Submissions/After the Encyclopedia: Horizons for a Collaborative Knowledge Project

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 1009
Title of the submission
After the Encyclopedia: Horizons for a Collaborative Knowledge Project
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Presentation + talk
Author of the submission
Toter Alter Mann
E-mail address
toteraltermann@gmx.de
Username
Toter Alter Mann (de/en)
Country of origin
Germany
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Department of Sociology, LMU Munich
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
In its early days, Wikipedia ventured to first mimic and then challenge the renowned print encyclopedias of the 20th century: Encyclopædia Britannica, Larousse, Espasa, Brockhaus. But now that Wikipedia has overstripped them in scope as well as in volume (if not in quality), we have to ask ourselves how the encyclopedia of the 21st century should look like. How can we write about topics that traditional encyclopedias sneered at or never even dared to seriously tackle – video games, scientific controversies, recent political events, fictional species, or the Holy Ghost? What does it mean to write for an audience quite different from bourgeois book lovers? Faced with the proliferation of events, objects, and actors constantly produced in our world, can we still strive for an inventory of human knowledge? And how to deal with knowledge that is radically contradictive? How can Wikipedia make a difference if it is to be absolutely neutral? I will try to give an outlook on the challenges that I think will dominate the project in the coming years – and to answer the question of what the hell we're actually doing here.
Track
WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
45 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

I will

Slides or further information (optional)
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