Wikipedia Marches On (updated)

According to the latest survey from Pew/Internet about the American use of Wikipedia 36% of all adults use the online encyclopedia. More pertinent for a university is the figure of 50% of college graduates use Wikipedia. We will have to be very careful to educate students on the benefits and pitfalls of Wikipedia to avoid the ‘use Wikipedia for everything’ syndrome.

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It was therefore very pleasing to see from Gulcin’s e-newletter article on the powerful and academically valid Central Search facility. This is a significant tool to fight the inappropriate Wikipedia use problem.

Update: Some more useful debate on the pros and cons of Wikipedia and a link to the podcast.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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