<CPOV> UvA students create new Wikipedia entries and blog about it

Maja van der Velden majava at ifi.uio.no
Fri Oct 8 13:26:48 CEST 2010

I guess this means thumps up for what was called 'fragmentation' in an  
earlier CPOV discussion :-)


On Oct 8, 2010, at 8:46 AM, Dror Kamir wrote:

> Hello,
> Thanks a lot for these interesting accounts. I find the one by Erik  
> van Bemmelen (http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2010/10/07/the-wiki-elite/ 
> ) very interesting (my pessimistic nature always draws me to the  
> less-positive experiences :-) ). This is usually the experience that  
> holds people back from contributing to WP. Someone comes out of the  
> blue and say your contributions are non-notable, unverified,  
> violating one rule or another and so forth. While this is a natural  
> interaction to some extent, resulting from people's possessiveness  
> instinct, it has become increasingly frequent and received too much  
> legitimacy. For example, a good editor would take the challenge and  
> try to verify unverified information before asking to delete it, or,  
> in  Erik van Bemmelen's case, would appreciated the good work rather  
> than start arguing about notability. But what I find particularly  
> interesting is Erik van Bemmelen's reaction, namely "I can take my  
> work and offer it to another similar website". This is exactly what  
> WP needs these days for its own good and for the principles that  
> underlie the project -  competition. More free-licensed wiki-sites  
> should be opened with focused theme and in various languages. In  
> fact, when people ask me today how they can contribute to WP, I  
> often tell them - why won't you open your own wiki? You could set  
> the rules for yourself and you won't have to engage in endless  
> discussions about each contribution. If your material is good and  
> free-licensed then it is very likely that it will end up on WP, and  
> you will still have the original version on your own site.
> Dror K
> בתאריך 06/10/10 12:49, ציטוט Geert Lovink:
>> Dear all,
>> over the past week nearly 60 students of mine who are following the  
>> New Media Practices course of the New Media masters at Mediastudies  
>> (University of Amsterdam, humanities faculty) had the assignment to  
>> write a new Wikipedia entry. They also had to write a blog posting  
>> about this experience on the collaborative blog called Masters of  
>> Media. This blog was founded in September 2006 and is now in use by  
>> the fifth generation of students.
>> I have done similar assignments over the past years. Last year we  
>> had 35 students.
>> About half the students ran into trouble, either having their entry  
>> deleted or having to rename it, change topic and so on.
>> Please read their exciting reports here: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/ 
>> .
>> Another way to navigate could be the tag cloud: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/tag/wikipedia/ 
>> .
>> Here you can find photos of the three classes: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/about/ 
>> .
>> At least half of the students are from outside the Netherlands, and  
>> more than half female.
>> Best, Geert
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