Wikipedia: Access and participation in an open encyclopaedia

Osman, Kim Y. (2015) Wikipedia: Access and participation in an open encyclopaedia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis explores how people and technologies work together to coordinate and shape participation through a case study of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The research found participation is shaped by different understandings of openness, where it is constructed as either a libertarian ideal where "anyone" is free to edit the encyclopaedia, or as an inclusive concept that enables "everyone" to participate in the platform. The findings therefore problematise the idea of single user community, and serve to highlight the different and sometimes competing approaches actors employ to enable and constrain participation in Wikipedia.

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ID Code: 89756
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Burgess, Jean & Cunningham, Stuart
Keywords: Wikipedia, Digital media, Boundary work, Boundary objects, Community, Controversy, Encyclopaedia, Usability
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2016 23:06
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2016 23:06

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