The diversity of Wikipedia editors is a topic that is widely discussed, both within the global movement and in the wider world. It’s an important issue and there is a wide range of opinions about how to encourage under-represented groups to contribute to Wikimedia projects.
Each language Wikipedia has different approaches, as does each Wikimedia project but it’s essential we all learn from each other and make progress. To this end, it’s exciting to be able to let you know that there is a Wikimedia Diversity Conference taking place on 9th and 10th November 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
The conference is being led by Wikimedia Deutschland, supported by Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia Nederland, and will be attended by delegates from all over the world.
The conference will work to establish a sustainable dialogue with collaborators in Wikimedia Chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation and international Wikimedia communities to frame the issue of diversity in the context of Wikimedia. It will aim to build a shared understanding of what diversity means for Wikimedia projects and why it is of such importance. It’s not just about discussion – at its heart the conference is about turning ideas into action.
More details about the conference will be shared in due course, including opportunities for UK-based Wikimedians with a good understanding of diversity issues to apply for scholarships to attend. You can participate in community discussions related to the conference, including suggesting potential talks and presentations, here.