Tag Archives: wikipedia

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!

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.

The Creative Commons Search We’ve Been Waiting For

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Ryan Merkley Guest

The first version of the creative commons license was released in 2002. Since then the number of content making use of CC is thought to be over 1 billion. Unfortunately searching through this content has been a fragmented, limited, harrowing task. Until now.

Screenshot 2017-03-15 11.05.04Today on the program, Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley presents the front door to the world of Commons: CC Search.

Show includes clips of Ryan Merkley and Lawrence Lessig during a panel discussion at Creative Commons Korea (Nov. 2015).

Wikispeech: Listening to Wikipedia

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar John Andersson
In Stockholm
Guest

While Wikipedia is very much an essential source where so many people go to find information; information that is most often text based. One might think for all its functionality there must be an option somewhere to press a button and be able to hear articles, it iss probably there but you never tried it – right?

The reality is that open license text to speech is not a function universally available on Wikipedia. However – in 2017 – that is about to change. Our guest today is John Andersson of Wikimedia Sverige, and with his help we’re learning about the game changing exension known as Wikispeech. We’ll also look into some historical cases of text to speech within Wikipedia. Now more than ever, we’re listening to what is possible and what it means for the internet as we know it.

Logo by ElioQoshi (CC0)
Logo by ElioQoshi (CC0)

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!

Bonus material:

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: