Talk:Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

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Language of the UGEdit

As the UAE population is mainly made up of foreigners, many of whom do not have an Arabic language background, I wonder if the working language of the group is English or Arabic, or if they are considered dual working languages?

Additionally being in the UAE is a unique proposition as people come from many national backgrounds and cultures. I wonder if a good approach for the UG is to promote itself in different venues so people of all of the major groups in the UAE are recruited, including: local Emiratis and other GCC citizens, Levantine and North African and other Middle Eastern citizens, South Asians, sub-Saharan Africans, Westerners, East and Southeast Asians, etc.

While I'm not an expert in the UAE, as I have never lived there, I've had coworkers who lived in the UAE. Based on their comments, I think an important thing for the UG to stress is that everyone in the group is equal regardless of race, native language, occupation, gender/sex, national origin, and/or sexual orientation. This should allow people of different backgrounds to work more effectively and as equals. WhisperToMe (talk) 15:47, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

Call for candidates - June 2020Edit

Hi everyone,

The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing and sustaining Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is seeking new members!

The main role of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of five to fifteen members, selected at least once every year, to serve two-year terms. As the committee must hold mid-year elections to replenish its members at this time, those joining the committee during the current process will serve a slightly extended term from July 2020 through December 2022.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process initiated in 2016. While the affiliation models continue to be discussed as part of the broader strategy discussion, as no decisions have been made to change the current affiliation models yet, AffCom continues to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. AffCom continues to process applications for user group and chapter/thematic organization creation, while we await the strategy next steps and begin to prepare for a smooth transition of the committee and affiliates ecosystem to any changing movement structures and systems in 2021.

Being a part of the AffCom requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a mix of different skill sets in our members.

Click here for further details.

James Heilman on behalf of AffCom

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:18, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

Affiliations Committee elections announcement June 2020Edit

Hi everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that the Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing and sustaining Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is seeking new members! The deadline to post your application on the nomination page is 30 June 2020.

  • Application process: Considering the anticipated changes following the Strategy recommendations, we had a limited scope to introduce changes in the process. We have made a small but impactful addition to the application process by introducing the Self Assessment survey form which will help the committee know more about your engagement as endorsements are not consistently shared, may not be representative, and often do not speak to the specific skills needed.
  • Selection process: No change; see: Membership.

If you have any questions, please contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to answer questions about our work if this helps people decide to apply. Please distribute this announcement among your networks. Good luck to all the candidates!

On behalf of the committee,

--Rosiestep (talk) 00:49, 19 June 2020 (UTC) via MassMessaging

June 21 All-Affiliates Brand MeetingEdit

All Wikimedia affiliates are invited to join an urgent All-Affiliates Brand Meeting in two sessions on Sunday June 21, regarding the most recent developments.--Pharos (talk) 20:05, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in Wiki Loves Earth 2020Edit

Dear colleagues,

The 8th year in a row the Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest is gathering pictures of nature heritage sites from different parts of the world! Our aims are raising public awareness about protected areas and creating the biggest database of free photos of them. Since 2013, WLE collected 585k free photos of natural heritage sites, with around 130k being used in the wikiprojects.

This year the contest is taking place between May and July, and have received over 48K photos so far! During this tough time it's important to make an impact online. By digging through photo archives and taking part in WLE our participants can help Wikipedia while staying safe. We have 32 participating countries for now and looking forward to welcoming more. Exactly United Arab Emirates can become a part of the WLE family!

How to join Wiki Loves Earth 2020?

  1. Assemble a team of volunteers devoted to organizing WLE in your country (see our guide https://w.wiki/KYAtoget an understanding of what this job entails)
  2. Declare your participation by adding your country to the list at https://w.wiki/KYH.
  3. Create a list of nature heritage objects in your region/country (if you do not have one). Find out more about it here — https://w.wiki/LQ4.
  4. Decide on dates of your contest. Please consider how much time you need to prepare and what is the best time in your country. You are free to decide when exactly to hold your contest within the international timeframe.
  5. Create your local landing page, start working on promotion and gathering pictures of nature heritage sites of your country!

You can learn more about how to organize a contest in the guide — https://w.wiki/KYA.

Important: due to the spread of COVID-19, there are restrictions for offline public events. Please find our advice on how to handle the situation — https://w.wiki/KiE.

If you need assistance from the international team to get WLE 2020 started in your country, please don't hesitate to write to us at wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua.

Stay safe!

Best regards, Anastasiia Petrova, Project Manager for International Wiki Loves Earth 2020 on behalf of the international organizing team

Feedback on movement namesEdit

There are a lot of conversations happening about the future of our movement names. We hope that you are part of these discussions and that your community is represented.

Since 16 June, the Foundation Brand Team has been running a survey in 7 languages about 3 naming options. There are also community members sharing concerns about renaming in a Community Open Letter.

You should have received a separate affiliate survey via email. If you have not, feel free to email brandproject wikimedia.org.

Our goal in this call for feedback is to hear from across the community, so we encourage you to participate in the survey, the open letter, or both. The survey will go through 7 July in all timezones. Input from the survey and discussions will be analyzed and published on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks for thinking about the future of the movement --The Brand Project team, 13:37, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: The survey is conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement.

