Wikimedia user groups
Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who have decided to support and promote the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other projects. User groups may or may not be legally incorporated entities. Like the Wikimedia Foundation, they aim to "empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally". There are currently 9 user groups.
This page lists current and planned user groups. Please see the step-by-step user group creation guide for more information. The Affiliations Committee exists to aid the creation of, and to support, user groups.
If you have plans for user groups, please contact the Committee at affcomlists.wikimedia.org.
Approved user groups
|Name||Focus||Status||Start of recognition||End of recognition||Are there bylaws?||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|MediaWiki Group San Francisco||Formalizing existing activities||2013-01-12||2013-12-31||Non applicable||mw:Groups/San Francisco||Quim Gil||2012-12-26|
|Group promotion||Willingness to organize MediaWiki promotion & outreach activities around this group||2013-01-13||2013-12-31||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Promotion||Quim Gil||2012-12-26|
|Esperanto kaj Libera Scio (ELiSo)||Reaching of readers and contributors among Esperanto speakers and collaboration with Esperanto organisations.||Document with signatures sent to AffCom||2013-04-04||2014-04-30||Non-applicable||m: Esperanto kaj Libera Scio
fb: facebook page
|Wikimedians of Nepal||Its main objective is the growth of a community of supporters of the different Wikimedia projects in various languages spoken in Nepal.||Signature of user group agreement underway||2013-05-30||2014-05-28||Non-applicable||Facebook Page||nepaliwikigooglegroups.com||Ganesh Paudel||2013-05-30|
|GLAM-Wiki US Consortium||The GLAM-Wiki US Consortium will bring together cultural organizations, Wikipedians, Wikimedia chapters, and individuals in an independent community of practice devoted to supporting the GLAM-Wikimedia initiative in the United States.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2013-06-25||2014-06-30||Non-applicable||wiki page / blog / Facebook page, group||glam-us||Dominic McDevitt-Parks||2013-06-25|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Greece||The main objectives are to increase participation in Wikimedia projects mainly in greek language, develop educational programms and create an environment for cultural organisations to share content through Wikimedia.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2013-07-20||2014-07-31||Non applicable||http://wikimedia.gr||wikiEL||User:Geraki||2013-07-20|
|New England Wikimedians||Wikimedia User Group in the New England region, excluding parts of western Connecticut; their goal is to increase participation of Wikimedians within the region, including at the many colleges and universities in the area||Discussion at Meta||2013-12-30||2014-12-31||Bylaws||New England Wikimedians at Meta, on Facebook, and on Twitter||boston||Kevin Rutherford, Maia Weinstock||2013-12-30|
|Wikisource Community User Group||The Wikisource Community User Group is a proposed user group to support the Wikisource community and its vision both online and offline.||User group agreement signed||2013-11-03||2014-11-30||Non applicable||Wikisource Community User Group||wikisource-l||Aubrey, Micru||2013-11-24|
|Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil||Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil is a planned group of Wikimedians in Brazil who are interested in organizing and promoting activities related to the Wiki projects in Brazil.||User group agreement signed||2014-01-23||2015-01-23||Wikimedia BR||||Jonas AGX,Vinicius Siqueira,Danilo.mac||2014-01-26|
|Wikimedians of Iceland User Group||Wikimedians of Iceland User Group seeks to organise activities for the public in Iceland to engage them in editing Wikimedia sites and also for the current Wikimedians as well.||Pending signature of user group agreement||2014-02-28||Facebook page||||Svavar Kjarrval & Hrafn Malmquist||2014-02-07
Planned user groups
Wikimedia organizations in active preparation to become Wikimedia user groups. Please provide a link to a page on meta with more detailed information (with a short summary in English) and provide a contact for questions about the present state.
