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Essay of the Day: Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View in the Case of Wikipedia

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Paz Barceló's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:18 AM

Sobre los límites de la inteligencia colectiva.

luiy's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:06 AM

We examine whether collective intelligence helps achieve a neutral point of view (NPOV) using data from Wikipedia’s articles on US politics. Our null hypothesis builds on Linus’ Law, often expressed as “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” Our findings are consistent with a narrow interpretation of Linus’ Law, namely, a greater number of contributors to an article makes an article more neutral. No evidence supports a broad interpretation of Linus’ Law. Moreover, several empirical facts suggest the law does not shape many articles. The majority of articles receive little attention, and most articles change only mildly from their initial slant. Our study provides the first empirical evidence on the limit of collective intelligence. While many managers believe that they could improve their products by taking advantage of the wisdom of crowds, we show that in the case of Wikipedia, there are aspects such as NPOV that collective intelligence does not help achieve successfully.

Rick Frank's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:34 AM

Interesting idea, but OMG this is boring to read, needs some STYLE.

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World Wide Web inventor about "net neutrality" and Internet fast lanes

World Wide Web inventor about "net neutrality" and Internet fast lanes | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
America will lose its tech advantage without strong net neutrality rules,according to Timothy Berners-Lee.
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Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma? | Scheliga | First Monday

Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma?
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Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will | Scientific American blog

Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will | Scientific American blog | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, whom I interviewed in my last post, wasn't the only fascinating scientist I hung out with recently at Howthelightgetsin, a festival hosted by ...
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Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public

Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it

A top researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping uncover data manipulation by the CDC. This fraud obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-...

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How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing (Wired UK)

How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing (Wired UK) | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Google is allegedly working on a free, open access platform for the research, collaboration and publishing of peer-reviewed scientific journals
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Beyond Open Standards and Open Access

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A concern about ODF was raised in respect of the likely result of multiple formats and impacts on interoperability. Examples of existing tools were raised that implement ODF 1.2, although the Board suggested that care would need to be taken to avoid adopting a different type of monoculture. The Board also recognised that standards-based document interoperability requires more work in terms of guidance than a monoculture requires.


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More than 20,000 people are now suing Facebook in Europe over privacy

More than 20,000 people are now suing Facebook in Europe over privacy | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
An Austrian “class action” suit against the social network is proving very successful in picking up participants — so much so that the suit’s organizers will soon impose a cap so they can process applications.
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Macmillan invests in "Google Docs for researchers" firm WriteLaTeX

Macmillan invests in "Google Docs for researchers" firm WriteLaTeX | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it

The London startup’s product, Overleaf, lets researchers collaborate on scientific papers that use the LaTeX markup language.

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Marc Andreessen’s first six months on Twitter were unbelievably epic

Marc Andreessen’s first six months on Twitter were unbelievably epic | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Marc Andreessen—co-founder of Netscape, now a venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz—officially registered his @pmarca Twitter account more than seven years ago, on May 10, 2007. But after posting one tweet—"Twittering!"—and a second in 2011, Andreessen only started tweeting in earnest this year, on Jan. 1, at 12:01am Pacific time. "Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?" And then he was hooked,...
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[Poster] Which Creative Commons License is Right for me?

[Poster] Which Creative Commons License is Right for me? | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The poster explains the rules associated with the various types of Creative Commons license visually and helps you pick the right license for sharing your work.
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La Calamity Jane de la Main

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Dans mon firmament de bâtisseuses du Québec qui ne recherchent pas les néons de...
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Washington’s Wi-Fi Friday: FCC, Senate push for more Wi-Fi in schools, more unlicensed airwaves

Washington’s Wi-Fi Friday: FCC, Senate push for more Wi-Fi in schools, more unlicensed airwaves | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wants to make it easier for schools and libraries to get federal funds for Wi-Fi networking. Meanwhile, the Senate is putting political pressure on the FCC to clear more Wi-Fi airwaves.
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Nature Methods requires authors to share their code and data | Opensource.com

