Submissions/The Wikipedia Killer

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 7040 - C7
Title of the submission

The Wikipedia Killer: a simulation game about the future of Wikipedia

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

User:Ziko van Dijk

type of submission


Language of presentation


E-mail address


User: Ziko

Country of origin

Germany, living in the Netherlands

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)


Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikipedia has achieved a kind of monopoly position on the market for online encyclopedias. But the Internet as people know it changes all the time. What does that mean for Wikipedia? Will it still exist over a couple of years? It would not be the first giant that lost its position suddenly to upcoming competitors.

This simulation game will confront the participants with a ficticious, but imaginable competition for Wikipedia. After an introduction the participants work on a sound response to the challenge. The game is structured i.a. with a points system to allocate resources.

What will attendees take away from this session?

In order to counterstrike the 'Wikipedia Killer', the participants will have to think about actual vulnerabilities of Wikipedia. They learn about the other participants attitudes, fears and opinions. The simulation game invites the participants to reconsider cherished features of Wikipedia questioned by the 'Wikipedia Killer'.

Theme of presentation
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

intermediate to advanced, as you need to know something about Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

55 min (a kind of workshop, with introduction, team work, reflection phase), if possible more

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Slides presentation Wikipedia Killer Game - Fri 20.00h, Drummond East
Special requests

enough space so that people can sit in 2-4 teams (depending on number of people showing up)

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