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

57 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012  

Heather Ford

Oxford Internet Institute; University of Leeds School of Media and Communication

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

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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)

Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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University of Leeds School of Media and Communication ( email )

United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://media.leeds.ac.uk

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