I do a lot of Google searches, and for some odd reason, they often include search terms about Wikipedia.
Some only look at the first few results. I am not one of those people. Five pages of Google results into a recent search, I found The Encyclopedia of Alabama.
I muttered to myself, “Well dip me in chicken stew and take me to a fish fry!”
An online encyclopedia! What a concept!
It’s the sum of human knowledge about The Heart of Dixie!
I ran a few searches and poked around at its interface. Hey, an article about a prominent son of Huntsville…
Jimmy Donal Wales!
Claire M. Wilson, Auburn University wrote: Huntsville native Jimmy Wales (1966- ) is the founder of the Internet Web site Wikipedia, a groundbreaking open-forum online encyclopedia, is president of Wikia, Inc., and is chair of the Wikimedia Foundation.
…continue reading Encyclopedia of Alabama – managed better than Wikipedia?
By Mancunium, with Yerucham Turing
Bustle, the somewhat controversial news website for women, wrote in its February 23rd edition:
No matter what you tell your college professors, we all know that Wikipedia is everyone’s go-to source for basic information about pretty much everything. So when women are massively under-represented on the site – both in terms of editors and in terms of subjects – it’s a big problem. Which is why Britain’s Royal Society, a 350-year-old institution dedicated to science (not that I got that off Wikipedia or anything), is working to fix this problem by hosting an edit-athon to bulk up entries for female scientists. […] The organizers also hope that simply by training more women in the ins and outs of Wikipedia editing that these women will feel more confident making edits and that, slowly, the gender imbalance among Wikipedia editors will become smaller. […]
On March 4, Wikipedia held its “Women
…continue reading Royal Society Hosts Wikipedia Edit-athon To Add Information on Female Scientists
By Gregory Kohs
This blog post is one of a five-part series of investigative reports by Gregory Kohs, documenting conflicts of interest among individuals and organizations who have financial ties with the Wikimedia Foundation.
The first report is The Thin Bright line The second report is Wikipedia donors feel entitled to more than a mug or a tote bag The third report is Business as Usual The fourth report is Wikipedia’s Friends With Benefits The fifth report is Look who’s visiting the WMF
Last week, Wikipediocracy revealed an investigative project, where our researchers are finding that many of Wikipedia’s biggest financial backers appear to be writing and altering content on the encyclopedia that will benefit themselves or their businesses. The revelation struck a chord with many readers. Our blog generated 22 comments. A Slashdot news thread about the investigation garnered 125 comments. Reporters from three different mainstream media publications inquired for more information about our
…continue reading Wikipedia donors feel entitled to more than a mug or a tote bag