EMWCon Spring 2023

The Enterprise MediaWiki Conference Spring 2023, or EMWCon Spring 2023, was held April 19-21 in Austin, Texas in the United States. EMWCons are three-day conferences 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 2023 was anyone who uses, or would like to learn more about, MediaWiki within organizations.

EMWCon Spring 2023

EMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations of "enterprise MediaWiki" from around the world.
Conference Details
Location: Austin, TX, USA
In-person registration deadline: March 19, 2023
Start: April 19, 2023
Finish: April 21, 2023
General Chair: Bryan Hilderbrand
Local Chair: Jeffrey Wang
Registration Chair: Bryan Hilderbrand
Program Chair: Yaron Koren
Sponsor Chair: Ike Hecht
Create Camp Chair: Daniel Scherzer
Audience: Administrators, Business, Academia, Developers, Community, MediaWiki Users
Previous conference:
EMWCon Spring 2022
Next conference:
MediaWiki Users and Developers Conference Spring 2024

This was the 8th 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.

As in 2022, the conference was held in a hybrid manner. For those who could not attend in person, there was online/virtual capability that was intended to be as integrated into the conference as much as possible. All presentations were available on Hopin live and talks were accepted from remote speakers. There was no cost for online/virtual attendance. However, in-person attendance was encouraged!

Group picture from EMWCon Spring 2023

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Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 19, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 🎥 Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions - Bryan Hilderbrand

🎥 🔗 OpenSemanticLab and MwJson: Transcend wikitext to store and edit structured & linked data - Simon Stier

🎥 🔗 FlexForm version 2.1 release - Charlot Cobben

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 🎥 🔗 Synchronizing your own MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki content with Wikidata - Wolfgang Fahl

🎥 🔗 Keynote: Measuring MediaWiki usage - Cindy Cicalese

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

🎥 Panel: MediaWiki Administration (60 minutes) - Panelists: Cindy Cicalese, Ryan Schmidt, Jeffrey Wang, Brian Wolff; moderator: Yaron Koren

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

🎥 Sponsorship opportunities for Semantic MediaWiki (10 minutes) - Bernhard Krabina

🎥 The auth experiment - Stephan Protsack (15 minutes)

🎥 MediaWiki @ Microsoft - Jeffrey Wang (Microsoft) (25 minutes)

🎥 🔗 The JWTAuth Extension - Jeffrey Wang (MyWikis) (10 minutes)

🎥 🔗 Introduction to Enterprise MediaWiki - Daniel Scherzer

A short presentation of PageProperties - Thomas Topway

PageProperties presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_b_BCcSax1h1D-eTIeCvPsMBnuIA9pP7/view?usp=sharing (it will be available for a few days)

Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 20, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

🎥 🔗 MVC in MediaWiki: How to utilize Semantic MediaWiki, ArrayFunctions and Scribunto to make your wiki Parsoid-compatible - Marijn van Wezel

🎥 🔗 Reasons not to use Wikibase (and reasons to do so) - James Hare

🎥 🔗 State of Canasta, Spring 2023 - Jeffrey Wang (MyWikis)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

🎥 Intro to Generative AI and Generating Wiki Pages - Gunjan Bhattarai

🎥 🔗 Creating a question & answer chatbot to search wikis - Jeffrey Wang (MyWikis)

🎥 How to use GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT to write code and unit tests - Jeffrey Wang (Microsoft) (15 minutes)

Lightning talks: (15 minutes)

🎥 🔗  Demo: How to automate code & content creation with the OpenSemanticLab Python Package - Simon Stier

🎥 🔗  WikiSearch as a result format - Robis Koopmans (Wikibase Solutions)

🎥  PagePermissions extension and Backdrop extension - Yaron Koren

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 🍴 Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 🎥 🔗 Fixing your wiki being slow - Brian Wolff

🎥 Panel: Wikis and AI (60 minutes) - Panelists: Lane Becker, Mat Nadrofsky, Jeffrey Wang; moderator: Yaron Koren

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 🎥 🔗 Wikis made by bots - Ike Hecht

🎥 🔗 For the price of 15 cups of coffee a day: thoughts on EMW sustainability - Yaron Koren

🎥 🔗 I don’t like infoboxes - Megan Cutrofello

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 🍴 Conference dinner, Iron Cactus

Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Create Camp
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp Closing Session (60 minutes)

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This conference is coordinated by the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group and the current sponsors of EMWCon are:

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If you are interested in sponsoring EMWCon 2023, please contact Ike Hecht, the conference sponsor chair.

Premier ($600)

  • 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.

Contributor ($250)

  • 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.