In the instant aftermath of the Newtown shooting last Friday, reporters worked to confirm details, investigators looked to investigate leads, misinformation was spread, and conspiracy theories were hatched, but what was happening on Wikipedia?
What if the world were defined by its history? And what if that history was defined by Wikipedia? That's what this word-association map of each country on Earth illustrates.
The non-profite site began its annual Wikimedia Foundation campaign with a simple, bright message today — a banner that Wikipedia told The Atlantic Wire would remain... for now.
Today in books and publishing: Apple and publishers settle in Europe; Marco Roth irritates Dwight Garner; movie moguls announce e-books venture; Wikipedia e-books.
Illustrator Santiago Ortiz has created an interactive looking at the proportion of edits on individual Wikipedia articles made by men vs. women, and it turns out that the gender divide on "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" is even starker than we thought.
On Tuesday when Stephen Colbert exhorted his Colbert Nation to edit the Wikipedia pages of Romney's potential vice presidential choices, Wikipedia locked those pages to all but veteran editors, making the trick of counting the edits to see who's the favorite a lot more accurate.
Wikipedia data shows that one of the first questions people had upon learning of Friday's shooting in Aurora, Colorado, was: what's that state's death penalty policy?
Wikipedia found success with its 24-hour blackout in January to protest U.S. anti-piracy legislation, so it's trying the same technique in Russia where a bill promoted as a curb on child pornography threatens to create an Internet blacklist.
As much as we'd love to trust the Internet's favorite crowdsourced store of knowledge, it's time to face the truth: It's a flawed system.
The print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is no more, a fact that's already sending bibliophiles to mourn the death of print (even more) and digital types to cheer on Wikipedia (even more). As the Chicago Tribune put it, this is "a cultural benchmark and, certainly, a moment in history." True, but it's not a sad one.
If Twitter had shut down yesterday too, it'd be impossible to tell what kind of impact Wikipedia's anti-SOPA protest would have had on the tweeting masses.
It's been speculated, and now it's confirmed: Wikipedia plans to give its users a (severe) taste of the Internet under SOPA by going offline in protest of the bill on Wednesday.
And now they're being replaced by just as silly "thank you" banners for the more than one million donors (along with non-donating bystanders) who got them to the $20 million benchmark.
Each year Jimmy Wales stares us into donating to Wikipedia; this year it's even easier than ever to make fun of the Wikipedia founder.
Too many volunteer editors grow up and get married, says founder Jimmy Wales
Palin fans attempt to undermine encyclopedia entries (again). Editors upset (again)
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