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Vancouver journalist creates online Canadian music wiki

Published in the Vancouver Sun on June 18, 2010. This article was also picked up by the Montréal Gazette, the National Post, the Regina Leader Post, the Edmonton Journal and many others.

BY TABASSUM SIDDIQUI, VANCOUVER SUN  

JUNE 18, 2010

The Internet age has helped propel Canadian music into the spotlight in recent years, with everyone from rising superstars like Drake and Justin Bieber to up-and-coming indie bands getting a boost from online platforms and networks such as Twitter, My Space and YouTube.

But fans searching for a central online resource for Canadian music were out of luck — that is, until the recent launch of the Canadian Music Wiki (canadianmusicwiki.ca), which aims to become the most comprehensive site for Canadian music information on the Web.

A wiki is a collaborative website where online users can add and edit their own information to build a database of content.

The innovative site is the result of a year’s work by Vancouver music journalist and recent University of British Columbia journalism grad Amanda Ash, who researched and developed the wiki as her master’s thesis, which examined how media organizations could take advantage of the new participatory media model.

Read more at www.vancouversun.com.

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