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Wikipedia - community or social movement?
Abstract In recent years a new realm for study of pIn recent years a new realm for study of political and sociological phenomena has appeared, the Internet, contributing to major changes in our societies during its relatively brief existence. Within cyberspace, organizations whose existence is increasingly tied to this virtual world are of interest to social scientists. This study will analyze the community of one of the largest online organizations, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia with millions of volunteer members. Wikipedia was never meant to be a community, yet it most certainly has become one. This study asks whether it is something even more –whether it is an expression of online activism, and whether it can be seen as a social movement organization, related to one or more of the Internet-centered social movements industries (in particular, the free and open-source software movement industry).d open-source software movement industry).
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Conclusion As I have pointed out in the preceeding seAs I have pointed out in the preceeding sections, the Wikipedia project has evolved beyond “just an encyclopedia”. It has given rise to a vibrant online community, certainly justifing the use of the “Wikipedia community” phrase. Whether we can speak of a “Wikipedia social movement” is less obvious. Although Wikipedia seems to be closely related to the Free/Open Source Software Movement Industry and it shows certain qualities commonly associated with SMOs, it is certainly not a typical one. Current definitions of what a social movement is seem to fit Wikipedia; however a degree to which some of them need to be stretched indicates the need for further discussions, and possibly a need for refining and updating those definitions.r refining and updating those definitions.
Data source Websites  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%3A%2Bcommunity%2Bor%2Bsocial%2Bmovement%3F%22  +
Has author Piotr Konieczny +
Has domain Sociology +
Has topic Community building +
Issue 2  +
Month November  +
Pages 212 - 232  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Interface +
Research design Phenomenology  +
Research questions This study asks whether it is something evThis study asks whether it is something even more –whether it is an expression of online activism, and whether it can be seen as a social movement organization, related to one or more of the Internet-centered social movements industries (in particular, the free and open-source software movement industry).d open-source software movement industry).
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia: community or social movement?
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://interfacejournal.nuim.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Interface-1-2-pp212-232-Konieczny.pdf  +
Volume 1  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 May 2012 22:59:02  +
Categories Community building  + , Sociology  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:45  +
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