Wikimedia Community Fellows are spearheading community projects, undertaking research, and piloting new models for engagement to help scale and increase sustainability of volunteer work in the Wikimedia movement.
Liam Wyatt’s Cultural Partnerships Fellowship has built enthusiasm, awareness, and working models for cultural institutions around the world to partner with Wikipedians in producing open-access, freely-reusable content for the public. Liam piloted the Wikipedian in Residence program at the British Museum in 2010, and so far there have been 10 other Wikipedian in Residencies across the globe. The GLAMCamp gatherings that Liam introduced are providing opportunities for volunteers to come together in person to strategize, document, develop tools, share best practices and forward the GLAM movement. Liam’s 1 year fellowship wraps up this month, and he will be missed, but GLAM projects meanwhile continue to grow!
Jon Harald Søby‘s Translation Fellowship is modeling new ways to engage with volunteer translators, and as a result this year’s fundraiser has almost 1400 active translators with 500 translations completed in 112 languages to date. (For comparison, thats already over 1000 more translators and 30 more languages than last year, and Jon’s not done yet!).
Want to be like Jon and Liam? The Wikimedia Foundation is now seeking fellowship applicants and project ideas for Spring 2012 Fellowships! Submissions are encouraged to focus on the theme of improving editor retention and increasing participation in Wikimedia Projects. The deadline to apply is January 15th, 2012.
If you’d like to work with the Wikimedia Foundation on projects to boost participation and retention, or know someone who should be recommended for a fellowship, or if you’ve got ideas for a fellowship project WMF could support, we’d like to hear from you! Please visit the Fellowships Program page for more information.
Siko Bouterse, Head of Community Fellowships