IT Trends :: Thursday, August 24, 2006

Opinion

The Power of Wikipedia: A Challenge for You to Help Record History

By Terry Calhoun

Very recently, I was able to find a “political” use for Wikipedia that feels empowering.

In the event that you do not know, Wikipedia is a Wiki-based “encyclopedia” that allows Web documents to be served up and then edited by anyone who has access to the document. Working the bugs out has been interesting, and the site has its detractors, but I believe that at this moment in time there is no better place to go to learn the basics of a subject new to you.

Below, I will share two new Wikipedia articles I have begun to work on, along with my request that you go there and contribute to them as well. I have created a Wikipedia article on Higher Education Computing. Just a very basic one that anyone can go and enhance!

I have also created a Wikipedia article about the events at the beginning of the school year of 2003, which we all suffered through. You can enhance that so-far-very-simple article here: Higher Education’s 2003 “Perfect Storm” of Returning Students with Viruses and Worms...

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