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Wikimania 2021 will be the 16th in the series of annual international conferences discussing the Wikimedia projects, the Wikimedia communities, and the free culture movement.
It's the first-ever virtual Wikimania and it will be held from 13–17 August 2021.
Program submissions was open from 27 May – 20 June. Proposals can be submitted as a Movement Group, Affiliate, Individual or as a Collective of individuals.
Guidelines on submission are available, if you need help or have any questions please ask at our help desk.


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Submissions Timeline
Task Deadline
Submission open 28 May 2021
Submission close 20 June 2021
Submission period Open 3 weeks
Review 21 June 2021 – 2 July 2021 (2 weeks)
Acceptance to submitter 5 July 2021 - 9 July 14 July 2021

Public Submissions received

This is a table with titles and abstracts from all individual submissions received that were marked as public
Title Abstract Speakers Type
How to innovate in free knowledge? – New pathways to promote new projects and attract innovators for free knowledge from across the world. Social and technical innovations are crucial in mastering the challenges of becoming a movement that includes all voices and co-creates knowledge with under-represented communities. But how to innovate in free knowledge? This session will introduce UNLOCK – a structured program that supports project teams (from the Wikimedia movement and beyond) in turning their ideas into prototypes. In the context of movement strategy, UNLOCK aims at building the innovative capacity of our movement and directly contributes to the recommendation 9. Join us for insights into our lessons learned. And, we also welcome everyone who is interested in running such a program in their communities or in a collaborative partnership with us. Kannika Thaimai Workshop
Introducing Curated Commons: A social curation plattform for freely licensed images With its Attribution Generator, Wikimedia Deutschland has built an easy-to-use tool supporting the generation of license notices for all images hosted on Wikimedia Commons. In 2020, we have developed a prototype for its successor - Curated Commons. The platform is intended to adopt the role of a central and neutral intermediary, enabling users to discover and compare suitable images on the various platforms in the easiest possible way. In the recent months, we developed a minimal viable product (MVP), started to review all its elements and test their implementation in practice. The session is intended to be a starting point for gathering feedback as well as further conversation and collaboration with interested individuals and communities. Christina Rupprecht (WMDE) Workshop
Add a pinch of Wikidata to your web browser: Entity Explosion. Learn how to navigate the web using Wikidata, without ever visiting Wikidata. External identifiers make up 90% of properties, but do very little inside the database. Their value is to connect external sites to one another. Say you're on a webpage about a particular thing (""entity""). Click on the browser extension Entity Explosion to get information about that entity (from the URL alone!), and an explosion of links to other sites about that same entity. The data provided is sourced live from Wikidata - the Rosetta Stone of the internet - and can be retrieved in any language. How powerful can you be with a pinch of Wikidata added to your browser? Toby Hudson/ User:99of9 Lightning Talk
Let's atomize Wikidata & Wikibase This presentation aims to discuss how to improve data modeling and data quality in Wikidata and Wikibase instances, inspired by the concepts of atomicity from databases. Studying various practical examples, we'll also show how to facilitate maintenance and querying for editors and reusers. One of the examples will be around two of the main properties of Wikidata, instance and subclass of (P31 and P279). VIGNERON, Envel Le Hir Lecture
Section Translation - New Ways to Contribute on Mobile Devices The Content Translation extension has been used in Wikipedia in all languages since 2015 by more than 78,000 users to create more than 900,000 articles. It is being developed further to become more usable to more people in more countries & languages. The two main new features that have been made available for early testing in 2021 are the possibility to add sections to already-existing articles by translating them from other languages, & to translate conveniently on mobile devices. This session will present a brief history of Content Translation, the research & design process that lead to the new features, the features themselves & their particular relevance to contributors in under-represented languages, what we have learnt so far, & demo. Pau Giner, Nik Gkountas, Amir E. Aharoni, Runa Bhattacharjee Lecture
Is there a place for our word? The Indigenous Documentation Center No'lhametwet first steps on Wikimedia projects The Indigenous Documentation Center No'lhametwet (CDI) is an institution based in Chaco, Argentina, that promotes the collection, organization and production of archives and documents related to the Wichí, Qom and Moqoit people. In alliance with Wikimedia Argentina, in 2021 the CDI begins to participate in Wikimedia projects in order to incorporate representative knowledge of the indigenous identities at stake. Through this conference, the CDI team presents experiences and challenges around their first steps on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, discussing the place of memory and heritage as fields of symbolic dispute. Angie Cervellera,Shailili Zamora Aray Lecture
Lexemes for the Abstract Wikipedia: how much meaning can we convey? This session is meant to explore the current ability of Wikidata's lexicographical data to support generating intelligible text across languages for the Wikimedia Foundation's newest project. It focuses not just on what lexeme relationships have been developed previously, but what deficiencies currently exist in those relationships within and between languages and what changes might be needed to better model complex meanings, connect them across lexicons, and make use of them later. Mahir Morshed Roundtable Discussion
#WikiForHumanRights - how the UN and Wikimedia joined forces to increase public knowledge about the climate crisis "At 20 years old, Wikipedia is respected and actively sought out as a partner in ways that would have been unimaginable in the past. But how ready are we as a movement to receive this interest and to convert it into action that can grow the movement? For a second year, the Wikimedia Foundation worked with UN Human Rights and other UN partners to facilitate a global campaign addressing content gaps related to human rights. This year’s #WikiForHumanRights cycle focused on “the right to a healthy environment” and mobilized nearly 30 editing events around the world. In this session, you will learn directly from the experiences of local organizers, and consider topical campaigns like #WikiForHumanRights as a model for reaching new audiences." Ben Vershbow Panel Discussion
Release Generator Modification This discussion to modify the Release Generator in an effort to eliminate multiple back and forth emails for VRT by preventing submission by uploaders if they have not provided the required information beforehand. At the very least , the uploader will have a better understanding of what we require. See the proposal at the following link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Wikimedia_OTRS_release_generator#Alternative_Modifications Betty Wills Other
Improve accessibility of the registration process in our Mediawiki instances "The current registering process suffers of accessibility caveats. This session intend to highlight this specific issue, expose a state of the art, what solutions are already into consideration, what are possible blockers, and possibly will help to accelerate the resolution of this hindrance in our path to be a more inclusive space. Related resource: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T250227" Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ,Dr Mel Ganus Case study
GLAM Collaboration and Global Competitions: The India Office Records (IOR) Wikimedia Project and the Two Centuries of Indian Print Project (2CIP) at the British Library "Topic: Education and GLAM. Format: Roundtable discussion (in English, pre-recorded) between Tom Derrick (Two Centuries of Indian Print project), Lucy Hinnie (BL Wikimedian in Residence) and Dominic Kane (IOR project / UCL).Past (c. 15 mins): Tom will introduce the 2CIP project and talk about its successful Wikicompilation competition. Lucy Hinnie and Dominic will introduce the India Office Records and the IOR Wikimedia project. Present (c. 15 mins): Tom and Dominic will discuss collaboration between the projects occurs and give an update on progress so far. Future (c. 15 mins): Tom, Dominic and Lucy will discuss future plans for these projects, including future collaborations, and how the Wikimedia community can get involved." Lucy R. Hinnie Roundtable Discussion
Attracting experts to contribute to Wikimedia movement "The Wikimedia movement has successfully harnessed the power of the masses contributing collaboratively. However, academicians still are sceptical about Wikipedia. Its time to bridge the gap. This is already happening in small niches. ILAE Wikipedia Project is one. WikiJournal of Medicine is another. But these are not the only ones. The list is growing. There is scope to do it more systematically. The result will greatly enhance the free knowledge movement. As a member and driver of these communities I with others can lay down a structure about how to get this done. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Submissions/Attracting_experts_to_contribute_to_Wikimedia_movement" Diptanshu Das Panel Discussion
Online Edu Wiki camp and beyond The presentation studies the capacities of Wikimedia Serbia to organize the first online Edu Wiki camp, a three-day event that was held in 2020 on October 24, 25, and 31, through the ZOOM platform. The camp gathered students who were interested in actively contributing to the development of the Education Program of Wikimedia Serbia. During the program of the camp, participants had the opportunity to learn how Wikipedia can be used as a teaching tool. Working together, in a team spirit, they upgraded their knowledge that helped them to improve their communication, writing, negotiation skills, etc., which they can use to achieve cooperation with professors at the Faculties or other educational institutions. Nebojsa Ratkovic Lecture
Dynamic history map "Explain a new project pilot to have an historical map where the different facts are presented interactively in an historical map, where you can navigate time and geography to see the different facts in its historical context. Node: the project is now mostly desgined for PC usage and not mobile, and can be seen at https://dwh3.ar and you can read a little more about it in http://www.pruna.com.ar/proyectos/dwh3/" Andres Ferrando Lecture
Experience and perspectives of PetrSU students in Wikipedia, Wikiversity and Wikidata "The experience of teaching Wikipedia and Wikidata to the students will be presented in the report. The students of Petrozavodsk State University edit and research Wikipedia from 2012 to the present. In teaching, we have moved from Wikipedia to Wikiversity, so we will compare the pros and cons of these projects for students. We will show that Wikidata is excellent research material for computer science students." Andrew Krizhanovsky Case study
Product Platform Strategy from the Wikimedia Foundation "The Product and Technology departments have developed a Product Platform Strategy to move us into the 2030 vision of being the “Essential Infrastructure of free knowledge”. In this session we will introduce the strategy and how we will implement this strategy moving forwards. The strategy focuses on equitable growth--how do we work with communities and volunteers around the world to grow the movement. We will review methodologies for working with communities to achieve equitable growth with a focus on the pilot teams. Each of these pilots will work with communities around the world to test ideas for how we can grow in an equitable, safe and resilient way." Carol Dunn,Margeigh Novotny,Amanda Bittaker Workshop
Wikispore and Innovating Free Knowledge "An exploration of Wikispore, an incubator for new genre wikis of Wikimedia Cloud Services, and the quest for an open process for new sister projects for the Wikimedia movement. A look at the genre experiments that have been done at Wikispore and other platforms, the life cycle of project ideas, and the potential for innovation in free knowledge including oral and other marginalized sources unrepresented at Wikimedia's existing projects. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Innovate_in_Free_Knowledge https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_Innovating_New_Genres" Richard Knipel Lightning Talk
Open data partnerships in 2021: challenges and future opportunities for collaboration Past: The data partnerships team works on partnerships around software products developed and maintained in-house: Wikidata and Wikibase. In 2019, we published the first version of the data partnerships model (DPM) - a living document where we outline our work. Present: We continue to work with a range of partners from the GLAM, government, commercial and research sectors to help them contribute to Wikidata and use Wikibase. In 2020 and 2021, we updated the data partnerships model. Future: We would present the latest version of the DPM and share the continued challenges we face. We want to connect with others working on similar data-related partnerships, share experiences and challenges and help those interested in data partnership work. Bayan Hilles,Georgina Burnett Roundtable Discussion
