Commons:Commons Conference 2018

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Not to be confused with Commons:Photographers User Group Meeting 2018.

This page is intended to gather ideas for the first Commons Conference in 2018. Everybody is invited to contribute ideas on how to make it happen.

Scope[edit]

The users on Commons are currently split into many different communities; be it by language or regarding their main field of work on Commons (e.g. photography, categories, etc.). Thus, the main goal of this proposed conference should be, to increase international collaboration on Commons and create a stronger sense of a Commons community.

Topics/Program ideas[edit]

Focus area 1: Metadata/Structured Data[edit]

Focus area 2: Knowledge transfer for media creation[edit]

  • Photo walks
  • Photo workshops
    • Nature and wildlife photography
    • Studio photography
  • Video workshops
  • Enganging local communities in photography projects
  • International photography projects ("Wiki loves ...")
  • Gear
    • demonstrations on specific gear
      • studio lighting, item photography
      • tilt shift
      • open source editing software
    • Gear available
      • Lenses, Tripods, etc to save risk/cost of carrying them
  • Sharing photography equipment
  • Image processing
    • RAW image processing
  • creation of a Commons:Knowledge base
  • create advanced illustrations in SVG (Cmglee)

Focus area 3: Legal/IP rights[edit]

    • Author's rights
    • Personality rights
    • License issues and proper attribution
    • Freedom of panorama
    • Legal advocacy/EU policy

Focus area 4: Commons, Wikidata and GLAM[edit]

    • future of Wiki Loves Events and wikimedia commons
    • Relationship of Commons to the other Wikimedia projects

Focus area 5: Commons Culture[edit]

    • Friendly space and Commons
    • Challenges for a multilingual community
    • Commons admins meetup
    • finding a self definition for the Commons Photographers User Group.
      • goals and objectives
    • Quality images, Featured pictures and Valued images
      • review of the current state
      • image requirements
      • promotion process
      • challenge: how to foster the use of this content in the sister projects

Commons Hackathon[edit]

Possible locations[edit]

General requirements:

  • International airport within approx 50 km (depends on transit options from/to the airport)
  • should be generally "near" the "center of gravity" of active global Commons Users
  • visa-free access or reasonable visa requirements (visa on arrival, etc.)

see also: Hackathon handbook on Mediawiki wiki (doesn't necessarily apply in every aspect) and Step by step guide for finding the right venue for a conference on Meta

New Jersey[edit]

    • + Good infrastructure (transit/internet access)
    • - problematic visa situation for many potential participants (as seen at former conferences in North America)
    • - expensive travel for Europeans


Barcelona (parallel to the Wikimedia Hackathon 2018)[edit]

Visa policy of the Schengen Area map (Spain is a member of the Schengen)
    • + organization
    • + my second home, i can organize. --Ralf Roleček 02:32, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
    • + freedom of panorama
    • (-) similar visa situation to Iceland
support
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support commons and hackathon share a lot --Ilya (talk) 22:13, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
    Yes, Ilya, for those interested in both topics, I am not really sure, though, that the overlapping is really big. --Poco2 18:36, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support slight support but in my opinion an organization of a conference is a complicated activity mainly connected with the VISAs (Montreal docet). Combining Hackathon and Commons cam give more strength to the Conference and can save a lot of money connected with the sharing of costs. --Ilario (talk) 20:28, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Conducting this conference along with Wikimedia Hackathon will save lot of money, also it'll be easier for participants of both conferences. --Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk · mail) 03:27, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
  • When the overlap is that small it is hard for me to see how that reduces costs. Photographers are not likely to participate in the hackaton and vice versa. And doing two different things that closely is rather complicated for organizers. Kruusamägi (talk) 11:44, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Estonia in May 2018[edit]

    • Local organizers and photographers
    • In Schengen Area (like Spain; see map); easy to travel from Europe and Russia
    • Most of the local expenses could be covered from outside sources
    • Relatively unphotographed
    • Good infrastructure
    • Relatively cheap
    • Safe
Possible places to visit
support
  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support As nominator. Kruusamägi (talk) 11:44, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support Sumit Surai (talk) 22:17, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support --Matthias Süßen (talk) 07:13, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Tunisia Yasmine Hammamet or Sousse Jun 2018[edit]

    • (+) Participants can attend the event without visa
    • (+) The cost of the event will be the lowest compared to other countries
    • (+) We have experience in organizing conferences like Wiki Arabia 2015 in Monastir, and workshops and training sessions about Wikimedia Commons like QI images done by Diego Delso
    • (+) Many Things To Photograph like stunning landscape and historical Monuments
    • (+) freedom of panorama
    • (-) Tunisia - while better than some nearby countries - still has major issues on women's rights.
    • (+) "Wikimedia content should reflect the world" (not only the Western world)
Possible place to visit
local organizing team
  1. Mounir Touzri
  2. Hamed Gamaoun
  3. Ayoub Fajraoui
  4. Olfa Yakoubi
support
  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support I will join the local organizing team if the event will be organized in Tunisia Ovva olfa (talk) 16:30, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support Touzrimounir (talk) 22:16, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support (with reservations) cmɢʟee Interesting locations outside established European and North American countries and still accessible from Europe, though a high-profile event might attract unwanted attention
    Dear @Cmglee: The current situation in Tunsia is secure,Tunisia's crime rating is low; police and military forces have increased their effectiveness in recent years.the current problems of risk are at the level of the borders between Algeria and Tunisia but for the rest of the regions the current situation is favorable (see this link): https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia Ayoub Fajraoui (talk) 08:32, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ayoub Fajraoui (talk) 08:04, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support -- DerFussi 03:42, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  6. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Due to the county's LGBT right, I would not feel safe. --Jonatan Svensson Glad (talk) 01:22, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
  7. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I, too, would be worried for women and LGBT-identifying people. -Another Believer (talk) 15:33, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Orlando, Florida[edit]

    • +Large international airport
    • +Lots of event spaces and hotel rooms
    • +Many places around to photograph (look at Orlando's Wikivoyage entry for some example)
    • +Great weather
    • -Not the greatest public transportation system
    • -Some of the places to visit (Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Kennedy Space Center) cost extra to visit
As well as the same things stated above with New Jersey
  • + Good infrastructure (transit/internet access)
  • - problematic visa situation for many potential participants (as seen at former conferences in North America)
  • - expensive travel for Europeans
support
  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support as nominator Elisfkc (talk) 21:28, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

Perth, Western Australia[edit]

    • + significant sponsorship already available following Wikimania bids
    • + lots of event space
    • + good variety of accommodation options, including in the world heritage listed w:Fremantle Prison
    • + pleasant, sunny climate
    • + Large unique Biodiversity region
    • + good safe public transport,
    • + large international Airport, direct flights from Europe(London), Asia, South Africa and Mid East
    • + visa available for most, exceptions manageable
    • + unrestricted FOP
    • - highest travel cost of all locations
    • - long and expensive flight for most people, 3000 km from even most of Australia
support
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as nominator Gnangarra 09:43, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Thennicke (talk) 08:08, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Cape Town, South Africa[edit]

    • ++ No additional travel cost for most people as they can be combined with Wikimania
    • + Visa
    • + Lots of potential public not directly involved in Commons, but interested in the project
    • + Great photo opportunities nearby
support

Possible dates[edit]

  • 2018-Q2
    • + enough temporal distance to Wikimania 2018
    • + warm enough days, long enough daylight for photography (in northern hemisphere)
    • - NOTE: If the conference are to be partially or fully funded by WMF at more than $15,000 USD, the applicant "must notify a program officer by email 8 to 12 months before [the] event".
    • -Close to Hackathon (unless bundled)
  • 2018-Q3
    • (+) reasonable amount of time to organize
    • - high season
    • - possible scheduling conflicts with other events (Wikimania)
    • - quite hot in subtropical locations
  • 2018-Q4
    • + reasonable amount of time to organize
    • + low season
  • 2019

Roadmap[edit]

Financing[edit]

WMF Grant[edit]

Sponsoring[edit]

Key people[edit]

  • User:SandraF (WMF), Community Liaison Structured Data
  • User:Frank Schulenburg (Event organization/WMF Financing Liaison) Sorry, but I thought this was about the Commons Photographers, not about Commons as a whole. Unfortunately, I won't be able to support a larger event. I was assuming we'd gather with 20–30 photographers. Everything beyond that is also beyond my capacity (and interest) as a volunteer. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 16:58, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  • User:MB-one (community-centred event organization)
  • Matthias Süßen (Jack of all trades, master of none)
  • Romaine (conference coordinator (mainly) on site)
  • Gnangarra happy to help with event co-ordination

Interested[edit]

If you're interested in participation, please add your name here:

