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Wikimania : Chapters & Me : The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Wikimania : Chapters & Me : The beginning of a beautiful friendship
Presented by Achal Prabhala

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    • Chapters & Me: The beginning of a beautiful friendship
    • Existing chapters, both founded (dark blue) and approved (dark turquoise), planned chapters (green), and chapters in discussion (light blue) as of 25 April 2010.
    • Chapters: Where we stand Approved Chapters: 29 “Planned” Chapters: ~30
    • The India Chapter
      • “Planned” since 2005
      • Approved in 2010
      • WHY?
    • This defies logic
      • Internet users:
      • In India: 81 million
      • In Germany: 61 million
      • In the UK: 46 million
      • In Russia: 45 million
      • In France: 43 million
    • And is also perfectly logical
      • While India hosts the world's 4 th largest number
      • of internet users (after the US, China and Japan) ‏
      • It doesn't even feature in the top 20 countries
      • when counting the number of editors by country
      • of origin on Wikipedia
    • The thing is...
      • Wikimedia is made by people from countries
      • which have Wikimedia chapters
      • Do chapters drive growth?
      • Or did growth drive chapters?
    • The thing also is...
      • There is a distinct relationship between growth
      • and chapters
      • (If we wanted to be perfectly precise, we could
      • substitute the word 'chapters' with these words:
      • some form of organised Wikimedian activity ) ‏
    • And now, the problem/opportunity...
      • Is this:
      • Geographies in the south present enormous
      • prospects for growth. They also present
      • prospects for an increase in scope – which could
      • mean, in turn, new ways for Wikimedia to grow
      • the world over.
    • This means
      • That growth in chapters is necessary , not optional
      • That expanding means of affiliation and
      • encouraging modes of organisation is a priority
      • That no longer can organised community activity
      • be merely allowed or mildly invited: it must be
      • encouraged
    • Why did the India chapter take 5 years to form?
      • In short: India is not Germany
      • It needed money (for people to meet, for
      • processes to be followed) ‏
      • It needed resource help from an allied
      • organisation within the country
    • The (Accidental) Indian Formula
      • A group of interested Wikimedians and allies (free
      • culture activists, FOSS enthusiasts, etc.) ‏
      • +
      • A local organisation in whose interests it was to
      • see a local Wikimedia chapter
      • +
      • A small amount of money to facilitate meetings
      • and the process
    • In South Africa currently
      • A similar chapter formation process is under way
      • The necessary elements are in place, aiding an
      • existing chapter formation effort
      • Without explicit encouragement there is every
      • chance that this process would have taken
      • another 5 years
    • The big idea, pt 1
      • Problem 1: Chapters drive growth, and we
      • don't have chapters in enough geographies in
      • the world
      • Principle 1: We need more chapters
    • The big idea, pt 2
      • Problem 2: chapters are not springing up
      • “organically” in the manner of norms currently
      • operational within the Chapters Committee
      • Principle 2: We must encourage chapter
      • formation
    • The big idea, pt 3
      • Problem 3: Chapters are currently the only means
      • of affiliation (licensed use of trademarks and
      • name). This is limiting formal activity in remote
      • locations.
      • Principle 3: We must consider complementary
      • (and non-conflicting) arrangements . Perhaps one-
      • off, event/activity-based affiliation?
      • Trust, oversight and the protection of Wikimedia's
      • hard-won reputation are not incompatible with
      • a chapters-plan (and an affiliation system) that
      • is encouraging, dynamic, process-driven, and
      • truly international.
      • It might sound scary, but we can do it.
    • **aprabhala**at**gmail**dot**com