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Tue February 19, 2013
Stateside: Wikepedia's place in academia and cultural institutions
The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.
Almost everyone who goes online and searches for some bit of information knows about Wikipedia.
For a lot of us it is a great way to answer trivia questions, or settle those friendly arguments among friends over any topic.
But this free encyclopedia that anyone can edit has not been widely accepted in the world of academia. Largely because it is a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
In recent years, Wikipedia has gained a new respectability in the world of academia and cultural institutions.
Why is this, and what might it mean in bringing the treasures of those cultural institutions to a wider audience?
We sat down with Professor Cliff Lampe from the School of Information at the University of Michigan and Michael Barerra, who became one of the first "Wikipedians" in residence at the Gerald R. Ford Library.
They told us what this means for the way we gather information in the digital age.