Higher education and the social ecology of Wikimedia sister projects
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The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and universities are well-placed to work together to mutually achieve a common mission around building and sharing the knowledge commons - and, perhaps even more importantly, to enhance our human capacity to contribute to and utilise the knowledge commons. The WMF offers a stable, scalable hardware and software platform and organisational mission for developing and housing knowledge commons content through its social ecology of sister projects, including Wikiversity, Wikibooks, Wikipedia, and Wiki Commons. University communities, including academic staff and emerging academics, have great potential to capitalise on, and contribute to, the knowledge commons via the WMF sister projects. However, successful collaboration between universities and the WMF sister projects will depend on leveraging a cultural shift towards greater valuing and practice of open academia within higher education.