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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.
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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 2021

Public Submissions received

This is a table with titles and abstracts from all individual submissions received until 17/06/2021 that were marked as public

Title Abstract Author Type
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
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’s 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
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
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" "Ryan Brounley, Liam / Wittylama" 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’s 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
Arxiu Ismael Latorre Mendoza - Releasing a photographic archive into the Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Arxiu_Ismael_Latorre_Mendoza F. Fort Celebration
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
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
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
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
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
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’s a milestone in making Wikidata a reliable source for the data of these and other references on the Internet." "Nanour Garabedian , Bassem" Lightning Talk
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
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
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
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
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." Lionel Scheepmans 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
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 Lightning Talk
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 Case study
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’s 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
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
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 mohammed ben loulou 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’s 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’s 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’s past, present, and future strategies. Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight Roundtable Discussion
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
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
Let's atomize Wikidata / Wikibase This presentation aims to discuss how to improve data modeling and data quality in Wikidata and Wikibase instances using the concepts of atomicity in databases. Studying various 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’s) 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
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
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
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
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
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
Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia Later this year we will launch the first new Wikimedia project in eight years, Wikifunctions. In this session we want to offer the community ample opportunity to learn about our plans, to discuss them, and to raise awareness of how this project may provide opportunities to change the work in the projects. We will present Abstract Wikipedia and show how it will work, a project to remove the language barriers between the Wikipedia communities and to allow contributors to work on a truly global common encyclopedia that can be shared across languages. "Quiddity, Denny Vrandečić" Panel Discussion
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
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 Wyatt, Phoebe Ayers" 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
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
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
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
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
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
Techniques used in Cultural Translation in Mountain Painted With Turmeric This research work entitled Techniques Used in cultural translation: A case Mountain Painted with Turmeric focuses on analyzing techniques used in cultural translation. The text, Mountain Painted with Turmeric is a translated text of Lil Bahadur Chettri ‘Basain,. It aims at analyzing different techniques used by translator in cultural words translation. Translation begins with the very day of civilization. The language itself is translation of thought process. as translation helps one ideas into another understanding languages, language helps to presents abstract thought in understandable signs. The communication starts with translation It uncovers the some specific techniques used by translator for cultural translation. The culture si d Sagar Parajuli 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
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’s 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 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
Place and Value It is a lightning talk and usually we are going to join the proposal. It is a best day to make a proposal. In addition, it is not one of a proposal policies and may vary on CaV. more elaborate AND useful ways are detailed below. i am not one of this. But why it is used generated. WikiTV Lightning Talk
Wikimedia quiz "As the title says, this is a proposal to host a Wikimedia-wide quiz (with about 16 - 20 questions) 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. This is meant to be a social and fun event. This event is expected to take 60 minutes - 45 minutes being a lower bound. 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, but I would expect cookies to be used." Leaderboard Other
An overview of the encyclopaedic content related to COVID-19 on Wikimedia The encyclopaedic 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. How could Wikimedia volunteers react to 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 future? This talk will address these questions and present a general overview of the COVID-19 related content on Wikimedia. Netha Hussain Lecture
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
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
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 (Atsme), editor on en.WP, Commons, and a member of the VRT. Other
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