Thursday, November 30, 2006

Experts Rate Wikipedia Higher Than Non-Experts

Given our Wikipedia topic for Monday, I found this ars technica article from Monday interesting. The basic finding in this small study: non-experts are more critical of Wikipedia's accuracy than experts are.

1 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger lkbronstad said...

This is interesting. It makes sense that if someone does not have expert knowledge of a subject, they would tend to be skeptical about whether or not the information was accurate, whereas an expert would be more able to trust his or her own judgement of information in his or her area of expertise. I wonder if skepticism about information on Wikipedia will fade? And if so, what will this do for forms of reference that, due to whatever controls they have in place, have asserted that they are the higher authorities?

 

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