Tag Archives: politics

:::: Politik der Wissensproduktion

20 Jun

Mittlerweile gehört die Online-Enzyklopädie Wikipedia zu den Hauptakteuren globaler, dynamischer Wissensproduktion. Die mehrsprachige Plattform gilt als eines der Erfolgsbeispiele für den Transfer von FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software)-Prinzipien auf die Ebene der Kulturproduktion. Continue reading


:::: where are the point of views?

8 Oct

This question is currently asking Mike on the Wikimedia’s foundation list:

I will just start with the articles that have not been deleted, and work with the deleted contents from the existing revisions. The data for existing articles that has been culled out should be a good starting point. When we have a list of all the editors from a certain POV, and they have all asked for thier deleted data then we should have the needed material. (Mike on foundation-l Digest, Vol 67, Issue 10)

Mike would like to set up a what he calls the  ‘Deletopedia‘. He invites wikipedians to a petition calling for making available the single user’s deleted contribution to them. A clarification of his petition, you find here: http://undeletewikipedia.blogspot.com

:::: mini report wikimania 2009

6 Sep

Next to strategic discussions abut the 5 year plan (see also the Strategy Wiki), the creation of the Indian chapter was announced and the creation of Brasilian and Catalan chapters hot debated. Many times it was pointed  to the developing potential of language versions such as the Hindi version. The foundation annouced that it has set its focus on the Asian parts of the world. In all talks Wikimedia repeated to be a MOVEMENT of free knowledge, but in particulcar the strategic discussion about the acknowledgement of a Brasilian chapter showed that the there are different approaches on how formal ideas have to be taken in consideration, e.g. the Brazilian chapter is reluctuant to form a legal entity as this could have difficult consequences for the people involved. While talking to the local Argentinan Wikimedians, I felt that more Argentinan Wikimedians see themselves also as political activists in the free/open culture movement. Continue reading

:::: why wikipedia?

18 Mar

Collaboration culture implies the willingness to share information and opinions and the willingness to be open towards the communication of the ‘other’. Besides, cooperation requires „the democratic minimum of the shared ability to initiate deliberation” (Bohman). This ability I see illustrated in Wikis as another many-to-many communication application. A Wiki is a type of collaborative website, a set of linked pages that enables documents to be authored collectively. Its structure and content are open to editing and evolution.  Research on Wikipedia suggests that due to the pluralist and non-hierarchic nature of the medium, Wiki debates on the so called talk pages are often conflictual and their solution is found in ambiguity (Matei/Dobrescu). This underlines that interactions between decentred publics are rather in favour of making a common structure of dissent visible. Continue reading

:::: initials thoughts

16 Mar

My initial thoughts that brought me to being engaged in virtualized transnational public spaces were feeded by two strands of research. Though research about transnational public sphere – with an ‘s’ in brackets – is in its fledging stages, there is a growing amount of mainly empirical studies  trying to grasp transnational and/or European public space. Continue reading