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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It
The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely tries new things in the hope of luring visitors; in fact, it has changed little in a decade. And yet every month 10 billion pages are viewed on the English version of Wikipedia alone. Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The main source of those problems is not mysterious. When Wikipedians achieved their most impressive feat of leaderless collective organization, they unwittingly set in motion the decline in participation that troubles their project today. In response, the Wikimedia Foundation, the 187-person nonprofit that pays for the legal and technical infrastructure supporting Wikipedia, is staging a kind of rescue mission. Progress was swift.

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Thinks AI Pioneer Andrew Ng Can Help It Challenge Google and Become a Global Power Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s North Beach. But early on this bright June morning, a different sort of rock star arrives. A small crowd attending a tech startup conference swarms around a tall, soft-spoken man in a blue dress shirt and navy suit who politely poses for photos. Andrew Ng, newly appointed chief scientist at Baidu, China’s dominant search company, is here to talk about his plans to advance deep learning, a powerful new approach to artificial intelligence loosely modeled on the way the brain works. It has already made computers vastly better at recognizing speech, translating languages, and identifying images—and Ng’s work at Google and Stanford University, where he was a professor of computer science, is behind some of the biggest breakthroughs. Andrew Ng hopes to lure AI talent to Baidu’s new Silicon Valley research lab. Cool Things

VIDÉO. Les incroyables trésors de l'Histoire : l'ancêtre des journaux imprimés Yann Sordet, le directeur de la bibliothèque Mazarine, à Paris, tourne avec délicatesse les pages de la plaquette gothique ; en fait, un véritable magazine imprimé, vieux d'un demi-millénaire. Un ancêtre du Point en quelque sorte ! Il explique : "Ces plaquettes gothiques ont commencé à être imprimées en France vers 1490. Composées de quatre et six feuilles, elles relatent des faits d'actualité : une entrée royale dans Paris, une bataille, l'apparition d'une comète dans le ciel. Mais elles proposent également des versions abrégées de poésies médiévales ou de romans de chevalerie." La plaquette qu'il a spécialement sortie pour nous date de mai 1498. REGARDEZ l'un des premiers journaux imprimés : Consultez notre dossier spécial "Les incroyables trésors de l'histoire".

Cultural Creatives 1.0: The (R)evolution | Watch the Full Documentary Online Featuring many key figures from Europe and the U.S., this is the first documentary film to look with scientific thoroughness at the world of Cultural Creatives. It shows that a great mass of people think differently from the way propagated by the media and promoted by the establishment. By the end of the film it becomes evident that this huge mass, were it to become aware of its power, could change the world. Because Cultural Creatives are unstoppable and their number is continuously rising, the values they champion could soon become core values for human civilization generally. Cultural Creatives are emerging without anybody organizing their presence, without anyone seeking to create political power from their existence, and without any group having any interest in them. So they are all here, among and around us: 80 million Cultural Creatives in the United States and 120 million in Europe, all with a similar mindset — the citizens of a new world.

Sharing Infographics on Social Media I love infographics. I know some people think they’re “out,” “so last year/two years ago/whatever,” etc. but I don’t think they’re going anywhere. They make conveying information easier (and prettier, and I love pretty!), are a strong tools in any content marketing strategy, and, let’s face it, pretty fun sometimes. But, as with most things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to share an infographic. Sharing is caring, but when it comes to infographics, be sure to share with care (Tweet this). Of course, the “right” way to share an infographic depends on the platform on which you’re sharing it. Sometime’s I’ll see someone share someone else’s infographic, or even their own, on a blog or social media and just want to go “yuck.” Luckily, Lemonly has put together a handy little infographic going over a few great best practices for sharing infographics on social, but let’s look further into rules for sharing: Best Practices for Sharing Infographics on Your Blog/Website Connect: Authored by:

Collaborative Intelligence – Knowledge Visualization, IBM Manay Eyes, visual analytics, Katy Borner, Zann Gill Collaborative Intelligence in Ecosystem Forecasting Ecosystem forecasting is supported by information visualization, e.g. Visualization of Data, Indicators, and Thresholds Collaborative Problem-Solving — Process Visualization & Management Navigation and Search — User Interface & Knowledge Management Frameworks Geospatial Visualization — Spatio-Temporal Representations Visualization of Data, Indicators, and Thresholds Outstanding visualization is the key to understanding how components interact in a complex system. Tim Nyerges reviews the challenge of visualizing sustainability in his paper: “Linked Visualizations in Sustainability Modeling: An Approach Using Participatory GIS for Decision Support.” Three visualizations representing sustainability issues: 1. Example of visual conceptual models developed for indicator analysis. In the directed graph above, nodes represent: Imagery in a Knowledge Framework.

