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WikiConference North America 2017 • Montréal, Canada

Conference outline

WikiConference North America 2017 is taking place over the course of two days, and we have many exciting activities planned to welcome you to Montreal!

August 9 - Wednesday - Culture Crawl, Scan-a-thon, and Reception

The BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, where WCNA is hosting an edit-a-thon, trainings, programming, and more.

Our second-annual Culture Crawl connects Wikimedians with Montreal's cultural institutions. The day's activities are a great chance to explore and connect with the city you'll be spending the rest of Wikimania in.

August 10 - Thursday - Programming
On Thursday we invite you to attend our three-track programming sessions, which includes:

  • Presentations from community members on their activities, projects, and more.
  • Technical workshops on Wikidata, the Outreach Dashboard, and more.
  • Roundtable discussion on innovating edit-a-thons and meetups
  • Lightning Talks (5 minutes) for anyone to get up and give.
  • Unconference - make it your own!


August 9 - Wednesday - Culture Crawl, Scan-a-thon, and Reception

Registration in Sheraton Lobby starting at 8:00 AM
Welcome Session, 9:00 - 9:30 AM in Sheraton Lobby

Meet in the lobby of Le Centre Sheraton for a welcome, housekeeping, and handouts.
Groups can meet here to depart to tours, the BAnQ, and photo sessions.

McGill University BAnQ Vieux-Montreal Other
  • All Day: Free admission at the Redpath Museum
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM: Tour Visit with materials from McGill University Archives Rare Books and Special Collections (4th floor of the McLennan Library Building)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Tour Tour of the exhibition "Commemorating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge" and the Canadian Architecture Collection (meet in the Lobby of McLennan Library Building)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Tour Tour of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine with Chris Lyons (meet in the lobby of McLennan Library Building and walk up together. Tour at 12:15pm)
  • 12:00 - 1:30 PM: Photo walk from McGill's Mclennan Library to the BAnQ-Vieux.
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Edit-a-thon Contribute to articles using McGill's collections in their Data Visualization Room. This includes access to their electronic subscription resources; see event page for more details. The Visualization Room will remain open through 5 if you would like to continue working after the edit-a-thon.
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Scan-a-thon with the BAnQ-Vieux Archives
  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Open rooms and Unconference (Room 2.28 & Auditorium)
  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM: Edit-a-thon Canadian Women; see event page for more details. (Jodoin East & West)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Tour of the BAnQ-Vieux
  • All Day: Photo Drive - Take photos of your experiences, buildings, artifacts, and more throughout the day for the Commons.
  • 5:00 PM & Later: McCord Museum has free access to its permanent exhibition.
Social and Networking Night, starting at 6:00 PM in Old Montreal

After a long day of activities, enjoy the night out in Old Montreal with your fellow Wikimedians.
We have the top floor of Les 3 Brasseurs (105 Rue Saint Paul Est) reserved for drinks and socializing; there are plenty of other drink and food places in the area, as well as the Cité Mémoire digital display to see.

August 10 - Thursday - Programming

Registration in Sheraton Lobby

8:00 AM

Meet in the lobby of Le Centre Sheraton to sign in if you did not already on Wednesday.
Opening Session

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Meet us in Salon Jarry, Level A

Introduction & Keynote Addresses

  • Benoit Rochon, Wikimedia Canada
Benoit shares Wikimedia Canada's activities and First Nations project.
  • Sherry and Alice, AfroCROWD
  • Ivan and Salvador, Wikimedia México
Ivan and Salvador share Wikimedia México's activities.
  • Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Women in Red
Rosie shares the Gender Diversity Mapping project.

Keynote All Hands


10:30 - 11:00 AM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Track 1
(Jarry, Level A)

Panels & Discussion
Track 2
(Hermon, Level A)

Track 3
(Salon 5, Level 2)

Session 1

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Education Community


  • Wikidata in use Guest: SOAP- Sum of all paintings (Maarten Dammers)

  • Wikidata in use Guest: Wikidata team (Léa Lacroix)
  • Unconference intro + Roundtable/facilitated discussion - Innovating edit-a-thons and meetups

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch provided by Wikimania at the Sheraton for registered attendees.
Session 2

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Tech Community

Tech Tools Wikidata

Cool Tools for Mass Contributions (1 hour)

  • Wikidata - Quickstatements, Google Spreadsheets Wikipedia Tools, Open Refine, Wikidata Game
  • Wikidata in use Guest: Structured Data on Commons (Sandra Fauconnier and/or Amanda Bittaker)
  • Wikidata in use Guest: Quickstatements and Libraries (Robert Fernandez, User: Gamaliel) (slides)
  • Commons in use Guest: Pattypan (Paweł Marynowski, User:Yarl)
  • ORES, revision scorting & Outreach Dashboard

  • Wikidata+Wikipedia integration (Infoboxes!) (30 minutes)


3:30 - 4:00 PM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Session 3

4:00 - 4:50 PM


  • Lightning Talks
    Share a story, project, idea - present on whatever you want!
    Max 5 minutes each
Conclusion & Group Photo

5:15 - 6:00 PM

Join us for a sharing session and conclusion, followed by a group photo.
This is a chance to share final thoughts and share what was accomplished during the unconference.
Evening Reception

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Welcome reception/dinner at Sheraton Hotel for all registered Wikimedia attendees, 7-9 PM