Having been fairly active on the aussie wiki for the last little while - a
thought occurred to me... Have we tried allowing open access to editing?
The whole idea of allowing IP editing is sort of counter-intuitive in many
ways - but perhaps it might help engage folk passing through? - It's
certainly one way for people to ask questions etc.
My apologies if this has been discussed at length previously - but I'd like
to see if anyone out there agrees with me that it might well be worth a try?
- I've no idea how technically difficult it is to 'turn on' IP editing, or
turn it off again if it's a disaster! - but hopefully it's not too big a
Unfortunately it's not a good news one, dealing with 'Wikiporn risk' - but I
think a 'well done' to brianna for sounding wise and sensible in a difficult
situation is due :-)
The worry is that in many ways this is the tip of the iceberg in regard to
'wikiporn' - unfortunately I've well and truly passed the stage where I'm
boring folk with my concerns (see the foundation-l list for more details) -
but much of the material on commons (shots of nudity taken at beaches
without the subjects' permission, and freely licensed images of all sorts of
explicit sexual activity) makes me worried that this story may not be the
last we hear on this subject.......
I'm sure you've all heard by now, cause the internet's abuzz, but just in case - the Wikimedia<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home> community has officially voted<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Licensing_update/Result> to add a Creative Commons licence to all their wikis. The Attribution-ShareAlike<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/> (BY-SA) licence, to be exact.
This is possibly the biggest Creative Commons development since it launched in 2002, and great boon to the free culture community. As I pointed out in my previous post<http://creativecommons.org.au/node/231> on the vote, what this means is that the Wikimedia wikis will now be dual licensed under both BY-SA and the GNU Free Documentation Licence<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free_Documentation_License> (GFDL - which Wikimedia currently uses), giving people moving material to and from the wikis the ability choose which licence they want to use. This means that the 6 million+ articles available on Wikipedia<http://www.wikipedia.org/> and Wikimedia's other wikis (including Wiktionary<http://wiktionary.org/>, Wikinews<http://www.wikinews.org/>, and Wikiquote<http://www.wikiquote.org/>) will be able to be more easily combined with the 160 million+ works that use Creative Commons licences.
This is the result of a lot of effort by Wikimedia, the Free Software Foundation<http://www.fsf.org/> (who manage the GFDL) and Creative Commons, which involved amending licences, public consultation, and finally a vote by the Wikimedia community about whether they wanted the change. This vote<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Licensing_update/Result> ended yesterday and came up heavily in Creative Commons' favour, with 88% of people with an opinion voting to add the BY-SA licence (10% of voters said they didn't have an opinion). The vote's decision was then approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and confirmed in a press release<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Dual_license_vote_May_20…> last night, which quote CC's founder, Lawrence Lessig, as saying:
[Free Software Foundation President] Richard Stallman's commitment to the cause of free culture has been an inspiration to us all. Assuring the interoperability of free culture is a critical step towards making this freedom work. The Wikipedia community is to be congratulated for its decision, and the Free Software Foundation thanked for its help. I am enormously happy about this decision.
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I've just been browsing a bit around our website (
http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia ) - and wondered if perhaps
we might be able to generally aim a little higher / improve it a bit.
For whatever reasons (and perhaps general Chapter activity is a big one, I
dunno) the site is in danger of becoming a little stale, and I think we're
finding it hard to follow through on developing site areas in communicating
chapter work etc.
I note that there's something in a plan I saw somewhere for there to be some
sort of wm-au blog? Perhaps this would be a good channel - and I for one
would be happy to post things like reports from Wiki Wednesdays, meetups,
that sort of thing.
I vaguely recall that the committee appointed someone (or maybe a
sub-committee!) to oversee the site in general - but I can't remember who
that is, and I'd certainly like to offer some help in general, as well as
inviting feedback from other members and interested parties - perhaps the
AGM coming up in a few months would be a good target for a medium-sized
relaunch of a site with a bit higher standard across the board?
