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WikiConference USA 2015 • Washington, D.C.
Please see the whiteboard in the McGowan Theater lobby for unconference session room assignments.

Lightning talks

This could be you giving a "Lightning Talk" ; from Wikipedia Day NYC.

Add your 5-minute lightning talk topic you can personally present during the Sunday October 11 Unconference, about wiki topics or anything Free Culture-related. (actual schedule for lightning talks will be determined the day of). Last-minute entries always accepted!

For inspiration, see the range of ideas in last year's lightning talks.

Sign up for 5-minute lightning talks

Please sign up here, and include your lightning talk topic.

  1. The power of provinicialism and local community.--Pharos (talk) 08:42, 9 October 2015 (EDT)
  2. Crowdfunding and Wikipedia! --BillyC840
  3. Talk page WikiProject class and importance templates--DavidT8 (talk) 09:00, 10 October 2015 (EDT)
  4. Law and Sausage - and Wikipedia! Montanabw (talk) 10:34, 10 October 2015 (EDT)
  5. WikiConnect Intro & Update - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiConnect AbhiSuryawanshi (talk) 11:30, 10 October 2015 (EDT)
  6. Using Commons images and Anki for Native American flashcard decks
  7. Wiki loves preservation in outer space - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikipedia_likes_Galactic_Exploration_for_Posterity_2015 Geraldshields11 (talk) 12:21, 15 October 2015 (EDT)
  8. Uncyclopedia
  9. Illogicopedia
  10. Wikipedia and student clubs
  11. Reddit / 4chan trolling
  12. Wikimedia Levant user group
  13. Source metadata
  14. Causality and Wikidata. Emw (talk) 12:41, 11 October 2015 (EDT)
  15. Commons and Native American language flashcards
  16. Deletion demo (DDG)
  17. US government MediaWiki users --Econterms (talk)
  18. Wikipedia Connection at Ohio State. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 16:17, 11 October 2015 (EDT)
  19. Add your topic here!

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Session ideas

Beyond the edit-a-thon

Idea in one sentence
What are new models of meetups that go beyond the edit-a-thons that are our current mainstay?
Proposed by
Fuzheado (talk), User:Kosboot, others
Format
brainstorming, design thinking, two hours
Resources requested
projector, sticky notes, whiteboard, tables
Description
  • How might we engage like-minded institutions besides our traditional GLAM partners like museums and libraries?
    • Go to academic or professional conferences with booths/clinics?
  • How might we create a meetup that is branded better than "edit-a-thon"?
    • Edit-a-thon terminology. The more you think about the term "edit-a-thon" the more you realize it's actually problematic for outreach. What are do people associate with the term "thon?" A marathon is for an elite runner, where you need lots of endurance and training to participate. No novice would ever consider signing up for a marathon. Is that problematic in recruiting novice editors to come to a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon?" As for walk-a-thons, they are typically ways to raise money and makes an "ask" of ordinary folks to pledge money for each mile walked. Are Wikipedia "edit-a-thons," then, fundraisers? No they're not. My fear is that we as Wikipedians are so accustomed and close to the term edit-a-thon that we are blind to how it comes off for public outreach. I don't have a solution in mind, but I'd like to open the conversation about how we might do it better.
    • WikiClinic - allow people to come in for face-to-face "office hours" and experienced Wikipedians can give advice on BLP or articles with problems? Do this in partnership with professional organizations or academic conferences?
  • Add your ideas here
Interested parties

Dead links and Verifiability

Idea in one sentence
How can we work with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to automatically fix dead link/link rot problems on Wikipedia and what other Verifiability issues need solutions?
Proposed by
Fuzheado (talk), User:Sadads, Jake Johnson (Internet Archive)
Format
Collaborative generative conversation
Resources requested
tables, small room, Internet, power
Description
Link rot is one of the biggest problems in Wikipedia. Starting in 2015, the Internet Archive is watching the recent changes feed of Wikipedia to automatically archive the external links added to Wikipedia articles. We also have the beginning of a technical solution to this issue, through CyberPower's new bots. But how can we make the archival versions available for users and editors in a seamless and pleasing way? What kind of developer or community support do we need for this? What other issues, both technical and social, prevent effective longevity of citations and of our ability to verify the content in Wikipedias?
Notes

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/fixing-deadlinks

Interested parties

Wikidata edit-a-thon

Idea in one sentence
Hands-on editing of Wikidata.
Proposed by
Aude
Format
2-3 hours?
Resources requested
projector, tables
Description
  • Help improve Wikidata, learn how to use some of the tools available like Magnus' autolist and find tasks to work on.
  • Add your ideas here
Interested parties
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  1. I would find learning more about some of the tools for editing Wikidata useful. Reguyla (talk) 15:52, 21 September 2015 (EDT)
  2. Sounds fun and complementary to an hour-long Wikidata tutorial scheduled early Saturday. Count me in! Emw (talk) 19:20, 3 October 2015 (EDT)
  3. Ditto what Emw said! -- Gaurav (talk) 00:22, 5 October 2015 (EDT)
  4. Rhododendrites (talk) 15:28, 7 October 2015 (EDT)

World's Toughest Wikipedia Pub Quiz

Jimbo tries to match up sock puppets in the fun and games session in the London 2004 meetup.
Idea in one sentence
A pub quiz about Wikipedia's community and quirks, in the style of the original 2004 London meetup quiz created by Angela Beesley
Proposed by
User:Fuzheado
Format
Tables and small room
Resources requested
Anything from simple microphone and paper, or projector if convenient
Description
The first ever meetup of Wikipedians in London in 2004 featured a detailed paper quiz created by User:Angela that has been lost to time. It featured questions about notorious vandals, sock puppets, edit wars and articles in Wikipedia that even User:Jimmy Wales found tough to answer correctly. In that same style, we could have a simple quiz with teams over lunch or as an independent session during the Unconference day.
Interested parties

