Entries for April 08, 2006

Wikipedia versus Encyclopedia Britannica

UPDATE:
Encylopedia Britannica has struck back at the Nature study described below. The 20-page PDF points out all the inaccuracies in the study.


On December 15, 2005, BBC News discussed the research conducted by the British journal Nature (v.438, pages 900-901, December 15, 2005) that looked at the accuracy of Wikipedia versus the Encyclopedia Britannica. The article, called Wikipedia Survives Research Test, specifically focused on the accuracy as it relates to scientific entries. The reviewers looked at articles from both sources, but were not told of their origin.
  • 4 major conceptual errors were found in each
  • Factual errors, omissions or misleading statements: 162 in Wikipedia and 123 in Britannica
  • Reviewers found that Wikipedia entries were often poorly structured and confused

For the Case community:
The Nature article can be accessed directly.
The Encyclopedia Britannica Online is also available.