Kris Litson (WMDE)
My name is Kris Litson and as of mid-September 2019 I have started working as the Head of Software Communications for Wikimedia Deutschland. I’m very excited to be working with everyone at WMDE and, of course, all of you.
I was born in New Zealand but spent most of my life living in Sydney, Australia. I’m a scientist by education having studied Biotechnology but have worked instead at various digital companies dealing with digitisation, video games, banking and law.
I’ve travelled extensively through China, South East Asia and northern South America and more casually through Europe, the US and a smattering of Oceania. My fields of interest are science, video games, politics, sci-fi, the world, food and, clearly, travel.
I currently reside in Berlin where I spend most of time exploring the city’s nascent food culture or geeking out over my extensive Steam library.
The Software Communications team is situated in the software development department at Wikimedia Deutschland. We consist of two primary groups, Community Communications and Data Partnerships. Our combined mission is to make the voices of contributors in Wikimedia projects heard during software development so that we can build the right products.
We work with the global Wikidata and Wikibase communities, as well as with the German speaking Wikipedia community. We build networks, educate others, create documentation, run workshops and much more.
My job is to lead and develop the team, to make sure that the Wiki communities and our institutional partners continues to play a vital role in our development projects and that the barriers for participation are low.
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