- This email was sent to Wikimedia-l and Wikimania-l on 18 March 2020. For further information and updates, see COVID-19.
As a part of the Wikimedia movement’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing Wikimania Bangkok 2020. This decision was made with the full support of the ESEAP host team and Wikimania Committee. Together, we will hold Wikimania in Bangkok in 2021.
نحن حزينون للغاية لعدم تمكننا من رؤية الجميع في بانكوك في شهر أغسطس. على الرغم من ذلك, نحن واثقون انا هذا هو القرار الصحيح الممكن لضمان سلامة مجتمعنا العالمي والصحة العامة ككل. هذا القرار طرح من قبل منظمي ESEAP في اطار استجابة بلدانهم لجائحة COVID-19 وضمن اطار توصيات منظمة الصحة العالمية.
بالتأكيد لديك العديد من الأسئلة. نحن نتمنى ان نجيب عن بعضها في الأسفل. سنستمر في الاجابة عن الأسئلة في صفحة ويكيمينيا ميتي-ويكي وايضا من خلال المحادثة الجماعية لويكيمينا في تطبيق التيليجرام(المزيد من المعلومات في الأسفل)
ماذا يعني "تأجيل" ويكيمينا؟
We will not host an in-person Wikimania in 2020. We are rescheduling Wikimania Bangkok until 2021. The ESEAP organizing team will continue their work as a regional collaborative between affiliates in the East, South East, and Pacific regions to host us in Thailand next year.
The hotel and venue in Bangkok will remain the same. We have not yet finalized dates for 2021. We will work with the ESEAP team and Wikimania Steering Committee to confirm new dates. We will let you know these dates by the end of 2020.
The good news is that Wikimania 2021 will coincide with Wikipedia’s 20th birthday year. We expect this to be a truly memorable Wikimania -- an opportunity to celebrate reconnection after a year apart, along with the remarkable accomplishment of two decades of free knowledge.
Will there be an alternative to the in-person event?
لا يملك منظموا ويكيمينا 2020 اي خطط لتنظيم حدث افتراضي, عبر الانترنت. استضافة ويكيمينا تتطلب الكثير من الجهد. فريق ESEAP ملتزم باستضافة افضل حدث شخصي في بانكوك 2021 على قدر الامكان. لذلك, ليس لديهم الامكانية لتنظيم حدث افتراضي هذه السنة.
However, the Wikimania committee, the ESEAP host team, and the Wikimedia Foundation all recognize that other members of the community may be interested in organizing a remote, global Wikimedia event for 2020. Although the Wikimedia Foundation does not have the capacity at this time to lead the organizing of a virtual online conference, we recognize others may have the desire to do so.
We welcome discussion about online events. Interested parties are welcome to contact the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimania Foundation staff for advice on the Wikimania 2020 Meta-Wiki page.
We are also considering proposals for improving the capacity of communities to organize local virtual convenings, and for how we can support communities in organizing impromptu local and regional Wikimedia events once the pandemic passes. As the situation has been changing rapidly we are still working on specifics and will share more information in the coming weeks.
What does this mean for scholarship applications?
We are working on a plan for how to process Wikimania 2020 scholarship applications. We will share more information in the coming weeks.
How was this decision made?
This recommendation was made by the ESEAP organizers based on what we know about the current COVID-19 global health pandemic and current WHO guidelines. The decision was made together with the ESEAP team in consultation with the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia Foundation. Together we are fully and unanimously aligned around this decision.
Although we are genuinely sad to not have the opportunity to see you all this year, we also are fully supportive of this decision in all of our best interests. It allows our ESEAP community hosts to focus on the immediate needs of their families, local Wikimedia communities, and local communities as a whole. It is in line with global public health guidance and aligns the Wikimedia movement as a responsible actor in support of our common public good.
We want to thank all volunteers and affiliates that have been involved with planning Wikimania. We’re especially appreciative of the ESEAP for their leadership, flexibility, and compassion, as we have worked together to make some difficult decisions on this important event.
Where can I learn more about Wikimania 2021?
There are a number of channels where Wikimania is regularly discussed and where plans for 2021 will be posted as they develop. We welcome all interested participants to bring together our collective wisdom and creativity to discuss what happens next with Wikimania. You can find these channels here:
- Wikimania wiki: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania
- Wikimania mailing list: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimania-l
- Freenode IRC channel: #wikimania
- Telegram group chat: https://t.me/wikimaniachat
أين يمكنني أن أقرأ المزيد عن COVID-19 وويكيميديا؟
We know the Wikimedia community as generous and altruistic. Unsurprisingly, many volunteers have started applying their skills and attention to this current global pandemic. The Foundation created a page on Meta-Wiki where we can share and document the steps the Foundation and movement members are taking and ways to participate. We invite you to join us in documenting more about our collective response: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19
Our world, and many of our lives, have changed rapidly over these past few weeks. Yet we can look to history to take comfort that crises are also often moments when people put aside differences, prioritize community and care, and find ways to connect. The sense of community and purpose within the Wikimedia movement is a powerful rejoinder to these uncertain times.
This is a moment in which not only what we do, but how we do it, will make a meaningful impact on the world. We are so grateful for all that you do as a movement to continue to rise to the challenges of our moment.
من فظلك ابقى أمن و اعتني بنفسك
كاثرين في نصف ال
- ESEAP Core Organizing Team
- Wikimania Steering Committee
- Wikimedia Foundation Events Team