Wikimania 2014 in London will be the tenth in the series of annual international conferences which provide a unique opportunity for the Wikimedia community and our projects to come together, share their common goals, and develop better ways to work together on an international level.
Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at Wikimania 2014.
The tenth annual Wikimania will be held 6–10 August 2014 in London, with the main programme beginning on the 8th.
The Wikimania 2014 programme structure is designed to create multiple opportunities for conference participants to actively engage with the subject matter, the environment, and, most importantly, each other. London can play an important role in Wikimania 2014 as a locale that gathers interest in government, culture, media, and academia around the general goals of the Wikimania conference series.
In accordance with these goals and themes, the program will include traditional conference offerings such as paper presentations, tutorials, panels, and poster sessions; provide lounge space and breaks throughout for participants to gather; and there will be an unconference track for attendees to design their own schedule and participation around common interests. Submissions will be reviewed and selected in advance by the programme committee. Attendees are welcome to present in the open space track of the conference, regardless of whether their submitted presentations were accepted.
There will be several tracks of presentations during Wikimania 2014, to help organise submissions and allow audiences to find different things to enjoy at Wikimania in parallel. Although they may evolve, they currently are:
WikiCulture & Community
There's a lot happening behind those articles; there's a huge, ever changing rabble that has somehow self organised to create something extraordinary. How did this happen? How does it work? Where's it headed? Can we improve it?
Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Wikimedia is not just open content, but open source, and there are many significant changes that have happened, and are still to come.
You might like to consider attending the Hackathon, and submitting your session there, if you're looking primarily for a technical audience.
Legal & Free Culture
Making the world's content free! What does this mean? Why is it important? What projects are people working on? Have you done something great with some free content?
Are you working with a GLAM to release some content or access their expertise?
How can Wikimedia be used in Education? Can students be valuable members of the community?
As the Open Access and Open Science movements progress, how can Academia best interact with Wikimedia?
Open Data – in government, in academia, and elsewhere – is here to stay. The Wikimedia movement now has Wikidata. How is the project progressing? What can we do with it? How should it interact with other open data projects?
Each year, we receive a large number submissions for the programme. To accommodate as many of the great presentations as possible, we strongly suggest that you limit your proposed session's length to be a maximum of 30 minutes, including time for questions. You can request additional time, which may be granted if your proposal is particularly extensive. The programme committee may offer a shorter slot than you propose if time in the schedule is tight.
By submitting a proposal, you must agree that:
- your proposal's abstract and any slides associated with it will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Licence 3.0; and
- if accepted, the session will be broadcast and/or recorded and made available in audio and/or visual form under said licence.
If you object to these requirements (for instance, if you would prefer not to be filmed), please talk to a programme committee member before submitting a proposal.
Your proposal will be discussed and rated in public by the programme committee, and you will be notified through the contact information you supply of the committee's decision. If your submission is not added to the preliminary schedule, please do not be discouraged: Wikimania 2014 will have time set aside in the schedule for participants and attendees to participate in unofficial, self-organised talks and working groups. You will have many opportunities to bring topics forward on-site, as well as socialising and sharing ideas casually. For a list of currently submitted submissions, see Wikimania 2014 submissions.