Wagging Wikipedia's long tail

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Wagging Wikipedia's long tail
Authors: Shane Greenstein [edit item]
Citation: IEEE Micro 27 (2): . 2007.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1109/MM.2007.45.
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Wagging Wikipedia's long tail is a publication by Shane Greenstein.


[edit] Abstract

In 2005, Wikipedia surpassed Encarta as the Internet's most popular reference site. Wikipedia calls itself the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit and it has grown rapidly since its founding in 2001. As an educator and parent, Greenstein finds himself struggling to come to terms with the economics of Wikipedia, which have shaped a resource that is at times very good, but occasionally poor. The inconsistency is a result of Wikipedia's long tail, a characteristic that requires some explanation. And thereby hangs a tale.

[edit] Research questions

"Wikipedia’s entries can become both deep and wide. Translation into Internet lingo: The economics permits a long tail. How good is Wikipedia’s long tail?"

Research details

Topics: Size of Wikipedia [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [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

"Teachers and parents who worry about Wikipedia becoming an authoritative source have a valid concern. Kids easily can use it improperly. And it is correct but not helpful to say that most admins would not advise any sane adult to use Wikipedia as an exclusive source. I want to convey that observation with the right attitude. I find myself tiring of those who moan about Wikipedia’s faults. It is actually a pretty good resource if supplemented with outside material. More to the point, everyone is an expert on something. Experts do not have to depend on Wikipedia, but others do. If you see an error, don’t whine. Just fix it"

[edit] Comments

""Wikipedia’s long tail is better at being wide than deep" p. 79"


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AbstractIn 2005, Wikipedia surpassed Encarta as thIn 2005, Wikipedia surpassed Encarta as the Internet's most popular reference site. Wikipedia calls itself the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit and it has grown rapidly since its founding in 2001. As an educator and parent, Greenstein finds himself struggling to come to terms with the economics of Wikipedia, which have shaped a resource that is at times very good, but occasionally poor. The inconsistency is a result of Wikipedia's long tail, a characteristic that requires some explanation. And thereby hangs a tale.ome explanation. And thereby hangs a tale.
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Collected data time dimensionN/A +
Comments"Wikipedia’s long tail is better at being wide than deep" p. 79
ConclusionTeachers and parents who worry

about WikipTeachers and parents who worry about Wikipedia becoming an authoritative source have a valid concern. Kids easily can use it improperly. And it is correct but not helpful to say that most admins would not advise any sane adult to use Wikipedia as an exclusive source. I want to convey that observation with the right attitude. I find myself tiring of those who moan about Wikipedia’s faults. It is actually a pretty good resource if supplemented with outside material. More to the point, everyone is an expert on something. Experts do not have to depend on Wikipedia, but others do. If you see an error, don’t whine. Just fix ityou

see an error, don’t whine. Just fix it
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.1109/MM.2007.45 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wagging%2BWikipedia%27s%2Blong%2Btail%22 +
Has authorShane Greenstein +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicSize of Wikipedia +
Issue2 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inIEEE Micro +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsWikipedia’s entries can become both deep and wide. Translation into Internet lingo: The economics permits a long tail. How good is Wikipedia’s long tail?
Revid11,038 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWagging Wikipedia's long tail
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MM.2007.45 +
Volume27 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2007 +