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Wisdom of Crowds March 14, 2007

Posted by lsalama06 in Hot issues.
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Wikipedia is now facing new competitions online especially now with the recent introduction of scholarpedia.org and citizendium.org. Both are offering a Wikipedia-like product, with adult supervision. The question is do we need another fashionable notion of “crowdsourcing” or “wisdom of crowds”? Especially with the late reviews on Wikipedia that some of its facts are not really actual.  Just an example last month Middlebury college History Department banned its students from citing Wikipedia in their research papers and exams  after citing hisorical errors from Wikipedia.  Bottomline is facts have to be checked no matter what source it came from…and one should not only depend on wisdom of crowds.

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1. joe - March 15, 2007

isn’t the knowledge of an individual ‘expert’ just a different version of the wisdom of crowds – the expert individual’s knowledge is constructed from a partial selection of sources?

my 2p 🙂

2. lubna - March 16, 2007

Amen 😉


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