Erik Möller (born 1979) is a German freelance journalist , [2] software developer , [3] author, and deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), based in San Francisco. [4] Möller Möller is a web hosting company. [4] [5]

Published work

Möller is the author of the book Die heimliche Medienrevolution – Wie Weblogs, Wikis und freie Software die Welt verändern (“The secret media revolution: how wiki and free software change the world”). [6] In the book, Möller discusses the development of a journalistic equivalent to the open-source movement in citizen media and blogging, though pointing out that most blogs do not compete with mainstream media. [7] The book was first published in 2005 by Heinz Heise and a second edition was published in 2006, [6] with updated and revised chapters. [8] A review in Berliner Literaturkritik ‘ S saw practical advice. [9] Möller’s book is cited in the 2006 book Wiki: Web collaboration, in a section discussing “Wikis as an Engine for Social Change”, and his term “secret media revolution” is used. [10] The authors comment: “Möller provides a comprehensive look at the problems and possible solutions in dealing with difficult controversies and vandalism in blogs and wiki environments.” [10]

In his earlier research on Wikipedia, Möller found in 2003 that Wikipedia’s open-source nature. [11] Some de son Was research published in Telepolis , Where he Compared to Wikipedia the digital multimedia encyclopedia Microsoft Encarta . [12] In His 2003 paper Das Wiki-Prinzip: Tanz der Gehirne ( “The Wiki principle: Dance of the brain”), he Gives Some background of Wikipedia and wikis, as well as on what he Sees as the benefits of the project , How to prevent vandalism to articles, and the etiquette of Wikipedia users. [13]

Web-based projects

Möller, who holds a degree in computer science ( Dipl.-Inform. FH ), [4] is the owner and creator of the Infoanarchy website which has information on P2P and file-sharing technologies. [14] He has also been involved in the development of the FreedomDefined website . [15]

At a 2005 blogger conference in Berlin , Möller Given a Reading on the Open Source Initiative , free knowledge and Wikinews , discussing the latter in the context of other models used by Slashdot , Kuro5hin , Daily Kosand others. [16] At an Austrian conference on wikis in Vienna in 2005, Möller discussed the advantages of using wikis to compile statistical data, stating that wikis encourages internal transparency and greater participation among coworkers. [17]

Wikimedia Foundation

Erik Möller of the Wikimedia Foundation talking about the Wikipedia Blackout at the opening of the San Francisco Hackathon Wikipedia (two days after the blackout)
Erik Möller addressing the 2012 Berlin Hackathon

Möller has been involved with the Wikimedia Foundation projects including Wikipedia since 2001 both as an editor, as a developer of MediaWiki software and of Wikinews . [18]He drafted the initial project proposal for Wikinews (using the username Eloquence), [2] [19] and also was instrumental in developing Wikimedia Commons . [20] He first Proposed the idea for Wikimedia Commons in March 2004. [21] Möller has Described différence entre Wikipedia and Wikinews to The New York Times by Saying: “Wikinews items are short-lived, so there is a feeling of Reduced Contributing To a knowledge base that will last a lifetime. ” [2] “We are the new media, we have our own rules,” [22] explained Möller at a 2005 Citizen Reporters’ Forum in Seoul . [23] He stated that Wikinews publishes a daily print edition and is working on other formats including an audio version of articles. [22]Möller was interviewed by Journalism.co.uk on the eightfold increase in traffic to Wikinews on the day of the 7 July 2005 London bombings , and on the effects of free news. [24]“While Wikinews is still much, much smaller than Wikipedia, the potential for news coverage goes far beyond what Wikipedia is currently doing,” said Möller. [24] He gave periodic “State of the Wiki” reports at Wikinews , where he defended the project’s use of both original material and information synthesized from other media sources. [25]

Deputy director

Möller was appointed Chief of Staff of the WMF in June 2005 but resigned in August that year, citing personal differences with members of the Board. [26] [27] He had been chief technology officer of Stichting Open Progress, [28] the not-for-profit legal arm of OmegaWiki , based in the Netherlands. [20] At Stichting Open Progress Möller was the manager of a group of developers who worked on the implementation of OmegaWiki. [20] Möller also hosted other wiki communities such as WikiEducator.org. [20]