Journalism & Fair Use June 2013Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Coordinated by: Peter Jaszi,Professor of Law, American University Washington College of LawPat Aufderheide,Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University With funding from: The Robert R. Journalists have created a set of principles that allows them to stop censoring their journalistic choices, especially in emerging digital environments. This Set of Principles was created by journalists convened by chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and in some cases the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Media and Resources Backgrounders Videos and Presentations Workshops Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism Introduction Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Notes Media and Resources • FAQ for Journalists • You be the Judge! • Deep Dive on Fair Use and Consensus Documents • Success of Consensus Documents • Don't take our word for it! • Pat Aufderheide's TEDx Poynter Slideshow

What if Universities were like Wikipedia? – Managing Turbulence A recent session at Educause apparently invoked Wikipedia and spoke to universities as agile organizations. The speaker wasn’t really suggesting that Wikipedia should be the model for the university of the future, but the abstracted concept was a little intriguing. Of course, Peter Drucker foretold the knowledge economy built with knowledge workers long before some of us were born, and I suspect his agile brain had glimmers of the knowledge management implications of Wikipedia around the same time. And, understandably, most academics keep their distance and steer toward more critically-accepted and stringently peer-reviewed resources. But Wikipedia made me think about knowledge in different ways. Here’s five possibilities for the future of Wikipedia and maybe of the university: Knowledge as co-generative: maybe this is crowdsourcing on steroids. Knowledge for the sake of itself may be a penultimate goal. So can the University be a place of realized potential?

Journalisme web : 10 tendances tech pour 2014 Parions que la consultante média américaine Amy Webb sera « keynote » l’an prochain ! Pour la 5ème année, il a encore fallu pousser les murs lors de la conférence de l’Online News Association ce week-end à Atlanta pour sa présentation très attendue des innovations technologiques liées au journalisme en ligne. Voici donc les 10 tendances technologiques auxquelles les journalistes doivent s’attendre et dont les médias doivent chercher à profiter dans les prochains mois : 1L’informatique prédictive C’est la révolution des fonctionnalités d’anticipation. Google travaille à fond sur ces anticipations dans des applications type OK Google (moteur de recherche vocal qui fournit via Chrome des infos contextualisées) ou Google Now (« la bonne info au bon moment ») sur mobiles ou ordis. 2 Les assistants personnels intelligents, personnalisés Ces assistants -- marché de 400 millions de dollars par an - sont évidemment utiles pour les journalistes. Exemples d’applications : 3 Les vidéos personnalisées

The Rise of the Sharing Economy- PapyrusEditor By Lonnie Shekhtman Governments have their work cut out for them in keeping pace with innovation, especially as mobile, social and cloud technologies allow for new business models that, in the eyes of regulators, threaten consumer safety and incumbent industries. The most poignant current-day example of the tug-of-war between government and technology entrepreneurs is the legal quagmire many “sharing,” or “collaborative consumption,” companies face in the cities they operate. The problem, at least for home- and car-sharing services, is multifaceted: they’re agitating dozens of stakeholders, operating in uncharted territories, and legally indefinable. And indefinable is hard to regulate. You can’t talk about legal issues surrounding ‘sharing’ without talking about the industry’s ‘800-pound gorilla’: home rental service Airbnb. “Government is usually the last one to pick up on innovations,” Turner said. Or is it?

