The nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography?

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The nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography?
Authors: Brendan Luyt [edit item]
Citation: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62 (6): 1058-1065. 2011 June.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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The nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography? is a publication by Brendan Luyt.


[edit] Abstract

Given 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.

[edit] 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."

Research details

Topics: Other content topics, Reliability [edit item]
Domains: History [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Historical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

""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. ""

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AbstractGiven 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 dimensionCross-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 sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bnature%2Bof%2Bhistorical%2Brepresentation%2Bon%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bdominant%2Bor%2Balterative%2Bhistoriography%3F%22 +
Has authorBrendan Luyt +
Has domainHistory +
Has topicOther content topics + and Reliability +
Issue6 +
MonthJune +
Pages1058-1065 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research designHistorical analysis +
Research questionsThe 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.
Revid10,982 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleThe nature of historical representation on Wikipedia: dominant or alterative historiography?
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21531/full +
Volume62 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2011 +