Grants:TPS/Toniher/SMWCon Fall 2013

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User name


User location (country)

Barcelona, Catalonia

Event name

SMWCon Fall 2013

Event Web site

SMWCon Fall 2013

Event date(s)

Oct 28-30, 2013

Event location (city)

Berlin, Germany

Amount requested

200 EUR


Budget breakdown[edit]

  • Travel: around 200 EUR (BCN-Berlin) checking - arrival date 27, departure 30-31

Proposed Participation[edit]

I’ve been contributing to Wikimedia projects for a long time. I take care of Catalan localization and I am sysadmin of Amical Wikimedia (in a voluntary basis). On the MediaWiki technical side [1], I’m the current maintainer of UserFunctions extension and I’ve also been contributing to some other ones. Moreover, as part of my job in a research centre, I deploy and customize MediaWiki instances and I develop custom extensions which enable MediaWiki to fit to different specific needs.

I’ve been attending SMWCon Fall for many years as a way to keep up-to-date to new advances in this technology. In order to help MediaWiki community continue growing I felt I should give back more to the community and I thought that preparing a beginner’s developer tutorial [2] could be a good idea and also challenging at the personal level.

Goal and Expected Impact[edit]

My aim is helping that attendees may become extension contributors in the future. Generated resources (e.g. slides, notes and code) will be open-access and open-source and I intend to use them in upcoming technical events in Barcelona, such as a 2nd edition of BCN Technical Hackaton ( last year's one ) or in popular technical afterwork evening meetups I normally participate.

On the other hand, I’m also very interested in knowing more about WikiData, which will be a key topic in many different sessions during the conference and tutorial day. Concerning this point, I would also be interested to spread what I will learn about among my closer wikipedian and local developer communities.

Other sources of funding[edit]

I will pay for my own accommodation expenses.

Centre for Genomic Regulation [3], my research centre, will pay for my conference registration fees and any other additional expenses, such as transportation in Berlin and meals not included in the conference.