Wikidata:WikidataCon 2021

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WikidataCon 2021 | Distributed conference | 29-30-31 October 2021


Group photo of WikidataCon 2019 in Berlin
Wikidata distributed birthday logo

Save the date! After the first two editions in 2017 and 2019, the WikidataCon is taking place again in October 2021.

The WikidataCon is an event focused on the Wikidata community in a broad sense: editors, tools builders, but also 3rd party reusers, partner organizations that are using or contributing to the data, the ecosystem of organizations working with Wikibase. The content of the conference will have some parts dedicated to people who want to learn more about Wikidata, some workshops and discussions for the community to share skills and exchange about their practices, and some space left to include side events for specific projects (WikiCite, Wikibase, GLAM, etc.).

Important: as the global COVID pandemic is still hitting the world, and the forecast for 2021 doesn’t indicate much improvement, the situation doesn’t allow us to plan a traditional onsite international conference. In 2021, we will not gather all participants in Berlin, and we will avoid any international travel. Instead, we are experimenting with a hybrid format for the conference: most of the content and interactions will take place online, and small, local gatherings will be possible, if the situation allows it.

In a similar way to the distributed Wikidata birthday events (2018, 2020), we will encourage Wikimedia chapters, local groups and communities to organize their part of the event, to support and gather people inside their country, and to contribute to the content, for example with running talks, workshops and discussions. Wikimedia Germany will provide the technical infrastructure and support the coordination of these distributed events.

The organization and coordination of the WikidataCon will be run by Wikimedia Germany in partnership with another organization: Wiki Movimento Brasil joined the organizing team and will bring their experience in running Wikidata community events. Together, we will make sure that the program includes a great diversity of speakers and we will prepare a physical event to gather the Wikidata community in Brazil. (announcement)

In these quite unpredictable times, organizing an event is a challenge, and the WikidataCon 2021 will definitely be one of a kind: we will have to adapt, to be agile, to make the best out of the situation, and to work closely with the local Wikidata groups all over the world. We’re looking forward to running this exciting experiment with you!

More information will be added on this page over the next few months. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions, feel free to use the talk page or to reach out directly to Lea Lacroix (WMDE).

Organization team[edit]

Next steps[edit]

  • Selection and announcement of the partner location: end of November 2020
  • More information about the concept and program: March 2021

We are posting updates regularly on the talk page. If you have any questions regarding the conference, you can use this talk page or contact the organizers team at info at wikidatacon.org.