From Castalia to Wikipedia: openness and closure in knowledge communities

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From Castalia to Wikipedia: openness and closure in knowledge communities
Authors: Peter Roberts, Michael E. Peters [edit item]
Citation: E-Learning and Digital Media 8 (1): 36-46. 2011.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.2304/elea.2011.8.1.36.
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From Castalia to Wikipedia: openness and closure in knowledge communities is a publication by Peter Roberts, Michael E. Peters.


[edit] Abstract

This article explores different forms of openness and closure in two knowledge communities: the fictional world of Castalia in Hermann Hesse's great work The Glass Bead Game, and the twenty-first-century cyberspatial universe of Wikipedia. These two worlds differ in some important respects, but they also share a number of educationally significant features in common. The authors compare the respective approaches to knowledge, decision-making and social organization in Castalia and Wikipedia. They argue that both can be seen as flawed knowledge communities, from which, nonetheless, much can be learned that is helpful in advancing current discussions of openness as an ideal.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper addresses the themes of openness and closure in Hesse’s novel by way of a comparison with a contemporary cyberspatial knowledge community: the world of Wikipedia."

Research details

Topics: Culture and values of Wikipedia [edit item]
Domains: Knowledge management [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: [edit item]
Research design: Case study [edit item]
Data source: Documents, Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Policy [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"This paper has shown that while Wikipedia differs from Castalia in some important respects, there are also some surprising similarities. Built on a platform of popular participation, in direct contrast to the elitism of Castalia, Wikipedia nonetheless has its own hierarchy, its own rules, and its own forms of closure."

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AbstractThis article explores different forms of oThis article explores different forms of openness and closure in two knowledge communities: the fictional world of Castalia in Hermann Hesse's great work The Glass Bead Game, and the twenty-first-century cyberspatial universe of Wikipedia. These two worlds differ in some important respects, but they also share a number of educationally significant features in common. The authors compare the respective approaches to knowledge, decision-making and social organization in Castalia and Wikipedia. They argue that both can be seen as flawed knowledge communities, from which, nonetheless, much can be learned that is helpful in advancing current discussions of openness as an ideal.rrent discussions of openness as an ideal.
Added by wikilit teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
ConclusionThis paper has shown that while Wikipedia This paper has shown that while Wikipedia differs from Castalia in some important respects, there are also some surprising similarities. Built on a platform of popular participation, in direct contrast to the elitism of Castalia, Wikipedia nonetheless has its own hierarchy, its own rules, and its own forms of closure.s own rules, and its own forms of closure.
Data sourceDocuments + and Wikipedia pages +
Doi10.2304/elea.2011.8.1.36 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22From%2BCastalia%2Bto%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bopenness%2Band%2Bclosure%2Bin%2Bknowledge%2Bcommunities%22 +
Has authorPeter Roberts + and Michael E. Peters +
Has domainKnowledge management +
Has topicCulture and values of Wikipedia +
Issue1 +
Pages36-46 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inE-Learning and Digital Media +
Research designCase study +
Research questionsThis paper addresses the themes of openness and closure in Hesse’s novel by way of a comparison with a contemporary cyberspatial knowledge community: the world of Wikipedia.
Revid11,221 +
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleFrom Castalia to Wikipedia: openness and closure in knowledge communities
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/10092/7374/1/12629360_From%20Castalia%20to%20Wikipedia.pdf +
Volume8 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typePolicy +
Year2011 +