Another Believer, English Wikipedia
Connections and outcomes
After hearing Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight speak about the Women in Red and Gender Diversity Mapping projects, I plan to contribute to these initiatives by sharing about my gender- and LGBT-related projects within the Wikimedia movement.
Approximately 25 people attended the on-site LGBT+ Meetup, which is the largest attendance as far as I can recall. Notes from the meeting can be found on the Wikimania wiki. One outcome from the meeting was to create a Facebook group (not to be confused with the existing Facebook page) to encourage editors interested in creating and improving LGBT-related content to collaborate on outreach projects.
I also enjoyed meeting with the Art+Feminism organizers and sharing about my experience (co-)organizing around 10 meetups in Portland, Oregon. In terms of feedback to campaign organizers, I suggested working with the Wikimedia Foundation to have local organizers supply introductory brochures for new editors. I also encouraged interested organizers to consider hosting thematic events throughout the year, in addition to the primary Art+Feminism meetup each March, such as artists of color, LGBT artists, and notable feminists and women in fields other than art. Providing multiple opportunities for editors to contribute throughout the year may help with retention, and allow newer contributors to improve their skills.
WikiConference North America
WikiConference North America preceded Wikimania. I served on the safety committee, participated in the Wiki Culture Crawl and Montreal Photo Drive, and attended keynote addresses and a variety of sessions. I uploaded more than 250 photographs during my time in Montreal, which can be seen here.
After hearing from Sherry and Alice speak about AfroCrowd, I created a short Wikipedia article for the organization. I also appreciated hearing Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight speak about the Women in Red and Gender Diversity Mapping projects. I plan to speak with her about some of my experiences working on gender- and LGBT-related initiatives within the Wikimedia movement. Much thanks to everyone who made this regional conference come to fruition, especially the organizers!
I attended the following sessions:
- Readership metrics: Trends and stories from our global traffic data
- Wikimedia projects are accessed 14-15 billion times/month (Wikipedia = 97.5% of Wikimedia traffic)
- Mobile has surpassed desktop
- WMF working on retention (how often do people come back?) and engagement (how intensely do people engage with content?) metrics
- Why We Read Wikipedia
- How to develop an education program from the scratch
- The Wikipedia Year of Science 2016: What worked, what didn't, and how you can pull off a large-scale content initiative
- Art+Feminism Meetup
- User digest/State of Wikimedia Research 2016-2017
- Knowledge, democracy, and the Wikipedian gender gap
- Reducing harassment on Wikimedia projects
- Introducing Training Modules - multilingual training on combating harassment
- Everything You Need to Know About Wiki Loves Monuments 2017
- What should we know for the future? Global trends that will impact the next 15 years of Wikimedia.
- trust in online information is in decline
- a "darkening" globe
- more types of fake content
- Wikimedia movement can play a pivotal role
- Making Women Blue - The Impact of Women in Red
- The Coolest Projects of Wikimedia Chapters - Be Inspired
- Future of Wikimania