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By Trödel, November 20, 2006

Chronicle of Higher Education

In an apparent follow-up to its prior article "Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?" by Brock Read, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a second article by Ann Kirschner. Kirshner explains Wikipedia, the Wikipedia phenomenon and her own attempts to edit. She credits "editorial elves" for improving her contribution and recounts her search for the editor who added an image. Kirshner then explains the history function and how she found that Danny Wool added the image. Wool is subsequently quoted in the article. Kirshner concludes: "for now, Wikipedia works. ... I'm prepared to believe that Wikipedia's millions of eyes will continue its evolution and improve its quality."

Wikipedia Quality

Wikipedia quality continues to be a topic that generates significant coverage in the media. In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald carried an article criticizing those that trust Wikipedia. ABC-9 in Syracuse, New York ran a report with the lead "If you or maybe your child is doing some research online, you most likely run into Wikipedia." The article notes that not everything is accurate and reports on a Quinnipiac who purposefully added incorrect information. The Dartmouth reported on the views of Dartmouth College professors on Wikipedia. The article quotes: Wikipedia is "not the same as a peer-reviewed journal", and that "Wikipedia is often useful as a quick orientation tool that requires verification."

Milton Friedman

MarketWatch, in an article covering the death of Milton Friedman identified Wikipedia as being what the "advocate of free markets as a means to create political and social freedom ... might [use as] a great example of how free markets can produce efficiencies." The article subsequently quoted 2 paragraphs from the Wikipedia entry on Friedman.

Wikipedia explodes in growth

So claims Tim Krohn in an article in the Mankato Free Press. Krohn interviews Max Hailperin, the chairman of the local college's mathematics department. Hailperin warns readers not to "trust anything as an authoritative source of information." However, he also says, "if it’s some noncontroversial, factual piece of information, chances are what you find there is correct." The article also reports on Wikipedia's coverage of local areas of interest.

Pearson to publish business wikibook

The Wall Street Journal reports that Pearson PLC is partnering with University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and MIT's Sloan School to create a business book that will be authored and edited using wiki processes by an online community committed to the project. Wikipedia is mentioned as "inspiring" the effort.

Information everywhere

In an article about the myriad information and "fact" choices available in the modern world, Will Hutton, of The Observer, references Wikipedia as a site providing those choices. Stating that "pessimists say that we are living in an era in which objectivity is collapsing, [where you] seek for what you want to be true..." He concludes that "pessimists are right except in one respect - they underestimate the ability of individuals collectively to want to understand, notwithstanding their prejudices and beliefs, and, thus, ultimately the power of truth to win out." He claims that just like China could not resist Wikipedia, western media "cannot resist the demand that we be able to trust them."

Wikipedia as source

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