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Related to now concluded Wikimedia movement roles project.
See also the discussion of new group models.
The definition of groups in context of the movement roles project has been left open for interpretation and requires some classification. I would like to propose the following set of criteria for classification of groups within our movement and outside, that we are likely to encounter. My intention is to provide a starting point, from where the definition and classification of groups could be further refined.
The classification itself is based on logical options between any two sets of arbitrary groups.
There needs to be some formal classification of groups that we are likely to encounter. There are multiple approaches to how to classify such groups. The classification seeks to cover from the most basic congregation of individuals from within our movement to the largest chapters and even outside entities that might only share a common goal with the movement.
External vs. internalEdit
This approach aims to classify groups based on their position in the movement. Internal groups refers to groups from within the Wikimedia community, external groups might be complete or partial outside entities with aligned common goals with our movement. External groups can have affiliation and support from within the community but would be treated as outside entities. They might have outside an affiliation or other goals, not all of which are aligned with out movement.
Registered vs. unregisteredEdit
These entities would be a sub-group under Internal groups. The definition would depend upon registered entities Vs. unregistered entities. The form of registration might differ from country to country. The global aspect of Wikimedia depends that the term of registration are left up to the groups themselves, the exact nature of which would require further refinement.
Official vs. informalEdit
This particular sub-group would account for official entities recognized by the foundation while the unofficial group would not require any such recognition. The unofficial group might remain unofficial for a multitude of reasons, from legal issues to personal preference, we might have groups that choose to remain as unofficial entities. Unofficial groups need to have their existence public with the rest of the community, either through mailing lists or wikis, and need to have support from their local community.
- See also Contribution Taxonomy Project for another listing of groups and roles of contributors;
- Movement roles/Current players and their roles also lists current players and their roles
These groups should review and potentially approve parts of the MR work.
These groups are incorporated and oversee projects in a certain part of the world, or are officially delegated authority by one of those groups. They have their own legal, financial, and reporting requirements
Wikimedia Foundation WMF Board Audit Committee Chapters Committee Election Committee
Other global governance
proposed community council proposed chapters council
Wikimedia Argentina Wikimedia Österreich Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Canada Wikimedia CH Wikimedia Česká republika Wikimedia Deutschland Wikimedia Danmark Wikimedia Eesti Wikimedia España Wikimedia Suomi Wikimédia France Wikimedia UK Wikimedia Hong Kong Wikimédia Magyarország Wikimedia Indonesia Wikimedia Israel Wikimedia India Wikimedia Italia Wikimedia Macedonia Wikimedia Macao Wikimedia Nederland Wikimedia Norge Wikimedia Philippines Wikimedia Polska Wikimedia Portugal Wikimedia Russia Wikimedia Serbia Wikimedia South Africa Wikimedia Sverige Wikimedia Taiwan Wikimedia Ukraine Wikimedia New York City
Incorporated chapter-like orgs
Amical WM DC
Proposed future chapters
WM Brasil WM Chile WM Croatia WM Venezuela
Informal and Community groupsEdit
These include informal associations that coordinate work among chapters and projects, committees limited to coordination, and groups delegated responsibility by the communities
Iberocoop WM Asia WM Africa?
Less formal committees and groups
(for feedback and sharing) ComCom ResearchCom former NomCom LangCom ComProj OTRS group
Community committees and groups
Stewards Ombudsmen Checkuser groups ArbComms
Potential future associations or partner orgs
GLAM-Wiki WM Kansai Esperanto Wikimedians Chinese Wikimedia Conference ...
not directly in scope for the charter and current MR work, but related; should be comfortable with MR recommendations
Editing community bodies
Individual ArbComs Large WikiProjects WP Loves Art WM Loves Monuments
(for feedback and sharing) MediaWiki dev community Translatewiki OmegaWiki
(for feedback as appropriate) OpenStreetMap Wikitravel Wikihow
To understand the current roles and responsibilities of different entities, we have asked each group some questions about their work and goals to map the movement, including:
Informal or future partnersEdit