I asked this on the wiki, but got no response; so I'm hoping someone
here can advise me.
I'll be arriving in DC early, to be a tourist for a few days, and my
plane lands at 6pm local time on 4th July. As it's a holiday, what
sort of service will be running, to get me to Hostelling
Also, I'm a birder, and would like to see my first US birds during
those pre-Wikimania days Are there any local Wikimedians who are also
birders (or who know any), and who could spare an hour or two to
accompany me to a suitable open space, and help me out with basic ID?
Apart from a small mention on the page about the Google opening
(which says "Your conference badge will serve as your
admission ticket. The badge can be picked up during business hours
from the registration desk at George Washington University from the
start of the Hackathon through 5:00 PM on July 11.", but not where at
GWU that will be), I can find nothing on the wiki about arrival and
registration; collecting one's badge, etc. The main schedule only
shows that happening on the 12th, between 7-9am
Can someone with the requisite knowledge fix that, please?
Wikimedia DC invites you to participate in WikiExpedition on Sunday, July
16th, as part of the Wikimania unconference.
*WikiExpedition* is a one-day (morning/afternoon/evening) photography event
based on photographing certain targets (buildings, sites, train stations,
etc) that are devoid of pictures on Wikimedia Commons or various Wikimedia
projects. WikiExpedition gets volunteers with cameras associated with a
list of targets in 22 central regions throughout Maryland, Virginia,
West Virginia and Washington D.C. WikiExpedition is free to participate in.
The 22 regions are given certain amounts of points per objective, and in
competition style, the team (or person) with the most points will win the
contest and be given prizes. Photographs will be taken from the memory
cards of Wikipedians and onto a laptop dedicated to uploading all of the
photos to the Wikimedia Commons.
Provided will be a list of targets, a set of index cards that will also
serve as important to photography (will be explained at the event), and
SmarTrip cards, which will be basically an unlimited pass along the D.C.
Metro. However, for the outer communities, a car will be required, since
commuter trains do not run on weekends. This is a Sunday only event and
photography done beforehand cannot be accepted. This competition is
purely fun and don’t let greed of points devoid photograph quality. All
rules will be explained at the event.
Signup for WikiExpedition:
Board member, Wikimedia District of Columbia
@wikimediadc / @wikimania2012
The Wikimania organizing committee has adopted a Friendly Space Policy for Wikimania 2012.
The Wikimania organizing committee is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
The full policy, along with emergency contact phone numbers, can be found here: http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Friendly_space_policy
Nicholas Michael Bashour
Wikimedia District of Columbia
Washington, DC, USA
[Wikimania-l] Arriving in DC on 4th July; also paging DC birders
Metro trains and all buses should be running as Fourth of July celebrations will attract thousands to the city. See Metro website:http://www.wmata.com/index.cfm Of course there are always taxis and shuttle buses. See airport transportation. If you walk out of the National/Reagan airport, btw, you may be able to catch the fireworks, as one of the viewing areas is next to the airport. Was just there yesterday and preparations are being made for the large crowds.
I sent this message to the Wikimania info email last week but haven't
yet received a reply.
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Subject: braille copy of program
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 17:02:53 +0800
From: Graham Pearce <grahamwp(a)jazi.net>
I'm User:Graham87 on Wikipedia, and as it says on my user page there,
I'm totally blind:
I'll be attending Wikimania this year as one of the representatives of
Wikimedia Australia. I'd like a braille copy of the printed program, so
I can follow along with it like everybody else. Converting computer
files into braille is not a difficult process, but it does require
specialised (and ridiculously expensive!) equipment to emboss the
braille dots and bind the books, so braille production agencies like
people to submit material to them some time in advance (generally about
a week). When will the program be in its final form, so it can be sent
somewhere to be brailled? I can think of a couple of ways of doing this:
*If the program will be ready by Tuesday week (the 27th of June), I can
send it to my local Association for the Blind and they can braille it at
no cost to me. The date gives them about a week's notice while I can
still pick it up (I'll be leaving on the 5th of July).
*If it'll be ready after then, could you arrange for it to be brailled
by a place in Washington DC? The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
sounds like as good a place as any:
It will cost some money if it's done this way, however, but I have no
idea how much.