Submissions/Beyond the Encyclopedia: The Frontiers of Free Knowledge

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
Beyond the Encyclopedia: The Frontiers of Free Knowledge
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Erik Moeller
E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
erik at wikimedia dot org
Country of residence
United States
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Userpage on Meta
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
In 2005, Jimmy Wales presented "10 Challenges for the Free Culture Movement" at Wikimania, also knows as "10 things that will be free". The challenges he chose: the encyclopedia, the dictionary, the curriculum, music, art, file formats, maps, product identifiers, TV listings, and online communities. This year, the list has been expanded and updated on StrategyWiki: List of things that need to be free.
Taking off on the idea of unsolved problems in free culture, my presentation will showcase some of the most promising projects at the frontier of the free knowledge movement: projects like OpenStreetMap, Thingiverse, OpenWetWare, Semantic MediaWiki, and WikiEducator. I will explore the current state of Wikipedia's sister projects, and discuss the opportunities and challenges for innovation inside the Wikimedia movement.
The presentation will conclude with specific recommendations for a framework of technology and policy that supports bottom-up innovation, while killing off ideas that don't work. These recommendations are inspired by other companies, organizations and movements, with focus on the open source community.
Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
Knowledge and Collaboration
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