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Expertise vs. Wikiknowledge

Tuesday morning 10 o’clock: Workday as usual. I’m working on some notification plug-in for the forum on the website I manage for VOS/ABB – an organisation looking after the interest of people working in and managing public primary- and...
Greek Wikipedia calls for Βοήθεια (Help)!

Greek Wikipedia calls for Βοήθεια (Help)!

Geert: "Yes, you can write your Wikipedia post in your own language" Me (not saying that aloud of course): "Finally! This is going to be a piece of cake" Well... it wasn't. Instead I could describe it like a nerve-breaking, patience-challenging...

Wikipedia: Propaganda or Contribution?

In 1945 Vannevar Bush already predicted an innovative new way of structuring information, a new library. Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and was indeed a new initiative to...

A Canadian Wikipedia Adventure

When contributing to Wikipedia it is always best to stick to what you know. The concept behind the world’s largest online encyclopedia is that everyone has valuable accumulated knowledge that should be shared, on what is essentially a global...
Moussaka, anyone?

Moussaka, anyone?

The Chronicle of a Wikipedia Entry Three attempts to find a topic. Four days of research. One plain article that is still online on the greek Wikipedia. And one Greek lady never eating moussaka again. Let me explain myself:...
This Article Will be Deleted

This Article Will be Deleted

"Hello and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and you decide to stay. Unfortunately, one or more of the pages you created, such as Amsterdam Dance Event, may not conform to...
Sometimes its hard to explain myself in greek

Sometimes its hard to explain myself in greek

It had never crossed my mind to make a Wikipedia entry as I must admit that I never thought of Wikipedia as a reliable source of information and even more as a source that I would refer to in...

Wikipedia editing: the ultimate career counseling?

Dear Wikipedia editors, did you notice that you choose a subject to edit on Wikipedia that lies in your line of interest? Because the list of Requested Articles is structured into categories, you automatically pick the subject you feel...
Wikipedia:  An exercise in patience

Wikipedia: An exercise in patience

Before getting started with creating a Wikipedia entry I went through all of the tutorials, read the comments, watched the youtube videos, scratched my head and said "pff this can't be that hard." So I decided to dive...
Wikipedia – an Impression About the First Entry

Wikipedia – an Impression About the First Entry

On Saturday, 2nd october, I become an official member of Wikipedia community. Namely, I posted my first entry. The article is about the Multimedia City, a project I wrote about in my first blog post on Masters of Media...

Wikipedia: fortunately the bots are neutral

The CoffeeCompany, a Dutch chain of coffee bars, is well known by every Amsterdam coffee drinker. And, because I live next to one, it’s my regular coffee dealer. A couple of days ago I found out they didn’t have...

Should one write: he and she or she and he?

I posted on the Spanish version of Wikipedia an item on the World March of Women, an international feminist movement. I thought it was a nice way to participate in the 3rd international Action that is taking place this...
Dance Chimes on Wikipedia, no news is good news?

Dance Chimes on Wikipedia, no news is good news?

Is no news good news for Wikipedia? For this assignment it was easy to pick a topic, something I feel passionate about, Dance Chimes, invented and designed by Alfons van Leggelo. You can read my post on Wikipedia here.

Promotion or Contribution?

Wikipedia is the biggest online encyclopedia in the world. In the English version one can find almost 3,5 million pages. With more than 640.000 pages, the Dutch version comes in the fifth place, next to Italy and Poland. So...
A Wikipedia Experiment

A Wikipedia Experiment

So while everyone was making an actual relevant addition to Wikipedia, I decided to try something silly. A while ago I was standing in line at a film festival when I heard two girls argue about whether they were...

WikiAdmin: No Recent Changes

After being asked to write a Wikipedia article I soon realised that the challenge would not be related to the technical side of things, but rather to coming up with a topic. It was difficult to think of a topic that  is...
Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

Can you only make a Wikipedia entry if your subject has been covered in the mainstream press a gazillion times? How do underground, guerilla, new subcultures or artists get exposure on Wiki? Short answer: they don’t. I referenced the...
I am a Wikipedian

I am a Wikipedian

This week I posted a Wiki post on the Dutch Wikipedia website about the subject of my interest Digitized Cultural Heritage. Nothing fancy, just a small posting with some definitions and examples followed by a few links. After carefully...

Daggering Wikipedia: How to increase the chance of having your Wikipedia article published?

When thinking of a subject to write about on Wikipedia, a couple of considerations crossed my mind. It’s easy to write about a scientific subject that isin line with Wikipedia’s core principles (NPOV, no original content and verifiability), but...

1 of 1.129.725 German Wikipedia articles

Since Monday the 27th September I am a new Wikipedia author and I must admit that I like it. I can’t name reasons why I didn’t try it before but now I know that I don’t want to stop...
‘Indische duinen’, my Wikipedia adventure

‘Indische duinen’, my Wikipedia adventure

Wikipedia is such a huge encyclopedia, every topic I came up with, it already existed on Wikipedia. I saw there wasn’t a topic yet about the soccer club FC Abcoude so when I wanted to start that, this message...

Layar in the wikipedia – How to improve and secure?

The English Wikipedia remains more than 3,4 million articles, the Dutch Wikipedia on the other hand less than one million, so I thought it should not be difficult to find an interesting subject for a new entry on this...
Ah Dr. Blofeld, I’ve been expecting you!

Ah Dr. Blofeld, I’ve been expecting you!

When I wrote my article in Wikipedia about Suzhou Creek Art District in Shanghai, I really hadn’t expected to encounter Dr. Blofeld coming out of hiding from his Himalayan retreat to edit my category listing! Au contraire, I had...
Wikipedia Labyrinth

Wikipedia Labyrinth

When I figured out I wanted to write about wikipedia.org/wiki/Cineville">Cineville I found out that as expected, writing a Wikipedia entry was much harder than I hoped for. What...