Friday, September 10, 2010

Wikipedia and historiography.James Briddle,

In the bits(NYT)in New York Times today their is an article by Nick Bilton about the book 2 founder James Briddle discussing the Wikipedia and its process of creating historiography of the content.
it throws a unique light as for the first time we are informed of the complete process of each entry on Wikipedia.For example he put in a book format 7000 pages entry on Iraq war developed in four year period.This historiography is unique as everybody can check and challenge each entry and historic documentation is maintained for the benefit of all.Every change is constantly documented and archived.

“And for the first time in history, we’re building a system that, perhaps only for a brief time but certainly for the moment, is capable of recording every single one of those infinitely valuable pieces of information. Everything should have a history button. We need to talk about historiography, to surface this process, to challenge absolutist narratives of the past, and thus, those of the present and our future.”

I wish all the documentation for all our learning enterprises and venture was that thorough.

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