It’s that time again: Wikimedians from all over the world have descended upon Haifa, Israel for Wikimania 2011. From the conference, the Wikimedia Board of Trustees have announced the 2011-2012 Board members and elected officers which include:

Ting Chen, Board Chair
Jan-Bart de Vreede, Vice-Chair
Stuart West, Treasurer
Phoebe Ayers, Secretary
Samuel Klein
Bishakha Datta
Matt Halprin
Arne Klempert
Kat Walsh
Jimmy Wales

The decisions were made following a series of Board meetings coinciding with the seventh annual Wikimania conference, held in Haifa, Israel. The Board meets every year during Wikimania, the annual international conference, run by the Wikimedia community, and organized by a different local team each year.

This year, 650 Wikipedia editors, Wikimedians, researchers and educators from 56 countries plan to attend the conference. Keynote speakers this year include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardner, Deans from the University of Haifa and Bar-Ilan University are planned speakers along with Prof. Yochai Benkler, professor of law at Harvard University, and Joseph Reagle, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and author of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia.

Congratulations to the 115 participants who received full scholarships and the 60 attendees with partial scholarships to attend the conference. Scholarships were awarded by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Poland, and Wikimedia Austria. Wikimania is celebrating its seventh year in Haifa, Israel, previously held in Egypt, Argentina, Germany, Poland and Taiwan. In 2012, Wikimania will take place in the United States in Washington, DC.

Shalom from Haifa!

Moka Pantages
Global Communications