[Air-l] Wikipedia entry cited by UK educational establishment

Martin Garthwaite marting at gmail.com
Sat Sep 30 03:51:29 PDT 2006


How are you? Well I hope? I currently working at the BBC in Radio and Music
interactive so can certainly shine so light on the current thinking. At RM&i
we are responsible for the production of interactive platforms, including
this site.

Open source / creative commons organisations share a great deal in common
with the BBC's core values and I have been involved in discussions with
wikipedia and MusicBrainz (http://musicbrainz.org/) to make use of their
content in projects that I'm currently managing.

Our currently thinking is that the user participation aspects of community
action is beneficial, it engages our audience and hopefully encourages
participation in other communities of interest. Did anyone see the Radio 1
sponsored event in second life?

There are certainly issues from the editorial aspects of content that we
reuse from other sources but we are working on these.

I can only speak about Radio and Music Interactive, but watch this space.


On 9/29/06, David Brake <d.r.brake at lse.ac.uk> wrote:
> Long-overdue recognition of its usefulness or beginning of the end of
> civilization? I don't want to speculate - but I certainly raised an
> eyebrow when I saw http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/childhood/ -
> the website for a 30 part radio history of childhood.
> It's a flagship series on Radio 4, broadcast (and produced?) by the
> BBC with some kind of relationship to the Open University and one of
> the two external links given on the site was to a Wikipedia entry. I
> don't know if this is a new policy from the BBC or just some web
> producer taking their own initiative but it's a sign of the times
> that this would have been considered...
> ---
> David Brake, Doctoral Student in Media and Communications, London
> School of Economics & Political Science
> <http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/media@lse/study/
> mPhilPhDMediaAndCommunications.htm>
> Also see http://davidbrake.org/ (home page), http://blog.org/
> (personal weblog) and http://get.to/lseblog (academic groupblog)
> Author of Dealing With E-Mail - <http://davidbrake.org/
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