Category Archives: Wikimedia Foundation

Wikipedia’s lessons about collaboration

Collaboration is a key component of human activity, in fields as diverse as scientific inquiry, news reporting, the arts, and government. When we work together effectively, we can accomplish big things. We should always seek to improve our understanding of … Continue reading

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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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A proven innovation could benefit Facebook’s users—and its shareholders, too.

Concern about social media and the quality of news is running high, with many commentators focusing on bias and factual accuracy (often summarized as “fake news”). If efforts to regulate sites like Facebook are successful, they could affect the bottom … Continue reading

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“Open” everything, and minimal financial needs: Wikipedia’s strengths

What insulates Wikipedia from the criticisms other massive platforms endure? We explored some answers—core values, lack of personalization algorithms, and lack of data collection—in last week’s “How Wikipedia Dodged Public Outcry Plaguing Social Media Platforms.” But wait, there’s more: Wikipedia … Continue reading

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No, Congresswoman: WikiLeaks has nothing to do with Wikipedia

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston is the latest prominent figure to confuse Wikipedia with WikiLeaks. This confusion goes back many years; it often flares up when WikiLeaks releases capture the public’s attention. In 2010, for instance, when WikiLeaks released … Continue reading

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ACTRIAL: Wikipedia volunteer leadership should be recognized

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is inviting commentary on how to recognize and encourage informal leadership in the volunteer community. (The consultation runs from September 20 through October 16, 2016.) This is a welcome initiative; the Wikimedia movement has not done … Continue reading

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Open Innovation Communities (for AOM)

Some thoughts and links about Wikipedia, to support the Professional Development Workshop led by Joe Cox at the 2016 Academy of Management annual meeting. What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia is the largest, and most widely read, publication in history; but perhaps … Continue reading

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French Wikipedians discuss conflict of interest, paid editing

Editor’s note: Readers of this blog may be familiar with the ongoing controversies around paid editing on the English language Wikipedia. (See here for our past writings on the topic.) Wikipedia editors struggle with a number of issues around paid … 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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