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


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Moritz Braun

Fri 29 June, 19:00-20:00 - Researchers and the researched: A difficult relationship. Community Panel

Moritz Braun is a student of sociology and political science at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität Munich with a focus on science and technology studies. He is an active editor and former administrator of the German Wikipedia.

Marlen Caemmerer

Fri 29 June, 9:00-12:00 - Toolserver workshop

Marlen is working for Wikimedia Germany as a Toolserver System Administrator.


Lars Fischer

Sat 30 June, 13:00-14:30 - Science Communication Panel

Sebastian Haunss

Sun 01 July, 12:30-14:00 - Free Knowledge Panel

Sebastian Haunss is a political scientist and currently works as a visiting professor for comparative politics at the University of Konstanz. His research interests are social conflicts and political mobilisations in the knowledge society, political legitimacy, social networks and social movements. He has directed a research project on conflicts about intellectual property rights in Europe and is currently involved in the interdiscilinary research network "Media of Collective Intelligence". Recent pulications are "Politics of Intellectual Property" (2009) and "The Politicisation on Intellectual Property". (German)

Benjamin Mako Hill

Fri 29 June, 13:30-14:30 - When Peer Production Succeeds. Keynote

Sun 01 July, 12:30-14:00 - Free Knowledge Panel

Benjamin Mako Hill is an scholar, activist, and consultant working on issues of technology and society. He is currently a researcher and PhD Candidate in a joint program between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Civic Media. His research focuses on sociological analyses of social structure in free culture and free software communities. He has been an leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He is the author of several best-selling technical books, and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. He is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation and the One Laptop per Child project. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab.

Jeanette Hofmann

Sun 01 July, 12:30-14:00 - Free Knowledge Panel

Jeanette Hofmann, political scientist, conducts research at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) on topics such as global governance, regulation of the Internet, information society and copyright. She is a research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

She has become an expert in the parliamentary Enquete-Commission “Internet and digital Society” in 2010. Furthermore, she has actively contributed to the UN World Summit and is a member of the multi-stakeholder advisory group in the organisation of the Internet Governance Forum.

She is one of the three founders of the project group Kulturraum Internet, which began to develop a social sciences and cultural studies approach on the internet in 1994. In 2006, Jeanette published “Wissen und Eigentum” (Knowledge and Property) and in 2009 she co-edited “Governance als Prozess” (Governance as Process). Currently, she is doing research on “Google Books”, multi-stakeholder processes as a means of building international consensus and the coordination of the internet namespace.

Manuel Merz

Fri 29 June, 19:00-20:00 - Researchers and the researched: A difficult relationship. Community Panel

Manuel Merz is a research consultant for Wikimedia Deutschland and a PhD candidate at the Ilmenau University of Technology. His research interests include Internet research, human-computer interaction and empirical methods.

Daniel Mietchen

Fri 29 June, 09:00-12:00 - GLAM Tools workshop

Sat 30 June, 13:00-14:30 - Science Communication Panel

Daniel Mietchen is a biophysicist working on the integration of scientific workflows with the web. His research focus, methodologically, has been on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and on the evolution of animal communication systems, vocal learning, brain morphometry and music perception, thematically. Daniel's activities at Wikimedia concentrate on science and sustainability as well as on interwiki. With a similar focus, he is also participating at Citizendium, OpenWetWare, Scholarpedia, Encyclopedia of Earth and other wikis. From July 2011 - July 2012, Daniel is Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science, trying to improve Wikipedia coverage of topics related to open access and open science and to facilitate the reuse of materials from open access and open science resources in Wikimedia projects.

Felipe Ortega

Fri 29 June, 09:00-12:00 - Wikipedia data analysis for researchers workshop

Felipe Ortega is postdoc Researcher and Project Manager at GSyC/Libresoft, a research group at University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). He received a M.S. (2003) in Telecommunications Engineering from Alfonso X El Sabio University, and a Ph.D. (2009) in Computer Science from URJC. Felipe is interested in empirical approaches to study large-scale Internet communities, like Wikipedia, FLOSS development projects and social networks. He is a strong advocate of open educational resources and open scientific publishing. Felipe teaches statistics, open source business models and analysis of FLOSS communities in the Master on Libre software at URJC. He is also lecturer in the Master in Digital Economy and Creative Industries at EOI, covering topics related to commons-based peer production, collaborative communities and open source business models. Finally, he is a Board member for Higher Education and Universities of Wikimedia España.

