UBC j-school and CBC Radio 3 team up to create music wiki

The University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism has been awarded a $15,000 grant to work with CBC Radio 3 to create a Canadian music wiki.

Journalism professor Alfred Hermida will supervise the project and UBC student Amanda Ash will intern at Radio 3 to work on the wiki.

The funding comes from the MITACS ACCELERATE Internship Program, which helps students apply their research work in real-world situations.

According to a UBC press release:

“The aim of the project is to research and develop a user-generated, online website focused exclusively on Canadian music and Canadian musicians, using wiki software. The advent of participatory online media has empowered citizens to become creators of content. This project will research the value of user-generated content in general, and specifically through wiki social software, within Canada’s public broadcasting system.

“The project will enable CBC Radio 3 to remain at the forefront of offering innovative and distinctive Canadian content, consistent with its mission to promote national culture by using emerging technologies to reach Canadians, particularly younger audiences.”