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Abstract[edit source]

QueeringW is a workshop for (potential) attendees, contributors and partners of the Queering Wikipedia conference *(first of its kind), with the aim of giving insights on how to join and maximize use of opportunities of informing, networking, accessing resources and making it most useful for all. It will also discuss why and how it is urgent now.
The Conference is focused on movement growth and innovation and provides 3 conference days to bring together our global LGBTQ+ community in a variety of events to discuss ideas and share opportunities to improve open knowledge about and for LGBTQ+ content within the Wikimedia movement. This is both a thematic event promoting reliable open knowledge about and for all LGBTQ+ communities and a growth event focusing on capabilities, capacity, diversity and the representative authority of the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group for all Wikimedia language projects.

Learning Outcomes[edit source]

Deeper understanding of the Queering Wikipedia 2022 and 2023 plans, as well as how to join and partner to make it both exceptional in Wikimedia and locally/specifically for ones own community. For contributors this might be about how to make the most of multi-track and multi-lingual event opportunities. For partners on how to setup physical node events for their own in-person participation to have hybrid experience of events.

Biography[edit source]


Z. Blace was involved with advocacy, promotion, research, deployment and education on digital commons since late 90s, primarily over FLOSS, but also web services and standards, open content, generative and tactical media. Aside from being an early adopter for technologies and methods, Blace was organizing LastTuesday events in MaMa club in Zagreb for critical discussions on IT, wrote for Linux.hr and IT magazines. Blace advocated for use of Wikis and contributed to development, deployment, education and promotion of TamTam a locally developed Wiki system (as web designer, editor and educator). Blace is now busy with methods, creative and critical/non-conventional uses, deployments of technology, still enthusiastic over participatory Wikis, Commons and open Data. Blace was the first Wikimedian-in-Residence in Croatia.

Owen Blacker

Owen Blacker has been a Wikimedian since 2004, editing initially on the English Wikipedia. After stepping down from the trustee boards of 2 non-profit organisations shortly before the pandemic, he became more active in the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, becoming part of the team organising the Queering Wikipedia 2021 User Group Working Days and becoming a founding member of the User Group's governance team. His work with Open Rights Group led him to join the Foundation's European public policy forum. In his day job, Owen is a technologist at a consultancy working with public sector organisations in the UK. Owen peut parler français, a dysgwr Cymraeg am lefel ganolradd ydy o.

Natacha Rault

Natacha Rault is with the movement since September 2012 and describes themself on their userpage as a poet, blogger and an engaged feminist with a wide range of interests. They mostly contribute to topics around women, LGBTIQ and the gender gap. They also gives workshops to train people who will run workshops for new contributors, especially in a GLAM perspective. Their current focus of work is the Wikipedia project Les sans pagEs. They are also trying to propose creative solutions to generate more respect in the exchanges between wikipedians on the francophone projects.


Jetam2 has been active in the wikiverse for over 13 years. He is most active on Slovak Wikipedia, Commons and Wikidata. For 3 years, he has been the volunteer chair of Wikimedians of Slovakia User Group. In his day job, he is an educator and translator.