Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Wikipedia story continues....

Now comes an article in Nature, Internet encyclopaedias go head to head, in which researchers compare articles in Britannica and Wikipedia for accuracy on science topics, and find that accuracy is about at the same level in both sources. Also included: an interview with Jimmy Wales, and a list of articles checked and number of inaccuracies found:

Only eight serious errors, such as misinterpretations of important concepts, were detected in the pairs of articles reviewed, four from each encyclopaedia. But reviewers also found many factual errors, omissions or misleading statements: 162 and 123 in Wikipedia and Britannica, respectively.


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