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Wikipedia - free and reliable? Aspects of a collaboratively shaped encyclopaedia
Abstract Wikipedia is a multilingual, Internet-baseWikipedia is a multilingual, Internet-based, free, wiki-encyclopaedia, created by its own users.The aim of this article is to let the users’ descriptions of their impressions and experiences of Wikipedia increase the understanding for the function and dynamics of this collaboratively shaped wiki-encyclopaedia.Qualitative, structured interviews via e-mail, concerning users, and the creation and use of Wikipedia, were carried out with six male respondents – administrators at the Swedish Wikipedia – during September and October, 2006.The results focus on the following themes: I. Passive and active users; II. Formal and informal tasks; III. Common and personal visions; IV. Working together; V. The origins and creation of articles; VI. Contents and quality; VII. Decisions and interventions; and, VIII. Encyclopaedic ambitions.The discussion deals with the approach of this encyclopaedic phenomenon, focusing upon its “unfinishedness”, the development in different directions, and the social regulation implied and involved. Wikipedia is a product of our time, having a powerful vision and engagement, and it should therefore be interpreted and considered on its own terms.terpreted and considered on its own terms.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "The method chosen for this exploratory study is qualitative, based upon structured interviews held with individuals committed to Wikipedia." (p. 185)
Conclusion "Perhaps the core question concerns how we"Perhaps the core question concerns how we can all approach Wikipedia – if we only glance at it superficially, or if we make an effort to attain something more. To outsiders, Wikipedia could be perceived as an updated, traditional online encyclopaedia – or as a playground for young enthusiasts. These views are not necessarily contradictory. People who only see the apparent surface tend to be more critical and focus on the faults and weaknesses. Initiated individuals, on the other hand, are aware of the ongoing processes, and know that all articles must undergo a process of development before they reach a somewhat satisfactory stage – even without ever becoming completely “finished”. Finally, the initial question must be addressed: Will collaboration compensate for the lack of authority and source credibility? In line with Wikipedia’s concept, there will always be articles in all stages of development." (p. 197)es in all stages of development." (p. 197)
Data source Interview responses  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Maria Mattus +
Has domain Communications +
Has topic Encyclopedias + , Other collaboration topics +
Issue 1  +
Pages 183-199  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Nordicom Review +
Research design Case study  +
Research questions "Will collaboration compensate for the lac"Will collaboration compensate for the lack of authority and source credibility?" (p. 183) "The questions were grouped into seven categories: Demographic questions (A), Wikipedia as a source (B), Creation of articles (C), The users and the use of Wikipedia (D), Promotions of featured articles (E), Requests for interventions (F), and Wikipedia’s future (G)." (p. 186)(F), and Wikipedia’s future (G)." (p. 186)
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia – Free and Reliable? Aspects of a Collaboratively Shaped Encyclopaedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url  +
Volume 30  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Swedish  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 14 August 2012 22:05:48  +
Categories Encyclopedias  + , Other collaboration topics  + , Communications  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:45  +
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