"Science is a conversation...about the facts of reality," says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. In contrast to the top-down "old models of thinking," Wales believes science is a natural fit for the participatory style of conversation taking place on wikis.
Digital technologies have greatly enhanced our ability to communicate and share information, but the scientific community remains largely untouched by these advances.
Why doesn't the web work for science the way it works for culture and for commerce? What will it take to make science digital?
Join the Commonwealth Club of California for a fascinating discussion on the movement to bring digital methods to the world of science. - Commonwealth Club of California
Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (born August 7, 1966 in Huntsville, Alabama) is the founder, board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit corporation that operates the Wikipedia project, and several other wiki projects, including Wiktionary and Wikinews. He is also the co-founder, along with Angela Beesley, of the for-profit company Wikia, Inc.