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Wednesday - Wiki Life
Thursday - Council Spotlight
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Namaste All and I believe it was a great start of the year for everyone.
Welcome to the Monday interview. Today we have Carsten Siemens with us who spends most of his time on the TechNet Wiki to make it more original by working on plagiarism which is easily possible when dealing with such a large community.
Let's us know the man who helps people by inciting them to be creative and contribute original content.
Mahesh : Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?
Carsten : I’m fascinated by computer science, mathematics, and music – and I’m unable to sort them by precedence because they depend on each other.
I studied computer science (artificial intelligence, image processing) in Germany. I have been working for Capgemini in the area of custom software development for 17 years now. As a senior technical architect I am responsible for the technical architecture and implementation of (typically large) business information systems and service-oriented application landscapes.
I feel comfortable in both “worlds”: I’m working in .NET as well as in Java projects. My friendship with .NET started with .NET 1.0. A personal highlight was my role as technical chief architect of one of Germany’s largest .NET applications.
I would like to share some thoughts about “large projects” with you:
My favorite .NET technologies are: C#, F#, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and LINQ.
In the area of mathematics my focus is on analysis and number theory. I’m also interested in the intersection of computer science and mathematics – especially in the works of Donald Knuth.
I also enjoy playing classical and Jazz guitar, and sometimes I try the piano and alto sax. For me even music is highly related to computer science and mathematics, but that’s another topic.
Mahesh : What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?
Carsten : It can be quite hard to be up-to-date in Java and .NET technologies, when you are for example absorbed in a long lasting Java project. TechNet Wiki helps me to keep in touch with Microsoft technologies.
Mahesh : What are your big projects right now?
Carsten : I would like to focus the answer on my TechNet and personal projects. In TechNet I have to take care of two “tasks” – an easy and a hard one.
Some of my personal projects:
Mahesh : What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?
Carsten : I would like to turn the spotlight on three articles, and the stories behind them.
In June 2013 I incidentally found some pirated article and started a mail conversation with Ed. I did some further research. Guided by random and intuition I easily found 66 plagiarisms until the beginning of July. This was the trigger for a long mail to Ed, which analyzed the findings. Ed’s answer is nicely summarized by his citation; “Holy crack!” In case you are interested in what I wrote to Ed: The article is nearly identical to my mail.
This article was written three months later. In the meantime the Community Council extended the focus area "Spam & Article Deletion" to "Spam, Plagiarism & Article Deletion" and was working on a strong framework. Improvements should be measured. This article gives facts and figures about plagiarism until the end of September 2013. Until September 485 plagiarisms were found (and the current number is 570). Handling plagiarism is an ongoing task.
Article tags are frequently changed, but due to a Wiki bug is hard to see the actual changes.
Instead it should look like this:
This article and the corresponding Gallery contribution are my “give-away” for you: it fixes this Wiki Bug.
My User Page shows the complete article list.
Mahesh : What is the difference between “plagiarism” and “pirated content”
Carsten : You can use both terms interchangeably. However, as a tag name they have different meanings:
The tag pirated content marks plagiarized or pirated content. The tag plagiarism is used for articles which address this topic.
Mahesh : What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?
Carsten : At the moment I’m very much focused on the topic plagiarism. I will be pleased, if the following articles help to raise the community’s awareness:
And where is the fifth article? Well, I like Sandro Pereira’s Blogpost BizTalk TechNet Wiki Articles: Can I? Or Should I?, especially his final considerations, which address the right mindset and the importance of quality.