Nature: Be a Science Do-Bee

December 15th, 2005  |  Published in old and busted

Nature: Researchers should read Wikipedia cautiously and amend it enthusiastically:

> Nature would like to encourage its readers to help. The idea is not to seek a replacement for established sources such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but to push forward the grand experiment that is Wikipedia, and to see how much it can improve. Select a topic close to your work and look it up on Wikipedia. If the entry contains errors or important omissions, dive in and help fix them. It need not take too long. And imagine the pay-off: you could be one of the people who helped turn an apparently stupid idea into a free, high-quality global resource.

I missed that item in yesterday’s entry. I like the way they skirt the revolutionary rhetoric (“Smash the encyclopedias! We are all wiki people now!”) and gently encourage mere participation. Everything doesn’t have to be a movement.

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