I have seen the last ancient wonder!
Posted on 7/21/2008 @ 12:03 PM
Wikimania is an annual conference for all Wikimedians who contribute to one of the many Wikimedia Foundation projects. Past conferences have been held in cities from around the world such as Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Boston, USA (2006) and Taipei, Taiwan (2007). This year, Wikimania was hosted in Alexandria, in the prestigious new Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina).
I gave a talk entitled “Copernicus – Adding the Third Dimension to Wikipedia”. I talked about the possible way of evolution of Wikipedia towards the three dimensional Web and introduced Copernicus - The Virtual 3D Encyclopedia.
Interesting talks? During the opening ceremony, Florence Devouard (Wikimedia Foundation chair) gave a talk, where she said that there is a need for 3D graphics in Wikipedia (unfortunately, Florence is stepping down from being a chair this year). Good talks from Jimbo Wales on Freedom of speech, human rights, and free culture, and Brion Vibber on State of the MediaWiki. I also enjoyed Wikimedia Foundation Board Panel: Jan-Bart de Vreede, Kat Walsh, Stuart West, Domas Mituzas, Michael Snow, Jimbo Wales, Ting Chen moderated by Andrew Lih and James Forrester.
UPDATE: The abstract of the presentation and its video recording can be found on Kaltura.
During my stay in Egypt, I had some time to see Cairo and its neighborhood. I had a horse tour in the Giza pyramid complex – I had a chance to see the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence. I visited the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, a home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities (actually, there are too many things in this museum!). In Alexandria I’ve seen an ancient Roman theatre Kom al-Dikka, excavated by the Polish-Egyptian archaeological and restoration team.