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Submissions/Setup a permanent local community space

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Setup a permanent local community space
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Sylvain Boissel
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Employee of Wikimédia France
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
As part of its support to Wikimedia communities, Wikimédia France has set up in its office in Paris a space for editors who want to come and edit Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons or any of the other projects.
During business hours, that space is a room open to every user, that includes high band Internet access (Wifi and Ethernet), tables with computers for editors (including a high-end computer with Adobe Creative Suite, DxO Optics Pro and several free and open source image manipulation softwares for photographers), a foldable mini photo studio and other photo material (A canon reflex plus a choice of lenses, three photo lamps and a background sheet, plus a compact camera), a small library (that contains every book about Wikipedia that was published in the French language) and a bookscanner, which is a device to scan books for Wikisource. The meeting room has a video projector with its screen and paperboards.
In the evening and during the week-ends, we can open it for trusted members of the community, so they can use the equipment, and we can also open a bigger meeting room, which is then used in regular meetings such as WikiCheese (a long-term project to photograph hundred of variants of cheese) and WikiGrenier (a project to photograph old items people have at home and to scan public domain books), and for special meetings (such as a training session for new Wikidata users).
In the talk, I will explain how we set this "community space" and show several of its features, focusing on the bookscanner and how it can help Wikisource users and on the photo equipment and its use for Wikimedia Commons users, and finish by a discussion time with attendees to learn what they would expect of such a place.
  • WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Probably not
Slides or further information (optional)
I don't have slides yet, but here are some pictures of the local community space and equipments:
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  1. Ckoerner (talk) 15:55, 19 February 2015 (UTC) - We have a few shared co-working spaces in my city. I would love to lean more about this program and how I might accomplish something similar here.[reply]
  2. Christian Cariño (talk) 06:48, 6 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. A fascinating idea. CT Cooper · talk 21:59, 10 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Brilliant idea. Satdeep Gill (talk) 13:37, 8 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Ziko (talk) 18:00, 8 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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