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August 10, 2006

Post-Wikimania Todo’s

Filed under: academia, massachusetts institute of technology, wikipedia — twofish @ 2:44 am

Just putting together a list of post-Wikimania todo’s.  Things I’d like to work on in the coming year.

  1. Wikiversity. I’ve started thinking through what it would take for wikiversity to be able to provide the world with an “experience equivalent” to the MIT undergraduate physics degree, with the actual degree going issued by a distance learning school like Thomas Edison State College, Charter Oak State College, or Excelsior University.  I’m also seeing Wikiversity as a place where people can exchange information and provide academic support to learners and teachers.
  2. MIT Open Courseware licenses.  I mention MIT specifically because I went there, but there is a general problem with large amounts of courseware available online, and all of it useless for Wikimedia because they have the non-commercial tag.
  3. The Chinese firewall.  I’ll be really interested to see the outcome of the Chinese meetup next month in Hong Kong.  The Chinese firewall needs to be seen in a social context, and part of the challenge is to prevent the secrecy and non-transparency that the Chinese firewall causes to infect wikimedia.  For example, if there are secret handshakes and codewords that are needed to get onto wikimedia, this defeats the culture of free sharing of information.  By contrast, if wikimedia can get the Chinese government to be more transparent, this would be good.  Even a statement by the Chinese government that websites X,Y, and Z are banned by these criteria and using these procedures would be useful, and one priority I think is to find someone that can serve as an “interlocutor” to pass message back to the Chinese government.


  1. Can you link from Wikiuniversity to open courseware?

    Comment by Anonymous — August 11, 2006 @ 8:42 am

  2. It’s possible to link, but linking gets you only a small fraction of what is possible if you could actually wiki-ize the text. One you wiki-ize the text, then you can edit and reedit the text.

    Comment by twofish — August 11, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

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