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Is Wikipedia better than other encyclopedias?

I recently encountered the question: “Has Wikipedia surpassed the quality of traditional encyclopedias?” Here’s my answer: Absolutely, yes. Wikipedia has established ways of thinking about encyclopedic “quality” that never existed before. Oh, a few ideas off the top of my … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: a vital outpost of “open” on the web

This week I published an op-ed piece: Let me tell you a story about Ron. Well, his name isn’t Ron. But everything else in this story is true. Ron and I arrived at a social function. Ron assigned himself to … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: tying together formal & informal education

Earlier this month I attended the launch event for Open Educational Resources university, a consortium that is tying together the best of formal and informal education. I’m really excited about what this means for the future of higher ed, and … Continue reading

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Writing Wikipedia Articles: the online course

Last month, my colleague Sara Frank Bristow and I finished our first run of the free online course, Writing Wikipedia Articles: The basics and beyond. This course is part part Communicate OER, a project to improve the coverage of open … Continue reading

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Jamming on Wikipedia with the California League of Women Voters

This weekend’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in Oakland was a big success! Wiki Strategies hosted this event, along with the California League of Women Voters, at Tech Liminal, a coworking space that generously donated the use of its space to bring people … Continue reading

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Wikipedians in Residence and paid editing

Yesterday, c|net blogger Violet Blue wrote about conflict of interest in Wikipedia editing. She called into question the consulting services of Roger Bamkin and Max Klein, both highly regarded Wikipedians occupying positions of trust in the Wikipedia community. Above all, … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Weekly podcast

I had the pleasure of participating in Day 2 of the Wikipedia Weekly podcast last week during the Wikimania conference, along with Lori Byrd Phillips, and hosts Andrew Lih and James Forrester. We discussed the GLAM Night Out party, working with … Continue reading

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Communicate OER: building content and building community

Today, the big news from UNESCO’s World OER Congress is the approval of the Paris Open Education Declaration. This long-deliberated document reflects the desire of governments and organizations around the world to develop educational resources in a free, open, collaborative manner. Communicate … Continue reading

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Communicate OER: Working together to document open education on Wikipedia

Our poster is now live at the 2012 World OER Congress in Paris! Interested in the project? Learn more here.

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Interviewed in the Wikipedia Signpost

This week, I was interviewed for the Wikipedia Signpost: Does Wikipedia Pay? The Consultant: Pete Forsyth Some of my comments: It’s not only possible, but vitally important to the future of Wikipedia that engaged, experienced, and mission-driven Wikipedians develop consulting skills. … Continue reading

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