Hello Bay Area Wikimedians!
I'm a fellow Wikimedian who spammed our list once to promote the Oakland
Wiki Local History
fellow volunteers and I have been putting on. I had originally
hoped to spam you once, catch the lot of you who swam into my Oakland Wiki
and leave the rest of us alone to our own WMF-oriented endeavors.
Now that I've gotten a few of you involved, I realize that there is a lot
of opportunity to get more good local history content onto Wikipedia and
Commons. We have been meeting every other Sunday at the Oakland History
Room, a special repository of the Oakland Public Library. The editathon
this past Sunday lead to edits to the Idora
Park<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idora_Park>Wikipedia article and the
digitization of images that can potentially be
uploaded to Commons
On the latter topic, a local historian began bringing his mounted camera to
the library to create beautiful, digitized images. A large collection of
what is available meets criteria for inclusion in Wikimedia Commons.
The spirit of WikiBUG really excites me around the possibility of greater
communication amongst any networks of like-minded folk that may have
previously been disconnected. I'd love to see how this will contribute to
greater participation in outreach events such as Oakland Wiki's editathons
and Pete Forsyth's WikiWomen editathons, and other types of wiki events.
Please contribute your voice and the voices of your networks to the WikiBUG
Meta-Wiki page <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_BUG>!
PS: I will spam you with event announcements again (no overkill) unless
Hey folks, I wanted to draw your attention to a discussion that Pete
started, concerning Wiki BUG (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_BUG).
It is a user group that focuses on less technical issues, and would
cover the region that BART runs to.
I think it is a great idea, and covers more things than have been stated
in the SF group's page. Quim has done a great job, nearly
single-handedly as far as I can tell, to get this group together. I
don't want to see that effort put to waste, so I think it should be
under consideration for merging the two groups together, covering more
than either would alone.
I love the idea of folks working in communities, and getting more people
using wikae to document their communities. I also like the support and
technology that comes out of the WMF. If there is enough overlap, then
it makes sense to work together. The only way for us to know if there is
an overlap is for members to say what they are interested in, and what
they think we should do. So please pipe up in that thread! ^_^
Hi guys n gals,
It's been a while since I've been involved with the Wikimedia world.
I've moved to the programming world, and am quite involved with FOSS,
and still interested in the Wikimedia movement. In any event, I'd love
to get some folks together one evening.
If there's a group meetup going on, I'll happily come. Of if not, maybe
one of you wants to meet this AWOL ex-steward? I'd be happy to buy you a
beer in return for showing me around for a few hours.
Heya folks. I added myself as a promoter for the SF group. I coerced
JudyTuna to co-promote with me, since both of us want to help, but can't
commit as much as either of us want, so we are having a go at it together.
We would like feedback from the group on what they would like from it,
and I encourage you to use the discussion page
(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Groups/San_Francisco) or this list
to share yer ideas. And of course, the more promoters the merrier!
For those in the SF area who want to get together to remember Aaron Swartz,
there are at least two public events in the coming days:
*Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, Bill Pollack and No Starch Press are hosting
an open house at 7p to remember Aaron and other hackers. Their office is
38 Ringold Street (between Harrison and Folsom and 8th and 9th). Everyone
* On Jan 24th, the Internet Archive will be hosting a memorial starting at
7pm. Announcement here:
There is an on-wiki condolences page here:
Possibly of interest to this group. This should be pretty fun... Jonathan
Eisen, if you've never seen him, is a great speaker. Jan 17th, UCSF.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Meredith T. Niles" <mtniles(a)ucdavis.edu>
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2013 5:35:55 PM
Subject: PhD Comics and Open Access Event in San Francisco
Please find attached information for a free event to be hosted in San
Francisco on January 17th by the Right to Research Coalition on open access
featuring PhD comics creator Jorge Cham (and our own UC Davis Jonathan
Eisen). The event is free but registration is required.
More info and registration here: