KDE e.V and Wikimedia Deutschland have opened a shared
office in Frankfurt, Germany and have hired a joint employee for administration.
As two charitable organisations that share similar cultural goals and organisational challenges, they
hope that working out of the same space will strengthen and expand their links to
the Free Culture community, as well as allowing them to share resources, experience
"We believe that the combination of Free Software and Free Content is not only
beneficial," remarked Sebastian Kügler, a KDE e.V. board member, "but the
next logical step towards a mature, organised Free Culture community." Kügler
explains the idea behind opening the shared office, "Being able to tap into the
expertise of an organisation in a different field, but with very similar goals
and principles, provides us with an opportunity to grow and gain experience that
I hope to see more often, both within our projects and those of our peers."
Kügler added that the shared office space is not the only organisational
improvement under way for the KDE e.V. The founding of the office in Frankfurt
coincides with the hiring of an administrative assistant, the e.V.'s first employee.
"This will help the KDE e.V. become more efficient in our work of supporting
the KDE community. With eight developer meetings and presence at many events
already planned for 2008, a dedicated administrative assistant enables an even
faster growth of the K Desktop Environment."
Wikimedia Deutschland (the German Wikimedia chapter), which established its office
originally in October 2006, is also happy to be able to expand its activities
together with KDE. "Back then, we were the first national section of the
Wikimedia Foundation to open its own office. Before that, we were a purely
voluntary-driven organisation. Opening an office was new and unchartered territory
for us", says Arne Klempert, Wikimedia Deutschland's executive secretary.
"We're now glad to share the experiences we've made during that first period
with KDE e.V. That said, due to the collaboration with KDE it is also much easier
for us to extend our office and activities. Both organisations can share a lot of
resources this way, resources that both would have had to carry individually if
we weren't collaborating."