Chapters meeting 2009/Preparation/Wikimedia New York City

Quick factsEdit

  • Our first preparatory meeting was in November 2007, and we were accepted as a chapter in January 2009. We are currently in the process of legally registering with the state.
  • The biggest development is the relationships we have established with outside partners (Free Culture groups, civic groups, museums, libraries).
  • We don't have a formal membership system yet, but there are about 20 people actively involved.
  • Budget: $0

Success storiesEdit

  1. Wikipedia Takes Manhattan 1, Wikipedia Takes Manhattan 2
  2. Wikipedia Loves Art
  3. NYC meetings (presentations and discussions), Wikipedia Takes the Subway


  1. Digitization of Yiddish encyclopedia difficulties
  2. Culture clashes in institutional relationships
  3. Photo event logistics

Plans for the futureEdit

  • Plans for the short term (1 year)
    1. Wikipedia at the Library
    2. Wiki-Conference New York
    3. More photo scavenger hunts
  • Plans for the medium term (3 years)
    1. Internship program
    2. Large-scale collaboration with university departments and students
    3. Large-scale collaboration with libraries and library patrons
    4. Helping other chapter-type groups develop in the US Northeast


  1. Cultural partnerships
  2. Grants process
  3. Idea-sharing
  4. Looking for a "sister chapter" :)