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WikiConference North America 2022 (WCNA), November 11–13, is partnering with OpenStreetMap US's 2nd annual Mapping USA to host a virtual event celebrating the OpenStreetMap and Wiki communities of North America.

Mapping USA will start with their Mappy Hour on Thursday, November 10, 8–9pm ET. The joint conference will continue with a half day of talks on Friday, followed on Saturday with a day of workshops, birds of a feather sessions, local meetups, editathons, and mapathons. WCNA 2022 will continue their programming on Sunday, November 13.

Thursday, November 10, 20:00–21:00

Join the OpenStreetMap team for a casual Mappy Hour for networking and socializing before the main event!

Friday, November 11, 14:00–19:00

Friday is our introduction followed by lightning talks! Hear from over 20 speakers from both the Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap universes as they discuss their projects, initiatives, and ideas.

(Eastern Time, UTC−5)
Lightning Talks
Location: Stage
14:00 – 14:25 Welcome to Mapping USA + WikiConference North America
Opening Keynote: The Case for Sister Projects by Minh Nguyễn (slides, notes)

Sister projects are the unsung heroes of Wikipedia's success. Disputes between inclusionists and deletionists led to the creation of Wiktionary, Wikibooks, and more, fueling new contributions to the sum of human knowledge while reinforcing Wikipedia's culture. OpenStreetMap is no stranger to deletion debates. Nascent sister projects like OpenHistoricalMap offer an outlet for more mapping, creating a more vibrant community than a fork ever could. As always, the hard part is starting from scratch. How can we learn from Wikimedia's experience with sister projects to build a similar ecosystem?

14:25 – 14:30 Break (5 minutes)
14:30 – 15:00 At 18 years old, is OSM entering adulthood? by Jennings Anderson & Martijn van Exel

OpenStreetMap started 18 years ago with a blank canvas and the ambition to become the best map of the world. All we could do in the beginning was create: draw all the roads, houses, businesses, lakes and forests. Now, 18 years in, OSM looks “done” in a lot of places. Our responsibility now shifts from creating to maintaining—but not everywhere at once, or at the same pace. Jennings and Martijn uncover the fascinating and perhaps unexpected dynamics of a map in its teenage years by first looking at global trends and then diving deeper into the vast community maintaining the map in North America

Linking Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap/OpenHistoricalMap by Richard Welty (slides)

This session will cover the mechanisms that exist for specifying cross connections between various Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons), OpenStreetMap, and OpenHistoricalMap. There are connectivity mechanisms in existence that can significantly enhance both projects.

Mapping the Virtual Border Wall with Public Records, Satellite Imagery, and Virtual Reality by Dave Maass

EFF Director of Investigations demonstrates how his team is combining public records, satellite imagery, and virtual reality to reveal the locations of Customs & Border Protections surveillance towers.

15:00 – 15:15 Break (15 minutes)
15:15 – 15:45 Public Domain Map by Quincy Morgan & Jess B
Tips & Tricks for the Programs & Events Dashboard by Sage Ross, LiAnna Davis
Mall Mapping with Every Door by Martijn van Exel (slides)
Diversifying Wikipedia's biographies by Ian Ramjohn
Sound Logo lightning talk by Rae Adimer
Building OSM Into the Elementary Classroom by Mike Jabot
15:45 – 16:00 Break (15 minutes)
16:00 – 16:30 OSM US Trails Initiative by Jake Low and Diane Fritz
Data Modeling the Person by Lloyd Alimboyao Sy
You can help us fix it: Learning new skills at the Philadelphia WikiSalon by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Doreva Belfiore, slides at File:WikiSalon WCNA 2022 Lightning Talk.pdf
Utilizing Open-Source Software Tools in Evaluating Transportation Equity and Accessibility to Pediatric Vaccination Centers in 14 Ohio Counties by Ahmad Ilderim Tokey
Fostering open knowledge by providing effective support to volunteers - an introduction to Wikimedia Foundation's Committee Support Team by Xeno (WMF) [Jack Glover]
Tools for linking Wikidata and OpenStreetMap by Edward Betts
16:30 – 16:40 Break (10 minutes)
16:40 – 17:20 Come Here or Go Away?: Identifying Challenges to Scholarly Wikipedia Editing by Savannah Cragin, Dr. Jennifer Johnson

This talk investigates the challenges of establishing pathways for academic contributors to edit Wikipedia. While there is powerful alignment in the educational missions of the Wikimedia Foundation with those of the academic humanities, tensions still exist between the Wikipedia and scholarly community, fostering distrust and burnout from scholars. This talk will investigate the contextual background of these tensions as understood by the CCCC Wikipedia Initiative and provide useful pathways for fostering understanding between Wikipedia and scholarly values.

