Toward an epistemology of Wikipedia

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Toward an epistemology of Wikipedia
Authors: Don Fallis [edit item]
Citation: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 59 (10): 1662-1674. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1002/asi.20870.
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[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia (the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit") is having a huge impact on how a great many people gather information about the world. So it is important for epistemologists and information scientists to ask whether people are likely to acquire knowledge as a result of having access to this information source. In other words is Wikipedia having good epistemlc consequences? After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz. Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g.

[edit] Research questions

"is Wikipedia having good epistemic consequences?"

Research details

Topics: Reliability, Epistemology [edit item]
Domains: Philosophy and ethics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia, this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies, the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore, the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz., Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition, Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g., power, speed, and fecundity) that arguably outweigh any deficiency in terms of reliability. Even so, epistemologists and information scientists should certainly be trying to identify changes (or alternatives) to Wikipedia that will bring about even better epistemic consequences. This article suggests that to improve Wikipedia, we need to clarify what our epistemic values are and to better understand why Wikipedia works as well as it does."

[edit] Comments

"this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good"


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AbstractWikipedia (the free online encyclopedia thWikipedia (the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit") is having a huge impact on how a great many people gather information about the world. So it is important for epistemologists and information scientists to ask whether people are likely to acquire knowledge as a result of having access to this information source. In other words is Wikipedia having good epistemlc consequences? After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz. Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g. a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g.
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Commentsthis article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good
ConclusionAfter surveying the various concerns that After surveying the various concerns that have been raised about the reliability of Wikipedia, this article argues that the epistemic consequences of people using Wikipedia as a source of information are likely to be quite good. According to several empirical studies, the reliability of Wikipedia compares favorably to the reliability of traditional encyclopedias. Furthermore, the reliability of Wikipedia compares even more favorably to the reliability of those information sources that people would be likely to use if Wikipedia did not exist (viz., Web sites that are as freely and easily accessible as Wikipedia). In addition, Wikipedia has a number of other epistemic virtues (e.g., power, speed, and fecundity) that arguably outweigh any deficiency in terms of reliability. Even so, epistemologists and information scientists should certainly be trying to identify changes (or alternatives) to Wikipedia that will bring about even better epistemic consequences. This article suggests that to improve Wikipedia, we need to clarify what our epistemic values are and to better understand why Wikipedia works as well as it does.nd why Wikipedia works as well as it does.
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.1002/asi.20870 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Toward%2Ban%2Bepistemology%2Bof%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorDon Fallis +
Has domainPhilosophy and ethics +
Has topicReliability + and Epistemology +
Issue10 +
Pages1662-1674 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsis Wikipedia having good epistemic consequences?
Revid11,004 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleToward an epistemology of Wikipedia
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20870 +
Volume59 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2008 +