Dutch MediaWiki User Group
Nederlandse MediaWiki Gebruikersgroep:
“WikiWerkers” – “WikiWorkers”
~ Charter ~
MediaWiki is an extremely powerful, scalable software and a feature-rich wiki implementation. The free server-based software is already in use by an increasing number of people and organisations worldwide. A key feature is the low threshold for starting a wiki website. For organisations with professional ambitions to apply this software to specific or individual needs, however, advanced professional software skills are required. At the moment it is hard to find out how to fulfill those requirements:
Companies or organizations who are seeking a MediaWiki software design & -support professional with advanced skills have a hard time to find out how to locate and recruit the right person.
Individuals working for a company or on personal title cannot easily find answers to practical issues they are encountering during their wiki-work. Information on wiki-text editing, wiki-design and maintenance is scattered across many internet locations. This information usually is in english and not available in dutch.
Software professionals who get stuck in designing new applications, are being served by mediawiki.org and many other support sites. Offline, hands-on support is not easy to find, though.
The current initiative is the establishment of a nexus (platform) where MediaWiki workers gather to discuss their software designing issues and where recruiters can find the right people for their jobs.
MediaWiki Users are defined as people in The Netherlands (or outside The Netherlands, but using the Dutch language, including Flemish), who are either:
Active users of wiki-websites, i.e. authors and editors of wiki texts, or
Admins of websites running MediaWiki CMS (and extensions).
Of course developers of websites using MediaWiki CMS (and extensions) are not being excluded from the user group. Their specific interests in software development though, will not be the focus of the User Group.
Areas of collaboration
Support & educate Users in the dutch language
We will be a nexus of support for MediaWiki users. We mean to support web masters, admins, authors & editors of all MediaWiki websites, including the Wikimedia sites.
New and active Users in- and outside the WMF may have practical experience, but their is a need for training and education on wiki authoring, wiki community communications, workflows and publication principles. Additionally there is an ongoing need to provide practical answers to their support questions.
We will primarily be a platform to facilitate the exchange of information and experience between MediaWiki web masters and admins. Also we will offer MediaWiki authors and editors training and support.
Foster the ecosystem around MediaWiki
We recognise there is a range of developers, consultants, and companies that work with MediaWiki and improve functionality for their customers. We want to build a friendly environment for them to share their work and give them visibility. In addition, we want to make it easier for people seeking professional services and support to be able to find help.
Communication and coordination among MediaWiki users and admins in The Netherlands
We will strengthen the dutch MediaWiki community and encourage sharing. We will strive for more mutual support and co-operation between all MediaWiki users and admins. We will provide for virtual as well as real world means and opportunities for people to contact each other and collaborate on projects.
Point of Contact for other User Groups
Including but not exclusively:
Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
MediaWiki Stakeholders’ Group
Contribute to success of MediaWiki in NL and Globally
The Dutch MWUG will actively support and work indirectly on the success of MediaWiki as an CMS, through contributions and help to other user groups.
Activities to be deployed
To implement the goals of collaboration there will be a series of activities like – but not limited to:
Online support website / wiki / forum
Meet-ups & Workshops
Online and in house training & certification
Register of Wiki websites & users
Register of professionals, service providers & websites for companies and organisations to get support
Also the Dutch MWUG will strive for recognition as an official affiliated user group of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Expected results in 3 years
As from the start of the group, the following results are expected to be realised during the 3 years start-up period:
Implementation of a support system, in which MediaWiki Users like to participate;
Establishment of a support group of enthusiastic “ambassadors”;
Construction of a curriculum for training and certification;
Directory (register) of MediaWiki professionals and service providers.