Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Advocacy Advisors] European Commission Copyright Consultation

2014-01-28 Thread Luis Villa
I've spent a good chunk of the day reading through the first 31 questions;
the comments on meta about those questions, and the responses proposed by
Dimi and others at http://youcan.fixcopyright.eu/en/full/?guide=wikimedia

All the comments essentially agree, with only some small variations. Since
we don't have any serious splits of opinion, I think the idea of a combined
answer that represents this as the opinion of the Foundation makes sense.
(Not clear to what extent we should also represent this as the opinion of
Wikimedians - opinions welcome on that.)

With that goal in mind, I've drafted proposed answers to each question,
which incorporate comments from (among others) Seb35, Deryck C., Sapfan,
NaBUru38, Aktron, and Kaldari.

I think the best place to discuss individual answers is in the talk pages,
so I'll start uploading those shortly. I've also more-or-less copied this
email into
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:European_Commission_copyright_consultation#Goals_and_next_stepsif
people prefer to discuss there.

Luis



On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:09 AM, Michael Maggs mich...@maggs.name wrote:

 It's not clear to me what will be done with the answers proposed so far at

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/European_Commission_copyright_consultation

 Will  they be submitted as they are, or is someone proposing to merge them
 into a single version (even though many answers have been signed)?

 Also unclear unless I have missed something is who will the answers be
 submitted by, and on whose behalf?  Only individuals - and not the
 Foundation nor chapters - have formally posted answers so far, so is the
 intention that the answers will be submitted by and on behalf of those
 individuals only?

 The page says that the response *can be submitted by the Wikimedia
 Foundation and other interested groups*, so perhaps the answers are
 merely intended as a resource others can use if they wish?

 If the intention is that a formal response will be submitted on behalf of
 the unincorporated group *Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU*, then it
 would be sensible for that group to register with the
 EU Transparency Register, here:

 http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/info/homePage.do?locale=en

 According to the EU, responses to the consultation from non-registered
 entities will *be published separately from the registered
 organisations*, which may mean less influence. See:


 http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2013/copyright-rules/index_en.htm

 (I note that the Foundation is not registered!)

 By the way, WMUK will be completing and filing its own separate response.

 Michael



 From: Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov dimitar.parvanov.dimit...@gmail.com
 Date: 21 January 2014 14:51
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] European Commission Copyright Consultation
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org


 Hi everyone,

 Just a quick reminder that we have 6 more days to collaboratively draft
 answers to the European Commission's copyright consultation.

 The idea is to give the global, online community a chance to come up with
 answers that, if coherent enough, can then be officially given to the
 Commission.

 We see this as a social experiment, since no one until now has ever
 attempted to answer collaboratively and publicly such short-termed and
 in-depth consultations.

 The corresponding link is:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/European_Commission_copyright_consultation

 Have fun answering!

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[Wikimedia-l] A letter from WMIL to the Board of Trustees regarding the deletion of images from Commons under URAA

2014-01-28 Thread Yael Meron
Hi everyone,

Here is a letter I just sent on behalf of the Board of Wikimedia Israel to
the WMF Board of Trustees, regarding the deletion of images from Commons
under URAA.
The letter is also posted on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Israel/Letter_to_the_BoT_regarding_URAA

We would love to hear your thoughts on this, preferably in the discussion
page on Meta.

Regards,

Yael Meron
WMIL Board Member


-- Forwarded message --
Date: Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Subject: A letter from WMIL regarding the deletion of images from Commons
under URAA
To: wmfbo...@wikimedia.org


Dear Board of Trustees,

As you might know, there was a discussion on Wikimedia Commons regarding
the Golan v. Holder copyright case, where the copyright status of a massive
amount of non-US images was changed from public domain to copyrighted. The
conclusion of the discussion was that there was indeed a problem with such
images, but that they would be deleted on a case-by-case basis. The actual
effect is not only that masses of public domain images be deleted from
Commons (with the burden of proof lying on the uploader), but also millions
of PD images waiting to be uploaded to Commons which are now in limbo. This
will certainly hinder or eliminate many GLAM partnerships around the world
and, again, deprive Commons of millions of images, many of them
historically important or iconic.

The reason behind the community decision was that, since Commons' servers
are located in the United States, all public domain images must
specifically be in the public domain in the United States, regardless of
their status in any other country. The Foundation's legal team issued a
legal position, which did not actually take any position but gave the
pertinent legal arguments. It is clear however that the community was in
fact trying to legally protect the Wikimedia Foundation from lawsuits,
therefore it stands to reason that the Foundation should specifically
address where it stands on this issue.
We believe that Wikimedia's position is not just to interpret the current
legal status, but to act and change it.

In light of this, we implore you to speak out and act in favor of uploading
public domain images to Commons that are not necessarily PD in the United
States, whether by allowing it directly, or making other arrangements to
allow such uploads without risking legal backlash. Millions of images are
at stake. This is possibly more than the amount of content that would be at
risk had PIPA/SOPA passed, and the Foundation made its position on
PIPA/SOPA very clear. It goes without saying that blocking access to public
domain images on Commons goes against the stated aims of our movement and
deals a severe blow to its legitimacy.

