Undergraduate Research: January 2011 Archives

Wikipedia turns 10!

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wikipedia_10.jpgInteresting to hear the conversation around wikipedia turning 10--both fans and critics--often in the same breath. Now I know it isn't perfect but it would be hard to go back to a time without it.

Definition of wikipedia in Wikipedia (as of 9:08 on 1/12/2010): "is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 17 million articles (over 3.5 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site." 

 Here are a few stories and quotes on the event:

  • Wikipedia At 10: Plenty Of Fans, Even Among Critics on Morning Edition "From curious minutiae to detailed histories, there is some great information on Wikipedia -- but it's hard to get a consensus on how much trust readers should put into the site." 
  • Wikipedia and celebrity: What Wales wrought 10 years ago "I once sat in on an a meeting with an actress everyone knows...and [she] expressed great bitterness about Wikipedia. Her primary complaint: inaccuracy. Her wikilife, always first or second on a Google search, was a collection of unsubstantiated claims or media references that may or may not have been correct to begin with. The result, in her estimation, was that less than half of the information was correct."
Do you have any thoughts on Wikipedia-ten years later?

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