Wikimedia Loves Knowledge (Webinar Q&A Summary)



On February 18, 2016, Wikimedia's Director of Program Capacity and Learning, Rosemary Rein spoke on a KM Community Call webinar to discuss what can be learned from the Wikimedia Foundation which hosts Wikipedia and relies on global volunteer contributors and developers to share the sum of all human knowledge. Topics included how Wikipedia models democratized content development and curation through a global community of passionate volunteers and what lessons and practices you can bring back to your organization. During this session, Rein discussed Wikimedia's tools and resources being used including:

  • best practices for engaging and retaining content contributors; 
  • developing metrics for knowledge and community growth;
  • community engagement and events, such as editathons and content contests, used to identify and fill knowledge gaps;
  • partnerships with organizations for sharing knowledge; and
  • processes for improving content quality and value.

This article offers highlights from the question and answer session that followed the webinar.

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