Ever been to a birthday party for an encyclopedia? No? Well, here’s your chance. Wikipedia turns 10 tomorrow, and there will be celebrations worldwide over the next two weeks.
On Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, it’s our turn to get in on the fun. The National Archives will be hosting a 10th anniversary meetup for friends and fans of Wikipedia at the DC Archives building. For the first part of the day, we’ll be featuring short talks by NARA subject matter experts on lifecycle management, conservation, John F. Kennedy Assassination Records, and digital strategies and services. The first 60 arrivals will also get the chance to take behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives, led by staff from Access Services.
After lunch, the Wikipedians take the reins and the lightning rounds (10-minute or shorter talks) continue. Attendees will get to hear the latest on a range of research endeavors dealing with everything from public art to the Wikimedia Public Policy Initiative. For technophiles, we’ll have talks on linkypedia and Memento for MediaWiki (a project that proposes to let you view archived versions of web pages simply by accessing the desired URL and entering a date into the browser plugin). Consider yourself more of a linguist? Check out the talks on Malayalam and Tamil Wikipedia. We will also have a space available for unconference sessions and a workshop for folks new to Wikipedia participation.
For more information, and to view the schedule, visit our planning page at http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_DC