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The Wikimedia movement is the totality of people, activities, and values that revolve around Wikimedia projects. It includes anyone who makes a valuable contribution to or consumes the product of Wikimedia's free knowledge initiative. It could be viewed as:
- a collection of values ("free as in freedom" access to knowledge for everyone, community based collaboration, etc.);
- a collection of activities (projects, conferences, workshops, wikiacademies, etc.);
- a collection of organizations (Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Chapters, etc.), as well as similar-minded organizations and unaffiliated individuals. (See movement roles for further discussion.)
People comprising the Wikimedia movement include, but are not limited to:
- promoters, conveyors or users of free information for education and culture
- educators, and educational or cultural institutions
- students (at all degrees)
- social and educational NGOs
- content liberators
- digital restorationists
- editors, also known as Wikimedians (Wikipedians, Wiktionarians, etc.)
- developers (of MediaWiki for example)
- other volunteers
- Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Chapters staff, contractors, and volunteers
- Jimmy WalesSee interview
- Other stakeholders
- Theory of change. A systems diagram showing causal loops between different aspects of the movement as well as the overall goals.
- The post and the thread on foundation-l mailing list, started by Anthere, where the term and concept was launched.
- Communication issues musings of a dinosaur (about 17:30), Anthere's speech at Wikimania 2008.
- Scaling up: can Wikimedia Become A 300 Million People Movement By 2020? (about minute 4), Eloquence's speech at Wikimania 2009.
- Use of the term in Wikimedia mailing lists. Which shows H. Cheney apparently coined the term on 21 June 2004, that is 4 years prior to the thread and post attributed to Anthere above.