User:Econterms/presentation for GLAM Boot Camp on chapters and funding

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What's the Wikimedia Foundation?

  • WMF = the Wikimedia Foundation, the institution of which Wikimedia-DC is a chapter
  • Runs the servers; staff in SF etc

What's a chapter?

  • It's a nonprofit affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation, usually associated with a region but maybe with a theme instead.
  • It's approved by the WMF's Affiliations committee (formerly the Chapters Committee), a Wikimedia community committee entrusted with advising the WMF Board of Trustees on the approval of new affiliates: chapters, thematic organisations and user groups.
  • what do chapters do?
  • where do chapters get money from?

What chapters exist?

  • Thematic chapters -- prospectively, non-geographic chapters like Wikimedia Education, Wikimedia Catalan, Wikimedia LGBT, Wikimedia Medicine; like meta-WikiProjects
  • First regional chapter was in Germany, 2004[1]

Getting support for a project

  • our rules at DC chapter -- an example


  • Can present GLAM projects at these
  • NYC's Wikimedia day ; Wikimania ; Wikimedia conferences ; regional/theme conferences?
  • Milan conference -- a meeting of representatives of chapters, April 18-21 2013.
  • WikiSym -- an academic conference each fall, held so far in North America and Europe.
  • GLAM bootcamp: A conference idea for Wiki-DC to sponsor ; Dominic has suggested it


  1., section on Wikimedia Deutschland