[wikis-devroom] Call for participation

Quim Gil qgil at wikimedia.org
Mon Oct 7 21:24:39 CEST 2013

Wikis devroom - FOSDEM, Brussels, 1 & 2 February 2014



We accept proposals for wiki related submissions. The formats accepted 
are 25min sessions or 5min lighting sessions. All proposals must be 
submitted via https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/

Deadline: 30 November 2013

Questions? Feedback? Willing to help?


Wikis are essential tools for online collaboration, open knowledge and 
free software. They are everywhere: from the mainstream Wikipedia to a 
myriad of public, academic and corporate knowledge bases and personal 
sites. And most of them are open source software.

Wikis became popular thanks to the edit button allowing users to create 
and modify text-based web pages easily. Over the years wikis have become 
more powerful, handling more content types, allowing better look & feel, 
championing localization and integrating (sometimes) with other tools. 
The development continues, with hundreds of professional and volunteer 
contributors specializing in this area.

There are also challenges: the competition from (mainly proprietary and 
corporate) social media and online office tools, keeping up with UX 
expectations from users, editors and sysadmins, compatibility across 
different wiki engines and other publishing tools, collaboration between 
wiki projects...


Wikis devroom is a place to showcase and discuss

* new features, especially exploring areas beyond plain text editing

* compatibility and integration with other tools and services

* lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research...

* cross-project collaboration

We want to focus on sessions for a technical audience including savvy 
editors. Basic introductions for end users and long tutorials are out of 


One day, one room. Most of the schedule will be filled with sessions of 
about 25 minutes that have gone through a call for participation.

We will have a WikiWiki Hour of lightning presentations (5 minutes each).

We will organize a panel session with representation of key wiki 
projects - the specific topic to be decided as we confirm the participants.


Quim Gil (MediaWiki), Vincent Massol (XWiki) and Jean-Marc Libs (Tiki).

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