[Cosmo-torun] Nature recommends Wikipedia

Boud Roukema boud w astro.uni.torun.pl
Czw, 15 Gru 2005, 12:08:15 CET

hi Andrzej, all,

On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Andrzej Marecki wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 01, 2005 at 01:54:18PM +0100, Boud Roukema wrote:
> >
> > Nice to see that Nature has discovered wikis and blogs, but it's rather
> > hypocritical for them to say that wikis and blogs are a great thing while
> > failing to make their own archives available for no-cost ("free as in beer")
> > access on the web.
> Let's hope it changes some time in the future. So far they published this
> in the latest issue:
> http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7070/full/438890a.html
> ... and the last para of the above reads:
> "Nature would like to encourage its readers to help. The idea is not to
> seek a replacement for established sources such as the Encyclopaedia
> Britannica, but to push forward the grand experiment that is Wikipedia,
> and to see how much it can improve. Select a topic close to your work
> and look it up on Wikipedia. If the entry contains errors or important
> omissions, dive in and help fix them. It need not take too long. And
> imagine the pay-off: you could be one of the people who helped turn an
> apparently stupid idea into a free, high-quality global resource."

Wow! Cool!

i highly recommend this whole Nature article (well most of it,
unfortunately, it does not seem to be a wikified article, so i can't
correct the obvious errors...) to those people who think my style of
teaching - with a strong wikipedia component - is too "politically

> Also you can note that (at least) CfA UMK has a free access to new articles.

Well, it doesn't change the fact that Nature is being hypocritical.

Anyway, thanks for the info. :)

It's nice to know when authoritarian organisations are forced to
accept the advantages of openness and cooperation instead of hierarchy
and competition...


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