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Future of OpenSpace at Wiki Conferences

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A session on how to improve integration of OpenSpace at WikiSym.

Why do we want an OS track at WS?

  • Offer attendees variety in terms of pace, rythm (i.e. not just papers and panels).
  • Less hassle to organize than formal paper tracks.
  • Emergence, creativity, new ideas, new projects.
  • Allows for last minute topics that could not have entered the program otherwise.
  • Get academics and non-academics to rub shoulders in lively discussion.
  • Allow people to inject more of themselves into the conference.
  • Allows people to dwelve deeper into an issue than can be achived with a 20 mins presentation.

Possible formats

Parallel throughout WS

  • This is what we do now.
  • Always gives people a choice.
  • But at same time, when academic program is in full flight, OpenSpace area tends to be empty.

day dedicated Open Space

  • Does not compete with scientific program.
  • A full focused day!
  • Could offer a real cheap $20 day-pass for those who can't afford WikiSym.
  • Could be held on first day, last day, or middle
    • First day: Allows people to forge relationships that last them throughout the conference.
    • Last day: Allows people to collectively reflect back on what they have heard at WikiSym.
    • Middle day: Does a bit of both, plus it's harder for people to just skip that day.

How to convey to people that this is an important part of the program

  • Many people who have never attended an OpenSpace don't understand how it works.
  • Often, people will be tempted to skip that part of the conference.
  • How to convey the excitment and value of OpenSpace in our announcements, so that people don't skip it?
    • Short movie of previous OpenSpaces?
    • Testimonial from people who have gone to previous Open Spaces?
    • Have people post topics and keywords on a wiki site weeks before the event, so that attendees can get a feel for what will be talked about? Note that this is just a teaser, not a firm schedule.
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