[NetBehaviour] Critical Point of View: Second international conference of the CPOV Wikipedia Research Initiative

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Critical Point of View: Second international conference of the CPOV 
Wikipedia Research Initiative

Date: 26-27 March 2010

Location: OBA (Public Library Amsterdam, next to Amsterdam central 
station), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam

Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures Amsterdam, in cooperation 
with the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India.

Website: www.networkcultures.org/cpov

Discussion List: 

Wikipedia is at the brink of becoming the de facto global reference of 
dynamic knowledge. The heated debates over its accuracy, anonymity, 
trust, vandalism and expertise only seem to fuel further growth of 
Wikipedia and its user base. Apart from leaving its modern counterparts 
Britannica and Encarta in the dust, such scale and breadth places 
Wikipedia on par with such historical milestones as Pliny the Elder's 
Naturalis Historia, the Ming Dynasty's Wen-hsien ta-ch' eng, and the key 
work of French Enlightenment, the Encyclopédie. The multilingual 
Wikipedia as digital collaborative and fluid knowledge production 
platform might be said to be the most visible and successful example of 
the migration of FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) principles into 
mainstream culture. However, such celebration should contain critical 
insights, informed by the changing realities of the Internet at large 
and the Wikipedia project in particular.

The CPOV Research Initiative was founded from the urge to stimulate 
critical Wikipedia research: quantitative and qualitative research that 
could benefit both the wide user-base and the active Wikipedia community 
itself. On top of this, Wikipedia offers critical insights into the 
contemporary status of knowledge, its organizing principles, function, 
and impact; its production styles, mechanisms for conflict resolution 
and power (re-)constitution. The overarching research agenda is at once 
a philosophical, epistemological and theoretical investigation of 
knowledge artifacts, cultural production and social relations, and an 
empirical investigation of the specific phenomenon of the Wikipedia.

Conference Themes: Wiki Theory, Encyclopedia Histories, Wiki Art, 
Wikipedia Analytics, Designing Debate and Global Issues and Outlooks.

Confirmed speakers: Florian Cramer (DE/NL), Andrew Famiglietti (UK), 
Stuart Geiger (USA), Hendrik-Jan Grievink (NL), Charles van den Heuvel 
(NL), Jeanette Hofmann (DE), Athina Karatzogianni (UK), Scott Kildall 
(USA), Patrick Lichty (USA), Hans Varghese Mathews (IN), Teemu Mikkonen 
(FI), Mayo Fuster Morell (IT), Mathieu O'Neil (AU), Felipe Ortega (ES), 
Dan O'Sullivan (UK), Joseph Reagle (USA), Ramón Reichert (AU), Richard 
Rogers (USA/NL), Alan Shapiro (USA/DE), Maja van der Velden (NL/NO), 
Gérard Wormser (FR).

Editorial team: Sabine Niederer and Geert Lovink (Amsterdam),  Nishant 
Shah and Sunil Abraham (Bangalore), Johanna Niesyto (Siegen), Nathaniel 
Tkacz (Melbourne). Project manager CPOV Amsterdam: Margreet Riphagen. 
Research intern: Juliana Brunello. Production intern: Serena Westra.

The CPOV conference in Amsterdam will be the second conference of the 
CPOV Wikipedia Research Initiative. The launch of the initiative took 
place in Bangalore India, with the conference WikiWars in January 2010. 
After the first two events, the CPOV organization will work on producing 
a reader, to be launched early 2011. For more information or submitting 
a reader contribution: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/reader/.

Buy your ticket online at: 
http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/practical-info/tickets/ (with 
iDeal), or register by sending an email to: info (at) 
networkcultures.org. One day ticket: €25, students and OBA members: 
€12,50. Full conference pass (2 days): €40, students and OBA members: €25.

More info: www.networkcultures.org/cpov. Contact: info (at) 
networkcultures.org, phone: +3120 5951866

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