Wikimania 2015 in Mexico City will be the eleventh in the series of annual international conferences which provide a unique opportunity for the Wikimedia community and our projects to come together, share their common goals, and develop better ways to work together on an international level.
Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, MediaWiki or others), or a fellow open content creator or consumer, we welcome your proposal for a session at Wikimania 2015.
- Call for proposals opens: January 19, 2015
- Deadline for submitting proposals: February 28, 2015
- Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2015
There will be several tracks of presentations during Wikimania 2015, to help to organize submissions and allow audiences to find different things to enjoy at Wikimania in parallel. Although they may evolve, they currently are:
Wikimedia Projects in the Spanish speaking countries
The Spanish Wikipedia is among the top 10 Wikipedias in visits, readers and editors, with hundreds of volunteers. Throughout the Spanish speaking world there are projects and enthusiast participants working for free knowledge through Wikimedia Projects and other free culture initiatives. This track will have simultaneous translation between English and Spanish.
- >> Also please see Production of knowledge hosted track Call.
WikiCulture & Community
There's a lot happening behind those articles; there's a huge, ever changing group of people that has somehow self organized to create something extraordinary. How did this happen? How does it work? Where's it headed? Can we improve it?
Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Wikimedia is not just open content, but open source, and there are many significant changes that have happened, and are still to come.
You might like to consider attending the Hackathon, and submitting your session there, if you're looking primarily for a technical audience.
Legal & Free Culture
Making the world's content free! What does this mean? Why is it important? What projects are people working on? Have you done something great with some free content?
GLAM & Outreach
Are you working with GLAMs (galleries, archives, libraries, museums) to release some content or access their expertise?
How can Wikimedia be used in Education? Can students be valuable members of the community?
Each year, we receive a large number submissions for the programme. To accommodate as many of the great presentations as possible, we strongly suggest that you limit your proposed session's length to be a maximum of 30 minutes, including time for questions. You can request additional time, which may be granted if your proposal is particularly extensive. The programme committee may offer a shorter slot than you propose if time in the schedule is tight.
By submitting a proposal, you must agree that:
- your proposal's abstract and any slides associated with it will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Licence 3.0; and
- if accepted, the session will be broadcast and/or recorded and made available in audio and/or visual form under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Licence 3.0.
If you object to these requirements (for instance, if you would prefer not to be filmed), please talk to a programme committee member before submitting a proposal.
Your proposal will be discussed and rated in public by the Programme Committee, and you will be notified through the contact information you supply of the committee's decision. If your submission is not added to the preliminary schedule, please do not be discouraged: Wikimania 2015 will have time set aside in the schedule for participants and attendees to participate in unofficial, self-organized talks and working groups. You will have many opportunities to bring topics forward on-site, as well as socializing and sharing ideas casually.
For a list of currently submitted submissions, see Wikimania 2015 submissions.
Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection no later than April 20, 2015. If your paper is accepted and you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact wikimania-infowikimedia.org as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 60 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email.
By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration fee will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact wikimania-registrationwikimedia.org. A limited number of stipends will be available for accepted speakers who need assistance with travel and accommodation. Complete program and registration information will be available in April or May 2015 on the conference website.