Wikimania : Chapters & Me

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

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Wikimania : Chapters & Me

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

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