Clash
Encyclopedias
Is competition good for sharing?
Brianna Laugher * SHARISM
of the
“There's, in fact, no reason for China to use
Wikipedia, a service based 'out there'. It's
very natural for China to make ...
“[I]t's very easy for overseas Chinese to
accept Hudong.com as the 'Wikipedia of
China.' […] We think we understand the
Ch...
1. Hudong
2. English Wikipedia
3. Baidu Baike
4. German Wikipedia
…
Chinese Wikipedia
World's largest wikis
[insert Hudong
edit button here]
fragmentation of effort
vs
competition is healthy
?
Unique Selling Proposition
5P
五大支柱
WP:NOT
百科
永乐大典
1408
古今圖書集成
1725
NPOV
中立
not the “middle” or moderate position
an overview of all positions
free content
开放
( 自由內容 )
a free content license is...
protection for the community
an invitation for everyone else
AGF
互重
IAR
无权威
protection for the community
the right to fork!
… in case the administrators
become jerks
.... in case the community becomes
divided about which direction to go
… in case the owners decide
it's no longer “financially viable”
… in case the owners
abandon the project
no one knows everything,
but everyone knows something
no one owns any particular thing,
but everyone owns everything
Competition from within?
the argument for free culture
always needs to include
FREEDOM!
•Title picture “Fight on snow” from http://www.flickr.com/photos/63766699@N00/2257011693 by
Suneko, licensed CC-BY-SA.
•Lo...
thanks!
brianna@modernthings.org
[[user:pfctdayelise]]
(but you can call me 罗碧琴 :))
brianna.laugher.id.au/blog/
© Brianna ...
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
Clash of the encyclopedias - is competition good for sharing?
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Talk given at the Get It Louder 'SHARISM' conference in Shanghai, 22 October 2010.

http://www.getitlouder.com/enChair.aspx?ID=94

One of the benefits of the open web is that good ideas can flourish easily. In the Chinese speaking web, the idea of an online encyclopedia has been especially fruitful. With the Chinese Wikipedia enjoying its eighth birthday last month, it’s worth examining whether the fragmentation of efforts ultimately leads to a better product and bigger communities, or if the “us vs them” mentality is harmful to sharing.

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  1. 1. Clash Encyclopedias Is competition good for sharing? Brianna Laugher * SHARISM of the
  2. 2. “There's, in fact, no reason for China to use Wikipedia, a service based 'out there'. It's very natural for China to make its own products.” – Baidu's William Chang
  3. 3. “[I]t's very easy for overseas Chinese to accept Hudong.com as the 'Wikipedia of China.' […] We think we understand the Chinese language and people better than Wikipedia. We believe we can do a better job.” – Hudong's Haidong Pan
  4. 4. 1. Hudong 2. English Wikipedia 3. Baidu Baike 4. German Wikipedia … Chinese Wikipedia World's largest wikis
  5. 5. [insert Hudong edit button here]
  6. 6. fragmentation of effort vs competition is healthy ?
  7. 7. Unique Selling Proposition
  8. 8. 5P 五大支柱
  9. 9. WP:NOT 百科
  10. 10. 永乐大典 1408
  11. 11. 古今圖書集成 1725
  12. 12. NPOV 中立
  13. 13. not the “middle” or moderate position an overview of all positions
  14. 14. free content 开放 ( 自由內容 )
  15. 15. a free content license is...
  16. 16. protection for the community
  17. 17. an invitation for everyone else
  18. 18. AGF 互重
  19. 19. IAR 无权威
  20. 20. protection for the community
  21. 21. the right to fork!
  22. 22. … in case the administrators become jerks
  23. 23. .... in case the community becomes divided about which direction to go
  24. 24. … in case the owners decide it's no longer “financially viable”
  25. 25. … in case the owners abandon the project
  26. 26. no one knows everything, but everyone knows something
  27. 27. no one owns any particular thing, but everyone owns everything
  28. 28. Competition from within?
  29. 29. the argument for free culture always needs to include FREEDOM!
  30. 30. •Title picture “Fight on snow” from http://www.flickr.com/photos/63766699@N00/2257011693 by Suneko, licensed CC-BY-SA. •Logos and screenshots © respective owners •Globe from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Globe_Eurasia.svg by Ssolbergj, licensed GFDL •Map of China from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blank_map_of_china.svg by historicair, licensed CC-BY-SA •Graph of Chinese Wikipedia block from "Group Size and Incentives to Contribute: A Natural Experiment at Chinese Wikipedia" by Xiaoquan (Michael) Zhang and Feng Zhu, published in the American Economic Review. •Chinese encyclopedia images public domain, from Wikimedia Commons •Nobel image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alfred_Nobel_mirrored.png by Aushulz, released into the public domain •WikiReader photos from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pfctdayelise/sets/72157625071914527/ by me :) licensed CC-BY-SA •Protective vest icon from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:D-M015.svg by Epop, released into the public domain •Wikipe-tan with Chinese 'welcome' sign from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipe-tan_holding_a_welcome_sign_cropped_%28simp by Leon3289, licensed CC-BY-SA. •PediaPress book stack from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pedia-bunch-2.jpg by Notafish, licensed CC-BY-SA. • Riot drawing public domain, from Wikimedia Commons Credits
  31. 31. thanks! brianna@modernthings.org [[user:pfctdayelise]] (but you can call me 罗碧琴 :)) brianna.laugher.id.au/blog/ © Brianna Laugher, licensed CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

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