Wikipedia’s Big Beautiful World of Data Visualizations

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Mahmoud Hashemi
http://hatnote.com/
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avatar Owen Cornec
http://byowen.com
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When it comes to bringing information to life and presenting it in exciting ways, some of the internet’s most beautiful work has come to us via Mahmoud Hashemi and Owen Cornec. Today on the podcast they join us to talk about their work, including the mind-blowing Listen to Wikipedia and the WikiGalaxy projects; we will hear the how and why behind making something beautiful out of large amounts of data.

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Wikipedians: Voices of a Global Movement

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Jorge Vargas Guest
avatar Shani Evenstein Guest
avatar Amir Sarabadani Guest
avatar Felix Nartey Guest
avatar Gabriel Thullen Guest
avatar Maria Cruz Guest
avatar Liang-chih ShangKuan Guest
avatar Raphael Berchie Guest
avatar Jon Beasley-Murray Guest

Access, outreach, innovation, and communication are among the biggest goals that were discussed at this year’s Wikimania conference in Esino Lario, Italy. Goals that are having impact right now in many different parts of the world, as well as being goals that will help make a better future when it comes to how individuals interact with wikipedia in the years to come.

photo by Niccolò Caranti CC-BY-SA 4.0
photo by Niccolò Caranti CC-BY-SA 4.0

On today’s program we will hear from wikipedians from several continents who gathered together this summer to work on their projects. These are just a few of the hundreds of talented voices present at this year’s global gathering, Wikimania 2016.

Listening to Wikimania 2016

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Catherine de Senarclens
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Marta Pigazzini
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Flaminio Francisci
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Quim Gil
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Doc James Heilman
in Esino Lario, Italy
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What happens when 1000 wikimedians come stay in a small Italian village high in the mountains? What happens when you combine nature, a global gathering, and the world’s most beloved source of knowledge? This summer, the people of Esino Lario and participants of Wikimania 2016 dared to find out. This is the story of how and why it happenned as well as what the result was.

Image by Vincent Plisson CC-BY-SA 4.0
Image by Vincent Plisson CC-BY-SA 4.0

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Note: In Part II of this series we will delve further into questions about Wikidata, Wikipedia and Education, Wikipedia Zero and beyond with even more guests. So subscribe and become a listener of SCB… this would also make Mark very happy. 

Wikipedia, Doctors, and The Future of Medicine

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Amin Azzam
California, USA
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avatar Mikael Haggström
Sweden
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What happens when Wikipedia becomes part of the curriculum in medical school? Or when doctors and health researchers start publishing their work in open access wiki-based journals? Today on the podcast we hear from pioneers in the areas of medical education and publishing to help understand how the doctor-patient relationship is changing in a very significant way, thanks in large part to wikipedia.

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SCB35 The Global Innovation Gathering: Being the Change

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host

Almost 10 years ago we began to see the founding of creative spaces made up of members who had a common interest in tinkering, creating, and sharing their ideas under one roof. Some of these were known as hacker spaces, others took up titles like Maker Space or Innovation hub. These places generated a modest amount of attention, primarily from the tech community, occasionally from the business community, and often- they were ignored or demonized by national governments. Over the years, more and more spaces emerged, under different names, in different corners of the planet, often thanks to inspiration from another such hub. Occasionally a high profile story from some hub somewhere in the world would get some well deserved attention and of course there would sometimes be an inspiring keynote speech from a hub-trepeneur at a conference. One such conference, now in its tenth year, is Berlin’s very own Re:publica conference, which covers the internet, politics, the media, and society. It was here that a global movement would discover itself, helping transform the lives of its participants as well as people back home, wherever home may be.

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  • GIG
  • Re:publicaTEN
  • Too many guests, spaces, and projects to link in one place… use the GIG website 🙂 

Travel Writing, Wikivoyage, and the Future of Guides

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Sean Connolly
Bogota, Colombia
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avatar Andrew Wulf
Buffalo, New York, USA
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avatar John Perry
Iowa, USA
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Today on the program we scan the travel writing horizon for answers to these questions. With help from veteran travel writer Sean Connolly, and Wikivoyage writers Andrew Wulf and John Perry.  Its the travel guide edition, and once you’ve heard it you may never travel the same way again.

