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Wikimania 2006

Wikimania 2006 is the official conference of the Wikimedia Foundation.

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The Call for Participation is now closed. Submissions are currently being reviewed by the program committee. To suggest a presentation or event idea, or for questions, please send email to cfp<<at>>wikimedia.org. Submissions received after the April 30th deadline will only be considered on a space available basis. However, submissions for posters and lightning (5 min.) talks, particularly focused on the Wikimedia projects, their challenges, current status and future plans, are still welcomed. There will also be opportunity for informal birds of a feather discussions to be organized on site; sign-up sheets and materials will be provided. Discuss ideas on the program ideas page. Everyone is welcome to submit ideas. Be bold in your submissions!

Important dates

  • 15 April 2006 (Extended) : Proposal deadline for workshops and tutorials
    • Notification of acceptance: by April 30
  • 30 April 2006 (Extended) : Abstracts due for panels, papers, posters, discussion sessions, and presentations
    • Notification of acceptance: by May 15
  • 1 Jul 2006 : Final submissions
  • 4-6 Aug 2006 : Wikimania

Conference Themes

Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:

  • Technical infrastructure – Issues related to Mediawiki development and extensions; Wikimedia hardware layout; new ideas for development (including case studies from other wikis or similar projects).
  • Wikimedia projects and content – Presentation of interesting projects and results; future aims of the projects and types of distribution; ways to improve content quality. New uses for project content: in education, journalism, research, &c.
  • Free knowledge and access to information – Present and future free knowledge initiatives; related library and archival projects around the world and input from librarians and archivists; ways to gather and distribute knowledge.
  • Wiki social science – The contributors and users (who are they? Where do they come from?); reputation and identity issues; conflict resolution and community dynamics; scaling digital communities. Languages and cultures and their interactions online; multilingualism via wikis.
  • Law and Policy - Copyleft, collective copyright, special issues pertaining to communal editing and distribution; other legal areas for which Wiki[mp]edia is an interesting case study. Policy creation within individual projects.


Submissions

Types of Submissions

  • Panels (Suggest a group of 2-5 speakers on a specific subject)
  • Workshops (From 30-120 minutes)
  • Presentations (10-30 minute presentations/papers)
  • Posters (Printed presentations or visual displays that can stand on their own)
  • BOFs (Birds-of-a-Feather/discussion sessions - 45-60 minutes of group discussion)

We are also accepting artistic submissions, especially visualizations or other representations of some aspect of the projects.

Submission format

All submissions must include a title and an abstract of 100 to 300 words. They should also list the full name (and wiki name if appropriate) of the submitter, with contact information and affiliations. Special requirements for the presentation (equipment for a workshop or panel) should be noted. The abstracts should be provided as plain text, and not as file attachments.

  • Workshop submissions should include a 1-2pp overview of the areas to be covered or taught.
  • Speaker panel submissions should include short biographies of each suggested panelist.
  • Paper and Presentation submissions may include a link to a draft of the paper or slides, if available. State clearly whether the submission concerns a specific wiki project, and whether the presentation is intended to be a specific length.
  • BOF proposals should describe the significance of and community interest in the topic, and name the proposed discussion leader(s).

To submit an abstract, visit our submission page. The system will ask you to register for an account first.

If you have any technical problems with your submission, send email to wm06-support <at> cfp.wikimania.wikimedia.org. Other questions or suggestions should go to cfp <at> wikimedia.org.

Final Submissions

Final submissions must be provided in an open format (OpenOffice, LaTeX sources, HTML…) and licensed under a free content license (GFDL or CC-BY-SA).


Stipends

A limited number of stipends will be available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Accepted presenters are encouraged to apply if assistance is needed.