Wiki Ghonya ( how to promote free knowledge using modern music ) "Ghonya"" open knowledge is a project of a Hip Hop - Rap music and video clip performed by a group of young talented Algerian artists in partnership with Wikimedia Algeria which aims to motivate users of Wikipedia to develop knowledge content open on the internet, also share love, peace and humanity among the peoples of the whole world. To commemorate Wikipedia's 20th anniversary with a lasting, impactful piece of art, nothing is more awesome than singing Wikipedia and transmitting that energy through an anthemic song. because we needed to reach parts of people who don't really know the world of Wikipedia and who might not want to participate but who could say good things about Wikipedia and even more influence other passive contributors to" mohammed ben loulou Lecture
Lingua Libre presentation "Lingua Libre is a project developed by Wikimédia France, which aims to build a collaborative, multilingual, audiovisual corpus under free licence in order to: * Expand knowledge about languages and in languages in an audiovisual way on the web, on Wikimedia projects and outside, * Support the development of online language communities — particularly those of poorly endowed, minority, regional, oral or signed languages — in order to help communities accessing online information and to ensure the vitality of the languages of these communities. I propose a 30-minute presentation and demonstration of Lingua Libre, to discover the project and learn how to contribute." WikiLucas00 Lecture
Upcoming Project: Empowering Wikimedia strategies through SDGs Implementation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Mervat, Nanour, and Fatima are collaborating in an upcoming project which targets supporting Wikimedia's strategies that aim at utilizing high-quality content presented via videos and webinars to promote SDG implementation within the MENA region across Wikimedia channels.Expert volunteers and organizations will be joining to deliver the videos, webinars, contests, and edit-a-thons in a relevant manner to the MENA region' concerns to increase awareness of the SDGs in the region for different age groups. It will bring attention to the already established SDGs global calendar implemented by Wikimedia Foundation. Tima93Lb, Nanour Garabedian Lightning Talk
Wikidata Pink Pony Session Let's sit together and talk about all the wishes we have for Wikidata. This is where you can ask for your personal pink pony! New features, for Wikidata or the Query Service, support for other projects, external tools, all topics welcome. Mohammed Sadat Abdulai, Lydia Pintscher, Léa Lacroix Roundtable Discussion
Multi-wiki Project: How to merge Wikidata and its sister’s projects to increase reliability? "Basem, Michel and Nanour are Arabic Wikimedians who have initiated a project to build a database and document historical references in May 2021 to increase the articles' reliability and raise academic quality on Wikipedia, and to facilitate users' access to Arabic references. We innovated a working method by entering all the books and resources' elements to their respective values on wikidata, then we will create a list by subsubjects on Arabic Wikipedia based on Wikidata. We are creating a unified database for the necessary data of Islamic and Arabic history books as well as the works of contemporary Arab historians. It' a milestone in making Wikidata a reliable source for the data of these and other references on the Internet." Nanour Garabedian, Bassem Lightning Talk
Community content planning for lesser-resourced wikis "There are wikis of affluence, such as English Wikipedia: many million of people in the world speak English as a first or foreign language. Other wikis have lesser resources. They are created in a small linguistic community, or they are 'specialist' of some kind. Take for example the Klexikon. It is a wiki encyclopedia in German with children as the target group. How can you create quality content with only a dozen of collaborators? Through community content planning: The Klexikon community has high notability standards (what content is really relevant for children?) and decides together about new articles - *before* an article is written! In our opinion, the Klexikon processes can make a real difference also if applied in other wikis." Ziko van Dijk Case study
How to build partnerships for addressing marginalisation of knowledge "PAST: Partnerships with external organisations (eg GLAM and other public institutions, government bodies, companies, NGOs and activist organisations) have been a powerful way for our movement to expand our reach, bring new content to the Wikimedia projects and grow our communities. PRESENT: Increasingly, many around our movement are gathering experience or are interested in learning how to use partnerships to address marginalisation in our projects and in the digital commons. FUTURE: In this session we want to connect people around this topic, share our experiences, learn, get inspiration. What kind of partners and partnerships? What does allyship look like? How do you build relationships? How do you address systemic barriers?" Lucy Patterson Roundtable Discussion
One country in six pictures "Imagine that you have written a Wikipedia article about a specific country. It it long enough for, say, six pictures. How do you present a whole country in only six pictures? In this workshop, we will experience this challenge together. What are the criteria for our selection? Should we look out for 'beautiful' pictures? Should we show the 'ugly' sides of the country? What makes a picture a good picture technically? Is it important who shot the picture? These are only some of the many questions that will come up in the workshop. It is quite possible that the different outcomes of different groups will surprise us." Ziko van Dijk Workshop
Open History Map - Contextualizing in the past with modern tools Since 2016 the Open History Map association has been working on the creation of a platform to give users the experience of Open Street Map of the past. The collection of data is not completely crowd-based, but instead tries to mix an academic approach, taking Digital Humanities into account, and a crowd-based public history, working on tools that enable the reconciliation of Wikimedia, Wikidata, OpenStreetMap and the datasets used by Open History Map itself. The platform is completely Open Source and the data open, relying on most open-access data. The platform is available here: https://map.openhistorymap.org, while all the data sources are listed here: https://index.openhistorymap.org Marco Montanari Lecture
Exploring a cultural gap on Wikimedia: the case of the visual arts Demographic and geographical content gaps on the Wikimedia projects are well-explored in existing literature. Our knowledge equity research project, supported financially by Wikimedia UK, looked at the gap between coverage of Western culture versus other cultures in the area of the visual arts. We assembled lists of 100 culturally important artists and 100 masterpieces from cultures around the globe. We found that their coverage on Wikimedia projects was very small compared to the Western artists. Among this expected result, we found surprising differences between different projects. Our research suggests concrete steps that can take in the direction of knowledge equity, towards reflecting a truly global culture. Martin Poulter Lecture
Wikimedia and Sustainability - Selecting topics for impact This workshop will address how the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can serve as a framework that helps maximize the social impact of Wikimedia activities. The two are already very much aligned, but there are benefits in making the alignment more explicit, e.g. by prioritizing the creation and curation of Wikimedia content related to the SDGs. In this workshop, we invite participants to look at some past, present or future Wikimedia activities and explore what could change if they were framed around the SDGs, using examples of activities undertaken under the umbrella of the Wikimedians for Sustainable Development initiative. The goal is to re-assess how the reframing of these activities might affect their social impact. Jan Ainali,Daniel Mietchen Workshop
Writing an introduction to wikis and Wikipedia "When I started with lectures and workshop about wikis and Wikipedia, there was not much literature about the topic specifically. I heard from researchers, wiki supporters and educators that they faced similar challenges as me. Following my own experiences and these conversations, I have started to write a general introduction to wikis and Wikipedia (in German). After seven years, the book was published in early 2021, supported by Wikimedia Switzerland." Ziko van Dijk Lightning Talk
Lingua Libre workshop In addition to the 30-minute presentation and demonstration of Lingua Libre, I propose a workshop, in order to guide new contributors with their first contribution, and to contribute all together. WikiLucas00 Workshop
From Encyclopedia to Big Data: Past, present and future of Wikipedia data as a research source. "In the era of BigData and Machine Learning, Wikipedia has become a data gold mine for researchers all over the world. In July 2010 Google Scholar returned 196,000 articles when queried about Wikipedia; today, this number exceeds 2 million. This talk briefly explores how Wikipedia data has been used in research since its creation in 2001 (PAST), presents several case studies from the scientific literature of recent years on a surprisingly diverse array of topics (PRESENT), and discusses some of the ways in which the Wikimedia community can facilitate access to its data and support the global research community going forward (FUTURE)." Slavina Stefanova Lightning Talk
Free music on Wikipedia In the Swedish project "Free music on Wikipedia" we added openly licensed and public domain music resources to Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikipedia. Music resources include sheet music, photographs of artists and music recordings. The next step is to collect new recordings of free material. How can we do it best together? This is a fireside chat where we are looking for more music or solutions that can provide more music on Wikimedia platforms. Tore Danielsson Other
Editing the Wiki Way: software and the future of editing "Every edit to Wikipedia is connected to the policies set by our communities. Policies lay out the “wiki way” for everything from adding a sentence to citing a source. But accessing and applying these policies can be hard, especially for newcomers. Our policies are stored far away from the editing experience, hidden in a web of long pages. So, how might our software help all editors make edits that fit our policies and help newcomers learn these policies along the way? In this session, we’ll hear from volunteers and WMF staff who have built software that infuses policies into the editing experience. We’ll use those case studies to have a discussion about how we can evolve editing in the future." Peter Pelberg,Marshall Miller Roundtable Discussion
How to find tools to improve your workflows "There is a rich ecosystem of ""tools"" built by volunteers, affiliates, and Foundation staff to help fill in workflow gaps in the Wikimedia movement. There are thousands of bots, user scripts, web services, gadgets, desktop apps, and phone apps out there. Maybe even one that makes the exact thing you are trying to do easier (or possible). But how do you find them? And if you find one, how do you know if it will still be working a month or a year from now? Learn more about the Toolhub tools catalog. Folks should leave the session with a general understanding of the historic gaps in tool discovery that Toolhub is trying to fill today, and some of the ideas that are being worked on to make it even more useful in the future." Bryan Davis / BDavis (WMF) / bd808 Lecture
Wikimedia Legal History: Past Practice and Future Trends "Early in the Wikimedia movement, the founding community identified that legal protections and structures would be critical for the movement' long-term success. This has ranged from copyright licensing to allow for freely shareable knowledge, to defending contributors from harassment for their work, to advocating for laws that allow people globally to effectively determine what constitutes free knowledge and contribute to the movement safely. The panel, consisting of long-term experts from the Wikimedia Foundation legal department, will review the history of the Wikimedia movement' legal, advocacy, and Trust & Safety work to the present and discuss plans and expected trends going into the future of the movement." Jacob Rogers,Stephen LaPorte Panel Discussion
One Thousand and One WikiProjects (Perspectives) "According to a UNESCO estimate: 6000 languages in the world. 50% threatened with extinction. If nothing is done, 90% of the languages could disappear by the end of this century. The disappearance of these languages = loss of a great quantity of knowledge. I explain in this presentation the projects that the Wikimedia foundation supports and their number and history and what is being done to develop these projects. The principle is simple but it's time to use the new technologies to go faster than man. because man has sometimes to procrastinate the machine not. so what are the flagship projects of wiki to support the connaissance: Wikidata + wikipedia abstract in detail." bachounda Lecture
Gawa, the new tool for centralizing biographies to be created and improved in Côte d'Ivoire GAWA stands for Generator of Wikipedia Articles to Improve. It is a tool developed by volunteers of the Ivorian User Group in order to facilitate the detection and generation of Wikipedia articles to improve. Yasield, Paboko Panel Discussion
