BBC: Wikipedia petitions ECHR over Turkey ban

BBC: Wikipedia petitions ECHR over Turkey ban. “Wikipedia is taking Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over a two-year ban imposed on the site in the country. The Wikimedia Foundation says it filed the petition on the grounds that a ban on its online encyclopaedia violated the right to freedom of expression.”

Library of Congress: Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress: Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress. “While we have added many external links to id.loc.gov in the past the addition of Wikidata is very different. Previously these types of mappings have been fairly static and provided by the contributing institution. With Wikidata the contributing institution is an active open community of editors. This means anyone can contribute to the process. When a Library of Congress identifier is added to a Wikidata page it will appear on id.loc.gov once the data is refreshed. Anyone can help us build connections between these two knowledge systems by adding Library of Congress identifiers to Wikidata.”

CNET: The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia

CNET: The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia. “Multiple reports confirm China blocked Wikipedia across all language URLs sometime in late April. The country is using DNS injections to prevent its citizens from accessing the online encyclopedia, according to a report from the Open Observatory of Network Interference on May 4.”

Forbes: Could AI Create A Super Wikipedia From All Of Recorded History?

Forbes: Could AI Create A Super Wikipedia From All Of Recorded History?. “What might it look like to use machines to fill in the gaps in our history? Visualizing 200 years of human history through the eyes of the English language edition of Wikipedia reminds us how much of the interdependence and connectivity among global events is missing the further back through history we look. In Wikipedia’s telling of history, events become more and more detached and disconnected the further back one goes, transitioning from a collection of largely isolated occurrences 200 years ago to a globalized world today in which almost everything is connected to everything else. This reflects the changing nature of how we record our history, but could AI help?”

New York Times: Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.

New York Times: Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.. “In Wikipedia’s 18 years of existence, it has become a fixture in our lives: It ascends to the top of Google’s search results and provides answers to the questions we ask Alexa and Siri. For Wikipedia’s editing community, the website is even more. It is a kind of social network where users debate the minutiae of history and modern life, climb the editorial hierarchy and even meet friends and romantic partners. It is also a place where editors can experience relentless harassment.”

Wired: Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Wired: Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia. “Pity the poor public-relations specialist hired to influence what is said about his clients on Wikipedia. The sprawling, chaotic storehouse of knowledge is governed by thousands of independent-minded volunteers committed to being neutral and allergic to self-serving manipulators. The barriers are formidable, but so is the temptation to do some reputational polishing there. What appears on Wikipedia matters.”

Slate: The Internet’s Dizzying Citogenesis Problem

Slate: The Internet’s Dizzying Citogenesis Problem. “Two weeks ago, Dr. James Heilman discovered something strange. The Canadian emergency room physician and avid Wikipedia contributor noticed that DrugBank, an online database for drug information, was copying text directly from Wikipedia. Although Heilman considers Wikipedia’s medical content to be of surprisingly good quality, he was concerned—because he didn’t just find DrugBank copying and citing Wikipedia; he had also found several examples of Wikipedia likewise copying and citing DrugBank.”