One thing I'd like to do is provide some common infrastructure for this, so anyone with a laptop and a camera they can hook up to it can make a basic recording, live stream it (if the network holds up) and push it up to Commons or at least a staging area when complete. The fancy professionals should be able to hook up their fancy hardware to the same system as well, avoiding the months-long wait for manual transcoding and upload. If venue bandwidth is constrained, start with low resolution output and consider reuploading HD later!

But videos aren't the only way to record or consume info; there are other things we can do to make sessions more available.

I would also suggest that presentation authors include speakers' notes in their PDF slides -- it's fashionable to have bare slides that don't duplicate your words on projection, but people downloading them afterwards don't have your words to follow along with if you don't attach them.

Of course questions and round tables are hard to catch that way... But notes can be taken on etherpads and copied onto the wiki for preservation.

-- brion

On Friday, July 17, 2015, Lodewijk <> wrote:
What could we do to make it worth it? How could we make the video recordings more interesting to people to watch? Are the sessions in the main room really the most interesting ones for remote watching?

Just a few questions that come up when I read this. Because to be honest, we invest even more money and time in the 'few hundred' people that actually attend the conference. Eventually, it is a matter of finding a balance between value and cost - and I'd love to think a bit more about how we could both increase the value, and decrease the cost. 


On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <> wrote:
Guillaume, yes, it's nice to have video recording for all Wikimania session - but the question if someone watching them, to worth the money, time and resources. 

Wikimedia Israel in Wikimania 2011 invest a lot of money to record everything, time and resources to edit the videos (you need to transfer them for all the cameras, convert them) and time (and a huge bandwidth) to upload all of them. It's a lotttttt of resources just for few hundreds people will watch the videos.  To be honest? I don't think it worth that..

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On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 4:18 PM, Guillaume Paumier <> wrote:

First of all, I want to congratulate and thank the Wikimania organizing team
for putting together one of the best-organized Wikimanias I've attended. It's
easy to only notice the problems, so I wanted to call out the great work

My main disappointment this year is that many sessions seem to go unrecorded.
In previous years, I seem to recall that videos for most sessions were
recorded, and sometimes even streamed live. It sometimes took months for the
videos to be processed and uploaded to Commons or other video hosting sites,
but the videos existed. If the session isn't taped at all, then the record is
lost forever.

We have a lot of talented presenters giving insightful talks and generating
great discussions, but only for the benefit of the small subset of our
community that's present in the room. If we can't share what happens at
Wikimania with our larger community, it seems like a missed opportunity for
our movement. Even for Wikimania attendees, when there are up to 8
simultaneous tracks, it's easy to miss sessions you're interested in.

I realize it's probably too late to do anything for this year's Wikimania, but
I'd like to start a discussion about making video recordings of all sessions
(not just a selection of them) a requirement for upcoming Wikimania bids.

Guillaume Paumier

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