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English Wikipedia surpasses five million articles

“After almost fifteen years of providing the world with collaborative free knowledge, the English Wikipedia today surpassed five million articles.
The milestone was reached with an article on the persoonia terminalis, a shrub of the family Proteaceae native to eastern Australia. It was created by Cas Liber, an Australian editor with more than 140,000 edits to his name, who has already created almost 1,500 articles on the English Wikipedia. We’re reaching out for a comment from Cas, and will update when we hear back.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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How Wikipedia Is Hostile to Women

“Some female editors have been the target of harassment from their male colleagues—and the gender bias has spilled over into the site’s content, too.” (via The Atlantic)

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Librarian as public knowledge leader: ways to use Wikipedia

“Wikipedia has become one of the most influential portals for internet-based research — providing readers with an initial overview of almost any topic and acting as a first stop for expert researchers. Moreover, the platform increasingly favours both scholarship and openness: a recent study showed that journals published as open access are used more frequently on Wikipedia, and Altmetrics has begun measuring Wikipedia citations to encourage public scholarly work. This research connection makes libraries an important part of Wikipedia’s ecosystem.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Museums Starting To Embrace Wikipedia: Musem of Modern Art Now Hosts Monthly Edit-A-Thons

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is opening itself up to becoming a part of the Web and not merely being on the Web. While there are a number of art museums that are becoming more and more keen on creating and sharing data in digital format, it is MoMA which had enjoyed prominence because of its success in embedding Wikipedia links on its artist pages. Earlier this month, Wikimedia volunteers from New York City held a training event that was participated in by a large group of people. Using the words “stay cool when the editing gets hot” as a catchphrase, the training focused on crowdsourcing Web content and the culture and mechanics that it entails.” (Via Tech Times)

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This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

“The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself. Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How to provide authoritative, rigorously accurate knowledge, at no cost to readers. It’s something the encyclopedia, or SEP, has managed to do for two decades. The internet is an information landfill. Somewhere in it—buried under piles of opinion, speculation, and misinformation—is virtually all of human knowledge. But sorting through the trash is difficult work. Even when you have something you think is valuable, it often turns out to be a cheap knock-off.” (via Quartz)

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“WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia’s commitment to open access

“Scientific publisher Elsevier has donated 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors” to aid them in their work. Michael Eisen, one of the founders of the open access movement, which seeks to make research publications freely available online, tweeted that he was “shocked to see @wikipedia working hand-in-hand with Elsevier to populate encylopedia w/links people cannot access,” and dubbed it “WikiGate.” Over the last few days, a row has broken out between Eisen and other academics over whether a free and open service such as Wikipedia should be partnering with a closed, non-free company such as Elsevier.” (via Ars Technica)

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Wikimedia projects benefit from Bodleian Libraries residency

“For anyone looking to define Taijitu, Putso or Sangha, or to learn about Elizabeth Fry, the Junior wives of Krishna, or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, one of the top internet search hits will be Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Articles about these, and hundreds of other topics, are now being improved using the Bodleian Libraries’ historic collections. Images from Digital.Bodleian collection are being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, the database of freely reusable digital files. From here they can be embedded in articles not just in English Wikipedia, but in other languages and in other educational projects. So far, more than six hundred articles, across many different languages, are illustrated with images from the Bodleian Libraries, reaching a total of nearly 1.5 million readers per month.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves

The Wikipedia entry for “quixoticism” runs only about 255 words. But if anyone could argue for a personal mention, it might be Michael Mandiberg. For the past three years, he has been fully engaged in a project that might make even the most intrepid digital adventurer blush: transforming the English-language Wikipedia into an old-fashioned print reference set running to 7,600 volumes.” (via NYT)

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How Hosting an Edit-A-Thon Made Me Trust Wikipedia

“The academic community has been wary of Wikipedia since it first came on the scene. Teachers have spent a decade warning their students not trust the online encyclopedia, concerned that because anyone can edit it, it might not be reliable. I’ll admit I first approached Wikipedia with caution, using it for quick reference but steering clear when conducting any serious research. But on Monday, at the first ever ocean edit-a-thon – sponsored by the Waitt Institute, Smithsonian Ocean Portal, and Wikimedia Foundation – my distrust dissolved.” (via National Geographic)

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Preserving Wikipedia citations for the future: Geoffrey Bilder

“Reading scholarly work on print often involves frequent interruptions, as footnotes and endnotes would often call for midstream re-evaluation for readers who dart back and forth from passage to citation. This jumping around has become a natural process of reading on the Internet, where bright blue hyperlinks can be followed with a single click. Still, while hyperlinks may have smoothed out the jarring experience of reading printed scholarly text, they do have one major disadvantage. Geoffrey Bilder calls it “link rot“: the demise of hyperlinks that no longer point to their original resource.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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