Last January 15th, Wikipedia got his 10th anniversary. In Guadalajara, we’ve got a local celebration Mexican style, with mariachi and tequila.
Seeking for a free content encyclopedia, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger developed back in 2000 a first project Nupedia, where contents were written by experts. The expert’s logic demanded a very slow revision process. The search for speeding that process a parallel strategy started, that when mixed with the culture and philosophy of free movements, ended up in creating Wikipedia, the encyclopedia everyone can edit.
It is this quality, everyone, the one that has lead to lots of critiques around is validity. If it is not written by validated and recognized experts, our first thought is that we cannot think on the information being trustable. Nevertheless, there is formal research that speaks of its quality –in certain topics and languages- (the first one, published just 4 years after it was borne, by Nature, and famous for the conflict with Britanica Encyclopedia). Concerns about quality on information produced by people on internet is in all fields (for example, in…Continue