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I have a proposal for a venue in London which we could almost certainly have
for free I've been told. It's in North London and the problem I guess would
be accommodation. It may or may not be large enough. I will investigate.
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Thanks Simon - these are great points. I did in fact meet John Dehlin,
and he was very enthusiastic about collaborating - particularly with
Wikiversity. My major concern with regards Wikimania is with finding a
good venue that will be easy to get to for members of our community,
and comfortably host about 500 people, keeping accommodation and
activity centres within easy reach of each other (as we've had in the
past). The next thing would be to find sponsorship - so your ideas are
most appreciated. (Are you able/willing to help in this regard? :-))
Finally, remote participation is something we have been working on
thus far, but there's much room for improvement. However, I'm not sure
about simultaneous conferences, as it could dilute from the diversity
that has made each Wikimania so special. :-)
On 11/6/07, Sandy Dorotheo <sandyd(a)cols.com.au> wrote:
I'm not trying to be tricky. I'm just incompetent with email lists.
The point I'm trying to make is that you need an institution's support
you want to have a bid grow legs; just like Mido
has with the support of
Bibliotech at Alexandria next year. I'm
pretty sure that the OU would
to help if they were approached in an open way.
It would also assist the
Wiki Foundation as the OU is at tone centre of a push (by HP) to get
develop a global learning
"cyberinfrastructure" (as the US National
Foundation call it).
Cormac, yu may have met a John Dehlin from MIT at the conference. He is
working on an OpenCourseware Consortia (another $1M from HP) whose aim
to do exactly this. The Wikipedia Foundation has
a role to play here as
Wikipedia is the most used virtual library in the world, yet it only
allocates 2% of its budget to comms, which explains why it is still
antiquated tools like this mail list and IRC,
when the conversations in
unis are about how they bridge the gap between an
and his/her peers with real time tools like the
If you wanted a person who may be able to help.
And he could be contacted here (if you wanted to keep an intro above the
Or perhaps start a new thread.
I'll say it again. The one thing which is needed is to consider linking
real time) between global conference sites. With
Atlanta talking about
running their "own" conference next year at the same time as Alexandria,
can see how these tools could act to make remote
groups feel part of a
global initiative. Linking rooms in Alexandria, Atlanta and (say) Milton
Keyes would be a productive first step. It would also reinforce the UK's
as the global conference hub for 2009.
If you wanted a sponsor then it's not hard to see which global IT
might be interested (although there are a few
others I could suggest).
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Cormac
Sent: Monday, 5 November 2007 9:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] People to approach to help?
Gary, is this a general note of pessimism? I can understand that - but
I would bear in mind that it really just takes one or two dedicated
people to get a serious bid together - people will join as it gathers
momentum, and then certainly if/when the bid is selected. For what
it's worth, I'm still hopeful for 2009, and I will get working on it
soon. (It will be easier for me to concentrate on Manchester, as I
know the venue - if you can see a realistic option yourself, focus
your energy there.)
On 11/4/07, Gary Kirk <gary.kirk(a)gmail.com> wrote:
If you are interested, please help. I'll give
it a week and then I'm
but I give up.
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