On 15 Feb 2018, at 19.36, Adam Wight
Punk rock! These consultants seem to actually understand what we’re about, and
the report is a great collaboration all around. The heavy use of actual
Wikimedians’ quotes lets us tell our own story. The recommendations on page 31
look right to me personally, and are “actionable”.
The recommendations are very good. Lately, however,
I have been thinking that maybe we in the Wikimedia movement should take even
greater role in the attempt to protect free access to knowledge? I am not sure
if this is clear in our current 2030 strategy.
For instance, we could invest in and increase the visibility of some other
successful Wikimedia projects, than the Wikipedia (and Wikidata).
Wiktionary is one of these. It is not very well known although widely used,
especially as a source for other services. This is simply because we do not
have a easy to use UI to the service. Webxicon.org<http://Webxicon.org>  is
and example of a third party service using the Wiktionary data. No doubt, it is
more user friendly than our own Wiktionary . Designing new UI and promoting
Wiktionary would also emphasise our global nature and respect of different
cultures and languages.
Another field were we could play a bigger role is the Open Educational
Resources (OER). Wikipedia is the world largest OER repository but there is
also a need for free and open digital school materials (previously known as
textbooks) in all the languages of the world. We have Wikibooks and Wikiversity
to develop these, but again, because of their poor usability they have not
become THE places to create learning materials in large scale. Services to
create and share free and open educational materials, that are replacing
textbooks, could be one area to improved our products.
I am afraid that in the future there is more work to do in the field of free
and open knowledge, than what we are able to imagine today. Therefore, I think
we should rather expand than to focus on a single encyclopaedia — in practice
to have more (great) products.
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