Tuesday, March 03, 2009

What's a WIKI?

I haven't had much time to work on any more of the Web 2.0 activities in the past week or so because most of my free time has been spent preparing for my upcoming weekend crop.

I did some reading up and researching WIKI but haven't really had a chance to blog about it. I've used Wikipedia in the past and I have to admit that I wasn't aware of the fact that it was something that anyone could add to or edit. I'm not so sure that I would feel comfortable using it now if for instance I was helping my son write a report for school because one of the negatives is that you don't really know if the information is correct.

I don't know that I would agree with patrons being able to edit OPAC records because you leave yourself open to spam and other issues unless you had someone checking every entry that was made on a daily basis.

Going back to an earlier exercise I thought it was pretty funny today when I was watching The View to hear them say that Twitter crashed because it was mentioned on their show yesterday.

1 comment:

N. Tanzi said...

While it's true you run the risk of misinformation on wikipedia, there recently was a study done showing it is as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica: http://news.cnet.com/Study-Wikipedia-as-accurate-as-Britannica/2100-1038_3-5997332.html

Wikipedia has some tools to fight misinformation, such as the ability to flag articles that users find questionable, the ability to lock articles to prevent tampering, and more.