Kat Walsh | 14 Mar 23:06 2014

CC Salon in San Francisco Thursday, March 27: free culture and social justice

CC Salons are coming back March 27! Come join us:

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM PST
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St, San Francisco, CA

From the blog post:

Creative Commons is thrilled to announce that we will be reviving CC salons on a quarterly basis starting March 27!

Years ago, CC ran a series of CC Salon events in the Bay Area, informal events that brought together creators of all kinds to talk about how and why they choose open in their fields. CC salons continue to occur all over the world, but on March 27, CC will host a salon on social justice and open innovation right here in San Francisco.

This informal event will feature short talks from guests in local nonprofits and the free culture community, as well as lots of interesting people to network and socialize with. It’s free and open to everyone.

Speakers:
Joshua Knox, Brute Labs
Niki Korth, Writer and Free Culture Activist
Supriya Misra, TeachAIDS
Rachel Weidinger, Upwell

-Kat

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Marina Kukso | 6 Mar 23:45 2014
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Oakland Wiki edit parties at Oakland Public Library branches this Spring!

Hi everyone,

Oakland Wiki has partnered with Oakland Public Library to host a series of edit parties at different branches of the library this spring!

See the event dates and locations at http://oaklandwiki.org/Oakland_Wiki_Events

There's also a rad flyer that the wonderful librarians have made with all the necessary info attached here.

FINALLY, if you're in Oakland tomorrow for first friday, drop by Sudo Room where we'll be Drawing Oakland. We'll have art supplies and will be drawing whatever we want about Oakland - its neighborhoods, people, etc. We'll be scanning our drawings and uploading them to the wiki to illustrate entries. If you want to draw a logo or illustration of your neighborhood or a favorite park or taco truck, this is your chance :)

Best,
Marina
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Stephen LaPorte | 11 Mar 21:16 2014
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#FreeBassel day meetup on Saturday, March 15

Hello all,

This Saturday, March 15, is a #FreeBassel day event in San Francisco. Some people from Creative Commons and the open community will join, and I hope to encourage a few Wikipedia edits. If you are interested in joining, it would be great to see some Wikipedians at the event. No editing experience is required: bring a laptop if you feel like editing, and feel free to bring a friend or attend if you just want to learn about Bassel.

If you don't know Bassel Khartabil (known online as Bassel Safadi): he is an open web developer and dedicated Internet volunteer who has been imprisoned (without charge) in Syria since March 2012. He was Creative Commons lead in Syria and started the first hackerspace (Aiki Lab, Damascus) in the Arabic-speaking world, in addition to numerous other open source and free culture projects (including Wikipedia). This Saturday 15 March marks the second anniversary of his arrest, as well as the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising. In support of Bassel and in efforts to raise the profile of his case, #FreeBassel day events are being held around the world to mark this date.

Read more about the event here: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/42267


== Details ==
* Date: Saturday, March 15
* Time: 12–4 pm
* Location: Wikimedia Foundation offices (149 New Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105), near Montgomery Bart
* Event: An edit-a-thon, pot luck, and more! Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and collaborate with others to show your support for Bassel.
* Hashtag: #freebassel

Please email me if you have any questions or want to let me know that you will come.

Best,
Stephen
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Valerie Aurora | 5 Mar 00:43 2014

Workshop for supporting women in open tech/culture March 11th

Hey Wikimedians of the Bay Area,

The Ada Initiative is running an open-to-the-public workshop teaching
people how to support women in open tech/culture especially if you are
a guy. You may have heard of it, it is the Allies Workshop (taught a
year ago at WMF and in June at AdaCamp).

If you'd like to join us, it is Tuesday, March 11 (a week from now)
from 3pm to 5pm about 2 blocks from the Montogomery Street BART
station. Tickets are still available (including 4 free tickets and 19
heavily discounted):

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/allies-workshop-san-francisco-tickets-10668450623

We even have some Wikipedia-specific sections of the class. :) We'd
love to see you there!

-VAL

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Donate today at http://adainitiative.org/donate/

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Kevin Gorman | 13 Feb 04:55 2014
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Venue availability for Wikipedia related events

Hey all -

I'm currently UC Berkeley's Wikipedian in Residence.

