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Toward an epistemology of Wikipedia
Abstract Wikipedia (the free online encyclopedia thWikipedia (the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit") is having a huge impact on how a great many people gather information about the world. So it is important for epistemologists and information scientists to ask whether people are likely to acquire knowledge as a result of having access to this information source. In other words is Wikipedia having good epistemlc consequences? After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz. Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g. a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g.
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Comments this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good
Conclusion After surveying the various concerns that After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia, this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies, the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore, the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz., Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition, Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g., power, speed, and fecundity) that arguably outweigh any deficiency in terms of reliability. Even so, epistemologists and information scientists should certainly be trying to identify changes (or alternatives) to Wikipedia that will bring about even better epistemic consequences. This article suggests that to improve Wikipedia, we need to clarify what our epistemic values are and to better understand why Wikipedia works as well as it does.nd why Wikipedia works as well as it does.
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Doi 10.1002/asi.20870 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Toward%2Ban%2Bepistemology%2Bof%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Don Fallis +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics +
Has topic Reliability + , Epistemology +
Issue 10  +
Pages 1662-1674  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions is Wikipedia having good epistemic consequences?
Revid 11,004  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Toward an epistemology of Wikipedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20870  +
Volume 59  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
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Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:31:48  +
Categories Reliability  + , Epistemology  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:00  +
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