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Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
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I am involved with a survey on expert participation in Wikipedia, aimed at identifying the major reasons why experts do or don't contribute. Most of the issues targeted therein are also relevant to…Continue

Tags: expertise, survey, online, communities, Wikipedia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Forde Aug 11, 2011.

Wikis in education - a free hands-on online course

... started on Wednesday at WikiEducator. If you are interested in getting hands-on experience with wiki editing or would like to make new contacts in the world…Continue

Tags: Open.Education, community.engagement, wikis, WikiEducator

Started Jul 23, 2010

Drastic changes at Ning
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Embeds, though fine in preview, do not seem to be allowed here, so I just link to the official announcement and to…Continue

Tags: Ning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Mietchen Apr 26, 2010.

Imagining the future of libraries - a practical demonstration
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I am currently conducting an experiment to demonstrate the value of hyperlinks.It…Continue

Tags: domain, humanities, science, public, knowledge

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Mietchen Mar 21, 2010.

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Elaine Forde replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"Joel, In a recent seminar with Eliza Darling she presented a paer which she had presented to a geographers' conference, the theme of which had been the "spatial turn" in geography (and other disciplines). She said she was bemused,…"
Aug 11, 2011
Seba Ruiz Pereira replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"Justified ego. I believe that experts, no matter the area, do not contribute because of an academically inherited snobbery. An ego-based hierarchy does not allow experts to get involved in lower-varna affairs."
Aug 5, 2011
Joel M. Wright replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"I once read that there is more coverage of the geography of Middle Earth than there is of Africa on Wikipedia. I think I read it in Miller-McCune, though I would have to search and see if I still have the article.   Given all of the lit on…"
Jul 25, 2011
Daniel Mietchen replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"Hi John, thanks for trying. Yes, the survey has closed, and we are working on the analysis. Once this is done, the results will be made available via http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Expert_participation_survey . You may also be interested in…"
Jul 24, 2011
John McCreery replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"The survey is no longer available. At least that's the message I get when I click on the links provided."
Jul 23, 2011
Elaine Forde replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?
"Interesting. The only thing I have contributed to wikipedia is correcting the entry on Bananaman, whose address was 29 Acacia Avenue, not Road, as it had previously stated. I still worry that this was wrong, although it felt so right at the time..."
Jul 22, 2011
Daniel Mietchen posted a discussion

Why do anthropologists (not) contribute to Wikipedia?

I am involved with a survey on expert participation in Wikipedia, aimed at identifying the major reasons why experts do or don't contribute. Most of the issues targeted therein are also relevant to online communities in general, so I would like to encourage OAC members to fill it in: http://survey.nitens.org/?sid=21693 . …See More
Mar 4, 2011
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Wikis in education - a free hands-on course

... started on Wednesday at WikiEducator. If you are interested in getting hands-on experience with wiki editing or would like to make new contacts in the world of wiki-based education, you can still join in. To get an idea about the course, take a look at the pages on which the "…See More
Jul 23, 2010
Daniel Mietchen replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"Many thanks for this detailed overview, Keith!"
Apr 26, 2010
ryan anderson replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"Rex wrote: I am sure you are already ahead of me on this one, but a fairly robust forum program under your own domain name seems like a good solution to me (and of course other features could be added later)... if you don't mind having someone…"
Apr 24, 2010
Alexandre Enkerli replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"I, for one, am really glad I could read this elaborate and thoughtful explanation. It helps contextualize the OAC, it can help in shaping the future of the group, it addresses several concerns (both technical and "ideological"), and it…"
Apr 24, 2010
Keith Hart replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"What a dope I was to think that your question was: What exactly is OAC as an online community?"
Apr 24, 2010
Rex replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"Uh... I guess that I was just asking what features you would be looking for in a replacement website."
Apr 23, 2010
Keith Hart replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"The OAC is not one thing, but a young network with some unusual features that those responsible for its oversight must somehow help to become the many things its might be. Our first birthday falls at the end of next month. Clearly Ning's…"
Apr 23, 2010
Rex replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"I am late to this party but here is some feedback from me: As we look into replacement solutions for Ning the question arises: what exactly is OAC as an online community. Probably somebody has an answer to this question, but as I am still trying to…"
Apr 23, 2010
Daniel Mietchen replied to Daniel Mietchen's discussion Drastic changes at Ning
"Thanks to all for the background info - hadn't noticed earlier discussions on the matter here. Wait and see (and test alternatives) is probably the right approach."
Apr 17, 2010

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Daniel Mietchen
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University of Jena, Germany
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http://www.google.com/profiles/daniel.mietchen

My areas of interest related to anthropology

I have a long-term research interest in the evolution of vocal learning and how this gave rise to music and language in our species. Under this umbrella, I have studied biophysics, did my PhD in physics (which included Magnetic Resonance Imaging of fossils, which may be of interest to archaeologists here), and then went on to investigate music perception, while my current research is focused on brain morphometry — comparing folding patterns between patients and controls, or apes and monkeys.

Besides, I have some undergrad background in maths, medicine and Central Asian as well as East Asian studies, did part of my research in France, South Korea and Japan, worked in a hospital in Yemen, sing Central Asian folk in a band (see sample tracks on the left), participated in archaeological excavations in Japan and Jordan and visited some sites in Uzbekistan.

Finally, I have been involved in building communities of young researchers at the national, European and global level, I am a frequent contributor to wikis, and I frequently blog about matters related to Science 2.0.

I welcome interactions on any of these or on related topics.

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At 6:13pm on December 10, 2009, Kun-hui Ku said…
Well, that is an undergraduate course website but yes it does focus on Austronesian Taiwan. Send us any related info that you come across and let's keep it rolling...
At 8:39am on December 6, 2009, Kun-hui Ku said…
Welcome to Austsronesian Studies forum, could you please tell me more about your specific interest or experiences in this area? Thanks in advance! Ku
At 2:22pm on November 19, 2009, Keith Hart said…
We are stuck with Ning, Daniel. It has drawbacks, but some advantages. I think you will get a response from a shared site like the Forum thread. No-one else looks here.
At 5:42am on November 19, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Why not post this comment or something like it under Justin's thread in the Forum? I have drawn his attention to what you posted on my page and to your personal link, the other admins too.
At 7:01pm on November 18, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Daniel. It is great to have someone with your background and interests join us. Keith
 
 
 

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