Submissions/Expanding the editing of artificial intelligence and artificial life content on Wikimedia projects

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 8509
Title of the submission

Extending the editing of artificial intelligence and artificial life content on Wikimedia projects

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)

Workshop -or- Discussion

Author of the submission

Marek Wojciech Lugowski, User:Mareklug (SUL account)

E-mail address

whichever one works for you, they all come to me on all the platforms and devices I use.


Country of origin

United States of America

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

A Small Garlic Press, Chicago, IL USA; Redshift Software, Inc., Evanston, IL USA; Marek's Editing for Hire, Chicago, IL USA; Marek's Writing for Hire, Chicago, IL USA

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The content exposing the topics of artificial intelligence as well as artificial life, disciplines of computer science or informatics, is woefully underrepresented on most Wikimedia projects, in proportion to what is possible, what is available for immediate editing and/or upload, and this even pertains to the largest Wikipedia project in existence, the English Wikipedia. I propose to sensitize the interested participants of Wikimania 2014 in London to this shortcoming. Particularly artificial life is in dire need of expansion of coverage. It is my contention that expertise in artificial life or artificial intelligence is not necessary to become a contributing producer of content on Wikimedia projects. Within the time frame of this event -- I am entirely open to it being a discussion or a workshop, or even a presentation, albeit the last choice is both time-intensive on my end and less likely to be efficacious, as people will just fall asleep at the very drop of any technical anything... -- I will make available pointers to resources and sample content in stub article form or plain text paragraphs, to show what would go a long way towards extending the coverage of artificial intelligence and artificial life topics on Wikimedia projects, including Wikimedia Commons, Wikiquote, Wiktionary, but with particular emphasis on Wikipedia language versions. The examples will come not only in English, but primarily also in Polish, in which I have native fluency, as well as other languages, where I will take care to obtain robustly correct versions, in order to engage my audience without undue anglophone emphasis, other than what is necessary to convey content.


Technology, Interface & Infrastructure (however, GLAM Outreach and Education Outreach, as well as Open Scholarship are involved as interdisciplinary flavors)

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes

20 minutes or 30 minutes or 60 minutes, at the convenience of the scheduling committee.

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

1. yes, if I were to obtain financial support for airfare to/from London for Wikimania, departing from Chicago's ORD (O'Hare International Airport) or from MDW (Chicago Midway Airport) indirectly via other international USA or Canadian airport (JFK New York City or EWR Newark Liberty, BWI Baltimore International, YYZ Toronto Pearson International, etc.).

2. possibly, even without support, provided my new job generates the necessary resources in time. (long shot)

Slides or further information (optional)

None at this time. I ask the committee to trust me to deliver the content based on my LinkedIn profile and CV: and --> click on CV link at top of page.

Special requests

Per Patrick Winston's (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory director at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA in the 1980s) famous "how to give a talk" guidelines/MIT Independent Activities Period January lectures, I strongly prefer to be given a time slot just before lunch, for maximal alertness of both yours truly and the audience/other participants.

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