The SeaGL (Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) call for proposals is now open.
>From the SeaGL main page:
"SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading
awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and
free/libre/open-source software/hardware. Our goal for SeaGL is to produce
an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their
days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only
just started exploring technology options. SeaGL's first year was 2013."
I've submitted a proposal for a workshop about how to edit Wikipedia.
Attendance at the conference is free. More info about the call for
proposals and the conference is available at http://seagl.org/
I had a really exciting meeting with Susan Connole of Friends of the
Ballard Locks FOBL today. I got some books and papers outlining the
construction history, and I saw some of the boxes of thousands of old
photos they have. All phases of the construction of the locks, all sorts of
historic events. They have digitized most of the photos, but they don't
have a website yet to upload them to. One solution would be to use
Wikimedia Commons to host all the photos, since its free and permanent, and
comes with the kind of file structure they need to let people access the
The meta data for the photos is on paper tables, so I'm thinking that if we
could use OCR to read the metadata, then create a bridge program to fill in
the data fields for a mass upload of the images. Do we have anyone who
would want to do that kind of project?
Coming along for the drained locks underground tour might be as easy as
signing an injury waiver. It sounds like I just need to stay in touch and
show up on the right day, approximately when the tide is low in the first
weeks of November.
For the August FOBL meeting, they can invite members of the historical
societies in Ballard, Magnolia, Wallingford, etc to come and listen to us
give a recruiting/training new editors presentation. So we should plan
something to present.
There's tons of history to cover on all the public debates over if, when
and where to build the Ballard Locks going back to the 1880s. They had a
number of lawsuits. The project includes the Ship Canal, lowering Lake
Washington, draining the shoreline around Renton, reversing the river flow
around the Duwamish, leaving the Georgetown Steam plant high and dry.
There's so much to write about, and the historical photos are there if we
can go get them. No article yet on Carl S. English, and several other
figures who built the Locks.
And they have a whole room of antique tools and equipment used to build the
locks, giant rivets and rivet guns, tongs, gauges and instruments. It all
needs to be photographed.
That's only the beginning. So we need an outline plan, and we need to
Just in case our followers in other parts of the moment are interested, I'm
writing to let you know that we submitted our grant report for the
appropriation that we received from Wikimedia DC earlier this year. I
believe that we fully executed the terms of the grant except that our
report was delayed beyond 30 days, and I hope that Wikimedia DC will grant
us the funds anyway.
Internally, the Cascadia Wikimedians board is discussing what our programs
and budget will look like for the remainder of this year. We are interested
in supporting activities at the University of Washington and the Oregon
Health and Science University, and possibly others as well, but our
resources for doing so at this time are limited in the absence of even
part-time staffing. The Wikimedia Foundation so far is unwilling to grant
us funding for staffing, so we are looking into external funding sources.