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Public Outreach at Wikimedia


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Brief overview of the Wikimedia Foundation's efforts in public outreach; prepared for the Rencontres Wikimédia 2010:

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Public Outreach at Wikimedia

  1. 1. Pete Forsyth Community Department Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, USA
  2. 2. Public Outreach at the Wikimedia Foundation From our strategic plan: • Increase size, health, diversity of contributor base • Part of the Community Department • Direct outreach best done by volunteers, chapters
  3. 3. Key initiatives: • Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative • Bookshelf Project • Account Creation Improvement Project
  4. 4. Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative • Wikipedia as a teaching tool in universities • 17 month pilot project, May 2010–Sept. 2011 • Classes at 13 universities (more this spring) overview: work space:
  5. 5. Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative Goals: • Encourage use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool • Facilitate dialogue among stakeholders • Research impacts on Wikipedia, pedagogy • Document effective practices • Foster leadership among volunteers
  6. 6. Wikipedia Ambassador Program Volunteers supporting teachers and students engaging with Wikipedia. • online ambassadors • campus ambassadors
  7. 7. Bookshelf Project Documents that help people use and contribute to Wikipedia.
  8. 8. Bookshelf Project • translation • volunteer involvement • uploads welcome!
  9. 9. Account Creation Improvement Project Account creation should be an easy and welcoming process
  10. 10. Related work at the Foundation • Fund-raising: involving volunteers, chapters • Global Development department: India, Brazil, Arabic-speaking world • User Experience department: software interface, ease-of-use • Technology department: improving software development collaboration
  11. 11. Public Outreach Pete Forsyth [[User:Peteforsyth]] @peteforsyth