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A collection of news and announcements about Wikimania 2006.

News flash[edit]

  • Hacking Days registration : August 1-3, Tues-Thurs
  • Scholarships available

Announcements[edit]

Please update as appropriate and distribute widely.

Wikimania Awards[edit]

Press release (continuous beta)[edit]

See also:   text-only Awards release  ||  General Wikimania release (draft)


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Wikimedia Foundation announces 2006 Wikimania Awards competition[edit]

Boston, MA - July 22, 2006

Wikimedia, the foundation behind the online encylopedia Wikipedia, is proud to announce the 2006 Wikimania Awards competition. Nominations will be accepted until August 3, 2006. The Wikimania Awards were created to promote the creation of excellent free content around the world.

The Awards are being held in conjunction with Wikimania 2006 (August 4-6, at Harvard University), the second annual international conference celebrating Wikimedia's projects and the use of wikis to organize knowledge.

In the last few decades, copyright laws have become more restrictive and automatic than ever, and more and more of our culture is now inaccessible. The goal of the Wikimania awards is to raise awareness for and celebrate the great art and writing generously released under licenses that allow their free reuse by other artists or projects like Wikipedia. The contest has 9 categories of media open for submission right now, including artwork, maps and diagrams, photography, audio, video, and animation. A final category exists for media created on the way to or at the actual conference, and will not be open until August 2nd. Any piece of media created after August 8th of last year is eligible, as long as it has been released under a sufficiently free license (or into the public domain). The final winners will be picked by an international panel of judges familiar with free content, including Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing.net and members of the Creative Commons and Participatory Culture Foundation teams.

In addition to the contest, the conference will also include presentations from Jimmy Wales, Lawrence Lessig, Brewster Kahle, and some of the most active contributors to the Wikimedia projects. The conference will be a chance for those most interested and invested in Wikimedia to discuss the present and future of the projects (including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource, and more); as well as their unique social dynamics; technical updates; and how to improve and verify information created in free knowledge projects.

Please visit http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Awards for details about the rules and categories.


About Wikimedia[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation based in Florida, USA. It was founded in 2003 to maintain and develop free-content projects like Wikipedia, and to provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. It is supported primarily by small donations from its broad userbase, and currently has national chapters in Germany and France.

Contact[edit]

For questions and further information, please contact the Wikimania team:

Email: wikimania-press@wikimedia.org Phone: (North America) +1-778-386-1059 Fax: (North America) +1-727-823-8961

Rules and community announcement[edit]

see also foundation:Template:News-en

The Wikimania Awards were created to promote the creation of excellent 
free content around the world.  The authors of such content have made 
millions of ad-hoc collages, designs, and art exhibits possible.
Awards are being given to the best entries in each of nine categories,
covering video, animation, audio, photography, and drawing.

The Rules are understandable, yet complex:

 - Each submission can be entered for one category only.
 - Submissions must be licensed under the GFDL or Creative Commons
     Share-Alike 2.0 license, multi licensed including one of these
     licenses, or released into the public domain.  They must be clearly
     copyright compliant (e.g., there should be no copyright concerns
     about the subject of the media)
 - Submissions should be suitable for use on one or more Wikimedia
     projects (not Commons alone)

 - Entries should be uploaded to commons and listed at the gallery page
     on the Wikimania2006 site : http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Awards

 - Submissions may not have been uploaded to a Wikimedia project prior
     to August 8, 2005
 - The closing date for most submissions is August 1, 2006.
   The closing date for the last category (material created at or on the
     way to Wikimania) is 23:00 EST, August 5, 2006

 - File types:
    - Audio should be submitted as .ogg files
    - Photos should be submitted as .jpg files
    - Video should be submitted as .ogg or .mpeg

 - Photos should be suitable for printing at 20 X 30cm. Audio and video
   should be no more than 50 MB in size after compression

 - Submissions may be digitally manipulated to improve any aspect, but
   should remain a true and accurate representation of the subject.


Judging:

 * Preference is given to original work (as opposed to material created    
    by government or other projects)
 * Extra credit will be given to difficult-to-obtain subjects. That
    means that the immolating unicorns have an advantage over your little
    sister with a flower.  Although we do realize that your sister is
    special and there is no other like her in the world, we take a strong
    pro-unicorn stance.


General[edit]

Registration is open for Wikimania 2006, the 2nd annual international
meetup and conference of the Wikimedia Foundation
(http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org). It will be held August 4-6th,
2006, on the Harvard Law School campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The conference will feature presentations from Jimmy
Wales, Larry Lessig, Brewster Kahle, Eben Moglen, Yochai Benkler, and 
Clay Shirky; along with some of the most active contributors to Wikipedia,
Wiktionary, Wikisource, and the MediaWiki platform.  Presenters and 
attendees will discuss the present and future of Wikimedia Projects 
(Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource and more); the dynamics of Wikipedia 
and related communities; publishing and verification of information; 
and technical updates and Mediawiki hacking. 

Wikimania will be a chance to meet the people behind one of the
extraordinary successes of the Internet - a multilingual volunteer 
community of a hundred thousand people who are passionate about 
creating high-quality free knowledge for the world.  For community 
members, it will be a chance to meet fellow Wikimedians, learn about 
what's happening today, and discuss current issues and the future of 
the projects.

For others, Wikimania 2006 will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to 
participate in shaping the future of Wikipedia and collaborative 
knowledge production generally.

Early registration prices are good until July 9th. 
Register online : http://wm06reg.wikimedia.org
Send questions to: wikimania-info@wikimedia.org 


Education[edit]

Wikis in Education, Wikimania Conference 2006
Saturday, August 5th
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Do wikis have the potential to change the educational world? Are
open-content and radical collaboration creating new opportunities for
teachers and students? Join other educators, researchers, and wiki
developers for a full day of "Wikis in Education" on the beautiful
Harvard Law School Campus at Wikimania 2006. The Wikis in Education
track will include a workshop, panel, talks, and posters presented by
wiki pioneers from around the globe as well as informal opportunities
to discuss educational wiki practice and theory with speakers and
other attendees.

One day registration fee: $90
(Registration includes access to all Saturday events at Wikimania.)
Info and registration: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org

Wikimania 2006, the second annual international Wikimedia conference,
will be held August 4-6 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard
Law School campus. The conference provides an opportunity for the
general public to meet and share ideas about free and open source
software, free knowledge initiatives, and wiki projects worldwide.


Librarianship[edit]

Hello,

Register soon for Wikimania, the second International Wikimedia Foundation Conference! 
Rates increase after Sunday, July 9!

What: Wikimania, the second International Wikimedia Foundation Conference
When: Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, 2006; Hacking Days, Tuesday, August 1 
      through Thursday, August 3
Where: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Info: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/
Why: To learn about wikis and Wikimedia Foundation projects, like Wikipedia and Wikinews, 
     and network with others interested in wikis and the foundation's projects


To take advantage of the current registration rates for Wikimania, the second International
Wikimedia Foundation conference happening Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6, at
Harvard Law School, register soon! Conference organizers say the rates will increase after
Sunday, July 9.

Current admission rates are $90 per day and $240 for all three days or for active contributors
to any Wikimedia Foundation project, $30 per day or $70 for the entire conference. Conference
volunteers may qualify for a discount. Some housing may still be available at the conference.

While the conference offers many sessions and activities of interest to librarians, archivists, 
researchers, and other information professionals, planners intentionally scheduled many 
activities directly related to these professions on Saturday to make life easier for those of 
you who may only be able to attend the conference on one day. These activities include a Wikis 
in Libraries panel with Meredith Farkas, whom some of you might know from the weblog 
Information Wants to be Free and Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki; a talk by Internet 
Archivist Brewster Kahle; a publishers panel; sessions about wikis in education and the 
Semantic Web; and a birds of a feather open discussion.

For those of you interested in the technical side of wikis and their development, from Tuesday, 
August 1, through Thursday, August 3, the MIT Media Lab is hosting Hacking Days, a gathering of 
MediaWiki developers.

