Wikipedia leeches? The promotion of traffic through a collaborative web format

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Wikipedia leeches? The promotion of traffic through a collaborative web format
Authors: Ganaele Langlois, Greg Elmer [edit item]
Citation: New Media & Society 53 (11): 1830-1845. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1177/1461444809105351.
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Wikipedia leeches? The promotion of traffic through a collaborative web format is a publication by Ganaele Langlois, Greg Elmer.


[edit] Abstract

This article investigates the circulation of Wikipedia entries on the web in an effort to determine the integration of its collaborative model into existing proprietary web formats. In particular it details the use of Wikipedia content as 'tags' or information that is used to increase traffic to webpages through search engine results. Consequently, the article discusses the need to develop theoretical models that provide for an understanding of both content and form on the web, particularly as formatted by open-source legal frameworks.

[edit] Research questions

"This article investigates the circulation of Wikipedia entries on the web in an effort to determine the integration of its collaborative model into existing proprietary web formats. In particular it details the use of Wikipedia content as 'tags' or information that is used to increase traffic to webpages through search engine results. Consequently, the article discusses the need to develop theoretical models that provide for an understanding of both content and form on the web, particularly as formatted by open-source legal frameworks."

Research details

Topics: Commercial aspects, Ranking and popularity [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Websites, 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

"The circulation of Wikipedia content on the web through the mediation of the Google search engine demonstrates the importance of the appropriation of open-source content by commercial interests. Such an appropriation is made possible by the use of dynamic production techniques that are now commonly used to publish user-produced content. As such, this study is in continuity with Lawrence Lessig’s (2006) argument that the internet is regulated both by its legal framework and its technical architecture or code. The articulation between the legal and the technical is what makes processes of commercialization of content possible. This has theoretical consequences in terms of developing a framework to examine online discourse networks."

[edit] Comments

""The articulation between the legal and the technical is what makes processes of commercialization and circulation of content possible." p. 786"


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AbstractThis article investigates the circulation This article investigates the circulation of Wikipedia entries on the web in an effort to determine the integration of its collaborative model into existing proprietary web formats. In particular it details the use of Wikipedia content as 'tags' or information that is used to increase traffic to webpages through search engine results. Consequently, the article discusses the need to develop theoretical models that provide for an understanding of both content and form on the web, particularly as formatted by open-source legal frameworks.formatted by open-source legal frameworks.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Comments"The articulation between the legal and the technical is what makes processes of commercialization and circulation of content possible." p. 786
ConclusionThe circulation of Wikipedia content on thThe circulation of Wikipedia content on the web through the mediation of the Google search engine demonstrates the importance of the appropriation of open-source content by commercial interests. Such an appropriation is made possible by the use of dynamic production techniques that are now commonly used to publish user-produced content. As such, this study is in continuity with Lawrence Lessig’s (2006) argument that the internet is regulated both by its legal framework and its technical architecture or code. The articulation between the legal and the technical is what makes processes of commercialization of content possible. This has theoretical consequences in terms of developing a framework to examine online discourse networks.work to examine online discourse networks.
Data sourceWebsites + and Wikipedia pages +
Doi10.1177/1461444809105351 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Bleeches%3F%2BThe%2Bpromotion%2Bof%2Btraffic%2Bthrough%2Ba%2Bcollaborative%2Bweb%2Bformat%22 +
Has authorGanaele Langlois + and Greg Elmer +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicCommercial aspects + and Ranking and popularity +
Issue11 +
Pages1830-1845 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inNew Media & Society +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsThis article investigates the circulation This article investigates the circulation of Wikipedia entries on the web in an effort to determine the integration of its collaborative model into existing proprietary web formats. In particular it details the use of Wikipedia content as 'tags' or information that is used to increase traffic to webpages through search engine results. Consequently, the article discusses the need to develop theoretical models that provide for an understanding of both content and form on the web, particularly as formatted by open-source legal frameworks.formatted by open-source legal frameworks.
Revid11,098 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia leeches? The promotion of traffic through a collaborative web format
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://nms.sagepub.com/content/11/5/773.short +
Volume53 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2009 +