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Debating Information Control in Web 2.0. The Case of Wikipedia vs. Citizendium
Abstract Wikipedia is continually being scrutinisedWikipedia is continually being scrutinised for the quality of its content The question addressed in this paper concerns which notions of information, of collaborative knowledge creation, of authority and of the role of the expert are drawn on when information control in WP is discussed. This is done by focusing on the arguments made in the debates surrounding the launch of Citizendium, a proposed new collaborative online encyclopaedia. While Wikipedia claims not to attribute special status to any of its contributors, Citizendium intends to assign a decision-making role to subject experts. The empirical material for the present study consists of two online threads available from Slashdot. One, "A Look inside Citizendium", dates from September, the second one "Co-Founder Forks Wikipedia" from October 2006. The textual analysis of these documents was carried out through close interpretative reading. Five themes, related to different aspects of information control emerged: 1.information types, 2.information responsibility, 3. information perspectives, 4. information organisation, 5. information provenance & creation. Each theme contains a number of different positions. It was found that these positions not necessarily correspond with the different sides of the argument. Instead, at times the fault lines run through the two camps.the fault lines run through the two camps.
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Conclusion It is obvious that Web 2.0 environments inIt is obvious that Web 2.0 environments in general and the Wiki platform in particular open up an important discussion on information control and its bearing on the blurred distinction between consumers, mediators and producers of information. Furthermore, by bringing out the multi-faceted nature of information control in Web 2.0, or more specifically of its perception, the present analysis also highlights some of the challenges individuals are faced with in their different roles in contemporary online environments; challenges arising from the unstable nature of abstract knowledge systems and a consequent need for increased reflexivity. Inevitably, it seems to us, this also has bearings on how we understand the ways in which people in current and future online environments create trust and reflect upon authority, an issue that requires further deliberation in future research.s further deliberation in future research.
Conference location Milwaukee +
Data source Websites  +
Dates 19-24 +
Doi 10.1002/meet.1450440333 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Olof Sundin + , Jutta Haider +
Has domain Information science + , Library science +
Has topic Encyclopedias + , Policies and governance + , Social order + , Ranking and popularity +
Issue 1  +
Month October  +
Pages 1-7  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Proceedings of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science +
Research design Content analysis  + , Discourse analysis  +
Revid 10,728  +
Theory type N/A  +
Title Debating Information Control in Web 2.0: The Case of Wikipedia vs. Citizendium
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Volume 44  +
Wikipedia coverage Other  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 June 2012 11:01:39  +
Categories Publications with missing research questions  + , Encyclopedias  + , Policies and governance  + , Social order  + , Ranking and popularity  + , Information science  + , Library science  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:23:12  +
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