In a message dated 10/2/2010 3:01:47 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Academics don't have the time or patience to explain basic points for
> years on end to people who feel that reading books or papers about the
> subject is unnecessary. I'm sure the biology experts would give up too
> if their area of expertise were undermined in such a basic way. >>
But are mission is to explain things to that level. So those academics who
don't have the time or patience to do that, should cede the floor to the
"journalists" who do, shouldn't they?
When I read an encyclopedia article on Number Theory for example, I should
be able to use just that work, perhaps other articles, to get all the
information I need to *understand* the article. Although I might want more depth,
I shouldn't need to refer to any outside work to get the breadth.
By saying what you did above, you are essentially stating that in order for
our readers to even understand an article they need a background in it. I
Just to let you know that Part 3 of the Study on Controversial content is now up on its own Meta page http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2010_Wikimedia_Study_of_Controversial_Conten…. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion so far -- it has been expectedly passionate, but very interesting, and illuminating. All three parts of the study, combined together, will be presented to the Wikimedia Foundation Board on Friday, Oct. 8 at their next meeting. Either the Board or we will be following up on that presentation. Thanks again to all for allowing us to enter your "house" as a guest; we've been treated very civilly, and appreciate it. Robert and Dory Harris
Prishtina Hosts Second International Conference on Software Freedom
For the second year running the Kosovar Association for Free/Libre and
Open Source Software
(FLOSSK) and the University of Prishtina are organizing a conference
dedicated to free software - Software Freedom Kosova Conference
This conference follows upon the success of SFK09 held in August last
year attended by more than 500 participants and over 40 national and
international speakers and professionals.
SFK10 will take place on 25 and 26 September starting at 9:00 in the
venues of the
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of
Prishtina. This year the conference will host several notable hacker
Leon Shiman will speak on the use of FLOSS in public administration;
Rob Savoy of Gnash project will talk about network protocols; Mikel
Maron will speak on the geopolitical use of open maps and Peter Salus,
historian of operating systems, will lecture on the history of
development of GNU/Linux.
Overall, over 20 topics will be discussed, ranging from issues
associated with the Free Encyclopedia Wikipedia, GNU/Linux,
intellectual property licenses, building of communities,
OpenStreetMap, Sugar, and many other topics in the field of free
Topics to be discussed and the quality of lecturers, along with the
success of last year's conference make SFK10 the largest conference of
its kind in Southeast Europe.
The conference is held under the auspices of the Office of the Prime
Minister of the Republic of Kosovo and is supported by a number of
donors from whom it is worth mentioning: the Ministry of Energy and
Mining, Mozilla, Rrota, PC World Albanian and the University of
Prishtina Student Center.
The conference is free to participants during the two days. The
presentations and detailed information on the conference can be found
For Immediate Release
On Sep 22, 3:04 pm, "jamesmikedup...(a)googlemail.com"
> here is a rough translation of the press release :
> Pristina is the conference host software
> ***On 25 and 26 September Pristina will be hosted for the second time
> Freedom Conference Software Kosovo.*** *FLOSS SFK10 Kosovo, organized by
> Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FIEK) of the University of
> SFK09 held last year was attended by about 500 people who attended about
> lectures of 25 lecturers. This time the conference will be focused: the 24
> lectures will be from Kosovo, region and world.
> The main and guest lecturers at the same time honor of this conference
> renowned as hackers Leon Shiman, Rob Savoye, Mikel Maro and Peter
> Salus.Shiman's Foundation board member who oversees the development of
> system for Linux and BSD - x.org, and the owner of Shiman Associates
> consulting firm. Savoye is the primary developer of Gnash as previously
> developed for Debian, Red Hat and Yahoo. Savoye has been programming since
> 1977. Maron specializes in programming applications based on geography and
> location. Maron is OpenStreeMap Foundation board member, a service
> to Google Maps. Salus is a linguist, computer scientist and historian of
> technology. He worked a professor and dean at several universities. But
> is only the result of the work of the organizing committee which is
> preparing the conference program for almost a year .
> Other topics will provide for all the little: Milot Shala will directly
> demonstrate the Qt Framework development of Nokia's, Martin will tell
> Bekkelund Norwegian practices with open source code (open source) in state
> administration, Baki Goxhaj will talk about WordPress, Marco Fioretti will
> show how programming languages can be used in schools. Other topics are
> Wikipedia, CAD, use of EU's funds in Open Source, Sugar platform for
> children, CMS systems for universities, Android platform, etc..
> The conference will be held on the premises of FIEK-regulation. Free
> Registration begins on Saturday at 9:00 pm and during the two days program
> starts at 10:00. The conference is supported financially by the Office of
> the Prime Minister, Wheel, PC World and New OpenWorld.al.
> For more visit the official website of Kosovo Organization free software
> open - FLOSS Kosovo <http://kosovasoftwarefreedom.org/> . */ telegraph /*
> On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Luca Paolo Pescatore <
> > wrote:
> > Ehm.... great... should I send to TechCrunch and other EN/US websites in
> > Albanian ? :)
> > Is it possible to have a PR in English ?
> > Luca
> > On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM, jamesmikedup...(a)googlemail.com <
> > jamesmikedup...(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> >> Bernard Writes :
> >> The attached notice has been published today in Gazeta Express and I
> >> sent it to: Telegrafi, Koha Ditore and RTKlive.com. You can use this to
> >> to other media and maybe invite them to come. Also Arianit has written
> >> similar text that we can also use...(
> >> )
> >> As I said yesterday, it would be good if somebody knows people in the
> >> media and talks to them to come.
> >> --
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> James Michael DuPont
> Member of Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova and Albania flossk.org
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For those who haven't been following the movement roles work on
meta, I wanted to take a minute for blatant self-promotion.
Of particular note is the initial proposal, which we're trying to
wrap up before the WMF Board meeting in just over a week. Those of
you thinking that this is happening a bit close are absolutely
correct—it's an uncomfortable deadline, to be sure; as we get more
participation in the coming months, this should get a lot smoother.
I also want to draw attention to a draft questionnaire, which is
meant to informally gather opinions and hopefully produce some
insightful commentary. As a draft, of course, everyone should feel
welcome to discuss and edit.
I'll continue to send periodic updates to Foundation-l, but the actual
work's happening on meta—anyone interested is encouraged to
participate there. It's a community process, and it won't happen by