Edit conflicts: we're sorry for your loss Edit conflicts continue to be a nuisance for editors. We show the scope of the problem, with 2,000 conflicts per day and only one-third resolved through the available conflict resolution interfaces. The WMDE Technical Wishes team built a “paragraph-based” resolution interface in response to the winning wish of the 2015 Technical Wishes Survey (German-speaking Wikipedia community driven), and we present the outcome. Our work in this area has finished, but we suggest possible ways for anyone interested in working on this important challenge to make further improvements. Adam Wight, Lena Meintrup Lecture
Wikimedia activities to improve management of major conflicts The Wikimedia culture can make a dramatic contribution to improving the prospects for positive resolution of major conflicts while reducing their lethality. Wikipedia is recognized for its ability to attract people with very different worldviews and to help them collaborate in developing descriptions of issues that all can more or less live with. Let's actively encourage research organizations and advocacy groups to hire Wikimedians in Residence to recruit, train and manage others to write from a neutral point of view, citing credible sources, and treating others with respect to produce narratives that make it easier for all sides in major conflicts to understand their opposition. They can also crowdsource related research on Wikiversity. Spencer Graves Lecture
Arxiu Ismael Latorre Mendoza - Releasing a photographic archive into the Commons "https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Arxiu_Ismael_Latorre_Mendoza The Arxiu Ismael Latorre Mendoza is one of the biggest photographic archives in the Land of Valencia. With about half a million pictures, the local community is deeply proud of it because of its GLAM project: Vicenç, the curator and son in law of Ismael, has been releasing their family legacy in Wikimedia Commons so everyone (and specially the Catalan-speaking community) could resuse them. In this session we will record a video to allow everyone in the Wikimedia Community to know this project." F. Fort Celebration
Wiki Loves Women Focus Group Members programme Lack of access to information by women becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. If women do not see themselves represented online with stories that are in their language and relevant to their culture, they are less likely to see themselves as capable of contributing on Wikipedia.The Wiki Loves Women team recently created a Focus Group. Its membership is made of 12 women, the majority of which from Africa. The main goal of the Focus Group is skills transfer and also to raise awareness of and action to counter the lack of representation of women generally, and more specifically on online platforms such as Wikipedia/Wikiquote.This initiative is set to celebrate women leaders through the #SheSaid drive and share the journey and developing communities Candy Lightning Talk
The statistics of steward elections and Wikipedia RFAs "Steward elections have been running ever since 2004, and en.wikipedia adminship before that. Both of them are widely considered as one of the most difficult roles to get, with the former requiring a 3-week voting period that happens only once a year, and the latter being similarly difficult in practice. See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Leaderboard/StewardMark for some existing analysis. The question is - what does the statistics say about it? Do they support the hype on the difficulty? That's the purpose of this lecture, where we will statistically analyse the performance of candidates and use that to derive useful and interesting insights." Leaderboard Lecture
An overview of the COVID-19-related content of Wikimedia projects The Wikimedia content related to COVID-19 has been read over 80 million times and and edited by thousands of volunteer editors. This talk is about the growth and development of COVID-19 related content on Wikimedia, particularly Wikipedia and Wikidata. How could Wikimedia volunteers react to the COVID-19 crisis swiftly and create such a large body of mostly credible information? What are some of the initiatives surrounding content related to COVID-19? What challenges did the volunteers face during the process of content creation related to COVID-19 and how can these challenges be addressed in the future? This talk will address these questions and present a general overview of the COVID-19 related content on Wikimedia projects. Netha Hussain,Daniel Mietchen Lecture
Creative Commons license stewardship: 20 years and beyond. The Creative Commons licenses have just reached their 20th birthday. Now on Version 4.0, the CC licenses are some of the most widely-used licenses for free cultural works. In this session, Creative Commons legal staff and invited experts will discuss the past 20 years of license stewardship, and its aim to make the licenses continue to be useful to and trusted by the free and open knowledge communities. This session will preview a renewed commitment to working with the wider community to ensure that the CC licenses reflect the changing international legal landscape and the needs of diverse communities of license users, and invite community discussion on goals and principles. Kat Walsh, Sarah Hinchliff Pearson Roundtable Discussion
Thoughts on running WLE 2021 in Australiia "For those involved with this competition, the results have been frustrating. We attracted just 182 entrants, who submitted 1510 photographs. Participants were encouraged to upload photos taken in previous years, but, it seems few entrants read the rules, with many images not having been taken in or of protected areas. Many contestants, failing to recognise that they were contributing to an encyclopaedia, gave fanciful descriptions, which meant that assigning useful categories was impossible. Despite this, many worthwhile images were uploaded, with 105 so far having been used on 173 pages on 19 wikis, with currently 42,829 file views in June 2021.This talk aims to illustrate and discuss our successes and failures,and suggest ways forward." Margaret Donald Other
Shortcutting the Identify topics for impact recommendation be reusing free content One of the recommendations of the 2030 Strategy is Identify Topics for Impact. To be able to make change before 2030 it is essential to move quickly. In this lightning talk I will argue for skipping the identification process by reusing an already established framework that was constructed to meet the largest problems of our time by the countries of the world. That is of course the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals. By adopting these 17 goals as being the topics that will have impact on the world we can save a lot on time on research and get down to business i improving the content quicker. Jan Ainali Lightning Talk
Sharing strategies for the decolonization of the internet throughout the Wikimedia projects The aim of this session is to share open recommendations and strategies for the contribution to the decolonisation of the internet throughout the Wikimedia projects. These recommendations are a result of lessons learned and skills developed in articulation with civil society organisations in Latin America. Wikimania participants and their backgrounds will help to root these recommendations to specific and diverse contexts, complementing the process of generating accurate tools that are a result of a participatory way of fostering civil society resilience. Mariana Fossatti Roundtable Discussion
Tips & Tricks for Programs & Events Dashboard Programs & Events Dashboard is a software built by Wiki Education Foundation that thousands of program leaders globally use to manage their editing programs and events. We'll show off some tips and tricks for maximizing your use of it, with most of the time devoted to answering your questions. LiAnna Davis,Sage Ross Tutorial
Documenting for Diversity: The Case of 1000 Women in Religion The 1000 Women in Religion WikiProject aspires to improve coverage of women who have shaped our understanding of the world' religions and wisdom traditions via activism, practice, or scholarship. Women have made crucial contributions but scholars have often failed to document their activities, making it challenging to verify their significance. This talk describes an initiative to publish a series of peer-reviewed edited volumes of biographies of notable women, to provide sufficient secondary sources to meet Wikipedia' notability requirements for article creation. A global collaborative initiative across multiple regions and Wiki groups, in partnership with individuals and communities, these volumes have a diversity of thematic foci. Clifford B Anderson, Kerrie Burn,Colleen Hartung Panel Discussion
Wikipedia and the Collaborative Humanities This session reports on 1) the work of the CCCC Wikipedia Initiative and WikiProject Writing and 2) the challenges of establishing pathways for academic contributors to Wikipedia. While there is powerful alignment in the educational missions of the Wikimedia Foundation with those of the academic humanities, skepticism and misunderstanding of Wikipedia persists among humanities scholars. WikiProject Writing is developing expert-focused resources and training to create pathways for academic contributors, supporting a culture of professional scholarly responsibility for public knowledge. However, barriers to academic contribution still persist, particularly through the inaccessibility of WikiProjects and creating sustained editing practices. Savannah Cragin,Melanie Kill Lecture
"Contribution Gamification" in Wikimedia Projects - The Chinese Wikipedia Experience "Contests such as the ""Wiki Loves X"" and ""WikiCup"" has long been used in various Wikimedia projects. While most contests are invariably designed for encouraging both contribution (the content) and contributors (the people), few has developed into a complex game-like system like Chinese Wikipedia. We will look at the annual article contest in Chinese Wikipedia, and discuss the challenges in holding a massive contest (>150 participants, >1000 articles improved every year) successfully in the past 15 years. Other gamification in Chinese WIkipedia are also included. The session will be structured in a lecture-roundtable hybrid format. We will cover the lecture during the first ~15 minutes. The rest of the session will be devoted to the floor." Michael Tse Lecture
Can we rid Wikipedia of its content gender gap? Views from Women in Red. At Wikimania 2015, Roger Bamkin and Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, founders of Women in Red (WiR), spoke about Wikipedia' content gender gap. They also announced a new wikiproject formed by editors of all genders and incorporating the emerging power of Wikidata. Since its establishment, 165K new women' biographies have been created on En:Wikipedia. WiR communities expanded into 31 additional language Wikipedias, some of whom reached parity through the use of bots. Collaborating with other wikiprojects such as Women Scientists has led to mutual gains. Our membership (800+ editors) grows in part because the WiR talkpage is a harassment-free zone. In this session, Roger and Rosie will discuss WiR' past, present, and future strategies. Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight,Roger Bamkin Roundtable Discussion
Excerpts: Modular and Reusable Content within Wikipedia "Reusing content has always been key to our movement: from basic features such as templates and free licenses, to entire projects such as Commons and Wikidata. Reusing content fosters collaboration, reduces maintenance, increases content quality and more. But what about reusing sections, tables, lists, galleries and other such elements? To this end I developed a template called Excerpt, which is now being used in thousands of English and Spanish articles, and 16 more Wikipedias are following. In this talk, I'd like to share this technique with the larger Wikimedia movement, tell a bit about its past and origins, show some of its beautifully varied present usage, and convey some of its huge future potential." Felipe Schenone Lecture
Mapping the present and future of the Wiki philosophy: challenges and opportunities Wikipedia remains the most successful manifestation of wikis to date. Its influence is undeniable, ranking 13th in the top 15 websites online by Alexa Internet, surpassing even the likes of Instagram and Netflix. It draws in more than 1.7 billion unique visits per month who come to view its extensive spread of articles written in 321 languages. Almost every web search yields a card with information from Wikipedia. However, its success has lead to a form of functional fixedness; There is more to wiki than just Wikipedia. The concept of wikis still offers many innovative possibilities, and there are many out there who are continuing to explore the frontiers of the 'Wiki philosophy'. Here, we give a brief overview of what lies ahead for wikis. Abraham Lecture
Discussion on the technical learning needs and support formats in smaller wiki communities This session will focus on brainstorming on the two aspects of technical capacity building in smaller wiki communities: learning needs and support formats, which presumably have been impacted significantly since the onset of the pandemic. In the first half of the session, participants will discuss specific technical skills that their communities lack to help develop, grow and maintain their wikis (e.g., running a bot, deploying a user script, editing a Lua module, filtering spam edits). In the second part of the session, participants will share their best recommendations from experimentation with various support formats to building technical capacity in their communities. Discussions to be continued in the community village (coming soon!). Srishti Sethi,Birgit Müller Roundtable Discussion
