Wikisource Community User Group/Wikisource Conference 2015/Participants/Survey

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The anonymous survey among the conference participants was conducted from November 22 to December 10, 2015.

What aspects of the conference were the most useful for you?Edit

35 answers. 8 different codes.

With 17 assignments it is clear that meeting other people was the most positive useful aspect. Especially the diversity of the conference was highlighted several times. That leads to the second strongest useful aspect (10 assignments): the shared experiences of different language versions and their special needs (e.g. right to left writing). The connection between the different Wikimedia projects and their collaboration was mentioned 4 times. Twice it was expressed that the conference will lead to future collaborations. Twice the working on a mission statement was expressed as most useful aspect. Twice to express requests and needs to WMF was stated. Twice the sharing of GLAM projects was mentioned. And one time set up of the presentations with a following Q&A to get deeper information.

What aspects of the conference were the least useful for you?Edit

26 answers. 8 different codes.

The answers are very diverse. 8 times people didn't see anything useless or gave a joke answer (e.g. the weather). 4 times it was expressed that a general discussion was suppressed by discussions on special problems. 3 times the fringe program and social events were mentioned (but at the same time recognizing that other participants find them very useful). Twice the amount of time that was used to work on the mission statement was critized as beeing useless. Twice organizational aspects, i.e. the breakout room and facilitation were expressed as being useless. The unclear future of Wikisource and the outcome of the conference was mentioned one time. As well as a to rushed discussion on the general needs of Wikisource. Once the more technical presentations were expressed to be useless, due to lack of previous knowledge.

Is there anything that would have made the program better?Edit

32 answers. 10 different codes.

15 times a better planning was suggested. Especially the long session on Saturday and the too short handed publication of the program were critized. There were several suggestions how the program would improve besides better planning: Concrete success stories on Wikisource, more tracks, inviting an OCR-specialist, more online discussion prior the conference. Also improved logistics of the conference was suggested 5 times, especially the wish for more coffee-breaks was expressed. 4 times answers suggested a more proactive participation by the conference participants would help to improve the program. Once a general more positive attitude was suggested. On the other hand 5 times the code "everything is fine/ nothing to improve" was asigned.

What other topics would you have liked to see covered?Edit

26 answers. 6 codes.

12 times the answer suggested that due to the already dense program everything was fine and there's nothing to add. 4 times it is suggested to implement some statistics in presentations. (Introduction to) Technical aspects such as useful tools were missed 5 times. 3 times the wish for more about Wikidata was expressed. Once the wish for a best practice model was declared. Once a discussion on how to attract new editors in Wikisource was missed.

How satisfied were you with the following aspects of the program?Edit

Overall scope and selection of the conference topicsEdit

Very satisfied 13 35.1 %
Satisfied 23 62.2 %
Less satisfied 1 2.7 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %

Number of conference participants and composition of the audienceEdit

Very satisfied 21 56.8 %
Satisfied 14 37.8 %
Less satisfied 2 5.4 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %

Friday: quality of contributionsEdit

Very satisfied 17 45.9 %
Satisfied 20 54.1 %
Less satisfied 0 0.0 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %

Saturday/Sunday: quality of outcomeEdit

Very satisfied 16 43.2 %
Satisfied 17 45.9 %
Less satisfied 4 10.8 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %

Saturday/Sunday: quality of the facilitation/moderationEdit

Very satisfied 17 45.9 %
Satisfied 16 43.2 %
Less satisfied 3 8.1 %
Unsatisfied 1 2.7 %

The Conference ...Edit

... was suitable for my background and experience.Edit

Strongly agree 15 41.7 %
Agree 21 58.3 %
Disagree 0 0.0 %
Strongly disagree 0 0.0 %

... contributed to reaching a shared understanding of the future of Wikisource.Edit

Strongly agree 19 51.4 %
Agree 16 43.2 %
Disagree 2 5.4 %
Strongly disagree 0 0.0 %

... gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with others on Wikisource issues.Edit

Strongly agree 22 59.5 %
Agree 15 40.5 %
Disagree 0 0.0 %
Strongly disagree 0 0.0 %

... led to clearly defined next steps and documented outcomes.Edit

Strongly agree 9 25.7 %
Agree 23 65.7 %
Disagree 3 8.6 %
Strongly disagree 0 0.0 %

