[WMCEE-l] What the meeting is good for?

Vojtěch Dostál vojtech.dostal at wikimedia.cz
Sun Nov 16 14:40:57 CET 2014

Hi all

I generally think that a CEE meeting, if carefully organized, can be a
valuable conference where a lot of work can be done and new bonds
established. International cooperation in eg. content creation or
organizing competitions is very popular with our communities and as such
should be encouraged. It is also a great opportunity to exchange ideas
within a culturally relatively homogeneous region - for example, Czech
projects are somewhat more likely to succeed in CEE countries than eg. in
South America or Eastern Asia which are culturally very different in terms
of academic relationships etc.

At the same time, organizing a conference on such short notice is, to say
the least, unfortunate. Apart from high travel costs, there is also not
enough time to carefully plan the agenda. I know Ukrainians are very good
in organizing conferences and *I trust them that the conference would be a
great one* - but would it be worse in January or February next year?

We could finally prove that CEE countries are able to organize conference
well in advance. Actually, that would be a very big achievement for the
conference organizers as it would also make the CEE countries better (more
trustworthy) partners for international cooperation or funding within the
Wikimedia movement.

Vojtěch Dostál

Wikimedia Česká republika
Konopišťská 790/3, Praha 10

2014-11-16 13:11 GMT+00:00 Marcin Cieslak <marcin at cieslak.name>:

> On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Tomasz Ganicz <polimerek at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Yes.. and the pardox of the situation is that the only "lingua franca"
> > for the teritory is actually English :-)
> That's unfortunately true. For some older generation, it was Russian
> to some extent...
> > + some countries are at the
> > war at the moment or they have been quite recently.
> That's actually a very good reason to keep our cooperation working
> despite this.
> Having said that I'd love to come to the next CEE meeting, but I am
> not sure I can get off work
> (I do work weekends too) and it will be very difficult to get
> reasonable travel costs
> due to Christmas season starting with most airlines mid-December.
> //Marcin
> //Marcin
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