Global templates, component templates "Wikitext templates began simply, but have taken on a life of their own. Although much of on-wiki life depends on them, only a small number of people are comfortable editing them. We want to explore different ways to make templates easier to work with. A repository of Global templates would allow zero-effort reuse across languages and projects, like what Commons does for images. “Component” template syntax flips the relationship between logic and template, and provides a bundled format for dependencies and subtemplates." Adam Wight, Amir E. Aharoni Lecture
Editing with machine learning: a case study on link recommendations In order to support newcomers when doing their first edits on Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation' Growth Team developed the Structured Tasks framework. It aims to break down the editing process into steps that are easily understood and guided by algorithms. In this talk, we will look at how the [Link Recommendation Service](https://api.wikimedia.org/wiki/API_reference/Service/Link_recommendation) was built as a first proof-of-concept to this approach, how its suggestions are incorporated into the editing experience, and how users are interacting with it. In reviewing these themes, we hope to spark some discussion around how machine learning can be effectively incorporated into Wikimedia projects, to assist and empower newcomers. Kosta Harlan,Martin Gerlach Lecture
Increase viewership of Kannada Wikipedia: QR Code project for Indian medicinal plants A project to write articles in Kannada Wikipedia about Indian medicinal plants, generate QR codes, print them and fix them in front of these plants has been accomplished. There is a mini forest consisting of medicinal plants at Moodabidri, a small town near Mangaluru, Karnataka State, India. Idea was mooted to generate QR codes for these plants. Students of Alvas College at Moodabidri who were part of the WEP took part in this project. Students identified the remaining plants, collected information and wrote articles about these plants and added them to Kannada Wikipedia. Similar kind of medicinal plants forests exist at some other places. Adding the articles in Wikipedia will benefit the entire world. This can be replicated at many places. Pavanaja U.B.,Dhanalakshmi K T Lightning Talk
Spotting and understanding translated material in Wikipedia articles Wikipedia articles covering rapidly-developing news stories can plug important gaps between news reporting and history writing as narratives of increasing complexity gradually take shape. If we compare parallel articles in different language editions we find significant differences in point of view emerging, and it' certainly not true that the English edition is a gold standard for the others. In all of this, translation, which can lurk in an article as a kind of invisible ‘dark matter', is often used to add to its point of view. Following the principle of using Wikipedia to study Wikipedia, the lecture discusses how such analysis can probe to the complex narrative(s) of digital history. It will be illustrated from 2-3 article sets. Mark Shuttleworth, Janice Lecture
The challenge of promoting self-organisation and balancing freedom and responsibility - the example of local Community Spaces Wikimedia Germany rents spaces for volunteer groups in bigger cities who organize projects with local partners, meet other volunteers and inform the public and media about free knowledge. In terms of content, volunteers determine the direction and develop their projects independently. Parts of the necessary "framework" are created and maintained together by staff and volunteers. We will share our lessons learned from our discussions between local volunteer groups and chapter employees and what we developed in the subsequent conceptualisation of local community spaces for volunteer self-organization (e.g. administration manual, funding application, project funding approval, event reporting, quarterly online meeting, concept ideas). Vera Krick (WMDE),Jonas Sydow (WMDE) Lecture
Data connection and application of public-private collaboration "Taiwan has invested a lot of resources in opening up data and information. In the past-each unit worked hard on its own rights and responsibilities, but its own blind spots were difficult to overcome independently and to respond to future climate changes and public expectations. Now-public-private collaboration and cross-domain are obvious studies, but large-scale issues require broader and higher-level policies, and a viable model that integrates multiple roles. Future-With the current experience of cooperation between WikiData, the community, and public agencies, we will study the integration and application of water data and GIS, and find a cooperation model suitable for local cases." 工友 Case study
Knowledge Creation and Wellbeing In this lecture I will present my research regarding knowledge creation processes. In pandemic times those processes occur under health issues, work stress and loss of love ones. What does this mean for knowledge development itself? How can we obtain wellbeing in our community under these difficult circumstances? Sandra Becker Lecture
Wikimedia Enterprise: a sneak preview of the APIs and features "Wikimedia Enterprise: a sneak preview of the APIs and features ""Wikimedia Enterprise"" is the forthcoming series of APIs being developed for the specific needs of high-volume commercial reusers of Wikimedia content. Come to this technical demonstration to see a special preview tour of the features and technology being developed. Technical documentation, roadmap, API documentation and development updates available at: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise Community documentation, and monthly office hours, available at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise" Liam / Wittylama, Ryan Brounley Lecture
Newcomer Experience and Content Campaigns "This coming year, WMF is beginning two ""pilot"" projects to rapidly iterate on improvements to ""newcomer experience"" and ""content campaigns"" working with target language communities. Improving workflows and tools for these are crucial ways to encourage more people to contribute content for the first time, and become active parts of our community long term - especially in languages and regions where Wikipedia is less well known. Come to this workshop to learn about the 'who', 'when', and 'what' of this work - and most importantly the 'how' you can be involved in the development. For scheduling: please place after/before ""Product Platform Strategy from the WMF"" by Carol Dunn [if accepted]" Liam / Wittylama, Amanda Bittaker Workshop
Makumbusho: a powerful tool to mobilize local communities and facilitate partnerships with Museums "Makumbusho (museum in Swahili) Apps4Museums is a new project that aims to deliver a digital platform allowing the automatic generation of multi-language mobile applications for archaeological and art museums around the world (and especially in the global south) based on content available on Wikidata/Wikipedia/Commons. -Promote the available content on Wikidata, Wikipedia and Commons, -Increase and improve the content on Wikipedia/Wikidata/Commons related to museums and their collections, -Provide local communities a powerful tool to generate mobile applications for their local museums and therefore foster GLAM partnerships with museums, -Promote the Wiki Movement and show how the Wiki content can be useful outside the Wiki projects" Yamen Lightning Talk
Developing a strategy, involving the entire organization "Wikimedia Sverige had an organization strategy that ended in 2020. After that, a new strategy had to be created. One that not only had the organization' best interests in mind, but also had aspects such as the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy Recommendations and the Sustainable Development Goals to consider. A new strategy was developed, involving members, board, staff and external partners, and adopted by the Annual Meeting in 2021. Hear about our journey from the past, during the process and towards the future!" Josefine Hellroth Larsson Case study
Inuka projects: designing products for users in growing Wikimedia communities "As internet users continue to grow across the world, it is increasingly important that we help people discover & participate in Wikimedia projects in a way that will be useful to them. Within communities that are discovering internet as a very visual experience through small mobile devices, the challenge is particularly more complex, & educational. Wikimedia Foundation' Inuka team has been on a journey of discovery to learn from users in these communities, & uncover the potential that their mobile devices hold in expanding their participation in Wikimedia projects. In this session, we will talk about the projects developed by the Inuka team, how we approached them through intensive research, lessons learnt so far, & upcoming explorations" Angie Muigai, Sudhanshu Gautam, Runa Bhattacharjee Lecture
WikiCite - Recent achievements, what happens next? "This year the ""WikiCite"" program funded dozens of project grants to eScholarships to help community members develop open citations and linked bibliographic data to serve free knowledge. This session will showcase the highlights of these projects as a panel presentation. Then, we will move to a moderated discussion with attendees of ""what happens next"". The 3-year grant which funded Wikicite has now come to an end. What's next for citation-related projects in Wikimedia?" Liam / Wittylama, Phoebe Ayers Roundtable Discussion
Photography documentation of built heritage of rural West Bengal for Wikimedia Commons. West Bengal , a state in Eastern India has a plethora of built heritage especially in its rural area which has not been documented systematically in recent times. With assistance from Wikimedia Foundation, I have been conducting photography documentation since 2019 of mainly brick built Hindu Temples having excellent terracotta motifs on their walls dating between 16th to 18th century, The terracotta motifs depicts scenarios from Hindu Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as well social scenarios from that period. Along with Hindu deities, one can also observe Europeans in the wall motifs. Since most of them are decaying fast, it is important to document them through Wiki Exploration programme. The number of such temples are over 1000 . Amitabha Gupta Lecture
Intelligent User Interface for Micro Content Development The availability of Wikipedia content in regional languages, specifically in the Indian languages, is very low. A possible solution is bot-generated articles using templates and structured databases. There are two significant problems with structured databases: missing data and errors in data. Engaging the crowd on micro-content development tasks to complete the missing data or to validate and correct the errors is a plausible solution. An app assigns micro tasks that require a relatively low cognitive load and users effortlessly submit their responses. A foolproofed intelligent user interface is conceptualized for the crowd to effortlessly and rapidly submit the work. Praveen Garimella,Vasudeva Varma Lecture
Wikipedia is Gamified: Prove me wrong "Perhaps we are reluctant to think that Wikipedia is gamified, being a serious encyclopedia. But does Wikipedia contain game mechanics in its different spaces? As a university project, I was determined to use **Gamification** (apply game design elements into non-game contexts) on Wikipedia. That lead me to investigate which aspects of Wikipedia could be identified as “game mechanics”. **Indeed**, I _discovered_ various elements that could be seen as Gamification which were key to sustain editors’ motivation. In the end, I designed a small Gamification Proposal with three activities that I'm currently implementing at funpedia.toolforge.org. If you want to know more or even prove Wikipedia is not gamified, come and enjoy this talk!" Destokado Lightning Talk
Towards a more environmentally sustainable Wikimedia Movement "The urgency of the climate crisis is reflected in the Movement Strategy recommendations, which call on the entire Wikimedia Movement to “align our practices to support the environmental sustainability of our planet”. A group of Wikimedia afiliates have recently begun implementing this recommendation, commiting themselves to reducing their carbon footprint through a variety of measures, especially around travel. This session will explore this new initiative, especially how it takes into account the principle of climate justice, meaning that the more privileged must help carry the burden otherwise disproportionately borne by those less privileged and those living in regions prone to the harshest effects of climate change." Bodhisattwa,Lukas Mezger Lecture
Large Scale Wikimedia Projects and Consistency Planning and starting large-scale Wikimedia projects can be daunting. Using the LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Wikidata Pilot as examples, this session will explore the integral role consistency plays in implementing large projects. Regularity in meetings, personnel, training, and finding answers to questions have been essential to the success of these projects so far. Future projects could benefit from a similar consistency-based model. Will Kent,Hilary Thorsen Lecture
