|With an eye to first establish the community to form a chapter, a user group is being set up. Please see Wikimedia Ireland Community for more details.|
A Wikimedia chapters is an independent organizations founded to support and promote Wikimedia projects in a specified geographical region. A Wikimedia chapter is not a cabal and is not involved directly in content creation on Wikipedia or any other project. See What could a Wikimedia Ireland do? below.
Discussion on establishing a Wikimedia chapter in Ireland is currently taking place on Wikimedia Ireland mailing list.
Please add your name below if you would like to help out or take part.
- Rannpháirtí anaithnid
- ClemMcGann (v 'interested')
- BigDunc (curious)
- Hohenloh (interested)
- JamesCrook (interested)
- Dwellings (curious and willing to help if I can)
- RashersTierney (interested)
- Mrchris (will help if I can)
- Conor Dowdall (very interested)
- Mabuska (interested in providing a counter-balance if needed)
- Cargoking (not anything formal)
- Peter Clarke (interested)
- Joe Drumgoole (Interested)
- Vaibhav Jain
- Kieran Moore(Interested in broad-based project)
- The Banner (interested, but not for formal tasks)
- IRWolfie- (interested)
- AFBorchert (interested)
- Pixievondust- (interested)
- Eugene Eichelberger (organizing meetup 2014)
- Rebecca O'Neill (very interested)
- Lucky102 (interested; not formal)
- Sabbon (very interested)
- Shannon Eichelberger (organizing meetup 2014)
- w:User:Titodutta (real name: Tito Dutta, from Kolkata India)
- David Carroll (interested)
Consider linking to your user page on the project you are most known on (e.g. use
[[w:ga:User_name|User_name]]). At this stage it is not necessary to reveal your real-life identity. Depending on your level of involvement, it may be necessary to do so in future.
What could a Wikimedia Ireland do?
Because a chapter is an (officially recognised) organisation, it is able to do some things more effectively than individual Wikimedians alone. For example, a local chapter could:
- Answer media criticism of Wikipedia in Ireland and act as a contact point for questions.
- Convince the estates of deceased Irish authors to to donate works to Wikisource.
- Ask Irish newspapers and television media to donate an archive of photographs of events in Irish history to the Wikimedia Commons.
- Organise Wikipedia info/training days in Irish universities, cities and local communities.
- Get universities, schools and public libraries to put a link to Wikisource on their PCs.
- Get artists' management agencies to release photographs of Irish artists for use on Wikipedia articles.
- Convince the Department of Communications to have as a requirement for state-aided broadband, that operators have a Wikipedia search box on their customer start pages.
- Work with Irish teachers' organisations to create curriculums around Wikimedia content.
- Set up a "wikipedia.ie" website. Such a website might be a version of Wikipedia that is specifically tailored for Irish audiences e.g. a custom Irish-interest main page, specific search features for Irish towns, biographies, etc.
- Make Irish-interest publications of Wikimedia content e.g. a book form publication of a Wikimedia guide to Irish history. Or facilitate commercial publishers to do.
- Apply for a budget (to the Wikimedia Foundation and/or to the state) to pay for specific content generation projects. For example, such a project may be to pay someone to take photographs of a specific list of buildings across Ireland. Once we get off the ground, we could even raise our own funds to do this (with membership fees and such).
- Make representations on behalf of the Irish Wikimedia community directly to the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Facilitate an offline network of Irish Wikipedians, e.g. organise meet-ups (maybe even with a budget for beer!) or to help editors coordinate offline work (e.g. a group of editors might coordinate taking photographs for a specific set of articles)
- Encourage Irish wikipedians to become full members with active user pages to enable feedback and assessment.
There is already a page for Projects which may start before we having an official Wikimedia Ireland chapter.
Requirements to establish a local chapter
- Mission: "The mission of the organisation must be in line with the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation."
- Geographical base: "The chapter is geographically based/anchored in a legal jurisdiction."
- Geographically based in the island of Ireland
- Legally based in the Republic of Ireland
- Structure: "The chapter must have a legal structure/corporation that is legally independent from the Wikimedia Foundation."
- Contributor involvement: "The chapter must involve contributors to the Wikimedia projects"
- Critical mass: "The chapter must involve a critical mass of participants."
- Requires 10—20 members minimum
Current stage in setting up the chapter is highlighted in bold and with an arrow ("→").
- → Step 1: Gather the people
- 10—20 user willing to be members are required to establish a chapter.
Minimum eight required for legal registration as a Friendly Society in Ireland.
- Minimum 7 shareholders for a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital (max 99)
- Minimum 7 members for a co-op
- Step 2: Write the bylaws (See draft here)
- Step 3: Submit bylaws to the chapters committee for approval
- Step 4: Register with the authorities
- Step 5: Get some money
- Step 6: Go!