Today I had a blast photographing the Babbage Difference Engine
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Difference_engine> at Intellectual Ventures
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_Ventures> in Bellevue today.
I'll have the photos uploaded to Commons shortly.
I spoke with Paul C. Cabellon, who does public relations at Intellectual
Ventures about updating articles related to their research, and
contributing content, with consideration for COI issues. Paul wants to add
updated photos about the Mosquito laser
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_laser> to Commons, and have others
like me visit to photograph that project, and others. The company is
working to be as open as possible with their lab research and would like to
work with the Cascadia editors to improve coverage on these topics. There's
a rocket engine there next to the Difference Engine, and they have an
enormous Tesla coil set up. Lowell Wood
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowell_Wood> was wandering around while I
I suggested that Mako might want to involve some of his students in trips
to the lab to gather information about these projects like the mosquito
laser and others (vaccine storage, nuclear power etc).
So the issue is working out how to take advantage of this opportunity to
photograph the equipment and exhibits there, and update the related
articles with more recent published information, without promoting
Intellectual Ventures or creating other neutrality problems. I suggested
that Paul Cabellon join Wikimedia Cascadia and subscribe to this list to
discuss further with us both sending editors there, and attending editor
recruiting and training events.
Good to meet you at our grantwriting class. As discussed, I am CC'ing
the Wikimedia Cascadia email list presuming someone there has some time
to to assist you with your current and maybe future projects. I think
it's very important that organizations like yours is able to learn how
to use Wikipedia for public, long-term benefit.
Wikimedia Cascadia homepage: http://cascadia.wiki/
I see that the group does not formally include Alaska, but I'm sure
there are individuals excited to help.
I am not as knowledgeable as those in the group. You had
questions/concerns about file format, copyright, and
archiving/accessibility use cases. Could you describe your project? Or
point us to a web page with project details? We could offer specific
suggestions on what you can do.
> Dear Christopher,
> Thank you for offering to help make a connection and share ideas about how we can partner with Wiki to make Alaska Native Elder stories available in open source.
> I really appreciate any information you can share or people to contact.
> Thank you,
> Mark Calvert, Community Engagement Educator
> Association of Alaska School Boards / Alaska ICE (Initiative for Community Engagement)
> 1111 West 9th Street
> Juneau, Alaska 99801
> Tel: 907-463-1660
> www.aasb.org <http://www.aasb.org/>
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,