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(Deutsche Version des Textes hier) Some of you already know me from my work as an event and project manager …

  • Nicole Ebber
  • 26. September 2012

(Deutsche Version des Textes hier)

Some of you already know me from my work as an event and project manager at Wikimedia Deutschland. I am writing this blog post to let you know that my working area will change within the next months: We are setting up an International Affairs Unit and I will become a liaison for the collaboration between Wikimedia Deutschland and the communities, the Wikimedia Chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation. The position will be officially launched on January 1, 2013, but I am already starting to work on the first ideas and tasks.

I would like to briefly introduce our plans and motives, and ask for your support and invite you to get involved.

From international events…

I have been working at Wikimedia Deutschland since March 2010, when my job started with two of my all-time favourite events: The Wikimedia Conference and the Hackathon aka Developers’ Workshop.

During the last 2.5 years, I have met many international Wikimedians and am so happy to learn so much about our global movement. I am still deeply impressed by the enthusiastic people from all around the world who work together for our shared goal: Free Knowledge!

When participating at Wikimedia events, the most interesting aspects for me are the active contribution and sustainable networking. In the future, I would like to work more focussed on these issues.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 meeting at the Wikimania 2011 – By Wikimedia Israel [CC-BY-SA-2.0] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

…to international collaboration

The emphasis of my work within the new unit will lie in the following:

  1. Monitor the international activities, networks and contacts and make them available for reuse for our local activities and communities. Publish this information in German on our blog, on mailing lists and in the international portal (coming soon) on DEWP.
  2. Utilise international expertise from other chapters communities and the WMF for our work – and vice versa. For example, we can adapt topics like Open Educational Resources and Diversity in Wikipedia to our local acitivities, while the experience from our education department can be valuable for other chapters, too.
  3. Cooperate with other like-minded organisations for activities beyond a local scope. For example, we want to contribute to the European chapters’ visibility in Brussels and I will coordinate with other stakeholders to bundle their interests and concerns regarding international agreements or conditions for free and open projects.

My first steps

Within the next weeks and months, I will go more into detail about these first activities; but I would like to share a rough overview with you first. I do this at a very early stage of planning because I am really looking forward to your comments and ideas.

Be part of it!

If you ask yourself: Wow, how could can one person take care of all those tasks? I must admit: I won’t do this all on my own. My job is to enable and support the work of my colleagues and the internationally active community members.

This new unit is a great opportunity for Wikimedia Deutschland and for me personally. Whew! But it is also a huge challenge that we can only rise to meet with your collaboration, ideas and feedback. I am very curious about your expectations, comments and wishes. You can reach contact me via email, leave a comment on my talk page, find me on IRC (#wikimedia-de, Nicole_WMDE) or meet me in our office or at one of the future meetups. I am really looking forward to a productive and exciting teamwork!

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  2. Deffinitely a great idea, which may help to German community. But it would be nice to do it also in English that other communities of Wikimedia could benefit. I am sorry, not all of us speak German.

    Also our organisation Wiki Support would need something like that and Czech wiki community would benefit from that also. Most of the poeple interested in this from our community operate good English, thus I think we could help and contribute to English version.

    And there are even others, from other countries who would somehow contribute it. I can see back the attempts of Phoebe, SJ and Moushira – to do it globally (in English), which failed. Hopefully this attempt will not failed as Nicole comes from the professional organisation:-)

    Kommentar by Juandev on 18. Oktober 2012 at 13:55

  3. Thanks for your ideas. I am not sure if I completely understand what you mean. My plan is, among other things, to support the German speaking community in getting involved in international discussions and also to have things that are going on our side translated into English to enable a better exchange of ideas. So you as a member of the international community will hopefully also benefit from that information.

    I am looking forward to working together with different communities and to have a network of people and chapters contributing to this exchange. Could you please provide some links to the examples you mentioned above? Thanks. :)

    Kommentar by Nicole Ebber on 19. Oktober 2012 at 18:32

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