Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past

I don't often discuss non-Taiwan stuff, here, but the Department of the Way Cool sent me this great article on Wikipedia courtesy of H-ASIA:

3 comments:

wulala said...

I haven't read that essay yet. It seems a bit long...

It is however interesting to note that Taiwan's government is also doing something similar with Taiwan's history using idea taken from Wikipedia. Of course with their "checking" (or cencoring) process by their "professional teams" it is hardly the same as the "free-and-open-encyclopaedia" Wikipedia.

http://taipedia.cca.gov.tw/

The Spaceman said...

Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence

Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/50902

zhonghuarising said...

I have many reservations about Wikipedia, and often have a hard time communicating to students why something that seems so professional in reality may be nothing more than their younger sister offering "facts." On the one hand it is a wonderful affirmation of grassroots power and open source, but on the other there has to be some guidance, at the very least.