[Foundation-l] Comparison of Wikipedia in Norsk (Bokmål) and Store Norske Leksikon

John at Darkstar vacuum at jeb.no
Mon Jun 1 11:03:19 UTC 2009

Sunday 31th of May the Norwegian newspaper VG (Verdens Gang) compared
Wikipedia in Norsk (Bokmål) and Store Norske Leksikon. The latter
encyclopedia is a large traditional paper lexicon transfered to a web
portal, together with to other lexicons; one medical and health lexicon
and one biographical lexicon. SNL has transfered from a closed licensing
model to an open licensing model, and also open up for outside

The roundup focused on five different areas; history, culture,
entertainment, society and politics, and sport. The grades goes from 1
to 6, with 6 as the best.

History:		Wp 5 - SNL 5
(Det norske arbeiderparti, Andre verdenskrig, Vikinger, Vikingtid)

Culture:		Wp 4 - SNL 3
(Edvard Munch, Henrik Ibsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hjalmar Borgström,
Ungdommens kulturmønstring)

Entertainment:		Wp 5 - SNL 2
(Melodi Grand Prix, Harald Eia, Tone Damli Aaberget, Nytt på nytt,
Alexander Rybak, Idol, Wenche Foss, Sivert Høyem)

Society and politics: 	Wp 5 - SNL 3
(Kristin Halvorsen, AUF-skandalen, Rødt, Saera Khan)

Sport:			Wp 5 - SNL 3
(Marit Breivik, Tore André Flo, Tore Reginiussen, Kjetil André Aamodt,

The comparison seems to have a slight bias because there are two much
articles about persons and events fairly close to present time.
Wikipedia is much better on that kind of articles compared to more
classical lexicon articles, where it can be assumed that SNL would be
somewhat better.


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