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WikiConference North America 2016 • San Diego, California

For any questions about the unconference, please contact our unconference unmoderator at richard@wikimedianyc.org.

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 as part of the 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 examples, see the range of ideas in 2014's lightning talks. The schedule of the conference is still being organized and we will try to facilitate as many of these suggestions as possible.

Sign up for 5-minute talks

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

  1. Covering the Hay Festival in Wales as an accredited Wikipedian -- Fuzheado (talk) 17:30, 23 July 2016 (EDT)
  2. Science and Technology Photo Upload Campaign and Edit-a-thon, bringing MIT students, staff, faculty, and Wikipedians together Rtbhive (talk) 17:05, 25 August 2016 (EDT)
  3. Free Culture and Sutton SignWriting -Slevinski (talk) 12:48, 29 August 2016 (EDT)
  4. How to create a local WikiSalon, why it is relevant and some tips to pull it off - Checkingfax (talk) 17:16, 29 August 2016 (EDT)
  5. I will recount how a painting looted by the Nazis from the National Museum collection in Warsaw during World War II was returned to Poland in 2012 with the help of Wikipedia Alextheblade (talk) 14:50, 8 October 2016 (EDT)
    Sorry I couldn't make it to the conference, please visit my online presentation.
    Recovery of Lost Art Wikimedia Presentation
  6. "The Women in Red virtual editathon model -or- How to attract dozens of editors and generate hundreds of articles on a budget of US$0" - User:Rosiestep
  7. Neutrality, Bias, and Wikipedia. With editathons being hosted by political groups such as the National Liberal Club, and a Liberal Democrat party organization, we are inviting politically active individuals to edit Wikipedia. However, how does conflict of interest play into these edits? How does this impact the neutrality of articles that these persons edit? The arena of politics often bring Edit Wars, incivility, and bans. How can we invite persons with significant passions to steer their energy to creating neutral content within the world of Wikipedia? Due to the pre-existing biases in commonly used reliable sources, and within academia, how does that impact the neutrality of Wikipedia? How does the effort to shutter WikiProject Conservatism speak to the neutrality of the Wikipedia community itself?--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 23:31, 22 September 2016 (EDT)
  8. Filipino American History Month: With more than one quarter of Filipino Americans living in Southern California, this talk will be a brief overview of content regarding the history of Filipino Americans on Wikipedia, and how that content can be approved upon.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 22:30, 27 September 2016 (EDT)
    1. Presentation--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 19:29, 9 October 2016 (EDT)
  9. Whose Knowledge is still missing from Wikipedia and the broader internet? Let's talk about a new campaign and set of partnerships to create, collect and curate knowledge from and with marginalised communities, particularly women, people of color, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South. Seeeko (talk) 13:49, 4 October 2016 (EDT)
  10. How do we educate our readers about our mission? about the fact that they CAN edit? about HOW to edit? Seddon (talk) 20:29, 8 October 2016 (EDT)

Session ideas

  • WikiThree: a project to have GLAM institutions nominate three articles to improve. How might we get the community of editors engaged to help improve articles identified by this effort? -- Fuzheado
  • The plural of volunteers is not always a community. How can we transform a group of enthusiastic volunteers with little knowledge on Wikimedia and the FOSS movement into a true community? -- Andycyca
  • Engagement in large countries. North America is the set of the 2nd, 4th and 13th largest countries in the world (by area). What kind of troubles arise with such distances? How can we address them? -- Andycyca
  • What is the right pay for Wikipedians in Residence? Are we pricing according to the value they bring to organizations, and does it even make sense to come up with a set of standard pay scales? -- Fuzheado (talk) 10:05, 25 August 2016 (EDT)
  • Animating the ASL Wikipedia for Deaf Education by Jason Nesmith in ASL with English interpreters. A presentation that will also be available during the Sunday SignWriting meetup from 2pm to 5pm. - Slevinski (talk) 16:10, 21 September 2016 (EDT)

Thematic meetups

These are planned for either Sunday morning or evenings, after the formal schedule has concluded.

  • Video, multimedia and photospheres - for those who are interested in contributing and learning more about advanced multimedia in Wikimedia -- Fuzheado (talk)
  • Librarians & Wikipedia! -- Phoebe (talk) 15:35, 25 August 2016 (EDT)
  • WikiWomen/WikiMujeres User Groups -- Rosiestep (talk) 13:17, 8 September 2016 (EDT)
    • Adding Whose Knowledge? group to this meet up. FloNight (talk) 13:52, 29 September 2016 (EDT)
  • Sign language projects and Sutton SignWriting - Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the library, with the official ASL Wikipedia presentation at 3:30pm on the first floor in the Clark room. Discussion before and after the presentation, location TBA. -- Slevinski (talk) 16:04, 16 September 2016 (EDT)
  • WikiProject California & WikiProject San Diego meetup. --RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 23:03, 22 September 2016 (EDT)

Monday afternoon unconference

Sign up for specific timeslots below and at the physical whiteboard in Shiley (9th floor):

Clark sessions (1st floor)

Commission sessions (9th floor)