freenode #live is a “community-focused live event designed to build and strengthen relationships between Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developers and users”. The 2018 event was held in Bristol, United Kingdom at We the curious with roughly 100-200 people attending (from my guesswork).
The event essentially had a single track of talks. The old IMAX theatre above the Aquarium was used as an auditorium with various stalls for organizations set up outside. These stalls included KDE, Kiwi IRC, Private internet access and more.
Most of the talks were recorded and can be found on this YouTube playlist. Now for some of my main takeaways or points of note, most of which are IRC related, which might make sense as the conferences is called freenode #live…
This is a belated post about the Wikibase docker images that I recently created for the Wikidata 5th birthday. You can find the various images on docker hub and matching Dockerfiles on github. These images combined allow you to quickly create docker containers for Wikibase backed by MySQL and with a SPARQL query service running alongside updating live from the Wikibase install.
A setup was demoed at the first Wikidatacon event in Berlin on the 29th of October 2017 and can be seen at roughly 41:10 in the demo of presents video which can be seen below.
The Wikimedia Developer Summit is an event with an emphasis on the evolution of the MediaWiki architecture and the Wikimedia Engineering goals for 2016. Last year the event was called the MediaWiki Developer Summit.
As with last year the event took place in the Mission Bay Center, San Francisco, California. The event was slightly earlier this year, positioned at the beginning of January instead of the end. The event format changed slightly compared with the previous year and also included a 3rd day of general discussion and hacking in the WMF offices. Many thanks to everyone that helped to organise the event!
I have an extremely long list of things todo that spawned from discussions at the summit, but as a summary of what happened below are some of the more notable scheduled discussion moments:
The MediaWiki Developer Summit is an invitation-only event with an emphasis on the evolution of the MediaWiki architecture and the Wikimedia Engineering goals for 2015.
It took place on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Mission Bay Center, San Francisco, California.
Overall it was very interesting and a lot of good discussion happened. Again I am writing this post months after the event so sorry for the lack of content.
Wikimania 2014 was a 2000+ person conference, festival, meetup, workshop, hackathon, and celebration, spread over five days in August 2014, preceded and followed by fringe events. Wikimania is the official annual event of the Wikimedia movement, where one can discover all kinds of projects that people are making with wikis and open content, as well as meet the community that produced the most famous wiki of all, Wikipedia!
The core event was held in and around The Barbican Centre in London, UK.
Watch the videos on YouTube, Commons or LiveStream.
Read about it by following one of the following links:
Also you can find a blog post looking back at Wikimania from the Barbican Centre here.
Post photo from https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimania_2014_group_photo.jpeg
At future events these posts will likely be much better, as I’ll be writing them while I am there! This post was actually written in April 2015 :/
Spaghetti Open Data is made up of a group of Italian citizens interested in the release of public data in open formats, in order to make it easy to access and reuse.
Starting in 2010 they have had yearly conferences.
I was lucky enough to be invited to their conference this year (SOD14) as the keynote speaker talking about Wikidata, paid for by Wikimedia Italy.
An overview of the conference can be found at http://www.spaghettiopendata.org/page/conferenza-sod14
Photo by: Homer Project. Harmonising Open Data
My talk went well and during the day many people came to discuss various things with me.
My presentation can be found on Google Drive.
As for my participation in the rest of the conference, well, I don’t speak Italian, so……
I can however say that Italy is a great place!