Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day 2011

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The Wikipedia Day 10th Birthday Bash NYC was a celebration and mini-conference to be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011, hosted by ITP at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and also supported by Wikimedia New York City, Free Culture @ NYU and other Free Culture Alliance NYC partners. It will be held at the NYU Tisch ITP building, located at 721 Broadway.

The NYC celebration is one of a number of Wikipedia 10 events ("Wiki X") being held worldwide, commemorating the founding of the project in 2001.


NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is located at 721 Broadway (corner of Broadway and Waverly Place, Sideside view) in Lower Manhattan. A simple table of public transportation links is below. If you're not familiar with the area or would like detailed directions, please contact user Dream out loud.

Service Via
"6" train subway Astor Place station
"N" train"Q" train subway Eighth Street – New York University station
NYC Transit bus M2, M3, M5
PATH (NWK–WTC) World Trade Center station
Transfer to "N" train at Cortlandt Street
PATH (JSQ–33 (via HOB)) 9th Street station

IMPORTANT: Due to construction, there is no "R" train service that weekend, please use the "N" train making local stops via lower Manhattan. Also, the uptown "4" train and "5" train are running local Brooklyn Bridge – 14th Street, serving Astor Place.

Event format[edit]

Participation (and pizza and cake! - and coffee?) will be free, with room for ~100 participants, who should bring a photo ID for the door. All are welcome, and we are especially interested in seeing newcomers to join the experienced Wikipedians/Wikimedians. We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from cultural institutions interested in developing Open Education projects.

In addition to the party, the event will be a modified unconference, with dedicated plenary sessions (organized on this wiki), lightning talks to the whole assembly, and of course open space sessions. The Lightning Talks and Open Space will be determined during the event itself, so it will be good to bring your ideas with you.

There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site. Projectors will also probably be available for use by the various presenters.

Schedule of sessions[edit]

10:00-10:15 Intro Remarks
10:15-10:45 Keynote
WikiLove: On the Wikipedia Community
10:45-11:00 Jimbo video chat session / Intro to Open Space Technology
11:00-11:30 Open Space Open Space Open Space Open Space
11:40-12:10 Open Space Open Space Open Space Open Space
1:00-2:30 Lightning Talks
Views from Wikipedians and Everyone Else
2:30-4:00 Global video chat sessions
4:10-4:40 Open Space Open Space Open Space Open Space
4:50-5:20 Open Space Open Space Open Space Open Space
Dinner and Party till 9
(pizza, cake, art, puzzles, quizzes, discussion, and bonus sessions)


An impression of the abstract concept of WikiLove.
  • WikiLove: WikiLove, Civility and Good Faith, the importance of kindness within the Wikipedia Community, with User:Invertzoo. As Wikipedia expands into a mature encyclopedia, a consistent and genuine positive tone within constructive collaboration is more important than ever before. We can all learn to grow our own kindness.

Lightning Talks[edit]

