Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism (Op-Ed)

Larry Sanger, co-founder of the Wikipedia project, provides an interesting critique and commentary on Wikipedia.
"Wikipedia does have two big problems, and attention to them is long overdue. These problems could be eliminated by eliminating a single root problem. If the project's managers are not willing to solve it, I fear a fork (a new edition under new management, for the non-techies reading this) will probably be necessary."
The obvious problem of credibility is both real and perceived. More significantly, it is evidence of two very different perspectives on how knowledge is created and authorized. Both would probably accept that knowledge is created in and authorized by the community. A traditional perspective assumes that the community is a community of highly trained experts. The wikipedia model allows a much more open and inclusive community to authorize the knowledge.