Hi Wikimedia Asians,
first let me introduce myself to you mates, whilst I hope most of you
and I have
already interacted on internal and/or Wikimania, I'm Kizu Naoko, a
Tokyo-born Wikimedian in Kansai
where I've been in since 1992. On Wikimedia I'm user:Aphaia and on freenode,
I'm britty. So first of all, sorry for your current and possible
confusions in future.
Since Morgan invited interested people, not only chapter people, to
join this list during Wikimania,
it stays in my todo box until this morning. I'd appreciate list
moderators to approve my subscription.
As said, I'm a Wikimedian in Kansai along my other 4 colleagues. We
are no chapter at all though,
it would be nice to share our activity report with you Asian
Wikimedians. Please note some of items
are still in progress and hence confidential.
* Founding *
Wikimedians in Kansai (abbr: WiKansai) was founded on September 15, 2010 as
a non legal volunteer group.
Before that, we had distributed a press release. Most people had
ignored but we got
some favorable responses including Academic Resource Guide, Inc. and
its weekly e-newsletter.
ARG gave us a coverage and at least an academic blogger pick it up.
* Event *
On Septemer 26, we hosted Kansai Wikimedia Unconference #4. 6 people
attended, and two were
non-members. One of those is a former non-profit staffer and now an
aspirant OOo evangelist,
another is a psychologist and professor at a local university. Along
three WiKansai those two ladies
gave talks, on FLOSS community facilitation and demography of a
certain knowledge oriented social media
(http://chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp, an answer.com alike). The professor
gave us WiKansai short interviews too
mainly on our motivation to participate, and has hoped to get a
closer term with us and JaWP community.
* Talk affiliated by WiKansai *
"Get involved into GLAM-WIKI" by Kizu Naoko, at ARG cafe in Kyoto, September 19.
ARG cafe is a sort of academic cafe, hosted by ARG, Inc. In a friendly
around 20 people give lightning talks and people discuss those topics
adjacent "ARG fest".
Regretfully both speech and beer were charged, but quality was quite
good (They served
Guinness). Since the majority of audience had been expected to be
librarians and archivists,
I'd have picked up this topic and mentioned last year GLAM conference
hosted by WMAU,
some collaboration in Europe from Tropenmuseum to coming two confs. I
gave an emphasis
to Tropenmuseum case, because it involved int'l collaboration with
Indonesian, e.g. Asian
Wikimedians. I'd have loved the audience to notice it's already West
Pacific rim initiatives,
which we in Japan belong also.
At ARG fest chats, we found some possible collaborations. See "Plans" section.
" Plans "
- October 31, Kansai Wikimedia Unconference #5 at Good-Day (a local
firm which offers us the venue for free)
- November 5, Ryan Lane Wikimedia tech guy will come to Japan and give a talk.
WiKansai got involved to organize his talk along a local conf which
Ryan had invited.
- November 7, Ryan is planning to give a talk in Tokyo. We organize it
with people in Tokyo
- January 22 or 29, "Wikipedia 10 years" party; planned in Kyoto, we
are now contacting to local firms on possible venue.
a local academic (or the blogger who celebrated our launching) will
give a talk as invited speaker.
Questions, suggestions and cheers are welcome :)
KIZU Naoko / 木津尚子
member of Wikimedians in Kansai / 関西ウィキメディアユーザ会 http://kansai.wikimedia.jp