Tag: wikipedia

by Heather Ford

Almost a year ago, I was hired by Ushahidi to work as an ethnographic researcher on a project to understand how Wikipedians managed sources during breaking news events. Ushahidi cares a great deal about this kind of work because of a new project called SwiftRiver that seeks to collect and enable the collaborative curation of […] more »

by Heather Ford

Wikipedia articles on breaking news stories dominate page views on the world’s sixth-largest website. Perhaps more importantly, these articles drive the most significant editor contribution — especially among new editors. In the first three months of this year, English Wikipedia articles with the most contributors were the 2011 Tucson shooting, the 2011 Egyptian revolution and […] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

MediaBugs.org, our service for reporting errors in news coverage, has just opened up from being a local effort in the San Francisco Bay Area to covering the entire U.S. We’re excited about that expansion, and we’ve spiffed up various aspects of our site, too — check it out. But with this expansion we face an […] more »

by Andrew Whitacre

Yesterday colleagues of mine at MIT were brainstorming plenaries for an upcoming media conference. Data visualization came up, but each of us grumbled. “Overdone,” one of us said, to nodding heads. We’d done a session on that at every one of our conferences and forums, as had others at theirs. Data visualization had become tragically […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Most of us have become so used to being able to do so much online that is comes as a surprise when we want to do something and can’t find the tools to do it. That’s the situation confronting the Gotham Gazette staff as we move forward with our Councilpedia project that will use crowdsourcing […] more »