Maturity Levels for Cultural Diversity in Wikipedia Language Communities
A maturity model assesses qualitatively the situation and barriers an organization comes across in order to succeed at developing a particular aspect. In this case, we are going to propose a maturity model for Wikipedia communities to achieve cultural diversity in their language edition’ contents. Every Wikipedia language community needs incorporating discourse, organization (events and tools), awareness (metrics and visualizations) and strategy (goals and priorities).
The model contains five levels, in which each of them shows a community which adopted a greater degree of maturity and a better situation and development. The differences between the levels are based on the observation of the actual communities. The number of levels and specific characteristics are borrowed from a User Experience Model (Keikendo).
The different sorts of barriers and levels are based on the discussions with the communities at International venues, while the different incorporated elements in the pursuit of cultural diversity are propositions on our own. They are named:
The more a community moves towards the later levels, the more it implies it is able to create a better array of contents (or closer to the sum of human knowledge in terms of cultural diversity) and at the same time contribute to others’ languages contents.
Marc Miquel, Researcher (marcmiquel)