Too Small, Too Open: Correcting Wikipedia's Local Failure

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

What happens when Wikipedia isn't big enough? This is a key question for those developing closed community spaces. Wikipedia came onto the scene promising to offer a repository for all knowledge, but it turned into the world’s best encyclopaedia—absolutely nothing more, nothing less. A remarkable achievement it is, but one that never managed to store local knowledge with the same reverence as general, global knowledge. This panel will explore how developers are trying to address these limitations by building a different kind of collaborative environment. From local wikis that only allow those who live in the community to contribute to government-sponsored social networks meant to enhance a specific organization, the panel examines the viability of closed and semi-open networks. The panel will specifically look at how you get local communities involved in mass collaboration: 1) What topics generate traffic for local communities? 2) Which current collaborative tools work best for community engagement? 3) What kind of collaborative tools are needed for the future? 4) How do local collaborative environments reach out to community members who lack digital literacy? To answer these questions on local collaboration the panel will involve experts involved with DavisWiki.org and the Department of State, as well as those involved in digital inclusion efforts in underprivileged communities.

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Phoebe Ayers

I actually update this thing over at http://identi.ca/phoebe; follow me there instead if you like. I rarely check twitter. bio from Twitter

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Michael Trice

Dad, husband, doctoral student at Texas Tech. Write for SXSW ScreenBurn and co-founded Partisans.org. Study mediated collaboration in civic engagement and games bio from Twitter

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Philip Neustrom

Co-founder @LocalWiki, @DavisWiki. I program computers and like sunshine, mathematics and burritos. bio from Twitter

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Deepina Kapila

UT Austin Ed Tech, Board-Girls Rock Austin, gamer, scuba diver, lover of sci fi, spicy food, fashion, rum. Austinite via Caribbean via Goa. Cylon. bio from Twitter

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

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