In his Uberworked and Underpaid, Trebor Scholz draws out an important parallel between the platform capitalism of YouTube and the near universally praised Wikipedia: Unsurprisingly, YouTube hires countless consultants to better understand how to trigger the participation of the crowd. They wonder how they can get unpaid producers to create value. But equally, on the […]
From Digital Methods, by Richard Rogers, loc 769: research has found that there is only a tiny ratio of editors to users in Web 2.0 platforms, including Wikipedia, illustrating what is known as the myth of user-generated content. Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales has often remarked that the dedicated community is indeed relatively small, at just […]
A couple of weeks ago I wrote this quick post about Roy Bhaskar’s writing methods. It’s now been incorporated as a source (6) into the ‘criticism’ section of Bhaskar’s wikipedia page. For the first time in ages I feel like the internet has taught me a lesson about how it works.
============================================== EduWiki Conference 2013 – Call for proposals ============================================== Wikimedia UK’s second annual EduWiki conference will take place in Cardiff on 1 and 2 November 2013. A recent white paper from TurnItIn, the online plagiarism-prevention service used widely across higher education in the UK, claims that “Wikipedia has an outsized presence as a content source for […]
Friday 16th November, 14:00-15:00, British Library Conference Centre, Eliot Room This 1 hour bite-size talk will provide an introduction to Wikipedia and its community. Andrew will introduce ways Wikipedia can be used by researchers, as well as discussing research done using Wikipedia as a subject. Friday 23rd November, 14:00-16:00, British Library Conference Centre, Eliot Room […]
A project like Wikipedia thrives because of it’s ability to harness the efforts of occasional contributors. As Clay Shirky suggests in his excellent Here Comes Everybody, the numbers willing to make a small contribution (e.g. proof reading an article and correcting typos) vastly outstrip the numbers willing (or able!) to sit and write an entire article […]