A KDE Office.
KDE e.V. the foundation backing KDE legally,
financially and in many different ways has
traditionally been a very 'lean' organisation. In its first ten years, the KDE e.V. has
been run by volunteers from the KDE community. This has lead to interesting situations in
the past. Developers doing accounting is my favorite stupid thing (not because they're bad
at it, they've done an awesome job) because we badly need those developers to work on KDE --
and it's probably not their favourite thing to do (not *my* favourite thing to do anyway).
So during the last years, we've worked towards stabilising KDE e.V.'s financial situation
so it allows for a commitment, the commitment you need when someone becomes financially
dependant on you. We've managed -- also thanks to our Patrons and Supporting Members --
to be confident about our situation, both organisationally and financially.
We had been in contact with Wikimedia
Deutschland e.V. for some time already. It had been
brought up earlier that our organisations are pretty similar in what we do (supporting
a volunteer project in the Free Culture domain). It was also proposed to to share
resources, such as an office. But we've been struggling for some time moving forward in
this process. Those among the readers that went through their own start-up phase can
probably tell you that getting the first employee is a pretty big step. We've
that now, and that's something we're very happy with.
The building in Frankfurt where Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. is located had some spare rooms,
most notably one adjacent to the Wikimedia office when a policy window opened. Wikimedia
wanted to hire an administrative assistant, and that's also something we were looking for.
we've moved forward. Klaas and I travelled to Frankfurt (which is incidentally pretty much
in the middle between Nürnberg and Nijmegen) to meet Claudia Rauch, a proposed
candidate for the position of KDE Office Dudette. The vibes were good, her background
consolidated that first feeling so we decided to go ahead. The situation now is the
following: The official address of KDE e.V. has moved from Eva's private address to Frankfurt,
Rödelheimer Bahnweg where our office is located. The office is run by Claudia who is
hired part-time to support the KDE e.V. in mainly administrative things. The scope of her
work can of course not be completely sure at this point. KDE e.V. is a quickly evolving
organisation, and you never know tomorrow's challenges. Short- to mid-term, having an office
and someone to run it will alleviate us of some of the more urgent administrative tasks.
The "performance" of the KDE e.V. will improve through that. Now you ask yourself what this
performance is, and rightfully so. It expresses in turnaround time for travel cost
reimbursements and other administrative requests the KDE e.V. Board gets. It also means
that we can offer some support to organisers of Akademy and other conferences and sprints.
The office in Frankfurt will also be the new home of the KDE Boothbox, a rugged aluminium
case with equipment one typically needs at events, such as demo systems, signage, cables,
and so on. The boothbox has already found its way to Frankfurt. You can request to have it
shipped to the event your planning to represent KDE at. This process has not always been
as smooth as we would have wanted it to, but we hope for quick improvment now.
Next Thursday, I'll be travelling to Milano to take part in the first Plasma sprint ever,
meeting some of the people I tend to be hacking with on the same projects. After that sprint
Aaron, Peyton and me will be going to Frankfurt for a two-day Board meeting. That will be
the first Board meeting hosted by ourselves. :-)
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