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Wiki-Philosophizing in a Marketplace of Ideas: Evaluating Wikipedia’s Entries on Seven Great Minds
Abstract A very conspicuous part of the new particiA very conspicuous part of the new participatory media, Wikipedia has emerged as the Internet's leading source of all-purpose information, the volume and range of its articles far surpassing that of its traditional rival, the Encyclopedia Britannica. This has been accomplished by permitting virtually anyone to contribute, either by writing an original article or editing an existing one. With almost no entry barriers to the production of information, the result is that Wikipedia exhibits a perfectly competitive marketplace of ideas. It has often been argued that such a marketplace is the best guarantee that quality information will be generated and disseminated. We test this contention by examining Wikipedia's entries on seven top Western philosophers. These entries are evaluated against the consensus view elicited from four academic reference works in philosophy. Wikipedia's performance turns out to be decidedly mixed. Its average coverage rate of consensus topics is 52%, while the median rate is 56%. A qualitative analysis uncovered no outright errors, though there were significant omissions. The online encyclopedia's harnessing of the marketplace of ideas, though not unimpressive, fails to emerge as clearly superior to the traditional alternative of relying on individual expertise for information.g on individual expertise for information.
Abstractsub A very conspicuous part of the new particiA very conspicuous part of the new participatory media, Wikipedia has emerged as the Internet's leading source of all-purpose information, the volume and range of its articles far surpassing that of its traditional rival, the Encyclopedia Britannica. This has been accomplished by permitting virtually anyone to contribute, either by writing an original article or editing an existing one. With almost no entry barriers to the production of information, the result is that Wikipedia exhibits a perfectly competitive marketplace of ideas. It has often been argued that such a marketplace is the best guarantee that quality information will be generated and disseminated. We test this contention by examining Wikipedia's entries on seven top Western philosophers. These entries are evaluated against the consensus view elicited from four academic reference works in philosophy. Wikipedia's performance turns out to be decidedly mixed. Its average coverage rate of consensus topics is 52%, while the median rate is 56%. A qualitative analysis uncovered no outright errors, though there were significant omissions. The online encyclopedia's harnessing of the marketplace of ideas, though not unimpressive, fails to emerge as clearly superior to the traditional alternative of relying on individual expertise for information.g on individual expertise for information.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.2139/ssrn.978177  +
Has author George Bragues +
Has keyword Wikipedia + , Information + , Information Market + , Encyclopedia + , Media + , New Media + , Participatory Media + , Philosophy + , Marketplace of Ideas +
Has reference Internet encyclopaedias go head to head + , Among the audience: a survey of new media + , Wissenswettstreit. die kostenlose wikipedia tritt gegen die marktführer encarta und brockhaus an + , Studying cooperation and conflict between authors with history flow visualizations + , Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource + , Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past + , Can wikipedia ever make the grade? +
Has remote mirror https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=978177  +
Issn 1556-5068  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 4  +
Number of references by publication 7  +
Published in SSRN Electronic Journal +
Title Wiki-Philosophizing in a Marketplace of Ideas: Evaluating Wikipedia’s Entries on Seven Great Minds +
Type journal article  +
Year 2007 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 January 2013 19:50:47  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 January 2013 19:52:28  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 3 April 2007  +
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