Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Invitation to Chapters and Photographers for the European Parliament Project 2014
While European Union is not really a Swiss topic, Swiss wikimedians may be interested to be part if this great project!
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Expéditeur: Olaf Kosinsky <[hidden email]> Date: 23 décembre 2013 00:03:19 UTC+1 Destinataire:[hidden email] Objet:[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Invitation to Chapters and Photographers for the European Parliament Project 2014 Répondre à: Wikimedia Mailing List <[hidden email]>
this is a mail focused on chapters within the European Union but of course support and participation of any chapter is welcome!
== Preamble == Some might have heard about the State Parliament Projects done in Germany and Austria since 2009: A bunch of Wikipedians and photographers meet politicians in the parliament, shoot professional photos, discuss their Wikipedia articles etc. This way hundreds of free licensed, high quality images have been made, Wikipedia articles have been improved. In the latest project at Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) we added videos, politicians give a short introduction about themselves, their position and political focus in German and in their mother tongue if different from German. About 20 photographers were able to participate and processes how to work with the parliament's administration, how to interact with the politicians, how to efficiently take a lot of photos in a short time and with good quality have been established.
== Next Level: European Parliament == Now we would like to take this to next level: After contacting the European Parliament I was able to get their approval, the support by the parties and a date! Unfortunately the date is already in February, 3rd to 7th, as we have to use the short time gap between budget deliberations and elections. MEPs only travel to the EP when deliberations are ongoing but then they are also busy with meetings, as soon as the election preperation starts there won't be any time for our project within the next 6 months. Anyway I am sure we can do that - the elections are also a great opportunity to raise awareness on our material we have in Wikipedia and on Commons. It is also an excellent opportunity to bring together volunteers in doing our core work together, maybe we can transfer the idea of Parliament Projects to other countries. Volunteers get the opportunity to learn from each other - the EP is a very challenging project, having more than 700 MEPs to be handled within a few days. And Wikipedia may improve its articles, also by bringing together volunteers from different EU countries. Many MEPs have their articles only in a few of the European languages, some not even in their native language!
== Your Chapter Involved == We are looking forward to get volunteers from as many countries as possible involved in this project. In order to be handle it we need approx. 35 people to help. Obviously the german and austrian photographers are already waiting for it, from past projects they already know what will go on. But there is much more to it: We want your volunteers! Imagine a project where we could bring together volunteers from all 24 language communities in the EU - that is what we are trying!
Thanks for your attention and your support! We are confident that even with the short time given we will be able to run an awesome project which will have an impact in so many areas - Wikipedia, Commons, our volunteers, chapter collaboration, outreach, reader experience...