I’m currently at the airport in Athens, Greece, on a layover on the way to Alexandria, Egypt, where I’ll be taking part in the Wikimania conference. I’m definitely looking forward to it: I’ll be be speaking at two events - a workshop called “Creating the structured semantic wiki“, and a panel/workshop (I don’t know what it’ll be, exactly) on “the state of Semantic MediaWiki“, with two of the co-creators and main developers of SMW, Markus Krötzsch and Denny Vrandečić. I’m also looking forward to seeing them and many of the other important people working on MediaWiki, Wikipedia, and some related projects. Alexandria was chosen as a venue because it’s housed, since 2002, the “new Library of Alexandria”, AKA Bibliotecha Alexandrina, a library/conference center/performing-arts center that’s thematically appropriate to a wiki conference and also supposed to be very cutting-edge. The effect of the location has been to minimize the participation of Americans, but that should be offset by the presence of a lot of Europeans and British people, and of course many from the Arab and greater Middle Eastern world. I’ve never been to Egypt before, or anywhere else in Africa, and I’ve barely visited Arab countries before, so it should all be an interesting experience. I’ll write more about the conference here later - I don’t know if I’ll do frequent updates or just one end-of-the-conference wrapup, but I bet there’ll be a lot to write about in either case.