WikiConference North America , formerly known as WikiConference USA , is an annual conference organized by the Wikimedia community in North America . The first two events were held at New York Law School and Washington, DC’s National Archives Building in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The third annual conference and Most recent, rebranded WikiConference North America, Was Held at San Diego ‘s Central Public Library During October 7-10, 2016, with a pre-conference day at Balboa Park . The next event will be held in August 2017 in Montreal ,


The annual conference is organized by and for Wikipedia editors, enthusiasts, and volunteers. [1] [2] Staff from the Wiki Education Foundation , which co-sponsored the 2015 event, [3] [4] and the Wikimedia Foundation also awaits each year. [5] [6] The conference has been held in New York City, Washington, DC, and San Diego.



The inaugural WikiConference USA was held during May 30 – June 1, 2014 at New York Law School ‘s Tribeca campus in Lower Manhattan . The American Wikipedia community , and was “devoted to the Wikimedia movement in the United States, as well as related topics of free culture and digital rights .” [7] [8] It was hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation affiliates for the District of Columbia and New York City, with the granting of funding from the Consumer Reports Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School, and the City University of New York . [9] [10]

The event’s program features two days of keynotes, panels, presentations, and workshop sessions about the state of Wikipedia, addressing issues such as diversity, gender bias , and the socialization of new editors, as well as a one-day unconference . [8] [9] [11] Approximately 250 people attended the conference. [9] According to O’Dwyer’s magazine , sessions about conflict-of-interest editing on Wikipedia were “front and center”. [12]


The second WikiConference was held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, during October 9-11, 2015. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which was a sponsor of Wikimania when the event Was held in Washington, DC in 2012, and the Wiki Education Foundation; Wikimedia Foundation affiliates for the District of Columbia and New York City were also WikiConference partners. [1] [3] [13]

Activities include panels, presentations, speeches, and workshops related to Wikipedia’s community, collaborations with cultural institutions, role in education, and technology development. Attendees also had access to the National Archives Museum and the Innovation Hub, where records are digitized. [1] The conference featured presentations by Pamela Wright, NARA’s chief innovation officer; Andrew Lih ; John Howard, who serves as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ; David Ferriero , Archivist of the United States ; Alice Backer of the organization AfroCrowd, which seeks to improve coverage of Africans and African Americans in Wikipedia and other projects; And Danielle Citron , a law professor at the University of Maryland who spoke about hate crimes in cyberspace . [14] [15]

Diversity was a central theme throughout the conference, which inspired NARA to host a Wikimedia Diversity Conference in June 2016. [16]


The third annual event, called Expired WikiConference North America, Was Held in San Diego ‘s Central Public Library During October 7-10, 2016. The conference’s scope to include Wikimedians Was Increased in Canada and Mexico, and the event featured a series of edit- A-thons . [17] Alex Madva, an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and contributor to the American Philosophical Association ‘s blog, coordinated on October 8 to improve articles about philosophy and philosophers. [18] [19] The American Chemical Societysponsored another to improve coverage of chemistry and notable chemists. [20] Mike Connolly Miskwish of the Campo Indian Reservation , Who aussi reserves as an adjunct faculty member of Native American studies at San Diego State University , Facilitated an edit-a-thon in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples’ Day to Improve Wikipedia Articles about indigenous Peoples . [2] [21] Day to improve Wikipedia articles about indigenous peoples . [2] [21] Day to improve Wikipedia articles about indigenous peoples . [2] [21]

