[okfn-be] Collaboration with Wikipedia
pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 19:36:22 UTC 2012
Personally I find this a great idea! Being an umbrella organisation is
something we have set as a goal at our first meeting.
Would you be able to attend our first general assembly? Let's discuss
this in person with all the members.
On 01/07/2012 08:29 PM, maarten deneckere wrote:
> Hey all,
> some more about a possible cooperation between the local community of
> Wikipedia and a new "free data organisation".
> In Belgium we have been trying to set up a local Wikipedia
> organisation. They alreay exist in >30 chapters. Romaine and I are
> long time editors, and are working on this. The goal would be to
> transform the Belgian Wikipedians (nl/fr/en/de) into colleagues by
> monthly meetings, organising events, contacting governmental
> organisations. Creating a new organisations allows us to get some
> funding, allows us to contact governmental organisations, ... Setting
> up has been a long struggle due to the language barrier and the lack
> of interest.
> I know you guys are busy organising a new entity. I would be
> interesting if the organisation could accommodate small groups of
> interested people in open source data (eg. Openstreetmap, irail, wiki,
> hacker organisations, ...) under the okfn umbrella. Some people that
> decide to raise money to buy a new GPS-device for tracking OSM data,
> want to hire a freelancer, ... could do this with the money they
> raised. But legally everything would be under okfn.
> This allows the different volunteers to work within a light, existing
> organisation. They can focus on the growth of their group, up to the
> level that they decide to start up a new legal entity. Such "umbrella
> organisation" would really foster smal opensource initiatives in Belgium.
> Working with Wikipedia has some advantages: we already organised some
> big events (eg. WikiLovesMonuments: 6000 participating images by 200
> persons). We got governmental funding by all three (!) Belgian
> heritage agencies. We can ask for grants (that's why you saw Jimbo
> Wales on each Wikipedia page begging for money!). You can find
> examples on meta
> <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index/Requests>. And at least,
> we have big impact (# page views and visitors, connections with press)
> What are your thoughts on this?
> Skype: mdeneckere
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