[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Presence On Wikipedia

Alexandre Leroux alexandre.leroux at ec.gc.ca
Thu Dec 20 07:14:19 PST 2007

Lester Caine wrote:
> And more critically
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:What_Wikipedia_is_not#Wikipedia_is_not_a_dictionary 
> PREVENTS using it as a repository of terms :(

As the link you just provided indicates, Wiktionary is the Wikipedia 
equivalent for a dictionary. I admit I haven't read this whole thread, 
but it would make sense to me to use Wiktionary as a repository of 
geo-definitions. As an occasional user of Wiktionary myself and not an 
expert, I feel it has a good structure for the management of multiple 
languages. And Wiktionary and Wikipedia have strong ties together (e.g. 
the ability to link directly to the other website) and Wikipedia's 
popularity (even with the numerous imperfections it has) can attract 
much more users to Wiktionary.

This is one of the graphs that made me enthusiastic (maybe wrongly?):

Have a great holiday time,


Alexandre Leroux, M.Sc., Ing.
Environnement Canada / Environment Canada
Centre météorologique canadien / Canadian Meteorological Centre
Division de la réponse aux urgences environnementales /
Environmental Emergency Response Division
alexandre.leroux at ec.gc.ca

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