Wikipidia Not a Source of Credible Information

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Is Wikipedia a credible source of information? From learning experience I was involved in a project where I had to research parent and subsidiary information for corporate entities and document my findings. After the research results were documented I had to create records for every subsidiary entity that rolled up to the ultimate parent company. A research list was provided for the research efforts and list noted was that the Wikipedia website was only to be utilized as a reference point as the data was not credible. Wikipedia was a source to obtain preliminary data and as a cross reference tool as some of the information was either contradictory or not available. Some of the required information required entity's complete name, headquarter address, corporate structure/shareholder information and subsidiaries. A good portion of the data was found through the Edgar website which is a site were "All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database." http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

Another website referenced was the entity's website which mirrored the information found on the Edgar or any other regulatory website. Wikipedia was not included as a source in our documentation reports as it was only used as a quick reference for further research. We always prioritized legal and regulatory documentation.

If the data in Wikipedia is dubious one can only imagine what it would be in another language for those trying to learn from the country's culture, language or politics. It's a website where individuals write what they think and or believe to be accurate and or true. These individuals might not…...

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