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Sunday, March 13 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Too Small, Too Open: Correcting Wikipedia's Local Failure

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What happens when Wikipedia isn't big enough? This is a key question for those developing closed community spaces. Wikipedia came onto the scene promising to offer a repository for all knowledge, and it turned into the world’s best encyclopaedia—absolutely nothing more, nothing less. A remarkable achievement it is, but one that never managed to store local knowledge with the same reverence as general, global knowledge. This panel will explore how developers are trying to address these limitations by building a different kind of collaborative environment. From local wikis that only allow those who live in the community to contribute to government-sponsored social networks meant to enhance a specific organization, the panel examines the viability of closed and semi-open networks. The panel will specifically look at how you get local communities involved in mass collaboration: 1) What topics generate traffic for local communities? 2) Which current collaborative tools work best for community engagement? 3) What kind of collaborative tools are needed for the future? 4) How do local collaborative environments reach out to community members who lack digital literacy? To answer these questions on local collaboration the panel will involve experts involved with DavisWiki.org, The Wikimedia Foundation, and those involved in digital inclusion efforts in underprivileged communities.

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Phoebe Ayers

Board of TrusteesWikimedia Foundation IncPhoebe Ayers is a reference, instruction and collections librarian at the University of California, Davis, where she specializes in computer science and electrical engineering resources. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 as an... Read More →
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Deepina Kapila

Web MgrKUT AustinDee Kapila is the Web Manager for KUT Radio, an NPR affiliate station in Austin, Texas where her current projects include re-launching KUT’s digital products and services and developing a sustainable community service project focused on civil discourse, engagement... Read More →
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Philip Neustrom

Exec DirLocalWikiPhilip Neustrom is a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay area currently co-directing the LocalWiki effort. He co-founded DavisWiki.org in 2004. For the past several years he has worked on a variety of nonprofit efforts to engage everyday citizens. He oversaw... Read More →
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Michael Trice

Doctoral StudentTexas Tech UniversityI'm a doctoral student at Texas Tech University who studies civic engagement in social media with a focus on the user/designer divide.

Sunday March 13, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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