Wikipedia Sources: Managing Sources in Rapidly Evolving Global News Articles on the English Wikipedia

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Heather Ford

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: August 9, 2012

Abstract

How is a Wikipedia article different from a news article about the 2011 Egyptian revolution at different points in the story’s evolution? What are the roles of social media and other Internet sources in rapidly evolving articles? And what, really, is Wikipedia’s working perspective on social media sources? This report tells the story of Wikipedia sources through a series of case studies including the 2011 Egyptian Revolution Wikipedia article, highlighting how sources were chosen and categorized, what were the most important variables used in discussing sources, and what this might mean for future tool-building and other projects related to sources.

Keywords: Wikipedia, sources, NPOV, Egyptian Revolution, ethnography, collaboration

Suggested Citation

Ford, Heather, Wikipedia Sources: Managing Sources in Rapidly Evolving Global News Articles on the English Wikipedia (August 9, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2127204

Heather Ford (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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