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iHub By Jessica Colaço / August 9, 2011

Wikipedia – Asaf Bartov Presentation


Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model. Wikipedia’s articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. It is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles (except in certain cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism). Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or with their real identity, if they choose.

So how does Wikipedia work? Asaf Bartov of the Wikimedia Foundation will tackle this question from two angles:

  • First, the human and social mechanisms that Wikipedians rely on to build the encyclopedia, and how Wikipedia is managed and governed and,
  • Second, the software architecture and technical ecosystem that allows the delivery of 13 billion hits per month (more than 5000 per second) in serving over 19 million articles in more than 270 languages.

Asaf Bartov is Head of Global South Relationships at the Wikimedia Foundation.  He had been a software team leader for almost 20 years, studied and taught ancient Greek and Latin at Tel Aviv University, and is interested in technologically transforming libraries into institutions for the 21st century, through work such as his involvement in the Library Linked Data group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

He will be giving a talk/presentation on the 17th of August, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the iHub, Nairobi.

To attend his presentation, register here

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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