Intro to Networked Collaboration

Wikipedia

I posted an edition to the Wikipedia entry on the Dhammapada, a text recording some of the Buddha’s best wisdom.  I’m reading this text and noticed they just had a few verses excerpted rather than a complete chapter.  It is hard to convey the beauty without reading a full chapter.  I posted Chapter 12.  It was fun and I felt a sense of accomplishment, silly though it is!

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October 6, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. I enjoyed doing my wikipedia entry as well … did it on a gallery (A.I.R., NY) that I had just discovered and liked – I had just been going through all that information and felt prepared, but ended up having mixed feelings after having finished the entry.
    My first doubt, knowing that this is not the 100 % perfect and complete story (since I’m not an art historian), is dissolved by the community/participatory nature of wikipedia and the hope that somebody else will come in and complete the picture.
    My second doubt feels more severe: I haven’t asked anybody from that gallery/organization, if they wanted me to write about them, means: there is no authorization. Still not sure how to deal with this …

    Comment by andrea | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. I decided to look up an opera company I sang with a few years ago to see if they were listed in Wikipedia– they were, but there was a big banner above the entry that said “The factual accuracy of this article is disputed”!!!!! When I read the article I saw why… previous “credits” of several performers were clearly fabricated, and there was a link that was supposed to take you to a page about benefit concerts, but really just took you to a place where you could donate money to the company. It was obviously written by someone in the company– blatant self-promotion. Too bad, because it really is a great little opera company and they don’t need to make up facts to look good. I went through and deleted the false info and put in a lot of credits for several performers. There was also a lot of sloppy grammar that I fixed. Just for comparison, here is the “before picture”:

    History
    The company incorporated shortly after its first production.[2] Both Priore and Hayden-Findlay are co-producers for the company in addition to being performers.[2] Carmine Aufiero is the company’s musical director and conductor. Chelsea Opera stages operas and holds benefit concerts[3] with a chamber orchestra. Chelsea Opera Company strives to bring classical music to students through on-site school performances and through hands-on involvement of young people. Students can assist in both the production and performance.[4] The first operas presented by the company included Suor Angelica, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

    Performance and performers
    The Chelsea Opera Company’s 2005 production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors included Spanish mezzo-soprano Magdalena Llamas, a veteran of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Colombian baritone Alex Britton, with previous appearances at Brooklyn’s Regina Opera Company,[5] and Puerto Rican bass Jorge O Casio, a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.[6] The company conducted a citywide search to find a young boy to play the shepherd, eventually finding 11 year old Nick Agar-Johnson.[7] Soprano Maryann Mootos, Marquis Award winner in the Emerging Professional Division of the 2006 Classical Singer competition,[8] alternated with soprano Crystallia Spilianaki in performing the role of Nedda. In Rod Gomez’s production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the lead character Canio was performed alternately by American tenors Daniel Rodriguez,[9] protegé of noted tenor Placido Domingo, and Californian Christopher Campbell, a veteran in the role.

    References
    1. chelseaopera.org/Images/T&V%20review.jpg
    2. A night at the opera in Chelsea becomes a reality
    3. NYCharities.org
    4. Chelsea Opera snags singing officer
    5. Otello Photos
    6. Jorge Ocasio – Bass
    7. Opera News > The Met Opera Guild
    8. Classical Singer Community
    9. Daniel Rodriguez, New York’s ‘Singing Cop,’ Tries an Opera – New York Times

    External links
    Chelsea Opera

    Now go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Opera and see my cleaned up version!

    Comment by smartscrutiny | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. Ok, I just figured out how to view past versions of the Wikipedia articles– sorry for the unnecessary posting of my “before” version above!

    Comment by smartscrutiny | October 11, 2008 | Reply


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