In prior posts in this series (1, 2, 3, and 4), I described with some glee my rash abandonment of common blogging software in favor of writing my own. For my purposes there seemed to be some key disadvantages to these popular packages, including an overemphasis on the calendar (I just saw the definition of … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 5: What is XHTML, and Why Should I Care?
In an article published tomorrow, but online now, the journal Nature reveals the results of a (relatively small) study it conducted to compare the accuracy of Wikipedia with Encyclopaedia Britannica—at least in the natural sciences. The results may strike some as surprising. As Jim Giles summarizes in the special report: "Among 42 entries tested, the … Continue reading Nature Compares Science Entries in Wikipedia with Encyclopaedia Britannica
For those who have been asking about the article I wrote with Roy Rosenzweig on the reliability of historical information on the web (summarized in a previous post), it has just appeared on the First Monday website, perhaps a little belatedly given the name of the journal.
Given the current obsession with the reliability (or more often in media coverage, the unreliability) of information on the web—the New York Times weighed in on the matter yesterday, and USA Today carried a scathing op-ed last week—I feel lucky that an article Roy Rosenzweig and I wrote entitled "Web of Lies? Historical Information on … Continue reading Reliability of Information on the Web