Submissions/Being late. Outreach activities by non-wikipedians.

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After careful consideration, the programme committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2013 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no.
2031
Subject no.
B13


Title of the submission
Misrepresentation. Outreach activities by non-wikipedians.
Type of submission
presentation
Author of the submission
Konstantinos Stampoulis (geraki)
Country of origin
Greece
Affiliation
E-mail address
geraki@geraki.gr
Username
geraki
Personal homepage or blog
http://geraki.gr
Abstract

The community of greek (el) wikipedia started late to be organised and support outreach efforts. It will be presented that leaving room to third parties to represent the community can completely disorganise it and make future activities harder. So, the community should organise as soon as it can be organised.

Detailed proposal

The community of greek (el) wikipedia started late to be organised and support outreach efforts. Third party NGOs filled the gap as a point of contact for the public, about wikipedia, with their own presence. A campaign organised by an NGO, initially supported by the community, led to the creation of wrong impressions to the general public and complete disappointment of the community. The NGOs were working with their own ideas, taking care only about PR and numbers of workshops and participants and not the content of workshops, or even the content of printed handouts as they were not seeking the advice of the community. The results included workshops held by non-wikipedians that had no clue about wikipedia, public organisations communicating with “Wikipedia” meaning with the third party NGO. Worst result, a community that did not like to support any more outreach activities or is suspicious of any other third party. It will be presented that leaving room to third parties to represent the community, can completely disorganise it and make future activities harder. So, the community should organise as soon as it can be organised.

Track
  • Cultural and Educational Outreach
Length of presentation/talk
25 minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
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Yes
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