Current forecasts predict a 70-80% chance of rain on Sunday in Boston. If
the chance of rain is still above 50% as of Friday morning, let's move the
date of Wikipedia Takes Boston to next Saturday, 4/23. If folks could send
a quick note on their interest/available for next Saturday, that would be
great. Suggestions for other possible rain dates are welcome.
In other news, we're still looking for a venue for the uploading party.
Attempts to get space at MIT and BU haven't worked out thus far, and Boston
Public Library is closed on Sunday per holiday observance. Being able to
get space at a university seems a bit unlikely for this Sunday. But if
anyone has connections to local universities and would be willing to look
into reserving space for next Saturday, please let me know.
If we don't end up getting a meeting room somewhere, then maybe we can head
to a local restaurant that has free WiFi? Wikipedia Takes Over Boston WiFi
I'm also going to look into reserving space at BPL for next Saturday. BPL
closes at 5:00 PM on Saturdays. So if we can space there and the rain date
kicks in, then we'll probably need to begin the uploading party at 4ish. In
this case we would probably shift the start time to 11:30 AM instead of
If you have some great images, vids, animations or sound files you've
been meaning to upload, do it in the next hour for a chance to be the
10 millionth file!
Samuel Klein identi.ca:sj w:user:sj +1 617 529 4266
A photo scavenger hunt in Boston, named *Wikipedia Takes Boston*, is in the
works. The event would entail taking pictures of sights in Boston, ideally
those for which photographs don't yet exist on Wikipedia or Wikimedia
For those interested: what dates would work?
The April meetup sounds like it may be moved to Sunday, 4/10. That leaves
weekend days of 4/9, 4/16-17 and 4/23-24 available for April. Easter is
Sunday, 4/24. Given that, I'm inclined to go with Saturday 4/16 and leave
the option of Sunday open in case Saturday is rainy or especially overcast.
I volunteered at the Boston Book Festival last year -- it's a sweet event,
reminding me of literary festivals in Buenos Aires. If you haven't been
before, consider going - this year it will be on Saturday, Oct 15. Last
year we didn't plan any sort of Wikipedian gathering around the festival,
but it would have been a fine opportunity.
The crowd is an interesting mix of authors, publishers, and educators.
Groups like OLPC and 826 Valencia tend to get tents on the plaza for the
event, and many local authors are looking into new publishing models and
other ways to share stories and knowledge. As we get better at outreach,
this might be a good place to attract that crowd to work through & with
Wikipedia and sister projects.
The festival is supported and run by the local community -- they recruit
volunteers every summer, and this month the Media Lab is sponsoring a
fundraising dinner for them. Volunteering is a great way to meet the
presenters; and the dinner looks pricey but fabulous. Check it out if you
We had discussed having the April meetup on Sunday, 4/10, but that date
doesn't work for some people. The Sunday after that, 4/17, seems to be the
most viable alternative date.
Could folks reply here with your availability on 4/10 and/or 4/17 for the
April meetup and Wikipedia Takes Boston? The meetup will start at 7:00 PM;
Wikipedia Takes Boston is scheduled to run from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Note
that Wikipedia Takes Boston will be held the same day as the April meetup
(i.e., if the date for the April meetup changes to 4/17, so will the date
for Wikipedia Takes Boston.)
Arranging a place for the meetup and sending out a geonotice are pretty
contingent on having a date nailed down, so quick feedback is appreciated.