Nature Methods requires authors to share their code and data | Opensource.com | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
After 14 decades of publishing scientific articles, a credibility crisis happened. The public found out that many published articles were not reproducible. As a reaction to this revelation, Nature Methods, one of a collection of scientific journals under the Nature umbrella, began to adopt policies that require authors to share their code and data.
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Vladimir Putin ready to 'unplug internet' as emergency measure against the ''unpredictable'' West

Vladimir Putin ready to 'unplug internet' as emergency measure against the ''unpredictable'' West | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The web is seen as the last bastion of glasnost - or openness - in Moscow, but now there are fears new curbs will be imposed
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith as New Chief Technology Officer

White House Names Google's Megan Smith as New Chief Technology Officer | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The future of the federal governments technology infrastructure is now in the hands of a Googler -- Megan Smith.
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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, September 8, 7:29 AM

"Smith had been at Google for more than a decade and helped oversee deals that led to some of the company's most ambitious and successful products, including Google Maps and Android. "

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International Council for Science endorses open access to scientific record; cautions against misuse of metrics

International Council for Science endorses open access to scientific record; cautions against misuse of metrics | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The General Assembly of the International Council for Science today endorsed open access principles and provided key recommendations guarding against the misuse of metrics in the evaluation of research performance.
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The rise and rise of Creative Commons: Over 1.2M CC Licensed Scholarly Articles - PLOS Opens

The rise and rise of Creative Commons: Over 1.2M CC Licensed Scholarly Articles - PLOS Opens | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
In our call to the STM Association to withdraw their model licenses we drew attention to the fact that Creative Commons licenses are a de facto global standard. But sometimes it is claimed that (as the STM Association did in …
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Public Wi-Fi users in Russia will have to log on with ID, reports say

Public Wi-Fi users in Russia will have to log on with ID, reports say | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Russia’s clampdown on internet freedom continues, this time with a measure designed to counter “those interested in destabilization.” However, there is some confusion over which hotspots are affected.
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Stop the deluge of science research

Stop the deluge of science research | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The increasing pace of human discovery is a curse – we need to rethink what it means to publish the results of research
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The registration of Russian bloggers has begun

The registration of Russian bloggers has begun | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The first to receive notices demanding that they join a censorship-happy register reportedly include prominent novelists and satirists, who are now expected to abide by the same rules as journalists on their blogs.
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"Technology isn’t a section in the newspaper any more. It’s the culture" | TechCrunch

"Technology isn’t a section in the newspaper any more. It’s the culture" | TechCrunch | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
"Technology isn't a section in the newspaper any more. It's the culture," quoth Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, prompting some eyebrow-raising by Guardian..
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Google will shut down Orkut social network at end of September | Digital Trends

Google will shut down Orkut social network at end of September | Digital Trends | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Looking to shift more attention to the Google+ social network, Google will be officially shutting down the Orkut social network as of September 30, 2014 an
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San Francisco, San Jose combine their Wi-Fi networks using Hotspot 2.0

San Francisco, San Jose combine their Wi-Fi networks using Hotspot 2.0 | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
iPhones — and eventually Android devices — will be able to automatically login to public Wi-Fi networks in both cities using secure connections.
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Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975)

Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975) | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Think of the name Buckminster Fuller, and you may think of a few oddities of mid-twentieth-century design for living: the Dymaxion House, the Dymaxion Car, the geodesic dome.
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Open #Development Toolkit | #opendata #tools #dataviz

Open #Development Toolkit | #opendata #tools #dataviz | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Open Development Toolkit

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luiy's curator insight, June 16, 1:53 AM

I want to visualise aid data

I want to understand aid flows into my country / from my country / from a certain donor /globallyI want to find aid data

 

What is ‘open development’?


Open Development sits at the intersection of the ‘open’ movement, and international development. This could take the form of looking at how open data can affect decisions made within international development; open access to research materials; or opening up the ways we work, for example by being more inclusive, to name just a few examples. If you want to find out more about open development, join the Open Development mailing list, where a wide range of topics within Open Development are discussed. It’s open to everyone to join!