Registration is now open, and I'd like to get the "in crowd" processed
before the onslaught brought on by the press release. If there are
any fundamental problems be encountered in the process, I'd rather you
guys find them, rather than some random dude who read about Wikimania
in a magazine.
So by all means, register, but only if your schedule is firm and
you're prepared to shell out the fee for admission:
It may be useful to add, on all revelant page like travel, visa, etc.
a big notice to remeber to check the validity of the passport and to
advise to request it, if needed, as soon as possible.
On 5/23/06, Florence Devouard <anthere(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> The biometric passport is finally available in
Are you speking of the passport whit the digital photo? (actually the
photo is actually a paper photo that is digitalized and printed as
digital photo, not a photo directly taken in digital).
This is what is required to enter in U.S. (who has a visa can use a
passport without the digital photo. Passport iussed before October 26,
2005 may still have not the digital photo, but if the passpart was
renewed after that date, it can not be used without the digital
Biometric passport is a different thing. A passport with a chip inside
in which many personal informations (not only hight, colour of eyes,
but also a photograph and fingerstamps, etc) will be registered.
> /me wondering over US government paranoia
> /me wondering over French government absolute disability to handle tough
> issues within decent deadlines, whilst all other european countries manage.
Alas, French is not the only country to have such problem. In Italy
the situation is similar or worse. And I belive that in many other
countries the situation is similar, and it is surely going worse and
worse as summer is approaching.
At least you have not to pay a 40.29 eur stamp every year on the
passport (which is lost if you have to change the passoprt because
someoneelse choose that you have to change the type of you passport)
(well, I have never undestood why all the countries should change
their passport because of the willing of just one country. This is the
reason why the other countries are not ready: because they were not
the one who choose to have the passports in this way).
I urge anyone neededing a new passport, to request it as soon as possible.
I do not know who is supposed to take care of this, so sorry if I do not
write at the right place. The biometric passport is finally available in
my region, so I can ask one to get in Boston next year. This said,
without an urgent procedure, I was told there was NO chance I would get
the passport in time for Wikimania (they expect a time of roughly 3
months to get the passport without the special procedure). I
consequently need pretty urgently an invitation so that we can justify
the urgent procedure. Can someone send that to me ? Please mention that
I would be a speaker at the conference.
Thanks a lot in advance
/me wondering over US government paranoia
/me wondering over French government absolute disability to handle tough
issues within decent deadlines, whilst all other european countries manage.
I just tried to register and Paypal rejected my credit card (probably
since it's an American credit card and my IP address is in Germany).
ugh. Anyway, what is the email address of the Paypal account for
Wikimania, so I can send my payment through my Paypal account? I
think this information might also be interesting for others interested
in registering, so thus why I am asking in the discussion list.
You are cordially invited to a talk and presentation by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, media historian and
archivist from the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society in Bangalore, India on THURSDAY 11 MAY
2006 at 5.00 p.m.
Ashish will introduce the Comprehensive Online Resource for Education (CORE), a recent initiative of
CSCS, and present a short history of changing practices of database management, digital archiving,
and curriculum and courseware development at CSCS for teaching cultural studies and social sciences
See the detailed description of the talk, and more information about Ashish Rajadhyaksha, please see
the text and links below. Please RSVP to Shekhar Krishnan ( shekhar(a)mit.edu ) if you plan to attend,
and please forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues in the Boston-Cambridge area.
Thursday 11 May 2006 at 5.00 p.m.
MIT Building 9-253
ASHISH RAJADHYAKSHA is Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society (CSCS),
Bangalore , where he coordinates the CSCS Media Archive  and the CSCS CORE (Comprehensive
Online Resource for Education) . With Paul Willemen, he was co-author and editor of the
Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (1999). He is an active member of the editorial collective of the
Journal of Arts and Ideas , and is a regular contributor to the journals Framework and Sight &
Sound, and an advisor to CRIT (Collective Research Initiatives Trust), Mumbai .