This is a similar case to PIPA/SOPA, and the Foundation can and should do
everything in its power to allow the use of these images in the Commons and
making them available to the public. Clearly the community is starting to
delete these images reluctantly, thinking it protects the legality of all
Wikimedia projects, but this only has to be true if the Foundation stands
on the sidelines. We believe that should the Foundation get involved, as
with the PIPA/SOPA case, the matter will be resolved quickly.

It should be noted that we the volunteers, both in Israel and in other
countries, are doing the utmost to obtain official documents that make it
clear that the relevant images are in the public domain. However, this can
only be done for images owned by governments. For images owned by
individuals the process is next to impossible, and is no different from the
process of asking every individual to release copyright on any image. As we
are frantically looking for all sorts of solutions, we expect the
Foundation to act on the behalf of the entire community and by extension,
the public.

This brought our chapter, as well as other chapters, to rethink about the
operation of Commons, and to seek alternatives. We may be forced, if this
issue is not properly addressed by the Foundation, to consider moving the
images to alternative servers located in other countries.

Thank you in advance,
--Wikimedia Israel Board

-
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WMIL Board Member
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Advocacy Advisors] European Commission Copyright Consultation

2014-01-28 Thread Michael Maggs
Hi Luis

Just a reminder. You do know, I expect, that before filing a submission you are 
expected by the Commission to register the Foundation with the EU Transparency 
Register?  You are not registered yet.

http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/info/homePage.do?locale=en

Best regards

Michael


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Chair, Wikimedia UK 


On 28 Jan 2014, at 08:00, Luis Villa lvi...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 I've spent a good chunk of the day reading through the first 31 questions; 
 the comments on meta about those questions, and the responses proposed by 
 Dimi and others at http://youcan.fixcopyright.eu/en/full/?guide=wikimedia 
 
 All the comments essentially agree, with only some small variations. Since we 
 don't have any serious splits of opinion, I think the idea of a combined 
 answer that represents this as the opinion of the Foundation makes sense. 
 (Not clear to what extent we should also represent this as the opinion of 
 Wikimedians - opinions welcome on that.)
 
 With that goal in mind, I've drafted proposed answers to each question, which 
 incorporate comments from (among others) Seb35, Deryck C., Sapfan, NaBUru38, 
 Aktron, and Kaldari. 
 
 I think the best place to discuss individual answers is in the talk pages, so 
 I'll start uploading those shortly. I've also more-or-less copied this email 
 into 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:European_Commission_copyright_consultation#Goals_and_next_steps
  if people prefer to discuss there.
 
 Luis
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[Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Osmar Valdebenito
Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:

In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.

For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These last
18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.

Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very fond
of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
projects we worked on and we are still working on.

I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the delayed
paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious organization,
continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great colleague
these months.

My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This will
allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects of
Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of our
Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.

I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
continue the great work we have done lately.

Kind regards,

*Osmar Valdebenito G.*
Director Ejecutivo
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Anders Wennersten

Good luck in your future endeavors!

And much thanks to you for the excellent job you with help of your 
colleagues have done, making WMAR a model for chapters


Anders

Osmar Valdebenito skrev 2014-01-28 17:59:

Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:

In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.

For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These last
18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.

Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very fond
of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
projects we worked on and we are still working on.

I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the delayed
paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious organization,
continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great colleague
these months.

My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This will
allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects of
Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of our
Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.

I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
continue the great work we have done lately.

Kind regards,

*Osmar Valdebenito G.*
Director Ejecutivo
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Jon Davies
Really sad to see you go.



On 28 January 2014 17:11, Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.sewrote:

 Good luck in your future endeavors!

 And much thanks to you for the excellent job you with help of your
 colleagues have done, making WMAR a model for chapters

 Anders

 Osmar Valdebenito skrev 2014-01-28 17:59:

  Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:

 In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
 Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
 the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.

 For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
 country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
 Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
 and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
 to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These
 last
 18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
 better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
 feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.

 Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very
 fond
 of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
 projects we worked on and we are still working on.

 I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
 office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the
 delayed
 paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
 get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
 chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious
 organization,
 continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
 making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
 only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
 helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great
 colleague
 these months.

 My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
 why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This
 will
 allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects
 of
 Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
 Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
 member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of
 our
 Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
 to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.

 I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
 Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
 continue the great work we have done lately.

 Kind regards,

 *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
 Director Ejecutivo
 A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Tonmoy Khan
Hello Osmar,

It's really sad to see you go so quick. You have done tons of good works at
WMAR  we are thankful to you for your earnest efforts. Best of luck with
out future plans.

Take care

Ali



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On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.ukwrote:

 Really sad to see you go.



 On 28 January 2014 17:11, Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se
 wrote:

  Good luck in your future endeavors!
 
  And much thanks to you for the excellent job you with help of your
  colleagues have done, making WMAR a model for chapters
 
  Anders
 
  Osmar Valdebenito skrev 2014-01-28 17:59:
 
   Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:
 
  In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
  Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented
 to
  the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.
 
