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An inside view: credibility in Wikipedia from the perspective of editors
Abstract Introduction. The question of credibility Introduction. The question of credibility in participatory information environments, particularly Wikipedia, has been much debated. This paper investigates how editors on Swedish Wikipedia consider credibility when they edit and read Wikipedia articles. Method. The study builds on interviews with 11 editors on Swedish Wikipedia, supported by a document analysis of policies on Swedish Wikipedia. Analysis. The interview transcripts have been coded qualitatively according to the participants' use of Wikipedia and what they take into consideration in making credibility assessments. Results. The participants use Wikipedia for purposes where it is not vital that the information is correct. Their credibility assessments are mainly based on authorship, verifiability, and the editing history of an article. Conclusions. The situations and purposes for which the editors use Wikipedia are similar to other user groups, but they draw on their knowledge as members of the network of practice of wikipedians to make credibility assessments, including knowledge of certain editors and of the MediaWiki architecture. Their assessments have more similarities to those used in traditional media than to assessments springing from the wisdom of crowds.ments springing from the wisdom of crowds.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments The situations and purposes for which the The situations and purposes for which the editors use Wikipedia are similar to other user groups, but they draw on their knowledge as members of the network of practice of wikipedians to make credibility assessments, including knowledge of certain editors and of the MediaWiki architecture.editors and of the MediaWiki architecture.
Conclusion Results. The participants use Wikipedia foResults. The participants use Wikipedia for purposes where it is not vital that the information is correct. Their credibility assessments are mainly based on authorship, verifiability, and the editing history of an article. Conclusions. The situations and purposes for which the editors use Wikipedia are similar to other user groups, but they draw on their knowledge as members of the network of practice of wikipedians to make credibility assessments, including knowledge of certain editors and of the MediaWiki architecture. Their assessments have more similarities to those used in traditional media than to assessments springing from the wisdom of crowds.ments springing from the wisdom of crowds.
Data source Interview responses  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22An%2Binside%2Bview%3A%2Bcredibility%2Bin%2BWikipedia%2Bfrom%2Bthe%2Bperspective%2Bof%2Beditors%22  +
Has author Helena Francke + , Olof Sundin +
Has domain Library science +
Has topic Contributor perceptions of credibility +
Issue 3  +
Month June  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Information Research +
Research design Discourse analysis  + , Ethnography  +
Research questions This paper investigates how editors on Swedish Wikipedia consider credibility when they edit and read Wikipedia articles.
Revid 10,661  +
Theories In our analysis, we draw on theories from In our analysis, we draw on theories from library and information science, communication studies, organization studies, and education. Socio-cultural theory Practices can be understood within a socio-cultural framework as iterative tool-based and goal-directed activities (cf. Scribner and Cole 1981: 267). That is, people act by using cultural tools, tools which influence how we think about and do things, such as for instance information practices.uch as for instance information practices.
Theory type Analysis  +
Title An inside view: credibility in Wikipedia from the perspective of editors
Unit of analysis Article  + , User  +
Url http://informationr.net/ir/15-3/colis7/colis702.html  +
Volume 15  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Swedish  +
Wikipedia page type Policy  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:23:06  +
Categories Contributor perceptions of credibility  + , Library science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:20:32  +
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