Common knowledge? : an ethnography of Wikipedia by Dariusz Jemielniak

By Dariusz Jemielniak

With an emphasis on peer–produced content material and collaboration, Wikipedia exemplifies a departure from conventional administration and organizational types. This iconic "project" has been variously characterised as a hive brain and a knowledge revolution, attracting hundreds of thousands of latest clients whilst it's been denigrated as anarchic and tormented by incorrect information. Have Wikipedia's constitution and internal workings promoted its stunning progress and enduring public relevance?

In Common Knowledge?, Dariusz Jemielniak attracts on his educational services and years of energetic participation in the Wikipedia neighborhood to take readers contained in the website, illuminating the way it services and deconstructing its particular association. opposed to a backdrop of misconceptions approximately its governance, authenticity, and accessibility, Jemielniak gives you the 1st ethnography of Wikipedia, revealing that it's not fullyyt on the mercy of the general public: in its place, it balances open entry and gear with a distinct forms that takes a web page from conventional organizational varieties. alongside the best way, Jemielniak comprises interesting situations that spotlight the tug of warfare one of the individuals as they forge forward during this pioneering environment.

Show description

Read or Download Common knowledge? : an ethnography of Wikipedia PDF

Best encyclopedias books

Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture

This two-volume reference is the 1st foreign survey of shamanistic ideals from prehistory to the current day. In approximately two hundred special, readable entries, top ethnographers, psychologists, archaeologists, historians, and students of faith and folks literature clarify the overall rules of shamanism in addition to the main points of broadly various practices.

Uss Mississippi (Bb23)

US military truth dossier Battleships BB-23 USS Mississippi every thing you must learn about this send.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. (Two volume set)

Expanding financial globalization has made knowing the realm financial system extra very important than ever. From exchange agreements to offshore outsourcing to overseas relief, this two-volume encyclopedia explains the most important parts of the area financial system and gives a primary step to extra examine for college kids and students in public coverage, foreign reports, enterprise, and the wider social sciences, in addition to for fiscal coverage execs.

China-Asian sub-regional cooperation : progress, problems and prospect

The GMS Cooperation; The Pan-Beibu Gulf monetary Cooperation; Sub-regional financial Zones in China and Implications for ASEAN-China Cooperation; ASEAN fiscal development Triangles; Hydropower improvement within the Mekong quarter; China and ASEAN relatives after CAFTA; China's transforming into monetary Gravity in Southeast Asia

Extra info for Common knowledge? : an ethnography of Wikipedia

Example text

Most candidates entered the 2008 elections with ample support, and only one candidate was unsuccessful. The last and largest group of users with additional technical privileges is administrators. They are experienced users whose most important 3 6 F o r m a l R o l e s a n d H i e rarch y ­ rerogatives are the authority to block and unblock other users and to dep lete articles (and see and restore deleted content). They also have the ability to protect or partially protect articles from editing.

However, there are still many similarities with open-source ventures (Shirky, 2005). For instance, Wikipedia has developed under the influence of hacker culture, enforcing antielitism, having status based on peer recognition, and receiving mainly symbolic remuneration (O’Neil, 2011a). Following its ethos, it consciously distrusts and despises egotism and ego-based motivations; selfpromotion tends to be mercilessly criticized, even when the community F o r m a l R o l e s a n d H i e rarch y 3 1 might appear to have something to gain from it.

4 Unlike bureaucrats, the number of administrators is not limited by little work, because administrators deal also with many simple tasks every day, such as page deletions and protections. 1 for an illustration of the typical paths among these most common roles. 1. Typical involvement paths for functionaries F o r m a l R o l e s a n d H i e rarch y 3 7 Requests for Adminship On the Polish Wikipedia, an average of 62 percent of requests for adminship (RfAs) in 2005–2011 were granted; in 2011, 59 percent were granted.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.53 of 5 – based on 4 votes