De la mauvaise utilisation de Facebook par les marques Vous avez remarqué, bien souvent, les marques, qu’elles qu’elles soient font la course au nombre de fans. Plus la communauté est grande, plus la marque est puissante. Preuve en est, c’est bien la marque la plus connue mondialement, Coca Cola, qui a la plus grande communauté Facebook avec plus de 74 millions de fans. Cela étant dit, c’est bien beau, mais ça sert à quoi ? Aaaaah le brand content, la tarte à la crème lancée par quelques agences de communication il y a quelques années. Comme si les marques avaient attendu les années 2000 pour donner de la profondeur à leur marque… et bien Facebook a participé à le faire croire, bien aidé en cela par quelques communicants leur faisant croire que Facebook était une finalité. Regardez bien les pages Facebook de marques… combien les utilisent véritablement comme un outil de communication impactant ? Synergie… voilà le maître mot ! Une page Facebook doit permettre de créer un lien avec sa communauté.

The Programmer Behind Heartbleed Speaks Out: It Was an Accident The Internet bug known as Heartbleed was introduced to the world on New Year's Eve in December 2011. Now, one of the people involved is sharing his side of the story. Programmer Robin Seggelmann says he wrote the code for the part of OpenSSL that led to Heartbleed. But it was an accident. Seggelmann told the Sydney Morning Herald that the actual error was "trivial," but that its impact was clearly severe. Heartbleed is a vulnerability in the encryption that many sites use to ensure that your communications can't be intercepted. As the name suggests, OpenSSL is open-source, which makes it attractive to many services, big and small, as an easily implemented security tool. Although anyone can contribute to OpenSSL — either by contributing code or reviewing it to spot vulnerabilities like Heartbleed — few actually do. Although anyone can contribute to OpenSSL — either by contributing code or reviewing it to spot vulnerabilities like Heartbleed — few actually do.

An unfinished list of ventures in journalism you should be watching (and why) | David Bauer. Journalist+ An unfinished list of ventures in journalism you should be watching (and why) October 20, 2013 (updated on March 7, 2014) One thing that makes current times so interesting for journalism is that everybody is still looking for a model that will work for journalism in the 21st century. There will have to be lots of experiments. So here’s a list of journalism ventures worth watching closely, each for a different set of reasons. I’m fully aware that this list falls short of highlighting all the movers and shakers in the field of journalism. For now, I’ve left out all the ventures that are entering the media sphere from a tech background, like Twitter, LinkedIn, Flipboard, Zite and many more. Aeon Magazine What? Why? Where? What? Why? Where? Ampp3d What? Why? Where? Atavist What? Why? Where? Betaworks What? Why? Where? Blendle What? Why? Where? Buzzfeed What? Why? Where? Byliner What? Why? Where? Circa What? Contributoria What? De Correspondent What? Why? Where? Epic Magazine What? Why? Where? What? Hi

Who Really Suffers When You Don't Share Your Ideas at Work Worried that someone at work might be stealing your good ideas? Relax. It doesn't happen as often as you think. A study in the current issue of the Academy of Management Journal discovered employees have nothing to gain from hiding their insights from co-workers, and just end up hurting themselves by doing so. The study's authors said employees should reconsider and be careful about hiding knowledge from their peers, because what goes around comes around. "More specifically, employees who intentionally hide more knowledge seem bound to receive such selfish behavior in return from their co-workers, which will ultimately hurt them and decrease their creativity," the researchers wrote in the study. One of the paper's authors, Matej Cerne of Ljubljana University in Slovenia, said certain workplaces encourage this behavior. "But, given the lack of emphasis on individual rewards in such settings, there is little incentive to hide knowledge," he said.

Here’s why thinking of news as atoms and waves can grab readers Organizations challenged to present stories for digital audiences in new, easily consumable ways might take a page from companies experimenting with new types of storytelling. News organizations like Vox, Quartz and Circa News are developing story formats that take into account how people are increasingly reading the news — often on mobile devices and at irregular times of the day. News is no longer taken in as a single article, but rather as a stream or wave of information. A “story stream” from The Verge “We have to adapt our thinking, adapt our systems to account for this paradigm shift in news,” said Pablo Mercado, Vox Media’s vice president of technology at an Online News Association conference session Friday in Atlanta, Ga. Vox, which publishes The Verge, SB Nation and Polygon, has been addressing the problem of how to deliver news quickly in the midst of an explosion of social sources, said Trei Brundett, Vox’s chief product officer. An article page on Circa News