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Taipei chosen to host Wikimania 2007

phoebe ayers-3
The Wikimania jury has met and are pleased to announce that Wikimania
2007 will be held in Taipei, Taiwan.  Taipei had the winning
combination of a dedicated and experienced bidding team, a great venue
with centralized accomodation and community areas, and strong
sponsorship opportunities. Taipei also provides the opportunity to
focus attention on the growing Asian language projects and the
international aspect of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as learning
about other free knowledge efforts and projects in the region.

This was a very difficult decision.  Every one of the shortlisted bids
this year were outstanding.  The Turin bid came in a close second; their
team made a great effort to procure two strong locations and extensive
government support, and gathered the Italian community together to
develop an outstanding bid.  Alexandria deserves recognition for
bringing the Egyptian and Arabic-language community into the spotlight,
and for finding a remarkable venue partner in the Library of Alexandria.
London also produced a very strong bid, with a great venue, focus on
educational outreach, the diversity of London, and the strong Wikimedia
UK team.

Thank you to all of the bidders, including those who did not make
the shortlist, for your time and energy in developing these bids.
We hope this year's city teams will find ways to build on the contacts
and sponsors developed in the bid process for a 2008 bid or for hosting
a regional event.

We strongly encourage all who bid this year, and those of you wondering
whether your city could have done the same, to consider preparing city
bids for Wikimania in 2008 or 2009. Unofficial bids for 2008 should be
started now, as the decision on that city will be made this winter
(more details on 2008's bid process coming soon; watch
<a onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)" href="http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids" target="_blank">http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids
for updates).

Now the work for the winners will begin, as they develop plans for the
conference next summer.  We encourage the entire community to support
Taipei over the coming year in producing an outstanding conference.

With thanks,
The 2007 Wikimania bid jury

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Re: [Foundation-l] Taipei chosen to host Wikimania 2007

Titan Deng
Thank you all. As a main organizer of Taipei bidding team, I sincerely invite all Wikimedians to come to Taipei in 2007.
Viva Wikimania!

Titan Deng
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2006/9/25, phoebe ayers < [hidden email]>:
The Wikimania jury has met and are pleased to announce that Wikimania
2007 will be held in Taipei, Taiwan.  Taipei had the winning
combination of a dedicated and experienced bidding team, a great venue
with centralized accomodation and community areas, and strong
sponsorship opportunities. Taipei also provides the opportunity to
focus attention on the growing Asian language projects and the
international aspect of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as learning
about other free knowledge efforts and projects in the region.

This was a very difficult decision.  Every one of the shortlisted bids
this year were outstanding.  The Turin bid came in a close second; their
team made a great effort to procure two strong locations and extensive
government support, and gathered the Italian community together to
develop an outstanding bid.  Alexandria deserves recognition for
bringing the Egyptian and Arabic-language community into the spotlight,
and for finding a remarkable venue partner in the Library of Alexandria.
London also produced a very strong bid, with a great venue, focus on
educational outreach, the diversity of London, and the strong Wikimedia
UK team.

Thank you to all of the bidders, including those who did not make
the shortlist, for your time and energy in developing these bids.
We hope this year's city teams will find ways to build on the contacts
and sponsors developed in the bid process for a 2008 bid or for hosting
a regional event.

We strongly encourage all who bid this year, and those of you wondering
whether your city could have done the same, to consider preparing city
bids for Wikimania in 2008 or 2009. Unofficial bids for 2008 should be
started now, as the decision on that city will be made this winter
(more details on 2008's bid process coming soon; watch
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids
for updates).

Now the work for the winners will begin, as they develop plans for the
conference next summer.  We encourage the entire community to support
Taipei over the coming year in producing an outstanding conference.

