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Will the Small Screen Kill Wikipedia?

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One solution to increasing mobile browser popularity.

One solution to increasing mobile browser popularity.

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  • Great idea! I'd like to see a way to use the Wikipedia API and/or source data to do some NLP analysis of the article data to pull out the key points and create the 'abstract'. Then the abstract could be attached as 'preliminary' and allow editors to revise as appropriate. Another great advantage would be the ability to create a 'small' offline Wikipedia 'summary' for use offline.
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  • 1. WILL the small screen KILL Wikipedia?
  • 2. No! But something has to be done… C C - B Y- S A : H T T P : / / W W W. F L I C K R . C O M / P H O T O S / G A R R Y K N I G H T / 7 0 0 3 1 7 8 8 5 7 / S I Z E S / L /
  • 3. ”Only 20 percent of the readership of the English-language Wikipedia comes via mobile devices, a figure substantially lower than the percentage of mobile traffic for other media sites, many of which approach 50 percent.” H T T P : / / W W W. N Y T I M E S . C O M / 2 0 1 4 / 0 2 / 1 0 / T E C H N O L O G Y / W I K I P E D I A - V S - T H E - S M A L L - S C R E E N . H T M L
  • 4. People read more and more text on their mobile devices. On mobile, people want to check facts quickly. Most of the (good) articles in Wikipedia are long.
  • 5. The solution 1000 character Wikipedia = like conventional Wikipedia, but there is a character limit in the articles.
  • 6. PROS • Mobile user wants to do a quick check on a subject. • Even in a well-written article the introduction in the beginning does not usually cover the key facts in the article. • An analogy: abstracts in scientific articles. • Easy to create high quality texts: the character limit is your friend.
  • 7. HOW TO IMPLEMENT? • As new service / startup / nonprofit? • Mediawiki software (which Wikipedia runs on) is free and open software - it is easy to set up a new wiki with a character limit. • As Wikimedia Foundation new project? • As a separate ”language” in Wikipedia (like English vs. Simple English currently are)? • As a new feature in Mediawiki and Wikipedia? • On mobile browser, the 1000 character abstract is shown (with an option to tap to the full article.
  • 8. And: I don’t have time for this currently, please steal the idea if you think it’s good. – VESA LINJA-AHO

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