Hello! My name is Phoebe Ayers. I am a long-time editor in English Wikipedia, Commons, Wikidata, WikiVoyage and elsewhere. I am also a long-time participant in Wikimedia Foundation governance, as well as community events (including most of the Wikimanias) and outreach to educators and librarians.
By day, I'm an academic reference librarian in the science and engineering library at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle before that.
I love many things about Wikimedia and the Wikimedia projects, but the things that are most important to me are our shared values of consensus, accuracy and fact-finding, and boldly editing things that need to change; and our internationalism and multilingualism. I am proud to know amazing Wikimedians from all of the world: our community is extraordinary.
Talk to me: leave a message | phoebe dot ayers at gmail dot com
Things I do or have done
Community member and governance
- editor on en:wp since August 2003
- 2008-2009: writer for the English Wikipedia Signpost
- 2009: maintainer of the List Summary Service for Foundation-l (since renamed to Wikimedia-l)
- 2007ish-2015: organizer of events for the San Francisco Bay meetup group and mailing list admin
- 2016--: Organizer of Wikimedia New England group events and various events at MIT (and mailing list admin)
- 2006-2007: I was a member of the now-defunct Special Projects Committee
- 2010-2012 and 2013-2015: I served on the Board of Trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation twice: as an elected member and a chapter-selected member
Researcher, educator and GLAM
- I'm interested in and participate in Wikipedia and wiki research. I presented a short paper at Wikimania 2005; recently completed a literature review of ongoing research that will be presented at ASIST'06; and helped with a hugely successful research BoF at Wikimania '06.
- Finally, I give general presentations about wikis and Wikipedia to various groups, particularly librarians. I am happy to share slides, notes, and thoughts on what works & what doesn't.
- I've helped out with other various outreach activities, including Wikipedia Library activities, etc.
- I've been to all of the Wikimanias but one, as of 2016. I also worked on many of them:
- I presented at Wikimanias 2005-2011
- I was the program co-coordinator for Wikimania 2006
- And helped with scholarships for Wikimania 2007, and program for Wikimania 2009
- I was on the bid selection committee for Wikimania 2007 and Wikimania 2008
- And was the Wikimania bid jury moderator for Wikimania 2009 and Wikimania 2010
- I'm back to working on the program for Wikimania 2017!
- I was a volunteer with both WikiSym (2007 & 2008) and Recent Changes Camp (2008); and was chair of WikiSym 2010 (co-located with Wikimania 2010)
- I helped run WikiConference North America in 2016
- I have had the privilege of going to Wikimedia events and meetups all over the world.
- With Charles Matthews and Ben Yates, I am the author of the book How Wikipedia Works, published by No Starch Press in September 2008. Find out more at the publisher's website.
Some things I care about:
- Community governance
- free content
- good references
A few pages of interest
- brainstorming on Foundation strategic goals
- List Syndication Service
- General page on Wikimania
- Events kit