Add your 5-minute lightning talk topic you can personally present, about wiki topics or anything Free Culture-related. (actual schedule for lightning talks will be determined the day of). Last-minute entries always accepted!
  • "We're Ma Bell", The NYCwiki, City-TLDs and Global Governance. Tom will talk about his organization's collaboration with Wikimedia-NY and ISOC-NY to build a foundation for the neighborhood domain names that will arrive with TLD, e.g.,, As well, he will present this as one building block for a global internet governance structure. - Tom Lowenhaupt
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Collaboration of the Month - User:Peter.C
  • "Foundations of Open Education" class at at Adelphi University. The course looks at the pedagogy of open learning in relation to collaborative internet technologies; especially roots in Free Software and relation to Free Culture. The main assignments will be carried out on Wikipedia. - User:Mcuringa
  • Wikileaks, Freedom of Information and how this impacts Wikipedia - User:Sidepocket (note: Wikileaks is not a Wikimedia project)
  • Problems with newspapers charging for access, and blocking archiving when free (examples and discussion)--DThomsen8 (talk) 15:21, 31 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Net Neutrality and FCC's new rules: the good, bad and ugly Joe Plotkin
  • Access to information essential to Sierra Leonean community building milk processing plant in Sierra Leone. - Susanna J Dodgson
  • The Importance of Freedom of Knowledge for the Intellectual Growth of Children, A personal Journey with Wikipedia - Karan Wadhwani
  • Collaboration in Free Culture:The free culture friendliness? -Marife Mago - OLPC_NYC & eKindling and Pharos(Richard)
  • The Wikipedia Game, the REAL fusion of entertainment and enlightenment - Jimmie Lee Jarvis
  • "Good Morning to Happy Birthday for All" - Ben Sisto [1]
  • "Information doesn't want to be free. (It wants to be $4.95.)" - Forest Mars
  • - "Mapping neighborhood issues using Openstreetmap: 3 examples" - Michael L.
  • -5pointz is a free artist's haven, and hopes to remain that way well into the future. One of the pivotal attractions for artists and supporters of creative culture, 5pointz needs the NYC community to help with the recent state mandated renovations in order to continue. User:wesjohnbronson
  • Connecting researchers with information - and unlocking it!, Mendeley & Open Science Jessica Mezei
  • Crowd-sourcing citizen science and scientific data collection for conservation. Gabriel Willow, The WildLab []
  • "5 Rules to Live By" – a set of rules I came up with to keep in mind when editing, based off current policies and prior experiences. –Dream out loud (talk)
  • Disappearing photos on Wikipedia. See Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day/Photos by User:smallbones and --DThomsen8 (talk) 11:53, 14 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Open Space[edit]

Doing the "Open Space" thing at one of our earlier NYC Wiki-Conferences.
Add ideas you will bring for open space and sign up below (actual schedule for open space will be determined the day of). Last-minute entries always accepted!
  • Newbie Wiki Workshops specialized for interested people in cultural, educational and/or academic fields
  • Tutorial on creating inline citations with archived sources, featuring NYC landmarks with online updating. See Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day/Citations --DThomsen8 (talk) 14:59, 31 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • New York City coverage improvements discussion. If you are a New Yorker, tell us about what you are doing to improve coverage, or what others can do to join your efforts. Photos needed, articles needed, whatever. My citation tutorial is relevant for NYC or any city, but local knowledge is important, too. --DThomsen8 (talk) 14:39, 4 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • ICT, Creative Commons, Open Source & Sustainability as a Wikipedia Project. The upcoming 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - to be held on the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit - offers a great opportunity to harness the collective knowledge & skills of Wikipedians - in partnership with other Open Source & Creative Commons communities and with international NGO communities - to compile & disseminate a comprehensive body of knowledge on Sustainable Development & a Green economy, including a focus on the critical role of information & communications technology & broad-based participation in the transition to a sustainable common future Robert Pollard (talk) 01:57, 15 January 2011 (UTC) (updated)[reply]
  • College, social life, and Wikipedia – for current or previous college students and how Wikipedia interferes with (or helps with) their college and social life. –Dream out loud (talk)
  • The comparative myths of Britannica and Wikipedia as a factor in their success. Daniel Case (talk) 19:42, 14 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • What we can learn from off-wiki coverage of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary, about what outsiders see as the project's strengths and weaknesses. Newyorkbrad (talk) 00:24, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • What —if anything — is a reliable source? DGG ( talk ) 04:54, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • What is consensus? (Wiki-consensus, I mean; see WP:Consensus.) --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 11:50, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]


Slice of Wiki-Cake, anyone?
Add your awesome evening party ideas.
  • Wiki-Desserts: Wiki-Cake, Wiki-Cookies?
  • Wiki-Jeopardy games on Wikipedia and NYC trivia, written and hosted by User:Mitchazenia
  • tenwiki:Wikipedia's Top Ten highlights
  • Wikipedia videos, and Jimmy Wales' 10th anniversary address to the global community of Wikipedia editors
  • Pizzas from Francesco's Pizzeria on 4th Street near Vanderbilt Hall.

