The Wikimini encyclopedia, whose particularity is to be written by children and adolescents, has just crossed the symbolic bar of 10,000 articles posted online! Presentation of a project combining ICT and co-construction.
From the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the definition of photosynthesis, absolutely everything is explained ... in all simplicity. Wikimini is sort of children's Wikipedia. Its content has been enriched day by day since its launch in 2008, according to an open and collaborative operating model in which everyone can actively participate.
The world explained to children by children
According to the organization, they are more than ten thousand budding encyclopedists, distributed in about thirty countries, to have brought their signature to the work. "Sometimes railroad expert, sometimes passionate about comics, everyone shares a little of their science by creating new articles or improving those written by other users", one explains in a press release.
Fun fact, the texts to which the most editors have contributed so far are those on "Cat", "Horse" and "Harry Potter". All three were co-authored by over 40 wikiminauts different.
In schools too we stick to it
Spurred on by innovative teachers, between 10 and 15 % articles are created or improved in schools on all continents. The initiative is intended to be educational in more than one way: "By making young people the producers of information, this site promotes autonomy in access to knowledge and the development of their critical sense", explains Anissa Zeghlache, of the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA, France).
To visit or participate in the site: http://wikimini.org
In 75 words ...
When going to the 10,000th article (March 2013), Wikiminauts were asked to choose 3 words that best defined Wikimini in their eyes. The following image brings together the 75 different terms mentioned by the participants, highlighting the most frequent ones.
Source: Press release.