I won't commit heresy at this point by suggesting we look at using something
clever like Confluence to produce something a bit better looking, and more
functional, but I really do think we need to aim higher - I feel like we're
sort of letting MediaWiki down a bit with our effort at the mo. :-)
thoughts most welcome,
I thought I'd drop a quick note into this list noting that we've had another
rip roaring Wiki Wednesday down / up here in Sydney - which evolved from
general wiki talk at Google's offices by the casino into a more
wikimedia-centric chat at the pub across the road.
The wiki-wed.s are organised fantastically by Angela and James (both list
members I think) - and the next one will happen on 1st July - all will no
doubt be most welcome - and it may well be something like a 'pi-chuckachuck'
meeting - something I've utterly failed to learn anything about despite
googling like mad... something like a series of more rapid talks than any
hefty presentations - I blame either the accent (it's a japanese word?) or
the beer for my ignorance... maybe both.
Pub talk on wikimedia stuff covered many bases (as usual) - from chapter
activity (we felt maybe the committee should move all / much of their work
from a private wiki, to the public one?) through news of the nascent 'GLAM'
conference (more from Liam anon, I'm sure....) and just generally sharing
thoughts, ideas, gossip etc.
Perhaps the wikimedians will aim for another informal meet sometime in June,
otherwise, twas fun to hear once more about wikis in different contexts, and
get the low down on some exciting developments in the wikimedia world.....
Attendance is kind of pricy, so some Sydneysiders might like to
volunteer if they are interested in geospatial stuff. FOSS4G is an
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From: Bruce Bannerman <bruce(a)bannerman.id.au>
Subject: [Aust-NZ] [Fwd: [Foss4g2009] FOSS4G conference registration opens]
To: Aust-NZ OSGeo <Aust-NZ(a)lists.osgeo.org>
As the hosting organisation for this year's conference I'm sure that
we'll get a lot of OSGeo-AustNZ members wanting to attend this year's
conference to do us proud.
It will be good to see a good strong Australian OSGeo-AustNZ contingent.
Please get in early to give us a good idea of numbers for the conference
(and to secure Early Bird pricing).
We could still do with a few more volunteers if you can spare the time.
Please contact Cameron to register your interest.
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From: Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter(a)lisasoft.com>
To: foss4g2009 <foss4g2009(a)lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: [Foss4g2009] FOSS4G conference registration opens
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 07:13:09 +1000
The following press release has gone out to numerous contacts today.
FOSS4G conference registration opens
Sydney, Australia. 4 May 2009.
The international conference for free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial (FOSS4G), held in Sydney, Australia 20-23 October, 2009, is
now open for registration. http://2009.foss4g.org/registration/.
FOSS4G attracts the cream of international Geospatial Open Source and
Open Standards system implementors and sponsors. With themes ranging
from the integration of Open Source with Proprietary systems to the
building of Spatial Data Infrastructures and application of Open
Geospatial Standards, the conference offers a unique opportunity to tap
into the wealth of knowledge and experience available among the Open
Source developers, sponsors and geospatial professionals of all
persuasions. The Open Geospatial Consotium (OGC) is underpinning the
conference with a Standards Based integration showcase based on a
climate change scenario, demonstrating integration between Open Source
and proprietary applications.
Along with a comprehensive program of thought provoking presentations
and interactive workshops you would expect from an international
conference, FOSS4G retains many of the engaging characteristics of its
Open Source heritage. With Bird of a Feather sessions, code sprints,
install-fests and impromptu project meetings, there is an unparalleled
opportunity to take part in active communities and provide input into
the direction for a variety of projects. FOSS4G encompasses the best of
Open Communities, such as collaboration, helpfulness, innovation and
Early bird registration is just $AU725 (~ $US525) for 3 days of
conference and tutorials, and $AU375 (~ $US270) for a day of top notch
workshops from the world's best international presenters.
