Getting to the source: Where does wikipedia get its information from?

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Getting to the source: Where does wikipedia get its information from? is a 2013 conference paper written in English by Ford H., Sen S., Musicant D.R., Miller N. and published in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013.

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We ask what kinds of sources Wikipedians value most and compare Wikipedia's stated policy on sources to what we observe in practice. We find that primary data sources developed by alternative publishers are both popular and persistent, despite policies that present such sources as inferior to scholarly secondary sources. We also find that Wikipedians make almost equal use of information produced by associations such as nonprofits as from scholarly publishers, with a significant portion coming from government information sources. Our findings suggest the rise of new influential sources of information on the Web but also reinforce the traditional geographic patterns of scholarly publication. This has a significant effect on the goal of Wikipedians to represent "the sum of all human knowledge." Categories and Subject Descriptors H.3.4 [Information Systems]: Systems and SoftwareInformation Networks; H.5.3 [Information Systems]: Group and Organization Interfacescomputer-supported collaborative work General Terms Human Factors, Measurement. Copyright 2010 ACM.

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