Which Wikimania sessions are you planning to attend?

Wikimania 2022 (“The Festival Edition!”) starts this week on Thursday 11 and will end on Sunday 14 (days of the week may change depending on your time zone). Don’t miss it, and remember to register.

Here is the schedule. Just for fun and out of curiosity, which sessions are you planning to attend?

PS: this post was partly inspired by Latin America and the Caribbean strategy talk - #7 by Oscar_WMF.


I’ll start, but please don’t let me alone and exposed. :slight_smile: Add your suggestions as well!

I’m looking forward to hear about many Movement Strategy projects from their own promoters at Movement Strategy: Implementation lightning talks!. It’s on the first morning, short after the opening. @Ehrlich91, @IvanaMadzarevic and others will be presenting.

(I want to attend other sessions but I’ll share one at a time here, not to overcommit and then…)


I’m interested in Depths of Wikipedia: the encyclopedia’s funniest jokes and the role of well-placed jest, Wikimedia Sound Logo Production Masterclass, Making a movie with Wikimedia Commons: the story of /the Last Lion and Education and Partnership. Really excited for this year’s Wikimania!


This year’s program looks really interesting! I’ve dived through the program, and, among others, will try to join (or watch after) the following sessions:

  • Image credits in Wikipedia: Can we do better? (Thursday August 11, 12:25-13:05 UTC)
    The session’s topic is something important, and the bothers me a lot. We are very strict with licensing attribution when reusing media files outside of Wikimedia. Meanwhile in our projects license attributions are well hidden and only accessible via a mouse click (something that a reader normally doesn’t). Happy to see this being discussed!

  • Depths of Wikipedia: the encyclopedia’s funniest jokes and the role of well-placed jest (Thursday August 11, 13:45-14:00 UTC)
    I love the Twitter account depthsofwiki! Eager to see what Annie shared about her experience running, AFAIK, the most successful Wikimedia-related social media account.

  • What does decolonizing knowledge look like in Latin America? (Friday August 12, 22:55-23:45 UTC)
    Providing access to the sum of all human knowledge shouldn’t be limited to written knowledge only. Decolonizing, aka questioning power structures in the way how we collect and curate knowledge, is key to the (continouos) success of Wikipedia. I’m very interested in these efforts and eager to see what this WONDERFUL, all-female Wikimedian latina panel will discuss!

  • Making Meaning of “Knowledge Equity” and “Knowledge as a Service”: A panel discussion with Maryana Iskander, Wikimedia Foundation CEO (Sunday August 14, 15:55-16:45 UTC)
    Related to the aforementioned session, what will be discussed in this panel with WMF’s CEO Maryana Iskander, and what panelists will share about the two yet-to-be-defined pillars of the 2030 Strategic Direction.

  • How Russia’s war in Ukraine impacted the wiki community in Ukraine and beyond (Saturday August 13, 11:35-12:00 UTC)
    Did you know that Ukrainian Wikipedians have made 310,000 edits in July – 84,000 more edits than July of last year. These edits resulted in the creation of 17,000 articles, which is second only to English Wikipedia’s 29,000 articles in July. This makes Ukrainian Wikipedia the 16th largest in the world. At the same time, Ukrainian Wikipedians experience a brutal war in their war, but managed nevertheless to create supporting structures for volunteers and to resist in these conditions. This session is definitely a must-watch!

These are just 5 promising sessions, but there are many more! Have a look into the schedule!


I haven’t had a chance to dive in yet, but the session on decolonizing knowledge in Latin America with an all-female Wikimedian panel is calling to me! Thanks for letting me know. :hugs:


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I am looking forward to attend many of the sessions as this is my first ever participation in Wikimania conference. Some of the sessions of my personal interest are:

Interaction between Heritage NGOs and Heritage Professionals from one side, and Wikimedia Affiliates like the Wiki World Heritage UG from another side, can be very useful to create synergies for better coverage and documentation of World Heritage around the world, especially in the under-covered Global South. (…)

QueeringW is a workshop for (potential) attendees, contributors and partners of the Queering Wikipedia conference *(first of its kind), with the aim of giving insights on how to join and maximize use of opportunities of informing, networking, accessing resources and making it most useful for all. It will also discuss why and how it is urgent now. (…)

Beginning with an interrogation of our project name, Curationist, this panel will first explore the latent power dynamics involved in “curation” as a field that historically has been used to emphasize the power of colonial empires since the establishment of the British Museum in 1753. Using our own platform as an example, we will lay out our internal thinking about how the word “curation” in Curationist is understood, critiqued, and ideally rebalanced or reclaimed by the co-created metadata tools of our platform and by the open knowledge movement at large. (…)

and of course,


Also looking forward to Decolonizing the Internet’s Structured Data: join the conversation! by @Mariana_Fossatti_WK :heart_eyes:


Now here’s a difficult choice :slight_smile:
Besides the MS: Implementation lightning talks with @YPam_WMF, I’ll make sure not to miss Don’t Cite it, Wite it!, a very interesting presentation of what professors think about Wikipedia; a discussion about the Evolving Threats of State-led Censorship, and Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines Roundtable – to name a few.


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I am really spoilt for choices right now. Apart from the MSIG lightning talks, MCDC, LDWG, UCoC conversations, I am interested in:

  1. Writing Women into Wiki History: Experiences and Best Practices

  2. Centering Race and Equity at Art+Feminism

  3. What does decolonizing knowledge look like in Latin America?

  4. Indigenous knowledge, epistemic decolonization and the power of images: a GLAM photographic journey into the world of sacred plants from the Peruvian Amazon region

@Mrb_Rafi, this would also be an apt session to attend - I am a Wikimedian, not an accountant! Here is how fiscal sponsorship can get your grant going - recalling our talk about capacity building w.r.t grantmaking :slight_smile:

I am hoping to see more talks & sessions from South Asia next year. :crossed_fingers:


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You can view live video right now of the first day of Wikimania! Enjoy!






I noted all the dance performances session to watch :wink:


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Of the programme in the three remaining days, I will try to join the following sessions:

12 August (Friday)

13 August (Saturday)

14 August (Sunday)


ok, the live stream for tent 1 today, day 2, is now live and streaming. feel fre to view at the link below!

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Day 2 of Wikimania brings numerous interesting sessions…

However, if you want to go off the beaten path and explore the funnier and more entertaining side of the Festival, you can treat yourself to a real Wikimania 2021 mariachi band, led by Iván Martínez of Wikimedia Mexico.
But hurry up; this musical journey begins at 14:35 UTC.

You can conclude this excursion into Wiki-relaxation with Brazillian meditação do riso at 15:00 UTC.