By: Shawn Marley, Cameron Turcotte, Svetlana Plotnikov Professor : Darin McRae Information Technology and the Business Student
In our computerized era technology is essential part of our lives. Many people use research tools and databases to find information There are many information sources available free of charge.
One of the biggest collaborative sites Has an untraditional approach of sharing information Very popular around the globe
Was launched as a counterpart to the Nupedia By the end of the first year Wikipedia had 20,000 articles on its account As of today Wikipedia is the largest data depository in the world
Contains information on almost any subject There is no legal ownership to any of the articles People can add, remove or modify any posted article Some additions apply certain rules on adding and modifying information
MSN Encarta InfoPlease Encyclopedia Britannica
Online Source Trusted Sources Lots of Content Yearly Fee
Online Source Trusted Sources Free to Use Lack of Detail
Online & Paperback Best Known Trustworthy Information Annual Fee
Constant source of discussion Key Concerns: Lack of credentialed, expert review Information is easily modified
Nature Study (2005) Similar error rates in Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica PC Pro Magazine Study (2007) Errors corrected within minutes Magnus (2008) Errors corrected or flagged within 5 hours
Lack of Stability Limited Reliability Excellent starting point for research
Explosive start Rapid Expansion Volatile commodity Prediction is a Challenge!
“We are moving into the next phase and thecommunity’s interest has turned from themetrics of how many articles as this becomesless and less meaningful to quality” Jimmy Wales Co-founder of Wikipedia
Current measure of success is volume “Quantity” vs “Quality” Flagged revision system
Benefit or Detriment? Verification will address reliability concern, but... Delays in publication may become a dissatisfier
Wikipedia will Change! Include collaborative tools Focus on quality over quantity
Created as: a collaborative information store house Premise: Any user can add or edit information Successful
Successful, but... Information reliability and stability concerns Will change in the future
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