Parks, Spawns, Nests and Pikachu: OpenStreetMap and Pokemon GO players by Christopher Greene-Szmadzinski

In October 2022, Niantic publicly announced using OpenStreetMap to update its popular mobile game, Pokemon GO! The use of OSM data for PoGO has long been known by players and OSM contributors alike. In the past, this has meant accidental (or intentional) vandalism by well-meaning (and sometimes not so well-meaning) players. Let's look at how PoGO is using OSM data and ways to turn this pain point into a positive experience to encourage new contributors while preserving the integrity of our data.

Print an OSM Extract: Trailheads maps from OpenStreetMap by Rob Chohan

Non-Profit land trusts have map needs.  Docents want to lead a hike and describe where to meet for the monthly wildlife talk.  Land trusts want to raise awareness via social media or for public presentations.  Local educators want to get more students in the outdoors. A decent map stack & architecture for web, print & mobile can help solve all of these needs. We will discuss how we used FOSS4G tools to make a kiosk trailhead for the “Build Lebanon Trails” group in Lebanon, Oregon.  The tools we used are OSM extracts, QGIS, and Cloud Optimized GeoTiff. See RobLabs.com/blt for print maps, live maps and maps for social media that we built for "Build Lebanon Trails".

Collaborative Corridors to Address OSM Underrepresentation by Bill Wetherholt

US Highway corridors provide a collaborative springboard to connect vested OSM interests across underrepresented regions. US-40 offered a link between Fall 2022 mapping courses in the Department of Geography at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland and the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems and Engineering Technology at PennWest California in California, Pennsylvania. This talk explores filling in the map along the seventy miles of US-40 separating the two Appalachian universities and provides a blueprint for others interested in similar endeavors.

17:20 – 17:30 Break (10 minutes)
17:30 – 17:55 From Peter Stuyvesant's Pear Tree to Cartography of New York City - Editing Wikipedia with Wikimedia New York City & Sure We Can by user:Wil540 art

I propose giving an informal 5 minute lightning talk about editing Wikipedia and how a Pear Tree inspired the Cartography of New York City article. I will go over the history of this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartography_of_New_York_City which I started relatively recently in May 2021 and ask for comments.

Magic Wand: A Plugin for JOSM by Junior Flores

Plugin created for the JOSM tool, allows you to create geometries from selected areas. the areas are selected according to the uniformity of the colors, it is also possible, also, it is possible to add and subtract selected areas.

Swiping into a love of OSM by Dan Joseph

Learn how the open source MapSwipe app fits into the toolkit of ways that the American Red Cross engages volunteers and partners in learning to love OSM.

WikiCred 2022 Grant Cycle Overview by Ariel Cetrone (WMDC)

The WikiCredibility Grants Initiative (WikiCred), a project of Hacks/Hackers, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2022-2023 grant cycle. Applicants are invited to submit proposals seeking funding for tools, projects, initiatives, or events that explore ways to improve the credibility of Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia DC is assisting with the administration of this grant program.

Future of North American Wikimedia affiliates by Peter B Meyer

The WMF has invited affiliates to propose larger organizations, called Hubs. A Hub might help support many small affiliates, and it might take on a larger multi-year visionary roles such as developing and supporting software, supporting Wikimedians in Residence, holding conferences, and systematically conducting training on a larger scale. A key element would be simply to apply for enough grant funding to sustain our existing user groups, chapters, and partnerships, and keep them out of financial or legal danger. Affiliates around the world have begun Hub pilot projects, generally funded by WMF grants. We can probably adopt their models to get started experimentally. To do this requires some consensus on what to try, and perhaps a grant application.

17:55 – 18:00 Break (5 minutes)
18:00 – 18:15 Closing Remarks

Announcements from OpenStreetMap US & WikConference North America

18:15 – 19:00 Open socializing

Use this time to socialize virtually, ask questions of speakers. The event platform will be moderated until 19:00 ET.

Saturday, November 12, 11:30–17:00

Icon Key:   Presentation Presentation   Group Discussion Discussion   Panel Panel   Workshop Workshop   Edit-a-thon Edit-a-thon

Immediately before the official schedule, at 10:00 – 11:30 Eastern, you can join Movement Charter Community Consultation: Ask Me Anything.

