Annual plan (2012–2013)
Wikimedia District of Columbia is the bridge between the Washington community and the Wikimedia community. To that end, Wikimedia DC will undertake activities that work to enrich both communities.
Serving Washington, D.C.
Wikimedia DC is the incorporated chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in the Washington, D.C. area. There is significant interest in Wikipedia in our area—from Congressional staffers editing articles on their superiors to the National Archives and Records Administration hiring a Wikipedian-in-Residence to help engage the Archives with the Wikimedia community. The first example demonstrates the need for an active Wikimedian voice in the area to inform the general public on best practices, and second example shows enthusiasm on the part of some to engage with our community.
This past year, we had the honor of hosting the international Wikimania conference. The momentum of this conference gave us the opportunity to build relationships with organizations in the area, including the Library of Congress and the Saylor Foundation. According to our group relations index, from Wikimedia DC's total endeavors we have made connections with 35 different organizations from several different sectors, including the technology, diplomacy, government and public affairs, academic, and cultural sectors. We look forward to exploring opportunities for outreach and collaboration with these entities. We also wish to eventually develop a database of potential donors and grant-making institutions to help grow and diversify our funding.
Of course, we should also build our community of enthusiastic Wikimedians here in the Washington area. As a member-based organization a strong and healthy membership is one of our fundamental goals. Community meetups are tried and true, and by holding them on a regular basis we can strengthen our ties as a community and recruit new people to join. Each new member is an opportunity to grow Wikimedia DC's connections to the broader metropolitan area.
The following are this year’s goals for local outreach:
- Reorganize our contact database into different categorical sub-databases, with more information in each entry, including contacts we have hosted events with, contacts we could host events with in the future, and contacts that could potentially be donors.
- Increase the total size of our contact database to 100 contacts by the end of the fiscal year.
- Collaborate with at least two institutions per category by the end of the fiscal year. “Collaboration” is elaborated below but includes events open to the public as well as consultations, training, and contribution drives.
- Hold regular bimonthly meetups featuring scheduled programming and lunch/dinner, with an average attendance of 25 people per meetup.
- Increase membership to 150, including both new memberships and the renewal of existing ones. In recruiting members we should further focus on finding people who can help with organizing events.
Serving the Wikimedia community
As an organization experienced in putting on programming for the community and collaborating with cultural institutions, we have much to offer other Wikimedia-affiliated organizations, especially growing regional chapters. Additionally, by partnering with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, we have contributed back to Wikimedia by uploading thousands of new pictures to Wikimedia Commons. Thus our program offerings should reflect a second purpose: in addition to serving Washington, D.C., we serve the Wikimedia movement at large with our direct contributions to the projects, a public better informed on the Wikimedia mission, and accumulated wisdom and experience that can be used to help develop the Wikimedia movement in the United States.
So that other Wikimedia-affiliated groups can learn from our experience, we should have a written summary of each activity we undertake. Take a standard edit-a-thon, for instance. We will want to know what costs were incurred, if any, as well as the number of people attending, the proportion of which were new editors, what articles were improved, as well as any general feedback from the organizers and attendees. Other groups interested in holding edit-a-thons should be able to learn from our experience and not re-invent the wheel.
To build our ties to the Wikimedia movement, our goals for this year are as follows:
- Develop a standard outreach guide which helps Wikimedia DC and other organizations hold events. This guide will help us hold events as well as establish standard protocol for reaching out to other institutions.
- Maintain a leading role in the movement for a nationwide federation of Wikimedia enthusiasts. Leadership in this role is of strategic interest to Wikimedia DC, and Wikimedia DC is in the best position to launch such an organization.
- Become the main point of contact between government and cultural institutions in the D.C. area and the Wikimedia movement. As the local organization we are best suited to work with these partners.
- Find two additional partners to make large contributions of content to Wikimedia websites. This can be in the form of large image uploads, large data contributions to Wikidata, etc.
- Note: Need to tie these to goals and specific activities.
Academic and educational outreach Cultural outreach Government outreach and engagement International and diplomatic outreach Public outreach and education
Planned activities and events
- Note: Need to tie these to goals and cluster by program areas.
October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013
- Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 judging
- World Bank, tentative
- WIkipedia Workshop
- Wiki Loves Libraries
- GWU Editathon- Labor Library
- GWU Editathon - International, at Library
- Embassy Outreach Initiative event
- Newseum event
- American Indian Heritage Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Membership meeting
- World Bank InfoShop noontime book presentations
January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013
- DCPL Black History Month event
- Implementation of Wikimedia Education Program (conditional)
- At least 2 embassy events
- Some sort of Wikipedia training event for new hill staffers
- Black History Month event
- Women's History Month event
- FEDLINK Outreach Initiative
- WikiDC Holiday Party
April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013
- At least 2 embassy events
- Meet Jimmy event
- Cherry Blossom event
- Turn over a new leaf-- how to work on biography articles
- Congressional staffer workshop
- SAIS / CSIS editathon/panel/happy hour
July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013
- Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
- At least 2 embassy events
Sometime during the year
- Editathon at the Newseum
How are we going to raise money?
How will we mature as an organization?
How will we find and use paid staff and/or volunteers?
Logistics and infrastructure
What do we plan in terms of office space, equipment, technology, etc.?