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Title of the submission

Intercultural Issues Across Wikimedia Projects

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Delphine Ménard

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Wikimedia Deutschland

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Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikimedia Projects are divided according to language. As such, they foster collective work from people with extremely different backgrounds and cultures, which can lead to interesting discussions or even (edit-)wars about what content should be added/substracted, or what rule should be enforced in a particular case. From spelling or naming conventions, historical events to actual legal issues across countries and cultures, the Wikimedia projects are the mirror of cultural issues that might not be resolved in "the real world". This leads to magnifying and emphasizing problems or issues that one may not ever have thought about when starting an article or uploading an image. This presentation will seek to give examples of failed or successful attempts at bridging the culture gaps in the development of various Wikimedia projects and try and give an insight into possible solutions to tackle the intercultural issues raised by collaborative work among people from different cultures, whether they be national, lingusitic, political, or even social or generational cultures.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)

Wiki Culture and the Community

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  1. Martina Nolte 11:09, 7 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --80686 11:53, 7 January 2011 (UTC) reminds me of the swiss chapter...[reply]
  3. CT Cooper 13:06, 20 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  4. DrorK 16:08, 20 January 2011 (UTC) I talked about similar issues in Alexandria, but owing to all kind of problems I've encountered ever since, I changed my views significantly.[reply]
  5. Sky Harbor 14:32, 23 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Slashme 08:26, 24 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Sadads 01:40, 24 February 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Phoebe 21:20, 1 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
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  10. Marcus Cyron 15:22, 19 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Millosh 14:19, 20 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Blahma 12:57, 1 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Vibhijain 16:48, 7 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  14. I expect this will be very interesting. Nemo 22:14, 12 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Amir E. Aharoni
  16. Moka 23:25, 13 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]