10 years. 260 languages. More than 18 million articles.
Time to become the first digital ´World Heritage Site´ by UNCESCO? Time for a blog post on businessnerds! Why one of the worldwide TopTen internet pages claims its right for public acknowledgement and kickoff for discussion about on of the most disputed websites worldwide….
There are over 75,000 “hot authors” on Wikipedia, responsible for constantly maintaining and adding to the site’s database. Most of the articles on Wikipedia can be edited by users that haven’t even registered an account on the site. The page is under constant supervision by over 1500 administrators since more than 648 million people click and read through Wikipedia every year. For many years the page fought against prejudices and their bad reputation regarding the quality of their articles. In January 2010 Wikipedia celebrated its birthday, 10 years after Jimmy Wales founded its base.
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
The “Deutscher Verein Wikimedia” started the initiative. WIKIPEDIA, first world cultural heritage! The petition reached already worldwide audience and people from all over the world campaign for the project. Catrin Schoneville explains in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung the aim of the programme: “ Wir wollten mit der Initiative auch eine Diskussion in der Öffentlichkeit auslösen. (…)Es geht uns aber auch darum, über die Seite zu informieren. Viele Leute wissen nicht, dass sie selbst aktiv mitgestalten können oder wie die Seite überhaupt funktioniert.“ That basically means that the award is not the only goal of the movement, furthermore it is also important to reach more present topicality and inform people about Wikipedia itself. Wikipedia is the biggest collection of mankind’s knowledge in the world, made by hundreds of human fingers. It is changing society. The first criteria of UNESCO demands ” to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius” and as Wiki’s members believe, they definitely fulfil that status. The shelter under UNESCO would also hold more advantages for community – protected by law, the censorship of articles in Arabic countries or China wouldn’t be so easy anymore and once again – knowledge and education for everybody is granted.
The Kachelmann process is over and the court as well as the media impressed once more by their power, influence and their ability to ruin an accused and claimants life. For several weeks we could read gossip about Kachelmann’s sex life and follow his personal fall. We definitely reached a point of violation of his personal right. Also on Wikipedia the topic was controversial discussed. The regarding discussion archive from May to November 2010 saved up to 180 kilobyte (more or less 40 laptop screens text). But interesting: Jörg Kachelmann’s Wiki-page wasn’t changed until the 7th June 2010 (5 month after the start of the public and judicial prosecution) and just contained a neutral and simple note about him being accused and on remand. On the beginning of September those 2 sentences were enlarged to 5 sentences, today the issue bestrides an own clause. Wikipedia never talked about the sexual details of the story nor the relationship(s) chaos is mentioned. Compared to other high edition media Wikipedia offered a qualitative, neutral and careful picture of the case. Less BILD, more BROCKHAUS. The web site fulfilled is responsibility.
I am a student of the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Berlin. The current semester obtains 6 courses. Next to my good friend www.leo.org (online dictionary) WIKIPEDIA is my number one and usually very fist source of information. Some teachers even support that step and motivate us to use the page as a learning tool. Through experience and increasing demand for more detailed and professional research we figured out where to find more information and how to scan, skim and read them. Wikipedia is not the only source anymore, but definitely for most of us the first step. And for being the first step -maybe for others even the open door- I think we reached an era for innovative acknowledgement and ready for a first digital heritage!