Book Discussion on The Wikipedia Revolution
Andrew Lih talked about his book The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia… read more
Andrew Lih talked about his book The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia (Hyperion; March 17, 2009). He talked about the founding of Wikipedia in 2001 based on Jimmy Wales’s more traditional earlier encyclopedia, the peer-reviewed Nupedia, powered by Ward Cunningham’s software invention, Wiki. He described the qualities of Wikipedia, the website that provides easy accessibility to information about almost anything, as free, open, neutral, timely, and social. He illustrated his brief talk with slides, and then was interviewed by David Weinberger about how Wikipedia has influenced the Internet and culture, and its implications beyond encyclopedia writing. Topics included that as its problem is no longer growth, but reliability. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.
“The Wikipedia Revolution: A Web of Ideas Talk with Andrew Lih” was held at 6:00 p.m. in Griswold Hall of Harvard Law School. It was part of the Web of Ideas discussion series lead by David Weinberger for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Mr. Lih is an academic in the fields of journalism and new media. He hass worked at both Columbia University and Hong Kong University and been a commentator on CNN, NPR and MSNBC.
David Weinberger is the author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder (Times Books, 2007). close
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