There will be almost 70 presenters at Wikimania : academics and
researchers, teachers, professional translators, librarians and
archivists, sociologists, economists, entrepreneurs, programmers,
artists. Many of these are Wikimedians; almost as many are not.
I. Wikimania proceedings preview
II. Wiki discussions in the proceedings
III. Writing (and media) contest reminder
== Wikimania proceedings preview ==
You can see abstracts and full papers for the various presentations
here, in the wiki proceedings of the conference. Unlike many
proceedings, these are available now, though they are not yet
== Wiki discussions in the proceedings ==
You are invited (encouraged, even) to comment on each presentation,
and to start discussions and ask questions, on its proceedings talk
page. Someone in each session will make sure to ask any questions
posed on the wiki, during the session itself.
If you have written down wikimedial thoughts elsewhere on the web, or
have your own work you wish you could have presented at Wikimania (but
didn't submit in time / are being held captive by a saltwater
taffygnome), be sure to add a link to thoes thoughts from related
To start discussions not covered by one of the sessions, or during the
Hacking Days early next week, please add sections to the Wikimania
== Writing (and media) contest reminder ==
This is the last weekend to nominate great articles, news stories,
wikibooks, quote and definition collections, and primary sources, for
the Wikimania writing contest. Please nominate your all-time
favorites; don't be shy. Did I mention this is a multilingual
contest? The predominance of English- and Dutch-language nominations
is simply shocking.
Likewise for the parallel media contest, for images, music, and video.
You still have time to upload content not currently on Wikimedia
projects and enter it into the contests; some of the categories are
yet sparse and ripe for conquest (only 2 audio and 1 video submissions
so far... it will be sad if we have to give *both* video awards to
Raul's DNA microarray thriller)
In the networked hands of Lufthansa,
First of all: sorry for crossposting to all lists, but I need to reach
as many people as possible.
There are two things I would like to talk about and maybe this mail is
going to be quite long.
At this stage I took over part of the translation's organisation (or all
of it? we'll see ...)
There are some problems involved when it comes to translations for
wikimania - on one hand we will have people that know how to edit and
that go simply there and edit an article on the other hand we will work
with translators who don't know how to do this and therefore they
receive the article and send it back to me - then their work needs to be
copied and pasted into the wiki.
Therefore I created a page where to collect the names of people who work
for wikimania and a yahoogroup to assure that every article is only
The translator's list can be find here:
It is organised by language combinations. I also added myself, but
really I suppose I won't have much time to translate since I will need
the time for organisational tasks.
The translator's list is on yahoo: wikimaniatrans(a)yahoogroups.com
I am inserting all translators there since all articles that need
translation are posted there. The first translator who answers to the
list with "I am doing this translation EN-IT" (just to make an example)
will translate that language combination of that particular article - so
all other translators know that this work is being done.
So if you are interested in co-operating for translations, please add
yourself to the list and subscribe to the yahoo-group. If you won't do
this yourself: just send me a mail indicating
Website (if any)
As to the reporters: to be faster in our work it would be great if you
sent me a note with the link as soon as your article is online and ready
for translation. I know that this is not the normal "wiki-way" but we
have to deal with people that are not used to wikis and we don't have
the time to teach them how to work there.
Please drop me a note so that I know you before (it would be great).
As to admins: please post the message that we are on search for
translators in your Beer Parlours and ask people who are interested to
contact me by e-mail (either sabine_cretella(a)yahoo.it or
s.cretella(a)wordsandmore.it) - I understand German, Italian, English,
French, Spanish and write German, Italian, English - I approximatively
understand some more languages, but it is not the case to guess what is
written in this situation, so please bear with me and accept these
For now that's all - the more we are the better we will be and the less
work anyone will do - if there's someone who would like to help with the
copy/paste upload: please let me know.
Yahoo! Mail: gratis 1GB per i messaggi e allegati da 10MB
(Forwarding to Foundation-l and the translators list. )
Dear translators, we have even more need of people to propagate
information about the conference in other languages; since the default
broadcasts and transcripts will be in English. If there are people
interested in updating portals to Wikimania content in other languages
(on meta:), the portals would certainly be used.