Multimedia and blogs[edit]

Video was taken of the 19(!) lightning talks, and various photos snapped, and hopefully these will be fully uploaded soon.

Keep me notified! and registration[edit]

You can sign up for Wikipedia Day NYC at the off-wiki registration here. The following Wikipedians/Wikimedians have expressed an interest in attending:

  1. Pharos (talk) 02:50, 7 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Francesco's anyone?Mitch32(Transportation Historian) 03:10, 7 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  3. HelloAnnyong (say whaaat?!) 03:20, 7 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  4. --Metallurgist (talk) 09:10, 7 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Blurpeace 08:45, 8 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Becksguy (talk) 09:21, 8 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Newyorkbrad (talk) 11:17, 8 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Invertzoo (talk) 22:31, 8 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  9. As long as the date stays where it is (slippery things, dates, always trying to make a run for it!), I'm in. keɪɑtɪk flʌfi (talk) 22:41, 8 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Quarl (talk) 03:37, 9 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  11. But only if the date changes. T. Canens (talk) 05:12, 9 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Jim.henderson (talk) 17:15, 12 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  13. SSZ (I might be traveling to Europe) SSZ (talk) 22:41, 13 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Tom Lowenhaupt Would like to talk about NYCwiki and City-TLD Governance "We're Ma Bell" Tomlzz1 (talk)
  15. Looks good at this point. Daniel Case (talk) 20:51, 15 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  16. User:Dreamyshade I've been to meetups for so many other sites that I contribute to, I should finally go to a Wikipedia one. Dreamyshade (talk) 23:52, 15 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  17. DutchTreat (talk) 00:59, 17 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  18. DGG ( talk ) 20:23, 17 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  19. User:Dthomsen8 Philly guy coming to his second NYC Meet-up.--DThomsen8 (talk) 21:53, 17 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  20. Mcuringa (talk) 03:43, 18 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  21. Sidepocket (Sidepocket {talk}) 9:29, 18 December 2010 (UTC)
  22. Peter.C • talk 19:18, 19 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  23. Noroi (talk) 21:56, 31 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  24. Lawrence Kelley (talk) 14:46, 4 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  25. Dream out loud (talk) 20:39, 5 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  26. DanielPenfield (talk) 18:37, 8 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  27. --—Elipongo (Talk contribs) 04:53, 9 January 2011 (UTC) Can maybe come to the party.[reply]
  28. Tourdeforcex 17:45, 9 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  29. Robert Pollard (talk) 23:31, 9 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  30. wesjohnbronson (talk) bet your bottom dollar I'll be there.
  31. (Salmon1 (talk) 01:41, 12 January 2011 (UTC))[reply]
  32. SharkfaceT/C 09:29, 12 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  33. Smallbones (talk) 15:03, 12 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  34. mccorvie (talk) 22:01, 12 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  35. Scottandrewhutchins (talk) 18:37, 14 January 2011 (UTC) I have to tutor in the Bronx until noon, but will arrive eventually, except that the site woulnn't let me register.[reply]
  36. Outis010 (talk) 21:11, 14 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  37. James R (talk) 22:00, 14 January 2011 (UTC) Wasn't able to register yesterday. Assume it is full. Am interested in going. Is it worth showing up at the door without registering?[reply]
  38. Blucup9 My first meetup with this group. Looking forward to it!
  39. Theornamentalist (talk) 02:25, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  40. Dispenser 05:38, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  41. RoyGoldsmith (talk) 11:52, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Can't attend but notify about future events[edit]

  1. --Aude (talk) 23:35, 8 December 2010 (UTC) - sadly I just can't be there that weekend :([reply]
  2. --Novangelis (talk) 02:45, 14 January 2011 (UTC) — wanted to attend, but the weather fouled up my schedule.[reply]
  3. --Breakyunit (talk) 03:48, 14 January 2011 (UTC) I registered but now I can't make it. Sorry![reply]
  4. --I also registered, but cannot make it. Hope to make the next meetup.Saenger (talk) 02:58, 15 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  5. --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:05, 7 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]