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Could we do a project to try and get a video of every vertebrate
endemic to the UK walking, flying swimming, slivering or whatever it
does (is locomoting the general term?)? Something like geograph but
with animals rather than map squares.
Things that we would need. A list of every animal endemic to the UK
and some way of keeping track of uploads. Wikipedia has a fairly
decent set of lists starting here:
Things that would be useful:
Talks on transcoding. How to get the video from your phone or camera
to wikipedia with the best results (VLC ffmpeg2theora)
Talks on how to record decent videos. To an extent with photos you can
take a dozen pics and get a good one through shear luck. Harder to do
Info from the RSPB and the like on how to record videos responsibly
A page to list publicly accessible bird hides and the like.
Hello Wikimedia UK,
The organisers of Wikimania 16 called and asked if any Wikimedian from the
UK are interested in going to Esino Lario (location of Wikimania 16) to
teach Italian secondary school teachers about various science and art
subjects in English.
They're looking for postgraduate students, teachers, and teacher trainees
from Britain to go and teach. The dates are 10-15 July 2017 and there's a
remuneration of €1000 for taking part.
Further details are in the forwarded email below. Please contact Catherine
Pensa <cathpensa(a)yahoo.it> from the Wikimania 16 team if you're interested.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Catherine Pensa <cathpensa(a)yahoo.it>
Date: 22 April 2017 at 09:41
Subject: Re: English Courses in Esino Lario July 12-14, 2017
To: Deryck Chan <deryckchan(a)gmail.com>
Cc: Lara Pensa <larapensa85(a)gmail.com>
> a few months have gone by and we are now finally ready to launch our
> summer courses in Esino Lario: a dozen learning and entertaining
> activities for people who want “active holidays” in the mountains.
> Italian teachers wishing to teach their subjects in English (which is now
> part of the syllabus for GCSE) will certainly benefit from some lessons and
> experience with good English teachers.
> We would be very happy if you could come to Esino again - and we are most
> thankful for your help in finding excellent candidates!
> Can you please forward our offer to the widest range of prospective
> teachers who might be interested in teaching a few days in Esino Lario on
> €1000 (for travel, board & lodging and tutorial fees). See leaflet.
> We would be very thankful if you could forward the leaflet and information
> to British Wikipedians too and post it on the internet to spread the news
> Please let me know if you think we should write to Wikipedians
> ourselves or post the info on social networks. We definitely need a good
> communication scheme and count on you!
> High school Italian teachers are busy until the beginning of July. Thus
> the course will take place *from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th July *(arriving
> from GB on the 10th -for some briefing on July 11th- and leaving on the
> 15th or later).
> Enrolling will start this week-end and the deadline is May 20 for the
> By the end of May we need to receive applications from the English
> teachers in order to select a few for each subject.
> Our Italian school system is highly academic: lots of lectures, lots of
> studying, notions, demanding exams. Fewer opportunities for group work and
> laboratory experiments…
> The subjects we mean to offer in English in Esino are:
> *Mathematics, Science, Physics, History, Fine Arts, English Literature,
> Physical Education.*
> Teachers, postgraduates and students from a teacher training college would
> be most welcome. So would Wikipedians specialized in these subjects.
> We are proposing *an intensive 3-day course, 18 hours all in all, *with
> lessons on topics which are part of the syllabus of the equivalent of GCSE
> in Italy - with practice, discussion, exercises, educational games, videos,
> The purpose is to offer a short but intensive “immersion” into the way
> teachers work in a high school in the UK.
> Don’t hesitate to suggest anything that may improve the project and please
> help us find smart and lively people for the job!
> We would like to repeat this kind of courses in the future! I trust it
> will be successful but of course it is a totally new project this year.
> Thanking you in advance for your help and looking forward to seeing you
> again in Esino I send you the best greetings of the Wikimania 2016 team!
> Most friendly yours,
> Catherine with Iolanda, Lara and Marta
Registration is now open for the ‘Celtic Knot’ – Wikipedia Language Conference<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017> taking place Thursday 6 July 2017 at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
“If you want to know what’s important to a culture, learn their language.” Joanne Harris
The University of Edinburgh and Wikimedia UK are delighted to invite you to join us at this event<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017> showcasing innovative approaches to open education, open knowledge and open data that support and grow Celtic and Indigenous language communities.
