One of the things I'm interested in involves understanding how Wikipedia (the most popular site in the world built on the MediaWiki software package) operates, particularly in comparison to M3P and our plans for it.
Addressing the overlap
Something that will need to be addressed in various ways is the direct overlap between Wikipedia and the M3P. This project will always have more information and materials about Maltese music and associated art that Wikipedia simply by virtue of the fact that we have different filtering systems and policies for what to accept, keep, or even encourage in terms of contributions.
A quick look at the Music of Malta page on Wikipedia illustrates the situation straight away.
There may be room to consider Wikipedia as a way to filter some of the material that appears for public consumption (rather than collaborative production) on the M3P, once the project has been fully established.
Also of interest is the way M3P is and/or is not primarily an encyclopedia but a memory project. In this regard, see Timeline of distributed Wikipedia proposals: A survey of the - surprisingly frequent but as yet inconsequential - proposals for some kind of distributed Wikipedia (abolishing the principle that there is only one current article version for each topic), and more specifically, proposals to apply the principles of distributed revision control (as exemplified by Git in software development) to wikis in general and Wikipedia in particular. This is by Wikipedia User:HaeB.
Wikipedia at 10
Wikipedia celebrated its 10th anniversary in January 2011. Here are some links to interviews and comments from this time:
- Jimmy Wales says Wikipedia too complicated for many - BBC
- At 10, highlighting Wikipedia's past and future - CNET
- Wikipedia – an unplanned miracle - Clay Shirky
- Wikipedia Celebrates 10 Years, But Will It Survive Another Decade? - Mashable
- A decade of Wikipedia: lesser-known miracles - Boing Boing
- The List of Lists of Lists - a clear demonstration of the expansiveness of Wikipedia after 10 years of collaborative contributions.
and soon after the anniversary we got this:
- WikiMedia UK To Hire Full-Time Staff, Aims To Increase Content Quality On Wikipedia - The Next Web (UK)
- Canonical directory of Wikimedia research projects - currently underway or recently completed
- Wikimedia research - full category listings
- Jimmy Wales: How a ragtag band created Wikipedia - TED Talk (YouTube video)
- Where Are the Women in Wikipedia? - NY Times Debate, 3 February 2011.
- Wikirriculum: Curriculum in the Digital Age by Ben Williamson
- Wikipedia editors do it for fun: First results of our 2011 editor survey Wikimedia Blog, 10 June 2011
- Wikipedia founder shares passion with Indianapolis crowd - IndyStar.com, 14 September 2011
- Why Wikipedia is as Important as the Pyramids - Jonathon Keats, Wired, 1 November 2011.
- Wikipedia project to cover life in Monmouth - BBC, 30 December 2011.
- The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia by Timothy Messer-Kruse - The Chronicle Review, 12 February 2012
- Wikipedia Is An Editorial Warzone MSNBC, 21 June 2012
- Wikipedia buzz predicts blockbuster movies' takings weeks before release - The Guardian, Thursday 8 November 2012
- Jimmy Wales is not an Internet Billionaire - NYTimes, 30 June 2013
- Wikipedia adding celebrity voices to wiki pages to preserve them for future generations - Owen Williams, TheNextWeb, 25 January 2013
- The Future of Wikipedia: WikiPeaks? - The Economist, 1 March 2014