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'''WikiConference North America''' is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The 2019 conference will take place in '''[[w:Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge, Massachusetts]]''', '''November 8-11'''.  Join Wikipedia, -media, -data, and -cite enthusiasts for a long weekend of collaboration and discovery.
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'''WikiConference North America''' is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The 2019 conference took place in '''[[w:Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge, Massachusetts]]''', '''November 8–11'''.  Wikipedia, -media, -data, and -cite enthusiasts joined for a long weekend of collaboration and discovery.
*Our main '''host''' is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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* Our main '''host''' is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
*This year's '''theme''' is ''reliability/incredibility''
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* This year's '''theme''' is ''reliability / credibility''
*Participation in conference activities includes compliance with our [https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2018/Safe_Space_Policy '''friendly space policy'''].
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* Participation in conference activities includes compliance with our [https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2018/Safe_Space_Policy '''friendly space policy'''].
*'''Scholarships''': Submit [[2019/Scholarships|here]] by '''September 20'''
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* Conference '''[[2019/Activities|activities]]''' and fun facts -- events, awards, sockpuppet-making workshops
*'''Programming Submissions''': Submit [[2019/Submissions|here]] by '''September 20'''
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* Participate remotely with our '''[[2019/Livestream|live stream]]s''' of the three main rooms, and associated chat channel.
*'''Registration info:''' Coming soon!
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* View our '''[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:WikiConference_North_America_2019 photos]'''.
*'''Travel & accommodation info:''' Coming soon!
 
  
==Programs & activities==
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==Conference overview==
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:''View the '''[[2019/Schedule|full schedule]]''' for more details and sessions. Details were subject to change.''
<big>'''Location'''</big><br />
 
Stata Center, MIT<br />
 
Address: Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA, 02139
 
  
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===Friday (November 8)===
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[[File:MFA, Boston, MASS.JPG|thumb|Museum of Fine Arts, Boston]]
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; Culture Crawl Day – explore local museums and cultural institutions while editing Wikipedia and learning about Wikimedia projects
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* '''Location''': Museum of Fine Arts, as well as cultural institutions in downtown Boston and Cambridge
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* '''Time''':  9:00am-5:00pm
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* '''Events''':
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** Participants visited local museums and cultural institutions for free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more.
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** 4+ training sessions were held around [[:en:Wikipedia:GLAM|GLAM]] and [[:d:Wikidata:Main_Page|Wikidata]].
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** It kicked off our conference-long hackathon, challenging participants to tackle problems around information reliability.
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* '''Friday night reception''': [https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2019/Activities#Evening_events Waterworks Museum, Downtown Boston]
  
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===Saturday, Sunday, & Monday (November 9–11)===
 
[[File:Wfm stata center.jpg|thumb|View of Stata Center from Vassar street|alt=View of Stata Center from Vassar street]]
 
[[File:Wfm stata center.jpg|thumb|View of Stata Center from Vassar street|alt=View of Stata Center from Vassar street]]
: ''This is a draft; program submissions and scheduling of the main conference + satellite events to be determined.''
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;Three full days of presentations, panels, discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and lightning talks
; Dates: November 8 - 11, 2019.
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* '''Location''': MIT's Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus; 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA 02139, [http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32 link to map]
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* '''Time''':
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**Saturday: 9:00am–5:30pm
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**Sunday: 10:00am–5:00pm
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**Monday times to be announced.
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* '''Events''':
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** Saturday and Sunday: Participants joined sessions on themes including credibility and reliability; education with Wikimedia projects; news and current events; citations and sourcing; relationship building & support; inclusion & diversity; editor recruitment and retention; tech & tools; and harassment, civility, & safety.
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** Monday was a reliability summit + conclusion of the hackathon, providing a deep-dive into issues surrounding reliability of information.
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* '''Saturday night reception''': [https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2019/Activities#Evening_events MIT Museum, Cambridge]
  
; Main conference
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===WikiCred===
* Keynotes, community presentations, round-table discussions, panels, and lightning talk sessions.  
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Following the conference, WikiConference North America worked with the Credibility Coalition, MisinfoCon, and Hacks/Hackers to launch the [https://www.wikicred.org/ WikiCred] microgrants program. These grants are made available for projects related to strengthening credibility and reliability in the Wikimedia space and beyond, and are made possible through the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook, and Microsoft.
: Main session themes to include: credibility and reliability; flexibility, experimentation, and unreliable draft spaces; news and current events; citations and sourcing.
 
