Why Wikipedia is not enough

author: Hermann Maurer, Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media (IICM), Faculty of Computer Science, Graz University of Technology
published: May 28, 2012,   recorded: May 2012,   views: 4441


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In this talk it is argued that although Wikipedia(s) are valuable resources, additional material on so-called "forum-servers" or "focus-servers" is needed: Wikipedia(s) often do not go deep enough; authors of contributions are not (easily) identifieable; controversial topics cannot be treated in separate contributions; searching and navigation are not good enough; preservation of past information is not supported; the concept of Web Books is not supported, and other technical features are missing. To overcome those problems a new generation of server-software has been developed that allows to concentrate on a particular region or topic. We present some examples to demonstrate how to deal with the problems mentioned. It is also shown that much research is still necessary to improve on what has been obtained so far.

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Comment1 Luigi, September 1, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.:

why?!? why not impoving wikipedia pages instead (in all the languages that you want)?!?

The only (unconfessed) reason that I can imagine is that you want to keep control of your servers... The main reason of the success of wikipedia is that they trusted the people around the world...

Comment2 Roger Barraud, January 29, 2016 at 12:03 a.m.:

Gee - sounds a bit like....


Ted Nelson - the Rodney Dangerfield of Hypertext? :'(

Well he has respect from me, anyway. Hi Ted - and Thanks! :-)

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