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

Submission process

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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 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, June 29 to 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.

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

Topics of interest

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

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

Research on Users of and Contributors to Wikipedia

  • Diversity among users of and contributors to Wikipedia
  • Influencing participation by adapting user interfaces in open collaborative settings
  • Using information visualization as information instrument to users and contributors

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

Submission Guidelines

Extended Abstracts must be submitted by the given deadline for peer review. 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:

Note: You will need an easychair account to submit. You can create one on the spot if you don't already have one.


  • Submission of extended abstracts: March 31, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: May 01, 2012
  • Submission of full papers: June 1, 2012
  • Event: June 29 - July 1, 2012

Fees & Funding

Conference fee is EUR 60,-- (reduced: EUR 30,--) and includes access to the venue and snacks during the conference.

We would expect that your home institution will assist with support for travel and accommodation.

We especially encourage submissions from developing countries and will try to provide assistance where possible to participants from such countries.