: Other tracks will include content related to relationship building & support; inclusion & diversity; editor recruitment and retention; tech & tools; harassment, civility, & safety; and education.
 
  
;Satellite activities
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This initiative offers microgrants ranging between $250 and $10,000 to individuals and teams to create and pilot projects on supporting credibility on the internet using Wikimedia and lessons from the Wikimedia community. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first deadline to receive funding is '''April 6th'''.
* Hackathon + tech demos
 
* Our annual Culture Crawl, a day-long event where we collaborate with local museums, libraries, cultural, and metropolitan institutions to host free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more. These crawls are a fantastic opportunity for conference attendees to experience the local culture, as well as collaborate with local institutions to improve Wikipedia's coverage of local topics, and to upload new images to Commons.
 
  
;Keynotes
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=== Team ===
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The conference was organized by a team of '''[[2019/Volunteers|volunteer Wikimedians]]''' from all over North America. THANK YOU to our volunteers, reviewers and team. Volunteers simply [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfh4x1yzqiAuwbkHvy2BaIVTLAxj6UP5DbXcfC-bUSdz67hyg/viewform filled out our volunteer form] and [[2019/Volunteers|added their names to the wiki]].<br /> <br />
: ''To get involved, add your name below!''
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2019 steering committee:  
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* Andrew Lih
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* Kevin Payravi
* [[user:Fuzheado|Fuzheado]]
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* Rosie Stephenson-Goodnight
* [[user:Rosiestep|Rosiestep]]
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* [[User:SuperHamster|Kevin Payravi]]
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2019 core planning team:
* [[user:Sj|Sj]]
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* Wikimedia community
* [[user:phoebe|phoebe]]
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** Andrew Lih
* [[user:Reagle|Reagle]]
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** Jackie Koerner
* [[user:Generish|Generish]]
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** Josh Lim
* Antonio 6_6
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** Kevin Payravi
* [[user:Greta|Greta]]
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** Maria Rimmel
* [[user:Xplorecre84give|Xplorecre84give]]
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** Phoebe Ayers
* [[user:connie|connie]]
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** Richard Knipel
* [[user:Jackiekoerner|Jackiekoerner]]
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** Rosie Stephenson-Goodnight
* [[user:pbkauf|pbkauf]]
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** Sam Klein
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** Sarah Schwettmann
* [[user:mcbrarian|Denise Smith]]
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* Credibility Coalition
* [[User:Clayoquot|Clayoquot]]
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** Connie Moon Sehat
* [[User:econterms|Peter Meyer]]
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** Jennifer 8. Lee
* [[User:FULBERT|FULBERT]]
 
* [[User:Bluerasberry|<span style="background:#cedff2;color:#11e">''' Blue Rasberry '''</span>]][[User talk:Bluerasberry|<span style="background:#cedff2;color:#11e">(talk)</span>]]
 
* [[User:Kellyjeanne9|Kellyjeanne9]]
 
* [[User:Liz|Liz]]
 
* [[User:Sky Harbor|<font color="#0066ff" ><b>Sky Harbor</b></font>]] <sup>([[User talk:Sky Harbor|<font color="#0066ff" ><b>talk</b></font>]])</sup>
 
* [[User:BobCummings|BobCummings]]
 
* [[User:Peaceray|Peaceray]]
 
* [[User:DGG-NYC|DGG-NYC]]
 
* [[User:Antony-22|Antony-22]]
 
* [[User:Matthewvetter|Matthewvetter]]
 
* [[User: Shanluan | Shanluan]]
 
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== Partners + Sponsors ==
 
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Latest revision as of 09:18, 30 March 2020

WikiConference North America 2019
November 8–11


You were invited to Cambridge, Massachusetts to join Wikipedia and Wikimedia enthusiasts for the annual continental conference.


