A beginning

Thanks to the efforts of Brianna and Tawker I now have a functional website.

It is with pleasure that I can now declare that ceci EST un blog! And, since I’ll be talking almost exclusively about Wikimedia related things I’ve applied to be included in the Planet Wikimedia blog aggregator. We’ll see how that goes.

In the mean time, I’ll point you to a couple of interesting things that have popped up in the last couple of days:

  • Creative Commons have released their interim report on what people actually think “Non-Comercial” actually means. It’s a damn hard question and frankly I think CC have given themselves more trouble than it’s worth by even giving that option. Everyone you ask has a different opinion and that’s what the survey was trying to find out. Their interim report has the fascinating statistic that the vast majority of people who classify themselves as “creators” (therefore, they have published their IP online – generally in Flickr) do not consider themselves to have any copyright. Bizzare. They probably think they have to register for it. Check it out here.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation is offering a series of positions at the moment – 1 intern, 2 techies (one for running the office and one for coding the usability project’s work) and 3 for the strategic plan. Check them out here. I’m fascinated by these last three as the descriptions (and the shear fact that there will be three new staff) demonstrate the seriousness of the Foundation’s intentions with regards to this strategic plan. We’ve never had one before so there could be really interesting, and possibly unexpected, outcomes.

  • Finally, the website “Digital NZ” (the new zealand government’s “we’re on the web too” page – that’s actually really good) has a great rundown of some of the required reading that came out of the annual “Museums and the Web” conference recently. Check it out here.

That’s all for now. See you soon on Wikimedia Planet, hopefully.

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