[BOOK REVIEW] Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness

Now, here’s an interesting looking book, and this first couple of paragraphs sums up a lot: The relationship between academics and Wikipedia is a complex one. At one level we love it: however much some of us may deny it, we all use it, at the very least as a route to other information, and […]

Wikipedia of Value in Teaching?

Interesting insights into how Wikipedia can be used for teaching: The opportunities and challenges of integrating Wikipedia into higher education formed a central strand of the tenth annual Wikimania conference, which heard how academics and students are using and improving the collaboratively edited online resource. The conference, held at London’s Barbican Centre last week and […]

Peer-Reviewed Wikipedia?

So, can lecturers now stop saying “don’t use Wikipedia” … my motto has always been – fine to start there, really don’t want you to end there, but am even I going to have to rethink? “Social and technological advances have brought about significant changes in methods of publication, particularly via a shift to electronic […]

Universities Seeking to Tweak Wikipedia

The power of Wikipedia … often the first source that comes up in search … causing university PR departments to seek to tweak their pieces: University press officers have been deleting negative information and finessing critical passages on their institutions’ Wikipedia pages, breaking the online encyclopedia’s guidelines in the process. The revelations fuel debate over […]