Historical myth-making and Wikipedia The session will focus on historical distortions on Wikipedia, using the myth of the clean Wehrmacht as an example. The myth, a historical phenomenon and part of the Anglo-American popular culture, has found its way into Wikipedia's articles since its early days; for background, please see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-04-26/Op-ed. I will then discuss my personal Wiki journey, including attempts to correct the problem, dealing with established editors, navigating policies and procedures, and getting expert opinions from the academia. The session will conclude with lessons learned from the related ArbCom case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/German_war_effort. K.e.coffman Case study
For Grandmas, Girls and GLAM-Queens: WomenEdit I will tell how WomenEdit started as a monthly meeting for women and girls in Berlin. Since 2019, WomenEdit has also existed in another city, Erlangen. We continued our meetings despite Corona restrictions and had good experiences with virtual meetings. It works both virtually and with real physical meetings as a networking place for new and old Wikipedian women. I will be happy to present our experiences to start more meetings in other places at a Lightning Talk. IvaBerlin Lightning Talk
The Wikimedia movement as a post-capitalist phenomenon "People think a lot about the future these days. The future of our interactions, the future of our economic order, the very future of our planet. At the Wikimedia movement I believe we have little to worry about: In a very real sense we are the future, not just through the result of our work, but with our way of organising ourselves and our system of gratitude and remuneration. In my talk I will take you through a few important ideas of post-capitalism. I will show how and why the Wikimedia movement not just fits right in, but is a prime example of a post-capitalist world in the making---Tomorrow Is Already Here, as Robert Jungk famously wrote. And I will tell you what our family's mango tree has got to do with all that." Peter Gallert Lecture
Successful Wiki is a Partnership: It Takes Two to Tango "It takes two to tango, with both feeling each other and cooperating in creation. Dancers are successful when dance is the winner. So is the wiki - it's not about give-and-take, but giving birth to something that can neither exist nor be even fathomed looking at it from a set point of view. Building successful partnership on & offwiki is about listening and cooperating, letting partners to show themselves and helping them to describe and address their needs. I will give a brief overview of transforming Individual Wiki Outreach Efforts into sustainable Partnerships in Tatarstan: Language Sustainability, Culture, Education & Socio-Economic Development, starting alone when being harassed by the Admin who later became a Bureaucrat." Farhad Fatkullin Lightning Talk
Copyright, Copyleft, and Wikimedia movement "The understanding of intellectual property rights and copyright is very essential to understand the essence of the Wikimedia movement and its role in the free knowledge movement and copyleft. My presentation would loosely be based on an earlier presentation of mine which would be customised specifically for the purpose of Indian Wikimedians. In case a workshop is approved, the session can be made more interactive by arranging for audience participation in a number of ways. There would be a scope of hands-on contribution as well. Slides of an earlier session on this topic are available at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Copyright,_Copyleft,_and_Wikimedia_movement.pdf" Diptanshu Das Workshop
Providing alternative uncluttered text version of articles "Interlinks and footnotes are vital component of our editorial tools. However, they also can easily become an inconvenient additional cognitive load and bring accessibility hindrances. This session aims to expose shortly an idea which came as an outcome of an accessibility of Wikipedia: providing a text version of articles which get rids of footnotes and links. While this would help to overcome several difficulties identified during this session, the application scope would be potentially broader. Related resource: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Accessibility_of_Wikipedia,_a_March_2021_use_test_session" Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ, Dr Mel Ganus Lightning Talk
To translate or not to translate by the machine is the question One of the easiest ways of enriching articles in Wikipedias in Indian languages is by using Machine Trasnslation (MT) systems. Though there are quality checks in place for using MT outputs directly, there are ways of creating translated articles using indirect methods. For example, copy paste MT output instead of using the built-in ones. In language pairs, where good MT systems are still in developing stage, such articles create a burden to the community. In this lecture, we present the challenges in using English-Telugu MT systems for creating Wikipedia articles in Telugu. Using examples we show the typological differences between the two languages and identify ways to correct them to bring out the naturalness in the Telugu articles. Radhika Mamidi Lecture
OCR and other tools for Wikisource "Wikisource is a project that makes use of several technicalities to alleviate the user's job in reading texts. Optical character recognition (OCR) in this sense is central for the project, and is currently the object of several improvements. The Wikisource community follows these improvements with attention, as any other tool that can be integrated in the multi-language project. This round table is an opportunity for an exchange of opinions between the Wikisource users and the Community Tech." Ruthven,Sam Wilson Roundtable Discussion
Copyright Trolling and the Commons The Creative Commons licenses are intended to share materials with the world, letting reusers know that the licensed material is legally free to use under a few simple conditions. However, when users do not comply with the terms of the license, even by mistake, they can be liable for copyright infringement. "Copyright trolling" is when licensors release CC licensed material with a goal of catching errors in compliance, not simply to correct them, but to extract hefty fees. CC is proposing principles and guidelines for license enforcement. In this session, an expert panel will describe commons copyright trolling and CC's work, and invite community participation in developing these and other ways to combat copyright trolling. Kat Walsh,Sarah Hinchliff Pearson Panel Discussion
Easily confused words and how to find them "WereSpielChequers has been hunting down and correcting easily confused words on the English Language Wikipedia for more than a decade, and occassionally ventures onto other projects such EN WikiVoyage, Commons and EN WikiBooks. In this lecture he'll cover some examples, three different tools used to make the search easier, and how this can interact with AWB's typo fixing routines. If your language has the same opportunities as English for confusion Calvary/cavalry, minsters/ministers Naval and navel this should give you some suggestions as to how you could do the same in your language. If your interest is more in translation and the reader experence, correcting easily confused words is one way to improve machine translation." WereSpielChequers Lecture
Joining forces to increase the knowledge of our native species The goal of the platform ArgentiNat is to encourage people from Argentina to connect with nature, gathering biodiversity data in a collaborative fashion. Open data from this platform can be incorporated into GBIF, an open international initiative to share biodiversity information. ArgentiNat also includes links to Wikipedia articles for information about species. Articles on native Latin American species are scarce, most of them being stubs, many lacking pictures. We saw the opportunity of joining forces to improve the Spanish Wikipedia and reach out to new people who could contribute to ArgentiNat and GBIF. Malena,Anabela Plos Workshop
Mapping Wikimedia activities towards the Sustainable Development Goals "Most of the activities within the Wikimedia movement are related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) somehow. Describing which of the goals they relate to, and how, can help the activity become better and make it easier to communicate the value of it for a wider audience. This may enable new partnerships and funding opportunities. The workshop will finalize a guide for activity organizers on how they can map their efforts towards the SDGs and how SDGs can be mapped to Wikimedia activities. PAST: By reviewing past activities together, we can see how they relate to the SDGs. This will be the first part of the workshop. FUTURE: the second part of the workshop is to identify gaps and brainstorm on new activities to fill them." Jan Ainali Workshop
Tackling Gender Gap and Bias in German-language Wikipedia: Everything covered? The gender gap and bias in Wikipedia's authorship and content has been discussed within and outside the Wikipedia community for years. Over the years, a variety of initiatives and activities have been launched for more diversity. Using a “challenge tree” for an analytic approach, we will give an overview of the initiatives against gender gap/bias for the German-language Wikipedia: Vera Krick will present WMDE-activities, Leserättin will focus on the status quo of activities of the community (note: not as spokeperson for these activities). The participants will learn on what challenges the activities focus on so far, who focusses on which challenges, which challenges are already well covered and which not. Leserättin Roundtable Discussion
Talking about Son Jarocho in wikipedia A talk about the efford to add information about this Mexican musical genre in wikipedia, wikimedia commons and wikidata to give an overview of the culture that this music involves and the difficulties involved in uploading, writing, and organizing related material. Ivan mejia (Koffermejia) Lecture
A review on ' Research on Wikipedia'. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia and open educational resource that connects writers and editors to diversified multilingual communities all around the world. Now, It has become a serious concern for research scholars to analyze and identify the quantity and quality of articles. This paper reviews the various researches on editing and improving the articles, using Wikipedia as a source for research and academic purpose. sandeep Lightning Talk
Moderator Tools on Medium-sized Wikimedia projects "The Wikimedia Foundation Product department is exploring moderation needs in Medium-sized Wikimedia projects. In this workshop we want to hear about the tools, scripts, bots, and other processes that editors need to maintain the quality of content on their project, so we can set the roadmap of the Moderator Tools team. In this workshop you can share your requests for content moderation tools and functionality. We want to understand how you review and moderate the content added to your projects, and what you're struggling with. We're primarily interested in focusing on those Wikimedia projects which have more than 10,000 articles, but aren't one of the biggest projects. We're still happy to hear from editors from any Wikimedia project." Sam Walton Workshop
Making it easier to cite sources using WikiCite " followed by the Wikidata QID. "{{Bibliographie|" works similarly in the French language Wikipedia. That's not true in Spanish or German nor in Wikiquote nor Wikimedia.org, to name only a few. Some of the problems are technical, e.g., translating "en.Wikipedia.org:Template:Cite Q" and the accompanying code into other languages and other Wikimedia projects. Others are political, e.g., administrators for the Spanish-language Wikipedia have said they won't want WikiCite. We need to understand their concerns. Spencer Graves,Lydia Pintscher Workshop
Presentation of the research "We write Wikipedia. Participation of women in the free and collaborative encyclopedia on the Internet". "Why fewer women than men write on Wikipedia? Why are women still underrepresented in Wikipedia content? The objective of this session is present the results of the researching ""We write Wikipedia. Participation of women in the free and collaborative encyclopedia on the Internet"". This work allows reflection and understanding of the causes and effects of gender inequality. Also, the recovery of the experience of Wikipedian women, on specific the practices and events are made visible that generate the persistence of gaps and biases in Wikipedia. The session will be attended by Ana Torres, executive director of Wikimedia Argentina, and Raquel Ramírez, gender consultant for Wikimedia Mexico." Anna Torres,Raquel RamÃ\xadrez Salgado Case study
How The Wikipedia Library can help you write great articles The Wikipedia Library (https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/) provides active editors with free access to a vast collection of reliable sources of information. In this tutorial we'll show you what the library has to offer and how to use it to write great Wikipedia articles. Sam Walton Tutorial
Women's rights are ALSO Human Rights "Women's rights are ALSO Human Rights" aims to fill in the gaps about Women's Rights in Wikipedia, to make the people, women and men visible, the ones who fought and are fighting for Women's Rights, as well as to uncover the history of women by incorporating it in many texts in which history is still told in the masculine singular. In recent years, the community is making a major effort to incorporate biographies of women. However, from Wikimujeres, we think it is also time to go further and promote specific work on women's rights. Without the recognition of women's rights, we will not be able to advance in the exercise of respecting Human Rights. Ester Bonet Lightning Talk
