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Wikis Take Manhattan

Wikis Take Manhattan is a photo scavenger hunt aimed at gathering photos for over 500 Wikipedia and Streetswiki articles that lack them. On Saturday, teams spread all over the city in search of target items to photograph. All of the photos are released under a Creative Commons' Attribution-ShareAlike license, which allows for free and easy reuse. This years event was organized by The Open Planning Project, Free Culture @ Columbia, Free Culture @ NYU, NYC Wikimedia Meetup, and Creative Commons.

<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:02] Wikis take Manhattan.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lily Bernheimer:</i>  [00:05] Wikis take Manhattan is a photo scavenger hunt and its goal is to create… take freely licensed photos for StreetsWiki and Wikipedia articles which don’t currently have photos.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:20] If you open up your packet you’ll see the most important thing on there is the list of targets.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:25] On your marks.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:27] Get set.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:28] Go.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:29] Good luck everyone.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:35] Here we have to go 131 Charles.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:39] We’re on bikes so we can cover anything faster than everybody.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:42] We’re going to Savoy, we’re going to get every Vanderbilt on this list.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:46] We’re going to Brooklyn which means we can cover a heck of a lot more territory cos everybody else is on foot and milling around Downtown Manhattan.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:51] I’m the card holder.  What have I got?  Rollerblade.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:56] Hey, hey rollerblade.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:03] Wikipedia is something we both use a lot and it’s frustrating when there isn’t a photo, so it’s kind of cool to be able to contribute.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lily Bernheimer:</i>  [01:10] StreetsWiki is a community created encyclopaedia for transportation, urban, environmental and public space issues.  For instance, New York has recently installed a number of dedicated bus lanes which are distinguished by their terracotta colouring.  People can read about this on StreetsWiki to find out what a dedicated bus lane is, how it works.  They can also read about this in other parts of the country, in the world, where they might not yet have dedicated bus lanes, and will now have a photo for our dedicated bus lane article.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:42] Oh, green bike lane, green bike lane.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:44] R4.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:46] Perfect.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:49] We found a block party, we just came upon it and even though it’s a small one…</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:53] It’s on 8<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Change Street, it looks like a very intimate one.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Fred Benenson:</i>  [01:55] Creative Commons makes the licenses that make it all legally sound.  So that means, you know, Liveable Streets Network can use it and Repeater can use it and then everyone in this room can distribute it and share it, and so without Creative Commons there’s no kind of legal agreement, there’s no public license to use the work.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:13] We’re just uploading the pictures that they took on their cameras onto our computer so that then we can upload them to Commons.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:22] First prize of a dinner with Jimmy Wells at the lovely Pure Food and Wine Restaurant goes to XPost Photos.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:36] We won.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:37] Yeah, we won.  We do heart the internets and the free culture and the free software, so it all sort of fits back together.</font> <br> </p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>
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  • http://thornet.wordpress.com Michelle

    Hey great video and even greater event! I'd like to attribute the video properly, but I'm confused as to the license it's under. The icon at the end of the video indicates "BY" but the text reads "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 US", aka "BY-NC-ND".

    If it's the latter, why such a restrictive license for such an open project?

  • http://blog.ta.org.br João Lacerda

    Very cool initiative!

    I wanted to see the wining picture, or pictures!

  • John Hamilton

    This looks like fun! But let me correct the record: We're called "inline skaters", not "rollerbladers". Rollerblade is a brand of inline skates--the first, actually. They make some good recreational skates, and all right speed skates, but they are not the only brand of inline skates, and they're not necessarily the best. Sort of like how bicycling isn't referred to as "Schwinning" or "Trekking".

    Some of us inline skaters are faster than most of you cyclists. Some of us even use our inline skates to get around town, to commute to work, and even to get our groceries. They're fast, they're fun, they can travel with you on the subway (or BART) at rush hour (unlike bikes), and they're zero-emissions.

    So, sorry to be semantical about this, but let's call them inline skates, not rollerblades. Thanks!