Overall Vision


SlideWiki aims to become for educational content what Wikipedia is for encyclopedic content or OpenStreetMaps for spatial content

SlideWiki Development Vision

SlideWiki in two years - rapidly growing

  • SlideWiki attracted a critical mass of more than 100 comprehensive lecture series, which are enriched with interactive e-learning elements and translated to more than 10 languages each
  • SlideWiki has a rapidly growing user base both from learners, teachers, professors (>1 million users per month)
  • SlideWiki established a successful cooperation and sustainability program with more than 30 educational institutions, which support SlideWiki similar to arXiv's sustainability programme with support pledges from active user institutions (arXiv attracts more than 300k$ annually via support pledges)

SlideWiki in five years - the top resource for educational content

  • SlideWiki features more than 1,000 lecture series on all educational areas in particular also school and undergraduate courses
  • more than 10 million users are using SlideWiki every month, with a large share from developing countries
  • SlideWiki is self-sustaining through regular support pledges, donations, public RTD funding amounting more than 2 million Euro annually

Content Acquisition Plan

Creating a critical mass of attractive key content on SlideWiki

  • a number of high quality lecture series material is already available, some examples are listed in the SlideWiki lecture wishlist
  • we plan to outreach to the respective copyright holders and convince them to license their content under CC-BY-SA and to support importing, enriching and translating their content on SlideWiki
  • the import of an average lecture series requires approximately one person month
  • the adoption of the automatic translation to one of the 54 supported languages takes approx. 1 week

Content Acquisition Plan

Year 20132014 2015 2016 2017 
Lecture series10 50 100 300 1000 
DomainsComputer Science Adjacent fields Undergraduate Secondary school topics All educational domains
Languages10 50 100 300 


Development Plan

Next two years:

We plan to dedicate one full-time equivalent for each of the following functions:

  1. optimize the technology platform to smoothly run on dynamically scaling cloud infrastructures
  2. improve import/export functionality (Powerpoint, OpenOffice, Keynote, LaTeX, HTML)
  3. improve the authoring environment, self-assessment test, activity streams
  4. improved manual and automatic translation
  5. social network integration
  6. improve the functionality for creating visualizations, diagrams
  7. support for mobile devices (smart phones) and ubiquitous learning (tablets, TV)
  8. sustainability, support network and funding
  9. community coordination and support
  10. coordination of content acquisition and enrichment

Next 5 years 

  • user modelling, personalized re-tailoring of learning content, automatized content adaption
  • user generated learning apps
  • virtual learning communities
  • content and technology for developing countries

Related Developments

There are a number of efforts to bring education to the internet age, such as Udacity, EdX and Coursera. SlideWiki on the other hand is different in many ways and will have a unique position:

  • Focus on crowd-sourcing: this will allow SlideWiki to cover a dramatically wider range of topics and keep content more recent
  • Extreme multi-linguality: SlideWiki will provide content in dozens if not hundred of languages including languages important for emerging and developing countries
  • Remove borders between instructors and learners: learners can easily contribute content (new self-assessment questions, translations in their language)

In essence, platforms like Udacity, EdX and Coursera rather compare with publishers who publish one-to-many content digitally, while SlideWiki follows the Wikipedia style many-to-many cooperation paradigm.