Wikipedia as a tool for forestry outreach

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Wikipedia as a tool for forestry outreach
Authors: Philip J. Radtke, John F. Munsell [edit item]
Citation: Journal of Forestry 10 (4): 343-349. 2010.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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Wikipedia as a tool for forestry outreach is a publication by Philip J. Radtke, John F. Munsell.


[edit] Abstract

The goals of this work were to examine how the online, collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia presents information related to forest management and the profession of forestry and to explore its potential as a vehicle for widespread public outreach, interaction, and communication regarding these topics. Issues concerning the accuracy of Wikipedia content were reviewed, and a survey of Wikipedia content related to forestry was performed, along with a project enlisting college students to generate content on Wikipedia related to forest measurements coursework. Forestry-related Wikipedia articles generated over one-half million page views during 1 month in 2008, with nearly 6,000 views of 25 studentgenerated pages. In the 18 months since they were first uploaded, student-generated articles were edited 784 times by 132 separate contributors. Developing new content, editing, and revision are essential parts of the Wikipedia collaborative model. As such, significant opportunities exist for individuals or groups of students, professionals, experts, and nonexperts alike to contribute collaboratively to forestry-related articles that will be viewed by relatively large audiences of the online public on Wikipedia. Copyright 2010 by the Society of American Foresters.

[edit] Research questions

"The goals of this work were to examine how the online, collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia presents information related to forest management and the profession of forestry and to explore its potential as a vehicle for widespread public outreach, interaction, and communication regarding these topics. Issues concerning the accuracy of Wikipedia content were reviewed, and a survey of Wikipedia content related to forestry was performed, along with a project enlisting college students to generate content on Wikipedia related to forest measurements coursework."

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness, Student contribution [edit item]
Domains: Biology [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual, Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Subject [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, Information categorization and navigation [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Forestry-related Wikipedia articles generated over one-half million page views during 1 month in 2008, with nearly 6,000 views of 25 student-generated pages. In the 18 months since they were first uploaded, student-generated articles were edited 784 times by 132 separate contributors. Developing new content, editing, and revision are essential parts of the Wikipedia collaborative model. As such, significant opportunities exist for individuals or groups of students, professionals, experts, and nonexperts alike to contribute collaboratively to forestry-related articles that will be viewed by relatively large audiences of the online public on Wikipedia."

[edit] Comments

""The subject of forestry has a considerable presence on Wikipedia, with the number of forest management and professional forestry articles numbering at least in the hundreds." p. 358"


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AbstractThe goals of this work were to examine howThe goals of this work were to examine how the online, collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia presents information related to forest management and the profession of forestry and to explore its potential as a vehicle for widespread public outreach, interaction, and communication regarding these topics. Issues concerning the accuracy of Wikipedia content were reviewed, and a survey of Wikipedia content related to forestry was performed, along with a project enlisting college students to generate content on Wikipedia related to forest measurements coursework. Forestry-related Wikipedia articles generated over one-half million page views during 1 month in 2008, with nearly 6,000 views of 25 studentgenerated pages. In the 18 months since they were first uploaded, student-generated articles were edited 784 times by 132 separate contributors. Developing new content, editing, and revision are essential parts of the Wikipedia collaborative model. As such, significant opportunities exist for individuals or groups of students, professionals, experts, and nonexperts alike to contribute collaboratively to forestry-related articles that will be viewed by relatively large audiences of the online public on Wikipedia. Copyright 2010 by the Society of American Foresters.2010 by the Society of American Foresters.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Comments"The subject of forestry has a considerable presence on Wikipedia, with the number of forest management and professional forestry articles numbering at least in the hundreds." p. 358
ConclusionForestry-related Wikipedia articles generaForestry-related Wikipedia articles generated over one-half million page views during 1 month in 2008, with nearly 6,000 views of 25 student-generated pages. In the 18 months since they were first uploaded, student-generated articles were edited 784 times by 132 separate contributors. Developing new content, editing, and revision are essential parts of the Wikipedia collaborative model. As such, significant opportunities exist for individuals or groups of students, professionals, experts, and nonexperts alike to contribute collaboratively to forestry-related articles that will be viewed by relatively large audiences of the online public on Wikipedia.diences of the online public on Wikipedia.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Bas%2Ba%2Btool%2Bfor%2Bforestry%2Boutreach%22 +
Has authorPhilip J. Radtke + and John F. Munsell +
Has domainBiology +
Has topicComprehensiveness + and Student contribution +
Issue4 +
Pages343-349 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of Forestry +
Research designConceptual + and Content analysis +
Research questionsThe goals of this work were to examine howThe goals of this work were to examine how the online, collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia presents information related to forest management and the profession of forestry and to explore its potential as a vehicle for widespread public outreach, interaction, and communication regarding these topics. Issues concerning the accuracy of Wikipedia content were reviewed, and a survey of Wikipedia content related to forestry was performed, along with a project enlisting college students to generate content on Wikipedia related to forest measurements coursework.related to forest measurements coursework.
Revid11,092 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia as a tool for forestry outreach
Unit of analysisSubject +
Urlhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/saf/jof/2010/00000108/00000007/art00007 +
Volume10 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and Information categorization and navigation +
Year2010 +