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Jimmy Wales at Wikipedia Mumbai Meet 3



The presentation that Jimmy Wales gave in Mumbai in Oct 2010. #wpmmu3 ...

The presentation that Jimmy Wales gave in Mumbai in Oct 2010. #wpmmu3

Note: This makes complete sense with the man himself speaking in front of it. So do not take things from this ppt as his word. He did mention on a couple of occasions that the data isn't verified.



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  • Gathering, recording, and sharing human knowledge is not a new concept. The method for collecting information, however, has certainly evolved over centuries.
  • Gathering, recording, and sharing human knowledge is not a new concept. The method for collecting information, however, has certainly evolved over centuries.
  • Google Yahoo Microsoft Facebook … Wikimedia
  • Wikipedia is the world’s largest free web-based encyclopedia written entirely by thousands of volunteers in many languages. It was the great experiment… Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not anything else, not everything in the world Not a library or textbook Not youtube (no funny cat videos) Not facebook (not a social network) An encyclopedia offers an essentialized summary of human knowledge, with the depth of the material depending on the context
  • Today, there are 16 million articles including more than 3.4 million English entries Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia
  • However, English is only one of 270 languages represented on the site. Some of the most popular are German, French, Polish and Italian. But there thousands and thousands of articles written in Turkish, Korean, Greek, Norwegian, Czech, and more. 500,000 articles in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, etc. 150,000 articles in Catalan, Czech, Català, Turkish, Hungarian, Swedish, Chinese, etc. 100,000 articles: Danish, Indonesian, Bulgarian, Korean, Vietnamese, etc. 50,000 articles: Greek, Croatian, Norwegian, Thai, etc.
  • Source: comScore worldwide UVs, August 2010
  • Source: comScore worldwide UVs, August 2010
  • So you what a Wikipedian is, but why is it important to know what these people are like? Readers, even ones that have a grasp of how Wikipedia gets written, often tend to think of regular editors as some sort of collective hive mind, like ants or bees.
  • Wikipedia isn’t just a website anymore. That quote is real, it’s from a school librarian in Oregon. Wikipedia isn’t just mainstream, for your kids and grandkids it’s a definitive cultural institution.
  • I’d like to start from the demographics data we have on Wikipedians. Keep in mind that this is from a self-reported survey of just over 130,000 readers and contributors. The first thing that jumps out at you is that Wikipedians, at least the ones who fill out surveys, are overwhelming male. From personal experience I can tell you that Wikipedia has a culture that includes influential and respected women, but getting more women active in the projects is a goal. The second thing is that we’re very young. The average is just under 26, so roughly half my fellow Wikipedians are 22 or younger. I began editing when I was 19 I think when I started editing, and I have always been proud of the fact that Wikipedia is a place on the Web where young people take on responsibility. The last is that we may be amateurs, but we’re pretty well educated nonetheless. The percent of Wikipedians with undergraduate and Master’s degrees is pretty much equal with readers, but there’s about double the amount with a doctorate.
  • But no matter what demographic you fit into terms of age, race, or gender, there’s a personality that Wikipedians share. Whether you’re a high school student in Iowa or retired in Florida, you’re smart, curious, and you have a few hours a week to give. Of course, the sort of person who writes an encyclopedia for fun tends to have more than a few quirks.
  • Source: comScore worldwide UVs, August 2010
  • over 371,000,000 visitors a month. If it were a country it would be the 4th largest country in the world - somewhere between Indonesia and the U.S.
  • Currently used by 20% of the world.
  • Theory of Change: to increase our reach, we are focused on increasing participation & quality Leads in to strategic plan
  • Theory of Change: to increase our reach, we are focused on increasing participation & quality Leads in to strategic plan

Jimmy Wales at Wikipedia Mumbai Meet 3 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. WIKIPEDIA In India: The Future The Future
  • 2. The Dream of Free Knowledge For All
  • 3. Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we are doing.
  • 4. WIKIPEDIA: the world’s largest encyclopedia free, online & written by volunteers
  • 6. 16 million things to argue about
  • 9. Who?
  • 10. Why know who Wikipedians are?
  • 11. This is why.
  • 12.
    • 87% male
    • Average age of 26
    • Double the % of PhDs
    By the numbers
  • 13. Warnings and disclaimers on everything
  • 14. We care ...maybe a little too much
  • 15. Amateur encyclopedists
  • 16. Are they super beings? Who?
  • 17.  
  • 18. WIKIMEDIA IN INDIA Catalyzing Growth of the Wikimedia Community WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION
  • 20. We're close to achieving our vision in the Global North, Global South is the next great challenge
  • 21. Where we are today in India (I) Source: Erick Zachte analysis using sample 9/09-7/10 http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportPageViewsPerCountryOverview.htm Number of Internet users 81M Share of Global Internet users 4.7% Page views per month 191M Share of Global Page Views 1.5% Page edits per month 90K Share of Page edits (July 2010) 1.3%
  • 22. Where we are today in India (II) Source: Stats.Wikimedia.org July 2010
  • 23. Some Languages of India
    • Hindi - 57,823
    • Telegu - 45,963
    • Marathi - 31,400
    • Tamil - 25,623
    • Gujarati - 17,142
    • Malayalam - 14,830
  • 24. Where we are today in India (III) Source: Stats.Wikimedia.org July 2010
  • 25. Our 2015 goal: Strong and healthy India-based projects Top 10 Indian languages have mature Wikipedia (>100K substantial articles) and Wiktionary available enabling potential reach to 80% of Indian population 100M unique visitors monthly to Wikimedia projects >75% of schools in India have access to a Wikipedia and Wiktionary either via the Internet or offline Top ten projects sustain positive monthly growth in active editors
  • 26. Our near term goal: Catalyze participation to crank up the flywheel
  • 27. Seven (plus one) WMF activity ideas 1. Contributor outreach and training : Create resources and campaigns to increase the knowledge about how Wikimedia works and help attract and retain editors 2. University clubs : Support students and faculty to create contributor clubs on university campuses across the country 3. Schools : Work with education system to integrate Wikipedia as a reference resource for schools; offline Wikipedias where n1eeded 4. Knowledge sharing : Support regular meetups across the country and periodic Wikimedia India conferences 5. Technology support : Work with the community and developers on solutions to technical barriers faced by projects 6. Mobile products : Work with the community and the Indian mobile sector to create compelling mobile products for Wikimedia projects 7. National article writing contests : Support volunteers to run regular contests to write quality articles for any language project +1 Fund and/or provide logistical support for community initiatives that are aligned with the mission and India goals
  • 28. WMF Principles for working with the community in India 1. WMF's goal is to help grow the Wikimedia community and projects in India; all our actions should align with this goal 2. WMF is here to support the community: Wherever possible, the community should lead and the WMF team should support 3. WMF seeks to facilitate growth across the country and a range of languages, not any single area 4. WMF's direct investment in staff and an office in India is temporary in nature; as the community and chapter build capacity, WMF will adjust our capacity 5. WMF will be open and transparent with the community; we'll communicate openly about our investments, progress and results 6. Regardless of the location of the WMF office, the activities of the team will serve national goals and our team will not differentially support one locale over others 7. All actions of the WMF will be evaluated for their impact on our goal Successful initiatives will be expanded. Failed initiatives will be terminated.
  • 29. “ Wikipedia represents a belief in the supremacy of reason and the goodness of others.” Daniel Pink, “The Book Stops Here,” Wired Magazine 13.03, March 2005
  • 30.