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Emily Temple-Wood: The Gender Gap

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Emily Temple-Wood
Chicago, IL. USA
Guest
painting by William H. Johnson courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution (Public Domain)

Her campaign to add hundreds more women scientists to wikipedia has inspired volunteers and supporters around the world.. their issue: the content gap, especially when it comes to gender. This personal mission turned global movement has also become an institutional concern.. to address the longstanding gap in content about women who have made major contributions to the field of science and well beyond.
We’re minding the gap and cheering for change with Emily Temple-Wood, today on Source Code Berlin.

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Magnus Manske on 15 Years of German Wikipedia

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15 years ago the first article went up on the German edition of Wikipedia and the world has not been the same since! Today on the program we’re celebrating this birthday by speaking with the person who posted that first article, Magnus Manske,  who also brought us the software that wiki’s all over the world run on today (Mediawiki). As a bonus, throughout today’s program we will hear great moments in German Wikipedia history complete with my tacky announcer voice.
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Digital Language Inequality

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Irene Russo Guest
avatar Lucie Guest
avatar Om Shiva Prakash Guest

In an era where digital spaces are essential to almost every area of our lives, one thing that many of us take for granted is the simple but essential ability to type and read in our own native languages. Yet at this moment and since the very beginning of the boom of the internet for all things work and play, there are millions upon millions of people whose languages are not part of this equation.

Magic Unicorn by Incabell CC-BY-SA 4.0
Magic Unicorn by Incabell CC-BY-SA 4.0

Today on the program we explore the landscape of languages that are not easily used or found online, despite their importance for the people who use them everyday and we as a global society who may not notice as we lose pieces of who we are as expressed by the diversity of languages in this world.

Guests today: Irene Russo of the Digital Language Diversity Project, Lucie-Aimee Kafee the developer of the Article Placeholder Extension, and Om Shiva Prakash of Kannada Wikipedia.

Source Code Berlin’s Valentine is Free Software

Only one year is Source Code Berlin old and it has already fallen in love – with Free Software.

ilovefs-heart-small-enSeveral occasions manifested that love in 2015 and to keep the spark going. Thus we wanted to use this occasion – today’s International Day of Free Software – to recap why we fell in love with it last year.  

The year started off with meeting free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher who got us hooked on Free Software with her passionate talk about how it can empower users. Free Software also went mainstream with companies picking up on the trend but Lydia noted that as commercial interest grows, the important aspects of Free Software that it cannot just be used but is rather an ongoing project of a community shall not be compromised by the new development as companies might only interested in the power of users as a side effect.

We also learned how others got hooked by Free Software. Kathleen Danielson shared with us her first experience with it as she was in university. She discovered new social networks which were “fascinating because they created different ways for people to interact with each other.” This together learning aspect helped her to meet friends who were already deeply involved in Free Software communities and would introduce her to different ideas about open source, free culture and why it is important. Ultimately it became important to her.

Then we met Jan Lenhardt from hood.ie, the web server for your app who believes in the open web which relies on Free Software heavily. Sam Muirhead then took this idea even further and introduced us to the idea of  an open source circular economy. In this context Free Software can be the starting point of an economy of open source. Major institutions are already bandwagoning on the idea and starting using Free Software, a good example being Munich.

Thus the future looks bright for Free Software. We are looking forward to meet more Free Software folks this year. Thank you to all the contributors and keep the spark going!

Listen back to the episodes:

Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin with Lydia Pintscher

Gender, Community and Identity in Open Source with Kathleen Danielson

Databases, Javascript, and Society: Unlikely Heroes and Personal Convictions with Jan Lehnardt

Sam Muirhead on Video, Clothing and Circular Economics with Sam Muirhead

Source Code Berlin looks into creativity and innovation in fields related to open source technology in Berlin in form of bi-weekly podcast, events and tech videos.