Britannica takes out advertisements
As reported last week, Encyclopædia Britannica took out ads in several major English-language newspapers to dispute the Nature comparison of Britannica and Wikipedia (see archived story). A scan of the ad is available in the article "Another round: Britannica versus Wikipedia" at The Institute for the Future of the Book. The article, by Ray Cha, concludes:
- In the end, [...] the Nature article in question has a marginal relevance to the bigger picture. The main point is that Wikipedia works amazingly well and contains articles that Britannica never will. It is a revolutionary way to collaboratively share knowledge. That we should give consideration to the source of our information we encounter, be it the Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, Nature or the New York Times, is nothing new.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, a newspaper for university faculty and administration, published "'Encyclopaedia Britannica' Assails Article That Put It on a Par With Wikipedia" (subscriber only) on April 7. It provided an overview of the dispute, and said of Wikipedia:
- Wikipedia has generally steered clear of the fight and has simply updated its site to include the latest salvos between Nature and Britannica. Wikipedia is not in competition with any traditional encyclopedia, according to its Web site, and has corrected all of the errors identified by Nature. "A strength of Wikipedia in general is its transparency," its site said.
The Repository in Canton, Ohio published a long overview article called Wikipedia: Local read, covering the pros and cons of the increasing use of Wikipedia by high school students.
The Search Engine Journal blog posted a short blurb titled "How To Link Spam Wikipedia", linking to the observations of blogger Peter Davis at "Wikipedia and Link Spammers - A “How-to” Guide".
The Washington Post reports that Wikipedia traffic was up 275% between February 2005 and February 2006 in their article "New Trends In Online Traffic".
The Guardian has an article on Wikipedia, "A thirst for knowledge".
After this weekend's down time, Lifehacker.com published "Google School: Search a web site when it’s down", a guide to using the Google to search a cached version of Wikipedia. Lifehacker has published many other articles about Wikipedia in the past.