Wikipedia as participatory journalism: reliable sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource

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Wikipedia as participatory journalism: reliable sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource
Authors: Andrew Lih [edit item]
Citation: 5th International Symposium on Online Journalism 38 (3): 309-315. 2004.
Publication type: Conference paper
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Wikipedia as participatory journalism: reliable sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource is a publication by Andrew Lih.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia is an Internet-based, user contributed encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited, and utilizes the wiki concept – the idea that any user on the Internet can change any page within the Web site, even anonymously. Paradoxically, this seemingly chaotic process has created a highly regarded reference on the Internet. Wikipedia has emerged as the largest example of participatory journalism to date – facilitating many-to-many communication among users editing articles, all working towards maintaining a neutral point of view — Wikipedia’s mantra. This study examines the growth of Wikipedia and analyzes the crucial technologies and community policies that have enabled the project to prosper. It also analyzes Wikipedia’s articles that have been cited in the news media, and establishes a set of metrics based on established encyclopedia taxonomies and analyzes the trends in Wikipedia being used as a source.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper describes the history and growth of the Wikipedia project (http://www.wikipedia.org), including milestones that have affected its growth and the dynamics of the community. It introduces a method for evaluating Wikipedia’s content, as its article quality has not been systematically analyzed in academic research."

Research details

Topics: Antecedents of quality, Size of Wikipedia, News source [edit item]
Domains: Communications, Journalism [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Experiment, Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Experiment responses, Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article, Edit, User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

""The results indicate that there is a linkage between Wikipedia as a “working draft of history” and current news events. A great many Internet users will visit Wikipedia and contribute to it on their own volition, but the study points to clear cases where the citation in the press has driven traffic directly to articles and has improved them as a result.""

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