Talk:WikiMaster/WikiApprentice Level 1
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It is not the most intelligent nor the most strongest species that will survive. The species that will survive is the one most responsive to change - Charles Darwin
WiKi is a futuristic endeavour true to the concept of a global village. Intellectual capacity building requires movement across boundaries and more importantly, connecting to new and innovative ways of learning and teaching. Wiki provides resources of the 21st century to take education forward through various ways of getting involved in this initiative.
Why would you go fishing further than the sea?
A wise man once said “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves or we know where we can find information upon it”.
The man was the English philosopher Samuel Johnson. The time of saying this was the 18th century.
It is certainly not bad to know things. But in the world of today it is often really easy to find information. Basic education is compulsory in all developed countries. Libraries are often accessible to anybody. There is the internet. There are search machines, Google, Yahoo and others.
But the great and ever growing information flow also brings with it problems. It is ever more difficult to separate relevant information from irrelevant.
Take the word inflation, for example. In 0.22 seconds the Google finds you 32 Million sources on the internet. So - which ones do you choose for a further look? Well, probably the first ones. But often they just accidentially happen to be the most popular, coming way up on the list. Often you will need a more systematic approach.
It is here that Wikipedia can help. More on that in the next article...
I am myself a pretty frequent user of Wikipedia. Especially when I encounter things or phenomena I do not know enough about, Wikipedia is often the first source to have a look at.
I have been impressed by the magnitude and also the well sorted discipline that prevails in Wikipedia. Even though I understand that the number of contributors is huge the easiness of searching still remains a prevailing feature.
Having used Wikipedia already for quite a while I also noticed that there is not much information about Statistics. Statistics is a field in which I am working and it is also a field used by quite a large number of people, whishing to make evidence-based decisions or just wanting to know how some phenomena relates to the same phenomena over time, in different countries or regions.
After having a look on the impressive Wikipedia site on Economics I decided that something has to be made on improving the presence of Statistics on the Wikipedia. So - that's the main reason why I decided to participate in the course as a suggestion on that happened to reach me pretty simultaneously.