Center For Investigative Reporting, Google, and Others Launching “WikiWash” a New Tool to Research and Track Wikipedia Edits
The Center for Investigative Reporting, Google, The Working Group and Metro News are joining forces again! This time, we’re coming together to launch WikiWash, a free public tool that allows users to track and examine edits to Wikipedia in real time.
The goal of the project is to make political and corporate spin on Wikipedia more visible and discoverable and at the same time promote accountability and transparency through crowdsourcing.
Andrew Fifield From Canada’s Metro newspapers has posted this posted this brief tutorial about how to use WikiWash.
WikiWash will then provide you with a chronological list of edits made to that page, including the handle or IP address of the person behind it. Clicking on each edit’s summary will highlight the specific changes that were made — be it simply correcting a typo or something a little shadier.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.