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Title: North American affiliates working together

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Type: Lecture

Track: Governance

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en


Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Report on early findings from research on designing a potential North American Hub or federation of WMF affiliates.

Description[edit source]

The research is mainly to collect views and gather consensus on what the North American WMF-affiliated organizations should do together. They could form a Hub in Movement Strategy language. The effort between now and Wikimania will be to hold focus groups with some structured questions for North American Wikimedians, partner organizations, likely partner or funding organizations, and other WMF affiliates. The North American affiliates could display a common calendar of events, could offer small grants, could assist events outside the local range of chapters, could offer GLAM camps or other training, could sponsor software development, could specialize in copyright laws and key exceptions under U.S. or North American laws, and could strengthen their administration internally and of the annual joint conference, WCNA. One design decision in this research grant was to separate execution of the research activity (by the WMDC chapter) from evaluation of it (by other Wikimedians). We can report whether this seems to be working. Results are likely to be tentative as of the time of the presentation and we will welcome questions, suggestions, critiques, and other feedback.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

It's about collaboration, potentially among WMF affiliates and other Wikimedians in North America as they create editathons and partnerships.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand