31. August 2011

Grey Revolution: Motivating Older Persons to Participate in Wikipedia

How can we promote older persons’ (60+) access to online collaboration projects like Wikipedia? That is one of the main questions in the European research project Third Age Online (TAO). In formulating an answer to that question, we have two main goals: Firstly, we aim to develop effective methods to encourage older persons to actively join online communities. Secondly, we attempt to improve user interfaces by making them more accessible and usable for older persons –without losing sight of the needs of the wider community.

We used the occasion at Wikimania 2011 in Haifa (Israel) to present our project to the Wikipedia/Wikimedia community, to discuss preliminary results and to gather feedback from the community.



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