Wikimania 2021[edit | edit source]
This is my Wikimania experience, planned and lived. Feel free to add notes if we talked or had an interaction. Bolded sessions are the ones I am part of organizing, all other listed ones I am planning to participate in.
If nothing else is going on, I'm probably hanging out in the Wikimedians for Sustainable Development part of the Community Village.
I wrote just a little bit more on my contributions on my blog.
Friday August 13[edit | edit source]
- 18.00 Getting started on Govdirectory
- The session went well with 42 people in the Jitsi room. Many good questions, but mostly related to the data rather than the code for the website.
- 19.00 Govdirectory user research
- Made two really lovely interviews that gave me many insights well beyond my own behavior.
Saturday August 14[edit | edit source]
- 10.00 Welcome session
- 11.30 Product Platform Strategy from the Wikimedia Foundation
- Good presentation (slides) but unfortunately the view of what constitutes "infrastructure" seemed narrow, bordering to not feeling serious about the scale. It was also good to finally see video in the strategy, but sad that they will not start building anything until 2035.
- 12.20 100 years of Weather Observations from the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia Commons
- Met the team in The Capacity Exchange
- Listened a bit to Lingua Libre: What is it and how to take part in it? (missed the start) to ask a question about the bot. Was referred to the site so added a question there.
- 13.30 Building a successful Wikimedia Community of African students
- 13.50 From Encyclopedia to Big Data: Past, present and future of Wikipedia data as a research source
- 14.00 Gender inequalities in the Catalan Wikipedia categories
- Joined the WikiNem Meetup and talked about possible directions a meeting could take. Perhaps do it as a planning meeting and look towards projects in the future rather than talking about what has been done locally in the past? Perhaps even invite someone from the Nordic Council to explain what they are funding?
- 14.45 The Wikimedia Foundation in conversation with community members
- 15.15 Global templates, component templates
- This is really hopeful. having this would not only save lots of volunteer work, it would also make many projects higher quality. The Q&A was also good and the answers in it shows that a lot of thought have been put into this.
- 15.45 Cross-wiki ideological conflict and Wikimedia's vision of knowledge equity
- This talk on a very important topic should be viewed by anyone interested in organized conflicts on Wikipedia. Great presentation and collection of examples.
- 16.05 What do you eat intermediary liability with?
- Had an interesting discussion on our community village template about the IPCC 6 report, which also has a new glossary, which could be input for a new Climate Lexeme Week. This was followed by a discussion caused by the Canadian weather data import and how that data, and more data like it, could be used. Most cities have average climate data tables, should we also have local weather trends?
- 17.00 Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia
- This might be one of the more exciting sessions this year and I'm really looking forward to it.
- 18.30 Wikimedians for Sustainable Development social meetup
Watched Creating a tool that lets people listen to Wikipedia later. A good summary of the very important Wikispeech but still a bit unclear why WMF is not prioritizing this higher, it has been known this is about to come for many years, it should have been be possible to plan for.
Sunday August 14[edit | edit source]
As a warm-up, watched An overview of the COVID-19-related content of Wikimedia projects from yesterday. A great summary of this huge collaborative effort.
- 13.30 Wikimedian of the Year 2021 - great session and really cool with the exapnsion to several categories. This can get more people deserved recognition in the movement.
- 16.05 Attracting experts to contribute to Wikimedia movement
- 16.45 Wikilearn: pilot results and open questions on a new online learning platform for the movement - Interesting, but it still feels that this is an implicit death sentence to Wikiversity. It would be better to either do it explicitly or to invest in improving it.
- 17.15 Indicators for the Wikimedia Projects
- Song session - really fun!
- 19.45 Structured data on Commons: today and tomorrow - worried by the views that adding both specific and general depicts is encouraged by the team. That is the way of flat data, and not embracing the capabilities of it being structured at all. It would be more honest if they changed the name on the project if that's the way it is heading.
- 21.45 Wikimedians for Sustainable Development User Group: Looking at Sustainability Through Wikimedia Lenses
Monday August 16[edit | edit source]
As a warm-up, watched Wikimedia Poland: Building a Holistic Support Infrastructure.
- 08.00 Community content planning for lesser-resourced wikis - top notch presentation, both in content and production
- 08.10 Automatically maintained citations with Wikidata and Cite Q - get everyone CiteQ now! :)
- 08.20 Shortcutting the Identify topics for impact recommendation by reusing free content
- 09.30 Making feedback loops work for Wikidata
- 09.40 Automatically maintained citations with Wikidata and Cite Q
- The experiences of WikiGap and WikiForHumanRights. Working with UN experts on topics for impact
- 10.15 Spotting and understanding translated material in Wikipedia articles
- 10.35 Towards a more environmentally sustainable Wikimedia Movement - Very important session, every affiliate should watch this!
- 10.55 Wikidata: What happened? Where are we going? - Good and clear session! Does what it says on the tin.
- 11.15 Thematic weeks as a tool for strengthening the community
- 11.35 Inuka projects: designing products for users in growing Wikimedia communities
Tuesday August 17[edit | edit source]
- 15.00 The Future of Wikimania - I was happy that there was quite many with the opinion that some kind of hybrid event should be held even if travel is allowed next year.
- 18.00 Wikimedia and Sustainability - Selecting topics for impact
- 19.30 Preventing misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic - Prominent panel all around, but the person who really shined in this was Netha Hussain. It's worth watching just to hear her very good answers to both the basic and complex questions.
- 20.30 Celebratory Toast
To watch later[edit | edit source]
- Editing the Wiki Way: software and the future of editing Done Interesting to hear about some experiments that might help users, and perhaps especially newcomers, edit and a smoother and sometimes more efficient way.
- Sharing decolonization strategies throughout Wikimedia projects Done
- Domain Specific Content Generation using Human Bot Collaboration Done Thoughtful and interesting approach to bot collaboration that seems promising. It takes a lot of work, but getting 100,000 articles in 8 weeks is an impressive feat. It's also important to bring the learnings from these projects, if applicable, into the upcoming Abstract Wikipedia.
- Hackathon Showcase Done I really like the wikigender userscript and have started using it globally.
- A Grand Tour of Europe Done Since I was part of starting to brainstorm on this project many years back, I am really happy that it is now happening and that the project is looking really well thought through.
- Integrating Wikidata into the Wikimedia projects Done
- Wikimedia Community in Nigeria Done When hearing that there were only 2000 biographies about Nigerian women in 2019 despite a population of 100 million, I was thinking what a reasonable amount would be on Swedish Wikipedia. A number that might be comparable is how many biographies there are about Swedish women that only exist on Swedish Wikipedia still. That would be a number of notable women that are not yet world renowned, which could be used as an indicator of how many people that could be notable in any country. That sparked me to create this query: https://w.wiki/3xyt It shows that there are 8,767 articles about Swedish women, only known on Swedish Wikipedia. If my hypothesis is correct, there could be ~160,000 biographies about Nigerian women. This is of course a lower bound since Swedish Wikipedia (like all language version) are not done yet. It's also only a rough indicator since national differences of course exists.
- Engaging with partners in the movement! WMF's approach Done Fast paced presentation with a good overview. It was also nice with a good overview of the team. Unfortunately, the submission page is shamefully empty.
- Wikimedia Movement and the Paradox of Open Done a very interesting conversation, and some parts also ties in with my lightning talk on what is important in what our open content
- Wikipedia is Gamified: Prove me wrong Done Excellent and well-prepared lightning talk with beautiful slides. I have been thinking about this and, like Daniel, I find it hard to leverage the knowledge without increasing the risk of bad behavior.
- Neat and tidy: data quality on Wikidata Done