Hello! Hola! Ciao!
I hope you are fine. I send you the info of an event on social movements
around the world, technology and network organizing to take place Friday 5th
Dec at San Francisco. Looking forward seeing you there. Cheers! :-) Mayo
*Movement Organizing, Technology and Networked Politics:
The Experience of the Social Forums
Friday 5th December 2008 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mission Cultural Center Gallery
2868 Mission Street, between 24th and 25th
Please join us for a comparative discussion of decentralized organizing and
networking strategies at the World Social Forum, the Americas Social Forum,
the European Social Forum, and the US Social Forum, with key organizers from
each. What are the successes, failures, and further potentials of the
Social Forum network models and how do each of these Forums organize
differently and how do they benefit from the internet?
This is a discussion for individuals and collectives interested in the
Social Forums and in global social movements more generally. It precedes a
weekend symposium on networked politics and technological tools at UC
Berkeley, and is part of an ongoing collaborative research project on new
forms of political organization.
Organized and sponsored by: Networked Politics project, Transnational
Institute, Transform! Italia, Glocal Barcelona, Funders Network on Trade and
Globalization, International Forum on Globalization, Labor Tech,
International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley, School of
Information at UC Berkeley, Global Commons Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact: Katharine Wallerstein –
Hi all -
Achal Prabhala, one of our Advisory Board members and a long-time
advocate for copyright and patent reform in India, is coming to visit
this week. If anyone would like to get together to meet for drinks &
food somewhere in SoMa on Wednesday evening, please drop me an
off-list note and we'll figure out a time & place :-)
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
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Just an FYI - looks like the prospective date for the cnet shoot will
move ahead to dec, prob the first Friday of the month. I'll touch base
once that's confirmed.
Sorry for the delayifications.
Head of Communications
The theme is "CC and Citizen Journalism", featuring:
Of Wikinews: Volunteer Coordinator Cary Bass and Bay Area "Wikinewsie"
volunteer Jon Davis will talk about their experience at Wikinews, a
global citizen journalism effort and project of the Wikimedia
Of Spot.us: David Cohn, who has been involved with myriad citizen
journalism projects, the likes of which include NewAssignment.net and
his current endeavor, Spot.us - a crowdfunding journalism project of
the nonprofit Center for Media Change.
Music for the evening will be provided by DJ qubitsu.
The Salon will be at Shine Bar (21+)
1337 Mission St, San Francisco
Wednesday Nov 19, from 7-9 pm
User:Proteins, aka Bill W., is a Wikipedian and scientist who is
running a Wikipedia-editing workshop at the American Society of Cell
Biologists meeting on Dec. 16th in San Francisco. He is looking for
help from the community and from experienced editors who would like to
come along and help out in person. The plan is to meet up at 11am at
the Moscone Center on the 16th, for lunch beforehand and then do the
workshop. See below for a brief description of the plan; description
with links is at:
There is also a link to the "practical tutorial" he plans to use on
his user page.
Bill has experience in leading groups through editing workshops (and
he met many of us at Wikimania 2008), and the ASCB is his peer group,
so I think the workshop will go well. He's looking for help from
editors who can answer questions and help guide the scientists. This
is a chance to work with a group of interested, very knowledgable
subject experts who are Wikipedia newbies -- so if you have patience
and experience with working with academics this is a great
If you're interested, please contact [[en:user:proteins]] directly.
The workshop is scheduled to take place from 12:30-2;30pm on December
16th at the Moscone Center, which you might know is just south of
Market St. in San Francisco, at 747 Howard Street. The organizers
anticipate roughly 60 scientists, who will come with laptops,
references, images and a cell-biology topic on which they'd like to
write an article. Our mission is to help them do that within two
hours: difficult, much?
Tim and I sketched an introduction for the scientists here, which I
believe Awadewit looked over. We also made a welcome page for them as
well. Here's the ASCB advertisement, which is abstracted on the
conference's main page. Tim Vickers had the idea of organizing online
Wikipedians to help the scientists with copyediting and other
wiki-specific issues, but I thought it would be also good to bring the
two communities (scientists and Wikipedians) together, face-to-face,
and let them work together and form better opinions of one another.
The organizers agreed enthusiastically, and basically said the more
the merrier, up to about 20 volunteers. There's a slight difficulty in
getting the Wikipedians into the conference, since there's some
security as is usual at scientific conferences. So the organizers very
kindly offered to take all the Wikipedian volunteers out to lunch
beforehand and to escort them personally through security to the
workshop. That's why it's important that we all meet up together at
11am at the Moscone Center.
