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Submissions/Wikimedia's Point of View

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


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission

Wikimedia's Point of View. On Various Truths and Methodologies to Reach Them.

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Michał "Aegis Maelstrom" Buczyński

E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)

<use the Polish Wiki Userpage>

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Polish wiki, Polish chapter, Warsaw School of Economics

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikipedia's ultimate goal is to provide reliable information on any worthy topic. However, in particular cases opinions on "what is true?" may vary vitally.

As a tyranny is not an answer, our open project needs a clear, possibly non-arbitrary method of establishing what is true, complete and well-balanced. Wikipedia calls the method a "Neutral Point of View". Unfortunately, we tend to have different ideas what "Neutral" means; some of us even propose a different way of picturing the truth.

In my short presentation I would like to highlight briefly a few such controversies:

  • what is the measure and context of "neutrality"?
  • Neutral Point of View and Scientific Point of View
  • Neutral Point of View and No Point of View
  • Single model vs. Multiple models (like different standards for science, religion and pop-culture articles).

What is important, different points of view may lead not only to differences in the served information, but also different methodologies and models of co-operation and writing the articles.

The presentation reflects its authors point of view.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)

People and Community

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