Grants:TPS/OR drohowa/Wikimania/2014/Report

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Dorothy Howard, User:OR drohowa, New York, NY, USA



Option 1: Shared Experience:

During Wikimania, I maintained an active Twitter for three accounts to reach our local, NYC community: @DorothyR_Howard, @WikimediaNYC, and @WikimediaLGBT on Twitter.

I also presented a talk for "Best practices for the evaluation of GLAM-Wiki cooperations," with last-minute notice, and shared my slides with interested participants.

After Wikimania, I presented some take-aways and projects of note at the October 05, 2014 Wikimedia New York City meeting. Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/October 2013.

20 images of the conference uploaded to Wikimedia Commons


First off, a huge thank-you for this opportunity! I learned so much at the workshops and presentations, and perhaps even more in the downtime spent drinking coffee and sharing experiences with other attendees.

One big highlight of Wikimania 2014 for me was our first meetup for WikimediaLGBT on August 9th, 2014, at the conference. This meeting was documented at: Talk:Wikimedia_LGBT/Archive_4 and notes were taken on an etherpad. Because this is an international, non-geographically based affiliated group, many of us had never met in person before. This was a great opportunity to bond as a group, lay out goals for the year, and develop a rapport with each other. I couldn't be more please with my experience at this meetup at Wikimania.

Another highlight for me was meeting new women in Wikipedia. I got to meet fellow Wikiwomen Amanda Menking, Netha Hussain, Mervat Salam, and many others, at workshops like "Gender gap strategy into action," and at the "WikiWomen's Lunch".

Some of the most interesting and useful workshops for me were the research workshops. As a Wikipedian-in-Residence, I often get asked tough questions and having a strong understanding of current research results and methods is very helpful. I especially enjoyed the presentations, "Marking Open Access References Cited on Wikipedia," "Why we need to pay people to create free knowledge," "Informed but unempowered", "Meet the Press" with the WMF communications team, "Cooperation in Peer Production Economy: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia" (my favorite talk of the conference), "WikiCredit - Calculating & presenting value contributed to Wikipedia", and "Measuring Editor Collaborativeness With Economic Modelling".

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I apologize for the lateness in this report. It somehow slipped out of my mind (and inbox!) multiple times! This was not intentional as I think providing feedback is really important, and a way to show my gratitude for this scholarship! Thanks again for the amazing opportunity! Yours, Dorothy