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This page gives a short overview of Wikimedia events and other on-goings, both offline and online.

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Global events[edit]

Wikimania[edit]

Main article: Wikimania
General event dimensions
Description Global conference for members of various projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Intended Audience Community
Speakers Combination of community members and outside parties
Geographic scope Global
Topic or theme Wikimedia
Purpose Communication
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming 07/2015 Mexico City
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimania community

Wiki Takes the World[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Global celebration of 10 years of Wikipedia.
Intended Audience Community
Geographic scope Global
Topic or theme Wikimedia
Purpose Celebration
In Practice
Status Active
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination n.n.

See also Wikipedia Day

National conferences[edit]

Wikimedia Conference Netherlands[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference about the Wikimedia movement and the related topics
Intended Audience A broad audience interested in Wikipedia, Cultural heritage institutions and open content, with a focus on the Wikimedia communities.
Speakers 2012: keynote speakers Jimmy Wales and Lydia Pintscher.
Geographic scope Netherlands and Flanders
Topic or theme
Purpose Bringing Wikipedians and non Wikipedians together
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • 27/11/2004 Rotterdam, Netherlands (44 visitors)
  • 02/09/2006 Utrecht, Netherlands (45 visitors)
  • 27/10/2007 Amsterdam, Netherlands (115 visitors)
  • 01/11/2008 Utrecht, Netherlands (100 visitors)
  • 05/11/2011 Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 09/11/2012 Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 02/11/2013 Utrecht, Netherlands
Upcoming 01/11/2014 Utrecht, Netherlands
Further information
Information online
Coordination Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland - WCN Committee. Contact: Ad Huikeshoven, Ciell

Wikimedia Conference Israel[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A nationwide meet-up held twice a year and includes talks, workshops and socializing
Intended Audience Contributors to Wikimedia projects and their supporters
Speakers From the community and guests
Geographic scope Israel
Topic or theme Various themes in each conference
Purpose Enhancing cooperation among contributors, updates about developments, enriching knowldege, discussing policies.
In Practice
Status Temporarily suspended
So far
  • 6 meet-ups of this kind, last one: Herzliya, December 15, 2006
Upcoming
  • Further conferences are not planned for the time being
Further information
Information online
Coordination Currently: Rotem Danzig, Idan. In previous events: Harel, Shay Yakir, Gilgamesh

Konferencja Wikimedia Polska[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference with two-three days of regular lectures, provided by both wikipedians and people from other, similar projects. Several workshops. Some informal events - bonfires, free journeys etc.
Intended Audience All interested - active wikimedians, people from similar non-Wikimedia projects, newbies, scientists and journalists interested in Wikimedia projects.
Main organisers: Wikimedia Polska
Geographic scope Poland and neighbouring countries
Purpose The purpose of these conferences is creating a platform for the interchange of experience between participants of Wikimedia projects, participants of other similar communities and third parties. This is also a time when general assemblies of the association are held. Apart from that the event is an occasion to integrate the Wikimedia project's community and the people connected with open source and open content movements in general.
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming Konferencja Wikimedia Polska 2015 - date and location not decided yet
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia Polska Board


GDJ in Poland[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Technical discussion panel about the current state and future developement of pl-Wikipedia
Intended Audience Devoted Wikipedia editors
Moderators Selected, most active sysops of Polish Wikipedia
Geographic scope Poland
Topic or theme
  • Trends in developement of Polish Wikipedia
  • Social issues of Polish Wikimedia Community
  • Technical issues of Polish Wikimedia (bots, templates, changes of interface etc.)
  • Evaluations of quality of Polish Wikipedia and how to improve it
Purpose to discuss and negotiate major directions of Polish Wikipedia developement
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • 9/2007 Częstochowa, Poland (around 30 ppl)
  • 9/2008, Poznań, Poland (around 50 ppl)
  • 9/2009, Sopot, Poland (around (40-50 ppl)
  • 11/2010, Jabłonna, Poland (over 40 ppl)
  • 2011 - not held
  • 11/2012, Chorzów, Poland. Form changed into a thematic workshop (around 20 ppl)
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia Polska : Przykuta

Winter Wikimedia Polska meetings[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Open meeting of Polish Wikimedians and their friends.
Intended Audience Mainly active participants of Polish Wikimedia projects - but newbies and people from outside are also welcome.
Main organisers: Wikimedia Polska
Geographic scope Poland and neighbouring countries
Purpose Integration of Polish Wikimedians, a platform for discussions of the future of Polish Wikimedia projects. Organisation of General Members Assembly of Wikimedia Polska Association.
In Practice
Status In hiatus
So far
  • Polish Wikimedia Meeting 2008 no. 4, 13-14 December 2008, Chorzów - ~ 30 participants, several workshops.
  • Polish Wikimedia Meeting 2007 no. 3, 15-16 December 2007, Chorzów - ~ 30 participants, one workshop
  • Polish Wikimedia Meeting 2006 no. 2, 16 December 2006 in Chorzów - 20 participants, 5 lectures, one workshop.
  • "Christmas Wikimedia Party" 2005, 10 December 2006 in Chorzów around 30 participants, 3 lectures.
Upcoming
  • TBD
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia Polska Board

