German Engineering Tackles Wikipedia

September 1st, 2006 |

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BOSTON, September 1, 2006 (PodTech News) — Recent headlines claim that Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is broken. Critics point out that Wikipedia articles are often fraught with inaccuracies or bias. Vandals sometimes deface entries. Now, the administrators of the German Wikipedia page think they have a way to make a better online encyclopedia. PodTech’s Clark Boyd speaks with Wiki-watcher David Weinberger.

Reporter’s Notes: When I first read about the German plan, I immediately clued in on the language being used to describe Wikipedia — “broken,” “in need of saving,” etc. I guess it makes good copy. Wikipedians themselves, as David Weinberger notes, are very hard on themselves, but don’t consider Wikipedia broken. I liked the way Weinberger pointed out that Wikipedia is actually much more faithful to the state of human knowledge — always in flux, always up for discussion and debate. Check out Weinberger’s blog . You also might enjoy reading the blog of a serious Wikimedian, SJ Klein.

– Clark Boyd

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