Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day 2017

Wikipedia Day
16th Birthday Bash
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When and Where
Date:Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time:10:00 am – 7:00 pm EST
Address:Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

Thanks for a great event! ~230 attendees, ~40 people from outside NYC, ~100 people first-timers for a Wikipedia event! You made it happen!

RSVP: Ace Hotel or

The Wikipedia Day 16th Birthday Bash NYC was a celebration and mini-conference that was held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, hosted by Wikimedia New York City at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. The conference was also supported by fellow Free Culture Alliance NYC partners.

The New York City celebration was one of a number of Wikipedia Day worldwide.

Event detailsEdit

  • Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, after-party 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Ace Hotel, Lower Level and Lobby, 20 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001 40°44′45″N 73°59′18″W / 40.7458°N 73.9882°W / 40.7458; -73.9882
  • Access: Please enter and use hotel entrance (not restaurant entrance)
Transit details
Group photo
  • Participation: Participation (food and cake!) will be free, with room for ~100 participants
  • Welcome: All are welcome. We are especially interested in seeing newcomers to join the experienced Wikipedians/Wikimedians. We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from cultural institutions interested in developing Open Education projects.
  • Wifi: There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site. N.B. Projectors will also probably be available for use by the various presenters.
  • Food: Ace Hotel will be providing breakfast in the form of coffee, bagels, fruit, etc. from The Breslin as well as a lunch consisting of quinoa bowls and some sides. #yum
  • Facebook:  
  • Twitter: #Wikipedia16
  • Video Livestream: Wikipedia Day NYC 2017
  • Video archive:


Opening remarks
Cutting the cake

Wikipedia Day 16 will be a modified unconference, with dedicated plenary sessions (organized on this wiki), lightning talks to the whole assembly, and open space sessions. The Lightning Talks and Open Space will be determined during the event itself, so bring your ideas with you.

The event will be in four areas on the lower level of Ace Hotel New York:

The upstairs Lobby is an additional option for break-out spaces for small groups.


Liberty Hall Commons Bar Board Room Meta Room
9:30 am Doors open and Welcome!
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Coffee time, bagels and muffins
10:00 am – 10:15 am Calls for open space proposals
Propose a 30-minute discussion or presentation!
10:15 am – 10:30 am Opening Remarks
Post open space proposals to schedule
10:30 am – 10:55 am Wikipedia for new users
(+ Wikidata demo)
Medicine Languages Gender
11:00 am – 11:50 am Plenary Panel A: International / Multilingual Wikipedia Panel
12:00 pm – 12:25 pm Multimedia / Tech Panel Paid editing 1 Talk pages Life on extra solar planets
12:30 pm – 12:55 pm Documenting Activism Panel Paid editing 2 Neighborhoods Authority Control
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Informal AfroCROWD Planning Lunch
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Plenary Panel B: Post-Truth Panel
3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Science Panel Open Space Wikipedia for New Users
with Dr. X!
Communicating with the Broader Community
3:30 pm – 3:55 pm Lightning Talks I
4:00 pm – 4:25 pm Art Panel Open Space NYC Privacy Board Round Table Open Space
4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Making Templates Global /
Creating Graphs for Wikipedia
Open Space Bringing Wiki to
Underserved Communities
Editathon Track
5:00 pm – 5:25 pm Serving cake CAKE CAKE Editathon Track
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Lightning Talks II
Global Simulcast Session
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Wikipedia Day After Party with DJ Ripley in The Lobby

Panel sessionsEdit

All panels will be held in the Liberty Hall main space area. Questions about panels? Please contact Lane Rasberry, Panel Wrangler

International / Multilingual Wikipedia Panel

Plenary Panel A: International / Multilingual Wikipedia Panel

Links: List of Wikipedias, AfroCROWD Wikipedias list includes Haitian, Twi, Igbo, Yoruba, and Garifuna Wikipedias
Post-Truth Panel

Plenary Panel B: Post-Truth Panel (livestream)

Multimedia / Tech Panel

Multimedia / Tech Panel

Documenting Activism Panel

Documenting Activism Panel

AfroCROWD Planning LunchEventbrite

  • All are welcome to join AfroCROWD for an informal planning lunch where we will welcome ideas and discussion about future activities for AfroCROWD
  • The project focuses on recruiting and supporting editors of African Descent and growing contact related to African Descended communities
Links: AfroCROWD; AfroCROWD on Wikipedia Meetup
Science Panel

Science Panel

Art Panel

Art Panel

Lightning talksEdit

Lightning Talks I
Lightning Talks II

Add your 5-minute lightning talk topic here!
Present a brief talk about wiki topics or anything Free Culture-related. Actual schedule for lightning talks will be determined the day of event. Lighting talks with active discussions can break out into Open Space sessions! Last-minute entries always accepted!

