Interview with CPOV Researchers Johanna Niesyto and Nate Tkacz

Posted: November 30, 2010 at 10:47 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: ,

The Signpost recently interviewed Wikipedia researchers Johanna Niesyto and Nathaniel Tkacz from the "Critical Point of View" (CPOV) initiative. That initiative organized three conferences about Wikipedia this year, in Bangalore, Amsterdam, and Leipzig (see brief Signpost coverage of the second and third conferences). Via e-mail, we talked about these conferences and other activities of CPOV, the state of Wikipedia research in the humanities, criticism of Wikipedia, and the relationship between Wikipedians and those who research their activities.

Read the full interview by HaeB on:
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Overwhelming press attention CPOV Leipzig

Posted: October 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm  |  By: admin  |  Tags: , ,

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The CPOV event in Leipzig on the 24-26 September, has received a tremendous amount of press attention. An overview is listed below. For the latest documentation, please visit the website.

ARD tagesschau (24.09.2010)
MDR Sachsen Spiegel (24.09.2010)
ARD nachtmagazin (25.09.2010)

Radio Blau (23.09.2010)
Deutschlandradio Kultur (24.09.2010)
MDR Figaro (24.09.2010)
WDR 5 Scala: Das Wikipedia-Phänomen, kritisch gesehen (24.09.2010)
MDR Info: Wer kontrolliert Wikipedia? (24.09.2010)
DRadio Kultur Breitband: Strukturwandel in der kollektiven Wissensproduktion? (25.09.2010) Kritische Wikipedia-Konferenz (25.09.2010)
DRadio Wissen: Wikipedia trifft Wissenschaft (27.09.2010)
WDR 5 Leonardo: Wikipedia auf dem Prüfstand (27.09.2010)
DRadio Wissen Redaktionskonferenz: Wikipedia - Die Konferenz zur Enzyklopädie (27.09.2010)

kreuzer: Ein kritischer point of view
Leipziger Volkszeitung: Wikipedia wenig weiblich (25./26.09.2010)

Telepolis: Wikipedia: Ein kritischer Standpunkt (23.09.2010)
ZEIT ONLINE: Wikipedia-Community trifft sich in Leipzig (24.09.2010) Die Macht der Admins (24.09.2010) "Wikipedia hängt alle ab" (24.09.2010)
CAMPUS ONLINE: „Gedruckten Brockhaus wird es in Zukunft wohl nicht mehr geben“
heise online: Kritischer Standpunkt: Wie offen ist Wikipedia? (25.09.2010)
heise online: Kritischer Standpunkt: Wikipedia und das vorläufige Wissen (26.09.2010)
heise online: Kritischer Standpunkt: Wohin mit dem Wissen? (27.09.2010)
FAZ.NET: Einst basisdemokratisch, jetzt ein exklusiver Club (28.09.2010)

Interview with designer Hendrik Jan Grievink

Posted: August 20, 2010 at 10:25 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , , ,

CPOV researcher Juliana Brunello interviewed the Amsterdam-based graphic designer Hendrik Jan Grievink about his Wikipedia-related work.

What was the compelling reason for you to get involved in a project concerning Wikipedia?
As a designer, I dedicate myself to inventing new ways of understanding the world through images. I use existing images in almost every project: the Fake for Real memory game I showed during the conference is a good example of this. This is a game that pairs images to make a statement about simulation in ourl world. Another example would be the Next Nature book (to be published early 2011 by Actar, Barcelona). This book talks about what we call ‘culturally emerged nature’, or ‘the nature caused by people’. Through hundreds of images and observations we analyse the influence of technology and design on our daily lives. These projects can be looked up on respectively and

A lot of images that we use are created by ourselves (co-editor Koert van Mensvoort and me) but even more come from all kinds of sources: some traceable, others not. We strive to credit all authors and would love to pay them a good fee for using their material – if this was possible, which it isn’t. Paying for all visual content would quadruplicate the costs of such a publication, which would make it impossible to get published. As for the credit part: we will always credit artists for creative images, but for small or generic images – even commercial ones, we’re not going to do this, it’s just way too time-consuming. Also, a lot of the times it’s realy hard to trace back the origins of an image in today’s copy/paste culture.

