Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wikimedia celebrates in Haifa
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The seventh annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania 2011, took place in Haifa over the weekend coinciding with the Web site's 10th anniversary.
The conference explored issues concerning the modern online encyclopedia, as well as information sharing via the Internet. The sessions ranged from how to write Wikipedia social histories and the constraint of social memory on Wikipedia, to intercultural issues across Wikimedia projects and challenges in Wikimedia projects for endangered languages.
The conference demonstrated the innovation of Wikipedia, and its ability to foster community and culture
The keynote speaker at one of the first plenary sessions was Dr. Joseph Reagle, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He posed three different historical questions about the website that has essentially transformed online information sharing.