Annalisa Pelizza

Sun 01 July, 12:30-14:00 - Free Knowledge Panel

Annalisa Pelizza is a media theorists and researcher in Science and Technology Studies. She majored at universities Europe-wide, in the US and China. Over the years her research interests have focused on the ethnography of contested urban spaces, DIY media education, implications of tactical and citizens media's practices for urban planning. In her Ph.D. years she concentrated on how Actor-Network Theory can revitalise studies on fleeting digital communities and online collaboration by means of quali-quantitative methods for data collection and analysis. Her research partner was Ars Electronica, International Festival on Art, Technology and Society, together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Media.Art.Research. She has also been leading on-field techno-social experimentation. In early 2000’s she was active in the Italian Telestreet movement of micro neighbourhood televisions, with which she developed art projects at digital media venues like Transmediale, Witte de With, International Film Festival Rotterdam, among others. Her present research interest investigates the new subjects of authority and novel geographies that are emerging from the re-design of information flows due to the digitization of public data assets. To observe such changes on-field, she currently works as a designer of digital services at Lepida S.p.A., a public company committed to develop free ICT infrastructure and services.

Cornelius Puschmann

Sat 30 June, 13:00-14:30 - Science Communication Panel

Cornelius Puschmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI) under a grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for the project “Networking, visibility, information: a study of digital genres of scholarly communication and the motives of their users”, as well as an associate at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). His research interests include computer-mediated communication and open science.

Matthias Spielkamp

Sun 01 July, 12:30-14:00 - Free Knowledge Panel

Matthias Spielkamp is a journalist, trainer and consultant based in Berlin. He is co-founder of the website – copyright in the digital world, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. He reports on the consequences of digitization on society for national German newspapers, magazines, online media and radio stations. As a trainer Matthias has worked with journalists in Germany, South-Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East for institutions like the International Institute for Journalism of GIZ, Deutsche Welle Akademie and others for more than twelve years. Matthias is frequently invited to speak at conferences like re:publica or the Global Media Forum and conceived and organised the Young Media Summits 2010 and 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. He testified before three committees of the German Bundestag on future developments of journalism, online journalism and copyright regulation. He is a member of the American Council on Germany as a former John J. McCloy Fellow and serves on the boards of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and Matthias has co-authored three books on journalism and copyright regulation and holds master's degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.

Sarah Stierch

Fri 29 June, 19:00-20:00 - Researchers and the researched: A difficult relationship. Community Panel

Sun 01 July, 10:00-11:00 - The Visual Experience - Gender and Ways of Seeing Wikimedia. Keynote

A Wikipedian since 2004, Sarah Stierch is leading the fight in closing the gender gap within Wikipedia and related websites by assisting others in “minding the (gender) gap” and developing programming for the Wikimedia Foundation as a Community Fellow. Stierch is also a curator by heart, with her Master's in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She utilizes her curatorial and art history background to explore how open source communities like Wikipedia can work with cultural institutions to improve content. By melding her passion for open & cultural sharing, Stierch served as the first Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution in 2011, and again in 2012. Living in the Bay Area, she also provides consulting services to cultural and historical organizations. Stierch also serves as on the Advisory Board for the Ada Initiative. You can follow her on Twitter at @sarah_stierch.

Joachim Storsberg

Sat 30 June, 13:00-14:30 - Science Communication Panel

Joachim Storsberg is a biomedical researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Potsdam. His research is focused on the development biomaterials (medical implants) for in vivo use. Special focus in the research is the application of biochemistry and molecular biology to cure diseases. His research is of strongly interdisciplinary character and often in cooperation with international research groups. He also publishes articles in science blogs ( that explain complicated findings to a broad auditorium. In 2010 he was awarded the Joseph-von-Fraunhofer prize in the field of medical sciences for the successful development of a biomimetic artificial cornea.

Christian Thiele

Fri 29 June, 9:00-12:00 - Toolserver workshop

Christian is a Wikipedia volunteer since 2004 and wrote several tools running on the Toolserver. He studies computer science at Humboldt University of Berlin.


Debora Weber-Wulff

Fri 29 June, 19:00-20:00 - Researchers and the researched: A difficult relationship. Community Panel

Hypertext has long been an interest for American-born computer science professor Debora Weber-Wulff from Berlin. She tested the waters on both the English and the German Wikipedia in early 2004, and has been more or less active ever since, although she is often the only woman in the room [[1]] and adamantly refuses to be an admin.

Plagiarism research has been one of her major points of focus for the past 10 years, and she is active in the VroniPlag Wiki plagiarism documentation group. She is also interested in Open Data and is supervising a number of theses doing research in this area.

She co-authored a book on ethical problems in computing in 2009 and is vice chair of the German computer science working group on Computing and Ethics within the Gesellschaft für Informatik.