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Dis page dey describe committees dem create by de Wikimedia Foundation den by de Wikimedia community. Each committee get charter wey dey describe ein structure den function.

Active committees

Board of Trustees committees

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Governance Committee Charter "ensure dat de Board of Trustees ("Board") of de Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") dey fulfill ein legal den fiduciary obligations, den make e improve ein governance, efficiency, den effectiveness ova tym."
Audit Committee Charter "dey assist de Board of Trustees ("Board") of de Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") for ein general oversight of de Foundation ein annual plan den budgetary planning, accounting den financial reporting processes, audits of de financial statements, den internal control, den audit functions."
Talent & Culture Committee Charter "dey assist de Board make dem dey fulfill ein oversight responsibilities thru de implementation of sound compensation den personnel policies den practices."
Product den Technology Committee Charter "assess den explore current den future product development efforts make e continuously dey improve de value dat Wikipedia as platform, as well as de oda Wikimedia projects, dey deliver to ein communities den users around de world."
Community Affairs Committee Charter "assess, explore den address current den future community-related efforts [...] work plus both WMF staff den de wider Wikimedia community in order make e bridge conflicts den offer guidance, plus main goal of continuously dey improve de relationships between de WMF den ein wider community, as well as dey work jointly make e achieve de mission den vision of de Wikimedia Movement, while dey consider de different needs of de WMF, wona communities den users around de world."

Community-wide committees

Dem define as committee dat be "typically lead by Community member den fi include representatives from de community, advisory board, staff, board, anaa outsyd advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution for Wikimedia committees top.

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Affiliations Committee Charter "support de overall health of de ecosystem of Wikimedia movement affiliates (Chapters, Thematic Organizations, den User Groups) den make e advise de Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) for matters wey dey relate to affiliate recognition den de affiliate ecosystem top."
Language Committee Charter "De development den maintenance of:
  • clear step-by-step policy (dem base for quantitative indicators top) for dem dey evaluate de feasibility of fresh language wikis, plus automated procedure give project development;
  • support den policy development give script den localization related problems;
  • documentation to support fresh language communities towards stable growth rate;
  • support den coordination give cross-language projects, dey help smaller communities share resources den maximize dema results;
  • support and coordination to maintain compatibility among the different MediaWiki installations, in order to reduce the amount of development needed to upgrade the program base as far as localization is concerned; and

The processing of requests for new language subdomains of existing Wikimedia projects, providing it gives the Wikimedia Board of Trustees four days advance notice before approving a request."

Wikimania Committee Charter "oversee and guide Wikimania from year to year, supporting each conference's individual organising team and providing them with resources, experience and advice"

Staff committees

Defined as a committee that is "typically led by a member of the staff and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution on Wikimedia committees.

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Communications Committee Board of Trustees resolution (2006) Facilitate communication between the Wikimedia Foundation, the general public, the media, and the communities of the various Wikimedia projects

Movement governance committees

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Elections Committee Charter "assist with the design and implementation of the process to select Community- and Affiliate-Selected Trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) [...] may also assist with similar community-selected positions as determined by the Board."
Ombuds Commission Board of Trustees resolution (2015) Investigate complaints about infringements of the Privacy Policy, the Access to nonpublic information policy, the CheckUser policy and the oversight policy on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees
Interim Case Review Committee Charter Reviews eligible Trust & Safety investigations that are appealed either by those who originally requested the investigation or those who have been sanctioned by them.

Movement-wide preparation committees

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Movement Charter Drafting Committee Principles Drafting de Movement Charter
U4C Building Committee Art. 4.5. of de UCoC Enforcement Guidelines Drafting a charter that outlines procedures and details for the UCoC Coordinating Committee (U4C)
UCoC drafting committees Board May 2020 statement Drafting the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and its Enforcement Guidelines (UCoC-EG)

Resources allocation committees

Committee Purpose
Conference Support Committee
Regional Grants Committees

Inactive anaa closed committees

Research Committee

Organized policies, practices and priorities for Wikimedia-related research, and maintaining the Wikimedia Research Index.

Board expansion committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

The Board was successfully expanded from 5 to 7 members in November 2006, and the committee consequently disbanded.

Executive committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution, dem intend to hold executive authority dem delegate from de Board wen na de Board no dey session insyd (spy common definition).

It was meant to be organized by Angela, but was never really in operation. To be considered disbanded. A sub-meeting (discussion log) of the 11 February 2006 open meeting was used to discuss the setting up of the executive committee and the possibility of an administrative director (or a similarly worded executive position).

Executive Director Transition Team

  • Selection of den transition to fresh Executive Director (2013-2014)

Events committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

First meeting took place on April 5, 2006. The initial members were Delphine Ménard, Arne Klempert, Simon Pulsifer, Frank Schulenburg. The last update indicated the committee was working on a paper about the scope of the committee. Considered disbanded.

Financial committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was to be organized by Daniel Mayer and Michael Davis. Status: disagreement between the organisers, original proposals were rejected. Now deprecated after accountant and financial director were hired (see Current staff).

Fundraising committee

Created June 7, 2006. It was active throughout its first year of operation, but was disbanded in its original description in August 2007. Previous membership list available here: wmf:Resolution:Fundraising committee/Membership. Committee's abandonment is mentioned at wmf:Resolution:Wikimedia Committees.

Insurance committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

The original members were Michael Davis, Angela Beesley, Jimmy Wales, and Danny Wool. Status: work in progress to complete applications for board and officers liability insurance and cyber-insurance. Committee de facto disbanded in January after meeting about the forms. D&O active.

Nominating committee

Dem create am April 2008 by board resolution. Dem deprecate since early 2010.

Special projects committee (2006)

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was originally organized by Florence Devouard, Jakob Voss, and Danny Wool. No longer active as of August 2007. It was dissolved in January 2009 per board resolution.

Special projects committee (2019)

Established in 2019, to "assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities through helping on special, one-off projects that temporarily require some Board member involvement and input for periods of time". It was dissolved in December 2021.

Technical committee

Dem create am January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was to be organized by Jens Frank, Brion Vibber and Domas Mituzas. Status: was never organized, although the core team of developers constitute a sort of de facto committee.

Trademarks committee

Created January 2, 2006 by board resolution, intended to oversee the legal process to secure trademarks, make timely reports on the trademark status to the board, make recommendations to the Board about the top priority concerning trademarks (categories, locations and their estimated costs), and was responsible for registering and monitoring domain names for the Foundation.

Status: na ebe partly active for a while, buh dem disband am as of August 2007.

Funds Dissemination Committee

Responsible to make recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees for funding activities and initiatives in support of the mission goals of the Wikimedia movement. Created in 2012 and dissolved by the Board of Trustees in 2022.

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