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  • 'The Hobbit 2.0' -- How mobile technology would improve J. R. R. Tolkien's famous work

    "The Hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien's famous story of which the movie version opens Dec. 14, was first published in 1937. The world of Middle Earth was set in an indeterminate time, but looked remarkably like an idealized early 19th-century England, though well-stocked with wizards, dwarfs, elves, dragons, trolls, goblins and of course hobbits. But techwise, it was, and is, the Stone Age of Middle Dearth.

  • Struggling Wikipedia sheds thousands of editors

    Research has shown that almost 50,000 editors left online encyclopedia Wikipedia in the first quarter of this year: 10 times the number who deserted the site in the same period of 2008.
    The staggering loss of editors from the user-generated site was reported by Felipe Ortega from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. Ortega built and used a computer program to analyse editing history on Wikipedia. Speaking to The Times, he said: "If you don't have enough people to take care of the project it could vanish quickly. We're not in that situation yet. But eventually, if the negative trends follow, we could be in that situation."
    In response, Wikimedia UK's Michael Peel told the Press Association that Wikipedia was in good shape. Peel suggested to PA that Ortega's figures may not be accurate. He questioned the research's definition of what a Wikipedia editor is.

  • Forum: Wassup with Wikipedia – sex, lies and privatisation?

    Before we get into the Wikipedia thing, I have to make a correction. Two weeks ago in this spot I opined on the Privacy Commissioner’s views that there is a case for data-breach disclosure laws for government. I argued that this should apply to the private sector as well.

  • Watch your wiki-ing, warns comms man

    Public servants have been warned to watch their online behaviour after a new Wikipedia tool exposed illicit editing by overseas government agencies.

  • Hitwise predicts the next YouTube

    Hitwise, which collects internet usage data directly from ISPs to measure the traffic to more than 800,000 internet sites, has tapped the six Web 2.0 companies most likely to reach the soaring success of YouTube, Wikipedia or Flickr. To do so, it looks at the types of early adopters now using the sites.

  • Wikipedia founder talks up new project

    Larry Sanger’s answer to his former firm, the Wikimedia Foundation, is a new online encyclopedia called Citizendium, which was launched this week. Sanger, Citizendium’s editor in chief and a co-founder of Wikipedia, talked about how the new offering differs from Wikipedia and why he decided to abandon the “ignore all rules” philosophy he championed there.