From Wikimania 2016 • Esino Lario, Italy

The Discussion Room is a space for open and facilitated discussions at Wikimania. Participation of the audience in the session is critical, because there are no speakers, and there is no expert panel!

You can find a full overview of the discussion topics on the Discussion Room main page. Please note: there is limited seating available, and we're not saving any seats! Please be on time, but feel free to join during the midway break between two discussions.

Practical facts

Designing the future I: A roadmap for Wikidata
Date & Time
Saturday 10.30-11.10, 25 June 2016
Primary School


The Discussion Rooms host discussions with a specific style:

  • Discussions of 40 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.

Each discussion targets specifically online Wikimedia projects, it lasts 40 minutes and it starts with a short 2-3 minutes introduction.

To set the tone of our discussions, we have three rules:

  • Focus on YOU. We are interested in discussing and triggering individual action, things people can personally do and change to improve our Wikimedia projects and movement. We trust the discussion can be much more interesting if we do not focus on what others should do ("the others", Wikimedia chapters and Wikimedia Foundation).
  • Be constructive and polite. Disagreements animate discussions and they can allow us to unfold all issues related to a topic. Let's avoid personal attacks, let's consider that we have different backgrounds and let's aim at making everybody comfortable in sharing their legitimate point of view.
  • Be short and on topic. Let's create space for everyone to express his/her opinion.



Let's talk about the next two years of Wikidata. What do you expect to happen? What should the development be focused on? What should the content creation and maintenance be focused on? How can we unleash even more of Wikidata's potential?

  • Get input from the attendees what they consider relevant for the next 1 or 2 years of Wikidata. This will not be a "I want a pony" session but instead focus on realistic goals and figuring out how everyone can help make them reality.
Targeted Participants
  • Everyone with at least a basic understanding of Wikidata

(This discussion topic is based mostly on this proposal: Wikidata: What do you expect in the next 1 or 2 years?)

Interested attendees

  1. Lingveno (talk) 10:03, 7 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Tpt (talk) 09:26, 8 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Maybe, if I decide what I can contribute to the discussion. Nemo 20:21, 10 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Jason.nlw (talk) 15:09, 15 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  5. --Tobias1984 (talk) 21:21, 24 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  6. OrenBochman (talk) 08:57, 25 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]