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Recent Changes Camp 2010: Montréal will be held June 25-26-27, 2010 at the
Comité Social Centre Sud (CSCS), located at 1710 Beaudry, in Montréal.
What is Recent Changes Camp, anyway?
Recent Changes Camp was born from the intersection of wiki and Open Space.
Since 2006, participants from all over North America and the globe have
gathered together for a common purpose: discussing the past, present, and
future of the technology and collaborative method that is wiki. RCC is a
chance for everyone in the wiki community, something we like to call Wiki
Ohana, to meet and have a fun, productive conversation about our passion for
wikis of all stripes.
Going far beyond technology, we're interested in wiki culture and other
networks/groups/etc. that share many of the values implicit in it — from
cultural creatives, to public participation and free culture advocates. If
you use a wiki or you value open collaboration, Recent Changes Camp is
created for you. RCC is about openness and inclusion, collaboration and
community, creativity and flow. Further down this page you can check out a
sampling of sessions we've enjoyed in the past, along with pictures and
videos from previous events.
This unconference/BarCamp has been held at least once every year since 2006
(and twice in 2007). Unlike a conventional conference, where everything's
pre-planned and structured, RecentChangesCamp is a gathering where we decide
for ourselves what we're going to get out of it by offering sessions each
morning on whatever we want (and of course ad hoc sessions can form at any
time). There's no agenda until we make it up! Now, that might sound a bit
chaotic if you're never been to this type of gathering, but be prepared to
be surprised at how much people can learn and create when they collaborate
With an emergent agenda, it can be hard to describe specifically what you
will get from participating in Recent Changes Camp. In large part, that is
up to you to be responsible for. Participants often say greater sense of
wiki community, broader sense of wiki way and wiki tools, or more excitement
about our future together as well as inspiration and discovery.
At Recent Changes Camp, everybody is welcomed. You don't need to be an
expert on anything, and you certainly don't need to consider yourself a
geek. Collaboration thrives on diversity! All you need to bring is an open
mind, and a willingness to participate, whether by teaching or by taking an
active role in discussions. And, don't forget, an unconference is what we
make it, so let's make it enlightening and fun.
With the upcoming Board meeting, we will be present recommendations for
The Wikimedia Foundation and the Board always have maintained a hands off
policy on editorial practice and policy as long as local projects fall
within the mission statement of the Foundation and laws. However, the
Board and the staff also realize that while not responsible for the content
directly, they should have processes and policies by which projects should
operate when relating to living people. Hence the task force (applications
went out last June, started in September), and I'll forgo the history of all
that for another time.
What we're doing is creating a guideline and policy for global application-
this is not aimed at en.wp in a way that a magic bullet will change it.
Instead it is supposed to create a framework for smaller projects that have
no process in place, as well as influence the larger projects that we have
learned from. The issues relating to living people range from foo.wp to
quote to commons to wikt, even. The purpose is to provide a long term
viability guide that will help both the readers, the subjects, and the users
to work together in creating quality treatment of living people. This also
includes community interaction in a tangential way, but that's for another
The recommendations that we have written up are a culmination of examination
off the problems that face all wikis, and are simply defined with the goal
of establishing a mindset in projects that are developing a proper method of
dealing with living people.
The Recommendations can be found here:
I would like to emphasize that while I am the primary author of this page, I
cannot link to the three legal pads full of notes from hundreds of
Wikimedians over the past nine months.
Please discuss these issues if you see something in particular, and email me
if you have a particular concern you'd like to discuss in private. I can
also be found on freenode IRC as Keegan.
Hi everyone -
This is a project presented at Wikipedia Day 2010 at NYU in New York
We presented this as a way to discuss a few of the most
complicated/controversial Wikimedia-related issues that haven't yet
garnered a consensus. It was specifically designed to fix the current
problems with Wikipedia's discuss pages (arguments get very long,
complex, and messy).
What makes a debate here different from one on a standard discuss page?
Statements have a color (green/red) which represents their current
state of consensus (something that's been refuted, for instance, is
red). You can also re-use facts concluded in other debates by other
people - thus allowing the work of debating/reasoning to be
distributed among (potentially) billions of people.
We've created a Wikipedia category for issues surrounding Wikipedia:
We need your feedback...
In a message dated 3/31/2010 12:21:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> In openstreetmap we are not allowed to import the positions of items
> based on the locations in wikipedia because they are derived from
> geoeye/googlemaps for the most part. So there is a rift between what
> is supposedly creative commons and what is really creative commons.
> Basically wikipedia is turning into a minefield of copyrighted material.>>
Are you suggesting that the mechanical determination of a longitute and
latitude of some object is copyrightable material? I.E. it's "position" is
Or am I reading this wrong? Perhaps you're suggesting merely that the map,
as an entirety is copyrightable.
Recently a friend noticed a sudden improvement at Translate.wiki,
concerning Wikipedia in Limburgish (li.WP). All remaining untranslated
items (28,18%) have been translated in one time. This is quite
When he told me about, I looked up again what I had written about
(small) Wikipedia language editions in my handbook (in German):
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benutzer:Ziko/Handbuch-Titel . I then, in
2008, found li.WP relatively good, but there were also some
difficulties, for example the lack of a technical vocabulary.
When I now checked Wikimedia Statistics again, I was stunned by very
impressive figures. For example, during 2009 the number of editors
with 100< edits a month increased from 13 to 37. I believe that li.WP
is nowadays the best among those of small Germanic languages. Nearly
all articles have encyclopedic quality and show a lot of pictures,
maybe sometimes a little too many.
When I examined the background I found out that most of the
li.Wikipedians indicate their real names and many are women. With
permission, here what Gebroeker:JennySteen wrote to me:
'I started editing in November 2008. Because I knew nobody I asked
friends to join. Most of us study at the university of Mestreech. […]
We meet nearly every week in a local café and talk in Limburgish to
keep our language skils fresh.'
Jenny explains about the unusual appearance of the site: 'We did not
like the original colours because they where cold and ugly. User pages
now have nice orange tones, and talk pages a green background that
helps to keep aggressiveness down.'
Jenny: 'When there is a conflict I talk to the person in the café. It
may happen that we ask a guy to stop visiting and editing for a week
or two, and after he has cooled down he is welcomed again to sit with
us.' On the other hand, if someone did well: 'We copy and paste lovely
icons on the user page, like flowers and kittys. Unfortunately there
was a case that someone misbehaved to a new user, and we had to take
those icons away.'
But there is still a problem: maintaining a Wikipedia language edition
means also doing a lot of technical stuff. The gals from Limburg would
love to see users from other language editions supporting them with
MediaWiki extensions, geolocalisation and the not so easy aspects of
Ziko van Dijk
Last year, a volunteer did a lot of work for a planned 2009 Fundraising
Survey (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2009/Survey). We put
the project on hold as it ran up against the 2009 Annual Fundraiser.
We have revived the survey with help from Fenton and SeaChange, our
communications partners. The new survey page is
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2010/Survey and will
incorporate some of last year's work as well as some newer areas of
We're specifically interested in hearing your thoughts on subject areas
about our donors you might be interested in, for example the things
you'd like to know about our growing donor base. Our plan is to use
the survey to build on our basic knowledge of our donors, including
perspectives on the campaign itself.
As always, your participation is welcome.
We expect the survey to launch via email to our donors in late April or May.
Head of Community Giving
Phone: 415.839.6885 x615
“At some future time, I hope to have something witty, intelligent, or
funny in this space.”