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The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih
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Oct 05, 09

Read in October, 2009

Anyone with an interest in the Open Anything movement will find this history of Wikipedia useful and interesting. It will encourage people with ideas and passion to get out there and experiment. Although a truly successful project demonstrating the power of crowdsourcing, it highlights the constant struggle by the founders and participant at all levels - ranging from the technical to legal, social and ethical realms. The importance of timing and luck is also made clear. In another ten years projects of similar ambition will materialize and they are impossible to predict - since they depend on circumstances and technologies that have yet to be created. In the spirit of the book, the final chapter is written as a crowdsourcing effort. This book makes for a delightful reading experience.
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