27 July 2015

WikiConference USA to be held at the National Archives (9-11 October 2015)

Just a few days after announcing the opening of the Innovation Hub, NARA Keeps on Innovating -- Innovation Hub now open!, NARA and partners have announced a Wiki Conference to be held in October.

Wikimedia DC and Wikimedia New York City are excited to announce WikiConference USA 2015. The event, co-organized by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Wiki Education Foundation, will be held from October 9–11, 2015, at the National Archives building in Washington, D.C.
This venue reflects the alignment in missions between Wikimedia volunteers, the National Archives, and the Wiki Education Foundation: to make knowledge freely accessible to the world.

“We are pleased to host the Wikimedia community, with whom we have had a long and beneficial collaboration,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “This exciting conference is an opportunity to continue our shared work of making information open, accessible, and engaging to the public in new and innovative ways.”​​

WikiConference USA is open to anyone, regardless of their involvement with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia projects. We welcome the curious, the skeptical, and anyone wishing to engage in meaningful conversation about the Wikimedia movement in the United States, free culture and digital rights advocacy and outreach, community building, and technology.

The conference, which launched in New York City in 2014, will follow the focus on the grassroots efforts of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia movement in the United States, free culture, and digital rights. WikiConference USA will include workshops, panels, and presentations on Wikimedia’s outreach to cultural institutions, community building, technology development, and role in education.

Scholarships will be available to cover the cost of travel and stay in Washington, D.C. for those in need.

Read the full press release for future details.

Check out the conference website.

Will you be going?  Do you actively provide content to Wikipedia or other Wiki projects?

I spend a lot of time on Wiki pages.  I love having an ever evolving and growing type of encyclopedia at my finger tips!  A great place to get “some” context for whatever I need information on.  Sometimes the content of a Wiki page is sufficient for my purposes and when genealogy or history-related content is involved, it’s normally just the tip of the iceberg for my research!

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