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  • Clive 11:44 am on May 20, 2008 Permalink
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    The rise of Wikis 

    Wikis Are Now Serious Business – ReadWriteWeb

    Only a handful of years ago, it was common to hear people laugh at Wikipedia.
    Anyone can edit it! How could you take it seriously? These days, just
    as blogs are, wikis are on their way to winning a reputation as serious
    publishing platforms.

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  • Clive 8:30 pm on December 21, 2007 Permalink |
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    Google knols v Wikipedia 

    Google is trying a kind of wikipedia development of a knowledge database but rather than going for anonymity is highlighting authors’ names in order to … increase credibility. It’s still in beta/private. See google knols and the screenshot which might make a good pbwiki wiki model.

    But why not start a wiki for social change staff to build a similar database of key words/ideas that have relevance/resonance for the programme. It would be a way for students to see the community of practice actually practicing.

     
  • Clive 3:35 pm on August 31, 2007 Permalink |
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    Digital Maoism 

    Edge; DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier

    In “Digital Maosim”, an original essay written for Edge, computer scientist and digital visionary Jaron Lanier finds fault with what he terms the new online collectivism. He cites as an example the Wikipedia, noting that “reading a Wikipedia entry is like reading the bible closely. There are faint traces of the voices of various anonymous authors and editors, though it is impossible to be sure”.
    His problem is not with the unfolding experiment of the Wikipedia itself, but “the way the Wikipedia has come to be regarded and used; how it’s been elevated to such importance so quickly. And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force. This is different from representative democracy, or meritocracy. This idea has had dreadful consequences when thrust upon us from the extreme Right or the extreme Left in various historical periods. The fact that it’s now being re-introduced today by prominent technologists and futurists, people who in many cases I know and like, doesn’t make it any less dangerous”.

     
  • Clive 9:24 pm on August 30, 2007 Permalink |
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    Wikipedia’s Imminent Demise? 

    From Ruminate

    Sounding the death knell for social software applications (and classes of application) is a sport for some prognosticators and bread and butter for the naysayers. Most of the time they are equally wrong. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? But this major upcoming change to the Wikipedia editing system has me tempted to join in.

    Technorati reveals no links to the page on Flagged Revisions, but given that Wikipedia’s success (not to mention any number of purported failings) is generally attributed to its open editing system, implementing multiple layers of bureaucratic approvals sounds like a very big deal indeed.

     
  • Clive 9:45 am on August 24, 2007 Permalink |
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    Spinning Wikipedia 

    Spinning Wikipedia | Center for Media and Democracy

    Wikipedia
    “Editing
    your own entry on Wikipedia is usually the province of vain celebrities
    keen for some good PR,” writes Bobbie Johnson. “But a new website has
    uncovered dozens of companies that have been editing the site in order
    to improve their public image. The Wikipedia Scanner,
    which trawls the backwaters of the popular online encyclopaedia, has
    unearthed a catalogue of organisations massaging entries, including the
    CIA and the Labour party. … But the biggest culprit that the Scanner claims to have discovered is Diebold, a supplier of e-voting
    machines, which it says has made huge alterations to entries about its
    involvement in the controversial ‘hanging chad’ election in the US in
    2000.”

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