Category Archives: Wikis
Starting this fall, Wikipedia will start color-coding information that might be considered untrustworthy. It’ll be called “WikiTrust” and, if you are a registered member of Wikipedia, you can download, install and run it from your browser. It will create an additional tab at the top of the page called “WikiTrust.” Click it and you should see shades of orange, if there is any questionable content.
From the Wired Science article:
Based on an person’s past contributions, WikiTrust computes a reputation score between zero and nine. When someone makes an edit, the background behind the new text gets shaded orange depending on their reputation: the brighter the orange, the less “trust” the text has. Then when another author edits the page, they essentially vote on the new text. If they like the edit, they’ll keep it, and if not, they’ll revert it. Text that persists will become less orange over time, as more editors give their votes of approval.
ALA has pulled together all of their “2.0″ tools within the Read Write Connect Wiki. This is a nice list and, best of all, all the RSS feeds are here, so you don’t have to hunt them down within the unit web pages. At this point, the categories include:
- Discussion forums (although nothing is there quite yet)
- Flickr pictures
- Gadgets (currently includes 3 custom search engines)
- Mailing lists (currently converting to new software, so only links to the current lists)
- Member Newsletter (not sure if the Newsletter will actually be here; now only a link to the FAQ)
- RSS feeds
- Social networking sites
- Virtual worlds
This project will be different from Wikipedia in significant ways:
- At the beginning, the content of Citizendium will be the same as Wikipedia, using its content as a base. Over time, edits to the Citizendium database will take precendence over the original Wikipedia content.
- There will be 3 major types of participants: authors, editors, and constables. Authors write/edit articles. Editors will have published qualifications in their areas of expertise and will work with authors to be sure content is accurate. Constables, on the other hand, will deal with administrative problems such as blocking users.
- Edits can be made only by those logged in under their real names and email addresses.
At this point, a pilot is available, but only to a group of invited people. After this pilot period, it should be available to the rest of us.
The current issue of Library Technology Reports provides an overview of best practices for implementing social software in libraries. Michael Stephens has authored the July/August 2006 issue “Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software.” The table of contents and a few key pages are available on the web. The cost is $63.00.
Originally, Wikipedia allowed anyone to edit any of its pages. Because of recent vandalism, they have changed this policy on some of their pages. Although they have always had the ability to discontinue editing on specific pages for a time, they now have a semi-protected category, which allows editing only by those have been registered at Wikipedia for at least four days.