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Dynamics Of Wikipedia

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Wikipedia, the encylopedia that anyone can edit, “can never work in theory, only in practice.” Accounting for one in every 200 page views on the Internet, it has become a part of our everyday ...

Wikipedia, the encylopedia that anyone can edit, “can never work in theory, only in practice.” Accounting for one in every 200 page views on the Internet, it has become a part of our everyday lives. Wikipedia is changing the way we think about the economics of the web, the potential and the pitfalls of engaging the masses, and the role of professional information architects in a world in which content arrives from literally every direction.

In this session, we’ll explore the nuts-and-bolts of how the Wikipedia project works. Who writes Wikipedia, and why? How does the English Wikipedia maintain quality, consistent tagging, and coherent organization across over two million articles? What happens when contributors disagree? We will take a tour behind the scenes at Wikipedia to learn what happens when users are encouraged to - as they say on Wikipedia… “be bold.”

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  • guested81d1 guested81d1 'Simson's Crusty The Clown - I Can't Do Anything Without My Wiki-Pedia' 4 years ago
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  • vagasi vagasi Thank you for sharing this presentation! I often use wikipedia, now I know exactly how it works. I'm sure it is useful for everyone, I don't understand why would anyone think that it is totally unreliable.<br /><br/> 6 years ago
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  • gauss256 Bruce Sharpe, CEO at Singular Software, Inc. Great presentation, Su-Laine. I would (and will) recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about Wikipedia and how it works. The list of most-visited pages was a hoot!<br /><br/> 6 years ago
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  • syeo syeo Thanks for the kind comments. I prepared this presentation for the Vancouver User Experience Group, a community of design and usability professionals. I also gave a variation of it to a chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The slides are designed for a 90-minute talk with a lot of switching out to demonstrate how to edit and how to monitor for vandalism.

    P.S. I forgot a couple of necessary attributions in the slides: Slide 8 is from http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwghlm/1264953905/
    The photo on slide 9 is by Gus Freedman.<br /><br/>
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  • etalbert NSW Department of Education at NSW Department of Education Very thoughtful presentation. Will be of interest to my teacher colleagues.<br /><br/> 6 years ago
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