Wikimania 2012 D.C.: Google Opening Reception held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, July 11

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Claudia Keller, Deputy Director of The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, The Wikimedia Foundation & Wikimedia District of Columbia hosted Wikimania 2012 D.C.: Google Opening Reception at The Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012.This was the start of The International Wikimedia conference, and the event also showcased the World Digital Library (www.wdl.org), which aims to be available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Lars Aronsson, Projekt Runeberg, and Cultural Counselor Kristina Rennerstedt of the Embassy of Sweden

SPEAKERS DURING the evening were Roberta Shaffer, Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services; John Van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library program; Pavel Richter, Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland; Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales; and Nicholas Michael Bashour, President, Wikimedia District of Columbia.

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Nicholas Michael Bashour, President of Wikimedia District of Columbia (www.wikimediadc.org); Rhoda Septilici; Dr. Galina Komissarova, Science & Cultural Projects, The Russian Cultural Center; and Yury Zaytsev, Head of The Russian Cultural Center

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Jakob Hammarb?k, Wikimedia Sverige; Axel Pettersson, Wikimedia Sverige; and Jan Ainali, Wikimedia Sverige

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Erica Restich, Mentor Foundation USA (www.mentorfoundation.org)

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Pavel Richter, Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Joseph Gottesman, Wharton School Club of Washington, D.C.; Eric Lowe, Fair Observer; and Ralph Winnie, Director, China Program, The Eurasia Center

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.President of Wikimedia District of Columbia Nicholas Michael Bashour addresses the guests at the opening reception.

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Wikimania 2012 D.C.: Google Opening Reception held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, July 11

Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.Wikimania 2012 Google Opening Reception in Washington, D.C.

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