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Friday, June 17

Saturday, June 18

Badge pick-up

All attendees must register in advance; there will be no on-site registration. Badge pick-up for pre-registered attendees will be open daily in the McGowan Theater lobby:

Friday, June 17 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Session summaries

Session Modern Day Amazons (and no, not the website): Sorority Women, the Gender Gap, and Wikipedia
Format Presentation
Presenter Kelly Doyle (Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, West Virginia University Libraries)
Summary The session will be a discussion about the presenter's experiences as the Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at West Virginia University Libraries and the results of her work thus far in recruiting diverse students to write for Wikipedia.
Session The Wikipedia Visiting Scholar Program and Why It Works for Women
Format Presentation
Presenter Barbara Page (Wikipedia Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh)
Summary The session will address diversity and its effects on women's health topics, and discuss how the visiting scholar program can help.
Session Grades and the Gender Gap: How Student Editors are Writing Women into Wikipedia
Format Presentation
Presenters Adam Hyland (Wiki Education Foundation)
Patti Provance (National Women's Studies Association)
Summary Students and instructors working with the Wiki Education Foundation (Wiki Ed) have added thousands of new articles and millions of words to the English Wikipedia. Their work has not just expanded Wikipedia as a whole but has targeted academic areas where Wikipedia's coverage is limited. Through a strategic partnership with the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), students in our program have contributed 4% of all content added to topics related to women’s and gender studies. Adam Hyland (Wiki Ed) and Patti Provance (NWSA) will share overall metrics, highlight student contributions, and show how students are impacting public scholarship within the discipline.
Session How We Support Small Wikipedia Communities with Wikipedia Asian Month
Format Presentation
Presenters Addis Wang (Wikimedia User Group China)
Kevin Payravi (Ohio Wikimedians User Group)
Summary Wikipedia Asian Month is the online editathon held in every November starts from 2015. Promote the diversity of the Wikimedia Movement is one of the major goals of the Wikipedia Asian Month, which we achieved some amazing result last year. In 2015 edition, 6,096 articles were created on total of 43 language versions of Wikipedia, include 23 communities which have less than 10 thousand articles. The presenters will share the experience of how to support minority languages in Wikimedia movement without knowing it as well as the learning and experience of communication, motivation and connection with small local communities.
Session Drain the Swamp: Train Reviewers to Become Ambassadors
Format Presentation
Summary The session will discuss a recent Idea Lab proposal to train Wikipedia reviewers to act as community ambassadors to the public.
Session Using Wikimedia Foundation Grants to Address the Gender Gap
Format Presentation
Presenter Sydney Poore (WikiWomen's User Group)
Summary The session will describe WMF grant programs and the way that they can be used to address the gender gap, including examples from the Inspire Campaign for the Gender Gap, and offer suggestions for future topics that could be addressed with the WMF grants.
Session Content Gender Gap + Diversity @ Wikipedia
Format Presentation
Presenter(s) Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight (WikiProject Women in Red / WikiWomen's User Group)
Summary WikiProject Women in Red (WiR) was founded in July 2015 at Wikimania Mexico City. It has created over 17,000 articles in its first 10 months of existence on a budget of US$0. WiR's scope addresses content gender gap by creating women's biographies and articles about women's works, broadly construed. WiR has hosted 16 virtual edit-a-thons including those which focused on Asian Pacific American women, MENA (Middle Eastern North African) women, Black women's history, Jewish women's hIstory, and LGBTQ women. This presentation addresses diversity event planning, execution, and post-morteum in the context of content gender gap. It provides links to the mentioned edit-a-thons, associated redlink lists, comm plans (invitations, thank you notes, barnstars). It addresses WiR's social media strategy (e.g. @wikiwomeninred). The intended outcome is for attendees to be able to replicate WiR's "toolkit" across other language Wikipedias.
Session Wikipedia in the Writing Classroom: Diversity, Tensions, and Opportunities
Format Workshop
Presenters Amy Carleton, Ph.D. (MIT)
Cecelia Musselman, Ph.D. (Northeastern University)
Summary Over the last decade, university courses in many fields have begun to ask students to contribute to Wikipedia, and since 2010, the number of student participants has grown--with over 14,000 student editors and 729 courses engaged in Wikipedia assignments under the guidance of Wiki Ed. Writing in Wikipedia enacts the practices valued in writing studies by encouraging student editors to become producers of knowledge rather than consumers, by framing writing as a response to the needs of a community that follows community standards, by inviting students to interrogate and effectively implement citation and documentation practices, and by helping students develop collaboration skills (Purdy). All of these outcomes help students build good digital citizenship practices. As students learn to be Wikipedia editors, they confront both issues of community editorial bias and Wikipedia’s representation gaps--a growing concern in Wikipedian, academic, and public circles (Wadewitz).

Presenters will demonstrate how asking students to write for Wikipedia not only supports student understanding of key rhetorical principles essential to a writing classroom, but also opens opportunities to explore archives and special collections, to question what makes a topic or a source “notable,” and to challenge Wikipedia’s gaps in representation. Further, because of the diversity present in required writing courses, student-authored entries add to the diversity of the Wikipedia editor community.

This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to explore the match/mismatch among the values of writing courses, the writing studies community, and the Wikipedia community. Working from well-tested assignments in use at two Boston-area universities, from programmatic learning goals, and from Wikipedia statements of community values, participants will identify points of opportunity for these communities to interact and benefit from the resources available at institutions of higher learning, as well as identify potential points of tension and how such tensions might be turned to constructive ends.

Session Roundtable: Global South
Format Roundtable Discussion
Summary An open discussion about Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia mouvement in the Global South.
Session Online Community Conduct Policies: A Research Project
Format Workshop
Presenter Karen Brown (Wikimedia Foundation)
Summary An informal roundtable/workshop introducing recent research about conduct policies in a variety of online communities. We will begin with a quick overview of why we did this research, which communities we studied, and what's to come. The remainder of the session will be a workshop in which we will discuss and brainstorm:
  • What are the differences among these communities' policies, and how do those differences affect the zeitgeist of each community?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of various conduct policies or approaches to conduct policies, and what do these strengths and weaknesses teach us about how to shape and enforce a conduct policy that is helpful in protecting a community without also alienating some or all aspects of the community?
  • Few online communities are as massively crowd-sourced and collaboration-dependent as Wikimedia's communities. How could the implications of what we learned through this research help us scale and design a policy for a massive, international, research-oriented community like ours?
Session Roundtable: Content Translation Across Wikipedia
Format Roundtable Discussion
Summary An open discussion about movement-wide opportunities for content translation across Wikipedias.
Session Idea Lab Workshop
Format Workshop
Summary A workshop to brainstorm ideas for the current Wikimedia Foundation Inspire Campaign.
Session Roundtable: Diversity + Communications
Format Roundtable Discussion
Summary An open discussion about ways to engage with diversity topics and under-represented audiences through social media and other communication channels.
Session Editing Wikipedia: Should American Women Check Their Civil Rights at the Door?
Format Presentation
Summary An increasing number of people are editing Wikipedia in educational and workplace settings, typically as a part of their educational assignments through the WikiEd program, or as employees of GLAM organizations. This presentation will provide a brief explanation of the "non hostile working environment" for women in workplaces and schools which appears in US civil rights laws. We will also take a look at some newer terms such as "cyberexploitation," "doxing," and "revenge porn" that can be useful in describing difficult interactions online which have a gender- related component.
Session Roundtable: Affiliates + Diversity
Format Roundtable Discussion
Summary An open discussion about how Wikimedia Affiliates (such as chapters and user groups) can plan an effective role in promoting diversity.