Twitter Logo.png Facebook Logo (2019).png #WikiConferenceNA

Boston skyline from Cambridge November 2015 panorama 1.jpg

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WikiConference North America 2019 Logo.png

WikiConference North America is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The 2019 conference took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 8–11. Wikipedia, -media, -data, and -cite enthusiasts joined for a long weekend of collaboration and discovery.

  • Our main host is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • This year's theme is reliability / credibility
  • Participation in conference activities includes compliance with our friendly space policy.
  • Conference activities and fun facts -- events, awards, sockpuppet-making workshops
  • Participate remotely with our live streams of the three main rooms, and associated chat channel.
  • View our photos.

Conference overview

View the full schedule for more details and sessions. Details were subject to change.

Friday (November 8)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Culture Crawl Day – explore local museums and cultural institutions while editing Wikipedia and learning about Wikimedia projects
  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, as well as cultural institutions in downtown Boston and Cambridge
  • Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Events:
    • Participants visited local museums and cultural institutions for free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more.
    • 4+ training sessions were held around GLAM and Wikidata.
    • It kicked off our conference-long hackathon, challenging participants to tackle problems around information reliability.
  • Friday night reception: Waterworks Museum, Downtown Boston

Saturday, Sunday, & Monday (November 9–11)

View of Stata Center from Vassar street
View of Stata Center from Vassar street
Three full days of presentations, panels, discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and lightning talks
  • Location: MIT's Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus; 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA 02139, link to map
  • Time:
    • Saturday: 9:00am–5:30pm
    • Sunday: 10:00am–5:00pm
    • Monday times to be announced.
  • Events:
    • Saturday and Sunday: Participants joined sessions on themes including credibility and reliability; education with Wikimedia projects; news and current events; citations and sourcing; relationship building & support; inclusion & diversity; editor recruitment and retention; tech & tools; and harassment, civility, & safety.
    • Monday was a reliability summit + conclusion of the hackathon, providing a deep-dive into issues surrounding reliability of information.
  • Saturday night reception: MIT Museum, Cambridge

WikiCred

Following the conference, WikiConference North America worked with the Credibility Coalition, MisinfoCon, and Hacks/Hackers to launch the WikiCred microgrants program. These grants are made available for projects related to strengthening credibility and reliability in the Wikimedia space and beyond, and are made possible through the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook, and Microsoft.

This initiative offers microgrants ranging between $250 and $10,000 to individuals and teams to create and pilot projects on supporting credibility on the internet using Wikimedia and lessons from the Wikimedia community. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first deadline to receive funding is April 6th.


Organization

Contact
EMAIL.png Email us at info@wikiconference.org with any questions!

Facebook Logo (2019).png Like us on Facebook

Twitter Logo.png Follow us on Twitter

The conference was organized by a team of volunteer Wikimedians from all over North America. THANK YOU to our volunteers, reviewers and team. Volunteers simply filled out our volunteer form and added their names to the wiki.

2019 steering committee:

  • Andrew Lih
  • Kevin Payravi
  • Rosie Stephenson-Goodnight

2019 core planning team:

  • Wikimedia community
    • Andrew Lih
    • Jackie Koerner
    • Josh Lim
    • Kevin Payravi
    • Maria Rimmel
    • Phoebe Ayers
    • Richard Knipel
    • Rosie Stephenson-Goodnight
    • Sam Klein
    • Sarah Schwettmann
  • Credibility Coalition
    • Connie Moon Sehat
    • Jennifer 8. Lee

Partners + Sponsors

Credibility Coalition



Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY



MIT Knowledge Futures Group logo.png



Culture Crawl Partners
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



MIT MakerWorkshop



State Library of Massachusetts
MassArt



Boston University

History

Our previous events had unique themes and were located in different cities: New York City (2014), Washington D.C. (2015), San Diego (2016), Montreal (2017), and Columbus, OH (2018).

WikiConference North America User Group was formed in 2016 after that year's conference. It is a recognized Affiliate by the Wikimedia Foundation. The purpose of the User Group is to assure that the experiences gained at one conference are shared with future year conference organizers. The mission of the User Group includes coordinating the planning and hosting of events under our purview. Additionally, the User Group documents best practices and shares lessons learned with other Wikimedia communities planning and hosting conferences and similar events.