‘Free the Curricula, Free the Textbooks’- A Wikiality?

Two articles on the history of Wikipedia via Marginal Revolution; The Hive and Can Wikipedia conquer expertise?

Another explanation from The Economist;

“This success has made Wikipedia the most famous example of a wider wiki phenomenon. Wikis are web pages that allow anybody who is allowed to log into them to change them. In Wikipedia's case, that happens to be anybody at all. The word “wiki” comes from the Hawaiian word for “quick”, but also stands for “what I know is...”. Wikis are thus the purest form of participatory creativity and intellectual sharing, and represent “a socialisation of expertise”, as David Weinberger, who is currently writing a book on collaborative intelligence, puts it.

Among the new media, wikis are the perfect complement to blogs. Whereas blogs contain the unedited, opinionated voice of one person, wikis explicitly and literally allow groups of people to get on the proverbial “same page”. This is the main reason for the failure of a Los Angeles Times experiment with wikitorials, described in the previous article. Wikis are good at summarising debates, but they are ill-suited for biased opinion.”

Here’s Colbert’s attempt at explaining the Wikipedia; see also this video.

The major innovation I’m looking forward is when the Wikibooks gets a real take off- I don’t think it’s wikiality!

Related Links;

Best coverage of the Wikipedia amongst the blogs is at at Ross Mayfield’s Weblog.

Wikimania 2006: Opening Session with Jimmy Wales

Ten - or maybe a dozen - Things that Will Be Free

Wikimedia Foundation

Internet encyclopaedias go head to head; Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds.

The Faith-Based Encyclopedia

A couple of interesting posts by John Quiggin; Wikipedia and Sausages, Wikipedia-economics-category-project, When co-operation trumps competition

The Wealth of Networks

Digital Maoism; here is the transcript.
Interviews from a Survey of New Media in The Economist; Andreas Kluth, technology correspondent
David Sifry, Founder and CEO, Technorati
Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired
Jerry Michalski, founder and president of Sociate
Paul Saffo, Director, Institute for the future

Researching with Wikipedia- introductory videos

Brion Vibber has worked on MediaWiki and Wikipedia's; an engineers view

Somebody Not Happy with Wikipedia


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