Links for 3rd December 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Wikipedia’s known unknowns

    "But what of the places that aren't even represented? We often hear claims that peer-produced information is broader in scope and more accurate than traditional methods of content creation. This is certainly true, particularly for topics that generate a lot of interest such as "Paris" or "New York". However, as we increasingly rely on (and trust) web 2.0 sources such as Wikipedia, what will be the effects of this new "terra incognita" in our shared map of knowledge?

    It may be that when broadband reaches more parts of Africa – helped by the landfall of superfast cables in August – that more people there will start discovering Wikipedia, and that the site will see a second explosion of new editors and articles about places that have so far been ignored. Or it may be that by then Wikipedia will be passed by in favour of something new."

    Tagged with: wikipediageographygeotagginggrowthculturecrowdsourcinginternational

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