Monday, July 26, 2010

Innovation at #Wikimania

Wikimania is such an intensive event, that I spend all my time on the people, the talks and the events themselves. This years Wikimania in Gdansk was no exception; as always it was a magnificent event and there were several new things to be welcomed.

My plan is to mention the highlights when the videos get on-line. However, one new thing is the creation of a multi lingual content project, a book with 104 Wikipedia articles about Lech Wałęsa.

I am happy that I may use the announcement as a "guest blog".

Hi all,

I'm pleased to announce that the book about Lech Wałęsa, which was
prepared for Wikimania 2010 in Gdańsk, has been published at Wikimedia Commons.

The book contains biographies of Lech Wałęsa[1] in 104 languages of
the world. Every biography comes from a different language version of Wikipedia. All the text was retrieved at the same moment - On the 1st of March, 2010. The book was prepared by volunteers from the Polish Wikipedia community and the whole book, including the cover, is available under CC-BY-SA 3.0. All the authors are listed on the book's last pages.

During the closing ceremony of Wikimania 2010 the book was shown for the first time in public. And a few days after Wikimania, the
President of Gdańsk, Wikimania organizers and Polish Wikipedians gave Lech Wałęsa the first copy of the book.

The book is available in PDF format on Wikimedia Commons:


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