Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco/Wikipedia Day 2016

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Wikipedia's 15th Birthday Celebration
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DateJanuary 16, 2016 (2016-01-16)
TimeNoon to 5:30pm
VenueWikimedia Foundation collaboration space
LocationSan Francisco, and online via live stream

The Wikipedia 15th Birthday Bash / San Francisco was a celebration of Wikipedia's 15th birthday on Saturday, January 16, 2016. (For events in other locations, see here: meta:Wikipedia 15)

The event was free to all, and free of charge. We had time for informal conversation and celebration at the beginning and end, with several presentations in between.

Looking for something that was here before? The pre-event version of this page is here: /Archive


Lunch & introductions[edit]

Noon to 1:00pm. Introductions & event facilitator: Rosiestep

Scenography presents.

Lightning talks[edit]

Video of session (YouTube version)
  • Why my favorite contributions to Wikipedia are bots by Staeiou
  • Lila Tretikov (Wikimedia Executive Director)
  • The Wikimedia Movement: An Overview by GVarnum-WMF
  • Using Wikipedia to look up legal issues and court cases by Jrogers (WMF)
  • #100wikidays and why you should let it eat your life by Ijon
  • How to transition Wikipedia from the growth mode to the maintainership mode? by Mitar
  • Wikipedia saved me!: a layoff, a new job, and my first article by scenography
  • Rich content in Wikipedia - Making it interactive with visualizations by Yurik (remote presentation from Russia)
  • Wikisonnets: I accidentally a poem: collaborative sonnets by CassieTarakajian (remote presentation from New York City)
Rosiestep presenting at Wikimania 2015
Perspectives on Wikipedia's Content Gender Gap

Wikipedia's content gender gap[edit]

Wikipedia's Content Gender Gap (YouTube version)

Rosiestep, with @Keilana and FloNight via Google Hangouts - "Content Gender Gap" - overview of WikiWomen's User Group, Women in Red, WikiProject Women scientists, WikiProject Women's health, Wikipedian in Residence @ West Virginia University, and how to apply for grants which address content gender gap.

Stories from the weird old days[edit]

Video of session (YouTube version)

Dreamyshade: Stories from the weird old days (2001-2003ish), when the chaotic experiment of an amateur encyclopedia had a lot less structure - in collaboration with anyone else who would like to tell stories from the beginning.

Summary: as Wikipedians, we need to learn more about the early experiences of editors - to see Wikipedia as part of history, with its own cultural context and its own stories, instead of somehow outside of history as the sum of human knowledge. 15 years is enough time to start forgetting the beginning; we need to get much better at collecting and telling our history as editors. Slides with speaking notes. Links discussed, for easy clicking: History of Wikipedia, The Wikipedia Revolution, (browsable copy of Wikipedia from December 2001), Everything2, h2g2, mailing list discussion of the gender gap in January 2002, Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians in order of arrival/2001.

Panel: Cathy Casserly, Jenny Manrique, Uncle Bobby, Eugene Eric Kim, and Pete Forsyth

Panel: The impact of 15 years of Wikipedia[edit]

Pete Forsyth (moderator): Panel discussion on the significance of 15 years of Wikipedia, and the coming 15 years.
Panelists: social justice activist Uncle Bobby, open education expert Cathy Casserly, collaboration expert Eugene Eric Kim, and journalist Jenny Manrique.

All panelist pre-event interviews in a YouTube playlist

Party time, birthday cake[edit]

4:30PM to 5:30PM

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