At the eighth International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC-2008) Wikimedia Germany organizes a workshop on user generated metadata. The seminar will take place at Friday, the 26th of September 2008 afternoon.
During the recent years several projects like Wikipedia, LibraryThing, and OpenStreetmap have emerged on the Web. This projects enable volunteers to collect and create structured data such as bibliographies, encyclopaedic factsheets, geodata etc. However connections and exchange between different projects is still limited to seperated initiatives. Therefore Wikimedia Germany wants to bring together projects and communities on a workshop on user generated metadata. To enhance collaboration, we want to share experiences in the creation and management of communities and metadata. Standards and tools to simplify the exchange and connection with other institutions will be discussed as well as aspects of quality, rights, and privacy.
The workshop consists of one session where several projects (Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, BibSonomy, The Open Library…) are shortly presented in 10-15 minutes each, and another session in form of a moderated podium of all projects to deeper discuss common general issues: How can we best connect and reuse user generated metadata among communities? Which data silos must be opened? What are the limits of cooperation? How can sustainability be established in dynamic communites? etc.
We invite you to visit the Dublin Core conference in general and the seminar on user generated metadata in particular. Registration fee will be reduced until end of July, so better hurry up!
Last week the schedule of Wikimania 2008 finally was published online (Brianna already blogged). The annual conference devoted to Wikipedia, all other Wikimedia projects and free knowledge in general will take place at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt at July 17–19, 2008. There are more interesting talks then I will be able to participate – for instance about OpenStreetMap which is like Wikipedia for maps in my opinion. By the way the free OSM map of Alexandria is pretty poor – you can join in improving it!.
In 2008 the Wikimania conference – that is the annual conference of Wikimedia Foundation devoted to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, Wikisource etc. and Free Knowledge – will take place at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt at July 17–19, 2008. The Call for Participation is out now. Final deadline for submission is March 16th 2008. Please spread the word among Wikimedia communities, researchers and other people and join us in Alexandria!
P.S: Yes, Alexandria will have Internet connection again in July 😉