[Web4lib] Web4lib: Wikipedia
crippel at ckls.org
Wed Mar 17 12:54:38 EDT 2010
I agree with everything Petter Naess says about Wikipedia.
I would like to add some additional observations.
1. Knowing that Wikipedia is imperfect and that I might find an error I
can correct increases my involvement and intensity in reading it
compared to reading Encyclopedia Britannica. I suppose I am unusual in
considering that this makes Wikipedia superior to Britannica.
2. I have read and, I believe, the reason Wikipedia appears at the top
of Google rankings is because its articles link to each other. This is
rewarded by Google's idiosyncratic ranking method.
3. A recent posting on ReadWriteWeb explains "Why Wikipedia Should Be
Trusted As A Breaking News Source"
Based on my own, admittedly limited and unscientific, experience, I
agree that Wikipedia is a great source for following big ongoing stories.
4. I also recently read that there are signs that its evolution as an
organization may be undermining some of its essential characteristics. I
can't find the recent article I read. Here is a November 2009 article
making several discouraging points.
The article I read did state several upbeat signs. The one I remember is
that the Wikipedia Foundation did make its fundraising goal in 2009.
I love Wikipedia.
I will hate to watch it grow senile.
Central Kansas Library System
Great Bend, Kansas
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