Wikipedia besser machen

Im Atlantic-Artikel vom 22.4.2016 mit dem Titel „One Easy Way to Make Wikipedia Better“ gibt es u.a. einen Vorschlag, mit einem Browser-Plug-In die Qualität einzelner Wikipedia-Artikel sichtbar zu machen. Aus einer ähnlichen Idee geboren worden sind Wikiwatch und das Schweizer Tool Wikibu (via Archivalia):

„But research also shows us that Wikipedia is pretty darn good—in some cases comparable to the quality of Encyclopaedia Britannica and its peers. Wikipedia’s robust policy on citations means that anyone with enough time on their hands could, theoretically, vet any given page for accuracy fairly easily. Enough time—and also proper access to obscure texts, academic journals, paywalled newspapers, and any other hard-to-reach sources that frequently show up in Wikipedia citations.

It turns out it’s pretty difficult to fully access key sources on any given Wikipedia page. (…)

He (Dan Rockmore) and Evans envision a browser plug-in, for instance, that would run a quick script to assess a Wikipedia page’s citations; then translate its findings into some sort of prominent verifiability scoring system displayed on the page. Such a metric could—perhaps with “smiley and frowny emoticons,” Rockmore offered—warn people about pages with low-verifiability ratings, or add credence to easy-to-vet pages. Such a scoring system would incentivize sourcing articles with information that’s easy for people to check online—and could be used on basically any website that includes lots of citations. (News sites seem like one natural candidate.)

Rockmore and Evans like to think that a verifiability meter would also push publishers and other information gatekeepers to do more to improve access to the thinking and research that shapes their work. In an ideal world, they say, everything would be freely available online. It’s a nice idea, but maybe not a realistic one: The debate over open access often comes back to questions of economics.“

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