When I heard of the Wiki Loves Art contest I was immediately sympathetic to the initiative, because I think these kinds of best-practise projects are crucial to change the way people (in this case: museums and cultural institutions) think about intellectual property. They have to realise that limiting the availability of resources limits cultural production in a very direct way. Next to that, I am interested in everything that signals new forms of cultural production and the crowdsourced archiving of images certainly does that.

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Full video report of CPOV

Posted: April 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm  |  By: margreet  |  Tags: , ,

We were very happy with the large amount of people attending the CPOV Wikipedia conference in Amsterdam. However, for those of you who could not make it, there is a full video report of all presented lectures to be found here.

The Critical Point of View conference is organized by the Institute of Network Cultures in collaboration with the Centre for Internet & Society in Bangalore, India.
Supported by Centre for Internet & Society, Applied Sciences, School of Design and Communication, Foundation Democracy and Media, Public Library Amsterdam.
The video are produced by

Critical Point of View: Wikipedia research conference 26-27 March

Posted: February 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , ,

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

Practical Info
Date: 26-27 March 2010
Location: OBA (Public Library Amsterdam, next to Amsterdam central station), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam
Organized by: Institute of Network Cultures Amsterdam, and Centre for Internet and Society Bangalore, India.
Conference program:
Discussion List:

About CPOV
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:

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

More info: Contact: info (at), phone: +3120 5951866

Follow WikiWars Bangalore on Twitter and CPOV blog

Posted: January 12, 2010 at 10:44 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , , ,

Today is the first day of the Critical Point of View: WikiWars conference in Bangalore!
You can follow the event on Twitter, through #WikiWars, and the CPOV blog:

The full program of the Bangalore event is online here.

WikiWars Bangalore – registration open!

Posted: January 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , ,

On 12-13 January 2010, Critical Point of View: WikiWars will take place in Bangalore, India. WikiWars is a conference on critical Wikipedia research, organized by CIS India, in a collaboration with the INC. Registration is now open here.

Critical Point of View (CPOV): WikiWars Conference Bangalore, India
Date: 12-13 January 2010
Location: The Bangalore International Centre, The Energy and Resources Institute, 4th Main, Domlur II Stage, Bangalore - 560 071 Karnataka.
Speakers: Geert Lovink, Rut Jesus, Anne Goldenberg, Shunling Chen, Stuart Geiger, Beatriz Martins, Dipti Kulkarni, Mark Graham, Phillip Schmidt, Alok Nandi, Dror Kamir, Asha Achuthan, Linda Gross, Heather Ford, Elad Wieder, Nathaniel Tkacz, Sunil Abraham, Usha Raman, Roy Krovel, Ivan Martinez, Nupoor Rawal, Srikiet Tadepalli, Tejaswini Niranjana, Nishant Shah, William Buetler, Eric Ilya Lee, Anas Tawileh, Yi-Ping Tsou, Amie Parry, Johanna Niesyto, Eric Zimmerman, Stian Haklev, Anja Kovacs, Isaac Mao, Scott Kildall, Nathaniel Stern, Rut Jesus, Anne Goldenberg, Shai Herdia.
View the WikiWars timetable here.
More information:

For those of you who can't make it to Bangalore, it will be filmed and videos will be available on the CPOV weblog by the beginning of February.

On March 26-27, the Institute of Network Cultures will organize the second CPOV conference, in the public library.
Event: Critical Point of View Conference Amsterdam
Date: 26-27 March 2010
Location: Public Library Amsterdam (OBA), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Confirmed speakers include: Ramon Reichert, Jeanette Hofman, Mathieu O’Neil, Joseph Reagle, Charles van den Heuvel, Dan O’Sullivan, Alan Shaprio, Scott Kildall, Patrick Lichty, Richard Rogers, Andrew Famigletti, Teemu Mikkonen, Mayo Fuster, Athina Karatzogianni.
More information and CPOV news: