Submissions:2019/Wikimedia in humanitarian contexts

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Lightning talk at State of the Map 2018, highlighting Wikimedia activities around disaster management and humanitarian aid. In this WikiCon session, we want to dig a little deeper, with an eye on coordination across wikis and with organizations and communities engaged in humanitarian activities on the ground.
For follow-ups, see Wikimedians for Disaster Response.

This submission has been designated as a lightning talk at WikiConference North America 2019.


Wikimedia in humanitarian contexts


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Type of session:

Round Table


Wikimedians engage in various ways with humanitarian contexts, e.g. by

  • covering disasters, disaster preparedness and relief operations as well as organizations, communities or professions engaged in such activities, the methods and equipment they use, applicable standards etc.
  • translating or illustrating such coverage
  • organizing events in this space

Many of these Wikimedia activities happen with little coordination across wikis, so the aim of this session is to discuss conditions under which such coordination would be useful and doable, and to come up with some ideas on how to go about such coordination in practice.

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Daniel Mietchen

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Daniel Mietchen

Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedians for Disaster Response; University of Virginia

Estimated time:

60 min

Preferred room size:


Special requests:

Support for remote participation

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)