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You can now add automatically generated citations to millions of books on Wikipedia – Wikimedia Blog

You can now add automatically generated citations to millions of books on Wikipedia – Wikimedia Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors can now draw on WorldCat, the world’s largest database of books, to generate citations on Wikipedia thanks to a collaboration between OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library program.
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Transcript: Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

Transcript: Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"In the 15 years since its inception, Wikipedia has become as much a global community as a business venture — a living organism with a mission statement to make “the sum of all human knowledge available to every person in the world.” And a conversation with co-founder Jimmy Wales — one of the architects of that philosophy and the world-changing project that has grown up around it — is full of surprises. What Wikipedia is learning has resonance for our wider public life — about the imperfect but gratifying work of navigating truth amidst difference, ongoing learning, and dynamic belonging."

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The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history

The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors are finding more hoaxes on the site every month. How many are there, really? No one actually knows.
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The Shadowy World of Wikipedia's Editing Bots | MIT Technology Review

The Shadowy World of Wikipedia's Editing Bots | MIT Technology Review | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Much of the editing work on Wikipedia is too mind-numbingly repetitive for humans, so automated bots do it instead. But keeping track of automated editing has always been hard … until now.
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Wikipedia: When College Students Have an Audience, Does Their Writing Improve?

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Finally, an academic use for Wikipedia that professors and students can agree on.

An interview with a college professor who found that students tried harder to produce good writing when they knew it would be made public on the web.

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Wikipedia editors, locked in battle with PR firm, delete 250 accounts

Wikipedia editors, locked in battle with PR firm, delete 250 accounts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A PR firm called "Wiki-PR" has been paying editors to maintain pages to promote the interests of clients large and small.  

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What Wikipedia can tell us about the future of news

What Wikipedia can tell us about the future of news | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A researcher who specializes in analysing the way that information flows through Wikipedia during a breaking news event compared the way seven mass shootings — including the recent incident at an elementary school in Connecticut — were reported on the crowdsourced encyclopedia and found some interesting patterns.

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No, we’re not in a post-fact world. On Wikipedia, facts matter. – Wikimedia Blog

No, we’re not in a post-fact world. On Wikipedia, facts matter. – Wikimedia Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wikipedia will never be perfect, or finished. But years of practice and collaboration have built an effective filter for hoaxes and inaccurate information. Article content is paired with references to show that it comes from a reliable source.
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Essay on Wikipedia's fifteenth anniversary

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Celebrate or hate it as you will, writes Scott McLemee, Wikipedia has metamorphosed from its beginnings as a gangly cultural interloper into the de facto reference work of first resort.
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Wikimedia Foundation releases latest transparency report « Wikimedia blog

Wikimedia Foundation releases latest transparency report « Wikimedia blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce the release of our biannual update to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Transparency Report. Transparency has always been core to our mission, and last year’s first-ever report was a step forward in achieving even greater openness for the Wikimedia community of users. This year’s report details how, of the 201 content and copyright takedown requests we received from July through December 2014, only three were granted.
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End It! Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Paid Advocacy Editing Firm Wiki-PR | LJ INFOdocket

On October 21, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) issued a statement from Sue Gardner, our executive director, condemning the black hat practice of paid advocacy editing and sockpuppeting on Wikipedia. The statement followed widespread press coverage of an investigation undertaken by Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community into more than 300 sockpuppet accounts that were alleged to belong to a public relations firm. In Gardner’s statement, she noted that the “Wikimedia Foundation is closely monitoring this ongoing investigation and we are currently assessing all the options at our disposal.”

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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
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Students Wary of Wikipedia But Still Use for Research, Study Finds | School Library Journal

Students Wary of Wikipedia But Still Use for Research, Study Finds | School Library Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A survey conducted by Easy Bib (one with pretty questionable methodology, but interesting "results" nonetheless) reveals students' attitudes towards Wikipedia, research, plagiarism, and libraries.

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