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Monday, March 30, 2009

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Alex Tolley

I'm not sure about the accuracy of the 2 article fragments.

Encarta was never that good - full of errors that were exposed publicly. The CD format is not bad - just highly limiting in size.

Wikipedia by contrast has been shown to be of comparable accuracy to Brittanica, but has vastly more entries and those entries are deeper and with easily reached citations.

If anything damaged Britannica, it was the company's unwillingness to embrace web technologies until too late - classic "innovator's dilemma".

As the libraries also found out - immediacy trumps quality - hence the success of online information. I only see this trend continuing in importance.

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