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Localization, on a globalizing project?

Author Lodewijk Gelauff
Track Projects and Content
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About the author
Lodewijk Gelauff is a first year student in chemistry, and joined the Dutch Wikipedia in February 2005. About July 2005 he became sysop there, and got more and more involved in the international character of the Wikimedia projects. He also tried to get a Wikimusic project started and found out that there are a lot of small wiki-projects that only have limited success. He's a boardmember of Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland.
Abstract
This discussion will cover issues of the way Wiki-projects in general will go. Wikipedia started in English, and was soon expanded to German. Now it has over 200 languages. We know also Wikisource, Wikinews etc. within the Wikimedia Foundation, but also a lot of other Wiki's have been started outside the WMF. What will the future bring regarding further divergence of projects? What would be a good direction, what will work and what not? Should we put at the end everything in one huge Wiki, or do we end up with Wiki's as favorite personal homepages? What ratio will bring the best result at the end? And of course, Wiki's are not one-size-fits-all. What improvements could be made on the software and the social structure to make the wiki more usable for more ideas? Lots of questions to find an answer on.
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