Excellent New Scientist feature on Open Source ideas. [from John Naughton’s weblog]. I hadn’t come across the Wikipedia before. It’s rather good. Topics for discussion in your coffee break:

  • We all know that you should take everything you read on the web with a pinch of salt, but we’re used to reading things in reference works and assuming they’re fairly authoritative. Does presenting information in that form make us more likely to believe it?
  • Is an encyclopedia which anybody can update more or less likely to be ‘authoritative’?

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