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Submission no. 
3062
Subject no. 
P1
Title of the submission
Imagine the Wikipedia in 2022.
Type of submission
Panel
Author of the submission
Barbara Fischer/ Christophe Henner/ Dirk Franke
Country of origin
Germany/ France
Affiliation
WMDE / Wikimedia France /de.wp
E-mail address
Barbara.Fischer@wikimedia.de / christophe.henner@gmail.com / Dirk.Franke@wikipedia.de
Username: Barbara Fischer (WMDE) / Christophe Henner / Dirk Franke
Personal homepage or blog
http://politicogeek.com / http://grenzenderbezahlung.tumblr.com/
Abstract

Imagine Wikipedia in 2022: a Wikipedia different from today. The evolution started in 2001 is still going on. This evolution is driven by several factors:

  • The Wikimedia movement professionalizes.
  • Outside organizations discover the importance of Wikipedia.
  • People active in GLAM cooperations try to actively integrate “outsider” into the Wikipedia fabric.
  • The number of volunteer editors is decreasing/stagnating/not increasing as fast as it used to be.
  • The composition of the community will change.

At the panel the participants will introduce differing visions of the Wikipedia in 2022, how it should evolve and how it will evolve.

Detailed proposal

Imagine Wikipedia in 2022: a Wikipedia fundamentally different from today. Wikipedia has evolved from a strange website created by some strange but interesting people into one of the foremost websites worldwide. The "older Wikipedians" around will still remember Wikipedia in 2001/2002/2003 and how different it was from today. The evolution started in 2001 is still going on. There is no reason to think that this development will stop and Wikipedia will be frozen in time. Wikipedia and Wikimedia evolve. Wikipedia in 2013 is just a short moment in time and it will change. This change is driven right now by several actors from outside and inside the Wikimedia movement.

  • The Wikimedia movement (in a narrow sense) professionalizes. Different chapters and the Wikimedia foundation grow. They start to hire "community managers" who will be more or less involved into the community.
  • Outside organizations discover the importance Wikipedia has. They discover the influence Wikipedia articles have on their organization and that maybe they could just write these articles themselves.
  • At the same time these actors learn how to act in Wikipedia and how to collaborate with the community.
  • At the same time parts of the Wikimedia movement actively try to collaborate with outside organization to improve content.
  • The most succesful of these cooperations are right now the GLAM cooperations that happen worldwide.
  • The number of volunteer editors is decreasing/stagnating/not increasing as fast as it used to be.
  • The composition of the community will change, and in 2022 the definition of "who is a Wikipedian" will be different than it is today.

Taken together these trends could mean a changed landscape of the Wikipedia. It could mean a community where volunteers have to learn how to deal with professionals and where professionals will have to learn how to behave in a volunteer-environment. On this panel several people who are involved in this change will discuss. There will be Wikipedians and Wikimedians and people active in Glam cooperation. We will look on Wikipedia how it became what it was, what part a "volunteer ethic" plays and what it actually means to receive financial enumeration for work in Wikipedia.

At the panel the participants will introduce differing visions of the Wikipedia in 2022, how it should evolve and how it will evolve. Afterwards we will have a moderated and lively discussion with the people attending Wikimania about how they relate to these visions and about their own vision.

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Track
WikiCulture and Community
Length of presentation/talk
70 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes
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