He was elected in September 2006 to replace Angela Beesley on the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation , [29] [30] and in October 2006 he became executive secretary. [31] [32] In December 2007 he Resigned from the Board and Was named deputy director, [33] effective as of 10 January 2008. [34] In this role Möller Was Involved with financing analysis for the Foundation, and with executive director Sue Gardner, a consultant to the Sun Microsystems in WMF. [35] This presentation was later leaked to Wikinews . [35]

As deputy director, Möller was responsible for managing and implementing the technical strategy of the organization. [20] [36] Möller explained to the Los Angeles Times that the foundation needed to be careful with the kinds of deals they wanted to make, and said: “We do not want to endanger the mission by entering into deals that would conflict With it. ” [37] Möller is the Wikimedia Foundation’s representative on the institutional council of the Encyclopedia of Life . [38] Through this contact, Möller helped convince the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to donate $ 3 million to Wikimedia, the single largest donation Wikimedia has received to date.

In 2014 Möller’s account was blocked on the German Wikipedia because he created, used and used ” superprotect ” rights to overrule the German Wikipedia. [40] [41]

Möller left the WMF on 30 April 2015. [42] [43]

References

  1. Jump up^ Wahrheit braut sich zusammen Erik Möller im Gespräch mit Ada von der Decken, webwatching.info, retrieved 18 August 2014
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Weiss, Aaron (10 February 2005). “The Unassociated Press” . The New York Times . The New York Times Company . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  3. Jump up^ Lih, Andrew (7 August 2004). “The Foundations of Participatory Journalism and the Wikipedia Project” (PDF) . Conference Paper for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Toronto , Canada . jmsc.hku.hk . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:c Moeller, Erik. “Erik Moellers homepage” . Archived from the original on 27 August 2007 . Retrieved 2008-09-16 .
  5. Jump up^ Moeller, Erik. “MyOO – wiki hosting” . Archived from the original on August 26, 2007 . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b Erik Möller in the German National Library catalog
  7. Jump up^ “Schöne neue Onlinewelt – Erik Möller beschwört eine” heimliche Medienrevolution “durch das Internet” . Berliner Literaturkritik(in German). www.berlinerliteraturkritik.de. 29 July 2005 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  8. Jump up^ “Wie Weblogs, Wikis und freie Software die Welt verändern / Telepolis-Buch:” Die heimliche Medienrevolution ” ” . Presseportal: Telepolis (in German). www.presseportal.de. 3 February 2006 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  9. Jump up^ “Der blinde Fleck” . Berliner Literaturkritik (in German). www.berlinerliteraturkritik.de. 29 July 2005 . Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  10. ^ Jump up to:b Ebersbach, Anja; Markus Glaser; Richard Heigl; Gunter Dueck (2006). Wiki: Web collaboration . Springer Verlag . pp. 28, 348, 378. ISBN  3-540-25995-3 .
  11. Jump up^ Schwall, Johannes (2003). “The wiki phenomenon” (PDF) . University of Münster . pp. 10-11 . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  12. Jump up^ “Wenn die Gehirne tanzen” . Heise online (in German). Heise Zeitschriften Verlag . 30 May 2003 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  13. Jump up^ Möller, Erik (9 May 2003). “TP: Das Wiki-Prinzip – Tanz der Gehirne” . Telepolis . Www.heise.de . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  14. Jump up^ Mennecke, Thomas (16 November 2004). “Top 10 File-Sharing News Alternatives” . Slyck News . Www.slyck.com . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  15. Jump up^ “FreedomDefined.org: Was ist eine” freie Lizenz ” ” . Golem.de . www.golem.de. 18 May 2006 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  16. Jump up^ “Blogs vom Bauchnabel oder für die kritische Öffentlichkeit” . Heise online (in German). Heise Zeitschriften Verlag . 5 September 2005 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  17. Jump up^ “Wikis: Zurück in die Zukunft” . Heise online . Heise Zeitschriften Verlag . 11 July 2005 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  18. Jump up^ Kiss, Jemina (15 December 2004). “Wikinews trumpets online revolution” . Online Journalism News . Mousetrap Media Ltd . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  19. Jump up^ Allan, Stuart (2006). Online news: journalism and the Internet . McGraw-Hill International. p. 136. ISBN  0-335-22121-1 .
