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Thursday, October 18

Thursday is our Tech Day, which includes our hackathon, tech demos, training sessions, and more. We plan to have a focus on Wikidata, and are currently planning activities that may interest non-technical folks as well.

Etherpad notes: presentation slides, demos and outputs

8 AM Registration/Check-in/Badge pickup at Thompson Library, Ground Floor
Open through rest of the day
Track 1
(Thompson 165)

Track 2
(Thompson 150A/B)

9 AM Opening Session
9:30 AM Open mic, project descriptions
10 AM Hackathon Introduction to Wikidata (Lih)
11 AM
11:30 AM T-Shirts now available at check-in desk for those who purchased them
12:00 PM Group photo, first floor of Thompson by stairs
12:05 PM Lunch in Thompson Room 204
Track 1
(Thompson 165)

Track 2
(Thompson 150A)

Track 3
(Thompson 150B)

Track 4
(Elsewhere on campus)

1 PM Hackathon More Wikidata trainings: Tabernacle (Stinson) Explore (self-guided) Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
and Orton Geological Museum
Get a sneak peak of what's in store for tomorrow's Culture Crawl
2 PM Unavailable Tool Demos (present what you use!)
3 PM Emerging Technologies Edit-a-thon with NIOSH
4 PM Hackathon Presentations TBA
5 PM End of Day - Enjoy the night with other Wikimedians!
Impromptu meetups on High Street

Friday, October 19

Friday includes two activities: our Culture Crawl during the day, followed by an evening reception.

Our Culture Crawl includes tours and other activities at various cultural institutions in Columbus. We'll be headquartered at the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Main Branch, located downtown at 96 S Grant Ave. Here we will have an ongoing edit-a-thon, upload-a-thon, training sessions, and tour groups leaving to visit the various cultural institutions. Sign-up for tours will happen in the Main Auditorium.

Friday evening will be our reception at the Thompson Library (Room 260, the Buckeye Reading Room) on the Ohio State University campus. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Entry to the reception requires a main conference ticket.


Throughout the day, our registration desk will be at the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Main Branch, right outside the Auditorium. We'll have signs and volunteers to guide you.

For the evening reception, registration will be located in Thompson Library right outside Room 260, the Buckeye Reading Room.


Non-tour events

Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Branch)
Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Branch)
Room 1A
Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Branch)
Room 3B
9:15 AM Registration/Check-in/Badge pickup
outside Auditorium
9:30 AM Opening session
10 AM Columbus Edit-a-thon
+ Wikidata trainings
Intro to Wikipedia for Librarians Upload-a-thon
Work with CML staff to find
public domain images from CML
to upload to Wikimedia
11 AM
12 PM
1 PM
2 PM
3 PM
4 PM Registration/Check-in desk closes
Thompson Library (Room 260 - The Buckeye Reading Room)
5 PM Registration/Check-in desk opens in front of Thompson 260
6 PM - 8:30 PM Evening Reception

Join as at Thompson Library at the Ohio State University Campus for an evening reception
One free drink and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


State Library
of Ohio
Metropolitan Library
Orton Geological
Billy Ireland Cartoon
Library and Museum
(event worklist)
10:00am (10 people)* 10:00am (40 people) 10:30am Digital Lab tour 10:30am (25 people)
11:00am (10 people)* 11:00am Main Library tour
12:00pm (10 people)* 12:30pm (25 people)
1:00pm (10 people)* 1:00pm (40 people) 1:30pm (25 people)
2:00pm (40 people)

2:15pm (40 people)

2:30pm (15 people)
3:00pm (10 people)* 3:30pm (15 people) 3:00pm (15 people)

*Tour open to the public and will occur whether or not we are present.

Tour Details

Ohio Statehouse
Explore Capitol Square which includes the Ohio Statehouse, the Ohio Senate building and the Atrium. This National Historic Landmark houses working government offices and insight into Ohio's history.
Ohio Statehouse
Please allow 10-15 minutes before the tour start time to go through security and see the code of conduct.

