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Wikimania lies at the intersection of many different circles of people — academics, legal scholars, subject experts, community leaders, software hackers and entrepreneurs. During the day, the conference rooms of the Haus der Jugend were dedicated to presentations, workshops, and group discussions. Below is the programme of these events. There were a few other spontaneous events as the conference developed; long lunches and breaks in the afternoon were reserved for people to make their own plans.

Not all presentations were in English; a few were in German. The language of each presentation is made clear in the presentation abstracts linked to below. Times given are local to Frankfurt (UTC +2 at the time of the convention). Many of the presenters wrote papers associated with their presentation; some people submitted excellent papers but were unable to come in person. A full list of accepted papers, presentations and workshops is being drafted at Proceedings of Wikimania 2005 to be finalized and published this fall. Translations may be available for some of the papers. Posters were on display throughout the event, and their creators were available during afternoon breaks each day to answer questions about them. Recordings (audio and video) were be made of speakers in the Großer Saal (pronounced "Grosser", Big Hall) and Kleiner Saal (Small Hall). Photos and other media of the Wikimania events may be found in the galleries on WikiCommons; please add yours there as well.

During the conference, you could listen to presentations in the Großer Saal and Kleiner Saal on the Internet via Freematrix Radio; the sound files will be available soon for podcasting.


Thursday, 4th of August
Kleiner Saal: Informal discussions with visiting developers : Christophe Ducamp (Craowiki), Sven Dowideit (Twiki), Eugene Kim (PurpleWiki), Brion Vibber (MediaWiki), Ward Cunningham (c2 wiki), and much, much more.
Friday, 5th of August
Time Großer Saal Kleiner Saal SR E11 SR E10 SR E12
9:30-11:00 Series: Semantic web
John Breslin: An ontology for describing and exchanging articles²
Markus Krötzsch, et al.: Wikipedia and the Semantic Web
Daniel Kinzler, Mining the Wiki

Jakob Voss: Metadata with Personendaten and beyond

Erik Zachte: Timeline of Human History

Samuel Klein: History of the Reference Work

Cormac Lawler: (Wikipedia as a learning community)

Andreas Brand: (Comparing WP with other open source projects)

Deng Chieh: Chinese conversion the wiki way

Michael Anobile (Translation and localization)

11:00-12:30 KEYNOTE: Jimmy Wales: Opening remarks
14:30-16:30 Series: Wikimedia in the Developing World:
Florence Devouard, How to get Wikimedia into the developing world

Achal Prabhala: Access to learning materials in Southern Africa
Kasper Souren: Thoughts on the Bambara Wikipedia²

Domas Mituzas (HyperWiki)

Brion Vibber (Embedding MediaWiki into Applications)
Janne Jalkanen (DavWiki – the next step of WikiRPC-Interfaces?)

Boudewijn: (NPOV and meme evolution)

Tsila Hassine (NPOV dispute dynamics)² Revo Arko Soekatno: (The Indonesian language Wikipedia)

Workshop: Jean-Baptiste Soufron and Enrique Chaparro, (Copyright lessons)
16:30-17:00 Break with poster sessions and lightning talks
17:00-18:30 The Politics of Wikimedia panel

Jean-Baptiste Soufron: Politics of Wikimedia
Isaac Mao: We-create-pedia in China
Ascander Suarez & Juan David Ruiz: The Spanish Fork of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales: Raising political dialogue to a higher level

Salvor Gissurardottir: (Education with wikis

Roland Burger: (Long-term sustainable development)

Workshop: Andre Engels: Pywikipedia Wikipediabot framework Workshop: Gerard Meijssen: Recording sound/pronunciations Frédéric Philipp Thiele*: (Wiki Trifft Pixel

Workshop: Thomas Gries: (Interwiki)

18:30-19:15 Trivia contest (in the Terrasensaal)
Saturday, 6th of August
Time Großer Saal Kleiner Saal SR E11 SR E10 SR E12
09:30-11 Erik Moeller: MediaWiki future

Wolfgang Georgsdorf: WikiSIGN - Sign Language Wiktionary

Andreas Brändle (Content quality: Too Many Cooks Don't Spoil the Broth)

Tsahi Hayat: Wikipedians' sense of community, motivations, and knowledge building: a cross-cultural study

Workshop: Analysing and visualizing Wikipedia (Jakob Voss and Erik Zachte) Douwe Osinga Getting paid to write free content

Workshop: Strategies for free content (Thomas Thaler)

Workshop: GPG workshop and key-signing (Hanno Wagner)
11-12:30 Keynote: Ross Mayfield (Enterprise Wiki use - Case studies and analysis)
12:30-14:30 LUNCH
14:30-16:00 Rodrigo Vergara* (Logos: world's largest free dictionary)

Gerard Meijssen, (The excitement of (Ultimate) Wiktionary)

Eugene Kim (A look at modern collaboration)

Tim Starling (How you can help out with MediaWiki)

Jama Poulsen (Wikicompany)

Jan Ulrich Hasecke (Wikitution – The Constitution for Europe
Phoebe Ayers (The Information behaviour of Wikipedia users
Cathy Ma (Anonymous users as good users)

Russell Buckley: Extending Wikipedia into the Physical World
Limor Garcia: Cellphedia inspirations and future

Christina Hengel² & Barbara Pfeifer: VIAF: Linking the Library of Congress and OCLC records with Personendaten
Ronald Beelaard: On Searching in Libraries

16:00-16:30 Break with poster presentations
16:30-18:30 Keynote: Ward Cunningham, (Wikis then and now)
20:00 BIG WIKIMANIA PARTY (off site)
Sunday, 7th of August
Time Großer Saal Kleiner Saal SR E11 SR E10 SR E12
9:30-11:00 Sunir Shah: Controversy and stability: How wikis have productive conflict

Kilian Kissling, Directmedia: Wikipedia on DVD

Jan-Bart de Vreede: Wiki in Dutch Education Workshop: Long-term support for Wikimedia (Frank Antwerpes) Jens Kammann: Geo-coding articles and images
Workshop: Open Geo data projects (Arnulf Christi)
11:00-12:30 Keynote: Richard Stallman: Copyright and Community
12.30-14.30 LUNCH
14:30-16:00 Global Voices panel:

Milton Ainehuranga: Women of Uganda Network
Hossein Derakhshan: Wiki use in Iran
Isam Bayazidi: Technology in schools and Open-Content Awareness in Arab Countries
Mingli Yuan: Overview of Chinese Wikipedia

Lambert Heller: Scientific publishing via wiki
Marco Prestipino: Creating knowledge in virtual communities
Workshop: Extending and Customizing MediaWiki (Brion Vibber) Workshop: Kartengestaltung in Wikipedia* (Tobias Dahinden)
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-17:00 Awards ceremony
17:00-18:00 Closing Session: Panel discussion with the Wikimedia Board of Trustees

Key: Presentations marked with a "²" are 10-15 minutes long. Others are usually 30 minutes. Presentations marked with a "*" are given in a language other than English.

Additional Events

  • The exhibition Places & Spaces: Cartography of the Physical and the Abstract (see Website) with examples of fine cartography that will be shown during the conference.
  • Tables will be set up with demonstrations of online mapping tools (thanks to Arnulf Christi) and recent integration of Wikipedia into Apple widgets (thanks to Apple representatives).
  • Other tables will be set up with poster presentations of rcbirds (auralization of Wikipedia's RecentChanges) and recent university projects studying Wikipedia.

There would have been a number of special trips on Monday—including guided trips to the local library, a tour of the city, and some partying on Saturday night. (see Social events for more information).