<CPOV> Wikipedia as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Dror Kamir dqamir at bezeqint.net
Thu May 19 19:11:15 CEST 2011

I have a lot of respect to what Wikimedia Deutschland is doing, and I 
say it honestly and with all my heart. However, I think such a move is 
wrong. I think Wikipedia has already gained too much publicity and too 
much power. I don't see how UNESCO's recognition would serve the 
project. I sincerely think Wikipedians should slow down and look back 
for a short while, because there are already serious problems which do 
not receive proper attention (and I'm talking here about Wikipedians 
worldwide). Also, I am not too keen about having strong connections 
between a political organization like the UN and a non-political project 
(at least by definition) like WP. Wikipedia, for example, describes in 
details the contemporary structure of the Republic of China, which, as 
far as the UN is concerned, ceased to exist quite a long time ago. This 
is just one example of how the UN and WP do not think alike.

Dror K

בתאריך 19/05/11 19:02, ציטוט Johan Oomen:
> (forwarded from  the open-heritage mailing list)
> Hello all, 
> If you were unaware, Wikimedia Deutschland, the volunteer chapter of the
> Wikimedia community in Germany, has been spearheading a move to push for
> UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recognition for Wikipedia. As one of the
> most successful open knowledge activities, and probably the
> most publicly visible open knowledge projects, this push for Wikipedia as a
> World Cultural Heritage may be a great opportunity for gaining greater
> public awareness of the principles of our movement of open and free culture.
> The project manager for the push at Wikimedia Deutschland recently wrote a
> post at http://wikimedia.de/wiki/WorldHeritage/the_idea which discusses the
> idea and how to get involved if you are interested. 
> Please forward this to any relevant groups that may be interested in
> supporting the push for World Cultural Heritage,
> Alex Stinson
> User:Sadads
> Wikipedia Ambassadors
> Wikimedia DC
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