February 27, 2021

Center For Investigative Reporting, Google, and Others Launching “WikiWash” a New Tool to Research and Track Wikipedia Edits

A launch event will take place in a few hours in Toronto. The WikiWash search tool is already available online.

From the CIR Blog:

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.

See Also: The Origins of WikiWash (via MetroNews.ca)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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