Social Media Search Technologies:Wikipedia Presentation Formatted By: Lex Blackford, Gabriel Tompkins, Jeffrey Adames, Joe Tejada, Sean Garabedian
What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia is a public, free, online encyclopedia that the general public can edit and add to (with proper citation). Created in 2001 by Jimmy Wales & Larry Sanger Wikipedia is based entirely on user-generated content that can be edited by any web user in the world.
How Does Wikipedia Work? Uses links to pool basic reference information Allows universal access to over 16 million articles of content material Users can access pages by searching for them in the search bar or clicking on a cross-referenced link in the article.
Features & Benefits of Wikipedia Multilingual collection of over 272 languages No cost Information search engine with cross referencing articles User friendly Constantly updated Covers an array of informational topics
Source Citation Wikipedia cannot guarantee the 100% legitimacy of it’s articles because of it’s open editing feature. There have been many cases of “page vandalism” and false information in the past. Wikipedia requires the citation of all information that is postedm and relies on other Wikipedia contributors to edit out false information. Every article has a “discussion” page where different editors can converse about the information presented in the article.
Using Wikipedia An internet connection is required to access and edit Wikipedia. Editors can create an account at the registration page and use them to edit pages and discuss conflicts. Editors who do not create an account will have their IP Address published with any edits they make.
Editing Wikipedia To edit a page on Wikipedia, click on the “edit” tap on the top of the article. In the edit page, anything can be changed, but all new information must be cited. Pages that are prone to vandalism and false information are sometimes “locked” and cannot be edited by normal users.