Views of Wikipedia are decidedly mixed in academia, though perhaps trending slowly from mostly negative to grudgingly positive. But regardless of your view of Wikipedia—or your political persuasion—you can't help but be impressed with the activity that occurs on the site for current events. (The same holds only slightly less true for non-current events, as … Continue reading Sarah Palin, Crowdsourced
On this week's podcast, we were lucky to have a live link to Liam Wyatt in Alexandria, Egypt. Liam is a co-host of Wikipedia Weekly and was attending Wikimania 2008. Tom, Mills, and I covered Wikipedia in the very first episode of Digital Campus, and if anything it has become an even hotter topic on … Continue reading Digital Campus #30 – Live From Egypt!
Two years ago in this space, I mused about the potential of Wikipedia as the foundation of high quality data mining and search tools, including for historical research. (I also ran a test, the results of which were mixed, but promising.) Now comes a workshop entitled "Wikipedia and Artificial Intelligence: An Evolving Synergy," at the … Continue reading Wikipedia and Artificial Intelligence
The American Historical Association has come up with a great idea for a wiki: a website that details the contents of historical archives around the world and includes information about visiting and using those archives. As with any wiki, historians and other researchers can improve the contents of the site by collaboratively editing pages. The … Continue reading The American Historical Association’s Archives Wiki
Looking for a great way to teach students and colleagues about how a wiki works? In this insightful and often hilarious screencast, Jon Udell traces the development of an improbably thorough Wikipedia article covering the mysterious umlauts that began to show up on rock band names in the 1970s.
As you may have noticed, I haven't posted to my blog for an entire month. I have a good excuse: I just finished the final edits on my forthcoming book, Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith, due out early next year. (I realized too late that I could have capitalized on Da Vinci … Continue reading The Perfect and the Good Enough: Books and Wikis
What would you do with a million digital books? That's the intriguing question this month's D-Lib Magazine asked its contributors, as an exercise in understanding what might happen when massive digitization projects from Google, the Open Content Alliance, and others reach their fruition. I was lucky enough to be asked to write one of the … Continue reading What Would You Do With a Million Books?