[Air-l] Trusted Wikipedia

Ellis Godard egodard at csun.edu
Wed Sep 20 23:27:15 PDT 2006

Would the peer-reviewed versions be archived, allowing for further
development of (including corrections to) the articles? Or would peer review
freeze the content and preclude further development? The latter seems to be
implied below, but is contrary to Wiki ways, which (laudably, arguably)
regard all readers as potential peers.


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> Many people dismiss Wikipedia out of hand as a trusted 
> source, precisely because it is written and edited by 
> "anybody." This differs, they suggest, from a newspaper, 
> which is "fact checked," or from an academic paper, which is 
> "peer reviewed." Over the last two years, I have chatted with 
> a number of people about the possibility of peer reviewing 
> Wikipedia "from the outside." At Wikimania, a number of 
> proposals were made--some of which are already under way--to 
> make Wikipedia both a more credible and a more accurate 
> source of information. The two, while complementary, are not 
> necessarily identical.
> What I would like to do is assemble an editorial board of 
> recognized experts in Internet Studies, Computer-Mediated 
> Communication, and Human-Computer Interaction who would go 
> through the process of finding appropriate peer reviewers and 
> certifying particular versions of Wikipedia articles as being 
> peer-reviewed. This would provide the reader with an 
> additional indication that the work is of high quality and accurate.
> To do this, we need to assemble a group of people who have 
> some level of recognition in the field, and who are willing 
> to devote a small amount of time to helping to select a core 
> set of articles and oversee the review process. While we will 
> be looking at a number of ways to make this process more 
> technologically easy, the key issue here is to find a group 
> of people willing to invest a little time and their 
> reputations in an effort to make Wikipedia a more trusted source.
> If you are interested in chatting a bit more about the 
> project, drop me a note. If you will be in Brisbane for the 
> Internet Research, perhaps we can discuss the possibilities 
> over lunch on Thursday.
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