Sunday, March 26, 2006

 

"Encyclopedia Britannica Smacks Down Wikipedia - Slowly"

In the CNET blog, Molly Wood postulates that the encyclopedia is considered an "outmoded, dusty, moldering, slowpoke sort of information medium" because it took the folks over at EB 3 months to develop a 20 page report on how it stacks up against Wikipedia.

However, there is something to be said for accuracy - one respondent states that Wikipedia "creates more noise than information"; accurate information takes a while to compile.

In today's network era, does speed and flexibility outweigh accuracy? I argue that it doesn't - the end user just needs to spend more time weeding out the noise before finding the information he seeks.

Comments:
I think it depends on how 'active' the community to spot mistakes and correct. Interesting tensions worthy of different companies pursuing different avenues.
 
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