"Tom Corddry, who was part of the team that created Encarta, talks about designing the first digital encyclopedia, the surprising backroom negotiations that surrounded its launch, and plastic that smells like leather."
John Naughton: "The story of Britannica is now a business-school case study in how rapidly competitors can emerge - apparently from nowhere - in a digital world. The First Rule of Business nowadays is that somewhere out there someone (and not just Google) is incubating a business plan that is based on eating your lunch."
"In our article 'Wikiworld' (3 February 2009) we repeated several claims about Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder ... Jimmy Wales has pointed out that we repeated allegations which have no truth and we apologise to him for this."
Mark Potts: "[An] excellent view of the Australian fire story comes from a somewhat unexpected source: Wikipedia, whose entry on the fires is voluminous, comprehensive and up-to-the-minute. A lot of journalists like to knock Wikipedia because it's user-generated and therefore vulnerable to inaccuracies; in fact, the site is surprisingly accurate for most purposes and is turning out to be a very underrated collector of breaking news coverage. "
"Giles Hattersley, writing in today's Times, bemoans the inaccuracy of Wikipedia. ... Giles writes: "My entry features at least two errors, one libellous (unless my mother has been keeping a dark secret, I am not Roy Hattersley's son)." Yet I can't find an entry for Giles Hattersley in Wikipedia. And, as Martin Belam points out, it doesn't look like there has ever been one."
Martin Belam: "Trying to stick to the terms of the court order preserving the anonymity of 'Baby P''s killers has been very testing for a lot of sites online. ... cache on Monday afternoon still contained a BBC News report from late last year that not only named those charged with the death of 'Baby P', but also the toddlers proper name, and, incredibly, their street addresses. ... A Telegraph report initially from around the same time could also be located in Google..."
"Wired.com's Threat Level blog won the 2008 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism on Wednesday for finding a way to let you readers highlight the worst whitewashing of Wikipedia entries by corporations and governments. ... Knight-Batten also awarded $2,000 special distinction awards to Politifact.com and Ushahidi."
Interesting PCC ruling that could have future implications for newspapers' geotagging efforts. Also interesting because the existence of a Wikipedia article is part of the justification for allowing newspapers to report information.
"Powerset has finally rolled out a "natural language" search engine. It's not a Google killer. It's barely a business model right now. But at least it's something the world can finally play with..."
"Wikipedia articles have been added to Google Maps. ... Clicking on the 'W' tag will open an information window containing the Wikipedia article. Panoramio photos can also be turned on via the same 'More' button."
The brilliant Journalisted site from the Media Standards Trust now pulls in Wikipedia bios of journalists and finds their e-mail addresses wherever possible...
"Germany's Bertelsmann AG will publish what could be the first in a series of annual yearbooks whose content is derived from the many hundreds of thousands of user-created entries on Wikipedia."
Martin Belam: "it seems that [Daily Mail columnist Tom Utley] drawing attention to his own [Wikipedia] article has increased the quality of it a bit. Only a bit mind, as it credits The Telegraph with an article written for the Mail."
German encyclopaedia giant Brockhaus is moving out of printed encyclopaedias and is to concentrate on a free online version. The 21st edition is likely to be the past printed edition