Some Notes of Florence Devouard's LIFT Talk (Wikipedia) [en]

My unedited notes of the talk, may be inaccurate. Check out Bruno’s notes too, they look more complete.

What is the big picture of wikipedia?

Florence Devouard, Wikipedia

  • First barrier to remove: languages. 250 languages. Some of these languages have no encyclopedia outside wikipedia.
  • Free of charge (to read, to re-use)
  • Created by you… her — problem: not everybody has a computer

In the top10 most visited websites in the world.

Collect local, collect global.

L’Encyclopédie de Diderot et D’Alembert: had a political purpose, changed society, and played a role in the French Revolution.


  • unlimited space
  • no restraints to information sharing

NPOV (neutral point of view): informing rather than manipulating.

Empowering people. People recognised as sources of information. (! panicked people e-mailing “I don’t know what happened, I clicked on something, and I can edit the website!” — not a bug, it’s a features)

Wikipedia: a priori trust. Open the gates rather than close them. This is your website, your responsability.

Gift economy.