Mon Feb 26 20:51:44 EST 2007
Dear Anne and Joe
This article was posted on H-1960s a while ago and I thought
it was interesting:
"Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the
This article was originally published in The Journal of
Volume 93, Number 1 (June, 2006): 117-46.
Also available online at:
One of the things that it shows is that if you are writing
on a topic that other people have opinions about, it can be
frustrating to keep the entry the way you think it should
be. Wikipedia has a tendency to veer towards popular forms
of history, intersted in accumulating facts.
As for Anne's wish to make the Japan entries more
contemporary, I couldn't agree more. But at the same time
point out that not everyone is living in
that "contemporary." If editing starts to involve a back and
forth between two versions, it can be helpful to have a few
people working on it to keep one version in place. This
might not be the situation with Japan entries, in which case
you can edit the entries in whichever way you see fit.
As for Joe's comment, I was intersted in his proposal to
have smaller wikis for certain subjects. I wasn't sure why
this should be the case. Do you mean wikis with limited
access so that only relative experts can contribute? If not,
I would think the wikipedia architecture (barring the
language issues) provides a pretty good space - any number
of subcultures can exist on it.
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