An idea for an activity to take us ...
... beyond Wikipedia ...
... somewhere ...
... together ...
Co-creating the knowledge commons
Wikipedia is a major platform for the knowledge
commons, living between the horns of a dilemma
• Areas that lack much shared interest:
• Little motivation to engage or correct
• Patchy, questionable accuracy
• Areas that many people are passionate about
• Likelihood of contradictory views
• Potential for edit wars
• Can we grow the sweet spot in between? Maybe
also for resources that are not encyclopedic?
The Five Pillars
Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia
1. is an encyclopedia
2. is written from a neutral point of view
3. is free content that anyone can
edit / use/ modify / share
4. editors should respect each other
5. does not have any firm rules
The fourth pillar verbatim
“ Editors should treat each other with respect and
civility: Respect your fellow Wikipedians, even when
you disagree. Apply Wikipedia etiquette, and don't
engage in personal attacks. Seek consensus, avoid edit
wars, and never disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point.
Act in good faith, and assume good faith on the part of
others. Be open and welcoming to newcomers. If a
conflict arises, discuss it calmly on the nearest talk
pages, follow dispute resolution, and remember that
there are [very many] articles on the English Wikipedia
to work on and discuss.”
Do people do that?
• More? Or less? Why or why not? Are they capable?
• Could we see, in play here,
• attitudes and skills
• underpinned by knowledge
• effectively constituting a governance “culture”?
• Training, or enculturation, to work with a constructive
approach to multiple points of view?
• Imagine we could develop a knowledge commons
where we could trust people to behave like that
• Wouldn’t that be an even more valuable resource?
(should you decide to accept it...)
• Test your combined imagination by taking one first
step towards being able to constitute this
• Governance: effective methods
• A course: outline curriculum design
• Intended learning outcomes: a framework
• A badge: design; specification of evidence
• How would you spot these abilities?
• How would you test or check them out?
Where this could go
• Write something down from what emerges
• If more than one team, present to each other
• Reflect on experience and discuss
• Highlights to be fed back to Conference team
• Write blogs if you are so moved
• Collaborate in setting up courses, etc...
These slides, “Beyond Wikipedia” by Simon Grant, Cetis, are licensed
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