Monday, October 16, 2006

Wiki wiki

Are you familiar with the Wiki sites on the Web, such as Wikipedia? They allow users to participate in adding and editing information about topics after creating accounts and logging into the sites.

Do you have some experience with the Wikispecies (intended for scientific users) and Wikibird sites? The latter's description of the "community-based bird guide" says
A free and non-commercial guide about birds and birding where anyone can contribute, explore birding hotspots or keep track of rare species in a region. You can share a favorite birding spot or topic by adding descriptions, bird lists, or images for that subject.
I'd like to know what you think of those sites -- their organization, accessibility, utility, realistic potential?


Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

I'm a HUGE fan of Wikipedia. I trust 99.9% of the info I find there. I hadn't seen these sites, but there is a lot of information about birds and other species on Wikipedia. The Wikibird site needs a lot more data.

October 16, 2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger John said...

A wiki site is as good as the community that develops it. Wikipedia has succeeded by creating a large community of enthusiastic and knowledgeable users that write and edit entries for free. It seems that Wikibird has not developed that kind of community yet. It could be a great resource if birders would start writing for it.

October 17, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger birdchaser said...

I'm a wiki fan, but they are a bit white and nerdy!

October 19, 2006 6:26 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for the great link, Rob!

Off-topic trivia: Weird Al and I graduated from the same college, Cal Poly SLO. He reportedly recorded "My Bologna" in the men's restroom across from the student radio station.

October 20, 2006 11:23 AM  

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