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In the first of a number of posts which look into the 20 year history of IWMW events Brian Kelly answers the question “How many speakers have there been at IWMW events?

How Many Speakers Have There Been At IWMW Events?

It would appear to be a relatively simple task to count the number of speakers over the 20-year span of an event. However there will first need to be a definition of the term ‘speaker‘. For the IWMW event series the term covers both plenary speakers and facilitators of workshop sessions. It does not generally include chairs of sessions or people reporting back on sessions.

However gathering this information may lead to inconsistencies and errors (in cases, for example, where previously announced speakers did not appear at the event or new speakers were added and the records were not updated accordingly).

The IWMW web sites are now split across two domains (iwmw.ac.uk and iwmw.org) and have a number of different structures which has been used over the past 20 years. In order to simplify the gathering of information the IWMW guide on the Lanyrd.com service has been used.

The findings are given in the following table. Note all IWMW events have lasted over 3 days apart from IWMW 1997 and IWMW 2011, which took place over 2 days.

Speaker list (partial) for IWMW 2010

Speaker list (partial) for IWMW 2010

No. Event No. of
1 IWMW 1997  15 2-day event
2 IWMW 1998  18  (was 19)
3 IWMW 1999  18
4 IWMW 2000  27
5 IWMW 2001  24
6 IWMW 2002  36
7 IWMW 2003  39
8 IWMW 2004  29
9 IWMW 2005  33
10 IWMW 2006  40
11 IWMW 2007  38
12 IWMW 2008  32
13 IWMW 2009  36
14 IWMW 2010  42
15 IWMW 2011  28 2-day event
16 IWMW 2012  39
17 IWMW 2013  40
18 IWMW 2014  22
19 IWMW 2015  28
20 IWMW 2016  29

As can be seen there have been a total of 621 speakers, with IWMW 2010 featuring the largest number of speakers (42, as illustrated in the screen shot).

What Next?

Further analyses of the data for IWMW events are planned, in order to provide a better understanding of the history of the event and the role it has played in supporting those with responsibilities in providing institutional web services. It is intended to provide answers to questions such as “How many different individuals have spoken at IWMW events?” and “What proportion of women have spoken at IWMW events?”