Links for 2005-12-16

  • Wikipedia survives research test “The free online resource Wikipedia is about as accurate on science as the Encyclopedia Britannica, a study shows. The British journal Nature examined a range of scientific entries on both works of reference and found few differences in accuracy.”

3 replies on “Links for 2005-12-16”

I’m quite sure its science content is very accurate, it’s the political and social stuff where people start throwing in opinions or even blatant lies. I use wikipedia all the time, just to satisfy my own interest, but I would never trust it for serious research.

I guess this ties in with the ‘blogs’ versus ‘journalism’ debate. Blogs are a very empowering way to communicate however given that there’s no accountability, how can what you read be trusted?
Although, while traditionally journalism has been seen as a profession obsessed with the objective reporting of facts – lately we have seen that even they are less trusted these days.

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