Announcing a new wiki project! Welcome, Abstract WikipediaEdit

Hello everyone. I am posting the announcement below, which you may have missed elsewhere, and in the hope that you can share it with your local communities. Please note that it may be available in your language at m:Special:MyLanguage/Abstract Wikipedia/July 2020 announcement. Thanks for your attention! m:User:Elitre (WMF)


Sunday August 23: Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Strategic flock of Wikimedians heading in a new direction.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a proposed 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.

The idea is to follow up on the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting and other strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 21:44, 20 August 2020 (UTC)

Sunday September 20 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Birds of a feather flock together.

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.

Following up on the August SWAN meeting and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates, this month we are meeting on Sunday September 20, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 02:09, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

استراتيجية ويكيميديا 2030 - دعوة لتحديد أولويات المجتمع العربيEdit


  استراتيجية ويكيميديا

مرحباً، Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

حان الوقت -أخيراً- لتطبيق خطة ويكيميديا الاستراتيجية على أرض الواقع، ونحن ندعوكم جميعاً للمشاركة! يدعوكم فريق الاستراتيجية في المؤسسة ومجموعة التخطيط التطوعية إلى تنظيم اجتماعات إلكترونية لمجتمعكم قبل نهاية الشهر العاشر أكتوبر القادم، هذه الاجتماعات ضرورية لتحديد مخرجات “التوصيات الاستراتيجية” التي تهمّ المجتمع العربي وتستجيب لحاجاته أو لاحتياجات مجتمعات ومنظمات الويكي العالمية من وجهة نظره.

بإمكانكم الإطلاع على توصيات الاستراتيجية بالعربي أو بلغات أخرى . تتضمن الاستراتيجية 10 توصيات وفي كل منها عدّة مخرجات و تعديلات مقترحة، و العددالإجمالي هو حوالي 50 مخرج، لتطبيق هذا العدد الكبير من المخرجات نحتاج لخطة زمنية واضحة، لن يكون متاحا تطبيقها كلها . لهذا السبب،نحتاج لخطة تنفيذية مدتها 18 شهراً تبدأ في 2021، و عليكم أن تحددو أولوياتكم خلال مرحلة التنفيذ.

يجب أن تحددوا أولوياتكم كمجتمع عربي أو كمجموعات مستخدمين. خلال هذه الفترة فكرو في احتياجاتكم المحلية وبما يلبيها من مخرجات توصيات الاستراتيجية! يمكنكم ملئ استبيان بهذه الأولويات كذلك. سوف ندعوكم في شهر نوفمبر المقبل للانضمام إلى فعالية إلكترونية عالمية لبحث هذه الأولويات ووضعها في إطار خطة للتنفيذ (سوف نخبركم المزيد عن هذه الفعالية قريباً). منذ الآن وحتى نهاية شهر أكتوبر، نتمنى أن تتمكنوا من إبلاغنا بأولويات مجتمعكم.

بإمكانكم الضغط هنا لمعرفة المزيد عن كيفية تنظيم اجتماعاتكم وكيفية إبلاغ فريق الاستراتيجية بالأولويات التي تتوصلون إليها (المعلومات بالإنكليزية فقط). يمكنكم بعد انعقاد الاجتماع أن تبلغونا بنتائج إما بملئ تقرير على الميتا أو بملئ الاستبيان من هنا أو بمراسلتنا على الإيميل. نرجو أن لا تترددوا بطرح أي أسئلة أو تعليقات لديكم هنا أو عبر الإيميل: strategy2030 wikimedia.org

سوف ننظم -كذلك- لقاءا سريعاً للإجابة عن أي أسئلة لديكم بخصوص كل ما ورد أعلاه (اللقاء بالإنكليزية)، يمكنكم الانضمام إليه في يوم الخميس القادم 1 أكتوبر بتمام الساعة 2 ظهراً بالتوقيت العالمي (رابط الانضمام).

شكرا

عن فريق الإستراتيجية --Mohammed Bachounda (talk) 20:10, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Sunday October 25 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Friendship is a movement value.

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.

Following up on the September and August SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including the recent proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws, this month we are meeting on Sunday October 25, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 17:12, 20 October 2020 (UTC)

Call for insights on ways to better communicate the work of the movementEdit

The Movement Strategy recommendations published this year made clear the importance of establishing stronger communications within our movement. To this end, the Foundation wants to gather insights from communities, including affiliates, on ways we all might more consistently communicate about our collective work, and better highlight community contributions from across the movement. Over the coming months, we will be running focus groups and online discussions to collect these insights. We hope your affiliate will decide to share your thoughts by participating in a focus group or joining the discussion on Meta-Wiki.

ELappen (WMF) (talk) 18:53, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Sunday November 29 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Take flight with us.

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.

Following up on the August, September, and October SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including the recent proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws, this month we are meeting on Sunday November 29, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(Note that the UTC times of 03:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC are the same as before, although a number of places have had daylight savings time changes since our last meeting).--Pharos (talk) 18:45, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Sunday January 10 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Into the blue.

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.

Following up on the August, September, October, and November SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including SWAN input on Interim Global Council and Movement Charter, this month we are meeting on Sunday January 10, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To start the exchange of ideas on the IGC early, and to help prepare before the SWAN calls, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this etherpad. If you like a more interactive way of discussing, we have also made a jamboard. Check here for more details.

--Pharos (talk) 18:37, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

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