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Call for Participation

Wikimania is an annual global event devoted to Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia Foundation projects. It is a community event, which is also open to the public and to researchers. Wikimania is a place for editors and users of the Wikimedia projects around the globe (Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wiktionary, and Wikiversity) to gather, to meet each other, to exchange ideas, and to report on research and projects. This year's conference will be held from August 3-5, 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan at Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center. For more information, please visit the Wikimania site here:

http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/

Send your submissions through the following link:

http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submission

We are accepting submissions for posters, presentations, workshops, and discussion groups. We are also accepting nominations for speakers and speaker panels, and suggestions for other activities. Please note the details below and be bold in your submissions!

Important dates

  • 1 March – 30 April: Submission (The deadline has been extended to May 15)
  • 1 May – 31 May: Feedback and notification of acceptance
  • 3 – 5 Aug 2007 : Wikimania

Conference Themes

Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:

  • Wikimedia Communities - Interesting projects and particularities within the communities (we explicitly invite you to present your local Wikimedia project's community!); policy creation within individual projects; conflict resolution and community dynamics; reputation and identity; multilingualism, languages and cultures; social studies.
  • Free Content - Open access to information; ways to gather and distribute free knowledge, usage of the Wikimedia projects in education, journalism, research; ways to improve content quality and usability; copyright laws and other legal areas that interfere with Wikimedia projects.
  • Technical infrastructure - Issues related to MediaWiki development and extensions; Wikimedia hardware layout; new ideas for development (including usable case studies from other wikis or similar projects).

Your topic must be related to Wikimedia projects and its communities or to the creation of free content in general.

Types of Submissions

We are seeking submissions for

  • presentations (10–30 minute talks with optional short or full papers)
  • posters (printed presentations or visual displays that can stand on their own)
  • workshops (30–120 minute session with more involvement of the audience)
  • panels (group of 2-5 speakers to discuss on a specific subject)
  • Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) (45-60 minute informal meetup of group discussion on a particular topic)
  • artistic artifacts (plays, competitions, comedy, visualizations, or other representations of some aspect of the projects)

Guidelines

Wikimania is organized by volunteers, so please help us minimize wasted effort by following these guidelines carefully before submitting and be sure not to forget anything that is mentioned here. All submissions must explicitly include the following:

  • an English title
  • a short English abstract of 50 to 100 words. The abstracts should be provided as plain text, and not as file attachments. This abstract will be used as public description of your submission in the conference program
  • a detailed description (or full paper) of at least one page (300 words or more). This description will not be published unless you want it, but used for reviewing your submission. Give an overview of the areas to be covered or taught. State clearly the relevance to the Wikimedia projects and whether submission concerns a specific wiki project. You may use any language, but we strongly suggest English or Chinese. Full descriptions may include a link to a full paper or slides in HTML or PDF, if available.
  • full name, email address, and a short bio of 1–3 sentences for each author. You may also add wiki usernames and nicknames.
  • the type of submission (presentation, poster, workshop, panel, BoF, artistic)
  • the language(s) you are going to talk in (or the language of your poster)

Please tell us with your submission whether you will attend to Wikimania (a) surely, (b) probably, (c) only if your submission is accepted, or (d) only if we provide travel and/or accommodation.

Additionally, please specify:

  • the target audience you are going to reach and what previous knowledge is needed
  • special requirements (such as equipment for a workshop or panel) if needed
  • images or sketches of the poster or artistic artifact if available
  • for panel submissions short biographies of each suggested panelist
  • 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).

For poster sessions there are additional guidelines: http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Poster_session

Please note that all submissions must be dual licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2 or later and the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Submissions

Once you are sure you have included all of the required information, please send your submission by the respective deadline through our submission system:

http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submission

Please do not send submissions by email. If you need help for translating your work please visit our translation help page. Questions, but not submissions, may be directed to cfp@wikimedia.org.

Hacking Days

Before the main conference there will also be informal Hacking days for MediaWiki developers who are familiar with the software, If you are interested in joining it, please visit:

http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Planning/Hacking_Days_Extra_2007

See also