State Library of Ohio
The State Library of Ohio is a state agency leading collaborative efforts supporting state employees, residents, and libraries by providing high quality resources, programs, and services. The vision of the State Library of Ohio is a Smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests. Patrons use our collection to research information about congressional hearings and reports, U.S. and State of Ohio legislative history, statistics, facts about the state.
The State Library is the only regional federal depository in Ohio and is also a depository for state information. When visiting the library, you will find:
· Federal documents (e.g. Congressional Record, House and Senate Journals, Presidential Papers, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Census reports, U.S. Supreme Court decisions)
· State of Ohio documents (reports and other materials produced by state agencies and elected officials for the general public)
· Maps, including United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographical maps
· Military rosters, with a focus on Ohio soldiers and sailor
· A Deafness and Outreach Collection targeted toward interpreters, American Sign Language students, parents and professionals working within the deaf community.
· and more!

Thurber House
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House is a literary center, museum, and bookstore located in the restored 19th century home of famed author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," My Life and Hard Times, and other works).
Thurber House hosts events with bestselling authors, writing classes, literary picnics on the lawn, and education camps and classes for children in preschool through high school. Other programs include two month-long author residencies and the Thurber Prize for American Humor—the highest recognition of humor writing in the country.
The 1873 home has been restored to the way it looked when the Thurber family lived here in the early 1900's. Our tour guides will give you an overview of the Thurber family, point out Thurber artifacts and memorabilia in the house, and even go into the haunted history of the building—if you dare. While you're here, be sure to visit our historical marker, the dog garden, and the unicorn in the garden!
Orton Geological Museum
The Orton Geological Museum contains over 500,000 rocks, minerals, fossils, and specimens including a 2 billion year old stromatolite. The Museum is located on Ohio State's Oval and is one of the oldest buildings on campus.


Did you create or improve any Wikipedia articles? Show the results of your work at 2018/Content!

Saturday, October 20

Saturday is the first day of our main conference consisting of presentations, workshops, panels, unconference sessions, lightning talks, and more from our community. Tracks will cover a wide array of topics, including but not limited to editing, education, academia, inclusion and diversity, harassment and safety, event organization, community building, technology and tools, and more.

These events are a short walk from each other in two buildings

Program subject to change during the day, check back for updates!

October 20 - Saturday - Programming


8:00 AM

Registration/Check-in/Badge pickup at Sullivant Hall prior to keynote.

After the opening session, registration will resume at Thompson Library.

Opening Session

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Sullivant Hall at the Ohio State University Campus

Introduction & Keynote Addresses

  • Nicole Ebber, Program Manager, Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy Process (slides)
  • Mark Graham, Director of the Wayback Machine at Internet Archive
  • McKensie Mack, Director of Art + Feminism

Keynote All Hands


10:00 AM

Registration/Check-in/Badge pickup
at Thompson Library, Ground Floor for rest of the day.
Group Photo + Break

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Catch a break, mingle with other Wikimedians, and head to your first session.
Track 1
(Thompson 1120)

120 Seats
Track 2
(Thompson 165)

80 Seats
Track 3
(Thompson 150A)

28 Seats
Track 4
(Thompson 150B)

28 Seats
Track 5
(18th Avenue Library 070)

24 Seats
Track 6
(18th Avenue Library 090)

24 Seats
Session 1

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together (Proffitt from OCLC)

Bringing feminist pedagogy to Wikipedia training for US public library staff: Reflections from the OCLC Wikipedia-in-Residence (Sengul-Jones from former OCLC)

To Use Wikipedia or Not: How the Wikipedia assignment can build a bridge between Academia and Wikipedia (Blumenthal from WikiEdu)

Fighting Government Mass Surveillance: Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA (Buatti, Palmer, & Hershenov from WMF)

Introduction to Wikitongues (Jones-White)

Life beyond TEXT: maps, graphs, data, and the future of interactivity (Astrakhan)

Students Who Care: Documenting Police Brutality in New York City in the La Guardia & Wagner Archives Wikipedia Project (Matsuuchi, Gallardo C., Singleton, & Chan from LaGuardia Community College, CUNY)

AfroCROWD Wiki Oral History Project (AfroCROWD)

Organizing and Researching Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons: Towards More Equitable Models of Engagement (Lockett & Vetter from Spelman College and Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania)

A dozen ideas for newcomer-friendly user experiences (Ross from WikiEdu)

Working with new editors: observations from a Wikipedia Content Expert (Ramjohn from WikiEdu)

Wikimedia Infrastructure for being nice (Rasberry & Wacha, from Univ. of Virginia and WMNYC)

AMA: Ask the developers (Mehta)

JADE: complementing artificial intelligence with human judgment (Hare from WMF)

Supporting editathon and other event organizers with new tools (Matazzoni from WMF)

