Wikipedia – Free and Reliable?: Aspects of a Collaboratively Shaped Encyclopaedia
2008 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, Vol. 30, no 1, 155-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Wikipedia is a multilingual, Internet-based, free, wiki-encyclopaedia, created by its own users.
The aim of this article is to let the users’ descriptions of their impressions and experiences of Wikipedia increase the understanding for the function and dynamics of this collaboratively shaped wiki-encyclopaedia.
Qualitative, structured interviews via e-mail, concerning users, and the creation and use of Wikipedia, were carried out with six male respondents – administrators at the Swedish Wikipedia – during September and October, 2006.
The results focus on the following themes: I. Passive and active users; II. Formal and informal tasks; III. Common and personal visions; IV. Working together; V. The origins and creation of articles; VI. Contents and quality; VII. Decisions and interventions; and, VIII. Encyclopaedic ambitions.
The discussion deals with the approach of this encyclopaedic phenomenon, focusing upon its “unfinishedness”, the development in different directions, and the social regulation implied and involved. Wikipedia is a product of our time, having a powerful vision and engagement, and it should therefore be interpreted and considered on its own terms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 30, no 1, 155-172 p.
Wikipedia, encyclopaedia, wiki, cooperation, collaboration, social regulation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13070DiVA: diva2:17773