September 19, 2018

Roundup: Jimmy Wales Speaks at Wikipedia Conference in India & Other Wikipedia Items

Reports from Wiki Conference India.

Outside the campus a small group of protesters demonstrated against the depiction of the map of India on Wikipedia, which they say is an inaccurate and illegal representation of the country’s borders.

The site’s founder, Jimmy Wales, who flew in for the event, seemed unconcerned by the protests.

“I want Wikipedia to be neutral on such topics. It’s not up to us to decide what’s the correct map of India, but it is up to us to explain to people that there is this controversy.”

Elaborating on its initiatives in India, the foundation’s chief global development officer Barry Newstead told IANS that the foundation aims to launch several initiatives to improve access to knowledge.

“We are planning to partner with schools and come up with appropriate versions of Wikipedia useful for children,” Newstead told IANS.

Talking about the editing procedure for articles, Wales said that cumbersome rules are stopping people from making contributions. He said he realised this when, even as an experienced Wikipedia editor, he could not figure out the right way to rename a Wikipedia page. “We should get rid of this stuff, especially in large languages like English,” he said.

Wales encourages page translations in local languages rather than machine translations. He says, machine translations lose out the cultural aspect. He also points out the need for a modern UI, just like how simpler and easier it is on Facebook. “Knowledge is the path to peace. We must study what our opponents believe too,” said Wales.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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