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From: SJ <2.718281828(a)gmail.com>
Date: Jul 25, 2005 10:35 AM
Subject: Wikimania! Announcements and broadcasting : help requested
To: Wikipedia general list <wikipedia-l(a)wikimedia.org>, Elisabeth
Wikimania will begin in less than two weeks. (If you're helping
organize this, the calendar is already engraved inside your forehead
:-) There will be a crazy collection of speakers and wiki developers
(http://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programme), media and documentary
coverage, and lots of storytelling and good fun.
For those of you who can't be there in person, there will be audio
streams from the two main halls, and two cameras' worth of vlogging
thanks to Soufron et al. There are also some important things you can
do to make it an even better event :
== Wiki discussions, gathering sources ==
Wikimania will see some very focused discussions about how to improve
and coordinate the development of MediaWiki, Wikipedia, and the other
Wikimedia projects. Preparation and organization of ideas over the
next ten days will see great returns on investment.
(To add a discussion you want to see happen, or link to existing
please update http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania:Discussions )
The most exciting part of Wikimania, to me, is getting many different
circles of savvy people talking about Wikimedia development at the
same time; and most of that will take place outside of Frankfurt.
== Announcements; Letting others know how to take part ==
I hope that when the audio podcasts and vlogs of the conference
sessions start to come out, that everyone who might care to will know
how to find them... and I want the many Wikimedians who can't be
there to know how to find the discussions on-wiki surrounding key
sessions and discussions.
== Requests for help ==
So please respond to the following requests, if you can, either on- or
off-list (if off-list, make sure you write to elian :
1) We need people to help spread the word about Wikimania; to
websites that want to follow or link to the conference, to people who
want to join in the disucssions online. Many conferences have IRC
channels that occasionally produce one or two questions. We should
strive to have as much feedback coming from IRC and wiki discussions
as from the audience.
2) We need people to help update the Wikimania website with
information as the conference approaches; and especially DURING the
conference, as new materials become available. Transcripts, podcasts,
etc will turn up on meta and on individual blogs; and we should have a
good portal to that content.
3) As I mentioned previously, we also need transcribers for the
broadcast sessions. We will only have audio and video for the larger
2 of 5 rooms; we could use 4-5 transcribers listening in and typing
out text transcripts for those rooms as well. (I'm sure someone will
be bored enough to tune in :
3b) If you're COMING to Wikimania and want to transcribe sessions in
the other three rooms, you will have my undying affection. Contact me
directly about that...
Dear all, ( translators, please forward to your local projects )
Wikimania 2005 is coming up, during the first week of August. It is
being held in Frankfurt, in a beautiful hostel-and-conference-center
downtown. If you are planning on coming, register this week, before
the conference and hostel rates go up!
Send email to wikimania-registration(a)wikimedia.org if you have any
diffulcties. See who else is already registered:
We have some excellent speakers coming, including Jimmy Wales himself,
Ward Cunningham, Richard Stallman, Sunir Shah of MeatballWiki, and
Ross Mayfield of Socialtext; also Gabriele Beger on law, Achal
Prabhala on rural information development in Southern Africa, and
Stefan Magdalinski on building magical wiki applets.
There will also be presentations by core developers of many wiki
platforms, including Twiki, Xwiki, and Socialtext; by Wikipedians,
about their projects; and by academics researching Wikipedia.
The whole conference has been made as inexpensive as possible, so that
all can attend. The last three days will be a larger conference, when
we take over the entire hostel; it should be a great deal of fun.
Registration for all three days is 50 Euros. The first half of the
week will be devoted to our Hacking Days, a small-group discussion and
brainstorming among developers; these days are free (but you must
register for them as well, to reserve space in the hostel).
ps -- If you are interested in helping out with the event, even if you
can't be there yourself, we could use help setting up our Trivia
Contest and judging the initial entries for the summer writing & media
competition. More about these later.
pps -- If you really want to come, but can't quite afford it; please
register and fill out the field at the end of the form to request a
ppps -- If you can't come, but still want to participate, there will
be audio streaming, IRC backchannels, and regular podcasts available
of conference events. You can sign up or ask for details on the