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Wicked wikipedia? communities of practice, the production of knowledge and australian sport history
Abstract Academic responses to Wikipedia since its Academic responses to Wikipedia since its inception in 2001 have shifted from scepticism and hostility to serious critique. Wikipedia is a project driven by a community of amateur, and sometimes professional, scholars and it is this community-and associated rules and practices-that shapes the site's publicly viewable content. Despite the centrality of egalitarianism and communal wisdom to the Wikipedian ethos, the encyclopaedia is not filled equitably with historical knowledge or topics. This article addresses the role of Wikipedia in the production of knowledge in a sport history context. An analysis of 115 Wikipedia articles written about notable Australian sportspeople revealed a disproportionately large group of high-quality cricket biographies. Further investigation revealed that a small group of Wikipedians were responsible for writing these articles. The work of this community of practice is indicative of the influence that dedicated special interest groups can have over the production of knowledge on Wikipedia and raises broader questions about the production of knowledge in sport history. production of knowledge in sport history.
Abstractsub Academic responses to Wikipedia since its Academic responses to Wikipedia since its inception in 2001 have shifted from scepticism and hostility to serious critique. Wikipedia is a project driven by a community of amateur, and sometimes professional, scholars and it is this community-and associated rules and practices-that shapes the site's publicly viewable content. Despite the centrality of egalitarianism and communal wisdom to the Wikipedian ethos, the encyclopaedia is not filled equitably with historical knowledge or topics. This article addresses the role of Wikipedia in the production of knowledge in a sport history context. An analysis of 115 Wikipedia articles written about notable Australian sportspeople revealed a disproportionately large group of high-quality cricket biographies. Further investigation revealed that a small group of Wikipedians were responsible for writing these articles. The work of this community of practice is indicative of the influence that dedicated special interest groups can have over the production of knowledge on Wikipedia and raises broader questions about the production of knowledge in sport history. production of knowledge in sport history.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1080/09523367.2013.767239  +
Has author Townsend S. + , Osmond G. + , Phillips M.G. +
Has keyword Cricket + , Digital media + , Internet + , Sport history epistemology + , Wikipedia +
Issn 9523367  +
Issue 5  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 545–559  +
Published in International Journal of the History of Sport +
Title Wicked wikipedia? communities of practice, the production of knowledge and australian sport history +
Type literature review  +
Volume 30  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 06:25:50  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Literature reviews  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 06:25:50  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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