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ConferencesEdit

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By law

whole section --> pg 5?

Wikimania 2005 - The First International Wikimedia Conference was held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 4 August 2005 to 8 August 2005 at the Haus der Jugend (Youth Hostel). It gathered 380 participants (speakers and attendees) from more than 50 different countries and representing all continents. Over three full days of conference on various topics, Wikimania provided an opportunity to meet and talk with people at the forefront of the Wikimedia communities and wiki software development. Researchers and speakers presented studies and experiments on Wikipedia and other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, on wiki culture and technology, and on the world of free knowledge. The programme included a range of presentations, workshops, and tutorials, aimed at newcomers and oldtimers alike, to give for the first time a concise overview of the current state of research on wikis and free knowledge projects.

The primary goal of the conference was to bring together the communities of the various Wikimedia projects and to help them improve their understanding of one another. It also allowed the Wikimedia community to meet with people working on different softwares and projects butsharing the same goals and values of broadening the access to educational content and bringing free knowledge to the world. Workshops included a wide range of topics, from purely technical issues to educational practices and insight on the wiki-world and community. Keynote speakers included Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki-software, Ross Mayfield, who presented solutions to use the wiki in a corporate environement and Richard Stallman, who talked of copyright and community. Jimmy Wales presented his culture manifesto


An endless deployment of press, both German and international, covered the event. More than 120 journalists, from the major newspapers, the main national TV channels and a good number of radios were there, keeping participants and speakers equally busy with interviews.  

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Wikimania 2006Edit

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By Nicholas Moreau

needs updating post-decision... in next iss.

While various international bids for locations in the UK, Canada, and Romania have been proposed, only one bid has been formally submitted as of September 8, 2005. Wikimedians from Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, and largest city in Canada, is proposing the University of Toronto be the site of the second annum of the event.