SESSION 6: 15.45 – 17.30. Saturday, March 27

In this presentation I will address the global dimension of Wikipedia, not concerning the “content” and the conception of knowledge it transmit, but by the organizational process behind its production. Furthermore, my approach starts from the recognition that there is a lack of attention in Wikipedia research to the more formal organizational aspects, which are also an important part of the Wikipedia ecosystem. Wikipedia is not only an online platform to build an encyclopedia, but it is also the provider of such platform, a North American Foundation in an internationalization process of Chapters around the world. In this regard, the presentation will address the Foundation role and its international expansion. In sum, the focus of the presentation will be Wikimedia understanding of global in terms of its organizational form, both concerning the settings of the online platform and the geopolitics of its formal organizing.

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