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Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network/Wikimania 2022

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This is a planning page for an accepted session for Wikimania - "WREN: Reviewing A Year of Wikimedians in Residence Activity."

The proposal was for a series of 5-minute lightning talks by different Wikimedians in Residence (or non-WIR doing equivalent work). This page is to help coordinate the session and provide guidance on how to structure and pre-record a talk.

Pre-recording talks[edit]

One of the easiest methods is to use a presenter/screen recording session in a tool like Streamyard. This can all take place inside a web browser, and can record the webcam audio/video of the presenter while also showing the screen content. An example can be seen in this Youtube video of Wikipedia training.

Speaker list[edit]

For those involved with WREN, feel free to list your name, a talk title, and a brief description of what you'll talk about. The goal of each lightning talk is to not exceed 7 minutes (increased from the original 5)! If space and time allow, those who are not active with WREN may also be part of the session.

Name and Affiliation Working Title Description Content link
Jennie Choi, Richard Knipel and Andrew Lih, Met Museum, NY, USA Getting Structured with The Met We will discuss the work on adding structured data content to more than 375,000 Commons files to make Met content more discoverable and integrated into the database of the Met Museum, and show some of the applications: knowledge graphs, smarter search, et al. https://f.io/5hHPSsQv
Florence Devouard, WIPO-United Nations Wikipedian in Residence at WIPO I’ll introduce the work being done with WIPO team on WIPO content. Announce the future and calling for a Spanish speaker to join. link
Tochi Precious, Moleskine Foundation AfroCuration: what it is and outcome. I'll discuss the WikiAfrica Education Project and its outcome in the past year. link here
Rachel Helps, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA Why Wikipedians-in-Residence Should Edit Wikipedia There are content gaps on Wikipedia. WiRs are helping to fill them! link to video
Jamie Flood, National Agricultural Library (NAL), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture for All: NAL's Equity & Editing Programing I'll discuss programs from the past year + impact; announce our new project page and discuss the future. link to video
Dr Amanda Lawrence, Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) Centre (Australia) Wikimedian in Residence at ADM+S As WiR at a large new social research centre my role included awareness raising, training, content, profile, critical analysis and knowledge exchange. Link to video
Mike Dickison, Wikipedian at Large, New Zealand The West Coast Wikipedian at Large I'll report on a locally-funded project covering 600 km, involving field trips and photography, community workshops, searching through archives, and working with remote volunteers; it differs in several ways from a traditional Wikipedian in Residence.
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Original proposal[edit]

The original submission is here:


The Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network (WREN) is an official Wikimedia affiliate dedicated to cultural, heritage, and scientific collaboration with partner institutions such as GLAM, NGO and government entities. This roundtable will share the experiences of various Wikimedians in Residence (WiR) in both professional and share best practices and tools they have used in their work with Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and other projects. This will include a series of quick lightning talks and a panel discussion. Discussion with the wider Wikimedia community is encouraged, in order to share best practices related to new developments such as Structured Data on Commons and contribution at scale. Wikimedians from around the world will be represented, including those from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia/Oceania, with more to be confirmed.

Learning outcomes[edit]

Learning outcomes: Explain 3-5 takeaways your audience and listeners will have after joining this block

  • Understand the role of Wikimedians in Residence (WiR) in their work with partner institutions.

Review the goals, outcomes, and lessons learned from specific WiR projects in their respective lightning talks.

  • Discover and share best practices for contributing quality content at scale.
  • Discuss and propose future types of collaboration with external partners.

Level of expertise[edit]

Level of expertise expected from participants : No prior experience needed/No previous experience at all


Including but not limited to:

  • Florence Devouard, United Nations, Wikimedian in Residence
  • Mike Dickison, Wikipedian at Large, New Zealand
  • Jamie Flood, National Agricultural Library (NAL), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wikimedian in Residence
  • Rachel Helps, Brigham Young University, Wikimedian in Residence
  • Dr Amanda Lawrence, Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) Centre (Australia), Wikimedian-In-Residence
  • Andrew Lih, Wikimedian at Large, Smithsonian Institution (US); Wikimedia Strategist, Met Museum (New York)
  • Tochi Precious, Moleskin Foundation, Wikimedian in Residence