The free encyclopaedia that anyone can edit: the shifting values of Wikipedia editors

Osman, Kim (2014) The free encyclopaedia that anyone can edit: the shifting values of Wikipedia editors. Culture Unbound : Journal of Current Cultural Research, 6, pp. 593-607.

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Abstract

Wikipedia is often held up as an example of the potential of the internet to foster open, free and non-commercial collaboration. However such discourses often conflate these values without recognising how they play out in reality in a peer-production community. As Wikipedia is evolving, it is an ideal time to examine these discourses and the tensions that exist between its initial ideals and the reality of commercial activity in the encyclopaedia. Through an analysis of three failed proposals to ban paid advocacy editing in the English language Wikipedia, this paper highlights the shift in values from the early editorial community that forked encyclopaedic content over the threat of commercialisation, to one that today values the freedom that allows anyone to edit the encyclopaedia.

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ID Code: 72898
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Wikipedia, Online community, Internet studies, Encyclopaedias, Mass collaboration, Grounded theory
DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.146593
ISSN: 2000-1525
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Author
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Deposited On: 19 Jun 2014 22:46
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 11:19

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