Wikipedia, Winer, and Librarians

Dave says that librarians are afraid of Wikipedia.

bq. Today, who feels threatened by Microsoft? But four years ago I was asking if people wanted to try Microsoft-free Fridays. Today, to some, the menace is Google. And to others, Wikipedia. I’ve gotten into an extensive discussion with people on and around a Harvard mail list about it. Researchers and librarians are not happy, but don’t dare say so publicly. Like the mania about open source in the 90s. It was going to change everything, but open source already existed before the mania, and honestly, the mania ended up changing nothing, except a lot of people got distracted at a time when we should have been focused on the new power of networking, for users. But there was so much shouting then, much the way there is shouting today about Wikipedia. – “Dave Winer(Today, who feels threatened by Microsoft?)”:

For those of you who haven’t been following the story, Dave feels that “people have erased him(People with erasers)”: out of the “History of Podcasting(History of Podcasting!)”: There certainly has been a lot of “editing(Podcasting)”: going on. As for librarians, I have never noticed any librarian having any reluctance to saying anything publicly. As a group we have questioned “whether open source can be a good source(Wikipedia — can open source be a good source?)”:, “if an encyclopedia can be faith-based(Wikipedia The Faith-Based Encyclopedia)”:, and even “if Wikipedia has an anti-library bias?(Anti-Library bias at Wikipedia?)”: And made lots of “positive statements(Is lisnews anti-wikipedia?)”: as well.

Oh, and just for the record, I don’t think any discussion of Dave’s contribution to podcasting is complete without the quote below.

bq. I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list, and have been totally impressed with how productive this community of users and developers has been. At the core is an activity they call podcasting, a really simple idea with powerful implications. Think of an iPod that can subscribe to audio feeds the same way a desktop aggregator subscribes to text feeds. Adam Curry, who’s been feeding this community with his Daily Source Code programs, is a natural born community leader. He knows just enough technology to be dangerous, and doesn’t mind asking questions. The community is on the cusp of shipping a polished and revolutionary product. This work will be visible at BloggerCon III, Adam is leading a discussion, and with any luck at least some of our sessions will flow out through the podcast network. – “Dave Winer(I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list)”: