Pedants Unite! Wikipedia Conference Opens Tomorrow

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 46 months ago
Pedants Unite! Wikipedia Conference Opens Tomorrow

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales getting ready to make some salient points at the Wikimania conference. Image by Wertuose via Wikimedia Commons.

Five days of editing, citing sources, open data and knowledge-sharing get underway tomorrow when the tenth Wikipedia Summit opens at The Barbican Centre.

Dubbed Wikimania, the annual gathering of fans of and contributors to the world's fifth largest website [citation needed] will include debates, workshops, meet-ups and presentations by luminaries from the worlds of science and technology.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will start proceedings with a keynote speech on 7 August.

After the celebrations, the main conference programme opens on  8 August, so if you ever wanted to know how to Grow the Awesome in your Programs [sic], or How to Stay out of Jail and use Wikimedia Commons, you know where to head.

One-day passes are £30, a three-day ticket is £50. Five-day passes, including a pre-conference, are sold out. Around 4,000 people are expected to attend, so pre-registration is advised.

Last Updated 05 August 2014

Alastair Rae

Maybe they can discuss the relentless bullying that drives subject experts off the site.

Gregory Kohs

Incorrect caption of "Wikipedia founder". The primary founder was Larry Sanger. Wales was mostly the underwriter and server manager.

Naureen Nayyar

#wikimania2014 is upon us! hope to see some of you there.


I popped in yesterday and they don't seem too pedantic. Really the whole anybody can edit anything without even registering ethos is a bit the opposite of that.


Wikipedia has done incredible good for the world but in a very small number of articles they have stumbled. In the case of the Murder of Meredith Kercher article, British editors were able to expel any and all editors with a point of view they disagreed with. The result was an article which has caused profound harm to two living human beings, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.