Failure and Wikipedia: how encyclopedias work

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B301

Excerpt

This talk is about my experience with promoting Wikipedia in Indian languages, OpenGLAM projects in India and the problems I've encountered. I also want to draw parallels to how the encyclopedia project itself, especially online works on notions of rough consensus, thereby articulating a specific political position for the community and reflecting a world view through the knowledge they produce.

Description

I want to talk about instances of queering the encyclopedia as an object. With the help of my experiences with Wikipedia communities (in Indian languages and with GLAM activities), I’ve faced several challenges with documenting oral traditions, different ways of ordering information, getting past accessibility barriers as well as certain prerequisites of knowledge building on Wikipedia through community rules that make sure certain kinds of knowledge-s fail and certain succeed in order to establish why some information is legitimate and some is not which in turn gives crowdsourced information authenticity.

Speaking experience

I've presented at Wikimania 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sKrmAlbl7w), Wikiwars conference (http://cis-india.org/research/conferences/conference-blogs/Wikiwars), spoken at Barcamps and as a part of my job conduct 2-3 Wikipedia workshops every month.

Speaker

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    noopur raval

    The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore

    Biography

    Technology. Education. Wikipedia. Cinema. Photography. Woman.

    Noopur Raval crawls the interwebs to produce accounts of techno-cultures. She currently works at the Access to Knowledge team at CIS in India and is pursuing her PhD in Cinema Studies at JNU, New Delhi.

    Sessions

      • Title: Failure and Wikipedia: how encyclopedias work
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        This talk is about my experience with promoting Wikipedia in Indian languages, OpenGLAM projects in India and the problems I’ve encountered. I also want to draw parallels to how the encyclopedia project itself, especially online works on notions of rough consensus, thereby articulating a specific political position for the community and reflecting a world view through the knowledge they produce.

      • Speakers: noopur raval