CEE Hub Governance|
CEE Catch Up is a series of bi-monthly meetings about the projects, activities and communities of the CEE region. The initiative is curated by the Wikimedia CEE Hub and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist.
We plan to organize bi-monthly meetings, in which relevant CEE related topics will be presented and discussed, along with WMF initiatives and projects, which can be helpful for the CEE communities.
CEE Catch up initiative is a series of online gatherings taking place once in two months starting from 21st of March, 2023, focusing on communication in the CEE Region, and between the Region and WMF about major events, meetings, initiatives, or other things, that are happening or will be happening in the region and/or in the Wikimedia movement.
How to participate?
Events are open to everyone who's interested in learning about new initiatives across the region and in the Wikimedia movement.
List of events
All times for every event are in CEST (UTC+2)
Second Catch Up
Second Catch Up was held on 16th of May 2023, 18:00-19:00 CEST, which was second meeting of this initiative.
|Archived agenda and participants on the second CEE Catch Up|
Archived agenda and participants on the second CEE Catch Up
|Report from the second Catch Up meeting on 16th of May, 2023|
The meeting started on time (18:00 CEST) with over 20 participants from the whole CEE Region.
You can find a recording of this meeting below.
At the beginning of the meeting, organisers of this initiative CEE Hub staff (Barbara Klen and Toni Ristovski) and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist (Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska) shortly introduced themselves. Additionally, Natalia shared the safe space policy with all of the participants. Afterwards, the purpose of the session was explained, which was to get to know new young people of the CEE Region and to hear what they do in their countries. The mid/long term goal of this initiative and meeting is to create a cooperation of enthusiastic young Wikipedians and Wikimedias, who want to do something together.
All participants were divided into breakout room, where each group could interact and make a short introduction round. After five minutes, everyone returned to the main room and each person was supposed to briefly present one new person they met.
Main session was organised with a short introduction of the sharers, which were:
During the session, sharers had a chance to talk about following questions:
Every sharer had a chance to answer every question while Toni and Barbara facilitated the order and length of the session. Due to interesting discussion, this part took longer than expected.
At the end, Barbara invited all participants to sign-up, if they want to become part of the newly formed cooperation, which will be dedicated to WM CEE youth (people up to 26 years).
First Catch Up
First meeting dedicated to this initiative was held on 21st of March, 2023, which coincided with the first day of the CEE Spring competition 2023.
|Archived agenda and participants on the first CEE Catch Up|
Archived agenda and participants on the first CEE Catch Up
|Report from the first Catch Up meeting on 21st of March, 2023|
The meeting started on time (18:00 CET) with over 27 participants from the whole CEE Region.
Although this session was planned to be recorded due to our misperception about settings of our Google Meet call, we were not able to record the meeting.
Due to the high volume of the participants, only organizers who consisted of two CEE Hub staff (Barbara Klen and Toni Ristovski) and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist (Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska) shortly introduced themselves. Other participants were thereafter invited to present themselves in the chat.
Short presentation about CEE Spring was given by Toni. Also, some overall statistics about the contest on a global level were discussed, which will be in detail presented in a Diff blog post this week. CEE Spring contest welcomed two new communities (see participants list this year; Aromanian and Western Armenian), therefore others from the CEE Region can write about these small minority communities dispersed throughout the whole CEE Region. Additionally, after many years, we have returnee of Sakha community in the Far East of Russian Federation as a guest community.
During the first CEE Catch Up meeting, there was an official announcement that the biggest Wikipedia conference will be held in 2024 in our region, as Krakow submission which was also endorsed by the CEE Hub and many other affiliates from the region, was accepted - next Wikimania 2024 will be held in Krakow, Poland. Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz as a project leader of the submission for Wikimania 2024 presented all the details known so far, and also presented to the participants all planned next steps during the process of preparation of this conference.
It is planned that the next CEE Meeting will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2023, therefor on this meeting we had a chance to hear the latest news and updates from the organizer Mehman Ibragimov. In the moment when conference grant proposal will be approved by Wikimedia Foundation (which is expected to happen by April 2023) organizers will open registration forms for eligible participants from all affiliates in the CEE Region, and they will publish open a call for submissions for lectures, presentations or lightning talks for this regional conference which takes place in our region.
Barbara informed participants that CEE Hub, along with the working group from Let's Connect team and International Team from Wikimedia Ukraine, is preparing a session dedicated on knowledge exchange between previous and upcoming organizers of the Wiki Loves Earth campaign which will be held on 13th April, 2023. In the upcoming weeks, CEE Hub will work on defining a list of participants and writing guidelines and we plan to send out the registration form for the upcoming event to all potentially interested communities/individuals.
At the end of the meeting, we had some time to discuss other topics. This time was used to discuss more about Let's Connect network and their events and activities.
Meetings will be recorded, so you can find recordings from the meetings here:
- due to the technical issues we do not have a recording from the first Catch Up which took place on 21st of March, 2023
- Recording from the second Catch Up meeting
Safe space policy for video conferences
In the collapsed table you can find safe space policy for the these meetings.
|Safe space policy for video conferences|