  • Wikipedia for Rural Communities -- AbhiSuryawanshi (talk)
  • a potential new home for local projects beyond Wikimedia servers -- Pharos (talk)
  • Pageviews Analysis Tools: Demo some of the lesser-known features of the Pageviews Analysis suite of tools -- MusikAnimal talk
  • Governing A Neighborhood Wiki - We're using the MediaWiki software as the basis for our neighborhood wiki. The adaption of the Wikipedia governance model for a neighborhood will be discussed. Tomlzz1 (talk)
  • Getting bullies & trolls off your back on Wikipedia: The site is well-known for being unfriendly to women and members of the LGBTQ community. This is for members from those and other marginalized groups to learn why not to panic when meta-edits (those messages placed atop and sit on an article), calls for deletion, and challenges to your writing or edits appear, and how to get administrators' involvement on help on particularly biased editors. --A21sauce (talk)
  • Radical solutions to promotional paid editing DGG ( talk )
  • Greening Wikipedia, or environmentally conscious contributing, Daniel Case
  • Privacy VS Free Culture by the NYC Priv Board Advocacy, Sidepocket (Sidepocket (talk))
  • Wiki movement in diaspora: How Nepali Wikipedia New York user group planning to coordinate with local wikipedia user groups and chapters to train interested native Nepali speakers to write articles in Wikipedia.-Krish Dulal (talk)
  • Lesser known tools - XfD stats and RfA graphs, in case anyone wanted the links. Enterprisey (talk!)

Open space sessionsEdit

Wikipedia for new users
Making Templates Global + Creating Graphs for Wikipedia

Add your open space topic here!

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: the longest-running student led Wikipedia school project in the country. We host edit-a-thons for medical students, graduate students, and physicians at Mount Sinai -- Salubrious Toxin (talk)
  • Regional outreach: New Jersey, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Upstate, Five Boroughs -- Pharos (talk)
  • The city has licensed this neighborhood domain to a local nonprofit with which I (Tom Lowenhaupt) am associated. MediaWiki will enable a key feature of our effort, reframed as a resource directory. I'll discuss and look for help on adapting the 5 Pillars to a neighborhood/resource usage. -- Tomlzz1 (talk)
  • University class Wikipedia assignments and Wiki Education Foundation -- Pharos (talk)
  • Planning Action = History monthly wiki-hackathon series, at Ace starting in February. -- Pharos (talk)
  • I would like to help guiding and assisting the participant and also involved towards various service which will help communicate with all. Ill show positive aspects of to the community, will share and care people who needs some assist. Identify issues and/or opportunities for collecting data. Explore organizational culture and help other follow the event privacy.Mohamedudhuman05 (talk)
  • AfroCROWD in 2017: planning session for AfroCROWD -- Aliceba, Shanluan
  • Paid editing: A case study of a con-game on Wikipedia -- Smallbones(smalltalk)
  • The Broader Community - OTRS and interacting with article subjects, readers, and other stakeholders outside our regular editing community. A discussion on what's working, what isn't, and how we can do better. I'm especially interested in hearing perspectives from members of the broader community. -- Rob13Talk
  • Request - would someone volunteer to talk about Addressing community conduct challenges in volunteer settings? A talk mentioning any issues including mediating conflict, responding to harassment complaints, creating friendly events, and de-escalating tension would be helpful. Wiki is a diverse community and as membership and diversity increases, there are more challenges and even miscommunications which unnecessarily escalate to become more serious. -- Blue Rasberry (talk)
  • Hardware Track--how to expand the reach of the WMF to communities that lack internet access: NYC Mesh has been working alongside Wikimedia-NYC to bring broadband access to low-income residents. We would like to have a participatory and open space for like-minded individuals (Wikipedians!) to get involved, learn more, and contribute to our process and structure conversations. If you're new to this and want to learn more, I will have introductory materials available and can answer any questions about extending the wiki-ethos to physical, community-owned infrastructure. -- charliemeyers (talk)
Wikidata + AuthorityControl

Wikimedia Commons photo exhibitionEdit

Uncommon from Commons
An exhibition of highlights from New Yorkers' photography for Wikimedia Commons, including from the recent 2016 Wikipedia @ Open House New York weekend photo competition.

Photo ContestEdit

Write a short story about what's happening in these photos around the room!

Incorporate at least 5 images, add your name and email, and put them in the box near the paper schedule.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries!

After Party with DJ RipleyEdit

Wikipedia Day New York After Party with DJ Ripley

  • Where: Ace Hotel New York Lobby Bar
  • When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Free and open to the public! @acehotelnewyork


Wikipedia Day eventsEdit

Wikipedia Day 2017 - Global
Wikimedia Bangladesh
Wikipedia Day NYC: 2010-2016

Editathon trackEdit

Task list

Please check with a WikiFacilitator before starting new pages – recommend beginners start editing existing pages vs. starting new pages

Quick + easy! Infoboxes, stubs, obits with tons of biographical info, Wikidata, etc.
Add an infobox!

