Thursday, December 15, 2005


Online encyclopedias put to the test

`It has proved one of the most radical yet popular ideas of the internet age: a free online encyclopedia that anybody can contribute to and edit. But is Wikipedia a reliable source of information, or is it filled with inaccuracy and hoaxes?

According to a study by journal Nature, Wikipedia stuff-ups such as this week’s one on President Kennedy’s assassination are “the exception rather than the rule”, and the resource is almost as accurate as the online Encyclopaedia Britannica, at least when it comes to science.’

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