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  1. Understanding Wikimedia, or, the Heavy Metal Umlaut, one decade on

    Name change

    It has been nearly a full decade since Jon Udell’s classic screencast about Wikipedia’s article on the Heavy Metal Umlaut (current text; Jan. 2005). In this post, written for Paul Jones’ “living and working online” class, I’d like to use the last decade’s changes to the article to illustrate some points about the modern Wikipedia.1 Measuring…

  2. My Wikimania 2014 talks

    Discussing Fluid Lobbying at Wikimania 2014, by  Sebastiaan ter Burg, under CC BY 2.0

    Primarily what I did during Wikimania was chew on pens. However, I also gave some talks. The first one was on Creative Commons 4.0, with Kat Walsh. While targeted at Wikimedians, this may be of interest to others who want to learn about CC 4.0 as well. Second one was on Open Source Hygiene, with…

  3. Wikimania 2014 Notes – very miscellaneous

    A collection of semi-random notes from Wikimania London, published very late: The conference generally Tone: Overall tone of the conference was very positive. It is possibly just small sample size—any one person can only talk to a small number of the few thousand at the conference—but seemed more upbeat/positive than last year. Tone, 2: The one…

  4. Slide embedding from Commons

    Wikimedia_Legal_overview_2014-03-19.pdf

    A friend of a friend asked this morning: Hmmm trying to upload a CC0 public domain presentation from #OKFest14 by @punkish and @SlideShare don’t have public domain license option :( — Jenny Molloy (@jenny_molloy) July 22, 2014 I suggested Wikimedia Commons, but it turns out she wanted something like Slideshare’s embedding. So here’s a test…

  5. Summarizing “hacker legal education” crisply and cleanly

    James Grimmelman is a better writer than I am. I already knew this, but in this commentary on Biella Coleman’s (excellent) Coding Freedom, he captures something I have struggled to express for years in two crisp, clean sentences: Hacker legal education, with its roots in programming, is strong on formal precision and textual exegesis. But…

  6. Thoughts on the CC Summit

    Oliver's Tattoo (cropped), by Oliver Keyes, used under CC BY-SA

    I was lucky enough to attend the Creative Commons Global Summit in Buenos Aires last week, including the pre-conference session on copyright reform. Like Wikimania, there is simply too much here to summarize in coherent chunks, so here are my motes and thoughts during my return flight: Maira Sutton of EFF summed up my strongest…

  7. Final(?) Wikimania 2013 idea and notes dump

    Luis at Victoria Peak, the morning after

    More random, more-or-less stream-of-(un)consciousness notes on the last few days of Wikimania: The cab driver who got me to the airport had (at least) five cellphones. Two were mounted on each side of the steering wheel, and then a fifth appeared from somewhere else half-way through our drive to the airport. Two were Android(-ish?) smartphones,…