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Published on March 3, 2009

Author: krisjacobson1

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Understanding Wikipedia: What it does well, what it does poorly & what we can learn from it Glenbrook Institute Day Mini-Conference, 2009 Kris Jacobson, GBS Library

 

Wikis in Plain English

“ Wikipedia is first and foremost an effort to create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language.” Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia’s Success Open Organic G o o g l e Not an “encyclopedia”

Open

Organic

G o o g l e

Not an “encyclopedia”

What’s it good for? “ Our goal has always been Britannica or better quality. We don't always achieve that.” Jimmy Wales

“ Our goal has always been Britannica or better quality. We don't always achieve that.”

Jimmy Wales

What’s it good for? Preliminary research on non-controversial topics Current events* Things that young men tend to care about Popular culture* Going beyond the “party line” with politics * with caveats 

Preliminary research on non-controversial topics

Current events*

Things that young men tend to care about

Popular culture*

Going beyond the “party line” with politics

Current Events

Featured Content

Featured Content

Featured Content

Assessing Article Quality Generally avoid articles with these symbols

Generally avoid articles with these symbols

 

Utilize the discussion tab

Understand the Assessment Criteria

Understand the limits of “neutrality”

Understand the limits of “neutrality”

Understand Costs & Benefits of Anonymous Editing

Building on the Wikipedia Model

Building on the Wikipedia Model

The End Thanks to David Jakes for his help.

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