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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    Can you trust Wikipedia?

    There has been a lot of talk recently about Wikipedia, and the prevalence of erroneous information within its 865,000 entries. See for example, the BBC news story on mischieviously posted information.
    However, the good people at Nature, have compared the accuracy of Wikipedia with that of Britannica. And the results aren't too bad! Independent experts marked Britannica at 3 errors per article and Wikipedia at 4 errors per article. That means that the social information - entries developed by the people for the people - is nearly as good as that written by experts!
    The dialogue on the tests is continues at Nascent.

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