Talk:Wikimania 2016 bids/Esino Lario/Program/Liaisons

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Research about Wikimedia projects, or research as covered on Wikimedia projects?[edit]

Could it be clarified whether "research" in this context means

1. research about Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia projects) as published in the academic literature or by Wikimedia volunteers, WMF staff etc., or

2. research in general (about everything), as covered on Wikimedia projects -in particular, Wikipedia as an outreach medium for science, researchers as expert contributors, etc.?

From the proposed guest speaker list and the "What we would like to learn/teach" sections, I assume that 2. is meant. There's an intersection area with 1., but it's not too large in my experience. Both are very important topics of course, so it might be worth creating a separate track for 1.

Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 22:30, 28 November 2015 (UTC)[]

The interactions of Wikimedia and research are deepening in multiple ways (see here for a somewhat outdated summary). For the purposes of Wikimania 2016, it basically means your option 2. I liked it very much when Wikimania and WikiSym were co-located in Hong Kong, and while this will not be the case in Esino, I am open to the idea of treating your option 1 in a somewhat special way, e.g. via a dedicated session or track during the conference or hackathon or perhaps as a satellite event. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 05:04, 29 November 2015 (UTC)[]

budget for guest speakers[edit]

I'm interested in the idea of guest speakers as discussed, I'm just wondering if there is any budget to pay for their travel etc? If there is a budget and how big it is will help define who may be able to attend.


John Cummings (talk) 13:32, 2 February 2016 (UTC)[]

We are at the moment preparing video interviews with guest speakers, so there are no issues related to the budget. Special guests on Wikimania 2016 website. We have no specific budget for special guests; we can consider possible invitations (eventually we cover them on a case by case using the budget for the volunteers), but in general I would make sure if we cover all costs for a guest that the person is interested in contributing to the conference not with a keynote but in participating in discussions or for example by managing a workshop. --iopensa (talk) 14:09, 2 February 2016 (UTC)[]
Thanks iopensa for explaining. John Cummings (talk) 14:55, 9 February 2016 (UTC)[]