On 12/20/2012 06:56 AM, Cristian Consonni wrote:
2012/11/28 Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
WMF is not going to organize this, but we can
help sponsor travel and
bring the key developers from our side who will work on this. Are
there any takers for supporting a 20-30 people development event in
Europe focused on mapping/geodata? I'm suggesting Europe because I
know quite a few of the relevant folks are there, but am open to other
options as well.
Sorry for bringing up this thread again so late, anyway Wikimedia
Italia has found a partner who is willing to organize such an event:
the "Bruno Kessler Foundation" (FBK).
FBK is a research centre in Trento (Italy), which is already active in
the field; they are also maintaining the Italian version of
DBpedia. The event will be held in Trento.
They are rather flexible about the dates, but we are suggesting to
organize it around the Wikimedia Conference (the days just before or
just after the conference) so to focus our efforts in that period; in
this way we could also profit from the fact that some people from the
WMF staff will already be in Italy (since the WMConf will be held in
Also, we think that organizing it before April will not give a
sufficient notice to other developers who may be interested in
We already contacted the Italian OSM community which will help to to
get in touch the international community.
Is this ok for you, can we start make it moving? =)
Sounds potentially good; the one bit of caution, I think, is that if you
can't have the event happen in March or early April, you will possibly
cause some participants to *choose* between the mapping event and the
late May WMNL hackathon, because they can't take the time to travel to
both so close together.
Best of luck in the planning!
Engineering Community Manager