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Re: online books, citing - wiki-model??
|Re: online books, citing - wiki-model??
Posted: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:47:47 -0500
|On Jan 19, 2007, at 17:26, wrote:
> [...] how can things that are often changing be effectively referenced
> in research publications [...]
IMHO, you've identified a real problem (though I'd substitute "on-line
contents" for "things etc."). I don't think there's a simple or even a
single solution for it.
> [...] In the past I have suggested that the author print and/or
> download a copy of that specific online item which they found and
> Thus the author can show that they did use what they said they used.
Unfortunately, modifying most electronic content (while circumventing
creation/modification date tracking facilities of common operating
systems) is relatively trivial.
> [...] ANOTHER idea/solution might be to use the wikipedia model where
> when changes are made they are preserved and can be brought back.
IMHO, the chief distinction of the "wiki model" is the principle that
anyone can edit content at any time (cf.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki>), not the revision control system.
Such systems have been used (primarily by software developers) since the
old SCCS in the 1970s, and, for all I know, even earlier than that.
Hence, using "wiki" in this context is misleading.
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