Our next regularly scheduled meetup will be on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 PM.
We'll meet at Cafe Allegro. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_Allegro
Likely agenda items:
* Possible activities with local museums, particularly Wing Luke, MOHAI,
and/or the Burke
* WikiConference USA 2016 at the University of Washington
* WikiProject Seattle and related content
See you there,
Forwarding because some Cascadians are also interested in OSM and
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From: Laurentius <laurentius.wiki(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:36 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia recognized as OpenStreetMap chapter
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
after a long process, today Wikimedia Italia has been officially
recognized as the Italian OpenStreetMap chapter!
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project that shares the same value as
the Wikimedia movement. It's not based on a wiki software and it's not
in the Wikimedia family, but from many points of views, it's the project
that is more similar to the Wikimedia ones; indeed, many wikipedians are
mappers also, and viceversa.
Similarly to Wikimedia, there is an OpenStreetMap Foundation (based in
the UK) and there are national OpenStreetMap chapters. In Italy, the
OpenStreetMap community has been talking for years about the creation of
a chapter. Most people felt that it was important, but also that
founding yet another association was pointless. Associations are not
built only on projects, but also, and mainly, on common values and on a
common vision: Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap share both, and it's just
natural to work together.
Wikimedia Italy officially started the process of becoming an
OpenStreetMap chapter in 2013 . The association has supported
OpenStreetMap even before that (e.g., supporting the Italian
OpenStreetMap conference), and in the last two years, thanks also to the
work of many OpenStreetMap users that became members (and among them,
Simone Cortesi, OpenStreetMap volunteer since the beginning and WMI's
vicepresident), we have increased our efforts (as described also in
WMI's annual plan ). The recognition process has been quite long, but
today we've signed the chapters agreement, and now Italy is the second
country (after Iceland) to have an official OpenStreetMap chapter! (but
there are actually other unofficial chapters besides these two)
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From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy(a)pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Date: Jan 25, 2016 10:02 AM
Subject: [GLAM] Wikivoyage & GLAMs
To: "Wikimedia & GLAM collaboration [Public]" <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I've created a new page on Wikivoyage:
about how GLAM collaboration might benefit that project.
Please help to develop it!
GLAM mailing list
There's already been a lot of inspiring reactions to the the Year of
Science, so I'm delighted to say that the Wiki Education Foundation (Wiki
Ed) is officially launching our Year of Science work in the USA and Canada
There's a blog post pointing to the work we're doing:
There's our Year of Science page for academics and their institutions,
describing what we're doing and how to contact us:
And finally, we're handing over the reigns to the Wikipedia Year of Science
Portal to community members, so they can share ideas, news and events
related to the WP:YOS (that's a shortcut! or):
We'd love to see what chapters and projects can do with this theme, so
please spread the word freely! We're also hoping people will use
#yearofscience or #YoS when they do.
We're looking forward to seeing what we can all do together.
Wiki Education Foundation
User:Eryk (Wiki Ed) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Eryk_(Wiki_Ed)>
*Our organization supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United
States and Canada.*
Thank you to the organizers of the Wikipedia 15 celebrations that we shared
today among San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and elsewhere. (I
believe that remote viewers may have included people who are currently in
Russia and Japan!)
Thanks to the organizers and facilitators:
* Pharos, Joly and company coordinating activities in New York City
* Pete Forsyth, Stephen LaPorte, Rosiestep, and Brendan Campbell for
coordinating activities at SF
* Katherine Maher, Juliet Barbara, and the WMF Communications team, for
facilitating the community takeover of the WMF collaboration space
* Kacie Harold and the Grants Advisory Committee
authorizing some of the funds for the event
* And to everyone else who supported or attended today, especially the
presenters and panelists.
Video links to Youtube (Commons uploads will happen in the near future, I
* Welcome and lightning talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGhxEpowM6A
* "Wikipedia's content gender gap":
* "Stories from the weird old days":
* Panel discussion "The impact of 15 years of Wikipedia":
Here's to the next 15 years!
*Seattle folks*: we're meeting at the University of Washington
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Washington> Seattle campus,
Communications Building, in room 126. Casual conversation and potluck
starting at 12:15 (bring whatever you wish; we've had good luck with
potlucks so far! Please note allergens on food that you bring; some of us
are vegetarian and/or are allergic to certain ingredients). I will bring
cake, plastic silverware, plates, cups and napkins. We'll start the joint
lightning talks at 1 PM sharp.
*San Francisco folks*: you're meeting at the Wikimedia Foundation's
collaboration space. Per the Wikipedia meetup page
"Doors open at noon. Bring your own lunch (or perhaps we will find a
sponsor -- watch for an announcement). 12:45pm: Introductions (facilitator:
Rosiestep <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rosiestep>)" We'll start the
joint lightning talks at 1 PM sharp.
*New York folks*: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC.
The meetup will happen from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Tisch School of the Arts
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tisch_School_of_the_Arts>. Photo ID may be
required to access the venue. Coffee and lunch will be provided. Please let
the organizers known in advance if you have vegetarian or other dietary
*If you are joining the video conference from another location*: we will
try to set up Hangouts and/or a livestream so that you can participate.
Clarifications and corrections to this note are welcome from the organizers
in SF and NYC.
See you tomorrow,
Lightning talk proposals are welcome for the Wikipedia 15 celebration on
January 16th! Please sign up at
Current estimate (still very much in flux) is that we may plan for 2
lightning talks per location, plus a few introductions from each location.
Please forward to your communities if you are in New York, London, or any
other location that plans to participate.
I'm organizing an event at UW next week to remember and celebrate
Aaron Swartz. The event will involve a reading, the screening of a
documentary film, and a Q&A. The event coincides with the third
anniversary of Aaron's death and the release of a new book of Swartz's
writing that I contributed to. Aaron was a friend and a roommate of
mine in Boston.
Please feel free to forward this on to lists or other groups you think
might be interested.
Details are below:
WHAT: Aaron Swartz: The Boy Who Could Change the World – Reflections on
Technology and Civil Liberties
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Communications Building (CMU) 120, University of Washington
We invite you to celebrate the life and activism efforts of Aaron
Swartz, hosted by UW Communication professor Benjamin Mako Hill. The
event is next week and will consist of a short book reading, a
screening of a documentary about Aaron’s life, and a Q&A with Mako
who knew Aaron well – details are below. No RSVP required; we hope
you can join us.
Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy, entrepreneur, and
information activist who contributed to the core Internet protocol
RSS and co-founded Reddit, among other groundbreaking work. However,
it was his efforts in social justice and political organizing
combined with his aggressive approach to promoting increased access
to information that entangled him in a two-year legal nightmare that
ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
January 11, 2016 marks the third anniversary of his death. Join us
two days later for a reading from a new posthumous collection of
Swartz’s writing published by New Press, a showing of “The
Internet's Own Boy” (a documentary about his life), and a Q&A with
UW Communication professor Benjamin Mako Hill – a former roommate
and friend of Swartz and a contributor to and co-editor of the first
section of the new book.
I hope to see some of you there!
If you are on this list but not in Seattle, I have a blog post with
links to events in other cities:
Benjamin Mako Hill
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto