Michael, I think this is a good idea, especially if we have folks working on specific pages or areas. I do think a few f2f meetings will be needed, and folks can do both or either. What I have found in the WP editing sessions that I have attended is that often people are working on their own pages, but the draw is the banter and company, plus having someone immediately available to answer questions. In fact, there was a lot of cross-helping in the groups, since everyone has something to contribute.

kc

On 7/29/13 11:57 AM, Michael Kelly wrote:
I wonder to what extent we could have meetings online?  I started a
meetup groups a while back and the biggest problem, as here, was always
where and when to meet.  That uses up a lot of our energy that could
possibly be put to better use.  Plus problems with the meeting place and
time and just getting there added to the general inefficiency.  There
are two online ways to meet that come to mind: we could use something
like gotomeeting where everyone signs on to a site and has the ability
to talk or type, and become the presenter, showing anything they want on
the screen (examples, articles, etc.) then turn the presenter role over
to someone else.

An interesting way to meet on a topic, and that is more visual, is to
try to use Prezi.  Its like a big sheet of paper on a table in front of
us and we all type stuff, load vids, picts, pdfs, and then draw arrows
between them that can be typed on too.  If we are also on a conference
call, we have voice channel too.

Finally, there is a tool that stresses getting the meaning documented on
what we are discussing and is a personal favorite of mine: CMAP from the
Florida Institute for Man Machine Interface, or something like that.
(easy to find with Google).  Its free and goes sooo well with Wikimedia
thinking.  After all, we are all about documenting meaning.

Any interest in trying these a couple of times?  I could help set up a
trial.  Most of these are limited to 12 or 15 people at a time, so there
is that.  But all are free.

Mike Kelly

GigaMarketing/GigaCommunication

*From:*wikimedia-sf-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org
[mailto:wikimedia-sf-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] *On Behalf Of *Shreyas
Patankar
*Sent:* Monday, July 29, 2013 11:03 AM
*To:* Karen Coyle; San Francisco Bay Area Wikimedians
*Subject:* Re: [Wikimedia-SF] Berkeley Wikipedians

Hi Karen,

Sorry I did not get back to you earlier. I can think of a couple of
options so far:

1) Campus libraries: It seems it is easy for registered campus
organizations to get access to meeting rooms. The problem is, although
Berkeley Wikipedia club is a registered group, room reservation can only
be done by a "signatory" for the group. The group mailing list itself is
inactive - I wonder if anyone on this list (Kevin Gorman?) is a signatory.

2) The Berkeley Public Library: They seem to have a public room for
community events (free, with free wifi) if you book it well in advance.
http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/community/book_a_meeting_room.php

3) I've written to my friend who works with the Compass Project, a
student support group in the physical sciences, to see if they have any
space that we can use - but I've yet to hear back from them.

Among these, the Berkeley Public Library looks like the safest bet. I'll
let you know if I can think of anything else..

-Shreyas

On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM, Karen Coyle <kco...@kcoyle.net
<mailto:kco...@kcoyle.net>> wrote:

Hello, all.

I've taken up the organizer role for the Berkeley Wikipedia meet-up
group. I'll do some figuring out on how to use Meetup. Would the person
who volunteered to find a space on UC campus please contact me?

I presume that we are aiming at a September first meeting, given how
summer seems to disrupt schedules.

If we can't find other meet-up places, my home has wifi, various
computers and screens, networked printing, and a fridge. We can try a
meeting here, if it's not a large one.

kc
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