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10/27/2005 Meeting Notes

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  • SJ: SJ Klein, Wikimedian extraordinaire
  • someone new
  • RF: Randy Fenstermacher
  • MF: Michael Feldman
  • j: j Baumgart
  • BS: Brett Stilwell
  • EG: Erica George
  • AW: Amanda Watlington
  • MW: Mal Watlington
  • CS: Chris Schmmidt
  • JPA: Jessica P Allan
  • new person
  • new person
  • new person
  • BK: Beth Kanter
  • ES: Elizabeth Stark – new Harvard free culture group
  • MK: Matt Klein
  • JT: Jeremy Tobacman
  • someone new
  • someone new
  • someone new named Schuyler
  • someone new named Manan from U of Chicago
  • Ronaldo, a law student, also new. works on blogging/1st amendment issues


  • Introductions
  • 10/27: Something wiki this way comes!
    • Joint meeting with the Wikipedia Meetup folks. Facilitated by SJ Klein.
    • Boston’s bid won – we’ll be hosting Wikimania 2006 in Boston this summer!
    • What can we as individuals and as a blog group do to help?
      • SJ: is now the main page for all planning
      • lots of stuff to be done is on that page, linked from that page. Basically this is going to be a huge event, there’s tons of planning to do, many niches for many types of interests and skills
      • poss: art installation!
      • totally ready for ppl to contribute ideas
      • some complain that so many of the ppl interested in helping aren’t active Wikimedians. But heck… we may become so!
      • (aside: issue of logo for the event and treading on trademarks for odd reasons)
      • way to win trust of the existing Wikimedians is to get a little more involved, do more edits, help let them get to know us
      • the core program committee should be made of longtime Wikimedians though – much of the help the rest of us want to give is both logistical and at the direction of much more highly involved wikimedians. So this should really be fine.
      • SJ explains lots of stuff re the program
      • lots lots lots of volunteer help on the ground needed for recording, transcription. need for english language transcript of every session. audio and video too.
      • what was the conference last year look like, cont’d:
      • lots ofm places to sign up as potential helper in various aspects, sign up on each of the relevant subpages
      • [EG is distracted by IRC and not taking as comprehensive notes. But CS is, in IRC, so I’ll try to glean from those later]
  • What else?
  • Eat:
    • Last week: Cambridge Common
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