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Title of the submission

Project Internet in Sweden

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Johan Jönsson (User:Julle) and Jan Ainali (User:Ainali).

E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)

User:Julle and User:Ainali.

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Wikimedia Sweden.

Personal homepage or blog

Wikimedia Sverige (Swedish).

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


Projekt Internet i Sverige ("Project Internet in Sweden") is a project on Swedish Wikipedia aiming to improve articles categorized as concerning Internet in Sweden. Wikimedia Sweden has, financed by Stiftelsen för Internetinfrastruktur ("The Foundation for Internet Infrastructure"), which handles the .se top-level domain, hired a Wikipedia editor to do meta work related to the project. The paid part of the project runs from March to July 2011, and is as far as we know the first time someone has officially been paid to do work specifically on the Swedish-language version of Wikipedia.


In this presentation we will discuss the project and its outcome. What did we do? Did it work the way it was intended to? What mistakes did we do and what would we recommend others to do -- or not to do -- if they tried something similar? The project sparked a discussion on the Swedish Village Pump about whether it's a good idea to have paid contributors, and if so, when. What problems arise when someone is editing Wikipedia for money, whereas the overwhelming majority of contributors do their work for free? How do you handle having to deliver certain things, as stated in your contract, at the same time as you are editing as a normal editor, with no more say in things related to your work than any other Wikipedia user? The discussion also highlights the relationship between Wikimedia Sweden and Swedish Wikipedia.

Even if Swedish Wikipedia is the eleventh Wikipedia version by article count, it has a much smaller number of editors than all of the Wikipedias in the top ten. Does that mean that it's more difficult to find contributors who want to make use of the meta work, and if so, how do you handle it? How can projects like these be used to generate PR and oppurtunities to explain what Wikipedia is, how it works and how you can take part of it?


Johan Jönsson is hired to work on the project. Jan Ainali is the chair of Wikimedia Sweden.

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

People and Community (or possibly Knowledge and Collaboration).

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Jan Ainali, yes. Johan Jönsson, hopefully, but depending on his financial situation.

Slides or further information (optional)

As the project is still in its early stages, additional questions might arise along the way. If so, we will do our best to include them in our presentation. We're also open to suggestions.

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