One of my favourite and frequently accessed online resources is Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
Of course, if anyone can edit it, there is a lot of room for error. So when I link to it from a blog post, as I do quite often, I’m assuming that the reader who follows the link will not assume that the entry has the same authority would an entry in, say, the Encyclopedia Britannica.
From browsing the Irish Blogs site today, I found an interesting Guardian Unlimited overview of the Wikipedia story. The article is not new, but it gave me a better understanding of the Wikipedia phenomenon than I’d seen previously. Author Simon Waldman reviews some of the criticisms of Wikipedia and observes:
The truth is that Wikipedia is far from finished, but even now, flaws and all, it is already one of the wonders of the digital age; and a pin-up for a growing movement that sees the internet evolving as a true “citizens’ medium”.