by Thiyagarajan Maruthavanan (Rajan)
The conference kick starts with Kiruba speaking about the basic rules of unconference.
- This is not a conference, it is not hallways but the main floors that are the most interesting place in an unconference.
- No speakers but a discussion leader. If you are the so called audience feel free to be rude , interrupt the discussion if you want to.
- Two feet rule, if you are uncomfortable use your feet to be more comfortable
Nick from Underdog pictures doing a documentary on Jimmy Wales and wikipedia, gave a quick introduction. Another quick introduction from Ganesh K , an admin in wikipedia who posts a lot of content related to India.
Presenetation from Jimmy Wales on wikipedia
First had looked at Open source
- Improvements in fundamental way.
- Exposes bugs.
- Anyone can contribute.
So why not open content.
So in 1999 – the idea of a freely licensed encyclopedia called nupedia
- it had thousand of volunteers
- in many languages
But that idea was a failure, Some of the reasons of how/why we falied –
- because of the tight academeic nupedia process.
It included the following steps
- lead reviewer
- a lead review
- open review
- lead copyediting
- open copyediting
- final approval and markup
What I learend
- A priori thinking is bad
- community is good
- people are basically good
- guided chaos is unstoppable
- a simple vision is good
pretty cool, for a small encyleopedia
- Primary lessons from my work so far
- Trust people
- Avoid a priori thnking
- Guide the chaos to a simple vision.
Example of other kinds of wikia
- topic encyclopedia
- magazines (ArmchairGM)
- social community ( fannon, furry)
- hybrid ( campaign, and all to some extent)
Search is a fundamental part of the infrastructure of the internet and therefore of human society as a whole. Thus open source search is very important, transparent, all algorithms published, testable, researchable.
Dozens of questions of great questions fielded with great clarity & humility, I just could not keep up with the pace of the questions.