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Bristol bids to host Wikimania 2013

Bristol is bidding to bring the international Wikimania conference to the city in 2013. Wikimania is an annual event attended by influential speakers, writers and users of wiki projects such as Wikipedia. Run by the Wikimedia Foundation, if Bristol wins the bid to host the the week-long event, it could welcome the likes of Stephen Fry, Cory Doctorow, Jimmy Wales, Clay Shirky, and Tim Berners-Lee.

Bristol’s bid was submitted on Friday and now there is an online campaign growing to gather support. The city is up against competition across the world, including Hong Kong and Surakarta. Rival bids closer to home are London and Naples, Italy. Bristol recently welcomed Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and also hosts the annual Festival of Ideas which attracts known writers and thinkers. Bristol’s bid promises that if successful, it will:

* Create a wide, generous and secure platform for the active involvement of community groups

* Build a bridge to the non-Wiki community (the Wikiless), inspire a new generation of volunteers

* Create a place and space where working relationships can strive, thrive and develop

* Spread the Wikipedia editing ‘privilege’ to involve more cultures, more women, more wisdom

* Enhance public understanding of shared, free and open source knowledge

* Celebrate and promote successful partnerships and Wiki achievements

This year’s Wikimania will take place in July in Washington DC.

To find out more visit the Bristol bid wiki.




Google gives 2m dollars to Wikipedia

Google Inc., the Internet’s most profitable company, is giving USD 2 million to support Wikipedia, a volunteer-driven reference tool that has emerged as one of the Web’s most-read sites. Wikimedia Foundation, owner of Wikipedia, said Wednesday that Google has donated USD 2 million to further develop the popular encyclopedia and other projects. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday, followed by a formal announcement from the nonprofit organization. The search giant’s funds will be used on technology projects to help Wikipedia handle its increasing bandwidth and multimedia needs. Wikimedia currently relies on two data centers, one in Florida and another in Amsterdam, with bandwidth services donated by a Dutch company. “Considering the rise of server traffic from outside of Europe and the U.S., it’s become important for us to look at expanding our data centers in new locations,” said Jay Walsh, Wikimedia’s spokesman. Mr. Walsh said that the grant could also help the foundation’s outreach activities, which are aimed at increasing contributions from subject-matter experts, students and academics, as well as developing better teaching and learning tools. Wikimedia received more than USD 8 million in donations during a January fund-raiser, three-fourths of its revenue target for the fiscal year


Telefónica and Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia) Partner to Advance Learning and Increase Access to Free Knowledge

Wikimedia Foundation and Telefónica today announced a strategic partnership to improve access to Wikimedia educational and informational content in Latin America and Europe. The agreement will expand the reach of Wikimedia’s projects, including Wikipedia, on multiple platforms through the development of customized applications for Telefónica’s web portals, wireless handsets and television properties.

“Telefónica has enormous reach in key territories, particularly Latin America, which will enable us to provide free knowledge to more people in more places,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Telefónica is an ideal partner and with its help, we will gain access to millions of new users – expanding the reach and impact of the Wikimedia Foundation and the projects developed by our volunteers around the world.”

Both Wikimedia and Telefónica reach hundreds of millions of people around the world. Through this partnership, Telefónica will develop co-branded services, offering its customers quick and simple access to the information created by Wikimedia’s network of 100,000 international volunteers. The services will be available in all countries in which Telefónica operates. The two organizations will also work on the development of new applications and services on Telefónica’s platforms to further expand the reach of Wikimedia’s free knowledge.

“We are excited to bring our customers convenient access to the wealth of knowledge contained in Wikimedia’s projects and to contribute to the continued growth of the knowledge base,” said Vivek Dev, Director of Innovation at Telefónica SA. “We also look forward to collaborating with Wikimedia through our various not-for-profit operations that mirror Wikimedia’s values and goals”.

To further their shared missions, the Wikimedia Foundation and the Telefónica Foundation, Telefónica’s philanthropic arm, will work together to explore and identify additional opportunities to advance learning amongst high school students.


UK Met Office to publish climate change data amid fraud claims – why not put it on a global Wiki for the planet to share?

The Met Office is to release its climate change data after stolen material suggested the case for man-made global warming has been exaggerated – why not publish all of it? – Put it all on the web – this prove is important for everyone on the planet so let everyone see it – put it on a public Wiki like the Wikimedia Foundation has done in facilitating Wikipedia (fifth biggest website in the world) and its many other projects

The Met Office is to publish some of the data it uses to analyse climate change after allegations that researchers have manipulated the evidence supporting manmade global warming. Information collected by more than 1,000 weather stations from across the world would be released next week, a Met Office spokesman said.

The move follows the online publication of emails and other material stolen from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Climate change sceptics claim the material shows that the evidence to support manmade global warming has been exaggerated. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told BBC Radio 4 yesterday that the claims, dubbed Climategate, were serious and would be looked at “in detail”.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The Met Office does intend to release data from more than 1,000 weather stations. It will be available on our website.” He said the office had “every confidence” in the data, which would show that global temperatures had warmed up over the past 150 years. The Met Office’s database is a main source of analysis for the IPCC.

 Further information may be released at a later date after 188 countries were written to asking for permission to publish historic data. The University of East Anglia has appointed tje Scottish civil servant and former principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Sir Muir Russell, to head an independent review into the email allegations.

 The investigation will look at the leaked email exchanges to see if there is any evidence of manipulation or suppression of data that would call into question the research findings of the centre. The centre’s director, Professor Phil Jones, has said he will stand down from the post while the independent inquiry takes place. The climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, has welcomed the UN’s investigation of the claims but warned against listening to “flat-earthers” who were trying to undermine the science.

 He said sceptics who suggested the Earth was cooling because 1998 was the hottest year on record were wrong, because the past 10 years were the warmest decade on record. The hottest year, 1998, coincided with natural warming effects of a strong El Nino weather pattern.


Wikipedia told to help track ‘blackmailer’

 London judge has ordered online encyclopedia Wikipedia to reveal the identity of one of its contributors after a mother and child pleaded for help in tracking down an alleged blackmailer. Mr Justice Tugendhat ordered Wikipedia’s mother company, US-based Wikimedia Foundation Inc, to disclose the electronic address of one of its registered users.

The mother had received anonymous letters threatening to disclose details of her business life and “sensitive” information had been revealed on the website. The High Court judgment also sealed the files so that the woman’s identity remains unknown