December 19, 2014

Audio: Wikimedia’s Executive Director, Sue Gardner, Speaks at New Librarians Event in Australia

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (the organization that “powers” Wikipedia) was interviewed last week at ALIA’s 6th New Librarians Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. Richard Fidler from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation conducted the interview. An audio podcast of the conversation is now available online. Stream online or  

Wikipedia Kills Page Linking Obama Slogan to Socialist Movement

From The NY Times: After a debate among readers who also cast votes on the issue, the Wikipedia administrator essentially killed the page by having it redirect to the general article on the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; all that is left of the original article is the simple statement: “On April 30, 2012, the campaign announced […]

Findings From New Wikipedia Editors Survey: Nine Out of Ten Wikipedians Continue to Be Men

From a Wikimedia Post: The gender distribution of Wikipedia editors hasn’t changed since the last survey [April 2011]. Among those surveyed, 90 percent self-identified as males, 9 percent as females and 1 percent as transsexual or transgender. That being said, there was a greater amount of female editors among those respondents who had joined more […]

New Survey Finds Majority of Wikipedia Entries Contain Factual Errors About Companies

From the Public Relations Society of America Announcement: Sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors, according to research published today in the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) scholarly publication, Public Relations Journal. Findings from the research will help establish a baseline of understanding for how public relations professionals work with Wikipedia […]

Wikipedia’s Official Mobile Apps Say So Long to Google Maps

By Charles Cooper: First it was Foursquare. And then Apple. Now, it’s Wikipedia’s turn to switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap. Wikipedia’s decision, announced in a blog post, is likely to raise more questions about the company’s decision to charge so-called high-volume users of its Maps APIs, which formerly were free. In March, Google started […]

New Article: "The Influence of Free Encyclopedias on Science"

Title The influence of free encyclopedias on science Author Sarah Huggett Source Research Trends* From the Article Since its launch in 2001 Wikipedia has seen incredible growth worldwide, counting more than 21 million articles published in around 280 languages (including nearly 4 million articles in English) in 2012 (1). Wikipedia has grown in size (number […]

Wikipedia Mobile Gets a Face Lift

From the Wikimedia Blog: This week we pushed several new and updated design changes to our beta. We hope these changes will provide a more professional look and a better experience for you. These include changes to the footer, a cleaner design for revealing and hiding sections, and a revamped full-screen search experience. The mechanism […]

Australian Broadcasting Corp. Adds Archival Video to Wikimedia Commons, Available Under CC License

From the Wikimedia Blog: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the national public broadcaster, turns 80 this year. To celebrate it has launched a new website called “80 Days That Changed Our Lives“, giving 80 pieces of audio visual content from the ABC archives a new lease on life. Today, the ABC has also announced that […]

New Research Article: "Understanding Collaboration in Wikipedia" (in Latest Issue of First Monday)

Title: Understanding collaboration in Wikipedia Author: Royce Kimmons (The University of Texas at Austin) Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral student in Instructional Technology Source: First Monday (Vol. 16 No. 12 – 5 December 2011) Abstract Previous attempts at studying collaboration within Wikipedia have focused on simple metrics like rigor (i.e. the number of revisions in […]

Roundup: Jimmy Wales Speaks at Wikipedia Conference in India & Other Wikipedia Items

Reports from Wiki Conference India. Wikipedia rivals traditional encyclopedias in accuracy (Q & A Interview with Jimmy Wales, via Livemint) Wikipedia hosts India conference amid expansion push (via BBC News) Outside the campus a small group of protesters demonstrated against the depiction of the map of India on Wikipedia, which they say is an inaccurate […]