Internet Archive and Wikimedia: a virtuous collaboration "The Internet Archive has been a strategic partner of the Wikimedia movement since its beginning, with the Wayback Machine archiving cited sources and fixing dead links in Wikipedia articles to point to web.archive.org content. This invaluable service (Turn All References Blue) has led to other projects to add permanent (archived) URLs to digitized resources such as web pages, books, TV News clips, and academic papers. The format is a discussion that would follow a brief update by Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine. The goal of the session will be to share progress and to brainstorm and inspire efforts to scale the efforts so that millions of additional links can be added to existing Wikipedia articles." Andrew Lih Roundtable Discussion
Alternative text to images as cohesively structured data on Commons "We serve most of our images without the proper alternative textual HTML attribute, which makes our visual content less discoverable and accessible. A recent study of English Wikipedia found that fewer than 25% of images have alt text. This is a significant barrier to free knowledge. At this workshop, we will demonstrate the experience of using Wikipedia with a screen reader; share a report from accessibility consultant Sina Bahram; and review proposals and projects from the movement. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/5_December_Global_Conversations_lightning_talks_-_I- https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T166094 https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T21906 https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Property_proposal/alt_text" Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ, Fiona Romeo, Karsten Hein, Dr Mel Ganus Workshop
Wiki Co-creation at The Met Museum "The Metropolitan Museum of Art initiated an Open Access policy for their images and metadata in 2017, which started an innovative stream of collaboration with the Wikimedia community. The Met has fostered a range of activities beyond just opening the collection - metadata roundtripping to incorporate Wikidata items in The Met's database, pioneering the use of Structured Data on Commons, and building new visualization tools for exploring connections between their objects and Wikimedia content. Wikimedian in residence Richard Knipel and Wikimedia strategist Andrew Lih will discuss how The Met has gone beyond contribution and collaboration to co-create new knowledge capabilities while also seeking new ideas and projects." Andrew Lih Case study
Indigenous languages of Latin America on Wikimedia The work with the indigenous peoples of Latin America to incorporate their voices to Wikimedia projects is part of a historical debt of society towards their communities. In this context, we propose to reflect on the initiatives that different chapters and user groups in the region have been carrying out, share lessons learned, obstacles, good practices and initiatives that allow us to make visible the history of our indigenous communities and incorporate them into Wikimedia projects from a decolonizing point of view. "User:Oscar .Constanza Verón" Roundtable Discussion
Gender gaps and biases in Spanish Wikipedia: rigorous approaches and specific actions for their eradication "The gender gap persists on Wikipedia. For example, the percentage of biographies of women on Wikipedia in Spanish is 20%; out of every 100 editors, 91 are men; furthermore, of the 82 librarians, only 8 are women. Based on the above, this talk aims to present empirical findings on the presence and reproduction of gender gaps and biases; Likewise, it is intended to share various methodologies for the detection of said inequalities and for the promotion of an egalitarian Wikipedia (for example, gender perspective, genealogies, feminist pedagogies). We will have the participation of Carmen Alcázar and Raquel Ramírez (president and gender consultant of Wikimedia Mexico)." Raquel Ramírez Salgado Panel Discussion
Wikipedia and the Weird: covering humorous and unusual topics with respect and fairness "PAST: presenting a short history of how Wikipedia has covered humorous and unusual articles in the past, and notable historical issues relating to such articles. PRESENT: Understanding current Wikipedia policies as well as covering number of informal community practices that are of relevance to “the weird side of Wikipedia”. FUTURE: Presenting a philosophy of respect toward the Weird, with the goal of creating less-biased coverage of topics that may seem alien or humorous to the current generation of editors." Yitzilitt Lecture
How to win women for your supervisory board At Wikimedia Germany' 2018 members' assembly, only one female candidate stood for board elections. While our boards have long been diverse in terms of age and backgrounds, we only averaged a quota of 21% women. Even against this backdrop, just one female board member unquestionably fell short of our aspirations. Consequently, we decided only to appoint female candidates to the two remaining seats and to address our board' diversity in the long term. Numerous measures, which first took effect in the run-up to the elections in 2020, resulted not only in a candidate field evenly split by gender but a board where female members hold 57% of seats. By sharing our experience, we hope to enable and encourage other boards to join our journey. Kilian Kluge, Mirjam Lecture
Wikimedia quiz "As the title says, this is a proposal to host a Wikimedia-wide quiz that is curved well and is accessible for all, yet challenging for the best. There will also be some questions of a general scope. Examples for all difficulty levels and types can be provided on request. Questions will focus both on Wikimedia in general and MediaWiki, but *not* on a single wiki (such as en.wiki). Note that a time limit of 45 minutes would be preferred for this event due to its nature (as participants need time to respond!) This is meant to be a social and fun event. The quiz would be hosted in Quizizz (open to alternatives), with a participant limit of 500. No login will be required - participants can be anonymous and choose a username of their choice." Leaderboard Other
How to to fight without anything... but facts! In the modern world, truth is crucial and movements used them to spread awareness to everyone from every kinds of background, and in order to do so, truth are facts that are interchanged through communication; these facts cannot speak for themselves, they are spoken by one to another, and making an environment where to do so will help future movements and effort to increase awareness of various world problems. How effective are these facts? Have these facts been used in previous movements? How can we make facts more accessible, especially in Wikimedia projects? What can we implement to do so? What can we also allow people with language barriers, disabilities, etc to access these facts? We're going to discuss about all of these in this talk Roy Morgan Tandean Lightning Talk
Bringing Australian Archaeology From Fringe to Centre Archaeology studies all of human history in all of its aspects and is fascinating to many people. Unfortunately, Archaeology also has a 'lunatic fringe' that promote unreliable and false information. The nature of a wiki means such views are easily disseminated. Recent work between UWA Archaeology and Wikimedia Australia has focused on correcting racist, sexist, and misleading archaeologic entries. We are also identifying gaps - such as the role of female and BIPOC archaeologists. Finally, 2021 changes to the Australian school curriculum means there is a shortage of reliable archaeological information for both teachers and learners, which we will address by constructing our entries as lesson plans. Sven Ouzman, Emily Grey, emilie dotte,Leia Corrie Case study
Come on, It’s Wikipedia, not Westeros: A Brief Introduction to the Wikipedia Conspiracy Theory in Japan The Japanese Wikipedia is often criticised for its low quality and bias, which have long been recognised by Wikipedians in Japan. Of recent concern in our community, however, is the rise of a conspiracy theory, propagated mostly by non-Wikipedians, that holds that the Japanese Wikipedia is controlled by a small number of politically biased administrators. Most examples of this claim are unfounded and driven by misunderstandings of Wikipedia’s complex system, and they have resulted in personal attacks on administrators by those unfamiliar with Wikipedia. I discuss the conspiracy theory problem in the Japanese Wikipedia through several examples to clarify the actual problem: the serious shortage of administrators and good editors. Kitamura Sae Lecture
Cross-wiki ideological conflict and Wikimedia's vision of knowledge equity "This session is a personal reflection on several painful cross-wiki edit conflicts that have seen different language Wikipedia's coverage of the same topic disagree along pre-existing geopolitical lines represented by those language communities. Our coverage of controversial topics is increasingly susceptible to governments and corporations' influence on ""reliable"" media. Ethnopolitical conflicts are hardened by media echo chambers. This submission will demonstrate our reliance on ""reliable sources"" will increasingly conflict with the Wikimedia 2030 vision on knowledge equity. Wikimedia will need to move beyond our current position as a tertiary source, and lead the generation of knowledge in a global conversation." Deryck Chan Lecture
How can I help? Reviving a wiki of which I do not speak the language. "I consider myself an experienced Wikimedian, with 15 years of volunteer work under my belt. In November 2020 I was asked to help to bring the Papiamentu Wikipedia back to life: how did I go to work, how did I (soon 'we') prioritize, and after 10 months, what is the status?" Ciell Lecture
Twenty Wiki Regrets.. a view from the South In 20 years, Wikipedia has changed the game to access information; it has earned the grudging respect of friends and foes. My accidental involvement with Jimmy Wales' (and Larry Seager') baby goes back ages. During the 2020 pandemic, this presenter became eligible to join the Wikipedia 15 Year Society. Not all of one's 15 years have seen consistent participation. In the early years, Wikipedia was more fun. Deletion-ism came in much later. As this amazing institution turns 20, this talk shares some -- not praises but regrets -- about the Gutenberg equivalent of our times. Frederick NORONHA Lightning Talk
notability under non justice information Notability is characterized by specific criteria, but it is closely related to documentation. However, this documentation is variable from one country to another, which made the percentage of articles vary greatly from one region to another. Should we look for a comprehensive and simple definition? adelneh Lightning Talk
Mouvement Strategy for dummies "It is the movement that is involved in the overall future of the Wikimedia Movement can do it - in the history of the world can't do it like WMF has done In 2017, fu launched a strategic direction to guide Movement into the future: to make Wikimedia the essential infrastructure of the free knowledge ecosystem, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us. I tell you the story of this saga that the movement has passed to get to the implementation phase and what the future will be. presentation designed for those who don't know anything about the strategy and want to know more about the current state and its future direction" bachounda Lecture
Conservation through knowledge sharing Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB) projects of past 4 yrs enabled us to gather learning and experience of the area of butterfly which helps us to extend knowledge sharing about conservation in present time through our ongoing documentation. Through this project we are trying to digitally converse the knowledge regarding butterfly. WLB was, is and shall be in building global awareness and sharing newer knowledge and learning to serve the prime mottos of great Wikimedia movement. Ananya Mondal Lecture
RedWarn and improving Wiki counter vandalism into the 2020's "We are Ed6767 and Chlod, two aspiring young and technically minded Wikimedians who, along with the rest of the RedWarn team, have developed one of the newest and most popular counter vandalism tools on the English Wikipedia. Counter vandalism and recent changes patrollers play an important role on all Wikimedia projects - in fact, it' how many senior Wikimedians got their start. We will be discussing the history of patrolling tools, the process and importance of counter vandalism (despite it's underappreciated nature), the decline in tool development, and how we plan to improve the space for every Wikimedian, and beyond to every MediaWiki user. We would like to prerecord, then be able to do a live Q&A at the end, if possible." Ed Englefield (Ed6767), Chlod Alejandro Lecture
Wikipedia 20: a collaborative collage "Let's celebrate Wikipedia' 20th Birthday creating a digital collage together! Collecting, curating and remixing images from Wikimedia Commons, all participants are invited to contribute to this collaborative collage that we'll create together in a digital mural. This is an asynchronous activity that will be open to participation throughout Wikimania 2021. There will be a 30 minute pre-recorded session to learn how to use Commons images to make digital collage and how to participate in the digital mural on the Miro platform. Participants are invited to freely add and transform images to the collaborative collage. Everyone can take a screenshot at any point of the process and share it on Commons under Wikipedia20collage category." Mariana Fossatti Celebration
