Archive for February, 2009

WikiDashboard from PARC

Since it has become a popular destination for students, Wikipedia has had a special place in the hearts of faculty, and by that I don’t mean a nice and sunny place. It’s often argued that because it is freely editable by anyone and everyone, the overall quality of the articles is suspect. Perhaps this assertion is true, but it’s not one that has been shown conclusively to be true. And there are those that argue the exact opposite is in fact true.

Researchers at PARC have given us all a tool that might help us come to a better conclusion by providing what they call “social transparency” with respect to Wikipedia articles and their editors. Check out their really interesting work on the issue:


They’ve also included a quick start if you’re not exactly sure how it works.