A photo of the open space board at the NYC Wikiconference.
Sessions included keynote speeches by Jimbo Wales and Newyorkbrad, 15 lightning talks, and a few dozen open space sessions, one of which generated this article and other Signpost updates this week. The sessions generated so much enthusiasm that they were extended past the scheduled sessions to add Sunday afternoon sessions.
Two keynotes were presented. Jimbo presented a keynote on Saturday morning, while Ira Brad Matetsky (User:Newyorkbrad) provided the keynote for Sunday morning.
We are now the 4th largest site in the world. But he expected to soon to be overtaken by Facebook. Jimbo is very much for BLP and against copyfraud. Ann Coulter reminds us that it is ensuring small facts are correct that matters as much as surprising true statements in their bios.
Spoke on "BLPs, Wikipedia, the Internet, and the Future of Privacy", including how Wikipedia's handling of BLP issues relating to privacy issues contrasts with how similar issues have been addressed by other media and by the legal system, with an interesting legal sidelight into the life of William James Sidis.
Five panels, half presentation and half roundtable with the audience, broke up the rest of the schedule.
These included discussions on mapping in MediaWiki, quality and governance (4 out of 5 Wikimedians agree: consensus = 80%), chapters and outreach, collaboration and wikiprojects, and neutrality and activism.
Signpost editors work diligently on the day's edition.
The most energetic lightning talk demonstrated real-time multiple-participant wysiwyg editing of Wikipedia articles using a development version of Google Wave. Risker talked about the staggering 19-case Arbitration Committee workload, including the War and Peace of date delinking and the Colbertization of Scientology.
An unnamed speaker was voted best lightning talk and received a physical barnstar for his efforts. It is likely that s/he will be rewarded with a metaphysical barnstar in the near future as well.
The open space presentations were off the wall. They covered translation (offering interlanguage-mediated adding quality stats by interwiki links), how we make decisions (no consensus reached on how), notability(nn), free culture, art and film (Nina Paley and Commons newbie biting 101), and nonprofits for newbies. Others covered OTRS (), contributing featured content (), strategic planning (public priorities v. reports), Semantic MediaWiki (Yaron holding forth), starting your own wiki (just do it), the NPG (a lot of fun), Wikipedia offline in Peru (slow but widely used in 10k classrooms), and reforming Wikipedia (no consensus). Finally, there was the highways wikiproject, not what Wikipedia is not (?), and the Signpost workshop (simultaneous editing and a gossip column).