Submissions:2022/You can help us fix it: Learning new skills at the Philadelphia WikiSalon

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2022.


You can help us fix it: Learning new skills at the Philadelphia WikiSalon


Friday Lightning Talk Day

Type of session:

Lightning Talk


In this lightning talk, Mary Mark Ockerbloom and Doreva Belfiore will introduce the work of the Philadelphia WikiSalon (Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia), a Wikipedia Meetup that focuses on creating community while helping build Wiki skills among people of diverse interests and levels of expertise. We provide:

  • Alternating monthly format of demonstrations followed by practice review and reflection to maximize skill retention
  • Concise, no-frills format for presentations and demonstrations with an emphasis on building skills with easy-to-manage content blocks
  • Commitment to open access: everything uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, multiple demonstrations about US copyright and open access
  • Central repository for ongoing opportunities for editing in various projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons) in a variety of subject areas (sciences, art, history, craft) that dovetail with demonstrated skills
  • Guest speakers
  • Robust Q&A with topics of concern and interest to Wikipedia editors encompassing a wide range of expertise
  • Welcoming of all participants and celebration of community contributions
  • Crossover with WCNA, Art + Feminism and other related events

Slides at File:WikiSalon WCNA 2022 Lightning Talk.pdf

Academic Peer Review option:

Author name:

Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Co-facilitator; Wikipedian in Residence, Annual Reviews and Doreva Belfiore, Co-facilitator, The Philadelphia WikiSalon

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Mary Mark Ockerbloom dorevabelfiore

Affiliated organization(s):

Estimated time:

7-8 minutes

Special requests:

Perhaps this lightning talk could fit in with some other Wikimedia chapter updates on either Friday or Sunday?

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

Yes - Both presenters have presented about Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and the Philadelphia WikiSalon at other GLAM events

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)