Arctic Knot Conference 2021

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Arctic Knot
Wikimedia Language Conference
Tromsø, Norway · 24–25 June 2021


With 20 billion page views every month, Wikipedia is one of the first stops when people search for information. It is a cornerstone of the digital age, but the information within it is not evenly represented across languages.

The Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference is part of the Celtic Knot series of conferences, and the first one to be held outside of the British Isles. The aim of the conference series is to bring people together and share their experiences of working on sharing information in minority languages. We hope to help people learn how to encourage the flow of information across language barriers and support associated communities.

The conferences have been hosted by various institutions, in collaboration and support from Wikimedia UK. The first Celtic Knot Conference was organized by Edinburgh University and Wikimedia UK in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017 (focused on Scottish Gaelic), followed by Aberystwyth, Wales in 2018 (focused on Welsh, hosted by the National Library of Wales), and Falmouth, Cornwall in 2019 (focused on Cornish, hosted by Cornwall Council). In 2020, the conference was planned to be organized in Limerick, Ireland with a focus on Irish, but was changed to a fully remote conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was delivered by Wikimedia Community Ireland and Wikimedia UK.

For the 2021 iteration, we decided to expand the scope of the conference and have planned it for Tromsø, Norway. It's led by Wikimedia Norge in collaboration with Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia DE, and is focused on Sámi languages, with The Arctic University of Norway as cohost. It will also be remote, although we are hoping to be able to have an in-person component (though this would need to be restricted to residents of Norway).


This timeline is preliminary, and still subject to change.

  • Call for papers: 15 March–15 April 2021
  • Submissions selected: April 2021
  • Program published: May 2021
  • Registration opens: May 2021
  • Event: 24–25 June 2021


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For any questions, please use the talk page or email Jon Harald Søby at