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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
  Whatever you do, do NOT tell Jim ;)
Irish student hoaxes world's media with fake quote by AP: Yahoo! Tech
When Dublin university student Shane Fitzgerald posted a poetic but phony quote on Wikipedia, he said he was testing how our globalized, increasingly Internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news.

His report card: Wikipedia passed. Journalism flunked.
Yes, famous newspapers published a fake (and rather "purple") quote in their obituaries for Michael Jarre, while Wikipedia (the public encyclopedia) tested the quote, found it wanting and removed it.

Motto trust Wikipedia over a professional journalist any day, diletantism rocks ;)

Maybe...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
  Wikipedia: wiser than Socrates
Jim West that kindly, yet simple soul, has posted yet another urban myth about the fount of all knowledge and wisdom the great and wonderful Wikipedia (blessed be its name). He even has a "screenshot" to demonstrate the truth that Socrates is absent from the cornucopia or the information age. The truth, as a quick search reveals is otherwise. Not only is the ancient Greek well treated, but Jim West himself features in the encyclopedia (see below), now where did I put the $40,000 worth in 94 volumes of that other print encyclopedia so I can see how it treats poor Jim!


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Friday, January 19, 2007
  Scholarpedia?
There's yet another attempt to harness the free community oriented benefits of Wikipedia to a more traditional (and therefore [perhaps?] reliable?) form of approval. Started by a Neuroscientist called Izhikevich, Scholarpedia seems to be a heady mix of Wikipedia, peer review and social software.

Scholars who participate will gain Brownie Scholar Index Points which will buy them more favourable treatment. Users will be able to benefit from reliable (or at least authorised) content, as well as suggest edits (though the page's curator will have a veto).

Will it work? Who knows... Will even Jim read it's articles (when it gets round to publishing in theology)? Can this mix of idealism and pragmatics work at all? See the review in ifBook for more coherent thoughts than I have time for this week, whatever this is a project to watch with interest as we anxiously await the future of scholarship.

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