The Enterprise MediaWiki Conference Spring 2022, or EMWCon Spring 2022, was held April 6-8 in Houston, TX. EMWCon was 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 2022 is anyone who uses, or would like to learn more about, MediaWiki within organizations.
This is the seventh EMWCon. EMWCon began as a spinoff of the Semantic MediaWiki Conference, or SMWCon, which is an annual conference held each fall in Europe. EMWCon and SMWCon are both three-day conferences with similar topics of discussion, though EMWCon has a broader scope.
- Dates: April 6-8 2022
- Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
- Location: Hilton Houston Westchase
For those who could attend in person for any reason, this was a "hybrid" conference, with online/virtual capability that was intended to be as integrated into the conference as possible. All presentations were available on Hopin live and talks were accepted from remote speakers. There was no cost for online/virtual attendance.
Hopin - Remote attendees and speakers needed to create a free account on Hopin. Please use the following link to sign-up and attend:
Kosy - We will be using Kosy as a fun way to connect virtually to other remote and in-person attendees. The platform will be opened during conference hours and a moderator will give you access when you request to join. Kosy is a RPG like virtual meeting area with avatars and spaces for large discussions (20 people), small groups (both private and open), and 1-on-1s.
- https://login.kosyoffice.com/register-code?signup=cl1qis1qt00000hla9388fxff (this link shouldn't require approval to join)
YouTube - The main platform will be Hopin, but the conference Main Stage will be simulcasted on YouTube:
- Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnADYss429s (Recorded)
- Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IpjAr9VULw (Recorded)
Element - An instant messaging platform used for EMWCon and general MediaWiki discussions:
- EMWCon Room: https://matrix.to/#/#emwcon:matrix.org
- General Room: https://matrix.to/#/#mwstake-general:matrix.org
To register for EMWCon, please go to the EMWCon Spring 2022 page at Eventbrite or click the button below. Tickets come with breakfast, lunch, & snacks for all 3 days of the conference and one social dinner (Thursday night). There is no cost to attend remotely.
The cost for the three-day event is:
- $450 - Regular Rate
- $150 - Students and Freelancers
(If you would be paying your own way, go with the lower rate. If your company or organization is paying, the regular rate applies.)
Also, feel free to add your name to the informal registration signup, below:
- Bryan Hilderbrand
- Jeffrey Wang
- Yaron Koren
- Ike Hecht
- David Every
- Margaret Gainsley
- Lane Becker (WMF)
- Matthew Westerby
- Ayushi Dokwal
- Rich Evans (NASA GRC-ATF)
- Lexi McGillivray
- Vincent Brooks
- Cindy Cicalese (WMF)
- Daren Welsh
- Mark A. Hershberger
- Peter B Meyer
- Maciej Czyz
- User:Michelle Thomason
- Tina Tenbergen
- Megan Cutrofello
- Tom Fellows
- Jared Olson
- Justin C Lloyd
- Der leder haas
- Alex Tanchoco (working on attending in-person)
- Jeroen De Dauw (Professional.Wiki)
- Wolfgang Fahl
- Barb Evenson
- Tom O'Neill
- Phil Keith
- Eric-Jan van Kakerken (Wikibase Solutions)
- Viktor Schelling (Wikibase Solutions)
- Gemma Neeleman (Wikibase Solutions)
- Ad Strack van Schijndel (Wikibase Solutions)
- Charlot Cobben (Wikibase Solutions)
- Morne Alberts
- Martin Ringel
- Michael Erdmann (DIQA Projektmanagement GmbH)
- Gary Foster
- Bernhard Krabina (KMA Knowledge Management Associates)
- TheDJ (CEST, will try to catch as much as I can)
- Jessica Clifford
- Rich Simon
- Lex Sulzer
- Markus Glaser
Here is the tentative program for the conference:
All talks are 30 minutes long including questions unless stated otherwise. Times listed are CDT (UTC -5).
