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WikiCite 2018

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WikiCite 2018 is a 3-day conference, summit, and hack day dedicated to the vision of creating an open repository of bibliographic data to support the citation and fact-checking needs of Wikimedia projects, and possibly, to serve as an open infrastructure for research, education, and information quality across the web.

WikiCite 2018 expands efforts started with WikiCite 2016 and WikiCite 2017 to explore these possibilities by leveraging Wikidata—Wikimedia’s structured knowledge base—and to develop open source tools to improve citation management and verifiability strategies for free knowledge. Since then, the amount of bibliographic data in Wikidata has grown exponentially, allowing us to glimpse the possibilities of a truly open, universal library and citation graph, while also exposing significant social and technical challenges.

This year presents a pivotal moment for WikiCite, wherein its emergent community — consisting of Wikimedians, librarians, LODLAM practitioners, software engineers, data scientists, and open knowledge advocates — must grapple with possible growth scenarios, address critical gaps, and set a course for the project’s future.

If you are passionate about tending Wikipedia’s root system (references!), or believe in the broader possibilities of contributing to the bibliographic commons, WikiCite 2018 presents an unprecedented opportunity to meet fellow dreamers and hackers, and to help shape this vital effort.

This year’s event will be hosted at the David Brower Center (map) in Berkeley, California, USA, November 27-29, 2018. Applications to attend the event (including travel support requests) are open until September 17, 2018


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Conference programEdit

The full program is live and video of the conference is available via Youtube Live

Nov 26
Travel day.
Nov 27
Day 1. (Conference) – present progress on existing work and initiatives for citations and bibliographic data across Wikimedia projects.
Nov 28
Day 2. (Summit) – discuss technical, social, outreach and policy directions and priorities for the project.
Nov 29
Day 3. (Hack day) – get together to build, based on new ideas and applications.
Nov 30
Travel day, attendees leave.




WikiCite 2018 is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Past WikiCite events were supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Austria as well as Crossref, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative.

Organizing committeeEdit

  • Phoebe Ayers
  • John Chodacki
  • Daniel Mietchen
  • Léa Lacroix
  • Jake Orlowitz
  • Merrilee Proffitt
  • Sarah R. Rodlund
  • Elizabeth Seiver
  • Dario Taraborelli
  • Ben Vershbow

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