I came across this infographic today – Wikipedia – Redefining Research
Some observations and ideas for projects:
- “In comparison to College Level Text Books – Wikipedia is 98% accurate”. It will be interesting to see whether Wikipedia’s coverage is as extensive as a recommended book for a specific course? Wikibooks may be designed to meet these needs, but I wonder how many wikibooks take content from Wikipedia itself.
- Since Wikipedia text is available under Creative Commons License , it can be tailored to the needs of learners and researchers with special tools.
- It will be useful to create some guides on how to do research using Wikipedia, and compare it with other alternate methods.
- Projects like DbPedia use Wikipedia to extract information about entities like companies and provide a searchable database. This concept can be extended further for other entities including subjects.
- Concept mapping tools can provide a visual interface to Wikipedia. Instead of the conventional method of drawing by hand, you can create automatic concept map generators (a subject for another blog post)