With thanks,
The 2007 Wikimania bid jury
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Re: [Wikipedia-l] Taipei chosen to host Wikimania 2007

R.O.C
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(a translation in zh-hant)

「為維基狂」維基媒體國際會議(Wikimania)審議團已經開會,現欣然宣布:2007為維基狂將在台灣台北舉行。台北的勝出原因,綜合了多個方面:專注而具奉獻精神及經驗的競投團隊;優秀的會場,本身亦具備住宿及社群交流場地;強勢的贊助機會。台北也提供機會,(使我們)關注正在成長中的各亞洲語言計畫和維基媒體基金會的國際面向,同時也了解亞洲地區在自由開放知識的其他工作及計畫。

取得這個決定是非常困難的。今年進入候選名單的每一個城市都是傑出的。杜林以微小差距落居第二;他們的團隊花費大量心力,取得兩個優秀的會場以及大量的政府支持,並集合了義大利維基社群共同進行這一出色的競投。亞莉山卓將埃及及阿拉伯語維基社群帶到前臺,並在亞莉山卓圖書館找到卓越的會場,這些都值得嘉許。倫敦的競投也非常強勢,他們有優秀的會場、注重於教育界外聯、倫敦的多元性、以及維基媒體英國分會的強勢團隊。

感謝所有參與競投的城市,包括那些未能進入候選列表的,感謝各位花費於競投工作的時間與精力。我們希望今年參與的各團隊能夠找到方法加強已在競投過程中建立的聯繫人及贊助人,從而競投2008年或主辦地區性會議。

我們強烈鼓勵所有參與2007競投的,以及那些躍躍欲試的,考慮準備2008及2009的競投。非正式的2008競投現在就應開始,因為今年的北半球冬天將會決定主辦城市。(2008競投程序的細節將很快公布,請留意http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids的更新。)

現在,勝選城市的工作將要開始,他們在為明年北半球夏天的會議做出規劃。我們鼓勵全體維基社群在今後這一年支持台北辦出傑出的會議。

謹致感謝,

2007為維基狂審議團
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2006/9/24, phoebe ayers <[hidden email]>:

> The Wikimania jury has met and are pleased to announce that Wikimania
> 2007 will be held in Taipei, Taiwan.  Taipei had the winning
> combination of a dedicated and experienced bidding team, a great venue
> with centralized accomodation and community areas, and strong
> sponsorship opportunities. Taipei also provides the opportunity to
> focus attention on the growing Asian language projects and the
> international aspect of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as learning
> about other free knowledge efforts and projects in the region.
>
> This was a very difficult decision.  Every one of the shortlisted bids
> this year were outstanding.  The Turin bid came in a close second; their
> team made a great effort to procure two strong locations and extensive
> government support, and gathered the Italian community together to
> develop an outstanding bid.  Alexandria deserves recognition for
> bringing the Egyptian and Arabic-language community into the spotlight,
> and for finding a remarkable venue partner in the Library of Alexandria.
> London also produced a very strong bid, with a great venue, focus on
> educational outreach, the diversity of London, and the strong Wikimedia
> UK team.
>
> Thank you to all of the bidders, including those who did not make
> the shortlist, for your time and energy in developing these bids.
> We hope this year's city teams will find ways to build on the contacts
> and sponsors developed in the bid process for a 2008 bid or for hosting
> a regional event.
>
> We strongly encourage all who bid this year, and those of you wondering
> whether your city could have done the same, to consider preparing city
> bids for Wikimania in 2008 or 2009. Unofficial bids for 2008 should be
> started now, as the decision on that city will be made this winter
> (more details on 2008's bid process coming soon; watch
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids
> for updates).
>
> Now the work for the winners will begin, as they develop plans for the
> conference next summer.  We encourage the entire community to support
> Taipei over the coming year in producing an outstanding conference.
>
> With thanks,
> The 2007 Wikimania bid jury
> _______________________________________________
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Re: [Foundation-l] Taipei chosen to host Wikimania 2007

Angela-5
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> It was almost certain that a decent bid from Asia would be successful.

No it wasn't and I wish people didn't have this misconception.

All of the bids were considered against a range of criteria, not only
location. Amongst many other factors, Taipei offered the venue and
accommodation on a single site, and their organizing team had prior
experience from running the Chinese Wikimania this year. It's unfair
to them to suggest they only won because they're in Asia.

If Asia was a sure winner from the start, we wouldn't have needed a
meeting lasting more than 4 hours on Saturday to determine which city
would be successful. A few people seem to think that the others were
rejected purely for being in Europe, but that was not the case, and we
would have said from the start if we were only accepting bids from
other continents so as not to waste people's time.

Angela.
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