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The development of the Greek-language Wikipedia: An interview with the general coordinator of the “I participate in Wikipedia” campaign. PART II.

You can read part I of the interview here. The existing community & the new users Usually, the users are the ones who approach Wikipedia. With this campaign, however, it is the Wikipedia community that approaches the public. What...
The development of the Greek-language Wikipedia: An interview with the general coordinator of the “I participate in Wikipedia” campaign.

The development of the Greek-language Wikipedia: An interview with the general coordinator of the “I participate in Wikipedia” campaign.

Yiannis Giannarakis is the general coordinator of the “I participate in Wikipedia” campaign, which aims at the development and enrichment of the Greek – language Wikipedia. The initiative, launched in January 2011, is supported by the Greek-language Wikipedia community,...

The revolutionary potential of Wikipedia’s equipotential paradigm.

This is part of the final paper I submitted for the course “Culture of Spectacle” As shown in the previous post, the “anyone can edit” philosophy of Wikipedia is often viewed with great skepticism in academic circles, while its...

Knowledge, not the way you knew it: Studying the impact of Wikipedia on the reception of knowledge

This is part of the final paper I submitted for the course “Culture of Spectacle” 17.000.000 articles. 91.000 active contributors. 270 languages. No matter what words one would choose to describe Wikipedia, numbers cannot speak but the truth: Wikipedia,...

The lessons that “teaching” taught me: Following the campaign for the development of the Greek-language Wikipedia, Part II

The truth is that one needs all the support that can get when is called to present an online encyclopedia in front of the so – called Net Gen or Generation Y. I wouldn’t dare to count myself a...
Data visualizing the story of food and emotion

Data visualizing the story of food and emotion

How do we even begin to visualize and draw connections between the intimately complex relationship that exists between food and emotion? Can we discover patterns amongst global food trends and global emotional trends? Could data visualization help us weave...

A “lazy” Wikipedia. An active community. An interesting story: Following the campaign for the development of the Greek-language Wikipedia, Part I

In the first 10 years of its existence, Wikipedia, this unusual “experiment” as it used to be called, has evolved into the world’s greatest reference source. Far more than that however, Wikipedia’s most surprising achievement is that it turned...

The Yoza Project : Cellphones and ‘mlearning’ in South-Africa.

Storytelling is the conveying of narratives, an idea as old as human history itself. The origins of narration are difficult to grasp, and because this phenomenon plays such a prominent role in most of our lives, no one is...
Scientific referencing and hypertext: The necessity of a visual overview

Scientific referencing and hypertext: The necessity of a visual overview

This entry is meant as an introduction to the tool my group and I are developing for our Datavisualisation class. We will be trying to geographically map the rise and diffusion of different research fields over time. The reason...
Social Inclusion through Digital Media, Medellín

Social Inclusion through Digital Media, Medellín

In my second week in Medellín I spent some time on my project with Hiperbarrio. The organization tries to reach social inclusion through means of digital media in several depressed neighbourhoods in Medellín. By giving workshops in photography, blogging,...
LabSurLab Report, Medellín 07-04

LabSurLab Report, Medellín 07-04

LabSurLab is a gathering of different worldwide Labs taking place in Medellín first time this year. From the 6th of April to the 12th of April different projects will present their work and exchange ideas on subjects such as...

*Choose Life*

Ourania Dalalaki, Ashiq Khondker, Maritje Onjering, Hans Terpstra mini-exhibition curated for the Critical Media Art seminar. Disengage from the fear of technology, engage living forms through technicity, transform life, choose life. Living, Semi-living, bio-creations that tactically aim to shape...

Book Review – Open 20: The Populist Imagination

The Populist Imagination comes in a timely moment. The 20th issue of Open, the cahier on art and the public domain published by NAi, is a collection of essays dealing with “the role of myth, narratives and identity in...

Who In The Australian Department of Justice Edited Julian Assange’s Wikipedia Page?

According to Wikipedia's edit history, on 23 September 2010 shortly before midnight, the entry for Julian Assange was edited by a user whose IP address belongs to the Australian Government’s Justice Department. The user attempted to make a seemingly...

Resistance to Locative Media: Google Germany

The Germans proof that castles in the skies can be actualized. A real act of resistance to power has been put . More than 244.000 German internet users requested Google not to photograph their houses for Google Street View. The...
I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

During my recent travels I came across a demonstration for the Xbox 360 Kinect in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof railway station. For those that don’t know, the Kinect is Microsoft’s latest peripheral for the Xbox 360 that allows gamers to...

Ai Weiwei: How a Chinese Artist Uses the Internet To Protest

Reading an interview with the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the weekend magazine of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, I was instantly drawn to his faith in the democratizing power of the Internet. More than once Weiwei, who...

MADONNA R.I.P ?

Some thoughts on mock-up obituaries in view of the New Media Research Seminar’s start. A fatal car accident. Thousands of cameras capturing the scene. Millions of mourning fans. Breaking news: Madonna has passed away.

Commons-based peer produsage? Rethinking online production.

The Internet, and the emergence of Web 2.0 in particular, have been celebrated for their liberatory potential, setting free the individual consumers once bounded by industrial inertia. We only need to take a quick look at the Arctic Monkey’s...
Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

If blogs are Foucauldian confession than this is mine. I used to play Neopets. Nine years ago I’ve created an account to be recognized in Neopia as “Mareline”. My virtual pets, luckily a user is only allowed to have...
What is in your bag or what have you wore today?

What is in your bag or what have you wore today?

A very popular group on Flickr is the “What is in your bag group”, where 10722 photo’s are placed of bags and its content and around 19500 flickr- users are a member of this group. When you are...
Facebook: open minded panopticon?

Facebook: open minded panopticon?

Something caught my eye this week that seemed so contradictory that I want to share it with you. In the course New Media Theories, and actually in every other new media course, the principles of Michel Foucault are relevant....

The console wars, back to the 16bit era

Bits. Eight of them or sixteen meant a world of difference to me when I was a kid. I didn’t know what a bit was and actually I still don’t. I tried looking it up but it’s a very...

Follow up: Dutch Wikipedia strangely crueler than English Wikipedia

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of two Wikipedia articles. These were articles I introduced with parental pride a couple of weeks ago. On beforehand we were told that the English Wikipedia would be the...