Wikipedia Space 2.0 (Fernandez, WMDC) (etherpad

Changes to how to upload GLAM and artwork files (Tuszynski)


12 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Pick-up in Thompson Library outside Room 210, second floor
You may eat throughout the library, our rooms, and the scheduled meetups below.
Lunch Meetup A - Caribbean and Latin America) Lunch Meetup B - West Coast meetup
(RightCowLeftCoast from San Diego Wikimedians UG)
Lunch Meetup C - How to podcast
(Wallroth from German Wikipedia)
Session 2

1:30 - 3:00 PM

5 ways Wiki Education has championed equity in 2018 - and tips for building inclusivity into your work (Weald, WikiEdu)

Wikipedia for College Information Literacy and Science Identity (McDowell from UIC)

Wikipedia’s Gender Gap and Disciplinary Praxis: Representing Women Scholars in Digital Rhetoric and Writing Fields (Vetter from Indiana University of Penn.)

The Non-US Panel: Americans in the global Wikimedia movement (Lim from Wiki Society of the Philippines)

Offline Internet Resources for Latin America (Nelson from Columbia University)

Strategies to Counter Systemic Bias: Writing Campaigns, New Maps, and Informed Review (Bjork-James from Vanderbilt)

Have a SNAC Break (Herbert from NARA, Hott from UVA)

Wiki Art Depiction Explorer (Fernandez & Lih from WMDC, Kapsalis from Smithsonian)(etherpad)

The State of Art+Feminism (Mack from Art+Feminism)

Advancing Gender Equity: Conversations with Movement Leaders (Stephenson-Goodknight from WikiWomen's User Group)

2:00-3:00 Input/Output: A Simple Plan for Successful Outreach (Rosa from Indiana Historical Society)

Tool Developer (and User) Meetup (Hare from WMF)

Tools and scripts - Enterprisey's 2018 update (Glus)

CollaborationKit: the future of user groups and community coordination (Yos)

Highway 66 Revisited, or An Update on Wikipedia and the DOTs (Imzadi1979)

How to write a Featured Article (Long)


3:00 - 3:30 PM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Session 3

3:30 - 4:55 PM

3:30 - 4:55 Unconference + Lightning Talks (sign up with your ideas here)

3:30 - 3:55 Comparative Course Experiences Through Wiki Educational Foundation (Osterbur from New England College)

3:55 - 4:55 Wikimedia 2030: Movement Strategy Process update and participation (McMurray from WMF)

4:20 - 4:55 Wiki Bootcamp: Four generations of Wikimedia volunteers (Fernandez from WMDC)

3:55 - 4:20 Wiki Loves Monuments in the United States: Review and Discussion (Payravi from Ohio Wikimedians UG)

3:30 - 3:55 Wiki Loves Your Community (Koerner)

3:30 - 4:00 The Wikimedia Foundation's blog and social team: Who we are, and what we can do for you (Erhart from WMF)

4:00 - 4:30 Medical lightning talk series (Rasberry from Univ. of Virginia)

4:30 - 4:55 Wikipedia Collaboration of Dental Schools (Geres from University of Dundee)

3:30 - 4:00 Found in Translation: AfroCROWD+Wikitongues+LaGuardia Community College Translatathon Projects (Antoine, Backer, Gallardo C., Matsuuchi, Goodman, & Coleman from AfroCROWD & WMNYC)

4:00 - 4:55 Filipino American History Month Edit-a-thon (RightCowLeftCoast from San Diego Wikimedians UG)

OpenStreetMap mapping party! (Filbert from WMNYC)

Post meet-ups

Want to plan an informal meet-up for a group? Post it here!

  • Gathering at Chop Shop, 5-8:30 PM - We have a room reservation (featuring a full bar with 16 drafts) at the Chop Shop, a burger restaurant located just north of campus (walkable from Thompson Library). We invite all conference attendees to join!
  • Gathering at Seventh Sun Brewing Co. from 5:30 onwards

Sunday, October 21

The Columbus Marathon starts at 7:30 on this day, and will run through campus. Please allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to campus due to road blocks and traffic.
For guests staying at hotels along Olentangy River Road, take Olentangy River Road to Herrick Drive to Neil Drive, and then park or be dropped off near the Neil Ave Garage. It is about a 3 minute walk to Thompson Library.
For the guests downtown, take SR315 and exit Lane Avenue, take Lane Avenue to Olentangy River Road and follow the same route.

