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I have had a number of discussions with librarians and non-librarians alike about the merits of Wikipedia recently. I am realizing it is challenging to talk about Wikipedia because we need to clarify which Wikipedia are we talking about–is it the Wikipedia for a favorite musician or tv show? Is it the Wikipedia for looking up a term you don’t understand (defacto dictionary)? Is it the Wikipeadia you use to settle a bet (a.k.a ready reference)? Is it a wikipedia entry lovingly tended by a group of dedicated scholars? Is it an entry about a living person (some of the most inaccurate)?
The quality of Wikipedia varies to such as extent that it is harder and harder to paint broad generalizations to use or not to use. What do you think? Do you use it? If so, how?
Here is a recent blog post that takes a rather strong stand on the need to learn/educate on Wikipedia and similar new information tools.
“Wikipedia, or more generally the networked archival structure it represents, alters the way in which we create, share, and record knowledge, and thus has rather significant effects on how we approach education across all disciplines, and specifically in technology and science. Students and teachers alike must understand how systems of knowledge creation and archivization are changing.”
Parry, David. Wikipedia and the New Curriculum: Digital Literacy Is Knowing How We Store What We Know. Science Progress. February 2008.
Posted: February 18th, 2008 under Uncategorized.