Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022: Second Iteration of Wikimeet on 18 – 20 February

Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022

18 – 20 February 2022

Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022 (WMWM or WMWM2022) will be organised by A2K on 18 – 20 February 2022. This will be the second iteration of the Wikimeet (Wikimeet 2021 took place on 19 – 21 February 2021) and will be conducted online. Please see the event page here. In the Wikimeet you’ll find different types of programs such as presentation, training, workshop, brainstorming sessions etc, however this year we have an idea to give more focus on brainstorming and group discussion. All the talks sessions, except the keynote speech, are to be selected through an open submission process (please see 2021 program page for an idea).

Wikimedia Wikimeet 2022: “Why” again?

  • Focus on online events: We are focusing on online/remote events. In 2021 also, we have conducted and supported several online programs and meets such as Stay safe, Stay connected, Grants Strategy Relaunch, Listening Tour: South Asia etc. We would like continue putting effort to explore the online platform for training and other Wiki-events and would like to take the annual event “Wikimeet” forward with the 2022 iteration.
  • COVID-19 pandemic: The current situation: Things have changed a lot in the last one year, however the pandemic is not over still, and there has been different restrictions on travel and conducting events etc. At the time of writing this announcement post, the world is fighting against a new variant of the virus. We believe the Wikimeet will continue to be an important national platform to present, discuss, and learn about different Wiki-topics.
  • Learning, knowledge-sharing, learning patterns: We believe that Wikimeet is not only a meet, but a great learning opportunity as well. Conducting remote events, and effectively using hybrid learning/blended learning methods and techniques have been challenging, however gradually we are improving, and learning more about the process, the challenges, and different possible solutions. We’ll continue to document our learning in details.
Screenshot from 2021 Keynote session “India: Looking back, looking ahead”, delivered by Asaf Bartov, the video may be watched here.

We intend to give more space to brainstorming and group discussion sessions. Some of the areas we would like to discuss in the Wikimeet are: Community Building (bringing in new editors, editor retention, community sustainability), Reliability of content (resources, references, fighting fake news), and we’ll also have sessions on important topics such as Strategy2030, Abstract Wikipedia. This year also the event is planned in the week of the International Mother Language Day (21 February) and we’ll have tracks on language and culture on the third day of the meet.

In early December (2021) we have started preparing for the Wikimeet. We expect to open the submission process sometime at the end of December and that’ll remain open for a month. The program committee will be reviewing the submission in the last week of January. Around the same time in the last week of January we’ll open the registration process. This year also we intend to use Zoom as the platform.

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