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Presenting WikiSym 2011 website



Hi all!

Christmas is ahead of us and we just received a wonderful gift. A few hours ago, we have just launched our brand new WikiSym 2011 website. You may have also noticed our new banner on top of this parent site and… the awesome logo for next year!. We will provide some promotional artwork (short and long banners) very soon, so that you can help us spread the word.

We also started the main campaign to find out sponsors. If you want to consider becoming a WikiSym 2011 sponsor, you should visit the sponsors page and also read our invitation to sponsors.

Creating Art the Wiki Way: submit your photos!

Coming up with good presents for keynote speakers is always a challenge for conference organizers. But last year, the WikiSym steering committee came up with the idea of commissioning an original artwork which would be inspired by the theme of collaboration. The result was this artistically rendered word cloud, which was printed on high quality canvas for keynote speakers and on free t-shirts for all conference attendees. This artistically rendered visualization captures the diverse nature of our community, by showing data from all papers and presentations ever made at WikiSym, using the colors and round shape of the conference logo.

word cloud
word cloud: click to see full-size

The piece is the result of a collaboration between Alain Désilets and Robert Biddle (of the steering committee), as well as Nazim Ahmed and Melissa Edwards of DNA11/Canvas Pop. DNA11 is a company that specializes in the creation of high end custom artwork , made with samples of their clients’ DNA, fingerprints or lips. Canvas Pop is a sister company which caters to a more mainstream market, and turns any digital photo into canvas art, regardless of size or resolution. After some very interesting interdisciplinary brainstorming, the concept of a word cloud was chosen. Alain and Robert gathered the raw data from the WikiSym publications archive, which the DNA11 folks rendered using their artistic flair, and then printed on canvas. The result turned out to be quite stunning, and much more visually appealing than an average laminated picture (note: canvas copies of the cloud can be purchased through Nazim Ahmed at: art@dna11.com).

Following this first experiment, the WikiSym committee decided to commission a unique collaborative art piece for each new edition of the conference. This year’s work will be a photomosaic of the conference logo, generated from a large pool of thumbnail pictures about WikiSym. You can participate in the creation of this work, by uploading relevant pictures to Flickr, and tagging them with keyword wikisym-photomosaic (please make sure to upload them under Creative Commons terms). They can be photos taken at the conference (ex: a photo of the Open Space circle), iconic photos from the cities where it was held (ex: the Porto waterfront), photos of things that make you think of WikiSym or wikis (ex: a beehive), or any photo that you feel is in some way related to WikiSym. Thank you for helping us make this a truly collaborative work of art. If you have any question or creative ideas about this endeavour, please don’t hesitate to contact Alain Désilets (alain.desilets@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca).

Watching WikiSym 2009

I have been recording and streaming WikiSym2009 – using two tools ustream.tv for live streaming and Kaltura.com for video record and remix.

You can watch our live stream at http://ustream.tv/channel/wikisym and paper and poster summaries will be available through Kaltura over the coming weeks.

If there is an item you are particularly interested in hearing about please contact me through http://twitter.com/mrjcleaver

Reach an audience beyond WikiSym 2009

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Perhaps you presented a paper, or poster, or gained an insight at WikiSym, or maybe you weren’t able to attend this year but had something you wanted to say.

Share a video with us – and we’ll share it with the world.

To upload – go to http://www.wikisym.org/video/

Martin.

WikiSym 2009: Are you presenting? Leave us a video!

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Time at WikiSym is precious: so many people focused intently on such a broad array of issues. You can’t see everyone, so how do you choose?

This year we are proud to be sponsored by Kaltura.com – an online video remixing facility. Their part of the deal is that we have access to their delivery network (their tools are open source).

So, let’s give it a go: leave a video comment about something you are presenting or someone you’d like to meet. Keep it to 60 seconds or less, please.

Thanks,
Martin.

Practioner, Researcher, Consultant, Vendor: Do You Run a Wiki or Knowledge Management Event?

Every month in Toronto I co-run http://www.torontowikituesdays.com/ and http://www.knowledgeworkers.org/: our events have covered wiki public sites, vendor-specific implementations led by practitioners, in many fields, including Law, Education, and Industrial Design. Our events lined up for the next couple of months include the Toronto Public Library, TV Ontario, and Microsoft Sharepoint. These events help attendees to network, consultants to share ideas, practitioners to validate their convictions and researchers to ground their assumptions.

Do you attend a local wiki-related or knowledge group?

Whereever you are in the world: e.g. London, New York, Paris, Mumbai, Sydney; or whatever the specialism: e.g. Wiki-based intranets, Wiki-based Competitive Intelligence or Crowd Sourcing or  Collaborative Book writing,  or whatever the solution, whether as software: e.g. whether Confluence, Deki, Foswiki, Socialtext, Tiki-Wiki, Thoughtfarmer, Traction Software, TWiki,  or XWiki, or hosted, e.g. Pbwiki, Wetpaint, Wikia, WikiDot, WikiHow, WikiSpaces, or a site taking a wiki-centric approcach, e.g. Productwiki: we want to work with you.

Certainly there’s competition within our industry. But before there’s competition there’s getting attention for the industry. Let’s get the wiki message loud and clear and collectively validate and show depth and breadth the worth of the industry.

Practioner, researcher, consultant, vendor: We have a world of opportunity ahead of us.

Contact us, either in the comments or to me privately, and WikiSym will find ways to help you coalesce local interest in your local events.

Martin Cleaver
Blended Perspectives
Inc.

Dan Ingalls – Interview

Daniel Ingalls is one of the most important participants of this WikiSym edition. He’s participating as an invited speaker and we interviewed him just in time to get you some information on his career.

1. When has you career in Software Development started?
Around 1970.

2. Considering what you invented, do you think that you have revolutioned computer programming and architecture?
I do feel that I’ve contributed to some good progress, but I’ve never felt it was a “me” thing.  I’ve had a lot of fun, drawn energy from the people and things around me, and I hope I’ve given back some of the same.

3. Is there anything you would still like to do, in that area, that you haven’t done yet?
I still feel that things can be simpler.  I hope that, with the help of increasingly high-level language tools, we may be gradually able to leave the language wars behind us, and move into an era of focus on the more basic semantic models, relationships, and architectures.

4. What do you foresee to happen in a near future, considering the current trends of informatics?
I believe that this trend we call “Web 2.0” will continue, as an exciting recreation of the personal computer revolution, but now in the context of dynamic languages and the web.

5. When did you start getting involved with wikis?
Around the time when Squeak came out with one of the first really simple, small Wiki kernels.  But this was not my work, except for the system in which it was built.

6. What do you think that could be improved on platforms like wikis?
I think of everything on the web as being active, so I look to the future of Wikis as being an editable world of active objects.

7. What are your expectations towards this edition of WikiSym? Have you participated on events like this before?
This is my first visit to WikiSym, and I have no expectations, except to share some of the excitement of new possibilities.

8. If there’s anything else that you would like to say, please:
Thank you so much.