Liveblog: Jimmy Wales talks future of Wikipedia and collaboration

November 2nd, 2010 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply »

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is doing the keynote address at Digital Day in Toronto. The 13th Annual Digital Day Conference is presented by the Canadian Marketing Association and Marketing Magazine, and we’re there covering it live.

As the founder of the world’s largest digital encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Wales is regarded as an expert and leading thinker on online collaboration and user-generated content.

Speaking at Digital Day in Toronto, Wales will discuss the communities behind Wikipedia and Wikia, as well as developments in the world of wikis and what the future holds. The era of collaborative and participative culture has just begun, and many people are trying to understand where these trends are headed. Mr. Wales will give his perspectives based on his experiences. As his bio notes:

The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Mr. Wales started Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which was characterized by an extensive peer-review process designed to make its articles of a quality comparable to that of professional encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed “Wikipedia.” Mr. Wales laid down the founding principles and content, establishing an Internet-based community of contributors during that year. Wikipedia was initially intended to be a wiki-based site for collaboration on early encyclopedic content for submission to Nupedia, but Wikipedia’s rapid growth quickly overshadowed Nupedia’s development. is at Digital Day and will cover Wales’ keynote address from 8:45 – 9:45 Eastern.

[Cross posted to Digital Journal and Future of Media]

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