We are super excited to inform you that since May 2018 the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee has recognized Wikimedia Community User Group Albania as a Wikimedia User Group. The official announcement can be found here and the official page where the activities of our user group will be documented can be found here.
In short, Wikimedia Community User Group Albania is a group of users of SQ Wikimedia projects who are interested in organizing and participating in outreach activities on national level including GLAM and Education initiatives. Members of the group have been active for quite some time already participating and co-organizing among others many educational partnerships (memorandum of understanding with the Municipality of Tirana about open knowledge), Open Labs Albania hackerspace activities related to open knowledge, workshops, presentations in free software events, or edit-a-thons organized in Tirana as part of the Code Week activities.
Our User Group aims to improve content about Albania across the Wikimedia projects, including Commons and Wikidata, and to collaborate with other open knowledge initiatives, chapters, and institutions in Albania and across the region. We are already collaborating with GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and educational institutions to empower the open knowledge movement even more in Albania.
Last but not least, WCUG Albania members will work in close collaboration with Open Labs sicne both organizations have similar goals.
We are in the process of establishing our infrastructure and will update you here soon about how you can get involved.
On behalf of the WCUGA,