I encourage anyone who is considering attending to consider making a
presentation or poster about some aspect of Commons. Here are some
aspects which might be interesting:
* Managing a multilingual wiki - we are probably the most ambitious
multilingual website on the web. (are we? who else attempts
large-scale multilinguality? how do their processes compare to ours?)
How successful are we, really? (How many pages are written in each
language, compared to the main page? Which languages have active
communities at Commons, and how big are they? Is English actually the
only functional language, despite the rhetoric?) What do Babel-use
stats tell us about the language distribution of Commons users? What
software limitations do we face? What functionality do we need?
* Interaction with other Wikimedia wikis. With some toolserver
analysis, interesting statistics like use of Commons images vs use of
locally uploaded images might be derived. How does a specific wiki (eg
Japanese Wikipedia, Hebrew Wikipedia) interact with Commons? (What is
user awareness like? Do people upload locally or is there a push to
Commons for freely licensed material? How much translated policy is
available in that language? Is there suspicion about Commons? How is
Commons perceived? Are the two projects perceived as sharing the same
goals, or is there conflict? Why?) Very interesting case studies could
be done on wikis who have transitioned to a Commons-only upload
policy. What was user reaction like? How was consensus reached - which
arguments were effective? What actions were effective? How did the
transition affect Commons?
** CheckUsage, CommonsTicker, CommonsDelinker
* Licensing - a presentation about Creative Commons licenses, for
example, explaining the benefits of various options, and why Commons
doesn't allow NC or ND. What are the benefits of choosing a free
license? (Yes, this will be useful even for a Wikimedia audience!)
what would we like to see in it?
* Category system - or 'categories vs galleries' :) a longstanding and
unresolved debate on Commons. What are the strengths and weaknesses of
categories, from Commons' POV? What functionality is missing? Are they
effective? What does a category signify?
* SVGs, maps and/or diagrams - it seems to me Commons is probably
leading the way in SVG diagrams. What are best practices? How can
someone interested in creating such content get involved? Has SVG
revolutionised cartography? What will it be like in 10 years time?
* Celebrity photography - some case studies of success. What are the
problems in getting free licenses of modern celebrities? Can they be
* Commons Picture of the Year - an overview of this event.
* Community, administration and policy - How do our deletion processes
work? Are they effective? (/me looks at debates open from two months
ago...) If not why not? How much community involvement in this is
there? Do the decisions reflect written or seemingly unwritten policy?
* The open content movement - how can Commons help educate the general public?
* Commons and Flickr - how they interact with each other, how they
compare, goals/content - Flickrreview etc.
This is just what came into my head in ten minutes. There is tons of
interesting stuff that could be done. Please do some if intend to come
to Wikimania :]
On 08/04/07, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I'm (re)sending this to lots of lists -- people,
we need more
submissions! Please be bold in sending us your papers -- we'd love to
see you in Taiwan this year. :-)
Please forward to other relevant lists as well! See
for the ones we've already covered.
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Wikimania is an annual global event devoted to Wikipedia and the other
Wikimedia Foundation projects. It is a community event, which is also
open to the public and to researchers. This year's conference will be
held from August 3-5, 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan at Chien Tan Overseas
Youth Activity Center. For more information, please visit the
Send your submissions through:
We are accepting submissions for posters, presentations, workshops,
and discussion groups. We are also accepting nominations for speakers
and speaker panels, and suggestions for other activities. Please note
the details below and be bold in your submissions!
== Important dates ==
* 1 March – 30 April: Submission
* 1 May – 31 May: Feedback and notification of acceptance
* 3 – 5 Aug 2007 : Wikimania
== Conference Themes ==
Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:
* Wikimedia Communities – Interesting projects and particularities
within the communities (we explicitly invite you to present your local
Wikimedia project's community!); policy creation within individual
projects; conflict resolution and community dynamics; reputation and
identity; multilingualism, languages and cultures; social studies.
* Free Content – Open access to information; ways to gather and
distribute free knowledge, usage of the Wikimedia projects in
education, journalism, research; ways to improve content quality and
usability; copyright laws and other legal areas that interfere with
* Technical infrastructure – Issues related to MediaWiki
development and extensions; Wikimedia hardware layout; new ideas for
development (including usable case studies from other wikis or similar
Your topic must be related to Wikimedia projects and its communities
or to the creation of free content in general.
== Types of Submissions ==
We are seeking submissions for
* presentations (10–30 minute talks with optional short or full papers)
* posters (printed presentations or visual displays that can stand on their own)
* workshops (30–120 minute session with more involvement of the audience)
* panels (group of 2-5 speakers to discuss on a specific subject)
* Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) (45-60 minute informal meetup of group
discussion on a particular topic)
* artistic artifacts (plays, competitions, comedy, visualizations, or
other representations of some aspect of the projects)
== Guidelines ==
Wikimania is organized by volunteers, so please help us to minimize
wasted effort by following these guidelines carefully before
submitting and be sure not to forget anything that is mentioned here.
All submissions must explicitly include the following:
* an English title
* a short English abstract of 50 to 100 words. The abstracts should be
provided as plain text, and not as file attachments. This abstract
will be used as public description of your submission in the
* a detailed description (or full paper) of at least one page (300
words or more). This description will not be published unless you want
it, but used for reviewing your submission. Give an overview of the
areas to be covered or taught. State clearly the relevance to the
Wikimedia projects and whether submission concerns a specific wiki
project. You may use any language, but we strongly suggest English or
Chinese. Full descriptions may include a link to a full paper or
slides in HTML or PDF, if available.
* full name, email address, and a short bio of 1–3 sentences for each
author. You may also add wiki usernames and nicknames.
* the type of submission (presentation, poster, workshop, panel, BoF, artistic)
* the language(s) you are going to talk in (or the language of your poster)
Please tell us with your submission whether you will attend to
Wikimania (a) surely, (b) probably, (c) only if your submission is
accepted, or (d) only if we provide travel and/or accommodation.
Additionally, please specify:
* the target audience you are going to reach and what previous
knowledge is needed
* special requirements (such as equipment for a workshop or panel) if needed
* images or sketches of the poster or artistic artifact if available
* for panel submissions short biographies of each suggested panelist
* whether the presentation is intended to be a specific length.
* BoF proposals should describe the significance of and community
interest in the topic, and name the proposed discussion leader(s).
For poster sessions there are additional guidelines:
Please note that all submissions must be dual licensed under the GNU
Free Documentation License version 1.2 or later and the Creative
Commons Attribution License.
== Submissions ==
Once you are sure you have included all of the required information,
please send your submission by the respective deadline through our
Please do not send submissions by email. If you need help for
translating your work please visit our translation help page.
Questions, but not submissions, may be directed to cfp(a)wikimedia.org.
== Hacking Days ==
Before the main conference there will also be informal Hacking days
for MediaWiki developers who are familiar with the software, If you
are interested in joining it, please visit:
== See also ==
* About the venue: http://www.cyh.org.tw/
* Brainstorming page for program ideas:
* Editable list of attendees: http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Attendees
* WikiSym 2007 (October 21-23, 2007, Montreal), an alternative wiki
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