“In partnership with Wikimedia Australia (WMAu), the State Library of Queensland has made the fourth-largest ever donation of images to Wikimedia Commons: 50,000 digitised copyright-free photographs and accompanying metadata that document some of the history of the state from the mid-19th century until 1955. The 50,000 images from the State Library of Queensland are from […]
An interesting article in the New York Times on web based alternatives to the traditional peer review process that are currently being tested in a couple of journals. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/arts/24peer.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=technology Is the slow but usually reliable peer review process in need of renovation or should it be torn down and replaced? How would academia respond? How […]
It’s no great surprise that a lot of students use Wikipedia as part of the research process and also not surprising that teachers generally discourage its use. It’s easy, has very broad subject coverage and ranks VERY highly in Google searches…but how do students actually use it when researching for an assignment?Stephen Abram has a […]
There’s a humourous little news story on the ABC website about an Irish uni student who posted a fake quote to Wikipedia, attributed to a French composer. This quote was picked up by a multitude of newspapers, websites and blogs etc. There are comments about the incident and, more interestingly, the reliability of Wikipedia on […]
This ITworld article is pretty interesting.Google has launched Knol, its user-generated online encyclopedia, which it announced in December but had kept under wraps in private testing.They will be encourage authors/editors names to be public, (like Citizendium).Is this the real beginning of the free-encyclopedia wars?