The final version of the Wikimania Documentary can be found on YouTube.
Will push to Commons by end of this week as it requires a bit of alteration
to make it fully Wikimedia Commons License compliant.
Wikimania 2014 Documentary: http:// <http://youtu.be/1444m7vhhFo>youtu.be
Interviews taken at the conference will be released to public soon.
Currently awaiting the video's public-going approval from the interviewees.
Subtitles will be added soon to the documentary video on YouTube. Editing
the videos wasn't as difficult to me as adding the subtitles. Dang!
Thanks for all your support and assistance.
Will love to also hear from and get in touch with our friends in
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Thank you for your thoughtful and swift response.
I'm not particularly critical of the bid team for being open about the
result, since there are good reasons to get the news out there and it
would be unreasonable to expect a bid team to keep their win or loss a
secret for any period of time.
I think the answer here is for the official announcement of the jury's
decision to be as prompt as possible; this doesn't seem to have been an
issue in previous years. The decision to award Wikimania 2015 to Mexico
City was also done with the condition that further WMF vetting was
required, and this isn't a problem, as long as it is noted in the
announcement and on the updated pages.
On 22/01/2015 10:21, Iolanda Pensa wrote:
> thanks Christopher!
> I perfectly understand your point in the communication. I decided to give the news on twitter (and then to share it on facebook where the Esino Lario community is very present) because I needed two things
> 1. to make sure people got excited about it and kept their enthusiasm. we have been waiting a lot for this answer and it arrived after the expected date (it was postponed). I had around 200 people asking me every day about it; i needed to tell them as soon as possible to not consume the enthusiasm and making sure they are on it.
> 2. to fundraise. the very same day (December 24th - and I can assure you that with two children 5 and 6 years old is not really the best day) I delivered an application for 200'000 euro to be used to involve people in the region in wikimedia activities for 2 years, and to have more funds for the infrastructures. The deadline was December and i needed to tell them we have been selected immediately and i could not wait later on to communicate the information.
> Of course Esino will be visited by Ellie and Garfield and the decision is provisional. At the same time it is important to say that we had already a site visit in July 2014 (Deror and Manuel Schneider) with a positive evaluation, and our bid provide full information in a realistic and correct way. Of course it would be better to announce the winning after May 2015 (after the confirmation), but this would delay the project and now we need fundings, partners and people to get involved to make it. Esino is an extremely complex situation to have a conference and we want to make sure it happens and it happens well. This at the end is the role we have.
> I wanted to provide you and explication because I do understand and respect your point. I hope the explanation can clarify why I did it; I really wanted to let you know that I didn't do it for pride and joyful enthusiasm (which I have but i could wait for the official announcement); i did it because we need to move and move fast: start working in making Wikimania Esino starting and get the necessary attention from the stakeholders (we are currently negotiating with the Lombardy Region for a program of agreement which needs to get done now or we can't get all the resources for the event).
> my warm regards
> iolanda / iopensa
>> Il giorno 21/gen/2015, alle ore 21:04, Christopher Cooper <ctc_wikimedia(a)fastmail.com> ha scritto:
>> May I offer my congratulations to Esino Lario on winning the bid. I personally backed Manilla for various reasons, but it was a fair contest, and I look forward to going to Italy in 2016.
>> I have noted though that there was some confusion caused by it becoming public knowledge via Twitter that Esino Lario had won, despite there having been no official announcement. I think in future years the decision should be formally announced and pages updated before tweets etc. are made.
>> Kind regards,
>> On 20/01/2015 23:24, Ellie Young wrote:
>>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>> On the recommendation of the Wikimania 2016 selection Jury Committee, we have accepted the proposal from the Esino Lario Italy team. The Wikimania Esino Lario team is composed mainly of volunteers. It is promoted by Wikimedia Italia and Wikimedia CH in partnership with Esino Lario city council, Ecomuseo delle Grigne, Pro Loco Esino Lario, Parco Regionale della Grigna Settentionale and the Esino Lario local associations and community. nThe proposal will be further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming months, after which time we hope to confirm the award. Please join us in congratulating Wikimania Esino Lario!