5th Birthday Party of Polish Wikipedia[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A type of discussion panel with a reception. Several talks given to general audience by Jimbo, two members of Polish Wikimedia, and member of Creative Commons Polska. Small celebration with a cake and champagne.

Held on September, 23 2006 at Warsaw School of Economics.

Intended Audience Journalists and other people interested in Wikipedia.
Main organisers: Wikimedia Polska and Creative Commons Polska
Geographic scope Poland
Purpose Promotion of Polish Wikipedia and other Polish Wikimedia projects.
In Practice
Status Finished
Results Around 50 participants of which 50% were from outside of Wikimedia Projects. Several press coverages, one TV relation.
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia Polska Board

Wiki-Conference in Russia[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference about Wikipedia and others Wikimedia projects, science, education and their overlap.
Intended Audience Wikimedians; people from the science, education and society sector interested in open content, Wiki's and/or Wikimedia.
Speakers Wikimedians from local chapters of Wikimedia projects — on Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian languages, and also small languages of Russia.
Geographic scope Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
Topic or theme
  • wiki's and education
  • wiki's and science community
  • russian wikipedia problems
  • inter-wiki coordination
  • Wikimedia projects and intellectual property rights
  • developing and support of on small languages Wikipedia chapters
  • approaches for articles connectivity increase
Purpose
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Coordination Committee: Vladimir V. Medeiko (DrBug), Paul Kaganer, kv75 and Alexander Kondratyev

Regional Conference of Wikimedia Serbia[edit]

Chinese Wikimedia Conference[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference about Wikimedia, outreach activities, wikis and free culture
Intended Audience A broad audience interested in Wikimedia, outreach activities, wikis and free culture, with a focus on the Wikimedia communities.
Speakers
Geographic scope Greater China Region
Topic or theme
Purpose
In Practice
Status Active
So far 2006: 26-27 Aug Hong Kong
Upcoming
  • 2009: 26-27 Dec Macau
Further information
Information online
Coordination 2209: Wikimedia Macau board

Wiki-Conference New York[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference about Wikimedia, outreach activities, wikis and free culture
Intended Audience A broad audience interested in Wikimedia, outreach activities, wikis and free culture, with a focus on the Wikimedia communities.
Speakers Keynote: Jimmy Wales
Geographic scope North America
Topic or theme Discussion and outreach
Purpose
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
  • 2009: weekend of July 25-26
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia New York City, Free Culture @ NYU; Contact: Pharos

Multi-day symposia[edit]

Wikipedia Academy (DE, SE, IL, AR)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Wikipedia Academies are public outreach events, usually lasting one or two days, designed to coach academics and other subject ­matter experts in how to contribute to Wikipedia, as well as to encourage them to view Wikipedia as friendly. Often Wikipedia Academies are focused on encouraging contributions from a particular language or on a specific subject matter. Their purpose is to increase the quality and – to a lesser extent – quantity of articles in Wikipedia. Wikipedia Academies are normally staged as conferences, in a single location, for 80–200 people at a time. Typically, a Wikipedia Academy is organized by the local Wikimedia chapter together with a notably credible external partner organization which can provide subject ­matter expertise and authority. The reputation of the partner organization can help to ensure that the target group becomes interested in the event, and contact lists can be shared to maximize the impact on the target audience.
Intended Audience Outside parties (academics and students)
Speakers Combination of community members and outside parties
Geographic scope National (different countries of the world)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia)
Purpose Increase the audience's understanding of Wikipedia / Encourage and enable subject-matter experts to contribute / Enhance Wikipedia's credibility in the general public / Build content partnerships
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Frank Schulenburg, Wikimedia Foundation

Premier Colloque francophone sur Wikipédia (FR)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A conference about Wikipedia and others Wikimedia projects, science, education and their overlap.
Intended Audience Wikimedians, teachers, librarians, scholars.
Speakers Wikimedians from Wikimédia France, scholars, teachers.
Geographic scope France
Topic or theme
  • wiki's and education
  • wiki's and science community
  • french wikipedia problems
  • quality
Purpose
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • 10/2007 Paris, France (300 ppl)
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimédia France : Pierre Beeaudouin, Valérie Chansigaud

