I find it odd that we are willing to have a huge budget for Wikimania and none for recording videos of talks for non-attendees to view. I think we owe it to them. It can be crowdfunded if need be.

An interesting idea perhaps is to group video if we have a reliable way to crowd source this.

I did notice a video cam recording the talk after mine. I am unsure if mine was recorded as well. Does anyone know who was operating the tripod camera? I seen it in other talks too.

  -- とある白い猫  (To Aru Shiroi Neko)

On 18 July 2015 at 23:17, Asaf Bartov <> wrote:


On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Andrew Lih <> wrote:
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 multi-billion dollar PR firm to understand our guidelines and terms of use, 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 the wayside.

-Andrew Lih
Associate professor of journalism, American University
BOOK: The Wikipedia Revolution:
PROJECT: Wiki Makes Video

On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 9:31 AM, Nkansah Rexford <> wrote:
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[1]. 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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