>>> We would also like to thank the team from Manila, Philippines for their efforts in putting together excellent proposal. As a volunteer-led movement, it is hugely encouraging to have so many who want to support Wikimania. The bidding process requires a substantial time investment, and we are most grateful for every team’s hard work.
>>> For those of you who are considering hosting in future years, we expect to issue the Request for Proposals for 2017 in September.
>>> Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator
>>> On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee
>> Wikimania-l mailing list
OSCAL | Open Source Conference Albania is the first annual international
conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source
software, free culture and open knowledge.
It is organized by Open Labs, a non governmental, not for profit
organization, dedicated to promote openness, freedom, transparency and
access by amplifying its voice as a community altogether.
Now, we are calling for speakers (CFS), we would like to invite developers,
speakers and promoters from Albania, the region and overseas to submit
proposals before 28.02.2015 (http://bit.ly/1DFE2HX). In the same time, we
are making the booth reservations, and we would like to invite developers,
promoters and not only from Albania, the region and overseas to submit
their proposals before 28.02.2015 (http://bit.ly/1xA5hfT).
The applicants for who want to pitch at OSCAL must be aware that the topic
MUST be related with open knowledge, open source software and/or hardware,
software freedom or generally open culture.
Open Source Conference Albania 2015
Date: 9-10 May 2015 (Saturday + Sunday)
Venue: Freedom Building (Godina Liria), Tirana
Deadline of CFS: 28.02.2015
Sessions will be held in English.
Proposals should also be submitted in English.
You are free to propose more than one session also, in separate submissions.
For further inquiry, please feel free to contact us.
I'm interested in meeting persons who are willing to share their story of
their world of Wikimedia. We plan making a video documentary out of it to
share with other Africans and raise their interest in the world of wiki.
I've talked to a couple of persons already but looking for more.
>From wikidata to Wikiversity, I'm willing to talk to all. It shouldn't take
more than 10 minutes of your time.
Please lemme know your coordinates if interested and I'll teleport myself
rexford |google.com/+Nkansahrexford| sent from smartphone
Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2015 which is being held in Mexico City
on July 15-19, 2015 are now being accepted. Applications are open until Monday 16 February 2015 23:59 UTC.
A scholarship will the cost of an individual's round-trip travel, shared accommodation,
and conference registration as arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and
selection criteria by the Scholarship Committee, who will determine
which are successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2015 scholarships,
To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application form on:
It is highly recommended that applicants review all the material on the Scholarships page
and the associated FAQ before submitting an application.
If you have any questions, please contact:
or leave a message at:
WMF Conference Coordinator on behalf of the Scholarship Committee
On the recommendation of the Wikimania 2016 selection Jury Committee, we have accepted the proposal from the Esino Lario Italy team. The Wikimania Esino Lario team is composed mainly of volunteers. It is promoted by Wikimedia Italia and Wikimedia CH in partnership with Esino Lario city council, Ecomuseo delle Grigne, Pro Loco Esino Lario, Parco Regionale della Grigna Settentionale and the Esino Lario local associations and community. nThe proposal will be further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming months, after which time we hope to confirm the award. Please join us in congratulating Wikimania Esino Lario!
We would also like to thank the team from Manila, Philippines for their efforts in putting together excellent proposal. As a volunteer-led movement, it is hugely encouraging to have so many who want to support Wikimania. The bidding process requires a substantial time investment, and we are most grateful for every team’s hard work.
For those of you who are considering hosting in future years, we expect to issue the Request for Proposals for 2017 in September.
Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator
On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee
We would like to invite submissions proposing presentations, panels,
tutorials and workshops for Wikimania 2015 to be held in Mexico City in
Note that the deadline is the February 28; we hope to have final decisions
about the program by early April 2015.
Additionally, we would be delighted to have any additional volunteers for
the program committee, which will be finalized shortly.
 – https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions
 – https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programme_Committee
Deror Avi, James D. Forrester, and Ivan Martinez
Wikimania 2014 Program Committee
wikimania2015 (at) gmail (dot) com
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