I'm trying to guerrilla video record as many Wikimania sessions that I can
attend, so I cannot respond at length.
But I do want to say: the cost/benefit analysis needs to consider the
quality of the viewers and not just the quantity.
When a Wikipedian in Residence can show their institution the video of
their Wikimania presentation as evidence of impact and engagement, it can
lead to renewal of their positions and more initiatives.
When the video of a Wikimania panel on COI and PR editing can convince more
that's a major outcome.
When someone talks about Wiki Loves Earth, #100wikidays or other grassroots
projects, video provides a unique window into the emotions and motivations
you cannot capture in a mailing list or blog post.
When in 10 years, we want to know the passions and personalities that led
us to where the movement is, where will we look?
If we're expecting Wikimania videos to rack up the same views as LOLcats,
it ain't going to happen. It has always been a very small core community
does a massive amount of the innovation and work that keeps the projects
going, and the ability to talk to each other in deep, complex and
accessible ways is vital.
For a movement dedicated to capturing the sum of all human knowledge, it's
surprising how blasé we are in letting our own community history fall by
Associate professor of journalism, American University
BOOK: The Wikipedia Revolution: http://www.wikipediarevolution.com
PROJECT: Wiki Makes Video
On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 9:31 AM, Nkansah Rexford <nkansahrexford(a)gmail.com>
Recording video* is easy; you can do it on most mobile
phones these days.
And on that note, the wiki indaba conference was recorded solely on a
mobile phone. Although sound quality wasn't the best, with considerable
thought on getting an appropriate accessory to handle sound, phones are
also an alternative worth looking into.
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