WikiConference North America/2020/Sessions

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Welcome to the planning page for WCNA 2020 sessions!


11 December 2020

Friday lightning talks[edit]

Video of session

(5 pm Eastern, 2 pm Pacific)
Session Presenter
Using VB.NET to design wikis and bots. JJPMaster (talk)
WikiCite project: WikiCite for Librarians: Interactive Learning Pathways for Information Professionals at Vanderbilt University. Presentation slide available here. (Awesolek2 talk)
Student Success and Wikipedia's Culture of Communication: More Lessons Learned from using Wiki Education. (14:19) Gcampbel (talk)
State of the InternetArchiveBot. 21:24 harej (talk)
Improving Domain Specific Articles on Wikipedia - Areas include Labor, Water, and Slavery (historical and contemporary) 25:00 Slides here // Application Here Will (Wiki Ed) (talk)
Overview of 2020 projects from the WikiCred initiaitve. WikiCred is a partnership between organizations that seek to build trust in the media ecosystem and Wikimedians working together to strengthen credibility and reliability of news and knowledge in the online information ecosystem. 28:19 Medmed14
Bridging the academia-Wikipedia divide with WikiJournals (adapted from longer talk). 34:34 T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk
Semantic Lab and Wikibase: Collaborative Modeling and Graphing Women in Jazz Rolery02 (talk)
Wiki of historical aeronautics and aviation econterms (talk)
News On Wiki - Why it matters for Wikipedia to cover local newspapers. (Video of talk) Pete Forsyth (talk)

Friday night reception sessions in the Lounge[edit]

(8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific)


12 December 2020

North American community round-up[edit]

(4 pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific)

Two-minute talks about the activities of various Wikimedia communities in 2020. (video)

Wikimedia Canada Michael David Miller
Wikimedia District of Columbia Kirill Lokshin (talk)
Wikimedia Mexico
Wikimedia New York City
Thematic organizations
Wikimedia Medicine
User Groups
Wikimedia New England phoebe | talk
MediaWiki Stakeholders Group econterms (talk)
Wikimedians of Los Angeles JSFarman (talk)
Ohio Wikimedians User Group SuperHamster' Talk Contribs
Wikimedians of North American Indigenous Languages User Group Benoit Rochon (talk)
Unaffiliated communities
WALRUS Pharos (talk)
Wiki Education Foundation (YouTube link here) LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk)
Women in Red Rosiestep (talk)
US Federal Enterprise Wiki Community of Practice Tom O'Neill or econterms (talk)
1000 Women in Religion WikiProject PMCH2 (talk)

Saturday lightning talks[edit]

(5 pm Eastern, 2 pm Pacific)

Five-minute talks on wiki topics.

Session Presenter
Cite Unseen: Latest updates to this script that provides icon indicators for the nature and reliability of sources ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs
Student perceptions of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons: Considering race and gender maxxbeckmann
All My Relations: Using Wikidata to find and correct errors on a collaborative global family tree (and on Wikidata) - Genealogy KarenJoyce (talk)
Grand unveiling of the Wikimedia DC "2021 U.S. Wiki Science Calendar"! Antony-22 (talk)
Demo of the latest stuff I'm working on, particularly section-watchlist and its new integration with reply-link. Enterprisey (talk)
An update from the Sustainability Initiative Gnom (talk)
Overview of the Cochrane-Wikipedia Project JenOttawa (talk)
Overview of some outstanding user scripts that everyone should install. (Rejected title: "The best scripts I didn't make".) (Put this talk after some other talks, so I don't give two in a row; feel free to cut this one if time is an issue, I can just speak real fast for one slot.) Enterprisey (talk)
Wikimedia Canada : Environment and Climate Change Canada Project Benoit Rochon (talk)
Overview of the Namespace Database project carlinmack (talk)
Overview of OpenStreetMap's Mapping Racism project and how it uses Wikidata. Minh Nguyễn 💬
Status report of Wikimedia in Outer Atmosphere Geraldshields11 (talk)

Saturday night reception sessions in the Lounge[edit]

(8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific)


Open Space sessions, 13 December 2020

(Sunday, 1 pm Eastern)

This section is for further information on the open space events. Accepted sessions have been added to the main page.

Community Communications Discussion[edit]

Facilitated by Andrew Lih.



  • Discussion of language, translation and related issues on WMF projects, 15:00 - 16:00 ET


  • "The Secret Origins of NIOSH"—Next year NIOSH celebrates the 50th anniversary of its organizational standup in May 1971. However, NIOSH's direct predecessor has a little-known history that stretches all the way back to 1914, zig-zagging its way through the growth and maturation of the U.S. Public Health Service. This edit-a-thon will include a presentation on this history, and have suggested articles on biographies and historic buildings related to public health and industrial hygiene in the early and mid-20th century. John P. Sadowski (NIOSH) (talk) 19:11, 4 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]




  • english wikisource demonstration, discussion, with editing help. Slowking4 (talk) 04:24, 7 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tech workshop[edit]

  • User scripts (and tech in general) workshop/discussion. Learn how to make your very own user script/bot/tool! (on demand). Discussing some of the more useful user scripts, advanced tips for making them, and ideas for future user scripts. Enterprisey (talk) 10:21, 10 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]