Milos Rancic wrote:
A couple of years passed from the time when I realized
was my social bias. I think that in 2005 I've started to have
this kind of conversations: "Wikipedia is very useful for me!"
-- "You mean, Wikipedia in English?" -- "No, Wikipedia in
At the Wikipedia Academy conference in Sweden some weeks ago, many
of the 100+ participants were librarians or teachers in social
sciences, and a smaller number were into natural sciences and
technology. All presentations were in Swedish and on the first
day's workshops we used the Swedish Wikipedia as our playground.
On the second day, one of the presentations was made by an
astronomer, Dainis Dravins, who talked about his experience from
letting undergraduate college students do their project
presentations either as posters or as Wikipedia articles.
This picture is from his lecture,
Only after a while did it become apparent that he was talking of
the English Wikipedia. Some surprised librarian asked "are you
now talking of the English Wikipedia?" His answer was something
like "yes, the Swedish is almost completely useless" (for advanced
astronomy). In the undergraduate astronomy classes he was
teaching, all literature is in English. This seemed like an
unknown planet to the Swedish librarians. And I guess that their
surprise came as an equal surprise to the astronomer.
I think one of the greatest values of Wikipedia Academy is when
the attendees get to see each other's reactions to Wikipedia.
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se