is amultilingual,web-based,free-content encyclopedia project based on anopenly editable model. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. It iswritten collaboratively by largely anonymous Internetvolunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles (except incertain cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism). Users cancontribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or with their real identity, if they choose.
So how does Wikipedia work? Asaf Bartov
of the Wikimedia Foundation will tackle this question from two angles:
- First, the human and social mechanisms that Wikipedians rely on to build the encyclopedia, and how Wikipedia is managed and governed and,
- Second, the software architecture and technical ecosystem that allows the delivery of 13 billion hits per month (more than 5000 per second) in serving over 19 million articles in more than 270 languages.
Asaf Bartov is Head of Global South Relationships at the Wikimedia Foundation. He had been a software team leader for almost 20 years, studied and taught ancient Greek and Latin at Tel Aviv University, and is interested in technologically transforming libraries into institutions for the 21st century, through work such as his involvement in the Library Linked Data group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
He will be giving a talk/presentation on the 17th of August, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the iHub, Nairobi.
To attend his presentation, register here