Wikimania 2008 – Speaker highlights

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(Forward from the Wikimania 2008 program committee)
The Wikimania 2008 program committee is proud to announce the program for Wikimania 2008. Wikimania 2008 includes over 80 sessions from the Wikimedia community, the Free culture movement and other related subjects from all over the world. During the three-day program many Wikimedia and Free Culture related subjects will be covered by a wide range of speakers. Numerous ideas and topics will be discussed. Wikimania is a great place to share thoughts and have discussions on the Wikimedia projects and values and issues that are important for Wikimedia.
These presentations, discussions and workshops are presented by experts (by profession or by experience) on their topic. The program committee would like to share some of the highlights of the Wikimania 2008 program, presented by high profile speakers with both technical and free/open culture backgrounds. Some of this year’s speakers:
Florence Devouard, Chair of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees, speaking on the topic of communications between projects, stakeholders, and a global audience
* Eliane Metni, director of the International Education Association on The Global Educators’ Open Course, how teachers from all over the world work together on better educational material.
* Jimmy Wales – Founder of Wikipedia and Board member of the Wikimedia Foundation – will talk about freedom of speech, human rights and free culture. Jimmy Wales brings a long history of involvement in free and open culture projects created by large collaborative communities.
* Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, will speak about the future in his talk “new paradigms for new tomorrows”
* Tim Spalding – Creator of LibraryThing, a prominent social cataloguing web application for storing and sharing personal library catalogues and book lists will talk about his project.
* Multiple sessions from various Wikimedia Foundation staff and advisory board members including: Erik Möller and Sue Gardner – Deputy and Executive Director – with a forecast for the Wikimedia Foundations upcoming year; Brion Vibber – Chief Technology Officer – discussing the current state of the MediaWiki software; and advisory board members Angela Beesley speaking about how wiki’s can be used to write more then an encyclopedia and Benjamin Mako Hill speaking on the topic
of Free Network Services.
* Schuyler Erle and Mikel Maron from Open Street Map – The free editable map of the whole world, created by volunteers, will speak about their successes and methods.
The program committee is thrilled to present such an extensive program with excellent speakers, and look forward to a successful conference.<

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