Use of Concept Map, Mind Map and Word Cloud along with Wikipedia Articles A picture is worth a thousand words is an adage in multiple languages(Wikipedia, 2007).About 3000 pages of Wikipedia has 2,50,000 or more words on each page. Many prominent article also consists of words in five digits. Therefore in order to produce summary of large document and to visualize the data Word Cloud can be used. Similarly depending upon the nature of article Concept Map and Mind Map can also be used along with long articles. By the use of these pictures one can get gist or guess about useful information. The presenter will discuss the utility features of these points by presenting some examples. Krishna Kant Sharma Lightning Talk
Tracking contemporary history on wikipedia I have created a new type of entry, 2020s in political history. would like to discuss ways to build upon this entry and to explore this topical area. Steven M 890 Roundtable Discussion
Documenting Women Artists in the University of Salford Art Collection Through Wikidata Out of about 700 artists whose works have been acquired for the University of Salford's Art Collection, only about 70 are attributed to women. Through data analysis, employing Wikidata tools, we can see how works by women artists can be given greater public visibility. It also suggests ways for addressing the gender gap, through a better understanding of the collections holdings and potential action points in terms of acquisition policies. This presentation will demonstrate the proposed workflow model and data visualization examples based on the University of Salford's Art Collection dataset. This enables engagement with decision makers, revealing information that could otherwise be lost in spreadsheets and text-based documents. Enrique Tabone Case study
Writing (her)story "It is not news that Wikipedia has a gender gap, both in its content and in its editors. This is why the community dedicates time and resources to encourage more women to edit. But do we realize the impact these activities have, beyond the numbers? The aim of this lighting talk is being able to share my experience as a person who was in the scientific field and started editing about women in science to make them more visible, but when she discovered the Wikimedia ecosystem she left the academy to work at Wikimedia Chile. This with the purpose of recreating the instances that motivated her and thus contribute to all voices being heard. In the end, the idea is to be able to show that even when we do not notice at first, we inspire people." Carla Toro Lightning Talk
English as a lingua franca of the Wikimedia movement: how do we ensure people's inclusion? Historically and given its global character, the Wikimedia movement has used English language in its major decision-making, dialogue, communication and meeting spaces. This includes its two most important international meetings, Wikimania and the Wikimedia Conference, its most used mailing lists, discussions and communications among its Board of Trustees as well as everything related to its voluntary working committees. In this panel we will answer some questions, in order to open the discussion into the movement and to seek some possible mid and long term solutions. How the prevalence of English has influenced the inclusion or exclusion of people? Is it possible to have more linguistic equity in the participation in the movement? Anna Torres,Ivan Martinez Panel Discussion
Wikimedia belongs in Education - but how? "PAST – From the early time of the Wikimedia movement, we continued with the philosophy of, “Wikipedia belongs in education”. Over the years, the way of thinking changed slightly, and by 2018 the saying “Wikimedia belongs in education” was coined. PRESENT – Even though this saying is well received within the movement, there are different understandings of it. While some affiliates, chapters, or user groups created learning platforms, others offer courses and again others dedicate their efforts to advocacy work. FUTURE – We want to use this Wikimania to discuss our understanding of educational work within the Wikimedia movement and talk about possible collaborations while considering the strategy 2030." Dominik Theis, Sailesh Patnaik Roundtable Discussion
Conflict Resolution: Collective Responsibility "On-wiki conflict is a fact of wiki-life. Indeed, it is a fact of all group life. I'd like to offer some thoughts from a *collective responsibility* angle on conflict resolution, and on how the backbone of active editors and admins can do more to reduce the level and duration of conflicts on their home wikis, through adopting a collective perspective, and through a culture of experimentation." Asaf Bartov (WMF) Lecture
WHO x Wikimedia: Helping fight misinformation by sharing reliable COVID-19 knowledge This workshop focuses on the collaboration between WHO and Wikimedia Foundation announced in 2020, a landmark event that shows how far our projects have come in the last 20 years and where we are now. It builds on volunteer work to document the impact of COVID-19 globally. It will highlight the types of content the WHO has made available, potential new resources, and ways to further strengthen the quality of content across projects. We'll present opportunities to showcase WHO campaign and educational material and discuss what' upcoming. Together, we'll brainstorm how to make WHO content about COVID-19 more readily accessible across multiple languages, and discuss opportunities for expanding the collaboration beyond COVID in the future. Jorge Vargas Workshop
Hack4OpenGLAM 2021 - Co-creation event for learning, problem-solving and aligning action "Hack4OpenGLAM is an online co-creation event during the Creative Commons Global Summit 2021. It brings together professionals working with cultural heritage, advocates of open knowledge, members of volunteer networks, producers of tools and platforms, and creators in the digital domain. We invite the participants to explore together the possibilities of open online technologies for the benefit of Open Access to cultural heritage. This year we focus on knowledge equity: Highlighting knowledge of individuals, communities, and cultures who have been left out of the spotlight of history, decolonizing cultural historical collections, and acknowledging responsible ways of sharing information online.The presentation will be followed by Q&A." Susanna Ånäs Lecture
Initiatives around sign languages "To better include include human diversity, we must take into account those among us who use some sign language to communicate. This roundtable will be the occasion to expose what are already running initiatives, and what are the next challenges to tackle on this topic. The session will include discussion on:- Signit on LinguaLibre, - providing sign language interpreters at events, - signed interpretation of wikimedia articles delivered as video recording, - dedicated projects using signwriting (there are several in the incubator already), - Unicode support of sign writting, - Partnerships with existing data banks having sign language material, - SignWriting.js , - text to 3D animation sign speech rendering, big challenges" Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ,Dr Mel Ganus Roundtable Discussion
The role of Wikimedia in Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality, UN agency staff and WikiGap in discussion. A panel discussion with presentations by UN agency staff and WikiGap on the lack of representation of women online and related gender issues, its effects on society and what value Wikimedia brings to solving these issues. WikiGap is working towards Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNFPA, the UN Human Rights Office, UNESCO, UN Women and Global Citizen. We will show how we have worked with these partners and their audiences and explore future possibilities to collaborate including through Wikimedia' 2030 strategy. We aim for this session to provide a wider societal context to frame other sessions related to the gender gap on Wikimedia. Presenters will be in chat to answer questions John Cummings Panel Discussion
User interface concerns for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, or excessive activity and impulsivity, which are otherwise not appropriate for a person's age. People with ADHD may find focusing on and completing tasks such as reading and editing wikimedian project articles more difficult than others do. Some concrete example might be the default length of lines on a large sceen, the numerous incentives to jump to side notes and related articles." Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ, Dr Mel Ganus Roundtable Discussion
Wikidata: What happened? Where are we going? Wikidata is growing and ever-changing. In this session we want to give you a chance to learn about what mattered over the past year around Wikidata, reflect on where we are as a project now and look into the future to get excited about what's coming next for Wikimedia's knowledge base. Lydia Pintscher Lecture
Neat and tidy: data quality on Wikidata Wikidata provides general-purpose data about the world to everyone about nearly 100 Million concepts to date. Our data is used widely in the Wikimedia projects and beyond. With this wide use come growing expectations and responsibility. We'll take a look at what data quality on Wikidata even means, why it matters and what tools we have to improve it. Lydia Pintscher Lecture
How banner campaigns can be requested to reach marginalized groups or contents In the PAST, most Wikimedia banner campaigns used few settings like project, language or country. For that reason, mainly global campaigns like Wiki Loves Monuments got accepted by community and campaign administrators. But in the PRESENT, banner source code allows targeting on editcount, registration date, regional belonging and more. However, most community members are not aware of it or how to request them. This lecture will present useful settings and example campaign request. It also looks into the FUTURE of a Wikimedia Deutschland project on banner campaigns for marginalized groups. In a first test, the banner campaign will be shown in LGBT+ categories. A step-by-step guide is planned for inviting to imitation for any kind of content. Martin Rulsch Lecture
Integrating Wikidata into the Wikimedia projects "Wikidata holds multilingual structured data about the subjects of Wikipedia articles, Commons categories, and more. Integrating that data into the Wikimedia projects is an obvious thing to do, and nowadays Wikidata is used in millions of Wikimedia pages. However, adoption of it has gone at very different speeds in different projects, with some welcoming it, others being very reluctant to adopt it. In this panel discussion we will hear different viewpoints about Wikidata, and hear some of the success stories and the difficulties that have been encountered over the last few years. For example, we will discuss the success of the Wikidata Infobox on Commons, and the reluctance of the English Wikipedia to use information drawn from Wikidata." Mike Peel Panel Discussion
Movement Strategy 2021 Crash Course After more than four years of conversations, the Wikimedia Movement is officially starting the implementation of the Strategy 2030. But what does this mean? And what does this mean for you and your community? In this session, we will explain the Movement Strategy achievements so far, what is happening now, what is the progress expected in the next 12 months, and why we need you (yes, you!) to get involved. Quim Gil Lecture
Making feedback loops work for Wikidata Wikipedia works because a lot of people come to Wikipedia and read it. When they see a mistake, some of them will take the small step towards editing and fixing the mistake. This does not work for Wikidata in the same way. Let's find out why and what we can do about it. Lydia Pintscher Lightning Talk
Making collection data collaborative This session charts a course for GLAM institutions eager to open their data to Wikidata and its community. Ian Gill, Document Associate at SFMOMA, and Will Kent, Wikidata Program Manager at Wiki Education, will follow the past, present, and future of SFMOMAs collection data. Looking to increase access to collection data, Ian participated in Wiki Education' course. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to Wikidata, its community, and how to develop projects on Wikidata. From there, Ian structured a project and began to implement it at SFMOMA. In opening up collection data, and establishing effective workflows, Will and Ian will look to the future to explore some exciting implications of this partnership and work. Will Kent Lecture
Domain Specific Content Generation using Human Bot Collaboration The availability of Wikipedia content in regional languages, specifically in the Indian languages, is very low. For instance, Telugu has around 1% of the English Wikipedia. Several groups attempted the use of machine translation which resulted in poor quality content. Given this scenario, bot-generated articles using templates and structured databases proved to be efficient to engage the volunteers to enrich the regional content. In the pilot study, computer science students from the local region volunteered to use the framework to create close to 50K bot-generated articles in 7 different domains. Everyone else in the community enriched the bot-generated articles in the wiki way. Praveen Garimella, Vasudeva Varma Case study
What do you eat intermediary liability with? For a couple of years, the Internet presented the utopia of an almost unregulated information space. Yet, in the mid-1990s, governments looking to change this were torn between the choice of censoring expression or having platforms act under an unpredictable liability framework. That’s when intermediary liability protections emerged, which stated that users should be able to create the content they wanted, and platforms hosting their speech should be able to remove what they didn’t like without fear of being sued. Now that premise, for better and for worse, is being challenged. Join WMF’s public policy team for a chat on the past, present, and future of intermediary liability rules and our advocacy for laws that enable Wikipedia to grow. Amalia Toledo Other
