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  • I was very pleased that this event was live streamed. It enabled a few people to participate in the live sessions, even if primarily as spectators. While the live viewing figures were small (I saw between 1 and 9) the total reach of the videos in in the hundreds.
This should be the baseline for future events.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 17:55, 18 October 2015 (UTC).Reply[reply]
  • See much of the conference now, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. I would have preferred separate shorter videos of each presentation or discussion. That way I could just watch sessions I missed because I chose to attend a different session presented at the same time. I can still find and watch some of those I missed. Being able to connect a face, voice and personality with usernames was great. DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·ʇuoɔ) WER 18:44, 18 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @Doctree: Wikimedia DC is working on getting the long videos split up by session, as well as collecting videos of the sessions that took place in the other rooms. We'll be uploading all of these videos once the process is complete. Kirill Lokshin (talk) 18:53, 18 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • I think that's a great idea, Kirill; in the meantime, perhaps an index could be posted at each video to help viewers find the key talks by timestamp? Montanabw(talk) 23:22, 18 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I really appreciate Wiki Education Foundation funding the conference this year. This conference could not have happened without their support. I am grateful to the other organizations which contributed money and resources to make this conference happen. I found the gathering meaningful, and I feel that the turnout and level of engagement shown by participants is also supporting evidence of the event's usefulness.
Perhaps next year the Wikimedia Foundation can contribute some funding support. I look forward to trying the streamlined grant request process described at meta:Grants talk:IdeaLab/Reimagining WMF grants. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:48, 18 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I count 36/111 women = 32.4%. Organizers would know to what extent that was skewed by scholarships or whether those self-selecting for the group photo did so randomly. Still: more anecdotal evidence that the gender gap, while a real thing, is not anywhere near the most stark depiction of its magnitude. Carrite (talk) 18:44, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'll also add that NARA's live streaming and preservation of sessions was generally very good and stands in marked contrast to the disastrous lack of electronic presentation and preservation of Wikimania 2015. Carrite (talk) 18:50, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Mr. Schulenburg, WikiEd, and NARA deserve our applause and thanks for a well-run, enjoyable, and productive event-- hopefully the first of many to come! The strong presence of participants connected with GLAM and higher education was especially appreciated.
Wikimedia DC also deserves credit for its consistent efforts to ensure that women and minority participants are well treated at its events under its Friendly Space policy. This event was both fun and dignified. When you implement standards of conduct at an in-person event which are consistent with the anti-harassment guidelines specified by the US Department of Education and the US EEOC, and when you respect individual boundaries regarding self-disclosure, it means that a wide variety of people, who reflect the diversity of today's United States, can participate without fear of negative personal and professional consequences. I hope that Wikipedia events held in non-US venues, and online Wikipedia itself, will eventually see the advantages of implementing similar standards to ensure the safety of women and minority participants.
And while we are on the subject of diversity and respect, a thanks to the Million Man March, outside the door of the event, for a reminder that we want a United States and a Wikipedia where everybody counts, and everybody is treated with respect.
I am hopeful that we are starting to turn a corner with this event, and on the way to becoming a stable, respectable cultural-sector organization. The next few years will tell the story, whether this turns out to be a rambunctious multiplayer crowdsourcing effort that gets taken over by private sector interests, or a respected online cultural platform. I am hopeful that the community will develop the self-policing capacities necessary for broader participation, find ways to leverage the ongoing resources provided by organizations like NARA, and take its efforts to the next level.
On a personal note: if you are suffering bad upper respiratory problems, please take the day off, and attend events like this one remotely, so the rest of us don't get sick! Yet another reason to consider the live stream videoconferencing. --Djembayz (talk) 14:59, 20 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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