Is Wikipedia Reliable As A Source?

A few weeks back I wrote in my column of Wikipedia, the peer-produced online encyclopedia. Several readers and friends have asked whether it really stands up to scrutiny. How could something produced by a bunch of folk who may or may not have the qualifications, may or may not have an agenda, create something that’s objective and reliable?

Here’s a piece from the excellent Poynteronline by Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Professor & Poynter Visiting Professor, which may convince the doubters. He says: “I was always wary of trusting Wikipedia, a giant, free, collaborative encyclopedia that’s getting lots of attention. But, slowly, I found myself impressed by some of the entries I came across.”