Wikimedia Polska

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Wikimedia Polska (WMPL, Wikimedia Polska) is an independent non-profit, membership-based organisation serving as a Wikimedia chapter in Poland. It was created during in 2005 and recognized as the fourth Wikimedia chapter. According to the Bylaws, the purpose of the Association is to equate everyone's chances to access knowledge, both general and specific in the fields of science, culture, education and art as well as to promote and organise volunteering and charity.

Wikimedia Polska
Wikimedia Polska
Poland on the globe (Europe centered)
Affiliate codeWMPL
Country codePL
Legal statusAssociation
Founding dateAugust 14, 2005
Approval dateNovember 15, 2005
Main officeWarsaw
Membership125 (members' list)
Volunteersapprox. 30 (permanent or regular)
Official language(s)Polish
PresidentTomasz Wszeborowski
Incorporation paperStatut
AffiliationsWikimedia Central and Eastern Europe, Wikimedia CEE Hub, Wikimedia Europe
Mobile number(+48) 790 290 842
E-mail addresskontakt(_AT_)
Mailing listWikimediaPL-l
FacebookWikimedia Polska
YouTubeWikimedia Polska

Membership edit

Every Polish citizen over the age of 16 as well as foreign residents of Poland may become regular members of the Association, provided that they have contributed to any of the Wikimedia projects, have filled a membership form, were accepted by the Board and have paid the annual membership fee, which is currently (2024) set at a minimum of 50 PLN. Corporate bodies may become supporting members of the Association but they are not allowed voting rights. As of January 3, 2024, Wikimedia Polska had 125 regular members.

Donations edit

Wikimedia Polska is supported primarily by voluntary donations from the general public. It has been recognised by Polish authorities as a public benefit organization since 28 March 2007 and it has been therefore possible for individuals to donate 1,5% of their income tax to the Association.

Board and Staff edit

Board edit

The Board is collectively responsible for and entitled to the governance and representation of the chapter. However, its main focus areas are: strategic planning and control, compliance, finance, fundraising, and overall capacity building. Programme ownership has been gradually delegated to the management team, and execution of the programmes has been delegated to staff and volunteers.

The Board is elected by the regular members for a two-year term at the General Assembly and consists of three to seven members, including the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least one Vice President. The current members of the Board were elected during the General Assembly on 25 June 2022 in Toruń.

The following members are currently serving on the Board:

The Board: from left to right Michał Buczyński, Julia Maria Koszewska, Tomasz Wszeborowski, Marek Bukowski, Maria Weronika Kmoch (2022)

Staff edit

The Staff (2023)

Programmes and projects edit

WMPL runs a number of programmes, chiefly in the areas of volunteer support, GLAM, and education. Among most successful programmes, there are:

  • Wikigranty (a popular microgrants programme),
  • Wikiekspedycje ("Wikiexpeditions", a series of photographic expeditions to remote regions of Poland),
  • Wiki Lubi Zabytki (a highly successful edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, including the competition on the national level as well as accompanying exhibitions and other events),
  • Etnokarpaty ("Carpathian Ethnography Project", a cross-border GLAM project conducted in cooperation with Wikimedia affiliates from Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic)

and much more. See details in yearly reports.

Events edit

Attendees of 2024 Wikimedian meetup in Opole

Wikimedia Poland has organized a number of national and local events. Its main multi-day conference is Konferencja Wikimedia Polska ("Wikimedia Polska Conference", organized every late spring or early summer, where guests from the outside of Wikimedia world are invited and where general assemblies of WMPL are held.

Other events are thematic meetings like Winter or Spring Retreats (focused on editing workshops with an element of a forseen improvisation) and meetups for most active sister project communities, Wikisource and Wiktionary (Źródłosłów).

Contact edit

Mailing list
WikimediaPL-l, a moderated and private mailing list
Postal address
Wikimedia Polska
al. Szucha 16/15, 00-580 Warszawa

Reports edit

Main article: Wikimedia Polska/Reports

Documents edit

See also edit