We will continuously explore and expand the range of free knowledge projects to stay relevant and to serve our Movement’s vision to give access to the sum of human knowledge. We will encourage people to experiment with and create new projects or policies to address gaps in knowledge equity.
We will innovate in different content formats, develop new software functionalities for Wikimedia projects, better integrate various tools in the editing experience, establish partnerships with other free knowledge projects, and improve our policies to include more diverse domains of knowledge and to deliver knowledge as a service for all.
Wikipedia’s characteristics have produced a successful encyclopedic, descriptive, and fact-based written body of knowledge, but they also have limited the content it can include. For example, because of an inability to comply with notability and sourcing policies, some topics regarding under- and unrepresented communities, like indigenous people who have not historically held positions of power and could not build the infrastructure to document it by the same methods, are left out.
Rich media content, such as audiovisual resources, is not used in Wikimedia projects as widely as on other platforms. There are also many important types of knowledge that are not encyclopedic in nature, yet valuable (e.g., journal articles, tutorials, or genealogies). Therefore, we need to find innovative ways to overcome the limitations of existing Wikimedia projects in our goals of serving more free knowledge and including forms of knowledge from communities that are currently missing.
To make our projects technologically adapted to include more diverse formats of knowledge, there is a need to facilitate the reuse of our content on platforms beyond Wikimedia. In parallel, we also need to bring resources from other trusted platforms of data and knowledge to Wikimedia projects. These appear as inevitable in the current and future technological ecosystem we live in, which require change, flexibility, and experimentation to stay relevant.