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Help edit The Next Chapter of Wikipedia

The Wikimedia community is invited to collaboratively write about the future of Wikipedia. The result was published as the final chapter of the book The Wikipedia Revolution (Hyperion) released on 17 March 2009 in the United States See official web site.

What could be better than to let Wikipedians and luminaries to continue writing it. (The chapter text is released under a Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 Unported license) So the big question is:

What is the future of Wikipedia and its community?

What challenges will Wikipedia and the community face? Where will it be in 1, 5 or 10 years? Guidelines will be continually posted in WikipediaStory:Community_Portal, but the goal is to keep rules to a minimum. Wikipedia is not a crystal ball, but this chapter is meant to be one!

Unlike Wikipedia's NPOV policy, we propose as an editorial policy to have viewpoints that adhere to CRAFT - Coherent, Reasoned, Accurate, Fair and Transparent.

What is Next - help edit the draft!
Essential glossary - terms for newbies

I look forward to an exciting experiment. (See Background for more information) -- or feel free to contact Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado on Wikipedia or by email [1])

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EDIT ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE. This is probably going to be much more like a pure "wiki" with discussion/refactoring than Wikipedia.


Final Chapter

This history of wikipedia is defined in this last chapeter. How can the development of the iPhone due to be launched 11 July 2008 round the world not have an impact on where and when people edit wikipedia. The ability to add audio visual to wiki on places and happenings in the world now becomes real time. Cheap sound and video recording devices connected to G3 platforms can be used to update wikipedia. Wikipedia will become a news and information location as well as a store of knowledge. Journalism will become citizen based. The wikipedia editing functions will keep the work crisp but with the flexablity of less text based content.




When work is submitted on this page will it be used in the final edit by the author of the book? Do you want us to edit the final chaper here as an editing group? Roddy Young 17:30, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Quality
    • Will there ever be a Version 1.0?
      • Will 1.0 be released on paper?
    • What is the status of stable versions?
      • Earlier implementations, eg at Citizendium
    • How will the project address perceptions/realities about "quality"?
  • Institutional
    • Early history and similar developments around the world
    • What is the future of the Wikimedia Foundation?
  • Challenges
    • Legal issues in the future. Is the big legal case looming out there?
    • Will the community survive long term?
    • For most non-profits, surviving its charismatic leader is a key moment: who will succeed Jimmy Wales, and what effect will that succession have for the community?
    • Is the foundation healthy in terms of governance and financial sustainability?
  • Fun questions
    • How many articles in 2010?
    • When will Chinese Wikipedia be unblocked?
    • Wikipedia is around #10 on the Alexa rankings... can it go higher? Is Wikipedia growth destined to hit the top of S-curve?
    • Wikipedia weekly, found on, seach (wikipedia weekly) for the podcast, and down load episode 50 for back gound and 51 for follow up. What is the future for wikipedia when key pages have podcast discussions.
  • Rivals, spinoffs, parallel projects
    • Citizendium
    • Danny Hillis Freebase
    • Wikia
    • Scholarpedia
    • Mahalo

I split this out into different pages for discussion. I'm excited to see what people contribute!--BradPatrick 14:42, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Licensing, Copyright and Attribution

  • What license should be used for the content to encourage participation and benefit the community?
    • Interesting, I saw that Benkler uses a CC license for a certain time frame, then switches it. [2] -- Fuzheado 18:56, 14 March 2007 (PDT)
  • How should authorship be attributed? Should it be?
If we're going to have many many authors, it seems like it would use a fair bit of paper in the final version. If people wish for inclusion in the credits, possibly a hyperlink could be included in the book to the userlist or similar. -- Tawker 16:56, 14 March 2007 (PDT)
The upside is that it would provide some motivation for folks to be more involved (at the risk of hogging the spotlight) but it may be the fairest thing. Definitely would like an online list of contributions to always be available. -- Fuzheado 18:05, 14 March 2007 (PDT)
    • What's wrong with good old fashioned public domain? Kaldari 20:25, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Participation and Policy

  • Is a private wiki the best idea? Leaving the wiki open to the unwashed masses will most certainly fail in the spectacular ways of Wikitorials, and other wiki experiments without the dedicated ranks of patrollers.
  • Who should be invited to the wiki?
  • How should final editing be handled?
  • What role should NPOV play? Certainly people should be able to voice their opinions.
  • What forms of participation? Not everyone has time to wiki-edit, so perhaps have a way for folks to leave "position papers" or essays with ideas, and leave to other to be inspired or incorporate those viewpoints.
  • Updates -- Mitch Kapor suggested sending out weekly email updates to keep folks engaged in the process, as to what major changes have been made. I think it's a good idea, as not everyone is going to be checking Recent Changes that often. -- Fuzheado 09:32, 19 March 2007 (PDT)
  • Like any writing 'assignment', what is the deadline? --BradPatrick 14:44, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Will early history about similar developments be referenced and included? Roddy Young 20:56, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Explaining the history of wikipedia will highlight unethical practises of historical import and this book should not be a witch hunt court.
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