For many cases I'd see it practical to have volunteer bloggers who would write summaries on what was talked about. Combining that with slides should fix pretty much all recording problems. Wikipedians could also join in and help with recording of some talks and it is fairly easy to just save audio.

Spending a great amount of time and money to produce quality videos that barely no-one watches isn't reasonable at all. Yes, some most important talks should be recorded, but not all.

Ivo Kuusamägi

2015-07-18 6:23 GMT+03:00 Hydriz Scholz <>:
I found it rather disappointing to hear that videos are not being recorded. I posted on the information desk regarding this issue last month, hoping that the organizing team would provide a reply and seek help if necessary. [1] Sadly, the coordination page that I have started would have gone to waste. [2]

I believe videos are important. They serve as an archive of the various talks that have happened during Wikimania, and I share the opinion that video recording should be part of the bidding process. The monetary costs may be high, but it benefits many people who are unable to attend the conference to be able to watch the amazing talks offered by the speakers.


On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Cornelius Kibelka <> wrote:
In my opinion (and in my position as the responsible for the follow-up for the Wikimedia Conference), we invest and spend a lot of money for the Wikimania each year. Despite of having a relatively broad attendance, the sustainability of Wikimania is doubtful, as there is no clear documentation standard and nobody is committed to track what happened actually at Wikimania itself and afterwards.

Consistent video recoding, despite being expensive, could be a way to improve that. But it has to be done in a good way. That means, 3-4 weeks after the conference videos must be published (at the latest), relevant session recordings must be shared directly with certain target groups (e.g. a Communication session with the ComCom list). And of course, the video must be uploaded on Commons (not on Youtube), so they easier to integrate on wiki pages.

If those standards are met, much more people could actually benefit from the Wikimania, even when they not attended it. E.g., even now videos of interesting and insightful talks of the German internet conference Re:publica are shared in social networks. In the future, that could be also possible for Wikimania talks.


On 18 July 2015 at 02:30, Victor Grigas <> wrote:
I like Pine's suggestion.

Audio is much cheaper (still not free for high quality) and easier than video AND 16 bit .WAV is now a free format.

The only consideration is that presentations often involve visual materials. 

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:05 PM, Pine W <> wrote:

If we could get just audio recordings plus slides and any written materials, I think that would be almost as good as video in most cases, at far less cost and complexity.


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