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I'm forwarding a request for volunteers to help out on December 16 at
the Moscone Center to attend a workshop on Wikipedia sponsored by the
American Society for Cell Biology. He hopes to get as many as 20
Wikipedians (very optimistic!) but it would be great if we could get
at least ten to come. I say, "Wikimedians," though because I think we
can talk about quite a bit more than just Wikipedia (Wikiversity and
Wikimedia Commons both come to mind, and can probably )
I will probably make it a point myself to be there, and maybe drag
someone else from the office with me. But also be aware that December
16 is a Tuesday, so if you have a M-F daytime job, you may want to
call in sick or just not show up, so you can attend this. Not that
I'm endorsing any of these things... (Maybe you can take a long lunch
Speaking of lunch, I see that the organizers are buying the volunteers
lunch. That should be incentive too. :)
Please, let me know offlist if you can make it.
Bill Wedemeyer wrote:
> 14 November 2008 Hi Cary, The ASCB (American Society for Cell
> Biology) Wikipedia workshop will take place on December 16th, from
> 12:30-2:30pm at the Moscone Center. Because of security issues,
> and also because the organizers are really nice, the volunteers
> should show up at the Moscone Center at 11am, so that the
> organizers can take us all out to a nice lunch and escort us
> personally to the workshop. I think the organizers are sincerely
> interested in Wikipedia and Wikipedians, and see great
> possibilities where science and Wikipedia intersect. Anyway, it's
> a 3 1/2 hour gig in all (11am-2:30pm), although I think volunteers
> could leave the workshop early if they needed to. The organizers
> invited User:TimVickers and me to run the workshop. Basically, the
> organizers would like us all to help their scientists put their
> research up on Wikipedia as referenced articles with newly uploaded
> images. The scientists will bring the references, images and
> knowledge; all we need to do is help them squeeze all that into a
> good wiki-article. Tim and I will probably speak for 30 minutes,
> introducing Wikipedia and wiki-markup, and then let the scientists
> start writing from 1pm-2:30pm. We'll do everything in our power to
> make it easy for the scientists, who are reportedly smart people.
> ;) But there's bound to be snafus and confusions and
> misapprehensions, which the personal touch of a few good volunteers
> could smooth over. Volunteers won't need their laptops, just good
> cheer and a willingness to help out some befuddled scientists.
> It's a great opportunity to build bridges with the scientific
> community, and put a human face on Wikipedia. If the workshop
> works as well as I hope, we'll get more invites from other
> scientific bodies, which in turn means more great scientific
> articles and contributors, which in turn means...you get the
> picture. We're also recruiting volunteers to help out online.
> Hoping for a good turnout from both communities, Bill
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As part of our media work through the annual giving campaign we've
been touching base with some potential local media contacts. Turns
out CNET is interested in doing an 'inside Wikipedia/Wikimedia
Foundation' story - part of which, as you can imagine, would be told
in our shop, and another part of which belongs to the volunteers and
They'd like to shoot this next week - not too many windows available,
ideally before the holiday season kicks off. We have a good chance of
getting some 'this is what we are, here's your chance to give!'
messages in there.
THey'd like to meet 3-4 volunteers from the bay area to get your
perspective on things, likely at a location near CNET and Wikimedia
(our offices are pretty close.
Generally speaking, would a few folks be up for this next week? Open
availability? You can list respond or write to me directly. As soon
as I have more precise details I'll share. Sorry for the short notice.
Have a great weekend...
Head of Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 609
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From: Sarah Manley <sarah(a)cloudmade.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 11:46 AM
Subject: [svlug] Free open source mapping event in Palo Alto
Are you interested in learning about open source geodata? If so, you
should attend the upcoming South Bay mapping party on November 22nd
The event details can be found here:
You can RSVP here: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1327805
I am hosting this event for OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is an open
source project to collaboratively map the entire world. There are over
70,000 participants in OpenStreetMap worldwide, and we are working to
increase participation here in the US. Mapping parties are events
where anyone can come and participate in the OpenStreetMap project.
They are social events where experienced and new mappers can meet to
share and learn more about the project as well as get out and map.
Please contact me with any questions you may have, as well as
suggestions for locations for future mapping events.
Bay Area Community Ambassador for OpenStreetMap
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