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What's hard about Wikipedia?

Child + computer lessons = free knowledge?
(Nevit Dilman, GFDL )

Erik reported some good news to foundation-l recently: WikiEducator has won a grant of US$100,000 for ‘‘the Learning4Content project to assist in building capacity in MediaWiki editing skills for at least 2500 educators in 52 countries of the Commonwealth’‘.

I’m not very familiar with WikiEducator, but they look like WMF might if you dragged everyone away from their computers. I imagine they overlap a fair bit. Maybe it’s like: WMF is all about the content creation, and WikiEducator is about the content distribution.

The full Learning4Content proposal is here.

Luckily Erik has got in their ear – they only want to use CC-BY or CC-BY-SA. :D (see section G)

One of the outcomes is ‘‘The establishment of a community of free content developers.’‘ (I think they mean developers as in editors, rather than coders.) But the main activity that seems like it will lead to this is ‘‘Develop tutorials for Wiki editing[…]’‘ which is reflected in the summary as “MediaWiki editing skills”.

So, what’s hard about Wikipedia? Is it just learning how to use MediaWiki? I don’t think so. That is just the first step, and for the computer-literate, one that is soon passed.

What’s hard?

Although I’ve talked about Wikipedia, these points all apply to all Wikimedia projects, with the possible exception of NPOV.

So I wonder, what else is essential to the Wikimedian culture? Is anything here superfluous?

How well are we doing at sharing these as our values? (Especially given half of them are not explicitly stated)

I wonder if WikiEducator will cover these kinds of things?

28 October, 2007 • , ,

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...& other free content projects

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