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

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The free online Encyclopedia Wikipedia answers questions of millions of users every day. Wikipedia’s mere existence, growth, (social and technical) functioning and quality also raises an enormous number of research questions. The “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 organised 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, June 29 - July 1, 2012. The event will be open to all interested parties and features a variety of session formats, ranging from panel discussions and tracks with traditional paper presentations to break-out sessions, lightning talks, poster presentations and a science fair. We particularly encourage young doctoral and postdoctoral researcher to participate and to submit extended abstracts.


July 31, 2012: All videos are online on the Documentation page. If not done yet, please fill our feedback form!

July 10, 2012: First videos are online! Find them on the Programme & Documentation page.

July 03, 2012: Presentation slides and videos will be available on our website soon!

July 02, 2012: The Wikipedia Academy 2012 in Berlin is over and we are looking back on an eventful long weekend full of great talks and presentations, animated discussions and a lively interdisciplinary exchange.

We want to say thank you to all contributors and participants for their interest and for sharing their ideas and questions with us. We hope that all of you took home fresh and inspiring thoughts and wish you all the best for your various projects!

June 29, 2012: Thanks everyone for joining and making this a fantastic first day! We will be starting tomorrow at 9:30 with the Morning Pitch and Paper Sessions. See you!

June 29, 2012: You can follow the topics and discussions via #wpac2012.

June 28, 2012: Keynotes, Paper Sessions and Panels will be recorded and available soon after the conference!

June 28, 2012: Sun's coming out. Yay!

June 27, 2012: Look who's talking: Check out our Speakers.

June 27, 2012: Weather could be better. Bring your umbrella.

June 27, 2012: The online registration is closed. Late registration info here.

June 26, 2012: The Wikimedia Research Newsletter features a preview of papers which are presenting new research about Wikipedia.

June 26, 2012: Heads up!! The registration will close in 24 hours. Registration deadline: Wed 27 June, 06:00 PM (CEST/UTC+1)

June 25, 2012: Keynote synopses are online: Benajmin Mako Hill and Sarah Stierch.

June 24, 2012: Please use #wpac2012 when tweeting, blogging, writing about the Wikipedia Academy.

June 21, 2012: The schedule for the Paper Sessions is now online!

June 20, 2012: There are still free seats in the GLAM tools and Toolserver workshops.

June 14, 2012: The registration deadline has been extended until 27 June. Register now!

June 06, 2012: Conference venues confirmed!

May 10, 2012: We are pleased to announce the list of all accepted submissions.

May 07, 2012: Due to a necessary extension of the review process and related further discussions regarding the programming of Paper Sessions, notifications of acceptance will only be sent out to submitters of papers on 10 May. Thank you for your patience. We apologise for the delay!

April 23, 2012: You can register for Wikipedia Academy 2012 now!

April 17, 2012: Dates have changed!! Notifications of acceptance will be send out on 7 May. Submission deadline for full papers is 6 June.

April 15, 2012: We are pleased to announce our Venue: Freie Universität of Berlin, School of Business & Economics.

March 29, 2012: Call for Papers - We extended the submission deadline to April 15, 2012.

March 26, 2012: We have just published the first draft of the Programme.

March 16, 2012: The Wikipedia Academy finally has a new logo and we are sending out reminders for the Call for Papers to several mailing lists. You are welcome to spread the message!

February 07, 2012: Academic Program Committee – We have announced our Academic Program Committee.

January 17, 2012: Call for Papers – For research paper and poster sessions, we encourage the submission of extended abstracts addressing issues in the overall nexus of Wikipedia and free knowledge.


If you have questions about the event, you can send us an e-mail and one of the organisers will follow up on your query.




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