  20. ^ Jump up to:e Donohue, Alex (10 January 2008). “Wikimedia hires Moeller as deputy director” . Brand Republic News . Brand Republic . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  21. Jump up^ Möller, Erik (19 March 2004). “Proposal: commons.wikimedia.org” . [Wikipedia-l] . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  22. ^ Jump up to:b Kiss, Jemima (14 July 2005). “News round-up: Citizen journalism is officially cool” . Journalism.co.uk – Online Journalism News . Mousetrap Media Ltd . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  23. Jump up^ Pollard, William (11 July 2005). “Citizen Reporters Turn to Print for Delivery” . OhmyNews International . English.ohmynews.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  24. ^ Jump up to:b Kiss, Jemima (13 July 2005). “Wikinews supercharged by London bombings coverage” . Journalism.co.uk – Online Journalism News . Mousetrap Media Ltd . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  25. Jump up^ Kolodzy, Janet (2006). Convergence Journalism: Writing and Reporting Across the News Media . Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 238-239, 243. ISBN  0-7425-3886-9 .
  26. Jump up^ Möller, Erik (17 August 2005). “Resignation as CRO” . [Foundation-1] . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  27. Jump up^ Chief Research Officer . Wikimedia Foundation. Archived fromthe original on 28 January 2007 . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  28. Jump up^ Staff (20 January 2008). “Bay Area Biz: Movers and shakers” . San Francisco Chronicle . Www.sfgate.com . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  29. Jump up^ Kleinz, Torsten (20 January 2007). “TP: Die neuen Herausforderungen der Wikipedia” . Telepolis (in German). Www.heise.de . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  30. Jump up^ “Resolution: Replacement Board member 2006 – Wikimedia Foundation” . Wikimedia Foundation . 26 September 2006 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  31. Jump up^ “Wechsel an der Wikimedia-Spitze” . Heise online (in German). www.heise.de. 28 October 2006 . Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  32. Jump up^ “Jimmy Wales sai da presidência da enciclopedia online Wikipedia” . Carreira – IDG Now! (In Portuguese). idgnow.uol.com.br. 6 November 2006 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  33. Jump up^ Gardner, Sue (18 December 2007). “Announcing Erik Moeller as Wikimedia Deputy Director” . [Foundation-1] . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  34. Jump up^ “Erik Möller Deputy Director – Wikimedia Foundation” . Wikimedia Foundation . 9 January 2008 . Retrieved 2008-05-12 .
  35. ^ Jump up to:b “Zwei Millionen US-Dollar für Wikipedia & Co” . Heise online(in German). Heise Zeitschriften Verlag . 9 January 2008 . Retrieved 2010-05-15 .
  36. Jump up^ Staff (13 January 2008). “Bay Area Biz: January 2008” . San Francisco Chronicle . Www.sfgate.com . Retrieved 2008-05-13 .
  37. Jump up^ Semuels, Alana (13 March 2008). “Wikipedia Experiences Growing Pains” . Los Angeles Times . p. Financial section.
  38. Jump up^ “Institutional Partners” . Encyclopedia of Life . Www.eol.org . Retrieved 2014-06-04 .
  39. Jump up^ Gardner, Sue (25 March 2008). “Sloan awards Wikimedia USD 1m annually for three years” . [Foundation-1] . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved 2008-05-15 .
  40. Jump up^ Torsten Kleinz (12 August 2014). ” ” Superprotect “: Wikimedia behält das letzte Wort bei Wikipedia” . Heise online .
  41. Jump up^ “Class war! Wikipedia’s workers revolt again” .
  42. Jump up^ Lila Tretikov ; Erik Möller; Brion Vibber; Magnus Manske ; et al. (13 April 2015). “A transition and a new chapter.” . Wikimedia-l thread . Retrieved 2016-08-20 .
  43. Jump up^ Resident Mario; et al. (15 April 2015). “Management changes continues: Erik Möller to leave Foundation” . The Signpost . Retrieved 2016-08-20 .

 

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