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Wikimania is an annual global event devoted to Wikimedia projects 
around the world (including Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, 
Wiktionary, Wikispecies, Wikimedia Commons, and MediaWiki). The 
conference is a community gathering, giving the editors, users and 
developers of Wikimedia projects an opportunity to meet each other, 
exchange ideas, report on research and projects, and collaborate on 
the future of the projects. The conference is open to the public, and 
is a chance for educators, researchers, programmers and free culture 
activists who are interested in the Wikimedia projects to learn more 
and share ideas about the Wikimedia projects.

The seventh annual Wikimania will be held between 4th and 7th August, 
2011, at the Haifa Auditorium Complex in Haifa, Israel. For more 
information, please visit the official Wikimania 2011 site:

Wikimania 2011 will be a mix of submitted presentations, panels and 
workshops, open space meetings and lightning talks. Submissions will 
be reviewed and selected in advance by the program committee. Everyone 
is welcome to present in the open space track of the conference, 
regardless of whether they were accepted by the program committee.


* Deadline for submitting workshop, tutorial, panel, and presentation 
proposals: 30 April, 2011 
* Notification of acceptance: 15 June, 2011 
* All proposals and presentations will be welcome in the Lightning 
Talks track of the conference, whether or not they are accepted in 
this initial process. 


This year Wikimania will offer five tracks for submissions:

Wiki Culture and the Community

The effects of wiki culture on the community - a forum for discussing 
topics related to the cultural, communal, societal and demographic 
aspects of wiki culture and its interaction with the general public. 
Relevant topics include the following:

* Wiki Outreach: Promotion of wikis and Wikimedia projects among the 
general public; 
* How will the wiki thechnology change the world in the future? 
* Wiki Community: Conflict resolution and community dynamics; 
reputation and identity; 
* Different Wiki cultures - clashes and effect between cultures in the 
wiki community - Can people of different cultural backgrounds create 
an encyclopedia according to common rules? Same subject in the eye of 
different cultures; 
* Special: Wikipedia in the Israeli-Arab Conflict - can wikis be a 
tool for promoting cultural understanding and cultural acceptance in 
the Middle East; 
* Wiki as a tool for cross-national and cross-cultural dialogue. 

Knowledge and Collaboration

The Knowledge and Collaboration track aims to promote research and 
find exciting ideas related to knowledge and information management, 
as well as to collaboration and participatory projects.

* Wiki Content: New ways to improve content quality, credibility; 
and especially the use of the content in education, journalism, 
* Semantic Wikis: The use of semantic web technologies, linked data; 
semantic annotation and metadata (in particular manual vs. automated 
* Wikiversity and other wikis related to higher education: 
investigating ways of how wiki sources are deployed and implemented in 
academia and research practice, exchanging ideas for the improvement 
of collaboration in research institutions, universities and their 
contribution for the content quality; 
* Wiki technology as an educational tool in school systems; 
* Wiki as a tool for museums - management of information for the 
public benefit; 
* Wiki technology as a tool of cultural preservation. 

Wiki Infrastructure and Technology

The Infrastructure and technology track at Wikimania will provide a 
forum where both researchers and practitioners can share new 
approaches, applications and technologies, and explore how to make 
Wiki access ever more ubiquitous:

*MediaWiki development: issues related to MediaWiki development and 
* Moving beyond MediaWiki: what other Wiki-like platforms exist; what 
tools and features do we need for collaboration on different types of 
* Mobile Wikis: The Web is moving off the desktop and into mobile 
phones, how we use wikis on mobile devices?; wiki-based Augmented 
Reality (AR) applications, location based services;
* User Interface Design: Usability and user experience; accessibility, 
adaptive interfaces and personalization; novel UI designs. 

Wikis, free knowledge and copyright law

Wiki technologies may be operated in the multinational Level and 
various legal systems may apply to its usage. These legal systems may 
clash and contradict each other resulting in limits that are placed on 
the gathering of free knowledge within wiki systems and technologies. 
This track will explore these questions and suggest solutions:

* Copyright laws and wiki: conflicts between different laws that apply 
to the same wiki system simultaneously; 
* Copyright licenses, their applicability and their problems;
* Legal problems in wiki practice: slander, anti defamation laws, 
right to privacy, biographies of living persons. 

Wiki Technology - Communication and Business

Wiki technology may be used also as a tool in the corporate and media 
sector. This track will discuss uses of wiki technology as a business 
and commercial tool.

* Wiki systems as a news media channel;
* Wiki systems as a corporate tool;
* Wiki systems as a commercial tool: knowledge gathering and sharing 
in commercial bodies, and as a tool for commercial outreach


To submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop, panel or 
tutorial, please visit:

Thank you for helping make Wikimania 2011 a successful event. 
See you in Haifa, August 4 - 7, 2011!