Think Tank with Wiki Ed Board

Idea in one sentence
Think Tank with the Wiki Education Foundation board!
Proposed by
Pharos
Format
brainstorming, mini-proposals
Resources requested
projector, sticky notes, whiteboard
Description
Think Tank with Wiki Ed Board: Exploring how a community-driven partnership with academia on content policy can possibly expand the scope and types of knowledge represented in the encyclopedia.
Interested parties

Roundtable discussion about English Wikipedia culture, civility and friendliness

Photos from a previous roundtable about multimedia
Roundtable-Discussions-June-2013-55.jpg
Idea in one sentence
Roundtable discussion about Wikipedia culture, and how to balance our values of free expression with the values of hospitality, civility and friendliness
Proposed by
--Pine (talk) 15:23, 28 September 2015 (EDT)
Format
Tables, Internet, sticky notes, white board, power, and projector. Probably a 2 hour block to allow for brainstorming, a SWOT analysis of English Wikipedia culture, goal setting for our culture, and how we can collectively make progress toward our goals.
Resources requested
See above under "format". Not sure how many people to expect, but estimate 30.
Description
Roundtable discussion and SWOT analysis of English Wikipedia culture, followed by goal setting about our culture and how to make progress toward our goals.
Interested parties

Planning WikiConference 2016

Idea in one sentence
Start the planning for WikiConference 2016. Identify the interested parties, talk among ourselves, & hand-off from 2015 to 2016.
Proposed by
Peaceray (talk)
Format
Introductions & discussion
Resources requested
tables, WiFi, power, sticky notes, whiteboard
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Description
Currently, the main group that has expressed interest is the Cascadia Wikimedians User Group. Are there other regions / parties interested? Will Wiki Ed be on board?
Click here to see how OSM Seattle celebrated OSM's 10th Anniversary
Possible collaboration with OpenStreetMap (OSM)
Some Cascadia Wikimedians & OpenStreetMap-Seattle, which is planning a bid to bring State of the Map US to Seattle, have discussed collaborating. Possibilities include:
  • Mutual support for including sessions or tracks about one's project in the other's conference
  • Timing the conferences over successive weekends to facilitate attendance at both conferences
  • Holding side-by-side conferences, possibly co-located, allowing for a joint track/sessions
  • Although some of us have discussed holding a joint conference, the general feeling is that the differences in conference & organization style would probably be too daunting a task to justify pursuing this option.
Possible topics for a OSM State of the Map US / WikiConference USA 2016 collaboration include
  • How can OSM & Wikimedia projects (Wikidata, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Commons) better enable sharing & inclusion of data between the two organizations?
  • How can WikiMedians generate usable maps from OSM?
  • A presentation about Creative Commons licenses & other free content licenses (see also Commons:Licensing).
  • A discussion about editing approaches and philosophies: for instance, OSM & Wikivoyage operate from an "contribute what you know" philosophy, whereas verifiability is a Wikipedia principle supported by the citing sources guideline.
Interested parties
  • Peaceray (talk) 17:52, 6 October 2015 (EDT)
  • having these around the same time and location would greatly increase my likelihood of attending :) Aude (talk) 07:58, 8 October 2015 (EDT)
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Video working group

Idea in one sentence
Work on getting more video in Wikimedia projects, both content-wise and technology-wise
Proposed by
Andrew Lih, Brion Vibber
Format
Hackathon, half day or all day
Resources requested
Internet, power, tables
Description
Join Brion Vibber, Michael Nolan (Mozilla), Internet Archive and others on hacking Mozilla Popcorn Maker/Editor to work with Wikimedia Commons to help realize a fully collaborative video editing system.
Interested parties
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Dashboard Meetup, Education Program and Beyond

Idea in one sentence
Adapting the Wiki Ed Dashboard beyond the US and Canada university program
Proposed by
TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 13:07, 7 October 2015 (EDT)
Format
Meetup (1 hour? depending on interest and others' availability) Noting that early Sunday works best for some interested parties
Resources requested
tables, chairs, Internet, power, small room or corner
Description
Discuss the use cases for dashboards beyond the Wiki Ed context. A roadmap was put together at Wikimania 2015 to internationalize the code for other languages/projects. There are also non-education specific use cases (GLAM, editathons, workshops) for tracking cohorts of users and quickly gathering/reporting metrics. Also discuss possible ways forward (like mentoring an Outreachy intern, coordinating affiliates with technical capacity and interest, etc.). Re-cap the work that has been done so far on the WMF forked version, and blockers for moving forward.
Interested parties

Open Q & A session with Arb Com

Proposed by
DGG (talk) 09:56, 8 October 2015 (EDT) (per ArbCom discussion)
Format
small room with tables, 1/2 hour + , to be scheduled for Sunday morning/early PM
Resources requested
Please schedule immediately after the session on civility if possible
Description
open session for question
Interested parties

Let's discuss Redirects for Discussion!

Idea in one sentence
A quick primer to RfD, followed by some hands-on discussion; it's the live XfD session you never knew you badly wanted.
Proposed by
BDD (talk) 11:47, 10 October 2015 (EDT)
Format
Basically any room, variable duration
Resources requested
projector
Description
I would like to shamelessly promote Redirects for Discussion, and ideally have a sort of mini-editathon focused on redirects. We can participate in or close active discussions and even go looking for trouble by starting new discussions!
Interested parties
  • BDD (talk) 11:47, 10 October 2015 (EDT)

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