Katherine Maher , executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, facilitated a Wikimedia movement strategy session, and Kelly Doyle, who was hired by West Virginia University Libraries as the first Wikipedian in residence for focusing on gender equality , also presented at the conference. [22] [23] On the day before the conference, a “Wiki Culture Crawl” was organized at Balboa Park , allowing editors to visit the affiliated museums for free for the purpose of the Wikipedia articles related to local GLAMs and other cultural institutions. [17] [23] Convene , a monthly newspaper published by the Professional Convention Management Association , Said the 2016 event was “Organized just the way you might expect That contributors to the world’s largest online encyclopedia Would approach the task: using the ‘ wiki ‘ collaborative approach.” [17] The Journal’s Barbara Palmer also noted that Sydney Poore, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight , and other organizers all lived outside California. WikiConference North America User Group “to document best practices for organizing Wikimedia events. [17] S Barbara Palmer also noted that Sydney Poore, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight , and other organizers all lived outside California. WikiConference North America User Group “to document best practices for organizing Wikimedia events. [17] S Barbara Palmer also noted that Sydney Poore, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight , and other organizers all lived outside California. WikiConference North America User Group “to document best practices for organizing Wikimedia events. [17]


According to its website, the next WikiConference North America will be held in Montreal during August 9-10, 2017, before the official annual of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimania . [24]

See also

  • OpenSym
  • Wiki Conference India
  • Indaba Wiki


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  2. ^ Jump up to:b Blakemore, Erin. “Wikipedia Wants You to Improve Its Coverage of Indigenous Peoples” . Smithsonian . Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution . ISSN  0037-7333 . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Wiki Education Foundation, 2015:
    • Salvaggio, Eryk (October 13, 2015). “WikiConference USA: Watch online” . Wiki Education Foundation . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
    • “Press Release: WikiConference USA to be held at the National Archives in October” (Press release). Wiki Education Foundation . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ Engen, Katie (October 14, 2015). “WikiConference USA: Watch Online” . American Society of Plant Biologists . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
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  8. ^ Jump up to:b “WikiConference USA (May 30 – June 1)” . University of Oregon . February 6, 2014 . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  9. ^ Jump up to:c Howard, Dorothy. “New York Cultural Heritage and Open Access Update” . OpenGLAM . Open Knowledge International . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  10. Jump up^ “IILP Events” . New York Law School . Retrieved February 17,2017 .
  11. Jump up^ Pressler, Jessica (June 6, 2014). “Love and Drama at the Wikipedia Conference” . New York . New York Media. ISSN  0028-7369 . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ McCauley, Kevin (June 2, 2014). “PR, Wikipedia Hash Things Out” . O’Dwyer’s . JR O’Dwyer Company . ISSN  1931-8316 . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  13. Jump up^ Richard, Diane L. (July 27, 2015). “WikiConference USA to be held at the National Archives (October 9-11, 2015)” . National Genealogical Society . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  14. Jump up^ Fernandez, Robert (October 15, 2015). “Special Report from WikiConference USA at NARA” . National Archives and Records Administration . Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  15. Jump up^ Lih, Andrew (October 12, 2015). “Andrew Lih: My Summer Fellowship at the Wiki Education Foundation” . Wiki Education Foundation . Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  16. Jump up^ Ferriero, David. “Celebrating Diversity at the National Archives”. Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  17. ^ Jump up to:d Palmer, Barbara (November 30, 2016). “Inside a Wikipedia Conference” . Convene . Professional Convention Management Association . Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  18. Jump up^ Madva, Alex (September 27, 2016). “Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” . American Philosophical Association . Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  19. Jump up^ W., Justin. “Filling in Wikipedia’s Coverage of Philosophy” . Daily We . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  20. Jump up^ “American Chemical Society celebrates National Nanotechnology Day” . American Chemical Society . October 6, 2016 . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  21. Jump up^ “Wikipedia Wants Improved Content on Indigenous Peoples, Needs Your Help” . Indian Country Today Media Network . New York City: Oneida Indian Nation . September 26, 2016.
  22. Jump up^ “WVU Libraries’ Wikipedian in Residence at National Archives about narrowing gender gap on Wikipedia” . West Virginia University . Retrieved February 16, 2017 .
  23. ^ Jump up to:b Johnson, Aubrie (October 27, 2016). “Building a more inclusive movement at WikiConference North America 2016” . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved February 17, 2017 .
  24. Jump up^ “WikiConference North America 2017 – Montreal, Canada” . WikiConference North America . Retrieved April 12, 2017 .

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