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Submissions/Find the gap

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission

Find the gap! Or: How can you find topics to participate in Wikipedia

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Markus Glaser

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Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

A classical wiki approach to collect knowledge is to write down what we know. In Wikipedia, this bottom up approach is used a lot. But once we have a certain coverage of an area of knowledge, the question arises whether we are already complete, whether we have covered everything. How can we find out? That's where tools and mechanisms are missing on the web. Find the gaps. Is that possible? I believe it is. All you need to do is write a list. Add to it collaboratively. Link the items to Wikipedia articles and there you are.

I will introduce such a tool (working title is "List of Everything") and show how to use it. In the workshop, let's challenge Wikipedia. Find areas of interest and work on spotting gaps. This is kind of an experiment on user experience. If it works out well, in the end we will have a tool that encourages participation and makes it easy for new editors to get a start in Wikipedia.

  • WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education
Length of presentation/talk

25 Minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

probably yes

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