Wikimedia committees

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This page describes committees created by the Wikimedia Foundation and by the Wikimedia community. Each committee has a charter describing its structure and function.

Active committees

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Board of Trustees committees

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Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Governance Committee Charter "ensure that the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") fulfills its legal and fiduciary obligations, and to improve its governance, efficiency, and effectiveness over time."
Audit Committee Charter "assist the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") in its general oversight of the Foundation's annual plan and budgetary planning, accounting and financial reporting processes, audits of the financial statements, and internal control, and audit functions."
Talent & Culture Committee Charter "assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities through the implementation of sound compensation and personnel policies and practices."
Product and Technology Committee Charter "assess and explore current and future product development efforts to continuously improve the value that Wikipedia as a platform, as well as the other Wikimedia projects, delivers to its communities and users around the world."
Community Affairs Committee Charter "assess, explore and address current and future community-related efforts [...] work with both WMF staff and the wider Wikimedia community in order to bridge conflicts and offer guidance, with a main goal of continuously improving the relationships between the WMF and its wider community, as well as working jointly to achieve the mission and vision of the Wikimedia Movement, while considering the different needs of the WMF, our communities and users around the world."

Community-wide committees

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Defined as a committee that is "typically led by a Community member and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution on Wikimedia committees.

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Affiliations Committee Charter "support the overall health of the ecosystem of Wikimedia movement affiliates (Chapters, Thematic Organizations, and User Groups) and to advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) on matters related to affiliate recognition and the affiliate ecosystem."
Language Committee Charter "The development and maintenance of:
  • a clear step-by-step policy (based on quantitative indicators) for evaluating the feasibility of new language wikis, with an automated procedure for project development;
  • support and policy development for script and localization related problems;
  • documentation to support new language communities towards a stable growth rate;
  • support and coordination for cross-language projects, helping smaller communities share resources and maximize their results;
  • support and coordination to maintain compatibility among the different MediaWiki installations, in order to reduce the amount of development needed to upgrade the program base as far as localization is concerned; and

The processing of requests for new language subdomains of existing Wikimedia projects, providing it gives the Wikimedia Board of Trustees four days advance notice before approving a request."

Wikimania Committee Charter "oversee and guide Wikimania from year to year, supporting each conference's individual organising team and providing them with resources, experience and advice"

Staff committees

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Defined as a committee that is "typically led by a member of the staff and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution on Wikimedia committees.

Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Communications Committee Board of Trustees resolution (2006) Facilitate communication between the Wikimedia Foundation, the general public, the media, and the communities of the various Wikimedia projects

Movement governance committees

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Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Elections Committee Charter "assist with the design and implementation of the process to select Community- and Affiliate-Selected Trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) [...] may also assist with similar community-selected positions as determined by the Board."
Ombuds Commission Board of Trustees resolution (2015) Investigate complaints about infringements of the Privacy Policy, the Access to nonpublic information policy, the CheckUser policy and the oversight policy on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees
Case Review Committee Charter Reviews eligible Trust & Safety investigations that are appealed either by those who originally requested the investigation or those who have been sanctioned by them.

Movement-wide preparation committees

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Committee Constituting instrument Purpose
Movement Charter Drafting Committee Principles Drafting the Movement Charter
U4C Building Committee Art. 4.5. of the UCoC Enforcement Guidelines Drafting a charter that outlines procedures and details for the UCoC Coordinating Committee (U4C)
UCoC drafting committees Board May 2020 statement Drafting the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and its Enforcement Guidelines (UCoC-EG)

Resources allocation committees

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Committee Purpose
Conference Support Committee
Regional Grants Committees

Inactive or closed committees

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Organized policies, practices and priorities for Wikimedia-related research, and maintaining the Wikimedia Research Index.

Board expansion committee

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Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

The Board was successfully expanded from 5 to 7 members in November 2006, and the committee consequently disbanded.

Executive committee

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Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution, intended to hold executive authority delegated from the Board when the Board was not in session (see a common definition).

It was meant to be organized by Angela, but was never really in operation. To be considered disbanded. A sub-meeting (discussion log) of the 11 February 2006 open meeting was used to discuss the setting up of the executive committee and the possibility of an administrative director (or a similarly worded executive position).

  • Selection of and transition to a new Executive Director (2013-2014)

Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

First meeting took place on April 5, 2006. The initial members were Delphine Ménard, Arne Klempert, Simon Pulsifer, Frank Schulenburg. The last update indicated the committee was working on a paper about the scope of the committee. Considered disbanded.

Financial committee

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Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was to be organized by Daniel Mayer and Michael Davis. Status: disagreement between the organisers, original proposals were rejected. Now deprecated after accountant and financial director were hired (see Current staff).

Created June 7, 2006. It was active throughout its first year of operation, but was disbanded in its original description in August 2007. Previous membership list available here: wmf:Resolution:Fundraising committee/Membership. Committee's abandonment is mentioned at wmf:Resolution:Wikimedia Committees.

Insurance committee

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Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

The original members were Michael Davis, Angela Beesley, Jimmy Wales, and Danny Wool. Status: work in progress to complete applications for board and officers liability insurance and cyber-insurance. Committee de facto disbanded in January after meeting about the forms. D&O active.

Created April 2008 by board resolution. Deprecated since early 2010.

Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was originally organized by Florence Devouard, Jakob Voss, and Danny Wool. No longer active as of August 2007. It was dissolved in January 2009 per board resolution.

Established in 2019, to "assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities through helping on special, one-off projects that temporarily require some Board member involvement and input for periods of time". It was dissolved in December 2021.

Created January 15, 2006 by board resolution.

Was to be organized by Jens Frank, Brion Vibber and Domas Mituzas. Status: was never organized, although the core team of developers constitute a sort of de facto committee.

Trademarks committee

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Created January 2, 2006 by board resolution, intended to oversee the legal process to secure trademarks, make timely reports on the trademark status to the board, make recommendations to the Board about the top priority concerning trademarks (categories, locations and their estimated costs), and was responsible for registering and monitoring domain names for the Foundation.

Status: was partly active for a while, but disbanded as of August 2007.

Responsible to make recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees for funding activities and initiatives in support of the mission goals of the Wikimedia movement. Created in 2012 and dissolved by the Board of Trustees in 2022.

See also

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