Hey Bay Area Wikimedians,
I just wanted to let you know that the Community Dept will be hosting a
Saturday lunch at the Foundation offices. It's been too long since we had
an SF meetup, and we never had a proper Wikipedia Day celebration in the
So please come if you can, and spread the word because we're hoping to get
people from the Bay Area and California who don't normally attend. As a
side note, that Saturday the Board of Trustees will be in the office, so
some of them may join us on their lunch break.
Details and signup:
Recently, the idea of a RecentChangesCamp in Portland, San Francisco,
Seattle, or elsewhere on the west coast has popped up on the RCC-planning
For those who don't know, RCC is one of the longer-standing wiki
conferences, and has been held in Portland more than anywhere else. The
last Portland one was in 2008; it's also been held in Montreal (x2),
Camberra, Australia (x2), Boston, and Palo Alto.
I think it's fantastic that this community remembers Portland so fondly,
and is so interested in having a conference there. And there's clearly a
very fertile soil in SF as well. From past experience, this conference only
happens if there is strong local will to pull it off. But if that exists,
there is a good core, international group of volunteers who will help out,
and provide insights from past events.
At the same time, it seems to me that the wiki world has evolved since RCC
was first held. There are now several similar models, including the
WikiConference (the Wikimedia movement's name for regional conferences; one
was held last year in San Francisco); WikiSym (an academic conference about
online collaboration, which has grown to include an Open Space component
like RCC). Also, the PortlandWiki grown up since the last one, and has
found some solid allies and beneficiaries in independent groups like Occupy
and Portland Afoot.
So, my question is: do people feel like putting together a wiki conference
in 2012? And is RCC a good model for doing that?
I'd highly recommend joining the RCC-planning email list and discussing
there, so that we don't get separate discussions going.
p.s. As an aside, I recently set up an IRC channel : #wikimedia-westcoast.
While I know that many of you are more "wiki" people than "Wikimedia"
people, I hope this is a useful tool for networking -- if you're an IRC
user, please join us and say hi sometime!
Does anybody in area has access to 3D scanner?
I want to scan some coins for Commons, but this is still in planning stage.
* How long scanning of single coin's side could take?
* Is there open format for such images which could satisfy Commons
requirements? Question of viewing aside for awhile :-)
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