WikiCite 2018

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WikiCite 2018 is a 3-day conference, summit, and hack day dedicated to the vision of creating an open repository of bibliographic data to support the citation and fact-checking needs of Wikimedia projects, and possibly, to serve as an open infrastructure for research, education, and information quality across the web.

WikiCite 2018 expands efforts started with WikiCite 2016 and WikiCite 2017 to explore these possibilities by leveraging Wikidata—Wikimedia’s structured knowledge base—and to develop open source tools to improve citation management and verifiability strategies for free knowledge. Since then, the amount of bibliographic data in Wikidata has grown exponentially, allowing us to glimpse the possibilities of a truly open, universal library and citation graph, while also exposing significant social and technical challenges.

This year presents a pivotal moment for WikiCite, wherein its emergent community — consisting of Wikimedians, librarians, LODLAM practitioners, software engineers, data scientists, and open knowledge advocates — must grapple with possible growth scenarios, address critical gaps, and set a course for the project’s future.

If you are passionate about tending Wikipedia’s root system (references!), or believe in the broader possibilities of contributing to the bibliographic commons, WikiCite 2018 presents an unprecedented opportunity to meet fellow dreamers and hackers, and to help shape this vital effort.

This year’s event will be hosted at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, USA, November 27-29, 2018. Applications to attend the event (including travel support requests) are open until September 17, 2018.

Important dates[edit]

Because of limited capacity at the venue, and limited availability of travel scholarships, participating in WikiCite 2018 is a two-step process, involving an application phase and a registration phase for successful applicants.

  • Monday August 27, 2018 - Applications open
  • Monday September 17, 2018 - Applications close
  • Monday October 1, 2018 - Applications reviewed and invitations sent to register
  • Monday October 1, 2018 - Travel funding decisions made
  • Wednesday October 10, 2018 - Deadline to accept invitation and travel funding, and to register for the event
  • November 27, 28, 29 - WikiCite 2018


Applications to attend WikiCite 2018 (including travel funding requests) are now closed.


Nov 26
Travel day
Nov 27
Day 1. (Conference) – present progress on existing work and initiatives for citations and bibliographic data across Wikimedia projects
Nov 28
Day 2. (Summit) – discuss technical, social, outreach and policy directions
Nov 29
Day 3. (Hack) – get together to build, based on new ideas and applications
Nov 30
Travel day, attendees leave


The list of attendees will be made public closer to the event taking place.


The list of organizations and projects WikiCite 2018 participants are affiliated with will be made public closer to the event taking place.

Attending the event[edit]

WikiCite is a hands-on event. We're looking for individuals with the following interests and backgrounds:

You're interested in:

  • Building a corpus of sources cited in Wikimedia projects
  • Creating a curated bibliographic corpus in Wikidata for a specific project
  • Integrating bibliographic information between Wikidata and other knowledge bases
  • Building a comprehensive open bibliographic body for an entire domain

Your background:

  • I am a contributor to Wikipedia, Wikidata, and / or other Wikimedia projects
  • I have contributed to data model discussions or new property proposals in Wikidata
  • I have experience working with metadata and linked open data
  • I can write code, build applications, build bots or automated tools
  • I have experience with SPARQL and database queries
  • I have experience processing and mining large data sets
  • I have a background in library/information science or research citation practices and methods
  • I am involved in the publishing industry or related organizations
  • I work on issues related to knowledge equity, global representation, diversity and inclusion

Travel and accommodations[edit]

Learn about how to get here and where to stay.

Travel funding[edit]

Learn more about travel funds available to you.

Visa information[edit]

Visitors from abroad may require a visa to enter the United States. Please make yourself aware of any requirements and deadlines you will need to meet in order to travel to the United States.


WikiCite 2018 is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Past WikiCite events were supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Austria as well as Crossref, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative.

Organizing committee[edit]

  • John Chodacki
  • Rachel Farrand
  • Daniel Mietchen
  • Léa Lacroix
  • Jake Orlowitz
  • Merrilee Proffitt
  • Sarah R. Rodlund
  • Elizabeth Seiver
  • Dario Taraborelli
  • Ben Vershbow

You can contact the organizers via


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