Dot-org boom

Wikimedia Foundation part of "dot-org boom" festival

Wikipedia will be represented at another conference this week, as Wikimedia Foundation trustee Florence Devouard attends an event focusing on what some are calling the "dot-org boom".

Over the coming week, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland will host PixelACHE 2005, a "festival of electronic arts and subcultures". The main theme of the event is the "Dot Org Boom", characterized as a non-profit counterpart to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s.

Florence Devouard (left) speaking in an April 12 seminar. Next to her is Naeem from

As part of the pre-festival activities, Wikipedia will be featured in a seminar at the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm on Tuesday, 12 April. The morning session, which is on "Amateurs taking the role of the journalists and experts", will include a presentation by Devouard on Wikipedia, along with a presentation from Muslim media activist Naeem Mohaiemen.

The main portion of the festival in Helsinki runs from 14 April to 17 April. The schedule for this Saturday, 16 April, also includes Wikipedia's participation in a seminar on the dot-org boom, along with several other participants including, a new project being launched as part of the festival.

Devouard indicated that Wikipedians are welcome to attend the events, and while registration is required it is free of charge.

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