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The nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography?
Abstract Given their ease of use and capability forGiven their ease of use and capability for interactivity, new media are seen as having the potential to make visible previously marginalized voices. The online presence of the writing of history is increasing, and this potential would be a welcome development for the field as it would create a much richer set of easily available historical perspectives. However, this article suggests that the achievement of this promise is fraught with difficulty and that a more likely outcome is a mapping of the status quo in historical representation onto the new media. To illustrate this, I present an analysis of the Wikipedia accounts of Singaporean and Philippine history. For Singapore, alternative historical visions are not as developed as those for the Philippines, and this is reflected in the nature of the respective Wikipedia accounts. I suggest that a possible means to achieve something more of the promise of digital media for history is for information professionals to take a keener interest in Wikipedia, with an eye to helping include accounts of documented historical perspectives that are ignored by mainstream historiographical traditions.y mainstream historiographical traditions.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion "In this article, I have examined the Wiki"In this article, I have examined the Wikipedia accounts of Singaporean and Philippine history. I have shown that in the Singapore case, the account closely follows the dominant historiographical tradition while this is not so for that of the Philippines. I have argued that this is due to the greater visibility of alterative historical narratives in the Philippines and that it represents a setback to the claims of those who advocate new media as a means to widen the availability of alternative voices in society. "bility of alternative voices in society. "
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bnature%2Bof%2Bhistorical%2Brepresentation%2Bon%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bdominant%2Bor%2Balterative%2Bhistoriography%3F%22  +
Has author Brendan Luyt +
Has domain History +
Has topic Other content topics + , Reliability +
Issue 6  +
Month June  +
Pages 1058-1065  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research design Historical analysis  +
Research questions The question then is whether history as written in the online media of Wikipedia reflects a multitude of historical perspectives or whether it adheres to the dominant historiographical approach of each country.
Revid 10,982  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title The nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography?
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21531/full  +
Volume 62  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 April 2012 20:08:27  +
Categories Other content topics  + , Reliability  + , History  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:49  +
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