Wikipedia Academy: Research and Free Knowledge.
June 29 - July 1 2012, Berlin.

Call for Papers

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CALL FOR PAPERS - Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge.

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“Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge” provides a platform for the research community and the Wikipedia community to connect, present, discuss and advance research on Wikipedia in particular and on free knowledge in general.

The Wikipedia Academy 2012 is organized by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Freie Universität Berlin. The conference will take place in Berlin from 29 June to 1 July 2012.

The event will be open to all interested parties and features a variety of session formats ranging from workshops, panel discussions and tracks with traditional paper and poster presentations to break-out sessions, lightning talks, speed geeking and a free culture brunch. We particularly invite young doctoral and postdoctoral researcher to participate and to submit extended abstracts.

For research paper and poster sessions, we would like to encourage the submission of extended abstracts addressing issues in the overall nexus of Wikipedia and free knowledge.


  • Submission deadline: 15 April 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: From 1 May 2012
  • Submission of full papers: Until 1 June 2012
  • Event: 29 June - 1 July 2012

Topics of interest

Submissions are invited for the categories following below.

Research on Users of and Contributors to Wikipedia

  • Diversity among users of and contributors to Wikipedia (e.g. gender gap)
  • Influencing participation by adapting user interfaces in open collaborative settings
  • Using information visualization as information instrument to users and contributors

Wikipedia Global

  • Relations and Differences between national Wikipedias
  • Differences between and critique of free/open knowledge ideologies
  • Regional studies of Wikipedia and free knowledge with global lessons

Sharing Cultures and Practices

  • Sharing culture(s) in Wikipedia and other projects of commons-based peer production
  • Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative peer production
  • Wiki theory and wiki practices

Economic and Regulatory Aspects of Free Knowledge

  • Economic, regulatory and societal implications of (increased) access to free knowledge
  • Different Modes of Governance: Emergence of Order and Coordination in Wikipedia
  • The role of licensing decisions for Wikipedia and other collaborative forms of knowledge production

Wikipedia Analytics

  • Wikis and Wikipedia as a research tool
  • Analyzing Wikipedia as a source of "Big Data"
  • Assessing and measuring the quality of Wikipedia articles

Submission Guidelines

Extended Abstracts must be submitted by the given deadline for peer review. Conference language is English, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Submission entails a commitment that at least one author will attend the event in the case of acceptance and deliver a full paper version prior to the event. Also, authors grant the organizers the right to publish accepted papers in the form of online proceedings or a similar format, to be determined at a later stage. In addition, accepted submissions will be automatically licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license unless the authors explicitly state in their submission that they wish to opt out of this licensing agreement. We encourage authors to use said license in order to promote open access to scholarly work although decisions to opt out will be respected and will not influence the review process in any way. In any case, authors of accepted submissions cannot opt out from the basic condition that they grant the organizers the right to publish at least the extended abstract online.

Please submit your extended abstract (about 2-3 pages) in PDF, Open Document Format (ODF) or plain text format at EasyChair.

Note: You will need an easychair account to submit. You can create one on the spot if you do not have one yet.