Wikimedia: accessible (new) media for (almost) all

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Published on January 24, 2012

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Slides from a talk in the Media Goes Accessible symposium 20.1.2012 at the Media Factory, Aalto University in Helsinki Finland.

Wikimedia: accessible (new) media for (almost) all Teemu Leinonen

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

wiki- World Wide Web (WWW) site that can be modified or contributed to by users. (Source: Encyclopædia Britannica)

Wikipedia- the world most famous wiki

How many of you haveused Wikipedia this week?

How many of you have edit Wikipedia articles?

•Word largest encyclopedia – ever!•270+ languages•20 000 000+ articles • English: 3 800 000 • FI: 280 000 / SV: 420 000 / ET: 90 000•One of the world’s top 10 websites•English Wikipedia over 130 000 active users. • FI: 1900•English Wikipedia 1500 Administrators • FI: 50 (Source: Wikimedia Foundation 2012)

How wikipedia works? Demo:edit, reference, view history, talk –pages . . .

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue


Wiktionary - a dictionary in all the languages of the worldWikiquote – a collection of quotations from famous people, books and speechesWikibooks - a collection of free study and textbooksWikisource – multilingual collection of texts that could be distributed as free and open content

Wikispecies - directory of the world speciesWikinews – free news serviceWikimedia Commons - collection of free photographs, diagrams, maps, videos, animations, music, sounds, spoken texts, and other free mediaWikiversity – a site for learning materials and learning communities

Why these projects?

Wikispecies- directory of the world species

Why not a directory of the puppets of the Muppet Show?


Editorial decisions

MissionThe mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empowerand engage people around the world to collect anddevelop educational content under a free license or inthe public domain, and to disseminate it effectively andglobally.In collaboration with a network of chapters, theFoundation provides the essential infrastructure and anorganizational framework for the support anddevelopment of multilingual wiki projects and otherendeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation willmake and keep useful information from its projectsavailable on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.

VisionImagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Thats our commitment.

Why Wikimedia is important?

Lack of media (access to media) = lack of education = many things that are not nice (like: poverty, wars, no respect of human rights,crimes, abuse, civil conflicts, lack of democracy etc.)

Strict commitment to . . . free content, free standards, and free software.


Read the Mission and Vision

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

Could there be“education for all wiki”?


Learning: Time and Space Same Time Different TimeSame Class-room teaching, Library delivery of studySpace class-room books, bulletin board, discussions handoutsDifferent Video conference, Self-studySpace chat

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

1. Wiki2. Wikimedia for all3. Education for all wiki4. Epilogue

Think Linux Source: Engeström, J. 2005 / 2006

Think Wikipedia

Think Skype

Think Blogs

All these are projects started by individualsin the open and free Internet.


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