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2022 reportingEdit

Notification of upcoming reporting due dateEdit

Greetings Pharos, Fuzheado,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization reporting date is coming up in 27 day(s). Wikimedia Affiliates are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2022 annual reporting will be due in 2022-12-07. Please be sure to:

  • Post your 2022 annual reporting to the meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  • Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  • Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wadportal wikimedia.org.

Best regards,
Dumisani Ndubane


Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

(Initial Review) Notification of Affiliate Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reportingEdit

Greetings Pharos, Fuzheado,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia Affiliates are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2022 annual reporting became past due in 2022-12-07. Please be sure to:

  • Post your 2022 annual reporting to the meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  • Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  • Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wadportal wikimedia.org.

Best regards,
Dumisani Ndubane


Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Drafting reportEdit

The draft is at Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network/2022 See other years for other reports. I will contribute something soon - anyone else may jump into it. Bluerasberry (talk) 18:27, 9 December 2022 (UTC)

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

We'll focus on strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including Wikimedia Research Fund, 2023 Ombuds commission and Case Review Committee appointments process, feedback on consultation and community session of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee, various Wikimania topics: (ideas/suggestions for Wikimania 2023, expressions of interest for Wikimania 2024 and beyond, expressions of interest to join Wikimania Steering Committee), and other ongoing activities.

This month we are meeting on Sunday November 13, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and
UTC times are different from before, and also note that some areas may have recently experienced daylight savings time changes.).--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:18, 9 November 2022 (UTC)

Use of title "Wikimedian in Residence"Edit

At English Wikipedia a series of accounts were discovered claiming a "Wikimedian in Residence" title when they seem to be fake user accounts and not users who are doing Wikimedian in Residence activities.

en:special:permalink/1126504331#Possible_fake_"Wikimedian_In_Residence"_user_accounts

One solution to this could be that WREN has a recognition or certification program. If a user is in compliance with some minimal criteria, and that user requested recognition from WREN, then WREN could publicly list that person as a "Wikimedian in Residence" in good standing with the organization. Bluerasberry (talk) 18:18, 9 December 2022 (UTC)

From en:ChatGPT


write a set of professional criteria for Wikimedians in Residence who are officially representing cultural institutes to share free and open knowledge in Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects

  1. Wikimedians in Residence must be knowledgeable about the goals and values of the Wikimedia movement, including the promotion of free and open knowledge.
  2. Wikimedians in Residence must be familiar with the principles of inclusivity and diversity, and must strive to ensure that the cultural institutes they represent are represented in a fair and accurate manner on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
  3. Wikimedians in Residence must have excellent communication and collaboration skills, and must be able to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including cultural institute staff, volunteers, and the general public.
  4. Wikimedians in Residence must be able to plan and implement educational programs and initiatives that promote the use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects by cultural institute staff and the public.
  5. Wikimedians in Residence must be able to collect, organize, and share relevant cultural institute content in a way that adheres to Wikipedia's editorial policies and guidelines.
  6. Wikimedians in Residence must be able to provide training and support to cultural institute staff and volunteers who are interested in contributing to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
  7. Wikimedians in Residence must be able to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of their work, and must be willing to adapt their approach based on feedback and best practices.
  8. Wikimedians in Residence must be committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards, and must avoid conflicts of interest or other situations that could compromise the integrity of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

Bluerasberry (talk) 18:53, 9 December 2022 (UTC)

@Bluerasberry how does your use of chatgpt for this interact with our licensing policy and their usage rules?
  • Viewing it in just its textual form for now. Point 1 - fine. Point 2, the strive probably gives enough flexibility, given the need to comply with our sourcing rules even if they personally think it's not accurate. I also don't understand why the first half of that point is linked to the second. Point 3 - fine, but perhaps needed a point to note that each of those three categories must be demonstrated to meet the criterion. Point 4 - this is flawed, seriously, in several forms. One is that it actually just specified they are able, with no obligation to actually carry it out. But beyond that, while it might be nice, I don't believe it's actually obligatory for them to run programmes that promote the use of Wikipedia...that seems morally dubious. And for both staff and public at that. Point 5 this is actually the fundamental point of WiRs, and again just notes they have to be able to do it. Point 6 - fine. Point 7 - fine. Point 8 - the first half is fine, but WIRs have a certain degree of conflict of interest that simply cannot be avoided. In fact, a primary usage of WiR is to exempt them from our standard COI (especially PaidCOI) rules, because we feel a lighter touch can be used to mitigate issues.

