Category Archives: core

Public relations for Wikipedia

How to move the dial to “notable” Companies often want to put something on Wikipedia that has no independent, reliable sources to back it up. For Wikipedia, that’s a non-starter; no matter how many press releases or social media posts … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Six hopes for the next 15 years

This post was originally published on Medium.com. Wikipedia is an unheralded crown jewel of the Internet. And today, it turns 15! Founded before current titans like Facebook and YouTube (and even before predecessors like MySpace and Friendster), Wikipedia has shown … Continue reading

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Wikimedia Foundation’s strong step toward good governance

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) today took an important step toward running its finances in a more transparent and accountable way. Luis Villa, the WMF’s Senior Director of Community Engagement, explained (see video clip below, ~10 minutes) how the organization had incorporated a … Continue reading

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Grants and transparency: Wikimedia Foundation should follow standards it sets

I wrote and edited a number of grant proposals and reports on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) from 2009 to 2011. In that role, I participated in a number of staff discussions around restricted grants, and transparency in the … Continue reading

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Wikimedia Foundation ousts community-elected Trustee

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation’s ten member Board of Trustees voted to oust one of its members. (Updated links: see these two email list threads: one initiated by Dr. James Heilman, the other initiated by Board chair Patricio Lorente. The Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Conflict of interest and expertise

How can we best engage experts in the project of building and improving Wikipedia? This question has guided my work for many years, and that Wiki Strategies from the beginning. When the Wikimedia Foundation hired me in 2009, it was to … Continue reading

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Washington Post asks, “why give to Wikipedia?”

The Washington Post just published a story about the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual fund-raising campaign: Wikipedia has a ton of money. So why is it begging you to donate yours? Reporter Caitlin Dewey, who quoted me and several others, did a good job with a tough topic. … Continue reading

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Work of Wikipedians and Wikimedians preserves history

On this day 47 years ago (October 16, 1968), two black American sprinters took advantage their moment on a global stage, when they — with a white Australian — quietly directed the world’s attention to the deep racial injustices that run through our … Continue reading

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If Wikipedia required Open Access sources, it would be a lot less useful

Starting in 2008 I wrote a Wikipedia article on a proposed casino, to be built in the Columbia River Gorge. I wrote the article because I believed it was an important topic (and an Oregonian reporter and a Harvard scholar agreed); but … Continue reading

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On partial disclosure

“Full” and “disclosure”: they’re two words that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Disclosure is meaningless unless its scope is appropriate. Has anybody called for Hillary Clinton to pick whichever email messages she’d like show to the public? No! … Continue reading

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