sexta-feira, dezembro 16, 2005

Wikipedia comes close to Britannica

No artigo da revista Nature - Internet encyclopaedias go head to head, Jim Giles dá conta de um estudo que confronta a Wikipedia com a Britânica.

The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopaedias, but among 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not particularly great: the average science entry in Wikipedia contained around four inaccuracies; Britannica, about three.

Considering how Wikipedia articles are written, that result might seem surprising. A solar physicist could, for example, work on the entry on the Sun, but would have the same status as a contributor without an academic background. Disputes about content are usually resolved by discussion among users.