Monday, February 26, 2007

Weekend update and more Wikipedia controversy

Lots of interesting things the last few weeks about Wikipedia. Gary Price links to several of them on this report at Resourseshelf. Among them, a report that Middlebury College's history department has banned use of Wikipedia as a reference, after a prof noted many exam papers had the same erroneous information, which could only have come from Wikipedia.
I posted a link to The Miami Herald's story on Fuzzy Zoeller the other day. There's much more in the Resourceshelf posting.
Today a Newslib member posted a link to Wikipedia's guide to researchers, important reading for those of us who find the online encyclopedia useful (with reservations).

(Added later:) Rex Hammock has some interesting things to say about this, too, including what he calls the 'rexblog motto': Wikipedia is a gateway to facts, not a source of facts.

Apologies for late posting, but I have been busy posting to the other blog.....

The other links:

  • DSIRE, database of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • America's Favorite Architecture, a list of best-loved buildings nationwide, from AIA. Empire State Building wins over the White House and the rest. The Vanderbilt House in Asheville comes in eighth of the 150 buildings listed, just before the Chrysler Building and the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
  • Noonsite: for cruising sailors around the world. News, piracy reports, country guides.
  • Electronic Orange Book: Approved Drug Products
    with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations
    from FDA.

  • Migration Information Data Hub from Migration Policy Institute. Has a new data collection of census data on foreign born by state.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Presidents Resources from the FREE government information collection at

  • Almanac of American Wealth from Fortune.

    Public Records:
  • Courier-News Data Universe has lots of searchable public records databases from New Jersey, including property, public employees, death records and much more.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Danger Room,a new WIRED blog on defense and security.


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