FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - A new tool to evaluate the quality
of Wikipedia articles is now available. "With http://www.Wiki-Watch.org , everybody can check the reliability of information within Wikipedia",
says Professor Wolfgang Stock, one of the founders of Wiki-Watch, based
at the European University 'Viadrina' in Frankfurt, Germany.
"For the millions of people who look things up in Wikipedia, we offer a
closer look into this fascinating system, how well the articles are
edited and by whom. We are offering this service because we are great
fans of Wikipedia and want to contribute to further improvement."
Wiki-Watch is analyzing Wikipedia articles every single entry ever made,
checking the number of sources, the number and quality of editors as
well as how many links are directed to an article. Within a second or
two, the service is giving a reliability score for any of Wikipedia's
3.5 million articles. "This algorithm has been developed in Germany.
Now, it is available in English, too. Additionally, Wiki-Watch has
incorporated 'WikiTrust', developed by the University of California
Santa Cruz. This reputation system is using a colour code system to
display the reputation of a text, according to its history and number
of revisions by other users. This does help to spot recent and
unqualified changes within the articles.
"For Wikipedia users, these two methods combined do show whether you can
trust any given Wikipedia article in its present form," explains
Professor Johannes Weberling, the co-founder.
SOURCE European University Viadrina
For further information:
Prof. Wolfgang Stock, Stock@Europa-Uni.de, cell +49-172-2900-387