Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens (WMDE, Wikimedia Deutschland – Association for the Promotion of Free Knowledge) is an independent membership-based association serving as a Wikimedia chapter in Germany. According to the bylaws, the purpose of the association is to support the creation, collection and distribution of Open Content in an altruistic way in order to support equal opportunity to access to knowledge and education. Founded on June 13, 2004 in Berlin, it was the first chapter to be created. Wikimedia Deutschland currently has over 70,000 members (as of January 2019). Jimmy Wales is an honorary member of the association.
Plans and reportsEdit
|planning||annual plans||2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 , 2013 (project plan), 2012||2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 , 2013 (project plan), 2012|
|reporting||annual reports||2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011||2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011|
|quarterly or semi-annual reports||semiannual report 2021, semiannual report 2020, Semiannual Report 2019, Movement Report 2018, Impact Report 2017, Progress Report 2017, Impact Report 2016, Progress Report 2016, Impact Report 2015, Progress Report 2015, Impact Report 2014, Q2 2014, Q1 2014, Impact Report 2013, Q3, Q2, Q1, FDC 2012-2013, Round 1||Halbjahresbericht 2021, Halbjahresbericht 2020, Halbjahresbericht 2019|
|additional volunteer support reports||in German||Dokumentation der Projektförderungen||detailed monthly/quarterly breakdowns in numbers|
Becoming a memberEdit
Any individual or organisation can become a member of the association. Voting rights, however, are limited to individuals. To become a member, fill out and submit the online form.
In order to fund its activities, the association relies on direct donations through an annual online fundraiser, membership dues, and third-party funding, including Wikimedia Foundation grants. As Wikimedia Deutschland is recognised as a tax-exempt charity, donations are tax-deductible in Germany.
The association's board consists of the chair, two deputy chairs, the treasurer, and up to three members at-large, who can in turn appoint ('co-opt') two additional members. The board is elected by the general assembly for a two-year term. The following members are currently serving on the board until June 2022:
- Lukas Mezger (chair)
- Daniel Reisener (treasurer)
- Sabria David
- Alice Wiegand
- Kilian Kluge
- Christina Dinar
- Valerie Mocker
An overview over the historical development of the Wikimedia Deutschland board can be found here.