Tag: OxfordInternetInstitute

Wikipedia at 15 – Happy Birthday!

Jimmy Wales cuts the cake - By Gordon Joly (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jimmy Wales cuts the cake – By Gordon Joly (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Last month marked 15 years since Wikipedia first began. A number of excellent articles came out at this time assessing Wikipedia’ impact and its relevance going forward.

I’ve picked two such articles:

The Oxford Internet Institute on Wikipedia’s Ongoing Search for the Sum of All Human Knowledge

The LSE’s Impact Blog on Wikipedia Amplifying Impact Of Open Access

The University of Edinburgh Library also marked the occasion by taking part in Wikipedia’s #1Lib1ref campaign.

There are apparently over 350,000 articles marked with ‘citation needed’ in the English Wikipedia so the library staff spent a little time on Wikipedia’s birthday (15th January) to see if they could help clear some of these tags by using the ‘Citation Hunt’ tool to identify the articles and then added citations using reliable sources such as journals, books and official websites.

The University of Edinburgh’s library blog on #1Lib1Ref

The Wikipedia Library explains the 1Lib1Ref campaign

In all, 32 new citations were added. A fine morning’s work.

By Halibutt (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons