EMWCon Spring 2021

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EMWCon Spring 2021
EMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations of "Enterprise MediaWiki" from around the world.
Conference details
Start: April 20, 2021
Finish: April 22, 2021
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM (EDT)
13:00 - 21:00 (UTC)
General chair: Bryan Hilderbrand
Program chair: Yaron Koren
Sponsorship chair: Ike Hecht
Platform & Communication
Platform: Hopin
Simulcast: YouTube
Riot chat URL: #emwcon:matrix.org chat, logs
Social media: Use the hashtag #EMWCon

EMWCon Spring 2021 was an online-only event held on April 20-22, 2021. The event occurred between 9 AM and 5 PM, Eastern Time, on each of those three days. EMWCon is a 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. Attendance will be free.

This event consisted of talks, demos, panels, lightning talks, and a one-day hackathon/"Create Camp".

Group picture from EMWCon Spring 2020


Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (hopefully on its way out!), this conference took place virtually again this year. Attendees needed to create a free account on Hopin. Please use the following link to sign-up and attend:

The main platform will be Hopin, but the conference Main Stage will be simulcasted on YouTube:


We are honored to have as our keynote speaker Håkon Wium Lie, who is best known as the main creator of CSS. He was also the longtime CTO of the company Opera (makers of the Opera browser), and most recently has helped to run the MediaWiki-based website Rettspraksis.no.


All talks are 30 minutes long including questions unless stated otherwise. Times listed are EDT (UTC -4).

Video link: 🎥
Presentation link: 🔗

Conference Day 1 - Tuesday, April 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 🎥 Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions - Bryan Hilderbrand

🎥 Keynote: CSS, public access to information, & producing books from the web - Håkon Wium Lie

🎥 🔗 Page Forms: State of the Extension - Yaron Koren

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 🎥 🔗 Wikipush Toolkit Application in the ConfIDent Project - Wolfgang Fahl

🎥 🔗 Confluence-to-MediaWiki migration script - Robert Vogel

🎥 🔗 WSForm current status and intro to WSPageSync - Charlot Cobben

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 🍴 Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 🎥 🔗 Deploying MediaWiki to Kubernetes 101 - Jeena Huneidi

🎥 Panel: Wikimedia & Enterprise MediaWiki (60 minutes) - Yaron Koren (Moderator), Cindy Cicalese, Markus Glaser, Mark Hershberger, Brian Wolff

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 🎥 🔗 MWStake MediaWiki Manager: Initiatives to facilitate managing MediaWiki deployments (Code Base) - Lex Sulzer

🎥 🔗 Editing your wiki with Python is easier than you think - Megan Cutrofello

🎥 🔗 USSF Tactical Doctrine Wiki - Jared Olson

Conference Day 2 - Wednesday, April 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 🎥 🔗 Faceted search using Elasticsearch and SMW - Robis Koopmans

🎥 🔗 A MediaWiki based content services platform - Ad Strack van Schijndel

🎥 🔗 Squaring the circle: How Wikimedia Enterprise is offering commercial SLAs the wiki-way (60 minutes) (Commons video) - Lane Becker, Ryan Brounley, & Liam Wyatt

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 🎥 Panel: MediaWiki Consulting (60 minutes) - Richard Heigl (Moderator), Jeroen De Dauw, Alexander Gesinn, Ike Hecht, Ad Strack van Schijndel, Lex Sulzer

Lightning Talks (30 minutes):

🎥 Naming your extensions - Yaron Koren

🎥 Idea "MECE Manager" - Lex Sulzer

Lighting Talk #3 - Speaker

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Break
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM 🎥 🔗 Breaking up the Monolith: The MediaWiki Expedition - Daniel Kinzler & Petr Pchelko

🎥 🔗 Enterprise Data Map POC : With Semantic MediaWiki and GraphViz (15 minutes) - Alex Tanchoco

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Create Camp Opening Session (45 minutes)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp:

Create Camp 1 - Leader

Create Camp 2 - Leader

Create Camp 3 - Leader

Conference Day 3 - Thursday, April 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Create Camp:

Create Camp 4 - Leader

Create Camp 5 - Leader

Create Camp 6 - Leader

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp Closing Session (60 minutes)


Please add your name below if you are planning to attend.

  1. Bryan Hilderbrand
  2. Yaron Koren
  3. Ike Hecht (WikiTeq)
  4. Patrick Marvin (WikiTeq)
  5. Rich Evans
  6. Tom O'Neill
  7. Bawolff
  8. Julien Tremblay McLellan
  9. Duncan Crane
  10. Megan Cutrofello
  11. Alex Tanchoco
  12. Richard Heigl
  13. Alexander Gesinn (gesinn.it)
  14. Cindy Cicalese
  15. Ad Strack van Schijndel
  16. Jared Olson
  17. Gary Foster
  18. Lex Sulzer
  19. Wolfgang Fahl
  20. Gretchen Wentzell Lowerison
  21. Jeroen De Dauw, SMW maintainer (Professional.Wiki)
  22. Karsten Hoffmeyer, SMW maintainer (Professional.Wiki)
  23. s_pokras (Stan - Wikidelphia.org & OtherNetworks.org)
  24. Geertivp (talk)
  25. Markus Glaser (MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group, BlueSpice)
  26. Eric-Jan van Kakerken (Wikibase Solutions)
  27. Charlot Cobben (Charlot @ Wikibase Solutions)
  28. Robert Sterbal
  29. Ray Frye
  30. MyWikis-JeffreyWang
  31. Phil Keith
  32. Liam Wyatt (Wikimedia Enterprise)
  33. Trae Watson
  34. Ed Jamer
  35. Barry Grenon
  36. Nathan James
  37. Vincent Brooks
  38. Philippos Papadopoulos (Open Risk Manual, Open Risk Data)
  39. Jobgh, One or Zero developer (wiki.oneorzero.org)
  40. Michael Lowerison
  41. Harry Cadby
  42. Rich Simon
  43. Marijn van Wezel
  44. Brian Rom
  45. Robert Vogel
  46. Jan H. Höffler
  47. Charles Smith
  48. Joris Dirks (ArchiXL)
  49. Dror S
  50. Igor Absorto
  51. Bernhard Krabina
  52. Ross.Patrick

Lightning Talks[edit]

To give a lightning talk at EMWCon, please add its title below.

  • Title - Speaker
  • Naming your extensions - Yaron Koren
  • Idea "MECE Manager" - Lex Sulzer

Create Camp[edit]

The Create Camp will be held during the conference. It will comprise small groups working together online on projects of interest to them. These can be programming projects, demonstrating best practices, tutorials, documentation efforts - anything you care to work in small groups related to MediaWiki. Some projects will span the entire Create Camp while others may be scheduled for shorter time periods such as an hour. We will maintain a working schedule here during the Create Camp of the timing. The Create Camp will start with an opening session where the group can discuss projects - although please feel free to add project suggestions below in advance to help planning. The Create Camp will end with a closing session where groups can report out on their projects.

Suggested topics:

  1. Improving Cargo's "page values" display
  2. WikiPush, WikiSon, pyWikiCMS applications
  3. MediaWiki Manager: Initiatives to facilitate managing MediaWiki deployments
  4. Creating packages and installing them - creating various packages (collections of wiki pages) holding data structures, for use with specific use cases, to be installed with Page Exchange or anything else
  5. Creating diagrams using Mermaid and Semantic MediaWiki
    • Request from Gary Foster


The current sponsors of EMWCon are:

To become a sponsor, please contact Ike Hecht.