The 16th New York City Meetup event was held on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in the Columbia University area. This will be the tenth of the meetups with a session dedicated to discussing meta:Wikimedia New York City issues.
Topics on the agenda will include a review of the recent Wikipedia Takes Manhattan 3 and other topics, including the developing projects with the Wikimedia NYC interns.
What, Where, When, and How?
There is one public meeting in the afternoon at Columbia University, where we take further steps to organize the Wikimedia New York City local chapter, and provide a salon-style forum for discussion of Wikipedia and Wikimedia issues.
Additionally, there is an optional post-meeting dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.
Main public meeting
(to discuss Wikipedia issues and Wikimedia NYC chapter issues):
- 1402 Pupin Hall, Columbia University. Enter the Columbia campus at 116th Street and Broadway. Pupin Hall is located in the Northwest corner of the campus, next to the large building under construction. Take the elevator to the 13th floor and then walk up one flight of stairs. Meeting to be held in the library at the east end of the hall. 2:30 PM - 5:00PM
Optional post-meeting meetup
- Meetup at Columbia, and then walk together to a neighborhood restaurant, to be decided upon. 5:00 PM onwards.
Late arrival info and Transportation
If you plan on arriving late, and are concerned about not finding your way to the group, you can drop your mobile phone number ahead of time at Special:Emailuser/Pharos (e-mail will not be able to be checked during the actual meetup time; leave requests ahead of time).
Nearby subway stations:
- 116th Street – Columbia University (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line) (That's the number 1 train)
Bring your own ideas!
- Follow-up on ideas raised in the September meeting.
- Chapter business
- Incorporation follow-up- 501(c)(3) status, shuffling the board, and membership process for Wikimedia NYC
- Internship Program projects—including the video project of NYC architecture: prototype video at Jefferson Market Library
- CUNY IT Conference presentation on December 4: "Wikipedia in the Classroom"
- Future Wikipedia at the Library events in planning at Brooklyn Public Library and regular series with Wireless Harlem
- Initial planning for Wiki-Conference NYC II in August 2010?
- Fundraising and grants updates
- Other suggestions for projects?
- Speakers and roundtable discussions
- DGG on the problems posed by articles about racist and anti-semitic people and movements, in relation to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Controversies related to prevalence of Jews in leadership roles in Hollywood and similar problems, like the still-open Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Child marriage in Judaism
Attendees of record
- Wikipedians/Wikimedians, from the sign-up sheet.
Topics of discussion
DGG started us off with a look at one of the more vexing dilemmas encountered in articles on fringe ethnicity topics.
Then we moved on to the upcoming CUNY IT conference and educational outreach efforts in general, and also options for the next Wiki-Conference New York in August 2010 and a possible follow-up meta:Wikimania 2011 bid.
We explored 501(c)(3) options and several people were generous in sharing their own nonprofit experiences, and we also passed two resolutions, welcoming Newyorkbrad to the board and Becksguy to the Treasurer position.
Our next meeting should be in January, and maybe we'll do something fun for Wikipedia Day.
And it all ended with dinner and mint tea at Cafe Nana.