Monday, March 10, 2008

Dear all,

Please circulate this call among Wikimedia communities, researchersand other people that may be interested! This call is also online at Wikimania 2008: Call for Participation =============Wikimania is an annual global event devoted to Wikimedia projectsaround the globe (including Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikinews,Wiktionary, Wikiversity, Wikiquote, Wikispecies, and Wikimedia Commons)and for its editors and users to gather, meet each other, exchange ideas,and report on research and projects. It is a community event, which isalso open to the public and to researchers. This year's conference willbe held from July 17-19, 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt at the new Library ofAlexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina).For more information, please visit the Wikimania 2008 Home page athttp://wikimania2008.wikimedia.orgWe are accepting submissions for presentations, workshops, panels, posters,open spaces, and artistic artifacts. Please carefully follow the submissionguidelines below. Submissions can be sent via the following link: Important dates ======================* 1 February – 16 March : Submission* 17 March – 30 April : Review, feedback and notification of acceptance* 17 – 19 July 2007 : Wikimania================== Conference Tracks ===================Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:Wikimedia Communities :Interesting projects and particularities within the communities; policycreation within individual projects; conflict resolution and communitydynamics; reputation and identity; multi-lingualism, languages andcultures; social studies. We explicitly invite you to discuss your localWikimedia project's community.Free Knowledge :Open access to information; ways to gather and distribute free knowledge,usage of the Wikimedia projects in education, journalism, research; waysto improve content quality and usability; copyright laws and other legalareas that interfere with Wikimedia projects. Free Content in theMiddle-East/Africa.Technical infrastructure :Issues related to MediaWiki development and extensions; Wikimedia'stechnical infrastructure; new ideas for development (including casestudies from other wikis or similar projects).Scientific track :Papers about massively collaborative work, open and free content creation,community dynamics, the social or economic aspects of the Wikimediaprojects, and other topics related to Wikimedia projects. Paperssubmitted to the scientific track will be peer reviewed by a reviewingcommittee regarding their novelty, rigour, and estimated impact, andaccepted or rejected based on these reviews. The papers will be publishedin proceedings afterwards, and depending on the number and the qualityof the submissions, a journal special issue may be pursued. Scientifictrack papers must be in English, and must not exceed 7,500 words(or 15 pages LNCS).Your topic must be related either to the Wikimedia projects and theircommunities, or to the creation of free content in general.=================== Types of Submissions ==================We are seeking submissions for* presentations (10–30 minute talks with discussion afterwards)* workshops (60–120 minute session with more involvement of the audience)* panels (group of 2-5 speakers to discuss on a specific subject)* posters (printed presentations or visual displays that can stand on their own)* artistic artifacts (plays, competitions, comedy, visualizations, or other representations of some aspect of the projects)In addition there will the possibility to give lightning talks (5minute short presentations). These will be organized on the Wikimania2008 wiki without need to submit via the submission system.For more information about Submission Guidelines, please see: Submissions ========================Once you are sure you have included all of the required information,please send your submission before the respective deadline through oursubmission system at See also ==* About the venue:* Brainstorming page for program ideas:* Editable list of attendees: LiouLinkedIn: tcliou@ {} MSN: Skype: tcliou--

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