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51. Lightning Talks[edit]

All conference participants
60 min
Session Format
Listening (12 x 5 min talks)
Room setting
“A lightning talk is a very short presentation given at a conference or similar forum. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes and several will usually be delivered in a single period by different speakers.” (Wikipedia).
Desired Outcome
inspiration & networking
Next Steps and Milestones

The one and only, fabulous Lightning Talk facilitator Asaf Bartov (WMF)

Sign up here with your idea you want to talk about! You also have the chance to present spontaneously.

Fewer than 20% of articles are about women, less than a quarter represent women. Challenges are: Biases and stereotypes. Getting images is hard because not enough women are taken photos of, getting openly licensed images is hard. Lack of sources to support articles. #visiblewikiwomen Improve descriptions on wikidata

2011 the survey was done that found that less than 17% of editors were women. Confronting gender gap, addressing the structural problems is what we need. Tear down harm. Build up community. Intentionally anti-oppressive.

We contribute to global warming and we can do something about it. What we can do: Renewable energy for Wikimedia servers; Remote participation at Wikimania; A sustainable investment strategy for the Wikimedia endowment; Actionable roadmap for sustainability. Assess current environmental footprint; Identify and gather metrics to measure progress; Waste management. How this relates to knowledge equity, how do these things relate?

Survey room on organisers, explanation of what WLM is, built cultural heritage, Guiness Book of World Records winning. WLM helps build local community. It expands documentation of built heritage. Easy entry point for new people. Stats. 10,000 participants. How to get involved? Join mailing lists. Please upload existing photos in September.

A real danger of knowledge as a service, afraid we’re reaching an illusion of agreement. Neutral point of view has become the war on prose, adjectives can be better but are considered suspect. Some are excluded by academic citation, some are disempowered, and the other are people whose stories didn’t get written down. One source becomes the only angle on something sometimes. Wikiaffidavits vs Wikidepositions. Original research should have some way to be cited in WP via some process. United Indians of All Tribes Association cannot get things onto Wikipedia.

  • Weekly edit-a-thons for four years (Sophie)

Two people started editathons, planning, thought it would last 8 weeks, but it grew. Gathered more volunteers and now hold weekly editathons every Tuesday in Gothenberg. Changes were suggested but patience paid off, 7-8 people attending, 3 people organising. Run between 4 and 6 hours. Coffee and bread is supported by WMSE, the format is drop in, the theme is women in literature, a range of ages, >70, 15, men and women. More articles have been created about women than men. More women attending than men. More than 96 people taking part. Some visitors just come to ask questions, ⅔ have never editied WP, most visitors stay and become continuous contributors. Don’t have lectures, don’t attack participants with information.

Wiki Loves Earth: 6th WLE this year. Run from 2012. 18 countries involved. Largest collection of images on natural environments. How to guide is available, the team can support, contact the organisers. Calendars are available.

  • Community (Telecommunications/Broadband) Networks and surprising learnings from working in very rural areas (Coenraad Loubser) -- Etherpad

Avg annual household income is <$100 a month in the Eastern Cape. Internet will not magically appear, community networks movement, there’s some overlap with Wikimedia. What is a community network? People building their own infrastructure. Plugging a wifi router in on a much bigger scale. More information on the etherpad, get in touch with your local community networks. Not many governments know how to do it in rural environment, the connections don’t work and the users do not have the knowledge to do it themselves.

  • (Galdar)

Every human being needs knowledge, But children cannot read the full article on someone. Basque has a simple version that children can understand on another tab. An alternate main page. Practical advice for how to contribute, so children can edit. 1000 articles for children now. Secondary students and teachers are creating articles for children.

  • Userviews Tool (Asaf)

You can determine who reads whose content. Use this wisely.