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Humanist Archives: Jan. 18, 2019, 7:08 a.m. Humanist 32.353 - thoughts on Wikipedia

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    [1]    From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.351: Wikipedia  (25)

    [2]    From: Ken Friedman 
           Subject: Wikipedia Sources & Resources (30)

    [3]    From: maurizio lana 
           Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.309: thoughts on Wikipedia (47)

        Date: 2019-01-17 21:16:39+00:00
        From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.351: Wikipedia 

Re: Wikipedia and the Academy

Concordia University has created a Wikipedian-in-Residence, reports the
Montreal Gazette. According to the job posting from the Concordia
University Library, "the overarching goal of the residency is the
promotion of Wikipedia, digital literacy, and the creation of a
long-lasting partnership between the Wikimedia Foundation and Concordia."
The Gazette adds that the Resident will liaise with the campus community
about Wikipedia as an open-access information source. "The idea is that
the Wikipedian in Residence will sensitize the community and educate them
as to what Wikipedia really is and how it came to be and how it really
works," said Lorie Kloda, Concordia's Associate University Librarian for
Planning and Community Relations.


Francois Lachance

        Date: 2019-01-17 13:16:55+00:00
        From: Ken Friedman 
        Subject: Wikipedia Sources & Resources


For those who wish to read more on Wikipedia, I have uploaded 14 books and
documents in digital format as .pdf files. These are not mine -- I located
these in different places on the net. They include scholarly studies by
sociologists and other researchers and popular journalistic treatments.

The files will be available until January 25 at this URL:




Ken Friedman, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hc), FDRS | Editor-in-Chief | 设计 She Ji. The
Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation | Published by Tongji University in
Cooperation with Elsevier | URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/she-ji-the-

Chair Professor of Design Innovation Studies | College of Design and Innovation
| Tongji University | Shanghai, China ||| Email ken.friedman.sheji@icloud.com |
Academia http://swinburne.academia.edu/KenFriedman | D&I

        Date: 2019-01-17 08:19:20+00:00
        From: maurizio lana 
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.309: thoughts on Wikipedia

Il 10/01/19 07:12, Humanist ha scritto:
>          Date: 2019-01-08 12:34:12+00:00
>          From: Stuart Dunn
>          Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.309: thoughts on Wikipedia?
> ...I find Wikipedia to be a useful backup tool for checking facts and scoping
> background - at least on subjects which are not controversial.

hi everyone,

like everyone else i like in Wikipedia many aspects which have already
been mentioned.

i would like to point here to the dark side of the Moon, Italian way: i
speak of wikipedia articles about contemporary historical events or
persons. e.g. particularly of events and/or persons of the II world war,
and more particularly of events and persons related to fascism or to the
Resistance to fascism and nazism.

it is usual that historical articles related to events or persons of
Resistance be defaced with subtlety; or that articles about events and
persons of Fascism be edited in order lo lessen, flatten, lighten the
relevance, and/or responsibiliti(es) of those persons and events.
so on one side there are institutions (among them the Istituto Storico
della Resistenza of Turin) or persons (among them the WuMing collective
and Nicoletta Bourbaki: for those who know italian, you can read e.g.
devoting time and care to continually re-edit and bring back the
wikipedia articles to their historical truth. on the other side there is
the fact that few persons are usually aware that these articles are a
field of fight against revisionism, negationism, reductionism; or
against resurrecting fascism.

hence the relevance of the precisation of Stuart "useful backup tool for
checking facts and scoping background - at least on subjects which are
not controversial". fact is that not always one knows or suspects that a
fact is controversial...


Maurizio Lana
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università del Piemonte Orientale
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