DirectRooms.com reveals that Wikimedia’s global online community of developers and editors will be convening in Haifa for the organisation’s annual conference which is designed to improve services such as Wikipedia.
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Before the start of the main conference, TikiFest Haifa 2011 will be inviting developers to meet and test software as well as write code for the open source projects. The meeting will offer the online community a way to meet directly to carry out tests in multiple languages and on different devices to correct any bugs and share ideas on developing features.
After the developer meetings, also known as hacking days, the wider community will be gathering for Wikimania 2011 which runs from 4th to 7th August. Throughout the annual conference the presentations will address the latest topics affecting Wikimedia such as how to encourage participation, better editing techniques and how to prevent vandalism of contributions.
Various workshops will be led by company experts with attendees shown new processes while also being able to contribute to a better system.
Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales will also speak and there’ll be updates on areas such as legal matters, Wikinews and Wikiversity. Attendees using a Haifa hotel will find the events at Hecht House and also in Tiltan College and in won’t be all work as there are many tours and pre and post parties planned.
Lek Boonlert, marketing head at DirectRooms.com commented: “As Wikimedia’s global community descends on Haifa, hotels are due to be overrun with guests and places are likely to become fully booked.”