Wikipedia: The Participatory Universal Encyclopedia

Despite all the qualities of any other encyclopedia, it is difficult to fight against the almost infinite resources of the web. The editors of encyclopedias and dictionaries around the world have seen themselves, almost overnight, crushed by the Wikipedia steamroller.

Created in 2001, the participative encyclopedia is the largest encyclopedia in the world, whether in French or in other languages. It is powered daily by more than one hundred thousand contributors worldwide and offers more than 42 million articles in 290 languages!

 Every day, the online encyclopedia is enriched with 25,000 articles and more than 10 million changes per month. According to research, Wikipedia is the fifth most visited site globally, with 2.4 million visitors a day.

Wikipedia as a reliable source

Does the total success of Wikipedia make it a reliable source? It’s a debate that has been animating specialists and especially the academic world for many years. In concrete terms, Wikipedia relies on its administrators and many netizens who have obtained the status of “mess around” to ensure the reliability of its articles.

Numerous measures have been put in place to fight against vandals who seek to make modifications in order to harm, but also to limit the risks that Internet users introduce errors, misspellings, erroneous modifications, or violent attacks. Copyright. For an article to be accepted, as well as its criteria of ill repute.

Wikipedia a crowd sourced encyclopedia

Anyone can create an article in the participatory encyclopedia at any time; the article is then subject to eligibility criteria and monitored, by Wikipedia editor service before being accepted, deleted immediately or placed in the Community suppression procedure.

 There is also what Wikipedia calls “the gray zone”, i.e. articles made debatable by their value, their sources or their lack of sources. In this case, a procedure to delete, modify or merge with another article is initiated and indicated by a banner clearly displayed at the top of the page.

Numerous studies have been carried out in recent years on the reliability of information in the universal encyclopedia, particularly in its English version. Some have shown that Wikipedia works as well and sometimes better than traditional encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica especially in the scientific field.

In reality, this type of study only measures the reliability of a handful of articles, while encyclopedias contain several millions. Difficult under these conditions to objectively evaluate the reliability of Wikipedia. With the different mechanisms put in place by the site, tends to improve with time, although the relevance of some articles remains debatable.

In addition to the richness of its contents without measure, the encyclopedia is pleasant to use. Articles include notes, references, images, tables, statistics, and related articles and portals that provide a complete panel of information at a glance. Quick updates of articles are also a major asset. Wikipedia is a real encyclopedia, but as far as possible, it is always advisable to double check the information, by consulting other sources.


Wikipedia, King of Completeness

The future of encyclopedias and dictionaries is not played. The digital versions of the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Grand Robert are both very convincing in their respective fields. Universal is a great educational reference tool. Its geographical maps, multimedia content, bibliographic references and articles written in each area by recognized experts make it a reliable source of information.

 Le Grand Robert a French dictionary has taken the digital turn brilliantly. The digital dictionary consultation is intuitive, interactive and instantaneous, without requiring an Internet connection. Faced with these tools, Wikipedia has serious assets to make. Thanks to its many contributors, who are also often experts in their field, the articles are necessarily much more extensive than any other.

A run through of Wikipedia informatics

The research on Wikipedia’s article “Informatics” leads to a rather impressive panel of information. From the definition of the term to its history, including its English equivalent, its evolution, the important dates, the related sciences, the devices, the software, the fields of use, all the subjects of the computer world are accessible on the one hand via the menu tree, but also through a very large number of external links and related articles, an exhaustive bibliography, media via Wikimedia (the library under free license from Wikipedia), and also web portals: IT portal, science portal, Internet portal .

On this subject and many others, the relevance of information is widely demonstrated, with always the advantage of updates.

Fast and regular day:

On the same page, a banner indicates a section requiring updating because of content deemed obsolete, which allows for example what information can be supported or not.

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