05 Feb '13, 6pm

Is Wikipedia a Real-Time News Source?

But it actually turns out, when you dive in a little bit deeper, that the people who are doing the heaviest lifting on these articles aren’t people who have actually done work on breaking-news articles before, or other events in the news. Oftentimes you have people who are kind of just coming in from the cold, it seems like, who have no qualifications to be working these news articles, when you think about it. But of course if something’s on Wikipedia, anyone can edit this. And it turns out, actually, that people who don’t appear to have the qualifications on the surface, actually the work that they’ve done in their past actually qualifies them really well to do some of this sort of work.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/telecom/internet/is-wiki...

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