More conference information is available on the Web site at: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/.
Registration is at: http://wm06reg.wikimedia.org/.
The conference schedule is at: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Schedule.
Information about volunteering is at: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Volunteering.
Information about Hacking Days is at: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hacking_Days.

Cordially,
  ...

jkbaumga 21:39, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Technology[edit]

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Citizen Journalism Unconference[edit]

Center for Citizen Media "Unconference"

August 7, 2006 9 am - 4pm Harvard Law School, Pound Hall

On August 7, Berkman Center fellow and Center for Citizen Media director Dan Gillmor will host a day of discussion on citizen media at Harvard Law School. The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the "unconference" format, where the audience are the experts and there are no formal panels, but rather skilled moderators and session leaders drawing out what we collectively know so we can learn from each other.

Moderators include Jeff Jarvis, Andrew Lih, Lisa Williams, Ethan Zuckerman, Tom Stites, and Steve Garfield.

The gathering will take place at Harvard Law School's Pound Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing at around 4 p.m. We'll also plan to have birds-of-a-feather dinners in Cambridge, most likely hosted by several speakers, for those who want to stick around. The cost of the day is $20 at the door, to cover food costs (we'll provide morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack). Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today!

More information: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Journalism

To Register: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/rsvp_cmunconference-08-07





As an add on to Wikimania, the second international Wikimedia Foundation conference, a number of citizen journalists and people interested in citizen media are gathering on Monday, August 7, at Harvard Law School. It costs $20. Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up and/or share this announcement with interested people very soon.


Citizen Journalism Unconference

Center for Citizen Media "Unconference"

August 7, 2006 9 am - 4pm Harvard Law School, Pound Hall

Cost: $20 (which will be collected at the conference)

Limited to 100 participants

Where: Pound Hall at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

On August 7, Berkman Center fellow and Center for Citizen Media director Dan Gillmor will host a day of discussion on citizen media at Harvard Law School. The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the "unconference" format, where the audience are the experts and there are no formal panels, but rather skilled moderators and session leaders drawing out what we collectively know so we can learn from each other.

Moderators include Jeff Jarvis, Andrew Lih, Lisa Williams, Ethan Zuckerman, Tom Stites, and Steve Garfield.

The gathering will take place at Harvard Law School's Pound Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing at around 4 p.m. We'll also plan to have birds-of-a-feather dinners in Cambridge, most likely hosted by several speakers, for those who want to stick around. The cost of the day is $20 at the door, to cover food costs (we'll provide morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack). Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today!

It is quite possible some of the sessions will be webcast.

More information: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Journalism
To Register: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/rsvp_cmunconference-08-07

Brief[edit]

The 2006 international Wikimedia Foundation conference, Wikimania, will be held from Friday, August 4, to Sunday, August 6, at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Info: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/.

If you would like to attend the conference, please register soon. Advance online registration will end shortly.

Older notices[edit]

Save the date[edit]

The 2006 Wikimedia Conference will be held August 4-6, from Friday to Sunday, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presentations will take place on the Harvard Law School campus.

If you would like to attend the conference, please add yourself to the attendees list.

The last annual Wikimedia Conference, Wikimania 2005, was held in Frankfurt, Germany. It lasted three days and was attended by 380 participants from 50 countries, including over 60 presenters.

Call for papers[edit]

see Wikimania 2006 Call for Participation | talk

Two varieties: a full-text version and a blurb that links to the full text on a wiki.

Outreach[edit]

at Events this summer[edit]

  • SIGGRAPH
  • Linuxworld Expos?
  • Special Libraries Association 2006 Annual Conference

Contacts[edit]

Contact matrix:

Media    : NYT, Reuters; Globe, Dig, Phoenix, Metro??
Academia : HLR, NSWeb
     Law : Cyberlaw lists (Boston, UK)
Inform'n : archivists-l, NEASIST, 
Community: Wikipedia- lists (x20), 

Distribution:

Distribution list (for CfP; list of lists, people)
Social networks; affinity groups on social sites
In-house press list

More helpful pages:   Wikimania 2005 | 2005 website +/-