(Eastern Time, UTC−5)
Track 1
Location: Green Room
Track 2
Location: Red Room
Track 3
Location: Stage
Track 4
Location: Blue Room
11:30 – 12:00 Group Discussion Better tagging, better bike lanes, better cities

We'll be discussing a proposed schema for detailed tagging of bicycle lane protection. We'll talk about how to improve the proposal and how to use it in practice. By promoting better data on bicycle ways, we won't just help cyclists pick the safest route - we'll help city planners across the country and the world create better cities.

Presenter: Taylor Reich

Presentation Atlas of Surveillance: Building a crowdsource map of police technology

In this session, EFF researchers will explain some of the common surveillance technologies, then work with attendees to submit more data through our "Report Back" tool, which assigns micro research assignments to volunteers and students.

Presenters: Dave Maass, Beryl Lipton and Paul Tepper

Presentation An assortment of software talks!

  • Monitoring the features you care about with OSMCha | Wille Marcel
  • Mikro: Sustainable Approach to Community Mapping | Chad Blevins
  • Working with Daylight Open Data on AWS | Mike Jeffe & Jennings Anderson
  • Transforming Visual Data into Meaningful Maps with RoadBotics by Michelin | Sam Stephan, Lisa McCune-Noll
  • US Mapillary Missions United States Edition | Albert Gonzalo Bautista
  • Making street-level imagery available as open data with Mapillary | Albert Gonzalo Bautista
  • OSM-Seed for packaging the key tools from OSM ecosystem | Ruben Lopez Mendoza
Group Discussion Wikimedia Indiana: A New User Group Rooted in Cultural Heritage

Wikimedians in Indiana would like to use the occasion of WCNA to announce the formation of a new prospective user group, Wikimedia Indiana—currently being reviewed by the Affiliations Committee for affiliate status.

Facilitators: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Jere Odell, Jamie Flood

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation View it! tool: utilizing Structured Data on Commons for image discovery

View it! is a user script and Toolforge-hosted media search tool to show Wikimedia users (editors and readers) Wikimedia Commons depicting– or otherwise related to– the article they are viewing. View it! helps editors easily find and add relevant items to a given Wikimedia page and can be used across all Wikimedia projects and language versions.

By: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Kevin Payravi, Jamie Flood

13:00 – 13:45 Workshop Tagging Party

Come with examples of things you aren't sure about how to tag in OpenStreetMap. Try to stump us with the gnarliest edge cases and most blatant gaps in our tagging system that you can think of. The rest of us will try our best to suggest a tag – or five. Afterwards, we'll put together a list of what we're stumped on and post it to a wider forum for ideas.

Facilitator: Minh Nguyễn

Panel Joint panel: Reclaiming the right to privacy, the bottom-up way / Wikimedia sued the National Security Agency for mass surveillance. Now what?

The US government engages in surveillance on a massive scale, including the communications of journalists, researchers, dissidents, artists, and human rights activists. Because Wikimedia projects are borderless and interconnected, US surveillance programs impact the projects. The Foundation sued the National Security Agency, attempting to end one of these programs. We will also advocate in the federal legislature to make meaningful changes to mass surveillance.

Facilitators: Franziska Putz & Kate Ruane, Wikimedia Foundation

Presentation 100 Caribbean Leaders on Wikidata: Launching WikiCari's newest project

By: Ian Ramjohn, Sherry Antoine

Panel OSM Education Birds of a feather

Listen to presentations from two educators, Jamie Dickinson & Celeste Reynolds on using OpenStreetMap in the Classroom, followed by a discussion for those sharing an interest in open mapping in education.

Facilitator: Steven Johnson (TeachOSM)

13:45 – 14:30 Presentation Automatic citations in Wikipedia: how they work and how to fix them

By: Diego de la Hera, Evelin Heidel (WMUY), Gimena Del Río Riande (CONICET), Nidia Hernández (CONICET), Romina De León (CONICET), Dennis Tobar (WMCL)

14:30 – 15:15 Edit-a-thon Catskill Park, NY forest landcover mapathon

Catskill Park is a popular tourist destination for people in New York state, and some OSMers have been there, it would be nice to make the map look better than what's on a trail map! There's already an OSM Tasking Manager task of it, which I will share during the session.

Facilitator: Attila Kun

Presentation Digital platforms as repositories of shared knowledge about conflict

We aim to discuss the impact of technology on collective memory and to explore how open source platforms are increasingly becoming the dominant way to remember past atrocities.