It took a while to straighten out the technical details of my ability
to reserve rooms, set up internet for non-affiliates, and so forth.
However, it seems like we've finally gotten everything straightened
out.  For at least the next few months, if anyone would like to
co-organize a Wikipedia related event open to and of interest to our
campus community with me, I should be able to secure rooms of pretty
much any size, as well as internet access for participants.

I know we've had some problems securing venues in the east bay in the
past, and hopefully this will be of help.  (We'll also be having some
editathons on campus open to the general community that we'll announce
in the near future :))

Best,
Kevin Gorman

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Karen Coyle | 7 Feb 17:45 2014
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Reminder: Sunday edit-a-thon, Berkeley

Just a reminder, for those who are calendar-challenged (as I am) that 
this Sunday afternoon we will be editing Wikipedia together at the Main 
Library in Berkeley. More information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Berkeley/2014/Feb9

Come even if you don't sign up; drop in whenever; come by just to say "Hi!"

kc
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Pete Forsyth | 6 Feb 01:02 2014
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Announcement: "Writing Wikipedia Articles" (free course) open for enrollment

Dear list,

I will be teaching a free, six week, online course on editing Wikipedia, with a focus on improving Wikipedia articles related to Open Educational Resources starting February 25.

The course "Writing Wikipedia Articles" (aka "WIKISOO") is offered through the School of Open, and with support from the University of Mississippi and the Hewlett Foundation. Co-instructors are Sara Frank Bristow of Salient Research and Dr. Robert Cummings of the University of Mississippi.

Please join us, and/or help spread the word in your circles!

* Enrollment page: http://enwp.org/WP:WIKISOO/NOW
* More information: http://enwp.org/WP:WIKISOO

-Pete

[1] http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/41933
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Pete Forsyth | 31 Jan 02:03 2014
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Hackathon or editathon-like events subject to regulation in CA?

All,

I read this article with some concern. Thoughts?


Of course, hackathons and editathons in the Wikimedia space are typically offered for free, but I don't know from the article whether that makes a difference. (The article doesn't have anything to say about what "compliance" entails.)

Interested in learning more about what's going on here.

Pete
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Jane Richardson | 24 Jan 16:30 2014
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Wikip/media session at SF Biophysics meeting Feb 16

Biophysical Society members work on a WikiProject Biophysics, run a wiki-edit contest yearly, and have a wiki-oriented session at the annual meeting (~7000 total attendees, 1/3 international).  This year the meeting is in SF Feb 15-19.  The wiki session is on Sun Feb 16 2:15-3:30pm.  The theme of both the session and this year's contest is open-license media and their importance for science.  The chair is Jane Richardson, past president of the society, WikiProject Biophysics and User:Dcrjsr, and the guest speaker is Daniel Mietchen from the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin, WikiProject Open Access and User:Daniel Mietchen.  The editing focus will be uploading images to Commons from David Goodsell's "Molecule of the Month" features (http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/101/motm_archive.do), just last week given CC-BY-3.0 license.
If you're a student wiki-editor in the Bay area with an interest in science, you might like to attend the wiki session and the meeting in general.  For a student, the cost would be $25 for BPS membership and $80 on-site registration for the entire meeting.  On Sunday there's the New & Notable session and a symposium honoring the International Year of Crystallography, and on Monday there's the Awards session and the National Lecture.  You'd also be very welcome to chat with last year's contest winners (one from SF) and others at a Sun dinner.  Find the BPS meeting info & program at http://www.biophysics.org.

Jane Richardson, Duke University and frequent SF visitor

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Karen Coyle | 23 Jan 16:04 2014
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Berkeley edit-a-thon, Feb. 9

I've started a page for an upcoming Berkeley edit-a-thon:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Berkeley/2014/Feb9

This one is on a Sunday afternoon at the central library branch. That 
means a shorter amount of time, but I thought we should try a Sunday. 
The evening before is the yearly gala fundraising event, and that means 
that some of the decorations should still be up. See: 
http://www.bplf.org/authors-dinner
If you can ever afford to attend ($500), it's a wonderful event 
organized around local authors.

I'll send out meetup notices, etc. Please edit, repost, signup, etc. at 
will.

kc
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Pete Forsyth | 14 Jan 02:40 2014
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Edit-a-thon at Tiburon library Wednesday evening

Hi all,

Those of you in or near Marin County may be interested in the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Wednesday evening. The librarian there, Ivan Silva, has invited me to talk to their patrons, and is excited about getting local history buffs into Wikipedia editing. Join us!


Pete
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