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 grievously wrong, not just out-of-date.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
>
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Srikanth Ramakrishnan
Member of the Executive Committee
Wikimedia Chapter [India]
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