  For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
  country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
  Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in
 Argentina
  and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I
 had
  to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These
  last
  18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming
 a
  better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time
 I
  feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and
 challenges.
 
  Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very
  fond
  of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and
 the
  projects we worked on and we are still working on.
 
  I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
  office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the
  delayed
  paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
  get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
  chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious
  organization,
  continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our
 programs,
  making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not
 been
  only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
  helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great
  colleague
  these months.
 
  My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
  why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This
  will
  allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects
  of
  Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
  Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
  member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of
  our
  Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be
 able
  to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.
 
  I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
  Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they
 will
  continue the great work we have done lately.
 
  Kind regards,
 
  *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
  Director Ejecutivo
  A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread sydney . poore
Osmar,

Sorry to see you leaving the position. And I'm glad to you are assisting with 
the transition and plan to stay involved. 

Best of  luck with your future ventures.

Sydney Poore
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On Jan 28, 2014, at 11:59, Osmar Valdebenito os...@wikimedia.org.ar wrote:

 Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:
 
 In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
 Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
 the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.
 
 For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
 country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
 Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
 and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
 to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These last
 18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
 better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
 feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.
 
 Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very fond
 of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
 projects we worked on and we are still working on.
 
 I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
 office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the delayed
 paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
 get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
 chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious organization,
 continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
 making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
 only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
 helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great colleague
 these months.
 
 My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
 why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This will
 allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects of
 Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
 Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
 member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of our
 Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
 to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.
 
 I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
 Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
 continue the great work we have done lately.
 
 Kind regards,
 
 *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
 Director Ejecutivo
 A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

2014-01-28 Thread Michael Jahn
Take care, Osmar, and all the best to you!

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2014-01-28 sydney.po...@gmail.com

 Osmar,

 Sorry to see you leaving the position. And I'm glad to you are assisting
 with the transition and plan to stay involved.

 Best of  luck with your future ventures.

 Sydney Poore
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 On Jan 28, 2014, at 11:59, Osmar Valdebenito os...@wikimedia.org.ar
 wrote:

  Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:
 
  In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
  Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
  the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.
 
  For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
  country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
  Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in
 Argentina
  and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I
 had
  to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These
 last
  18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
  better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
  feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and
 challenges.
 
  Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very
 fond
  of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
  projects we worked on and we are still working on.
 
  I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
  office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the
 delayed
  paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
  get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
  chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious
 organization,
  continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our
 programs,
  making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
  only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
  helped me in everything and to María Cruz, which has been a great
 colleague
  these months.
 
  My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
  why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This
 will
  allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects
 of
  Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
  Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
  member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of
 our
  Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be
 able
  to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.
 
  I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
  Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they
 will
  continue the great work we have done lately.
 
  Kind regards,
 
  *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
  Director Ejecutivo
  A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees minutes from the San Francisco meeting

2014-01-28 Thread Stephen LaPorte
At the request of the Chair of the WMF Board of Trustees, we published
the minutes of the November 2013 Board Meeting in San Francisco, which you
may find here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11-24

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[Wikimedia-l] WikiConference USA Announcement

2014-01-28 Thread Pharos
I am very pleased to announce that Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC are
working in collaboration to host the first national Wikimedia conference in
the United States!

Here are the details for the conference:

Dates: Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: New York Law School (185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013)
Website: http://wikiconferenceusa.org
Email: wiki...@wikimedianyc.org
Registration: http://wikiconusa.eventbrite.org/

For more information, please review our official press release below! We
hope you will join us and help us spread the word!

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiCon_USA_2014_Press_Release_v1.pdf

Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimediaus-l] WikiConference USA Announcement

2014-01-28 Thread Lodewijk
That sounds awesome! Glad it has come to be. Too bad it's so far and
expensive to join or I'd have loved to :)

Lodewijk


2014-01-28 Pharos pharosofalexand...@gmail.com

 I am very pleased to announce that Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC are
 working in collaboration to host the first national Wikimedia conference in
 the United States!

 Here are the details for the conference:

 Dates: Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
 Location: New York Law School (185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013)
 Website: http://wikiconferenceusa.org
 Email: wiki...@wikimedianyc.org
 Registration: http://wikiconusa.eventbrite.org/

 For more information, please review our official press release below! We
 hope you will join us and help us spread the word!


 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiCon_USA_2014_Press_Release_v1.pdf

 Thanks,
 Richard (User:Pharos)
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WikiConference USA Announcement

2014-01-28 Thread Pharos
I am very pleased to announce that Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC are
working in collaboration to host the first national Wikimedia conference in
the United States!

Here are the details for the conference:

Dates: Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: New York Law School (185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013)
Website: http://wikiconferenceusa.org
Email: wiki...@wikimedianyc.org
Registration: http://wikiconusa.eventbrite.org/

For more information, please review our official press release below! We
hope you will join us and help us spread the word!

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiCon_USA_2014_Press_Release_v1.pdf

Thanks,
Richard (User:Pharos)
Wikimedia NYC
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