Katherine Maher: Beyond the Encyclopedia

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
At the Wikimedia Conference 2017
avatar Katherine Maher
In Berlin, Germany

In June of 2016 Katherine Maher became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation and almost immediately there was a renewed spirit of excitement and positivity about the future of the movement. Over the past 10 months this energy has continued to flow, reaching more corners of the planet and the vast array of ideas and projects within the wikiverse.

Original photo of Katherine by VGrigas (WMF) CC-BY-SA 3.0

Today, on a special extended edition of the program, we spend the hour with Katherine Maher, to hear observations, experiences and what her hopes are for the future when it comes to Free Knowledge and this global movement of volunteers that has already achieved so much

Wikimedia Conference 2017: The Future of Free Knowledge

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Recorded live at Wikimedia Conference 2017 - Berlin
avatar Juliet Barbara Guest
avatar Shani Evenstein Guest
avatar Cornelius Kibelka Guest
avatar Andrew Lih Guest
avatar Adele Vrana Guest
avatar Sarmad Said Yaseen Guest

A few weeks ago, as spring made itself felt in Berlin, I had the privilege of attending a gathering of dedicated individuals from around the world, who came together for one over arching purpose  beyond the many specific projects they are busy with — the future of Free Knowledge.. and with that.. a path forward for the global movement known as Wikimedia.

Image by Oxana Baerbach CC-BY-SA 4.0

The event is entitled, the Wikimedia Conference 2017 and today you’re going to hear the big questions and ideas that were taken on and mulled over with the needs and realities of future generations in mind. In a time when so many might feel very cynical about the world and cooperation across borders & cultures, we’re going to hear about a future filled with not only possibility, but also progress. Today on the program, experience a spirit of dedication and possibility at the Wikimedia Conference 2017.

The Creative Commons Search We’ve Been Waiting For

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Ryan Merkley Guest

The first version of the creative commons license was released in 2002. Since then the number of content making use of CC is thought to be over 1 billion. Unfortunately searching through this content has been a fragmented, limited, harrowing task. Until now.

Screenshot 2017-03-15 11.05.04Today on the program, Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley presents the front door to the world of Commons: CC Search.

Show includes clips of Ryan Merkley and Lawrence Lessig during a panel discussion at Creative Commons Korea (Nov. 2015).

Wikispeech: Listening to Wikipedia

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar John Andersson
In Stockholm

While Wikipedia is very much an essential source where so many people go to find information; information that is most often text based. One might think for all its functionality there must be an option somewhere to press a button and be able to hear articles, it iss probably there but you never tried it – right?

The reality is that open license text to speech is not a function universally available on Wikipedia. However – in 2017 – that is about to change. Our guest today is John Andersson of Wikimedia Sverige, and with his help we’re learning about the game changing exension known as Wikispeech. We’ll also look into some historical cases of text to speech within Wikipedia. Now more than ever, we’re listening to what is possible and what it means for the internet as we know it.

Logo by ElioQoshi (CC0)
Logo by ElioQoshi (CC0)

Wikipedia to the Moon!

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
In Berlin
avatar Michael Jahn
Wikimedia Deutschland

(Episode 45) Imagine you’re on your way to the moon and you’d like to bring something nice along to leave behind. Something that represents humanity and perhaps one day will be found or used by some group of beings. In the 1960’s, at the height of the space race/cold war, NASA astronauts left behind the iconic American flag. In 2017, what would you leave behind?

By Denis Schroeder (WMDE) (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
By Denis Schroeder (WMDE) (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How about Wikipedia? Indeed when the PTScientists began working on their own mission to the moon, the one thing they definitely wanted to take with them — Wikipedia. But Wikipedia is huge and it is on the internet. How then should it be taken to the moon? And more importantly, what should get to go?

Today on the podcast, from the initial idea, to the process, to the final product — the story of Wikipedia to the Moon, told by one of its architects: Michael Jahn. If you’re looking for hope at the start of the new year, look no further..  listen to this!

Bonus material:

Berlin Christmas Markets and Open Data

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Thomas Tursics
At Wikimedia Deutschland
avatar Sara
At Lucia Christmas Market

31222749033_f2c682f507_b(Episode 44)  On the heels of the shocking attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, we’re   joining thousands of determined individuals at the markets, sampling the delicious delicacies and enjoying the atmosphere. Meanwhile, our guest Thomas Tursics joins us to talk about the relationship between open data and his Christmas Market application.  It’s a holiday story of solemn reflection, holiday traditions, and open data!

Rachel Uwa: Learning via Machines, Making and Make-Believe

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Rachel Uwa Guest

(Episode 43) As we approach the end of 2016, for many people, it will be remembered as a year of painful world events and some shocking realizations about how little we understand about one another. It isn’t that feeling disconnected or mass violence were invented over the past year, but it is perhaps a major moment in recent history where we are confronted with the depth and scale that these things can reach.

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-16-24-10With this as the backdrop, in communities all over the world – like Berlin – there are projects dedicated to learning, new experiences, and connecting people. One such project is the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe. In 2015 we first heard from Rachel Uwa, founder of the School of MA, about what the plan and mission was and how it would all work. Almost two years later, today on the podcast we hear from Rachel, about the ups, downs, and interesting developments at the school. We also delve into the art of trying something new, learning from failure, and philosophy of growth.

If you’re curious about human behavior, learning, technology, community, or anything in between — this is the podcast for you.

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: EU Copyright Reform

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Polina Malaja
in Berlin
avatar Dimi
in Brussels
avatar Julia Reda
Audio from 31C3 (2014)

6915188757_b176fbdf0f_b(Episode 42)  Today on the podcast we’re looking at the copyright reform that is being proposed by the EU commission. Of course even as I say those words, I can hear some of you clicking off, or saving this for later even if later will never come. Copyright is one of those things – it hits us in so many ways, everyday, yet often the discussions and specifics cause us to get bored or lost… amazingly something that matters so much is really hard to get excited about. But we’re daring to tackle the important on this program, with help from three voices – Polina Malaja of the Free Software Foundation Europe, Dimitar Dimitrov of the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, and Julia Reda, German Member of the European Parliament.

Our goal.. to look at the proposed changes to copyright in the EU and break down the who, what, and how… even some of the why. Because in the end.. these changes would impact every single one of us.

Ladies That FOSS

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Julia Schuetze Guest
avatar Michael Henretti Guest

(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start.  Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to  participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.

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Taha Yasseri: When Wikipedia Bots Fight

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Taha Yasseri Guest

Machines fighting with machines is a classic sci-fi storyline. There has long been a fascination with what happens when intelligent machines interact with one another. What if they don’t get along?

My guest today, Taha Yasseri has been studying bots within Wikipedia for over a decade, and found that even when we’re talking about simple bots, sometimes they can get into complex fights. Why do they fight and how? Today on the program, we dig into bots that fight and what it all means for Wikipedia and the larger world of AI in our lives.

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.