Friday, December 03, 2004Wiki Me
Since it's the kind of thing that might otherwise slip by unnoticed, I thought I'd briefly mention that Wikimedia has unveiled its latest project, Wikinews. Unlike Google News, which is just an aggregator (albeit a very useful one, particularly for the Lexis-Nexus deprived), Wikinews is intended to be a fully free-content project, with all of the items appearing thereon written by independent "reporters" rather than corporate media conglomorates. I dunno if it's going to work or not, but I'm a huge fan of Wikimedia's other amazing projects -- Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, and the rest -- and I'm hoping for great things.
It's a hell of a complicated thing to undertake -- where current events are concerned, "real news" is still regarded by most as the one thing that can't be done effectively through open-source means. In the ever-increasing tensions between bloggers and professional journalists, this is journalism's trump card... they've got something that news and current events bloggers need. So this attempt to create open-source news reporting a reality is, if nothing else, an interesting experiment to watch. I'm always a supporter of putting as much of the media as possible into the hands of the general population. If it's free for everyone, so much the better.
To get a better idea of what this is all about, read the Mission Statement, which is actually rather inspiring. |