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<nettime> Call: CPOV - Critical Point Of View : WikiWars
Tomaszek, Patricia on Wed, 15 Jul 2009 22:50:56 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Call: CPOV - Critical Point Of View : WikiWars


below please see an interesting call for presenting projects, experiences, experiments, stories or documentation at
"CPOV - Critical Point Of View : WikiWars"
(Bangalore, 12-13 January 2010)

The Wikimedia Foundation has recently employed its first research analyst and provides spaces for “Wikipediology”, including projects such as the Wiki Project on vandalism studies. Nonetheless, critical Wikipedia research should also be done outside the self-reflexivity of the Wikimedia Foundation and its community. There is an urgent need for quantitative and qualitative research from an Humanities and Arts perspective that could benefit both the wider user base and the active Wikipedia community itself.

The Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India) and the Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam, Netherlands) are working together to produce a critical reader on Wikipedia and to build a Wikipedia Knowledge Network. Under the rubric CPOV, we propose two events that bring together different perspectives, approaches, experiences and stories that critically explore different questions and concerns around Wikipedia. The proceeds from these two events will result in a reader that consolidates critical points of view about Wikipedia.

The first conference to be held in Bangalore on 12-13 January 2010, called WikiWars, invites participation from users, scholars, academics, practitioners, artists and other cultural workers, to share their experiences, ideas, experiments, innovations, applications and stories about Wikipedia. The WikiWars conference embodies the spirit that guides an open encyclopaedia like the Wikipedia, by referring to the edit battles that users enter into over topics that have many points of view. WikiWars also refers to the contradictory positions adopted by different stakeholders on the various issues of credibility, authority, verifiability and truth-telling, on the Wikipedia. This conference calls for diverse and varied knowledges to come together in a critical dialogic space that informs and augments our understanding of the Wikipedia.

Patricia Tomaszek, University of Siegen

For the detail call for participation see: http://cis-india.org/research/conferences/wikiwars
For more information about the broader research network cpov see: 

Research and editorial group: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (Amsterdam), Nathaniel Tkacz (Melbourne), Sunil Abraham (Bangalore), Johanna Niesyto (Siegen), Nishant Shah (Bangalore).

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