Wikimedia is an institution connected to the world’s biggest online encyclopedia, the Wikipedia. The organization takes care of press relations, raises and distributes funds, promotes Wikipedia through events, and more.
This year, Wikimedia Chapters from all around the world and the Wikimedia Foundation from San Francisco met in Berlin for their annual Chapters Meeting. Together with Don Dahlmann, I facilitated the sessions.
Participants discussed such diverse topics as the technical development, the platform’s user interface, the state of Wikipedia in their respective countries, strategies to win new editors and ways to promote the encyclopedia in developing countries.
Don and I made sure everything went smoothly and on time, moderated workshops on specific topics, and visualized and documented outcomes.
To look behind the scenes of Wikipedia and meet the people that help build Wikipedia as a free and open, crowd-sourced and hyperlinked knowledge platform was a very inspiring experience to me. I look forward to seeing how the plans discussed at the 2010 Wikimedia Chapters Meeting will be put into practice.
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