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Global Wikipedia : international and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration

Author: Pnina Fichman; Noriko Hara
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dozens of books about Wikipedia are available, but they all focus on the English Wikipedia and assume an Anglo-Saxon perspective, while disregarding cultural and language variability or multi-cultural collaborative efforts. They address the impact of Wikipedia on society, processes of mass knowledge production, and the dynamics of the Wikipedia community. However, none of them focus on Wikipedia's global features.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pnina Fichman; Noriko Hara
ISBN: 9780810891012 0810891018
OCLC Number: 861955584
Description: xi, 166 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Immaterial editors: bots and bot policies across global Wikipedia / Randall Livingstone --
The most controversial topics in Wikipedia: a multilingual and geographical analysis / Taha Yasseri [and others] --
Our news, their events? A comparison of archived current events on English and Greek Wikipedias / Jahna Otterbacher --
Crosslinguistic neutrality: Wikipedia's neutral points of view from a global perspective / Ewa Callahan --
Gender gap in Wikipedia editing: a cross language comparison / Paolo Massa and Asta Zelenkauskaite --
Knowledge sharing on Wikimedia embassies / Pnina Fichman and Noriko Hara --
Constructing local heroes: collaborative narratives of Finnish corporations in Wikipedia / Salla-Maaria Laaksonen and Merja Porttikivi --
The copycat of Wikipedia in China / Gehao Zhang --
Contributing to Wikipedia: a question of gender / Hélène Bourdeloie and Michaël Vicente.
Responsibility: edited by Pnina Fichman and Noriko Hara.

Abstract:

Dozens of books about Wikipedia are available, but they all focus on the English Wikipedia and assume an Anglo-Saxon perspective, while disregarding cultural and language variability or multi-cultural collaborative efforts. They address the impact of Wikipedia on society, processes of mass knowledge production, and the dynamics of the Wikipedia community. However, none of them focus on Wikipedia's global features. This lack of attention presents a serious problem because more than 80% of Wikipedia articles are written in languages other than English--in fact, Wikipedia includes articles in 285 languages. Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration is the first book to address this gap by focusing attention on the global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of Wikipedia. The editors showcase research on Wikipedia, exploring a wide range of international and cross-cultural issues. Online global collaboration, coordination, and conflict management are examined in this rich socio technical environment. Special emphases include *International and cross-cultural collaboration; *Intercultural synergy on Wikimedia; *Conflict and collaboration in editing international entries; *Case studies of [X, Y, Z] language, with special interest in small and medium size Wikipedias; and, *Cross-cultural studies that compare more than one Wikipedia, focusing on content, structures, policies, contributions, interactions, processes, motivations, and challenges.
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Wikipedia articles are written in 285 languages, with 80 percent in languages other than English. This study claims to be the first to examine Wikipedia's global features, including multicultural Read more...

 
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