User:Jon Harald Søby

From Wikimania 2011 • Haifa, Israel

I am Jon Harald Søby.

The sessions I plan on attending

Thursday, August 4th

Thursday, August 4th
  Cinematheque Rapaport Arbel Gilboa Tavor
08:00 – 09:30 On-Site Registration
09:30 – 10:45

Opening ceremony
Opening plenary by Prof. Yochai Benkler:
From networked cooperation to human sociality: Wikipedia as the model for a new view of social relations
A decade ago Wikipedia burst into a world not ready to comprehend it. Thousands of people cooperating effectively, without price signals to offer “incentives” or managerial hierarchy to direct efforts was an impossibility. And yet, it moves. And as it moved it combined with a deep shift across many disciplines, from biology and neuroscience to organizational sociology, experimental economics, and social psychology to paint a very different view of who we are, as human beings, and what we are capable of when we build and inhabit systems that rely on our better selves rather than on the cramped, pessimistic view of traditional economic modeling. A decade ago our explanations of Wikipedia depended on the uniqueness of the Net. Today, we are ready to learn the deeper lessons: that we are more cooperative than we came to believe in the last half century, and that our challenges lie in learning how to build a new field of cooperative human systems design not only online, but for our lives more generally as the kind of social human beings we really are.

(Rapaport Hall)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:45 Wiki Academy: Wikipedia in Schools (Hebrew)

Panel headed by prof. Judit Bar-Ilan

Plenary by Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

Wikimedia Foundation: The Year In Review and The Year Ahead. Wikimedia Foundation executive director will recap the Foundation's activities of the past year, and look ahead to the opportunities and challenges facing the Wikimedia projects in 2011–12.
This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Wikimedia Foundation WMF Board of Trustees.
(Rapaport Hall)

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break (foyer)
14:00 – 15:30 Wiki Academy: Wiki Technology: Uses in Education and Business

(Hebrew, translation to English will be provided)
Panel headed by Prof. Sheizaf Refaeli

  • The "Long Tail" Potential of Wiki Technology: Uses in Education and Business
  • Information behaviors and management of Wikipedians in the context of their involvement with Hebrew Wikipedia
  • The Africa Project - Briniging Wikipedia to Africa


Wikipedia editorial policy

Editor surveys and analysis


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Wiki Academy: Uses of Wiki Technology in Higher Education (English, translation to Hebrew will be provided)

Panel headed by Dr. Ory Amitay – University of Haifa

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Panel headed by Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren

Movement Roles

Presentation on Movement Roles process, charter and recommendations.

Mobile Wikipedia

  • Wikipedia Mobile Panel (1 and 2)


18:00 – 20:30 Opening cocktail and buffet dinner (Auditorium Garden)

Friday, August 5th

Friday, August 5th
  Rapaport Cinematheque Arbel Gilboa Tavor
08:30 – 09:00 Coffee Break
9:00 – 9:45 Plenary by Dr. Joseph Reagle

Wikipedia And/Or: Prophecy Fulfilled, Happy Accident, Informational Apocalypse?
In light of Wikipedia's 10th year anniversary, Dr. Reagle will ask three different historical questions about Wikipedia. First, is Wikipedia an amazing novelty or the fulfillment of a centuries-old pursuit? Second, despite its founding mythology, wasn't Wikipedia, in fact, just an accident? Finally, is Wikipedia a beneficent undertaking or a harbinger of doom?

9:45 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:45 Chapters and co.

Languages and cultures

The Campus Ambassadors Program

GLAMorous II

MediaWiki development


11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:30 Encouraging Participation

Global South activities

Wiki and Education

MediaWiki development (II): Better Editing


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break (foyer) Wikichicks lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Evaluation and documentation of Wikipedia

Encouraging Participation II

Wiki in Education II

Anti vandalism; Operations overview


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:45 Conflict resolution

Intercultural issues

Encouraging Participation III

Statistical analysis; MediaWiki development


17:45 – 18:00 Break
18:00 – 19:00 Lightning Talks (Register here!) OpenStreetMap mapping party
(in the streets of Haifa)
19:00 – 22:00 Free Time Activities

Saturday, August 6th

Saturday, August 6th
  Rapaport Cinematheque Arbel Gilboa Tavor
08:30 – 09:00 Coffee Break
9:00 – 10:30 Wikipedia reconsidered


Finding Hidden Value - Panel sponsored by ISOC, headed by Dr. Yesha Sivan

Influence of Wikipedia

Outreach projects I

Multilingual projects


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Event organization

Wikipedia, the Law and the Real World

Wikipedia and/as the community

Semantic, better wikis

Chapters and co. II

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break (foyer)
13:45 – 15:15 Events; Fundraising

Wikipedia as UNESCO World Heritage

Outreach projects II

Research projects

Wikiversity and Wikinews


15:30 – 16:45 Closing ceremony:
  • Plenary by Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia: "The State of the Wiki"
Ten years ago, Jimmy Wales typed Hello World! into a wiki, and Wikipedia was born. Today, Wikipedia is the fifth most-popular site on the internet, and the Wikimedia projects are collectively one of the world's largest and most useful repositories of human knowledge. In recent years though, we've begun to see signs that the Wikimedia community is less healthy than it used to be. The number of active editors is slowly declining, and community members report increased bureaucracy, unwelcoming behaviour, and growing barriers to participation. In this talk, Jimmy Wales will call for a renewed commitment to openness, that will revitalize the projects.
16:45 – 17:15 Wiki photo session (Auditorium Garden)
17:15 – 19:30 Break (time to go to hotel/dorms to get ready for the beach)
17:15 – 19:30 Beach Time (optional)
Bathing in the sea is only allowed until 18:00
19:30 – 23:30 Closing party and dinner at the beach