Tag Archives: wikimedia

Rethinking The New User Experience

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Jake Orlowitz Guest
avatar Sneha Narayan Guest

Being the newbie in any online community can be a daunting experience that can either go well or terribly depending on an array of technical and social factors. In the Wikipedia ecosystem, stimulating and keeping new editors has long been a topic of interest for both the present and the future of this beloved resource.

This was part of the inspiration that led to a research experiment entitled “The Wikipedia Adventure”, where new users got to try out a gamified version of the first time editor experience, the subject of much discussion around the internet. Today on the podcast its the Wikipedia Adventure, with researchers Sneha Narayan and Jake Orlowitz.

Correction from Sneha: I misspoke a little around the 5 minute mark – I claim Wikipedia’s sharp growth in editors happened about 4 years after it actually did. Oops! In reality, the community gained a lot of contributors starting in 2003, peaked in 2007, and then began to slowly decline.

Sunil Abraham: The State is Back!

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
In Berlin
Host
avatar Sunil Abraham Guest

The State is Back! — Thats how Sunil Abraham begins today’s conversation on society, the internet and free knowledge. What is a movement to do when it can no longer rely on governments or corportations to defend people’s privacy and rights… listen to the Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society – and find out!

Katherine Maher: Beyond the Encyclopedia

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
At the Wikimedia Conference 2017
Host
avatar Katherine Maher
In Berlin, Germany
Guest

In June of 2016 Katherine Maher became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation and almost immediately there was a renewed spirit of excitement and positivity about the future of the movement. Over the past 10 months this energy has continued to flow, reaching more corners of the planet and the vast array of ideas and projects within the wikiverse.

Original photo of Katherine by VGrigas (WMF) CC-BY-SA 3.0

Today, on a special extended edition of the program, we spend the hour with Katherine Maher, to hear observations, experiences and what her hopes are for the future when it comes to Free Knowledge and this global movement of volunteers that has already achieved so much

Wikimedia Conference 2017: The Future of Free Knowledge

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Recorded live at Wikimedia Conference 2017 - Berlin
Host
avatar Juliet Barbara Guest
avatar Shani Evenstein Guest
avatar Cornelius Kibelka Guest
avatar Andrew Lih Guest
avatar Adele Vrana Guest
avatar Sarmad Said Yaseen Guest

A few weeks ago, as spring made itself felt in Berlin, I had the privilege of attending a gathering of dedicated individuals from around the world, who came together for one over arching purpose  beyond the many specific projects they are busy with — the future of Free Knowledge.. and with that.. a path forward for the global movement known as Wikimedia.

Image by Oxana Baerbach CC-BY-SA 4.0

The event is entitled, the Wikimedia Conference 2017 and today you’re going to hear the big questions and ideas that were taken on and mulled over with the needs and realities of future generations in mind. In a time when so many might feel very cynical about the world and cooperation across borders & cultures, we’re going to hear about a future filled with not only possibility, but also progress. Today on the program, experience a spirit of dedication and possibility at the Wikimedia Conference 2017.

Ladies That FOSS

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Julia Schuetze Guest
avatar Michael Henretti Guest

(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start.  Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to  participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.

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Taha Yasseri: When Wikipedia Bots Fight

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Taha Yasseri Guest

Machines fighting with machines is a classic sci-fi storyline. There has long been a fascination with what happens when intelligent machines interact with one another. What if they don’t get along?

My guest today, Taha Yasseri has been studying bots within Wikipedia for over a decade, and found that even when we’re talking about simple bots, sometimes they can get into complex fights. Why do they fight and how? Today on the program, we dig into bots that fight and what it all means for Wikipedia and the larger world of AI in our lives.

Wikipedia’s Big Beautiful World of Data Visualizations

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Mahmoud Hashemi
http://hatnote.com/
Guest
avatar Owen Cornec
http://byowen.com
Guest

When it comes to bringing information to life and presenting it in exciting ways, some of the internet’s most beautiful work has come to us via Mahmoud Hashemi and Owen Cornec. Today on the podcast they join us to talk about their work, including the mind-blowing Listen to Wikipedia and the WikiGalaxy projects; we will hear the how and why behind making something beautiful out of large amounts of data.

screenshot-2016-09-19-17-27-48See their work for yourself:

Listening to Wikimania 2016

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Catherine de Senarclens
in Esino Lario, Italy
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avatar Marta Pigazzini
in Esino Lario, Italy
Guest
avatar Flaminio Francisci
in Esino Lario, Italy
Guest
avatar Quim Gil
in Esino Lario, Italy
Guest
avatar Doc James Heilman
in Esino Lario, Italy
Guest

What happens when 1000 wikimedians come stay in a small Italian village high in the mountains? What happens when you combine nature, a global gathering, and the world’s most beloved source of knowledge? This summer, the people of Esino Lario and participants of Wikimania 2016 dared to find out. This is the story of how and why it happenned as well as what the result was.

Image by Vincent Plisson CC-BY-SA 4.0
Image by Vincent Plisson CC-BY-SA 4.0

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Note: In Part II of this series we will delve further into questions about Wikidata, Wikipedia and Education, Wikipedia Zero and beyond with even more guests. So subscribe and become a listener of SCB… this would also make Mark very happy. 

Emily Temple-Wood: The Gender Gap

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Emily Temple-Wood
Chicago, IL. USA
Guest
painting by William H. Johnson courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution (Public Domain)

Her campaign to add hundreds more women scientists to wikipedia has inspired volunteers and supporters around the world.. their issue: the content gap, especially when it comes to gender. This personal mission turned global movement has also become an institutional concern.. to address the longstanding gap in content about women who have made major contributions to the field of science and well beyond.
We’re minding the gap and cheering for change with Emily Temple-Wood, today on Source Code Berlin.

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Free Knowledge and Game Design

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Thorsten S. Wiedemann Guest
avatar Carmen Guest
avatar Lucie Guest
avatar Helen Hahn Guest

Game_JamGame Jam: a concept that brings together game designers and game enthusiasts for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours with the purpose of planning, designing and creating a game. Since they started more than a decade ago, Game Jams have been going on regularly, all over the world often with specific themes.

Recently at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, there was the Free Knowledge Game Jam; where participants were  challenged to create a game that makes use of publicly accessible free and open licensed data and/or tools. A concept with far reaching impact, not only for game makers but for society as a whole.
Today on the program, we’re walking around the Free Knowledge Game Jam learning about these talented participants and their unique projects.

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