EMWCon Spring 2019

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EMWCon Spring 2019
EMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations of "enterprise MediaWiki" from around the world.
Conference details
Location: Genesys headquarters
Daly City, California, USA
Start: April 3, 2019
Finish: April 5, 2019
General chair: Yaron Koren
Program chair: Cindy Cicalese
Local chair: Tisza Gergő

The Enterprise MediaWiki Conference Spring 2019, or EMWCon Spring 2019, was held on April 3-5, 2019 in Daly City, California (near San Francisco). EMWCon is a three-day conference featuring discussions of topics related to "Enterprise MediaWiki", i.e. the usage of MediaWiki software by and within companies, non-profits, governments, and other organizations. The intended audience of EMWCon Spring 2019 is anyone who uses, or would like to learn more about, MediaWiki within organizations.

Attendees of EMWCon Spring 2019

Event details[edit]


All talks are 30 minutes long including questions unless stated otherwise.

Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Doors open - Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM- 11:00 AM Coffee break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (on site)
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Conference dinner and bowling

Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast (on site)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: Wikidata and Beyond - Denny Vrandečić
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch (on site)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Coffee break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Coffee break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panel: State of the MediaWiki Ecosystem
  • Moderator: Daren Welsh
  • Panelists:
    • Cindy Cicalese, Product Manager, MediaWiki Platform, Wikimedia Foundation
    • Tom Harriman, Senior Learning Project Manager, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Ike Hecht, Lead Project Manager, WikiTeq & WikiWorks
    • Phil Keith, Master Scheduler, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Co.
  • A discussion of where MediaWiki sits in the marketplace today and what challenges to adoption and growth it must overcome
  • Panel questions & talking points
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wikimedia Foundation reception

Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 5, 2019
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast (on site)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Create Camp
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch (on site)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp (continued)


We are honored to have Denny Vrandečić - Semantic MediaWiki co-creator, Wikidata founder, Google ontologist, former Wikimedia Trustee - join us to present a keynote. He will present "Wikidata and beyond", including a quick update on the status of Wikidata and a discussion of his idea for an Abstract Wikipedia.

Lightning talks[edit]

On the second afternoon of the conference, there will be an opportunity for attendees to give short (5 minutes) lightning talks. If you know in advance that you would like to give a lightning talk, add your name and the name of your lightning talk(s) below. Lightning talks will also be accepted at the time of the talks if there is time available.

  1. Upcoming changes to the MediaWiki parser (Tgr) - bit.ly/emwcon2019-lt-parser
  2. Wikimedia Movement Strategy (Tgr) - bit.ly/emwcon2019-lt-strat
  3. Wikimedia Audiences Perspectives (Tgr) - bit.ly/emwcon2019-lt-persp
  4. Don't forget Admin Links! (Yaron)
  5. Wikimedia talk page consultation (Tgr) - bit.ly/emwcon2019-lt-talkpage
  6. Add your lightning talk here.

Create Camp[edit]

The third day of the conference will consist of self-organized groups working together around topics of common interest. Some of those topics might be planned before the conference, while others may come out of the talks in the two previous days. If you have an idea for a topic for a group during the Create Camp, please add it below.

Etherpad: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/EMWCon2019CreateCamp

  1. Create a SMW Set of classes that operate as a classical property chain.
    i.e. "Site/Building/Room/Location" or "kingdom/phylum/class/order.." or "System/Subsystem/Element", "Company, Org, Branch, Division"
    the goal of the create camp would be to show how one would create a system of categories, forms, templates, properties, and pages that would allow users to implement *any* generalized organizational scheme that fits the traditional structured-tree.
  2. Roadmap to MediaWiki as an enterprise platform What needs to be done to make MediaWIki more appealing to more enterprise users?
    1. Identify reasons MW isn't taken seriously by companies/orgs (we all know the selling points, but what is it missing?)
      Advertising? MS Office integration? Actionable discussion?
    2. Outline a path to address each of these reasons
  3. (somewhat related to the above) Come up with a plan for proper read permission handling in MediaWiki: estimate difficulty and required resources, write fundraising / grant application plan, draft initial RfC
  4. Generate third-party feedback for the Talk page consultaion
  5. Dockerizing MediaWiki Setup
  6. There will be a MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group at 1pm. Everybody is welcome to attend if they are interested.
  7. Discover how to change the default date display behavior in Gantt charts produced by Ext:Mermaid
  8. How to create & install your first extension
  9. Show the tasks in the job queue from a Special page, with an extension
  10. Create tutorials for onboarding new users from an enterprise perspective
  11. Your Create Camp idea here.

Social activities[edit]

There will be social activities (with food and drinks) on both main evenings of the conference:

  • Wednesday evening, April 3: bowling and billiards at Sea Bowl
  • Thursday evening, April 4: a reception at the Wikimedia Foundation office in downtown San Francisco

Tuesday evening meetup[edit]

On the evening of Tuesday, April 2, the evening before the conference, there will be a Write the Docs meetup, to be held at Genesys HQ, in the same venue as the main conference. The topic will be the use of MediaWiki for documentation at Genesys. All EMWCon attendees are invited to attend this meetup, though if you do want to attend, please sign up on the meetup page.

Unofficial conference sign-up[edit]

To indicate that you are interested in attending, please add your name below:

  1. Yaron Koren
  2. Nikerabbit (talk) 12:24, 21 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Legoktm (talk) 20:23, 3 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Peter Woudsma
  5. Harjot Singh
  6. Tgr (talk) 09:27, 4 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Bryan Hilderbrand
  8. Cindy Cicalese (talk) 13:45, 4 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. David Strine
  10. Lex
  11. Ike Hecht
  12. Barry Grenon
  13. Zoranzoki21 (talk)
  14. Erika Bjune
  15. James Montalvo
  16. Vincent Brooks
  17. Costa Mavridis
  18. Greg Rundlett (talk) 18:17, 24 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Peter Meyer 25 Feb 2019
  20. Alex Tanchoco
  21. Phil Keith
  22. Jared Olson
  23. Clément Flipo
  24. Rich Evans
  25. Matteo Busanelli
  26. Claire Braico
  27. Thomas Fellows
  28. Daren Welsh
  29. Erik Biegert
  30. Matt Erbst
  31. Megan Cutrofello
  32. Airy Magnien
  33. Ed Jamer
  34. Kirk Rector
  35. Billy Coffield
  36. Tom Harriman
  37. Paula Cooper
  38. Tina Tenbergen


If you would like to stay at a hotel in the area, here are some suggested options that are not too far from the conference site:

Hampton Inn San Francisco-Daly City
2700 Junipero Serra Boulevard, Daly City
0.7 miles away - 16 minute walk, 2 minutes by car, 10 minutes by BART
~ $300/night
El Camino Inn
7525 Mission St, Daly City
1.3 miles away - 28 minute walk, 5 minutes by car, 20 minutes by BART
~ $160/night
Note: this hotel is relatively cheap, and relatively close, but please check the reviews before reserving here - people have had mixed experiences.
Nineteen 06 Mission (bed and breakfast)
1906 Mission St., San Francisco
6 miles away - 25 minutes by car, 25 minutes by BART
~ $170/night
Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport West
611 San Bruno Ave. East, San Bruno
7 miles away, 12 minutes by car, 37 minutes by BART
~ $230/night
The Dylan Hotel at SFO
110 S El Camino Real, Millbrae
9 miles away - 15 minutes by car, 35 minutes by BART
~ $210/night
Fairfield Inn & Suites at SFO
250 El Camino Real, Millbrae
9 miles away - 15 minutes by car, 35 minutes by BART
~ $275/night

If you wish to share a hotel room with other attendees, or to stay with a local attendee, in order to save on costs, please add your name below.

  • Your name here


We also want to thank two other organizations which, though not directly sponsoring the conference, are providing financial assistance:

Finally, we would like to thank Genesys, for graciously providing the facilities for the conference.