Wikipedia

The decline of Wikipedia

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520446/the-decline-of-wikipedia/ It’s no secret that the community behind Wikipedia is insular, methodical and bureaucratic. But the high barriers of entry that Wikipedians…

What Wikipedia can tell us about the future of news

A researcher who specializes in analysing the way that information flows through Wikipedia during a breaking news event compared the way seven mass shootings — including the recent incident at an elementary school in Connecticut — were reported on the crowdsourced encyclopedia and found some interesting patterns.

Here’s what Wikipedia looks like over time and place

When you mix a researcher, a massive online encyclopedia and a supercomputer, the result is a collection of insights and visualizations into what Wikipedia looks like mapped across time and space. It looks a lot like how our history books might look merged and graphed.

Can Quora build a for-profit version of Wikipedia?

The $50-million funding round that Quora recently closed has raised some eyebrows. Is this just another example of a bubble-style atmosphere in Silicon Valley’s venture capital community, or is the crowdsourced question-and-answer site really onto something that could be a multibillion-dollar idea?

Journalism: Dying by a thousand cuts, or being reinvented?

When they think about competition, many traditional outlets still seem to look mostly at media players such as the Huffington Post or Buzzfeed. But the reality is that much of what is competing with journalism in the digital world are things we barely recognize as journalism.

Apture HotSpots makes the whole web like Wikipedia

Apture, the San Francisco-based startup, has made a very useful addition to its “contextual exploration engine” technology with a new feature called “HotSpots” that automatically creates new visible hyperlinks within online content based on what readers are likely to want to know more about.

Video On Wikipedia: A How-To Guide

The Open Video Alliance is trying to jump-start the contribution of video to Wikipedia by getting educators and cultural institutions involved. The organization just published a white paper abut Wikipedia that, amongst other things, explains how exactly you get your video clips included in Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia Is Using BitTorrent P2P for HTML5 Video

The Wikipedia’s Wikimedia foundation doesn’t want to be a slave to high video bandwidth costs. Instead, it is using BitTorrent-based P2P technology to distribute the growing amount of video on Wikipedia.org. Users can simply install a Firefox plug-in to help with the distribution of Wikipedia videos.

Open vs. Closed: Jimmy Wales on Being Open

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that he believes the benefits of taking an open approach to content outweigh the disadvantages, and says that something as large and influential as Wikipedia has become could never have been built unless the process was open to anyone to contribute.

Cuil Failed at Search, Now Fails to Copy Wikipedia

Cuil, a widely panned search engine that debuted in 2008, has launched an automated encyclopedia called Cpedia that produces articles on topics by generating them from pages found in its index. But the only thing Cpedia manages to do is make Wikipedia look really, really good.

My Hunch Is As Good As Jimmy Wales' Hunch

Hunch, a New York-based startup whose founders include by Chris Dixon and Caterina Fake, has flown under the radar since it launched six months ago, which is strange considering its potential as a disruptor. Today, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales joined Hunch’s board.

Powerset Is Live

It has been a long time coming, but Powerset, a San Francisco-based contextual-semantic search engine has finally launched. I urge you to…

Looking Back: A Very Google 2007

Acquisitions, new product launches and tussling with telcos to taking on Microsoft – Google was the epicenter of technology in 2007. And as 2008 looms large, the search engine giant is slowly showing its claws.

Google's Death Knol For Some?

Google’s foray into social content, aka Knols, is a dangerous development for the likes of Wikipedia and Mahalo. It is also a sign that Google is finally beginning to show its monopolist claws. Google’s mysterious Page Rank system is what Internet Explorer was to Microsoft in the late 1990s: a way to control the destiny of others.