Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CFP: Wikimania 2006

CFP: Wikimania 2006
Wikimania 2006 is the official conference of the Wikimedia Foundation.
August 4-6, 2006
Cambridge, Mass.

URL: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Call_for_papers
or http://cfp.wikimania.wikimedia.org/

We are accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations, workshops, and discussion groups. We are also accepting nominations for speakers and speaker panels, and suggestions for other activities. Everyone is welcome to submit abstracts and ideas. Be bold in your submissions!

Important dates
30 April 2006 (Extended) : Abstracts due for panels, papers, posters, discussion sessions and presentations -- Notification of acceptance: by May 15
1 Jul 2006 : Final submissions
4-6 Aug 2006 : Wikimania

Conference Themes
Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:

Technical infrastructure – Issues related to Mediawiki development and extensions; Wikimedia hardware layout; new ideas for development (including case studies from other wikis or similar projects).

Wikimedia projects and content – Presentation of interesting projects and results; future aims of the projects and types of distribution; ways to improve content quality. New uses for project content: in education, journalism, research, &c.

Free knowledge and access to information – Present and future free knowledge initiatives; related library and archival projects around the world and input from librarians and archivists; ways to gather and distribute knowledge.

Wiki social science – The contributors and users (who are they? Where do they come from?); reputation and identity issues; conflict resolution and community dynamics; scaling digital communities. Languages and cultures and their interactions online; multilingualism via wikis.

Law and Policy - Copyleft, collective copyright, special issues pertaining to communal editing and distribution; other legal areas for which Wiki[mp]edia is an interesting case study. Policy creation within individual projects.