Announcing our keynote speakers
* Jason Evans<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017#Keynotes> - Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Expert_outreach/Wikipedian_in_Residence_at_th…>, now the longest running Wikimedia residency in the World. Jason has been responsible for implementing and leading a number of innovative projects designed to increase public and institutional engagement with Wikimedia projects. A passionate advocate for open access, he has published case studies and produced a business case on the subject, drawing on the successful implementation of open access policies at The National Library of Wales. Jason has spoken widely of the importance of the Welsh language Wikipedia and the multilingual nature of Wikidata in developing Welsh as a digital language and has recently began exploring the use of multilingual data to create Welsh language Wikipedia content.
* Professor Antonella Sorace<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017#Keynotes> - Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh<http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/%7Eantonell/> and founding director of Bilingualism Matters<http://www.bilingualism-matters.org.uk/>. Antonella is a world leading authority on bilingualism over the lifespan and is particularly well known for her studies of exceptionally talented ("near-native") adult second language speakers; for her research on the changes ("attrition") that take place in the native language of advanced second language speakers; for her investigation of bilingual language acquisition in early and late childhood, and of the effects of bilingualism in non-linguistic domains.
Confirmed speakers also include:
* Robin Owain<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-23402054> – Wales Manager for Wikimedia UK
* Astrid Carlsen – Executive Director, Wikimedia Norge<http://www.wikimedia.no/en/about-us/>.
* Susan Ross<https://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2017/01/wikimedia-uk-and-national-library-of-…> – Gaelic Wikipedian in Residence, the National Library of Scotland.
* Alex Hinojo – Executive Director, Amical Wikimedia presenting on the Catalan Language project.
The main objective for Celtic Knot 2017 is the coming together of practitioners in the same room at same time; strengthening the bonds of those working to support language communities into a 'knot' and leading into action. We welcome diverse attendees and presenters working in Celtic and Indigenous languages ranging from Wikimedians, educators, researchers, information professionals, media professionals, linguists, translators, learning technologists and more coming together to share good practice and find fruitful new collaborations to support language communities as a result of the event.
To find out more about the conference themes and how to book your place to join us in Edinburgh in July then please visit the Celtic Knot<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017> page. To assist with seeing areas of commonality and links between your work and the Wikimedia projects<http://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/wir/2017/03/10/seeing-the-links-at-the-celtic-k…> you can click here<http://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/wir/2017/03/10/seeing-the-links-at-the-celtic-k…>.
It promises to be a great event – including a panel on the ‘Politics of Language Online’, excellent papers, workshops and discussion spaces. Please feel free to forward this event to interested colleagues in your network.
If you would like to learn more then please contact me direct at ewan.mcandrew(a)ed.ac.uk<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Very best regards,
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> I think it'd be good to have the GE candidates as they're announced as
> well, maybe we can do something around that?
> Take a look at this, by the way - bit.ly/GE2017TechInitiatives - I am sure
> wikipedians can improve this resource, or use it to improve wikipedia etc.
> I won't be doing anything pro-active on the edit-a-thon front but I will
> offer the space and support anyone organising - If anyone decides they want
> to lead on this, please keep me updated. All you need to do is promote,
> *Edward Saperia*
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> On 21 April 2017 at 10:58, Richard Nevell <richard.nevell(a)wikimedia.org.uk
> > In 2015 we had an editathon on the night of the election
> > <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXuN94_40fQ>, updating articles as
> > results came in. Might be a model worth repeating, as might something
> > the line of the Full Fact editathon
> > <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_-lByiEINw> from last year.
> > On 21 April 2017 at 10:41, Lucy Crompton-Reid <
> > lucy.crompton-reid(a)wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:
> >> I think that sounds like a great idea/offer Ed - are you thinking along
> >> similar lines to the Full Fact event? I wonder if there would be
> mileage in
> >> partnering up with them again? Lucy
> >> On 21 April 2017 at 10:34, Katherine Bavage <katherine.bavage(a)gmail.com
> >> wrote:
> >>> If you ran it w/c 5th June I can be there! If not, happy to assist
> >>> remotely and promote :)
> >>> PS I've already stalked all the democracy club stuff happening -
> >>> some good work going on.
> >>> On Fri, 21 Apr 2017 at 10:29 Edward Saperia <ed(a)nwspk.com> wrote:
> >>>> I'm looking at the feasibility of setting up a temporary office at
> >>>> Newspeak House in London for the next 6 weeks for people coming
> together to
> >>>> work on tech & democracy projects.
> >>>> It might make sense to do a politics/elections edit-a-thon in the
> >>>> at some point(s) in this period. Any interest?
> >>>> http://bit.ly/GE2017WarRoomAtNewspeakHouse
> >>>> *Edward Saperia*
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