On 29/09/06, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Wikimania cannot, should not and will not be the only Wikimedia
> event happening in a single year.
> Organizing events is very much within the domain of chapters, and we
> have a UK chapter. Is there a reason some of the lessons from
> preparing the bid could not be used to prepare a more focused wiki
> event in the UK? (*draws wiki youth camp idea from hat*)
Yes, seeing what can be done to produce a local event would actually
be a really good use of the energy.
Anyone interested in giving a talk at the 4th Annual
Tokion Creativity Now Conference in New York City on
the 14th-15th of october ?
Travel and accomodation paid by Tokion.
I got the invitation through Jimbo. But I will away
from home end of september and nearly all the second
part of october, so would prefer to stay with the
family for 2 weeks at least.
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The Daily Telegraph is working on a feature about Wikipedia and asked
me for contact details for 'notable UK Wikipedians'. Anyone here feel
they could reasonably put themselves forward as "notable UK
Wikipedians"? (And you're *so* doing this, Alison.) Please email me
On 9/26/06, James Hardy <wikimediauk(a)weeb.biz> wrote:
> ....Another question is what to do about about diagrams (assuming that
> there are some), I would imagine that if the the RS claims copyright of the
> scans we can't just extract them and use them. Simple ones I imagine we can
> (and probably should) convert to SVG, but for more detailed ones, that could
> be tricky.
> I would think that if you are keeping the originals "available" in some
way the practical option would be to include a place holder stating that the
diagram is not yet available.
Volunteers could then produce alternative diagrams as an when they have
On 21/09/06, geni <geniice(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/21/06, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > It'll come, it'll come. Dumping everything onto disk scans in the
> > first instance. Just under two years doubling time. You won't be
> > *able* to buy a disk smaller than a petabyte in twenty years.
> Who is going to do the physical scanning?
Some dedicated fools, I expect.
> Another issues is OS maps over 50 years old. All public domain but a
> pain to scan. It would be nice if the UK branch of wikimedia could do
> something but I doubt we could get hold of the equipment.
There *must* be efforts to this end. If not, it'd be an ideal project
for Wikimedia UK to look at when it's operational.
[cc to wmuk-l]
On 23/09/06, Fastfission <fastfission(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> It's time consuming and difficult. It is very easy to screw up in
> scanning something like this, so all of the parts will fit except for
> one (i.e. if something is not scanned at exactly the same elevation or
> gets skewed slightly in some other way).
> It can be done. It's just not very easy. And it's certainly not fun. I
> wouldn't do it for free.
> In the end I suspect that most digitization of such things will be
> done either by countries which will try to sell access to them (i.e.
> ProQuest) or as not-for-profit grants (i.e. a university deciding to
> put its PD library online, which looks good on a yearly report even if
> it doesn't create any revenue). This sort of dull work is not the sort
> of thing that too many volunteers would be interested in doing over
> time, IMO. (Maybe I'm wrong! Hopefully!)
We'd try to get the best scans we could. But I suspect that if you put
up the raw scans and any of it could be turned to an actual use,
volunteers to do the tedious labour would turn up. I'm amazed at the
tedious jobs people do for Wikimedia projects in the cause of getting
information into the public domain.
See also discussion on wikimediauk-l (to which this is cc'd).
> Have you tried http://www.httrack.com/ , a cross platform open source
> complete website downloader, (it preserves structure etc.) You should just
> be able to point it at the first index page and leave it to get on with
Tried it - might not be doing it right, but doesn't seem to work (in
particular, when get a PDF which has been downloaded, it doesn't open!)