Thursday, November 02, 2006


Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia was the keynote speaker to kick off the 18th Annual WCET national conference held this year in Portland, OR.

He talked alot about free access? What does than mean? Free as in speech, not free as in beer, although Wikipedia is actually both.

Freedom to copy, to modify, to redistribute, to redistribute modified versions, and to do these things for either commercial or non-commercial uses.

What is Wikipedia best at?

  • Neutrality and moderation are great strengths of Wikipedia.
  • Contrary to very confused media reports, wikis are much better than virtually any other medium at generating calm, measured discussions and debates.
  • In order for writing to survive in an open community process, it must be broadly appealing to a large number of people.
It was a good start to the conference. More on this later (maybe).
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