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  • 1. Collective stewardship of knowledge Wikipedia and beyond John Vandenberg President, Wikimedia Australia Research Data Analyst, University of New England (Armidale)
  • 2. Terminology• Wikimedia –community and broader ‘movement’• Wikipedia – the first project of many Other projects: • Commons – media repository - images • Wiktionary - dictionary • Wikisource – library of public domain works, with volunteers transcribing scans, like Project Gutenberg • Wikinews – citizen journalism • Wikibooks – text books • Wikiversity – academic work space• Wikimedia Foundation – U.S. non-profit maintains the servers• Wikimedia Australia & 38 other counties national non-profit user groups - volunteers
  • 3. Duty callsWhat do you want me to do? LEAVE? Then they’ll keep being wrong! http://xkcd.com/386/
  • 4. 450 million visitors/month Source: Wikimedia Monthly Report Card – Feb 2012 http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/
  • 5. 12.4 million edits/monthSource: Wikimedia Monthly Report Card – Feb 2012
  • 6. 10,900 Very Active EditorsSource: Wikimedia Monthly Report Card – Feb 2012
  • 7. 4 millions English articlesSource: Wikimedia Monthly Report Card – Feb 2012
  • 8. Wikimedia in a nutshell• Free – libre – Creative Commons Share-alike http://freedomdefined.org/• Free – no cost to editors or readers• Free – anyone can contribute, no barrier to entry• Free – citizen run – democratic processes• Free – freeform – no imposed structure• Scope – the sum of all knowledge, in all languages• 11 years old• Ranked 5th Web ‘property’
  • 9. The community• Open source enthusiasts• Open content/Free culture enthusiasts• Anti-X – copyright, censorship, capitalism• Pro-Y – Cold fusion, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology• Real world disputes – Azerbaijan-Armenia, Israel- Palestine, Climate change, US presidential elections, grudges online• University lecturers, students, retirees• Librarians and knowledge workers• Trolls, vandals, school kids, etc.• Public relations
  • 10. Wikimedia Australia non-profit member organisation• Support the volunteers• Research National Library of Australia• Conferences Powerhouse Museum• Training and workshops State Library of Queensland Australian Paralympic Committee• Partnerships University of Queensland – Community engagement Historical societies, shire libraries – Content generation
  • 11. Training regional librarians • Workshops in Brisbane, Miles, Quilpie, Tambo, Tow nsville, Ingham, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Hughenden and Charters Towers • Attended by librarians, local studies historians, museum volunteers, tourism staff, chamber of commerce, writers groups, etc. • Each attendee creates a public draft article, and the Wikimedia community attempts to polish and publish them. http://enwp.org/Wikipedia:GLAM/SLQ
  • 12. Jack Venman
  • 13. Jack Venman (traffic stats)
  • 14. Troy SachsDid you know ... that Australian mens wheelchair basketballer Troy Sachs (pictured)has won seven championships in four different club leagues and gold medals at twoParalympic Games?"
  • 15. Troy Sachs (traffic stats)
  • 16. Qantas passenger plane Apollo, G-AUJB, 1929• Image uploaded by Wikimedia Australia – 20 December 2010 – described as ‘G- AUJD’• Corrected 8 January 2011 by ‘Mdupont’• Library metadata updated
  • 17. How to participate..• Content focused• Write for the enemy• Ignore all rules• Article feedback on Wikipedia• Twitter (#wikipedia), Blogs, Facebook, etc.• Email: contact@wikimedia.org.au
  • 18. The future: Pending changes• Revisions are reviewed prior to general consumption• Used on German and Russian Wikipedia• Trialed on English Wikipedia in 2010; rejected• Used on problematic subjects only, including living people• Ongoing poll in 2012: 121 oppose vs 260 support – http://enwp.org/WP:PC/RFC2012 – Closes 22nd May
  • 19. The future: WikidataA new wiki for bare facts – no prose
  • 20. Berlin edit From Wikidata Capital of Germany editMain page Also known as: City of Berlin edit | xContentsAccess the APIRandom page Continent Europe [3 sources]Donate to Wikidata Country Germany [2 sources]InteractionHelp Population 3,490,445 [1 source]About WikidataCommunity portal 3,500,000 [2 sources]Recent changes [other values]LanguagesCataláCesky Calling code 030 [2 sources]DanskDeutsch Mayor Klaus W| [0 sources]Eesti Klaus WowereitEspañol Vehicle registration BGerman politician [1 source]Esperanto Klaus WunderlichFrançais German musician Area 891.85 km” [2 sources]Hrvatski Klaus WaldeckItaliano Austrian musician and former lawyerO’zbek Twin city Los Angeles [3 sources] Klaus WagnerComplete list German mathematician [new fact] Klaus Wagner Stalker of the British Royal Family
  • 21. The future: Wikidata• A fact is an distinct record, with an authority• A fact can be requested using APIs returning data in various formats: JSON, XML, etc.• Wikipedias will include these identified facts within the prose• Google can answer questions using these facts
  • 22. Questions