|Video link: 🎥|
|Presentation link: 🔗|
|Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 6, 2022|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions - Bryan Hilderbrand
MediaWiki API testing: How it works and how it fits in a testing strategy - Markus Glaser
|10:30 AM- 11:00 AM||☕||Break|
|11:00 AM - 12:30 PM||ISO 27001 for and with enterprise wikis - Ad Strack van Schijndel
Sharing generic functionality between extensions: First experiences with the MWStake 'MediaWiki Components' approach - Robert Vogel
Custom notifications using Semantic MediaWiki and server-side scripting - Lexi McGillivray
|12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||🍴||Lunch|
|1:30 PM - 2:30 PM||
Panel: Future of Enterprise MediaWiki (60 minutes) - moderator: Daren Welsh; panelists: Cindy Cicalese, Mark Hershberger, Yaron Koren, Daniel Robbins
|2:30 PM - 3:00 PM||☕||Break|
|3:00 PM - 5:00 PM||
Use of Enterprise MediaWiki at Medtronic - Margaret Gainsley
Residency management system at Mass General Hospital - Emilio Madrigal
State of the PluggableAuth family - Cindy Cicalese
|Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 7, 2022|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||
Content Services Platform - Viktor Schelling
Project Canasta updates - Jeffrey Wang
Changes to the configuration system in MediaWiki 1.38 - Daniel Kinzler
|10:30 AM - 11:00 AM||☕||Break|
|11:00 AM - 1:00 PM||
Verifiable content in MediaWiki with hash chains - Markus Glaser
Lightning Talks (60 minutes):
4) "Future of semantic text editing" - Bernhard Krabina
|1:00 PM - 2:00 PM||🍴||Lunch|
|2:00 PM - 3:30 PM||🔗 Introducing EMWFS - A File Folder and File Attachment project for MediaWiki - Rich Evans
Handling internal data in MediaWiki - Megan Cutrofello
|3:30 PM - 4:00 PM||☕||Break|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Panel: Video Game Wikis (60 minutes) - moderator: Jeffrey Wang; panelists: Jessica Clifford (Gamepedia/Fandom), Megan Cutrofello (Leaguepedia), Kevin Payravi (Nookipedia), Jacqueline Wong (Tears of Themis Wiki, Dragalia Lost Wiki)|
|6:30 PM - 8:30 PM||🍴||Conference dinner, Saldivia's South American Grill|
|Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 8, 2022|
|9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||Create Camp|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Create Camp Closing Session (60 minutes)|
It's not too late to add talks! To give a talk, demo, or lightning talk at EMWCon, please add its title below.
- "State of Wikimedia Enterprise in 2022" - Lane Becker
- "Introducing EMWFS - A File Folder and File Attachment project for Mediawiki" - Rich Evans
- “Project Canasta updates” - Jeffrey Wang
- "MediaWiki packages" - Ike Hecht
- "Handling external data in MediaWiki" - Yaron Koren
- "Custom notifications using Semantic Mediawiki and mwclient" - Lexi McGillivray
- "Sharing generic functionality between extensions: First experiences with the MWStake 'MediaWiki Components' approach" - Robert Vogel
- Keywords to Semantics: MediaWiki and the History of Early American Landscape Design - Matthew Westerby
- MediaWiki API testing: How it works and how it fits in a testing strategy - Markus Glaser
- ISO 27001 for and with enterprise wikis - Ad Strack van Schijndel
- FlexForm (WSForm) update and Documentation - Charlot Cobben (Wikibase Solutions)
- Content Services Platform - Viktor Schelling (Wikibase Solutions)
- Verifiable content in MediaWiki with hash chains - Markus Glaser
- Extension:SemanticActions - Daren Welsh
- Extension:SemanticTasks - Bernhard Krabina (as it fits so well in your schedule)
- Extension:WikiSearchFront - Robis Koopmans (Wikibase Solutions) (faceted search updates and future roadmap )
- Future of semantic text editing - Bernhard Krabina (lighning talk, followed by a create camp session if possible)
Create Camp Sessions
The Create Camp will occur Friday, April 8. Please add your sessions below.
