Experts and enthusiasts will gather from July 12 through July 15 at the George Washington University for the Wikimania 2012 conference. It is the official annual conference of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The participation deadline is today with a discounted early registration deadline of April 23. Another event is Wikimania Takes Manhattan, happening right before the Washington D.C. conference.
The wiki community will be at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for the Wikimania 2012 conference from July 12 through July 15.
The Wikipedia website welcomes people to join them at the conference for a gathering of experts, enthusiasts and people who are curious about the center of culture, academia and technology. Participants and attendees take part in the official annual conference of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects.
According to the Wikipedia website, it is a time to “relish a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”
People can submit a workshop, panel or talk for Wikimania with a participation deadline of March 18, 2012. Registration for Wikimania 2012 is now open with an early registration discount until April 23, 2012. Followers are also encouraged to sponsor Wikimania to support free and open knowledge.
Every year, the international conference is conducted to help the community and general public learn more and share their experience with free knowledge initiatives around the globe.
Each year a different local team organizes Wikimania. The 2012 event will be held in the United States in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Wikimania was held in Haifa, Israel. In 2010, the conference was in Gdansk, Poland, in 2009 it was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2008 it was in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2007 it was in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2006 it was in the United States in Boston, MA and in 2005 it was held in Frankfurt, Germany.
The conference attracts people working on Wikimedia Foundation projects such as Wikipedia as well as people who are interested in wikis, free and open content and software and global development and education.
Wikimania 2012 will take place at the Lisner Auditorium and Marvin Center at the George Washington University. Hackathon developer meetings happen on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11, 2012. The main conference occurs from Thursday to Saturday, July 12 through July 14, 2012. The “Unconference” is held on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
There are also scholarships available to attend Wikimania 2012. Hundreds of application are anticipated, which will be reviewed by the Scholarships committee.
Due to a large number of program submissions received in previous years, presentations are requested to be a maximum of 25 minutes which also includes time for questions. To find out more, visit the Schedule page for Wikimania 2012.
Wikimania Takes Manhattan
Prior to the Washington D.C. conference, Wikimedia New York City is organizing Wikimania Takes Manhattan. During this NYC event, attendees will explore cultural sites and there will be organized events.
Activities at Wikimania Takes Manhattan will happen from the evening of Friday, July 6, 2012, to the morning of Monday, July 9, 2012. Wikimaniac guests will have access to a variety of tours, dinners and social activities.
There will be a “Wiki World's Fair” held in a NYC park featuring booths for Free Culture and Wikiverse initiatives. It will be held on Governors Island in New York Harbor and includes a wiki-picnic and civic celebration. The “Wiki World's Fair” happens on Saturday, July 7, 2012 with a rain date of Sunday, July 8, 2012.
At the end of the Wikimania Takes Manhattan, there will be a special charter wiki-bus to DC to attend the start of Wikimania Hacking Days.
Is Wikipedia Taking Over as a Source?
Recently PC World posted “Has Wikipedia Beaten Britannica in the Encyclopedia Battle.” After 244 years of being in print, Encyclopaedia Britannica announced it will stop printing the books. Instead they will focus on online and educational products.
The 32-volume encyclopedia printed edition will be discontinued when the current inventory is gone. To showcase its content against world famous Wikipedia, Britannica Online will be free to access for a week.
Britannica's president, Jorge Cauz, said the changeover from print had nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google. Cauz indicated it had to do with the fact their company “sells its digital products to a large number of people.”
Gradually, Wikipedia has been accepted as a comprehensive and accurate source by academia. Thousands of editors, volunteers and contributors worldwide edit Wikipedia. It is free to access this constantly updated content.
The Wikimania Conference gives people an opportunity to learn more about wikis and support this free and open source content and software. Below is a video from a person who will attend Wikimedia 2012 and appreciates this educational resource.
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons