A few words about Wikipedia
Hello World. My name is Roman Shaban. I am a registered user and one of the editors of the online encyclopedia - "Wikipedia", as well as a researcher in the field of media education and information literacy.
To date, there is probably no Internet user who has not heard of this platform. Of course! After all, this international web portal (founded on January 15, 2001, by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales) is one of the most visited sites in the world.
Wikipedia is a publicly available free multilingual online encyclopedia (run by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation).
As of May 2021, there are more than 55 million articles written by volunteers from around the world.
You will probably agree that each of us has looked at Wikipedia at least once to learn more about a concept, phenomenon, or even a working tool.
Speaking of me, I personally have always used this resource to the fullest - "squeezing all the juices out of it😊." (In a good sense of the word, of course).
On Wikipedia, I especially like its parallel link system. - When you read one article, you can click on almost every keyword (which is related to another article), and quickly "redirect" to where you want. This is especially evident in the "English-language version".
I personally have several Wikipedia accounts (in different languages). Some of them, I decided to call my real name, while uploading my real photo. To build such a powerful platform, in my opinion, an important component is "openness of participants." What do I mean?
For example, it is known that many experienced users of the portal, who perform administrative duties, use only "pseudonyms" and do not publish their real photos. However, if when creating or editing public articles, to provide a little more information about myself, it is, in my opinion, inspires more confidence in Wikipedia as a progressive educational project.
As also the administrator of the international Innovative Center for Educational Technologies "Krok" and a researcher of progressive educational fields, I believe that "the right to choose" is important in education. and teaching methods.
Wikipedia is a worthy alternative to public education systems, as its "encyclopedic program" is not shaped by government policy.
In addition, because it is "free" to edit, it differs from "independent" international educational projects, which can actually be guided by covert domestic policy and be "centralized."
On the other hand, of course, excessive pluralism on Wikipedia can also be harmful.
In my opinion, in order to write new articles, there should be appropriate blanks or cells, with methodical recommendations. Where a professional-scientific approach to business is valued, and "academic integrity". This is necessary so that volunteer contributors do not become "self-confident amateurs".
It would also be good if there was a kind of supranational scientific wiki community, which would group articles into certain "educational fields", form certain "Interdisciplinary connections" and "through semantic lines". Of course, the educational fields do not necessarily have to coincide with the traditional ones. (Article categories or tags should be "flexible", ready for change; and keep pace with the development of science and our understanding of the world around us)
Also, I do not state that the authors of articles must be scientists with the appropriate certificate… It can be even students or schoolchildren !! However, they should approach the writing of the article - in all seriousness! (Comprehensive and detailed research of the topic)
It is very good that Wikipedia has rules and requirements .. - What "can not be done". However, in my opinion, there should also be some "encouraging" moments, and "positive" friendly advice - for people to want to get down to business, and the project developed "geometrically".
It would also be interesting to experiment with being the main admin to make artificial intelligence, and a board of "chatbots" (which are devoid of human weaknesses😊)
However, the main standards and principles of work, of course, must be set by people in advance. (And reserve the right to "permanent adjustments and interference with the operation of machines")
A world where people, to some extent, coexist with "smart machines" and artificial intelligence - today no longer seems as fantastic as it once was. However, whether it will be beneficial depends on people.