Additional points - I think an editor would probably have attached wikilinks where they'd have helped. Many of these obligations would have no detail to assess at the onset of someone's WIR job. Additionally, some consideration of how willing WREN would be to fail someone who had got a WIR job but didn't meet the standards. Nosebagbear (talk) 22:21, 13 December 2022 (UTC)
@Nosebagbear: Are you not amazed that I gave that simple prompt to a tool which is a week into its public release and not before tested by wiki community members, and yet this tool already is adequate for giving rules of a specialized wiki community role? I am going to throw this out there: If the Wikimedia Foundation had commissioned consultants with one of the US$25,000 movement strategy grants to come up with a guide for cultural partnerships, then based on past outcomes I have doubts that the outcome would have been as good as this. You are casually critiquing this as "fine" but this tool spews out accurate policy with bare prompting.
You argue with point 4 but from my perspective, every Wikimedian in Residence program does this. Replace "Wikipedia" with any social media platform, and any organization's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or whatever-in-residence person practices guideline 4. I think your objection is a matter of semantics and a different word choice would bring agreement.
As to the appropriateness of brining in ChatGPT, see Wikipedia:Village_pump_(policy)#Wikipedia_response_to_chatbot-generated_content. From a copyright perspective this content is public domain as is AI-generated content in general. I am unsure about nuance in OpenAI's terms of use regarding compatibility with Wikimedia projects but there is no one raising objections on those grounds so far as I know.
Thanks for reacting here. Would discuss more anytime. Bluerasberry (talk) 02:00, 14 December 2022 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry - I'm going to focus on two core points: one is that you think where I say "fine" I am "casually critiquing" - fine means fine, otherwise why would I say "fine"? Secondly, it isn't adequate. Some of the more detailed feedback I give could certainly be viewed as non-critical (like the latter half of my feedback on point 2), but other points are not. I'm sure a rewording could fix the ables, but it's not merely semantics, can/could/should/must variations were a source of major disagreement over on the UCOC side. What social-media equivalents to our WiRs do is completely irrelevant. You're no doubt right about what they do. And? For us, I would rather not rule out the possibility of a WIR who is there to aid Wikipedia directly without having to use it for both staff and editors. Perhaps more likely on an image basis, but not impossible otherwise. Nosebagbear (talk) 10:34, 14 December 2022 (UTC)
@Nosebagbear: Okay, I hear you! There are more points to critique and your feedback is not an indication of support. I will not assume you like or approve these guidelines.
If you ever find anyone who wants to talk in a public recorded video about how Wikimedian in Residence stuff works I am happy to meet for a chat. On my own I am trying to record more explanations anyway. I think our disagreements here, as well as misunderstandings about Wikimedian in Residence projects elsewhere on wiki, are all semantic and that they only exist because the discussion is text on a talk page rather than in a live conversation. Bluerasberry (talk) 15:35, 14 December 2022 (UTC)

Passing of Effie Kapsalis / DigitaleffieEdit

Wikimedians in the United States and the wiki museum world will know of Digitaleffie, wiki community organizer at the Smithsonian for more than 10 years. She died this week. More details are on her user page. She was a great advocate for the appointment of Wikimedians in Residence at cultural institutions, and key in the placement of Wikimedians in Residence in Washington DC or supported by the Wikimedia chapter there.

Anyone with thoughts to share may do so on her talk page. Bluerasberry (talk) 19:18, 14 December 2022 (UTC)

(First Reminder) Notification of Affiliate Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reportingEdit

Greetings Pharos, Fuzheado,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia Affiliates are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2022 annual reporting became past due in 2022-12-07. Please be sure to:

  • Post your 2022 annual reporting to the meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  • Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  • Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wadportal wikimedia.org.

Best regards,
Dumisani Ndubane


Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal

Sunday, January 8, 2023

(First Reminder) Notification of Affiliate Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reportingEdit

Greetings Pharos, Fuzheado,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia Affiliates are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2022 annual reporting became past due in 2022-12-07. Please be sure to:

  • Post your 2022 annual reporting to the meta via the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  • Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  • Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wadportal wikimedia.org.

Best regards,
Dumisani Ndubane


Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal

Sunday, January 8, 2023

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