Batter up: Yesterday, I played the part of blogger poster child in Philadelphia for a room full of academic librarians and academic journal publishers. (Mom would be proud.) They were taking part in a day-long conference about Web 2.0. The organizer of event was nice enough to invite me even though she knew I am not a fan of the term “Web 2.0” (my beef: it’s an unnecessary buzzword that tries to tie together a lot of other buzzwords and acronyms to make something old seem new — and funding-worthy).
Right before I talked, Sean Forman, a math and computer science professor at St. Joseph’s University spoke about Wikis. I don’t follow baseball, so I wasn’t familiar with Sean’s truly incredible website, Baseball-Reference.com or his equally staggering collaborative encyclopedia about baseball a wiki called the Baseball-Reference Bullpen.
Because of Sean’s presentation, I now know that real wiki people call it “wee-key,” not wick-ee, like I do. From now on, I’ll be pronouncing it that way also. (Sorry, but I can’t reveal the secret handshake.)