Towards a New News Ethic

Women standing in a picket line reading the newspaper PM.

The phenomenon of fake news and algorithms is forcing us to reconsider the difference between source and channel and the need for a global news ethic. The internet has represented a change of scale on all levels that has affected the way that we access, consume and relate to information. In a few years, we…… Continue reading Towards a New News Ethic

Case study: Wikipedia and Catalonia’s Network of Public Libraries

Introduction Location of Catalonia in Europe This case study covers the collaboration of a whole network of Catalan public libraries with Wikipedia & Wikimedia projects. This documentation focues on the motivations for their collaboration, the activities engaging the libraries and the influence and impact of that initiative on ideas around open access and the Wikimedia…… Continue reading Case study: Wikipedia and Catalonia’s Network of Public Libraries

Africa from the West: a Biased View

Africa is clearly subject to systemic bias: it is under-represented from the point of view of participation, content, and perspective. The exhibition Making Africa invites us to reflect on how little we know about Africa, and on the fact that we have historically looked at the continent from a Western or Eurocentric perspective, through our…… Continue reading Africa from the West: a Biased View

Wikidata: The New Rosetta Stone

Archive of marine geological samples of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany, 2007

With more than fifteen million items compiled in the space of just three years, Wikidata is set to become the main open data repository worldwide. The eagerly awaited promise of linked open data seems to have finally arrived: a multilingual, totally open database in the public domain, which can be read and edited by both…… Continue reading Wikidata: The New Rosetta Stone

Europeana 1989 Online Challenge

Europeana has been collaborating with Wikimedia projects for a while. Europeana is a non profit foundation that enables everyone to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe’s cultural…… Continue reading Europeana 1989 Online Challenge