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Virtual and national cultures: Wikimedia, projects and organisation

Author Delphine Ménard (Wikimedia Foundation)
Track Wikimedia Community
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Delphine Ménard

Delphine Ménard (notafish), has been working within the Wikimedia projects and organisation for two years. After having studied Political Sciences and sociology, she started her professional life in the wine business, then went into event management and marketing, ended up in webdesign and is now employed by the Wikimedia Foundation as Chapters coordinator. Having lived in a few countries and speaking a few languages, she's strived to understand cultures of all kinds, with the ultimate hope of understanding people.

subtitle: How the real world steps into the Wikimedia projects and vice versa

The word culture bears as many interpretations as there are cultures. Within the Wikimedia projects, but also in its structural organisation, the Wikimedia world faces daily challenges tied to some cultural aspect, may they be social, national, religious, or even virtual. This presentation aims at giving some insight into these cultural challenges and how the Wikimedia communities and organisations strive to tackle them, their failures, successes and questions unanswered.

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