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Beyond WIkipedia - Knowledge Flow in the 21st century by Mind Map: Beyond WIkipedia
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Knowledge Flow 
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Beyond WIkipedia - Knowledge Flow in the 21st century

Some provocative thoughts

in a certain sense the wikipedia - despite the evident success - betrayed the wiki philosophy

the WP disconnected from the swarm of wikis all around the world, solution: start a policy of link offerings in the footer, this can be personalized - people can have the classic view too, alternative solution: kind of browser plugin realizing the "footer feature"

the WP community created a de facto threshold, solution: personalize "relevance" criteria

the WP kind of monopolized knowledge, open up to the community and find some new WP editors

Strengths

stabilized knowledge

consens orientation

neutrality

crowdsource based

Weaknesses

lack of effective openness

gatekeeper / high entry

edit wars

lack of zooming levels into detailed knowledge

only a minor share of the world's knowledge is covered

no "long tail of knowledge"

(there are many serious wikis around, that are not connected to the WP articles)

why doesn't WP have links into the rest of the wikiverse? some are more in depth about a topic., List of wikis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wikis, Wiki List - A List of Wiki Sites by Category http://webtrends.about.com/od/wikilists/tp/list_of_wiki_sites.htm, Neue Idee

lack of knowledge continuity

users often are looking for practical help - WP is in no way connected to knowldge bases for this, Example wikiHow - The How-to Manual That You Can Edit http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page, Example eHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Discover the expert in you. | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/, Example WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students http://www.watchknowlearn.org/, Example 5min - Find the best how to, instructional and DIY videos – Life Videopedia http://www.5min.com/

lack of rich media

e.g. video

e.g. interactive tutorials

lack of access to dynamic/realtime data

no integrated realtime scanning and tracking of news

lack of personalisation

concerning skill level

concerning interest profile

lack of mapping "controversial/pluralistic" reality

alternative format to hiding controversy behind the scenes, there could be a main article plus two articles with the antagonistic positions

no question that this format should be the exception, not the rule

Opportunities

some new developments in the wikipedia developer community

wikidata initiative, Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database

"Data Partnering": encouraging institutional data curation with more accurate data

example: having an OECD data pipe directly displaying on WP pages

same with reliable national + transnational institutions like NASA, WHO, statistical offices etc

Threats

new ecosystems for knowledge communication competing with WP

sinking motivation to contribute in the editing

more colored nodes

Neue Idee

Neue Idee

Neue Idee

SWOT of Wikipedia today

Some first inspirational Elements for an "Advanced Wikipedia"

check these approaches for interesting elementsto add to a "Wikipedia 3.0"

http://www.quora.com/

for more fine-grained and practical knowledge content

http://datajournalismhandbook.org

for better knowledge transfer; increasing understanding when using data visualisation

http://www.wolframalpha.com/

automatic knowledge generation

http://debatepedia.idebate.org/

mapping the whole picture of controverse topics