Free Your Knowledge 2012
Bebaskan Pengetahuan 2012 (Free Knowledge 2012) is a 45 days wiki based writing competition in Indonesian language Wikipedia. It is designed as an integrated event consists of encyclopedia style writing technique training, endurance test, and in the same time serve as an effort to enrich information contents in bahasa Indonesia.
The competition will introduce and allow selected participants from universities in Jakarta to be trained on how to write in wikipedia and compete for 45 days. One winner will attend international conference Wikimania 2012 in Washington D.C., USA.
This writing competition is initiated by Wikimedia Indonesia as an effort to enrich quantity and quality of Indonesian language articles in the internet, and as a way to celebrate volunteering spirit to free our knowledge.
The competition will last for five months with the emphasis that volunteer writes as many and as good as they can in collecting scientific data from their own respectable fields and interest using encyclopedic style writing manual in Indonesian language Wikipedia.
Winner get to attend Wikimania 2012 in the United States - Participant contributions will be assessed by juries consisting of joint committee of Wikimedia Indonesia member and university professors from competing Universities. Competition will begin by encyclopedia writing technique training using Wikipedia, followed by three times evaluation, and finally a winner is selected to receive a free trip to USA to attend Wikimania 2012 in Washington D.C. Wikimania is an international conference held to address issues of free knowledge from the perspective of its technology, lifestyle, and availability of access and attendees come from around the world, sharing a mutual goal.
Participants benefit - Although only one winner get the prestigious prize, all the participants after the competition (provided they will last until the ending date of competition) will receive the following; (1) lesson in how to edit and collaborate using wiki as a tool, (2) practice their ability and sharpen their intuition in writing using correct term of Indonesian language in encyclopedic style article; (3) get recognition for their contribution and perseverance stated in the reference letter signed by Wikimedia Foundation (U.S.A.) Executive Director Sue Gardner. The reference letter can be use throughout the participant's career in the future.
More quality articles in Indonesian language - Wikipedia in Indonesian language has 162,193 articles on April 2011 with only 63 very active contributors. An addition of talented users gathered by the competition, will automatically adding quantity and the quality of the articles. Number of participants up to 100 people will enable an increase of Wikipedia Indonesian language editors. The articles in the Indonesian language is highly anticipated by Indonesian speaking information seekers on the Internet. Up to this point Indonesia internet sphere is rich with news sites, blogs, social networking, and other media with commercial goal.
When a wikipedia article is written correctly, the article in Wikipedia will be able to provide quality references, neutral point of view, correct grammar, informative content, and make internet browsing for Indonesian become a more valuable experience because of the availability and the accuracy of information it provide.
New very active users - The purpose of this competition is to introduce new potential user the correct procedures on how to write using wiki software and the rule of writing in Wikipedia. So far, these rules makes editing in wikipedia difficult and could only been enjoyed by a few users who had the ability of self-taught (autodidact) and not friendly for beginners.
During preparation phase the committee visit well-known universities in Jakarta. These Universities was asked to select their representatives to compete in the competition. Participants consist of one hundred students who felt challenged to compete, or simply feel that they are able to write. Participant need to have internet access, computer, and trusted by their university to compete on behalf of the University. The competition itself will begin in March 2012.
Write to Free (your) Knowledge - Committee has designed several level of competitions for five months duration, challenges will increased for the participants. At the end, the real winner comes out from this writing competition is a volunteer who realizes that the desire to compete was not merely a promised grand prize ticket, but the realization that writing is their calling, an ability that is a part of their life, and knowledge is a gift to all and become more valuable when it is free.