Hello, as per request of Laura, I am forwarding you the following e-mail.
She said, all Asian chapters are invited. :-)
Sounds yay. :-D
Wikitanvir on Wikimedia
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From: lhale(a)wikimedia.org.au Laura Hale
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 08:46:36 +0600
Subject: Invitation: RecentChangesCamp 2012 in Australia
Dear Tanvir and Wikimedia Bangladesh,
I would like to invite you and the board members of Wikimedia Bangladesh to
attend RecentChangesCamp 2012 in Canberra. Details are available at
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/University_of_Canberra/RCC2012 . The event
is not strictly a Wikimedia Australia event, and is more of a general wiki
event based on American and Canadian hosted RecentChangesCamps. Details
about those can be found at http://recentchangescamp.org/wiki/Main_Page .
As a chapter, we are unable to provide funding for you to participate.
(We may be able to provide small grants to offset some costs, such as
helping to cover the cost of a visa.) We would be happy to support any WMF
Participation grants that your board members may submit in order to attend.
I believe it would be beneficial for Wikimedia Bangladesh for several
reasons. First, it would be an opportunity to interact with several people
from the WMF community outside your country. Both our countries often have
to deal with issues that are similar like rural populations, limited access
to certain resources, travel requirements hindering possible expansion, and
being a long distance from the USA and the actual foundation. Beyond that,
it would help strengthen ties between Australia and another country in
Asia, and give us an opportunity to interact more and work on projects
together. Australia is also home to a large population of university
students from your region. There will likely be several Australian
academics in attendance who may be interested in the work being done with
wikis in your country. In addition, attending the conference would give
you an idea as to how this sort of event is run. It is done at low cost,
at low stress to the organisers, and takes little planning. It is also
extremely adaptable to local conditions. For an organisation that is just
getting underway, learning about the format may be useful for doing work
back at home.
If you came, you'd be expected to participate and propose a session.
Everyone who comes is basically a presenter. This is important. Your
participation would be documented on Wiki. We should also be able to
record some sessions if you needed that. :)
The 2012 Wiki Loves Monuments competition will become global next year, and I'd like to ask how many countries in Asia intend to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments. During Wikimania last August, a pan-Asian Wiki Loves Monuments-style contest was proposed as a common project of the Asian communities, and with the global competition, I think we can focus our efforts on the global competition instead. However, we can have something like an "Asia's Best Picture" award or something like that.
Wikimedia Philippines had expressed interest in organizing a local Wiki Loves Monuments competition next year during GLAMcamp Amsterdam, and I hope other Asian chapters and communities will likewise be interested in doing the same thing. Information on next year's competition may be found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012.
JAMES JOSHUA G. LIM
Block I1, AB Political Science
Major in Global Politics, Minor in Chinese Studies
Class of 2013, Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Vice-President (2011-2012), Wikimedia Philippines
Member, Ateneo Debate Society
Member, The Assembly
Member, Ateneo Lingua Ars Cultura
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