How satisfied were you with the following aspects of the conference?Edit

JUFA hotel (accomodation)Edit

Very satisfied 21 58.3 %
Satisfied 9 25.0 %
Less satisfied 1 2.8 %
Unsatisfied 1 2.8 %
Not applicable 4 11.1 %

JUFA venue (conference rooms)Edit

Very satisfied 19 51.4 %
Satisfied 15 40.5 %
Less satisfied 3 8.1 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %
Not applicable 0 0.0 %

Communication with the conference team before the conferenceEdit

Very satisfied 22 59.5 %
Satisfied 13 35.1 %
Less satisfied 1 2.7 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %
Not applicable 1 2.7 %

Conference cateringEdit

Very satisfied 12 32.4 %
Satisfied 18 48.6 %
Less satisfied 5 13.5 %
Unsatisfied 2 5.4 %
Not applicable 0 0.0 %

LogisticsEdit

Very satisfied 16 44.4 %
Satisfied 18 50 %
Less satisfied 1 2.8 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %
Not applicable 1 2.8 %

InternetEdit

Very satisfied 19 51.4 %
Satisfied 10 27 %
Less satisfied 7 18.9 %
Unsatisfied 1 2.7 %
Not applicable 0 0.0 %

BreaksEdit

Very satisfied 13 36.1 %
Satisfied 18 50 %
Less satisfied 4 11.1 %
Unsatisfied 1 2.8 %
Not applicable 0 0.0 %

Social eventsEdit

Very satisfied 18 48.6 %
Satisfied 18 48.6 %
Less satisfied 0 0.0 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %
Not applicable 1 2.7 %

Quality of information provided by organizers before the conferenceEdit

Very satisfied 21 56.8 %
Satisfied 13 35.1 %
Less satisfied 3 8.1 %
Unsatisfied 0 0.0 %
Not applicable 0 0.0 %

Overall, you found the conference to be ...Edit

Very useful 24 66.7 %
Useful 12 33.3 %

How well do you feel the conference team supported you during the conference?Edit

Very well (5) 30 81.1 %
4 7 18.9 %
3 3 8.1 %
2 0 0.0 %
Poorly 0 0.0 %

What you suggest to be done differently (at the next conference)?Edit

26 answers. 8 codes.

11 answers suggested a improvement in the program planning process such as an earlier release of the final program or an edit-a-thon or a hackathon for Wikisource and a wider range of different Wikisource community members, language wise. 9 times the organization was suggested to improve, especially with more coffeebreaks, a different time of the year (more daylight equals more proper working hours), and a better internet connection.

Was the English language an obstacle for you? If so, can you estimate how much you understood of the sessions?Edit

no / 100 % 90–99 % 80–89 % 70–79 % 60–69 % 50–59 % 40–49 % 30–39 % 20–29 % 10–19 % 0–9 %
6 8 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ScholarshipEdit

Did you get a scholarship (travel funding) from the conference organizers to attend?Edit

Yes 18 48.6 %
No 19 51.4 %

Scholarship detailsEdit

What was your scholarship experience?Edit

I am happy with it 17 94,4%
It was okay 1 5.6 %

What can be improved about scholarship process?Edit

12 answers. 3 codes.

Overall answers suggested that scholarship holders were pleased with the scholarship process. There were three suggestions

  • the French microfinancing program should provide more information on follow up procedure.
  • and 2 suggestions regarding a better scholarship process due to a better time management.

NetworkingEdit

Have you met anybody at the conference that you are going to collaborate with?Edit

More than ten people 2
More than 5 people 3
Two to five people 8
One 2

Meeting all those Wikimedia people at the conference helped me join or start an initiative.Edit

Strongly agree 10 27.8 %
Agree 22 61.1 %
Disagree 4 11.1 %
Strongly disagree 0 0 %

Meeting all those Wikimedia people at the conference helped me share my knowledge with other Wikimedians.Edit

Strongly agree 21 58.3 %
Agree 14 38.9 %
Disagree 1 2.8 %
Strongly disagree 0 0 %

Meeting all those Wikimedia people at the conference helped me to gain knowledge from other Wikimedians.Edit

Strongly agree 25 71.4 %
Agree 10 28.6 %
Disagree 0 0 %
Strongly disagree 0 0 %

Meeting all those Wikimedia people at the conference helped me learn about useful tools.Edit

Strongly agree 15 44.1 %
Agree 12 35.3 %
Disagree 7 20.6 %
Strongly disagree 0 0 %