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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 (map) in Berkeley, California, USA, November 27-29, 2018. Applications to attend the event (including travel support requests) are open until September 17, 2018

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Conference program


The full program is live and video of the conference is available via Youtube Live

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 and priorities for the project.
Nov 29
Day 3. (Hack day) – get together to build, based on new ideas and applications.
Nov 30
Travel day, attendees leave.




Application info
General information for attendees

Find out general information about site logistics, policies, and efforts to make your time at WikiCite 2018 comfortable and productive.

Applicant criteria

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

WikiCite 2018 will be held at the David Brower Center (Q16973308) in Berkeley, California (OpenStreetMap, Google Maps)

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704

We have additional information on how to get here and where to stay, as well as information for attendees who received a travel scholarship. Please make yourself aware of any visa requirements and deadlines you will need to meet in order to travel to the United States.

Dates for applicants

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



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

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

You can contact the organizers via wikicite@wikimedia.org

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