2014 Activity Plan/Wikimedians in Residence

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Lead member of staff

Daria Cybulska

Indicative budget amount

£71,000

Description and overall rationale

In the past year we have seen more institutions (GLAM, education and others) working with Wikimedia UK. The chapter is nurturing the drive to share collections and information to increase the sum of human knowledge. The UK Wikimedian in Residence programme is a powerful expression of this drive. We are part-funding Wikimedian in Residence positions to support opportunities in particular areas. The number of positions depends on negotiations with partner institutions about how a Wikimedian in Residence fits with their organisation and how much support they will make available. These posts build strong bridges with institutions and also act as a focus for community involvement and development.

Each residency has individual goals that are in line with Wikimedia UK's objectives; to learn more please see below.

2013 plan can be seen here.

Timelines - i.e. what happens quarter by quarter
  • Recruitment drive in the beginning of Q1 - residencies start towards the end of Q1 and depending on the funding and demand continue throughout the rest of 2014-15; continuing of existing residencies
  • Q2: Review of the programme to date
  • Q3: Another requirement drive as required
Success criteria and Metrics - overall and quarter by quarter breakdown if relevant


Risks
  • Reputation and conflicts of interest. (Countermeasure: WMUK is putting in place contracts to protect both parties and the WiR themselves)
  • WiRs are unable to bridge their host community, the Wikimedia UK community and the general population (Countermeasure: Support the GLAM network with shared case studies, workshopping and mobilize support as needed for key points in the most visible projects)
  • Funding will not be scalable as demand increases (Countermeasure: Build relationships with significant independent funding bodies)