Stiftelsen Wikimedia Foundation

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Om stiftelsen

Stiftelsen Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) är en icke vinstdrivande organisation formellt baserad i USA, och ligger bakom webbplatserna som gemensamt kallas "Wikimedia-projekten", såsom Wikipedia och Wikinews, såväl som den här webbplatsen, Meta-wikin. Stiftelsens övergripande beslut fattas av styrelsen. Högkvarteret ligger i San Francisco i USA. Officiell information om stiftelsen kan hittas på stiftelsens webbplats:


Wikimedia Foundations styrelse har det övergripande ansvaret för stiftelsen och beslutar hur donationer skall samlas in och användas. Styrelsen är högsta beslutande organ för Wikimedia Foundation (artikel IV, paragraf 1 i Wikimedia Foundations stadgar) och består i dagsläget av tio styrelseledamöter.

Se även styrelsens historia och ett diagram som illustrerar styrelsemedlemmar över tiden.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board Handbook provides an overview of the role of the Board and its duties. The Foundation wiki holds lists of its past and upcoming meetings (with minutes), and its resolutions.



Wikimedia Foundation fungerar tack vare användandet av:

  • Meta-Wiki for discussion and organisation of all public issues. This wiki is entirely public and editable by everyone and is also multilingual.
  • is the official website of the Foundation. This wiki is entirely public, but editing access is only granted to trusted members of the community. We try to translate pages in several languages. Feedback about this website may be offered here on Meta-Wiki at the Foundation wiki feedback page.
  • wikimedia-l is a public mailing list for the community to discuss topics related to the Foundation and its projects.
  • internal-l is a non public mailing list, with access restricted to board members and officers.
  • private-l is another private mailing list that was also used to discuss technical issues among the Foundation.
  • VRTS is a ticketing system that is used by Wikimedia Foundation staff and volunteers to handle emails from the public.
  • IRC is for real-time chat with other Wikimedians.

Channels for support

The Wikimedia Foundation manages the following channels for support:

  • Trust and Safety Meta page provides an introduction into Trust & Safety work, as well as information about programs, policies, and resources.
  • General Trust & Safety inquiries: ca(_AT_)
  • Threats of imminent physical harm (also supporting human rights crisis response): emergency(_AT_)
  • Assessment of child protection concerns: legal-reports(_AT_)
  • Disinformation support inbox for partnering functionaries and local admin teams: drt(_AT_)
  • Human Rights team Meta page provides an introduction into Human Rights work, as well as information about programs, policies, and resources.
  • General Human Rights inquiries: talktohumanrights(_AT_)

Vad vi lägger pengar på

Se våra årsrapporter, månadsrapporter och ekonomiska rapporter.

Var pengarna kommer från

Wikimedia Foundation använder för sin verksamhet pengar som kommit in via insamlingar och andra donationer. För mer information, vänligen se donationssidan.

Wikimedia affiliates

In acknowledgement of the diversity of groups contributing to our movement, the Board of Trustees approves recognition of the following models of affiliation with the Wikimedia movement. Affiliates may change from one affiliation status to another, and should prioritize cooperation with one another without hierarchy. If you wish to start an affiliate or are looking for more information about affiliation, you may want to contact the Affiliations Committee.

Movement partners

Movement partners are like-minded organizations that actively support the Wikimedia movement’s work. They are listed publicly and granted limited use of the marks for publicity indicating their support of and collaboration with Wikimedia. Movement partners are not yet being recognized by Wikimedia. More information on future recognition may be obtained from the Affiliations Committee.

National or sub-national chapters

National or sub-national chapters are incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting movement work globally, focused within a geography. Chapters or national/sub-national organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity, and fundraising.

Tematiska organisationer

Thematic organizations are incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting work focused on a specific theme, topic, subject or issue within or across countries and regions. Thematic or focused organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity and fundraising.


User groups are open membership groups with an established contact person and history of projects, designed to be easy to form. User groups may or may not choose to incorporate and are granted limited use of the Wikimedia marks for publicity related to events and projects.

Wikimedias koordination och projekt


Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (den här wikin) är en webbplats för Wikimedia Foundations projekt och samarbete.

Wikimedias huvudsakliga projekt

Lite projekthistorik


The early history of Wikipedia was characterized by much chaos and well-meaning strangeness. Wikipedia Governance was conducted, effectively, by Jimmy Wales (Jimbo) alone, with the assistance of mailing list participants.

The broader mandate of the expanding projects being considered, led to a suggestion in a wikien-l message by Sheldon Rampton:

I think we should go further still and shoot for the ultimate goal of creating “Wikimedia”. That's media with an “m”. It would use Wiki-style rules to enable public participation in the creation and editing of all kinds of media: encyclopedias and other reference works, current news, books, fiction, music, video etc. Like current broadcast media, it would have differentiated “channels” and “programs”, each with self-selecting audiences. Unlike current media, however, the audience would also be actively involved in creating its own programming, instead of merely passively watching it.

The “” domain name was purchased by mav in waiting for a Wikipedia/Wikimedia non-profit to come into existence to own it.

On June 20, 2003, Jimmy Wales – who had been operating Wikipedia under the aegis of his company Bomis – announced the creation of the Wikimedia Foundation which was to serve as the parent, non-profit, organization of Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, and other freely licensed wiki projects subsequently added to the “Wikimedia family”. See also the Wikipedia article on Wikimedia: w:Wikimedia Foundation.

The first Board of Trustees composed of Jimmy Wales (Chair), Michael Davis and Tim Shell. In June 2004, the next Board of Trustees was composed of 5 people, Jimmy Wales (Chair), Florence Devouard (Vice Chair), Michael Davis (Treasurer), Tim Shell and Angela Beesley. In 2006, Tim and Angela left the Board, whilst Erik Möller, Jan-Bart de Vreede, Kat Walsh and Oscar van Dillen joined it. In October, Florence Devouard became the Chair of the Board, in replacement of Jimmy Wales, who maintained the role as Chairman Emeritus.[1] The first employees joined the organization in 2005, Danny Wool and Brion Vibber. In 2008, the Board was restructured amongst conflicts with the community, and Jimmy Wales was granted the Founder's seat additionally to the Chairman Emeritus.

The organization took a new turn in summer 2007, when Sue Gardner was hired to serve as interim ED. At that point, the staff consisted of about 10 people, most in the head office in St. Petersburg, Florida and others in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. Most of the committees set up in January 2006 are at this point inactive and abandoned.

In 2007, the Foundation decided to move away from its Florida office. San Francisco was chosen as the destination (Boston was its main competitor).[2] The former headquarters in Florida were closed on January 31, 2008.

The Foundation's San Francisco headquarters were originally at 39 Stillman Street. In 2009, it moved less than a kilometer to 149 New Montgomery Street, and in 2017 to its current location at One Montgomery Tower.

The Board was substantially restructured in April 2008. For more information, see:

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