2009 will be held in Sydney, Australia which is built around one of the
largest, most beautiful harbours in the world with miles of golden
beaches stretching north and south of the city on the shores of the
Pacific Ocean. It has a warm climate in October with average
temperatures ranging from 15 - 22°C. Sydney and its surrounding areas
provide a diverse range of visual excitement and vibrancy. Visitors to
Sydney are spoiled with choice including national parks, famous beaches,
the World Heritage Blue Mountains area and the picturesque Sydney
Harbour. Sydney’s also offers a diverse range of cultural activities
including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra,
the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company all performing at
the well know Sydney Opera House.
Call for Presentations
Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don't wait
until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it! Go to
the submission website now (http://2009.foss4g.org/presentations/) and
enter your name and contact details and at least a title. Then, closer
to the close-off date, log back in and fill out the abstract details.
This will be a big help for the organisers as it will give us some
advanced notice as to how many and what type of presentations to expect.
FOSS4G 2009 Highlights
The Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP): FOSS4G will launch
the OGC's Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP), which
demonstrates standards based interoperability between Open Source and
Proprietary geospatial applications. It consists of a server with
multiple virtual machines, each installed with geospatial applications
offering standards based web services. All web services will demonstrate
a common dataset, and will be accessed by a range of geospatial client
applications installed on client computers.
Presenters are encouraged (but not mandated) to make use of scenarios
and on-site data from the Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP).
This is especially important as demand for access to data over the
internet is expected to be high, and Australia has notoriously slow
connections to the outside world.
FOSS4G Live DVD: LiveDVDs, based on the Xubuntu operating system and
including Geospatial Open Source Software, will be given to all
delegates. Users can boot a Live DVD on their computer and trial the
software without installing or effecting the existing system.
Installfest: The Installfest will give delegates the opportunity to meet
in a common area and install a wide variety of FOSS software on their
laptops, EE PC or any other system they care to bring in. Community
members will be around to assist with any troubles and provide help and
insight into the software. The install fest will take place after
workshops on the first day.
Workshops and Tutorials: Workshops and Tutorials allow presenters to
lead attendees through applications, integration solutions, or other
topics in an interactive environment. Half-day workshops (3 hours) will
be held in computer rooms on the first day. Tutorials (90 minutes) will
be held in standard presentation rooms, run concurrently with
presentations during the third and fourth days.
Presentations: The meat of the conference are it's presentations.
Drawing on a huge community of local, regional and international experts
we will discuss some of the most current and poignant topics in the
Demo Theatre: During lunch and coffee breaks the demonstration theatre
will be showcasing live software. These short demonstrations from
sponsors, open source projects and the user community show what is
possible with open source today.
Birds of a Feather: Rooms have been set aside for semi-organised
meetings between like minded groups. Some prominant community
initiatives started in prior FOSS4G Birds of a Feather sessions.
Code Sprint: The weekend after FOSS4G is reserved for the Hackers' Code
Sprint. Hackers will be locked in a basement with lots of bandwidth,
pizzas and coke. (Well, maybe something better than that, but we don't
want to spoil the mystical hacker image by describing it any differently.)
* 1 Jun 2009, Abstract submission deadline
* 13 Jul 2009, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks
* 31 Jul 2009, '''Author/Early registration deadline'''
* 14 Sep 2009, '''Completed program available on the wiki'''
* 20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop
* 21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
* 24-25 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint
* Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/
* Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com
* Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/
* Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/
* GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/
* Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/ <http://www.baliz-media.com/>
For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising
Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at:
Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial
Systems Architect at LISAsoft
c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m
Aust-NZ mailing list
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
Just a quick reminder that today is your last chance to take part in Creative Commons' survey on the meaning of 'noncommercial'.
Whether you're pro or anti non-commercial licensing, this is your last and best chance to influence future CC policy on the issue.
You can find out more info and access the survey at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/14337
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