Wikipedia Academies in South Africa (ZA)[edit]

openGLAM conference in Warsaw (PL)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Twó-day GLAM conference aimed at GLAM Institutions, devoted to sharing experience and knowledge regarding opening cultural and heritage institutions, law and free education, accessability, wikiGLAM and existing co-operations. Two streams of events: presentations&discussions + practical workshops for GLAM people. Held in the GLAM partner's place: National Art Gallery "Zachęta", Warsaw.
Intended Audience Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums representatives, educators, activists, students, Wikimedians, others
Speakers GLAM people, Wikimedians, activists
Geographic scope Europe, focused on Poland
Topic or theme
  • Existing GLAM projects: best practices and obstacles
  • Co-operation between Wikimedia and GLAM/Institutional Communities, examples and lessons learnt
  • Openness and citizen participation, accessability
  • Practical workshops
Purpose to promote openness, co-operation and Wikimedia among GLAM Insitutions, to spread and share best practices and learn this community
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia Polska and Zachęta National Art Gallery, co-op with Centrum Cyfrowe/Creative Commons Poland

Single-day symposia[edit]

Wikipedia-Forschungssymposium (DE)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description National conference for scientists working on Wikipedia-related topics.
Intended Audience Outside parties
Speakers Outside parties
Geographic scope National (Germany)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia)
Purpose Communication
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • 10/2006 Berlin, Germany (Prof. Dr. Martin Haase, Wikimedia Germany)
Upcoming (no data available)
Further information
Information online
Coordination Prof. Dr. Martin Haase, Wikimedia Germany

Wikipedia Workshop Köln (DE)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Smaller community-event, focussing on workshops around the German Wikipedia (articles and photos).
Intended Audience Community
Speakers Community
Geographic scope National
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia, Commons)
Purpose Communication, writing articles, taking photos
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming

(no data available)

Further information
Information online
Coordination Elke Wetzig, German Wikipedia

Wikimedia workshop (NL)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Workshop for MediaWiki sysops to learn tips and tricks from each other and broaden knowledge on Wikimedia and MediaWiki related topics.
Organization Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland - Werkgroep Trainingen
Intended Audience Primary: Sysops but also other users are welcomed
Speakers Community
Geographic scope National
Topic or theme Tips & Tricks, sysoptasks, vandalism, Wikimedia, etc.
Purpose Teambuilding, education, evangelism
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • 13/06/2006 - Utrecht
  • 17/02/2007 - Nijmegen
  • 01/07/2007 - Nijmegen
  • 12/07/2008 - Nijmegen
  • 19/12/2009 - Nijmegen
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination

Wikipedia-Tag Dresden (DE)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Local Wikipedia event for people living at Dresden: workshops and lectures around the German Wikipedia
Intended Audience Outside parties
Speakers Community
Geographic scope Local (Dresden, Germany)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia)
Purpose Publicity/outreach
In Practice
Status Break
So far
Further information
Information online
Coordination Conrad Nutschan, Kolossos, Mike Krüger (all German Wikipedia)

Wikipedia Day (CH)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Local Wikipedia event for people living at and around the location of the Wikipedia Day: presentations and discussions about Wikipedia, MediaWiki and Wikis in Education/Science/Business
Intended Audience Outside Parties
Speakers Community members and outside parties
Geographic scope Local
Topic or theme Combination of system (Wiki), software (MediaWiki) and project (Wikipedia)
Purpose Publicity/outreach
In Practice
Status To be reintroduced
So far
  • 17/06/2006 Zurich, Switzerland (Robin Schwab, Wikimedia CH)
  • 05/05/2007 Lugano, Switzerland (Ilario Valdelli, Wikimedia CH)
  • 29/09/2007 Bern, Switzerland (Robin Schwab / Nando Stöcklin, Wikimedia CH)
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Wikimedia CH

Arabic Wikipedia Day (EG)[edit]

Information
Description Arabic Wikipedia days are organized for extensive editing in Arabic Wikipedia in order to increase its content. A number of articles is targeted on that day and contributors to the Arabic Wikipedia from all around the world work their best to achieve it
Particiants Arabic Wikipedia Contributors
Purpose Increase the number of Arabic Wikipedia articles
Details
So far
Fourth Arabic Wikipedia Day 08/08 In addition to web based contributors, the event was also organized in Cairo and Alexandria
  • In 24 hours the Arabic articles increased from 71,163 to 75,358 articles (685 new articles + 3510 Bot edit). There were more than 10,000 edits throught out the day, which is more than 2.5 times the number of edits in English Wikipedia and more than 10 times the edits on German Wikipedia on the same day. This day advanced Arabic Wikipedia to the rank 27
Photographs
Coordination Arabic Wikipedia Contributors

