Well said Vickram sir!
On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM, Vickram Crishna <vvcris...@radiophony.com>wrote: > > On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM, Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org> > wrote: > > > > On 25 December 2012 09:17, Rohini Lakshané <rohini.laksh...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > > > > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/13/wikimedia_coo_convicted_felon > > > > It's more than a few years old, what? > > > > I think it is very important to note the closing words from The Register > report: "The original version of this story said that Carolyn Doran's hit > and run DUI resulted in a fatality. This was based on two separate sets of > computer records - one with the Loudoun County, Virginia Circuit Court and > another on the web site of the Virginia Judicial System. But these records > are incorrect. Apologies to Carolyn Doran and her family." > > It is of particular importance to us here in India, where gradually, > following the purported success of e-Bhoomi (the brief report in Wikipedia > should speak volumes about how well this project is really doing, but some > details might be more welcome to people who want to reference how > digitisation proceeds in the real world), there is excitement about > increasing digitisation (and more importantly, interlinking) of all kinds > of records. In the computer sector, there is a very old expression, > 'garbage in, garbage out'. > > Wikipedia also looks to digital references for credibility. It ought to be > noted that in fact, even government-maintained records are sometimes > grievously wrong, not just out-of-date. > > imho, the past ten years have demonstrated unequivocally that a > community-sourced and maintained virtual encyclopedia is not just capable, > but is far superior to a bespoke production of select persons, both in > terms of timeliness and accuracy. Undoubtedly, there is still much to do to > make it now more meaningful to the world at large, beyond the > English-familiar audience. > > Perhaps an objective for the future will be adding on-the-ground > fact-checking, going beyond digital records that can be (and, given the > imperatives of business, will be) perversely altered in the hands of > private and other vested interests. At present there is no scope for this > kind of value addition, but the need is enormous, and will only grow as > Wikipedia's coverage grows beyond the realm of 'credible' digital records. > I don't have a roadmap for how this factor will be included, but it is > worth planning. Today (as in the perfuffle around Kasab's birthday), we end > up firefighting, confusing for information seekers and fodder for a > confrontational mainstream media. > > Vickram > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Srikanth Ramakrishnan Member of the Executive Committee Wikimedia Chapter [India]
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