A fantastic initiative from Wikimedia Germany: an idea competition, “Wissenswert”, calling for projects that further Free Knowledge. Winning submissions can receive up to €5000.
I’d love to see projects in the spirit of the “School of Open“, an idea Jane Park (@janedaily) proposed during the Mozilla Festival. Although just in early scaffolding stages, I think with a combination of P2PU-style learning, simple tools like the Hackasaurus X-ray Goggles, and the outreach programs like Wikipedia Goes to School (“Wikipedia Macht Schule“), this project could be a powerful combination to really teach students and grown-ups alike how easy and fun it can be to edit the web.
Bad user experience and lack of awareness continue to block many potential Wikipedia contributors. But kid-oriented tools and lightweight learning missions, coupled with programs that work with teachers and schools to bring the ideas to the classroom, these barriers will be lowered.
Can we make a Hackasaurus module to learn about Wikipedia?
That’d be my idea, if I had time to send it in.
If you’ve got a great Free Culture project, submit it by Nov. 24: http://wikimedia.de/wiki/WissensWert
Some of the grantees last year:
- Digitization of historical recordings (Public Domain Project)
- 500 aerial photos for OpenStreetMap (Luftbilder für OSM)
- A recording studio for free content (Freies Wissen als hörbarer Podcast)
- A film that explains free licenses (Motivationsfilm für Creative Commons)
- An index of FLOSS projects (Links to free and open – libre projects)