The Bias Quizz "The session will host a live quizz in English, related to bias. The host will ask about a dozen questions. The questions will be addressed to a panel of seasoned wikipedians, as well as to the audience of the session. A tool will be used to record votes and display results. Each answer will be completed by a short summary of the issue and links to know more. The topics raised will seek to either refer to a specific situation/event in the life of the community which happened in the last 2 years, or refer to resources to better understand bias. It is expected that panelists might have additional info to provide, so the session will include a super short introduction about bias, the quizz, and further input from panelists if relevant." Florence Devouard Lecture
Improving movement communications by upgrading to Mailman3 "lists.wikimedia.org runs Mailman, a free software project that the Wikimedia movement has used for announcements and discussions ever since the beginning (even Nupedia used it!). It used to run Mailmanv2, software from the early 2000s that had significant security issues, no mobile support, and a whole host of other problems. In 2020, we began the process of migrating to Mailmanv3, a modern overhaul of the entire system, and finished the migration in 2021. The migration was a collaboration between sysadmins, list admins and plenty of other community members. In this talk we will cover some of the technical issues we ran into, some of the social/policy issues and then discuss potential improvements for the future of Wikimedia mailing lists." Kunal / Legoktm, Amir Sarabadani Lecture
Upcoming desktop design and usability improvements: updates and brainstorm For the past two years, the Web team at the Wikimedia Foundation has worked on making significant improvements to the desktop interface across all of our wikis. Our goal is to make the site more welcoming to newcomers while keeping it familiar and easy to use for veteran editors and readers. We began this work at Wikimania 2019 when we brainstormed the first features of the project. Since then, we have built an improved search experience, better ways of switching from one language wiki to another, and more. By the end of 2021, we hope to make the new experience the default across all of our wikis. We would like to welcome you to join us in exploring the changes we have planned and help in defining the final look and feel of the design. Olga Vasileva Roundtable Discussion
The Afrocine Project: Learnings from organizing a Pan-African Campaign "The AfroCine Project is a multi-country, multi-faceted WikiProject which started in 2018 and is aimed at encouraging the contribution of content that relates to the historical and contemporary cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects. Since the founding of the project, three major campaigns of ""Months of African Cinema"" have happened, with over 5,000 Wikipedia articles created so far, in more than 20 languages, and with many events organized in different parts of the continent and beyond. In this session, we'd be showcasing the successes achieved so far, and also be inviting local organizers from across the continent to share their experiences." Sam Oyeyele Panel Discussion
Experiences of organizing Tamil Wikipedia 16 Years Celebrations Tamil Wikipedia was started in 2003 and the Tamil Wikipedians celebrated their 16th-anniversary last year. This session is a personal experience of Sivakosaran, who worked as the primary organizer of the event at Jaffna, Sri Lanka. This presentation highlights the challenges faced in organizing an event with a small organizing team and the success and joy of the Wikipedians from India who travelled 10 hours by bus to reach the event location from the airport. The session also touches the challenges faced by the Tamil Wikipedia community when it comes to different dialects used by the Indian Tamils and the Sri Lankan counterparts and the ways they overcome them. Sivakosaran Lecture
Magic as an educational and promotional tool of Wikimedia projects. One of the main problems facing by Wikimedia projects is the need of new, young editors - and indeed women, while keeping them active and community-involved. We have come up with a series of magic games involving Open Knowledge tools in general, and Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons and other Wikimedia projects in particular. Those games are quite attractive for the general public, and may allow to gain a better insight into the usefulness of becoming an editor in Wikipedia (slightly complex issue) or in Wikidata (much simpler). Q-number play, image games and wordplay examples will be provided, along with an assessment of their likely interest. Fun and mystery are guaranteed, and participants will be able to interact with presenters. Miquel Duran Case study
Wikilearn: pilot results and open questions on a new online learning platform for the movement "How can we build an online learning platform that can serve an entire movement? The Community Development team of the Wikimedia Foundation experimented with hosting two interactive online courses in early 2021 – one about Anti-harassment Techniques and the other about Partnership Building – and has some thoughts to share based on those experiences. No less importantly, the team wants plenty of input from diverse perspectives on some major open questions, regarding key concerns about openness and scale, inclusivity and trust, safety and combating harassment, multilingualism and up-to-dateness, and more. Please join us! We will briefly present pilot results, our conclusions, and our questions, but most of the time will be discussion." Asaf Bartov (WMF), Simona Ramkisson (WMF) Roundtable Discussion
Inventory and assessment of potential improvements to the end user experience "The focus of our Foundation is its communities. The reason for the effort of our communities has always been: ""share in the sum of all knowledge"". There is a lot of potential to open up the ""knowledge that is available to us"" to our public. As an example, both Commons and Wikisource are looking for an audience. There is a chicken and an egg situation for many languages. With user stories we can imply how end users make use of the data we have. When we analyse these user stories for infrastructural requirements, it becomes obvious that many easy and cheap changes enable growth for all our languages and communities. I will collect user stories and proposals on my blog. At Wikimania there will be another inventory." Gerard Meijssen Roundtable Discussion
Why not starting the Wikimedia.org project as the sum of all Wikimedia projects knowledge ? "Wikimedia is not Wikipedia, and the Wikimedia movement is much more than a multilingual encyclopedia. But this obvious statement, however, does not seem clear to most people and organizations including some time Wikimedia Foundation which for example only mentions Wikipedia on the page donate.wikimedia.org and want to be renamed ""Wikipedia"" Foundation. It is therefore necessary to find a solution so that the Wikipedia project stops being the tree that hides the Wikimedia forest, or rather the planet that hides the Wikimedia galaxy. One solution is to focus on the Wikimedia world rather than the word Wikipedia, by creating a powerful Wikimedia.org website gathering all Wikimedia knowledge." Mathieu LOVATO STUMPF GUNTZ, Lionel Scheepmans Roundtable Discussion
Engaging with strategic partners in the movement! WMF's approach Partnerships are crucial to achieving the goals of the movement: we must work together with different players across multiple sectors to be able to really achieve our vision of becoming the sum of all knowledge. Throughout the history of our movement, different stakeholders – from global non-profit organizations to local companies and ministries – have been interested in working with affiliates, the Foundation, and the wider community. This session will showcase WMF's Partnerships team's work from various regions, discuss how the Wikimedia movement and its partners can continue to work together, and explore ways in which WMF Partnerships team and the movement can continue to collaborate with strategic partners to advance our mission. Jorge Vargas Lecture
To profit or not to profit? Past and present mission drift of the Wikimedia movement. What about the future? "Wikimedia Foundation statement of purpose concern : ""support and development of multilingual wiki [...] and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity"". But history shows that Wikimedia is no exception the observations that ""Nonprofit organizations are becoming increasingly like private firms"" (Burton A. Weisbrod). Let's take a look at the consequences of past fundraising campaigns on editorial participation, actual CC.0 license about ""free of charge, in perpetuity"" information, and planned Wikimedia Enterprise commercial project regarding the drift of Wikimedia movement towards the ""big tech"" enterprise paradigm." Lionel Scheepmans Lecture
Wiki Forum "I would like to propose a Wiki Forum. Essentially it would be a forum where users can submit original research by subject. An example would be thread about how a vaccination drive is going in a country with different, not widly shared metrics. Here are some charcteristics : - Scientific subject only, no purely news or emotional subjects. Comments are allowed but only for submitting caveats of an analysis or question. - By sub-topic and topic. - Use wikipedia reliabilty for start. - you can only comment at first- Other can flag your comment for irrelevant and it will be removed if enough people think so. - Same for posts. - Original research allowed. - You can rank posts by very interresting (Retweet) and interresting (like)" A Roundtable Discussion
Automatically maintained citations with Wikidata and Cite Q "References are crucial in Wikipedia article, however they are also painful to manually assemble and manage, as they contain a lot of information in a structured form. Enter Cite Q: a template that turns Wikidata items into citations you can use in Wikipedia articles. In its simplest form, the template takes a single parameter – the cited work’s QID on Wikidata – and supplies metadata from Wikidata, to the Template:Citation template. It has recently been redeveloped as part of a Wikicite eScholarship, and is now fully coded in Lua, displaying more properties, and with additional testing. We describe how the template works, and how you can use in on your Wikipedia (or other Wikimedia project)." Mike Peel, Andy Mabbett Lecture
Synchronising Wikidata and Wikipedia Wikidata is a structured data repository that is holding a continuously increasing amount of information. However, a lot of the information on Wikipedias - in infoboxes, tables, categories, etc. - is not yet on Wikidata. We will present work on importing information from Wikipedias into Wikidata, and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities with this work. This is the subject of the work of two Outreachy students this Summer. Mike Peel, Ammar Abdulhamid, Nirali Sahoo Lecture
100 years of Weather Observations from the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia Commons "Wikimedia Canada received a grant from the Government of Canada to upload 100 years of weather data from 8,756 weather stations across Canada to Wikimedia Commons. The uploading and sharing of governmental and institutional big data in Commons is, for what we know, a world premiere. This provides a collective workspace with features and computing capabilities for different organizations. We will explore some of the tools developed and how to improve Wikipedia articles from Canadian locations, in all languages. We want to demonstrate the strong potential of such an approach that could inspire new projects by governments in the open data field." Miguel Tremblay Lecture
Where should Wikidata and Wikibase be in 5 years? How can Wikidata and Wikibase best cater to knowledge equity and knowledge as a service? We want to talk about sharing data in the movement and beyond. What are your current experiences? And what are the dreams for the future? This should help create a strategy for the next years that brings forward the movement, its communities, affiliates and the ecosystem around it. Lea Voget (WMDE), Lydia Pintscher Workshop
If sky was the limit- what mobile collboration tools would you build? With teams at the Foundation focused on improving collaboration and feedback loops for mobile contributors, the WMF apps team looks forward to facilitating a session to co-create and reflect on tools that enable collaboration on Wikiprojects. Jaz Case study
Transposing the EU Copyright Reform in 28+ countries "On 6 June 2019 the European Union's latest copyright reform came into force. It contains, for the first time in EU legislation, the term ""public domain"" and introduces a number of new exceptions. It also practically mandates questionable ""upload filters"" for user uploaded content. The Member States of the EU had until 7 June 2021 to apply the changes to their national law. Wikimedia in Brussels (FKAGEU), Wikimedia Deutschland and the Communia Association are working with Wikimedia affiliates and like-minded local partners in all countries to ensure someone (tm) speaks in favour of user rights and the public domain during the national reforms. We want to take the opportunity to tell you about the process and the results of this work." Dimi Dimitrov, Teresa Nobre Case study