- A yellowish background means organizations are currently in active contact (as of the "last update" date) with the Affiliations Committee;
- A light grey background means awaiting an update (either from the proposed organization or from AffCom).
|Name||Focus||Status||Are there bylaws?||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan||Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan is a planned group of Wikimedians in Pakistan who are interested in organizing and participating in outreach activities on national level.||Waiting for recognition||||Saqib||2013-10-10|
|The Wikinewsie Group||The Wikinewsie Group exists to support independent original reporting on an open license platform, work towards increasing participation and content creation on Wikinews.||Waiting for recognition||Svavar Kjarrval & Superzerocool||2014-02-13|
User groups in discussion
|Name||Focus||Status||Are there bylaws?||Website (optional)||Mailing list
|Wikimedia Austria User Group||Existing as regular meetup group||Non applicable||Wikipedia Wien||Hubertl||2012-11-30|
|MediaWiki Group Ahmedabad||Seeking recognition as a Wikimedia India SIG and then as a Wikimedia User Group||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Ahmedabad||Harsh Kothari||2013-01-28|
|MediaWiki Group Surakarta||Formalizing existing activities||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Solo||Bennylin||2013-01-21|
|Wiki BUG||Wiki users in San Francisco Bay area (US)||Formalizing existing activities||Not applicable||Meta page only||wikimedia-sf covers same area||Pete F (talk)||2013-01-27|
|Wikimedia-KH Cambodia User Group||Wiki users in Phnom Penh / Cambodia||Formalizing existing activities, building offline community, forming physical body, first as a User Group with long term goal of incorporation into official WMF's Local Chapter in Cambodia.||Not applicable||Wikimedia-KH Cambodia User Group||Wikimedia-KH||វ័ណថារិទ្ធ (Vantharith) (talk)||2013-03-22|
|Wikimedia Cascadia||Wikimedia chapter for the Pacific Northwest region of North America; its mission would be to support Cascadian Wikipedians and to create a world in which the sum of all human knowledge is available for free to everyone||Discussion at Meta||Wikimedia Cascadia at Meta||User:Another Believer||2013-05-17|
|Wikimedia Ghana||Interim WMF trademarks and logo license executed. Converting request into User Group for now.||Wikimedia Ghana||wikimedia-ghlists.wikimedia.org,||Rexford (Coordinator)||2012-08-28|
|Wikimedians in Kenya||Wikimedians in Kenya is a group of users who want to pursue and continue to work in advancing and sharing information through the Wikimedia platforms and encourage and promote the contribution to the same platforms by users in Kenya.||Building from the previous efforts of Wikimedia Kenya Chapter||Non applicable||Wikimedians in Kenya||To ask for a new user group mailing list||Limoke Oscar||2013-04-13|
|Wikimedia Northeastern China User Group||Beginning discussion internally||Not started||Will start our own website soon||User:Shujenchang||2012-09-07|
|Wikipedia Club Pune||Discussion between organizers, chapter and Affiliations Committee||2012-12-10|
|Wikimedian Society of Tokyo||Wikimedia users in Greater Tokyo Area, Japan||Existing as regular meetup group and as a collection of people who support events related Wikimedia. Formalizing existing and planned activities.||Non applicable||http://tokyo.wikimedia.jp||witokio at googlegroups dot com||akaniji
|MediaWiki Group Accessibility Tracking||Wikimedia users interested in bringing forward accessibility in MediaWiki and hence all projects based on. Especially Wikipedia||[[mw:Groups/Proposals PENDING|MediaWiki Group Proposal]||Non applicable||mw:Groups/Proposals/Accessibility Tracking||mw:User:Barrierefrei||2013-05-29|
|Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group||The Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group is a proposed user group to support Wikimedia activities on Tec de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México Campus. It will have campus ambassador functions as well as supporting activities such as meetings, conferences and outreach.||Regularly meeting and active group, in discussion with Aff Com||Non applicable||Wiki Borregos CCM Student User Group||wikisource-l||Thelmadatter, Salcedo95||2013-06-14|
|LGBT Wikimedians User Group||LGBT community and supporters||Discussion at Meta||Wikimedia LGBT||lgbt||Another Believer||2013-08-21|
See also: Proposed MediaWiki Groups
Wikimedia user groups news and announcements
- 2013-11-24 Wikisource Community User Group is recognized as the newest user group.
- 2013-06-04 The step-by-step creation guide has been expanded with a section on the naming of user groups
- 2013-03-21 The standard User Group Agreement has been published
- 2013-01-14 First two user groups have been approved
- 2012-12-22 If you want to help the creation of new user groups, apply for AffCom membership!
- 2012-12-08 MediaWiki Groups proposal