Author: kerstinschmedt

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Experiencing Wikipedia from the other Side

When I had first started the class of “Wikipedia and the Humanities” I viewed Wikipedia more as an easy-search, easy-access lexicon without thinking much about how the entire system behind it works. After a semester spent learning about the history and intricacies of Wikipedia, taking a closer look at the guidelines for writing and in the end of the course becoming a published author on Wikipedia myself, my opinions on the open web lexica have changed drastically.

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The Trustworthiness and Usefulness of Wikipedia in Different Languages or

Доверяй, но проверяй: The Trustworthiness and Usefulness of Wikipedia in Different Languages as Seen at the Example of the German/English article of Vladimir Nabokov By Kerstin Schmedt & Hannah Thoma An old Russian proverb goes Доверяй, но проверяй (doveryai, no proveryai) or as US President Ronald Reagan put it: “Trust, but verify”. Something that would be a perfectly valid advice to many of the modern students of this day and age, considering that they have grown accustomed to a constant availability of information. Gone are the days in which one needs to leaf trough heavy tomes in search for data,...