For us, Wikipedia is nothing short than astonishing. How can something that allows anyone to contribute or abuse it grow into such an impressive (336,563 articles in English as of today) and dynamic resource? And how can it remain so overlooked by mainstream media?
While Wikipedia’s success might not be easily replicated, it shows how true collaboration can flourish when you’re willing to work without a net.
As Dan Gillmor has observed:
"One lesson is deceptively simple. When you remove the barriers to changing things, you also remove the barriers to fixing what’s broken."
• Wikipedia Quality Check by Edward W. Felten
• Wikipedia vs. Britannica Smackdown by Edward W. Felten
• Stress Testing Wiki Authority by Ross Mayfield
• Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not by Brian Lamb of Educause Review
• Wikis Anonymous by Ross Mayfield comments on Lamb’s article
• Spreading Knowledge, The Wiki Way by Leslie Walker
• Collaborative Conundrum: Do Wikis Have a Place in the Newsroom? by Mark Glaser