Presenter: Valentina Vera-Quiroz

Panel How Wiki Education supports 12,000 new editors a year

In this panel, three Wiki Education staff (Senior Program Manager, Wikipedia Student Program Helaine Blumenthal, Senior Wikipedia Expert Ian Ramjohn, and Chief Programs Officer LiAnna Davis) will explain how we successfully bring 12,000 new editors to the English Wikipedia each year through our Wikipedia Student Program.

Facilitators: LiAnna Davis, Helaine Blumenthal, Ian Ramjohn

Presentation Wiki99 and the global canon

Wiki99 identifies the 99 most important topics for a broad subject and stages those topics so that humans and Wikimedia tools can more easily review and development them can more easily develop them.

Presenter: Lane Rasberry

15:15 – 16:00 Presentation Tools for linking Wikidata and OpenStreetMap

I describe an editing tool for adding links from OpenStreetMap objects to the corresponding Wikidata items.


Mappers use the tool by searching for a place they are familiar with. The software downloads the details of Wikidata items within the bounds of the place and find matching objects in OpenStreetMap. The matcher compares places based on names, addresses and the type of object.

The user is presented with a list of candidate matches, next to a map showing the matches. After the checks the matches are correct and then clicks a button to save the appropriate wikidata tags to OpenStreetMap.

In the talk I will give details of a new version of the editing tool.

Presenter: Edward Betts

Presentation Wikifunctions - a new Wikimedia project

Wikifunctions is a new Wikimedia project we are working on with the goal of allowing a community to create and maintain a library of functions. The main goal of Wikifunctions is to support the creation of Abstract Wikipedia, a Wikipedia where the content is created and maintained only once, but can be read in any of the more than 300 languages Wikipedia supports, and can be edited in any of those languages. But Wikifunctions explicitly aims for a wider goal: to provide a library of functions for many different use cases.

Facilitator: Denny Vrandečić

Presentation WW, WWWWW (Wikiproject Witches, Who, What, When, Where, Why) & A Woman of the Century

This double session will include the talks:

  • Wikiproject Witches is a coordinated campaign on Meta, associated with various sister projects including Wikipedia (in multiple languages), Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons.

Presenters: Natacha Rault & Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

Presenter: Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

Location: Stage
16:00 – 17:00 Panel Wikidata's tenth birthday WD10 - landscape background - 10 shape - light.svg

Help celebrate the occasion of Wikidata turning 10 years old as of the end of October 2022.

Facilitator: Andrew Lih

The Wikidata/OSM semantic Bridge

The session will quickly describe Wikidata's history and how the birthday has been celebrated around the world.

Then a panel of discussants will discuss the impact of Wikidata in the last decade and what's to come.

  • Phoebe Ayers, MIT Libraries
  • Andrew Lih, Smithsonian Institution Wikimedian at Large
  • Minh Nguyen, OpenStreetMap USA board member and Wikimedian
  • Denny Vrandečić, creator of Wikidata and Abstract Wikipedia
  • Richard Welty, Open Historical Map

Sunday, November 13, 13–17:30

Please note: this program is still in development as speakers are confirmed and is subject to change.

Icon Key:   Presentation Presentation   Group Discussion Discussion   Panel Panel   Workshop Workshop   Edit-a-thon Edit-a-thon
(Eastern Time, UTC−5)
Location: Stage
13:00 – 13:45 Panel Board Session with the Trustees

Rosie, Victoria and Shani will attend the WikiCon NA meeting to present a panel discussion. This session will talk about the work of the board, answer questions and encourage movement members to consider participating in future Board activities.

Facilitator: Ben Vershbow

Track 1
Location: Green Room
Track 2
Location: Red Room
13:45 – 14:00 Break (15 minutes)
14:00 – 14:30 Presentation Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) and Wikipedia: What's next for Phase II

By Ariel Cetrone

Presentation An Overview of WikiJournal

By Andrew Leung

14:30 – 14:35 Break (5 minutes)
14:35 – 15:05 Presentation Working together with Debian

By Kunal Mehta (Legoktm)

Panel What is Wikiask?

Facilitator: Jake Orlowitz

15:05 – 15:10 Break (5 minutes)
15:10 - 16:00

Presentation Consumer health on Wikipedia: results of a qualitative study (25 min)

By Denise A. Smith

Presentation WikiLetters Systematic Review (v.1.0.2) (25 min)

By Fernando Pinheiro Andutta

Workshop Discussion of future of North American Wikimedia affiliates

Facilitator: Peter B. Meyer

16:00 – 16:05 Break (5 minutes)
Location: Green Room
16:05 –


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