Posts tagged ‘wikipedia’

Wikipedia license update

December 2nd, 2007

As Lawrence Lessig reports Wikipedia has made a resolution to update it’s license and make it compatible with a Creative Commons license: It is hereby resolved that: The Foundation requests that the GNU Free Documentation License be modified in the fashion proposed by the FSF to allow migration by mass collaborative projects to the Creative […]

Listen to Wikipedia

August 30th, 2007

Pediaphon, a project of the University of Hagen (Germany), generates audio files of English and German Wikipedia articles on the fly. It can be used with a web browser but there is also a WAP interface and way of requesting the audio file via SMS and a phone call. Nice example barrier-free access to Wikipedia. […]

Citizendium launched

March 26th, 2007

EN: The Citizentdium, a Wikipedia forked that was announced on the Wizard of the OS 4, is finally online. It is based on contributions of selected, known by name experts. This means the mechanism for generating high quality articles is quite close to the one of Scholarpedia (“the free peer reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars”). […]

Wikipedia fork announced

September 18th, 2006

EN: Larry Sanger announce on the Wizard of the OS 4 in the “Quality Management in Free Content”* (ogg-audio, mp4-video) session a fork of Wikipedia named Citizendium. It will be much more expert based and limited regarding participation: Where Wikipedia shares the culture of anonymity found in the broader internet, Citizendium will have a culture […]

No censored Wikipedia in China

September 12th, 2006

EN: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, announced that he will not accept a censored version of the wiki encyclopedia for China. The access from China to Wikipedia is blocked (Great Firewall of China) since October 2005. Read the report in the Guardian and have a look at – a campaign fighting for freedom […]


February 20th, 2006

EN: Building a bridge between Wikipedia and the reald world – Semapedia. What a pity that my smartphone is not (yet) supported. :(

DE: Wie wikinews berichtet, wurde dem Verein Wikimedia Deutschland untersagt, Anfragen an die Domain auf umzuleiten. Eine einstweillige Verfügung der Eltern des Hackers Tron, die nicht dessen bÌrgerlichen Namen im Artikel veröffentlicht sehen möchten, ist Anlass dafür. Da hat anscheinend jemand das Prinzip der (neuen) Medien nicht verstanden. Mit einer solchen Aktion machen […]

EN: The current issue of Nature contains a special report [1] and an editorial [2] reporting the good quality of scientific articles in Wikipedia. A comparison shows that on average the number of errors is not much higher than in Encyclopaedia Britannica. The topic is also discussed in the current entry of Nature podcast. [1] […]