The Wikimedia movement as a whole is composed of many different local communities that, for most of the time, are very closed to the outside world and work on their own. Yet, the global aspect of the community has been recognised a long time ago, and results in many worldwide meetings held annually, just to mention Wikimania, the Chapters meeting, the Hackathons, and GLAMcamps — with the list getting bigger and bigger every year.
As important, (often) productive, and movement-developing as they are, those meetings do, however, share a few flaws: they are time-consuming, English-centred, limited in terms of participants, and very expensive. A turbulent (yet closed) discussion arose with regards to the January finance meeting held in Paris, and some of the questions were as follows:
Do we need to have so many so-called international—but often only chapters-related—conferences?
How do the frequent travels of chapter representatives to worldwide conferences influence contacts between chapters and their local communities?
Is paying for unnecessary travel a good way to use donors' money?
This presentation aims to bring this topic to the public, but instead of focusing of the past, I will present alternatives that could be used in the future, and analyse some real-life examples, for instance the Iberoconf, the Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe Group, and Wikimedia Asia cooperation. As a participant of many of the above-mentioned conferences, and an organiser of a local Wikipedia conference with almost 200 participants, I will also present some do's and don'ts of organising a conference the Wikimedia way.
A short discussion is intended to follow the presentation, and is aimed at gathering participants' views and ideas on such cooperations as well as at engaging them in organising similar initiatives in their respective regions.
WikiCulture and Community
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