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in the context of increasing diversity, refers to a interest group, political or otherwise, in which people who share experiences of discrimination come together. The community is connected by a positive feeling of ‘us’ or by a connection to a positive group identity.” Translated from theSee Diversity Arts Culture Dictionary, see here.


A companion is a person who helps you with certain activities or everyday life due to a dis/ability and who accompanies you to the events held within the program. We consciously write dis/ability with a slash in order to make barriers and exclusions visible in our language.

(German) copyright law governs the legal conditions for protecting intellectual property (such as texts, music, images and software). Copyright applies automatically as soon as a work is created and assumes that content may only be used and disseminated if the copyright holder explicitly consents. If someone uses such a work without such permission, they are said to be in breach of the corresponding copyright, which may have legal consequences.

Free Knowledge

Our vision is a world where all people can participate in, use and augment the totality of knowledge in the Wikimedia projects. By Free Knowledge we mean knowledge that is available, changeable and reusable free of charge for everyone at any time. The most well-known source of Free Knowledge is the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. From our website (Wikimedia briefly explained):

Free Licenses

Free Licenses are licenses that allow you to use, distribute and modify copyrighted works. Where “all rights reserved” is the norm in copyright law, with free licenses this condition changes to “some rights reserved”. Depending on the license used, everyone is entitled to use the work in many different ways, such as editing or distribution without the need to first enter into more detailed, individual agreements with the copyright holders – as long as they comply with the conditions of the relevant license. Creative Commons licenses are the most commonly used Free Licenses, but there are many more out there. Each of these licenses permits different types of use and modification. Working with Free Licenses therefore also involves weighing up the pros and cons that broad-scale accessibility entails.

Informal groups

For us, “informal groups” refers to collectives, alliances and other groups of people that do not act as organizations or representatives of organizations.

Knowledge Equity

Knowledge Equity is a term from the Wikimedia Movement which stands for fair, worldwide access to the processes of shaping and disseminating knowledge. There are many technical and social obstacles that have to be overcome on the journey to knowledge equity, as well as decision-making processes that need restructuring.


refers to the displacement of individuals or ethnic groups to the margins of society. This displacement can occur on different levels: geographically, economically, socially, culturally, etc.; typically it is experienced at multiple levels simultaneously.” Translated from theSee Diversity Arts Culture Dictionary , see here.

Marginalized knowledge

To us marginalized knowledge means knowledge, content, perspectives and (hi)stories, for which there is little to no space and visibility in official narratives and institutions due to power imbalances and barriers. This includes knowledge of and by marginalized communities who are negatively affected by racism.