Impliquée depuis 2002 dans l’encyclopédie libre Wikipedia, j’ai à coeur de faciliter la participation de tous à ce projet. En 20 ans, j’ai tenu de très nombreux roles bénévoles au sein de la communauté, sous le pseudonyme Anthere.
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Florence was, and remains, a dedicated Wikimedian and representative of our goals both to the internal community and when representing us to the world. She is particularly noted for her commitment to promoting international diversity and gender balance within the community. Her role as Chair of the Wikmedia Foundation at its formative stage was very demanding - requiring her to represent an organisation with global reach but with limited institution capacities at the time - a role she undertook with both vigour and professionalism.
Florence's guardianship as the Board of Trustees Chair saw the Wikimedia Foundation through some difficult growing pains. As Chair she has been passionate and approachable yet professional and capable. Her sincerity and frank honesty in communicating with the community has served her well. I know I am not the only one who has been inspired by her leadership and indeed if I ever find myself at a loss, "What Would Florence Do?" would not be a bad mantra for me to follow. 😉
I have collaborated with Florence Devouard on two projects for WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre that together sparked considerable Wikipedia contributions in 8 territories across Africa, and across two languages. The two projects have rolled out over the last 24 months. She is a delight to work with. Diligent, efficient, full of creative ideas, funny and self-effacing. She goes beyond the defined tasks and, important for me, is gentle but firm when ensuring that sound reason and her considerable experience prevails.