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*Wikimania, the global Wikimedia/Wikipedia conference, comes to Washington,
DC, July 12-14, 2012*
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 30, 2012 -- Wikimania 2012 is coming to Washington,
DC, this summer. Wikimania has been, since 2005, the premier annual
international gathering of the Wikimedia community, including experts,
academics, and enthusiasts whose vision is to empower people around the
world through free access to global knowledge. Wikimania has been
previously held in Frankfurt, Germany; Boston, Mass.; Taipei, Taiwan;
Alexandria, Egypt; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gdańsk, Poland; and Haifa,
Israel. Expected attendance this year is 1000+ global participants.
*WIKIMANIA’S OPENING SESSION*
On July 12, Wikimania’s opening session will feature Mary Gardiner,
co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to
increasing participation among women in open technology and culture; and
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia
with over 21million articles in 285 languages.
The theme this year is “Explore. Engage. Empower.” More than 100
presentations out of 400 global submissions have been selected.
Presentations are divided into five categories: Wikis, Collaboration, and
the Public Sector; GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, & Museums);
Culture & Community; Research, Analysis, and Education; and Technology &
Infrastructure. More information is available at www.wikimania2012.org
George Washington University, Foggy Bottom Campus
Plenary Sessions: Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW
Breakout Sessions: Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW
Wikimania Hackathon: July 10-11,
Conference: July 12-14,
Unconference: July 15
*PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS*
Wikimania 2012 is organized by Wikimedia District of Columbia in
partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland.
Collaborators for Wikimania 2012 include the US Department of State, Office
of eDiplomacy; the Library of Congress; and the Broadcasting Board of
Wikimania 2012 is sponsored by Google, Ask.com
, Wikia, WikiHow, The Saylor
Foundation, The Lounsbery Foundation, and the Encyclopedia of Life. Irene
Lynch, a 78-year-old great grandmother from New Jersey, is also a sponsor.
Press passes are available. Journalists interested in obtaining Press
Credentials should contact press(a)wikimediadc.org.
*About Wikimedia DC*
Wikimedia District of Columbia is the official regional chapter of the
Wikimedia Foundation in the District, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia,
and Delaware. A non-profit educational organization, Wikimedia DC is
dedicated to the advancement of general knowledge and the collection,
development, and dissemination of educational content under a free license
or in the public domain.
*About the Wikimedia Foundation*
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive more than 473 million unique visitors per month, making them the
fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, April 2012).
Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 20 million
articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000
people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an
audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and
Nicholas Michael BashourPhone: (313) 377-4589, press(a)wikimediadc.org