It's fun, not super hard, and improves Google search results! Plus you don't need citations for infoboxes!

Improve an existing stub article!

Clean up existing citations, add a new citation, add a selected works and publications section for published authors

Add citations to articles that have none!
Other easy ideas

Obituaries are a great starting point, have tons of biographical info!

Are you into more tech-based data? Are you a librarian? Add Authority Control info to Wikidata!

Update Wikidata using Virtual International Authority File (
  1. Go to
  2. Search for person (last name, first name)
  3. At bottom of page, where it says History of VIAF, expand section. See Werner Herzog example
  4. Add each listed Authority to Wikidata if its info is not already populated in Wikidata
  5. Add {{Authority control}} after External links section above Categories
  6. Refresh Wikipedia page


Outcomes ---> click [show] at right to view
 Alphabetical by first letter

Pages improved


Pages created


Wikidata items improved


Wikidata items created


Wikimedia Commons images uploaded



  • "In an age of misinformation, these..." (Video). Elite Daily. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

Sign upEdit

Ace Hotel
Please use hotel entrance
(not restaurant entrance)
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  1. Much to my regret, it turns out I must be out of town this weekend. I hope to see most of you at another event soon. Newyorkbrad (talk) 17:30, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
  2. I am sick like dog and cannot attend. --CmdrDan (talk) 22:21, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  3. Jeff G. ツ (talk) 07:00, 15 January 2017 (UTC) — Sorry.

Possible attendeesEdit

  1. sheridanford (talk) 15:56, 1 January 2017 (UTC) (hope I can make it. Traveling a lot that week.)
  2. Alansohn (talk) 22:57, 3 January 2017 (UTC) - I'll see if I can clear my schedule.
  3. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 06:20, 12 January 2017 (UTC) — will try

Remote participationEdit

Likely attendeesEdit

  1. Aude (talk) 14:17, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  2. Pharos (talk) 16:55, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  3. BrillLyle (talk) 02:26, 6 December 2016 (UTC)
  4. Salubrious Toxin (talk) 02:35, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
  5. Mozucat (talk) 20:33, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
  6. AbhiSuryawanshi (talk) 08:43, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  7. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:47, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  8. kosboot (talk) 18:55, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  9. ɱ (talk) · vbm · coi) 20:36, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
  10. Levendowski (talk) 21:10, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  11. King of ♠ 22:43, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  12. Arispool (talk) 21:40, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
  13. Emjackson42 (talk) 03:02, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
  14. Frenezulo (talk) 01:17, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
  15. Magdalamar (talk) 16:55, December 19 2016 (UTC)
  16. DGG ( talk ) 15:50, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
  17. Jim.henderson (talk) 12:51, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
  18. Sm8900 (talk) 01:32, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
  19. MusikAnimal talk 18:12, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
  20. Daniel Case (talk) 19:37, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
  21. Tom Lowenhaupt Tomlzz1 (talk) 23:26, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
  22. Enterprisey (talk!) 04:51, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
  23. Rhododendrites talk \\ 05:19, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
  24. Heathart (talk) 22:19, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
  25. Wlmg (talk) 15:34, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
  26. Nwhysel (talk) 16:42, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
  27. False friend (talk) 18:28, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
  28. A21sauce (talk) 21:26, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
  29. TrMendenhall (talk) 14:31, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
  30. Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:42, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
  31. ~ Rob13Talk 21:03, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
  32. Megs (talk) 16:30, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  33. JoAsQueeniebee (talk)
  34. PointsofNoReturn (talk) 04:01, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
  35. Netherzone (talk) 05:59, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
  36. Scientific29 (talk) 06:16, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
  37. Librarianhelen (talk) 20:08, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
  38. Hannah Silverman (talk) 17:39, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
  39. Andrea Karina Burgueño (talk) 23:07, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
  40. Christian Smirnow (talk) 23:15, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
  41. Xiuxiusux (talk) 23:33, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
  42. Becksguy (talk) 02:46, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  43. Dispenser (talk) 14:55, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  44. Sidepocket (Sidepocket (talk)) 14:21, 141 January 2017 (UTC)
  45. Nancy Silberkleit (talk) 22:08, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  46. Bill Finerman (talk) 22:08, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  47. Brian Roach (talk) 22:08, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  48. Joyce Roach (talk) 22:08, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  49. Wwwhatsup (talk) 00:31, 15 January 2017 (UTC) - Joly MacFie, livestreaming as usual.
  50. Quantumavik (talk) 01:02, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
  51. Ajfeist (talk) 01:13, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
  52. BlaueBlüte (talk) 04:59, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
  53. Joseph Pesco (talk) 05:45, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
  54. Shanluan (talk) 14:25, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
  55. Jeremyb (talk) 08:11, 17 January 2017 (UTC)