Wikimania 2016 has an entire space dedicated to round table discussions with a series of Discussion Rooms available. The topics are described below.
The Discussion Rooms host discussions with a specific style:
- Discussions of 40-50 minutes each;
- Clearly defined topic for each discussion, related to Wikimedia;
- Aiming to reach pre-defined goals during the discussion;
- Discussions take place in English;
- Discussions are moderated by a facilitator;
- There is no audience as everybody is expected to participate in discussions, and everybody is audience;
- Key lessons and points are documented live on etherpad, and may be processed later.
- Each discussion will come with a single recommendation of maximum 120 characters.
- Esino Lario primary school. If need be, we can host a number of discussions in parallel, if the group needs to be split up. We are aiming for 1-2 discussions in parallel, maximum.
- The discussions are organized in a series of slots of 1 hour and a half.
- Friday 14.00-15.30
- Friday 16.00-17.30
- Saturday 10.30-12.00
- Saturday 14.00-15.30
- Saturday 16.00-17.30
- Sunday 10.30-12.00
- Sunday 14.00-15.30
Each 90 minute slot will contain 2 discussions of 40 minutes each, after each other.
- Discussions can be around any topic related to Wikimedia. This year, a broader range of topics is accepted compared to previous years. That means also offline topics and topics that focus more on the Wikimedia Foundation could be proposed. For example, the Q&A to the Wikimedia Foundation board might be held in the Discussion Rooms and a slot of discussions may be dedicated to governance. We do strive for a balance though.
- Evaluation & Feedback
- Please leave your thoughts & feedback on this page: Discussions/Feedback
A guiding committee will guide this process, and select the relevant topics primarily based on proposals and discussions here. The committee is made up by Anthere, Effeietsanders, Galio, Gnom and Rosiestep.
A public call was made for suggested topics, which are discussed on this page. For the sake of easy process, the guiding committee will decide going up to Wikimania which topics will appear on the program, and will prepare them for the sessions.
You can find an overview of the original proposals on Discussions/Submissions.
Please note that the programme is still under discussion, and expect some shifting, heavy editing and changes. Topics may be added, merged or removed still! The aim is to have the full programme up before 30 May.
We have 7 time slots of 90 minutes available, which will result in 14 time slots of 40 minutes (with a 5 minute break in between). Each 90-minute slot will contain two discussions which have as much as possible an overlap in target audience or are otherwise related. In two slots, we have programmed four discussions, which means there will be two parallel discussion rooms.
- Friday, 14.00–15.30
- 14.00–14.40: What are the movement-wide opportunities for supporting GLAM-Wiki?
- 14.45–15.25: Collaborations in education projects: discussing Pros and Cons, Challenges and Opportunities
- Friday, 16.00–17.30
- WMF Board discussions
- 16.00-16.40: Board discussions 1: Transparency & Communication
- 16.00-16.40: Board discussions 2: Finance
- 16.00-16.40: Board discussions 3: Human Resources
- 16.45-17.30: Board discussions 4: Strategy / WMF identity
- 16.45-17.30: Board discussions 5: Movement Affiliations
- 16.45-17.30: Board discussions 6: Board composition
- Saturday, 10.30–12.00
- 10.30–11.10: Designing the future I: A roadmap for Wikidata
- 10.30–11.10: Designing the future II: Rethinking the layout of Wikipedia articles
- 11.15–11.55: Going mobile and keeping editing: needs and challenges to edit Wikipedia from mobile devices
- 11.15–11.55: Wikisource – how can we better support a small Wikimedia project?
- Saturday, 14.00–15.30
- 14.00–14.40: Going beyond the edit button, innovative ways of engaging people in our projects
- 14.00–14.40: Content translation across Wikipedias
- 14.45–15.25: Misconceptions about the Wikimedia movement, and what can we do about them
- 14.45–15.25: Developing leadership in the Wikimedia movement
- Saturday, 16.00–17.30
- 16.00–16.40: Community health I: Principles for collaboration
- 16.45–17.25: Community health II: Tackling harassment
- Sunday, 10.30–12.00
- 10.30–11.10: Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia movement in the Global South: the way forward
- 10.30–11.10: Edit review & curation tools: Creating a supportive process for new users
- 11.15–11.55: Women and Gender Gap: the way forward
- 11.15–11.55: The balance of references and footnotes: How far to go for optimal quality
- Sunday, 14.00–15.30
- 14.00–14.40: Rethinking community representation and its role in Wikimedia governance
- 14.45–15.25: The future of Wikimania
(please leave adding the session recommendations to the chief note taker)