Grants:TPS/Xelgen/Wikimania/2014/Report

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Welcome back from Wikimania 2014!

Participant[edit]

User:Xelgen

hy.wikipedia.org

Outcome[edit]

Option 1: Shared Experience: What is one way you shared something from your experience with your community (either locally or globally), after the event?
Add a link here to a blog post or newsletter you wrote about your participation afterwards, or to a meet-up you organized to share your experience with your local community.

There's a meet-up with local community planned in mid-September, when people we'll be back from vacations (August is too hot here, and people leave for vacations a lot) and Wiki Camp Vanadzor 2014. Before that there were lot of related small-talks to IT/FLOSS related people. Unfortunately I stopped blogging, so no links to blog posts.

Option 3: New Creation: What was one useful outcome that was created at the event for the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to something new that was created as a result of your participation in this event (for example, you might link to a new tool that you and your co-participants worked on at the Hackathon, or to pages created in a workshop you participated in).

Not something which was started AND finished during Wikimania, but my participation greatly helped with my work on Wikisource tools. It also ignited few small projects we as Wikimedia Armenia Chapter are planing to start soon such as translation of Creative Commons 4.0 license into Armenian. Plus lots of "seeds" for future big and small projects.

Connections[edit]

Participating in Wikisource User Group meetup was interesting and useful, taken I currently work on few tools for Wikisource, and attention Wikisource is getting currently. Meeting main developer of extensions used on Wikisource, and being able to discuss and brainstorm over few things was also important. Meeting OpenStreetMap contributors and learning about plans for closer collaboration between Wikimedia movement and OpenStreetMap. Meeting other developers and from all the fields, was also quite useful and "insightful", sometimes a pen and a paper work much better then hundred of E-mails.

It was good chance to talk to Wikimedia chapter members, share our experience and learn about their ones. Few non-chapter/non WMF booths at community village, were also quite interesting and provided ideas and contacts, which I hope we'll be used one day. Getting in touch with Jay Walsh, who is currently involved in Creative Commons, and planing works on CC in Armenia was another notable contact.

2 weeks past conference, and I still have over dozen of contacts to get in touch with, to move from conversations we had at Wikimania to actions.


Anything else[edit]

It was fascinating, energizing and inspiring to see Wikimedians again after a long pause (last time I was at Wikimania in 2010) and get a change to learn and share, put a face on people you've been collaborating with online, discuss and reevaluate things you wouldn't discuss otherwise (Newbies, Visual Editor and Flow, Bots, Gender Gap, Inclusivness, new API 2.0, i18n, WLM/WLE, community building, OSM, copyright issues, Wikisource, etc.. etc.. diversity of topics was mind-blowing). As it's always a case during such events time flies extremly fast, and I wish we had a way to spend a couple more days, missed quite few talks, hackathons sessions and people, I wouldn't miss if it was longer and less intensive.