We'll be happy to have you, Mossab!

Happy new year,

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 2:44 AM, مفتاح المعرفة <mossab...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Verey very nice info. Looking forward to join all of you alive.
> Regards--mossab
> بتاريخ ٠١‏/٠١‏/٢٠١٨ ١٢:٢٩ ص، كتب "Shani Evenstein" <shani.e...@gmail.com>:
>> ​​Dear WikiProject Medicine enthusiasts & friends,
>> It's been a long time since we last updated the list about what we've
>> been up to this year (sorry about that -- it's on our list for improvements
>> for next year :)).
>> As we are wrapping up 2017, we thought you might appreciate an update
>> with some highlights. It's a bit long, but worth the read and getting
>> involved.
>> Wishing you and your families a happy, fruitful and joyous 2018!
>> Yours,
>> Shani Evenstein
>> Chair, WikiProject Medicine Foundation.
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> ---------------------------------------------
>> *==What did we achieve in 2017?==*
>> 2017 has been extremely busy -
>> * We *collaborated with like-minded organizations*, like Cochrane,
>> Translators Without Boarders, The World Health Organization (WHO), The
>> International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and Osmosis, to name a few.
>> * We have continued our *collaborations with Universities *around the
>> world, where Medical students wrote medical-related articles as part of
>> their academic curriculum.
>> * Around *70 new members,* who share our passion to make high-quality
>> medical information available to the world, joined us.
>> * We *participated in conferences* and *published academic peer-reviewed
>> articles in *respected journals.
>> * We have further *developed our Offline Medical Wikipedia App*.
>> * And -- we're *released Internet-in-a-box!*
>> To read more about each of these, please check out our 2017 report draft
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMMED/Reports/2017>.
>> And don't forget -- it's a wiki, so please feel free to click on the
>> "edit" button and add what you did this year!
>> *==Board Activity & Composition ==*
>> In Jan 2017 a new board of 12 was elected and started operating, and as an
>> organization,* we have made some great progress *-
>> * We have started a routine of having monthly meetings, which helped the
>> board work closer together;
>> * We have been involved in the movement's strategy process and have
>> supported and strategic direction.
>> * We have been active in internal conferences, like WikiConference 2017,
>> Wikimania 2017 and Wikidata Conference 2017 and were invited to speak in
>> local ones as well.
>> * We have greatly improved our process for accepting new members to our
>> user group
>> * We have started a long process of managing our finances and donations
>> better
>> * And -- we have made some important changes to our bylaws, as well as
>> administrative decisions, such as having elections *only every 2 years
>> instead of yearly*, to make sure board members have enough time to
>> actually have a positive impact before they change.
>> *That said, we have also had our share of challenges -- *
>> Our main challenge had to do with the fact that we are an international
>> group. As such, finding a time that suited all 12 of us every month has
>> proven more of a challenge than we anticipated. Wrapping up a year of
>> working together as a board, it has become clear to us that we must change
>> our board composition in order to operate smoothly as board.
>> Our solution to this challenge was as follows -
>> 1) We have set up *clear guidelines *as to what is required from a board
>> member in terms of time commitment.
>> 2) Based on that, during December, *board members* who felt they could
>> not invest the necessary time, *have stepped down* from the board and
>> will continue their involvement as Special Advisers to the board.
>> 3) We have also decided to r*esize our board and keep it to a smaller
>> number of 7.*
>> 4 members of the original board remained, 2 new members have been added
>> to the remainder of the term (2018) and 1 more potential board member has
>> been approached, so we will hopefully become 7 again.
>> To see a list of the current board and our special advisers, please see
>> this page <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med/Board>.
>> Finally,* to increase our transparency*, as well as involve more members
>> who are not on the board, *we have decided to broadcast our monthly
>> meetings live.* This means that every interested member of the user
>> group can either join us live, watch us live, or watch the recording later.
>> In case of meetings where sensitive issues are discussed, the meetings will
>> have an open part that will be recorded and a closed part to board members
>> only, which will not be recorded.
>> Our coming meeting will be before Jan 15 and we'll post the date & time,
>> as well as a link, as soon as we set it.
>> *==Renewing Membership for 2018 == *
>> Of the decisions the board has made this year was regarding membership in
>> our organization.
>> Till this year, anyone who wanted to join us had to fill out a google
>> form once, but we did not have a process for renewing membership or
>> tracking it yearly. The board has decided to change that, and *set up a
>> process, in which membership has to be renewed yearly for existing members.*
>>  *This is how it will work as of 2018 --*
>> ** New members* will continue to sigh up via the general membership
>> form, after which they will be added (or not) to our group and mailing
>> list. ** Existing members* will be asked to *renew their membership*
>> yearly, which for now still means only filling out a google form with
>> personal details and showing involvement in our cause. There is no
>> membership fee, but filling out the form is essential for those who wish to
>> be part of the user group formally.
>> Doing this we will be achieving 2 things --
>> 1) It will help the organization have an up-to-date report on its number
>> of members, as required by authorities.
>> 2) It will help the organization track the eligibility for voting during
>> elections to the board.
>> We will therefore be *asking all those interested in remaining part of
>> the User Group, to sign up the renewal membership form for 2018.*
>> A separate email with a link to the form will be sent separately in the
>> coming week.
>> *==Get involved!==*
>> Finally, we will be working on a proper 2018 yearly plan, but can already
>> say that one of our goals for this coming year is to involve more people
>> from our community, i.e. members of the user group who are not members of
>> the board, in our activities. In other words -- *you don't need to be on
>> the board to be involved*, and we need help from as many people as
>> possible!
>> We are looking for people who are either interested in getting involved
>> with specific tasks, or have specific skills the board recognized as ones
>> that could be helpful to the advancement of the organization in the coming
>> year.
>> *Please contact me privately if you'd like to get involved with - *
>> * Selling Internet-in-a-Box locally
>> * Helping map Wikidata items with Mix'n'match
>> * Running medical-related educational collaborations
>> * Facilitating a collaboration with a like-minded organization
>> *Please also contact me privately if you have one or more of these skills
>> - *
>> * Programming, writing Wiki Tools, Wiki bots or generating statistics of
>> specific pages across different languages.
>> * Fundraising experience
>> * Accounting experience (and in the US)
>> *That's it for this time. Happy 2018, everyone!*
>> *Shani.*
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