Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution

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Wikipedia’s first twenty years: how what started as an experiment in collaboration turned the world’s hottest reference work.

We have been trying issues up in Wikipedia for twenty years. What started virtually by chance—a wiki connected to an nascent on-line encyclopedia—has turn out to be the world’s hottest reference work. Regarded at first because the scholarly equal of a Big Mac, Wikipedia is now identified for its dependable sourcing and as a bastion of (largely) reasoned interplay. How has Wikipedia, constructed on a mannequin of radical collaboration, remained true to its authentic mission of “free entry to the sum of all human data” when different tech phenomena have devolved into promoting platforms? In this book, students, activists, and volunteers mirror on Wikipedia’s first twenty years, revealing connections throughout disciplines and borders, languages and knowledge, the skilled and private.

The contributors take into account Wikipedia’s historical past, the richness of the connections that underpin it, and its founding imaginative and prescient. Their essays have a look at, amongst different issues, the shift from bewilderment to respect in press protection of Wikipedia; Wikipedia as “an important laboratory for social scientific and computing analysis in historical past”; and the acknowledgment that “free entry” consists of not simply entry to the fabric however freedom to contribute—that the summation of all human data is biased by who paperwork it.


Phoebe Ayers, Omer Benjakob, Yochai Benkler, William Beutler, Siko Bouterse, Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, Amy Carleton, Robert Cummings, LiAnna L. Davis, Siân Evans, Heather Ford, Stephen Harrison, Heather Hart, Benjamin Mako Hill, Dariusz Jemielniak, Brian Keegan, Jackie Koerner, Alexandria Lockett, Jacqueline Mabey, Katherine Maher, Michael Mandiberg, Stephane Coillet-Matillon, Cecelia A. Musselman, Eliza Myrie, Jake Orlowitz, Ian A. Ramjohn, Joseph Reagle, Anasuya Sengupta, Aaron Shaw, Melissa Tamani, Jina Valentine, Matthew Vetter, Adele Vrana, Denny Vrandečić

Formats: ePub
Pages: 376 pages
Publication date: 13 Oct 2020
Publisher: The MIT Press
Language: English
ISBN 10: 0262538172
ISBN 13: 978-0262538176

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