Call for Paper: Wikipedia Academy 2012 – Research and Free Knowledge

The newly founded Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin is teaming up with Wikimedia Germany and the Freie Universität Berlin to organize a conference on Wikipedia and and other relevant developments in free knowledge:

Wikipedia Academy 2012 – Research and Free Knowledge
June 29 – July 1, 2012

Deadline CfP: March 31 (

The conference aims especially at researchers with a backgrounds in social sciences and humanities. The focus is on the following topics:

Wikipedia Global

  • Relations and Differences between different Wikipedia language versions
  • Differences between and critique of free/open knowledge ideologies
  • Regional studies of Wikipedia and free knowledge with global lessons

Sharing Cultures and Practices

  • Sharing culture(s) in Wikipedia and other projects of commons-based peer production
  • Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative peer production
  • Wiki theory and wiki practices

Research on Users of and Contributors to Wikipedia

  • Diversity among users of and contributors to Wikipedia
  • Influencing participation by adapting user interfaces in open collaborative settings
  • Using information visualization as information instrument to users and contributors

Economic and Regulatory Aspects of Free Knowledge

  • Economic, regulatory and societal implications of (increased) access to free knowledge
  • Different Modes of Governance: Emergence of Order and Coordination in Wikipedia
  • The role of licensing decisions for Wikipedia and other collaborative forms of knowledge production

Wikipedia Analytics

  • Wikis and Wikipedia as a research tool
  • Analyzing Wikipedia as a source of “Big Data”
  • Assessing and measuring the quality of Wikipedia articles

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