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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 was been used (NOTE now discontinued due to cessation of Lanyrd service).

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.EventNo. of
1IWMW 1997 152-day event
2IWMW 1998 18 (was 19)
3IWMW 1999 18
4IWMW 2000 27
5IWMW 2001 24
6IWMW 2002 36
7IWMW 2003 39
8IWMW 2004 29
9IWMW 2005 33
10IWMW 2006 40
11IWMW 2007 38
12IWMW 2008 32
13IWMW 2009 36
14IWMW 2010 42
15IWMW 2011 282-day event
16IWMW 2012 39
17IWMW 2013 40
18IWMW 2014 22
19IWMW 2015 28
20IWMW 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?”