Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday post: #hatnote Listen to #Wikipedia grow

For some relaxing new-agey sound, go to Hatnote's Listen to Wikipedia. "Bells indicate additions [to Wikipedia] and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page." It was built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi and is open source (the picture is a screen grab, I chose a part of the screen that wasn't showing the information on what was being edited).

I was alerted to this by Carole Williams on the ili-l discussion list - it was in a post on a session about teaching source evaluation, and she mentioned having this playing up on screen when students were coming into class saying "It makes a great starting point for a quick discussion of the changing nature of information". I think this is a great idea, I'll think about when I can use it ;-)
Williams, C. (2015, 24 March) RE: Re: RE: Source Evaluation lesson plan.

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