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15 August 2005

Wiki Wiki Wawa

According to Wikipedia a wiki is "a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The term Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website (see Wiki software)." This new technology has been used lately in order to make what's known as Wikipedia (A Free Online Encyclopedia). The concept is to let people cooperate in writing the encyclopedia contents by themselve, they can also correct others mistakes, or add more details to what is already written. "Wikipedia's editing process assumes that exposing an article to many users will result in accuracy. Referencing Linus's law - Linus Trovalds - of open-source development, Sanger stated earlier: Given enough eyeballs, all errors are shallow. But the question is whether something is more likely to be true coming from a source whose resume sounds authoritative or a source that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people (with the ability to comment) and has survived". The German computing magazine c't performed a comparison of Brockhaus Premium, Microsoft Encarta, and Wikipedia in October 2004: . Experts evaluated 66 articles in various fields. In overall score, Wikipedia was rated 3.6 out of 5 points (B-), Brockhaus Premium 3.3, and Microsoft Encarta 3.1. In an analysis of online encyclopedias, Indiana University professors Emigh and Herring wrote that "Wikipedia improves on traditional information sources, especially for the content areas in which it is strong, such as technology and current events". Any ways, here is a link to Wikipedia site try surfing there and add whatever information you see that it is missing there.

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