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17-18 November 2022


 University of Sydney

Camperdown, 2006

NSW, Australia


In person and streaming live.

The University of Sydney sits on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and we pay tribute to their knowledge traditions.

Its a wrap!

Two keynotes, 8 presentations, 1 panel, 2 Conversations and an afternoon of workshops, for 70 in-person attendees and 25 online. Thank you to everyone for participating, tweeting, watching and being part of WOW2022.


Professor Terry Flew (left) launches new Wikipedia book by Ass. Prof Heather Ford (middle). Far right Amanda Lawrence & Brigid van Wanrooy.


Left: Lisa Maule & Sophia Coghini, Pasifika arts & Wikipedia, middle: Richard Cooke keynote, right, Joseph Ballesteros & Belinda Ballesteros from Philippines


Above: Kirsten Thorpe & Nathan Mudyi Sentance from Jumbunna Institute (UTS)

Attendees waving from Sybil Centre, University of Sydney Women's College.

Thankyou to Satdeep Gill, Gideon Digby & Jacob Craig for photos

Dr Jess Wade is a Wikipedia legend, renowned for creating more than 1650 biographies of ground-breaking women and people of colour working in science and engineering. Jess is a Research Fellow working in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. Outside the lab, she is committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline. Enjoy her presentation.

Welcome to WOW2022!

The first two decades of the 21st century brought war, a global pandemic, climate changes and the widespread erosion of culture, as recognised by the United Nations which declared 2022-2032 to be the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. This conference seeks to investigate the variety of ways that digital media is (or isn’t) meeting these challenges. We invite participants to consider how communities that have been displaced, marginalised or otherwise disadvantaged, may best be served by online platforms and open knowledge movements. We seek submissions that address open knowledge, global diversity, inclusivity and cultural dynamism from a range of perspectives, including digital communication, Indigenous knowledge, health communication and Internet studies. We particularly encourage submissions that explore knowledge activism, such as the Wikimedia movement; open platforms, such as Wikipedia; as well as digital methods across different disciplines and fields of knowledge. 


 Topics may refer to any of the various Wikimedia projects, as well as language and cultural diversity, and could address: Internet activism; Digital diasporas; Open knowledge; Indigenous storytelling; Covid-19 online; Gender parity; Cultural resilience; Decolonizing the Internet; Digital tools and methods for online diversity and abilities; Orality and Literacy; Innovative Case Studies and projects.

Submissions closed June 20, 2022.

Left: From Bali, I Gede Gita Purnama Arsa Putra & Dewa Ayu Carma Citrawati. Above Graham Pearce in conversation with USYD's Professor Gerard Goggin.

Above: Wikimedia Board of Trustees' Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight with WomenWhoWriteWiki's Annie Reynolds.

Panels, talks, workshops...


Keynote speakers include Tim Sherratt, historian, hacker and Associate Professor at University of Canberra and Graham Pearce, renowned visually-impaired Wiki-archaeologist, in conversation with Professor Gerard Goggin. There are also panels, workshops and presentations from across the ESEAP region (East, South East Asia and the Pacific), plus Professor Terry Flew will launch Associate Professor Heather Ford's new book about Wikipedia. Please see program and check back for updates. Seats are limited, so to reserve your spot, please register asap. For international and interstate attendees, see Your Visit. Any further queries, email Dr Bunty Avieson, Department of Media and Communications.

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