Friday, January 13, 2006

The Wikipedia Debate

Anyone with an interest in the history of encyclopaedias cannot fail to be interested in the current debate regarding the progress of Wikipedia - the online interactive encyclopaedia.

First came 'The Faith-Based Encyclopedia' by Robert McHenry, a critical essay from a former editor of 'Encyclopaedia Britannica', which challenged the value of Wikipedia's organic editing process, claimed this was a flawed way to reach a highly accurate article.

This was followed by an analysis published in Nature which examined a wide range of articles from both Britannica and Wikipedia and found their accuracy levels were quite similar.

These and other issues are expertly reviewed in an article in Village Voice

This subject has also been discussed at The Institute of Flaneurology to whom I am grateful for the references.

UPDATE: 'Comedy of Errors hits the world of Wikipedia' [Sunday Times]

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