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Learning to trust the crowd: Some lessons from Wikipedia
Abstract Inspired by the open source software (OSS)Inspired by the open source software (OSS) movement, Wikipedia has gone further than any OSS project in decentralizing its quality control task. This is seen by many as a fatal flaw. In this short paper, I will try to show that it is rather a shrewd and fertile design choice. First, I will describe the precise way in which Wikipedia is more decentralized than OSS projects. Secondly, I will explain why Wikipedia's quality control can be and must be decentralized. Thirdly, I will show why it is wise for Wikipedia to welcome anonymous amateurs. Finally, I will argue that concerns about Wikipedia's quality and sustainable success have to be tempered by the fact that, as disruptive innovations tend to do, Wikipedia is in the process of redefining the pertinent dimensions of quality and value for general encyclopedias.ality and value for general encyclopedias.
Abstractsub Inspired by the open source software (OSS)Inspired by the open source software (OSS) movement, Wikipedia has gone further than any OSS project in decentralizing its quality control task. This is seen by many as a fatal flaw. In this short paper, I will try to show that it is rather a shrewd and fertile design choice. First, I will describe the precise way in which Wikipedia is more decentralized than OSS projects. Secondly, I will explain why Wikipedia's quality control can be and must be decentralized. Thirdly, I will show why it is wise for Wikipedia to welcome anonymous amateurs. Finally, I will argue that concerns about Wikipedia's quality and sustainable success have to be tempered by the fact that, as disruptive innovations tend to do, Wikipedia is in the process of redefining the pertinent dimensions of quality and value for general encyclopedias.ality and value for general encyclopedias.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Doi 10.1109/MCETECH.2008.17  +
Has author Olleros F.X. +
Has extra keyword Control tasks + , Disruptive innovations + , Open-source software + , OSS projects + , Wikipedia + , Computer software + , Concurrency control + , Customer satisfaction + , Industrial engineering + , Open systems + , Problem solving + , Quality assurance + , Quality function deployment + , Technology + , Total quality management + , Quality control +
Isbn 0769530826; 9780769530826  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 3  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 212–216  +
Published in Proceedings - 2008 International MCETECH Conference on e-Technologies, MCETECH 2008 +
Title Learning to trust the crowd: Some lessons from Wikipedia +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2008 +
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