He has written Ritwik Ghatak: A Return to the Epic (1983), was Editor, The Sad and Glad of Kishore
Kumar (Research Centre for Cinema Studies, 1988); was Editor, with Amrit Gangar, of Ghatak:
Arguments/Stories (Screen Unit/Research Centre for Cinema Studies, 1987). He was co-curator, with
Geeta Kapur, of the exhibition Bombay/Mumbai 1992-2001, part of the exhibition Century City: Art and
Culture in the Modern Metropolis, at the Tate Modern, London, 2001 . Ashish's forthcoming book is
called CINEMA IN THE TIME OF CELLULOID: INDIAN EVIDENCE 2005-1925 (New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2007).
ABOUT THE TALK:
CSCS and the New Academic Domain in India
The Centre for the Study of Culture & Society was founded in 1998 in Bangalore, as a ‘new
generation’ academic research centre. While CSCS derived its historical legacy from the tradition of
institutionalised social science research as supported by the well-known state-run institutes of the
ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research), it has also struck out on its own with new
models for inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional pedagogy and research in the field of social
science and theory.
The Digital Resource
Since the late 1990s, CSCS has experimented with database formats that could be transformed into
teachable instruments. In 1999 CSCS started its Media & Culture Archive, and extended this in 2004
into India’s only M.A. programme in Cultural Studies taught entirely online. In 2005, this was
further extended into the Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Cultural Studies. In the future, CSCS
seeks to consolidate effective databasing with online pedagogy, by further linking this connection
to the larger needs of social science pedagogy in India.
The Social Sciences in India
Indian social science research has been, since the 1970s and the pioneering work of the Subaltern
Studies Collective, perhaps the most significant social science research tradition worldwide for
close to two decades. Among its significant aspects has been its interlinking with the priorities of
India’s NGO movement together with the needs of academic institutions both inside and outside the
Furthering this linkage, social science research has mined the resources provided by numerous
practices of independent informal archiving. As such archiving encounters the problems of
digitization, it has also opened social science practice into three further areas: (1) The linking
of the special skills of navigating the archives with new techniques of online pedagogy, (2) The
options opened up by online publication, and (3) The need for consolidated structures of data
collaboration including academically valid search platforms.
The Domain of ‘Informal Archiving’ in India
Since roughly the late 1970s (conventionally from the time of the end of the Emergency),
non-governmental organisations have attempted a form of archiving, alongside their work on advocacy,
research, training and monitoring in their specialised fields of interest. Since the mid-1990s, this
movement has also sought to enter the domain of digitization at various levels, and with varying
The ‘informal archive’ in India could consist of anything between 3-5,000 institutions seeking to
work at various levels, from the collection to the catalogue to the archive itself. It is now a
sufficiently significant database, with sufficiently significant problems, to merit an independent
look, as the phenomenon grows in tandem with the research work of social scientists in India.
The Comprehensive Online Resource for Education (CORE) is an attempt to think through a possible
strategy for bringing together the diverse resources and research materials available in different
locations of new social science research in India, with a possible Asian extension. CORE hopes to
bring into focus the the need to convert critical research into teachable, intelligible and easily
accessible knowledge bases, the identifying of effective online tools and methods for teaching and
learning, and the relocation of education centres, the educators and the students within the digital
interfaces of cyberspace – all within the domain of higher education in social sciences in Asia.
For more information on CORE, see the full proposal on
http://www.mit.edu/~shekhar/official/cscs_core.pdf and contact Ashish Rajadhyaksha on
Apt.302, Edgerton House
143, Albany Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Dan Gillmor, recently of citmedia fame (who is looking forward to
attending most if not all of Wikimania), is planning a small citizen
journalism 'unconference' at Harvard 1 or 2 days after Wikimania. He
and Andrew Lih have been thinking about this since the fall... now it
seems it will happen. This may give citizen journalists and grassroots
media enthusiasts extra reason to come to Cambridge that weekend.
How can we encourage cross-pollination of ideas between these two events?
Who from the [int'l] world of grassroots media would you most want to show