|Wikipedia as participatory journalism: reliable sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource|
|Citation:||5th International Symposium on Online Journalism 38 (3): 309-315. 2004.|
|Publication type:||Conference paper|
|Google Scholar cites:||Citations|
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Wikipedia is an Internet-based, user contributed encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited, and utilizes the wiki concept – the idea that any user on the Internet can change any page within the Web site, even anonymously. Paradoxically, this seemingly chaotic process has created a highly regarded reference on the Internet. Wikipedia has emerged as the largest example of participatory journalism to date – facilitating many-to-many communication among users editing articles, all working towards maintaining a neutral point of view — Wikipedia’s mantra. This study examines the growth of Wikipedia and analyzes the crucial technologies and community policies that have enabled the project to prosper. It also analyzes Wikipedia’s articles that have been cited in the news media, and establishes a set of metrics based on established encyclopedia taxonomies and analyzes the trends in Wikipedia being used as a source.
"This paper describes the history and growth of the Wikipedia project (http://www.wikipedia.org), including milestones that have affected its growth and the dynamics of the community. It introduces a method for evaluating Wikipedia’s content, as its article quality has not been systematically analyzed in academic research."
|Topics:||Antecedents of quality, Size of Wikipedia, News source|
|Wikipedia coverage:||Main topic|
|Research design:||Experiment, Statistical analysis|
|Data source:||Experiment responses, Wikipedia pages|
|Collected data time dimension:||Longitudinal|
|Unit of analysis:||Article, Edit, User|
|Wikipedia data extraction:||Live Wikipedia|
|Wikipedia page type:||Article|
""The results indicate that there is a linkage between Wikipedia as a “working draft of history” and current news events. A great many Internet users will visit Wikipedia and contribute to it on their own volition, but the study points to clear cases where the citation in the press has driven traffic directly to articles and has improved them as a result.""