Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Northern California
I am not sure why, but my link to the BBC article isn't working today. I thought I checked to see if it was when I posted.
Sooo, I just thought I would cut and paste this article which pretty much says the same thing.
Wikipedia, despite expertâ€™s opinion, extremely accurate.
Last update: 01/20/2006 Submitted by Azerad, Aaron
Â*"While most of us would probably feel that there is no better gateway to knowledge then the complete volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, new research shows the answers may be right in front of your computer monitor.Â* Wikipedia the online encyclopedia which consists of nearly four million articles, ranging any where from the French revolution to the sport of extreme ironing, may be all that you need.Â* Recently the scientific journal Nature published an online comparison between Britannica and Wikipedia, reviewing the two's scientific credibility.
Since its establishment in 2001 wikipedia has been at the front of many criticisms over the accuracy and efficiency of its articles.Â* Wikipedia primarily runs on voluntary contributions from its registered members.Â* The web log also allows visitors to edit/add any new piece of information to a given article.Â* This makes it extremely intricate for its editorâ€™s to correct any mistakes.Â* Nature however in a quest to prove supremacy in the information world did a 42 side by side article study of both Britannica and Wikipedia.Â* The results concluded that the average wikipedia article contained four errors as oppose Britannicaâ€™s three.Â* â€śThe errors include anything form false facts to often loose interpretations of key concepts â€ś, reported the article.Â*
Jimmy Walesâ€™s founder of wikipedia reportedly said â€śWe're very pleased with the results and we're hoping it will focus people's attention on the overall level of our work, which is pretty goodâ€ť.Â* Wales goes on to defend the accuracy of his coinage, claiming experts from across the globe could now weigh in on any given subject.Â* Wikipedia announced that it would be testing new quality control mechanics to help preserve accuracy.Â* Wikipedia the 37th most popular website visited continues to offer its service free of charge and written in nearly 200 languages, now with a new seal of approval."
for what it is worth....