Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Digital Life / Wiki Finds a New Home in the OED
Wiki Finds a New Home in the OED
Wiki Finds a New Home in the OED
By Lindsay Martell / Sci-Tech Today Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MARCH
16
2007



The word that means "quick" in Hawaiian has jumped to the mainland -- and all over the world -- with its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. "Wiki," a moniker that signals a type of Web site open for anyone to edit, joins 287 other words in the latest edition of the prestigious dictionary.

According to the dictionary's editors, the OED itself resembles a wiki, as it has a long tradition of working collaboratively. For over 150 years, its editorial team has welcomed the input from the public in assessing word usage and frequency.

"Especially in its current online form, which allows a much faster update time than print editions did, it can be argued that the OED's open attitude to public contribution and eagerness to incorporate the findings and knowledge of its readers into the text itself suggests an ethos not unlike that of a wiki," said Graeme Diamond, OED's principle editor of new words, in a statement.

Origin of Wiki

The editorial team first picked up the term "wiki" in 2003, from a copy of The Guardian, a national newspaper in the UK. Since then, the team tracked it via a database of new words and uses, and discovered earlier uses of the word in more specialist sources.

The inclusion in the OED shows the wiki phenomenon is steadily climbing. This week, the Walt Disney Company launched family.com, a new Web site that can be edited by visitors. Disney is among the first traditional media companies to venture into the world of wikis.

By most accounts, the wiki phenomenon was popularized with Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest reference Web sites on the Internet, with over a million articles written by volunteers from all over the world. One of those articles, on the term "wiki" itself, offers an in-depth analysis on the history and usage of the word.

Wiki's Woes

Wikipedia has also become a playground for pranksters. Just this morning, news emerged that a hoaxer falsely reported the death of comedian Sinbad. On the comedian's Wikipedia entry, someone changed it to say that the 50-year old died of a heart attack on March 14. But the actor is alive and well, and reports indicate he found the post humorous.

The Sinbad scandal comes just days after a Wikipedia editor who described himself as a tenured professor of theology at a private university was outed as a 24-year-old community college dropout from Kentucky.

Following the fake-professor snafu, Wikipedia announced it is taking steps to prevent posters from claiming to be someone they are not. People who boast prestigious credentials will now have to reveal their identities in their posts.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN DIGITAL LIFE
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Samsung Maps Its Way with Nokia's 'Here' App for Galaxy Phones
Korean electronics giant Samsung has opted to license Here, Nokia’s mapping app -- formerly known as Nokia Maps -- for its Tizen-powered smart devices and Samsung Gear S wearable.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
Environment
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.