- Using the new config approach to configure a wiki farm with no LocalSettings.php (@10am CDT; we will meet on Kozy)
- Cindy Cicalese
- Daniel Kinzler
- Jeffrey Wang
- Mark A. Hershberger
- (Add your name here)
- Knowledge graphs from Semantic search - This group will decide on a format and then create a graph or timeline visualization of keywords and/or image and word relationships from HEALD. Building a knowledge graph from exported RDF files in GraphDB is the first option to explore. Also discuss the extension Semantic MediaWiki Graph, currently not maintained (if there is interest).
- Matthew Westerby
- Bryan Hilderbrand
- Jared Olson
- Discuss the future of Semantic Text Annotations and develop an action plan
- Bernhard Krabina
- Start a basic Site Diagnostics extension to detect common MW setup problems like incorrect permissions (if there's interest)
- Peter Meyer
- Improve image_auth.php response in private wikis to
- Using Page Forms - Discuss how one might pass a custom value into a form using the #formlink and #autoedit parser functions. T306247
- Example: One may have an input called "Point of Contact" and wish to set "|values from category=" to a category that is the result of a query
- (Add your Create Camp session here)
Everyone is encouraged to stay at the Hilton Houston Westchase, a block rate for each room of $105 has been negotiated. Please book with the group code EMWC22 (built into the following button) to receive this rate:
- Note: There was an issue previously with the special rate ($105) not showing up, but the new link above should be working again now. Please contact the front desk if you purchased your room and did not get the block rate.
If you would like to share a room, please add your name below:
Shared room signup:
- Wednesday night - Social night (coming soon)
- Thursday night - Conference dinner, Saldivia's South American Grill
The current sponsors of EMWCon are:
Become a sponsor
If you are interested in sponsoring EMWCon 2022, please contact Ike Hecht, the conference sponsor chair.
- Your logo (large), link, and description in the sponsorship section of the conference website.
- Your name will be mentioned during the conference and your logo (large) will be visible during talks and conference breaks.
- Your name will be included in all upcoming announcements of the conference (e-mail, social media).
- You will have the opportunity to discuss selected topics or demonstrate your products/services or show your short video in breakout sessions during coffee breaks.
- Your logo (small), link, and description in the sponsorship section of the conference website.
- Your name will be mentioned during the conference and your logo (small) will be visible during talks and conference breaks.
Travel guidance for in-person attendees
Entering the United States
|Nationalities prohibited from entry||None|
|Vaccination requirements||U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and immigrant visas: not required
Foreign nationals: required (booster not currently required) with narrow exceptions
|Testing requirements||Yes for entering the United States, see below. Test must be taken on the day of or 1 day before the flight to the U.S.|
|Mask requirements||Required on all flights, at all airports, and on all federal property|
In the United States, requirements relating to COVID-19 are mandated by the President of the United States and are administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States' national public health agency.
Foreign travelers from all countries are currently permitted to enter the United States as long as they are fully vaccinated and have a negative test result or a positive result recent documentation of recovery from a doctor.
All travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test administered either the day of or 1 day before departure of your first flight. For more information on these requirements, or for the criteria of using a certificate of recovery, see this page on CDC.gov.
The United States government is relatively flexible with the kind of tests that can be used for entering the country. All reputable PCR and antigen tests which provide a certification of your result by a lab or a government authority are accepted for entry. Even a remotely-proctored, antigen COVID-19 test authorized by the FDA under an EUA such as Abbott's BinaxNOW is accepted for entry.
Entry requirements are subject to change at any time by presidential proclamation. Always check the CDC website for the latest requirements.
|Mask requirements||None unless required by owners of private property
Except at the airport, where it is required
This information is accurate as of April 1, 2022. The local chair will continue to actively monitor local restrictions and will inform attendees of any changes in rules that would impact the conference. It is extremely unlikely the State of Texas would impose any sort of pandemic-related restrictions at this conference.