Saturday, December 08, 2007

Can you trust Wikipedia?

"Stern, a major German weekly, has reviewed 50 articles from various subject categories in the German Wikipedia and compared them to articles in a well-known traditional German language encyclopedia. Their conclusion, based on expert feedback: Wikipedia is actually significantly more accurate, comprehensive, complete and correct than the 15-volume paper encyclopedia it was compared to.

"In fact, Wikipedia has come out well in any systematic quality comparison ever conducted. A review by Nature in December 2005 that compared Wikipedia with the Encyclopaedia Britannica showed that the number of errors in both encyclopedias was almost equal. (Britannica, unsurprisingly, disagreed, and Nature responded once more.) ..."

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