On behalf of the Wikimania 2013 selection Jury, I can announce
that we have awarded the conference to Hong Kong. Congratulations to
the bidding team, and to the London team who also did a particularly
There were five official bids: Bristol, Naples and Surakarta, as well
as the two finalists of Hong Kong and London. The Jury and the
bidding teams discussed them in three public IRC meetings in April. We
determined that Hong Kong and London were the strongest contenders,
and decided to focus on these two as the finalists. After further
e-mail enquiries, and considering evaluation by Wikimedia Foundation
staff, a final, private meeting was held to reach a final decision.
The Jury was pleased by the high quality in both the final bids, and
required over three hours' discussion to reach the final verdict. We
considered each bid according to the criteria, focussing on
following factors: Venue, Program, Geo-location & Logistics, Local
Opportunities, Accommodations, Team & Chapter, and Budget & Finances.
We found consensus that the Hong Kong bid was the stronger, especially
because of their strong advance planning; solid support by the local
Wikimedia Chapter, the community, local government, and a partner
organisation that is experienced in planning conferences; and their
good combination of venue and accommodation.
The Jury has confidence that the Hong Kong bidding team will pull off
a magnificent Wikimania, and we are pleased for our global community
to return to Asia once again. With a motivated group of volunteers who
have experience in organizing smaller Wikimedia activities, and a
partner with experience in organizing larger-scale events, they have
found a good mix to create a successful conference. The Jury did also
identify some weaker points in each the bids, and will be happy to
share those privately with the teams so that the Hong Kong team can
use that to their advantage in organizing Wikimania 2013, and the
other teams can use the feedback to improve their bids for a future
We thank all candidate teams - the process is gruelling and requires a
very substantial time investment. They are all to be commended for
To use this soap-box for a moment, as Moderator I would like to remind
the community that we hope that this time was the last that we use
this ad-hoc process to decide on the Wikimania venue, and encourage
everyone to engage with the discussion on Meta about how we might
select Wikimania 2014 and beyond in a more open, community-led way.
Please, do join in the discussions.
Moderator, Wikimania 2013 Jury
For the Wikimania 2013 Jury
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_jury
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_bids
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013_judging_criteria
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Advisory_Group
James D. Forrester
jdforrester(a)wikimedia.org | jdforrester(a)gmail.com
The team behind https://blog.wikimedia.org/ will hold its first IRC
Office hours on Wednesday, May 9th at 18:00 UTC.
We invite everyone who wants to discuss ideas for future posts
highlighting interesting aspects of the community's work (e.g. some of
the recent innovations in the sister projects, or some of the great
organizing around events by Chapters and other individuals). We also
want to hear your questions about the blog's publishing process or
feedback you have for us from the readers' perpective.
Office hours are held in #wikimedia-office on the freenode IRC network.
More details, time conversions and logs of past office hours can be found at
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
Wikimedia Deutschland's monthly report for April 2012 comes to you with
greetings from Germany's most important web conference. There is no en.wp
article about the "re:publica" (yet), so I'll link you to the German
article. The re:publica 2012 takes place in Berlin, May 2-4. 270
speakers from more than 30 countries will address an audience of 4,000
bloggers, politicians and media people.
Wikimedia Deutschland is taking our core goals to this years re:publica. In
a dozen sessions at our own event booth we tell people about free
knowledge, free licenses, why Wikipedia needs more (female) editors, and
many more topics from participation to usability and quality. Among other
things, Wikidata is of course one of the most prolific subjects regarding
A Wikimedia recap of the event will certainly be part our next monthly
report. For now rest assured that the April report holds its own ;-)
Go to Meta and learn about why we're posting a Wikipedian in Residence job
description and who was hired recently to support GLAM activities. Find out
about Wikidata's first month and what accounts for Wikimedia Deutschland's
upcoming surge of chapter members. No more spoilers.
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Tel. (030) 219 158 260
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu der
Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
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Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird. Unterzeichnen Sie die Online-Petition:*
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
Office hours with Gayle Young, the WMF Chief Talent and Culture Officer, will begin in about 90 minutes in #wikimedia-office on the freeness IRC network. Logs will be posted at the conclusion.
See you there!
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Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
Sent from my iPad.
I had a 90-second conversation the other day with SJ about whether it
would make sense for us to use volunteer "clerks" as support for the
FDC (Funds Dissemination Committee), and I'm wondering if anyone can
point me towards any documentation of the role -- a description of how
it's typically used, either inside Wikimedia or outside. I have the
gist, but am curious to learn more, if anyone's got links they could
point me towards.
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Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
This is a small but common task :) I was writing up some tips for
scheduling a meeting in the wiki-verse for someone and thought what
the heck, I should put this on meta as well. So here it is:
Please edit -- I know many of you schedule far more meetings than I
do! Hopefully it will be a useful resource, especially for people new
to Wikimedia who need to schedule such meetings.
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