Week 5 -: Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Weeks are passing and we are introduced more and more to Wikis, so hello now as afriend of Wikis. To start with our topic, it is important to be introduced first to leading Wikipedia practitioners in the English, German, and Japanese: Angela Beesley, Elisabeth Bauer, and Kizu Naoko taking us in a journey to the world of  Wikipedia and telling us that they are elected as administrators after many steps of working hard on Wikipedia projects then moving to descripe in details how and why Wikipedia works. It is to create a free encyclopedia available to everyone in their own languageThis is the main goal in the three aspects of Wikipedia, but they provide an opinion that “The English Wikipedia strives to be the biggest one of the world;the German Wikipedia tries to be the best”.  Now how does it work. The English one is divided into many groups like readers,editors, administrators,policy makers and so on.In additition to that there are informal groups like the welcoming committee.In Japanese,there are proofreaders and reviewers in additition to the readers and editors. Then there are maintainers and administrators and a lot of contact people. Almost, the same thing is in German Wekipedia, added to that there are certain process to feature an article for a high-end authors. Regarding the path to administratorship, the procedures varies across Wikis starting with applying  a request to the English one while registering a vote to the Japanese one.  In the field of Business process, there are differenet procedures based on the type of page. These procedures are almost alike in the three Wikis. An interesting question is how a new Wikipedia policy is drafted?The answer is simply that the policy usually begins as a proposal,followed by a discussion, then becomes             a subject to approval. This is all great but there are typical conflicts the three Wikis run into and consequently certain processes are followed for resolving them like for example disagrement about the content of an article which is resolved like most conflicts by discussion among the involved people. coming now to a hot topic which is quality assurance which is approached in German from two points: from the bottom by deletting poor articles and from the top by encouraging high quality articles.In Japanese, most authors build a portal for their articls and envite editors to work on it. Challenges to Wikipedia are growing, the biggest one is maintaining the traditional wiki model of being openly editable in English in addition to many other in Japanese. The last question is to what extent Wikipedia’s inner working is accessible to researchers asserting the impact of the free culture and Wikimedia movements on educational resources through Kizu Naoko answering :we need to educate users and improve promotion to the offline world, as well as Angell Beesley’s: “Wikipedia’s content and working are completely accessible”. Kizu asserts also that the best way for a researcher to get started is to get in touch with the people at the Wikimedia Research network and join the research list. So, the main point in Wikimedia’s free movement and culture is the qustion of accessibility. The second article in this dicussion is the Hidden order of Wikipedia which is connected to the question of free culture and movement by making governance as its thriving aspect.The existence of vast number of policies and processes such as FA which are modified according to a set of collective-choice rules makes Wikimedia a facinating example of self governing institutions where everyone may participate in modifying the rules. Since Wikipedia’s records are persistent, public and easy available online, this is another technological element driving both the creation and guidlines. Moreover, the FA process directlty addresses quality assurance at the sam time that it is structured to allow complex coordination tasks to be broken into small independent modules. Being as such FAs ensure using peer-production mechanism which attributes more to the qustion of free educational resources, while supporting free culture through its self governance. Looking finaly into Wekipedia projects, the topic asserts that all MediaWiki softwares are free and accessible. Moreover, all contributions are licensed under the GNU free documentation licence except Wiki news, meaning that their content may be freely used,freely edited,freely copied and freely redistributed. Six projects are listed and identified including all the term “free”.So, we have free Wiki encyclopedia, free Wiki dictionare, free Wiki quote, free Wiki books. free Wiki sources, free Wikispecies, free Wikinews and free Wikiversity. These projects identify different parts of study and learning and cover all kinds of people and species. Thanks realy to Wikipedia as well as Wikimedia Noura Raslan


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