This page aims to collect updates about the activities and work of the CEE Hub in one central place to make it easier to follow the developments. The Steering Committee members (SC) present at bi-weekly status meetings are listed with their first names.
CEE Hub staff along with Steering Committee members held a meetings with delegates to the CEE Meeting 2023 and/or other persons from the affiliates and communities informing them about proposed governance models of the CEE Hub in the future, along with informing them about planning of the second year of the CEE Hub and grant proposal for 2024.
Second issue of the CEE Newsletter is published! After good start of the first edition of the newsletter, editorial team work to publish second issue in 2023. In the second edition, we keep similar categories as in the first edition of the newsletter, but we add one new category, reader’s digest. Also, all proposals from the communities were divided into three main categories. And if you happen to have a spark for Wikimedia journalism or just want to share an interesting Wikimedia story, you are invited to contribute and to apply to be a member in the editorial team of the CEE Newsletter.
On 31st of July, 2023, CEE Hub staff along with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska, held third meeting of the initiative CEE Catch Up, which this time was dedicated to the supporting community health. We had three different sharers from Human Rights Team, Poland, and Ukraine, which share different topics, such as planning of the creating Mental Health Resource Center, creating a new internal policy to develop and implement an anti-mobbing, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy and procedure, and impact of the employees and contractors of the Wikimedia Ukraine after Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Biyan-to from Indonesia started on 10th July 2023 to work as a freelancer for Wikimedia CEE Hub with a task to do a research on communities and to mapped them. CEE Hub will use this research in the future to have a more contacts from the communities, to have an overview of the level of activity of the communities and to explore underrepresented and minority language communities in the region, which was not contacted so far.
CEE Hub staff and some of the Steering Committee members had a workshop with a Brand Studio from Wikimedia Foundation, on which they explore symbols, icons, colours and designs for the future visual identity of the CEE Hub.
On 25th of July, 2023, it was organised meeting between members of Let’s Connect (Gorana Gomirac and Jessica Stephenson), along with the Senior Program Officer for the CEECA Region Chris Schilling. Purpose of the meeting it was planned report Collective learning from reports in the CEECA region and learning session dedicated to the report, which will happen at the end of August 2023.
CEE Hub published results of the received responses of the survey about usage of the calendars in the work of the affiliates/communities in the CEE Region.
CEE Hub meet with possible candidates which will work as freelancers on several topics during this year. It is expected first freelancer to start working during July 2023 on community mapping of all language Wikimedia projects in the Central and Eastern Europe.
Using the opportunity, CEE Hub held own small working hybrid Steering Committee meeting, on which some of the SC members and the employees were present offline and online.
CEE Hub coordinator was part of the General Assembly of Wikimedia Poland, where Barbara presented about the CEE Hub, its purpose and ongoing activities. She explained what Hub is for and for which services individuals and CEE communities can turn to the Hub.
With the help from the CEE Hub staff and SC members, a page about CEE Meeting 2024 was created. There, the next host will be decided through bidding process in case more than one application is received.
CEE Hub sent a survey to the communities about their usage of the calendar during their work, as we aim to renew a previous CEE Calendar, which existed in period of 2015-2017.
CEE Hub had a meeting with a Brand Studio from Wikimedia Foundation, as we can explore option to create a visual identity for the CEE Hub.
Second issue of the CEE Newsletter was announced and final deadline for submission was 25th June 2023.
CEE Hub awarded three scholarships for the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2023 in Tbilisi, Georgia, one for female participant from Azerbaijan and two for young Wikimedians from the CEE Region.
CEE Hub staff started to prepare third meeting of the initiative Catch Up, which this time will be dedicated to community mental health.
After connecting through WCUG Greece, CEE Hub finally have a meeting with Cypriot community. During the meeting, we discuss many things, and we will try to help Cypriot community in building their user group (Wikimedia Community User Group Cyprus).
First meeting with Human Rights Team from the Wikimedia Foundation, where we introduce ourselves and we explore what is their scope of work. In the upcoming month, it is planned to evolve this meeting into something more concrete, determining next steps in working with this team for our CEE region.
The CEE Newsletter is back! Finally, CEE Newsletter is revived and it is published first issue in 2023, after long pause since November 2018. In the first edition, you can find CEE Hub updates, regional reports, international updates and CEE in the News sections. Also, all proposals were divided into three main categories, such as updated from the communities, opinions and campaigns. And if you happen to have a spark for Wikimedia journalism or just want to share an interesting Wikimedia story, you are invited to contribute!
On 16th of May, 2023, CEE Hub staff along with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska, held second meeting of the initiative CEE Catch Up, which this time was dedicated to the young people in the CEE Region. We had four different sharers from Armenia, Poland, Denmark and Türkiye, which share their experience on Wikipedia, and how they started their journey in the Wikipedia/Wikimedia world and movement.
CEE Hub staff started to prepare second meeting of the initiative Catch Up, which this time will be dedicated to the young people in the CEE Region.
CEE Hub started to communicate with the Language committee regarding status of the Montenegrin Wikipedia Incubator (project page), as we received a request from Montenegrin community, that the committee planned to close the incubator and that the incubator is locked for editing long time.
CEE Hub was included in creating Rapid Fund guidelines for WLE, which is now incorporated in the general page of WLE on Wikimedia Commons.
Preparation for a learning session dedicated to WLE will be organized during April 2023 with support from the International team, and Working group of Let's Connect, where we will offer knowledge exchange sessions for communities that want to organize or have already organized.
SC members present: Anton, Gergö, Käbi, Kiril, Klára
In the collapsed table you can find summary of this status meeting.
December 21st, 2022 (Status meeting)
The hiring process for the 2nd staff person has been started - preliminary conversations have been held with potential candidates. Because the 2nd staffing position requires a lot of knowledge about Wikimedia governance and application processes, the search initially focusses on candidates that have that kind of expertise
Anton, Klára and Philip will conduct interviews together with Barbara over the Christmas break
Contacting the affiliates
Barbara has written to the communities about their time and availability for a first meeting with her
A meeting with the Turkish community has already happened - some questions will be submitted to the community in writing to enable a more detailed response
There was a discussion about the annual budget increases for 2023/2024 that the WMF had initially promissed. While in Western Europe adapting the budgets to inflation seems more difficult, there are less such issues in the CEE region (also because the budgets are generally a lot smaller)
There are currently two cities in the CEE region that have signalled interested in hosting Wikimania 2024, Kraków and Istanbul.
Steering Committee members: Anton, Gergö, Kiril, Klara, Michał, Philip
others: Delphine, Z. Blace
December 21st, 2022 (Status meeting)
Barbara and Klara attended the Big Fat Brussels Meeting in Brussels on December 2/3 2022, which is primarily focused on EU advocacy work but also offers the opportunity to meet representatives from the European affiliates involved in that work
On Saturday, December 3, there was a meeting between Wikimedia Europe, the WMF strategy team and the CEE Hub representatives Barbara and Klara
The meeting involved getting to know each other better and what the possible joint tasks could be in terms of informing the movement charter
It was agreed that both projects will document the tools and processes used to establish both networks in one document to be published early next year (the WMF strategy team will provide the questions/framework to write this document first)
The CEE Hub will start contacting affiliates and communities starting before Christmas via email, to establish a line of communication with Barbara before the programmatic work starts
The SC is planning an in-person meeting in Zagreb in March/April 2023 to take stock of the status at that point and work on the mid- to long-term strategy of the project
A Telegram group was set up for the wider CEE Hub group for Barbara to have a pool of people to help with onboarding and general questions