Friday, 25 June 2010

Should Commission staff edit Wikipedia articles?

On the EU Commission social media blog "Waltzing Matilda" Alenka is asking a number of pertinent questions:
"In your opinion, should the European Commission edit EU-related Wikipedia pages? If yes, when and how should we do it? If no, what alternatives would you suggest? I am looking forward to your comments."
So, should EU Commission staff edit Wikipedia articles to correct, for example, factual mistakes?

7 comments:

Grahnlaw said...

Julien,

My short answer would be: Monitor pages and submit corrections to editors.

Anonymous said...

Correct factical errors.

BUT in your profile disclose that you are
RC staffer.

Anonymous said...

Nooooooo. Big nono. What is a "factual error"? How can a Commission staffer decide, for example, the importance that should be attributed to the Santer corruption fiasco. absolutely it should be banned, and monitored (by Julien, I suppose) that there are no edits coming from Berlaymont.

Michael N Marcus said...

Correct factical errors.

BUT in your profile disclose that you are
RC staffer.

Giorgi Tabagari said...

depends on the information... If it concerns a recently occurred issue, would be coherent them to correct/update

Linda Margaret said...

The EU could use Wikipedia to determine what subjects are the most important to people looking up EU-related subjects, what is unclear about these subjects and what needs to be communicated better. Wikipedia is a great reference not only for those looking for information, but also for those looking to better present information.

Niels said...

The EU institutions could start by making it easy to find the official EU-information one would like at their own websites.

The Commission should have enough resources to explain their views and submit correct information in official publications.