The annual Catalan editor community meeting, Viquitrobada, took place on November 17th, 2013 in the northern Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona, in Catalonia. More than 40 editors from Catalan Wikipedia and its various sister projects gathered for the chance to discuss issues related to their respective projects. The event lasted an entire day and was divided into two parts. The morning had a formal format, while the lunch and the evening sessions were more about informal opinion sharing amongst participants. The Viquitrobada was filmed by Catalan TV, TV3.
Wikipedians started to arrive around 9.30 AM. Amical’s Chair, Arnaugir, and GLAM Project Manager, Kippelboy, opened the conference with a welcome address. After formal introductions, the real discussion began. The organizers structured the program in such a way where debates would take place in groups. The hope was to give everyone a chance to participate and have all topics discussed before presenting to the rest of the community. Every group designated a member who led the discussion, and afterwards presented the conclusions reached by the group in a three-minute presentation.
In the first round of groups, four topics were discussed. “Featured Articles in Catalan Wikipedia” (improving the peer-to-peer review, increasing participation, orthography and grammar), “Education centers” (blocking IPs, improving most-read articles by students, teaching teachers about Wikipedia), “References and notability” (inclusionists versus deletionists, structural notability, past cases, self-focusing) and “Monthly chat meeting” (reaching out in a more efficient way). After a coffee break, the second round of group discussions was held, which covered an additional four topics: “WikiArS and media” (WikiArS initiative, assignments from Wikipedians, partnering with schools), “Technical group” (bots, Wikidata, MediaWiki, Lua, Wikimedia Labs, sharing codes), “Newcomers” (how to increase newbie’s retention, update of help pages, tutorial videos, Visual Editor) and “GLAM” (GLAM partnerships experiences, research). Once the debate was finished, the group leaders presented conclusions.
During the “Call to action” portion of the meeting, every attendant had the chance to ask for help on any project he or she might be working on. A variety of projects were brought up, such as volunteering for Wikidata task forces, the Mushroom Wikiproject, Spoken Wikipedia, bots, drawing coats of arms and mentoring newcomers. Attendants had to stand up again and pick any of the collaboration calls made to take home – so everyone left with some homework to do!
The final part of the conference was the general debate. When the meeting concluded, most of the attendants headed out to have lunch (of course, for stroopwaffels, courtesy of Catalan-Dutch user Laurita) at a nearby restaurant followed by drinks at a bar with good company.
Arnau Duran, Amical Wikimedia