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Open Knowledge Beyond Wikipedia -- governance


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slides by Simon Grant for second part of Cetis 14 conference session on "Open Knowledge: Wikipedia and Beyond" on 2014-06-17

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Open Knowledge Beyond Wikipedia -- governance

  1. 1. Beyond Wikipedia An idea for an activity to take us ... ... beyond Wikipedia ... ... somewhere ... ... together ... 1
  2. 2. 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? 2 Stimulusforactivity
  3. 3. The Five Pillars Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia community operates... Wikipedia: 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 3 TheFivePillarsagain
  4. 4. 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.” 4 Stimulusforactivity
  5. 5. 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? 5 Questionsforactivity
  6. 6. Your mission (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 • Assessment: • How would you spot these abilities? • How would you test or check them out? 6 Suggestionforactivity
  7. 7. 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... 7 Outcomesofactivity
  8. 8. These slides, “Beyond Wikipedia” by Simon Grant, Cetis, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence 8 Slides and further information may be available at Simon Grant’s Cetis blog, or on Slideshare. Search for “asimong”. Thanks, Licence and Resources