The conference was held in Porto, Portugal — one of
Europe’s most ancient cities, “home of port wine”
There are many different bridges in Porto,
this particular one was designed by Gustave Eiffel himself.
FEUP (Engineering Faculty of University of Porto) hosted
all ofﬁcial WikiSym events and sections
More than 130 people from 21 different countries were
talking on different topics
Wikipedia was the largest topic to talk, of course.
There were many discussions on intranet wiki: how it is
implemented, adopted and used, what beneﬁts brings in
* Confuence was one, but not the only implementation to speak of =)
And a plenty of wiki-engine developers: TikiWiki, XWiki,
TWiki, WikkaWiki, WackoWiki, ShyWiki etc.
WikiHouse Party was great,
thank you guys!
There were keynote sections— Very Very Wise People
sharing their thoughts to (almost) silent audience
Paper Sections, Workshops & Doctoral Space were
conducted as quick-paced sequence of several speakers
More informal formats were fulﬁlled with discussion
OpenSpace format was successfully used to spawn great
number of interesting topics
Anyone with a topic in mind could write it down, announce
and place it in one of remaining timetable slots
We have found our most interesting and important
discussions in OpenSpace sessions
English seems to be WikiSym’s lingua franca, though it was
a foreign language for most of people talked
There were only 2-4 persons talked in a typical
(spontaneous) OpenSpace session
Deeper discussion requires some organization.
How did OpenSpace organizers provide it?
Participants can work on their starting thoughts
individually — on Post-Its
Groupwork is a integrational tool: for example, clustering
Post-Its on whiteboard during discussions
Meeting report is conducted in wiki and presented to
participants thru projector
As a concluding result,
WikiSym conference was useful & entertaining!
Workshop Research Papers
• Wikis For Software Engineering • Innovative Wikis:
• Location-Based Wiki,
• Affordances Of Wiki In Intranet, • Spatial Wikis,
• P2P Wikipedia Hosting • Social Awareness In Wiki,
OpenSpace • Motivating And Enabling
• Wiki In Project Management Organizational Memory,
• Wiki For Kids • Visualizing Wiki Supported
• How To Measure Contribution In Knowledge Building,
Corporate Wikis • Wiki Based Collaboration
• Small Group Wiki Practices Learning
There are some spots from program we especially enjoyed
and contributed some ways.
Thanks for the photos
• Konstantin Kolomeetz
• Régis Barondeau
• Clara Vale
• Ricardo Vidal
• Helena & Cristina
• Martin Siebert
• more photos from Flickr
More on WikiSym
• WikiSym 2008 Wiki
• More reports from us