We are actively encouraging submissions for three types of sessions:
- Presentations of Research
- Research Lightning Talks
We encourage submissions from Wikimedia community members, researchers studying Wikimedia projects, researchers studying adjacent projects (e.g., peer production projects like OSM, etc), and members of the WMF research team. We are particularly interested in work that touches on issues related to the UNDP SDGs (e.g., quality education, reduced inequalities, industry innovation and infrastructure).
- Presentations of Research
Presentations of Research will be traditional conference presentations in lecture format. We welcome proposals of presentations of either completed research projects and in-progress work. Because we would like to cover new ground, please do not submit proposals for work that has been presented at a previous Wikimania.
We plan to have 2 forms of acceptance for submissions: Long Presentations (~45-min including Q&A) and Short Presentations (~20-min including Q&A). Although we'll ask everybody proposing a presentation to request either a long or short presentation, we may ask proposals of long sessions to present in a shorter slot. We expect to fill 1 full day of the the program with formal presentations of research.
In addition to proposals submitted in response to the open call, we plan to invite submissions from researchers who do not typically attend Wikimania and who have not presented at Wikimania in the past. We will review all proposals for appropriateness, relatively quality, and relevance to the Wikimania audience.
We also invite submissions of tutorials that can help the community of editors, developers, researchers, event organizers, etc. to learn about tools and services available to do research and analysis on Wikimedia projects.
Tutorials that have been offered at Wikimania in the past include:
- Tutorials on tools that help with evaluating programs
- Introduction to Wikidata for researcher
- Research API services
Proposals on these topics would be welcome. We also welcome topics on any number of other topics of interest to the community.
We expect to run up to 6 ~60-90-minute tutorials.
- Lightning Talks
We will invite public submission of lightning talks related to Wikimedia research. We hope to elicit lightning talks from both Wikimedia researchers and from community members. We hope to elicit talks on:
- Community-conducted research
- Ideas for things that Wikimedia researchers should be paying attention to
- Research conducted by Wikimedia researchers and WMF staff
We expect to accept the large majority of lightning talk submissions. We also imagine that many authors of any non-accepted research presentation submissions will given an opportunity to present a lightning talk.