Reminders and updates:
Our *fall editathon series at UW *is continuing. This coming Monday our
theme will be Women in Technology, with guest speaker Crystal Rose Hudelson
on *women in aviation*.
In the near future, English Wikipedia will reach the milestone of *5,000,000
edits*! Voting is underway to select a site logo to celebrate the occasion:
Also, an announcement from the community to the public is in development:
This fall we'll need to have *board elections for next year*. As
preparation for that, we need to get people registered as members for those
who want to vote in elections and/or run for a board position. More
information on that is likely to come in the next few weeks.
A subject that we in the Seattle area are discussing is *our focus for
winter quarter*, which may shift from UW to GLAMs that already have groups
of volunteers and staff who might be interested in becoming editors on a
more regular basis. Those staff and volunteers might be able to sustain
some periodic Wikipedia activities at their "home museums", and/or they may
be interested in joining Cascadia Wikimedians. We were pleased with the
editathon at the Wing Luke Museum, and the current thinking is that we
might visit a variety of GLAMs in winter quarter for similar events.
Philadelphia seems to have a series like this already running, which they
are calling *GLAM Café*. Initial discussions among Seattle Wikipedians
suggest positive community reception for this idea.
More info about the Philadelphia series:
We are also discussing our hopes for UW in future quarters. I spoke with a
UW student who told me that she knows that people are interested in what
we're doing, and maybe we would get better engagement if we can get a
Wikimedian in Residence, ambassador, or other volunteer(s) who are able to
interact with faculty and students in classrooms or other settings.
Discussions about this are to be continued. The number of regular
Wikimedians in the Seattle area who are coming "out of the woodwork" to
join our activities is slowly and steadily increasing over time, so perhaps
we'll get to the point where we're strong enough to simultaneously have one
or more volunteers who active at UW, and also one or more volunteers who
are active in GLAM activities around the region.
We will celebrate *Wikipedia's birthday on January 15*. Tentative plans are
for a series of events in *Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.*!
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