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2012-08-07 07:10:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online No matter how technologically advanced a site or service may be, it still has to run via power and connected cables. Therefore, it was a bit of a surprise when it was announced that as Wikipedia went down yesterday, it wasn´t at the hands of nefarious hackers or system overload as millions flocked to the site to look up former Olympians: Wikipedia was brought to its knees thanks to a small accident and two cut cables. Users...

2012-06-21 13:36:44

Wikipedia's crowd-sourced content generation has made it the world's largest encyclopedia, but this model also leads to "edit wars" when editors disagree. The dynamics of these conflicts provide an interesting window into collaborative content production and the emergence and resolution of conflicts in an online environment, all of which are explored in a paper published June 20 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The authors, led by Taha Yasseri of Budapest University of Technology and...

Encyclopedia Britannica To Answer Bing Questions
2012-06-09 04:52:57

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com After ceasing print publication of its history volumes, it was fairly clear that Encyclopedia Britannica must forge an online presence in order to remain a fixture of historical information, even if the bookshelves are virtual. Bing, Microsoft's search engine, just entered into a partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to provide Britannica Online answers directly on the Bing results page as part of Bing's answers feature. Search for philosophers such as...

World's First 'Wikipedia Town' Going Live Saturday
2012-05-19 03:57:59

A small village in southeast Wales -- home to just over 8,800 people and the birthplace of King Henry V -- is set to become the world's first "Wikipedia town," as visitors will be able to scan barcodes to look up information about local people and places on the free, user-edited, Web-based encyclopedia. The official announcement came from Monmouth officials on Thursday, and as of Saturday, May 19, tourists will be able to scan the so-called QRpedia codes in order to look up artifacts,...

2012-04-17 23:51:43

PR professionals cite issues with Wikipedia's accuracy and editing process Sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors, according to research published today in the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) scholarly publication, Public Relations Journal. Findings from the research will help establish a baseline of understanding for how public relations professionals work with Wikipedia editors to achieve accuracy in their clients' entries. The research...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'