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David Richfield: The Power of Wikimania

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar David Richfield Guest

The summer may be over, but the memorable events and the inspiring ideas of the past few months carry on in the months and perhaps even years to come.

On our last episode we previewed the topics and goals of Wikimania 2017 in Montreal. Today, several weeks after the event, we look back at how it went and what it might mean for the future of the movement.  We do so with help from legendary Wikimedian David Richfield, who was not only in Montreal experiencing it all, he is also one of the people behind next years global gathering in Cape Town!

Wikipedia to the Moon!

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
In Berlin
Host
avatar Michael Jahn
Wikimedia Deutschland
Guest

(Episode 45) Imagine you’re on your way to the moon and you’d like to bring something nice along to leave behind. Something that represents humanity and perhaps one day will be found or used by some group of beings. In the 1960’s, at the height of the space race/cold war, NASA astronauts left behind the iconic American flag. In 2017, what would you leave behind?

By Denis Schroeder (WMDE) (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
By Denis Schroeder (WMDE) (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How about Wikipedia? Indeed when the PTScientists began working on their own mission to the moon, the one thing they definitely wanted to take with them — Wikipedia. But Wikipedia is huge and it is on the internet. How then should it be taken to the moon? And more importantly, what should get to go?

Today on the podcast, from the initial idea, to the process, to the final product — the story of Wikipedia to the Moon, told by one of its architects: Michael Jahn. If you’re looking for hope at the start of the new year, look no further..  listen to this!

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