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- February 2007. What will Wikipedia be like in 5 years?. Excellent with specific and realistic projections of where things are headed.
- August 2006. Wired Magazine has published an article, on a wiki that anyone can edit. It is notable because it is notable - in the future this kind of user interaction may be so common as to be un-notable but for now it is like gathering around color TV the first time or that new "wireless talking box" the "radio". Neat to see the future happening now.
- August 2006 The Hive. I have not read this yet but it looks good and important.
- August 2006 "Professors criticize, praise Wikipedia in listserv discussions". IMO Professors should keep doing what they do, and Wikipedians do what they do, it is not a zero sum game, Wikipedia fills an important niche (see professional amateur).
- June 2006 Wikipedia and historians - great essay on the role of professional historians and Wikipedia.
- January 2006 Why the media cant get Wikipedia right - ways the media mis-represents Wikipedia.
- November 2005 "A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy" by Clay Shirky, my new favorite author. This is required reading on what works and doesnt work in social software. It shows why Wikipedia works, and a few areas for improvement. Anyone who is down on Wikipedias ultimate success should read this for inspiration. And pound the table for changes to make Wikipedia even better.
- July 2005 Brittanica gets a board. The evolving gap between traditionalists and Wikipedians. "I think it would be impossible to find a librarian, or even a teacher, in the country that's not concerned [about Wikipedia]."
- March 2005 "Wiki Becomes a Way of Life", Wired Magazine. See also Slashdot comments.
- March 2005, ODNB contains tons of factual errors
- March 2005, The Brian Lehrer Show 03022005, interview with Jimbo, via WNYC - 17-minute radio interview with JW. Couple interesting comments, including recent research shows WP is mostly written and maintained by 700-1000 core people, and that JW has speaking engagements at MIT, Harvard, Cornell, etc.. big interest in academic community.
- Dec 2004, "Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism", by Larry Sanger, co-founder of WP (who quit) is critical of WP because it does not defer to "experts" (ie. unfriendly to the academic community). The March 2005 interview with Jimbo makes a jab at this. Jimbo says he's being asked to speak at elite universities and asks Larry to re-join the community.
- Nov 2005, "The Faith-Based Encyclopedia", by Robert McHenry Former Editor in Chief, the Encyclopædia Britannica. Where he calls Wikipedia a "public restroom". Slashdot comments.
- Oct 2004, Pro-Am Economy. Online book by Demos (think tank) in UK about the evolving ProAm revolution, with WP being a prime example. This is one of the best models for explaning the human side of why Wikipedia works.
- Oct 2004, "New Ways of Scholarly Working in a Networked World", by Kim Vetman.