Heather Ford

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Heather Ford is an author.

Publications

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Getting to the source: Where does wikipedia get its information from? Citations
Policy
Sources
Wikipedia
Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 English 2013 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. 0 0
Writing up rather than writing down: Becoming Wikipedia Literate Literacy
Wikipedia
New literacies
Educational technology
Ethnography
WikiSym English August 2012 Editing Wikipedia is certainly not as simple as learning the MediaWiki syntax and knowing where the “edit” bar is, but how do we conceptualize the cultural and organizational understandings that make an effective contributor? We draw on work of literacy practitioner and theorist Richard Darville to advocate a multi-faceted theory of literacy that sheds light on what new knowledges and organizational forms are required to improve participation in Wikipedia’s communities. We outline what Darville refers to as the “background knowledges” required to be an empowered, literate member and apply this to the Wikipedia community. Using a series of examples drawn from interviews with new editors and qualitative studies of controversies in Wikipedia, we identify and outline several different literacy asymmetries. 0 1
Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader Institute of Network Cultures English 2011 For millions of internet users around the globe, the search for new knowledge begins with Wikipedia. The encyclopedia’s rapid rise, novel organization, and freely offered content have been marveled at and denounced by a host of commentators. Critical Point of View moves beyond unflagging praise, well-worn facts, and questions about its reliability and accuracy, to unveil the complex, messy, and controversial realities of a distributed knowledge platform. 0 4
Participation in Wikipedia's article deletion processes Wikipedia
Administration
Bureaucracy
Community
Governance
WikiSym English 2011 0 1