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Hello, I am Deryck Chan. Wikimania 2017 was be the first time I travelled to Canada. I attended Wikimania 2017 with a WMF full scholarship.
My submission: Submissions/invoke:Wikidata, which became Wikidata and infoboxes panel
- 5th August - fly from London Heathrow to Toronto Pearson. Stay with relatives in Ontario until 9th morning.
- 9th August - travel from Toronto via Ottawa to Montreal
- 10th August - Wikimania pre-con day 2
- 11th August - Wikimania day 1
- 8:45 - 10:30 Opening ceremony and plenary
- 14:00 - 15:00 Wikidata & infoboxes panel discussion - as panellist (time TBC)
- My submission to this session: Submissions/invoke:Wikidata
- 19:00 - 20:00 Asian Wikimedian meetup, Ballroom (level 4)
- 12th August - Wikimania day 2
- 13th August - Wikimania day 3
- 14th August - evening flight from Montreal to London
Thursday 10 August
- Morning-lunchtime: Hang around hackathon to chat with people
- Search: Further metrics will be included in how the search box ranks things. phab:T145427
- 14:30-18:30 - Hike up Mont-Royal, then see McGill University, Rue Ste-Catherine, Chinatown with User:Papuass and User:Imzadi1979
- 19:00-23:00 - Opening party
Friday 11 August
- Opening ceremony: tribute to Bassel. Wikipedia is inherently political. Stay safe and make yourself known to WMF.
- Submissions/Wikitext: upcoming changes, available tools, what you can do.
- Special:LintErrors e.g. yue.wp
- There are currently 16 different ways to edit the whole page. 2017 source editor aims to make the various editing interfaces more consistent.
- Many users will only ever have mobile internet. Mobile performance will be key.
- Wikidata and infoboxes panel
- Interview with Sylvie Gendreau
- Plenary: Wikimania 2030
- Wikimedia Asia meetup
- Dinner in Chinatown, then BasselPedia Party
Saturday 12 August
- Keynote: Susan Herman on the history of ACLU and the ongoing defence of civil liberties - "no civil liberty battle (automatically) stays won"
- Alexandra Elbakyan (Sci-Hub): Any open access is good, legal or illegal!
- Wikimedia Tech Ambassadors discussion: Focus on Ambassadors as a strong relationship between WMF Tech team and individual Wikimedia projects. Provide point of contact both ways.
- Dana Wagner from FactsCan on fact-checking: from her perspective, fact-checking isn't culture-dependent.
- Got soaked in group photo
- Breton folk dancing hosted by Lea
Sunday 13 August
- Morning plenary: BAnQ.
- In 3 years from the start of the BAnQ-Wikimedia collaboration, the donated images got 100M views!
- Wikisource provides a great opportunity for retranscription and dissemination of history!
- 11:00 - 12:30 Strategy space
- WikiJabber interview with Sebastian Wallroth
- Submissions/Fundraising messaging that moves our readers: What we’ve learned from testing thousands of fundraising appeals
- Submissions/Covering the Wikimedia Community
- It's okay to have different platforms for different target audiences and purposes. But it will be useful to trim down to 1 channel per purpose.
- 10 years ago we as a movement were adamant that "Wikipedia is not a social network". That trend seems to be reversing with the need for cross-project communication.
- Submissions/Future of Wikimania
- Closing plenary: the mandatory stand-up from 1 Wikimania to 13 Wikimanias
- Closing party at Windsor Station (disused portion of a former railway terminus; underground portion of station continues to operate as Bonaventure Station of the Metro)
Monday 14 August
My main on-wiki responsibilities are sysop duties on the English Wikipedia and Cantonese Wikipedia. I deal with specialist deletion discussions on the English Wikipedia and translate articles about English and German places into Cantonese. I also try to reconcile Wikidata entries that have become disjoint because different cultures often independently invent the same ideas and call them different names. As a long-time Wikimedian I also have a tendency to polish whatever article I stumble upon.
In my day job, I am a doctoral researcher in civil engineering at Cambridge University. I was the founding president of Cambridge University Wikipedia Society.
I have attended six previous Wikimanias:
- Washington DC (with WMF scholarship)
- Hong Kong (as organiser)
- London (with WMUK scholarship)
- Esino Lario (with funding from Cambridge University)
Accountability of the scholarship application process is a hot topic of debate every year. I am one of the fortunate few to have been offered a full scholarship. To do my little bit, I have published the main part of my scholarship application on this wiki for future scholarship applicants and judges' use.
My standard WMF scholarship report is here: m:Grants:TPS/Deryck Chan/Wikimania/2017/Report