| 15 Jan 2011 @ 11:53, by Heiner Benking|
Today we celebrate 10 years of the free/open Encyclopedia Wikipedia. Interesting is not only its development via Ward Cunningham's and his Wiki and pattern language breakthroughs, and later the Nupedia, but also its potentials and limitations. Specially when we remember what the original Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert looked like in the first 2 editions, and how it turned from an overall teaching and explanation "architecture" to an alphabetic wordbook, something you can use when you are already aware of what you search, how it is spelled, and have been educated already. I know this is controversial and needs more space.
Today, celebrating, there is little time to dig deeper, but you can see that this is very important to me.
Meanwhile please go on this Blog-Internetsite to: Robert Jungk & The New Encyclopedists (1978) revisited - a late eulogy, July 2008, [link]
or the last entries on Problema and Dropping Knowledge: Who are we in the 21st Century?: [link]
and 300 years "learned Berlin - World Knowledge": [link]
More soon, please come later.