SansBlogue  
Monday, November 07, 2005
 
Wikipedia and the Two-thirds World ::

Jimmy Wales founder of Wikipedia was reported widely (e.g. on BoingBoing and SlashDot) as saying that the totally open encyclopedia "may soon be available in print for readers in the developing world".

Stephen the Greenflame (in an email) pointed me to this cartoon. Which prompted me to think about other ways in which this is surely "stupid idea of the century". Think what a print edition of Wikipedia will cost, any estimates of the number of zeros? My guess is that (at least in NZ$ if not in greenbacks) you'll need three. Now, for $1,000 you could get a cheap PC, with a DVD of Wikipedia, which could be updated every six months for peanuts. A print Wikipedia is inappropriate technology!

Jimmy, don't take something that (almost?) works and by imitating the past make it a useless prestige project - because that's what a print Wiki would be!


SEARCH Tim's sites
Posts listed by topic
My academic CV



Write to Tim

archives:
January 2004 / February 2004 / March 2004 / May 2004 / June 2004 / July 2004 / August 2004 / September 2004 / October 2004 / November 2004 / December 2004 / January 2005 / February 2005 / March 2005 / April 2005 / May 2005 / June 2005 / July 2005 / August 2005 / September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 /

biblical studies blogs:

other theology/church blogs:

x


Powered by Blogger


Technorati Profile

Yellow Pages for Auckland, New Zealand