Wikipedia Day NYC[edit]

Schools[edit]

Wikipedia Schulprojekt (DE)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Workshops to enhance the media literacy of pupils.
Intended Audience Pupils (10th–11th grade)
Speakers Community members
Geographic scope National (Germany)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia)
Purpose Enhancing media literacy of pupils.
In Practice
Status In Preparation
So far
Upcoming More local workshops in other german towns
Further information
Information online
Coordination Frank Schulenburg, Wikimedia Germany (until 2007)


WikiAkademia (PL)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A workshop provided for children in Forest School in Białowieża, Poland.
Intended Audience Children and teachers of Forest School in Białowieża.
Speaker TOR
Geographic scope Local
In Practice
Status Finished - but it might be organized again
So far
Upcoming
  •  ? maybe...
Further information
Information online
Coordination Polish Wikimedia

Exhibitions[edit]

The Hebrew Wikipedia mobile poster exhibition[edit]

General event dimensions
Description An exhibition of posters explaining in Hebrew different aspects of the Wikipedia project. A joint project of the Hebrew Wikipedian Community, Wikimedia Israel (WM-IL) and the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL). The exhibition is modeled after the Wikimedia Deutschland project: "Fünf Jahre Wikipedia - Eine Enzyklopädie erobert das Internet".
Intended Audience The Hebrew speaking public
Geographic scope Israel
Purpose Promoting the use of Wikipedia and encouraging people to join the Wikipedian community.
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • Placing the exhibition at the entrance hall of the Center for Educational Technology (CET) in Tel Aviv during a teacher and educator conference, 9 December 2007.
  • Placing the exihibition at the Center for Law and Technology of the Haifa University, during the CC-IL conference, Haifa, 18 December 2007.
Upcoming
  • Placing the exhibition at the hall of the Israel Electric Corporation building in Haifa.
Further information
Information online
Coordination Shay Yakir, Ben (Cumulus)

Photographic projects[edit]

Photo-Workshop in Berlin[edit]

"Elef Millim" project, Israel[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A series of field trips to different sites in Israel
Intended Audience Contributors to Wikimedia projects
Guide Tamara
Geographic scope Israel
Purpose Taking pictures of interesting sites and uploading them to the Commons, enriching knowledge
In Practice
Status Active
So far
  • The German Colony and the Greek Colony, Jerusalem, January 26, 2007
  • The Tel Aviv University Zoo, Tel Aviv, February 19, 2007
  • Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem, May 25, 2005
  • August 3, 2007, Rehavia neighborhood, Jerusalem
  • October 19, 2007, Qidron valley, Jerusalem)
  • October 26, 2007, Allenby St. and first neighborhoods of Tel Aviv
Upcoming
  • June 8, 2008, The American Colony and Rockefeller Museum area, Jerusalem (eastern section)
Further information
Information online
Coordination Rotem Danzig, Deror Avi

Wikipedia Takes Manhattan[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A scavenger hunt and free content photography contest for New Yorkers, aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles covering the wondrous sights on the island of Manhattan.
Intended Audience Outside parties (general public, especially promoted to Columbia University and NYU students)
Speakers Community
Geographic scope Local (Manhattan, New York City)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia, Commons)
Purpose Taking photos, promotion of free content
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
  • Planning for Fall 2010
Further information
Information online
Coordination Free Culture Columbia, Free Culture NYU, The Open Planning Project, Wikimedia New York City, Pharos

Wikipedia Loves Art (US, UK)[edit]

General event dimensions
Description A scavenger hunt and free content photography contest at 15 cultural instituions, aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles about art, history, science and culture.
Intended Audience Outside parties (general public, museum visitors)
Speakers Community
Geographic scope United Sates, United Kingdom (15 cultural institutions, 10 cities)
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia, Commons)
Purpose Taking photos, illustration of art and other articles with free content
In Practice
Status Active
So far
Upcoming
Further information
Information online
Coordination Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, V&A, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Wikimedia New York City, Wikimedia UK, Pharos, AndrewRT

WikiExpedition in Poland[edit]

FotoWiki 2010 in Poland[edit]

General event dimensions
Description Photographic workshop: theoretical and practical.
Intended Audience Wikimedia photographers, outside photoamateurs.
Tutors Professional photographers
Geographic scope Poland
Topic or theme Project (Wikipedia, Commons)
Purpose Improvement of the quality of pictures uploaded to Wikimedia Projects, popularization of Wikimedia projects in Polish photoamateur community.
In Practice
Status In preparation
So far
Upcoming 1-3/05 2010, Lodz, Poland [2]
Further information
Information online
Coordination Polimerek

Meetups[edit]

Resources[edit]