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Wiki Society of the Philippines


Wiki Society of the Philippines
WikiSocPH
LocationPhilippines Icons-flag-ph.png
Country codePH
Founding dateApril 12, 2010 [1]
Approval dateMarch 17, 2010 [2]
Derecognition dateFebruary 28, 2017 [3]
Main officeMakati, Metro Manila
Membership17
Staff0
Official language(s)English-PH
Incorporation paperCertificate of Incorporation
Former nameWikimedia Philippines
WebsiteArchived Page

Wiki Society of the Philippines (WikiSocPH), formerly Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH), is an association of Wikimedians in the Philippines that aim to promote the Wikimedia projects and open content and open data in general in the country. The organization was founded in 2010 as a non-stock, non-profit corporation and was recognized as a Wikimedia chapter in the same year. The organization's recognition as a chapter was discontinued in 2017 and WikiSocPH currently operates as an independent association.

History[edit]

The idea to create an organization of Filipino Wikimedians was proposed on May 20, 2007 during the first Wikipedia meetup ("Manila 1") held in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. Over the next few years, the organization's Articles of Incorporation and By-laws were drafted. In early 2010, the Chapters Committee (now the Affiliations Committee) approved the documents and the organization was subsequently recognized as an official Wikimedia chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation on March 17, 2010. Thereafter, the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws were signed by the incorporators on March 28, 2010 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 8, 2010. The Certificate of Incorporation was approved by the SEC on April 12, 2010 (with Company Reg. No. CN201005637) and released on April 16, 2010.

Among the major projects initiated by the chapter were Wikipedia Takes Manila in 2011, the Philippine WikiCon 2012, Wiki Loves Monuments in 2012 and 2013, and the Cultural Heritage Mapping project from 2014 to 2015. The organization also held numerous workshops, talks, and edit-a-thons, and attended events such as a few Software Freedom Day celebrations in various universities.

On September 9, 2016, the Wikimedia Philippines Board of Trustees was notified of its organization's suspension as a Wikimedia affiliate. The chapter failed to meet the deadline for remediation of issues (due in part to bureaucracy in the Philippine government) and this resulted in its discontinuance as a Wikimedia chapter starting March 1, 2017.

Reports[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. "Wikimedia Philippines Incorporation Paper, Securites and Exchange Commission.". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. "Resolution:Approval of Wikimedia Philippines.". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. "(Wikimedia-l) Chapter De-Recognition: Wikimedia Philippines". Wikimedia Mailing List Pipermail. Retrieved 22 April 2017.