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|Report on research for North American hub
|Recent Changes, Community Initiatives, Governance
Wikimedia DC has been gathering information to inform next steps in a possible coalition of the North American Wikimedia affiliates. We will report on findings and progress, and invite input online and in later meetings during the conference.
The project involves focus groups, interviews, and surveys of (a) North American Wikimedians, (b) coordinators of Wikimedia affiliates and Hubs elsewhere, and (c) representatives of likely partner organizations, including the WMF. We ask these audiences about likely projects the North American groups could do together, and challenges to working together efficiently. On our project's meta page we invite you all to contact us or write public input to us. Our completed report is to be made public at the end of 2023. We are not chartered to create a new organization or take other permanent steps; it's called a research project, to get facts and opinions together.
Some opportunities are easy to take, like a shared calendar. There are challenges too, such as: legal formalities which differ across countries; potential dominance of large chapters/English/US/interest groups; risk of fighting over the same funding streams and volunteers; and the need for ongoing translation if we have sustained projects together.
Formatwise -- It would be possible to make this a longer session/discussion, because we need input too, but I thought a brief report could be part of the main program and we have an unconference discussion later.
|Peter B Meyer; Ariel Cetrone
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Will need to have extended conversations later in the conference in a workshop format
WCNA 2022; WALRUS meetings