  1. Ftsalamp (talk) 22:04, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
    --Ralf Roleček 20:44, 12 August 2017 (UTC) community meeting yes, i can help to organize. meta-meetup: no interist to me.
  2. Magioladitis (talk) 22:06, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
  3. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 20:25, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
  4. Touzrimounir (talk)
  5.   — Jeff G. ツ 22:27, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
    Stepro (talk) 00:13, 14 August 2017 (UTC) I don't understand the change of the scope without any discussion. --Stepro (talk) 21:15, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  6. Hamed Gamaoun (talk) 07:41, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  7. Pyb (talk) 14:56, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  8. Jarekt (talk) 12:04, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
  9. Matthias Süßen (talk) 12:07, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
  10. El Grafo (talk) 14:55, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
  11. D Y O L F 77[Talk] 20:50, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
  12. --Michael (talk) 08:57, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  13. --Ailura (talk) 12:47, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  14. KTC (talk) 17:53, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  15.    FDMS  4    20:51, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  16. Rhododendrites talk |  15:40, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
  17. -- Ra Boe watt?? 17:17, 22 August 2017 (UTC)
  18. -- Freddy2001 talk 05:35, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
  19. Léna (talk) 15:40, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
  20. SDKmac (talk) 20:36, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
  21. --Albinfo (talk) 12:57, 3 September 2017 (UTC)
  22. Sami Mlouhi (talk) 19:58, 3 September 2017 (UTC)
  23. Youssef Ben Saad (talk) 22:02, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
  24. Spiritia 09:36, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  25. Spasimir (talk) 10:37, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  26. -Another Believer (talk) 15:11, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  27. Andy Mabbett (talk)
  28. Vysotsky (talk)
  29. Hansmuller (talk) 20:07, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  30. (talk) 20:39, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  31. Elisfkc (talk) 20:41, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  32. Shakko (talk) 21:29, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  33. Ezarateesteban 22:20, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  34. Blmurch (talk) 22:38, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  35. --BugWarp (talk) 23:44, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
  36. Bidgee (talk) 00:04, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  37. Gnangarra 01:49, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  38. Thomas Ledl (talk) 07:18, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  39. --Jaqen (talk) 09:37, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  40. --Judgefloro--Judgefloro 14:02, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  41. WereSpielChequers (talk) 16:06, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  42. Jonathunder (talk)
  43. Ellin Beltz Interested, but unlikely to attend distant costly meetings.
  44. -- Marcus Cyron (talk) 18:11, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  45. Rafael Zink (talk) 18:13, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  46. Mardetanha talk 18:32, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
    Poco2 03:47, 8 September 2017 (UTC) As long as we have different conferences with Commons in focus Poco2 08:41, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  47. Jamie Tubers (talk) 08:26, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  48. --Mattes (talk) 18:08, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  49. --Manoj Karingamadathil (Talk) 04:02, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  50. --Gestumblindi (talk) 10:19, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  51. --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 11:50, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  52. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:26, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  53. --Ovva olfa (talk) 16:25, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  54. --Ilario (talk) 21:23, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  55. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 06:00, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
  56. --Nabin K. Sapkota (talk) 07:14, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
  57. Jane023 (talk) 09:17, 10 September 2017 (UTC) Interested in images of artworks, multilingual access, copyright issues, and Wikidata aspects of structured Commons.
  58. NickK (talk) 10:38, 10 September 2017 (UTC) (but not sure I will be able to attend)
  59. --Anika (talk) 12:22, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
  60. cmɢʟee::τaʟκ 19:03, 10 September 2017 (UTC) — I can help conduct SVG or illustration workshops or talks, if so desired.
  61. Romaine (talk) 19:41, 10 September 2017 (UTC) - good idea
  62. Ayoub Fajraoui (talk) 08:05, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  63. Danidamiobi (talk) 08:05, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  64. Dtuk (talk) 12:46, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  65. --kaʁstn Dis/Cat 13:10, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
  66. --Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk · mail) 16:24, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
  67. Yarl 💭  11:21, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  68. --Flixtey (talk) 17:46, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  69. --SAgbley (talk)
  70. --Rberchie(talk) 18:01, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  71. --Jheald (talk) 20:12, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  72. --Joy Agyepong (talk)
  73. Islahaddow (talk) 15:18, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
  74. Bahnfrend (talk) 13:16, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
  75. Jmabel ! talk 14:51, 27 September 2017 (UTC)
  76. James F. (talk) 15:49, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
  77. Saileshpat (talk) 21:16, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
  78. --AWossink (talk) 09:43, 4 October 2017 (UTC)
  79. Kaizenify (talk) 16:18, 04 October 2017 (UTC)
  80. --Ruthven (msg) 23:01, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
  81. Bodhisattwa (talk) 02:54, 14 October 2017 (UTC)
  82. DerFussi 03:44, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  83. So interested. --Benoît Prieur (d) 05:52, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  84. --The Photographer 15:36, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  85. -- Thennicke (talk) 08:10, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
  86. --Atudu (talk) 15:21, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
  87. Jim.henderson (talk) 11:14, 7 November 2017 (UTC)
  88. Sumit Surai (talk) 22:16, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  89. 32X (talk) 15:07, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  90. --Juandev (talk) 22:12, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Interested if colocated with ...[edit]

  1. ... Wikimania. -- Effeietsanders (talk) 22:00, 9 September 2017 (UTC) interesting topics, but too much overlap with the wikimania visitors. too expensive to fly everyone in.
  2. ... another Wikimedia event. Dimi z (talk) 11:11, 11 September 2017 (UTC) Sounds like a worthwhile initiative. I would encourage this to take place alongside another Wikimedia event (Hackathon/Wikimania/Regional Conference) so we can save at least some of the cost of flying people in.
  3. ... Wouldn't it be make more sense to colocated with a Wikidata conference because we need their expertise for discussing Structured data? --Arnd (talk) 11:59, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  4. ...Interesting topics. --Fanghong (talk) 01:13, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
  5. ... another Wikimedia event. Yarl 💭  11:21, 15 September 2017 (UTC) Hackathon or Wikimania sounds reasonable.