Category Archives: systemic bias

Katherine Maher on Wikimedia’s evolving strategic priorities: Reflections on her WikiCite 2018 talk

I relished the opportunity to hear Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, speak about strategic priorities at the November 2018 WikiCite conference. The organization has had its ups and downs in strategic planning over the years. This was … 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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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, and that of Wiki Strategies, for many years. When the Wikimedia Foundation hired me in 2009, it was to take on that … 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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Journalism and Wikipedia: A discussion in San Francisco

We hosted a discussion, with the meetup group Hacks & Hackers, last week: The Future of Journalism in a Wikipedia World. (original announcement & description) My colleague Dan Cook and I wanted to engage journalists to share some of our own … Continue reading

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Philip Roth’s lingering stain on Wikipedia’s reputation

Philip Roth was feeling irked. Wikipedia’s writeup (as of 2012) of his bestselling novel, The Human Stain, was (he contended) inaccurate; and despite Roth’s efforts to correct it through private correspondence, Wikipedia’s cadre of volunteer editors wouldn’t budge. At issue: … Continue reading

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Wikidata: Why it matters, how to get started

Have you heard of Wikidata? It’s a (fairly) new Wikimedia project, designed to support Wikipedia in all language editions, Wikimedia Commons, and the rest of the Wikimedia family of wikis. It collects information — like the information in Wikipedia articles, for instance … Continue reading

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