Prior to 11 AM, Thompson Library will only be open via the west entrance.

October 21 - Sunday - Programming

Registration Opens

9:00 AM

Registration/Check-in/Badge pickup
at Thompson Library, Ground Floor for rest of the day.
Day 2 Introduction + Retrospection

9:30 - 10:00 AM

In Thompson 1120 (11th floor)
Coffee social - conversations with other Wikimedians / share what you learned

Pick up coffee behind registration on ground floor and head upstairs


10:00 - 10:30 AM

Catch a break and mingle with other Wikimedians.
Track 1
(Thompson 1120)

120 Seats
Track 2
(Thompson 165)

80 Seats
Track 3
(Thompson 150A)

28 Seats
Track 4
(Thompson 150B)

28 Seats
Track 5
(18th Avenue Library 070)

24 Seats
Track 6
(18th Avenue Library 090)

24 Seats
Session 4

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

WikiData, Mix'n'Match, and Libraries (Helps from Brigham Young Univ.)

11:00 - 12:00 Wikidata in research libraries: community-owned scholarly infrastructure to advance mission (Ruttenberg, Proffitt, Allison-Cassin, & Lemus-Rojas from ARL)

Wikipedia, Higher Education, and Public Review (Cummings from Univ. of Mississippi)

Growing the free library: Discovering, documenting, and digitizing public domain periodical literature from most of the 20th century (Ockerbloom from Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Wikisource update (slowking4 from WMDC)

Event safety workshop (Earley from WMF)

11:00 - 12:00 Aligning technical solutions and policy to combat harassment on Wikimedia projects (Poore from WMF)

Wikipedia Organizations on Campus: A Review (Payravi from Ohio Wikimedians UG)

Making HerStory OurStory-Building a Wikipedia Presence on Campus (Dodd from UT Arlington)

Cultivating New Student Editors in the Linguistics Classroom (Stvan from UT Arlington)

10:30 - 12:00 Wiki Mapping Freedom (Cuba from AfroCROWD)

Best Practices for Collaborative Transcription of Multilanguage Texts using ProofreadPage in Wikisource (Aharon Varady from the Open Siddur Project)

Inclusion, Wikipedia, and right-of-center topics (RightCowLeftCoast & Lionelt)

Calling All Subject Experts: Training the Next Wikipedians (Kent & McGrady from WikiEdu)


12 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Pick-up in Thompson Library outside Room 210, second floor
You may eat throughout the library, our rooms, and the scheduled meetups below.
Lunch Meetup E - South East Wikimedians Meetup (Ganeshk) Lunch Meetup D - Ohio Wikimedians Meetup and Planning (Payravi)
Session 5

1:30 - 2:55 PM

1:30 - 2:00 Teaching with Wikidata: A Case Study (Anderson from Vanderbilt)

2:00 - 2:30 Beginner's Guide to Events for Wikipedians (Byrd-McDevitt from NARA & WMDC)

2:30 - 2:55 Update: Structured Data on Commons (Keegan from WMF)

1:30 - 2:35 Implicit Bias on Wikipedia: The damage report (Koerner)

2:35 - 2:55 "ReImaginingTheShift": The Role of Technology as a Tool for Language Advocacy for Historically Undervalued Languages like Haitian Creole (Lamour from Haitian Creole Language Institute of NY)

1:30 - 2:00 Introduction to Wikidata-driven infoboxes (Fernandez from WMDC)

2:00 - 2:30 Creating a Linked Data Library Partnership Using Wikibase (Newell from OCLC)

2:30 - 2:55 Tools to track views of Commons images (Helps from Brigham Young University)

1:30 - 2:55 Developing GLAM Partnerships, a Workshop (Stinson from WMF)

1:30 - 2:50 WikiHBCU (Cuba from AfroCROWD, WMNY, & Columbia Univ. OHMA)

1:30 - 2:00 OpenStreetMap’s worldview: handling disputes on a map that anyone can edit (Nguyễn from Mapbox)


3:00 - 3:30 PM

Join us for our closing session on the 11th floor of Thompson.

Post meet-ups

Want to plan an informal meet-up for a group? Post it here!

  • Tommy's Pizza, Corner of Lane and Neil, a casual pizza place
  • Little Bar, A campus bar on North Highe Street, site of the Saturday night after after party.