WikiArabia 2019/Program/Wikipedia and encyclopedism : capturing and preserving knowledge

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Submission no. مداخلة رقم
Title of the submission عنوان المداخلة

Wikipedia and encyclopedism : capturing and preserving knowledge

Author(s) of the submission صاحب المداخلة

Derek V. Giroulle

Username اسم المستخدم

--DerekvG (talk) 12:52, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

E-mail address البريد الإلكتروني

Country of origin بلد الأصلي


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc. .الانتماء، إن كان (مجموعة، مؤسسة الخ

WMBE, Wikimedia Morocco User Group (supporting member)

Type of session نوع الجلسة


Language of session لغة الجلسة

English ( french possible)

Length of session مدة الجلسة

30 mins talk

Theme of presentation موضوع الجلسة

A historic overview of the premises and evolution of "encyclopedism" to Wikipedia, with a particular focus on the role of the Oriental/Arabic philosophers of the Levant and Al Andalus in the preservation and distribution of ancient knowledge, the technological arsenal of the collection and organisation of knowledge and loss of knowledge.

Abstract ملخص

Before the earliest partly preserved attempts of encyclopedism the Naturalis Historiae and the Chinese Yongle Da Dian, humans already tried to preserve knowledge. Preserving knowledge is the flip side of the coin of education, to hand accumulated knowledge to the following generations. Wikipedia is the contemporary culmination of that genetically engrained desire. This presentation takes you on a journey of the last 2 millenia, how technology has allowed us to collect and preserve knowledge, how that technology has evolved and how it impacted on knowledge. Much knowledge has been irrecoverably lost in the process. The presentation comes with a strong warning : some principles governing Wikipedia risk causing more loss of essential and very ancient knowledge. Knowledge comes in many different forms, and some carriers are more readily accepted then others. Knowledge also represents content and some content might be untrue (disproven), some content might be true and verified but undesirable, so what lessons do we, the contemporary Wikicommunity, have to learn to avoid the losses and mistakes of the past, and what lessons have the old masters like Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd and Ibn Khaldoun to teach the humanity and the Arab World.

What will attendees take away from this session? ماذا سيستفيد الحضور من هذه الجلسة؟
  1. historic insights in objectives and the motivations driving encyclopedism
  2. insights in the evolution and technology of gathering and preserving knowledge
  3. insights in the threats to and the risk of loss of unpreserved knowledge
Will you attend WikiArabia if your submission is not accepted? هل ستحضر لويكي عربية إذا لم يتم قبول مداخلتك؟

I will most certainly attend some sessions of WikiArabia

Special requests طلبات خاصة

please provide at least two projectors and 2 screens the slides will be available in English and French

Is this Submission a Draft or Final? هل هذا الطلب مسودة أم نهائي؟


Interested attendees مهتمون بالحضور[edit]

If you are interested in attending this session, please sign with your username below. This will help reviewers to decide which sessions are of high interest.

إذا كنت مهتمًا بحضور هذه الجلسة، فرجاءا قم بإضافة اسم المستخدم أدناه. سيساعد هذا المراجعين على تحديد ما هي الجلسات ذات الاهتمام الكبير

  1. --Saintfevrier (talk) 21:42, 28 November 2018 (UTC)