Friday, March 03, 2006

Wikipedia vs Britannica

There's a new issue of The Searcher containing a lengthy article by Paula Berinstein exploring the similarities, differences in methodology and accuracy of Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica. "Wikipedia is a great starting point. It’s a lesson in research methodology, a fun way to share expertise, and a groundbreaking new way of working. Its consensus model represents a shift in management styles and away from hierarchical organization. You might say that Wikipedia is Zen-like. Its ever-changing nature means that when you read it, you are completely in the moment. And its collective brain is like a conscious universe in which we are all one."