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#1 Andrew Field

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Posted 01 February 2004 - 02:08 PM

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Wikipedia has now developed into a really useful and worthwhile resource for research. It, as I'm sure many know, was started a few years ago as part of a project to create an 'editable' encyclopedia. Basically anyone could add information and details about topics and they were all stored online. This is the concept of a 'wikiweb', where anyone has the ability to edit and access files on a web server. It's developed further now with protection for pages etc., but the concept is still the same.

What I like so much about this is that it is harnessing what is so good about the internet - collaborative work for the benefit of all.

As is stated on the homepage:

Wikipedia is a multilingual project to create a complete and accurate free content encyclopedia. We started in January 2001 and are currently working on 199598 articles in the English version. Visit the help page and experiment in the sandbox to learn how you can edit any article right now.

It's a marvellous concept and one that is working - do support it and use it.

What is interesting is how quickly it develops - see the pages on the Hutton Report.

I don't know how they deal with differing interpretations though - it will be interesting to find out.

Later edit: Seems to be some sort of discussion about major pages - see here the attempts to ensure the Hutton enquiry page is balanced. http://en.wikipedia....:Hutton_Inquiry

Edited by Andrew Field, 01 February 2004 - 02:26 PM.

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